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So we have come to an end of the first month in a new decade… Since you probably don’t have as much “free time” as we do, we went ahead and made a list of the best tracks for this month, if you haven’t heard some of the songs on this list we suggest you do so, right now, you are missing out on a lot… Read More

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“The W.A.N.D.” by The Flaming Lips

This video has it all. A sexy librarian roller-skating? Check. A girl watching TV in her undies? Check. The Flaming Lips playing while thousands of rubber balls are falling and bouncing around them? Check. Are we forgetting something? Oh yeah! Two chicks pillow fighting? Check! This is a recipe fore an awesome chaotic music video that could only be brought to life by a band as fun as The Flaming Lips!

“12:51” by The Strokes

Directed by Roman Coppola (son of 5-time Academy Award winning director, Francis Ford Coppola) 12:51 is visually inspired by the 80’s movie Tron. If you ever saw that movie you would know that this video is one of the best tributes ever done of that film, Coppola managed to capture the same atmospheric feel perfectly. He even set the band on an 8-bit tank! How cool is that? This is a retrofuturistic dive into an amazing world. If you like it a sequel to the movie is set to be released later this year.

“At the Bottom of Everything” by Bright Eyes

The video starts out with Conor Oberst (lead singer of the band) telling the story of a plane that has mechanical failures. As the plane goes down and the music starts we can see how the passengers spend their last moments in this world by downing cocktails, shamelessly making out and singing along to the lyrics. Outside the plane we can see anthropomorphic clouds playing around with planes and lunging them towards the sea where they explode in some polka dot extravaganza. Visualy this video reminded me of Michel Gondry’s videos, it is playful, funny and a bit childish but very cool none the less.

“Elephant Gun” by Beirut

Through the use of some great choreography, awesome imagery and superb editing this video, directed by Alma Har’el, manages to give an excellent support to an already excellent song. For anyone it would be difficult to translate Beirut’s sound to film but in this video it is done with affinity seldomly seen anywhere else.

The lineup’s been announced; we here at lowLightshighVolume are dying to go to this years Coachella Festival @ Indio, California, from April 16 to April 18 we will experience music in the making. From bands that brought us the best songs of 2009 to the bands that will present us with their best material, winning us over, to land on our top tracks for the 2010…. Yes we are very anxious… So instead of wondering what to expect, we hope the playlists we will provide you with, will give all of those who have not made up their mind about going, make YOU want to go so badly that you’ll forget you ever doubted it… We will be providing you with playlists according to the mood that surrounds a song, so this way, YOU can relate with the extraordinary work of various artists… Enjoy

For all of those who like music that INSPIRES this is your playlist:

  • “Fluorescent Half Dome” by Dirty Projectors
  • “Cosmic Love” by Florence + The Machine
  • “In This City” by Iglu & Hartly
  • “Someone Great” by LCD Soundsystem
  • “Airplanes” by Local Natives
  • “Daylight” by Matt & Kim
  • “The Youth” by MGMT
  • “Burial” by Miike Snow
  • “1901” by Phoenix
  • “Oh, La” by Ra Ra Riot
  • “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap
  • “Hearing Damage” by Thom Yorke
  • “Taxi Cab” by Vampire Weekend
  • “Courage” by The Whitest Boy Alive
  • “Islands” by The XX

Digging in my folks’ old record Collection I have come to find some treasures. I owe my parents my love for bands like Pink Floyd, Deep Purple or The Doors. If it weren’t for them I probably never would have listened to those bands or found an appreciation for those classic bands and albums that continue to influence music to this very day.

Today I would like to share with you some understated gems I have found in my immersion inside my parents music ideal for a lazy weekend afternoon.

The first song I recommend is “Free Ride” by Nick Drake from his last album, before his untimely death, Pink Moon. Throughout this album you can hear Nick’s haunting voice over his acoustic guitar, this combination gives the album a kind of naked, raw feeling. You can hear Nick’s vulnerability come out in this album and more so in this song, asking if someone will give him a free ride. Nick Drake’s melancholic sound and beautiful lyrics have mesmerized me for years and I was instantly reminded of him the first time I listened to Swedish Indie-Folk singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez.

Secondly I recommend Pink Floyd’s “If”, from the album Atom Heart Mother. I find it hard to place If inside Pink Floyd’s bulk of work, If is probably Floyd at its simplest and it stands out for its folky, even pastoral sound. The lyrics follow a very common introspective theme found in many of their songs, they are sung by Roger Waters in his calm, paced and even hushed voice. David Gilmour’s guitar fades into the background in this track and adds some depth into the mix.

I hope you enjoyed this post, it is a bit different from other posts in this blog but I hope it can bring a bit of diversity into the mix. Please let me know what you think of the post and these songs…

imagine a group that is in constant change creating music that never redoes itself, were each record and track you play is completely different from the previous or next one but still gives off the same “feeling”, were everything is different and at the same time, nothing changes, were there are so many sounds and rhythms and styles that it is impossible to classify by genre but still create perfect harmonies, and above all create genius music that is inevitable to hear… that is “Animal Collective”

pretty much everyone recognises this name wether you love them or hate them (i’ve actually never met anyone who does hate them) you know who they are. they have influenced countless artist and redecorated the music scene since they’re release of “merriwether post pavilion”. they’re earlier work is quite good including animal crack box and strawberry jam, which includes one of our personal favorites, “for reverend green”, which transmits a powerful sentiment and force that cause a mixture of feelings. animal collective is basically based on constant change and creativeness while still remaining true to themselves which is a grand accomplishment once money is invloved as you have probably seen in many groups these days

their music is one of a kind and the only description we have managed to come up with is simply:                                                                Animal Collective……

be sure to check out their new EP “Fall be Kind” and come back soon as we will (try) attempt to review this album, we leave you with “what would i want? sky” by Animal Collective … enjoy..

CHEERS

sometimes music videos help make a song unforgettable. these are some videos that have introduced us to bands that we like for the way they complement their music…

let us kick off with Bat for Lashes with “what’s a girl to do”(recently touring with Coldplay, playing in Mexico the 6 of March). this video reminded us of the movie Donnie Darko. It’s kinda creepy and very well made.

secondly we present to you Ok Go with “here it goes again”, one of the cleverest, funniest music videos, it’s impossible not to wander how many times the band had to practice the routine before getting it 100% right

on a bit happier note we have Empire of the Sun with “we are the people” (Australian duo you might recognize from their hit song “walking on a dream”). this video was shot in different places in Mexico including the incredible gardens of Las Posas.

the next two videos are directed by Ray Tintoro (hailed by legendary music video director Spike Jonze as “the next Spike Jonze”). the first one is “evident utensil” by Chairlift. this is one cool acid-trip of a video, confusing and weird but always fun.

lastly we give to you “kids” by MGMT. directed by Tintoro as well, the video shows a toddler who sees everyone as scary monsters. a bit surreal but very cool none the less.

hope you enjoy these videos, remember to let us know what you think…..