One of my favorite romantic songs ever. Unfortunately they made a cheeseball video for this beautiful track, so close your eyes as you listen, but even the video can’t ruin the timeless beauty of “This Years Love” by David Gray.
Check this track out called”Never Forget You” by Noisettes off their 2009 album Wild Young Hearts. Be forewarned, the track is infectious and you will probably have this feel-good tune stuck in your head for a while after listening. While this London band skews more indie/punk rock, this song brings you back to the doo wop feel good era of music. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
I was into Young The Giant earlier this year, but pleasantly surprised to hear their sing “Cough Syrup” on rock radio when I returned from Europe. This 2011 single from this California based indie rock band has been doing well on alternative and pop charts, showing this bands crossover ability. Check out the track and let me know what you think!
Well not really, but I did put some of my pictures and videos from my Euro Trip this summer to the sounds of Sigur Ros’ “Hoppipola”. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. You can also see what 7 hours of me and iMovie produces. (not too impressive!) haha
Arcade Fire is a great indie rock band, and one of the best to ever come out of Canada. They gained mainstream recognition in 2011 when they won the Grammy for Album of the Year, but were certainly well known much before that. One of the things I love about these guys and gals is the diversity of their sound and the range of instruments they use on their album (including guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin, and hurdy-gurdy).
This track from their 2004 debut album Funeral and is called “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” and is currently on my Summer 2012 mix Enjoy!
Music with voices or words, is a song. You dont need voices however to have great music as we know since music has been performed for centuries without necessitating words.
While you may not hear them on the radio, there are many artists across all genres that are making beautiful music without voices and here are two of my favorites.
First, is Austin, Texas based band Explosions In The Sky performing “Your Hand In Mine”. Gotta love the methodical build up of this track only to have it brought right back down in the end.
The second is legendary Icelandic band Sigur Ros performing their beautiful and haunting “Untitled Track 3″. This song actually does sneak some vocal “ooohs and ahhhs” in there but Im including it anyway because Ive been listening to this track tonight and it inspired the post To me this is a song you put in your headphones and close your eyes and listen to and no matter what is going on around you, it makes it all slow down and moves your distractions away.
Check it out, enjoy, and let me know what other lyric-less tracks you like.
Explosions In The Sky
Just found this deep in the internets…Damian Rice and Glen Hansard “busking” on Grafton St in Dublin, Ireland singing Rice’s “Blowers Daughter” and then transitioning into Radiohead’s “Creep”. What is “busking” you might ask? Just another word for street performing, we just dont really use it here in the US.
Busking on Grafton St is not an uncommon tradition, and Christmas Eve seems to be a special day for this. Damian Rice and even Bono have turned up to busk in recent years. You can check out Bono’s busk below too which is pretty amusing as he forgets the words to “One” twice. It then segues into “Knocking on Heavens Door” which is cool. Its all for a good cause though as proceeds from these busks go to aid homeless people in Dublin.
…would be Long Beach, California’s Cold War Kids. Coming onto the scene in 2006, this group was another one that got the indie rock crowd all sorts of excited, and deservedly so. This track “We Used to Vacation” comes of their debut album which was called Robbers and Cowards, and was the first of their 3 albums recorded off of Downtown Records. Take a listen and let me know what you think!
Yes, its a band, and a good one at that. Passion Pit the band is a bunch of Berklee School of Music grads who formed circa 2007 to bless the world with indie pop/alt dance/electropop music. Many of the indie rocker/hipster folk have loved these guys for a while, and deservingly so. There first album hit the world in ’09, and we should see their second studio release July of 2012. If you dont know them yet, check out this track, “Sleepyhead”.
Now do you know where the name Passion Pit comes from/refers to? Theres two answers, but only one is right. Guess in the comments
While they are neither naked nor (really) famous, The Naked and Famous is a great post-punk band from New Zealand who really got cranking in 2010 when their debut album hit the market. This track, “Young Blood”, is one of my favorites although there are plenty of gems if you dig this type of music. If you do like them, peep the track “Punching in a Dream”. Check it out and let me know what you think of this crew!