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1 Mar

Today was a good day. Slept in, fought off sickness, got a bunch of work done, then found 3 awesome new songs IN A ROW. That never happens.

These songs are pretty hip.  And chill…  like…  chillip,  bro.

“The Reflection of You” is a new track from Brooklyn-based (hip) rock group: Bear in Heaven (I first read it as “Beer in Heaven” (so chilll))

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“!N3V3R SL33P!” is a relaxing single (chill) with an ironic  title (hip) via the Brooklyn-based (hip) Poor Spirits

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“Harvest Moon” by the LA-based Poolside (chill, bro) and is music they like to call “daytime disco” (hip)

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-Him

James Yuill

22 Jun

Thanks to a good friend of mine, I was introduced to James Yuill, a British musician. His innovation is shown in the Guinness commercial below:

Now, listen to two of his tracks, “This Sweet Love (Prins Thomas Sneaky Edit)” and “No Surprise”. Can’t put my finger on the words to describe his music, but perhaps electronic-folksy-ambient-eclectic will do the job. Enjoy.

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P.S. I bought the Bon Iver album, as aforementioned, and it is beyond amazing. I’ve been blasting it all day.

Bon Iver “Bon Iver”

10 Jun

In a world of remixes, excitement, chaos, dubstep, and complicated music technologies, it’s nice to hear calmness every once in a while. Bon Iver has seemingly mastered the art of zen in his music; every time I listen, I am transported. And I don’t mean this in a cliché, melodramatic fashion. I mean this sincerely. His music is magic, and while most of his songs are hard to individualize, listening to his music reminds me that sometimes simple is better. Sometimes pure, honest sound is what I need to hear. Bon Iver’s self-titled album arrives June 21, 2011, and you can be sure that I will be pre-ordering this one. And yes, I’m actually buying this music, not just finding it for free online. It’s that good. For now, stream the album on NPR by following the link below.

NPR First Listen: Bon Iver

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Patience is a Virtue

18 May

If you’re a Bon Iver fan, you know that “Calgary” is the first single in two years. God, why do you make us wait so long? Folksy, haunting, soothing, layered music. I.e. quintessential Bon Iver music. I.e. Amazing.

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Rise and Shine

9 Jan

Good days, they come around the oddest corners

This is the perfect soundtrack for a cozy Sunday morning. Andy McKee’s “Drifting” is an impressive recording, but watching him play the guitar is just as impressive, if not mesmerizing. Enjoy

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Toast

16 Nov

If you haven’t already seen OK Go’s new music video for “Last Leaf,” watch it now.

Using 215 loaves of bread and a laser, this stop motion animation on toast is strangely beautiful. In fact, I would argue that the video makes the simple song more poignant, a characteristic that is often foregone in most music today.

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“Lionheart” Emancipator

6 Nov

In my attempt to study this afternoon, I needed some tunes to keep me from going nuts. “Lionheart” by Emancipator did just the job. From the album Soon It Will Be Cold Enough (my opinion: it’s already cold enough…), this track is a chill groove, with beautiful strings and a beat that kept me alert while memorizing statistics formulas.

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“Short and Sweet” – Esperanza Spalding

7 Oct

This is so god damn sexy. That’s all I can say.

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A Dose of Dylan: The Tallest Man On Earth

22 Sep

“Dreamer” by The Tallest Man on Earth offers a grainy, authentic recording with the distinctive gravelly voice of Sweden’s Kristian Matsson. His poetic and folksy lyrics (“oh sometimes the blues is just a passing bird/and why can’t that always be/tossing aside from your birches crown/just enough dark to see/how you’re the light over me”) are instantly calming, perfect for when you are struggling to do your economics homework.

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For those mellow emotional times…Sigur Rós

22 Sep

Sigur Rós, a ambient/dream-rock group from iceland, needs to tell me how they make such emotional music and how to pronounce the names of their songs, like Saeglopur, Heysatan, Fljotavik (looks like drunk texts to me). I can imagine their songs playing at the climax of any movie. And I can’t resist imagining myself walking up to some glorious stage to receive my nobel peace prize. Try it. Enjoy.

-Him

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