“Choirs is a group of friends who enjoy getting together and making music.” –Choirs bandpage bio. 

And what more do you need? You can almost hear the musical chemistry between the members as the music plays.  Atmospheric and beautiful yet at the same time with a heart pounding alternative rock prescence.

This band is one to definitely watch. Upon first listen the songs sounded familiar yet new. Like an old friend you haven’t seen in forever but when you do you can barely recongnize them because they have changed so much (for the better). And that is only a sign of greater things to come.

This is definitely a band to watch. I can’t believe it’s only the beginning. This young band will probably be all over the map soon so don’t miss out.

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Not a stranger to long album titles, as we all remember When The Pawn Hits…(which is probably my favorite Fiona Apple record so far) Fiona Apple has done it again with her new album slated for a June release. The new album title in it’s entirety is:

The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes will Ever Do.

From that title, I can surmise that this is going to be an astounding album from a poetic viewpoint at least (Well, what Fiona Apple album isn’t? ). I mean, that’s JUST the title. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve heard any new original material so I’m definitely anxious for this release.

Not only is their a new album coming but she is also going to be on tour this month, so be sure to catch her live. I’m sure these shows are going to pretty special and not ones to miss if you have a chance.

Fiona Apple Tour Date 2012

3/15 – Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church
3/19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
3/21 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
3/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
3/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Music Box
3/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
3/27 – Boston, MA @ Royale

New tracks from great female indie artists on the rise and a few new songs from some you may already know. So check it out and add some beauty to your daily music rotation.

Happy Listening!

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Track Listing

1. Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats
2. Chairlift – Take It Out On Me
3. Rhye – Open
4. Dillon – Hey Beau
5. Summer Camp – Better Off Without You
6. Florence + The Machine – Strangeness and Charm
7. The Kills – Heart is a Beating Drum
8. Zola Jesus – Vessel
9. Wishes and Thieves – Lighthouse
10. The Submarines – A Satellite, Stars, And An Ocean Behind You
11. Memoryhouse – Punctum
12. Katie Herzig – Oh My Darlin’
13. Lisa Hannigan – Knots
14. Eisley – Better Love
15. The Ting Tings – Soul Killing
16. Kito & Reija Lee – Broken Hearts (Dillon Francis Remix)
17. Sleigh Bells – Never Say Die
18. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Suburban Space Invader
19. Ohbijou – Metal Meets
20. Tennis – My Better Self
21. Dead Sara – Test On My Patience
22. School Of Seven Bells – Show Me Love
23. Julia Stone – Let’s Forget About All The Things We Say

This month has just begun but already I’ve heard some amazing new tracks from some of my favorite artists and some I’ve recently just gotten into. So I figured I’d give you all an early christmas present and put this list out early. This is also probably one of the more upbeat monthly indie playlists in my arsenal so i hope I can cause some random dancing in public or maybe cure some rainy day blues.

Enjoy! and as always Happy Listening!

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Track Listing

1. Morgan Page ft. Tegan and Sara – Body Work (remix)
2. Fun. – It Get’s Better
3. WZRD – Love Hard
4. Chiddy Bang – Happening
5. Santigold & Karen O. – Go
6. Django Django – Hail Bop
7. Asher Roth ft. Kids These Days, Casie Veggies – Hard Times
8. The Ting Tings – Guggenheim
9. Dr. Dog – Vampire
10. Citizens – True Romance
11. NorthPilot – 1000 Lives
12. Anthony Green ft. Nate Reuss of Fun. – Only Love
13. Wake! Owl! – You’ll Never Go
14. Memoryhouse – Heirloom
15. Perfume Genius – Normal Song
16. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
17. Andrew Bird – EyeonEye
18. The Black Ghosts – Water Will Find A Way
19. Love Inks – BlackEye
20. Holy Ghost! – Hold My Breath
21. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
22. Jinja Safari – Vagabond
23. The Mars Volta – Imago
24. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
25. Say Anything – Admit It Again
26. Tribes – When My Day Comes
27. Of Montreal – Spiteful Interventions
28. School of Seven Bells – Lafaye
29. Blind Pilot – I Know
30. Grouplove – Close Your Eyes and Count To Ten

