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Playlist: Summer 2011

Playlist: Summer 2011

OneRepublic – “Good Life”
Skee-Lo – “I Wish”
Coldplay – “Ever Teardrop is a Waterfall”
Yuck – “The Wall”
Dr. Dog – “Black-Red”
Sara Bareilles – “Uncharted”
Amos Lee – “Windows Are Rolled Down”
Everest – “Let Go”

Click here to listen to the playlist over at 8tracks.com. There’s a limit on the number of songs you can skip per hour (I think it’s 3 songs), so keep that in mind.

Spring Week

This is a busy week! Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year, Pi Day, which occurs on March 14th because the first few digits of pi are 3.14. In school, we always celebrated by eating real pie (preferably apple) and deriving the definition of mathematical pi.

Today, March 15th, is both the Ides of March (Et tu, Brute?) and my cat Leo’s 3rd birthday. He celebrated by chasing his new raffia toy all around the house and getting it stuck underneath a dresser.

Later in the week we have St. Patrick’s Day followed by the vernal equinox, which occurs this year on Saturday, March 20th. It’s predicted to be 55 to 60 degrees in Boston this weekend, so the weather is getting in the festive mood too. In case your weekend weather ends up feeling a bit more like winter, here’s a great song to get you in the mood, taken from Noah and the Whale’s album appropriately titled “The First Days of Spring”.

Spring music recs

The blossoms are starting to fall, the trees are all turning green, tulips are fading and ducklings are growing into ducks… Spring is starting to turn into Summer. So before it all ends, I’ve got a batch of music recs that remind me of Spring in some way.

1. KT Tunstall “If Only” – The video for this song is in the snow, but it was always playing at the fitness center in Leeds last Spring, so I associate it with this time of year. Plus the lyrics are uplifting and inspiring, which fits the season pretty well.

2. Bon Iver “Skinny Love” – I listened to a lot of Bon Iver while I was in the final days of my thesis last month, because he’s so relaxing and makes it easy to concentrate. This is one of my favorite Bon Iver songs, and when I was looking for a youtube video of it to post here, I found a Take Away Show! I’ve expressed my love for the blogotheque guys in the past, because their settings are so unique and intimate. I never get tired of looking at the Take Away Shows, and I hope they keep making them for years to come.

3. Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal” – Okay, so I’m guilty of a including a Winter song. But this was just released a little while ago and it’s quite beautiful, so I felt that I had to share it with you. It makes me want to listen to the Fleet Foxes much more often.

4. Jose Gonzalez “Fold” – Jose Gonzalez is another artist that I discovered last spring. “Fold” isn’t necessarily my favorite song, but this is a Take Away Show and it’s extremely well done. He’s got an amazing voice and a real talent for creating beautiful, simple music.

5. Elbow “One Day Like This” – Definitely a good Spring/Summer song. I saw this when I was in the Fitness Center at Leeds last year, too. The video is genius, and the song never gets old. I have yet to find someone who doesn’t like this song, so if you try it I think you’ll love it!

6. Will Smith “Summertime” – Classic Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff. Need I say more? Just make sure you watch the video, ’cause it’s real old school and pretty fantastic.

Music Rec: Oren Lavie “Her Morning Elegance”

This video is a double-whammy: not only is it a great piece of music, but whoever orchestrated the stop-motion is a creative genius. I was playing it as I got ready this morning and it’s a nice tune to keep in your head for the rest of the day. The song is “Her Morning Elegance” and its by Oren Lavie. Enjoy!

Music Rec: Starbucks “Sweetheart”

So Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but I think this album is still very relevant. In this compilation, the artists take their favorite love songs and record covers. It includes some of my favorite artists, like Death Cab For Cutie, DeVotchKa, and Rogue Wave. And they picked some great songs to cover, too (Sam Sparro’s “Black and Gold” is one of my favorites, and Katy Perry really does it justice). But the real gem (pun intended) is Jem’s cover of Yellow (by “Coldplay”).

You’ll find it at the register at Starbucks, or follow my lead and pick out just a few of the good ones on iTunes. Check out the track listing:

1. Death Cab For Cutie – “Love Song” (Cure cover)
2. Katy Perry – “Black And Gold” (Sam Sparro cover)
3. DeVotchKa – “Hot Burrito #1” (Flying Burrito Brothers cover)
4. Department Of Eagles – “Love Me” (Elvis Presley cover)
5. Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Words Of Love” (Buddy Holly cover)
6. Ben Bridwell – “Your Love Is Forever” (George Harrison cover)
7. Kate Tucker – “I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen cover)
8. Rogue Wave – “Maps” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
9. A.C. Newman – “Take On Me” (a-ha cover)
10. Jem – “Yellow” (Coldplay cover)
11. Richard Hawley – “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot cover)
12. Daniel Martin Moore – “I Hear Music” (Billie Holiday cover)
13. She & Him – “I Put A Spell On You” (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
14. Lila Downs – “My One And Only Love” (Frank Sinatra cover)

Music Rec: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

You may recognize this song (“Around the Bend”) from a recent iPod Touch commercial. I looked up the full version online, and it’s really catchy. The band, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, is an alternative group from Denmark. And while their music video looks more like it’s from the ABBA era, the band is so new they’ve only released one single and two EPs, plus an iTunes live session. I’m looking forward to hearing more great stuff from these guys.

Music Rec: Sigur Ros

You may have recently seen the television commercials for the new Prince of Persia game, but did you recognize the song? That’s right, it’s “Saeglopur” by Sigur Ros. The band recently came out with a new album “Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust”, which got great reviews and I highly recommend. But “Saeglopur” is from their older “Takk…” album, which has also had plenty of plays on my music list.

Anyway, take a listen to “Saeglopur” (the video is a little odd), and if you like what you hear then definitely look into the rest of Sigur Ros’s albums.

Free Music Alert: Jon Allen

For 12 hours on Christmas Eve, you’ll be able to download a free version of Jon Allen’s new track “Lay Your Burden Down”. I’m not sure which 12 hours it will be, but if you check out his website sometime that day, I’m sure you’ll be able to find it!

Also, the “Going Home” single was just released on iTunes (and includes “Dead Man’s Suit”). You can check it out here (note: link opens in iTunes).

Music Rec: Jon Allen


When I was at Leeds, I went to the cinema a lot. And I mean, a lot. There was one advert the played that always stuck in my mind, it was for Freelander and involved hot air ballons (click here, and then click on “Try cloud hopping”).

Watched it? You love the song too, right? The man is Jon Allen and the song is called “Going Home”. You can check out his website here; which has samples of his songs in the mini-player. I recommend “Going Home” especially, as well as “Dead Man’s Suit”. The single will be officially released in December, and the full album sometime next year. I’m looking forward to good stuff.

La Blogotheque

Video: Bloc Party, ‘This Modern Love’ – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque.

I first came across La Blogotheque a year or so ago, when I found Beirut’s performance of Nantes on youtube. It’s still my favorite Blogotheque video, so I highly recommend it. But the collection of Take Away Show videos are full of priceless moments with Jason Mraz, Vampire Weekend, Jose Gonzalez, John Vanderslice, Bon Iver, Noah and the Whale, and Arcade Fire, along with a host of other alternative/indie artists. They are all live performances, usually done off the cuff somewhere in France. Beirut plays on trash cans in Paris, Arcade Fire is all crammed into an elevator, and Bon Iver is in a kitchen. It’s wonderful stuff.

Anyway, the point of this post was to point out their success in finally tracking down Bloc Party and getting the lead singer, Kele, to do “A Modern Love” acoustic. And it sounds brilliant. Really, it does. Don’t take my word for it, watch the video!