Category: Tunesdays

Vitamin String Quartet Gets Me Every Time

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It’s Tuesday, and that means, here on GMET, it’s Tunesday. Today I have been head-down-working, so I needed something to block out all the noise. So, I tuned into Vitamin String Quartet on Spotify and got busy.

Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) have been around for a while and have A LOT of music to prove it. (A LOT equals more than 100 albums.) Here’s the lowdown. Think of your favorite pop/rock/top 40 song. OK. Now, imagine a classical version of it. VSQ has covered everyone from the Beatles to Dave Matthews Band to Regina Spektor and Hanson (oh-em-gee!).

As a dance teacher, I can totally see these seeping into my (imaginary) ballet barre that I teach. I think it would be a lot of fun to incorporate these modern pop sounds. Perhaps even get students more interested in ballet itself?

Me? I’m loving those Regina Spektor covers right now. But, some of the compilations really get me too. Like that 90s one featuring Hanson, above. What about you? Is VSQ new to you? Are you going to rock out to some string quartet this evening?

 

Recently heard on Tunesday: She & Him, Jason Mraz, Say Anything, Fun.

Not The Same Ol’ Song Gets Me Every Time

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Today, April 24th, two albums have hit the iTunes store that I am so excited to share. I am literally being transported back to 1998 right now. New albums from Jamiroquai and Eve 6. Are you kidding me? I want to pop these CDs into my discman and ride my bike to my friend’s house right now.

I’m no music reviewer (been there, tried that, a longer story for another day) but I’ll tell you I’ve listened to both of these albums and would do so again. Do they make my top 5 greatest albums of all-time? Nah, probably not this time. But, both are worth a listen.

You can stream Eve 6’s Speak In Code on Spotify—plus, there’s some bonus commentary there. The Jamiroquai album can also be streamed on Spotify. You may notice that Jamiroquai’s Rock Dust Light Star was released in 2010. BUT, it’s just now coming stateside, officially, today.

Don’t go listening yet, there’s more!

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Last Tuesday, I’m a little behind the ball on my Tunesdays posts, Jason Mraz released a new album, Love Is A Four Letter Word. Mraz has been one of my favorite artists for a while now and this new album doesn’t change that. You can stream his latest on Spotify, but I recommend going to your preferred paid music outlet and downloading this one. You may have it on repeat for the next week or so if you’re anything like me.

Now you can go let the listening begin! What new albums are you digging right now? What should I be listening to? Let me know.

More music? You got it: Say Anything | Fun | She & Him

Say Anything Gets Me Every Time

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Say Anything is one of my long-time go-to bands and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. With the release of their latest album, Anarchy, My Dear, out today, the band reaffirms their status as a permanent fixture in my musical rotation.

My abbreviated review of this album goes a little like this.

Anarchy, My Dear opens with hand claps. How can I not like love it?

However, I’ll go into a little more detail for you, my faithful internet followers.

Let’s start at the beginning. In the fall of 2004 I was but a mere journalism student trying to write arts/music/entertainment reviews for the college newspaper. My first review of the year was none other than Say Anything’s Is A Real Boy, the group’s first full-length release on a major label.

Anarchy Dear, reminds me of Is A Real Boy, in several ways, but mostly because of track 4, “Admit It Again,” a rehashing of the anthem, “Admit It!” from the earlier release. The spoken word style of singing seems prevalent on this album as it was on IARB. Lastly, rhythmic changes in the middle of some tracks have me listening to them over and over.

Say Anything definitely is not a band for everyone. And they’re not necessarily even a band for me at all time. I find that when I am pumped up, or want to get pumped up for that matter, I typically can turn to Say Anything.

You decide. Check ‘em out on Spotify and see if Say Anything is for you.

Fun. Gets Me Every Time

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No, y’all. That is not a typo in this post’s title. Fun. is a band I have grown to love and I must share their latest release, out today, Some Nights. I pre-ordered it to download first thing in the morning, but for the past week or so, I’ve been streaming it on the band’s site.

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Now, if you’re thinking, “Who is this band? I’ve never heard them before,” I’m going to bet you’re wrong. You may have heard their single on the radio after it was featured on an episode of Glee. Or, if you watched the big game a few weeks ago, you might caught it on this car commercial.

The new album is pretty great. Some of the songs are different than their previous material, but I think that’s one of the great things about a band you love—you can totally grow with them.

Have a listen. If you love it, I suggest you dig up some of The Format. It’s the lead singer’s old band, and is just as fabulous.

Mashups Get Me Every Time

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I’m so happy to introduce you to, or reintroduce you to, or remind you of the Mashup genre. On those days when you need to get your blood pumpin and find “the zone” this is a little something that will help you out.

Enter “Best of Bootie 2011“. It’s the latest mix of the best Mashup songs from around the web. And it’s yours to stream or download right now. Go. Do it. I’ll wait.

Did you? No, really, go download it. Still waiting.

Alright. Now that we’re all listening to the same groove, I can tell you that Mashups have been my musical weakness for many years now. My “bootie” collection dates back to 2005. Guilty. As. Charged.

I need not say more. Go, listen. Dance at your desk, in your car, at the gym, on your sofa. Tell me it’s not fun and I’ll never say another word.

She & Him Gets Me Every Time

YES. The time has already come to break out the holiday cheer. So long as it’s She & Him’s latest, A Very She & Him Christmas. I heard it first on Spotify last week and have been trying to justify listening to it nonstop since. Now that we’ve had our first snowfall of the season and Halloween has come and gone, I think it’s time.

Now,get that tiny tree out of your desk drawer and put on a jolly face. She & Him is dashing into town to steal your hearts and put you in the holiday mood a little early this year.

and one more thing.
If you haven’t listened to She & Him Volume One and Volume Two, I suggest you get on that, right away.