Check Out Our New Webite

October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm (Music)

We’re officially on the web! Check out DecibelBlog.com for articles, playlists, and more!

~ C.H.

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Groove to the Melody of Melody

February 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm (Jazz, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , )

There is a time and place for relaxing acoustically styled jazz, and Melody has hit the proverbial nail on the head. Featuring female singer, Melody Gardot, Melody matches the seductive quality of other jazz female vocalists such as Norah Jones. If the lighting is dim, Melody adds the perfect touch for dinner, late night studying, or what ever else you might think of.

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Music Links on the Web: Our Very First Music Carnival

February 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Carnival, Music, rock) (, , , , )

Welcome to the February 6, 2009 edition of everything about music. This is our very first carnival, so we’re excited to share some of our favorite websites to catch up on the latest music. Many thanks to all of those who submitted articles.

Heather Johnson presents a huge list of some of the best places on the web to read about music. Check out her article featuring the Top 100 Musicology Blogs posted at Distance Learning Net

Carrie tackles the challenge of organizing a growing song library. Learn more at www.applexo.com: Managing a large music library on a small iPod posted at www.applexo.com.

Adam Zuckerman offers an in-depth look at Daedelus posted at Jay Zuck’s Sketch of the Day, saying, “Daedelus is an experimental musician whose music embodies a kind of Mad Hatter spirit if the Mad Hatter went to the future and brought back some instruments to share with us. I briefly review his music and even had occasion to design a typographical logo for him.”

Submit your blog article to the next edition of discover new music and playlists using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

~ C.H. & E.L.

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Top 5 Depressing Songs: The Start of a Series

February 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm (Music) (, , , , , )

As interesting as our taste in music is, we love finding new music just as much as you love reading about it. And so, this is the start of a series of top 5 articles. I will pick a topic like… “Top 5 Depressing Songs” I will write my top 5 depressing songs, and then hopefully you all will comment with your choices. Feel free to argue, scold, or praise my work. Just offer your own opinion and it’ll be interesting to see what we get. So here we go, my top 5 depressing songs. Songs that make you cry, songs that counteract antidepressants, goth and emo kid anthems. Enjoy.

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New and Noteworthy

February 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm (Acoustic, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

I always love when I rummage through the great melting pot that is music and stumble upon something promising. It you listen to a song you can pick out the various influences (yes, even classical traits exist in modern music). Sometimes the mix can be rather unfortunate, like the way Thy Symphony combined opera vocals with metal. Oops! On the other hand, it can be amazingly pleasing. Ryan Calhoun, an unsigned artist based out of L.A. is a prime example.

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Jon Foreman, Something for Everyone

February 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm (Acoustic, Folk, Music) (, , , , , , , , )

Jon Foreman’s MySpace Page

With a vocal quality similar to Dave Matthews or Isaac Slade (the lead singer from the The Fray), Jon Foreman’s music has acoustical drive with folk undertones. He is an artist who truly loves his music and isn’t affected by the modern music industry. I admire Jon Foreman for his strong connection to music:

“I’m so thankful that these songs still mean so much to me. In fact, I am perhaps more drawn to music than ever… Lately music has been my compass: it’s neither the map, nor the road but a steady constant that can help me make sense of the both.”

Most of his songs are quiet and relaxing. They tend to be focused on sadness and have mellow chord progressions, often including an acoustical guitar. However, his tunes aren’t monotonous or over-simplistic. Listening to Foreman can ease you through a painful experience or, at the very least, comfort you during a stressful time.

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Endless Sporadic, Where Is Their Label?

February 1, 2009 at 12:35 am (Metal, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Despite having been featured in both Guitar Hero III and Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, An Endless Sporadic remains unsigned. Their music features metal structure and chord progressions, yet utilizes clean and innovative melodies. Their songs are not predominately heavy, but still offer those with long enough hair an opportunity to do some head-banging. If you can’t master Impulse, their hit from Guitar Hero III, on expert, I still recommend you give An Endless Sporadic a listen. Even those who steer clear of metal might be pleasantly surprised.

~ C.H.

