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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Music Monday: The Moldy Peaches

Happy Monday friends. The weather is gloomy today and I want you to be happy, so we’re going to talk about The Moldy Peaches.

The Moldy Peaches is a six person indie band founded by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson back in 1999. The band gained notoriety from their song “Anyone Else But You,” which was featured in the movie Juno. Unfortunately, after 2004, the group fell out of making music and has been quiet since then. The group was a part of the anti-folk movement in music, which basically means their music is as sober as the politically charged folk music of the 60s, and it sounds experimental and silly at times. (Regina Spektor is another artist I’ve blogged about whose music is anti-folk).

I had only ever heard “Anyone Else But You,” and some of Dawson’s solo songs, so I listened to The Moldy Peaches all day yesterday and came to a conclusion: they are freaking weird. I mean “weird” as a good thing of course, but I can’t think of any other way to describe them. Green and Dawson have extremely unique voices, sounding sometimes like they are more talk-singing than really belting it out. They definitely live up to their anti-folk title; most of their songs sound like they are just messing around playing in someone’s garage making up nonsense lyrics as they go along. I think that’s what I like about them so much; they just sound really weird and strange and sing about stuff that makes no sense or is totally out there and not really sung about in a song. For example, in “Anyone Else But You,” one line goes, “Scrunched up your face and did a dance/shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants.” Definitely unique.

I also really enjoy how you can hear them laughing as they are singing some of their songs. You can just tell that they are enjoying creating this strange musical world that we are lucky enough to be invited into. They sound like they are either playing a joke on all of us by making music so strange they can’t be serious, or they were on a lot of drugs when they wrote their songs. Either way, I dig it so hard.

“Anyone Else But You”

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“Lazy Confessions”

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“Who’s Got the Crack”

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“Nyc’s Like a Graveyard”

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Another fave: “These Burgers”

Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)

 

Music Monday: alt-J

Happy Monday friends. The weather is poppin, the sun is shining, and it is the perfect day for you to sit outside and stare at the sky whilst listening to some serene tunes. All signs point to this Music Monday being about alt-J.

alt-J is an English indie rock band from Leeds, England who have been making music together since 2007. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, earned them a British Mercury Prize, as well as nominations for three Brit Awards. Their songs “Fitzpleasure,” “Bloodflood,” and “Tessellate” have been featured on television shows such as Weeds, Teen Wolf, and Homeland.

Their music sounds as if they were floating in outerspace when they recorded it, and you are floating underwater as you listen; it is kind of eerie, but in the most pleasant way. It is a great combination of indie music with dashes of electronicy dub-step mixed in. I honestly don’t know what words are being sung about 75% of the time because he’s kind of hard to understand, but they just sound so stinkin’ cool. I could listen to them for hours because their music is so pleasant and floaty. Check em out!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Fitzpleasure”

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“Tessellate”

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“Bloodflood”

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Music Monday: Hozier

Happy Monday everyone. This Music Monday we shall be discussing an artist by the name of Hozier.

Hozier, whose full name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, hails from County Wicklow, Ireland and has been making sweet, sweet music since the age of 15. Although Hozier has been making music for a while, his first and only EP, Take Me To Church, didn’t come out until July of 2013. This EP features four jazzy, smooth, modern bluesey tunes that are sheer perfection.

My friend Alexis told me about Hozier, and I am in love. Despite only having four songs officially released, I have stumbled across many live recordings of his tunes on Youtube and I cannot stop listening. One of my favorites thus far is “Someone New” because he sings about falling in love with someone new everyday, which I feel like I do. Another one of my faves is “Like Real People Do,” and is so beautiful I think I could cry listening to it. Hozier’s voice is so incredibly smooth and boomy and ominous in the most delicious way. Some of his softer songs sound a bit like a blend of Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Bon Iver, but with infinite amounts of soul. He provides a modern twist on jazz and blues and has so much soul and sultriness to his voice that I cannot get enough. Seriously, check him out. Your ears will thank you.

“Take Me to Church”

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“Someone New”

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“Like Real People Do”

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Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: Bastille

Happy Monday to all. Right before I came home for break, my friends and I all became enamored with the band Bastille.

Bastille is an English rock band from London that formed in 2010 shortly after their lead singer, Dan Smith, decided to turn his solo project into a group. The band got a relatively slow start, releasing a single, “Overjoyed,” in 2012. The song didn’t receive much recognition, and neither did their second single, “Bad Blood.” Their third sing single, “Flaws,” received great notoriety and landed a spot on the Top 40. The group has one album titled Bad Blood and also features the song “Pompeii,” which is pretty popular in the United States. If you’ve heard anything by Bastille, it is most likely “Pompeii.”

Although I enjoy their poppy sound featured in most of their songs, I absolutely love their acoustic versions of their songs. My favorite song by them is their acoustic version of “Flaws.” It’s flawless! Ha, get it? They also do some really cool covers over on BBC Radio. I love sound these dudes have. They sound like a mix of Mumford and Sons and Ed Sheeran, but with a bit of an edge. They have a bit of a folkly, breathy sound mixed with upbeat poppiness. Any way you describe it, it’s a great combination.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Pompeii”

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“Flaws”

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“We Can’t Stop (Cover)”

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Music Monday: The Strokes

Happy Music Monday to all! Because everyone needs some modern/classicish rock in their lives, let’s talk about The Strokes today.

The Strokes are a five-person American rock band from New York City. Since their formation in 1998, the group has released five albums and won several awards, mostly in the UK. They have also hinted that they will be working on their sixth album sometime in 2014.

