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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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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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Wyclef Jean – Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant April 27, 2008

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It wasn’t until I was out traveling in Malaysia when I heard that Wyclef Jean had a new solo track out and was back on the radio. The fact that I missed the whole fanfare that he had released a new album late last year of incredible variety and quality maybe down to my own lack of keeping tabs on an artist who I’ve enjoyed the works of for many years and who has been around for as long as I can remember. )It could also be the fact that despite an album of such quality, it hasn’t had anywhere near the recognition it should have deserved here in the UK, and as recent sales figures suggest, not nearly enough on the other side of the Atlantic either. Memoirs Of An Immigrant is the second volume of an album released well over 10 years ago so some may believe it’s well overdue (something that Wyclef apologises for in the record) but it has spawned tracks that literally cross genres (sometimes even during tracks) of all sorts from Rock, Pop, Rap, Reggae, Latin and even Bhangra. It also features artists that you’d believe were seemingly out of place on an album such as this including Serj Tankian (of System of a Down), Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) and Norah Jones. It’s hard to pick the tracks that I want to share because of the sheer number of great ones. You’d be missing out if you don’t check out this album immediately.

This first inspiring track features southern rapper T.I. and has an incredibly singable chorus (something that’s not a rarity on this album). It has a paced out, laid-back beat lined by the strumming of an acoustic guitar, and T.I.’s smooth ad-libs feel right at home when playing off Wyclef’s preaching vocals.

Wyclef Jean – Slow Down (Feat. T.I.)
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[ From the Album “Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant” |
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The second track I’ve decided to share is similar in mood to the first and features Jazz singer Norah Jones. It’s a quite a breezy, summery track and one that rolls off your back maybe a little too easily at times but leaves you feeling light and relaxed by the end of it. Other picks from this album include: “Sweetest Girl”, “Fast Car”, “Heaven’s in New York” …and much more. You’ll be missing out if you don’t check this release out soon.

Wyclef Jean – Any Other Day (Feat. Norah Jones)
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[ From the Album “Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant” |
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The Roots – Rising Down March 10, 2008

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TheRootsThe Roots have always seemed to stay true to their name and release music that featured raw, uncut slices of rap’s most dark and thoughtful material. What I connect most with to their music is the machine-gun delivery of Black Thought’s always on-point rhymes and their use of live instrumentation in studio recordings. Their music tends to sound a lot more organic then the processed sounds of other hip-hop producers.

The Roots are planning to release their landmark tenth studio album titled “Rising Down” at the end of April and I’ve managed to grab a rip of their first single “Birthday Girl” which is the most commercially-sounding track I’ve heard from them, possibly ever. They’ve lent the hand of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump to sing the hook and it’s resulted in a really light, laid back tune. The lyrics however, aren’t as much and band member ?uestlove describes the track as “‘the most beautiful statutory rape song ever!“. (Note that the quality isn’t the greatest on this recording but when I get my hands on a better one I’ll hopefully get round to uploading it).

The Roots – Birthday Girl (Feat. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy)
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The next track “Get Busy” is also taken from the new album and is a polar opposite of the one above. It’s a really raw, aggressive cut with a buzzing, heading-knocking beat (similar in feel to Nas’s “The Thief’s Theme” only rougher) and features guest MCs Dice Raw and Peedi Peedi with scratches provided by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The Roots – Get Busy (Feat. Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi & DJ Jazzy Jeff)
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Colbie Caillat – Coco September 11, 2007

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)I get excited when I discover music like this because this album is one I have had on constant repeat since I first heard it and I practically know all the lyrics to each song, not by effort of learning, but just by subconsciously singing back to myself when each track was played. I randomly decided to research about this artist when Steve Jobs played a mere clippit of the track “Bubbly” when doing one of his keynote presentations. I don’t exactly know why, but on a complete whim I decided to check out the whole album and I’m incredibly glad I did. This music is the very definition of easy-listening. Think a brighter spin of Norah Jones. Think airy. Think summer. I can’t put my finger on what distinguishes her from the sea of other female singer-songwriters out there but there is something really genuine in her voice – it never sounds forced or contrived, and the mood always sounds very natural and carefree. Here are my two picks from the album.

Colbie Caillat – Oxygen
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Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
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