Spring is creeping up. If you live with seasons (i.e., the north-east, mid-west) nothing is better then the spring-time after a long winter. Here are some tracks (some old, some new) that will be making the rounds in my car/ipod.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction
Your head is bound to bob along to the catchy chorus and lo-fi pop that permeates this track.
Dan Deacon - Wham City
I had the opportunity to catch Dan spin/perform at the Middle East in Cambridge last year (he is coming back this May); all I can say is that my mind was blown. At 12 minutes or so this song is perfect for the open road.
At about the half way point you think the song is over, but this is when it is kicked into high gear. The drums beat heavily, a kraftwerk-esque robot voice chants, and just when you are certain this must be a different song, the sesame street chorus comes back - "there is a mountain of snow..." Instead of ending the song, the volume slowly turns down; as if the party is continuing some other place we are not invited.
Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
This duo from Australia colloborated to create a feel good track punctuated by an absorbing falsetto hook
Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus
It is doubtful that William Shakespeare could have foreseen that his play would one day be the band name for a rowdy Jersey band. However this is the song you want to hear live at your local Irish pub after 8 pints of Guinness.
Seelenluft - Manila (Cicada Remix)
Although this track is a few years old now it usually makes my rotation in the spring time. Moreover, I have a feeling it did not make the cut at many radio stations in the States. Seelenluft featuring a 12 year old from Compton (Michael Smith) in his hip-hop mash up was pure genius.