The Search


Nah, this new post doesn’t mean that I found an apartment. I’m still looking and Sept 1st is coming really quickly, STRESS, but I got a chance to listen to some music at work today and it’s sounding pretty good. Surprising, compared to the rest of the summer. That’s right, fuck you Train with your Hey, Soul Sister. I can’t describe how annoying it is to walk in a mall and hear the song playing in every store I go into, go outside and hear some guy playing it in his car, get home and the radio is on with the DAMN song playing. Why do radio stations do it? It’s like they have a playlist of five songs and just put it on repeat.

Let’s start off with some one of my favorite bands of this … quarter of the decade, Vampire Weekend. The Miike Snow remix is pretty great, I love the added tunes to the song. Strangely with a very similar feel, the Grum remix of Marina and the Diamonds. I’ve always loved Grum remixes, that retro disco sounding electro? My love? I thought it died, but it’s still here! Fantastic. And lastly, the Blackbird Blackbird remix of Local Natives. Very wavy ambiance to the song. I’ve been meaning to get into Blackbird Blackbird, I’ll have to get the albums.

Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance (Miike Snow Remix)

Marina and the Diamonds – Oh No! (Grum Remix)

Local Natives – Camera Talk (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)

Vampire Weekend vs Rancid

Where has Jon been?! I was in Toronto for a bit, but now I’m back. On our way back, my friends decided to put on Contra, Vampire Weekend‘s recently released album and it totally got me in the mood for more of their music. I had a nice surprise waiting for me when I got back, a Vampire Weekend cover of Rancid‘s Ruby Soho. A little tidbit about me, I was actually a slight punk rocker in my high school days. No not Sum 41 or Blink 182, although I did sometimes sway over to the “pop punk rock” area at times. More like NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, Propagandhi to name a few, and even the older stuff like The Clash. It’s strange how I switched over to electro and house.

Anyways, I love this song and can’t believe Vampire Weekend made a cover for it. It just makes them that much better. They recorded it at BBC’s Maida Vale studio last week for BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. Strangely, the strong base and the less punk feel to the song actually makes it sound a lot more like The Clash‘s Bankrobber. I decided to post that transition in music. Vampire Weekend is actually coming Canada in march; Edmonton on March 14th at the Edmonton Event Center and Toronto on March 30th at The Sound Academy. Unfortunately for those of you who don’t already have tickets, you’ll have to buy tickets by some other means though because both shows are sold out. I’m in that boat, I’m considering just listening to their album in the comfort of my own home that night.

Vampire Weekend – Ruby Soho (Rancid Cover)

Rancid – Ruby Soho

The Clash – Bankrobber