Tip for modern adulterers: If you’re planning to cheat on your wife of 10 years by awkwardly hitting on the model seated next to you on your flight out of Los Angeles, make sure she isn’t live-tweeting the entire miserable experience to her 13,000 followers;
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it’s been spring for a few weeks now, but i was busy marinating on these tunes and needed to make sure they were good enough to make the cut, so i took a little time. but they are ready to go!
spring is a great time in denver. you’ve made it thru the cold, bitter winter, you’re breathlessly waiting for the sunshine and the warm air (unless you’re a snowboard junky and you want snow year-round, in which case you should probably move to alaska or canadia or something. and no, i didn’t spell canadia wrong), and the colors start making their way back into life. people start going outside into the parks and mountains again, the patios start opening up at the downtown bars, the Rockies baseball games are now in full swing (hah! get it?! ugh.)… it’s impossible to stay inside in denver once it warms up.
which is why the Spring playlist is so vital. you need songs that get your blood pumping and make you want to dance! and dance we shall, i hope you are ready.
1. Delta Spirit -> ”Tellin the Mind”
these guys are becoming a go-to for me these days. i actually went to high school with ‘em and jammed gee-tars with kelly a couple of times way back in the day. now all they do is write great songs. this one included.
2. Beautiful Small Machines -> “Paper Planes”
i always throw 1 cover on the mix, and this was the winner this time around. i’ll be honest: it’s a damn shame that this song is “paper planes.” seriously, i love this song, i hate MIA’s song - only because i’ve heard it a quadzillion +1 times - but this seriously sounds like a completely new song. i dont know anything about this band, but they did a good job of reinventing the song.
3. Reptar -> “Stuck in my id”
another thing i do with these things is put my favorite in the 3 spot. must be my baseball childhood. anyway, this band may end up being my favorite band in 2012 if they keep releasing songs like this. seriously, i can’t stop listening. it’s getting annoying.
4. Walk the Moon -> “Tightrope”
from Cincinatti, Ohio, these guys have done pretty well for themselves the last few months, including a strong showing at SXSW. wait for the drummer pounding the toms near the end of the song. love it.
5. Thin White Duke/Katy Perry -> “Part of Me”
yes, you read that right. i just included a katy perry song in my playlist. but i couldn’t help it. it’s a remix from big producer & DJ Jacques Lu Conte (Thin White Duke), and if you watch ESPN at all, this is the song that Reebok is using for their new ad campaign. that bass line just works.
6. Gramatik -> “Talkbox Intended”
let there be funk. seriously i dare you not to dance. this jam had me bouncing within 5 seconds. i’m breakin all sorts of rules for myself here. 1st i post a katy perry song, and then i move straight to a “dubstep” song. i really am not a huge fan of dubstep, but i am not so prejudicial as to think that genre lines are drawn so easily. this song qualifies as “dubstep” on a technicality. it’s really just funk with a talkbox. but hot damn! does it sound good! GET FUNKY FRESH!
7. Mark Foster, A-Trak, Kimbra -> “Warrior”
alright so this song sounds like it was rejected from Foster the People, but i can’t resist it. i love kimbra that much, and this beat just thumps! check out the video:
8. The Temper Trap -> ”I Need Your Love”
that’s right, i just followed a lucha libre music video with a karate kid music video. i. am. awesome.
9. Xylos -> Summerlong
great new band from New York. great relaxed vibe.
10. Alabama Shakes -> ”Hold On”
i’m not really going to write much about these guys, mainly because they run the risk of being victim of the hype machine. i just like this song.
11. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros -> “That’s What’s up”
yes, they have returned as well! and not much has changed, in a good way. just classic tunes, solid songwriting, and fun melodies. makes you wanna drink some whiskey and dance with the pretty face next to you at the show!
12. Jai Paul -> “Jasmine”
the “sexy” track on the playlist. Jai Paul seems to piss off his fans because he writes awesome songs like this, and then he disappears for a year.
13. MitiS -> “Brings Renewal”
"Lovestep." that’s what they’re calling this. haha. ridiculous. but i do like this song.
14. Sigur Ros -> “Ekki Mukk”
yes. they are back. had to end the list with this song. i know it’s MUCH slower than the others, but i just can’t help it. apparently they will be releasing a new album later this spring, which i wasn’t aware of, but i am very excited for!
so that’s it! enjoy the songs, support the artists, go to their shows (i’ve got tickets to many of these artists when they come thru denver, let me know if you are going too), and enjoy your spring. i guess this only leaves 2 things left to do: post an obligatory pic of john cusack and a link to the zip file:
Miq’s Spring 2012 Jams! <- click for the zip file
very seriously considering going this route with my bike rather than a new paint job…
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so i haven’t been posting any additional thoughts on new zealand lately, and that’s largely due to a) i’ve been swamped with catch-up work at my job and b) i’ve been hustling to get this video finished.
if you want to know what new zealand looks like, i really do think this video does a good job of capturing how quickly the scenery changes, and how gorgeous it really is out there.
new zealand made me feel like a kid again. and that’s a feeling i’m always trying to get back to again.
almost got a little emotional watching this. thanks for the share.
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