Monday, August 15, 2011

Some Aussi For Yah'

Do you like Foster The People? How about Maroon 5? Throw in a random splash of Harry Connick Jr (Listen to: China Will Wait. Yes, Katharine I am directly speaking to you)? Yes, they all had a love child who became the band Hungry Kids of Hungary. I will only tell you that I like them, and you should too. I'm a democrat. Shoot me.
...
(I'm kidding, never listen to any political bullocks I may try and use).
Cheers'

Monday, July 18, 2011


Not the most creative video, but I do really enjoy the song. Perhaps because I dance just like him ahahha

Monday, March 7, 2011

HOLY POOP-TARTS! It's a new Playlist WHAAA?

I forgot how much fun these are to make. I liked the last one a lot, but this one incorporates a bit more indie-pop/rock and less acoustic folk. I'm excited for it. Keep in mind some of these songs are older favourites from earlier in the year, and others are current and future favourites. Yes, I say future favourites because I think you can only continue to love Bishop Allen (Can you tell I am still really excited about these guys?). Enjoy loves!

~moi

Just Look How Awesome

I finally some good mid-2000s indie lovin' for this blog! (Has anyone noticed that indie is now composed of a techno-esque core? Buuuuuuggh why?!)
Bishop Allen is a band formed in 2003 by two former Harvard student-friends, Justin Rice and Christian Rudder. Their biggest song Click Click Click is a catchy little tune full of happy guitar chords, which are offset by cow bells and trinkly bells. Being as it is so catchy and revolving about picture taking, it is only fitting that Sony used it for one of their camera ads a few years back.
After listening to their latest album Grrr... [2009] I'm rapidly developing a new small obsession. These guys are simply brilliant! They include such a broad range of instruments, especially in the percussion and the odd little xylophones which can be heard in the background. They aren't what you expect when you throw music on and I love that! Especially because they have one of those styles in which you heard a new riff or harmony every time you listen to a song.
These guys get playlist privileges for sure, and a pok√©mon ranking of a solid original series diamond. ♦ So go youtube their Grrr... album and listen to anything!
ChaCheerzies,
Smpnthr

Monday, February 28, 2011

Soildiering On

I am so excited!

I haven't been updating lately, sure that's partial laziness on my behalf (also partly because KT, Jesca Hoop and McLachlans new releases were all relative let downs for me which sadly lead to a lack of faith in the music industry, being that those females are the basis of my musical founding), but I also haven't come across a group that I enjoy more than a song or two. It's been a loooooong time since I've been able to hear something that I'm like "yup! These guys have the entire package!" but I've finally sat down and dedicated the time to find a group who's worthy of being claimed talented.

The Temper Trap, was founded by Dougy, an Indonesian who travelled island to island with his family as a young boy, finally settled in Australia for a humble life of busking and making custom clothing. Long story short, coworkers form bands, adopt little kid-boy-brother-drummer and after a few years of garage practice they make their way across the Land Down Under. Slowly getting their music out to the international public, I'm almost ashamed I haven't come across them earlier since their latest single has appeared in numerous commercials, and both movie and TV ads alike.

Sweet Dispositionis a superb song, and if you look at it's accomplishments on paper you get the hint that mayyyybe this is going to be a little too mainstream. Although it has a stellar drum line and a great guitar riff (sounding extremely Coldplayish), I find that they differentiate themselves with a more organic indie style. It's near perfect as they haven't yet been touched by that monster mainstream's claws, and you can tell this is music produced with loving affection for the sake of producing music. I love it. That being said, personal favourite as of now would have to be Down River for it's emphasis on the percussion and the dreamy sidekick vocals of the chorus (a catchy chorus at that).

I suppose I can start making this really easy for you by including direct links to Youtube haha. Consider this a year-long Christmas gift or something. I'm giving you their song Soldier On as it's my typical mellow music preference. Now it just forces you to find their upbeat stuff (you're welcome).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZs0_r3ROjg&feature=related
(My oopsie, don't be lazy and copy paste it)
Cheers,
Smpnthr

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Click To Fall In Love

Alright, I'm not going to delve into how bad of a blogger I am. That would be silly as you should be here for the awesome music you get to discover; not for my paltry personal tidbits (on a side note, don't you believe that TimBits should just be called TidBits? It's adorable and oh so much more logical! ...yeah I can't promise you won't be receiving a few personal comments?)

