TV Shows with Amazing Soundtracks

  1. HBO’s Girls

From New Order, Oasis to Solange, the Girls’ soundtrack is definitely one worth a listen. It’s quixotic, crazy and fits hilariously and perfectly into just about every single scene whether it is of Hannah and Jessa singing “Wonderwall” melancholically in a bathtub, or of Marnie miserably ruining Kanye West’s “Stronger” at an office party at an attempt to regain her lover, the show’s soundtrack manages to make every moment memorable.

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  1. Breaking Bad

Diverse and vibrant, Breaking Bad by far features some of the best music on TV. From Yellowman to Gnarls Barkley and Thee Oh Sees, this show covers just about every genre (as well as in a few different languages).

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  1. Gossip Girl

A mix of lively indie and alternative hits, Gossip Girl brought the likes of The Naked and Famous, Band of Horses, Beach House and Vampire Weekend into the TV show mainstream. From the whistles of Peter Bjorn and John announcing Serena’s arrival to the Upper East side to Nate and Serena’s make out session to the tune of Cold War Kids’ hit, “Take Me Out to Dry,” the sounds of modern popular indie music make up the majority of the show and give it just the right kind of appeal to attract audiences who normally wouldn’t go for the show centering around a bunch of rich, snobby prep kids.

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  1. Glee

Okay as much as people agree to disagree on the qualities and downturns to this show, there have been some covers that have made it the Emmy nominated jewel it is today. From the cast’s Firework cover of Katy Perry’s hit song to Lea Michele’s tear jerking cover of Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts”- the fantastic and ridiculously talented cast has made some pretty unforgettable renditions of some of America’s most coveted songs.

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Trent’s TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2014

Regardless of what same might say about the current musical landscape, great albums come out every year without fail. 2014 was no exception. Many established artist released their best works to date (Beyonce, St Vincent, Ingrid Michaelson) and those were complemented by many great debut albums from new artists as well (Azealia Banks, Betty Who, Kieza.) Amongst all this, there were some albums that I couldn’t stop listening to this year and I’m taking this time to recommend my top 5 of the year to you along with some honorable mentions that you should also check out. I’ve taken the liberty of making this experience EVEN EASIER by listing the key tracks from these albums and making a SPOTIFY playlist of them all together! I’ve included the key tracks from the honorable mentions as well so you can determine which albums you might want to check out in full.

 

via Pitchfork Media

 

# 5: Perfume Genius-Too Bright

!WARNING WARNING; THIS ALBUM IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! The sensitivity and blatant depression that is conveyed by Perfume Genius in all his albums is “slightly” lightened here on Too Bright, but still tugs at the heartstrings. He’s one of the most experimental and honest male artists in the game right now and although he still shows his indie-ballad style on this record, his dabbling in synth-pop and more straightforward tunes could transition into a spot in the mainstream soon enough.

Key Tracks: “Grid”, “Fool”, “Queen”

via Consequence of Sound

 

#4: Betty Who-Take Me When You Go

 I’ve followed Betty Who ever since she released her first E.P. The Movement in 2012 (actually it was so early on that it was a free download) and ever since then she’s blossomed into a budding pop sensation. She had early buzz when a proposal video in a Home Depot used her track “Somebody Loves You” went viral and after that subsequent touring and another E.P. Slow Dancing made way for her major label debut Take Me When You Go. Songs from both  E.P.s show up here with new tracks as well. She has the sound of dance-floor pop icons like Kylie Minogue and Rihanna, but counters that with a singer-songwriter vocal and lyrical style. With the success of this release, she’s one to watch in 2015.

Key Tracks: “High Society”, “Alone Again”, “Dreaming About You”

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#3: Mozart’s Sister-Being

 Another synth-pop up-and-comer, Montreal’s own Mozart’s Sister is out for blood with this full-length debut Being. Songs from her previous E.P. Hello show up in re-worked version on this release, but it’s the new tracks that are the most telling to where her sound is going next. She’s been compared to her fellow Canadian songstress Grimes and American mezzo-soprano pop singer Sanitgold, but Mozart’s Sister has KILLER pipes and great musical composition skills that separate her stylistically from her peers. Being feels urgent and commanding when listened in full and leaves me curious as to what she’ll do next.

