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(31) Days of Good: 12.14.12

I now present the top 3 finalists for this year’s “Home” award.  Appropriately named after Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ hit song of the same name — a song so good, it’s impossible to hate, even when it’s overplayed and overused.

 

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In 3rd place, Of Monsters And Men with their hit “Little Talks”.

Having already conquered their homeland over the last couple of years, 2012 saw this six-piece from Iceland conquer North America and beyond.  The band’s debut LP, My Head Is an Animal, was chock-full of infectious indie folk and pop, but no other track took over the airwaves like “Little Talks” did.  I caught the tail end of the band’s set at this year’s Outside Lands festival in SF and they sounded great.  Can’t wait to hear more these guys and gals.

Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks [from My Head Is An Animal]
[bonus] Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks (Passion Pit remix) [via soundcloud]
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In 2nd place, Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk”.

Passion Pit’s second studio album, Gossamer, was one of my most anticipated releases of 2012.  I’ve heard complaints that Gossamer is “repetitive” and not as “exciting” as Manners.  I mostly disagree with the claims of repetitiveness — a big pet peeve of mine is when an artist or band releases the same record over and over again.  I love this record and it totally lived up to my expectations.  You’ll probably recognize the first single, “Take a Walk”, from a certain Taco Bell commercial.  A lot of people bitched about this and I love how lead singer and keyboardist, Michael Angelakos, responded: “It’s not about promoting celebrities or giant corporations or anything like that. It’s just airtime…It’s an amazing opportunity. And, honestly, you take what you can get. I say no to about 90 percent of the offers, but we just want people to hear the music at end of the day.”

p.s. see Passion Pit live if you get a chance.  I caught their entire set this year’s Outside Lands festival.  So good.

Passion Pit – Take a Walk [from Gossamer]
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And in 1st place, Kishi Bashi’s “Bright Whites”.

If you’ve been wondering why you want Windows 8, it’s because of Kishi Bashi and this commercial.  Kishi Bashi is the solo project of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter K (Kaoru) Ishibashi.  K is also one hell of a violinists and put’s those skills to good use as a touring member of Regina Spektor and of Montreal, as well as throughout this record.  As Kishi Bashi, K self-recorded and self-produced his debut full-length, 151a, one of the best records of 2012.  I was really torn between “I Am the Antichrist to You” and “Bright Whites”, with the latter barely beating out the former for the top spot.  “Bright Whites” is one of those songs that always puts me in a good mood.  I can’t help but smile and sing along whenever I hear it (even during the Windows 8 commercials).

Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites [from 151a]
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[bonus] Check out the video for “Bright Whites”, which features some of Montreal buddies acting out 50+ famous idioms like “break a leg.”

 

 

 

Outside Lands 2012

The daily lineups were finally announced (now all we need are some actual set times).  Saturday is definitely the day not to miss.  Which day are you most excited about?

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Favorite Albums of 2012 (so far): Part 3

 

Lower Dens//Nootropics

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M. Ward//A Wasteland Companion

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Memoryhouse//The Slideshow Effect

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The Mynabirds//GENERALS

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Norah Jones//Little Broken Hearts

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Now, Now//Threads

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Of Monsters And Men//My Head Is An Animal

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Pomegranates//Heaven

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Porcelain Raft//Strange Weekend

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Sharon Van Etten//Tramp

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Part 4 coming soon. Stay tuned.
(if you haven’t already, be sure to check our Part 1 & Part 2)

Outside Lands 2012

SF’s Outside Lands Festival turns 5 this year and has announced quite the lineup to celebrate.

Highlights include: Alabama Shakes, Amadou & Mariam, Beck, Big Boi, Bloc Party, Caveman, Dr. Dog, Explosions in the Sky, Father John Misty, Fitz and the Tantrums, Foo Fighters, fun., Jack White, Justice, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Norah Jones, Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, Portugal. The Man, Regina Spektor, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Sigur Rós, Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala, Tanlines, Tennis, The Kills, The Walkmen, Thee Oh Sees, Washed Out, White Denim, Yacht, Yellow Ostrich, and Zola Jesus.

It all goes down August 10-12 this year in the beautiful Golden Gate Park.  Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 12pm (PDT).

Mid-Week Mixtape: Summer Driving


The wifey and I are driving up the coast this weekend and it got me thinking about Summer driving mixes.

I absolutely hate driving and I wouldn’t be able to handle it without some good tunes.  If you’re anything like me, you make mixes for all of your driving adventures and even though our wallets are getting raped at the pump, i’m sure this Summer includes a couple of road trips worthy of their own soundtrack.

I usually don’t think too hard when it comes to putting together a driving mix — it’s usually a bunch of new songs I enjoy, with some old reliables sprinkled in.  Other than that, I follow two simple rules.  (1) The songs can’t put me to sleep and (2) the mix should be long enough that you don’t get tired of the songs too quickly, but short enough that you hear every song at least once on the trip.

I’m still putting together my mix for this weekend’s trip, but here are some tracks that will definitely make an appearance.

Au Revoir Simone – Tell Me (Clock Opera Remix)
[More: Au Revoir Simone//More: Clock Opera]

Austra – Lose It
[More: Austra]

Bikini – American Mourning (Win Win Remix)
[More: Bikini//More: Win Win]

Chiddy Bang – Too Much Soul
[More: Chiddy Bang]

Cults – Abducted
[More: Cults]

El Obo – Vrgn Evl
[More: El Obo]

Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla
[More: Gang Gang Dance]

Germany Germany – Take Me Home
[More: Germany Germany]

Handsome Furs – What About Us
[More: Handsome Furs]

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See
[More: Holy Ghost!]

Maximum Balloon – Groove Me (feat. Theophilus London)
[More: Maximum Balloon//More: Theophilus London]

The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
[More: The Naked And Famous]

Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
[More: Of Monsters And Men]

Parenthetical Girls – Evelyn McHale
[More: Parenthetical Girls]

unouomedude – Frequency
[More: unouomedude]

Listen to the entire mix on 8tracks.