January 31, 2013

Carlos Serrano - "Protolife"

Carlos Serrano, the mashup master behind one of the most popular songs on SoundCloud, has released another hot combo, this time matching up Kanye's "Good Life" with Kavinsky's "Protovision". The hip-hop/electro relationship works well here and keeps up Seranno's hot streak. 

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January 28, 2013

Kris Orlowski & Andrew Joslyn - "All My People Go (Budo Remix)"

Budo, the small, peppy Seattle-born producer who has been working and performing with rapper Grieves, has explored a new sound with his latest remix. He takes on a tender folk sing-along from singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski and violinist Andrew Joslyn. His remix of "All My People Go" adds huge echoing snares and an enormous bass presence to make the song anthemic enough to part the Red Sea. 

January 24, 2013

Ellie Goulding - Attack of the Bras

When I imagine a show at which dozens of bras are thrown on stage, I imagine Dave Navarro, or a band like Kiss. But last night at the House of Blues in Boston, Ellie Goulding was the recipient of even more intimates than your average hair metal group would expect. Maybe the girls simply wanted to maintain an ounce of attention at a show where every gaze was focused on Goulding. Who knows.

Anyways, the charming British pop princess tore through a diverse set that focused on her heavy electro-tinged new album, but managed to squeeze in her debut album's hits, and her gorgeous cover of Elton John's "Your Song." Her new songs hit hardest and had the crowd dancing as much as they could given the little room they had. Thanks to her huge singles, Goulding has transformed from an acoustic singer-songwriter into an electro-pop champion. Luckily, she does not leave her other songs behind, often not releasing her strongest tracks as singles. That quality has allowed her albums to be strong all the way through, easily preventing the one-hit-wonder status that I feared after "Lights" took off. With an ever-growing fan base in the States and a solid one across the pond, I wouldn't be surprised if next time she came to town, it was in an arena.

January 21, 2013

The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Love Ben Gibbard

1. That voice. What is it about that voice that I love so much? If you think about it (and listen to it objectively), his crooning is not always all that easy on the ears. But it works, kind of like Bob Dylan (but not that extreme).

2. This music video, for his new solo single, “Teardrop Windows.” Let’s face it, if he tried to be a “bad boy” in real life, the end result would most likely be the same as in this clip.

3. The fact that he can poke fun at himself, as evidenced by reason #2.

4. Only Benjamin Gibbard could pull off a hairstyle I haven’t seen on a male since the fourth grade.

5. Saying his name out loud is enough to entertain you for at least five minutes. Test it out. It’s fun to say. I promise.

6. His witty and slightly awkward stage banter.

7. The fact that he is able to pull off a feat that not many other musicians in a band can pull off: a solo album that not only holds its own but could arguably rival selected works of the band’s discography.

8. I Will Follow You Into The Dark. Try to listen to that song without getting goosebumps and/or starting to cry. I dare you.

9. His penchant to always seem more or less oblivious to time and space.

10. Watching him clamber behind a piano on stage, basked in a blue-green half light, and serenade the crowd without missing a single chord.

11. This.

-Kaitlin Deveau
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January 11, 2013

You Won't - "Who Knew"

If You Like: Yellow Ostrich, Lucius, Bright Moments

It may be the middle of winter, but it's never too early for sweet, summery love songs. Lexington, MA-raised duo You Won't has cracked the formula for a clever, sincere, catchy love song with one of the cutest lines I've heard in a while: "If I was Marty McFly, I would go back to when we were nine, or ten / And I'd be your best friend / Say that I knew you when". Paired with a simple mandolin and slowly joined by a full band, this track is perfect for driving in the summer sun with someone you love sitting next to you. I guess winter works too. 

You Won't-"Who Knew"