Category Archives: Albums

Headlights – Night Moves && SXSW Day Show Preview


Good news everyone,

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).

~Brian

“Headlights” by Night Moves


The Times, They are a-Changin’ – Bob Dylan


Hello Everyone,

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.

~Brian


Surfing on a Rocket – Air


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.

~Brian

Surfing on a Rocket” by Air


Stuck in My Id – Reptar


Hello everyone, today’s track was introduced to me by my brother, and his advice once again is very correct.  “Stuck in My Id” by Reptar is a very catchy song and sounds sort of like the aspects of Foster the People that I enjoy.  It’s a very electronic, funky, dance song that really gets my feet tapping.  The group hails from the greater Athens-Atlanta-Asheville area and formed back in 2008 and is yet to release a studio album.  That being said this track was on their EP Oblangle Fizz Y’all which dropped in 2011.  Anyway give this funky, electronic, dance beat a chance and hopefully you liken them.  As always, listen rate and subscribe.  These guys will be in Minneapolis on the 3rd of April, and you can bet your ass that I’ll be there.

~Brian

“Stuck in My Id” by Reptar


Around Us – Jónsi


Hello everyone, I was up late and noticed it was past midnight, which means it’s a new day and a new post.  Today’s track is from one of my favorite post-rock artists Jónsi.  For those of you who don’t know Jónsi he is the guitarist and vocalist for the Icelandic group Sigur Rós.  His music is very progressive and has a spiritual feel.  Something that I learned from posting this, is that Jónsi uses a cello bow to play his guitar, which as you may expect gives it a much more orchestrated sound.  While Sigur Rós is on an ‘indefinite hiatus’ with some members having children, I was glad to see Jónsi solo career take off.  I have a hard time concentrating when I here his tracks.  Anyway, give it a listen, rate, and subscribe.

~Brian

“Around Us” by Jónsi


“Don’t Gotta Work it Out” and “Winds of Change” – Fitz and the Tantrums


Hello everyone, today I’m throwing a double feature at you to make up for my fellow bloggers inability to post as of late. I know some of you are probably thinking “I’ve heard this song before and it’s good” well you’re right, but I’m posting them because these guys are some of the break-up music you can possibly imagine.  Hard hitting yet not depressed, and the lyrics stir up some pretty awesome ragings inside of me (this was my personal experience a few months back when I was coming out of a relationship, but alas, I digress and it was all for the best anyway).  For those who don’t know Fitz and the Tantrums, they are a tantalizing mixture of soul and indie music genres.  They formed in 2008 and are based out of Los Angeles, CA.  These particular tracks comes off of their album Pickin’ up the Pieces which is the groups first and only studio album which dropped on August 24th 2010.  Anyway, these songs exhibit very different aspects to both of them.  The first, “Don’t Gotta Work it Out” is slightly faster and more hard hitting and great for countering the feeling when someone has wronged you.  The second, “Winds of Change” is a bit slower, but still has a certain intensity and a beautiful lyrical verse which pair together to make an awesome almost ballad feel with a great Bari-Sax bass line which stirs up completely different emotions in me.

~Brian (showing his softer side)

“Don’t Gotta Work it Out” – Fitz and the Tantrums

“Winds of Change” – Fitz and the Tantrums


Written in the Stars – Tinie Tempah, feat. Eric Turner


Hello all, way back in may Ross brought you a remix of Wonderman, which is another good track by Tinie Tempah, but today I’m throwing this one at you as it may be his most well known track that you’ve probably never heard of.  Why haven’t you heard it yet you may ask.  Well, even though he’s pretty big in the UK (he’s from South London) he really hasn’t broken onto the scene in the states.  This song in particular brings many things to mind because it has recently become the theme for Sky Sport’s [Ford] Super Sunday for the Barclay’s Premier League and comes off of his 2011 album Disc-Overy.  This song is an excellent mix of the electronic bits you know I love, catchy lyrical work, and the bonus of a well-formulated rap (which serves as a nice bonus in this song).  Anyway, if you haven’t heard this song definitely give it a listen and let us know what you think.

~Brian

“Written in the Stars” – by Tinie Tempah feat. Eric Turner


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