ANYWHO! I randomly ran into this boy via YouTube and I admit I was slightly unimpressed at the beginning of the song. He's just another of the million indie-sappy-teenage-seeking-famers out there, but let me tell you why Matt Lungley is different! This up-and-coming youthful musician comes from Kent, England, which is reason enough to give him a shot. Who doesn't want to listen to the pure magnificence of the British Accent?!?

His new EP Insecurities showcases his soothing voice with his unique style of harmonizing with multiple tracks and separate melodies. Towards the end of the song, the classical acoustic qualities transform into a jazzy tune of ear massaging goodness without overbearingly switching genres. Genius really, because it leaves the listener with a prolonged urge to relisten to it-IMMEDIATELY! It also doesn't hurt that this kid is adorable and I want to smother him with huggings! Haha kidding. Overall favourite part of the song is how he pronounces his lyrics (note: the 'adore you's)

Now I've made this really easy for you this time. All you have to do is click this link. Right below. Just click it to fall in love.
Enjoy long-lost Musifriends.
Yours. Smpnthr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=832E_fPBEEs&feature=related

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Gargantuan Quantum of Musical Goodness

Sunday afternoon
(plus)
more textbook readings
(plus)
Sleepiness
(minus)
motivation
(multiplied by)
youtube
(EQUALS!)
A Gargantuan Quantum of Musical Goodness
*gasp* :O (!)

Watch and be entertained as your mind dissolves into a ball of artistic righteousness. Just go with it.

1.)Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
This version is simply adorable! (but please, say that word with a french accent). I love how the film was shot and the cute world at the end! I wish I could spend the afternoon there instead of the -10 we're currently at?? Plus this version is so much nicer then their other one for the same song. If you want to see disturbing search it up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cZfzch8vDo

2.) Moray McLaren - We Got Time
Firstly, I have to say that this is like one of the coolest music videos I've seen in a while. The music is ok, but the video itself from a filming perspective is quite nice. Simple yet definitely effective. Waaaatch iiiiitt.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9e38cuhnaU

3.) Matt and Kim - Lesson Learned
Slow going beginning, but keep watching because it gets better. Trust me. Wait for the twist at the end (you'll know what I mean). And by the way, my team.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJkymylTNU4

4.) Kid606 - Mr. Wobble's Nightmare
Comments. Can I comment on this?!? Is this even a music video?!? haha. If you enjoy a healthy dose of ridiculousness, live action vs. animation, fruit and murder. I have found the video for you! I think it gets better the more you watch it, but really I wouldn't know.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epI6D8NG4VE

5.) Passion Pit - The Reeling
So it's questionable whether or not I would listen to this song without the music video, but I actually really like the music video! I dunno about you, but it makes me wish I could be jumping around in it! So I suppose I would consider liking the song after seeing the video. Hmm. I'm feeling like I'm not portraying this as a good jam. Ah! One way to find out! Tell me what you think.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U-Ul5qnLeQ

6.)Devendra Barnhart-Carmensita
I stand very corrected. THIS is absolutely the most obscurely odd video ever. Sung in Spanish to an Indian theme with captions non-related and yes, that is Natalie Portman.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_QAPjtO2cA
(It's almost as bad as R.Kelly)

7.) Sigur Ros-Hoppipolla
I fell in love with this when it was introduced to me a while ago from a friend :) It pretty much summarizes our childhood. Quite possibly out senior-ship as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkP_NaMsrMM&feature=player_embedded#

8.) Animal Collective - My Girls
Older song, great band. Music video?: Is a bit of an acid trip. If you like colours! ....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zol2MJf6XNE

9.) Department Of Eagles - No One Does It Like You
Ok so this is just weird. Even for me. However, it's wonderful if you are tired of the mainstream media that is fed to us. Just be warned it is eccentric, that's all I'm saying.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZAKjKC7Gho

10.) Matt and Kim- Daylight
BEST FOR LAST(maybe).... IT’S A HAPPY SONG! :D
Alright, sure these folks have already been on this list once, but they’re new to me so suck it up. I love this guy seriously! (still on my team) He is just so happy/giddy/smiley!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgBeu3FVi60&NR=1


I am going to pretend that this is not a huge FAIL and that I have not copied this from a Facebook note of mine....No, this was strictly blog info. ... yessss........

Cheers,
Smpthr