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Shannon - The Hood Internet
Similar to Girl Talk, The Hood Internet — Chicago production duo Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell — mash up hip-hop and indie rock, like The Beastie Boys vs. Matt and Kim or Lil Wayne vs. Queens of the Stone Age. Unlike other artists of the genre, The Hood Internet limits most of their remixes to two songs. So, it's not like a soundtrack to an overwhelming cheerleading competition. I needed to wake up and get motivated, and these funky tunes do the trick. All of their music can be found on soundcloud.com. Future & T.I. vs. Clicks & Whistles below:
Deborah - Dawes, "Little Bit of Everything"
Of all the beautiful moments at Gasparilla Music Fest, hearing this song for the first time stands out. Perhaps it was the boys in front of me singing along at full volume, or maybe it was the simple honesty of Taylor Goldstein's vocals and lyrics. All I know is, this is a song that's simultaneously sad and hopeful about life and its different phases and flow; a feeling I can certainly identify with. So often, there's no magical insight, no simple easy solution that can help you figure out why things in your life are the way they are. Sometimes it really just is a little bit of everything. Check out a live performance of the track below.
Ray - Generationals, Heza (Out April 2, 2013)
This Nola-based duo's new LP is set for release via Polyvinyl Records on April 2, but a listen back to a pair or albums (2009’s Con-Law and 2011’s Actor-Caster) is like pressing play and being taken back to a time when the only thing that mattered was the pure joy being blasted through the crappy headphones on your first Walkman. Generationals tunes are almost always backed by lo-fi, quirky drum programming, peppered with perfect pop song structure, and guided by catchy chords. What’s more is that the bright compositions about eternal commitment (“Yours Forever”) get juxtaposed with dark lyrics about hopeless lovers leaving each other (“Goose & Gander”) and battling through good ol’ couples quarrels (“When They Fight, They Fight”). "Put a Light On" below.