Playlist: 20 Songs From April 2013 (Via Spotify)

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Well April marked the final days of winter – we still had snow in Indiana at the beginning of the month – which means I was on my annual National kick during the ugly transition between winter and spring (and because they have a new album coming out!). There was also plenty of great new music from James Blake, Kurt Vile, Daft Punk, Fall Out Boy, Iron And Wine, and Phoenix.

Here are my 20 songs from April 2013.

Music Video Theater: Silver Jews – “Random Rules”

In the late 80s Silver Jews was formed by David Berman and Stephen Malkmus (who would also start Pavement around the same time). The band sounded like what the National tried to sound like early in their career: lo-fi alt-country with a dry vocalist singing clever lyrics about mundane middle class life.

“Random Rules” is a Silver Jews song I particular like, especially the lyrics. This is the 90s at its finest (and most flannel).

Song Of The Moment: The National – “Murder Me Rachael”

We all know how great The National’s recent albums have been, but it’s easy to forget that the band released two full albums and a bunch of EPs before Alligator. “Murder Me Rachael” is from their second record Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and it’s one of the best songs from the band’s early career.

My Pandora Stations: Moody Atmosphere

I’m introducing a new mini-series called “My Pandora Stations”.  I have multiple customized stations on Pandora that I enjoy, so every now and then I’ll show you the secrets on how to make them, what to expect, and when to use them.

My Station Name: Moody Atmosphere

Made Of: Bon Iver, Smashing Pumpkins, and The National

When I Listen To It: When I need to get a lot of studying done or if I’m reading.  Mostly atmospheric music that lets you focus on other activities.

What To Expect: Moody folky music with some instrumentals every now and then.

Have an important paper to write?  Want to stay in your room with all the lights dimmed and release your inner folky?  Do you have Bon Iver stuck in your head all day?

Well then my Moody Atmosphere station is perfect for you.

I like to listen to this station whenever I want to sit back and let my mind relax or to have something playing while I do homework or if I simply want to enjoy the music.  The songs that usually come up tend to be more on the acoustic and slow side, though I’ll get a popular upbeat song every now and then.  Highly recommended for those long nights/winder days where times moves all so slow, and it’s not all that bad.