Happy Monday to all! Finals are wrapping up, so hopefully everyone is hanging in there and finishing strong. If you’re already done with finals, I hope your summer has been top notch thus far. Either way, I assume you are in the mood for some new music. Today’s recommendation- The Decemberists.
The Decemberists are an indie rock/indie folk band from Oregon. The band’s debut EP was released in 2001, and since then, they have released six albums. Their most recent album, The King is Dead, was released in January of 2011. A song from this album, “Down By the Water,” was even nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th Grammy Awards.
The band is most known for their lyrics, which reference folklore and historical events, but their live shows are also said to be engaging because they involve the audience in acting out the songs being sung. I have never been to one of their shows, but that sounds like a rockin’ time.
Their music sounds kind of dreamy and almost transports you to into the places they sing about, adding to their eclectic sound. The Decemberists definitely sound unique, and I quite enjoy them. I have put a few of my faves by them down below.
Have a fabulous week, good luck finishing up on finals, and thanks for reading
“This is Why We Fight”
“Down By the Water”
“Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect”
Happy Monday all! Today at lunch, one of my friends started singing the song “Valerie,” and it inspired me to write about Amy Winehouse on this fine Music Monday.
Amy Winehouse was an English soul/R&B artist who became popular around 2007. She released her first album Back to Black in the UK in 2006, and from there, she became fairly popular. Winehouse won a Brit Award for Best British Female Artist in 2007, and was named 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Besides being known for her voice, Winehouse was known for her petite frame, accompanied by her many tattoos, beehive hairdo, thick winged eyeliner, and alcohol abuse. Winehouse died in July of 2011 due to alcohol poisoning, joining a handful of other mega-talented musicians who died at the age of 27. After Winehouse’s death, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a compilation of unreleased songs, was put on sale.
Amy Winehouse’s voice was incredibly soulful and powerful, and it is truly a shame that she died so young. She was super talented, and I am indeed a fan. Here are a few of my faves by her.
Have a great week and thanks for reading
“Tears Dry on Their Own”
“You Know I’m No Good”
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Happy Music Monday, all! As you may or may not know, this week is Peace Week. When I think of peace, I think of calm. Since it is Music Monday, let’s talk about calm music. Let’s talk about Passenger.
Passenger (his real name is Mike Rosenberg) is a one man Indie-pop/folk band from Brighton, England. Passenger originally consisted of Rosenberg and four band mates, but they broke up in 2007 after only recording one album. After the breakup, Rosenberg decided to keep the name “Passenger” and pursue a solo career.
Passenger released his first solo album, Wide Eyes Blind Love, in 2009, and has since released Flight of the Crow, and All the Little Lights. Passenger has an incredibly unique voice, and all of his music is pretty mellow. His lyrics are also really good! His most popular song is “Let Her Go,” and he has also recorded a mash-up of “No Diggity” and “Thrift Shop” with Ed Sheeran. It is rockin’. My favorite song of his is “I Hate” because it is about all of the dumb things that people do. Not very peaceful, but it is very clever.
Have a wonderfully peaceful week, and thanks for reading
“Let Her Go”
“No Diggity/Thrift Shop”
“I Hate” *There are a few choice words in this one. You’ve been warned.
Happy Music Monday, all! I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend and is ready to finish the semester strong! Only four weeks left. Yikes.
Today, I would like to talk about Ceour de pirate. Coeur de pirate (her real name is Béatrice Martin) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She sings almost all of her songs in French, but she does have a few English songs. She released a song in English called “One for Me” under the name Pearls, and also did a sick cover of “Wicked Games” by The Weekend.
Her cover of “Wicked Games” is one of my favorite songs because it is far better than the original. Her voice is so pure sounding, and it is a little chilling and creepy. Unfortunately, the song drops the f-bomb throughout, so I can’t post the video on here, but I will post a link to it below!
Since I loved “Wicked Games” so much when I heard it, I looked up some other songs by her, but they are all in French so I don’t understand what she is saying. Fortunately, she is rumored to be working on some English music, so I can love her even more once it is released.
Here’s the link to “Wicked Games.” Seriously, check it out. Have a great week, and thanks for reading
“One for Me”
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Happy Music Monday! I hope everyone is having a smashing spring break! This music Monday is devoted to Macklemore.
Macklemore (his real name is Ben Haggerty) and his producer Ryan Lewis make hip-hop/indie rap music, and have been doing so since 2008. Haggerty started out his career in 2000 as Professor Macklemore and released an extended play, then dropped the “professor” and began making music as just Macklemore. He struggled with substance abuse for a few years, but after becoming sober in 2008, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis teamed up for the first time.
Since beginning his music career, Macklemore has released one mixtape, three extended plays, and two albums, all on independent record labels. Although he has such a large body of work, he didn’t really become super famous until his song “Thrift Shop” got popular in late 2012. The song has over 150 million views on YouTube and just so happens to be one of my favorite songs at the moment. My favorite song by him is probably “Same Love.” This song is about marriage equality, making Macklemore the first hip-hop artist to sing of such a thing, which I think is incredibly cool. I don’t usually like rap or hip-hop music at all, but I love that Macklemore’s songs actually are about legitimate things and have humor in them.
He will be playing at Purdue University on March 23 and at Indiana University on April 17. Click on the date for ticket info for each!
