Sunday, June 1, 2008

Alton Ellis

Those who know me, know that I've been on a reggae kick as of late. The whole genre is kind of new to me. I, like many people I believe, have never really given reggae a fair chance. All we know is Bob Marley. However, I knew that there was something good there, and so finally, thanks to the internet I'm slowly learning how amazing this stuff really is. That being said, one of my favorites I've discovered so far is Alton Ellis. He's considered the voice of rocksteady, and pretty much second only to ol' Bob as far as classic roots vocalists go. Check out some of the songs and then get any of the early albums--as is the case w/ pretty much all roots/reggae I've come across.

Songs of Alton Ellis

You might remember the guy from this youtube clip from my post on Edan. I'm currently checking to see what other videos he has done cause obviously he has good taste.

'Rocksteady' - alton ellis

Friday, May 23, 2008

Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen

Just because I have a music blog doesn't mean I'm not slow to the goods. This probably being the ultimate case and point. Leonard is a genius. Thanks again to Cassady for the exposure. This is his first album put out in 1968, and if you haven't heard the name, I'm pretty certain you've heard the music.

Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen


Monday, April 28, 2008

Almost Midnight

This is a mix I made a few years back while I was living in Hawaii for a friend of mine in Brooklyn. It's probably still my favorite mix, and it brings back all kinds of nostalgic feelings. It's mostly instrumental, and all really melodic, pretty tracks. This is my mix of choice when I feel like going for a late night walk and just want to soak in memories both pleasant and not. I don't know what else to say. I hope you enjoy.

Almost Midnight

Quite possibly my favorite song of all time, 'Hands' by Four Tet.

Okay - Huggable Dust

Cassady, whose face you see for Land Line's picture, recommended this to me a few weeks ago and I am most grateful. It's really catchy, folkie, melancholy, indie, pop music. The guy has a really unique and quirky voice but it works really great w/ his music. There are some great ideas too that are really simple but bring such a great element to the songs, such as track two where he has a girl call in and sing over an answering machine. Good stuff. I couldn't find a youtube clip or anything to stream, but you can listen to a track if you go to his site.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Land Line

The project is but a bebe, nevertheless you should check out the song that was just recorded across the hall from my room. Pretty damn legit. I'll keep them linked on my sidebar if you wish to check back for more songs. Let me know what you think, and better yet, add them to yourspace.

Land Line

Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

Probably in my top 5 favorite records of all time, Yo La Tengo just has a special place in my little heart. It's catchy, it's pretty, it's sad, it's happy, it's noisy--what's not to like? I know that Yo La Tengo is kinda huge in the indie world, but I still feel they're under appreciated and if you've never heard them they are like a mixture of the velvet underground and sonic youth. It's music to fall in love to by hopeless romantics. What else can I say? Check out the clip below, it's amazing!

Yo La Tengo

'You Can Have it All'

Friday, April 25, 2008

El Guincho - Alegranza

Found this guy through pitchfork, and he's great. Basically, think of a latin Panda Bear. Real rhythmic oriented w/ a lot of pretty/funky loops. Perfect for summer.

El Guincho

'Palmitos Park'