Archive | June, 2011

sunset in my city

13 Jun

Best Coast.

Today’s Emo: Sunset in my Soul / Mia and Jonah

‘you can save me from myself / pull the water from my well / heal me from the hardest that times could be’

Another vault track because I would rather share inspired old music than forced new tunes, and the indie world has been leaving me wanting these days. Mia and Jonah are a beautiful Oakland couple who I imagined would make it big within months of my discovering their album a couple years ago, and instead are still waiting around for the world to recognize their talent (it is only a matter of time!)

A slow and steady rush, romantic proclamations, beautiful harmonies, and the only company I need around a campfire… folk at its most heartfelt. #emo

Today’s Untz: Safe and Sound / Capital Cities

‘you could be my luck / even if we’re six feet underground / I know that we’ll be safe and sound’

Happy softer emo that still rocks some steady beats, I found Capital Cities on Hypem last week and have been enjoying these popping horns and sweet vocals for days. Safe and Sound is the first single off Capital Cities debut EP out next week, and this duo has all the physical makings to make it in the indie electro pop world, with fun facial hair, aviators, plaid, and lots of promo snapshots of jumping in mid air. Sound matches the part… want to lace up my chucks and get lost on the dance floor to this. #untz

poison cinema

10 Jun

Still busy.

Today’s Emo: Poison Cup / M. Ward

‘she said if love, if love is a poison cup  / then drink it up / cause a sip, a sip or a spoonful wont do / wont do nothing for you but mess you up’

I am on a poisoning spree with this week’s emo selection… Poison Cup is a treasure from the vault that has found itself back on rotation thanks to Pandora reminding me how fantastic M. Ward can be as a solo artist. While he has been busy collaborating with Zoey Deschanel in She & Him, I hope he treks back to his solo roots sooner rather than later – and not just because I hate on Zoey for her terrible acting in The Happening and for screwing over the adorable Joseph Gordon Levitt in 500 Days of Summer. There are few singer/songwriters that are able to deliver strong enough vocals and meaningful enough words to compensate for lack of band, and Ward falls amongst the ranks of the Josh Ritter and David Grey.

This song makes me feel all fuzzy and dizzy inside, much like the effects of the poison it describes. I like the sentiment of throwing yourself into something, no matter the potential ill effects, because to have it all you have it give all. So #emo

Today’s Untz: Cinema / Benny Benassi Ft. Gary Go

‘I could watch you for a lifetime / you’re my favorite movie’

Nothing new here, just one of my favorite recent untz songs that always cheers me up and gets me ready for play after a long work week. We have an adorable Labrabull/Pitador named Benny in the office, and he always makes me think of Benny B and his beats. The intro to Cinemas reminds me of a bad Kylie Minogue song, and the the words are dripping with sap, but it is nice to hear the softer side of untz. Just try and listen without cracking a smile. Happy Friday! #untz

jump in the poison

8 Jun

Tired. Busy. Happy.

Today’s Emo: Poison & Wine / The Civil Wars

‘oh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine / oh you think your dreams are the same as mine’

Back in the day, my second grade class at Hoover Elementary watched Ken Burn’s classic mini-series, The Civil War. While fascinating, most of the information presented during the epic five hour series has long left my little head, but the musical theme, Ashokan Farewell, left me memorized, and the song’s sweet violin and sigh inducing melody has been unshakable after all these years. My coworker, Court, recently recommended The Civil Wars in response to my sharing of The Head and the Heart (a formidable trade) and I instantly thought back to the documentary and its score. While lacking a violin, The Civil Wars also deliver minimalist folk at its finest: gentle guitar strumming, soft keys, silvery vocals, and aching harmonies… chills.

Joy Williams and John Paul White joined forces in Nashville in 2008, and have been gaining momentum since this track was played on Grey’s Anatomy a couple years back. I first heard The Civil Wars on Tuesday, and have already grabbed tickets to see them play the Great American Music Hall on the 19th. #emo

Today’s Untz: Jump in the Pool / Friendly Fires (Thin White Duke remix)

‘I looked at you I knew you wanted to / jump in the pool’

Things that are good: the return of sunshine, a dear friend in town for the week, and the Friendly Fire’s new album, Pala. I failed to get tickets to see the indie Britt rockers play at the Independent this June, but am taking it as a godsend because my concert budget for spring/summer is already becoming astronomical (see above). So instead, I am happily drowning myself in this flashed up version of Jump in the Pool, of their self titled album. Hop in. #untz

back on a train

6 Jun

the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.’ – not Mark Twain

Summer is starting to arrive in San Francisco, with rolling afternoon fog slipping into rainy nights and puddle filled mornings on repeat. And with this the yearly grumblings and mentioning of above frequently mis-attributed quotation. I love listening to the rain in bed, and the Oregonian in me can handle the gloom, but it is hard having the rest of the nation begin to celebrate sun kissed skin, champagne picnics at the park, and warm summer nights, while we are bracing ourselves for three months of  hoodies, wellies and space heaters.

