Week In Review (3/13/15)

Album Of The Week: Will Butler – Policy

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All throughout Will Butler’s solo debut is that sense of looseness and fun that reminds me of Funeral, but take away any association with Arcade Fire and Policy still stands strong as an engaging and lean listening experience that combines Chuck Berry, gospel, and Talking Heads in all the right ways. My favorite song might be “Son Of God”.

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Leapling – “Crooked”

Don’t mind the creepy puppets.

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Shura – “2Shy”

Someone has been listening to No Jacket Required.

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Tom Misch – “Oh Baby”

Oh yeah

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Downtown Boys – “Monstro”

Why aren’t there more saxophones in punk songs? Why don’t more political punk songs sound this good? These are the important questions.

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I’m kinda late to the Tobias Jesso Jr. party, but I’m glad I’m here now.

Reminds me of John Lennon with his direct writing and simple arrangements. Well done.

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Christine and the Queens – “Tilted”

Tilted as in the new social app? Probably not, but I still dig the song.

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The Amazing – “Circles”

Dreamy guitars make me happy.

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Wait, I thought it was Snoop Lion now? Meh who cares, this song is groovy

And that’s Charlie Wilson on the track aka the guy from “Bound 2”. Pharrell is also the producer here, so that explains why it sounds like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”.

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Madeon – “Home”

Is that you Sigur Rós? Actually no, but it’s a worthy comparison.

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Well I never thought I’d ever say this, but I really like the new Wiz Khalifa song off the Furious 7 soundtrack.

Probably has more to do with Charlie Puth’s great vocal accompaniment. Song starts at 16 second mark.

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New Sufjan Stevens song yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Though I prefer the more ambitious Illinois, Stevens’s return to his purist folk roots sounds fantastic.

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A Grave With No Name – “I Will Ride A Horse”

https://soundcloud.com/lefse-records/i-will-ride-a-horse/s-2cwMB

The perfect name for someone who writes beautiful and sad country rock songs via Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams.

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Bakermat – “Another Man”

These are the kind of remixes that I can dig.

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G.L.O.S.S. – “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From The Future)”

For fans of Pussy Riot (which honestly should be everyone, since no one is making this good of political punk on this side of the world). This album is so good, and you can download it for whatever price you want via bandcamp!

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Ellie Goulding’s cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” is surprisingly understated, but still good

When are we going to hear any new original music from her? Hopefully soon.

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Kisses to the Sky, the new album by Raleigh, NC band Oulipo, is worth your time

If you’re patient with the album, it grows on you in unexpected ways.

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It’s nice to see a metal band with a sense of humor

Bad Guys’ new album Bad Guynaecology (yep, seriously) is a fun metal album that doesn’t take itself seriously while also sounding good. Make sure to check it out.

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Young Fathers – “Shame”

https://soundcloud.com/youngfathers/shame-yf

Uh, what genre is this? Whatever it is, I need more of it in my life.

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HONNE – “Coastal Love”

Spring Break here I come. I’ll be away for my break, so no posting all next week. See y’all later!

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My Reactions To The Grammys (As Told By Pictures)

I was going to write a long piece on the 2013 Grammys, but I figured that showing pictures of my reactions would suffice.

Here are some visuals for my reactions to some of the night’s bigger revelations.

 

When my female friend asked me why Justin Beiber was not nominated for a Grammy.

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Whenever LL Cool J mentioned anything about Twitter.

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Anytime Taylor Swift was on TV

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When I realized Wiz Khalifa was actually asked to perform at the Grammys.

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When the Black Keys played with Dr. John.

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When Gotye beat out Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits for a Grammy.

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When Jack White performed.

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When Frank Ocean performed.

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When Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year Grammy.

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When I realized that My Bloody Valentine was not asked to perform at the Grammys.

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When I realized that most of my friends don’t actually watch the Grammys.

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When I read all the funny tweets making fun of the Grammys.

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Music Journal: My Favorite Songs of 2011

Well 2011 is almost at an end, and what a year it was.  There’s a lot to cover from this year, so for my first of three parts of my end-of-year review, I’ll play for you guys my favorite songs released this year.  There’s a variety of song here, from rap, electro, folk, rock, indie, and even cheesy 80s jazz pop (and that’s a compliment). Here are the songs, in alphabetical order by artist, released in 2011 that I listened to the most.  Enjoy.

“Mona Lisa” – Atlas Sound

“Wash.” – Bon Iver

“Swim Club” – The Cave Singers

“LES” – Childish Gambino

“Need You Now” – Cut Copy

“You Are A Tourist” – Death Cab for Cutie

“Kaputt” – Destroyer

“Over My Dead Body” – Drake

“Helplessness Blues” – Fleet Foxes

“Down in the Valley” – The Head And The Heart

“That’s My Bitch” – Jay-Z and Kanye West

“Video Games” – Lana Del Rey

“Midnight City” – M83

“Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” – My Morning Jacket

“Super Bass” – Nicki Minaj

“Taken For A Fool” – The Strokes

“Yonkers” – Tyler The Creator

“Fail Forever” – When Saints Go Machine

“One Sunday Morning” – Wilco

“Cameras” – Wiz Khalifa

Any songs that I left out? comment below or hit me up on twitter @BradyWGerber and let me know your favorite track from 2011.

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