The Lumineers – The Lumineers

I’ve taken a few days to listen and digest The Lumineer’s self-titled debut LP. It is an album I was looking forward to with great anticipation. I was afraid that ...

We Were Once Kings

We Were Once Kings from 1146miles. Tracklist Sharon van Etten – Serpents Lucy Rose – Red Face Gem Club – Breakers The Lumineers – Flapper Girl Shearwater – You As ...

Fun. – Some Nights

The second album that I know will make my favorites of the year list. Fun.’s Some Nights doesn’t really try to be more than it is and there’s a beauty ...

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Jhameel – Waves (music video)

By Meera on Feb. 20, 2012

Happy Presidents’ Day! Also, happy Monday!

Last week Jhameel released an awesome new video for his track Waves from his Waves series. Get this, the lighting in the video is from street lights and iPhone flashlights. Quite the talent that Jhameel has.

Special news: if you’re one of our readers in the San Fransisco Bay Area, he’s playing tonight at Bottom of the Hill. I’m positive it will be a memorable set so show the guy some love and go watch him play!

Until next Monday, listen to tons and tons of Jhameel.

The Lumineers – The Lumineers

By Ian on Feb. 19, 2012

I’ve taken a few days to listen and digest The Lumineer’s self-titled debut LP. It is an album I was looking forward to with great anticipation. I was afraid that the album might be overproduced but my fears were unfounded. I’ve decide to review it slight differently than a traditional album review. I’ve picked out a few lyrics from The Lumineers and will let them serve as starting points for vignettes, some more related to the music and some less.

Classy girls, don’t kiss in bars, you fool

Classy Girls is a pretty simple jaunt but I love the delivery on this song in a way that as it turns out, is hard for me to describe. Simply, there’s a way Wesley Schultz delivers that line as wisdom (joining Wesley are Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek). It’s akin to when a 50 year old man in a bar sees a little of himself in you and pulls you aside just for a second to tell you one of the secrets of life. That’s the picture my mind paints every time I hear this song and I love that about it.

I don’t gamble but if I did, I would bet on us

Dead Sea starts the stretch that allows The Lumineers to gallop out front for my favorite of 2012 race. If there’s a four song stretch that I love as much as Dead Sea through Stubborn Love, I would be beside myself. The metaphor of the Dead Sea is applied subtlely enough that it lets you to interpret the song in a number of ways.

Took a bus to Chinatown, I’d be standing on Canal, and Bowery, and she’d be standing next to me

I love this lyric so much even if I mishear it everytime; I always hear “Took a bus to Chinatown, I’d be standing awkward now, and Bowery, and she’d be standing next to me.” It’s such a simple statement that expresses so much. I’ve never been to New York and I want it to be special when I do go. Ho Hey captures a bit of that.

Only love can dig you out of this

Slow It Down is my favorite song of 2012 so far. I wanted to highlight it for this purpose more than any story. I’m already contemplating anointing it as my song of 2012 in my head because this album version absolutely cemented its place in my ears. It is 5 minutes of sincere, raw emotion distilled in a musical form. A song so cathartic that it takes me to another place. Right now, I’m drifting about and most happy when something captures my attention from reality, if only for 5 minutes. The last line is the takeaway line of the album.

Don’t take the fact I only picked lyrics out from 4 of the 11 songs of the album as any statement on the other songs, other than this: they are worthy of your ears. Stubborn Love, Flapper Girl and Morning Song could have easily had vignettes on a different day.

Simply, I recommend you take a listen. The Lumineers have created a sublime record. It has the ability to make you forget to eat a meal because you just want to listen again and again. It’s sustenance in a different form, a reminder through the airwaves that beauty can exist.

Flowers In Your Hair
Classy Girls
Dead Sea
Ho Hey
Slow It Down
Stubborn Love
Big Parade
Charlie Boy
Flapper Girl
Morning Song

Here is their website and their Facebook. Tour dates are below. Hope you enjoy it on your first listen.

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We Were Once Kings

By Ian on Feb. 18, 2012

We Were Once Kings from 1146miles.


Sharon van Etten – Serpents
Lucy Rose – Red Face
Gem Club – Breakers
The Lumineers – Flapper Girl
Shearwater – You As You Were
Frightened Rabbit – Backwards Walk
Of Monsters and Men – King and Lionheart
Fun. – Out on the Town

Beni – Someone Just Like You

By Ian on Feb. 17, 2012

This video is music for a Friday. It’s Beni’s second single Someone Just Like You. The music video is a kaleidoscopic combination of dancing girls and shape-shifting colors. It illuminates the pulsating character of the slightly disco-influenced house track it’s made for.
The video was shot in warehouse spaces in downtown LA and the deserts of Death Valley and by the Joshua Tree.

The Australian DJ just completed a tour in the US and will be back for Winter Music Conference in Miami come March, which is fitting because house was big during my time in that city.

You can like Beni on Facebook. Enjoy.

Dave Brubeck – “Strange Meadow Lark”

By Chris on Feb. 16, 2012

Today’s post is a pretty big departure for me for two reasons: (1) I don’t have much to say about this piece, and (2) I usually try to feature music some of you readers haven’t heard before.

Today, however, we have “Strange Meadow Lark” from Dave Brubeck’s 1959 Time Out, one of the best selling jazz albums of all time; it hit #2 on the Billboards charts–the pop charts. This tune is a beautiful composition, from a beautiful record. Sometimes (when I’m trying to be hip), I like to pretend I don’t care for this album, but it’s so beautiful that I honestly can’t criticize it for being commercial, corny, or too poppy. Just listen to Brubeck’s free-time piano introduction. It speaks for itself. And I’ve got nothing to say about Paul Desmond’s solo; he just hits all the right notes. It’s as simple as that.

Dave Brubeck – Strange Meadow Lark

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