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She & Him May 28, 2010

Posted by Rish in folk, pop.
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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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Abandoned Pools – Start Over June 7, 2008

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It never ceases to astound me of the most random places that I can find good, good music. I mean, once I even found this awesome track on some random porn site… but that can wait for another post. This track is one I discovered from watching a cartoon I’ve previously mentioned on Audio-Therapy called Clone High which is where I also discovered the fantastic Campfire Kansas by The Get Up Kids. I’m not sure why but whenever Bill Lawrence is involved with a TV project, he always seems to include great accompanying music to set the perfect mood of the scenes. This track featured at the end of the final episode and so feels very conclusive and slightly somber. It’s by Abandoned Pools who was the former bassist of the Eels (who spawned the great track “Fresh Feeling”, appearing on the Scrubs Soundtrack a while back – so there’s the Bill Lawrence link once again). It includes distorted beats, buzzing guitars and strings setting the hazy landscape, and sonically it’s all very absorbing, similarly to how Darren Hayes’ Who Would Have Thought sucks you in from the first seconds of the track when the beat kicks in. I’ve yet to properly sit through the album Humanistic from which this is taken but the tracks definitely share a similar vibe and maybe worth checking out.

Abandonded Pools – Start Over
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Elliott Smith – Either/Or May 24, 2008

Posted by Rish in adult alternative, soft rock.
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I discovered both these tracks from the late artist Elliott Smith some time ago but was recently reacquainted with the song Angeles after hearing it randomly from a great cut-and-paste album called Prime Cuts by audio bytes for autobots (download here or stream here). Bit of a strange connection but I’m glad I came across it again as I managed to get hold of his album Either/Or from which these two tracks I’m going to share are taken. Angeles is a beautifully stripped-down track that incredibly mellow and hazy. It’s easy to see the artists today that have been influenced by him such as Joshua Radin and José González.

Elliott Smith – Angeles
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[ From the Album “Either/Or” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

The rest of the album plays to a similar ambiance including this track which is slightly tongue-in-cheek (“I could be another fool/or an exception to the rule/you tell me the morning after”) and lighter in mood then the other tracks on Either/Or. If you like what you hear I definitely recommend checking out the rest of the album.

Elliott Smith – Say Yes
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