Today’s track is from the Belgian songwriter Gotye with his colleague from New Zealand, Kimbra. “Somebody That I Used To Know” is a very chill track with excellent sound mixing on the part of Gotye. There are many points in the song where he is harmonizing with himself, which sometimes make a grown man (me) shake with excitement. This track is off of Gotye’s third album Making Mirrors, which was released on August 19th 2011, this song was released as a sample to the album on July 6th of the same year. Kimbra’s voice is has a slight resemblance to Katy Perry’s when you listen to her own music, and you can hear it here as well, though this time it’s not in a gross pop setting, so it’s much more enjoyable for me and many others. The soft melodies of the guitar and xylophone really set this song up, as it builds, and when it hits the chorus, the harmony presented is absolutely wonderful. This song and especially the video are full of emotion that alot of people can relate with. Anyway, if you haven’t heard this track yet, I guarantee you won’t be able to stop listening to it now. As always, Listen, Rate, Subscribe.
Yesterday came an announcement that absolutely blew my mind. The SXSW day show at First Ave this year is going to be featuring my favorite local band. NIGHT MOVES !!!! To make things better they are the 3rd act of 6, and they are on before Brother Ali, Doomtree, and Trampled by Turtles. To make things even better, this is a 21+ show and it is free. Here’s a slight recap of what I just told you. Hopefully you can all make it (for those in the Minneapolis area) as this show is going to kick some major ass. Here’s a recap of what I just told you:
Where: First Ave and 7th Street Entry
When: 12pm (noon) Friday March 16th, 2012
FREE / 21+
Line-up: Get Cryphy DJ’s - Prof - Night Moves - Brother Ali - Doomtree - Trampled by Turtles
Again, this show is going to be poppin’ with energy and pazzazz, and I will be throwing a full recap and review up a week from Saturday, so tune in then to hear how the show was. Anyway, back to the track at hand. “Headlights” is the first track off of Night Moves first studio album Colored Emotion. It starts off with a phaser distorted guitar, similar to alot of their other songs. The lyrics in this song particularly pop with the slower feel to the song. Seriously, if you haven’t checked these guys out yet, you are about to miss the boat. These guys really know how to write catchy music, and I find myself singing along to the entire album on regular occasion. I feel like I’m babbling and if you haven’t stopped reading this post yet I thank you. As always Listen, Rate, and Subscribe (with the Oxford comma).
Sorry for the long delay between posts, I got really sick for about a week and have been busting my ass for the last 3 weeks just to get caught up with everything. Anyway, I decided to go with a bit of a classic. Bob Dylan is one of the most profound singer songwriters of all time, and he is in fact from the Minneapolis area, which I suppose will also classify this as a local music selection. Anyway this song speaks for itself so just give it a listen and hopefully it touches you as much as it has touched many from every recent generation. This song was released in 1964 as the title track for Bob Dylan’s Album The Times They are a-Changin’. Written and recorded in the early 60′s, this track is a testament to how when people band together, change for the better can occur. Civil Rights, social, political, and economic issues can all be overcome. Hopefully we can band together in this day and age and offer up another era of change. Also, I find it interesting that Bob Dylan’s studio apartment as a young adult is more than 6 blocks from my current residence. I present to you, one of the most iconic tracks of the early 60′s an era of change. Listen, rate, and subscribe.
Happy Super Sunday everyone, first off can I just say that that was one of the most entertaining matches I’ve seen in a while (except the 5-3 Arsenal win at The Bridge of course). Sports, as entertaining as they are, are not the topic of this blog. Today I present to you a track by the French Electronic Duo Air, whose name is derived the Backronym Amour, Imagination, Rêve (Love, Imagine, Dream). Anyway, “Surfing on a Rocket” is a rather chill electronic song similar to Phantogram. This particular track is off of the album Talkie Walkie, which dropped way back in 2004. They formed way back in 1995 and were included in the electronic surge of the late 90′s and have produced 7 albums, of which the 7th, La Voyage Dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) is set to release tomorrow (February 6th 2012). Anyway, show these guys some love, and as always: listen, rate, and subscribe.
Despite their name, Los Campesinos! actually hails from Cardiff, Wales. The 7 piece indie pop outfit released their 3rd studio album back in November titled “Hello Sadness.” Today’s track is off that very album and is seemingly bursting with energy. I’m fortunate enough to be able to check this band out for myself later this month in Madison, and this track has me excited to see them perform live. Enjoy!
Hello everyone, today’s track comes from The Radio Dept. who are group from Lund, Sweden. Technically they are classified as Dream Pop, which is very similar to Glo-Fi or Chillwave. Electronic music with a covering of lyrics and a simple drum track make this song part one of the best on my relaxing mix. These guys formed way back in 1995 by schoolmates Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson. They’ve been making albums since their humble beginnings, but their first album to drop was Lesser Matters in 2003. They received accolades for that album stating that it was one of NME’s best 50 albums of 2004. Anyway, these guys are currently close to my heart and you should check out more of their tunes. As always, rate, subscribe!
I got a cool song I heard on the radio the other day for you guys. The band, The Envy Corps, hail from our southern neighbor Iowa, and released this song “Screen Test,” off their 2009 EP “Kid Gloves.” The song’s got an upbeat electronic sound to it and had me hooked right from the start. The Envy Corps have a lot of diversity in their songs. Some sound more quiet and acoustic, and then there are tracks like this with synths and other distorted sounds. Have a great day and enjoy “Screen Test” by The Envy Corps!
I’m happy to share some more local music with everyone today from a band that’s been playing non-stop on my iPod the past few months. Polica is based out of Minneapolis and is composed of vocalist Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson (of GAYNGS fame). Today’s song is off their debut studio album “Give You the Ghost” which is set for release later this month. It features vocalist Mike Noyce (of Bon Iver), who lends his talents to this atmospheric track. Enjoy!