Raging Contagion

Raging Contagion

Raging Contagion

Music so good it will make you sick!

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Coconut Records – Microphone

July 3, 2013

Sounds similar to: Pete Bjorn & John, The Shins, Rogue Wave

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

While out for an early repast on Friday afternoon, my friend Jericho and I were sharing who many of our quirky favorite actresses/actors were. She mentioned one movie she and I both loved and how it is under appreciated (“Bewitched“, if anyone cares). I then added how great one of the characters was and how he’s in several other movies, how he was in the band Phantom Planet at one point, that his brother is the lead singer for Rooney, that his uncle is Francis Ford Coppola, his mother is “Adrienne” from Rocky, AND how he has an awesome side project called Coconut Records (this was all recounted in less than 10 seconds). You might already be familiar with the sweet hit that was “West Coast”. If you loved that, you’ll love this awesome person is none other than the endearing Jason Schwartzman. Enjoy!!

P.S. you can, like me, put most of the blame for the hiatus on Cheerlubber. I cannot count how many times she promised she’d post but didn’t…. tsk tsk tsk

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Stepdad – My Leather

May 20, 2013

Sounds similar to: Ghost Beach, Superhumanoids, MNDR

 

Maybe it’s because Phoenix Comicon is this upcoming weekend, but I have video games on the brain. Which is especially funny since the beginning of this song sounds to me like the 8-bit Nintendo version of what a silent film organ would be.  So just imagine Charlie Chaplin doing it trademark “waddle-walk” while your ears get a load of a song about a Trampire. Here’s a “bite” of the lyrics:

She’s got style
she rips it off my back and puts it on her coat hook
She won’t smile
you’d best avert your eyes and not give her a second look
Things she wants
not a companion but some pages in her journal
Things go wrong
we started equal but it got way too paternal
 
She wants a coat made of my leather, and my fur, and my nails
She’s always cold despite the weather, she needs sun, she’s so pale
You think she’s had enough, it’s not enough, she always wants more
She always wants more of my leather, and my fur, and my nails.
 

Yup, that’s exactly what a Trampire does: lures a guy in and drains him of life, money and whatever else she wants until he’s nothing but a bag of bones, AND THEN she wants that too! Think women like that don’t exist? Think again. They’re out there so be careful.

In the meantime, have fun with this and hopefully I’ll see y’alls at Comicon!

Elbow – Mirrorball

May 8, 2013 1 Comment

Sounds similar to: Radiohead, Turin Brakes, Travis

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

Now that Birthday-month has died down, let’s get back to what really matters – MUSIC!  This time of the year is kind of a funny one. All sorts of mixed emotions for the upcoming graduates. They’re excited, they’re unsure what the future holds for them, they’re fearless, yet they are afraid of growing up. But there’s also another seasonal slew of events that happen around this time of the year too. Since lots of college students will be done with school for the summer, at least around here, it’s a very very VERY popular time of the year for weddings.

Well, I happen to associate this song as being one of the sweetest and most endearing love songs that would be beyond ideal for playing as a “first dance” song.  The veteran Brits that are Elbow ain’t making some puppy love song here with cliched and meaningless words, these lyrics are sweet, sincere, and born of a love that doesn’t wash away with time. Guy Garvey’s gently gritty voice lulls you with with these words:

We took the town to town last night
We kissed like we invented it
And now I know what every step is for
to lead me to your door

Know that while you sleep
everything has changed

We made the moon our mirror ball
The street’s an empty stage
the city sirens, violins
Everything has changed

Just reading the second line make me a little light headed and weak in the knees….But seriously, how epic and romantic is that, imagining the moon is a mirror ball while you dance?!  I’m sure you’ll find more to love about it, I need a moment to compose myself. ENJOY!!

We’ll make the moon our mirroball.

Gorillaz – Stylo (ft. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)

May 1, 2013 1 Comment

You may have heard of the Gorillaz before, but have you ever heard this song? It features Mos Def, which makes it instantly awesome already. Love me some Mos Def. If you ever want to feel really cool, all you have to do is listen to this song. The moving bass line is the real star of this song with its modern funk sound. Like the music video accurately depicts, this song is perfect for going on a chill road trip, the kind where you don’t talk and you just watch the scenery pass as you listen to awesome music. If it’s good enough for Bruce Willis then it’s certainly more than good enough for you.

– cheerlubber

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Gorillaz Official Website

Boyz Noize – This Is What You Want

April 25, 2013

Sounds Similar To: Chromeo, JUSTICE, Röyksopp

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

I know they say that if you tell your birthday wish after you blow out candles, it won’t come true, but I don’t care – I WANNA BE A SUPER-something!  Hero/woman/rad/smash/shuttle/8, doesn’t matter, just super at something. What luck then that my ears would pick up on this song in crowded New York City and compel me to shout to my sister “I must know what this song is…Give me your smartphone!!!”  Lo and behold, this song not only sounds super, the plot of the video centers on a regular man, surrounded by supers. (Whenever I walk into a singles even, that is how I feel.)

