Music of the Month


This is just a few days late, but with school starting and what not I’ll cut me some slack. I don’t really have too many groundbreaking songs to share this month. I find myself going back to the same albums over and over as I’m listening to music now. With that said, let’s give this a shot:

  • “All Delighted People” — Sufjan Stevens: The title track from Sufjan’s new EP is a Sufjan classic. It’s more rocky than most of his songs but I like the direction his music is going in. I’m excited to see Sufjan in KC over fall break.
  • “High and Dry” — Radiohead: I’ve had a cover of this song in my iTunes for years but I never cared enough to get the original until I saw Jon Foreman cover it at an aftershow in August. Jon’s version was absolutely raw and powerful. I downloaded the Radiohead original and listened to it 10 times in a row one night. It’s just a song that hits me where most songs don’t.
  • “Straw Dog” — Something Corporate: I was lucky enough to catch SoCo on their 10-year Reunion Tour in KC in August and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. You could just see how much they loved their music and their fans during the whole show, there was an emotion that you don’t normally see at a live show. This song stuck with me as one of the best of the nights, but it’s had to say that any song was better than another considering it was basically a 2-hour greatest hits set from Something Corporate.
  • “She’s Got You High” — Mumm-Ra: I am not ashamed to say that I absolutely love the movie “(500) Days of Summer” and it’s soundtrack. I can listen to the soundtrack in it’s entirety any day. This summer I came across the (500) Days of Weezy mash-up mixtape (which I mentioned last month) and it made me fall in love with this song again, and propelled me to get a copy of Mumm-Ra’s newest album, it’s spectacular.
  • “Souls on Ten” — The Almost: My taste in music changed when I hit high school. I realized what good music was (for the most part) and tried to separate myself from the crap I liked before. One of the first bands to help me realize this was Underoath. I’m not a big fan of hardcore music but between their lyrics and Aaron Gillespie’s vocals, there was something about them that I loved. So naturally when Aaron formed the Almost I loved it. This is one of my favorite tracks off of their newest album “Monster Monster.” If you like it, they’ll be in Omaha on October 14th with Switchfoot. I’ll be there.
  • “Big Red State of Mind” — Schick and Nick: Ok, so this debuted on Friday, but I’m going to throw it in here because it is simply the greatest song ever created about Husker football. It honestly has some of the best writing I’ve ever heard and frankly, I’m impressed because I don’t really care for the Schick and Nick show. You should definitely give it a listen.

So there you have it. I’d love to know what your songs of the month are, let me know!

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Pretty busy month for me and I had a killer playlist ready to go. Then, my 3-week-old Droid X decided to freeze and I lost the tracks that I had written down in my notes program. Turns out there was a “back-up” button that I never knew about. Here’s my best attempt at remembering what was on there. Hope you enjoy and, as always, please leave your feedback and let me know what’s on your playlist!

  • “1000 Time a Day” – The Early November: I had always heard of the Early November but I had never really listened to them until my friend included this song on a mix CD (yeah, mix CDs are still super cool, don’t hate). I seriously listened to this song 5 times in a row while I was driving. I don’t know what hit me originally but it’s just a beautiful song. I can totally picture everything that Ace Enders is singing about in the song, and it makes me hope to find that girl some day.
  • “Roll Away Your Stone” – Mumford and Sons: Mumford and Sons are my obsession of the summer. Their sound is unlike anything I’ve ever listened to and their lyrics are incredible. I really like what this song says about redemption, which is always a message I need a reminder of.
  • “If It Kills Me” – Jason Mraz: I have loved Jason Mraz for a long, long time and this might be one of my favorite Mraz songs of all time. It’s a laid-back love song that reminds me of this dance every single time. It also happens to be what I plan on doing for my wedding dance. I’m going to start stretching for that now…
  • “In Your Atmosphere” – John Mayer: I spent a week and a half in LA working for ESPN at the X Games and part of that time was spent on the stage at the Nokia Theatre. That happens to be where Mayer recorded his live album “Where the Light Is” which features this song. I know it’s cheesy and cliché to choose this song since it talks about LA but I couldn’t get it out of my head the whole time.
  • “Us (Me and Mrs. Officer)” – (500) Days of Weezy: This album combines two of my favorite things in the world right now: (500) Days of Summer & Mash-ups. The movie is absolutely brilliant and mash-ups are the most entertaining things I know of. There is not a week track in this whole mash-up album, making it my favorite of the summer so far.

