November is a Drag

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For me, November is the second worst month of the year. Only January can compete with November in that sense. It starts to get cold and I loathe winter to the core of my being. This is just the start, so it’s exceptionally depressing to have like five more months to get through before it’s done. It’s like the first few steps of a marathon when you know the worst and most painful stretch has yet to come. Also, the holiday of the month is Remembrance Day. While I understand that it is an extremely important day, it’s not filled with the same kind of joy as Christmas for example. I’m going to bring this extremely pessimistic rant to an end because this is the home stretch. We’re almost at the finish line, and we get to celebrate with December which is quite possibly the happiest month of the year. Yay Christmas!

I will be partying away the end of November because it’s my roommate’s birthday. To celebrate, we are heading to a club and dancing like lunatics. This song has been getting me through the worst days these past couple of weeks and I will be requesting it every five seconds until the DJ plays it or I get kicked out. SBTRKT is extra special to me because I saw them at Osheaga on the Saturday night and which was probably one of the most fun nights of my life. The song is New Dorp, New York. It is super original and crazy fun. The vocals are provided mainly by Ezra Koenig, the lead singer of Vampire Weekend. This guy is so versatile. Also, the video is a treat for the eyes. The whole thing just oozes creativity.

Lions

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Coasts are not news to me. I have come to expect catchy tunes to rock out to whenever I type in their name, and Lions does not disappoint. The vocals are perfect to sing along to and the chorus will definitely get stuck in your head. It’s nice to mix it up a bit from my usual combination of electronic and house music. There’s nothing worse than becoming too predictable. I also want to add in that you can clearly hear the singer’s accent and I LOVE that.

HAERTS

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I’ve been meaning to check out Haerts for a while now. They have come highly recommended and I can see why. I’d say the vocals sound similar to Banks and Lykke Li, while the instrumentals are more like CHVRCHES. All of these artists are amazing, so obviously Haerts is no different. Giving Up is the kind of song that makes you feel something without being extremely slow and depressing. The combination of fast-paced melody and powerful vocals made it the perfect song to wake up to. Give this a try next time you are having trouble getting off your ass and you need something to kickstart your morning.

TV on the Radio

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I’ve had a very exciting morning and I needed the perfect song to celebrate. I found this gem on indie shuffle and have listened to it at least five times this morning. Careful You takes me away from the moment long enough to refocus, and makes me want to get up and do things when I get back in it. It sounds something along the lines of synth-centric 80’s electronic rock with a tinge of grunginess and I love it. I’m beyond sad I missed TV on the Radio when they came through Toronto this month now that I know what I could have experienced. I won’t let this happen again!

The Neighbourhood and French Montana

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I love this collaboration. The Neighbourhood and French Montana come together for this little work of art called #icanteven. It’s super catchy. This is the kind of song that will take over the airwaves. The beat is kind of dark but the lyrics are simple and relatable. Everyone’s been screwed over at some point which makes it relatable. Also, it’s nice to see a rapper like French Montana take a bit of a departure from the usual and team up with an indie rock band. That’s how you expand your fan base. Solid career move.

Thought Catalog

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I wrote a piece about breakup songs I’d been planning for a little while and decided to submit it to Thought Catalog last night. I’m pretty new to this whole writing for fun thing and didn’t think anything would come of it but I got an email this morning saying it was up on the site! Here’s the link:

http://thoughtcatalog.com/keenan-emily/2014/11/8-alternatives-to-traditional-breakup-songs/

Check it out :)

Dave Edwards

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I readily admit I have an obsession with Kanye West. I’d heard this song a while back by The Chainsmokers and SirenXX called Kanye and thought it was amazing. I love it when a song can be both addictive and clever. Seriously, just listen to the lyrics. They are perfect. What I wouldn’t give to have the confidence of Kanye for just one day. Anyways, when Dave Edwards took this tune and put his spin on it I fell for the song all over again. Get ready to have a dance party and laugh your ass off. Oh the things music can do…

Get Up

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I’ve been having a bit of a pity party over the past couple of days. Nothing is wrong in particular, life just isn’t always as exciting as I want it to be. I realize that is ridiculous and things could be so much worse, so I’ve turned to music to snap me out of my funk. One tune has caught my attention. The easy, accessible indie sound that is Last Lynx is just what I need, and the song title couldn’t be more fitting, Get Up. So, if you are like me and feeling a little down, or if you just want to hear something new, give it a listen.

Be My Baby

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I’m quite shocked to be writing this, but Ariana Grande and Cashmere Cat put out a song called Be My Baby that I just can’t get enough of. I’ll be the first to admit I had lumped Ariana Grande in to the over-saturated category of shallow female pop stars; however, this little jam has me changing my *tune*. Hashtag pun. While I never would have put these two together in my mind, this collaboration actually sounds just right and shows how versatile both artists can be. Be My Baby definitely falls under the pop umbrella. It’s nothing if it isn’t fun. While I’m less familiar with Ariana Grande, I can say with certainty that Cashmere Cat always hits the mark. His super techy, abstract-sounding beats take this simple pop song to a unique new level and have succeeded in introducing Ariana Grande to a whole new crowd of listeners. This is a pleasant detour from what I’ve come to expect out of both of them and I love it when artists surprise me.

Caribou

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It’s Wednesday, and if you’re a pessimist this means you still have to get through the second half of the week before party city. I actually enjoy Wednesdays because I can feel the weekend approaching, Thursdays are usually cool and Fridays are a joke. To me, the week is pretty easy from here on out, or it would have been if I were still in school and not working a retail job that picks up on weekends. But, if you are a pessimist or a retailer, you may need a solid jam to get you psyched for the weekend and help you push through in the home stretch. For the rest of you, this is just another amazing tune. It’s brought to you by Caribou who has been all over music media for a while now. Caribou hails from Dundas, Ontario, which is pretty neat since that is basically Hamilton, and are about to play a sold out show in Toronto. Unfortunately, I missed the boat on this one, but hopefully I can come across tickets somehow.  The song is called Odessa and right from the first note you can tell it’s going to be a good one. It’s insanely catchy and the perfect addition to any dance party playlist.

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