Monday, December 30, 2019

Music Monday 62

Happy holidays! Today I leave you with the musical adaptation of Mary Schmich's essay. I hope you will think about its meaning as you enter the new year.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Music Monday 61

Grum's first album will throw you back a few decades with its excellent "retro" sound. It's also groovy as hell. Now, go watch this music video...

Monday, December 16, 2019

Music Monday 60

I found dEUS when searching online for another band of the same name, and I'm glad I did – because it led me to this album!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Music Monday 59

Today's post goes out to my brother, a reminder of the jams we enjoyed from the mix CDs in my car.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

Music Monday 57

The other day my friend Raz played me this RHCP cover done by Luca Stricagnoli, a phenomenally talented guitar player/one-man band. Not only does it sound great, but I was blown away at how coordinated this guy is!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Music Monday 56

Today's post is courtesy of my co-worker Shawn, who revealed this masterpiece to me a little while back.

P.S. Pineapple on pizza is the best!!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Music Monday 53

Bonobo blends electronic and analogue sounds with an excellent use of layering that you can't help but groove to. If you enjoy this live performance, I encourage you to check out his album Black Sands.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Music Monday 52

As we celebrate one year of Music Monday posts, I present to you an old favorite of mine, an epic from the man himself, Weird Al. As Homer Simpson once said, "He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life." Even Kurt Cobain once described him as "a musical genius"!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Music Monday 51

I'm very excited to be seeing Thom Yorke, the frontman of Radiohead, perform live next weekend! To celebrate that, here is a video of him playing a beautiful solo piano version of his Atoms for Peace song.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Music Monday 48

It's probably criminal how long I've been making these posts without featuring one of the best electronic artists of all time! This is a "live" mashup of two tracks from Discovery, which is the album that introduced me to Daft Punk.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Music Monday 47

Blank Banshee transcends the vaporwave genre, mixing nostalgic samples with elements of trap and EDM. His albums create little stories when listened to in track order, so if you like this song I encourage you to explore his discography.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Music Monday 46

I found Starcadian when the artist posted this music video claiming it was made with only $200 and an old cockpit. The music and visuals impressed me so much that I instantly became a fan. Like some of my other favorite artists, Starcadian's albums contain stories that reveal only a fragment of a larger universe. I'm definitely looking forward to exploring more of his lore (and music).

Monday, August 26, 2019

Music Monday 44

This past weekend I saw a girl wearing a Sonic Youth t-shirt and it reminded me that I need to pay my respect to this influential band.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

Music Monday 41

Continuing with last week's theme of honesty toward oneself, I cannot think of a song that puts it as clearly and as simply as this one.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Music Monday 40

Linkin Park writes songs that have deeply personal lyrics and melodies that mirror the feelings conveyed. I think the emotional honesty behind their songs is the reason they are so successful. While others may remember this band as edgy nu-metal from middle school, I celebrate them as the empathetic poet-musicians they are. This week’s song contains a powerful idea: that the truest way to know yourself is to accomplish a goal on your own.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Music Monday 39

Remember when the internet was a much smaller place? This was one of my very first "memes" -- if you can call Flash animation fads that. Almost 20 years later, I'd say the hit single of Group X's debut album still holds up!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

Music Monday 36

Happy July! Al Bairre released just one EP and a handful of singles before disbanding, but I love them anyway. The band members have great character (just watch their other music videos) and their songs are catchy and energetic.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Music Monday 35

I've got another cover this week, thanks to my friend Eric who shared this a while back. This band also has a couple of Tool covers, which are equally excellent!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Music Monday 34

Consider this week's post as an honorable mention since I'm not a huge Weezer fan nor do I know any other songs by a-ha. I do enjoy this particular song though, and I really think the music video does it justice as a nostalgic homage.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Music Monday 33

Tacocat is a true Seattle band. I've described them as feminist-punk because although their music may be pop in flavor, it's punk in spirit. And that's what matters, because rebellion happens in the mind.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Music Monday 32

This week we take one last stop in the UK to visit The Fratellis, another band with a great first album. Costello Music is packed with non-stop, upbeat music and each song presents a (sometimes flawed, usually fun) character. You won't be able to resist dancing or singing along.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Music Monday 31

We continue on in the UK this week with Bloc Party. Their first album, Silent Alarm, is a stellar example of how to write an album that is thematic and cohesive yet not overly repetitive. This passionate album touches on relationships, sex, culture, politics and existentialism and does so in a poetic way that makes you feel like each song is a slice of someone's life.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Music Monday 30

