Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t really fuzzy, was he?
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The summer between middle school and high school was a time of change (#cliché). Yet despite all of the changes, a few things remained constant. One of these constants was my friendship with Josh. We started hanging out in 7th grade, and by the summer after 8th grade, we were ready to make a movie together. The concept was simple. Summer’s Gone would be a coming-of-age story about two young filmmakers who created and submitted a film to a big festival. In the end they would get rejected because “being accepted would be too obvious,” and because they would end up “learning a valuable life lesson from the whole experience anyway.” We had this vision, and we went for it. Kind of. We made a kick-ass trailer for the movie and then moved on to another project.
When people think about the “Wonder Years” they either think about the TV show or their childhood. But for me and Josh, that summer before high school epitomized our wonder years–when we could be carefree and creative and have the time to do whatever we wanted to do. I’m sitting here in my dorm room typing this, which might be sad. But the purpose of me typing all of these words is to say that the wonder years aren’t over until you forget about them. The songs on this mix are from around the time Josh and I started making Summer’s Gone (some of them were even on the official movie soundtrack). I made this “flashback” mixtape as a way of eternalizing that summer before I forget about it, and hopefully these tracks will remind you of something important that you hope to never forget.
It feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel too.
- Jack’s Mannequin – Holiday from Real
- Nada Surf – I Like What You Say
- Bowling for Soup – Almost
- Eve 6 – Inside Out
- Something Corporate – Drunk Girl
- Ben Kweller – Sundress
- Augustana – Boston
- Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me
- The Killers – Read My Mind
- Keane – Spiralling
- Aqualung – Brighter Than Sunshine
- Griffin House – The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind
- Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
- Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Teenagers Remix)
- Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
- Spoon – You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
- Nada Surf – If You Leave (OMD Cover)
- City and Colour – The Girl
- Matthew Perryman Jones – Save You
Every ’90s baby in his or her right mind has gone through a massive Killers phase. It’s like part of the natural order of growing up. You have to like The Killers in your teens or you just end up weird and with a disfigured face (probably). It’s been a few years since we last heard from the Las Vegas natives. After a long hiatus the group came together last year to put together Battle Born, an album named after their home state and home studio. Below is the first taste of the new album, which really sounds like vintage Killers. Enjoy!
Man it’s been a while since I’ve done a Womp Womp Wednesday…thankfully, I have the perfect producer to return to the wompage with.
Aylen has quickly become one of my favorite producers. He has a unique ability to incorporate the necessary elements of the original song while at the same time completely turning the song into something all his own. His music has a massive, full sound that can’t truly be done justice unless you’re listening on amazing headphones or huge speakers.
That being said, if you don’t have such equipment, you’ll enjoy his huge sounds anyway. I think it’s only a matter of time before Aylen becomes widely recognized. His music deserves it, and his music womps too hard not to be noticed.
Big news this morning. Particularly for those of you right around my age. And by that I mean in the high school class of 2005. (Apparently I’m getting old enough to not flat out announce my age.) Don’t pretend like you don’t remember jamming out to SMIIIILE LIKE YOU MEEEEAN ITTTTT by The Killers. Well, word is out: The Killers are hard at work on a new LP. They will be releasing a full length album in 2012.
In similar news, Kele Okereke and his band, Bloc Party, have also been buzzing about a new album to be released in 2012. Despite all of the Bloc Party breakup rumors that have circulated the blogosphere, it seems the band is sticking around a bit longer and will be providing us with new material to stand alongside their past three albums, Silent Alarm (2005), A Weekend in the City (2007), and Intimacy (2008). Kele has even told the public (well, BBC) that the band has recorded two songs and demoed 17 tracks. He also mentioned that the album “doesn’t sound like anybody else on the planet.” Wait. Really? NOBODY?
So. With that being said, which album are you more excited about?
Here at SITR, we are big Benjamin Francis Leftwich fans. I have posted his cover of Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion,” and here we have another calming, relaxed cover of The Killer’s classic “When You Were Young.” Some people are simply blessed with beautiful voices. Regardless of what they’re singing to or what instruments are present, a great voice is a great voice. Leftwich, to say the least, has a great voice.
I’m glad to see him getting noticed a little more. This one’s at the top of Hype Machine right now and that’s awesome for him.
Kind of a chilling, haunting tone to this one. Relaxed finger picking on the guitar, mellow, easy voice, and a beautiful tone overall. Definitely a great track to calm down to. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this in a TV show–would have been absolutely perfect for the OC. Yeah, I watched the OC. Maybe this would be right for Gossip Girl?
He doesn’t like a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentleman
Like you imagined
When you were young
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After posting Madeon’s remix of Yelle, I couldn’t resist but look into more of Madeon’s music. I came across his remix of “Smile Like You Mean It” by The Killers and once again was blown away. I briefly mentioned in my last post that this kid is 16 years old, but I think it’s fair to go back to that point. 16! What was I doing when I was 16? Uhhh…not my homework. Probably still finding it cool to jump on my bed. I certainly wasn’t creating masterpieces, that’s for sure. Whatever, all jealousy and bitterness aside, this is incredible. I think I might go ahead and claim that this is my little brother. Or my child. That I apparently had when I was 7. The second one is creepier, so I’ll probably take that approach. Yeah. I have a 16 year old child. He makes crazy good music. Rumor mill!!!!!
Excuse me, sir or miss, but if you don’t like The Killers, I simply do not like you. Let me also inform you that The Soundmen, with whom I was lucky enough to virtually sit down and discuss music, never disappoint. When I first saw that they had remixed “When You Were Young” by The Killers, I was admittedly a little bit nervous. Like, “alright boys, don’t mess this up” kind of a deal. Well, that’s the last time I will have any hesitancy about The Soundmen. They absolutely murder this remix, both by putting their own really unique spin on the song and also by keeping my favorite elements of the original — always a recipe for a great remix.
Another great remix by The Soundmen: you may remember me posting a remix of “Bass Down Low” as a Womp Womp Wednesday post a while back. Definitely a different approach from The Soundmen, and I really dig it. They are always so unique with their sounds, and that’s something I really admire about their music.