Archive for the ‘Songs for Singing’ Category

Songs for Singing + Foster the People

August 4th, 2011


Foster the People have been all the craze lately. The first time I listened to them it only took 30 seconds in on the first track for me to be grooving. Usually it’s easy to be doubtful, but these guys nailed it. The three tracks I’ve selected are from the 2011 Torches album. They fit right along Songs for Singing. The uplifting lyrics are perfect for cranking up the volume and enjoying the summertime breeze.

You should grab the album here.

Foster the People » Helena Beat

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Foster the People » Waste

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Foster the People » Warrant

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Songs for Singing + Mute Math

June 2nd, 2011


If you’ve been hanging around here long enough you may have heard of Songs for Singing. The original premise behind it was to share songs that have lyrics and can be sung along with. Sometimes an occasional ambient track set will slip in. Songs for Singing is really just another way for me to share my favorite artists with you at the hopes you’ll enjoy them equally as much.

On deck is the 2009 Mute Math album titled Armistice. Numerous times I’ve found myself really diving deep into my design when the track Clockwork plays. Itunes claims the genre as “Rock”; I call it Rockin. Now it’s your turn to be the judge. If you have any suggestions for Songs for Singing, let me know.

Pick up the album here.

Mute Math » Clockwork

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Mute Math » Burden

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Mute Math » Armistice

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Songs for Singing + Ghostland Observatory

October 19th, 2010


The one group that truly needed to be in Songs for Singing, was Ghostland Observatory. This funky, electronic, rock group is out of Austin, Texas. Although their first album was a hit or miss, I assure you their second and third are as I’ve rocked out to them many times. Aaron Kyle Behrens mans the vocals and guitar while Thomas Turner is on the drums, synth and provides backup vocals.

The songs compiled here are from two different albums; Paparazzi Lightning (2006) and Robotique Majestique (2008). A third album is supposedly in the works.

Ghostland Observatory – Piano Man from the Paparazzi Lightning Album

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Ghostland Observatory – No Place for Me from the Robotique Majestique Album

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Ghostland Observatory – Vibrate from the Paparazzi Lightning Album

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Ghostland Observatory – Stranger Lover from the Paparazzi Lightning Album

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Ghostland Observatory – Paparazzi Lightning from the Paparazzi Lightning Album

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Songs for Singing + The Panic Division

June 21st, 2010


When I was first turned onto The Panic Division, I couldn’t get enough. The band has this electronic, synthpop sound that just pulls me in. The sound is almost like a hint of David Bowie with a dash of the 80s. That may not be the most descriptive so feel free to share your take. Also, beware of listening to these tracks on Youtube, you may be completely thrown off. The amazing sound that I know them as is ruined by a sound that seems all too similar to many other bands out there today.

If you’re in the mood for more beat-filled tracks, check out the last song called Legacy.

The Panic Division – Here We Go

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The Panic Division – Broken Wings

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The Panic Division – Legacy

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Songs For Singing + The Knife

November 11th, 2009


The Knife is one of those musical duos that never gets old. The duo is Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson. They are based in Stockholm, Sweden and have made music together since 1999. The most interesting part about The Knife is that their sound varies appreciably. On one hand you have fun, relaxing tracks and on the other you have deep, dark and mysteriously strange. I don’t plan on posting those tracks for the sake of maintaining this as a ‘Songs for Singing’ post.

The first track up is ‘Heartbeats’ followed by three others. For clarification, ‘Heartbeats’ was written by The Knife then later covered by fellow Swede José Gonzales. The Knife was at first concerned about letting José cover the song, but changed their minds upon the realization that the extra exposure could bring positivity to the label in the form of funding.

The Knife – Heartbeats from the Deep Cuts Album

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The Knife – Girls’ Night Out from the Deep Cuts Album

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The Knife – The Captain from the Silent Shout Album

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The Knife – Pass This On from the Deep Cuts Album

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Songs for Singing + Loch Lomond

August 17th, 2009

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Loch Lomond via SongsForEating&Drinking
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Loch Lomond via SongsForEating&Drinking

Loch Lomond, a stunning effortless combination of symphonic chamber pop with raw, melodic acrobatics, employs the use of harmonic vocals, mandolin, theremin, bass clarinet, and other percussion minutia to foil the fascinating voice of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young. Just the power and range of his voice was enough to lure me into the music.

