TGIF Playlist: August 22, 2014 – Birthday Edition

This is a celebratory TGIF Playlist, because it’s my birthday this weekend NBD or anything…

Katie made the coolest birthday themed post already, with the funniest gifs (check that out here). It warmed my little heart because I’ve got the best blog partner–which is like a life partner, but you don’t live together or share half your money and belongings with one another (I don’t know what a life partner is…).

So my post is made up of songs I’ll be adding to my “b-day play-list’ (the real name of my playlist on iTunes).  Hope you like it and have a great weekend!

LCD SoundsystemAll My Friends

  • I’m going to sound like a hippie, but this song has energy. No matter what you are doing, if you are playing All My Friends in the background, it’s suddenly more epic. To watch the last magical live performance of this song in New York City, click here, if you stick it out to the 4:50 mark you get the ‘do-do-do’ sing along :), love it.

LenSteal my Sunshine

  • As far as I’m concerned this a Canadian classic and it wouldn’t be a Sasha playlist without some throwbacks from the 90s.

Mac DeMarcoBye Bye Bye

  • Here’s to saying a goodbye to being 26, and a hello to 27 :|

Gorillaz – Crystallized (xx cover)

  • I guess this would be the slow jam section of the playlist, I just found out about this song so its getting a lot of love.

Majid JordanA Place Like This

  • Newly released, but sounds a lot like 90’s R&B, #swoon.

Andy BullTalk Too Much

  • This one is for all those people who sometimes wish they were the strong, silent type, but just end up being the goofy, over sharers at the party.

The Isley BrothersShout

  • Bringing the tempo back up with a little Isley Brothers, because it isn’t a party until all your guests dance in unison while singing “and a little bit louder now!”.

Arcade FireAfterlife

  • My favourite song of 2013 for a reason, I’ll probably be doing weird arm dances/thrusts when this song comes on and I genuinely can’t wait to see them live next week- think something along the lines of this level of excitement.

Sasha’s Favourite Songs of 2013

Here are my top 15 songs of 2013! I don’t get a chance to listen to everything that comes out each year, so if you have any musical gems that I’ve left out to share, please leave them in the comment section below (our e-mail inbox overwhelms me sometimes). I’d love to take a listen.  I’m also looking forward to seeing Katie’s picks (since I won’t let myself forget that she posted about Tame Impala way before I took a I listen) for some more stuff to fill my music collection with.  Enjoy!

15. Wet – You’re the Best

14. FYFESolace

13. Washed OutIt All Feels Right

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On Repeat: Arcade Fire’s – It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)

I’ve heard some mixed emotions about Relfektor, but I think this song alone has now solidified my love for the album. 

Running just under 7 minutes, It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) is a song I’m dreaming of hearing live — busting a move one second, then in a full on emotional sing along with the crowd the next, I can even see some clapping or arm waving in there.

Arcade Fire is a master at creating epic music (think Intervention) and after being a total nerd I Googled the song lyrics (link here) and I think It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) is a million times more beautiful now. I guess Greek mythology is an ongoing theme within the album, I suggest reading the full breakdown, but for a quick summary: Orpheus is a musician who is trying to rescue his wife Eurydice (Arcade Fire also have a song Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice) on this album) back to life with his majestic skills, under the condition that he can’t look back at her on their ascend from the underworld… but he can’t resist :S and she goes back. #TRAGIC

Now I just have to hope my friends who read the blog miss this information so I can impress them with it next time we hang out…

Album Stream: Arcade Fire’s Reflektor

I love that they released this early and I also love that they put it out on youtube.   1) because it shows that they know what’s up, at least for me, because I love to stream full albums off youtube before deciding to buy them– it saves me from downloading and clogging up my hard drive and 2) because it lets me embed the video on the site!! Win-win.

For all of you that have been anticipating this album: