“The Moon Song”
With the help of director Spike Jonze, Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) wrote and recorded this song for the movie “Her” – a beautifully shot film set in the future starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly. Phoenix nails heartache, loneliness and vulnerability in this thought-provoking love story. The film is up for “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards and the track is up for “Best Original Song”.
This particular version of “The Moon Song” is recorded as a duet with Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), and I think it’s stunning. If it’s a little too sugary for you, don’t worry, it’ll likely be my only schmaltzy pick for this week’s “love songs” theme…
Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend)
We’re a week into 2014 but I’m still “stuck” on a few songs that came out last year. These tunes NEVER seem to get old for me. I could listen to them on a loop and just turn it up louder and louder each time around. As I put this list together, it strikes me that I’ve never felt so strongly about a year-end list of songs. It may sound weird, but I think 2013 was a really solid year for SINGLES.
I also noticed a real common thread here – all are very epic sounding, strong tracks with lots of energy and soul.
Here are my favorite singles of 2013:
Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind”
Paul McCartney “New”
The Head and The Heart “Shake”
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers”
Deer Tick “The Dream’s In The Ditch”
The Wheeler Brothers “My Time”
Sons Of Fathers “Roots & Vine”
Eric Clapton “Gotta Get Over”
Amos Lee “The Man Who Wants You”
Serena Ryder “Stompa”
1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
2. Willy Mason – Carry On
3. Lucius – Wildewoman
4. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow
5. Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle
6. Paul McCartney – New
7. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…
8. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
9. The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay
10. The Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still
These were my favorites of a really solid year of music! It was tough to pick this top 10.
Vampire Weekend in the #1 spot is likely no surprise to you if you know me or read this blog. To me, there was no competition there. If you haven’t heard Modern Vampires of the City, try sitting down for a listen sometime, with an open mind. It saddens me that hype or reputation can sometimes turn people off of a band altogether, without a single note of the music being heard.
A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads this blog, leaves comments, likes posts, etc.
I really appreciate you! I hope I helped you discover something new in 2013…here’s to another year of great music!
Happy New Year!
I took a short break from listening to the new Vampire Weekend album nonstop but now I’m back to it. Each and every track on this CD has gotten to me in some way. This track is tucked away towards the very end of the album and its lyrics have really stood out to me lately.
“Over and over again
All these never-ending visions
Over and over again
Like a prize that’s changing hands
The time has come
The clock is such a drag
All you who change your stripes
Can wrap me in the flag
The lines are drawn
The map is such a drag
All you who change your stripes can wrap me in the flag”
I’m truly, deeply obsessed with the new Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City. I have listened again and again and again and I’m not even close to tired of it. It’ll likely be the soundtrack to my summer.
This is a song hidden towards the end of the album – track 10 (of 12). It’s one of the more strange tracks, with some inaudible lyrics and bizarre sounds. But it’s so catchy! It’s one of my favorites:
Today I was doing some Spring cleaning. It was sunny and breezy and it felt good to open the doors and let the light and fresh air pour in as I swept, dusted, and generally picked up the place. I also had to vacuum quite a bit…but I ran into problems there. Whenever I turned the vacuum on, I couldn’t hear the music I had going – the Dr. Dog Pandora station (my absolute favorite station). The mix was particularly good and each and every song was so solid that I literally couldn’t bring myself to drown the music out with the cursed vacuum’s roar.
This was one of the tunes that really grabbed my attention (and distracted me from cleaning) today…a track by Vampire Weekend from the soundtrack to Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist:
I’m a big fan of Vampire Weekend and their new album is sounding awesome. Officially released on May 7th, Modern Vampires of the City is shaping up to be the most dynamic album yet from this young Brooklyn band. They recently debuted the radio single for the album and it remains to be seen if this will fit into the mix at mvyradio . It’s certainly engaging and upbeat from start to finish…but it’s slightly frantic at some moments. These tough decisions are left to our Music Director, PJ Finn…I suspect we may hear from him on this very subject soon!
Tune in tonight as I take you to the beach…with music that has a sunny, CHILL, fun, relaxed feeling…
Sublime – “DJs”
Bob Marley – “Bend Down Low”
Brett Dennen – “Comeback Kid”
Rilo Kiley – “With Arms Outstretched”
The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”
Frightened Rabbit – “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”
A Fine Frenzy – “Electric Twist”
Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
Feist – “Mushaboom”
311 – “Stealing Happy Hours”
Led Zeppelin – “Friends”
Paolo Nutini – “Pencil Full Of Lead”
Paul Pena – “Gonna Move”
Regina Spektor – “The Calculation”
Shawn Lee – “Throwing Shadows at the Wall”
LISTEN TONIGHT at 9PM
THE HOT SEAT
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Sometimes January releases can slip through the cracks when the year comes to an end and people compile their “Best Of” lists. This album is NOT one that I’ll soon forget about. In fact, Contra (Vampire Weekend’s sophomore release) is sure to be in my top 5… this Brooklyn-based band continues to delight me with their fun, catchy, smile-inducing tunes while also adding depth to their sound and to their lyrics with songs like “Taxi Cab”, “Run” and “I Think You’re a Contra”. This band is so easy for so many people to hate, but I’m totally won over thus far.
Favorite tracks: “Horchata”, “White Sky”, “Giving Up the Gun”
Check it out if you like:
Vampire Weekend – “Holiday”
The video for this song is… interesting… but at the least, it’s another great tune from VW’s second album, Contra. I’ll definitely be featuring some music from this band for my “Summer Songs” Hot Seat on Monday at 9pm (Listen at mvyradio.com).