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Music Friday – Christmas Edition

Over on Tumblr, I frequently post songs at the end of the week that lived on repeat. I tag this "Music Friday." With it being December, and me listening to pretty much nothing but Christmas music, I've started tagging them all "Christmas Edition." In the past here on LJ, you know I've done "25 Days of Christmas Music," but there isn't much participation in it (which is true for most of my blog posts these days, eh) and so I decided to skip it this year. But, since I'm still finding new Christmas tracks worth sharing, I figured I'd compile a small list here in case any of you are actually reading and looking for some new Christmas tunes. Ready? :)

This first track comes from what is easily my favorite Christmas album this year, "August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album." I am typically a fan of musicians taking a stab at a Christmas album anyway, but I'm even more delighted when it's a band I really like, putting out an unconventional Christmas album in a style of music I really love. This is totally the case with this album. Now I could really make a post strictly for this album because there are so many great tracks on it, but I won't. Just know that you should seriously consider checking out more than just this track.

August Burns Red – "Flurries"

I'd never heard of this next band until I heard this song and while I've yet to hear anything else by them, I'm really looking forward to it. I don't even think I was much of a fan of this song prior to hearing their rendition of it, but there is just something so mellow and perfect about it and I can't stop listening to it. I'm especially fond of the turn it takes at 2:45 and how it sounds almost nothing in the end like it did when it began. Also, the piano is just… well I mean, come on, if you know me, you should already know I'm drawn to it because of the piano. 

The Head and The Heart – "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?"

I admit I've always really wanted to sing this song with someone, but I doubt that day will ever come. And so, I find enjoyment in other people singing it and what better than the likes of Mindy White (from States) and Anthony Green (from Circa Survive)? Mindy's voice, in particular is perfect for Christmassy tunes. She should totally put out a holiday album. Aside from their voices though, I really enjoy the dips in the music itself. 

Mindy White & Anthony Green – "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

This last song is just one of those feel good songs. The story in it's cute, the video for it's cute. It's sort of what I consider a typical, happy Christmas song. But I thoroughly enjoy typical where Christmas is concerned. I want songs to make me feel cheery, as I want anything that has to do with Christmas to make me feel. 

Train – "Shake Up Christmas"

I've got an enormous Christmas playlist, but I don't want this to get unbarably long. Perhaps I'll do another before the month's end if there's a demand for it. Do you have any newer Christmas song suggestions I might want to check out? I'd love to hear them if you do! 

P.S. I really wanted to post the song I'm currently listening to in this batch too, because it's strings are ridiculously beautiful, but I wasn't able to find it in an embeddable way and so all I can do is link you to it. You should really click HERE to listen to Punch Brother's version of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."

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October: On Repeat

So it’s that time of the month again and October brought some new and some old bands (most of which Steve turned me on to). I guess we’ll start with bands you’ve seen me give shine to before first….

States

As I mentioned last month, their latest album came out this month and so you should have expected to see them pop up again On Repeat. In addition to buying “Room to Run” on its release date, I also bought their EP “Line ‘Em Up” and between the two albums the following tracks got a lot of love: Generation, Falling For, Can’t Explain, and Timebomb.

Another Chapter

He Is Legend

He Is Legend popped back up on my radar this month because while plotting for my NanoWrimo project I realized their sound overall fits the tone of my book so perfectly I could virtually listen to any song whether it directly related to the story or not and write to it. I imagine He Is Legend will get a lot of shine in November as well while I’m in writer-mania mode so I apologize in advance for being repetitive come November: On Repeat. Songs that got the most listens include: Stranger Danger, Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, Martini, and The Fool.

Cult of She

Now for some new additions….

Thrice
 
I’m no newbie to Thrice, but for some reason like a lot of great bands I grew up with, I owned very little of their music prior to a few months ago. With their latest album release “Major/Minor” all of their music has been living on repeat this month. Thrice is another of those bands I can see myself listening to a lot next month while I work on my NanoWrimo novel because their overall sound just fits the tone of my story. Some of the most played tracks this month include: The Messenger, The Sky Is Falling, Silhouette, Stare at the Sun, and Promises.

Blinded

Closure in Moscow
 
This band is new to me and so very easy to listen to (in my opinion)! Like the few bands I’ve already mentioned being NanoWrimo inspiration, Closure in Moscow also makes the cut. Songs that were played ad nauseam include: A Night at the Spleen, Deluge, and Vanguard.

Sweetheart

Artifex Pereo
 
This band just might be my favorite band at the moment. Whenever I made attempts to listen to something else this month, I just kept drifting back to them. Even though only one song actually fits the story I’m working on for NanoWrimo, their sound as a whole is very easy to write to and therefore they too will likely be abused just as much next month as they were this month. In an attempt to save the “featured” book song for next months On Repeat I won’t point it out and just tell you that the following can all be considered favorites: Mrs. D (Oh, the piano!), The Pendulum (especially how it changes up after 2:15 minutes!), Fool’s Errands, Devil & Water, and Edgar Suit.

