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If you didn’t already know, I am extremely obsessed with Lana Del Rey. Her sadcore music is not an easy pill to swallow, and that is exactly the type of music that I enjoy. I live for music that can withhold heartache, and define it so much so that you are placed in the event that started your painstaking journey; I live for music that uplifts your whole soul, as if you are a churchgoer and the lyrics are the words that a pastor preaches. The 27-year-old diva is on my top ten list of the best artists of all time, and I’m not putting that lightly.

Her last EP, Born to Die, had me hooked. Supremely catchy lyrics like, “Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City, never was there ever a girl so pretty” blasted through my tiny Civic during wild summer days, and lachrymose lyrics like, “He holds me in his big arms, drunk and I am seeing stars, this is all I think of” would make my heartstrings clench, as I rooted for the girl that didn’t want to be alone but had to because of her own depression.

Del Rey’s lyrics are picturesque, poetic, and unfortunately, at times, pitiable. Whenever I listen to her music, I imagine myself in the Hudson truck of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, with Dean and Sal, shocking our way through the detached and monochrome suburban landscape of the 1950s— scarves in the air, top down, “the freedom land of the 70s”, the salty, California beach air pungent in my nostrils as my ears are grazed with Lana’s rasps.

Even when she is not singing her own songs, Lana Del Rey still strikes a chord. Originally by Leonard Cohen, her cover of “Chelsea Hotel” is a soft, bucolic landscape within a hard, didactic city life; a melody so soft within a tired, raspy voice that is so beat down that you can not only hear it, but you can feel it by the way your fingers clench and your eyes are sewn shut— hoping that tears don’t come.

Her new EP, Ultraviolet, is just as good, or even better than the last one. The melodic dips and rolls are intertwined with an array of music; for example, in “Brooklyn Baby”, I hear Kendrick Lamar’s “Collard Greens” percussion in the background, Richie Sambora’s guitar plucking from the acoustic version of “Always”, and the melancholic echoes of the singer mirror exhausted cabaret singers at three in the morning.

What’s my favorite song in the album, you ask? “Old Money” is her best slow (I mean, technically, most of her songs don’t go over common time– except the mainstream songs on the radio) song up-to-date. Why? Because of these lines (in no particular order), reader:

“Where have you been? Where did you go?
Those summer nights seem long ago,
And so is the girl you used to call,
The Queen of New York City.”

“Yet still inside I felt alone,
For reasons unknown to me.”

“But if you send for me you know I’ll come,
And if you call for me you know I’ll run.”

 

Give it a listen, trust me. But then again, you already know I’m biased. 😉

 

xoxo,

Christine

 

 

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Sage The Great

I would like to begin this blog post by apologizing to all my readers. I haven’t gotten myself to write for over two months not because of writer’s block, but only because of life getting ahead of me! It has been a rollercoaster so far, and the year is nearly ending, so I hope you guys cut me some slack 😉 Much love to everyone, and I hope you all enjoy this article about my very talented friend, Sage.

It’s the way the treble clef trembles under your touch, and the way  the notes seem to mold together in a cosmic chasm underneath the black and white keys. Prior to graduating high school, Sage already had a knack for composing music.  I would know because I’ve worked with him in a past musical project;  Spamalot to be exact. (Okay, so here’s a sidebar. I was a Laker Girl from that musical and Sage was Dennis-turned-Sir Galahad. It was so cool that we created a Spamalot Twerk Team.)  So anyway, it was not a surprise that I stumbled upon his first EP, Portcullis, on his Facebook page and was astounded at its complexity. It was as if I wasn’t listening to a teenager’s first EP, but a CD that was in the likes of Muse, Thom Yorke, and Radiohead (pre-The Bends). Due to my naturally curious nature, I had to interview him, and, in all honesty, it was my pleasure to since he’s a pretty cool dude.

Sage The Great.

