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Editor’s Pick #229: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have come out with some interesting videos...to say the least

PREVIEW: WATCH  the videos on Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ MySpace

While trying to complete my endless amount of work piled into the last two weeks of the semester, I have found some very interesting new ways of procrastinating. I’d have to say my favorite so far is finding the weirdest music videos possible. Two of the weirdest happened to come from the same band: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

The two videos posted on their MySpace, “Desert Song” and “Kisses Over Babylon”, feature both incredibly captivating and insanely creepy images throughout. Combined, they seem more like a short film than any music video I’ve ever seen. To be honest, I’m not even sure how to go about describing them, so just trust me and watch.

–Kelsey Bennett, copy editor

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20 Watts’ Best of 2009: #19 Atlas Sound’s Logos

Atlas Sound's Logos is No. 19 on 20 Watts' Best of 2009 list

PREVIEW: VISIT Atlas Sound’s MySpace

TOP TRACK: “Walkabout”

Atlas Sound’s Logos is a brilliant album, made even more satisfying by the fact that we almost didn’t get to hear it upon completion.

After the unfinished album was unintentionally leaked onto the Internet last August, Bradford Cox threatened to throw out the whole thing. Thank the music gods he didn’t. Logos was released in October of this year.

Logos truly has something for everyone. With cheerful 60s tune “Walkabout” featuring Noah Lennox, a.k.a Panda Bear from Animal Collective, the romantically upbeat yet almost depressing “Shelia” and the serene, doo-wop sounding “My Halo” the album provides for a variety in a musically cohesive way.

The album starts slow with the soothing “The Light That Failed” filled with calming guitar and bells. The intensity slowly builds until “Walkabout” then falls again until “Shelia,” ending on a high note with “Logos.” The title track is a celebratory and percussion-heavy ending to a magnificent album.

With a more confident, yet less experimental sound than Cox’s previous album Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel, it is clear that Cox’s songwriting talents continue to change and progress as Cox perfects his art.

–Kelsey Bennett

Editor’s Pick #217: “Heaven Can Wait” Video Premiere
November 18, 2009, 7:09 pm
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Charlotte Gainsbourg just released a wonderfully weird video for her song "Heaven Can Wait"

PREVIEW: WATCH “Heaven Can Wait”

French singer-songwriter and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg recently premiered a video to her song “Heaven Can Wait” featuring Beck, according to spinner.com. The video is nothing but the singer and a long list of random images such as a chubby kid dancing around with a guitar, two men holding a missile with the “nachos” on it and a skateboard resting on hamburger buns. There is really only one phrase that comes to mind when watching it: wonderfully weird. Whether it makes you laugh or just leaves you with a confused look on your face (my reaction was a combination of the two), it’s definitely worth taking a look at.

— Kelsey Bennett, Copy Editor

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Concert Stories: Jason Mraz

A little rain wasn't going to ruin our parade

PREVIEW: VISIT Jason Mraz’s MySpace

When I heard Jason Mraz was perfoming in Maryland, the same state I happened to be in, I knew I had to go. Being a poor college student and all, my friends and I opted for lawn seats. Best and worst decision of our lives.

So, on July 25, 2009, we ventured to Colombia, Md.’s Merriweather Post Pavilion to see our man. Eric Hutchinson opened the show with his happy, sunny music that mirrored the sky above. But as the stage crew switched over the set for G. Love & Special Sauce, the clouds rolled in, and it started to pour. Within minutes, we looked like the drowned rats that can be seen above (I’m on the left). As everyone huddled under their blankets, jackets and whatever else they could find, we shivered under our soaked towels and chattered our teeth along to G. Love, wishing we had better prepared ourselves for the monsoon, or splurged for pavilion seats. Continue reading

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Movie Music: Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown, a mediocre movie with an amazing soundtrack

PREVIEW: STREAM “It’ll All Work Out”

Movies would be nothing without music. If chosen right, music can tell just as much of the story as the actors do. No one knows this better than former Rolling Stone editor and current director Cameron Crowe. He has created some of the most epically brilliant soundtracks known to man, or at least, to me.

Among those is the Elizabethtown soundtrack. While the movie, a solemn tale about a young man contemplating suicide, wasn’t exactly memorable, the soundtrack is a fantastically seamless mix of folk, country, rock and indie songs.

Tom Petty’s “Square One” and “It’ll All Work Out” prove to be the perfect accompaniment as Drew (Orlando Bloom) embarks on a road trip with his father’s ashes. Petty’s scratchy, mellow voice matches the half smile on Drew’s face as he looks back on a life of regret. The hopeful lyrics of “It’ll All Work Out” put the viewer at ease and foreshadow the film’s happy ending.

Elton John also appears on the album with “My Father’s Gun.” This lesser-known Elton classic fits perfectly with the mellow, sort of somber tone of the overall soundtrack. Despite being 6:21 minutes, the longest song on the album, compelling lyrics such as “I’d like to know where the riverboat sails tonight/To New Orleans well that’s just fine alright/`Cause there’s fighting there and the company needs men/So slip us a rope and sail on round the bend” make the song fly by.

The indie presence appears with “Don’t I Hold You” by Wheat. Although this faster-paced song seems a bit out of place on the album, it works because of the singer’s somewhat quite, deep voice and drawn-out notes.

Overall Crowe is an inspiring soundtrack producer and the Elizabethtown soundtrack is one of his gems.

— Kelsey Bennett

Editor’s Pick #207: Michael Bublé
November 11, 2009, 8:08 pm
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Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet" is the epitome of a girly love song

PREVIEW: STREAM Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet

It’s been sort of a rough week for me, and I was in desperate need for some really girly, melt-your-heart kind of music. And when I feel like that, there is really only one person I can turn to: Michael Bublé.

His smooth, sexy voice and adorably sappy music videos make me want to get up and dance on even the worse days. He’s kind of a male Sara Bareilles with his melodic lyrics about love that you just can’t help but sing along to.

I’ve probably listened to his song “Haven’t Met You Yet” off of his new album Crazy Love (released in October) about 100 times in the past two days alone. And while I’m almost ashamed to admit it, I love his cheesy everything-is-going-to-work-out attitude, and I find it a hard to listen to him without becoming a bit more hopeful. So if you’re feeling crappy, go ahead and have a listen. I promise I won’t tell.

— Kelsey Bennett, Copy Editor

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