City of Lovers
I confess, I can’t seem to find much about this band online. I know there are two guys in the band—Marty and Danny. And I know they’re from Los Angeles and Eugene, OR, respectively (or maybe not).
Past that, I know this song is good. That’s all that really matters I suppose.
"Boredom and Joy" by Jets Overhead
Here is a nice song for your summer playlist. Jets Overhead must have known that season would fit given the music video.
This song is off their third album, also titled Boredom and Joy from 2012.
Professor Kliq is a “computer music” producer from Chicago. And as you’ll hear from “Pangea” he is a good one. This track is off his 2011 album The Scientific Method, Vol. 2.
"Wire & Flashing Lights" by Professor Kliq, stop motion video by Victor Haegelin
I kind of just think you should watch this with no context, but know that you will be blown away.
The Book of Love
The Magnetic Fields
"The Book of Love" by Magnetic Fields is the best love song of all time. There, I said it.
There are many fantastic love songs out there, but I feel like the overwhelming majority of them only sing about that movie kind of love. It’s nice, but at some point it just doesn’t resonate. The audience wants to find a type of love that fits the type of love portrayed in the song. But, “The Book of Love” is what love really is. Some of it is “boring” and “dumb,” but you love it anyway.
There is a fantastic cover of this song by The New Standards, if you want to find a more “love song” version of this song. The Peter Gabriel cover… I’m not a fan.
The book of love has music in it,
In fact that’s where music comes from.
Some of it is just transcendental,
Some of it is just really dumb.
I love it when you sing to me.
You can sing me anything.
"Save Charlie" by Rubblebucket
The second half to today’s music video double feature is off Rubblebucket’s new album Save Charlie.
"Who Knew" by You Won’t
I don’t often repeat bands but I decided to make an exception here because, well, I like this video. This song is off the 2012 album “Skeptic Goodbye.”
"I Am The Walrus" covered by Pert Near Sandstone
To showcase the genre diversity of the Minnesota Beatle Project, here is something quite a bit different than “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by Tapes ‘n Tapes.
For further listening I recommend finding these on Spotify. “I’ve Just Seen A Face” by The Pistol Whippin’ Penguins and “Here Comes the Sun” by Motion City Soundtrack are personal favorites.
"I Want You (She’s So Heavy)" covered by Tapes ‘n Tapes
Here is something that didn’t get nearly enough attention at the time. I think the Vega Productions website says it best:
The Minnesota Beatle Project is a collaborative effort on behalf of the Minnesota music industry to provide support for music and art programs in Minnesota public schools. The albums feature esteemed MN-born-or-based musicians performing originally arranged compositions of their favorite Beatles songs. The album also features Minnesota public school student bands that have been recipents of Vega donations, as well as album artwork created by by students in Minnesota public schools. 100% of net proceeds from The Minnesota Beatle Project are used to rebuild and enhance music and art education for children in Minnesota public schools. Minnesota Beatle Project funding has provided the opportunity for more than 20,000 students to participate in music and art programs statewide.
Pretty cool. The above cover appears on Vol. 4 (out of 5).
Dots On Maps
Say Hi (former Say Hi to Your Mom) is a indie rock band (basically just Eric Elbogen) from Seattle. On top of catchy little songs like this one, Say Hi is also good at attractive, minimal album cover designs. Which actually do a pretty great job of encapsulating the feel of the songs.
"Dots On Maps" is off the 2011 album Um, Uh Oh.