So that’s it. I feel like this next month is going to be a great month of music and I promise to make next month’s MotM a quality one.

Well, this is very late. It was a busy month, which is to be expected of June. Finally got into the swing of summer and everything that entails. So June’s choices reflect summer and just some good music to accompany it. Some old, some new. Enjoy!

  • “Hands Down” – Dashboard Confessional: A classic summer song. This song is especially great for when you have four other guys in your car, all the windows (and sunroof) rolled down and lots of other cars around you. Needless to say, you’ve just got to belt this song when it comes on. It’s a requirement. (On a side note, if you’re looking for a pure summer album then listen to “Dusk and Summer” by Dashboard. It’s perfect).
  • “Konstantine” – Something Corporate: Another oldie for me. I fell in love with this song early in high school but I rediscovered that love this summer. It is such a beautiful song, both lyrically and musically. Plus, it’s an almost ten minute epic which for me means that I get invested in the song. Every time I listen I suddenly feel like I need to find my own Konstantine. It’ll happen someday. And I will love that day.
  • “The Prayer” – Kid Cudi: I’m starting to listen to more and more rap these days. I can’t really say why, but it’s not that bad. Cudi samples the music from “The Funeral” by Band of Horses (feature in the first ever MotM) in this track and creates a unique rap song that really sticks out from any other song. It’s a mix of deep, intellectual thoughts and great one liners.
  • “Love Lost” – Temper Trap: I’ll admit it, I hadn’t listened to Temper Trap before seeing 500 Days of Summer last year. Now, I freaking love them. They are just a great low-key blisswave listen. Their sound is really unique and this song is a great showcase of their talents.
  • “Wavin’ Flag” – K’naan: Like many of you, I caught World Cup Fever this month. Last world cup I was in Europe, more specifically in France when France beat Brazil, and the passion that I saw while I was there completely turned me onto international soccer. So this year I was all in. This song is the theme for the World Cup and for the Coke commercials. It’s got a great feel and is just a fun song.
  • “Bangers, Beans, and Mash” – Infant Sorrow: This is from the Get Him to the Greek soundtrack. If you haven’t seen the movie then go see it now! It is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and one of the main reasons why are the songs that were created. The songs gave the characters great depth and still leave me laughing every time I listen to them. Also, Jason Segel wrote this one, so it has to be golden.

Let me know what I missed! I’d love to get the comments up on this. Thanks for stopping by!

So I wasn’t thinking ahead of time for this month’s music. In the past I had made a playlist and added songs over the month that I kept going back to. So when I sat down to think about what music I had been listening to I had a hard time. I decided I probably have been watching the same videos on YouTube over and over so this is going to be a special YouTube edition of Music of the Month:

  • “Magical Mysteries” – SNL: I think SNL can really do no wrong with their digital shorts. I haven’t seen one that I didn’t like yet. This one is truly amazing and it is even more amazing that they really didn’t have to change much from the original song. Watch the original (Dreams by ICP) and see which one you think is actually a spoof. It’s tough.
  • “50 Cent” – Manchester Orchestra: I don’t know why I like this song so much. Something about the relationship between the subject matter and Andy (the lead singer) is just so strange that it works really well.
  • “Electronic Wuss” – Key of Awesome: The Key of Awesome is brilliant. This song is definitely my favorite mainly because of the awesome lyrics. The music and his style of singing totally nail Owl City. The production quality of the video is great as well.
  • “She Runs” – Time Halperin: I’ve known Tim for about 6 years and his musical abilities are out of this world. He really has the chance to make it in the business and I can’t wait to see the journey. This song is just one that will stick with you for days. Download his EP for free here.
  • “Heartbreak Warfare” – John Mayer: This isn’t as new as the other videos, and its not really a video (rather a slideshow) but the music is absolutely beautiful. I love this version of the song and it makes me want JM to record an acoustic version of everyone of his songs and release it.

