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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