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I love Tom Misch

I've got to see him live

Tom Misch will be playing his first show in San Francisco, November 11 at the Rickshaw Stop. I sure as hell will be there, even though I have no ticket and it’s sold out. Help me.

I love Misch so much for his guitar playing, producing, singing and podcast Are We Live, co-hosted with Jordan Rakei, Barney Artist and Alfa Mist. I’ve listened to every damn episode.

In one of the episodes, Misch talks about how he’s more known now for his singing than anything else. He’s a good singer, but how he plays guitar and puts a song together is far more amazing to me. I do understand why people attach him to his voice though.

Our voice is the most human sound in music. It’s got greater dexterity than any instrument and we connect to it more than any other sound. It’s often what completes a song to me. The beat has a much harder time resonating deep without it.

And when you’ve got a good one, people will be drawn to it. Even if your guitarin’ is just as good (better).

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Paris Wells · Overbite

Don't forget, just smile at assholes

Paris Wells’ Overbite was produced by Eat More Cake, a producer we’ve covered a few times on this little old thing. And his production is only overshadowed by her lyrics, more specifically how Paris Wells says ’em. So many one-liners.

I have no idea what she’s talking about, what the whole story is on Overbite, but she says it with such pizzazz like Gaga. She got that ‘tude like Tove Lo though. Boogie-oogie sliide gets me every time. Shit’s a hook.

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Shormey · Party Down

Get down. Ya sure know how to move

That hook! Gonna get me reminiscing for days.

Shormey’s Party Down was meant for some coming of age movie classic from the 70’s 80’s. At a high school dance or some shit, but she’s more than that. She’s a song for reflecting, tapping into the moment and thinkin about your past.

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Indie Girl

Backed by a band

I found out about a new band with some sweet female vocals from the latest live TuneIn sessions and it inspired me to create a playlist (everything inspires me to create a playlist). Or rather finish up a playlist I had been working on for a while, Indie Girl.

All of the women on here are backed by some amount of instrumentalists. In other words, it’s not just some electronic producer behind the boards. Basically, it’s not the usual electronic shit I post.

It starts off with a more jazz jam band kind of feel and gets into indie rock a few songs in. I even put a little punk in there. At least I think it’s punk. I don’t know punk. It finishes off with more of the mellower stuff.

If you’re someone who manages bands or knows somebody who does, give Cloudsurfing a listen. They’re the band I saw at TuneIn and are in need of a manager, bad.

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Sillyboy · On and On

Electro rock from Athens, Greece

You know when you come across a song with so little plays and it’s so well put together you think it’s suspect. Like someone is trying to fuck with you and it’s really some famous band you don’t know about because this is really not your genre.

I still don’t know if Sillyboy is legit, but it don’t matter. ‘On and On’ is all I care about. It’s got the funk in the bass that’s pretty much a requirement of mine in today’s listening with a legitimate voice backed. I haven’t locked down the style in his voice yet, it’s soundin depressingly preachy, but it clashes with the guitar well.

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Cover Your Tracks

Most acoustics couldn't cover it ;)

We stopped featuring & playlisting remixes for the most part, bigger plans in the works, and cover songs have been even more scarce. Over the last few years we’ve collected a few dozen and finally we get to share our favorites with you! (it’s been a long time coming)

There were quite a few acoustic covers initially, but we wittled ’em down. Like remixes and dubstep, the world of acoustic covers is super saturated and with that comes us & our super powers to filter the shit out of ’em.

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Wilough · Your Love V2

She reminds me of a girl that I once knew (of from a cartoon)

Like always, I had no idea what I was getting into with this. All I can remember is listening to this song and thinking how much it sounded like the Coraline soundtrack, the chorus specifically.

What I had no idea on was who this young lady is, Willow Smith (look her up). And despite her young age that’s reflected in her take on The XX’s Your Love, she shows a lot of maturity in how she carries her voice. At least compared to her first hit single.

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Les Sins · Why Ft. Nate Salman

Better than it's ever been

I never thought Toro y Moi’s side project, Les Sins, would ever top Grind, it was my 2013 groove, but this collaboration with Nate Salman is already there for 2014. Salman has that JT sound on lock, like JMSN & Josh Jakq, but with Toro y Moi and that makes all the difference.

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Corinne Bailey Rae · Put Your Records On (Remix)

A romp around to sing along, remade by Nehzuil

I know I focus too much on chorus too much of the time, but Corinne Bailey Rae’s is damn near perfect in ‘Put Your Records On.’ It quite literally put me to tears. She’s as inspiring in words, for the most part, as she is in vocal zest and Nehzui’s remix gives it the extra oomph it deserves. His electro brass is a bit… brass but essential for the sing-a-long.

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Laura Welsh · Here For You

+ Gordon City's deep house edition

I swore I had heard this before. I actually thought it was a cover it sounded so familiar (all the best do).

Turns out I had heard the Gordon City’s version first, but I got to say this one is miles better. We love our house deep here, which Gordon City provides, but the slight piano in this version gives Laura Welsh the silence her voice can handle.

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