Two of my favorite songs by Macklemore, “Fake I.D.“and “Thrift Shop”, have a few choice words in them, so I can’t really put them on here. Click the name of the song to view those! “Same Love” is down below!
Have a great week and thanks for reading
Happy Music Monday, friends! As I mentioned in my video from Friday, I saw Ed Sheeran this weekend. I have mentioned Ed Sheeran many a times before in my blog, so obviously I am a big fan. The concert was stupendous and I already want to see him again.
Ed Sheeran, being spectacular.
He had two openers: Foy Vance and the Rizzle Kicks. Foy Vance was from Ireland, and he reminded me a bit of James Morrison. He had a very soulful voice and I really enjoyed his music. Rizzle Kicks, a hip hop duo from Brighton, England, came on next. I don’t usually like rap music too much, but I loved these guys. They were super fun, and their song “Mama Do the Hump” was incredibly catchy.
Ed Sheeran came on shortly after and he was fanfrickintastic! He has an incredibly flawless voice and sings like an angel, but he can also rock out a bit. When he was singing “You Need Me Man I Don’t Need You,” it turned into a ten minute song in which he broke out into “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. I freaked the heck out when he started singing “Thrift Shop” because I am borderline obsessed with that song, making that my favorite moment of the concert. My other favorite moment was when he sang “Wake Me Up.” This is my favorite song by him, and he told the audience he wrote and recorded it when he was drunk, which kind of makes me like it more. Here’s a video I took of the beginning of “Wake Me Up,” and here is a link to a recording of when he sings Thrift Shop (it comes at the two minute mark!). The sound on my recording of that song was quite jank, so I thought a different video would do it justice.
If you ever get the chance to see Ed Sheeran live, for the love of God please do it!!! Have a fabulous week and thanks for reading
“Wake Me Up”
Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their day off. This Music Monday is devoted to Imagine Dragons.
Imagine Dragons is an American alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Fun fact: the group’s name is an anagram, but no one other than the members of the band know what it means. They have three extended plays and one album titled Night Visions. The band’s most popular song, “It’s Time,” holds the record for the longest run on the 2012 Alternative Top 10 charts, so that’s pretty neat. When I first heard this song, I liked it, but I didn’t love it, ya feel me? I was curious though, so I looked up more songs by the group. The more I listened to the band, the more I liked them.
My favorite song by Imagine Dragons is “Radioactive.” I absolutely love the music video for this song because it is really strange. The video entails strange stuffed animal things fighting each other in a wrestling match. I’m not entirely sure what it has to do with the song, but it makes me like it so much more. Here are a few songs for you to check out. Have a great week and thanks for reading
*Another fun fact: Imagine Dragons is playing at the Egyptian Room downtown on February 28th. Check out ticket info here!
“On Top of the World”
Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful first day of classes. Before I recommend some music, how ’bout some quick music news! Have you heard that Destiny’s Child is getting back together? Heard of Justin Timberlake releasing new music? Both of these artists are back on the music scene after being quiet for several years. Hopefully their reappearances will not disappoint!
I am particularly excited about this Music Monday post because I am sharing with you the musical stylings of Alexis Carballido. Alexis is one of my dear friends, and she just happens to be an incredibly clever musician.
Alexis writes her own songs and makes mash-ups of other artists’s songs and posts them to her YouTube channel. All of the songs are kind of quirky and very clever and unique. She also plays guitar or ukelele in all of them, so yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. My absolute favorite of her songs is “The Awkward Song” because as I have mentioned before, I am a tad awkward. Here are a few of my faves, but be sure to check out the rest of her videos! Have a great week and thanks for reading
“The Awkward Song”
“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Mashup”
“A Beyonce Love Song”
Happy Monday! This Music Monday is devoted to City and Colour. City and Colour is the stage name for musician Dallas Green (get it, city and color?!). Green used to be in a post-hardcore band called Alexisonfire. This is incredibly funny to me because the music he makes as City and Colour is so incredibly mellow it could not be further from hardcore. Green’s music is acoustic and melodic and is very relaxing.
He has released three albums, Sometimes, Bring Me Your Love, and Little Hell, as well as nine extended plays. Here are a few of my favorite songs by City and Colour. I hope everyone is enjoying break, and thanks for reading
“Hello, I’m in Delaware”
“Save Your Scissors”
Happy Monday everyone! Since finals are starting this week, I thought I would share some relaxing music with you today to help you stay cool, calm, and collected.
The first song is “The Boat” by Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Benjamin Francis Leftwich is an English indie/folk singer songwriter from York. He has released one album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, as well as several extended plays. This song is perfect to me. It is slow and flowy and is the perfect song for relaxation.
“Blood” by The Middle East is my next relaxation song for you. The Middle East is also an indie/folk band, and they are from Australia. They have released two albums, The Recordings of the Middle East and I Want that You Are Always Happy, as well as several extended plays. This song is also incredibly relaxing and wonderful.
My final song is “The Chain” by Ingrid Michaelson. Ingrid Michaelson is an American indie-pop singer who has released five albums: Slow The Rain, Girls & Boys, Be OK, Everybody, and Human Again. This song is very ethereal sounding, as is all of her other music.
Good luck on finals, have a wonderful week, and thanks for reading