Winter 2017 Galactic Playlist

It’s officially winter, so you know what time it is! This year’s winter playlist is taking on a galactic theme in honor of the new Star Wars film that was released earlier this month.

This Winter 2017 Galactic Playlist features a few more upbeat tracks than previous winter playlists, with synth beats, electro pop, and more.

So let’s get to it with this 15-track, space-themed winter warm up!

1. Intro, Mood Robot. Let’s get the mood flowing with an intro from Mood Robot.

2. Curious, Ark Patrol ft. Victoria Zaro. I’d be curious about what would happen if I kissed someone in space too, you know, with gravity and all…

3. Flicker, Many Faces. I’d love to see your many faces flicker, too.

4. Back to the Stars, The Landing. For a sexy time in space, let’s go “back to the stars.”

5. 1901, Phoenix. Takin’ it back to the 20th century.

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Fan Art Fridays: The Neighbourhood

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The Neighbourhood put out a new song this week called “Scary Love”!

“Scary Love” is part of the band’s upcoming EP To Imagine. It features some pretty high pitched synths, making it sound as scary as the title suggests. When I first heard it today, Jesse Rutherford’s vocals kind of scared me when he sang the opening line “Move to the city with me” in a screeching yet beautiful falsetto.

I’m used to the somber R&B feel of their music but I could definitely get used to a few hair-raising synths 😉

In honor of the release of “Scary Love”, I decided to scour the internet for some fan art of The Neighbourhood. I found this really fun cartoon of the band on Pinterest. It’s not signed at the bottom so I have no idea who created it.

I find it very interesting how the artist decided to give the band members a clown blush look on their cheeks, since The Neighbourhood seems like a serious bunch of guys. Gotta love juxtapositions!

Listen to “Scary Love” on YouTube.

Fall 2016 Long Walks Playlist

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It’s that time of the year again when the leaves start to dry up and fall off the trees, leaving your favorite parks covered in crunchy yet colorful landscapes.

For those of you that enjoy long autumn walks, here’s a little playlist to keep you company.

1. Manipulator, MADEIRA. Let’s manipulate the weather so it’ll be warm enough to take a nice walk in the park.

2. Crystals, ARDENCY feat. Icelandia. Some synth vibes from ARDENCY and Icelandia to guide you along.

3. Dekire, Charles Murdoch feat. Oscar Key Sung. These soft vocals from Oscar Key Sung are just the thing you need this fall.

4. Riptide, NTEIBINT. In the spirit of Halloween…

5. Bite, Troye Sivan. “Don’t you wanna see a man up close?”

6. Let It Happen, Tame Impala. This one is sure to put a pep in your step.

7. People, Kye Kye. A little serenade by Olga from Kye Kye.

8. Standard, Empress Of. If you start to “see a man who isn’t there,” I’d run back home immediately.

9. Pray to God, Calvin Harris, feat. HAIM. Let’s just hope you don’t run into any Wiccans in the woods.

10. Dead End Thrills, Cubicolor. The only moment when reaching a dead end in the woods seems thrilling.

11. Details, Andrew Belle. “You think the devil is gonna let on that you’re in the details?”

12. Touch Me, Superhumanoids. For the victory walk home.

Have an amazing autumn season!

This Week in Music: Urban Cone’s “Weekends”

It’s only Tuesday and Urban Cone’s already got us thinking about the weekend.

The band released a new track off their upcoming album Polaroid Memories called “Weekends,” and it’s got a very cheery, upbeat chill vibe.

It’s the kind of song you want to burst out the door to on a Saturday morning as you jump on your bike with your friends riding alongside you.

The song’s fuzzy synth and happy guitar rifts are enough to put you in a good mood. “Can you feel it?” they sing. “I can feel it.”

There is a slightly melancholy part of the song right before the chorus, which is my favorite part, probably because I’m used to Urban Cone’s melancholy lyrics.

Before the chorus they sing, “Do you remember, we used to build castles?” in a very reminiscent voice. “I used to feel it. You used to feel it.” They continue as the beat slows down and the guitar begins to strum lightly.

