Atlas Genius – “Trojans”

I know I am totally behind the boat on Atlas Genius.  I finally picked up their debut album When It Was Now, and dang is it good.  It has been on heavy repeat on my iPod, and I’m pretty sure I found one of my go-to albums for the summer.

Wildlife Control – “Ages Places”

The bi-coastal indie rock partnership that is Wildlife Control just released their brand new track today called “Ages Places,” as they get ready to make an appearance at SXSW.

The track is filled with booming bass and enough indie synth pop to definitely get you moving.  I think one of the coolest things about the song though is the lyrics, especially if you’re a literary nerd.  The lyrics are made up of various modified haiku stanzas.  Pretty genius if you ask me, especially since the lyrics can still be coherent despite this ambitious, poetic lyrical styling.

Their new album doesn’t drop until this summer, but keep your eyes out for these guys.

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Joe D’Amico – “Where Does the Time Go?”

Sometimes you just need a good pop song.  Enter Philadelphia’s Joe D’Amico.

D’Amico just recently released his album A Short Time’s a Long Time introducing the world to his own blend of acoustic, folk, Americanism.  The album is filled with laid back tracks that could be comfortable on 70’s am radio or floating around the blogosphere today.

One of the highlights is a track called “Where Does the Time Go?”  Listening to it, I can’t help but be reminded of one of my favorite singer-songwriter Josh Rouse.  With sunny melodies and grooving bass, “Where Does the Time Go?” is a perfect throwback track to the glory days of pop music.  Before the Twitter, or the Internet when good music simply made you feel good.  What more do you need?

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25 Days of Christmas, Day 22

We are in the home stretch to Christmas, with only three days left.

Today’s tune is is the Shin’s covering Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”  The original is definitely one of my favorites, and the Shins really do it justice.  Making sure to still keep the song fun as James Mercer put’s that folky/poppy Shin’s spin on the song, and it really works.

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25 Days of Christmas, Day 18

Just found this cover, of The xx performing “Last Christmas.”

It’s definitely a stripped down version compared by the original song by Wham, but that’s a good thing.  It almost feels like The xx should have written the track, as they really do a lot more with the track.  I especially like the bass running through the track, with the nice synth breakdown.

I’m pretty sure many songs would be much better if performed by The xx.

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25 Days of Christmas, Day 8

Since today is not only day 8 of the 25 days of Christmas, but also the first night of Chanukkah starting at sundown tonight I thought I would include something a little different.

It’s a live holiday medley by Jewish acoustic rockers Guster.  So why would Guster do a Christmas medley?  I’m not really sure, but it’s enjoyable none the less.  I guess everyone loves Christmas!

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25 Days of Christmas, Day 7

Since we are now starting to get a little deeper into December, I’m hearing more and more Christmas music anytime I’m out and about.

The other day I heard this acoustic version of “Do You Hear What I Hear,” redone by Copeland.  Done with acoustic guitars, some minimal electronics, and even some auto-tune.  The song slowly builds until the rest of the band comes in, and does exactly what Copeland does best.

This is definitely a nice rendition of a classic song by a great band.

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