1. Pardon the cliche, but what made you start to write music?

Well while I was younger I had always thought about it. You know those fantasies of being in a rock band and all that. But it wasn’t until a friend of mine showed me FL Studio 5 years ago that I actually tried. We wrote a song together one day, and then I went home and got the program myself. I’ve been using it to write stuff ever since.

2. Aside from playing the piano, how many more instruments do you play? Out of all of these, what is your absolute favorite and why?

 I’ve gotten acquainted with Drums, Guitar, Bass, and recently singing. I don’t feel like I’m exceptionally good at any of them yet, but if I HAD to pick it’d probably be piano/keyboard. I’m just the most comfortable with it.

3. Your EP, “Portcullis” just came out! Tell us about it!

Ok! So well over a year ago, I started working on my second full length album titled “Distorted Locations”. I had a lot of goals for the album that, a year later, were still unfinished. So anyway me and my girlfriend went on a trip to Chicago this summer, and while I was there I took pictures of certain things (these became the album covers of different tracks on “Portcullis”). I started noticing a lot of trapped animals in museums, etc, and thought about the misconception of freedom. The only way I could think of writing about it was through song, and it was a miracle that I had all these ideas floating around. So, I decided that I would write a short EP about escapism when I got home, forget about finishing “Distorted Locations” for the time being, and just, you know, write something fresh. And, in a matter of less than two weeks, that successfully happened and became “Portcullis”.

4. In some parts of the album, I felt a Muse-like feel to the music. I enjoyed the electronic and alternative vibe that the album emits. Do you usually make this type of music, or was this a spur-of-the-moment type of thing?

 Thanks! I’d say “Portcullis” sounds different than my previous work. It’s in a direction that I’ve wanted to go in but never really tried to before. If you listen to my earlier stuff you might find hints of it here and there, but it’s all much more electronic, being that I make my music electronically. This time around I wanted to utilize that, but still have an alternative, almost shoegazey sound that felt more natural.

5. Do you plan on making albums like these in the future? If so, are they going to have the same New Wave-type of theme to them?

 That’s tough to answer. Yes, because writing music has become something of a habit now and I really love to do it and plan to continually do it. But no, because my next album, “Distorted Locations”, definitely has an overall different sound to it. It’s more hard hitting kind of stuff, inspired by a lot of post-rock and post-metal. But I don’t want to say it not like “Portcullis” because in many aspects it really is. The last track on “Portcullis” titled “Escape” is a good reflection of what my next album sounds like, but with lots of electronic and ambient vibes throughout as well. If all goes well, I’ll have “Distorted Locations” done and released before the end of the year. And if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to continue the pattern of releasing an 8 Bit EP in February, a summer EP, and a full length every year from now. However, music is a pleasure best when not forced, so we’ll have to see what happens!

Check out his EP, Portcullis, here.  His Facebook page is also available, so be sure to to click this and like his page to help a brotha out.

Make sure to let me know what you think under the comments section and please like this article (well, only if you want to, of course). 😉

And have a safe Halloween kids!

x,

C

My Favorite Classic Rock Songs of All Time

Hi guys! So, this problem came up with the changing of my domain name. I am super frustrated about the fact that I lost all the amazing traffic I used to get through my old website and now I have to start from scratch >.< Do me a huge favor? Please share all the posts on this site and link it back to my current domain. Thanks, you. You’re an angel, a lifesaver. ❤

And for that, I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine: I have a huge crush on Steven Tyler, which leads me to what this blog post is really about.

I’ve always loved classic rock. I mean being the indie girl that I am, you must think that there is a sort of grunge-y background in there somewhere and this is it. 🙂 I hope I don’t anger my readers with some of the songs. I know how kids from the 80’s were die-hard fans. Trust me, I know.

But anyways, on to the classics we go!

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1. November Rain- Guns n’ Roses

I really like the original music video. I love the cheesiness. And do I really need to establish that Slash’s never-ending guitar solo in the end is what sold the song to me in the first place?

