Saturday, December 24, 2011

Best Music Videos of 2011

Alas, it's that time for best of lists.  On this delightful Christmas Eve I bring you an early present.  11 Best Music Videos of 2011!  Here's a sample of what's to come:

This was quite a difficult list to narrow down as there were SO many amazing videos.  Let me know your thoughts by visiting the full blog post at The Next Family.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Aural Fixation: Holiday Edition

Oh goody.  It's that time of year again, and we have a delicious holiday edition of Aural Fixation.  This time we've brought you Super Simple and Easily Adaptable Hot Chocolate along with an equally delectable playlist of holiday tunes.  Here's a sample.

Head over to Tadpole Audio to see what else is on the menu.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Dø Duo

The Dø duo are back with their third official release, Both Ways Jaw Open.  The album is a mixed bag of indie pop.  It's hard to say what my favorite track is, but the video for "Slippery Slope" helped to sway me in its favor.

Maybe it's because it reminds me of one of my favorite videos of 2011 ("Iron" by Woodkid), or possibly it's that hint of M.I.A. meets art couture meets Rainbow Arabia tribalism.

Dan Levy and Olivia Merilahti make up The Dø, aptly named for the Do in Do Re Mi, or at least that's what I've gathered.  The pair began writing together for a French film Empire of the Wolves, and have continued since, scoring a huge hit with "On My Shoulders."

They huddled back in Southern France and spent a year writing, arranging, recording, mixing and producing their latest release, completely by themselves I should add.

The result is a mixed bag of sweet and edgy pop that is just to my liking.  Check out "Gonna Be Sick!" for a much needed dose of xylophone and then head over to iTunes to listen to the rest of the album.

"Gonna Be Sick" - The Dø