Monday, May 30, 2011

Death Cab For Cutie // You Are A Tourist

Death Cab For Cutie "You Are A Tourist" from JLP on Vimeo.

DCFC went bold when they decided to do a live one-take recording of their music video "You Are A Tourist" for their new album Codes and Keys. As a matter of fact, the album is going to be released this Tuesday. I think they took a risk and succeeded. I am ecstatic for their new album because their somewhat of my favorite band ever. After listening to some of their new songs that had been leaked, I do agree with reviews and the band that the tone of this album is much more light than the previous one, Narrow Stairs. They are actually the band that got me started to music. Laugh or mock me all you want, I will forever love the song "A Lack Of Color."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

TV On The Radio : Nine Types of Light

Although I have only listened "Dear Science" and the recently released album, "Nine Types of Light", I've always thought that the music produced from TVOTR was different from any other kind. Nothing is comparable. Usually, you can go on and say that so-and-so's music is a mix mash of this band and this artist. I feel that there isn't really one or two or three bands that sound like them. It's eclectic. I didn't like it at first, but I've come to love it. The vocals are distinct and nothing you'd expect. "Nine Types of Light" carries the same flow that TVOTR has but has a different tone. The band lets you know on their site that there is some more "positivity" in this album and I can hear it. "Will Do" is probably my favorite, it sends you into a kind of trance and next thing you know this song is set on repeat. The music video is interesting too. Another band announced for Austin City Limits 2011. Another band on my own line up list.
TV On The Radio - "Will Do" by Interscope Records

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Smith Westerns : Dye It Blonde

In light of being announced as a confirmed band in the Austin City Limits 10th Anniversary lineup, I think that the Smith Westerns are an appropriate topic this week. I discovered them when I went on my recommendations. I usually get to lazy to follow through on looking at the band suggestions but I had time one weekend and Smith Westerns was on the list. The song 'Dye the World', the tone of it just feels like it would be played at an 80's prom, or an 80's inspired prom. Either way, if they played at my prom, I would gladly "dance the night away".
I think this young Chicago boy band has got my heart and a spot in my ACL line up.

Dye The World by Smith Westerns

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kimbra // Cameo Lover

Kimbra - Cameo Lover (Official Music Video) from Kimbra on Vimeo.

I can not wait for Kimbra's full album to come out. I saw this video once without really thinking about it but I kept coming back. Watch it and you'll see why. It's got this beat that is very catchy but then there's this retro-esque of a pre-chorus and then there's a modern twist, oh my! It's the tambourines.

"Baby, love is all that you need."

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Head and the Heart : The Head and the Heart

I am a sucker for harmonies and strings. The Head and the Heart combines both. And as I play them walking to school, I can't help but daydream of being in one of their music videos. You know you've done it before. It's one of those music videos where you're dreamily walking down a sidewalk or trail and there are beautiful, enormous green trees and then the frame switches to the band playing in a field of flowers or something like that. That kind of daydreaming.
They started in 2009, released their self-titled album in Summer of 2010. They recently played in the Austin's SXSW festival, were announced as a "Band Crush" on Nylon, debuted on Conan, and now they are on tour. Do I see things happening for this band? You tell me. The facts are all there. My personal favorite song is "Down in the Valley". It's folksy, acoustic, and harmonically-pleasing.

The Head and the Heart - Down in the Valley by subpop

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cover// Cosmic Love - F+TM

I never would have thought that there would be a cover that I would like just as much as the original, especially a song that is dear to me. You know when you have one of those songs that you think no one can out-do.
Especially one that is done completely acapella. The 'beat-boxing' around 1:08-1:09 gave me chills and that was where I knew that I loved this video. Like the original, I could play this over and over and over again. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tune in Tuesday : 2nd Edition

This week I wanted to dedicate and make a Mix for who I am honored to call my friend, Lindy. I met her when she was traveling the South as an Invisible Children Texas Roadie.
She's a roadie so obviously she's crazy. No, I kid- she's just a good crazy.  She's got a heart of gold though because even when we lives miles away, she still takes the time to talk to me. Having conversations with her only makes me wish that she could be a walk away instead of a flight away.
This mix is just a compilation of what I've been listening to and what makes me think of her.

Playlist 'Lindy':
Song For H. Korth by The Tree Ring
Skin, Is My by Andrew Bird
I Promise by Generationals
The Great Estates by Freelance Whales
Down in the Valley by The Head and The Heart
Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie
Got Nuffin by Spoon
Deathbed Salesman by Jeremy Messersmith
American West by Sun Airway
Cosmic Love by Florence + the Machine (obviously)
The Winner Is by Devotchka
Awake My Soul by Mumford and Sons