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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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Elliott Smith – Either/Or May 24, 2008

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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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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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The Get Up Kids – Campfire Kansas February 21, 2008

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This is a track that I have been listening to for a while now that I picked up from a cartoon called Clone High. clone_high.jpgClone High was on MTV some time ago and got cancelled after it’s first season which I managed to watch in it’s entirety and loved. It’s about a high school full of the teenage clones of famous historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Ghandi, JFK and Cleopatra. It was actually created (with two others) by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and features the voices of Turk and Jordan among others from the show. The show has many hilarious moments, but as is the running theme with Bill Lawrence, also has some great music featured.

This track featured in the first episode (which you can watch in it’s entirety here) is one that I’ve had on repeat for so long after I first heard it. It’s called “Campfire Kansas” by The Get Up Kids and is a mellow guitar theme which is really infectious. It has an intimate feel to it and feels as if you are there in the scene set from the first verse: “woke up at 8, started a fire/had a few drinks we all felt inspired”.

The Get Up Kids – Campfire Kansas
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Sigur Rós October 10, 2007

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Sigur Rós are an Icelandic band who I’m sure most people have heard )about now, if not from being featured in the BBC’s documentary “Planet Earth” (“Glósóli”), then maybe from the BBC’s Wimbledon adverts (“Sæglópur”) along with many feature films including “Vanilla Sky” (“Svefn-g-englar”, “Njósnavélin”) and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (“Starálfur”). The thing about Sigur Rós is that their sounds create such deep atmospheres and massive sonic landscapes that their music almost tailer made for films.

I first had my taste of Sigur Rós after the hearing the quite awesome “Vanilla Sky” soundtrack which everyone should check out. From that, I got my hands on their second studio album “Ágætis Byrjun” which to this day stands as one of my all-time favourite albums. It really is nothing like you’ve never heard before. The tracks are both so mellow and so dramatic, both so beautiful and so dark. Anyways I thought I’d share a few tracks which are hosted on the official Sigur Rós site for all to enjoy. The music is really chilled out so I recommend you get yourself in the mood before you start listening.

This first song is from that very album and featured in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”. It is quite possibly the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard (that’s right, I’m making the assumption that everything you’ve heard in your life up to this point is not as beautiful as this) and plays like you’ve just had the most amazing epiphany.

Sigur Rós – Starálfur.mp3

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The next two tracks are from their third album “( )”. The first is very mellow and similar in mood as the above track and featured at the end of the “Vanilla Sky” movie (more info here).

Sigur Rós – untitled #4 (a.k.a. Njósnavélin / The Nothing Song).mp3

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This second track is slightly darker and one that starts slow before building towards an explosion of sounds.

Sigur Rós – untitled #8 (a.k.a. Popplagið / The Pop Song).mp3

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And finally, this track is again from their second album and has quite a jolly and optimistic mood to it. It sounds like the perfect track to conclude a film where all ends well. Check it out and you’ll get what I mean.

Sigur Rós – Olsen Olsen.mp3

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