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Vicereine Radio Episode 2

March 29, 2010

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Vicereine Radio returns with a doubled-up episode: double the flavor, double the fun, and quadruple the grooves. Click the image above to listen, right-click to save, alternate link here

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Vicereine Radio launches

March 11, 2010

EJ and I have been talking about dabbling in the podcasting (or as I would term it now, blogcasting.. ooh, look at me go) and we finally did one!! You can tune in at our blog, Vicereine Radio, and listen to cool tunes and us talking about these cool tunes.

Hope you like it!! We are just getting started so hopefully we will get better, haha.

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(You can also listen directly by clicking the image above)

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Wassail Wednesdays: Volume 3

December 23, 2009

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Well, here we are for our third and final installment of Wassail Wednesdays. Christmas is drawing near, ever so near! The time for last-minute shopping and wrapping is at hand, so allow these tunes to both sooth and invigorate you in these trying yuletimes.

Cornelius – Silent Snow Stream

Cornelius is kind of like the Beck of Japan, and he’s  put out a lot of truly fantastic material over the years. This song hails from his first album, The First Question Award, which I think is probably his most accessible, and probably my favorite (so far). It has a really groovy and unique retro kind of 70s-lounge sound, and almost every song is amazing. I highly recommend it!

The Raveonettes – Come On Santa

Admittedly, I haven’t listened to the Danish shoegaze-alt rock duo the Raveonettes all that much, but I did snag their Christmas EP, Wishing You a Rave Christmas (which.. doesn’t sound as rave-y as you might expect, given the title, haha). This song sounds like.. Christmas in a hazy drug den, or something. In a good way!

Islands – Abominable Snow

“After the breakup of experimental lo-fi indie rock band the Unicorns, members Nicholas Thorburn and Jaime Thompson formed Islands, which found the two more focused on brighter production and neo-psychedelic indie pop.” That sums it up pretty well. Their material thus far is kind of hit and miss for me, but some songs stand out as being pretty great. This is one of them.

The Pixies – Winterlong

The Pixies have pretty much been my favorite band since I was 15. I’m sure I could easily write a full entry on many of their single songs, let alone albums. This is a Neil Young cover they did, released on their “Complete B-Sides” release, which has quite a few good ones and should definitely be heard by anyone who considers themselves a Pixies fan.

Dreams Come True – Snow Dance

I don’t really know much/anything about Dreams Come True, other than that they are Japanese (and apparently pretty popular there?). I downloaded an album of theirs called “Monkey Girl Odyssey” which [understandably] intrigued me. This is the only song I became attached to.. for some reason it reminds me of like, Peru, and hiking through snow in the Andes (which I have never done, so maybe it sounds nothing like this, but in my mind, it DOES).

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Wassail Weds: Volume 2

December 17, 2009

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Back for the second edition of our not-quite-Christmas-yet-somehow-seasonal songs miniplaylists, it’s WWWASSSAIL WEDNESDAYS!!

I decided to post 5 songs instead of 4 for the last two installments since I didn’t decide to start doing this until after the first Weds had already gone by >:D

Cut Copy – Cold Youth

One of their more traditionally rocking songs as compared to most of their highly synthy material (which, I have mentioned before, I adore to high heaven). Like almost all their material, though, it’s really catchy. It has great bass, great vocals, fun drums, and yes, some great synth stuff (used more as a spice than the main dish here).

Devo – Snowball

Ohh Devo. I still really want to see these guys live (my parents saw them back in the day, haha.. my mom high-fived Mark M.!) so I guess it just shows the great circle of life or something. Actually I developed an affection for them as a child while listening to their tapes and playing with My Little Ponies (see also Michael Jackson and Madonna).

But anyway, I digress. This song is a wandering yet driving New Wave number with lyrics that evoke Sisyphus and are REALLY COOL. “Snowball” is just one of many amazing tracks from their 1980 album Freedom of Choice, which I consider a must-hear classic.

Also I heard a preliminary rumor they might be a Coachella headliner..? IT’S FUN TO DREAM.