From one of my favorite musicians, Regina Spektor, comes a new single from the highly anticipated album, What We Saw From Cheap Seats (to be released May 12, 2012). I’ve been an avid fan since Soviet Kitsch and was lucky enough to see her live in Dallas, not so cheap seats but they were first row and I don’t regret a penny spent…Honestly, It was by far one of the greatest shows I’ve ever been to and I highly recommend seeing her live whenever you get a chance. For me, hearing this new single has helped keep the new album anticipation at bay just for a little while. So without much ado… 

Download here [Right-Click and Save As]: Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats.mp3

 

 

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Bright Eyes and Nas….yeah, just a tad bit different. But it eventually led me into digging through my record collection and finding some of my favorite hip hop songs that beautifully incorporate acoustic guitar into versatile and simple hip hop from some of today and yesterday’s most talented wordsmiths. Of course Lauryn Hill and The Fugees had to make the list. Hopefully you enjoy this mix as i spent alot of time trying to make each song flow into the next so you can just push play and drift off into an atmosphere void of stress and worry.

I actually love this particular crossover of genres so if you have any suggestions of acoustic hip hop songs then please don’t hesitate to share in the comments section

Happy Listening!

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Track Listing:

1. Lauryn Hill – To Zion ft. Carlos Santana

2. Tupac Shakur – Thugz Mansion (2pac Original Acoustic)
3. Erykah Badu – In Love With You
4. Atmosphere – Guarantees
5. Lil Wayne ft. Robin Thicke – Tie My Hands
6. Wyclef Jean ft. Mary J Blige – 911
7. Kanye West ft. Sylena Johnson – All Falls Down
8. Wale – The Cloud
9. The Fugees – No Woman, No Cry
10. Damian Marley ft. Stephen Marley and Black Thought – Pimpa’s Paradise
11. Outkast – Prototype
12. Jay-Z ft. Beyonce – ’03 Bonnie and Clyde
13. Lil Wayne ft. Kanye West and Joe Budden – Loser
14. Nas – The Message
15. Eve – Love is Blind

I’ve been a fan of mashups for quite some time, I’ve even tried my hand at it but i admittedly suck at it so I won’t even try and pretend like i have a clue about how it’s done..just that it sounds damn good when it’s done right. Anyways, enough about me…Founders of The Octopus Hamstring, Tyler and Mike (Mike being the mastermind) have actually been working on a project called The 86 Angels which is currently on constant rotation on my ipod. It’s a fairly new project but they are already on Vol. 3 of their mashup/remix series and this recently released track has really shown progression from Volumes 1 and 2 (which are still great in their own rights). Mixing old school hip hop including Wu Tang, Notorious B.I.G, etc with bands like Converge excite me. It’s refreshing to hear this unique blend of varying musical genres with varying themes instead of the same old mashups with david guetta, kesha, rihanna, etc etc.

 “The ’86 Angels are Mike, Tyler and Phat B. Mike and Tyler are huge fans of Morrissey and the Smiths; Phat B is not. Tyler and Phat B can each grow impressive beards; Mike cannot. Mike and Phat B can name the entire starting lineup from the Angels’ 2002 World Series Championship team; Tyler cannot.” – Soundcloud Bio

And as their official site states “if you came here to dance, go somewhere else. this isn’t that kind of party.”….but the thing is..it IS that kind of party..and you can cry if you want to. I won’t tell. It’s just that damn good.

And as always generous as they are creative, featured below are the first 12 minutes off of Vol.3 exclusively at FeelGoodPlaylists.com free for download. Just click the link below 
The First 12 Minutes [The ’86 Angels, Vol. III]

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Not only can you listen on your music player but have them play in your living room, at your grandma’s birthday, even bar-mitzvahs! just contact Mike @ the86angels@gmail.com for live bookings, remix work, tracks to add to any compilations, etc.