2. Hysteria- Def Leppard 

English: RICK ALLEN with DEF LEPPARD Live in W...
English: RICK ALLEN with DEF LEPPARD Live in Winnipeg, MB on August 13, 2008 Photo by Matt Becker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This song, this song, this song. The lead guitarist for my band introduced me to Def Leppard, and this was the first song I had heard from them. The catchy introduction got me hooked and learning that the drummer, Rick Allen, was physically handicapped really impressed me. This band is supremely awesome.

3. Always- Bon Jovi

Miracle (Jon Bon Jovi song)
Miracle (Jon Bon Jovi song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I watched them live only recently, and honestly, Jon Bon Jovi is still hot as hell. This song has beautiful lyrics, and I often listen to the acoustic version more than the original.

4. Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison

Whenever I think of this song, I don’t think of the lyrics but the introduction. It reminds me of sitting in the middle of the sandy beaches of Hawaii and seeing thirty-something men walking around with Hawaiian shirts. Very relaxing, yet still filled with Morrison’s rugged voice.

5. Carry on Wayward Son- Kansas

Don’t you cry no more. God, I heard this as the theme song for the fictional television series, Supernatural, and I loved it then and there. It reminds me of the golden fields of Kansas and how farmers work harder than anyone and how they are stronger than we think, though not as educated as a, let’s say, Harvard frat boy.

6. Ragged Doll- Aerosmith

I love taking a run in the middle of nowhere to this song because I can air-guitar without anyone seeing me as a seemingly unattractive lunatic.

7. Time After Time- Cindy Lauper

Does this count as rock? I hope so. Though there have been an abundance of covers for this song (some good, some bad), the original is still my favorite. It’s the perfect mix of sweet notes ringing through a catchy percussion background.

8. Vienna- Billy Joel

This is one of my favorite songs of all time because of how the slow lyrics try to catch up to the rhythmic background. I think it correlates nicely with the meaning of the first line: “Slow done, you crazy child”— slowing down the thoughts in our heads and listening to what we have to say in order to understand who we really are in this life we are given.

9.Romeo and Juliet- Dire Straits

Brandon Flowers did an awesome job with covering this song; however, the rugged voice  of Mark Knopfler and the faster-paced original version is a favorite of mine. Also, I totally love the video. It cracks me up to the point where I can’t take the cheesiness anymore.

10. Walk This Way- Aerosmith 

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Aerosmith – Steven_Tyler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That flippin’ introduction. Dude. Freakin’. WOW.  I apologize for my illiterate response here, but this song just gets my panties in a bunch. Talk about air-guitar with that funny little dance. Add multiple hair flips here and there and you’re in  for the best performance you’ll ever see in your life.

So, I hope you liked this different playlist. I know I’m all for indie, but music is my passion so I try to dig in deeper in its history. Remember to share these playlists with your friends, your girlfriend, your husband, your family, or keep it to yourself! Like and comment below? Thanks!

xx,

Christine

Top 5 Indie Love Songs (week 4)

Hello, indie hipsters! I hope y’all had a very good day; I know I did. These are just five songs that I’m currently in love with right now, and I hope you guys check them out! It’s like when you have book boyfriends, these songs act as song boyfriends, if that makes any sense whatsoever :P. I apologize for my antics;  it is a wee bit late over here in California and I’m a bit tired.

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Blue Skies (Noah and the Whale song)
Blue Skies (Noah and the Whale song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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1. Blue Skies- Noah and the Whale 

This is possibly the best breakup song in the history of mankind. This may be an overstatement, however, I am currently in love with the first line of the second verse: “This is the last song that I’ll write while still in love with you.” OUCH. The juxtaposition of pessimism and optimism of this song is beyond my songwriting skills, and I think the contradicting tones of loneliness and moving on are somehow refreshing. There are many songs out there that either focus on the negative outlook after a breakup or a positive one. I think this is the perfect combination.