Key Tracks: “Good Thing Bad Thing”, “Enjoy”, “Lone Wolf”

 

#2: Röyksopp & Robyn-Do It Again

 Although this was labeled a “mini-album,” nothing feels “mini” about this release at all. It feels concise and complete with great dance-pop arrangements and chilled-out beats galore. Robyn sings heartfelt lyrics on “Every Little Thing” and turns on the anthemic charm with the jam “Do It Again.” Every time this pair works together something memorable is produced and Do It Again proves that they can indeed do it over and over again.

 Key Tracks: “Monument”, “SayIt”, “Every Little Thing”

 

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#1: St. Vincent-St. Vincent

 I could say so much about this artist and how much I admire her, but I’ll spare you the geek-out-fest and focus on why this self-titled album is clearly the album of the year. In the press she’s said that she self-titled this album because it’s the album where she felt she’s sounded “most like herself,” and I couldn’t agree more. After working with David Byrne of Talking Heads on the collaborative release Love This Giant in 2012, it would obviously impact her work for years to come. When working with such an icon and performing with him and learning tips and tricks, how could one NOT be excited to put them to use. This album still has nods to her previous releases like Strange Mercy and Actor with airy ballads and clever lyrical content, but is now enhanced with more pop-centric funk laced tracks like “Digital Witness” and dream-pop moments like “I Prefer Your Love.” This does feel like the real St. Vincent and because of the success of this release, she has been exposed to a whole new audience who can experience her more “accessible” sound. Yet, she still hasn’t sacrificed her performance-art-style live shows and she continues to “fight the good fight” in the media for women in music and artistic freedom as well.

Key Tracks: “Digital Witness”, “Rattlesnake”, “I Prefer Your Love”

 

Honorable Mentions:

via Amazon.com

Ingrid Michaelson-Light’s Out

Key Tracks: “Girls Chase Boys”, “Warpath”, “Afterlife”

-No Mythologies to Follow

Key Tracks- “Waste of Time”, “Walk This Way”, “Glass”

Azealia Banks-Broke With Expensive Taste

Key Tracks: “Heavy Metal and Reflective”, “BBD”, “Miss Camaraderie”

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Key Tracks: “The Gold Standard”, “Breakfast Can Wait”, “What It Feels Like”

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Key Tracks: “Breathing”, “On the Line”, “Spare Me”

 

Don’t forget to listen to the playlist below and comment what you think! Share this post as well if you feel so inclined!

 

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Modest Mouse Announces First New Album in Eight Years

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March 3, 2015 marks the release date of Modest Mouse’s much-anticipated new album. The band titled their new work, “Strangers to Ourselves” and has posted pictures on their Instagram of artwork, which could potentially be the cover art for a single or the album itself.
The critically acclaimed band last released an album in 2007, which reached number one in the American Billboard 200 as well as achieved Gold standing in Canada for reaching 500,000 sold copies.

Their single, “Lampshades on Fire” was released this Monday and can be found online.

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Another Nicki Minaj and Beyonce Collaboration: “Feelin’ Myself”

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The highly anticipated album by Nicki Minaj, “The Pinkprint,” was released today! One of the stand out tracks on the project is “Feelin’ Myself.” Did I forget to mention featuring Beyonce? Yes, as if Nicki and Beyonce’s collaboration on the “Flawless Remix,” wasn’t already an explosion of awesomeness they did it again with the track starting off with “Yo B they Ready?” then, into Beyonce vocals following by Nicki hard rhymes about basically all the reason why she’s the “baddest” in the rap game. Click Below to listen. Let us know your thoughts on the song!

