Music


Wolf ParadeIt starts off with a nice steady beat before Spencer Krug’s voice comes in, haunting and otherworldy. The song flows throughout, continuing to entice you within its rhythm. You truly cannot help but be hypnotized by the lyrics.

It’s a song about the dissapointments of, you guessed it, the modern world. As the beginning line is “I’m not in love with the modern world,” the song continues into a sad poem dedicated to the troubles various changes have brought to our world and it ends with Spencer Krug’s crooning, “Modern world I’m not pleased to meet you, you just bring me down”.

When I first heard this song it reminded my of the mysterious city of Atlantis, which was ironically fitting as it was supposed to be an advanced civilization that was lost to the sea. The concept paralles our current poilitcal sorroundings as the song shines spotlight in the direction of the dangerous social and environmental changes that our world is going through. Wolf Parade brings forth a socially relevent concept that resonates the opinions of the unhappy masses that make up this modern world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nMHGyR_i8g

Peace out,
MAM

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Franz FerdinandThis song is a pure rock/dance supermix. It is a mixture of Franz Ferdinand’s unique sound with an added nightclub-dance component to it that you haven’t heard in their previous songs. I originally heard this song on Gossip Girl and it fit the scene it was showcased in so perfectly, that all I could do was get it. Before you shake your head and disregard this whole post, due to my Gossip Girl reference, hear me out. The intricate and constant bass was what sucked me into this song. It may not be the first thing you hear, but if you listen for it, you can pick it out and enjoy the whole song in a new light.  The other thing that attracted me to this song was Alex Kaprano’s voice. I truly believe he is the only one who could’ve sung it. There is a hint of mystery mixed with candid honesty, which makes up his voice, that you can’t find anywhere else. A great oxymoron if you ask me and just the thing to make you curious enough to listen to it.

http://www.myspace.com/franzferdinand

Peace Out,
    MAM

sayhi4

The ruler of great, chillax music, Say Hi (formally known as Say Hi To Your Mom) really shows off it’s stuff with the song Northwestern Girls.  I was originally showed this by MAM and the first time I heard it I loved it.  It’s soft beats and mumbled vocals really exemplify the feeling of coolness.  Unlike many soft songs, it doesn’t get boring or dull to listen to but even picks up with a rise in tempo and emotion near the end that will take you by a storm.  MAM once described it as unworldly which  I think suits it perfectly.  It’s a great song to just be with yourself. 

Check it out!  If you don’t listen to the whole thing I’ll kick you:

http://www.myspace.com/sayhitoyourmom

Word,

PRZ

Ra Ra Riot

Not too many songs begin with a drum & string intro. This song, however, is not like many other songs. One thing that makes this song different, is that the bass is fighting with violin for it’s time in the spotlight… which is not necessarily a bad thing. Throughout the song, the drums build up at about the same pace as the strings, which is why the song caught my attention. The lyrics in this song are very upfront and  yet are phrased in a way that is not frequently used. The singer does a good job of playing with the beats in this song, matching them to the lyrics. If you are in the mood for something refreshing, I would recommend this song:

http://www.myspace.com/rarariot

Love,

OCV

decemberists2This song is one that can touch your heart. Colin Meloy’s (lead singer and band’s songwriter) melancholy voice and poetic words will send you to another world, far away from here, but yet so close. It is a song about love ignored or maybe love forgotten, who knows? That is what is great about “The Crane Wife 3”, its completely open to interpretation and can mean something different to every person. It starts out somewhat slow and around a minute in, a steady drum beat appears and continues throughout the song that keeps with the forlorn feel that the song started out with. The Decemberists are sometimes considered quite folk-rock, so if you’re anti-folk, don’t be scared off  by this song ; though it does have a slight folky element it will also appeal to chill-rock listener.  Overall, this may not be the song you listen to while driving 70 mph on the highway, but it will be a song that you can listen to while you remember times past or are just sitting on the couch letting your imagination take rein of your thoughts.

http://www.myspace.com/thedecemberists

Peace Out,
     MAM

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head Don’t let the band’s unique (and admittedly slightly weird) name throw you off. The constant dance beat mixed with bouncy melodies and rythmic clapping is a perfect musical concoction that will keep your energy going and going.  They’re the type of band that basically makes the music they want to make and if you don’t like it, well too bad! In “Sophisticated Side Ponytail” a girl and a boy are openly flirting with each other with the eccentric and creative questions. My favorite part of the song is probably what I call the Sea World Solo which occurs throughout the whole second verse of the song and ends with a cute musical tune. Though a short song it leaves your wild dancing side satified and your beat cravings satiated. Check them out at:

www.myspace.com/natalieportmansshavedhead

Peace Out,
         MAM

mattandkimThis song may sound familiar to a few of you tv watching, excellent memory, searching for good music on commercials type people. It was featured on a Bacardi mojito commercial and I fell in love with it from the first 3 seconds of listening to it. It’s very upbeat and dancy with a flare of attitude. In my opinion, the vocals are almost reminiscent of the Clash…. just a little bit cleaner. There are only 2 people in this band, hence the name, Matt and Kim. Also, there is a female drummer, which is always a plus in my book.

Check out the Brooklyn duo:

http://www.myspace.com/mattandkim

Love,

OCV