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A Tragic Romance

January 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm (Music) (, , , )

You step out into the rain. You turn to ask for forgiveness but she slams the door in your face. After all you’ve done for her? And she just throws you to the curb like that? You’re overcome with sadness. You get into your car and sob, like a girly puppy. This playlist is for all of those moments… Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Listen. And You Thought You Knew….

January 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm (Music) (, , , )

Artists put themselves through hell to produce music for you. And how to you return the favor? Listening to their blood, sweat, and tears while talking on the phone and doing work? I think not. By listening to music correctly, one can appreciate all the work that the artist has put into the music, and enjoy it more.

There are two ideal situations for listening to music.

-Solitary Transportation
-Quiet room + headphones

Solitary transportation. How sad. But what a perfect opportunity for deep listening! When you’re driving, or flying, or biking, this is when you will receive maximum pleasure from your music. The car radio is a great way to not only discover new music, but to listen to it and appreciate it. On the contrary, blasting “Don’t Stop Me Now” in your car and singing along with a bunch of friends is a good time, but also provides no deep-listening pleasure. So, take a lonely drive, and pump some tunes.
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Rishloo, a New Discovery

January 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Alternative, Metal, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

courtesy of www.myspace.com/rishlooband It’s starts off quiet. Sure, it sounds like it might be a slow song, but suddenly it heads somewhere else. Freaks and Animals, a song by Washington based band, Rishloo, begins with a spacey guitar line but segues into an alternative rock head-banger. What is a Rishloo? I’m not quite sure, but one thing is for certain: they are successfully writing original music. Already they have two albums available: Eidolon (2007) and Terras Fames (2004). I’m not entirely sure what either of their album titles mean either.

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Playlistism: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Playlists that Don’t Suck.

January 26, 2009 at 7:12 pm (Music) (, , )

A good playlist is more than just a list of songs slapped together on the go. A good playlist says something, expresses a mood, or even shows some personality. In my experience, there are 3 types of playlists…

-Petty Playlists
-Mood Playlists
-Personal Playlists

Petty playlists are playlists that are designed to satisfy your musical appetite right now. For example, if you’ve just bought a bunch of new music and want to take it for a test drive, you put it in a petty playlist. Mood playlists are the hardest to master, and what I will teach you to make today. And finally, Read the rest of this entry »

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Liz Golden, Another Talented Member of the Golden Family

January 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm (Acoustic, Folk, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/lizgoldenmusic The Golden family must be doing something right. Not only is Josh Golden a talented musician at age 14, but his sister, Liz Golden, age 17 is working on an her own EP as well. We’ll focus on Liz for now. She offers acoustically styled music with folk and country influences, both prevalent in the vocal style and harmonization choices. I’m blown away by her talent. Born in 1991, she sounds like a twenty-something year old artist. And of course my favorite part about her: she writes her own music.

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Thy Symphony Offers Something Weird

January 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm (Metal, Music) (, , , , )

I checked my e-mail. A friend request from Thy Symphony, an open invitation to check out a new band. I’ll give any group the benefit of the doubt. I’ll listen to more than just one song knowing full well that everything a band has to offer cannot be summed up in a single. As a musician myself I’m not over-critical. I know how much dedication music takes, the difficulty of writing a song, and the nearly impossible journey of making it in the music industry.

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Simply Epic

January 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm (Music, Playlist) (, )

You hear thunder in the distance as the dust over the horizon settles. In front of you stands an army of 1000 men strong. You, on the other hand, are surrounded by 10 of your closest warrior-colleagues. As the army of 1000 charges at you, yelling. You calmly mutter “we die with honor.” Louder you shout “TO BATTLE!” You and your 10 compadres charge forward. Hopeless. Your swords clash as you hear grueling cries of your enemy dieing around you… For battles and times like these, I present 15 songs that are simply epic. 15 songs to get pumped to, 15 songs to slay enemies to, 15 songs that are, in every aspect, epic….

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A Little Ray of Sunshine

January 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm (Music) (, , , , , , , )

You’re on the west coast chillin with some surfer bras. The homie on your right has a retro boom box. He pops in his mix tape, and it sucks, badly…. Bummer right? For tragic times like these, I give you 10 upbeat alternative songs for summer fun or just as a way to lift your spirits. Enjoy….

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