Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BOY, OH BOY

If you're a fan of female wonders like Feist, A Fine Frenzy, Missy Higgins then you will love this Swiss-German female duo called, BOY.  {Why are they called BOY?  Full disclosure: I have no idea.} They just released their debut album, Mutual Friends, this past February to the US and BOY, oh boy are we lucky.  They have only three US tour dates left {two of which are sold out} so anyone reading this in the New York area on March 29th, best get yourself down to the Bowery Ballroom.

This "folk-pop" group with such a random name gives you a little bit of everything: from a lullaby-esque song with "Waltz for Pony" to "Little Numbers," a song that makes you want to dance with heavy piano like in Feist's "My Moon My Man." For those looking for a bit more depth/mellowness, check out "Drive Darling" {awesome guitar part kicks in at 2:53} and "Railways" - both about moving on {and transportation} but so sweet too.  I love the entire album which is rare these days.  So, as their website says ListenToBoy.com. Do it.


Calli

Now Playing
Mutual Friends
by BOY

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{Young Love} by Mat Kearney

I've been listening to Mat Kearney since his debut album "Nothing Left To Lose" came out in 2007.  The title track was pretty constant on the air waves during that time which put Mat on the map.   His unique, almost laid-back, voice was what hooked me in the first place.  His music tends to put you at ease yet motivates you to move and sing along; for example: Closer to Love, Crashing Down, Undeniable, and All I Have.

I must say, in my humble opinion, Mat Kearney's most recent album has outdone his other albums put together.  It's my understanding that he wrote most of the songs on his newest album, Young Love, after he married his wife.  It's evident in songs like Hey Mama and Young Dumb and In Love.  As we would say in Okie terms "Marriage done him good!"

Bravo Mat - keep up the good work! I pray your marriage will be blessed and continue to be a source of inspiration!

Calli

Now Playing
Young Love {Deluxe Edition}
by Mat Kearney

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

{Yeah, Yeah} by Willy Moon

In honor of SXSW, this post will be dedicated to one of the many amazing bands that will perform this year.  Willy Moon is a New Zealander by way of the UK that is on a limited tour in the U.S.

I discovered ol'Willy when I went to a concert at The Vanguard here in Tulsa with a very good friend of mine, Emily.  {We ate dinner at The Rusty Crane and had coffee at Gypsy Coffee in Downtown Tulsa.} The band Churchill {also at SXSW!} was headlining the concert so ultimately we went for them. We were pleasantly surprised with the sounds and stage performance of Willy Moon and his two-man band {girl drummer and a guy on electric - they played with click track but it was no less impressive than a full band}.  Emily and I stood there during the first few songs with our jaws on the floor.  At some point we looked at each other and said, "who is this and where did they come from?!"  We talked to him after his set and took pictures.  Really nice guy and very personable!

Anyways, totally check out the lineup of bands playing this year at SXSW and give one of them a try like...Bastille, Ivan and Alyosha, Lord Huron, Bernhoft, BOY, Sky Ferreira and so many more {that's just me skimming the first two music days really fast. I think I may have just contracted carpal tunnel doing that}.
Calli

Now Playing...
Put Your Sad Down
by School of Seven Bells

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

{Amor Fati} by Washed Out

First of all, sorry for falling off the face of the earth for a few weeks.  The last two specifically have been rather hectic/crazy/sad...

Good news though...I'm back and just in time to help you spruce up your iPod/playlist for Spring roll-your-windows-down weather. Yay!

I used to download the Urban Outfitters playlists as a resource to find new music but I got so behind {having a big girl/boy job tends to cut into "your" time, haha} that I had to part ways and go a slower/different route.  Parting is such sweet sorrow... However, before I "broke it off," I did discover the sounds of Washed Out - a one man "dream pop" band from Georgia. {Wonder if he knows Honey Boo Boo?}

One song in particular makes my "windows-down" playlist no matter what: "Amor Fati" which Wikipedia defines as...
a Latin phrase loosely translating to 'love of fate' or 'love of one's fate.' It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one's life, including suffering and loss, as good. 
Considering the fact that we are coming out of a season where everything has died, we can see now with our own eyes that the "suffering and loss" has paved a way for new life to "spring" up all around us.  Just a thought...

So, check out Amor Fati with a sound reminiscent of the Breakfast Club's theme song which is, in my book, perfect for a anyone's "windows-down" playlist.

Calli

Now Playing
Life of Leisure
by Washed Out

Monday, February 18, 2013

{Verona} by Geographer

I love discovering a song by a band I've never heard of and having just an immediate "connection." with that song.  That's what happened with Geographer's song "Verona" which, even though it's about a break up because of a lack of honesty {White lies in the night, If I could be yours and you could be mine, we keep what we hide, you told such simple lies}, it's got this beat you can't help but groove {yes, groove} to...
   
