Archives for category: Music

1. Carcass- “1985”

2. Drake- “Too Much”

3. Haim- “Falling”

4. Neko Case- “Night Still Falls”

5. FKA Twigs- Papi Pacify

6. The Foreign Exchange (ft. Sy Smith)- “Right After Midnight”

7. Frankie Rose- “Sorrow”

8. Chvrches- “We Sink”

9. Volcano Choir- “Comrade”

10. The Field- “Cupid’s Head”

11. Agnes Obel- “Dorian”

12. Mazzy Star- “I’ve Gotta Stop”

13. John Legend- “Open Your Eyes”

14. Nirvana- “All Apologies” (Demo)

15. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- “Lucky Young”

16. London Grammar- “Wasting My Young Years”

17. San Fermin- “Sonsick”

18. Justin TImberlake- “Take Back the Night”

19. Au Revoir Simone- “Somebody Who”

20. Lorde- “Team”

21. Stacey Kent- “The Changing Lights”

22. Balance and Composure-  “I’m Swimming”

23. The Weeknd (Pharell remix)”- “Wanderlust”

24.  Pink Martini (ft. Phillipe Katerine)- “Je Ne T’aime Plus”



Danny Paul Grody’s Between Two Worlds is one of the best albums this year. It captured my month of solitude away from the social media world and time to meditate about my life outside that realm. Between Two World’s could be described as acoustic, dreamy, and droney.

Instead of writing a couple paragraphs about how beautiful this album is I have chosen to give my readers a song that I feel best fits the overall feel of this  work.   Here it is…

Grass Nap

Classically Yours,




1. Danny Paul Grody- “Grass Nap”

2. Washed Out- “Don’t Give Up”

3. Chris Thile- “Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BMV 1003: II Fuga”

4. Julia Holter- “In the Green Wild”

5. Chuck Johnson- “Random Street Blues”

6. Bob Dylan- “Went to See the Gypsy”

7. Cecile Mclorin Salvant- “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was”

8. Earl Sweatshirt- “Molasses” (ft. RZA)

9. Forest Swords- “The Weight of Gold”

10. John Mayer- “Wildfire” (Ft. Frank Ocean)

11. Julianna Barwick- “Look Into Your Own Mind”

12. Samaris- “Gooa Tungl”

13. Soft Metals- “Tell Me”

14. Diana- “That Feeling”

15. Valerie June- “Working Woman Blues”

16. Derrick Hodge- “The Real”


Here is a playlist I made for all the IG readers while Z is on his break. I have used some of my favorite electronic tracks. Some are “dancy” and some are a little darker. I know that Z would approve 100% of these songs.



Track list:

1. “Not In Love” – Crystal Castles (feat. Robert Smith)

2. “Looking for Love” – Chromatics

3. “Wildfire” – SBTRKT (feat. Little Dragon)

4. “So Will Be Now…” – John Talabot (feat. Pional)

5. “Painful Like” – Austra

6. “Higher Ground” – TNGHT

7. “Salt Lake Cuts” – Kuedo

8. “Know You” – Bonobo

9. “NY is Killing Me” – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx

10. “Dark Allies” – Light Asylum

11. “The Things You Do” – Zomby

12. “Street Halo” – Burial

13. “Luxury Problems” – Andy Stott

14. “Out of Hand” – Shlohmo

15. “At Birth” – James Blake

16. “I Turn My Arm (Alixander III remix)” – Gazelle Twin

17. “Ghost People” – Martyn


Objects are important to our everyday lives, no matter what their function.  Mike Silver, who goes by the alias CFCF, tries to bring music to everyday essentials that we take for granted on his newest and strongest album yet, Music for Objects.

In 2012, CFCF released the beautiful and sophisticated work Exercises. It really hit at the heart of the life of a person in a year during each turning season and the feelings that one conveys.  It was very piano driven and focused on Silver’s skills as a composer. Silver again creates something focused on his skills as a classical musician with this current album.