Cover of "Swell Season (Dig)"
Cover of Swell Season (Dig)

2. Low Rising- The Swell Season 

If  you are a daily reader, then you know that sultry, ragged voices are my kryptonite. Aside from blue eyes, this weakness of mine is hard to contain and when mixed with Jeff Buckley-like guitar licks and riffs as well as a husky voice— well, let’s just say, thank heavens for the movie Once for discovering Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

3. Masaya- Bamboo 

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Description unavailable (Photo credit: Bamboo Live! by Roxanne Nebres)

This is my very first Filipino song for my playlists, and I’m really pestering myself for not having posted some sooner. However, I’m really picky with my songs and this one was the one that made the cut. Masaya, in English, simply means happy. The story behind this song is how love engulfs you in its entirety and how it doesn’t matter whether you’re a drunk or a rockstar; it only matters how love affects you, whether negatively or positively. Bamboo, by the way, was a rock band in the Philippines led by a Filipino-American named Bamboo Manalac. He is currently a judge in the Philippines’ take on The Voice, dubbed The Voice of the Philippines. Click here for the video of the song.

4. Always You- Ingrid Michaelson

One of Ms. Michaelson’s underrated songs, “Always You” is a euphonious, short piece of music that enlightens winter mornings. I have opened the windows and let the rain fall on my carpet floor while I drink a cup of tea to this song. It is that relaxing and simply beautiful.

Maybe (Ingrid Michaelson song)
Maybe (Ingrid Michaelson song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Manhattan- Sara Bareilles

This woman has done it again. I swear to goodness gracious her songs “Gravity”, “Between the Lines”, “Bluebird” and “City” all have made me shed a tear. Or two. Or to infinity and beyond.

 I first listened to Careful Confessions, back when Sara was completely indie and just came out of Eureka, CA and immersed herself in a pool of Los Angeles piranhas. She was obviously the big fish out of all due to her pop-infused songs like “Gonna Get Over You” and “Love Song” to be widely successful.

However, I’m the type of girl that looks for the slow songs first on an album. This is one of them. And this is the type of song you listen to during the wee hours of the night, reminiscing on the one that got away. It’s very heartbreaking and truthfully more painful than the breakup itself because of the memories that she portrays within the second verse. I’m a sucker for live versions, and here’s a good one: click.

Love Song (Sara Bareilles song)
Love Song (Sara Bareilles song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I apologize for not having 10 songs for this week! I can’t seem to find others that suit my interests right now. Maybe it’s just me being picky. -_-.

Have a great night! Let me catch some zzz’s too 🙂

x,

C

The Perks of Being Katey Laurel

Hey guys! I apologize for not having posted anything lately; it’s just things have been getting a bit busy around here, especially due to the fact that I’m going to lose my v-card to Seattle in a day and pay a visit to the Emerald City for the first time ever. 🙂  Anyway, here’s an interesting story for you.

Katey Laurel, black and white.  Photo courtesy of http://www.kickstarter.com

Remember when Stevie Nicks first came out with Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon”?  Remember how her voice soared through those cheap speakerphones your dad had just installed in your car? Well, I am pleased to announce that I have found a similar voice. Katey Laurel, a gorgeous singer/songwriter, wrote me a week ago on my Facebook page and asked if I could feature her on my blog. I took a turn on my turntable (so Spotify, it was) and searched her up and simply listened to her EP. My first reaction was that her voice was of a mixture between twang, folk, and Sarah McLachlan, and it was very unique and eerie. I have to warn you, of course, that her music is very radio-material yet her voice is like The Smiths’ music— you have to keep listening to it to understand it and revel in its simple beauty. To say it bluntly, this bombshell of a musician’s voice is an acquired taste, like beer or wine. And luckily for her, beer and wine are a lot more likable than whiskey or moonshine.I had my share of research and have since found out that Katey has accomplished many things, including being on tour and winning the Walnut Valley Festival’s New Song portion of the competition. She has also been a finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival, Texaco Country Showdown Southwest, and more impressively, the Nine West “Vintage Voice of America” Festival.

Of course, due to my naturally inquisitive nature, I asked Katey a couple of questions to bring this article into full-circle.

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1. If you can describe your music in a phrase, what would it be?

