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Please excuse the mess

September 10, 2013

Switching host and domain services is a major pain that causes things to break. Stuff might be messed up for a little bit while I try to get everything back. Thanks for your patience.

No news is … laziness and/or procrastination

September 6, 2013

I’m really behind on news, so all the things I had expired. Here’s the two pieces of info I acquired recently that should be of interest.

Dear Blanca’s Talker, which I stated has “clever arrangements of intriguing sounds” earlier this year, is now a pay-what-you-want download. If you’re into alt-country, saxophones, being surprised, or howling vocals, you’ll love it. Seriously.

And now, for the Run Hundred Top 10 songs of the month! —Stephen Carradini

This month’s top 10 is dominated by duos. There are two songs by M83 and Imagine Dragons that have been out awhile but are just now getting their due from gym-goers. There are a couple tracks by Capital Cities and Bruno Mars that cracked the top 10 already and are re-entering in remixed form. Lastly, there’s a pair of dueling singles from Lady GaGa and Katy Perry’s forthcoming albums.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Lady GaGa – Applause – 140 BPM

Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven (The M Machine Remix) – 85 BPM

Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais – Summertime Sadness – 125 BPM

Rihanna & David Guetta – Right Now – 130 BPM

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive – 137 BPM

Krewella – Live for the Night – 127 BPM

M83 – Midnight City – 105 BPM

Capital Cities – Safe and Sound (RAC Mix) – 118 BPM

Katy Perry – Roar – 90 BPM

Pink & Lily Allen – True Love – 95 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.  —Chris Lawhorn 

The Gray Havens play a show for you! And write a new album for you!

September 5, 2013

I’ve been a real big fan of The Gray Havens’ Weepies-esque acoustic-pop since they first sent an EP my way earlier this year. After some touring behind the release, the married duo is getting down to business and cranking out an album. In 2013, that means a Kickstarter campaign is about to happen. LO AND BEHOLD:

Here’s the full Kickstarter page. If you don’t know the Gray Havens yet, NEVER FEAR! They’re throwing a free concert in their living room and live-streaming it tonight at 7 p.m. central time. You can watch it at UStream, their website, or below:

So, here’s a to-do list:

1. Watch show at 7 p.m. central time.
2. Fall in love with The Gray Havens.
3. Have your day brightened.
4. Contribute to their Kickstarter.

more moving pictures

September 4, 2013

Cameron Blake, who recently released an album, got inspired by Edward Snowden and wrote an artistic defense of privacy on the Internet called “The Ballad of Edward Snowden.” It’s not just protest; it’s also a really beautiful song.

MonaLisa Twins have studied the art of ’60s pop, and boy do they have it down. Throw in a crowd-sourced video, and you’ve got a cheery 2:28 to get you through those days.

Cheery post-rock acrobats Pan are releasing a new EP. Here’s a trailer for it. I’m stoked.

I can’t figure out if Sleigh Bells are destroying pop music or remaking it in their own image or both. Still, “Bitter Rivals” is pretty catchy! On the other hand, I don’t even know what I think about the video. Negative points for the Tyrann Mathieu jersey though.

moving pictures

September 3, 2013

Moving is tough, y’all. It’s been a month since I did anything real that didn’t include trying to figure out where something was (either in my apartment or this city). I did find some videos for you all though, and that’s pretty normal for this blog.

Old Man Luedecke just came into my life, but I’m welcoming him in with wide open arms. He plays a banjo the way it should be played and sings like he means it. This, my friends, is what I call folk music. You can expect to hear much, much more about Old Man Luedecke on this blog.

Califone just released a really awesome “video” tha is a collaborative art project with curated Tumblr accounts. “Stitches” plays as groups of found images float by. It’s a fascinating project that is never the same thing twice. Beautiful stuff. Check it out. (Warning: it’s possible that the images could be artfully NSFW, due to the ever-revolving nature of the content.)

Do we need more yacht-rock, synthy ’80s revivalism? No. Do we want it? OF COURSE YOU KNOW WE WANT THIS. Cub Sport wants to make you dance. I oblige.

I don’t cover rap anymore, but giving you “Action Bronson Live From an Old Folks Home” is about the finest way one can leave the rap game. Watch in awe and wonder.

Stephen Carradini and friends write reviews of instrumental music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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