Saturday, June 9, 2012

Marina and the Diamonds; Electra Heart

I know it seems like I always say this, but this is for sure one of the best albums this year. Honestly. Marina Diamondis is quite sincerely, a genius. Although some people laugh at her alternate personality, it's really a brilliant concept. We all have one, we all know it, we just don't know how to articulate it artistically, so we self destruct instead. Marina has put her lavish Hollywood obsessed, yet totally empty alter-ego into song, and it is nothing short of perfection. I wish I had come up with it first. Mine would be slightly more...morbid, I think.

Take a bite of these tracks I've magically conjured up.



Marina and the Diamonds - Teen Idol

Without a doubt, my fave track on the album. Listen to the lyrics.

Marina and the Diamonds - Homewrecker

Marina and the Diamonds - Starring Role

Marina and the Diamonds - Buy the Stars

This song is stunning, but sad. You know that feeling when you listen to a song, and you realize you are the person they're referring to. Never a proud moment.

Marina and the Diamonds - Power & Control

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Serenades. /// The Sound of Arrows / Xylos / Dirty Heads / Matisyahu / Giselle / Ianborg / Delilah

The Sound of Arrows - Conquest

I know this album has been out for a bit of months now, but I just came across this track due to its newly released video which is absolutely stunning. Since I've seen the video, this song has been on replay for me ever since. This is for sure one of my favorite songs right now, and I can't even explain where my deep love for it comes from except that it just hits the right spot inside my sould. I'm not a massive Sound of Arrows fan, they delve a bit too much into the NuDisco genre for me... but this song! I can't stop dancing to it. Check the video below, it makes the song EVEN BETTER.

Xylos - Summerlong

Another one that just strikes the right chord. Xylos just played at the Glasslands Gallery with MSMR and Ninifabi. Show was totally excellent, a super low key, but really fun crowd. Not too crowded, but just enough to meet and greet and make new friends. Anyway, this song is the best. It's going to be my go-to travelling in the summer song. It makes me really, really  happy.

The Dirty Heads - Dance All Night feat. Matisyahu

This is something I missed listening to a little bit. I haven't listened to Sublime, The Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid or any reggae bands in just about a year. This was my go to music when I was living on the beach in Florida, but it just all seems too laid back for the north. And Matisyahu on the track? <3 When I close my eyes and pretend I'm back to a really happy and healthy place in the sand, this is what I'll be listening to.

Giselle - Silk (Ianborg Remix)

There isn't much I can say for this one, I don't know much about either artist nor remixer, all I know is that this is one really stellar tune.

Delilah - Breathe

Ugh, THIS is what female vocalists should sound like. Delilah's voice is breathtakingly gorgeous. The song itself is magnificent, and the power in her lungs brings a tear to my eye. If you want to read about her in more depth, please, by all means feel free to HERE. And check out the video below starring the ever so stunning girl who I've never laid eyes on before.



I figured instead of writing a new post, I would steal my own from I wrote this post before I had the opportunity to see them live @ Glasslands Gallery. They were really, really awesome live. However, we get that you're from Brooklyn. But in case we were wondering, your ombred pink & blue hair, beaded crop top, leopard high waisted skirt, polka dot ripped tights and studded creepers definitely could lend us a hand. Also, don't "only check your twitter feed on writeups about you." Use all of your resources, you aren't that big yet. 

MSMR - Bones

I mean it just strikes that ever brooding dark chord that we all have hidden somewhere deep within our souls. The lyrics are absolutely brilliant, her voice is stunning, and the dark piano keys and light violin just take the song to an even darker attraction. 

MSMR - Hurricane

Same thing. Except this song has a little more sad desperation in it (not in a negative way at all.) A really sad,  honest desperation through song. The first time I heard this song, I think I may have cried from the toll it took on my heart. This song is a prime example of why I love to do what I do. Excellent. 

WhoMadeWho - Running Man & The Sun (Pitfalls of Modern Man)

WhoMadeWho - Running Man & The Sun (Pitfalls of Modern Man)

This is by far one of the best videos I've seen all year. The music is prime, the set up is perfect, and the thought process is what every single damned one of us is thinking.

TUNAGE. Drop the Lime / Icona Pop / Chew Lips / Fun. / Herve feat. Ronika / Sleigh Bells

I'm back to blogging, and I'm gunna keep it up all freaking summer long - and I'm going to hound ALL of you creatures with music until you can't take me anymore. SO prepare ye way for some tasty tunage.

Let us get started.

Drop the Lime - Bandit Blues

I think the reason I'm so deeply infatuated with this song is because it sounds so awfully similar to Ram Jams' "Black Betty." There is something illicit, dirty, exciting and strangely southern about "Bandit Blues." The video could use some work, I don't understand what this trashy sexual girl nonsense is, but it takes the level of the song down just a bit. Anyway, the song itself rules. Play it loudly.

Icona Pop - I Love It

Icona Pop has a very special musical ability to make people want to forget every single responsibility they have and go out and wreak havoc. This song in particular is one of their best, it's a super loud and blood pumping song about indulging in the greatest reckless moments. Play this with your windows down in the hot hot sun and blast it. Check out this sweet article some super fancy chick wrote about them HERE.
Icona Pop is playing Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on June 22!!! Biggest dance party ever.
Chew Lips - Do You Chew

Speaking of songs that make you feel reckless, this would be one as well. I definitely jammed to this when I was walking down the streets of the city one night, felt completely untouchable. And then the song ended and I realized I had walked just about 3 blocks too far.
Fun. - Some Nights

My friend and I were talking about how we wanted to rent an old school convertible and take a sweet roadtrip to California, and she showed me the Fun. album and we decided that they would be on our playlist for this make believe journey. The harmonies in this song are absolutely prime, and then to add that almost tribal sounding drum beat!? Be still my heart! I will stand on top of a tall building and sing at the top of my lungs to this song.

Herv feat. Ronika - How Can I Live Without You

This song is as if 1976 met1994 and introduced them to the 2012 electro scene. I can't quite decide what this song does to me, except confuse me a little. But there's nothing wrong with a little loud confusion! Her voice is strong, and those low killer beats just slay ya right in the core.

Sleigh Bells - Demons (Diplo Remix)

OK I'm not gunna lie, I can probably take about :50 of Sleigh Bells until I get a gnarly headache and have to stop the noise, but because our good friend Dippy took the time to get on this track, I had to give it a shot. It's better. It's still too much, but it's almost a good 'too much.' I can now get about 1:50 into the song without blood streaming from my ears.