I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been listening to a metric fuck ton of music that has done nothing to inspire a post. Over the past couple of days, though, I’ve reinvested in my music library, and I come bearing for you Architecture in Helsinki.
Architecture in Helsinki is an Australia-based indie pop group who has been around since about 2003. Their music is upbeat, and (for me, at least) makes you want to dance like you’re in the 80s again. If you don’t know what that means, just let American Apparel throw up on you, add some shoulder pads, and make your hair AWESOME. Then dance like a spastic white person (me).
"Contact High" is from their 2011 release Moment Bends. Out of all of their albums, this is by far my favorite. If you enjoy 80s-inspired indie pop, you’ll love this entire album, so I suggest you go and get it.
Allie Moss is an indie pop guitarist who hails from New Jersey, and before you say “She sounds like every other indie guitarist chick I’ve heard”, keep in mind that she acts as Ingrid Michaelson’s lead guitarist on the reg, and her songs have been featured on a number of television shows (Bones, Pretty Little Liars, and, I’m pretty sure, Grey’s Anatomy), so the chances of her actually being the indie artist she sounds just like are fairly high. Her voice is clean and catchy, and her hands are magic guitarist hands, full of talent and wonder.
Really, though, Allie Moss is incredibly talented, and has brought a great deal to the indie music table over the past several years. Welcome her into your ears, and enjoy. This song, “Corner”, is from her 2009 album Passerby.
"Bag of Hammers" is quite possibly the most adorable song I’ve ever heard. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down’s entire album We Brave Bee Stings and All honestly just makes me want to hug someone it’s so cute and upbeat and just generally feel-good. Is it Thao Nguyen’s extremely charismatic voice? Is it the upbeat and playful instrumentals? Is it the fact that their lyrics are just that fantastic?
Whatever it is, it makes my day brighter, and I hope it makes yours brighter, too. Check them out when you realize that you, too, love them.
Mostly I’m posting this for my dear friend Cecil, but I also adore this song. “Crave You” is a song by Flight Facilities, and I would give you the name of the album, but there really isn’t one. Flight Facilities is an anonymous duo allegedly from Sydney, Australia, but really who the hell knows (Flight Facillities, Giselle, and their respective agents don’t count)?
Despite the apparent dearth of information on the DJ duo, their song is fabulous, and if you enjoy it, you can check out the numerous remixes they and other DJs have made in order to milk it for all it’s worth. Believe me when I say that it’s delicious remixed milk that they’re producing.
I’m wrapping up this week’s mash-up artist line-up with Norwegian Recycling, a one-man mash-up band of greatness. Frans Peter Bull Enger is just as awesome as his name implies. He’s a humble guy who loves making music from all genres of music, and the way he intertwines his music is seamless (unless he doesn’t want it to be). The man is truly a mash up master, and I am so pleased to be able to introduce him to your ears if you haven’t heard him yet. The song I’m posting today is called “All Bad Touches (Come to an End)” from his debut album So Far, and it’s probably the most appropriate wrap-up song I will ever post.
Mr. Bull Enger (I can’t get enough of that name) started experimenting with mash-ups in 2006, and thank the aural gods he did, because not only did he bring us the gem I’m posting today, but his newest mash-up includes both “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, and “Don’t Stop Believin’”. I know your tiny little hipster hearts just leapt into your throat, you’re so excited (especially if you’re a hipster who loves soccer). You can listen to and download the song on his website if you’re interested (you know you are).
For those of you who started following me for the music updates, thanks, and I hope you stay tuned and continue enjoying the music, whether it’s new or old to you.
this week is dedicated to mash up artists that aren’t girl talk. first on my list is dj earworm. dj earworm is actually jordan roseman, an illinois native who is, in my opinion, second only to…no one, actually. since i’ll be plugging artists like super mash bros., the hood internet, and symphony of science, though, i’ll leave you to decide which one fits you best. for now, listen to “united states of pop 2010”, the only song in which i have ever genuinely enjoyed hearing ke$ha’s voice in my ears.
because the list of songs he uses is so long, i’ll just stick them down here in case you’re curious: