Australia Listening-Kagu-Human

Today is Friday! How awesome is that little, simple fact?

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At the magic hour of 6:00pm, work is usually put on a back burner, projects are placed on pause, and life with family and friends can resume creating a happy moment in time.

Weekends are the BOMB!

Just to kick off the celebration, here is another Australian band that ‘gets’ this happy relaxed weekend vibe. Their music has the ability to help you exhale and ready for weekend fun, as well as bottling the chill sensation of a Sunday coffee sipping and newspaper reading joy. I call that totally listenable. Come transport yourself in another time zone and listen to this really great sound from Australia…Kagu.

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“Our hands burn

to see if we can hold

the taste of sunshine

out to sea, no coming back

the waves within our arms

and the wind will write our names

born where you can name each star

you just gotta go, go, go, go, go

escape these stars

you just gotta go, go, go, go, go

you just gotta go, go, go, go, go

we can’t bear it

all the illusions

broken islands

we’re just flawed humans

our hands burn

to see if we can hold

the taste of sunshine

if I said I saw me in your eyes

Would you let it go, go, go, go, go

that your just shy

you just gotta go, go, go,go, go

you just gotta go, go, go,go, go

we can’t bear it

all the illusions

broken islands

we’re just flawed humans”

 

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The kagu or cagou is a crested, long-legged, and bluish-grey bird found in the dense mountain forests of New Caledonia, an island just off the coast of Australia. I am not sure how or why that was chosen for the name, but I love it’s uniqueness and geographic specificity. Whatever the meaning, Kagu has placed some solid music on my radar.

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Kagu is Sean Heathcliff. He was once involved in another band, Snakadaktal. Since its break up, he has been making his own music. He released an EP by the same name as this track,”Human”,  back in March.  This track’s sound hovers in the air around me softly and thoughtfully, with choice, interesting lyrics.

Weekend music perfection!

 

 

Mood Monday-Here We Go Magic-Ordinary Feeling

Mood Monday.

Have you noticed Mood Monday comes on Tuesday mornings, lately? Well, never mind about that. I will try to get back in the groove next week. But for now…

this is a weekend for the happy, joyous record books.

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This was the kind of weekend which included laid back family dinners, a spontaneous hike up a mountain, a bit of shopping, and a funky dinner in an urban exploratory zone.

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The absolute best moment was when I conquered my biking fear (after a face planting, toe breaking accident) and rode 41 miles. Scary unexpected tragedies can wreak havoc on the psyche, but getting on with my biking helped to squelch the fear for now. It also reminded me how the wind against my skin and the rush of nature speeding by, pleases me immensely. I love stretching beyond my normal everyday life.

Labor Day weekend was a little bit of this, and that, and the other.

Don’t you love the idea of having an extra day to do as you want to do?  When I think about my Mood Monday, I think about the happy chill of having additional time to hang out and relax and just experience the spontaneous joy of whatever floats my boat.

No one to answer to or jump for, creates a labor free Labor Day! My Monday was pretty awesome and made me infinitely happy. How about you?

This tune has been on repeat all weekend. I am in love with the soft and heartfelt sound of the band, Here We Go Magic. It is the perfect tune for a chill Monday and a soft, easy start to the four day work week. Everything about this song connects with me. It reminds me how lucky I am to be a music blogger. When I listen to the subtle but undeniable talent, my heart is full.

Just listen for yourself…

 

 

“half the time i’m lying

pushing pulling trying

making good excuses for my laziness

bad habits on the shelf seem to jump off by themselves

i’m my own defendant who’s the witness

lets not talk of love

who’s below and whats above

you’re only in and out of one or the other

dreamed i hit the wall

had a kind of call

dreamed i hit the wall

all i need is ordinary feeling

all i need is the beating in my chest

stay where you are

up against the ceiling

be at rest, be at rest

we had such magic dreams

as the holy body sings

now the cursed night

just brings that darkness

meanwhile all along we were

vital we were strong

something of the miracle of starkness

don’t give me just a fix

one of my stupid mental tricks

i only walk in one of four directions

do i wanna please me

do i wanna please me?

something seizes me

all i need is ordinary feeling

all i need is the beating in my chest

stay where you are

up against the ceiling

be at rest, be at rest”

Ethereal, contemplative and lovely, this song crushes my heart and sticks with me. I am so curious about the lyrics and the inspiration behind them. I have listened so many times trying to hear them all, but thankfully the band supplied the missing words that I just couldn’t hear. Every time I listen, I love it more. I am silly like that…I hear a song and it peaks my interest and then when I listen to it on repeat, I am either a total fan or I ditch it immediately. “Ordinary Feeling” is a keeper for sure.