Oh, the Polaroid memories. (see what I did there?)

In any case, the song is definitely more pop sounding than their other stuff, and I can’t say I’m in love with it or anything. It’s alright, but I think I liked “Sadness Disease” a lot better than I enjoyed “Weekends.”

Listen to “Weekends” below and pre-order Polaroid Memories here.

Album Review: Le Sins ‘Michael’

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Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi decided to put out a new album, Michael, for his side project called Le Sins.

I can’t say I’m completely disappointed with this new sound, but I am no where near satisfied. Nonetheless, there are a few tracks I enjoy from Michael, so much so that they are saved on my Spotify profile.

Here is a track by track review of Michael.

1. Talk About: This track opens the album with a very discordant melody. I began to fear instantly that Le Sins really wasn’t up to my taste.

2. Past: The mysterious synth vibe and ominous vocals really take over in this song, bringing back memories of spooky Halloween nights.

3. Toy: This song features an interesting flute melody. I’m really not used to Chaz Bundick’s use of such instrumentation but I can live with this.

4. Why feat. Nate Salaman: Here is where I started to have faith that this album might not be so bad. “Why” is my fave track on this album. It’s closest to his old style of music. I love how Nate Salman sings “Why do you wanna go there?/ Tell me you need me here.”

5. Bother: I find this track quite funny because the song has an annoying ring to it. I sure won’t bother listening to this one again.

6. Minato: I’m wondering if the title of this song is a  reference to city of Minato in Tokyo? The intro features weird screeching sounds. I wasn’t really into this one.

7. Bellow: This song is also reminiscent of his old sound. It features autotuned vocals, but I’m not too sure if they are Chaz’s…

8. Sticky: A cool set of  synth horns really make this track stand out. The sudden beat change at around 2:30 is worth noting as well.

9. Call: This track baffles me. It’s literally a female voice saying “Oh” repeatedly from start to end. The song has a bit of a party vibe throughout.

10. Drop: The spirit of Halloween comes back to life with this song’s ominous synth chords and fast paced percussion.

11. Do right: The album ends with a very slow chilled vibe. This song’s piano melody is prevalent. He does a sort of discordant arrangement with the piano chords that suits his style well.

Overall, I think Le Sins is an interesting side project for Chaz Bundick. I’m curious to know whether he will ever go back to making music as Toro y Moi. I loved Anything in Return and Michael was a bit of a stray from that old sound I fell in love with when I first started listening to Toro y Moi.

And I’m still left with one burning question: who the hell is Michael?

This Week in Music: Troye Sivan’s First Ever Single “Happy Little Pill”

It has been a very exciting passed couple of hours for fans of South African/Australian YouTuber Troye Sivan.

His first single, “Happy Little Pill” from his upcoming album TRXYE dropped last night, and it is so freaking good!

The track has a certain element of light R&B. Combined with Troye’s smooth vocals, the song is definitely a crowd pleaser.

“I wrote this song during a bit of a rough time for someone super close to me, and for myself, and it still means as much to me as the day i wrote it, and i’m still as in love with it as the day i wrote it (which is rare for me!!). I couldn’t be prouder to be giving it to you guys today :’),” he wrote in the Tumblr post where he posted the Soundcloud link to the single.

I really love the songs instrumentals, especially the small bit of synth playing throughout the beginning and chorus that gives the song a breezy summer vibe. The song features some amazing imagery, in the hook before the chorus where he sings,

Tight skin, bodyguards
Gucci down the boulevard
Cocaine, dollar bills and…

Just pure brilliance.

This song will have to be our “happy little pill” until the release of TRXYE on Auguust 15th.

My question for Mr. Sivan is: will there be a music video to accompany this masterpiece?

Enjoy the song on Soundcloud.

 

 

 

Album Review: The Ready Set’s ‘The Bad & The Better’

The Ready Set is back with some new sounds just in time for summer 2014!

The album, titled The Bad & The Better, was released today, May 27th.