 

Click below to purchase  The Pinkprint on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-pinkprint-deluxe-version/id947648607

 

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Too Many Coogs – Episode 8 – The Trek To War

Hang on, folks.  Too Many Coogs is a podcast presented by Coog Radio that is about… well… who knows, really?  Tune in every Thursday at 1pm Central to listen in!

Michael and Justin discuss Star Wars trailer, possible endings, and other movies and their possible endings, quickly devolving into shoutouts.

 


Childish Gambino Appreciation Post

Around this time last month, December 6th to be exact, rapper Childish Gambino released his last official album, “Because the Internet”- a long awaited album since his debut 2011 album “Camp”.  If you weren’t a fan of Childish Gambino before “Because the Internet”, then you were definitely one after. This album generated the most buzz, especially with his single “3005”- a seemingly upbeat song, with actually sad lyrics as Bino questions existence (heard a lot in verse two). Peep the sad rapper and a deteriorating bear in his video here.

Since it’s been a year since BTI, lets take a look back at Gambino’s top 5 lyrical moments in this album.

  1. “Still spitting that cash flow: DJ Khaled/ I got a penthouse on both coasts: pH balance”- from “Sweatpants”

Rap Genius Explanation:

  • This is a play on the traditional term for pH balance, which is usually applied to determine how acidic a solution is, pH in this case standing for penthouse. To balance out the fact that Gambino already has one penthouse on one side of the country, why not get a second one on the opposite and have an equal balance? The gang rivalries of the East and West Coast (Bloods vs. Crips) also resembles the pH scale as it goes from red to blue.

2.”   Got more likes than a white girl talking”- from “Worldstar”

Rap Genius Explanation:

  • “More people like him, favorite his tweets, and like his Instagram pictures than the amount of times a stereotypical white girl uses “like” in her sentences.”
  1. “Got no patience, cause I’m not a doctor/ Girl why is you lion, girl why you Mufasa”- from “3005”

Rap Genius Explanation:

  • “Bino plays on the “patients/patience” homophone to say that he doesn’t have the tolerance to help other people with their problems because he has enough to deal with on his own.”
  • “Another homophone usage — Mufasa was a lion from Disney’s The Lion King, but this girl is constantly lyin’ to him.”
  1. “Got her hair done, French braids now she ASAP/ Bino so insensitive, she asking, “Why you say that?!” - from “Sweatpants

Rap Genius Explanation:

  • A reference to ASAP Rocky who is known for his braids. Here’s his hair unbraided lol.
  1. “Heathen, it’s a struggle just to keep breathing/ Existential asthmatic, puff puff pass addict/ Craftmatic, making moves but they sleeping on me/ We can kick it like it’s FIFA, homie/ Nevertheless, I got that fresh like it was Crest/ Grind cause I’m stressed”- From “Zealots of Stockholm/ Free Information”

Rap Genius Explanation:

  • “It is a struggle to continue to exist. Donald is also having a hard time breathing due to his asthma and the fact that he is smoking as shown in the next line”
  • Gambino’s craft, while being on another level is being slept on (overlooked, underrated, etc). Craftmatic also refers to adjustable bed. Note the play on words with “craftmatic” (a bed) and“sleeping on me”.
  • FIFA—> Soccer, kick as in also relax/ chill.
  • Crest is the freshest toothpaste. Also, teams in FIFA have club logos, also known as “crests”.”
  • “This is a double entendre—He is grinding his teeth from all his stress. This is also a reference to grinding weed. Most people smoke weed to escape from their stress and relax.”

Those, in my opinion, are my favorite moments. Even though they’re just small parts of the songs, those lyrics have a lot of meaning behind it and it’s fascinating to see. Bino’s an interesting rapper in the sense that he is extremely lyrical. Did I miss any good ones? Add on with a comment!

Since his last album, Childish Gambino has released his mixtape “STN MTN” and his ep “Kauai”, if you haven’t checked those out, you definitely should when you have the chance.

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