Song of the Day: Wild Belle “Keep You”

I love discovering new music. That feeling of stumbling across something fresh and unique, worlds a part from all of the crap being played on the radio right now. Side note: who’s finally installing Sirius in her car today, this girl!!!!

Matt introduced me to this band last week and Keep You has been on rotation every day since. The Chicago-based sibling duo hasn’t been on the scene very long. In fact, they aren’t even signed yet. With two singles released they’re already stirring up the blogosphere as well as concertgoers at last month’s SXSW festival. And yes of course, we didn’t know they were playing…FAIL!

If the psychedelic, reggae sound of Keep You is any indication of whats to come on their debut LP, I’m stoked! Natalie’s tone and vocal transitions  glide over the hodgepodge of beats, including Elliot’s infectious use of the Sax. Now this is how the instrument should be played (take note Gaga and Katy Perry). I’m not hating on the Saxophone, okay maybe a little, I’m just not feeling the corny resurgence we’ve heard in recent pop music.

Enough babbling, you’ve got to check out this tune!

Keep You:

Song of the Day: Grimes “Oblivion”

Football, motocross, sandwich holding, boomboxes and shirtless frat boys. No this isn’t a flashback from my earlier years, but a video hodgepodge of American culture seen through the eyes of pint size songstress Grimes. Oblivion, off her fourth studio album Vision, is a technicolor escapade that makes you want to run through a poppy field with your hands flailing in the air. Then you stop to listen to the lyrics and start to see the multiple layers of the Canadian musician.

Unfortunately, I was stuffing my face with Mexican food while she was entertaining a packed tent at SXSW. I was finishing my last chip when I realized what time it was…..EFFF!!!! I was super bummed that I missed out on her set but thanks to YouTube I’m able to pretend I was there.

Turn your headphones up and make sure you check out the entire album. It’s worth the download!

Happy Listening!


Song of the Day: Chairlift “Sidewalk Safari”

Last weekend I fell in love with Chairlift. Prior to my trip to Austin for SXSW my knowledge of the band rest solely in one single, Sidewalk Safari. When Matt and I were making our list of bands to see there were two choices for Friday afternoon, wait in line for the Rhapsody Rocks party where Gauntlet Hair, Zola Jesus, and Washed Out were playing, or the Spin Party to see Santigold, Best Coast and Chairlift. Since we didn’t get passes to the Spin party Rhapsody rocks it was.

While filming The Day After with Yahoo! Music reality blogstress (yes I just made that up), Lyndsey Parker, we started chatting about the full day of music ahead. Long story short….I guess it was the Austin air or the fact that it was my birthday, regardless, she hooked us up with two passes to the Spin show!!!! So in between the amazingness of Gauntlet Hair and Zola Jesus we rushed over to check out Chairlift.

Let me just say…I was completely hypnotized by lead singer Caroline Polachek. She oozed this mysterious calm and coolness with her quirky dance moves and vocals that seemed to cover the crowd like a blanket. I instantly downloaded their latest album and haven’t stopped listening to it since.

On a side note…we totally missed Santigold, le sigh, but I saw her a few years back and if you get the opportunity you must see her live. AMAZING!

TGIF and Happy Listening!

Sidewalk Safari:

Song of the Day – M.I.A. “Bad Girls”

It’s Friday, gloomy, and surprisingly cold today so I’m in the mood for a little pick me up. I’ve been listening to the Black Keys most of the day so it’s time to switch it up a bit.

I love M.I.A.! She always brings something new and fresh that is so uniquely hers. For today’s Song of the Day I’m going with her newest single “Bad Girls”.

Bad Girls:

Since we’re switching things up I thought I’d do something a little different. I came across this up and coming artist, Jes Hudak, a few weeks ago and was totally impressed with her cover of today’s Song of the Day. Check it out below, it’s pretty amazing! While you’re at it listen to her single Dirty Filthy Liar ft. Gotham Green…instant fan!

Song of the Day: Phantogram “Don’t Move”

Ahhh Phantogram I love you. Don’t Move has been stuck in my head all week and I’m determined to cover it…somehow this will happen! This fantastic Saratoga Springs duo (appropriately named Josh and Sarah…me and my brother’s name thank you very much) is another indie/electro/psych pop, whatever the hell you want to call it, band with an absolutely delicious sound.

Check them out for yourself and go buy their EP Nightlife!

Don’t Move:

Song of the Day: Purity Ring “Belispeak”

TGIF!!! The weekend is here and I’ve got lots of good music streaming through my headphones today, especially my pick for Song of the Day.

Purity Ring is an electro pop, or “Future Pop” if we’re getting technical, duo from Canada. They’ve yet to release a full length album as a group but you can find a few tracks floating around the blogosphere. The thing I love the most about this band is their use of synth style instrumentation underneath Megan James’ ethereal vocals. Their hip-hop, R&B and pop influences are intertwined to make a unique record, beautifully mastered for my wannabe hipster taste.

They’ll be opening for Neon Indian next month at the Granada so definitely expect a full report on the show! In the meantime check out their latest single Belispeak!


Song of the Day: The Black Keys “Sister” & “Gold on the Ceiling”

It’s a rainy day in Texas, I’ve got my glass of wine and my hubby with me writing some new songs. I had a great meeting today to talk about my new EP and a lot of discussion about who I want to be as an artist. So I’ve definitely been thinking about my musical inspirations and what kind of sound I want for the new record.

One band throughout this process keeps coming to mind, my favorite band, The Black Keys. Blues and soul speaks to me more then any other kind of music. Even though I am a lover of all kinds of music I keep coming back to my roots. The Black Keys create modern blues/rock elements better then anyone (in my biased opinion) on the scene today.

So for today’s Song(s) of the Day I chose a few tunes of their latest, El Camino. Oh and yes I just bought my tickets to see them in April..EEEEEEKKKK!!! 🙂 Enough babbling…on to the music!


Gold on the Ceiling:

Song of the Day: Neon Indian “Polish Girl”

I am totally digging Neon Indian’s single Polish Girl right now. It makes me feel like I should be driving down the PCH or jumping around an open field with thousands of festival goers. It’s just one of those happy, put your hands up and dance kind of songs. I’m super excited about seeing them live with Purity Ring (yay!!) next month!

So take a listen…play it twice in a row…it will make your Friday that much more enjoyable!

Polish Girl:

Song of the Day – Santigold “Big Mouth”

I am a huge Santigold fan. My brother introduced me to her a few years back and I was immediately hooked. Her sound is so fresh and she’s amazing live. Her self titled debut (then Santogold) was released in 2008 so I’ve been anxiously awaiting her sophomore release. So check out her latest single off her upcoming album, Master of My Make-Believe, out this spring! It’s pure fun!

Big Mouth:

Song of the Day – Etta James “This is a Man’s World”

The music world lost a legend on January 20th. Etta James was an inspiration to so many musicians, including myself. Her deeply troubled life was heard so passionately in her music. From the powerful At Last to one of my favorites, I’d Rather Go Blind, it’s impossible to not feel the soul behind each breath and note she sings. So for today’s Song of the Day I had to give tribute to one of my favorite female soul singers.

Etta James – It’s a Man’s World

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