The Bad & The Better is a wonderful concoction of fun, medium tempo pop beats and heartwarming ballads.

The two singles on this album are “Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)” (released back in 2012) and “Higher.”

Fans of The Ready Set may have already heard the big buzz about bonus track “For the Better,” which is a song tribute to Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s feud fueled by the incident that occured at the 2009 MTV VMAs.

Jordan Witzigreuter made it clear that the song is a tribute to the country singer, as he makes countless allusions to her songs and personality.

“So take that 13 luck and find, there’s a 100 waiting in line,” he says, mocking Taylor Swift’s favorite number. For the chorus, he hones the melody of her song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” as he sings,

Whatever, ever, ever
It’s for the better
Hey, hey whatever, ever, ever
It’s for the better.

“For the Better” even quotes Kanye’s infamous line “Imma let you finish.”

I must say, this is a clever one, Jordan. Was this the inspiration for the album title?

The rest of the album includes fun summer songs “Carry Me Home,” “Luxury,” and bonus track “More Than This.”

The Ready Set plays with some synth in “Are We Happy Now” and bonus track “Terrible Things.” The synth adds to the emotional heaviness of both songs.

The albums ballads include “Don’t You Need Me” and the very heartfelt, tear inducing track titled “Castaway” featuring Jake Miller. “I’ll step back from the doubts overtaking me. They were breaking me,” Jordan sings as the swift violin melody swings back and forth between the lyrics.

Listeners that enjoy beautifully structured lyrics, will find my favorites, “Freakin’ Me Out,” “Bitter and the Sweetness,” and “Bleeding.” Jordan’s soft falsetto mixed into the melody of these three tracks are enough to make you melt faster than an ice cream cone in the summer heat.

And of course, this album would not be complete without one weird song, “Fangz.” I don’t even know how to explain that one.

I think The Ready Set fans will enjoy The Bad & The Better. Jordan Witzigreuter put together an interesting collection of melodies for our enjoyment this summer.

Listen to The Bad & The Better on Spotify.

Fall 2013 Playlist

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Summer is over, guys. As much as you want to hold on to your tank tops and surf boards, autumn is here. It’s time to bring out the rake for all those leaves.

Fall is characterized by rustling leaves and jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows and creepy mansions. Therefore, I present to you a fall playlist of 15 songs that will make you feel haunted.

1. Spotlight, Mutemath: Many of you might remember this song from the first Twilight movie when Bella notices everyone in the school parking lot is staring at her and Edward Cullen as they walk into the building. The melody created by the chorus of ‘ahs’ in this song will send chills up your spine. In a good way.

2. Meet My Friends, Gold Fields: This Aussie band will send you into a frenzy with the sinister guitar rifts featured in this song! The lyrics are very dark as well, as they sing, “I saw faces, I saw the fear.” Look away!

3. Entertainment, Phoenix: French band Phoenix uses some creepy sounding synth melodies for this track in order to entertain you. So, did they succeed?

4. I Belong to You, Muse: This song is also featured in a Twilight movie, New Moon to be exact. How comfortable are you with the notion of belonging to Muse?

5. Bones, MS MR: Pretty Little Liars fans might remember this song from the episode where the girls attend Detective Wilden’s funeral. Will you obey MS MR’s command to “Dig up her bones but leave the soul alone”?

6. Bittersweet World, Ashlee Simpson: Got some skeletons in your closet? Well maybe you should let them out so that they can dance to this song!

7. Not in Love, Crystal Castles ft. Olin and the Moon: The notoriously dark electronic band Crystal Castles teams up with Olin and the Moon for this anti-love track. The synth might actually relax you. Might.

8. One Life Stand, Hot Chip: The ever so clever Hot Chip creates a frightful track using a play on the concept of a “one night stand.” Now, the real question is, do you want to be Hot Chip’s one life stand?

9. Insomniatic, Aly and AJ (78Violet): Aly and AJ recorded and released this song before changing their name to 78Violet. I cannot be held responsible if this song keeps you up at night.