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Here We Go Magic was originally formed by core members Luke Temple, Michael Bloch and Peter Hale, in late 2008. The project signed to Western Vinyl in 2008, followed by the five-piece group’s signing to Secretly Canadian in 2009. They are releasing a new album, Be Small, on October 16th. According to Secretly Canadian,

“It’s an album of robust future pop that still continues its route through Here We Go Magic‘s inimitable path of fidgety prog-rock, blissful melodies and sound collage experimentations, but always with a focus on a deep groove.”

I am so excited for the entire album, but for now, this sits at the top of my playlist. I will play it again and again and again, “making good excuses for my laziness..”

 

 

Elephant Micah-Slow Time Vultures

Mood Monday…..yawn.

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Today has been a curl up, quiet, exhale kind of day. A much-needed day of no commitments, no worries, and no deadlines. “Slow Time Vultures” is the perfect song to express my sluggish, laid-back mood. Almost like a meditation of music, this song seeps into my ears, and I begin to absorb its calming nature. It acts like a healing potion and is pure pleasure for my ears.

 

Elephant Micah is Joseph O’Connell from Southern Indiana and is a multi-instrumentalist.

 

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For several years, he has been recording in his home and releasing his music all on his own. Although his music has been almost a secretive project, it has caught the attention of like-minded artists and NPR. Somehow, it found its way to me on the perfect day and enhances my mood like a dream. Settle back, close your eyes, listen and send away all of your Monday stress.

Panda Bear-Boys Latin

Mood Monday, on a Tuesday….late again!

Yep, this song is my mood for sure. Right here, right now, no matter what day it is.

The song, “Boys Latin” is rhythmically soft and echoey, with a surprising punch of chill interest. It is a chant of beautiful voices and leaves me calm and collected.

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Considering my day of being surrounded by multiple fender benders, angry drivers, and frantic package senders, this song sends me to a calm level of tantric sweetness and is perfect for a playlist that needs a calm variation of sounds. I imagine my music to be similar to my food palate. One type of food, all of the time, would overload my senses and overpower my tastes. I believe it is the same with my musical choices. This kind of soft, subtle music captures my attention and never gets old. This song is timeless and soothing and perfect for the crazy world of Christmas procrastinators.

Yep, me included.

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May you experience the beauty of the chant and chill of Panda Bear. Be still in the music and close out your worries and fears.

Panda Bear is experimental electronics at its finest. Noah Lennox, born in the US, resides in Lisbon, Portugal and was a founding member of the band, Animal Collective.

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The name Panda Bear came from his illustration for his first recordings. With four previous solo albums, as well as a formidable creative life with Animal Collective, he certainly has earned serious accolades. This latest release is another incredible accomplishment of sound and continued experimentation. More power to him!

Enjoy!

Mood Monday-Yumi Zouma-Alena

Mood Monday.

Why does the change in time bring so many people down?

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I was waiting, waiting, waiting in an emergency room last night until @ midnight and it felt like the wee hours of the morning. But, no matter, whatever hardship happens in the middle of the night, somehow miraculously the beautiful sunlight will peek through my bedroom window with its important, dependable consistency. The beauty of the light hitting my closed eyes, after so many weeks of waking in the dark, was a radiant moment for me. Despite my lack of sleep, the late night news of good health, and not the added illness expected, was also a driving force to my early morning sunshine joy. As the sun set tonight in record time, which was way too early for me, I was reminded of this spectacular fall day which proved to be a special gift to me as I drove here, there, and everywhere.

Sometimes, the music is all about the mood. Or, maybe, the mood is all about the music?