Songs for Singing + The Sounds

July 16th, 2009

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Since all of the previous Songs for Singing have had male vocals, it was time for a change. For those who haven’t heard this band before, let me introduce to you The Sounds, an alternative rock group formed in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1999. The band consists of Maja Ivarsson (vocals), Felix Rodriguez (guitar), Johan Bengtsson (bass), Jesper Anderberg (keyboards) and Fredrik Nillson (drums). They have released three albums from 2002 to 2009: Living in America, Dying to Say This to You and Crossing The Rubicon respectively.

They are truly an amazing group but may not be for everyone; only one way to find out, turn up your sound!

The Sounds – Midnight Sun

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The Sounds – No One Sleeps When I’m Awake

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The Sounds – Painted By Numbers (From Dying To Say This To You Album)

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Songs for Singing + Passenger

May 6th, 2009

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More than once I’ve been tempted to put this band in a Songs for Singing post but kept putting it off for a reason. Some bands you almost just want to keep to yourself, but this one–from the first time I heard them–fits Songs for Singing much too well to not share. So here we are, Songs for Singing and Passenger.

The band is based out of Brighton, UK which definitely contributes to why these guys are amazing. Mike Rosenberg leads the band by singing very quirky, poppy, sensitive songs telling humorous stories of wasted lives and stalking. These are great songs to work and sing to so hit the jump and turn up your volume!

Passenger – Table for One

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Passenger – Do What You Like

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Passenger – Night Vision Binoculars / Walk You Home

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Passenger – Things You’ve Never Done

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Songs for Singing + Empire of the Sun

March 27th, 2009

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Empire of the Sun » We Are the People
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Empire of the Sun » Walking on a Dream

Without a doubt, Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream is one of the most intriguing and inspirational albums I’ve heard in the past two years. From the start of this post till now, I’ve listened to ‘We Are The People’ three times. Their dreamy electro pop style is extremely catchy; check out their videos below. Simply amazing outfits and sets–very culturally influenced.

Keep in mind these are Songs for Singing so turn up your volume and start singing!

Songs for Singing + Head Like A Kite

March 2nd, 2009

Head Like A Kite

Head Like A Kite is Dave Einmo, joined by drummer Trent Moorman, and in the studio by a cast of musical friends. Their combined efforts result in a blend of progressive, instrumental, poppy electronic music. Head Like A Kite debuted in 2006 with the Pattern 25 release, Random Portraits of the Home Movie, an album built from samples of Super-8 home movies from the 70′s. What a great band to add to the Songs for Singing collection, check out a song and live performance below.

Head Like A Kite – No Ordinary Caveman

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Images via Head Like A Kite and Video via Songs for Eating and Drinking.

Songs for Singing + Francis and the Lights

February 19th, 2009



Francis and the Lights. There really isn’t much background information on this band which is great, because it leaves it up in the air as to how the band was started. Deciding whether or not they were very good was hard at first. There is so much energy being pushed out by the dancing that its hard to listen to the music. Every move to the beat is as if he is conducting the whole video.

Sure this artist may border the line of songs for singing, but it fits greatly with the new and fresh songs that I intend to group into the Songs for Singing category. The Bottom line: Francis and the Lights is intriguing. Their 80′s, Prince, Soul sounding music simply rocks. Check out some more of their songs on Muxtape.

Francis and the Lights – Striking

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Francis and the Lights – A Modern Promise

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Songs for Singing + Bon Iver

January 18th, 2009


Note: Everybody likes great music––I’ve been gathering a lot of new music lately and have some great songs to share. I will be putting these songs in future posts with a “songs for singing” tag so they can be searched.

Bon Iver (pronounced: bohn eevair; French for “good winter”) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment. It is a new statement of an artist moving on and establishing the groundwork for a lasting career. He––Justin Vernon, the head of the band––is also one of my favorite musicians/singers because of his uniqueness in vocals and the vocal range he uses.

Vernon’s music was recorded while living in a remote cabin in the woods of Northern Wisconsin for three months and slowly began to fill his days with twelve-hours of recording music. The end result of his attempts is his current album, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’. The beauty of Vernon’s music is that he uses old recording equipment, giving it a crisp and raw feel that really makes the music what it is—edgy, awesome, and relaxing.

Check out Vernon’s new EP on the band’s website here.

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Bon Iver – Flume
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Bon Iver – Lump Sum