The Streets

Anyone know what happend to The Streets (Mike Skinner)? They’re/he’s one of my favorite artists and last year was fantastic, he updated his twitter daily and posted free songs weekly but now, he hasn’t tweeted since March 8th and his site hasn’t been updated in close to a year! Where are you Mike?

Dance, Dance, Dance

A couple of days ago, I downloaded the Pitchfork Top 100 tracks of 2008 and I’ve fallen in love with Lykke Li‘s Dance, Dance, Dance. I really like how calming the song is and although I wouldn’t really classify this as music I’d normally dance to, I find it a little hypnotic and it makes me move just a little bit. It makes me really happy too, especially on such a beautiful summer day.

This American Life: Live!

Tonight, I finally got to see the live episode of the NPR radio show This American Life. And although the show was pricey, it was well worth it.

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I was first introduced, and ultimately hooked to the show a couple of months ago, by my friend, Anna. It ranks up there for me with The Vinyl Cafe and WireTap as some of my favorite listenings.

I always find it weird to see radio personalities in the flesh when all you know them by is their voice. You create an image of them in your head and it takes a while once you see them talking to break that. I remember the first time this happened to me is when I first saw a picture of Rick Cluff, the host of CBC’s “The Early Edition”, which was played each morning in my kitchen before school. The sensation is sort of like finding out something about someone that you have a bond with, something that changes the way you think about them, nothing so heavy that you don’t like them anymore, but something, just enough to maybe alter your relationship a bit.

Here’s a clip from the show, a little cartoon that featured: Quimby The Mouse

Yann

Last night was a night I had been looking forward to for some time. Last night I got to go see another one of my favorite musical acts: Yann Tiersen.

For those of you who may not know of him, he composed and performed the soundtracks to Amélie and Good Bye Lenin! Both of those soundtracks were heavy on piano, and the Amélie soundtrack used a lot of violin and accordion. So I was a little upset when he didn’t play anything remotely close to what made me go see him in the first place. To be fair, there was one violin solo that he played, and that was pretty good.

The highlight of the show for me was watching the bassist, who appeared to be in need of an exorcism, really get into one song and in the process, knock over his microphone. The ensuing attempt by the stage hand to put the mic back up was pretty funny, with the bassist nearly body checking the stage hand into the crowd.

The show, overall was alright, but I was just disappointed that he didn’t play anything that made want to go see him in the first place. Here’s a clip anyway.

Trust Me

One of my favorite music acts is the British rap singer Mike Skinner aka The Streets.  I have been following Mike on Twitter for a while now, and last week he posted three free tracks. My favorite has been Trust Me (Free download here).

It’s M.A.G.I.C!

I love finding new music and then passing that song on to other people to enjoy.  The current song-du-jour is M.A.G.I.C. by The Sound of Arrows.  The song is similar to Justice’s D.A.N.C.E. for it’s chorus of children sing/spelling, but I have it on repeat because it’s so upbeat and cheerful. Listen to it and tell me you’re still unhappy after hearing it!

Download it here

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