The most interesting part of Music for Objects is how vast and wonderful each song can be simply named by everyday objects such as “Glass,” “Bowl,” and “Lamp.”  One could come up words that are deeper and more sophisticated to describe each track, but Silver likes the listener to not focus on the song titles; rather, he wants them to focus on the feeling of the music.

This album is more than just the music. It shows the complexity of everyday things that we take for granted.   Silver sees objects and creates masterful Philip Glass-esque landscapes that invoke many feelings of desperation, optimism, and even sadness.  The track that is worth listening to is  “Camera” – a true builder that starts off slow and becomes something so refreshing and uplifting.

Check this album out if you are looking for something to meditate to or focus on the world around you.  This is one of the best albums this year.

Classically Yours,





1.  CFCF- “Glass”

2. Jay Z- “Tom Ford”

3. Postiljonen- “Atlantis”

4. Jenny Lanza- “Kathy Lee”

5. Twin Peaks- “Irene”

6. F—k Buttons- “Hidden XS”

7. Peals- “Floating Leaf”

8. Whirr- “Around”

9. Boat Club- “Memories”

10. Pity Sex- “Wind-Up”

11. Cliff Martinez- “Wanna Fight”

12. Joey Bada$$ (ft. Smoke DZA)- Death of Yolo

13. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette- “Tonight”

14. Weekend- “July”


Classically Yours,


Boards of Canada

·      First album in over 7 years.

·      The marketing plan for this album started with a random Record Store Day “12” that eventually sold on eBay for $5,700.

·      The duo streamed the album live in the desert a week before the actual release.

The artwork for the new Boards of Canada is a a landscape for the new album… A gentle morning fog that consumes one’s mind. BOC has been known to make albums that, I feel, create a mellow and sophisticated atmosphere that is very unforgettable.  It’s been seven years since The Campfire Headphase, and I believe they have created another masterpiece with their newest album.

The album Music Has the Right To Children was the opening to this very futuristic and well developed electronic duo.  Since then, I dwelled into their small but perfected catalog of music, making me yearn for more.  BOC had a fantastic maketing plan this year, which made it possible for the public to get their hands on this magnificent record, Tomorrow’s Harvest.

This album is a good mix of BOC and the eeriness of a John Carpenter score.  It’s a record that you want to listen to during a long car ride with beautiful scenery, but with overcast skies.  To me, this record was exactly what I was looking for – not too weird but enough to keep my mind creatively thinking about how BOC was able to achieve the strange and post-apocalyptic movie type sounds that I have always been so fond of them making.  The song “Reach for the Dead” describes this type of music the duo has been creating for over a decade.

I am in love with this record and glad to finally hold it in my hands and proclaim to the world “Finally! BOC put out a new album and it rules!”

Classically Yours,


This month was filled with some of the best electronic and rap albums. New Boards of Canada and Kanye West, just to mention a few, were on the top of my list.

New comers like Disclosure, who put out a really impressive dance debut and J. Cole who kills it with his record Born Sinner (a contender for my favorite rap album this year) were all a part of my current list.

Also included is an impressive first track by my homie Blake, giving you just a taste of his GhostGoth project! Enjoy the tunes.

Classically Yours,


Beach House

In 2009, I listened to a song that forever changed my perception of how a great song could be created. This song was so infectious and so catchy.  The band Beach House really captured my feelings both inside and outside of my college life. For someone who is seeking answers swimming through an ocean of possibilities, “Norway” is truly representative of these feelings:

Hang on to the things that you’re supposed to say
Millions of stars; they open to your fate

This song was stuck in my head until the album Teen Dream dropped. It was perfect from beginning to end, starting with the somber but uplifting  “Zebra” and closing out with the song “Take Care.”

To this day, it remains as the album I feel explains not only me, but also my search for what I choose to be in life. It shows a world where dreams are not just dreams; they can, in fact, be made into something real. Teen Dream is a true inspiration for those seeking that thing, whatever it may be, that he or she may not see as possible.  This album stands amongst other as my favorite and is one that is and always will be a constant spin in my music collection.

