No Christmas is complete without a playlist. So here is mine. Complete with 3 Sufjan tracks, Mariah Carey and more. What else could you want?
One of the many reason that Modest Mouse is one of my favorite bands and still my most scrobbled artist on last.fm is how different their songs can be when they are performed live. Combining lyrics from at least 3 other songs, here is one of their longest performances. The beauty comes in the build up during the middle of the performance leading into the lyrics of “Came as a Rat”. From here it becomes an improvised jam combing lyrics from “King Rat”, “Life Like Weeds” and some ramblings of what sound like the time the Issac Brook broke his jaw. The question I’d love to know is how much of the improvisations are rehearsed because they work out so great. Also if all these songs are connected lyrically or just because the rhythms flow together.
Dan Smith has come a long way since making videos in his backyard while banging on a washing machine. Now transitioning from his unique “talk rap” style to now a full-fledged rock band while still having the passion and deep lyrics you come to expect from him. This is the most excited I’ve been about this project yet.
I’m such a sucker for single take shots and the music video for HAIM’s excellent new single is a great one. A video that embodies all of what HAIM is as the trio struts down an empty LA street. I will definitely be copying these moves whenever I listen to this song from now on.
Alex Cameron is a singer you would expect to find in Las Vegas in an old casino off of the strip playing to a handful of people because he refused to Jump the Shark. And this is exactly the scene that is portrayed in his latest music video for the single off his soon to be released record Forced Witness.
Ever since discovering Cameron sometime last year. I have been enamored with his timeless voice and character that blur the line of reality and the 4th wall. That doesn’t change here with the fantastic line “So I live with a deep regret, Of all I do on the internet”. With support from the likes of Brandon Flowers and Angel Olsen who the latter provides backing vocals on the album. The character of Alex Cameron is set for a breakout that he and we deserve
After finish playing the Last of Us Remastered I was long overdue to play the Left Behind DLC that I missed playing when it was available on the PS3. Thankfully though I was able to avoid spoilers because what an experience it was. Even though it was a shorter story it was just as impactful as the original game if not more. The story both gave some great back story and filled in a plot from the main game perfectly. The part I was most impressed about in Left Behind though was the increased ways that were implemented to advance through the game without directly killing both the infected or the bandits. For example I discovered a way of backtracking after the electrocuted water section and baiting the infected into going into the water. I’m curious if anyone has been able to take out the whole group this way.