This Canadian Post-Punk band was no where on my radar until I saw other websites talking about it. If you like this I suggest listening to the band Women in which two of the Viet Cong members originated and bring a lot of influence along with them. Continental Shelf totally blew me away and I had to listen to the rest of this album right away. Now it isn't full of masterpieces but it does have a tasteful variety that takes some very artistic twists like the bands closing song Death with is around 11 minutes long.
Daft Punk - Lose Yourself to Dance
Going to be spinning Random Access Memories for a good portion of the day today and with so many great songs the one that feels like a real masterpiece today is Lose Yourself to Dance. Pharrell's vocals, Nile Rogers' Guitar playing being tasty cake toppers on the delicious cake that is Daft Punk. I hope this gem gets you to lose yourself to dance.
The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
I only learned of The Black Keys once their Brothers album came out. I have finally taken a look back at their first three albums and I was taken back at the the power behind their blues playing. While I feel like they were playing the music they knew but nothing that defined them until Brothers. I do enjoy both stages of the Black Keys but for different reasons.
Oh Wonder - The Rain
Just a nice, soft, soul filled song for the song of the day. This duo is releasing a song a month for the year and I can't wait to hear what else they have in store for us.
The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy
This is the new single by the Prodigy from their upcoming album of the same name coming out at the end of March. The first Single Nasty was released at the end of last year. I do like how this single does sound a bit different then stereotypical Prodigy. I felt like Nasty sounded a little too much like everything else the Prodigy has released and I hope this album has something that sounds more like The Day Is My Enemy.
Viet Cong - Continental Shelf
This album has been making it's way through the channels and leaving a good impression on a lot a reviewers. If this is their hit single then I'm not sure how I am going to feel about the rest of the album. Guess theirs only one way to find out! After this post I'm going dive right into the whole album and see how it goes.
Martin O'Donnell - Eye of The Gate Lord
Martin O'Donnell Composed and Directed the Soundtrack for the Game Destiny. He had two co-writters Michael Salvatori and C. Paul Johnson. Paul McCartney was also featured in the ending credits song. Definitely not McCartneys best but what can you do. Martin O'Donnell was also composed the all the music in the Halo video game franchise. One thing I have always enjoyed about O'Donnell's music is the fact that every single song could be it's own story and I think this face definitely helped with the lasting success both Halo and Destiny have received.
When Eye of The Gate Lord started playing in the game I was a little farther ahead then I should have been and came up against a boss that really proved to be a challenge but part of me didn't want to complete it because I just wanted to sit back and listen to the music. My only issue is it's abrupt ending but again I think since we are talking about music from a video game, it was meant to loop once it ended so that seamless loop is important to keep your player engaged.
Marilyn Manson -The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles
This song of the day is a little bit of a cop out since I recently review the album under my Album Talk tab so you should definitely go check that out and my other two reviews if you have not. Whats that, a little to lazy to click through the menus? Well how about you just click this link right here:
Anyways The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles is my favourite song off the record so if you enjoy this and my review is worth anything then give the album a listen.
Belle and Sebastian - Nobody's Empire
A nice relaxing song that doesn't put you to sleep. Nobody's Empire makes you lay back and just enjoy everything. The albums name Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance sums up their album pretty nicely. The Party Line is another great song that has a little more of a groove to it so if you on the fence for these guys then I suggest giving that song a listen.
Sleater-Kinney - Surface Envy
I just heard about this album today and might have to go back and listen to some of their older stuff if I have time. This Trio's new album No Cities to Love was a pretty good listen. Intentionally a little rough around the edges but some nice vocals with almost a light indie punk feel.
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It
I don't know what R.E.M. stands for, but I'm sure a quick google search could fix that. Today's song of the day is a song that I couldn't get stuck out of my head, but for the moments I did it just ended up being another R.E.M. song. I hope you enjoy this little blast from the past, or maybe your a little to young to know who R.E.M. is. Either way take a listen and if you have time listen to some more of their stuff, it'll be good for your brain and your heart.
James Murphy - Match #104
So James Murphy and and IBM made music from the U.S. Open Tennis matches. Yes this shocked confused and shocked me a little, but with some more digging I found out that IBM was tracking the players movements using a computer algorithm to try and figure out what makes athletes so great. Then at some point IBM decided to do something fun with the data and through in another algorithm to turn the ones and zeros into sounds. At that point invite James Murphy over to mix some song out of them. James made 12 songs from 12 matches and named each song after the match number in the database. James Murphy remixes for Match #4 and #104 are available on youtube, while a few others are available on soundcloud.
It will always be interesting on the different things people will make music out of, and I say keep doing it. Maybe one day we can have a nice speed metal riff created from the footsteps of a flock of pigeons walking on the ground.
Jacques Offenbach - Orphee Aux Enfers
Translated to Orpheus in the Underworld, this classical piece has been called the first classical full-length operetta (Light Opera). This operetta was pretty popular in Europe and then made it's way over the America. Critics said it was Vulgar and indecent, but I would almost say a South Park of it's day. The bad reviews from critics in fact only made this operetta more popular. It was the inclusion of a four-act version over the previous two-act version that made it lose popularity in the end. One thing you will notice is that near the end, during Scene 2 of the second Act you will catch hear a very popular piece of classical music that is usually played on it's own and not with the rest of the arrangement. It will need no introduction once you hear it so sit back and enjoy Offenbach's Orphee aux enfers.
J.S. Bach- Cello Suit No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
As Chopin's Raindrops was most likely my favourite Piano piece, Suite No. 1 is most likely my favourite Cello piece. If you are not up for listening to the whole Suite I recommend at the very least listening to the Prelude which is only about two and a half minutes at the beginning. The prelude of this composition has also been used in a lot of movies and T.V. shows so you might have heard it before but never knew what it was called.
Frederic Chopin - Prelude, Op. 28, No. 15 "Raindrop"
I was listening to a lot of classical music over the holidays and it seems only far to share some of those classics with you guys. Possibly my favourite Pianist, Frederic Chopin has written some amazing pieces of art and my personal favourite of his is Prelude Op. 28, No. 15 "Raindrop". This song is very well known among all piano pieces and Marjan Kiepura performs this piece amazingly in the attached video. He also gives a nice little story about Chopin at the beginning of the video and I recommend listening to it.
Song of The Day
Some semi random song I enjoy will be posted here once a day with a small description of the song and or band.