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[Soul] Shy Girls – I Am Only A Man

Shy Girls
I Am Only A Man

While living in Portland, the unofficial American home of counterculture, Daniel Vidmar made his big splash in 2013. How so? In countering the counterculture of course. While his Portland contemporaries rose to fame on the back of a very particular type of sound – bands like The Decemberists, Blitzen Trapper, The Dandy Warhols, She & Him, Starfucker, Ages & Ages, Langhorne Slim, and The Shins – Vidmar took to his bedroom and set out to break the trend. Under the stage name of Shy Girls, he has crafted an alternative R&B sound that remains a novelty, despite the oversaturated landscape of today. Continue reading

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[New] Arcade Fire- Abraham’s Daughter

The soundtrack to The Hunger Games movie isn’t out until March 20th, but the hype surrounding its release is growing exponentially. The album is said to feature artists ranging from The Decembrists (a favorite of mine) to Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.

The Arcade Fire gracefully joins the ranks with a two song contribution of original music, their first release since The Suburbs, with one going to the soundtrack and one to the actual movie score. “We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise,” Butler says in an interview over at EW. “And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically.” He goes on to maintain that these songs are not pop or commercial, but are rather to further the movie experience. And if I know my Arcade Fire, I think they’ll do just that.

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