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Indie Artists to Check out

I’ve been meaning to do a blog of indie artists that I feel deserve some more recognition, or at least, worthy of a short snippet listen on iTunes which could potentially lead to more.

Kim DiVine’s album “Square One” is an album that is mellow, think of Ingrid Michaelson or Lisa Loeb. Singer/songwriter type of music with a good production, soothing voice and overall calming effect. The best song is “All Night”, other great contenders are: “Raining”, “Little Things”, “We Could” and “Letting Go”. Last I heard, her music was circulating the college radio network.

Check her out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/square-one/id319213312

Another similar mellow artist with a slight John Mayer vibe is Brent Cates. Mellow music, good driving music and the guitar playing keeps the listener hooked. My favorite songs from the album “Wasted Words” are “She’ll Do” and ” Back to Me”.

Check out his album on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wasted-words/id307070829

All right, those are my spotlights for the moment, I’ll be back with more indie artists to report on, stay tuned.

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Back to Robert Miles, Seriously?

I feel like I must be going through some changes.

As I said in my earlier post, music is a reflection of how you’re feeling. I must be having some different feelings lately.

I think you can find out a hell of a lot from a person just by what music they listen to. If someone is kind of boring, the music they listen to is kind of plain, or the easy “standards” and they don’t deviate to anything “crazy” like trance.

I think trance is some of the most progressive music out there. I like meeting people who listen to trance, because I think they REALLY think outside of the box.

Anyways, back to what I’m listening to now. I sometimes think of the “Ever After” trailer, the Cinderella story back in the 90s w/ Drew Barrymore, I personally feel like I live my own Cinderella story. (Mother dies, being broke, and other stuff I won’t post on the internet) so I think of that movie from time to time and I think that trailer was brilliant in the music choices. I’ve been in some kind of mellow-wanting-to-escape kind of mood, so I’ve been looking up new music on iTunes, came across Oceanlab and back to Robert Miles and “Fable” which was the song on the “Ever After” trailer.

Jeez, to hear a trance song in a movie trailer like that… was really once in a long time kind of thing. I don’t really hear that kind of trance in movie trailer. Maybe some Matrix sounding stuff, but not the melodic, progressive trance.

So, into that kind of music again.

And then I went WAY back, yes, to what I used to listen to in high school, J-Pop and K-Pop. Yes, I liked H.O.T., a korean boy band. I liked the song Outside Castle

I loved the mix of contemporary music meets pop and those guys voices are good.

And I went and bought Ayumi Hamasaki’s (the Queen of J-Pop) remix album “Cyber Trance Presents Ayu Trance” Although, the remix album I had back in high school was WAY better. These DJs weren’t really matching the beats w/ her voice correctly. I think Ferrry Corsten did a good job w/ “A Song for XX” because that was a different take on Ayumi.

This DJ did a good remix on “Fly High” 

I also liked a little Gackt with Oasis (Mars Version).

So, the next albums I’m contemplating on buying are Above & Beyond “Tri-State” and Oceanlab’s “Sirens of the Sea”.

Some music choices I make are hastily or takes me a while to be “bought”. Like, “hm…. do I REALLY want this song?” So, I’m contemplating it.

So, my conclusion. What “am” I feeling lately?

Stress, wanting to relax, anxious for change to come. My life lately has been stagnant and I’m anxious for change. I want change to come faster, I’m tired of waiting. It’s coming… but when? I am also not really sad. Not incredibly happy… so I think that’s where the slow progressive trance fits, the time standing still and melancholy kind of feel. The alt. rock music in my opinion fits closely to that feeling. When I usually listen to rock, I’ll listen to John Mayer, Coldplay, 30 Seconds to Mars, etc. It can be downtempo, but it’s still catchy. Listening to Miike Snow and The Temper Trap is a departure for me. I feel like I should start turning into a Silverlake hipster, as I imagine Silverlake hipsters listen to that kind of music…

Again, music doesn’t lie, people do.

Yeah, I dunno what that means either.

G’nite.

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Changing Musical Tastes

My musical tastes have changed gradually lately. I go in and out from pop music, dance music, some rock, R&B and trance music.

I feel what your emotions are, how you’re feeling, how open you are, is revealed in the music you listen to. Right now I’m listening to alternative rock. Not really a genre I say I’m familiar in. I’ve dabbled in just about every genre, not really becoming a master of all genres, but more like sampling a little bit of everything.

I’ve really dove into pop music most of my life. Madonna, Michael Jackson, some of the top hits on the radio and on iTunes usually makes it’s way into my iPod, and just as fast as fast food is made and consumed, I’m onto finding the next song to get a high from.

For a minute, I thought I was going to go back into a classical phase, listening to “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” by J.S. Bach, and then I started to listening to One Republic’s “Secrets” and Muse’s “Undisclosed Desires”, then got inspired by Journey’s “Separate Ways”.

And then, hearing a Diet Coke commercial, I got into The Temper Trap, “Sweet Disposition”. It was previously in the movie, 500 Days of Summer, but I didn’t really notice it until I heard that Diet Coke commercial. I had to have it and the song really puts me at ease.

And I decided that I didn’t have enough of the The Temper Trap (which is rare, because I usually just jump to the next artist/song that gives me a high) so I went to iTunes to download some more songs and I got “Love Lost” and “Down River” and then I saw Miike Snow.

Now, I’ve heard a lot of people mention Miike Snow, and I didn’t realize that I’ve heard a Tiesto remix of “Silvia” by Miike Snow.

(Song doesn’t really start until 1:04 minutes)

Anyways, I downloaded “Burial” while I was at it. I’ve heard “Animal” probably in other T.V. shows, when I heard the sample I was instantly familiar with the song, not even knowing who the artist was.

That happens a lot. I’ll know a lot of songs, but not know who or what the song is.

Other artists I would go to in this mellow, want to chill out and de-stress mode would be John Mayer, something from the Eclipse soundtrack, like “Let’s Get Lost” by Beck and Bat for Lashes.  Maybe some Frou Frou, Florence + The Machine or maybe even some R&B.

R&B isn’t doing it for me lately though. Bruno Mars is really good. But I dunno, I try not to let musician’s personal lives not taint my listener’s ear, but the whole cocaine charge he was going through kind of turned me off to the reliability of his music. It’s kind of a turn off if you suspect written lyrics are a complete hack. Maybe I’m thinking too deep into it, or not deeply enough, but I’m just turned off and I don’t want to buy “Grenade” or at least not yet.

So, leading back to this alternative rock state. What does this mean that I’m feeling? Wanting an escape, really wanting to de-stress, wanting to chill out amongst all the things going on in my life. There’s a rush to do a lot of things, a lot of important things, but there’s this never ending deadline, and I think this kind of mellow music helps me chill out, enough for the moment and stop time for a minute… or three.

I still listen to my dance music, when I want to dance. And was just dancing to DJ Enferno’s Madonna mix that’s available on his twitter @djenferno. A good “Like a Prayer” remix.

My musical tastes have been changing so much, that it’s hard to keep a track of what’s going on. Kind of like what’s going on in my life. One minute I’m listening to Taylor Swift’s “Innocent” and reliving the experience seeing her live at the VMA’s and contemplating my personal meaning of the song, then I’m dancing to Kaskade’s remix of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”. Which is better than the original song in my opinion.

Yes, the music is all over the place in this blog, and it’s noteworthy to find a trend in this mellow alternative rock phase that I’m going through. The music I’m writing on my guitar is like this as well.

And it’s pretty late now… and I should jump into bed where it’s warm.

Good night.

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