Music

The Parlour Suite

The Parlour Suite sent me an email to tell me about their new album Everyone’s Looking which is dropping this coming weekend. i can’t tell you how flattered i am to be approached by talented people making good music.

The Parlour Suite is the surf-pop project, formed by Mpls (Minneapolis) husband-wife team, Joel and Inga Roberts, and supported on drums by Joshua Perez. The stories in the album are reflective of the cityscapes & sun soaked beaches that our tours have brought us to. Skateboarding on the boardwalk in Venice Beach & flipping thru CD’s at Earwax Records in Brooklyn. The songs are a bit of an escape from the winters in Mpls. We are set to hit the road with the album in April… bringing the songs back to the cities & places that are woven throughout the record.

a lovely album to listen to on a spring day – since the northern hemisphere is starting to thaw and flowers are beginning to bloom… i’m sure you guys are going to enjoy this. listen to it here or press play below.

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Beatenberg

couldn’t find a great pic of them so i just made this up

continuing with my music sharing, i thought i’d introduce you to Beatenberg – a band from good ol’ Cape Town, South Africa. if you’re a local you have probably heard of these guys and may have been lucky enough to see them live. if you are one of my international readers perhaps you haven’t heard of them, in which case – enjoy. if you’re into a paul simonesque / vampire weekendy / john mayerish (minus the douchebaginess) sorta sound then this is for you.

check out Beatenberg on soundcloud, twitter, facebookyoutube and buy their album Farm Photos too.

[for those of you reading via RSS there are some tunes embedded below. click through to listen]

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Decorated Playlists

okay, it’s official, i have found my favourite website in the world. Simon Foster is a designer and former DJ who has rolled his love of design and music into the magically epic Decorated Playlists. i have already made my way through Run For Cover Part One and Part Two featuring cover songs 99% of which i didn’t even know existed. not only is the music selection superb (and highly educational) – the site is an absolute dream to use.

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Kiki Dee

i admittedly don’t know anything about kiki dee apart from the fact that she makes up the other half in elton john’s fabulous don’t go breaking my heart. yep, fabulous. i’m unsure how to explain why this was happening in the first place… but today i was going down a weird rabbit hole of elton john image search results in google (some of which are horrifying by the way) and happened upon these press photos of miss dee looking like a fox.

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This is not a music mix

in lieu of the fact that the music mixes are currently on hiatus i thought it would be a good idea to share some tunes with you that have been making my happy lately. nothing new here though, folks. i’ve only been entertaining the oldies.

PS: i can’t believe i haven’t included a Queen track in any of the mixes yet. i loved Queen so much growing up that my best friend and i staged a musical performing our favourite songs to our parents… i think they loved it (or they were just being really polite). you’re my best friend is a particular favourite because i always used to sing along to it in my mom’s car (it was the only cassette tape she had in there) and whenever it comes on now i feel like a 10 year old again.

elton john is another one of those dudes whose music makes me so happy, even though so many of his songs are rather bittersweet. the fact that i can sing along to them at the top of my voice probably does it for me.

(love how he dances at 1:10)

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Leann Grimes

i included a track by leann grimes in the through the jungle mix, but i want to urge you guys to go to his site and get the entire album (it’s free). leanne grimes is shane conerty, a 24 year old dude from north carolina –

this album was inspired by music blogs. and it was made to show my appreciation for them. each track on the record features a sample of an indie band i have found specifically on a music blog in the recent past. the tracks are humble arrangements of bands that i really enjoy and it’s my hope that people that enjoy this album will seek out the bands i’ve sampled and support them as well.

that’s really all you need to know! oh and that i have it on repeat. here’s his take on mrs cold by kings of convenience:

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