a simpler sound.

New Music Mixtape: August.

I'm just sneaking a mix in before the monthly deadline.  I had a harder this month [I also was a little low in my usual iTunes funds- I squandered away my iTunes savings on an entire season of Parks & Rec because I couldn't wait until it came out on Netflix, and I needed my Ron Swanson fix], but there are some great songs on here.  Enjoy. 

[FYI: I'm running all over the place today, so I'm holding off on adding in band links until later- but Google makes all of that a little unnecessary anyhow]

1. V.A.L.I.S. - Bloc Party
This album is a bit of a mix bag- not your usual Bloc, but this track stays pretty true to their sound.

2. Rivertown Blues - Yellowcard
Now talk about throwbacks; this song brought me right back to the old Yellowcard I loved so much in high school- super fast drums, with the faint beauty of that fiddle in the background- such nostalgia for this one.

3. Would That Not Be Nice - Divine Fits
This new collaboration has members from Spoon and Wolf Parade, among others.  The Supergroups just keep forming- something akin to the Avengers of Indie Alternative music.  I'd see them live for sure.

4. The a Team [Live] - Birdy [Ed Sheerhan cover]
It's not news that I absolutely adore this girl's voice and work on the piano.  I'm actually learning a few of her piano renditions right now. When I was a kid, all I knew were Disney songs [I can still play A Whole New World and Can You Feel The Love Tonight? THAT'S RIGHT.]

5. Keep on Swinging - Rival Sons
They've got some serious rock in them.  I get a mix of The Black Keys and a little bit of Led Zeppelin.   Love love love that riffing on the guitar.

6. Family - The Cast of Cheers
I heard this song on Pandora, and literally could not get it of my head.  It's ferociously catchy and fast, so I had to have it. 

7. Cut It Out - Kitten 
I love the light, breathy quality of this song and the lead singer's voice.  The drums give it this 80s ballad sound and remind me of this really specific song from that era, and I can't put my finger on it.  It's driving me a little crazy, but I'll figure it out eventually.

8. World's End - Army Navy
This has such an oldies vibe to it.  My youngest years were spent listening to this era of music [that and Madonna...] so even though this sort of sound is so simple, it holds a really special place in my heart.

9. Downwind - Sean Rowe
This man has such a booming, deep voice that's really addictive. This song also has that old surfer guitar sound that I love. It's like a sexy version of Sheb Wooley's Purple People Eater [that may sound completely nuts, but think what you will].

10. Dementia - Owl City ft. Mark Hoppus
I actually heard this song on Pandora and thought it was a new departure of Blink 182.  I had no idea it was Owl City. I thought, well Blink is going a little more pop, a little less punk, but I don't hate it.  And then I found out the truth.  And I wasn't all that upset about it.  Heck, I can't help but love that Carley Rae Jepsen duet he does, so why not like a collaboration with Blink? 

11. Fading Listening - Shiny Toy Guns
This song has an odd mixture of dance music mixed with Fleetwood Mac.  It's kind of perfect in that way.  Some of the male vocals remind me of M83 a bit, so overall it's a great mixture of sounds.

Leaving on a Jetplane.

I'm so fortunate I get to travel on a fairly frequent basis.  Whether it's for work, or to visit friends, or just to get out of Atlanta for a little while [and on occasion off to anther country!], I'll use any excuse to go on a trip. 

Today, as you read this, I'm either on my way to Aruba [yes, the tropical, Caribbean island!] or I've just arrived there.  I'm off on a girls trip for a few days, where all I plan to do is lay on this very beach [yes, our hotel has its own private island that supposedly has pink flamingos wandering around on it- this BETTER be true, or else I want my money back!]. 

Hopefully I'll get to write some posts from Aruba, though I'm not sure what the wifi situation is like there. It's certainly not free in the hotel room [why is it that only Howard Johnsons and Holiday Inns give out free wifi these days? Seriously, if I'm paying for a higher end hotel- at least give me this ONE amenity! Rant done].

So just in case you don't hear from me for a few days, check out this mix I made.  Yes, it's entirely flight-related.  Some songs are great and I actually like listening to when flying, others not so much, but it's a decent mix.  I'm also working on my beach mix [which involves a lot of Friendly Fires and Bob Marley].

Very shortly after returning from Aruba, I actually make my way to the opposite side of the world [and more importantly, to a drastically different climate] to Alaska.  There will be lots of hiking, white water rafting, [summer] dog sledding, salmon fishing [no, not in the Yemen], bear hunting [not to kill, just to see in the wild!], and so forth.  I need to rest up on the beach, since I'll be very busy in Alaska.  The sun will actually never set when I'm up there, so I'll get to cram lots of nature in one trip.  Can't wait!

Safe travels this summer!

The Flying Mix.

1. Leaving on a Jet Plane - Chantal Kreviazuk
2. Wheels - Foo Fighters
3. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
4. Airplanes - B.o.B.
5. Air Traffic Control - Jets to Brazil
6. A Quick Little Flight - Armor for Sleep
7. One Flight One Flame - The Sleeping
8. Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band
9. Hawaiian Air - Friendly Fires
10. Air Traffic - Owl City
11. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
12. On My Way Back Home - Band of Horses