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MiaoMix Monday #2 [Post-Rock]

Last week’s MiaoMix was full of electro party songs, so this time I made a more chill mix to listen to. This week, I put together a post-rock playlist. For people who are not familiar with the genre, post-rock is similar to rock but it ignores the typical song structure that rock music has. Most post-rock songs rely on quiet arpeggios and simple chord progressions which build up to powerful crescendos. Most songs are also instrumental, so this music is great for studying. Listen to the playlist below. (Some songs are really long. Sorry.)

miaou – “Intro”
Sigur Rós – “Hoppípolla”
The Calm Blue Sea – “We Happy Few”
múm – “Green Grass of Tunnel”
This Will Destroy You – “Quiet”
Mogwai – “Auto Rock”
pg.lost – “Yes I Am”
Explosions in the Sky – “So Long, Lonesome”

MiaoMix Monday #1 [Electro]

Lost In The Sound presents you with the first MiaoMix, a mix of songs put together by your’s truly. This will be a new feature on the site that I’ll update once every one or two weeks depending on the response for this one. This mix will attempt to stray from Lost In The Sound’s normal vibes. This week’s playlist is mostly electronic dance music, with mostly some house music and dubstep. Listen to the mix below. (A zip file of the playlist may be available if demand is great enough.)

Pretty Lights – “Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin”
Basic Physics – “Illmerican Dancer (Wolfgang Gartner // Avicii // Sofi)”
Paul Basic – “Daydream”
Avicii – “Penguin (Original Mix)”
Coldplay – “Every Teardrop is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix)”
Daft Punk – “Aerodynamic (Specimen A & James D’ley Re-fix)”
Justice – “Civilization (LAZRtag Bootleg Mix)”
Zeds Dead – “Coffee Break”

A Year Later… Our First Birthday Playlist

It’s hard to imagine that exactly one year ago, the very first post on this site was released to the world. In the past year, we’ve certainly come a long way, growing rapidly in terms of both listeners and contributors. With our posts over the past 365 days, we hope that we’ve exposed some good music to you, sharing our personal favorites either in the form of an MP3 or simply through our writing. It’s a great feeling to know that somewhere out there, people are reading what we have to say and appreciating music that they otherwise would not have found.

So in celebration of our first birthday, it only made sense to thank you, the reader. Thank you for checking out what we have to say and allowing us to share the music we love. Over the next year, we’ll be looking to grow even more and work with even more great artists. Big things are on the horizon, so please share us with your friends and keep visiting and commenting.

Frank Wu

A Year Later…

OCD: Moosh & Twist – “Beautiful Day”
Neako – “Hello”
Y Luv – “All Night”
Cults – “Go Outside”
Foster The People – “Helena Beat”
Theophilus London – “Last Name London”
Los Campesinos! – “You! Me! Dancing!”
The Dean’s List – “Dear Professor”
Eddy B & Tim Gunter – “Graduation (feat. That Kid C-G)”
Hoodie Allen – “The Chase Is On”
Xaphoon Jones – “The Jackson Pit”
Matt & Kim – “AM/FM Sound”

Monday Mixer #19 [Sing Along Songs]

The Monday Mixer makes it second appearance here at Lost In The Sound! Each week, a group of music bloggers gather together and create a playlist for the world to enjoy. The theme this week was “Sing Along Songs,” resulting in a fantastic collection of anthems that will hopefully get you singing along, even if you aren’t the most talented singer in the world. It’s okay… just sing as if no one’s watching.

Ian @ 1146 Miles

Bon Iver – “Your Love (The Outfield Cover)”
Music by Bon Iver ≠ sing along… but music by The Outfield does, so sing along with Justin Vernon. I have extra love of this cover because of the outro.

Ben @ The Metropolitan Jolt

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – “Hello”
When I listen to Martin Solveig and Dragonette’s “Hello” I still can hear the 80,000 others from EDC Las Vegas screaming along, too. This tracks combines a nice 80s vibe with some heavier electronic sounds to create quite the jam.

Daniel @ Music On My Radar

Emarosa – “Just Another Marionette”
I have a terrible singing voice, but at least I can admit it. The song that I love to sing along the most to would have to be “Just Another Marionette” by Emarosa. I don’t care what anyone says about Jonny Craig and his laptop situation. All I know is that he has a beautiful voice and that, I don’t think you can deny (even if you are not a fan of him). Of the few bands that Jonny is a part of, Emarosa showcases his talent more than any other (excluding his solo career of course) and that is why I picked Emarosa. I have to admit though, that this week’s theme was a toughy for me for some reason.

Cory @ Silence Nogood

Lissie – “Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi Cover) (Live)”
I try not to sing along to too many songs… I tend to annoy other listeners, but Lissie’s cover of “Pursuit of Happiness” has always inspired the singer in me.  It’s also one of my favorite covers – she really puts something into Cudi’s original that’s completely here own and pulls it off well <3 Lissie.

