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Train – Hey, Soul Sister June 25, 2010

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So anyways, did you like Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours? How about Bedouin Soundclash’s When The Night Feels My Song? And we all know everyone likes Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Well then you’ll like this. It’s that simple. I discovered this track from a promo video advertising my first university’s summer ball so props to whoever chose the track. If you recognise any of those earlier tracks then you’ll know what to expect – a strumming banjo, a  carefree vibe and a fresh, feel-good sound:  perfect for the summer.

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Train – Hey, Soul Sister

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She & Him May 28, 2010

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She & Him are a duo consisting of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. I discovered this band after listening to the 500 )Days of Summer soundtrack which also featured the awesome “Sweet Disposition” by the Temper Trap. A cover of a Smiths song “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by She & Him was also on the soundtrack which prompted me to go out and research a little more about the band. Having no idea that Zooey Deschanel (one of the lead actresses in the film) was also a musician, I was pleasantly surprised by the music they had produced. They’ve now released two albums (simply titled Volume 1 and 2) which both feature sweet, sugary, sun-filled dittys across the length of both LPs and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. There’s two tracks I’ll be sharing now, one from each album, and each will give you an idea of what to expect on both releases. Both tracks convey the same light and hazy feel and it makes for great music for the upcoming summer. (Tip: keep an ear out for the mouth-trumpet solo in “This Is Not a Test”).

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She & Him – This Is Not A Test

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She & Him – Ridin’ In My Car

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Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – As Tall As Cliffs March 10, 2010

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I discovered this song on a site called thesixtyone which describes itself as “a musical adventure”. The site is definitely worth checking out. I first came across it a year or so ago but found the site to be cluttered and difficult to navigate, however now it is as simple as pie to use. It works by giving you points each day you sign in which you then use to promote songs that the site plays for you. If you like a song, you use one of your points to promote it and if other users also rate it, you get further points as a reward. It is an awesome way to discover new music, like the track I’m going to share now by a band called Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s. It’s a great, folky and upbeat track that lifts the spirits and builds to a great crescendo.

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Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – As Tall As Cliffs

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Kina Grannis – Valentine February 9, 2010

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Kina Grannis is someone I discovered some years ago on the site Digg.com when the site creator Kevin Rose spoke about her on the video podcast Diggnation. She made a rather cringe-worthy song dedicated to the site which got a lot of diggs (votes) providing her with plenty of exposure. A couple of years later and another story was posted on Digg about a new single and video announced from her called “Valentine” (released at an appropriate time) which is one of those tracks that I feel compelled to share. This song is an incredibly infectious little ditty, and has echoes of the demo version of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” which I posted some time ago, with its incredibly laid back and stripped down sound. The previews of the other tracks I heard from the album on her homepage sound beautifully produced and with a really organic sound, reminisent of the album Coco from Colbie Caillat I’ve blogged profusely about previously. This song flows easily over the air with it’s summery, mellow sound and if this track is any indication of what the rest of the album may sound like, I’m intently waiting on hearing it.

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Kina Grannis – Valentine (Zipped Download from Official Site)

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[ From the Album “Stairwells” | Pre-order Album Here ]

Tilly and the Wall – Beat Control August 2, 2009

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I previously posted a track from Tilly and the Wall some time ago which I still listen to this day and get the same feeling that I did the first time I heard it. Realising this fact makes me content because it hopefully reaffirms the notion that the songs I post on this blog will live on long after I end up no longer updating it. Well here’s another that I hope to see have the same longevity as “Rainbows in the Dark“. It has a beat thats hot enough to grace any dance or hip hop dance floor. It’s positively hot. Check it out.

Tilly and the Wall – Beat Control
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[ From the EP “Beat Control” ]

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition August 1, 2009

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Been sitting on this track for a while now when I first heard it on the “500 Days of Summer” trailer. Now that the film is being released and I’ve started hearing it about here and there I figured I better share it. The track definitely has that hazy summer feel and is gleaming with positivity. It provides you with a carefree, emancipated mood, one that is sure to lift you.

