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Happy 2016 intrepid music blog reader.

I hope the holidays treated you right. I spent some time at my in-laws place in Seattle with my wife and kids. I took my youngest Jack to Snoqualmie Falls one afternoon while everyone else checked out the new Star Wars. That was neat.

Found some adventures in Vancouver and DJ’d a New Year’s Eve party!

OK, enough jibber jabber. Tunes!

I love this light remix of Of Monsters and Men. Kinda wish I would have had this for my NYE gig.

I am working mornings this week, filling in for the Jeff O’Neil Show on CFOX…so I really just checked in with ya, time to get back after it with my kids (my daughter took the day off sick so it’s busy around here).

Oh…also we went to Chick-fil-A…I don’t really get the hype America. It’s good, but like Fast food good and not open on Sundays. Maybe someone can explain it in the comments…I’ll take an A&W chubby chicken burger most days of the week and save myself the aggravation of a mondo line.

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Go with yourself.

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I am super (casual) fan of Of Monsters and Men. I love the few songs i have by them, but have never picked up the record.  And so… when I heard the new single “Dirty Paws…” I actaully thought it was new.  My man Shayne Kaye is a DJ on The Q! and actually follows the group.  He told me that this is side one, track one off their record and generally how the band would start a concert.

The song tells the tale of a war between the bees and the animals.  Shayne says the bees are bad news, but then I was like, GMOs maaaaaaan…its the animals who need to WAKE UP!

I encountered the song when I watched the trailer for the new Ben Stiller film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  The film is a remake of a short story first published in 1939 by James Thurber.  The story is a collection of fantasies that the main character Mitty has while running mundane errands with is wife.

The modern film is the second time Hollywood has brought the story to screen. Carpe Diem…totally.

That beautiful epic folk song about a war between the bees and the animals is the front and center during that trailer.

Neat-O gang. Go with yourself.

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I saw this song at the top of the Hype Machine Pops today…. our favourite Icelandic folksters Of Monsters and Men covering the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The song was recorded earlier in the year when Of Monsters and Men were in Australia.  I believe the song was recorded at a radio station?  The track is “Skeletons” originally found on YYY’s It’s Blitz.

I like that the lead male vocalist is named Ragnar, same as the dude from Vikings!

Go with yourself.

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I love this remix.

Happy Friday!  See you at Veneto Lounge tonight starting at 9PM.  I’ve DJ’d there for 3 years. Whoa.

Go with yourself. BUY A COUPON BOOK!

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I heard a song today that really caught my ear.  The band is called Of Monsters and Men.  Not to be confused with the 1968 sci-fi novel “Of Men and Monsters.”  A tale about super intelligent and giant aliens that have conquered Earth.  Humanity exists on the margins of this race’s society, living in borrows in the walls of the homes of these creatures and stealing for sustenance.  Whoa right?

This 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 piece band from Iceland have been favourably compared to Mumford and Sons or the Arcade Fire.  Their song “Little Talks” dominates the radio on that volcanic Island like Mumford or Arcade do here.  The buzz was brought to North America by Seattle hipster jam superstation, KEXP and I heard the song on XM-AltNation.

Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”

Download MP3 >> 01 Little Talks

While researching something to say about Of Monsters and Men, KEXP came up because they were an early champion.  So on a whim I decided to listen to a few cuts of their “Song of the day” podcast.  Holy shit, lots of rad stuff on there… they have it figured on KEXP.

I just clicked some random songs and one that caught my ear was Brooklynites, We Are Augustines.  I don’t know, but first listen of the song “Headlong Into The Abyss” had me thinking it would make a great song for my World War One podcast…

The story about these guys is extraordinary.  Basically, they were a positively hyped band called Pela.  They were on the verge of great things when some tragedy befell the band.  They had a hard time fighting with their record label.  During this stressful time the lead guitarist Billy McCarthy learned his brother James had commit suicide.  It became too much and the band folded very quickly in the summer of 2009.

Billy and another band member decided to try and soldier on, but this time as a new group (Augustines) and release their music independently.  A little tweak of the band moniker and some powerful endorsements from KEXP… and We Are Augustines is back in business.  Have a listen to this:

We Are Augustines – “Headlong Into the Abyss”

Download MP3 >> 03 Headlong Into the Abyss

That’s a blog. Go with yourself.

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