I think I’ll just be using this blog from now to highlight YouTube videos. ohh yeah
Sexy and I know it- Woah! Was not expecting that voice. This guy is great. I’d check out his other stuff too. I bet this video goes viral! woo
Home Acoustic cover – I talked about Harry and Alfie (now known as Hudson Taylor) in my last post. This is a cool cover of Home, along with another awesome YouTube artist, Gabrielle Aplin
We are young cover – Pentatonix is awesome, they won the Sing Off recently, and here they are being really awesome
Honestly, since I started using Spotify on a daily basis, I have found like 20 new favorite bands. My love for music has been revived and I have been on a crazy spree. I found new YouTube accounts, and new awesome singers. Hope you guys like some of these bands as much as I do!
First Aid Kit – So, First Aid Kit has really become one of my top favorite bands. Ever. I loved their first album(s)/ep’s, and their new album The Lion’s Roar is no exception. Their folky, carefree, yet heavy songs are awesome. These two girls have amazing voices and the harmonies they can create are amazing. When I listen to First Aid Kit, I feel like I am reminded of how music should be. The first video below is one of their singles “Emmylou”. The second video is of the girls performing Dancing Barefoot for Patti Smith at the Polar Music Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm. This performance is awesome, and it really shows how much Patti Smith has influenced First Aid Kit. Also, it was great to see how touched Patti was at the performance.
Asteroid Galaxy Tour – You may have heard the Asteroid Galaxy Tour song “The Golden Age” from that Heineken commercial . I really like the lead singers voice – it’s really light and has interesting intonation. I also really like the sort of fun, retro 70’s feel of their music. I’m seeing them in concert on Friday, so I’ve been listening to as many songs of theirs as I can. Here is the music video new single “Heart Attack”. If you want to listen to their new album, check it out here on their site.
Roufaida & Pluck – This dutch band is one of my new obsessions. I don’t know too much about them yet, but I saw the video below and instantly fell in love. The second video is what got them noticed – from what I gather they made this video and song, and won some Dutch High School (yes, these girls are in high school), competition. Roufaida & Pluck don’t have an EP out yet, but I really look forward to hearing more from them. Like them on Facebook and keep up with them!
Little Dragon – This band has been around for few years, but I first heard them a little while ago in the song Wildfire by SBTRKT (which is an awesome song). I love main singers voice, she has a sort of R&B, smooth/sweet voice that is just really nice to listen to. I was really surprised when I saw what the main singer looks like too. I wont ruin it here, so listen to the song:
and now take a look at the lead singer.
Azealia Banks – Now, for something completely different. This song has been stuck in my head for a few days now. It’s pretty dirty, but I love the way Azealia talks/raps, and the beat is really catchy.
Die Antwoord – Remember when I covered these guys a while back? Well they are back with a new album, and a really bizarre new video. But the beat is catchy, and I do love the South African accent. Side note: apparently these guys are “fake” in the sense that they aren’t ghetto kids from South Africa, but rather normal kids from South Africa? Whatever, I still think they are wicked weird if they produce videos like this:
That’s all for music for now. But what about Lana Del Ray guys? Maybe the failure of her album will help her write and perform songs that she actually feels, instead of performing like a Lana Del Robot.
Word. Time to stop sharing all these on Facebook and put them into a list.
James Blake – Pretty much obsessed with him lately. Lindisfarne is my favorite song by far. It’s really chill, and the altered vocals are pretty cool. The music video is super weird, but I think most of it is cool (minus the spit part). Blake’s whole self titled album is pretty sick, notably Limit to Your Love, and The Wilhelm Scream. Check it out for sure.
Harry and Alfie – These guys are one of my new favorite YouTubers. They are pretty folky, and the main singer, Alfie, has a really unique voice.
The Tallest Man on Earth- Now, I have know about this guy for a while. But, as I was telling a friend, he is one of those artists that I knew I would like a lot, especially after listening to him for a while. I just never felt like spending time going through all of his work. Don’t judge. Well, one of his songs snuck into my Spotfiy Radio, and here we are.
James Vincent McMorrow – I found this guy as a similar artist to James Blake, but I don’t really agree with that at all. He is a lot more similar to Tallest Man on Earth, with a smoother voice. Oh, and if you couldn’t tell by now, I’m on a folk binge.
And here is his cover of Wicked Games. This is great
Bernhoft – Found this guy from my YouTube subscription to SoulKitchen. This guy is a one man band, with a very funk/soul vibe. Pretty impressive and catchy stuff.
James Van Ronk – Ending this like Folk Run is James Van Ronk. This is a pretty old song, and has a very bluesy/folk feel to it. Its pretty gritty and I love it. Found this song from First Aid Kit , who post Spotify playlists every now and then. This gem was in their January 2012 playlist.
Rizzle Kicks – Switching gears a bit is this indie/rap band Rizzle Kicks. Just heard this song yesterday so I haven’t had time to really get more info. Enjoy!
Well, that’s all I have for now. I made a Spotfiy Playlist with most of these songs on it, plus a few more for anyone interested. Rizzle Kicks and Harry and Alfie unfortunately are not on Spotify. Anyways, here you go.
I’ll probably do a non music update later this week.
As always, any music suggestions are welcome!
Alright, for my first post back, here are some of the videos/songs I found in the past months that I love.
Adele! – Adele finally came out with her new CD. So I love her first single Rolling in the Deep, which you can see below.
Then I heard this sweet remix, by Jamie from The XX, thanks to Ryan. When I first heard it was on The Hype Machine, but the link gotten taken off. On youtube now:
This endearing cover of Home, by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. Which happens to be my favorite song. EVER! (by realitychangers)
Nice mix of Home as well:
This video is sick. The kid can dance. Just watch the whole thing k?
Sick acoustic cover of What’s My Name – Rihanna (by Hobbie Stuart Music)
This kid has a future. We need more of him!
Love this cover (by Justin Diaz):
Finally, one of my favorite genres of acoustic covers. Acoustic covers of Rap! Woo, hope this brings back some memories (by Kay Pettigrew):
So, that’s about it for now. As I said before, these are all videos I have been watching for a while. I will get back here in a few days and post some new stuff! Oh! Also everyone should checkout The Hype Machine and get an account there. Killer mashups / covers / remixes / new songs. Here is my page if you wanna friend me, and have a place to start. Bonus: if you have chrome, install this extension to download songs right from the Hype Machine website!
So, I’m going to start blogging again! After getting back from France, I kind of took a “content creation” break and just spent like 3 months doing nothing with my social media life. It was a nice, needed break.
So I should be able to get off my butt and start sharing stuff again! I’m thinking about making the focus of this blog more music sharing based, but I still will have an enlightening post every now and then!
Hey blog. How are you doing? Lets get back into this thing with a nice simple post.
-Also see OMG (cover) by Jenny Suk
-and this mix of Billionaire and OMG by itsmePAULINA
+Speaking of Billionare, and mixes…. check out this nice mixup by some of my favorites – AJ Rafael and Andrew Garcia
+ Love the way you lie – Orignally by Eminem and Rhianna covered by Krista Nicole and Mars Raps. Wow her voice is great, and he is a pretty good rapper.
-Also a nice cover by PJ Simas and Cato Webb
+Not music, but if you haven’t seen this yet you have to watch it. This video went viral SO fast. Lol I love it. Then watch the video below for the song remix!
-Music remix – so good:
+Also, if you are into folky indie stuff (like mumford and sons) check out my playlist I made http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Awesome+Music/32435569