Posted in Music that's güd, tagged awesome, Baby, Bloc Party, Devandra Banhart, Dr. Dog, High Places, menomena, Monday, Music Gospel, Mutts, Passion Pit, playlist, The Beatles on October 12, 2009|
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Me included, of course. I’m as strange as it gets. But in particular, what I’m talking about is what goes into making up a human. We’re different from those around us based on our actions and choices (and our physical mumbo-jumbo), but I wonder what causes us to make those decisions. What makes us decide to go right at a fork in the road, what makes us say those awkward things to those we interact with, and what makes us decide that those things we hear are awkward in the first place? Ah, lot’s of deep-meta thinking here, with no real answers in sight. Ah, it’s a Monday. Bleh. 8’oclock classes.
I know personally, a lot of the guidance in choices I make from day to day comes from the music I listen to. The lyrics, the crescendos in volume, the loopy choruses that fill a lot of the music I listen to, and the nice raspy harmonies that compliment the main singing quite nicely; all of that reflects how I act on a day to day basis. Sure, it’s not the only thing, of course. A lot of my actions also stem from copying what I deem to be “successful” traits I find in another person or influence, or from nature (the best teacher there is!). By listening to what I call “good” music, I tend to have a better outlook on life, as opposed to when I listen to “angry” music or music with unsettling lyrics, which usually puts me in a darker mood. Perhaps I’m more susceptible to the subtler influences of music, and perhaps that’s because I listen to so gosh darn much of it, but I have this deep feeling that everyone is affected by what music they listen to. We all tend to listen to our favorite music a lot, thus memorizing the lyrics and usually the tone by which the artist sings it. We get a nice feel for what emotion the artist is trying to create, and then we absorb that feeling and let it color what we see in our everday waking lives. Our favorite music becomes our personal gospel temporarily, what with our habit towards memorizing and chanting lyrics and taking the lessons we’ve learned from the music. Perhaps we just listen to music that reflects how we feel a lot of the time, but I like to think that it works the other way around and that music listens to us. But then that would probably mean we’re in Mother Russia or something, cause, as we all know, everything happens backwards there.
So, listen to this music, absorb it’s wholesome goodness and let the playlist play you.
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Animal Collective– Chores
Devandra Banhart- Baby
Crystal Castles- Knights
Bloc Party- One More Chance
Dr. Dog- The Old Days
Passion Pit– I’ve Got Your Number
Kings Of Convience- Boat Behind
Iron & Wine- Naked As We Come
High Places- The Storm
Animal Collective- Winter’s Love
The Beatles- Mother Nature’s Son
Happy Fun Time Monday Bonus MP3!!!
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Posted in Music that's güd, tagged crookers, deadmau5, Diplo, Hot Chip, Justice, MGMT, playlist, soulwax, weekend, weekend music on October 2, 2009|
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Well, the weekend finally came. This has been an interesting week to say the least, and perhaps I’ll go into details on what that means later. For now, I head down S.F. way to go the Hardly Strictly bluegrass festival… for free! However, before I go, I need to leave you fools something to do, cause god knows what horrid music you’ll try to boogie down to this weekend without me.
Remember, kids, play by the rules, and that you make them! You’re on the pursuit of happiness!
Electric Wire Hustle– They Don’t Want
Gorillaz– Dare (Rodon’s Symphonic Remix)
Florence & The Machine– You Got The Love (The XX remix)
Groove Armada- Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-Live Remix)
Justice- Stress (Auto Remix)
Kid Cudi– Make Her Say (Sammy Bananas Remix)
Jay-Z– D.O.A. (Chase & Status Remix)
Hot Chip- Ready For The Floor (Soulwax Nite Version)
Busy P and Murs– To Protect and Entertain (Crookers Remix)
Deadmau5- Hi Friend!
Architecture In Helenksi– Do The Whirlwind!
Kid Cudi– Pursuit of Happiness
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Posted in Music that's güd, tagged Animal Collective, Blog, deerhunter, download, menomena, Mp3, playlist, taste, Vampire Weekend, Wednesday, White Sky on September 30, 2009|
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Wednesdays sometimes require a certain kind of disciple and dedication. It’s the farthest day you can be from the weekend, and I know that as soon as I wake up, that fact stares me straight in the face. Realizing that I have the option, if I really wanted to, to just stay in bed and sleep for ever and ever, I am almost defeated. It doesn’t help that I have a mattress pad that feels like a cloud filled with pure happiness, or that my comforter knows exactly just what temperature I’m most comfortable in, or that my pillow is one of those memory foam ones that conforms to the shapes of my head. It sure as hell doesn’t help that I didn’t get to sleep till four in the morning and my time of waking was supposed to be just three hours later. At that point, I allow myself the luxury that is Americanized sleep for just five more minutes (okay, maybe another hour…), but I don’t really sleep. I use this time to try my best to remember my dreams, to give myself a little guidance in the upcoming unknown day, and I use that time to reflect on all of the wonderful places and things I did in the day that came before this horrid Wednesday morning. I remember the friends I met, the souls I warmed, the ideas I encouraged, the lovers I made, the music I created, and the time I spent. None of this happened to anyone else on the Earth on that day; all of that happened because I made conscious decisions that no one else could make, and because of that, I really enjoyed my day. Now, I get to thinking- what makes this day, Wednesday, any different from any other day? Is there anything really different about today then yesterday? Sure it may be a bit colder, sure it may be a different named day according to us silly humans, but all in all, it’s a day that holds just as much possibility as the one that came before it. It’s up to us to do something, take advantage of that fact that we are alive yet another day, and do what we think is good. And with this knowledge, and this playlist, I got up today, ready to spin some more destiny to more unsuspecting souls.
I’m up for the challenge- are you guys?
PS: First new vampire weekend track is in! Check it!
1) Animal Collective– Taste
2) Grizzly Bear– Two Weeks
3) Led Zeppelin– Tangerine
4) Modest Mouse- Gravity Rides Everything
5) Menomena- Wet And Rustling
6) Volcano Choir- Island, IS
7) Blitzen Trapper– Wild Mountain Nation
8 ) Deerhunter- Game of Diamonds
9) Vampire Weekend- White Sky
10) Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros– Home
11) Animal Collective- For Reverend Green
12) Animal Collective- Fireworks
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