Monday, February 10, 2014

Cure for the common "snowed in and I need some tunes to help me make it through"

Hello all. Snow has hit the Pacific Northwest and caused an epidemic of people becoming overwhelmingly bored. Luckily the snow has began to melt and we can once again go back to our 9-5's and remember what it was like to hate our lives for a completely different reason. Also... here are some tunes that I like.
The Promise - Swear and Shake
I don't remember where I first heard this song. It popped up on a playlist somehow as I was riding the train and I decided that I really enjoyed it. It's a song about unrequited love but somehow it lifts me up. The vocals are extremely heartfelt and powerful. I checked out the rest of their stuff after listening to this song (about 19 times) and I thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HUMPDAY

Never Look Back - Slow Club
Every time I listen to this glorious song I love it more. It starts out beautifully slow and gradually builds. It's one that I have to blast, I can't leave it at a whisper. I need those golden vocals and grinding guitar to be at maximum jam-session level. I never want this song to be over. Here are some other version I found on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwuRzR-Gfv4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuTUvtmyvfA
Dissolve Me - Alt-j
So I was introduced to Alt-J by my brother, then all of the sudden they were everywhere! This band deserves their new found success. My favorite track of their's at the moment is Dissolve me. The gorgeously blended harmonies warm my belly. I also love the echo effect... I'm not sure what the technical music term for this is but it works really well in this song.
Throw - D.Veloped
If you are a mash-up lover like me, then this next one is for you! This is a jam I love to get pumped up to. Perfect mix of rap, pop, and rock! (including some Blink-182 guitar riff) THROWS SOME CHEESE ON THAT BITCH

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wacky Wednesday / Mood Booster

Hey guys, It's humpday, it's also October, it's also almost over. With the winter months ahead some of us need a good "mood booster," in other words, Here are some songs that make me happy.
A Better Son/Daughter - Rilo Kiley
So I have loved Rilo Kiley for a LONG time. I will admit I wasn't there in the beginning, I didn't start listening to them until More Adventurous (only because I wasn't cool enough) Thanks to spotify, I randomly came across the song A Better Son/Daughter. I cannot believe I have been missing out for some many years. Jenny belting out "And sometimes when you're on you're really fucking on" fills me with joy. The song has serious undertones but leaves you with the message of hope, that things will be ok even after all the shit.
Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
OK so I have always LIKED this song, but what made me LOVE this song was recently watching Pretty In Pink. If you haven't seen this movie, I will tell you, it's on netflix, so go watch it, now. I just love this part of the movie... may even be my favorite part.
Mass Romantic - The New Pornographers
Another group I have loved for a long time but some how overlooked a gem of a song. Mass Romantic is upbeat and gets the juices flowing!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Nostalgia

Hello all! This week was my birthday, which often leads to some reflection on years past. When it comes to music, I love rediscovering old favorites. This time around I reminisced with the songs of 90's past. For me this was a pivotal time, the end of grade school and the beginning the mysterious beyond (weird Land Before Time Reference, but also Middle School) First, today was the day I remembered how much I love Hanson. Noticed this is not past-tense. They group, often put in the same category as 90's boy bands, is so much more than a "boy-band." For one thing, they ACTUALLY play instruments. I don't want to get to worked up so let me just get on with it. The song I chose is A Minute Without You, this song was my JAM when I was ten, and I STILL love it. It's just so fun, and up-lifting. It's kind of a sweet love song actually. And those SWEET SWEET harmonies!!!
Second, you may know Robyn now as a Pop/Dance dream, with her song Dancing On My Own playing in the show GIRLS, or seeing Taran Killam spoofing her video for Call Your Girlfriend,hilariously, on SNL. I knew her first as the R&B songstress, shouting at me to SHOW HER LOVE AND WHAt IT'S ALL ABOUT. Show Me Love was a from one of Robyn's first albums that my cousin had on tape. We would blast it and jump on her bed, as if we could understand the meaning lyrics perfectly.
I don't have a third 90's song, but I do have a fun song from the 60's. Sugartown by Nancy Sinatra! I don't know what it is but I can't get enough of this song! Also gotta love the cover by Zooey D in 500 days of summer. (CAN'T FIND A LINK..... GAH!)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesdays "Obsessed" List. (aka bumbershoot withdrawals)

