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Day 299: M.O.P.E. by Ambassadeurs

17 May

Hey guys!

I’m a big twitter fan, if you don’t know already (if you want to hear the random ramblings of my crazy mind, you can follow me: @margasaur). I follow a variety of different people from comedians to photographers, from publications to websites, from well-known musicians to totally unknown musicians. It’s like my passion to discover these people.

Well, this morning, I woke up and checked my twitter only to find this awesome DJ following me and linking me to his music for free. Going by the name “Ambassadeurs,” Mark Dobson is a DJ from Brighton, UK! He is a DJ “who’s eclectic sound draws influence from Electronic, EDM, Hip-Hop, Dub, Field Recordings, Ambient and many other forms of music and continues to try and push the boundaries when it comes to production.”

His free song is pretty much amazing, so I wanted to feature it here! The song is called “M.O.P.E.” and it is super catchy! If you like this, go check out his other music on his facebook or you can follow him on twitter @AmbassadeursDJ! But for now enjoy “M.O.P.E.”!

Also, if you’re a twitter connoisseur like myself, follow these people: @PasteMagazine, @chopchopmusic, @johnroderick, @mshowalter, @robhuebel, @fleetfoxes, @Gibbstack, @mrdavehill, @michaelianblack, and of course @UOCulturalForum!

Day 105: Ode To Paste Magazine

2 Sep

The most recent issue of Paste

Hello there! If this is your first time on the site, be sure to check out the about page at the top for more info on my project! Also, sign the guestbook (also located in the top)!

Once more, a digression from my promise of pictures of California, but this is important.

As you probably know, I did a paste mag video week a few weeks ago (talking about videos given to me by Paste Magazine, aka my favorite magazine).

Well, some shockingly sad news was announced yesterday:

“Paste Media Group announces, with deepest sadness, the suspension of the Paste magazine print product. Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine. But the prolonged downturn of the ad market has forced a hiatus. All subscribers have access to the digital version of their magazines through the June/July issue on PasteMagazine.com. Paste, while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including PasteMagazine.com.”

Yes, my dear readers, my all time favorite magazine (and my dream job) is suspending print publications. I wanted to cry for my future, and also my year subscription.

But this is a website devoted to optimism, and for today’s blogpost, I’ve decided to write an Ode to Paste Magazine:

An Ode To Paste Magazine

Moving to the great northwest
Was hard enough
Without much of a knowledge
Of current music
But Paste was there.
With it’s influence in the indie music community
Featuring some artists
Like Fleet Foxes and Starlight Mints
That quickly became my favorite musicians.
With it’s countless free downloads of music and videos
Including an ice skater performing against the Shins
And a woman hiding in a bookcase in the snow.
With it’s witty writing
Keeping me interested in whatever I’m reading
Within it’s strangely calming pages.
With that weird smell
That’s strangely appealing
When you pick a copy up at a bookstore.
I will miss you Paste
And I will never forget you.
So Bon Voyage
Which means “Good Travel”
And not goodbye.

Day 85: Ultimatum by John Roderick

13 Aug

Hello there! If this is your first time on the site, be sure to check out the about page at the top for more info on my project! Also, sign the guestbook (also located in the top)!

With two more days left in Paste mag video week, I bring you “Ultimatum” by John Roderick.

As a living resident of Seattle, John Roderick is one of the legendary alt-rock icons of the Pacific Northwest. He is founder and lead singer of The Long Winters, and writes articles, stories, blogs, and tweets in his spare time (as well as visits with his friends and helps out his fellow musician buddies). He is incredibly nice and an interesting person.

I’ve had the great fortune to meet him and do an interview, which I will be posting at a sooner-but-later date on this blog!!

If you’re a fan of Death Cab For Cutie or The Decemberists, check out the Long Winters and John Roderick!

Anyway, this song is absolutely gorgeous. The words and tune fit together in perfect harmony, and the fact that this version is live just blows my mind! I hope that someday somebody sings this song to me!

Enjoy “Ultimatum” by John Roderick

Day 81: Young Bride by Midlake

9 Aug

Hello there! If this is your first time on the site, be sure to check out the about page at the top for more info on my project! Also, sign the guestbook (also located in the top)!

To continue Paste Mag Video Week, I bring you another great band from the DVD sampler!

Hailing from Denton, Texas, Midlake is an indie-rock/folk band just waiting to be listened to. The band initially started out playing jazz music (inspired by the likes of Herbie Hancock), but soon transitioned into their current genre over a few years. While they may not be extremely famous here in the US, they make quite an impact in Europe (especially with their label “Bella Union Records” in London, England).

The year the sampler came out, they had a very sweet song called “Young Bride”, accompanied with a video, which made it onto the DVD. While the vid is a bit sad, it is sweet and gentle and something easy to listen to. On a side note, I particularly love the violin part. So gorgeous!!

If you’re a fan of the likes of Fleet Foxes and Blind Pilot, be sure to check out Midlake!

So here you go! Enjoy “Young Bride” by Midlake!

Day 80: Paste Video Sampler Week!, or why I love Paste Magazine

8 Aug

Hello there! If this is your first time on the site, be sure to check out the about page at the top for more info on my project! Also, sign the guestbook (also located in the top)!

As a journalist, I have to have a favorite magazine… or something to look forward to in my career. But when I moved to Washington, I wasn’t into music like I am today. All I knew was my favorite band was the Shins and that was that.

One day, I went to Borders and found Paste Magazine, which is devoted to indie music, movies, and well, mostly everything around that. It’s really cool and fun to read, and to be honest, it is my dream job! I want to work for Paste Magazine more than anything in the world at this point!

(click here to check out their website)

Anyways, every month they release an issue, and for the most part each issue contained a CD sampler of a bunch of songs that Paste thinks we should hear. And once a year, they release an issue with a bunch of music videos and other things.

In 2006, I got the issue with the DVD, and ever since then I’ve been devoted to those videos.

So, for the next week (starting tonight) I am going to feature a video I found on that dvd! I hope you enjoy it!

Tonight’s video is from my favorite band, the Shins, and it’s pretty imaginative. “Kissing The Lipless” by The Shins features a figure skater and the band back in the day.

I hope you enjoy the weirdness!!