Changing pace (and continents) a bit, this week I'm sharing a catchy song from Arctic Monkey's second album. With clever lyrics and a great British indie rock sound, it's easy to get into their music.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Music Monday 29

Continuing from last week's genre of nerdcore music, albeit with a different theme, comes a song about hacking and the complete futility of computer security. This particular track was featured on the DEF CON XX compilation album!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Music Monday 28

The year is 2006, you're fifteen years old, and you've just installed your first BitTorrent client. While perusing The Pirate Bay to download your first 320kbps full-album rip, a thought crosses your mind: "what if I never had to pay to see a movie?" That's when you discovered aXXo, and life was never the same again. This song, released on FSR's only full-length album, accurately captures the ethos of a young internet pirate.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Music Monday 27

Sometimes you just want to dress in all black and slam in the pit, fantastic. (Did you know a piano could rock?)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Music Monday 26

This band makes cool psychedelic music with weird key and time signatures, unconventional rock instruments, two(!) drummers, and has released more albums than you have toes (I hope).

Monday, April 15, 2019

Music Monday 25

"So we jumped up on the table and shouted ANARCHY!!" This is one of the quintessential punk rock songs with covers by MxPx, Streetlight Manifesto, Diesel Boy, Philly Boy Roy, Jay Green (acoustic) and others I'm sure.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

Music Monday 23

Yet another amazing KEXP live studio recording - this time by Spoon! I think it's great how this band has evolved their style over time while still retaining their signature sound.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Music Monday 22

My freshman year of college, Citizen Cope played a free (for students) show on the field outside my dorm. I had no idea who he was but I went anyway and had a good time! I know it's not the typical rock music I tend to post, but his songs tell a soulful story and are catchy too.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

Music Monday 21

Is there a word for "nostalgia for something that never happened to you"? As a kid I was pretty straight-and-narrow, definitely not the cool punk sk8r you'd think would be into this kind of music, yet I still have this sense of nostalgia for the blink-182 albums of my childhood.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Music Monday 20

Architects of Fear is an obscure band from the north half of Florida, and I'm pretty sure they were the first band I've ever seen perform live (I believe it was my friend Nate's 21st birthday at the Atlantic). I didn't know who they were at the time, but I loved the music and for $5 cash I bought a copy of their home-made EP. Many years later I found out they released their one and only album which included the EP's songs. You may need to have used a land-line phone in order to understand some of the lyrics.

Sadly there is no video this time, just a link to the song.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Music Monday 19

Has life’s veritable cornucopia of endless activity got you down? Well then I’ve got news for you! Try not doing shit! Really, take the day off and don’t do shit. 50% of the time it works every time! If you don’t believe me, just listen to this song...

Monday, February 25, 2019

Music Monday 18

My friend Brandon described this classic ska song to me as a warm sunny day (it's the trumpets), and I have to completely agree. If this song doesn't make you get up get up get upppp (and want to play THPS), then I don't know what will.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Music Monday 17

I knew I had become a truly 1337 haxx0r when I finally understood every programming reference in this song. Mad props to you if you do too. I remember singing along to Monzy back in high school with my friend Josh while we drove around our neighborhood.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Music Monday 14

I found out about 'she music' (Lain Volta Trzaska) when I heard a dubstep remix of Coloris (you know, back when dubstep was a thing). When I listened to the original I instantly became a fan. While this is my favorite single, my favorite album is "Electric Girl", which I recommend you listen to if you like this track.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Laser Radiohead @ The Pacific Science Center

I Might Be Wrong, but Radiohead makes for the best laser light show. It was well worth the Dollars and Cents - No Surprises there. I was Lucky to have been able to see it!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Music Monday 13

I first found the Wombats on the same indie mix as last week's song, and years later recognized the band name when looking at a list of Seattle-area concerts. They were the first show I ever went to by myself and it was so much fun.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Music Monday 12

I love songs with male-female duet vocals. I first heard an early version of this song from an online indie rock playlist, and getting the actual album was hard since this band basically disappeared off the face of the earth after releasing it. If you want a copy, I'll gladly share it, because it's a shame they didn't get more attention. (Also, sorry for the poor video quality. This was the best I could find. Here's a link with much better audio.)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Music Monday 11

Third Eye Blind is one of those bands where the tone and melody can be deceptively pop-y compared to the lyrics. How a song about doing crystal meth got played on the radio will remain a mystery of the 90s... 😉