How many times have you heard a song and thought of an epic movie scene? Have you ever fallen in love with a song that was written for a movie even if you hadn’t seen it? Do you find yourself discovering new music watching movies? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you know that music and movies go together like peanut butter and jelly, like peas and carrots, and like Batman and Robin, pun intended.
The band Innocent Bandits is comprised of brother and sister duo Jeremy and Ashley Macachor. I would place them under experimental pop/lo-fi, but on their first studio album Ceremonies & Spells, released under the net label Headphonica, there are elements of electronica, and at times even folk. I found myself listening to the album from beginning to end upon discovering them, and after listening to other tracks out of order, I found that listening to the album from start to finish is best to really get Jeremy and Ashley’s style.
Don’t get me wrong: each track can be listened on it’s own, but I just loved listening to the album in the background. It was interesting, relaxing, and just a comfortable listen. While this is their first album attempt, I would say it has it’s moments of greatness. Some tracks could have been longer and one I found some of the added elements were a little too much, but overall it’s a nice find among a lot of attempts in the same genre.
The title of this post is a song by Pat Benatar, but you won’t find her on this mixtape. Featuring an eclectic mix of female singers, my latest mixtape has a little bit of folk and a little bit of electronica, but it’s all about labia majora.
All the songs on this mixtape are by female singer-songwriters, but that is about all they have in common. Between Laura Marling and The Blow to Mirah and Julie Doiron, this mix is a great showcase of female singers who break the mold and stand out in their own genres. Kick back, relax, and get ready to think about falling in love or out; it all depends on where the song goes.
Swan Pond – Julie Doiron
Love Affair – Regina Spektor
Ghosts - Laura Marling
Fuck Was I – Jenny Owens Young
Gestation Of The Sacred Beetle – Mirah and The Spectratone International
Tore My Heart – Oona
The Garden – Mirah
True Affection – The Blow
Sunday – Sia
My Party Is Better Than Yours – Emmy The Great
If you like any 0f the songs listed above, support the artist by purchasing them.
Image courtesy of manganite via Flickr
Wishing a Happy New Year from me to you. May 2010 bring you all the happiness you deserve. The past is behind us and the possibilities of the future are endless.
The best thing about New Year’s is that we all get to start over. Make the most of it. Besides, 2009 was so last year.
Auld Lang Syne by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis (my favorite version)
The infamous DJ Earworm has done it again! This famous mashup artist has taken the “Top 25 Billboard Hits of 2009″ and made one super-fucking-duper mashup of all of them! DJ Earworm attempted (and accomplished) this feat last year and has once again done what most mashup artists only wish they could.
If you love mashups as much as I do, then bask in the goodness of United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop). With 25 songs clocking in a 4 minutes and 37 seconds, this mashup is another stunning example of how talented DJ Earworm is. I’ve included the track to listen to, the official mashup video, as well as the link to download the song. Here’s a nice farewell to 2009 and I’m looking forward to what DJ Earworm has in store for us in 2010!
Listen: United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)
Watch: Video Mashup of United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)
(Right click the link above and choose “Save Link As”)
The year of 2009 is almost over and it’s time for me to list some of my favorite songs that came out this year. I could never list all my favorites because there is just so much great stuff so I chose 25 songs from different genres that I think are just fantabulous. From Silversun Pickups to Metric and from Eels to Neko Case, this mixtape has some of the greatest songs of 2009.
In no particular order, here is a mix of a tiny taste of my favorite tracks of 2009. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. As always, the full track listing is below.
This Tornado Loves You – Neko Case
Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Bulletproof – La Roux
My Love – The Bird and The Bee
I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown feat. Lil’ Wayne & Swizz Beatz
Shine Blockas – Big Boi feat. Gucci Mane
Deadbeat Summer – Neon Indian
Stillness Is The Move – Dirty Projectors
Fallin’ For You – Colbie Caillat
Little Bird – Eels
Game of Diamonds – Deerhunter
Uprising – Muse
Show Stopper – Peaches
My Girls – Animal Collective
Help I’m Alive (Acoustic) – Metric
Catch And Release - Silversun Pickups
Cheerleader – Grizzly Bear
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Heartbreak Warfare – John Mayer
Chasing Pirates – Norah Jones
Pretty Wings – Maxwell
Fireflies – Owl City
Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Bublé
Cosmic Love – Florence And The Machine
Hyph Mngo – Joy Orbison
If you like any 0f the songs listed above, support the artist by purchasing them.