As mentioned in the title, this tuesday evening is all about obsession. Specifically, the tunes I have been jammin to the past week or so, the tunes I can really jam out to. Hold on to your socks, here they come... 1. Hearts Like Our - The Naked and Famous
For some reason I had this idea that this band was some sort of emo/whiny voice band. I have no clue what that's about. Anyway, by hearing this song on accident I discovered, I love their sound. This indie band from Auckland
has a synthpop vibe that is right up my alley. This is one of those songs you blast while shaking your fists in an intense but passionate manner.... but maybe not while riding the train home from work.
2. Beta Love - Ra Ra Riot
I've loved Ra Ra Riot for awhile now. I know this album has been getting a lot of flack, but you know what... I don't care. I hadn't heard this new album a until a few weeks ago when a dear friend pressed play. It is a song that lifts spirits and gets people dancing. We saw them live at bumbershoot that weekend and they killed it. Vocals were spot on, and even sitting in stadium seat I just wanted to get up and dance. Later that night we pressed play one more time for an impromptu living room dance party... yepp we loved it that much. 3. Photobooth - Death Cab for Cutie
My favorite show of bumbershoot! It was great to see Death Cab playing the Transatlanticism album all the way through. They were great live, as always. After they finished playing the Transatlanticism set they played a few more favorites, including; 405, Crooked Teeth, Cath, and, of course, Photobooth. Photobooth is one of those songs I kind of forget about sometimes but every time I rediscover it, it's a mad love affair. Thanks and until next time!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

It's been awhile/ sunday morning Jamz

I'm pretty sure it's been years actually. I realized I need this blog back in my life. I'm not sure why I stopped, laziness most likely. Maybe I'm having my quarter life crisis and i'm trying to go back to a simpler time. Really though I think I just miss talking about music. I don't have any agenda, i'm simply here to talk about music that I like and hopefully it will start a conversation.

Without further ado, here is my "Sunday Jamz" post.

Sundays are a good time to sit in bed with a cup of coffee and just browse the web for some jamz. Sometimes you go searching and sometimes it finds you. Today was one of those days where music found me. Looking through old blog posts of one of my favorites Megan Isobel of <a href="http://www.lipssofacto.com/2012/06/june.html#.Uiys1mQ_8hY">LipsoFacto</a>, I found a playlist she posted about a year ago. On the list was Grizzly Bear - Shift (alternate version) which I realized I had heard once before in the movie Blue Valentine but decided I needed to hear it again. After a google search I found that the song had been performed on one of my all time favorite music sites, <a href="http://en.blogotheque.net/2006/07/01/grizzly-bear-en/">Le Blogoteque</a>. I love pretty much anything Vincent Moon does, and this was no exception. They also performed an accapella version of Knife. It's heartwarming and makes me smile.

Here they are... my Sunday Jamz

Thursday, December 23, 2010

AHHHH IT'S BEEN SO LONG!!!!

I really wanted to keep this up as much as possible, I was doing really well for awhile then I just kind of forgot about.... I sense a new years resolution.
Whirring- The Joy Formidable
Lately my new favorite band has been The Joy formidable, they have probably been around forever... sometimes I just don't find out about great bands for awhile. Anyway... I would recommend listening to all of their stuff but I specifically am enjoying Whirring. Mostly because it was of the first songs I heard by this band. I am trying to think of what they sound like, they remind me of someone specific. I really like the lead singer, she's female but she has the lower tone where it could be either male or female which I find interesting. The music has this sweet sadness to it like most indie rock, I'm not sure what it is but I felt really connected to this music. Travelling Woman - Bat for Lashes. I have had this album forever but I only listened to certain songs. I started listening to this whole album more and I am loving this song. A lot of people can't really get into her music I have noticed. Mostly males. I think she has such an interesting voice, it's clear and raspy at the same time. I also admire her because she is a visual artist as well as a musician. Her music videos are gorgeous.Skinny Love (Bon Iver cover) - Ingrid Michaelson
I love ingrid, I love bon iver (justin vernon), this cover is brilliant. I love how she slowed it down, it's a simple, one take version. Her voice is amazing and I love what she does with this song.