Random Playlist: A New Chapter

Okay, not really.  Change is hard, guys.  It can be good, but it’ll startle even the strongest individual if that person doesn’t enjoy being a chameleon.  Like many of you, I’m experiencing quite a bit of change in my life–from my apartment to my career, my relationship to school, etc.  How am I coping?  The answer’s obvious: I’m immersing myself in my writing (found here:  A Creative Accident), dancing and spinning as often as I can, and listening to a whole mess of good music.
So what’s on the new playlists?  Who am I digging on as of late?  See below.  (:
You really can’t go wrong with these guys.  Any album, any track, and you’re likely to be as enchanted as I was when I first heard “Balalaika.”
The xx
Another one in which you can’t exactly go wrong.  The Gorillaz did a stunning cover of “Crystalised.”  My favorite thing about this group is the duets which range from heart-wrenching to enlightening to deeply romantic.
Definitely not new to me, but more of a re-discovery.  Thom Yorke’s voice can put me at ease instantly.
I’ve reviewed Megalithic Symphony, and I raved about them at Voodoo in October.  Aaron Bruno is still picking up my spirits regularly.
The Glitch Mob
From helping me zen out to warming up while spinning, these guys are a cure-all for varying states of my mind.  And despite being classified as “electro,” their sound is very unique and chill, a mix of what I love about electronica, hip-hop inspired beats, and a clever use of MIDI and laptops.
Jason Mraz, “Butterfly”
We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is an impeccable album, but this track in particular gets me giddy stupid happy.
Crystal Castles
Let’s talk about Alice Glass for a moment:  she’s a badass.  And one half of the duo that makes up this electro-noise pop-infused project.  When things get weird–or need to get weird–this is one of my go-to’s lately.
Ever wonder what became of any member of the Sneaker Pimps?  Well, you can find what Chris is up to here.  There hasn’t been a new release in a couple years now, but whether you’re feeling grumpy, depressed, plain moody, or even love-stricken, there’s something here for you.
I’m sure you’ve heard of them, but have you taken a full tour of Fashion Nugget recently?  Somehow, this one just gets better every time I hear it.
De/Vision, “Unputdownable”
Just gives me warm fuzzies.  That’s all I’ve really got to say on that.  (:
Them Crooked Vultures
Somehow, some of the coolest people I know have missed the memo on this one so I’m putting it out there.  Rock super-group that features Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones.  There’s only one album out, but it’s a good one.  I like it particularly for long road trips.
Don’t forget to support your favorite musicians by buying their music, going to their shows, and spreading word about them like wildfire!
“I feel so close to you right now
It’s a force field”

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