I promise next month’s Music of the Month will be a lot better than this one, but regardless I hope you enjoy these videos and thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment if you’d like!

So here it is, the second edition of Music of the Month. This could also be the music that  got me through dead week and finals. Enjoy.

-“Two Weeks” – Grizzly Bear: This is a song that I had heard the instrumental parts of for a while. Between an NPR podcast and the VW commercials I figured I’d better get the album. It’s great and this song is just as sweet as the commercials make it seem.

-“Currents” – Sleeping at Last: In the past month I was given the opportunity to interview Sleeping at Last for a broadcasting project. It was a big honor. The guys were really cool and gave me some great stuff (you can hear it here). This song is one of my favorites by them.

-“Animal Arithmetic” – Jónsi: I was very excited when I ordered the deluxe edition of Jónsi’s album, and it has not disappointed. While I’m still waiting for the physical copy to be delivered from London, the music itself is brillant.

-“Falling from the Sun” – The Album Leaf: I saw the Album Leaf play a few weeks back at the Waiting Room and they were spectacular. This song was one of my favorite from the night. They really have a great sound, go listen to it.

-“Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds to Mars: 30 Seconds is a band that I’ve heard of for a long time but I had never really listened till this song. It’s great and really provides some great music for editing.

-“Opposite of Adults” – Chiddy Bang: I can’t believe I left this off of last month’s MotM. This group is freaking incredible. Watch this video now. You will love your life SO much more.

-“Lesser Things” – Barcelona: I rediscovered Barcelona a few weeks ago when my iTunes was on shuffle. They are an awesome band that has a great sound. Great for a chill night.

So I had the idea the other day to post a few of my favorite songs that I’ve been listening to each month. So I guess it’s kind of like a musical recap of the previous month. I’ll try to keep it concise and interesting, maybe. Hope you enjoy! (The following are in order of my iTunes playlist)

-“The Funeral” by Band of Horses: I’ve you haven’t watched this video, go do that right now and then read the rest of this. This song is just one of those that I can just listen to with my eyes close and get goosebumps every time.

-“There Cannot Be A Close Second” by Copeland: Copeland has been my favorite band since my freshman year of high school. It’s the music that I’ve always had with me no matter what was going on. So it was a bitter-sweet thing to see them on their farewell tour in March. But, it did inspire me to listen to them a lot more, which led me to really grasp onto this song.

-“I Can Feel A Hot One” by Manchester Orchestra: This is another band that I saw in March and have been listening to a good amount since. This song is so much different from the others on their newest album but it is incredible.

-“Boombox” by The Lonely Island feat. Julian Casablancas: Ok, so this song isn’t that serious of a song, but I freaking love it. I also appreciated it when listening to the CD but the SNL skit this month just took it to another level. I could listen to this 24/7 and not grow tired of it. I also now want to do epic things with a boombox.

-“Night/Day” by Mae: Mae is another band that I’ve listened to for a long time but this might be one of my favorite Mae songs. The bridge just inspires me–I’m gonna wake up, wake up, every morning and then decided / I’m gonna wake up, wake up, every morning and make it mine

-“The War” by Melee: This is one of those songs where you only have one or two from the artist and you are perfectly fine with that because the songs are awesome. This song is incredible. Another good uplifting, inspiring songs, and I know I can always use those. Especially at the end of the semester.

-“Time to Pretend” by MGMT: So I might have been late getting on the MGMT bandwagon, but I’m ok with that. I had always heard Electric Feel but never the rest of the album. This might be my favorite track from it, and this cover by Jonsí only makes me love it more.

-“Her Words Destroyed My Planet” by Motion City Soundtrack: This song takes me back to the summer after freshman year of high school when I saw MCS live. They were awesome, and this is just a great MCS song. Just one of those that you have a blast listening to, but the lyrics are also really good.

So that’s the first edition of my Music of the Month. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by.