Archive | May, 2011

hawaiian desert

4 May

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” – Hunter S. Thompson.

Today’s Emo: Desert / Other Lives

‘all of your city lights / turn your brightest days into sleepless nights’

You know you are in for a treat within the first thirty seconds of this song when the drums kick in and you find yourself whisked away on a country western ending, riding into the sunset amidst cactus and rolling tumbleweeds and rolling vocals, booming drums, a silky female backdrop, and sweet strings. Desert is this week’s favorite musical discovery made knee deep in a sleepy Tuesday morning quagmire of excel spreadsheets.

The track is off Other Lives new album, Tamer Animals, and these Oklahomans have me smitten. I haven’t been excited about any new releases for the past several weeks, and work has been epically intense so this is especially gratefully received. You can almost hear the horse hooves. More cowbell please. #emo

Today’s Untz: Hawaii (Niva remix) / Blackbird Blackbird

Do happy song names make you predisposed to find happiness in a song?  I think it is no coincidence Hawaii makes me think summer breeze, white sand, and sleepy cat naps on the beach. I have had a hard time getting into San Fran’s Blackbird Blackbird, but this sunkissed remix of their work by Swedish DJ Christian Niva is having me give my neighbors another listen. Hazy waves of chill surfer beats, 75 degree weather, is it the weekend yet? Please? #untz

2 hearts club

2 May

This weekend I celebrated the coming of May with the smell of sun kissed skin, 70 degree weather, mimosas, and Dolores Park. In return, earned some stellar tan lines and the inability to rally myself off the couch Saturday night to make it out, instead slipping into a late spring eleven hour slumber.

Then I rinsed and repeated in Fort Mason on Sunday.

Time to reboot, to watch Giants games, to play outside, to catch the dozens of amazing concerts passing through SF, and to pretend that summer is as cool as it was when we were young and had 3 months to do absolutely whatever we wanted between school years. I should have been a teacher.

Today’s Emo: Always Like This / Bombay Bicycle Club


‘oh she can wait for what I can give’

I love that the internet is filled with nooks and crannies holding amazing music of years past just waiting to be discovered and listened to as new. Bombay Bicycle Club is a British band that has been around for some time now but has just come across my path and I am really feeling them. Crisp vocals, fun rounds and toe tapping rhythm– they have a slightly more mellow and less polished Two Door Cinema Club sound. The quad is at work with the producer of Animal Collective and the mixer of Arcade Fire to release a new album come September. This time I will catch it the first time around. #emo

Today’s Emo: 2 Hearts / Digitalism

‘a touch too much, too soon / got cast away with you / got cast away with you’

German duo Digitalism delivers a track laced with happy, peppy beats and a depressing tale of unrequited love. Love the 80’s vibe, the slightly jarring sound, and the darker premise embedded in the untz.

This is the first I have heard of Digitalism, but they are about to release their sophomore album amazingly titled I Love You Dude. Euro bromance! #untz