(31) Days of Good: Day 14

Until earlier this year, I never would have expected a Latin record would end up being favorite of mine, but then former Elefant frontman, Diego Garcia, released his debut LP, Laura.  The record is full of 70′s-inspired tracks, lush strings, Spanish guitars, some mighty fine cello (courtesy of Mr. Daniel Benson), which all comes together to form some good ol’ fashioned love songs.  The wifey and I both fell in love with this record, especially after we saw him perform live last Summer.  And speaking of seeing him live, I’d like to leave you with the brilliant advice Mr. Garcia left us at the show — “There are three things you can do for a woman: Love her.  Suffer for her.  Turn her into a pop song.”

♪ Diego Garcia – Roses and Wine (from Laura)

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Girls is one of my favorite indie rock/pop bands to surface in the last couple of years.  Hailing from San Francisco, California, the band is made up of two key members, Christopher Owens, main writer and lead singer, and Chet “JR” White who plays bass and produces.  Girls’ sound has been compared to Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, and The Beach Boys.  I loved the first LP, Album, and loved the follow up, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, even more.  It includes a lot of my favorites and most listened to songs of the year (“Honey Bunny”, “Love Like A River”, “Alex”, to name a few), but since I can only choose one, it has to be “My Ma”.

♪ Girls – My Ma (from Father, Son, Holy Ghost)

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fun. is an indie pop trio based in NY that was formed by Nate Ruess (you may remember him from The Format).  Now I have to admit, this is one of those bands that’s been on my radar for awhile now, but i’ve never really given them a good, honest listen…but then I heard this track and the rest is history.  The track in question is “We Are Young”, is the first single off their upcoming sophomore album, Some Nights (out Feb. 21, 2012), and just happens to feature some vocals from the one and only Janelle Monáe.  Enjoy the track below and be sure to check out the acoustic version in the video.

♪ fun. – We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) (from Some Nights)

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