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

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“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


Not in Love (feat. Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles


Hello everyone,  This fine early morning (or mid-morning, mid-day, afternoon, evening, or night, whatever time you’re currently at) I’d like to introduce you to probably my favorite song right now.  Again a great mix of electronic beats, but this time they are combined with the voice of Robert Smith from The Cure who also have some major playtime on my list right now.  When you combine the 8-bit sound of Crystal Castles with an outstanding lyrical artist that is Robert Smith.  This particular track is a parallel to the song “Not in Love” which is off of Crystal Castles (II).  For those of you who may have heard this song previously, it was also featured on the FIFA ’12 soundtrack.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy, rate, subscribe.

~Brian

“Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith) by Crystal Castles

Also, anyone who’s been in a long-term relationship can attest to the validity of this song


By Your Hand – Los Campesinos!



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!

-Chris

“By Your Hand” by Los Campesinos!


Stomp Through ft. Tigre Cole – Mally


Today I’m bringing you a brand new single, “Stomp Through,” from my favorite new Minneapolis artist, Mally. This guy loves to rep his hometown of Minneapolis and is bringing something new and different to our local hip-hop scene everyday. Mally has been doing work over the past year, coming out with music videos for his hit songs “Cloud Culture” and “Heir Time” and getting recognized in the Star Tribune’s article “First Ave’s Other Best New Bands.” The guy’s got big future plans too as he is touring with Atmosphere and other well recognized local hip-hop artists for the Welcome To Minnesota Tour.  I think that’s enough hype from me, so I’ll let you guys get to the music. Enjoy “Stomp Through!”

-Ross

“Stomp Through ft. Tigre Cole” by Mally


We Climb the Wired Fences – The Radio Dept.


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!

~Brian

“We Climb the Wired Fences” by The Radio Dept.


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