10. Howl, Florence and the Machine: The beautiful yet creepy violins in this song make this one of Florence’s masterpieces. So, be careful young, lovers.

11. Heavy Heart, Canon Blue: The discordant synth intro of this song is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Enjoy!

12. Polish Girl, Neon Indian: I don’t know who she is but Neon Indian is taken by this Polish girl. How quickly can she take you?

13. Shoot the Water, Austra: Between the piano melody and the lyrics, I can’t decide which is creepier. I think the lyrics win, especially when she sings, “I want your blood, I want it in my hair.” Eww.

14. Bloody Mary, Lady Gaga: She won’t cry for you. She just won’t do it. Beware, the deep male ghost-like voices that sing “GAGA” in the bridge are quite alarming. And scary.

15. Are You Afraid?, Rooney: After all of this haunted stuff is said and done, are you afraid? Did I actually give you a scare? Rooney wants to know!


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Have a happy and safe autumn season 2013!

Marina and the Diamonds Lonely Hearts Club Tour NYC

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Last night I went with my best friend to see Marina and the Diamonds’ last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour.

It was fantastic!

The concert was held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, NYC. The doors didn’t open until 6pm, but by 5pm the line had already stretched halfway along 5th Ave.

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Almost every girl I saw had Marina’s signature heart painted on their cheek. I even saw a few guys with it as well!

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At around 7:30pm, Charli XCX opened the show. Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) is a 20 year old indie electro synth pop artist from Hertfordshire, England. Some of you may recognize her name from the Icona Pop song she’s featured on, “I Love It,” which was the opening theme song for Snookie & JWoww. Her album True Romance was released in April 2013.

 

She sang “I Love It” along with “Stay Away”, “Nuclear Seasons”, and a few others.

I’m not really a fan of Charli XCX, so I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy her performance that much. If you ever decide to go see her in concert, prepare yourself for a lot of hair flipping and hip twirling. That’s pretty much all she’ll do on stage. Her voice didn’t really carry well in the park, so at times it sounded like she was mumbling. I love her British accent though!

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After Charli XCX left the stage, the crew began setting up for Marina. I got really excited when they brought out a male mannequin wearing a light blue suit. I kept telling my friend how anxious I was to find out what Marina was going to do with that mannequin!

Marina came out around 8:30pm, the lights on the stage flashing wildly as the electro pop beat began to pick up. She strolled onto the stage wearing a pink dress and a white wedding veil. In her hand she held a bouquet of flowers.

She grabbed the microphone and began to sing “Homewrecker.”

Quite the entrance I’d say.

I’m assuming the mannequin was her “groom” as she spun him around on stage as she sang.

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I absolutely loved it when she would stop to talk to the audience. After “Homewrecker” she told us about her beauty queen fetish. “Loser that I am,” she said, “I’ve made a sash or two.” She then walks over to the clothing rack on stage and puts on a hot pink sash. “This one says ‘Miss Shellfish Beach’.”

Priceless.

She got really emotional about the fact that the Lonely Hearts Club was coming to an end.

After singing one of my favorites, “Power and Control”, she said, “You know the tour is over because my top is breaking.”

While she went to change, the crowd began shouting “TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!”

No, guys. This is a PG-13 concert. Not NC-17.

She actually started to cry before sitting down at the piano to sing “Teen Idle.”

She’s really going to miss this tour.

Oddly, as if on cue, as she sang “Feeling super, super, super, suicidal” from “Teen Idle”, the ambulance showed up.

I hope it wasn’t anything serious.

Marina ended the concert with “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” and she brought her mannequin back onto the stage once again, this time in a speedo.

Marina’s opera-like voice came through very well. Coupled with her amazing band, there was never a dull moment with Marina Diamandis.

She also did a great job of owning the personality of Electra Heart, her alter ego.

Since this was the last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour, she pretty much gave away all of her stage props, including the bouquet, the veil, and the giant teddy bear.

I’m sure the lucky fan that managed to catch that teddy bear received some dirty looks.

Oh well.

Marina, you Greek-Welsh beauty queen, you can come back to NYC anytime!

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