Intelligent and lyrical musings about life, love and other such things.  🙂  Does that blow my own horn enough?

2. Tell us about yourself and how you started playing the guitar and singing. Are you usually stationed in one city or do you tour around and live out of a suitcase like most singer/songwriters?

I got started playing piano when I was 6 years old, French horn when I was 10 (which I studied for 15 years to the tune of a Bachelor of Music Performance), and guitar when I was 18.  I wrote poetry forever but didn’t really get serious about writing songs until I was in my early twenties.  I decided to become an artist and do whatever it took to follow this dream after seeing Over The Rhine perform their legendary Christmas show at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati in 2003 along with Irish singer/songwriter Susan Enan and alt-rocker Pedro the Lion.  Unfortunately, my journey isn’t quite as glamorous as touring around living out of a suitcase…I mostly live in one place (Denver, Colorado), play regionally and book shows in towns where I’m headed for conferences, recording records or meeting with music biz folks on occasion (Nashville, LA, NYC).  It hasn’t made financial sense to tour yet and back when I attempted it, I was 24 and a lot less wise about these things.  🙂

3. Who do you look up to, music-wise?

I love so many artists…definitely some of my favorites are Over The Rhine, Alpha Rev, Death Cab for Cutie, Keith Urban and Sarah McLachlan.  I really admire Ingrid Michaelson and Katie Herzig for their amazing independent journeys.

4. Out of all your songs, I enjoyed “My Funny Boy” the most because it reminded me of Diana Krall’s raspy, sultry voice. What inspired you to share this song with your fans?

(laughs).  It’s a little out of the ordinary, isn’t it?  I actually can’t take credit for choosing it – I sent a healthy dose of song options from my catalog over the previous few years to Neilson (Hubbard) when we set out to produce the EP back in 2010 and he said it was a definite.  I think it’s the one and only “musical/showtune” sounding composition I’ve ever written…I have a number of other styles including Americana, Roots and Pop Country in the catalog (I pitch to other artists quite frequently) but no jazz show tunes!  I think it’s such a sweet little intimate thing.

5. A lot of people do not understand how musicians stay fit on the road. What are some healthy things you do to stay fit?

I stay pretty active most of the time except when I’m releasing a record (how many hours can one actually put in on a computer every day??)  I love fresh foods, especially fruits and veggies and try to cook as often as I can at home.  Drink LOTS of water (I come from the high altitude where it’s easy to get dehydrated).  Also, a healthy mindset and spiritual life (in my case, prayer and open communication with God) is key to staying at the top of my game.

And because you guys are all awesome, Katey has decided to give free downloads of her EP, From Here, to all my readers. 😀 Click here for the download. Am I the only one excited? Go click on it!

Also, please listen to her gorgeous songs on Soundcloud and be sure to subscribe and check her out on YouTube.

And if you haven’t gotten enough of Katey Laurel, this is one of my favorites of hers: “Everything I Love”

Catch Katey if you live around the Denver, CO area! Here is a list of her upcoming gigs: click.

As always, keep your dreams alive, inspire others through your own perseverance, and remember that who you are is not where you’ve been.

x,

Christine

Top 10 Indie Love Songs (week 3)

Some of these songs are so indie that the lyrics aren’t even online. :**

Hope you enjoy, and relish that hipster-ness of yours.

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1. I Hurt Too- Katie Herzig

Katie Herzig in concert
Katie Herzig in concert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When an ocean sits right between us/There is no sign that we’ll ever cross/You should know now that I feel the loss/I hurt too, I hurt too

2. La Luna- Lucy Schwartz

And if you’re cheek to cheek/ Dancing not on the street/And he sweeps you off your feet/ Sing la luna

3. I Love The Rain The Most- Joe Purdy

I think you’ve had a little too much too drink/Let me help with that/Don’t forget to tie the boat up/
Not that way, no it’s a figure eight, yeah/Yeah when it stops

4. You Said You’d Grow Old With Me- Michael Schulte

Didn’t say goodbye/ now i’m frozen in time getting colder/ one less word one less moment/ to ask you why you left me here behind /you said you’d grow old with me

