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Eargasm: Mash Up, Not Mush Up

2 Feb

I’m going to go ahead and throw a disclaimer at the beginning of this mash up… yes, it’s February, and yes, there’s a pretty love-drenched “holiday” just around the corner…. BUT seriously folks, these are just some songs I happen to be feeling at the moment; nothing sentimental to it.  Should YOU choose to go there and get all mushy, I’m not judging – much.

Penny & the QuartersYou and Me – Whether you’ve seen Blue Valentine or not, the soulful crooning in this track is bound to grab at your emotions.  I’m digging the vintage sound and – ok, it does help that when I hear it, I see Ryan Gosling in my mind… guilty!

RobynHang with Me – This dancey track is perfect for picturing yourself in an 80’s dance montage getting your gym sweat on.  It’s got a seriously catchy beat with a message that should never be overlooked: if homegirl tells you not to fall for her, you best be listenin.  Although, Robyn, you do make it so difficult to heed your words.

Citizen CopeJericho – Sexy song alert!  The flow Mr. Cope’s sporting is twangy and manages to seep deep under your skin – the longing in his voice is palpable.   Ladies, if you’re not feeling a little longing after giving this a listen, go check yourself for a pulse.

AdeleSomeone Like You­ – I’m counting down the days till 21, Adele’s sophomore album, comes out in the US (Feb 22, where are you?!)  She is hands down one of the most stunning voices out there right now, and this song is hauntingly beautiful + incredibly relatable.  For now, this song will have to be my fix.  You’re welcome.

Fitz & the TantrumsL.O.V. – Ok, so I’ve already shared the amazing-ness that is F&TT with you (check their track MoneyGrabber here), but this song is slowly becoming my favorite off the album.  You’re going to L.O.V. love this track, too – promise!

Hope you’re lovin these Eargasmic Tracks – catch ya next time, ya big mushes.

Eargasm: Playing Catch Up

13 Jan

Just got around to downloading some of the most talked about albums of the past year – I know they’re nothing new to many music aficionados, but to the majority of my peeps, I hope there may be a few new sounds in here for you to enjoy. I’m certainly digging on these tracks right now…

YeasayerI Remember: Though I’m still sore about being turned away from last summer’s free Governor’s Island show, I won’t hold it against these guys. This track just resonates with me, there’s something about a guy baring his soul like this that gets me everyyyytime.

Local NativesAirplanes: Another simple love and lament song from one of my favorite up and coming bands of the moment… yes, I’m seeing a common theme here.

DeerhunterRevival: Changing it up a bit, I think this song called out to me because the intro screams Beck at me – but beyond that, the similarities fade. It’s pop, but the airy guitar keeps it on the fringe.   It’s my jam – so is the whole album (Halcyon Digest) actually.

LCD SoundsystemDance Yrself Clean: The first time this one came around on my ipod, I had to check who it was – love this song. Pretty different and pretty catchy – stay with it till it really drops about halfway through the track. Hopefully, we won’t have to agree to disagree, friendos.

Arcade Fire We Used to Wait:  This song gets under your skin and stays with you.  I can’t stop listening to it and love it so much more after checking out the video, which to me is just pure genius. If you haven’t viewed this interactive video yet, do it by clicking here (seriously, do it).

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Eargasm: Auld Lang Songs

31 Dec

As 2010 comes to a close, I think it’s normal to get a little nostalgic about the passing year while feeling the anticipation of what the coming year may bring.  And so, with this in mind, dear friends, I invite you to share in my New Years play list…

Band of Horses Life on Earth: This simple little diddy suggests just enough to get those contemplative juices a flowin’.   Little emo, little transient, lotsa time up there in your noggin with just you.

Michael Franti & SpearheadSay Hey (I Love You): Snap out of it!  After all, you’ve got an hour before your $150 NYE golden ticket gets you a free pass to booze and more booze.  Enjoy the moment; it may be your very last chance of 2010 to have “you” time, so relax with it before it’s… TEE-SHIRT TIME!

Wilson PickettIn the Midnight Hour: Midnight is rapidly approaching and if you’ve made eye contact with any less than 3 prospects, it’s pretty much a sure thing you’re going to be watching your friends suck face while wondering where that hottie you spotted around 11:35pm slipped off to.  Now, channel the vintage crooner within and git ‘er done.

