Category Archives: Videos

Olafur Arnolds Live on KEXP

Icelandic metal drummer turned neo-classical virtuoso, Olafur Arnalds offers a refreshing perspective to both acoustic and electronic worlds. In a similar tonal vein as Sigur Ros, his music requires an ear for subtlety; be pateint and let it take over your thoughts. I’ve included a link to sites where he’s posted low res downloads of his music (14 songs in all) for free, including some of the pieces featured in this performance . Personally, I’m looking out for his discography on vinyl. Put this on to endure winter’s embrace.

W

Found Songs

Living Room Songs

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The Clock On the Wall Has Been Stuck at 3 for Days and Days

With a newfound understanding of the true meaning of theses lyrics, I find myself in awe and amazement. What I had once believed was a mildly sentimental song about hanging on a shaky relationship, now transforms into a beautifully crippling heartwrench. “She said ‘It’s cold outside,” and she hands me a raincoat. She’s always worried about things like that.” I sit misty-eyed in front of my computer, replaying each of the lines in my head and everything resonates. Put this on to appreciate the magic that can only be achieved through song.

– W

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The Civil Wars cover MJ’s Billie Jean

 

With a sound reminiscent of the ghostly fallen who died on home soil, The Civil Wars stand out amongst the drone of so many acoustic songwriters. You may know them from the Hunger Games soundtrack, with Taylor Swift providing the lead vocals on “Safe & Sound”. They’ve got a three song live set posted at LaundroMatinee, with a link to download the audio for free. Amongst that set is a fan favorite, Billie Jean originally by Michael Jackson. This song has been covered countless times, and somehow this version doesn’t feel stale. Put this on for slow dancing with spirits.

W

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M83 – Steve McQueen

Here’s a little treat to go with the song that I posted as yesterday’s TOD (and I’ll be posting a review of the entire Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming album in a few weeks). The band held a contest, asking for submissions to accompany this song. It’s all a bit nonsensical, a fact that doesn’t seem to disappoint. The boyish themes and bright yellow suit match the energy of the track perfectly, and I can’t help but see an allusion to Noah’s Ark. Released yesterday, here is the video for Steve McQueen.

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