 
If you're a fan of Youth Lagoon or Phantogram, you'll love this funky-electro-indie-pop San Fran band.   The cool thing I discovered in researching for this post is that their music/sound translates very well from studio to acoustic like, for example, in their song Verona.  The feel and movement of their full band "electro sound" is not lost when dialed down to a cello, guitar, and a simple trap set.  As you watch the video, notice there's no loop or click track yet the cellist teams with the drummer to recreate that funky beat. That takes talent, my dear friends.  {Side note: I think they should take their whole album and do an acoustic version.}

Check it out for yourself:


Calli

Listening to
Animal Shapes
by Geographer




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Green River Ordinance

I just wanna be the hand you hold when you're cryin' 
I just wanna be the voice that tells you it'll be alright and 
When your world is coming down 
And when your hope's no where to be found 
Well, I'll be here, well, I'll be here, well, I'll be here for you  
- Green River Ordinance, "Out of My Hands"



We've all seen some really awesome lyrics someone quoted on Facebook or Twitter and thought to ourselves, "Gotta know who sings/wrote that!" That's how I was first introduced to the sounds of Green River Ordinance and I've been "in love" ever since.  GRO is a rock/pop band from the Fort Worth area with songs like Come OnSleep It Off, and On Your Own, that you can't help but sing along with.

{Confession: I always try to figure out some type of harmonization to go along with a song.  GRO's songs are awesome to do that with. I also serenade people riding in the car with me. That's for another blog entry.}

They also have what I call "love ballads" that I can't get enough of: Inward Tide, Undertow, Uncertainly Certain, Whisper In Your Ear, Everything You Are, Dancing Shoes...I could keep going.  They are a talented group of guys all around revealed even more so in their covers of classic songs like Tom Petty's American Girl or Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way all nicely compiled in an album titled Songs We Like From Before We Were Born. I think their cover of Justin Beiber's Baby is especially impressive...just saying.

{Where did they get Green River Ordinance from? Wikipedia to the rescue: click here.}

GRO released their latest album, Under Fire, a year ago this month.  I downloaded the album almost immediately and I can say it is the same caliber as their music I initially fell in love with.  I will leave you with one of my favorites from that album...enjoy!


Calli

Listening to
Under Fire
by Green River Ordinance

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Young Oceans {Advent}

When I was getting ready for my recent trip to Serbia, I was perusing the awesome free {and completely legal} music site, Noisetrade.com, looking for some new tunes. I downloaded an album from a band I had never heard of but the album title, "Advent," was very intriguing.  The band, Young Oceans, is a "worship project" that came from the Trinity Grace Church community in New York City.  Their hymn-like songs are very beautiful with a sound I would compare to that of Future of Forestry.  {Thinking both bands should hook up for a tour?  Just a thought...}  The lyrics are thought-provoking and inspire you to take a look inside yourself.

To be honest, I do not know much about advent but I understand that the idea behind it is to prepare yourself in order to celebrate the birth of our Savior.  Christmas had already passed at that time; however, I was heading to a place that celebrates Christmas on January 7 so, I had an added opportunity to prepare for the celebration.

Each trip I've taken to Serbia has been unique and life-changing...causing me to reexamine myself and alter the way I see a lot of things.  What God showed me this last trip can be summed up in one of the songs from Young Oceans'  Advent: "My All In Thee."

The plea used consistently throughout the song is "let me find my all in thee."  Essentially, it says though "I am blind...weak..." I want my identity and everything I desire to be found in You.  This song has become the cry of my heart during this time in my life that has been six years in the making.  How the Lord can be so patient, I have no idea.  He has shown himself faithful to me in ways I do not deserve.

Take a listen to "My All In Thee" below or visit their website to hear songs from each of their recordings.  This album a great supplemental resource for preparing your heart...no matter what the occasion or circumstance.  


Calli

Listening to
Advent
by Young Oceans

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Penny and Sparrow {Tenboom}

Hey ya'll - Sorry for no post last week...I was kind of in a different time zone halfway around the world having an AMAZING time!  I'm currently experiencing jet lag so I'll try to post very soon an overview of my return trip to Serbia.  Until then, feel free to check out the post from my first trip.

I posted two months ago about this band from Austin I just couldn't get enough of and a song {Heroes and Monsters} off their upcoming album that I absolutely loved.  Well, good news!  Penny and Sparrow's new album, Tenboom, came out on Tuesday! Hooray! Take a listen here or go straight to iTunes and download it now.  You will not be disappointed!

Once I get some sleep and my body figures out which time zone it's in, I'll post more about what songs on their new album are my favorite.  Until, enjoy the beautiful and mesmerizing sounds of Penny and Sparrow.


Calli

Listening to
Tenboom
by Penny and Sparrow


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