Panic! At The DiscoNew Perspective: It’s the first hours of 2011 – welcome to your new perspective.  Who cares if you’re going to spend the first day of the year in bed nursing a massive hangover with – wait, who is that?  The year still has big things in store for you. Starting tomorrow.

The WalkmenIn the New Year: Now that those advil have kicked in, get your ish together and back on track.  Here’s to a safe and happy New Years for all – it’s gonna be a good year, folks…

***Looking forward to a 2011 chock full of recommendations!***

Eargasm: Not Just Girl Talk

18 Nov

Would you believe me if I told you my sole purpose for sharing music picks with you this week was to try and get people talking about something OTHER than Girl Talk? Right, didn’t think so. Anyway, as much as I’m loving this mash-up-All-Day-week we’re having, here’s some OTHER music to talk about…

SkyboxPlastic Cups: Mysteriously found this band through some Lollapalooza playlist (I think) – started off with 1 track I kinda liked and eventually came upon this one. The best thing I can liken this song to is a hipster lullaby. Give a listen, I think you’ll agree with me…

Marina & The DiamondsAre You Satisfied: I feel like these lyrics will resonate with most of the current 20-something generation. Not to get all intellectual during your lunch hour (or whenever you’re tuning in) but there’s something to be said for the simple lyrics asking if you’re satisfied with how things are going. Wahh Wahhh…

Kelis4th of July (Fireworks): Kelis has come a long way since her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, and in this track I’ve found a Gym Jam that I love and that isn’t getting overplayed on the radio right now. Therein lies the makings of a long lasting addition to my workout mix.

Oh so you DID you want to hear some MORE Girl Talk? Fine, then I’ll leave you with this little diddy (called That’s Right) featuring Peter Gabriels’ “In Your Eyes” (along with countless other tracks)…

Eargasm: Musical Melange

10 Nov

Happy Hump Day friendos! I come to you bearing my latest aural fixations!  Here are a few songs that are stuck on my playlist right now – some more recent additions than others. Take a moment for yourself today and feast your ears on this motley assortment of musical selections:

Jukebox the GhostEmpire: I’ve been a fan of these guys for a while now; their pop-rock sound never fails to get me bopping around. Empire is off their latest album. Bounce away…

Dirty ProjectorsNo Intention: If I had a soundtrack to my life, this would most definitely be playing while walking casually down the street on the weekend. This is Saturday afternoon pedestrian music. New genre alert!

Mimicking BirdsBurning Stars: My co-worker Brad played this for me – I was immediately emo. It’s the perfect “I need to moment to myself” song when you’re tired of your Elliott Smith playlist. Not that we ever tire of it, do we folks…

Freelance WhalesHannah: Throw out your tissues – we’re taking it back up with this electro-folk group that fuses the two genres seamlessly. (If you dig, come check them out – Wednesday 12/15 @ Webster Hall – tickets here)

My Dear DiscoReplaceable: This band was my fave new find @ Lollapalooza (though Megan and I could have SWORN the lyrics were “don’t tell me I’m a cesspool” – which changes the meaning a bit). Either way, it’s SO danceable – makes me want to get to the gym (now if only I could keep that motivation past the 3:36 mark).

Band of HorsesNo One’s Gonna Love You: Ok, bring it back down a notch, let these haunting vocals sink in and just enjoy. Or not, because it’s kind of a depressing song. But still, try to enjoy his pain – he’d want that, don’t you think?

Mumford and SonsLittle Lion Man: Alright, so I know this song is blowing up right now but I think it’s one of those songs you may have heard and loved but not known what it was called. It was on my ipod for months before I realized it – I can thank tipsy iTunes exploration for that and now you can thank me.

Okkervil RiverCalling and Not Calling My Ex: I really like story songs and this one is no exception. I actually spent 10 minutes google-ing this song to try and find out who his “famous ex” might be, but I came up with nothing. Except that it was a less than desirable break-up situation – at least something good came out it all?

That’s all for now folks – now get to downloading these tunes!

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