5. In These Arms- The Swell Season

Use your saints/ And your mantra/ And your things to keep you calm/ If you stay with that asshole/
He’s gonna do you harm

6. The Wolves (Act I and II)- Bon Iver

And the story’s all over you/ In the morning i’ll call you/Can’t you find a clue when your eyes are all painted Sinatra blue

7. See You Soon- Coldplay

In a bulletproof vest/ With the windows all closed/ Well I’ll be doing my best/ And I’ll see you soon

8. Slow Dancing- U2, Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael

And I don’t know why a man/ Search for himself in his lover’s eyes/ No I don’t know why a man/
Sees the truth but needs the lie

9. Only The Songs That We Knew- Joe Purdy

And oh,/ Sweet Samantha dear, I know it’s been so many years/ And I hope that they have been kind, my friend/ Oh, I think about you now and then

10. If I Had You- Joe Purdy

If I was young I would go back/ & pick you up against your will/ Take you with me everywhere that I go/
If I had you I’d give money & all the love that you could hold/ & every morning we’d go dancing/
If I had you I would be gold

xx,

Nathalie Apple

Indie Wedding Songs 2013

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I love weddings. I’m one of those quintessential bridesmaids that cry when the bride and groom say their vows and profess their undying love for each other (as cliche as that may sound). However, I also cry about another thing at weddings: the playlist! The songs are either completely corny or not terrible, but not great either. So, here are my top songs for an indie wedding (or even just a regular wedding) that’ll help with the ceremony and calm those first dance jitters.

Now, if you are a daily reader, then you will see that some songs are also recycled from my “indie love songs” playlist.

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1. I Was Just Thinking- Teitur

2. I Wish You Love- Rachael Yamagata

3. Higher Love- James Vincent McMorrow

4. Never Had- Oscar Isaac

5. Kiss Me- Ed Sheeran

6. Patient Love(Acoustic)- Passenger

7. Crawl After You- M. Ward

8. Delicate- Damien Rice

9. Wake Me Up- Ed Sheeran

10. The Girl (Acoustic)- City and Colour

11. Perfect for Me- Ron Pope

12. If It’s The Beaches- The Avett Brothers

13. We’ve Got Tonight (Insrtumental)- Acoustic Guitar

14. Still- Matt Nathanson

15. You’re the One that I Want- Angus & Julia Stone

16. Crash Into Me- Dave Matthews Band

17. Lovesong (Acoustic Version)- The Cure

18. Falling Slowly- The Swell Season

19. Fade Into You- Mazzy Star

20. Stubborn Love- The Lumineers

21. Oh What A Day- Ingrid Michaelson

22. Real Love- Regina Spektor

23. First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes

24. Lua- Bright Eyes

25. Quelqu’un M’a Dit- Carla Bruni

26. Flowers In Your Hair- The Lumineers

27. Slow It Down- The Lumineers

28. Thinking About You (Acoustic)- Tori Kelly (originally by Frank Ocean)

Worth checking it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ANQl-Sbwpo

29. Linger- The Cranberries

(and my personal favorite cover of all time)

30. Let’s Get It On- Rozzi Crane

This is also worth checking out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dCAAl5RUT4

I hope this playlist made you smile. Comment and like for me? Thank you! 🙂

xx,

NathalieApple

My Top 10 Indie Love Songs (Week 2)

 

1. Everybody Here Wants You- Jeff Buckley

This song is literally one of my favorites. It just showcases Buckley’s sexy, sultry voice perfectly, and the slow percussion in the background adds to the sexiness of the song. I feel like his words crawl up my spine because of his intonation.

Check out the live version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C7SgP-HeEM

2. You’re the One that I Want- Angus & Julia Stone

Great cover of the Grease original by Olivia Newton-John. Very sweet and the chorus always gets me.

3.  A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall- Bob Dylan (covered by Jason Mraz)

Seven minutes of pure perfection. Depressing at times, for  realists, this song is a mantra.

