Category Archives: music

Kings Of Leon

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I have my sister to blame for my current musical addiction: Kings of Leon. I kept hearing this guy growling about how he could use somebody on the overhead at work… and singing along to it. So, I called her and asked her if shed heard the song. What I’d I do that for? She waxed poetic! Then she told me about how awesome Only By Night, their US breakthrough, was and I told her I had to have it. My wonderful sister got me a copy and sent it to me. I’ve been listening to it ever since. Highlights for me include the aforementioned Use Somebody, Revelry, Crawl, and Sex On Fire, just to name a few. The whole album is amazing though.

I’m so enamored that I bought the CD they released before that today from Amazon. If I like it as much as Only By Night, I’ll have to continue procuring their music. I think they’ve got a newer one out. It might have my name on it. 🙂

In A Bossa Nova Mood

So you may have noticed that I’ve been gone for a while… I apologize for that but I needed a mental vacation from blogging and the blogosphere. Hope I wasn’t gone too long!

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To make up for my absence, I’d like to share a recent buy from Starbucks: In A Bossa Nova Mood. It’s a compilation of old and new Bossa Nova tunes served up in an absolutely gorgeous package. The beautiful watercolor spectrum on the cover, by artist Victor Melendez, was what initially drew me in. While I was waiting for my extra hot, extra caramel, Caramel Machiatto… I couldn’t stop picking the CD up and looking at the cover. When I finally flipped it over and saw the list of artists on the back, I was sold.

Stand out tracks include Bebel Gilberto’s take on So Nice (Summer Samba), Beck’s Tropicalia, Los Amigos Invisibles’ Los Lycras del Avila, and THE classic Bossa Nova song: The Girl From Ipanema with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto, and Stan Getz… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The whole disc is amazing, with no ill tracks on it at all.

If you’re looking for cool, sexy, laid back music to play while you’re having a sultry summer evening grillout – this CD is for you!

On a design note: designstILes drew a comparison to Miles Redd’s work that was recently featured in House Beautiful with this CD cover. What do you think?

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The Bird and The Bee

Happy Monday, everyone! The sun is out, the air is hazy and hot, but the IKEA gods have seen fit to have the air on. Whoot!

Monday Music Pick: The Bird and The Bee.

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This duo hails from Los Angeles, CA. They met when producer/keyboardist Greg Kurstin began producing singer Inara George’s solo album. They decided to form a duo instead and The Bird and The Bee was born. They have a cool, jazzy-synthpop sound that is totally easy on the ears. This is fun music, a little hipster-ish… but not so much your eyeballs will be rolling.

I have Hall and Oates to thank for introducing me to this band. I was looking for song by that venerable 70’s duo when I ran across a clip of The Bird and The Bee doing “I Can’t Go For That”. I loved it!

Check out this video of them doing an original song at an ASCAP showcase.

The Bird And The Bee – Again And Again (Live – ASCAP “I Create Music”) from The Bird And The Bee on Vimeo.

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Over the last two weeks, I tried to come up with a slightly more coherent posting plan and today is day one of that plan. On Friday, I posted about self taught British singer Andreya Triana… and that was just a taste of the new regular feature here: Music Mondays. Yep, every Monday I’ll be sharing my faves and new discoveries. (FAIR WARNING: I like most genres of music, so there’s bound to be something for everyone!)

Andreya Triana

I skulk around the Amazon mp3 site looking for free music… well, a lot! They have a free song everyday and I find that it’s a really good way to discover new music. It’s how I discovered Warpaint and the artist that I’m writing about today: Andreya Triana.

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She’s a singer/songwriter from the UK. She’s completely self taught; she started out recording harmonies on two old tape decks in her room. She’s come along way from there… her debut album Lost Where I Belong was released on the Ninja Tune label last August.

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I’m taken by her amazing vocals… she reminds me a little of Alana Davis (someone else who has an amazing voice). Her sound is sultry, soulful, jazzy… and did I mention that she’s gorgeous and rocks her frocks too? Well, Ms. Triana is definitely a complete package!

I grabbed her single, “A Town Called Obsolete” from a Ninja Tune label sampler that is free to download on Amazon. Two additional free tracks are available:  “Wonder When” – a swingy, uptempo jazz swirl by Bonobo on which Triana does the vocals, and “Lost Where I Belong” – the title track from her debut CD. Grab them at Amazon mp3.

Andreya Triana – Far Closer from Steve Glashier on Vimeo.

Reading Room: Water For Elephants

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My sis wanted me to get this book for her when I was working at the book distributor but we literally ran out the day she asked me. I was disappointed, she was disappointed and our plan to read the book together was foiled.

In the meantime I moved to Charlotte. She moved from an apartment to a house… and we still hadn’t laid hands on copies of the book.

Until last week.

My crazy, wonderful sister bought me a copy to (along with the Vanity Fair with RPattz on the cover…) and mailed it to me along with some other goodies (Kings of Leon, Paramore, and NKOTB discs). We’re going to read a 142 pages a week for three weeks, discussing as we read via text, twitter and phone calls. Then when the movie comes out later this month, we’ll see that (in our respective cities) as well.

Yesterday she suggested that we reread The Three Musketeers, which we read to each other when we were roommates and she was preggers with my now 15 year old (!) nephew. I think it’s a good idea. And there is a new movie for that one too.

I think I’m going to call this the Sisters Long Distance Book Club… or not.

I can’t stop listening to:

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11th Dimension – Julian Casablancas
The Most Certain Sure – !!!Chk Chk Chk
Love Dealer – Esmee Denters
Bird 1 (Mark Broom Vocal) – Underworld

I know all the songs aren’t brand spanking new but… they are to me. And I’m really enjoying anything that gets me moving!

Warpaint

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Sometime last year I got a free (and legal) mp3 download of a song called Undertow by an L.A. band called Warpaint. The name makes them sort of sound like bad metal but what they are is a trio of female musicians making beautiful, haunting songs. I can’t recommend them enough. Check out their full length album The Fool… it’s amazing!

To give you a sample here are links to videos for Undertow and Elephant (from the Exquisite Corpse EP). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!