Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Sleigh Bells – Kids

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New things come with the New Year,
And sometimes new things can mean change and fear,
But change can also be good, not worse:
Like when Ricky busts out his verse.

We all knew he was blogger extraordinaire,
But this poetic inclination is a new flair:
So here is my best stab
At creating something half as fab.

It’s to Sleigh Bells I dedicate this post,
They’re the ‘noise pop’ duo with the most.
“Kids” is my favorite beat
The vocals are cool and the sound brings the heat.

The group’s got new tunes coming out,
Like “Comeback Kid,” which has major clout,
So tune in, listen up and if they come your way
Take this poem to heart and buy tickets today.

Sleigh Bells – Kids by Hipstersw/kids

Tour dates:
02/16 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
02/17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
02/18 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
02/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
02/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
02/24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at Market

Song of the Day: San Cisco – Awkward

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‘Awk talk.’ We all know it. We all do it (some less than others). You know – it’s when you’re in a conversation or a relationship or a meeting and things… just… don’t… quite flow. There is good news about ‘awk talk’ and all things ‘awkward’ though: while we all try to minimize it in our daily lives, there’s no reason we can’t enjoy it in musical form.

Now, thanks to San Cisco, a young Australian indie band, we can all rock out to the inevitable awkwardness we cringe at daily through our headphones. The band targets the most intense type of awkwardness – that experienced on a first date – in their new single, aptly titled, well, ‘Awkward.’

The song is a poppy duet with one of those great choruses that is nothing but ‘doodoo daadaa’ sounds. Clutch lines include descriptions of the young woman having her keys ready at the gate to make a quick escape, after which her male counterpart inquires why she hasn’t called back because ‘he’s been calling her for days’… to which the girl counters with a request for him to stop stalking her. Calling, stalking; texting, stexting – it’s a thin thin line to be sure.

Does that thin line make for awkward? You betcha. But, since none of us are the guilty actors on this failed first date, there’s no reason not to keep listening. Just make sure you look where you’re going when you’re rocking out to this song – otherwise you could make for an ‘awk walk’ next time you’re grooving around town.

Song of the Day: Dr. Dre – The Next Episode

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When the Coachella lineup was announced this week, a few names clearly stood out- Pulp, James, At the Drive In, Refused and Dr. Dre. It’s been awhile since the former NWA member, headphone maker and head of Aftermath records has been in the spotlight, but as one of the pioneers of the 90s G Funk sounds (a sound that dominated hip hop at the time) it was a pleasant surprise that Dre has decided to enter the spotlight once again.

Which brings us to the last time Dre made a “come back”. The song The Next Episode was one of the memorable hip hop beats in the early 2000s. It was part of Dre’s return to hip hop dominance after a sabbatical that also coincided with some issues with various record labels. With a new prodigy named Emimem by his side and Snoop back in the fold, Dre quickly grabbed the hipnhop mantle once again and this was one of the tracks that led to it.

Maybe it’ll happen again.

Anyways, this track still rules.

Here’s the video. I’ve always wanted to be that random guy in a hip hop video that’s always a little too happy to be on screen and only says ‘Yeah’ or ‘uh huh’ the whole time.

Song of the Day: Jhameel – THC (The Human Condition)

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Whenever I log onto Facebook and find my newsfeed littered with updates from my friends’ Spotify accounts, I feel like the sole surviving user of Pandora. But every once in a while I’m reminded why I stay adamantly behind the times and continue to use it. (Actually, according to The Washington Post’s In/Out list for 2012, I’m doubly behind the times because Spotify is now out and Bluebrain is in. I’m totally confused as to what Bluebrain is and am pretty sure that even if I did understand, my poor little dumphone wouldn’t know what to do with it.)

Today my Pandora account decided to remind me of why I love it by introducing me to THC (The Human Condition) (from the album of the same name) by Jhameel. This song caught my attention because it was something besides David Byrne or David Bowie – my Pandora has an uncompromising crush on these two artists – and because it had a super catchy refrain of “puff puff pass puff puff pass” which I was mindlessly singing even before I realized Pandora had decided to move on from the Davids. I loved the strong beat and the stream-of-consciousness feel of the lyrics so I looked into Jhameel a little further. The only thing I can say is the more I look into him the more intriguing he becomes: he’s unwikipediable, always a shocker, and his website says that he is a pentalingual young pop star who takes inspiration from Prince and Michael Jackson. Done, done, and done, sir.

All I can say is that I like what I see and hopefully more will emerge soon.