4. Can’t Go To Sleep (Without You)- Josh Ritter

“But they’re here and you’re not, and it’s my luck”

There’s always something that pulls at my heartstrings when a boy simply sings to a girl about not being able to sleep because of too much missing, thinking, and wishing.

5. All We Have- OK Sweetheart

You have to listen to the piano intro for this one. It’s insanely sweet. Her voice also matches the optimistic outlook of the song.

The perfect video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj2NoRgPyGU

6. I will let you go- Daniel Ahearn

“No more paving the present with pain from the past.”

I don’t think the alliteration here is a conicidence. For me, it somehow echoes the sound of tears the singer has for the person they are singing about. This breakup song is ridiculously depressing, but it’s a boy letting a girl go because he loves her.

7. If It’s The Beaches- The Avett Brothers

At first, I had no idea what the hell this song was going to be about and was about to pass it up in my Spotify playlists. Thank God I hadn’t. This song. THIS SONG.

In contrary to the song before, this is a declaration of a boy’s love for a girl he did not take care of at the time. It brings a hopeful story, something we have heard many times but love to hear again and again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP–MPBW_kQ

8. Neopolitan Dreams- Lisa Mitchell

Her voice is just angelic. It reminds me of “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn.

9. For A Nightingale- Fionn Regan

Another “I would” type of song. What can I say? I like the alternate reality that songs emit.

10. Clean Slate- M. Ward

Can’t get enough of M. Ward. 😉

So, that’s it! So sorry this post took so long, but it’s here, haha. As always, like and comment please! From this side of the world, good night :**

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xx,

NathalieApple

The Next Big Thing (1)

… in music. Because music is my passion, and everyone is constantly searching new songs on the Internet. So, here’s how this is going to work. I will post “The Next Big Thing”-themed playlists every week, on Sundays. These playlists will feature new songs that (I think) are going to be featured on radios like KIIS FM, Alice 97.3 (in the San Francisco Area), etc.. (Mainstream radios and alike.) I will start with songs that people want to work out to, dance to, drive to, etc.. I understand that each country in the world provides a different mainstream playlist; however, these songs account for their qualities and not their release dates. I get that the different release dates need to be taken account, but for these posts, I will go under the United States’ clockwork magic– Pacific Time.

After listening (because I know you will) :), please FLC (follow/like/comment) on what you think!

-N.A.

1. Same Thing- Jamie Cullum

Very catchy throughout the whole song. I enjoyed the percussion in the background, plus at around 2:50 of the song, eerie laser sounds shoot through the speakers, as if to mimic  the majority of the Depeche Mode’s songs.

2. Bang Bang- will.i.am.

When I first heard this on The Great Gatsby movie soundtrack, I thought it was not will.i.am but someone else. The intro is impeccable and very 1920s-like, and the drop that follows is as unexpected as Leo DiCaprio’s shy and awkward scene with Carey Mulligan in Nick Carroway’s (Tobey McGuire’s) small cottage.

3. Made to Love- John Legend

This is also catchy, however, if you want the R&B John Legend who sang “Ordinary People”, this isn’t the song for you.

So High (song)
So High (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Really Don’t Care (feat. Cher Lloyd)- Demi Lovato

The whole song leans toward the powerhouse singer’s Disney-day sound. In my opinion, this is the perfect summer song for teenage girls and 20-something women. Plus, Cher Lloyd’s cute British accent is the cherry on top to this song.

5. We Can’t Stop- Miley Cyrus

Okay. The music video reminded me of a Disney girl’s desperate attempt at “growing up”… oh wait, it was. The disgusting twerk sequence with the other girls and the slapping of the asses was enough for me to close the browser and leave the room. I contemplated on whether I should listen to Jeff Buckley or M. Ward to cleanse my palate— I ended up with the So Real album by Buckley. Despite the ghastly video, I really think this song is very catchy and a lot better than “Party in the USA.”

Favorite line: “Forget the haters cuz’ somebody loves you.”

– N.A.

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