четвъртък, 8 декември 2011 г.

Moneybrother - Born Under a Bad Sign

Making a super smooth transition from French to Swedish, today we’re looking at an awesome little band known as Moneybrother. At the risk of being redundant, I will again mention that I discovered this song in a soundtrack for a movie - in this case, “Super” (which has become one of my all-time favorites, by the way). Back then I was too obsessed with another song I might feature in here someday to notice just how incredible this band was. But in came up on my music player yesterday and I fell in love.

I don’t know exactly what it is, could it possibly be the catchy beat, the charming vocals of the leading man, the fact that I can’t for the life of me figure out what the hell they trying to say? I don’t know, could be any of those things, and it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that I have a new tune to mumble incoherently to and yell out the only lyric from the chorus I know.


Malajube - Ton Plat Favori

Grab your monocles, we're going to be fancy today, folks! We're diving into the depths of European rock music, and as we all know, nothing's more European than France (BP is going to kill me for saying that, even as a joke). Today's song is from the soundtrack of a great Canadian indie movie known as "The Trotsky" - a wonderful little comedy that I heatedly recommend to everyone. The song itself is relatively short but full of energy and humor. Just a couple of lines from the chorus bring a smile to my face:

Non! T'as pas fini ton assiette
Mais tu manges encore
Tu manges mon coeur!

No! You haven't finished your meal
But you're eating again
You're eating my heart!

Those are honestly among my favorite lyrics in a song. Maybe it's just because it's French, maybe it's because it involves cannibalism, but it just warms my heart. I don't know about you guys, but I'm definitely putting this song on my pretentious party playlist.

събота, 26 ноември 2011 г.

Gem Club - Twins

Alright you crazy indie kids, today it's time to slow down and sulk. And doing so is just so much more enjoyable when you have the right soundtrack. Today we're looking at Gem Club's song 'Twins', which impressed me from the first couple of notes the first time I heard it. I just had to stop everything I was doing and just immerse myself in it, and that's definitely a sign of awesome songwriting right there.

The melody is simple and the lyrics are short and powerful. They're about finding someone and the end of solitude, but this song mostly makes me want to be alone. I kinda want to spend a day playing it on a loop while swimming in a pool at night by myself. Depressing? Maybe. I say soothing.

сряда, 16 ноември 2011 г.

Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened

Deerhunter. Deerhunter. Deer. Hunter. God, that's such a cool band name to pronounce. Like Radiohead or Chairlift. It's just so badass, I love it.

But what I love even more is this song. I've had it in my music folder for over two years now and it never seemed like anything special to me, but now I can't get enough of it. The secret - it became my go-to dance song. It's just so energetic and awesome, you can't sit still while listening to it - the beat is amazing, the rhythm is spot-on and the lyrics punch my brain in the face.

"Only when you learn that there's no way out
You learn to talk, you learn to shout
Focus on the depth that was never there
Eliminate what you can't repair"

It's one of those songs that you just need to sing as loud as you can. And I'm currently on a mission to reach my neighbors' boiling point, so you just know I'll be playing this song on a loop for the next two weeks.

понеделник, 14 ноември 2011 г.

Hockey - Too Fake

To be fair, there isn't much I know about Hockey. Not the sport, but the band (although I'm certainly not an expert on the former, as well) - my half-assed research consisted of looking them up on several sites just for this article. Don't judge me for my laziness - I'm just not the kind of person who's interested by bands themselves, unless they consistently make amazing songs. I prefer to have a little bit of as many musicians as possible - this preference actually eventually led me to indie music, and I assume that's true for the most of you, as well.

Alright, back to Hackey. I mean Hockey. Originally consisting of singer Benjamin Grubin, guitarist Brian Stuart White, bassist Jeremy Reynolds, drummer Anthony Stassi and keyboardist Ryan Dolliver, the band received wide recognition for their debut single "Too Fake", which was released in the UK in 2009. It's also the song that they're best known for and man, oh, man, I can see why.

I just can't get enough of it. It might be one of those tracks that you listen to non-stop for a week and get tired of afterwards, but I'm sure as hell going to enjoy the hell out of it until then. It's incredibly catchy and perfect for that "Just woke up" playlist (wait… you don't have one?). I especially like the little half-sing, half-talk they have going on before each chorus, that's a nice touch.