So it goes. Drive one hour outside of the city in any direction – Napa, South Bay, East Bay, and you can get weekend windows of sunshine, and come November when snowstorms start rattling the Midwest and Northeast, I will go out running in a tank and shorts and smile. Like most of life, perspective.

Today’s Emo: Back to Back / Wolf Gang

‘the whole world is sleeping / I still lie awake up in my bed / as I came around to thinking / that I don’t want nobody else’

London’s Wolf Gang reminds me of MGMT meets XX meets a Yeasayer type vibe… a slightly sleepy, trippy sound with high pitched vocals and little trickles of electronics, bundled up into a simple and refreshing sound. The song lyrics have me thinking cuddle logistics… as a restless sleeper, back to back is kind of my MO, but I think the song is referring to being back to back with a friend that you want something more with, and wanting to turn things around.  #emo

Today’s Untz: On a Train / Yusek (the Magician remix)

I love the Magician’s take on Lykke Li’s Rivers, and am almost equally impressed with this rendition of Yusek’s On a Train. The song itself is pretty depressing, more or less about having nothing to lose in life (in a bad way) and wanting to leave (on a train). The sound wakes me up and makes me happy though, and I like the contrast. Haven’t heard much from French DJ/producer Yusek, but adding him to my watch list. #untz

make pressure

3 Jun

I saw The Head and the Heart for a record breaking 4th time Wednesday night at the Warfield when they opened for Iron and Wine, and they just keep getting better. It was interesting seeing the same band perform mostly the same songs for so many shows within a six month period of time. You start to anticipate little movements on the stage before they happen – well timed foot stomps, band members moving together for mic sharing during harmonies, Charity drinking from a mug before her part in Winter Song. The group was hydrating more than usual and without brews, so I wonder if they were recovering from a big night… or just thirsty.

Even with all the foresight, everything still sounded fresh and cool and delicious instead of repetitive, felt comfortable instead of routine. That is the magic in seeing a favorite band time after time… they become an old friend. And I had the best company.

Today’s Emo: I Can’t Make You Love Me / Bon Iver

‘turn down the lights / turn down the bed / turn down these voices inside my head’

OK. One more Bon Iver track and then I promise to litter more variety back into the emo part of TUATE. It is just that I can’t help but buckle when Vernon sings Bonnie Raitt’s ballad, taking on an untouchable classic and making it his own. Stunning. What a falsetto, what a performance (youtube it) on Jimmy Kimmel Live of all places. Seeing Bon Iver live has become a priority, and I am rendered terribly impatient that he is not visiting California on his tour. Hello – most populated state?!

Anyway, beyond delighted with the album and this cover he has graced us with in the past few weeks. More smitten than ever. I will be here waiting. #emo

Today’s Untz: Pressure / Alex Kenji, Starkillers, Nadia Ali (Alesso remix)

‘turn around /  feel the sound / oh you make my heart pound’
This is just the kind of untz I was drinking up at the pool parties last weekend in Vegas… sassy female vocals, nice and steady build, magical trickles of beats that make my heart pound… it has that trashy but who cares I like it feel, just like Sin City. First I have heard of DJ Alesso, and I am digging slipping into this and into le weekend. #untz

mean cartographer

1 Jun

Vegas, oh Vegas. I had a magical untz filled weekend with three of my favorite ladies and came home late Monday night in surprisingly decent shape, save for tomato tinged skin due to a lazy last day at the pool and several vodka infused tomato juices that led to poor estimation of SPF. I returned to work from the long weekend with tired legs and a strong craving for emo… always feel the pull to maintain that inner balance.

…Also, it is June?!

Today’s Emo: Cults / You Know What I Mean

’cause I am afraid of the light / yeah you know what I mean’

It has taken me a while to get back on the Cults train after falling in love with Go Outside, but You Know What I Mean has recently grown on me. Madeline Follin’s voice is so sweet, and the intro makes me think of a high school prom from an earlier era and teenagers slow dancing at arms length surrounded by slowly circling disco ball light… despite being tinged with sadness, there is something strangely romantic about it all.

After over a year of buzz, Madeline and her boo, Brian Oblivion, finally drop their self titled full length album this month. Definitely sippin’ on the Cult Kool-Aid. #emo

Today’s Untz: Stellar Cartographer I / Radioseven

Today’s untz is a gentle one because my ears are still ringing from XS Sunday night, and these synth drenched beats offer the perfect soothing sounds, reminding me of Explosions in the Sky and Germany and Germany’s instrumental work. I could not come up with a better name for the way this song sounds and feels… dreamy, celestial beats sprawled out across a canvas, one following another into the unknown and disappearing too soon. Radioseven is decidedly mysterious himself…. he (or she? they?) is from Vancouver, but that is all that is out there on the anonymous dream weaver. I like the intrigue. #untz