Photo courtesy of Flickr via Benoit.P
It’s finally here! By popular demand, another mixtape featuring cover songs that are just fucking awesome. Everything from reggae to acoustic and R&B to Jazz, these 24 tracks cover everything! A few of the artists featured are ortoPilot, Emmy The Great, and Alphabeat.
I hope you enjoy this mix. You can find the first cover mixtape here. Cheers!
Black & Gold – Katy Perry, Original by Sam Sparro
Where is my Mind? – Emmy The Great, Original by Pixies
No Woman, No Cry – Xavier Rudd, Original by Bob Marley
Ms. Jackson – The Vines, Original by Outkast
Don’t Speak – Leela James, Original by No Doubt
Hallelujah – ortoPilot, Original by Leonard Cohen
Every Breath You Take – UB40, Original by The Police
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Trash Pour 4, Original by Bonnie Tyler
What I Got – Shannon Campbell, Original by Sublime
Happy Together – Simple Plan, Original by The Turtles
Summertime – Stereophonics, Original by George Gershwin
Take On Me – Reel Big Fish, Original by a-ha
If You Leave – Nada Surf, Original by OMD
Fever – Meiko, Original by Little Willie John
Tyrone – My Morning Jacket, Original by Erykah Badu
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – MYMP, Original by Starship
Cello Song – The Books feat. Jose Gonzalez, Original by Nick Drake
Digital Love – Alphabeat, Original by Daft Punk
Mercy – The Fratellis, Original by Duffy
Tainted Love – Duffy, Original by Soft Cell
Sea of Love - Cat Power, Original by Phil Phillips and The Twilights
Imagine – Jack Johnson, Original by John Lennon
Mad World – Gary Jules, Original by Tears For Fears
Something – Radiohead, Original by The Beatles
If you like any 0f the songs listed above, support the artist by purchasing them. You can also leave a comment with your favorite song. If I’m feeling nice, you may get a surprise in your inbox.
Photo courtesy of ladybird_77.
I’m a huge fan of the HBO television series True Blood, based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries book series by Charlaine Harris. While the show is awesome, the music they choose week after week is phenomenal. Between country to electronic, the show never fails to pick the perfect music to compliment each episode.
Which means what? Well, it means that I am far overdue on making a mixtape of some great songs featured on the series! I’ve included some of my personal favorites from season one and two. For someone who hasn’t seen this fantastic show, I highly recommend it. For those of you who are already fans, be prepared to feast on some bloody good tunes.
Bad Things – Jace Everett
Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies
The Forgotten People – Thievery Corporation
Timebomb – Beck
Two – Ryan Adams
Death Trip – Bad Livers
Escape From Dragon House - Dengue Fever
Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground
Half Of You – Cat Power
Day Too Soon – Sia
Until I Wake Up – Dishwalla
Trouble – Ray LaMontagne
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
If you like any of the songs listed above, please support the artist by purchasing them.
For today’s mixtape from 8tracks, I’ve chosen to feature 10 mellow/dub/reggae songs that are perfect for a lazy Monday mix, but it’s good for any day. If you want to just listen to something that isn’t distracting, easy on the ears, and has a good beat, then this mix is for you.
Amber - 311
Let The Drummer Kick – Citizen Cope
Runnin’ With a Gun – Slightly Stoopid
Waiting for My Ruca – Sublime
Left Hand Suzuki Method – Gorillaz
Hot Cookin’ – G. Love
Stormtrooper – Pepper
Ganja Smuggling – The Expendables
Cali Girl – Ballyhoo!
Can’t Slow Down – Brett Dennen
If you like any of the songs listed above, support the artist by purchasing them.
In this video, the most excellent finger picking guitarist Andy McKee performs his song Drifting. I chose this song of his because it is one of my personal favorites. To check out more of Andy McKee’s music, you can hear some of his other songs on his official site as well as purchase them if you are so inclined.
For now, enjoy this great song, because there is a reason that this YouTube video has over 22 million views. Watch it to see for yourself.