In my opinion, not every great song has to be incredibly deep and life-changing. Sometimes you just need something light and cheerful to brighten your day - your Neon Trees' Animal and your Little Comets' One Night in October. And making these kinds of songs is definitely not as easy as you might assume. But Hockey has a knack for it, and I give them props for that.

събота, 5 ноември 2011 г.

Elephantom 101

Okay, I have a confession to make. I am not a huge fan of Grizzly Bear. I know it's such a hip thing to love that band and as a fan of popular indie trends I'm basically required to enjoy it as well, but I guess it's just not my cup of tea. But boy, do they know how to choose their favorite bands.

Elephantom is a Boston-based band that DIY-ed their first album Swim. Toward the Sun. in 2009 and tossed a CD of it on the stage during a Grizzly Bear show in Vancouver. To their surprise, the band actually sent them an email back praising their music and saying: "we are in Vancouver all listening…thanks so much for sharing this with us. I hope you guys go far.”

Afterwards word on the band that Grizzly Bear was endorsing got out and Elephantom started to get the attention of indie fans and bloggers everywhere. And it's no wonder why - the rich sound of the songs and the wide variety of emotions that they encompass, as well as the wonderful lyrical content of the tracks makes for a wonderful music experience. It's unlike anything I've ever heard (although it's been compared to Danish band Efterklang) and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to hear something different.

‘Citizen of the Earth’ is a perfect choice for a first listen because it actually does sound like an introduction to something epic and grand. It also has one of the best openings I’ve ever heard in a song. Vocalist Trudie Kaiser’s voice reminds me of Genevieve Schatzof Company of Thieves in that they both sound incredibly seductive, which shows the amount of passion they have for their music. You can’t fake this stuff.

I really really hope this band gets more attention. I am desperately trying to get my hands on a CD although they offer most of their tracks online for free. And come on, Elephantom, Spotify is your friend, use it and you’ll get the recognition you so deserve.

събота, 27 август 2011 г.

3 Things I'll Have to Get Used To in the States

Soo... I'm finally here. I won't say that the journey was easy, but all was well and I'm finally here, safe and sound, at least for now. I've been adjusting to things these last couple of days and let me tell you, that's not as easy as it sounds. I live on the other side of the world, so it was natural that I would come across certain things that are different around these parts. Of course, people warned me about the customs and the traditions, as well as the different laws and rules, so I won't say that it was all unexpected, but some differences caught me by surprise. Some things like...


Let's talk about the squirrels, people. The squirrels… are everywhere. Are they meant to be like the pigeons of Penn's campus - in that there are a lot of them, they're not at all scared of you and you don't pay any attention to them? How is it that no one cares that a squirrel is sitting there and eating its food like a boss right next to him? Am I just supposed to believe you don't consider those furry bastards a big deal? That would never happen in my country. My home town has a huge park in it and I think we have, like, two squirrels at the most. Two. If you notice a group of people standing in one place and looking up a tree, chances are someone probably saw a squirrel and strangers passing by wanted to see it as well.

Awkward Social Interactions with Strangers

In the past couple of days I've been walking around campus a lot, which meant that I came across a lot of people - in stores and restaurants, asking for directions or simply passing by them on the streets. In this time, I've found out something interesting about Americans - almost all of them will say hello to you, and almost all of those will ask you how you are. Now, when I was leaving, I was warned about this - should they ask you, don't bother answering because they don't really care, they're just being polite. But here I am now, feeling like a jerk for not answering this poor woman who wants to know how I'm feeling, stuck in this awkward smile that probably creeps her out. On top of that, this social interaction makes me nervous and my already unintelligible English gets worse.

- Hello, how are you?

- Hello, I'm… gh.

- Um.. Just let me know if you need any help, alright?

- Agheet, I leel et y oh.

- …

Coins with no numbers on them

Seriously, America? Y u no have coins that tell you how much they're worth? I know you can tell them apart by size and color at this point, but I've never seen one before, so I have to stare at the fine print in the bottom and remind myself of how much a dime or a quarter is every time I go to pay. I now have a wallet full of at least $5 worth of coins just because I feel uncomfortable rummaging through my money and getting the quantity right. I feel like I will have to spend an hour at home one day, just looking at those coins and doing exercises on paying with them. This shouldn't be this hard, people!