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FEATURED SONG: “As Much as You Lead” – Lex Land.

April 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Lex Land is the new big thing, let me tell you. It’s my prediction, and folks, I am rarely wrong about these sort of things. (Okay, I’m wrong a lot.) She’s just smoky-voiced enough and just girly enough; she song-screams at just the right times and sells you the song just as she should, and just as those with more experience do. She’s the real deal.

Lex Land

Genuineness is something not often found in today’s music. It’s something lucky, something moving, something that kicks us in our backs to go out and do something that will inspire us just as much. When you find it, don’t let it go. Wrap it up in blankets, hum it songs, and realize that when you peel back the covers, all you’ll see is yourself.
(from the album Orange Days on Lemon Street)
“As Much as You Lead”

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FEATURED SONG: “Creeper” – Islands.

April 15, 2009 Leave a comment

“Creeper.” It’s become my generation’s slang term of choice, meaning someone who is a stalker or just generally creepy. I’ll admit to overusing it, because it’s just so gosh darn applicable. But in this case, “Creeper” means an intensely catchy song by Islands.


Islands is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec. Their sound has been described as “some dancehall influences, some calypso” and being “more diverse and sprawling and ambitious” than others. (wikipedia)
I personally would describe them, and this song in particular, as being utterly danceable. I’m not sure if they’re making fun of our cultural lexicon or simply taking part, but either way I’m happy.
(from the album Arm’s Way)
“Creeper” – Islands.

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FEATURED SONG: “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death from Above” – CSS.

It’s the weekend, people, and it’s time to party. We need music that will let us dance. Music that makes our headphones jump on our ears. My friends, I bring you: CSS.

Cansei de Ser Sexy

CSS is a Brazilian band from São Paulo, whose songs have an electroclash sound, but they also play indie rock and synthpop songs. The band was labeled as part of the explosion of the New Rave scene. Their songs are in both English and Portuguese. CSS is an acronym for Cansei de Ser Sexy, literally “I got tired of being sexy” in Portuguese. (wikipedia)

You may know them from a little Apple ad not so long ago, which featured their song “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” and consequently earned them a bit of publicity. Watch the ad here, and then find the song, which will add to your weekend dance playlist, trust me.

The song below starts out semi-slow, with a nagging beat but nothing outrightly bold. Wait for the middle portions for the techno glory to really hit the spot.
(from the album CSS)
“Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death from Above” – Cansei de Ser Sexy.

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FEATURED SONG: “A Storm Is Gonna Come” – Piers Faccini.

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Piers Faccini.
English singer, painter, and songwriter.

Piers Faccini

Though Faccini sings in English, his father is Italian and his production company is based out of Paris. Though potentially unimportant, this gives a glance at the kind of rich layered music you’re in for. URB Magazine has said that Faccini has a “heartbreaking voice that shelters and simultaneously shatters”, and I can’t think of anything better to say. They say that he has a “quiet, whispering, plate-shifting soul” and the music portrays that extraordinarily.
(from the album Two Grains of Sands, due out April 7th, 2009)
“A Storm Is Going to Come” – Piers Faccini.

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FEATURED SONG: “Nobody’s Darlings” – Lucero.

March 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Lucero is as country as I am going to get. They ride the edge, filling a song with twang and heartbreak but also making it bearable to listen to. (Sorry, but I am simply not an country fan.) They’ve been described as a combination between country and punk, but “Nobody’s Darlings” is not harsh on the ears like punk has the tendency to be. This song is stuck in my head today after a long flight home, because when one wants to return to the warm feelings of childhood, acoustic guitar is really the only way to go.

(off the album Nobody’s Darlings)
“Nobody’s Darlings” – Lucero.

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FEATURED SONG: “Day Old Hate” – City and Colour.

March 14, 2009 Leave a comment

City and Colour is an acoustic solo side-project fronted by Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green. Green has indicated his view that the “best music for [him] is sad music”, and how that influenced the type of songs he created. He has also said that he “love[s] music to sort of escape to” and the idea of sad music that people could identify with. Green said of the album Sometimes that, “a lot of those songs are written on some of the experiences I’ve been through and stuff and that’s just how I deal with it. I just write songs when I’m bummed out and I feel happier.” (wikipedia)

Dallas Green

You may know Dallas Green from his previous band, Alexisonfire. However, when I stumbled upon City and Colour, I knew nothing of Green or his musical past, only of the acoustic goodness I had just discovered. Apparently I was one of the first, because with the advent of his second album, Bring Me Your Love, a short time later, he became an indie darling of the musical magazines.
The entire Sometimes album is full of the kind of guitar-lucking, voice-cracking music sometimes (oh, see what I did there?) needed on a rainy — or just sad — kind of day. I pick this song because of one of my own memories: after hearing some shocking news one night with my good friends, we then had to drive home in silence. I instead plugged in my iPod and played this song. It was like a movie, in the best way possible.
Here’s to your soundtrack.

“Day Old Hate” – City and Colour.

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FEATURED SONG: “Burgundy Shoes” – Patty Griffin.

Patty Griffin is a Grammy-nominated folk-rock/alt-country (there are a lot of genres packed into that description) artist who, through the popularity of covers of her songs in the country and pop realms, has gained acclaim outside of her primary folk circle. She hails from Maine, and is primarily a guitarist, pianist, and vocalist.
The song below is off her album Children Running Through. Of the album, Griffin has said, “I just kind of felt like singing what I wanted to sing, and playing how I wanted to play. It’s not all dark and tragic. It’s a different way for me to look at things. Getting old—older, I should say, I’m not so serious all the time.” It was also said that the album was inspired by her childhood days.

Patty Griffin

Ah, so you say folk isn’t your thing? Bluegrass and country twang just not your cup of tea? Take heart, my friends, I would never force you to listen to something I didn’t have faith in. This song, “Burgundy Shoes,” is simple and light in its presentation, but still completely lovely. It resonates neatly, like a fork against crystal. Here all of the genre nonsense is whittled away until all you have is a small sliver of organic music. Whenever I’m sad in the springtime (though I’ve been known to do it in the winter too) I always listen and feel happy in my melancholy.

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“Burgundy Shoes” – Patty Griffin.

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