The Pipettes – A Winter’s Sky

Ok, I won’t even try to contain my rambling about the Pipettes and their greatness in this post, because it would go on for DAYZ. I love them a lot. They have an updated 60s girl group sound that works fantastically on all kinds of songs, here in a lovely swirling orchestral (and yet a bit funky) song with their awesome lyrics and superb vocal harmonies. Soooo nice.

The Russian Futurists – It’s Not Really Cold When It Snows

The Russian Futurists are one of the more “chill” bands that I like, which is not typical of me, haha. But they are delightful too. I discovered them when I was in Sweden and it was all too perfect for huddling inside when it was freezing outside (reading To The Lighthouse, but that’s beside the point).

Björk – Frosti

This song hails from Björk’s 2001 album Vespertine, which I would not hesitate to call one of the most beautiful and soul- touching accomplishments in music. [EVER.] “Frosti”, not quite two minutes long, is more of an interlude than a full song, but what a nice interlude it is – all delicate tinkling icy music-box bells.

Annnd there you have it! Be sure to tune in next Wednesday for the final installment of seasonal Wassail.

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Wassail Wednesdays: Volume 1

December 10, 2009

christmastunesHello all! I’m back after a little hiatus there, but kicking off my Christmas-themed series which will hopefully make up for it. I’ll be doing this each Wednesday of December – not exactly “Christmas” songs (necessarily.. there may be some in there, haha) but more like, Christmassy or wintery in some way. To be honest, I *hate* “Christmas” music (almost all of it, anyway) so that is why I am doing something other than just posting Christmas songs.

So to get started with that goal, my first song is called… “Christmas”. hahaha

Clinic – Christmas

I love the dark, creepy tone of this song – it’s so opposite from most Christmas music. The Clinic singer has a great, distinct voice that is a little bit otherworldly, and that really shows here.

The Dirty Secrets – 5 Feet of Snow (Miami Horror remix)

Well, we all know how I feel about Miami Horror, and this is seriously my FAVORITE FAVORITE remix of his I’ve heard so far (EDIT: ok, other than the Grafton Primary “I Can Cook” one). It really whips along with a great stomping pace, and the vocals sound reeeeally awesome too. Enjoy. Don’t be surprised if you break shit in your room from flailing your limbs around.

Simon and Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade of Winter

I love this song. Period. It’s probably the most rocking song S&G ever did, I’d venture to guess.. and it does rock. It’s amazing to listen to on gray days because it just gets you feeling so pumped and happy about it being gray and dreary!

Tegan and Sara – Frozen

Posting this one because I like these gals and their sound, and I have indeed been frozen all day, so it’s appropriate.

Do you have any wintery songs you love? Tune in next week for the second installment of Wassail Wednesday!

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Black Friday minimix

November 28, 2009

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To go along with my Thanksgiving minimix yesterday, here’s the corresponding Black Friday mini mixtape. (As with yesterday’s, I won’t be able to upload the songs until Sunday, and I know Black Friday is now pretty much over, so this would have been better to post sooner.. OH WELL. Clearly I am still learning how to do this new ‘blogging’ technology I’ve heard so much about.)

And no, I did not put the Steely Dan song on here. [For obvious reasons?? hahahah]

Black Flag – Gimme Gimme Gimme

Pet Shop Boys – Shopping

Boys Noize – Let’s Buy Happiness

The Arcade Fire – Black Mirror

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Thanksgiving Minimix

November 26, 2009

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Well, I can’t say I’ve ever heard a “Thanksgiving” song… (not to say they aren’t out there – just ask Guffy here) so I decided to make a mini mixtape involving songs with Thanksgiving-y titles.

(Of course I forgot my music hard drive when I came home, so I can’t actually upload these right now.. argh! But I will upload them on Sunday. By the time everyone has totally stopped caring about Thanksgiving, hahah.. but these can provide you with a respite from the onslaught of Xmas music… *cringe*)

Kaiser Chiefs – Thank You Very Much

Beck – Nicotine & Gravy

Frank Black – Pie in the Sky

Paul Revere & The Raiders – Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)

What about you? Are there any Thanksgiving songs you love? (or hate? or love to hate??) What about Thanksgiving-y titled songs, ala this playlist?

Coming tomorrow… Black Friday minimix!