Classically Yours,


IG Top Albums copy


A$AP Rocky- Long.Live.ASAP

Jose James- No beginning No End

Tegan and Sara- Heartthrob


Local Natives- Hummingbird

Foxygen- We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

The Lone Bellow- Lone Bellow

Bleeding Rainbow- Yeah Right

Ducktails- Flower Lane

Mountians- Centeralia

Nosaj Thing- Home

Ex Cops- True Hallucinations


Night Beds- Country Sleep

Grouper- The Man Who Died in His Boat

Inc.- No World

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro- Adam Green and Binki Shapiro

My Bloody Valentine- MBV

Atoms for Peace- Amok

Atlas Genius- When it Was Now

Frightened Rabbit- Pedestrian Verse

Kavinky- Outrun

Darkstar- News from Nowhere

Bryan Ferry- Jazz Age

Autre Ne Veut- Anxiety

Foals- Holy Fire

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- We know Who U R

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper- Ripley Pine

Mister Lies- Mowgli

Mount Mariah- Miracle Temple

Jamie Lidell- Jamie Lidell

William Tyler- Impossible Truth

Wayne Shorter- Without a Net


Rhye- Woman

Giffarge- Needs

Fear of Men- Early Fragments

Kate Boy- Northern Lights (EP)

Torres- Torres

Beniout Pioulard- Hymnal

Blue Hawaii- Untogether

Golden Grrrls- Golden Grrrls

Wild Belle- Isles

David Bowie- The Next Day

Josh Rouse- Happiness Waltz

Alice Smith- She

How to Destroy Angles- Welcome Oblivion

Josh Ritter- The Beasts in its Tracks

Matt Costa- Matt Costa

Next Collective- Coverart

Shout Out Louds- Optica

Boy- Mutual Friends

Chvrches- Recover

Depeche Mode- Delta Machine

Justin Timberlake- 20/20 Experience

Little Green Cars- Absolute Zero

Low- The Invisible Way

Madeleine Peyroux- Blue Room

The Men- New Moon

Phosphorescent- Muchacho

Martyn- Newspeak (EP)

Young Dreams- Between Places

Milk Carton Kids- Ash & Clay


Phoenix- Bankrupt!

Daughter- If you Leave

James Blake- Overgrown

The Knife- Shaking the Habitual

Charles Bradley- Victim of Love

Caveman- Caveman

Bonobo- North Borders

Little Green Cars- Absolute Zero

Besnard Lakes- Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Bleached- Ride Your Heart

Olafur Arnalds- For Now I Am Winter

Carla Bruni- Little French Songs

The Neighbourhood- I Love You

Blu- York

M83- Oblivion Soundtrack

Colin Stetson-New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light

Tokimonsta- Half Shadows

Big K.R.I.T.- King Remembered In Time

Charlie XCX- True Romance


Major Lazer- Free the Universe

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge- Twelve Reasons To Die

Lord Raja- Rubies (EP)

Houses- A Quiet Darkness

Julia Brown- To be Close to You

No Joy- Wait to Pleasure


Vampire Weekend- Modern Day Vampires

Daft Punk- R.A.M.

The National- Trouble Will Find Me

Savages- Silence Yourself

Deerhunter- Monomania

Still Corners- Strange Pleasures

Boxer Rebellion- Promises

V/A- Putumayo Presents: Vintage France

These New Puritans- Field of Reeds

Pure X- Crawling Up The Stairs


Marques Toliver- Land of CanAan

V/A- After Dark 2

Adult- The Way Things Fall

Mount Kimbie- Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Laura Marling- Once I Was an Eagle

Dirty Beaches- Drifters/ Love is the Devil

Ryan Hemsworth- Still Awake

The-Dream- IV Play

MSMR- Secondhand Rapture

Mikal Cronin- MCII

Alpine- A Is for Alpine

Chance The Rapper- Acid Rap

Koreless- Yugen – EP

Beaches- She Beats

She & Him- Volume 3

Say Lou Lou- Julian – EP

Classically Yours,