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Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye and Kimbra


Hello everyone,

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.

~Brian


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


I.D.F.A.R. – Ben Kenney, Thomas Erak, Ashley Mendel


I found this song a few months ago and needed to share it with you guys. The song “I.D.F.A.R.” features musicians from two of my favorite bands with Ben Kenney  on drums (Incubus) and Thomas Erak on guitar (The Fall of Troy). Ashley Mendel (it’s a dude) also performs with this group on bass. This song has so many cool aspects, it’s hard to choose what I like best about it. I did a little background check on this group and found some interesting things. I had no idea the Ben Kenney was such a talented musician, as he plays guitar, bass, drums, and sings all really well. And I would never have thought that he would team up with Thomas Erak either. Take a listen to “I.D.F.A.R.” and have a good day.

-Ross

“I.D.F.A.R.” by Ben Kenney, Thomas Erak, Ashley Mendel


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


Time – Pink Floyd


Hey everyone. I’m going oldies today with a song that I have been listening to nonstop lately. Pink Floyd’s “Time” is one of my favorites by them. I wouldn’t say I’m Pink Floyd’s number one fan or anything like that, but whenever I hear them, it’s tough not to disconnect from the world and just focus on their music. They did so much experimental things with music that was way ahead of their time so you have to give them big credit for that. I love David Gilmour’s solo and everything else about this song basically. Enjoy “Time” by Pink Floyd

-Ross

“Time” by Pink Floyd


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


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