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Yesterday, I gushed about the subtle 60’s psychedlic vibe that Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros seemed to have mastered.  Today, take a listen to Sondre Lerche and his take on 80’s pop.

If you don’t know Lerche by name, you may have heard him on the big screen, as he composed all of the music for 2007’s Dan In Real Life. “Heartbeat Radio” is the title track off his album that will be released September 8.  The song is classic Sondre, so if you like this, then definitely check out some of the Norweigan’s earlier alums.

Download MP3: Sondre Lerche – Heartbeat Radio

Sondre Lerche – website

It’s easier to make a pop or dance song as Song of The Week.  The adjectives are more descriptive, and when in doubt, just TYPE IN CAPS AND TALK ABOUT HOW LOUD AND FUN THE BEATS ARE.  Plus, the minute I describe Fleet Foxes as “folk,” half of you will close your browsers.  Yup, I now have only one person reading.  Thank you for sticking with me, Mom.

Yes, Fleet Foxes are more mellow than, say, Asteroids Galaxy Tour.  But lead singer Robin Pecknold has been absent from the scene since White Winter Hymnal was released in 2008, so this live track (from BBC Radio 6) was quite a surprise.  No harmonies (which is usually a FF staple), but this unique song is still wonderfully crafted.  I can’t stop listening to “Blue Spotted Tail” and I hope you feel the same way.

Download Fleet Foxes – Blue Spotted Tail

Laura Jansen - Photo Credit: Jeff Koga

Laura Jansen - Photo Credit: Jeff Koga

Back in April, I saw Meiko at Saint Rocke in Hermosa.  Laura Jansen was one of the openers.  I never heard of her but was quickly impressed.  And though I had a final paper to finish for class, I immediately went home and scoured the internet to find an mp3 of her track, “Wicked World.”  To no avail, since it hadn’t been recorded yet.  I finished the paper, though. Thanks for asking.

When I was a kid, I loved those fairy tale books where the Big Bad Wolf or the Wicked Witch would tell the “true story” of what “really happened” in their far off place.  “Wicked World” is a bit of a take on that.  Jansen’s piano skills and the story she creates through the instrument are what really drew me in when I first heard that song, and every time I listen to it.  The lyrics are simultaneously hilarious, yet still encompass reality.  Like many of her songs on her Single Girls EP, Jansen highlights relationships, as in lyrics like these:

Once, I tried to be so good
All sweet and spice like good girls should.
But I don’t see why I try — why do I try?
When every time I climb that hill,
My Jack is up there chasing Jill.


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EP – Single Girls
Single – Wicked World

Why do I try, why do I try? When every time I climb that hill, my Jack is up there chasing Jill.

A few weeks ago, my friend Steph and I were excited to head out to Detroit Bar and see Hockey open for the Friendly Fires. Sadly, the first email I get the morning of the show was from the ticketing company I purchased through, saying the show was cancelled due to the Friendly Fires’ “scheduling conflicts.”
Blah to that.
Enough of my ranting. This song of the week come’s from Portland-based Hockey. I had already planned to feature the band, and this was a perfect week, considering the Ducks beat the Sharks last night in the first round of the NHL playoffs (and every review I’ve read of this band references the sport in some corny way. Go me for being unique.)

After hearing their single “Work” a few months ago, I became an instant fan of the band.  Their single, “3AM Spanish”  is a perfect example of their indie rock, new-wave sound.  If you like this song, be sure to check out their song “Too Fake” as well.

Their Capitol album debut, Mind Chaos is being re-mixed, re-mastered, and re-released (with some new songs added) on August 25.

Given the last three songs featured for Song of the Week, you probably think I’m only into the new-wave dance type music.  That’s actually pretty far from the truth, but perhaps I’m in a new phase right now.  Lucky you.

Download Hockey – “3AM Spanish”

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Today’s  Song Of The Week comes to you from Denmark. Asteroids Galaxy Tour is a Danish group with with some great msuic and a great name.Their single “Around the Bend” was featured on an ipod touch commercial.
“Golden Age” features addictive beats and singer Mette Lindberg’s fun, quirky voice.  Their new album “Fruit” is slated for release next month.

What did you think of the song? Leave a comment.

Free Download – Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Golden Age

Last week sucked.

There.  I got that out of the way.

I needed a song that would make me happy.  I tried my “Feels So Good” playlist on my ipod – some silly country songs, some dance songs…

But this song of the week… oh, this is fun.

Deaf Indie Elephants highlighted Franz Ferdinand’s studio set at BBC Radio 1.  The highlight (in my opinion) was a cover of Britney Spears’ “Womanizer.”  The song hasn’t exactly been well received, but it helped me get through the stress of last week (too much work + calculus homework -red wine = a very frustrated blogger.)

Did this song put you in a good mood?  Admit it, it did.  Leave a comment.

Download – Franz Ferdinand – Womanizer, Live @ BBC Radio 1

Buy – Franz Ferdinand’s new album – “Tonight”

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