7/19/12

2 Albums Defining My Summer


I have two new-to-me albums that make cleaning the dishes or running six miles or a rained out garden party not so bad. Both albums are very different, can be listened from start to finish, and make me feel cooler than I am. Especially the one with explicit lyrics. It even has a warning label no less. My first!

I'm sure these bands are thrilled to be reaching my demographic: a 30 year-old stay-at-home-mom.  That's when they know they've made it. Success must feel good. Check em out:

Theoplilus London: Timez Are Weird These Days [Explicit]: I first heard him when he opened for Kaskade. Without ever hearing London's music before, I instantly got it. I danced and sang as if I was a lifetime fan. I just might be. This album got my marathon training off to a good start.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Here. Rob and Ella were practicing the song Man On Fire one night and the next day I couldn't get it out of my head. Ella showed me their David Letterman performance and I was hooked. A little hippy dippy and totally stereotypical LA, but fun. I hope they don't take themselves too seriously. From the looks of it, they just are out for a good time. I would love to see them live.

Oh, I keep forgetting that everyone probably already knows Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros from their song Home. For some reason, that song didn't make me want to buy their album or learn more about them. It was a good song and all, but too popular too quickly. I was tired of it before it had a chance.  But now I like it.

Here's Man on Fire. Hope you like.


New girl crush alert in the green pants. Her voice. I suddenly have a greater understanding for Ursala's character in The Little Mermaid. What I want from you is your voice. My voice? You got it, sweetcakes.


That's all I have. Two albums. I need more. Suggestions please!

18 comments:

  1. If you like Edward Sharpe, you might like Of Monsters and Men- they have an album out called "My Head is an Animal," and it has been a great backdrop to everything this summer. Also... you've heard the Avett Brothers, right? And Mumford and Sons?

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    1. thanks for the tips. i just looked all of them up because i haven't heard of any of them ha. Mumford and Sons always come up on my Pandora stations but I never took the time to check out who they are (even though I liked their sound) now thanks to you, i know!

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  2. The Dirty Projectors just came out with a new album. They're fantastic! I've also been really getting into old country a lot lately - perfect cleaning music. First Aid Kit and the Secret Sisters are two girl groups I love.

    In 2009 I was downtown and I overheard some guys calling a taxi to get back to their tour bus. Taxis make no sense in our town and take forever, so I offered to give them a ride. They were hanging out in front of one of our main venues in town so I figured they were a band and they were really nice and not threatening at all, so I gave the manager and one other guy a ride to their bus. They invited me and any friends I wanted to bring to the show but I'd never heard of them and had plans, so the manager gave me some tshirts in thanks instead. Anyway, it turned out the band was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! I didn't put it together until about a month ago when I found one of the shirts :)

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    1. oh my gosh. that is so funny. their poor manager having to take care of alllllll those bandmates. can you imagine? i would suspect managing a band of 3 or 4 people would be hard. ESATMZ has what 50 people in it?

      love you suggestions btw. never heard of any of them. ha

      the dirty projectors are part bad ass part nice. i like the mix. where have i seen the cover of their album? i feel like it's on some store front i saw in the lower east side. down the street from Katz's. it looks familiar. great photo choice.

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  3. I will give you my hipster list of bands while I am still cool (we have a baby on the way in 3 months and she may kill some of my cred).

    Miracle Fortress (electronic from Montreal, amazing!), Arcade Fire (biggest little indie band, also from Montreal, the Suburbs won the Grammy for Album of the Year 2011), Tokyo Police Club (indie pop rock, good for all generations, based in Toronto), Fleet Foxes (indie folk from Seattle), Cults (Brooklyn-based girl/boy duo electro pop), Magnetic Fields (had an album in the late-90s called 69 Songs about Love, they are not all winners but there are some real gems),The Modern Lovers (led by Jonathan Richman, mostly from the 1970s-80s but you would think it's brand new). Enjoy!

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  4. Kaskade! My celeb crush. You know how you said you were all goofy and smily when you did your photo session with that handsome guy? That would be me if I ever met him. (Totally embarrassing too since his wife would probably be with us. ha!)

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  5. He has the jimmy legs! And yes, I also love Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Jade's voice. You should watch their NPR Tiny Desk concert here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWIvfE01J0k

    And everyone has already come up with so many great suggestions! I second and third and fourth and fifth (and etc.) First Aid Kit, Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Magnetic Fields, Modern Lovers...good, good stuff there!

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  6. Check out Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, Aloe Blacc, Paolo Nutini

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  7. If you want to see how much chill the Magnetic Zeros are you should definitely check out their new film Big Easy Express. It features them, Mumford and Sons, and a bluegrass band called Old Crow Medicine Show traveling on a historical train from California to New Orleans. All three bands stay on the train for a week and a half and play beautiful music and see the American landscape. It really is a beautiful film.

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  8. We've been on an oldies kick around here -- all started with my husband singing "I'm Your Puppet" while playing puppets with the kids. My 3yo and 5yo can often be heard singing "This Magic Moment," "Under the Boardwalk," and, of course "Up on the Roof" -- and then I saw your up on the roof post coincidentally (or not?). Hope you get permission to spend more time up on the roof -- it's trouble-proof!

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    1. Wow, the dancing! And, holy smokes, did i see a didgeridoo???

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  9. My one and three year old listen to "Home" and Goyte "But you didn't have to cut me off" back and forth on my iPad for about 1 hr and a hafl on a mini road trip, the other day.

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  10. Love Edward Sharpe...and they are fantastic live.
    If you like them, check out the film "Big Easy Express", a beautiful documentary about the tour they took with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. They toured on this gorgeous antique train. It will make you love them even more! You can download the film on iTunes, and I recall it being family friendly.

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