latest listening on hump day

These are three songs that caught my eye a while ago and unfortunately I’m just now getting around to posting them. And yes, I promise this is my last Thao Nguyen song. At least for a while.

munk1. Munk – Back Down (Cut Copy Jackmaster Remix)
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You may have already heard of Munk who were big in Europe and New York for providing the soundtrack for fashion shows, gallery openings, and underground dance parties in the 2000s. Since then, they have pumped out a lot of music. I’m looking forward to listening to a bit more of them. In fact, I think I’ll do that now.

blackstar2. Black Star – Definition
[audio: BlackStar-Definition.mp3]
The name of this group is actually just the artists that contributed to the album Black Star Mos Def, Black Star, Talib Kweli. They tried to pull the hip hop community back together after the feuds between Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. I remember Talib was a small blip on my radar when Vanderbilt booked him for a show. All of the members have been more successful as solo artists.

thao23. Thao Nguyen – Know Better Learn Faster
[audio: ThaoNguyen-KnowBetterLearnFaster.mp3]
How much Thao is too much Thao? I don’t know. I’ve gotten the album “We Brave Bee Stings and All” and it’s really good. I suggest you check it out as well.

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a little something to get you over the hump

kidcudi1. Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness
[audio: KidCudi-PusuitOfHappiness.mp3]
Kid Cudi is an up and coming indie Hip Hop artist from Cleveland, OH who now works in Brooklyn. You may recognize that the backup vocals are Memphis’ MGMT. Ratatat is also featured. Kid Cudi’s debut full length album is due out Sept. 15 (my birthday).

shoops2. Shoops – Move Bounce Flip
[audio: Shoops-MoveBounceFlip.mp3]
This Montreal duo’s debut “Love/Lust” is due out in the near future. According to them their music sounds like

Your girlfriend listening to Kanye West while she touches herself.

anyamarina3. Anya Marina – Move You
[audio: AnyaMarina-MoveYou.mp3]
Be patient with this song… give it a couple of listens and see what you think.

Musically, Marina and her producers Brian Karscig (guitarist for San Diego’s Louis XIV, who produced 10 tracks) and Britt Daniel (of beloved indie-rock band Spoon, who produced two) keep things rocking at a dynamic clip.

You can find her album Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II at

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this week the music was abundant

I’m still trying to vary the genre of music that I put on these posts and I think I’ve done a pretty good job lately. Let me know what you like/don’t like so I can adjust accordingly.

felt1. Felt – Protagonists
[audio: Felt-Protagonists.mp3]

FELT is a musical collaboration with the long-term goal of having sex with b-level Hollywood actresses. This record is not for the love of Hip Hop. The album is not to prove whose city has a better-implemented smoking ban. It’s solely a vehicle for rappers to have celebrity sex.

This is the best reason to have a band. Ever.

generationals2. Generationals – Bobby Beale
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This is a quirky song that grew on me after a couple of listens.

julian3. Julian Plenti – Only if You Run
[audio: Julian-OnlyIfYouRun.mp3]
This is the lead singer, Paul Banks, of Interpol which is why his voice may sound familiar. Apparently he is not touting this fact which is pretty respectable in my opinion since he could gather a lot of followers from those that already listen to Interpol. Looks like he wants to make it based on merit.

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a few songs that caught my eye over the last week or two

These are a couple of the tunes I’ve been enjoying the last few days. Let me know what you think in the comments.

boatband1. Boat – Name Tossers
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juliepeel2. Julie Peel – Unfold
[audio: JuliePeel-Unfold.mp3]
With this one, be prepared for a slower song. Female vocals as you could probably guess from my previous songs.

cassius3. Cassius – Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes
[audio: Cassius-YouthSpeedTroubleCigarettes.mp3]
Dance. This is the type of song you could lose yourself in.

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latest music listening

I’ve been trying to vary the type of song that I put on these… so hopefully this post reflects that. As always… enjoy music.

coeur1. Coeur De Pirate – Commedes
[audio: CoeurDePirate-Commedes.mp3]
Why I like this song? Besides the fact it’s all in French, there is eloquent piano playing with an almost nursery rhyme rhythm (which I like).

kidz_2. Kidz in the Hall – Flickin
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The real reason I really enjoy this song is because it mixes elements of rock music (think a softer basement jaxx) and hip hop. The lyrics are great IMHO (in my humble opinion).

thedo3. The Dø – Tammie
[audio: TheDo-Tammie.mp3]
The Dø’s Tammie has a slight Mirah and folk aspect coupled with claps that help the song from becoming too depressing.

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recent aural pleasures

As you may or may not know, I read several music blogs and listen to a lot of music. These songs are more of the better ones I’ve heard as of late.
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Xylos – This House We Built
This song by Xylos reminds me of Pinback. Calming, soothing, and constant. I also really enjoy the strings toward the end of the song.

Ratatat – Mirando
The intro to this song sounds like something from Fatboy Slim, then it moves into something that sounds like something from a old school Nintendo game.

School of 7 Bells – Chain
This tune starts with the odd sounds of Beck and moves into a soft (somewhat distorted) female voice.

Bishop Allen – Dimmer
I first heard of Bishop Allen when I heard his song Click, Click, Click, Click. Dimmer is upbeat and poppy. I like his use of strings as well. His new album GRRR… is due out March 10th. Olly olly oxen free!

Project Jenny, Project Jan Featuring Fujiya and Miyagi – Pins and Needles
Project Jenny, Project Jan begin the song with a short haunting and echoing voice. Armed with a steady beat, the singer and other instruments (including strings!) enter the scene. Throughout the song an electric guitar is softly plucking. The song comes back around to end with the same voice from the beginning.

Esser – I Love You
Esser makes good use of what sounds like an organ and has a simple enough message. The song should perhaps be renamed “I Love You (But I don’t know how to tell you)”.

Let me know what YOU think in the comments.

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