Marcus @ A Pocket Full of Seeds

Bedouin Soundclash – “When The Night Feels My Song”
A song for those that want to sing like no one is listening. Try and remember to sing this one in the shower, wait for the chorus then choose which vocal harmony you want and make it loud. Or alternatively stick this on in a car packed with 5 people and 4 festival tickets and turn it up so loudly that you cant hear yourself singing and everyone’s happy.

Kevin @ Lost In The Sound

Titus Andronicus – “Theme From ‘Cheers'”
“Theme from ‘Cheers'” is a song about making mistakes and then analyzing these faults. Despite the depressing message of this song, it’s still incredibly fun to sing and chant along to, much like other songs from the bands discography.

Marc @ Umstrum

Friendly Fires – “Paris”
“One day we’re gonna live in Paris, I promise, I’m on it…” See I couldn’t help but sing along! It works every time…

Frank @ Lost In The Sound

fun. – “All The Pretty Girls”
Something about this song just makes me want to get up and sing along at the top of my lungs. I’m not sure if it’s Nate Ruess’s distinctive voice or the fact that fun. do indie pop and do it extremely well, but I can’t listen to this song without feeling the need to sing. Fun from a band called fun. Who would have thought?

Monday Mixer #7 [Springtime]

This week, we are very excited to present Week 7 of the Monday Mixer playlists, a collaborative playlist created each Monday by some of your favorite music blogs. The theme for this week’s playlist is “Springtime.”

Photo: Angela Wu

You can check out the full playlist below.

Owen @ Wine and Bowties

Ghostland Observatory – “Midnight Voyage”
I’ve definitely been feeling the barefoot, springtime vibe so I was pretty juiced to find out this weeks theme. Anyways… the band is Ghostland Observatory. They get down. Front man Aaron Behrens makes me forget bell bottoms aren’t cool. I’m imagining the setting for this song to be at a barbeque after everyone’s eaten and the sun is almost down… buzzed… then this song comes on and everyone realizes it’s time to dance. Hard. That would be awesome.

Confusion @ Pigeons and Planes

The Shins – “Chutes Too Narrow”
I put this Shins song on a spring break mix years ago and now it always reminds me of driving to the beach with the windows down in a car full of friends.

Ben @ The Metropolitan Jolt

The Knife – “Pass This On”
I have always loved this tropical track from The Knife. Its utilization makes it unlike any other songs from the group. And I guess it’s really a bit more summery than spring time, but I think it still applies. Made to be enjoyed in warm weather.

Levi @ Lost In The Sound

Blue Öyster Cult – “Then Came the Last Days of May”
I hold a special place for Blue Öyster Cult. I think that they’re one of the most underappreciated bands of their era, and this song is a good demonstration of their utility outside of their singles. A laid-back, somber song, it’s music strongly evokes the cool desert imagery. Perhaps an inversion of the typical rebirth feelings of spring, the setting and feeling make it worthy of a spring playlist.

Marc @ Umstrum

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – “Relator”
Whenever I hear this song, no matter whether it’s hot or cold outside, I feel like spring has arrived. I don’t know if it’s the summery guitar chords, the bouncy rhythm or the soft vocals but it just feels like the temperature rises a few degrees every time I play it. Give it a try! Play the song and close your eyes. Can’t you see yourself driving a car across the country with your windows open and the sun hitting hard on the windowshield? It always works…

Chris @ Daily Beatz

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Up From Below”
Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year. Mostly because it means the end of another long and brutal winner and the start of a few months of fantastic weather and good times before it all goes downhill again. “Up From Below”, one of my favorite Eddie Sharpe tunes, seems to capture this emotion pretty well, both lyrically and with its undeniably bright and upbeat music.

Mikayla @ LOOSE L!PS

The Virgins – “Rich Girls (Le Castle Vania Remix)”
An oldie but a goodie, Le Castle Vania’s remix of The Virgins “Rich Girls” is my ultimate spring song. With its stomping beat, criminally funky bassline, vocal oohs (which are my musical Achilles heel), and mock-guitar whines, it is THE staple piece in every ‘sunny day’ playlist I’ve created in the past year and a half. Just try to listen to it without grooving. Now take it to your car, roll your windows down, and start cruising. Just trust me on this one.

Frank @ Lost In The Sound

Steel Train – “Bullet”
One of 2010’s biggest surprises for me was New Jersey indie rock band Steel Train’s third studio album. “Bullet” is the opening track, which pretty much encapsulates what the entire album is about: non-stop fun. Highlighting frontman Jack Antonoff’s easily distinguishable voice, the crescendoing chorus is perfect for a sunny day.