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RJD2 – “Find You Out”

by on Aug.22, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Find You Out” by RJD2

I recently described this artist to my wife as “Girl Talk, but jazzy”. While not 100% accurate, it’s pretty close. If you’ve heard the Get Shorty soundtrack (highly recommended), you have a good idea of what RJD2‘s latest work sounds like. It also reminds me a bit of some Propellerheads songs.

Find You Out, from the album Your Face Or Your Kneecaps, has some nice vocal samples in Spanish, laid over a jazz-lounge beat. One of RJD2′s signatures is horn samples, and he has plenty of them here. Fortunately, I love horn samples, so count me as an instant RJD2 fan. In fact, I liked this song so much, I went out and purchased one of his (many) other albums, Magnificent City Instrumentals. That will probably be reviewed in another post in the near future.

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Camera Obscura – “French Navy”

by on Aug.22, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

French Navy” by Camera Obscura

Similar in concept to much of Zee Avi’s music, Camera Obscura‘s “French Navy” features a female lead singer and feels like it should be a very old song when in fact it’s brand new. However, where Ms. Avi has a jazzy acoustic/island-girl vibe from the 40′s, “French Navy” is more like a 60′s song. To be honest, I’m having quite a hard time describing it – it’s very hard to define. It’s upbeat, has a great hook, and some nice violin work.

Some might call it a girlie song, and it does have mass female appeal, but I think guys like it too. Strangely enough, I heard it playing in Home Depot lately! That was definitely a surprise.

The rest of Camera Obscura’s new album, My Maudlin Career, is pretty good, but this is the standout single for me.

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Hanger 18 – Bakin Soda

by on Jul.10, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Bakin Soda [Explicit] by Hangar 18

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to rap. I used to be really into it, but lately I’ve been all about indie rock. Well, every Tuesday, Amazon releases a fresh batch of free MP3 downloads. This was in the latest batch. I’m not sure what made me check it out, but I’m glad I did! It has a great old-school vibe to it, but modernized well with an up-tempo, danceable beat. Imagine RUN-DMC fast-foward.

It’s virtually impossible to listen to this song without moving some part of your body. In that sense, it reminds me a bit of Girl Talk. They also make heavy use of samples and artificial beats, though of course not quite as much as GT.

If you like this track, also check out their excellent 2004 release, The Multi-Platinum Debut Album [Explicit].

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Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise”

by on Jun.13, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise” is the new single from Black Moth Super Rainbow‘s new album, Eating Us. It’s a mellow little tune, kind of like hippy trance but with lyrics. The whole album is pretty consistent, so if you like this, you’ll probably like the rest. An interestig detail, this is a five-man band and not just a guy or two with a computer and sequencer. Fans of Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear should like this music.

Check out the full track preview over at Last.fm.

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Girl Talk – Feed the Animals

by on Jun.05, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Today’s Song of the Day is actually a whole album, because it’s a continuous mix. The album is Feed the Animals [Explicit], by Girl Talk. If you don’t know this one-man-band already, he is one of the best of the mashup genre. He takes multiple disparate songs and mixes them together into new ones that are more than the sum of their parts. He rarely creates new material for his songs, which some people disrespect, but I am okay with.

A note to those with sensitive ears, the explicit version of this album is the only one I’ve been able to find, so don’t be surprised if you hear some curse words or sexual references.

Enjoy!

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Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – “Masquerade”

by on May.22, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

While I have to admit I didn’t like them right away, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band has definitely grown on me. I warmed up with their current single, “Who’s Asking“, previewed their new eponymous album, and ended up buying the whole thing. While “Who’s Asking” is definitely a good song, I thought I’d turn you on to a track you might not have heard yet.

Masquerade” is a great little track. Besides their trademark tempo shifts all over the place (which takes a getting used to), it sounds like “Dead Man’s Party“, but from a parallel universe where Oingo Boingo was a punk band. Being an old fan of Elfman and company, I really like this song. So far, it’s my favorite on the album.

An interesting fact about MSHVB is that their drummer is the 13-year-old younger brother of the lead singer. He’s already amazing – I can’t wait to see what his career turns out like! I’m predicting greatness.

Unfortunately, I can’t find any full-length previews online for this song yet, so you’ll just have to take my word for it for now. Enjoy!

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Doves – “Kingdom of Rust”

by on May.16, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

I really try to avoid jumping on bandwagons, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided. Case in point: “Kingdom Of Rust“, the latest single off Dovesnew album of the same name. It’s the indie rock darling of the moment, and for good reason. These English lads sure know how to rock the American cowboy style. Once again, I’m reminded of a more palatable Chris Isaak. Is it just me, or is this some sort of weird trend I’ve uncovered?

Anyway, back on topic… if you’re looking for a mood-heavy, slow-paced song to chill out to, this would be a good choice. Surprisingly, my young son also liked the song, which I take as a good sign. He usually only likes more danceable stuff, so for him to like it means it has a pretty good cross-market appeal.

The video is also very well done.

Enjoy!

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Say Hi – “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh”

by on May.14, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

Today’s Song of the Day is “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh” by Say Hi. For some reason, the vocals on this song keep reminding me of Chris Isaak – a less whiny and nasaly one, which is a Good Thing.

It opens strongly with a catchy synthesized horn riff, then gets right to the drums and twangy guitar goodness. I dare you to listen without bobbing your head. The only negative part about this track is that it does get a little repetitive, but overall an excellent tune. Look to be hearing this one more as time passes.

Make sure to pick this song up, along with all the others, on the excellent Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler while it’s still available! It’s an amazingly good sampler, free or not.

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Deerhunter – “Nothing Ever Happened”

by on May.13, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

It’s always weird to like something without knowing it. If you would have asked me a year ago if I liked “jam bands”, I would have said no and looked at you like you were crazy. I’m not much into classic rock or psychedelia, which is how I used to think of jam bands (Phish and the Grateful Dead, for example).

Deerhunter changed all that. I heard their songs on XMU and fell in love. Only after I was a fan did I hear that they’re a jam band. Two of their songs are on my list of all-time favorites, and of those two, today’s Song of the Day “Nothing Ever Happened” is the best. It’s close, though. (The other will have its own SotD in the future.)

Enjoy!

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Band of Skulls – “I Know What I Am”

by on May.12, 2009, under Music, Song of the Day

The first thing people usually say when they hear “I Know What I Am” by Band Of Skulls is that they sound a lot like The White Stripes, which isn’t surprising given that they are of similar composition. They have a guitarist and a drummer and a male and a female vocalist. The only extra instrument is a bass, which is played by the female vocalist.  I also think they sound like 80′s Camaro rock. If you’re in the mood to bob your head to some good ol’ American guitars and drums, you’ll like this band.

You can preview the full track of “I Know What I Am” over at Last.fm.

If you like this song, you’ll probably like the whole album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey. It’s all pretty consistent, which sounds bad but I think is a very good quality to have. At the time of this writing, Amazon has it on special for five bucks, so definitely make a point to pick it up asap if you’re interested. If you don’t want the whole album, another good song off of it is “Patterns“. Last.fm also has a full-track preview of this song.

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