So you say you want super music? Then that is what you’ll get.  ENJOY!!

Birthday Ticket Giveaway Winner Is…..

April 18, 2013

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

The time has finally come for the resolution to the big question: “Who won the Birthday Ticket Giveaway??”  Well, the drawing pool was actually a lot larger than I expected it to be so the competition was fierce.

I printed every entrants name and put the rolled up slip into a very cute jockey cap.

The Hat

I then enlist the help of my ridiculously-good-looking assistant, C-Low-To-The-Ground. He, being an unbiased party, drew out the following name:

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(I may have had to battle him for the one piece of paper that he clung to for dear life…)IMG_5690[1]

CONGRATULATIONS ASHLEY LAMB!!

I’m still waiting to hear back from her on which concert she chooses, but I think we may hold another one of these very soon, so don’t give up and thank you thank you thank you for your support!

Everything Everything – Kemosabe

April 12, 2013

Sounds Similar To: Friendly Fires, Darwin Deez, Bombay Bicycle Club

Hi there, Whuzzerface here!

We made it to the last Friday before the tickets will be given away. If you haven’t liked or subscribed yet, you don’t want to miss out on your chance to go to one of three local concerts FOR FREE!!

Now to business.  This is one song title that is definitely not overused. If you know me at all in real life, you’ll know that I love word origins. In looking up the word “Kemosabe” I was surprised by what I learned. The writer for the old-time radio show “The Lone Ranger” got the word from a boys summer camp that his father-in-law owned called “Camp Kem-Oh Sah-bee”. The word doesn’t have an exact origin to a specific Native American dialect though, however it’s connotation is meant as “Trusted Scout” or “Loyal Friend”.   So since the lyrics through the entire chorus are “Kemosabe, I’m alone”, it kinda hits home a little more. There are parts in each of the verses that sound extremely similar to 311 with the guitar and bass lines dancing around at frenetic paces.

Mad props must be given to the dancer in the video. This guy is a break dancing beast. He practically spends 95% of the video dancing solely on his hands, his feet rarely touch the ground, AND he’s on the forest floor!!! LOVE IT!

Hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

Vance Joy – Riptide

April 5, 2013

Sounds Similar To: Of Monsters & Men, The Lumineers, Jack Johnson

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

I had about 5 other songs queued and drafted up (I know, I was shocked that I was planning ahead too!) but the moment I heard this song, I knew it was destined to end up on here, and soon. This song has all the sincerity and sound of a live performance, probably mostly due to the slightly out of tune ukelele, but there’s also a richness which envelopes you as the chorus sweeps in.

Aussie Vance Joy will be tearing up the charts with this song, just like a riptide. A song like this is group sing-a-long type tune that will have you envisioning the beautiful coast line waters and breezes in no time flat. So soak up some relaxing music and have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE TICKET GIVEAWAY THIS MONTH!!

Ukelele’s aren’t chew toys.

Benji Hughes – Where Do Old Lovers Go?

April 4, 2013

Shout-out to my friend Theron who introduced this song to me. He randomly found it on Pandora one day and shared it with me. I don’t know if he looked more into Benji Hughes or not, but I did and I’m certainly glad! According to his bio on his record company’s site, Benji “loves beer but he loves women even more. Underneath his thick mane of strawberry blond hair and beard is a versatile singer/songwriter, full of heart.” What a charmer.

This is from his first album “A Love Extreme,” a 2-disc giant released back in 2008 at age 33. I think the whole album has a great sound for being 5 years old, and back in February it was announced that he’ll be releasing more albums this year. Hooray! He’s got a unique, laid-back, almost psychedelic 60s sound, and I saw one person compare him to Beck. He “sings” with a low, drawling voice in this song which creates the wistful feeling of the song. If you ever find yourself wondering about past relationships, don’t worry–you’re not the only one.

Also, don’t forget about the ticket giveaway this month!

– cheerlubber

Benji Hughes Official Site

Listen to “A Love Extreme” on MySpace

Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream

April 2, 2013

Sounds Similar To:  MGMT, Miami Horror, Cut Copy

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

This is one of the most fun videos I’ve seen ever. The costuming is gorgeous, the scenery is colorful, it is rife with Asian influences, there have to be about a millions inside jokes to this, and the dancing and props are nostalgic of 80’s and the movie Labyrinth…all in all, it’s a bit of enigma and I have been just starving for the new album they recently announced!! Methinks my fixation with this group stems from partial jealousy that I can dress like this in my normal-everyday garb (c’mon, you know it’d be so fun!).

The Australian duos name, Empire of The Sun, does stem from Asiatic roots. Their sound however, is futuristic. This song, transcendent. I can’t get enough of it. Enjoy!

P.S. Don’t forget about our Birthday Bash Ticket Giveaway!! (Rules have been updated – MORE CHANCES TO WIN!)