River Tiber

Listen While You Work: 6.0

Daylight Saving time always sneaks up on me. Every year, twice a year, it sits there on my calendar, but it seems as though my eyes have trained themselves not to notice it. So I thank god every time it comes around that my mom still knows me well enough to know she needs to remind me. Sure, I have devices that automatically update themselves (though now I sometimes wonder why the heck my wall clock, microwave and stove wouldn’t know to update themselves…like come on, it’s 2014!…what?), but it’s still worth knowing that there’s going to be a significant change in your days.

Everybody always says the one in the spring time is better. Spring forward. The sun stays out longer. The warm weather is on its way. Yeah yeah, you lose an hour of sleep, BUT IT’S WORTH IT.

This year, I’m ready to spring forward. I’m ready for longer days, new beginnings, and refreshed motivation. I’m starting a new job and am excited about it.

This latest Listen While You Work playlist stands for finding your new beginnings. Seek motivation. Chase your passions. Work for a reason. Let this be your soundtrack.


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[Download Mixtape] Tape Tuesday: Fast Forward Culture

New Tape Tuesday!

Whenever I visit my grandma, she always complains that my generation is anti-social (and stuff), and that disconnect can be frustrating. I try to explain the fast forward culture we live in, but the more I explain it, the more it seems terrible. This is going to be the last Tape Tuesday for at least a month, and ironically, it’s partially because I don’t want to live in fast forward anymore. I want to slow things down, evaluate, enjoy, and understand. Last night on Twitter, people were already criticizing Childish Gambino‘s Because the Internet, which is an album that I’ll need at least a week of consistent listening to understand. And that’s the problem. I feel like people don’t want to understand anymore, and lately I have become obsessed with understanding. See, I sound like my grandmother now. I don’t know which way of thinking is right or wrong, but I’m starting to understand what my grandma’s talking about.

  1. Vök – Before
  2. Teen Suicide – Haunt Me (X 3)
  3. Slaughter Beach – Spinning Globe
  4. Saint Raymond – Fall at Your Feet
  5. Yasmin Green – Into the Night
  6. Childish Gambino – Telegraph Ave.
  7. River Tiber – The City
  8. Avan Lava – So F*kt Up
  10. ceo – Whorehouse
  11. Default Genders – Stop Pretending
  12. Sportsman – Champagne
  13. Oliver Tank – Time Slows Down When You Walk Into The Room
  14. Alice Boman – Waiting
  15. Sway Clarke II – I Don’t Need Much
  16. Hayden Calnin – Coward
  17. The Holidays – All Time High
  18. Sleepy Dreamers – Bike Song
  19. Twin Forks – Cross My Mind
  20. Chance Waters – Bonnie (ft. The Griswolds)
  21. Francis and the Lights – Like A Dream
  22. D.A. – Farm

Something you tossed out is everything I want, something you’re dismissive of is the reason I wake up…



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[EP] River Tiber – The Star Falls

I just found out about this 23-year old Canadian singer and producer who goes by the name of River Tiber (real name is Tommy Paxton-Beesley) over on The Music NinjaI’m reminded right now a bit of the day that I first heard Oliver Tank’s music. There was the moment, very soon after pressing play, that I knew this was a real life moment that I’d remember for a while. The brain holds a lot of information, yall, but for you to actually be able to remember it, many times you have to associate it with emotion or sense. I’m not in a memorable place right now, but I feel this music. I’m going to remember this moment on a Friday, sitting at my desk, just like any other day, but for what I just stumbled upon.

It sounds as though River Tiber has quite the audience in his native Toronto who already know and love his music. But if it’s just beginning to seep outside the Canadian borders, let me be one to tell you that this young man is onto something really special. He’s creating electronic music that isn’t dependent on heavy synths, which currently feel overdone in the music market. He’s doing something more unique, more adventurous and exploratory, than what you often hear in the electronic music scene. It tends to be much softer than that. Even on “The City,” which starts with a drumkit baseline, it emerges into something that sounds so calm and natural. At times his vocals sound a bit reminiscent of Jeff Buckley’s, who is one of my favorite artists of all time. It’s truly beautiful, yall. I may have just found my newest crush.

What are you afraid of?

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