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Music Monday: Death Cab For Cutie

Way WAY in the back!

Howdy, all!  Now, normally I would use Music Mondays to bring you an artist that is new(er), or at least new to me, but today I’m taking a different track.  I saw Death Cab live on Saturday, and it was the balls.  So, I’m just gonna go ahead and talk about them.  ‘Cause I can.  Yay! Go me.

So, my friend Trevor and I braved the deluge we got here in Orlando on Saturday to catch their show at House of Blues.  This tour is to promote their newest album, Codes and Keys.  That album, which came out in May, is way different from anything I’ve heard from them before.  It’s very. . . happy.  I’m thinking that marriage agrees with lead singer Ben Gibbard (he’s hitched to super cutie Zooey Deschanel).  I’m still trying to gather my thoughts about it.  I like Codes for the most part, though.  Especially the lead single, “You Are A Tourist.” The video is funky and cute:

Luckily for me, I didn’t have to think to hard at the show.  They started off with a rocking 9-minute jam version of one of my favorites, “I Will Possess Your Heart” off their album Narrow Stairs.   They even played “Photobooth” off The Forbidden Love EP.  I think this might have been the first song of theirs I ever heard.  Hearing it live took me waaaay back.

That was probably the best thing about this show- remembering where I was when I heard those songs, or who I dedicated them to in my mind back then.  That and they sounded so great live.  Gifted musicians and well crafted songs are always a good time!

Death Cab for Cutie is on tour now- catch them if they’re in your town.  Click here for tour schedule.  And check out Codes and Keys.  Let me know what you think! Have a fantastic day.  Thanks so much for stopping by! xx


Music Monday: AWOLNATION

Happy Monday!  Hope you’ve all enjoyed this week! I know I did- Harry Potter 7.2 let me have it at the theater.  More on that later. . .  Today is all about the music.  This week’s MM artist seamlessly joins rock angst and electronica.  It’s the fresh, alternative sound of AWOLNATION.

This alternative rock band is the solo project of Aaron Bruno (Under the Influence of Giants).  Bruno initially started AWOLNATION after Red Bull Records approached him in 2009.  After several false starts, their first full-length album, Megalithic Symphony, was released in March.

On the first single, “Sail,” Bruno’s moody wail screeches above a driving electrobeat. It’s the album opener, and sets a fierce tone for the rest of this funky album.  Check out the video for “Sail:”

Funkaaaaay!  I first heard “Sail” on an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” and was hooked.  Check out the rest of Megalithic Symphony.  It rocks.

Must have tracks:


“Guilty Filthy Soul”

“Burn It Down”


You can pick up AWOLNATION’s stuff on Amazon or iTunes.  Let me know what you think! Have a great week, folks! xx


Music Monday: TV On The Radio

Brooklyn-based art rockers TV on the Radio are no strangers to multitasking.  They’ve dabbled in soul, funk, electro, jazz, and prog on their albums; and band members have starred in films and produced other acts while working on TVOTR albums.

They’ve been on the scene since 2001, touring pretty much nonstop following the release of their first EP, Young Liars.  After a year-long hiatus beginning late 2009, the band released their latest effort, Nine Types of Light.

Gerard Smith

After the sort of manic, party album that was Dear Science, Nine Types feels like a more grown up project.  The band sounds more settled, gelled, and upbeat.  This is especially poignant, considering the recent death (April 20th) of bassist Gerard Smith from lung cancer.  Smith had only been diagnosed a month before, and had taken a break from touring for treatment.  The band has canceled around six recent dates on their tour.

Check out the video for “Will Do,” the first single off Nine Types of LIght.

Such a gorgeous video!  I think that’s Joy Bryant, from Antwone Fisher and that Parenthood TV series.  If you know for sure, let me know!

Must have tracks:

“Will Do”

“Keep Your Heart”

“New Cannonball Run”

You can pick up Nine Types on iTunes now.  RIP Gerard Smith, a talented musician who will be missed.  Have a wonderful week everyone! xx

Music Monday: Young the Giant

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hope you get to spend today with people you love!

After last night’s celebration of music’s best and brightest, folks like me with short attention spans are already looking ahead to the next.  I think California rockers, Young the Giant, are poised to rock the airwaves in 2011.  Their name fits- the average age of this crew is only 21, and they’ve got a handle on breezy beach-rock done the SoCal way.

After spending a good part of 2010 on tour with Steel Train and (personal faves) Minus the Bear, their self-titled debut came out late last month.  The first single, “My Body,” is pretty bitchin’ with its pounding rhythm and soaring sound.  Check out a live performance at Sunset Sound:

The great thing about YTG is how grand their sound can be.  Lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s got a great instrument.  Very fresh sounding, but still really great at grounding the emotion on some of the band’s more melancholy tracks.  Another one of my favorite tracks is “Cough Syrup,” which sounds like a sleepier Jimmy Eat World tune.  Check on it!

Pick up Young the Giant’s self titled album now!  Then, check them out on tour this year.

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