I honestly haven’t heard too many of their songs, but I do quite enjoy “Last Night,” as well as whatever other songs I’ve heard on their Pandora station. They kind of sound like they have a retro type vibe, which I think is super cool, especially since pop music is pretty popular with the kids these days. Their sound is super cool and has an old timey feel to it. They sound like The Kooks had a baby with The Killers and produced a child signing straight outta the womb. Check out some of their tunes below!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Last Nite”

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“You Only Live Once”

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Tuney Tuesday: Twenty One Pilots in Concert

Happy Tuesday to all. I hope you all had a fabulous fall break. Just a handful of weeks till Thanksgiving! Hurrah! Over fall break, I saw Twenty One Pilots in concert and it was incredible. Since I missed Music Monday yesterday, I am dubbing today “Tuney Tuesday” so I can tell you about the concert. (Also, check out this post I did about them on Butler’s U lala page!)

Twenty One Pilots is a musical duo from Columbus, Ohio consisting of Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph. The pair has released three albums since its formation in 2009, and I just can’t get enough of them. I’m not quite sure how to classify their music since it ranges so much from song to song, but they are an indie pop, indie rap, spoken word, electronic-type hybrid. All of their songs have solid lyrics and are so darn catchy. Plus, Tyler’s voice is incredibly unique.

Performing on the crowd.

Performing on the crowd.

I first saw these two at Lollapalooza over the summer and I instantly fell in love. Their live performance is so incredible and full of energy, I could see them about three hundred times. Josh plays drums and back flips off Tyler’s piano at every show, and at the concert this past weekend, Tyler stood on the audience’s hands for a song. Totally casual. On top of that, the lights for the show were sick! Their show at Lollapalooza was during the day and obviously did not have theatrical lights, so the lights at this show blew me away. They were super bright and crazy and matched the tempo and energy of each song. My favorite part of the show, however, was when Tyler and Josh sat down at chatted with the audience about how thankful they were for the opportunity to perform for us, and then introduced their crew.

They are such cool dudes and I want to be friends with them so badly. Seriously though, if you ever have the opportunity to see Twenty One Pilots in concert, whether you know their music or not, take it! I promise you will not be disappointed.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Migraine”

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“The Run and Go”

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“Car Radio”

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But…What Does the Fox Say?

Happy Music Monday! For the past month or so, I have continually seen people posting “what does the fox say?” online, and up until last week, I did not know what it meant. After viewing the music video for “The Fox” by Ylvis, I can confidently say I now know what the fox says. You probably hate me for this, and I might hate myself a little bit, but this Music Monday is dedicated to “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” by Ylvis.

For those of you that don’t know, “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” is recently released electronic dance song by the Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis. Think Flight of the Conchords or The Lonely Island, and you’ll understand the type of music the duo creates. After its release in early September, the song and music video have gone viral, earning itself the number 8 spot on Billboard Hot 100. On top of that, the music video has collected over 95 million views in one month. The video’s popularity has been compared to that of Psy’s Gangnam Style.

The video starts out with a bunch of people dressed in animal costumes at some fancy pants party, and one member of Ylvis begins singing dramatically about the noises all of the animals make. The cinematography, setting, and lighting all make the video seem so legitimate, and it drastically contrasts the weirdo lyrics and even weirder refrain. I’m not really certain as to why this song has become so popular, but I am all about it. I don’t think the song itself is good, but the strangeness of the whole situation excites my soul. Keep on being weird, Ylvis. You keep on.

Check out these reaction videos The Fine Brothers made: Teens React and Elders React.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

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Music Monday: The Neighbourhood

Happy Monday to all. Over the summer, I heard The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” on the radio many a times and quite enjoyed it. The other day, a handful of The Neighbourhood’s songs came on my Pandora, and I fell in love.

The Neighbourhood is an American alternative rock band that formed in 2011. Since playing together, the group has released two EPs and one full lengthy album called I Love You. In June of this year, the group’s song “Sweater Weather” reached number one on Billboard’s alternative chart. As I said before, I heard this song over the summer and really liked it, but had no idea who sang it. After hearing it on Pandora the other day and seeing it was by them, I took a mental note and then got really excited when I kept hearing songs by them and enjoying it.

They kind of sound like One Republic’s creepy, airy, dreamy, band-cousin, if that makes any sense. Since I only recently realized they were the creators of the beautiful music I grew to love this summer, I haven’t heard much of their stuff. What I have heard, however, is really stinkin’ great. Check em out!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Sweater Weather”

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“Female Robbery”

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Music Monday: Amy Winehouse

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 :)

“Valerie”

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“Tears Dry on Their Own”

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“You Know I’m No Good”

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Music Monday: Good Day by Nappy Roots

Happy Music Monday! This is the week before spring break, so everyone is probably going a little stir crazy and is lacking motivation. Although break is so near, do not give up on your schoolwork yet, my friends! Power through these next few days and get your tests and papers done! To help motivate you to have a good week, I have a happy song to share.

This song is “Good Day” by Nappy Roots. Nappy Roots is an American alternative rap group consisting of four people. The group started in Kentucky, and was the best selling hip hop group of 2002. The group has five albums: Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, Wooden Leather, The Humdinger, The Pursuit of Nappyness, and Nappy Dot Org. Although all of these titles are clear winners, The Pursuit of Nappyness is my personal fave.

My friend Natalie sent this song to my friends as part of our Music Monday tradition we did in high school, so this is the only Nappy Roots song I have ever heard. Since I have only ever heard this one song, I cannot attest for the rest of their work, but this song is really happy and makes me feel good about life. Plus it sounds like a goofy, old school hip-hop song, and nothing is better than that. Have a wonderful week, good luck on schoolwork, and thanks for reading :)

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