They Write about Love

Hello there, listener. Let me tell you about a band..

Belle and Sebasatian has been the poster child for the indie-pop genre for years. After a long break between albums, they’ve finally come back to further solidify themselves as the embodiment of the genre. This album, “Belle and Sebastian Write About Love,” is so true to their style-(indie pop, obviously).
It’s so dang unique, oh my goodness. They add in sweet delay in their guitar riffs, electronic/synth undertones, and even surf rock style licks. So much fun to listen to. If I could describe it another way, I would call it 21st century 70s music. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that’s what they WANT you to think.

See for yourself. Watch this music video of my favorite song on their album.
Helpful viewing tip: Pay close attention to the sweet moves of the guy lead singer, it’s great.

I will also mention that there’s a song featuring the beautiful voice of Norah Jones. That is all. Go find them if you like them.

I HEART MUSIC!
Chris Varela

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Today I was Reminded..

..of why I love the Local Natives so much. I came across a music video today and was immediately taken back to my days in the winter of ’10 when I was first discovering the wonderful music from these guys.

This video is from Pitchfork.com, a great website for you indie folks out there. Check out this song:

http://pitchfork-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/player/DelveMoviePlayer.swf

I actually wrote a post about the Local Natives last year. If you are liked the song you just listened to, read this post HERE.

MUSIC = LOVE,
Chris Varela

Horse Feathers – “Thistled Spring”

What on earth is a thistled spring? For that matter, what on earth are horse feathers? I don’t know, but I do know that I enjoy for myself some wonderful folk music by an artist whose name has some sort of crazy underlying meaning and writes songs about a thistled spring, whatever that may be.

Here’s why I like Horse Feathers:
Fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, cello, passionate voices, and beautiful harmonies.

Perhaps you like the same things? I would like to think so.
Listen to this one..

Other notable songs:
“Starving Robins”
“This Bed”
“The Widower”

If you listened to these songs and liked them, go and do something about it! Get the album..

LISTEN to the songs of the WORLD!
Chris Varela

Josh Ritter is Fantastic.

Hello!
Ok I know. I’ve taken a ridiculously long break from blogging, but I’ll assure you that I’m now back for action! I have three or four albums to share with you over the next few weeks that I’m almost positive you (YES, YOU!) will love.

Josh Ritter: “So Runs the World Away”

I can’t get enough of this album. Trust me, just take a look at my Last.fm Profile
I won’t say too much about this album because I want you to explore it for yourself. Let me steer you in the right direction by sharing my favorite song from the album with you.

Good, isn’t it?
Other notable songs:
“Lark” – Upbeat and happy
“Folk Bloodbath” – The second-coming of Bob Dylan, complete with a three part harmony.
“The Curse” – Will make you cry

Listen to those songs. They’re great. Ok that’s all, more to come soon.

GO and LISTEN!
Chris Varela

Newest Addition to the LIB: The Microphones

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Not quite new, but new to me. Straight up outta the Northwest–apparently where all good music comes from–these guys, called The Microphones, have a very uniquely mellow style. The album i just got, called “The Glow, Pt. 2,” has captured my attention, especially this song (Called “Headless Horseman”):

It’s a shame that it took me 9 years to discover this album. The Microphones have since become known as Mount Eerie, whom I listened to and do not like as much. That’s okay though, I’m glad to have found this album. Let me know what you think.

Find them in this vast expanse known as the internet:

KEEP LISTENING!

Chris Varela

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My iPod is a Wonderland

I realized something yesterday: I’m obsessed with finding new music. I can’t even count how many times that I’ll get a new album, listen to it once or twice all the way through, then move on to the next new album. This is a problem.

I decided to confront my “album A.D.D.” by spending some quality time alone with my iPod. Now that finals are over and summer is here, how glorious it has been to dive into the giant pool of music that stands un-listened to on my ipod.

One such band whom I have indeed grown to love during this intimate time of bonding between my ipod and me is the Kings of Convenience.
It’s hard to pin this musical duo down to one genre because their style varies widely.

They’ve got some more upbeat, pop songs like this one:

They also have some super slow and mellow songs (Especially on their album “Quiet is the New Loud”, like this one:

The contrast is crazy. That’s why I like them. Give them a shot and let me know what you think.

KEEP Listening!!
Chris Varela


Find the Kings of Convenience:

The Wild Hunt

Ok, Let’s address the elephant in the room: there is a YouTube video in this post. I know how it is (I’m guilty of doing this too!), you just want to skip past all this junk and play the video. You could do that if you want, but you’d be missing out on some quality information. For example:

  1. You wouldn’t know that I’ve written about this artist before. Read what I wrote about him by clicking HERE. For that matter, you wouldn’t know that I used to have another blog!
  2. You also wouldn’t know where to find this guy. Here’s where you can find him:
  3. You’d also miss out on this little tidbit of info:

One of my favorite artists of all time just came out with this one. Folky, Bob Dylan-esque, banjo player (on occasion), and lyrical genius can all be used to describe Mr.┬áKristian Matsson on “The Wild Hunt.” Building on his widely successful–and critically acclaimed–album, “Shallow Graves,” TMOE sings some more unique songs. One warning, there’s a bonus track featuring the piano.. not his best work, but surely a valiant effort.

WARNING: The Tallest Man on Earth is an acquired taste, and no doubt, many of you won’t give this guy a chance because of the way he sings. Trust me though, listen to this song a few times instead of casting him to the wayside.

I’m about to share with you my favorite song on his new album, but before I do, I’d like to thank you for sticking with me to the end. For those of you who didn’t, but for some reason are reading this sentence, please know that our friendship is over… Just kidding.

Without further ado, here’s your youtube video:

Final Verdict: If you liked “Shallow Graves,” you’ll love “The Wild Hunt.”

KEEP LISTENING.
Chris Varela

PS – New Band of Horses album comes out this week!