It’s one of those evenings. Long day, finally home and able to relax, and just when I think I’ll plop onto the couch and stare blankly at the wall, I get this last burst of cracked-out energy and sit down to write one of these really bizarre posts. What can I say, I’m friends with @PigsandPlans. We’re weird. We’re not afraid to hide it. Back off.
So tonight’s topic is “5 Artists I Want To Marry.” Okay, so it’s not easy for me to narrow it down to five, but I’ll make my best attempt. Ready? Here goes.
1. Kid Cudi
Ugh, sorry, this was too obvious. But what can I say, I’m a loyal girl! Ever since the first time I ever heard about Kid Cudi, which, if I recall correctly, was in an obscure blog post or magazine article that talked about a Kanye West concert and mentioned the kid he had opening for him whose named happened to be Kid Cudi. After reading a paragraph about his performance and his style of music, I immediately whipped out Google and started stalking. Err..um…listening to music. And looking at pictures of him on Google Images. No wait, just listening to his music. Yeah. Kid Cudi. Want to marry him.
2. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis
Okay, so the question is: would this qualify as a threesome? Not that I’m aiming for a threesome, but I just can’t imagine one without the other. I came across these two my senior year of college when I was really getting into the Seattle hip hop scene. This was before I knew much about Twitter or got any music submissions. I found most of my music by browsing MySpace (God, I should stop talking now.) and if I found somebody whose music I liked, I’d see who their “top friends” were and listen to their music. So I came across Macklemore, and then that’s how I found Ryan Lewis. I remember immediately falling in love with his song “Make You Mine.” Still love that instrumental today. Anyway – these two are unique, Ryan is hot, and they make beautiful art. Yep, I want to marry them. Both of them.
3. Bon Iver
This is probably cliche to say these days, but man, I have a THING for Justin Vernon. The beard, the messy hair, the falsetto, the low voice, the ear for music. It’s simple, really: everything about Justin Vernon is fucking beautiful. Want to marry him.
4. Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert. AKA Alexander. AKA frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. AKA one of the best performers I’ve ever seen in my day. He’s wild, he’s unique, he’s artistic, and he seems so damn fun. And anybody who can write a song as sweet as “Home” just MUST have a big heart. Let’s just forget about his run-in with rehab and all that. K? Cool. Want to marry him.
5. Peter Silberman
Peter Silberman is the frontman of The Antlers, my musical obsession of late. I saw them perform live and was worried that his voice wouldn’t be up to par live with its sound on record. Thankfully, I was wrong. And by god, I was amazed. The sweet sound of his voice was enough to put him on my top five. Well that and those blue eyes…
MP3: “Two” – The Antlers
Runners up: John Legend, K’Naan, Rob Lowe (Balmorhea)
PS – Don’t tell @PigsandPlans about this. In reality, we’re going to get married someday.
There must be a reason for this recent trending of “Truth” by Alexander. After hearing it echoing throughout the office the other day, I posted something about it, and now I receive an email about a remix of it? I guess it’s hitting the more mainstream masses now, huh? Ugh, does that make me a music snob? Please forgive me.
Anyway, best way to spend your weekend is likely with this song as your soundtrack. Trust me on this one. It’s supposed to rain here all weekend, but this song is a bit like putting on sunglasses that will turn rain into heavy beams of light bursting in to say hello. Happy Friday at Five-ish! Rock on!
Alexander Ebert, the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, is one of my favorite live performers I’ve ever seen. By the end of this video, you might have a better understanding why. It’s funny that this video came on my radar today, because for some reason, songs by Alexander, particularly “Truth,” has been echoing throughout headphones and speakers at work. It’s as though somebody heard the song, wrote it down on a piece of paper, and passed it around the office like a note about the cute new girl in class got passed around in middle school. Okay, so it probably wasn’t much like that, but a girl can let her mind wander, no?
Anyway, this video isn’t really doing it for me. Despite its attempt to be artsy and futuristic with its animations that turn mountains into men (specifically Alexander himself), it’s a little too forced for me. Almost seems a little cheesy. BUT, his dance moves at the end ALMOST bring the video back to positive review land. You know what they remind me of? The times in [the incredible movie] Legends of the Fall when One Stab does his tribal dances. Yall feel me?
Lastly, try to tell me Alexander doesn’t seem like a modern-day Paul Simon. This album is one of the five I picked for my feature on Nerve.com (Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now), and that’s when I first made that bold statement. I stand by it, though. Who wants to pick a fight with me? I’m ready for it!
Hit the jump to watch the video.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros make the most stunning music videos. After watching them, I find myself dying to kick off my shoes and be a part of this band. And since I’m not very musically talented, maybe I need to quit this blogging thing all together and just follow their band around. Life is short, right? Hit the jump for all production credits and an explanation of the video. Continue reading “Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream (Music Video)” »
…there was Ima Robot. Frontman of Edward Sharpe, Alex Ebert, used to be the frontman of Ima Robot. And luckily for us, the band has reunited to create a new album called Another Man’s Treasure, available everywhere on October 19th through Werewolf Heart Records.
I’ve got a song off their upcoming album called “Ruthless,” and to go with it a crazy cool video of skateboarders skating through fire. Awesome. Video produced by Spike Jonze and directed by Ty Evans.