Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

May just might be one of my favorite months.  As a teacher, it means that summer break is so close that I can taste it.  Teachers need a break too!

May also means that it’s warm enough to drive around with the windows down, and not so hot that you feel like you’re melting into your seats.  Now if you’re going to be driving around with your windows down you have to have some perfect loud warm weather music to blast through your speakers.  Who better than those crazy Canadians the Japandroids.  All of theirs songs are meant to be played as loud as possible with no regards to your ear drums.

Enjoy, your inner-teenager will greatly appreciate it!

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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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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 13

Today I’ve got a Christmas track for you from 90’s indie rockers Blitzen Trapper.

The track is called “Christmas is Coming Soon.”  It’s a simple, yet beautiful track with some softly picked acoustic guitar, some light jingle, and some haunting harmonies.  This is the perfect addition to any laid back Christmas playlist.  Especially if you loved the 9o’s indie rock scene.

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25 Days of Christmas, Day 5

Today, I bring you something a little bit different.  It’s not exactly a Christmas song, but with it’s mention of Christmas trees and lights I’m pretty sure it qualifies.

It’s by 90’s emo rockers Mineral, off their second and last album End Serenading.  The track is called “Waking to Winter,” and is filled with all the emotion and build up that bands like Mineral have conditioned us to expect from our mid 90’s indie rock.  Not to mention Chris Simpson singing about his love, as he’s reminded by all the Christmas lights up around town that the love will not end, unlike his changing scenery.

This is a lesson we can all remember about God’s love this Christmas  While we will eventually take down all the Christmas decorations as we move on with our busy lives, the spirit of Christmas, and God coming down in human flesh because he loves us is something we can carry with us all year.

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25 Days of Christmas, Day 1

With the beginning of December comes my favorite time of year, the holiday season.  I just love Christmas time.  I’m not sure if it’s the Christmas trees, Christmas lights, or the holiday spirit.  Mostly I think it’s how amazing it is know that Christmas is a time of celebrating the amazing sacrifice of love and selflessness that God showed when Jesus was born on earth.

One thing I haven’t been crazy about this time of year has been Christmas music.  Much of it is the same old recycled stuff from generations.  So this year I’ve decided to compile a list of 25 modern and relevant Christmas tunes, one for each day of December leading up to Christmas with a bit of an indie emphasis.  I hope you enjoy coming with me on this journey, and hopefully it points you towards what the season is truly all about and some awesome new music.

For my first selection I have picked the song “O Holy Night” from Kings Kaleidoscope off their album Joy Has Dawned.  It’s a super fresh take on a beautiful song, with a bit of a laid back Shawn McDonald vibe to it.  I really enjoy the softly played piano, and the build towards the end adding some strings and horns.  It’s really great stuff.

Enjoy!

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