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N-TRACKS: February

NEW:

1. “Gooey”- Glass Animals [ABOVE]
2. “Tear It Down”- The Aston Shuffle (Safia Remix)
3. “Habits Of My Heart”- Jaymes Young (Sufjan Stevens Remake)
4. “Demons”- Fenech Soler (Jokers of the Scene Remix)
5. “Stay High”- Tove Lo (Sabotage Remix)

NOSTALGIC:

6. “Sock It 2 Me”- Missy Elliott (Kaytranada Remix)
7. “Toms Diner”- Suzanne Vega

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YouTube “Music Key”

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Right at the stroke of midnight I saw this little gem at the top of YouTube:

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The navigation links at the very top, “What to Watch” and “My Subscriptions” now includes “Music”. Since I am a lover of music, I decided to do a little more exploring and I stumbled onto the YouTube Official Blog introducing their new initiative: Music Key.

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YouTube has always been a great place for watching music videos, but with the success of Songza, Spotify and Grooveshark (just to name a few), it’s no wonder they would want to put some more effort into the music listening space. YouTube seems to be introducing this in 2 ways: The first is free and accessible to anyone with a YouTube/Google account – this caters music videos based on your watching history (image above). The second way is with their (beta version) subscription service, which does the same, except with no ads, the ability to listen even when your phone is locked, offline access, and more. Apparently this service will be available at a discount rate of $7.99/month ($9.99 regular). Watch the ‘trailer’ here:

You may already pay for NetFlix’s monthly subscription, but does this seem like something you’d buy into as well? I’d like to hear more before I take the dive; for now I’ll stick to the freebie version.

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“Wait For Love” by St. Lucia


This song couldn’t come at a more perfect time in my life. You know when music just speaks to you on some different level? When you just connect with a song, and within the first 20 seconds, you know that song will stick to you like a melted rice-krispy square for the next while.

For the past 2 years, I’ve considered St. Lucia to be one of my summer bands of choice. They have this graceful yet upbeat sounds, that usually puts me in a darn good mood. Even though it feels like winter out, this song is no exception to that feeling. Take a listen and see what you think.

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Mini-Playlist Of The Day: Cool Down

These songs give me chills, which makes them perfect for summer nights.

I don’t know about your city, but Toronto has been stuck in a sweaty, sticky, muggy mood lately. When I get home from work, all I can do it change into something hardly there, lie on my bed and let my fan cool me down. I’ll press play to my “cool down” playlist and drift off. By this, I don’t mean fall asleep, but drift off in the sense that it’ll just calm me down and allow me to think and breathe again. I have been compiling a few of these songs throughout the start of the summer until now, and I feel like these songs all fit the same beautiful mellow mood. If you just need to chill, relax or even reflect on the day (without falling asleep), give these songs a try:

1. “Desire”- Dems
2. “Falling”- HAIM
3. “Under”- AOSOON
4. “Without”- Sampha

BONUS:
5. “Miasma Sky”-BATHS

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“Tunnel Vision” by Justin Timberlake

WARNING: This video is definitely NSFW, but if you’re alone and are completely into “adult feelings” then I totally recommend checking this video out.

I know the video is age restricted right now, but if you’re of age, you should definitely watch it. A lot of people associate those age restrictions with porn, but it’s not. Definitely not. When nudity is done tastefully and in a creative way to show the beauty of the human figure- that’s what I like. I feel like North America is really missing out when it comes to this acceptance of nudity.

A few years ago I had a layover flight in Paris, and I was shocked at first to see nude women on billboards. I was familiar with the nude figure at that age because of my art background, but it was still such a culture shock even after that. In Europe, public nudity like those ads and a video like this is seen as tasteful and respectful; it can mean something other than just sex. Just a thought: Maybe if we also learned to accept the human figure as a beautiful thing (and not just sexually), maybe then it would be easier for people to believe that their own bodies were beautiful more often. Anyways, I don’t like getting political or societal or whatever, so I’ll switch to my thoughts on to the actual video.

I love it. Bottom line, I love it. I think it’s tasteful and beautiful. It doesn’t over sexualize the women in the video but rather helps accentuate the meaning of the song. The only thing he sees is her; not her friends, not how much she makes, not the clothes she wears… just her. I think the projections on top of their bodies is beautiful too. I’ve always loved creative projections, but I especially like when he does his “tunnel video hands” in the back as she dances in front of them.

In contrast to the recent “Blurred Lines” video by Robin Thicke, I think this is done much better, and not in a way to send a message that has little to nothing to do with your lyrics (like Blurred Lines). I do appreciate that video and love the done, but I have more respect for JT as an artist after this one for sure. Let me know what you think as a comment!

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Mini Playlist of the Day: To Kill A King Collabs


I discovered To Kill A King through their collaborations with Bastille and I’m still slowly warming up to the stuff they do on their own. I don’t know what it is, but the remixes of their songs and the collabs that they do, they just hit me right away, and I know I’ll love the song right off the bat. Just like this song, “Funeral” remixed by Tyde.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t NOT like their own music. I actually think they’re usually very intricate and quite beautiful overall. It just takes me a few listens to really get attached. If you don’t feel the same then cool, but still check out out their collabs, covers and remixed songs because I definitely think there’s something especially magical there. I’m very fond of almost everything they do with Bastille so I’ve included a few of those below.

1. “Funeral”- To Kill A King (Tyde Remix) (above)
2. “Bloody Shirt”- To Kill A King vs Bastille
3. “These Streets”- To Kill A King ft. Bastille
4. “Oblivion”- To Kill A King (Bastille Cover)

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“Schoolin”- Everything Everything

I had a friend send me “Schoolin” by Everything Everything last night and as soon as the video started, I was intrigued. Luckily I’ve come to learn that this person’s music taste is more than reliable. From there I went hunting for more and stumbled upon a few more awesome tracks like “Kemosabe” and “Cough Cough“, which are also a bit more recent.

Everything Everything is an alternative indie rock band from the UK. Each song seems to be built based on incredibly smart layers. It’s almost as if your ears are meant to weave in and out of each course and verse. One band they oddly remind me of is Woodhands, who never made it that big, but especially in “Cough Cough” they have similar sounds. Apparently one goal that the band has is to “avoid cliche”. I definitely think they’re doing that so far.

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Thor: The Dark World Trailer

Oh the anticipation.

Being a comic book lover (and not just the comic book movies), I was pretty darn excited to see this trailer pop-up all over the internet. Check it out above if you haven’t already.

Have you noticed that comic book movies have taken a really dark twist this year? Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Wolverine and now the new Thor trailer all have this deep, dark and dramatic feel to them. Clearly the comic-turned-movie franchises are taking some lessons from the Dark Knight Trilogy. These films look like they could exceed expectations solely because they’re evolving and learning from past mistakes. Just like real comic books, it’s not always about the action sequences, but first and foremost the stories, the relationships between characters and the characters themselves. Hopefully the days of crappy Fantasic 4, Green Lantern and Spiderman (the Tobey Maguire versions, especially 3… That was just terrible) are over!

 

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