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

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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

clapyourhandsClap Your Hands Say Yeah is an alternative band occasionally under controversy over the lead singer’s unique vocals.  Some people call it whiney but I find it it not only fits but adds to the music and creates a really cool effect.  The more you listen to it the more you realize the brilliance of it.  “Is This Love?” is my personal favorite with edgy guitar riffs and upbeat drums. Every time I hit the chorus I cant help but roll my head along with it as my friends roll their eyes in embarrassment.  The vocals are warped and broken at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’d have to say my favorite part is the finale where they unleash a barrage of musical fireworks.  If you haven’t heard it yet you should definitely check it out:

http://www.myspace.com/clapyourhandssayyeah

Word,

PRZ

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