Granulated Eyelids

Tides of Man
 
Sadly, I’m getting into this band after the fact and the singer has since left them, but I’ve got two albums to keep me occupied for now and that makes me happy because they’re rather awesome. It might just be me, but the singer reminds me so much of the singer from the band RUSH that whenever I’m listening to Tides of Man I feel like seeing if my dad would jam to them with me just like we jammed together to RUSH growing up. Anyway, lots of tracks got a lot of play, but the following got the most:  Descent, Only Human, and Knowing.

Statues

A Lot Like Birds
 
As much as I love Jonny Craig’s voice in Dance Gavin Dance, I also really enjoyed the time Kurt Travis spent singing for them so when I found out he released an album of his own with a fancy new band it was sort of a no brainer to give it a shot and I wasn’t let down. My current favorites include:  Truly Random Code and Orange Time Machines Care.

Sesame Street Is No Place for Me

Well that concludes this month’s On Repeat. With NanoWrimo under foot, I’m planning a sort of “Special Edition” post for November’s On Repeat. Keep an eye out for it! 😉
 
Peace – Sarah

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September: On Repeat

This month’s “On Repeat” just might be the strangest collection of music yet. A lot of new music from August bled into September and one of my corrupters in particular was determined to outdo the others (he succeeded, btw). Also, this month my sister can be added to the corrupters list and like last month, I’m only responsible for one of the finds in this month’s list. We’ll start with my find…

Hayley Williams of Paramore posted this on her tumblr and I instantly fell in-love. In addition to this video, they also revealed another song via soundcloud called, ”Can’t Explain” which was equally as awesome. This album comes out in October so there’s a very strong possibility that States will make next month’s “On Repeat” too!

States – “Timebomb”

The next track that got a lot of plays came from Heather (edgyauthor), but technically I’m the one who turned her onto this band; I just didn’t have this song yet. :) I have GOT to get the rest of this album!

The Hush Sound – “Honey”

The following two songs came from my sister. The first of which was used for her wedding and since we had to edit the track to fit our walk down the aisle I listened to it a boatload of times. I wasn’t even sure I liked it initially, but now I’m positive I do especially with the extra meaning it will always hold. And the second song is something my sister hums and sings to herself so much when I’m around her that I found it stuck in my head before I’d ever even heard the real song.

Bibio – “Lovers’ Carvings”

(The wedding party walked in to the beginning, slower part, and then my father and sister walked in when the beat changed. It was awesome!)

Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”

Everything from this point on is from Steve! Some are new, some leaked over from last month (sorry).

So remember how last month I posted a bunch of Chiodos songs and said that sadly they’d kicked the lead singer out of the band, but were still making music? Well if you don’t, that’s what happened. New Chiodos doesn’t exactly sound the same. In my opinion they have more mainstream feel and the mastering sounds more refined, but I like them regardless of these things. In addition to the video below, quite a few other tracks got a lot of love including: ”His Story Repeats Itself”, ”Let Us Burn One”, and ”Notes in Constellations”

Chiodos – “Hey Zeus! The Dungeon”

Maybe now you’re wondering what happened to the old Chiodos lead singer? Maybe you’re not, but I’m going to tell you anyway. He created this band which also doesn’t exactly have the same sound as old Chiodos, but it’s pretty damn great in my opinion! In addition to the embedded track ”Graveyard Dancing” also got a ton of plays!

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – “My Swagger Has a First Name”

This next artist is the former singer of two bands I love, Emarosa & Dance Gavin Dance. I really hope he returns to the latter at least, but at the moment he’s currently in rehab or some nonsense like that. (It makes me sad when talented people waste their talent on addictions) Anyway, aside from the song embedded a couple other tracks got a lot of love too like: “I’ve Been Hearing that You’re Freaky” & “Children of Divorce”

Jonny Craig – “So Many of Us Hide Our Black Hearts”

This band isn’t really new to me, I’ve known OF them for quite some time, but until Steve came along, I didn’t actually own any of their music. I still don’t own a ton, but of the stuff I’ve bought since being reintroduced to them, I’ve been very pleased. Outside of the video below I also listened to ”Sink into Me” a heck of a lot too!

Taking Back Sunday – “Catholic Knees”

This band is the kind of band you can’t hate a song by. Everything I have by them is just so easy to listen to altogether. With that being said, picking a favorite is a little difficult, but there were a couple that got more plays than others like the track shown below as well as ”His Silent Film” & ”Cars.”

Lower Definition – “If We Speak Quietly”

Okay and last but not least is Dance Gavin Dance. I realize I posted about them last month, but gosh, they have SO MANY GREAT songs that I just can’t get enough right now. The song embedded was actually the most played song this month over everything I’ve listed above, but in addition to it the following got a crazy number of plays too: ”Heat Seeking Ghost of Sex”, ”Nasa”, ”Don’t Tell Dave”, ”Powder to the People”, & ”Strawberry Swisher Pt. 2”

Dance Gavin Dance – “Reprogramming Mental Preprogramming”

That concludes September’s music “On Repeat.” Who will corrupt me next month? 😉

Peace – Sarah
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