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
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[ From the Album “Sweet Disposition” ]

The Mae Shi – Run To Your Grave June 4, 2009

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Here’s a song that I discovered on Spotify. Just a quick word about it, if your in the UK (and a few other places in Western Europe) you can enjoy Spotify for free. It’s a great completely legal service that allows you to stream a huge library of music for free as many times as you wish, and due to it’s underlying technology the stream starts instantly with virtually no buffering time at all. The catch is you apparently have to listen to an advert every now and then but I have been using the service on and off for a while now and the only ads I’ve come across are simple banner ones which aren’t intrusive at all. I’m thinking that this program would be perfect for parties where people can do quick search and collaboratively create playlists.

Anywho, enough of that plug. This track is called Run To Your Grave (video above) which I found on Pitchfork’s Best 100 Tracks of 2008 playlist (click the link to open the playlist in Spotify once installed). I don’t know anything about the artist as I haven’t had the chance to check them out further but this track is positively brimming with joy and elation. It has a catchy melody and the shrill vocals sung by several of the band members give an airy, organic sound to the delivery. Be sure to check it out for some summery goodness now that the season is almost upon us.

The Mae Shi – Run To Your Grave
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[ From the Album “HLLLYH” ]

Justin Nozuka – Golden Train May 16, 2009

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I heard this track on my own recommended station on Last.fm which I recommend highly because if you like the music that you’ve heard on this blog then you’ll definately like the tracks they play there. To this day, no matter how many times I am bored with my own collection of music and decide to pop on that station, I end up finding so much great music that leads me to new artists so I recommend you check it out. As I’ve said, this is a track I heard on that very station and it lead me to seek out the album of this artist which I’ve found to be of similar quality but none were quite as catchy, as seemily organic and as joyus as this song. It starts off with a gentle and honest tone but picks up halfway through with a bouncy acoustic guitar rhythm that hits you where it matters and resonates through your body like every good new track you hear should. Check it out.

Justin Nozuka – Golden Train
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[ From the Album “Holly” ]

Sublime – Santeria February 7, 2009

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It’s always a strange thing when you discover music that you think is awesome only to find that when you go away to check on what the artist is up to at the moment, you discover their death that happened several years before, as is the case for the  lead singer of this band. This track comes from the bands self-titled post-homously released album which is full of feel-good tracks with a funky, sun-drenched sound. This particular track is my favourite from the album and shares similar traits to Griffith Project’s track  “First Train Stop” which I posted about here.  It has a great reggae, laid-back groove fitting for the sound of a late summer afternoon. Clocking in at just over 3 minutes long, this is something to quickly get you out of the winter blues I’m experiencing in the UK right now. Enjoy.

Sublime – Santeria
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[ From the Album “Sublime” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

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Norwegian Recycling – No Taylor, No Scar February 2, 2009

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I randomly came across this artist when trawling through a torrent site and was intrigued when I found that this one track featured three artists I’ve already done posts about on this blog (Jack Johnson, Missy Higgins and Wyclef Jean of the Fugees) mashed up into a single, surprisingly cohesive song. The artist, who is a bedroom-producer currently still studying for a career in music production, definitely shows flair and promise in these mash-up tracks he’s created. He’s released 3 albums (this taken from the most recent and brilliantly titled “Appetite for Reconstruction”) and can all be downloaded from his multiply site account here. This particular track I’m sharing is my favourite, featuring the songs “‘Taylor”, “Scar” and “No Woman No Cry” (with Men at Work’s “Down Under” thrown in at the end for good measure). The mix isn’t completely polished but I feel that this only adds to the tracks charm. It carries an upbeat and good natured feeling, particularly of Missy Higgin’s “Scar”, right through to the end.

Norwegian Recycling – No Taylor, No Scar
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[ From the Album “Appetite for Reconstruction” | Download Album free and legally here]

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