My early morning feelings delivered this musical choice today. This is a tune that needs to be in the Mood Monday mix. What is not to love? “Alena” is just a good soft-popping tune that has an ambient air of a lovely chill vibe. Go on and put it in your happy weekend mix, or maybe simply crank it up, listen today, and help make this Monday a little happier. Perhaps it will bring the weekend a little closer.

Yumi Zouma is Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess and Kim Pflaum. From the soft sweet vocals of Kim, and the soft-indie subtle pop of the instrumentals, I have found musical, loosen up to the beat, love. I think it was a perfect compliment for them to tour with Lorde this fall. Yumi Zouma is from New Zealand and incredibly new on the music scene, but their songs and videos capture a seasoned accomplishment with a fresh clarity.

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“We’re slippin’ away to forever”

More power to their music and their style. It is the perfect pulse for my mood today. Thank you, Yumi Zouma.

 

Literature-Kites

Sadly, summer is coming to an end…….

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As much as I hate the idea of another season passing me by, I also recognize that all things eventually come to an end. When there are endings, it opens the possibility of amazing moments to quietly reveal themselves.

Sometimes, I wish I could manipulate and stop time.

I try to hold onto awesome moments, love, relationships, family, friendships, and even my own dreams and aspirations. Maybe I grip them too tightly. But, time has a way of always moving on. People, instances, and activities come in and out of our lives. Dreams are born and may either click or fizzle. The only way that I know to cope with all of this adjustment is to be patient, tread through the inevitable transition, and hopefully reach that place where a new peace and joy can begin again.

Listening to music is my happy constant, that I know will always be there. Somehow, it softens whatever blows come my way and helps to pave a clearer path for those sweet celebrated, special times to enter into my life. When I want to hold on to time, I can listen to music that is buried deep in my playlists (oldies, but goodies that trigger memories). When I am ready to move forward and face change head on, I find the accompanying new music that suits my mood.

For today, I am listening to Literature.

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This band plays sweet guitar jangle with a chill vibe. They began their start in Austin and then relocated to Philadelphia. Literature is Kevin Attics-guitar/vocals, Nathaniel Cardaci-vocals/guitar, Seth Whaland-bass, and Chris Schackerman-drums. They have a new album, Chorus, that just came out about a week ago, and it is what I need for this Friday. Their song, “Kites”, happily leads me into a long, holiday weekend of impending transition and metamorphosis.

“Don’t forget me tonight

I’ll wait here for another five”

What are you doing to kick back and enjoy your extended time off from the weekday grind?

There is something so joyous in beaching it, swimming, traveling, and playing in the sunshine. Summer is all about the shorts, sandals, outdoor dining, and biking. Time outside provides the energy boost that my body craves. I will be doing one or more of those.

I honestly dread the subtle disappearing of the sun and the shorter days that come with fall. Even though It makes me a little melancholy, I must look forward to fall and find splendor in the changing leaves, football games, cooler days, and stomping boots. Perhaps there is something around the corner that will be an occasion worthy of whooping and hollering about.

I will wonder and dream about it.

Yes, this dream worthy song and video make it all okay. So, say farewell to summer with me, and a…..

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Ducktails-Honey Tiger Eyes

31 days of Music

Day 29

I have been patiently waiting for new music from one of my favorite bands, Real Estate. It seems like I have been left hanging for forever and ever. Then, low and behold, I find out that one of the main band members has a side project called, Ducktails. It is fascinating how many bands splinter off for creative exploration. This song and this project captures just a fraction of the sound I dearly love, but I am truly satisfied.

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Ducktails is the solo side project of Real Estate guitarist, Matt Mondanile. His new EP, Wish Hotel, definitely tides me over until Real Estate’s new album comes out sometime in 2014 (cross your fingers). “Honey Tiger Eyes” flows with synth and a hazy psychedelic sound. I appreciate that it contains an interesting experimental, chill vibe. I really love the instrumental section at about 1:34. It is a solid song and a very hip listen. Check out the Facebook page and enjoy the tune! Then, you might as well also take some extra time to listen to a fave of mine from Real Estate.

https://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/ducktails-honey-tiger-eyes