For a few years in college, I worked for WMEB 91.9 FM. I started out on Sunday evenings with a show called Staring At Sound (a Flaming Lips reference) and an intermittent cohost. When he stopped joining me in the studio, I had to face my on-air fears and evolve into a one-woman show.
I switched to Tuesdays and changed my show name to Aerin in the Afternoon. Every Tuesday I brought listeners an eclectic mix of current and not-so-current music from the bins and beyond. This is where I really began to discover how much awesome music existed, and I may have over done it. I spent hours in the WMEB CD library and on my computer at home researching and listening to all the bands that sounded interesting. My music library grew to an obscene size. Loved. Every. Minute. Of. It.
After graduating and thus losing my easy access to days and days of music I’d never heard of, I sort of lost touch with the music scene. I listened to the same music over and over, and though there was a lot of it, it wasn’t the same. Every once in a while I’d surf a music blog or go to Bull Moose to pick up a new CD or two, but at the end of the day, I’d lost my musical mojo. It was like that for a long, long time.
Enter Spotify! Somehow it feels like I’m back in the game. I’ve discovered a lot of great music through this nifty little application in the last year or so, and I’ll share some of it with you now. Enjoy!
1) By now you’ve probably heard Gangnam Style by PSY. He’s an enthusiastic South Korean pop star that dances like nobody I’ve ever seen. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out the video. It’s silly-awesome.
Thanks to Andy, I discovered an incredible deviation from the original: Oppa Spacejam Style. That’s right, Space Jam.
2) Miike Snow. Here’s a band worth knowing about. They’re like Fun. if Fun. was less poppy and more electronic. I can’t get him out of my head most days, and I’d love to share some of his songs with you. Please check out the below (my favorite) as well as Paddling Out, Pretender, The Wave and Mark Ronson’s awesome cover of Animal.
3) Mayer Hawthorne. If we’ve talked in the last 6 months about music, I’ve probably mentioned this guy. Nerdy white dude from Michigan with the soul of a Motown singer. He swears a little more than most Motown legends do, but he’s got the genre down pretty well. Here are two of my favorites (one even feat. Snoop Dogg Lion).
4) Jake Bugg // Trouble Town. Here’s a song that reminds me of the old west or perhaps a modern day Tarantino soundtrack. Knee slappin’ good.
5) Gotye. I’m sure I don’t need to post his most famous song, especially since I’ve already kinda gushed about him on my blog once. (Three days until the concert!) But I did discover him back in February thanks to Spotify. So, here’s one of his lesser known tunes that I really love. The whole album is worth listening to, though.
6) Since I mentioned Gotye, I’ve got to mention Kimbra. She’s the bombshell that’s featured and standing next to painted Gotye on Somebody That I Used To Know. I happened to get a sweet deal on her EP during Record Store Day this year, and I fell in love. Her album finally came out in August, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Here’s Something in the Way You Are.
Happy listening! Leave comments if you got ‘em!