Tune-day Tuesday: COACHELLA edition.

17 Apr

Firstly, I apologize that I have not been blogging nearly as much as I would like to be! This is partially to blame on my rigid gym routine, as well as my oddly busy schedule. Who knew that I’d be so busy in the days waiting for my full-time job to begin and in the midst of career-job hunting! I digress. The reason I went on about my lack of posting is because of this week’s Tune-day Tuesday installment. As all music enthusiasts are aware of, Coachella Weekend 1 has just past and Weekend 2 is approaching. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Coachella is an annual music and arts festival that is held in California. The beauty of this festival is that it connects the different genres of music and brings a diverse collection of artists and audiences together to celebrate their universal love for music. Music is one of the most important things in my life, I truly cannot live without music. This is why I think that music festivals, such as Coachella, are so incredible.

In honour of Coachella, I will be featuring five artists/bands in this week’s Tune-day Tuesday installment because I cannot pick one song this week with all of the wonderful performances I’ve been catching on YouTube. Thanks to YouTube, those
of us who are not fortunate enough to physically attend the festival, can still capture highlights!

Without further ado, here are some of my favourite artists playing at Coachella, with my favourite songs by the particular artists (in no particular order).

1. Holocene: Bon Iver

Above is Bon Iver’s set at Coachella 2012.

I think that Bon Iver was one of the most underrated talents of 2011 and finally, in 2012, they are receiving the recognition they truly deserve. Bon Iver epitomizes what good song writing and composition can do to a song. Holocene, which was up for a Grammy at the 54th Grammy’s, is so incredible.

and at once I knew I was not magnificent
Strayed above the highway aisle
Jagged vacant, thick without us
I could see for miles, miles, miles

Rolling Stone Magazine writes that “The cathedral-folk sound is idyllic, the memories of an ex are terrifying. This takes sensitive-guy poetry somewhere sublime” as they listed Holocene as one of the 50 best songs in 2011.

The genius behind Bon Iver: Justin Vernon.

2. Echoes of Silence- The Weeknd

And you reply I like the thrill
Nothing’s gonna make me feel this real
So baby don’t go home
I don’t wanna spend tonight alone

The Weeknd represents Toronto, very well, in my opinion. I always love featuring local talent and Abel Tesfaye, as we all know as the Weeknd, lends his beautiful voice to collaborations with the likes of Drake. The Weeknd brings a dark edge to R&B and has a really beautiful voice, which can be quite rare in his genre. In Echoes of Silence, The Weeknd showcases his beautiful voice in a haunting anthem about loneliness and the echoes of silence that ensue. I think you will fall in love with this song, as I did, after listening to it. I truly don’t have a bad word to say about it. The entire album is incredible and you can download it for free off of The Weeknd’s offical website: http://the-weeknd.com.

3. Cosmic Love- Florence and the Machine

As I’m sure those of you who follow my Tune-day Tuesday posts have noticed, I sometimes post the live versions of the songs I feature because I simply prefer the sound of live music. I’m sure you can agree with me that the true test of an artist is how much I enjoy their live performance. If the sound on the CD surpasses the live performance, I am left feeling let down. Florence Welch has a beautiful, powerhouse voice that never disappoints. Florence and the Machine released their album Lungs, and Cosmic Love is my favourite song off of the 2009 released album.

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

It seems as though the songs I choose share a common them of loneliness and darkness that results because of the loneliness, but these songs are just so stirring. Cosmic Love is no exception, as the lyrics tangle the audience up in the story that Welch ever so beautifully sings about.

4. Bloom-Radiohead

Radiohead is no stranger to the Coachella stage.

Off of King of Limbs, Bloom is one of my favourite Radiohead songs because of the ambiance it creates. Neil McCormick, for The Telegraph, accurately writes “simultaneously deeply weird and inviting, Bloom leaves me tingling with delicious anticipation. Which is, oddly enough, just about what you might expect.”

Open your mouth wide
A universal sigh
And while the ocean blooms
It’s what keeps me alive
So why does this still hurt?
Don’t don’t blow your mind with why

I’m moving out of orbit
Turning in somersaults
A giant turtle’s eyes
Jellyfish float by.
(it’s what keeps me alive)

The beauty and the mystery of Radiohead is what is left to the imagination.

5. Born To Be-The Airplane Boys

Again, I’m proudly featuring Toronto talent. The rap duo known as The Airplane Boys, is made up of Beck Motley and Bon Voyage. As their Facebook page describes them, they are “an evolutionary breed of sound that pushes the barriers of modern music. Having mastered their craft with a better grasp of mainstream music, The Airplane Boys have begun to make their move into the pop music industry. Their digital sound constantly evolves; built on captivating synths, experimental drum patterns and intricate lyrics. The intent for change is to stray away from the old to brand artistic music and pave a new path to stardom.”

Something that makes The Airplane boys both unique and relevant is their ability to bring two genres together so beautifully.

Born To Be was actually the very first song Airplane Boys’ song I listened to and I was immediately captivated. Not only do the rappers have a spitfire way of throwing out their lyrics and their rhymes, they are able to pull back the energy and lure in listeners with the beautiful melody.

the things we fear in the most, already happened 
what’s life without drive and no passion? 
It all passed by, I was passive 
but they can’t set sail without the captain 
same song we all feel alone 
thank god mistakes have me grown 

Well friends, that about does it for this week’s installment of Tune-day Tuesday. I hope you can appreciate that it took me quite a long time to determine which 5 artists I would feature out of the entire 2012 Coachella line up. If I could, I would have written about even more! I think that the collection of features that I did choose represent my musical preference quite accurately. My advice, if you’re looking for new music to listen to, pick a few random artists/bands on the Coachella line up and check them out on YouTube. This is one of the best ways to find new, excellent music, and if you’re anything like me, you’re always wanting to hear something new!



2 Responses to “Tune-day Tuesday: COACHELLA edition.”

  1. vartevarlfc April 17, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    This was bloody brilliant! I loved your blog this time around! It makes me feel all warm and cuddly, and you just give me this over joyed lovey feeling! keep it up! I’m always reading!!! ❤

    • merzybean April 17, 2012 at 1:12 am #

      I’m really glad you enjoyed it. Music has the ability to make us all feel good!

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