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All this weekend I’ve had this song in my head.  The melody is so infectious, I can’t help humming along to it. This song has a sort of mellow/Dr. Dog kind of feel to it (if that makes any sense). The entire album, Works on Paper seems to be influenced by a sort of 90s indie rock.  I highly recommend giving the entire album a listen, trust me it’s pretty darn good.


I’ve been listening over and over to this song. The melody to this song is upbeat and joyous but the lyrics are sort of depressing. Sometimes things in life are beyond your control and this song talks about feeling lost and hopeless in certain circumstances. To sum it up this song is beautiful and therapeutic.


I saw these guys play a few years ago at London’s Camden Crawl. Camden Crawl is a small music festival  where you basically hop from pub to pub in Camden and see bands and comedians perform.  All I remember was that it was raining and the idea of doing a pub crawl did not sound amusing at that time. We decided to keep dry in a tiny jazz club and see all the bands that were playing in that venue. It was a smart decision because we got to see loads of bands including:  Casio Kids, Best Coast, and Slow Club.  Seriously, for being a folk band I had low expectations for their live performance but was completely proven wrong. The two band members, Charles and Rebecca have great chemistry and intense energy when playing live. You should definitely check them out if you get the chance to.

*Currently have Slow Club’s-Our Most Brilliant Friends on instant replay.


Okay here’s the formula to making any song catchy. It has to include any of these three elements: ooooooooooooooooo, lalalalalala, or any type of whistling. This song is definitely an oooooooooooooo song.


This song feels like a celebratory song and seems like everyone should be dancing at a huge family party. Well that’s what I picture anyways when I listen to this song. I like listening to Manu Chao because every song seems so different from the next and I can’t really describe it. I also like the fact that he sings in many different languages ranging from, Arabic to Italian. I feel like I’m brushing up on my Spanish whenever I listen to him. To me, this is the perfect summer song.


Simply put, this is what a pop song should sound like. It’s a good tune that you find yourself humming to at the end of the day.


Have you ever had that moment where you “discover” something new to listen to, only to realize that band has been in your music library for over a year now. Well, this happened to me a few months ago when I came across Oberhofer playing on Letterman. Discovering new music has always been exciting for me, especially when they are this good. The band has been playing in the house non-stop for a few days now. Take a listen and see for yourself, I told you they were catchy.