By Olin’s Hammer!

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It snowed today.

I’m probably lucky that it didn’t snow until today, considering the reputation of Rexburg, ID. It makes me nervous, because I thought today was freezing, but the temperature is still going to drop probably another 30 degrees before the end of the semester. Trimester. Whatever they call these things here.

Also, my earbuds broke, so I’ve been using my big, colorful headphones when I’m listening to music. And I have to say, I look like a baller. Shot caller.

Old-school references aside, I do have a fresh new song for today! It’s not the fastest paced song I’ve ever written about, but there’s something great about it. Today’s song:

Gonna Make You Mine, by Olin & the Moon

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Remember what I said about ampersand’s? Oh yeah, I found another one, couldn’t be happier. It’s funny, too, because until about three years ago, they had an “and” instead of “&” so I definitely think they made the right choice with the change.

Anyhow, I was referred to these guys by a friend, and I’m so grateful! I’m really diggin’ their groove! Also, I don’t know what it is about today that’s making write all these throwback phrases. I kind of like it though.

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One thing about them I really like is their folksy sound. Ever since one of my teacher’s briefly mentioned Iron & Wine as being one of his favorite modern artists, I keep trying to find bands that I think he would like. I’m not ever going to introduce him to these bands or make him a mixed tape or anything, I guess I just think of it as a challenge. Well challenge accepted! Here is Olin & the Moon, suck it teacher!

Sorry, that got out of control.

But do me a favor, and do them a favor, and listen to their music! They’re really great! I hope they keep up the great work, they have at least one new fan!


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Who watches Walking Dead? Oh man, AMAZING show! Can’t wait until Sunday! Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah!

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WOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAH! That promo seriously gave me chills.
Ok, anyways. Today’s obsessions: Torches, by Foster the People (it’s truly a wonderful album), Megalithic Symphony, by AWOLNATION (surprisingly good album, but they do slip in some f-bombs, and always right at the end of the song), and the Avett Brothers.

In honor of the obsession, here is today’s great song:

Kick Drum Heart, by the Avett Brothers

Have I mentioned how much I love, love, love the piano? I have? Well, here we go again: I love, love, love the piano! Speaking of which, hey, have you seen the banner at the top of my page? Take a look-see. See what I did there?


And I most especially love piano when it’s peppy and great like it is in this song. And would it be weird to say that it sounds really real? If it is, pretend I’m not writing this: it sounds really real, like it hasn’t been processed or edited very much.

As for his voice, it has this untrained, raw quality that makes me love him even though I have no idea who he is. Also, I love it when he says fa-fa-fa-fa-freezing.

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Speaking of boys I love that I’ve never met: I just watched 500 days of summer for the first time, and I’m officially joining the club of girls sending Joseph Gordon-Levitt valentine’s day cards.

Anywaaaaaaaaays, listen to that song, it’s really super fantastic!


Hold On, We’re Shaking Alabama

I have a good reason for not posting Saturday night, I really do! Ready?

I went to a CAGE FIGHT! Oh yeah, that’s right. MMA style cage fighting. And I stayed almost the whole time.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but this dude, he basically refereed the matches, and he had a ridiculously long mustache. Yeah, that’s right, mustache.

But my awesome brother came up to hometown this weekend because his good friend was in the fight, and he ended up with an extra ticket, so I went along. Now let’s just say that it was the classiest crowd of people I’ve ever been among! Good thing I wore my nice pearls.

Ha, I definitely don’t own nice pearls! And I was definitely lying somewhere previous in this post. Guess where?

But the fights were pretty great! I would have liked to see even more “mixed” in the “mixed martial arts” part of it. There was a lot of submissions, meaning that one dude basically pins the other one forever.

But my brother’s friend killed it! TKO! It was pretty sweet.

So I was originally going to feature Alabama Shakes today, their song “Hold On,” but then I saw that they had too many followers on Twitter. So . . . I couldn’t. But I really liked the post title, so I kept it.

The actual song today, by a band with less than 1,000 followers on Twitter, is:

Transit, by Jasper Sloan Yip (link to JSY music)

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This band started out with one dude, Jasper (and just look at him, he’s a skinny little nerd). He put out his first solo album, then he immediately went off and toured the world for a while. And then he came back, acquired a few more members, and put out one of the greatest albums in existence, “Every Day and All At Once.”

I love that album so much because it doesn’t matter what company I’m in, we can listen to that album! Most of it is just happy little guitar, violin, drums, and keyboard. I listened to some of Jasper’s early stuff where he recorded it all by himself, and it’s pretty impr


I’m always impressed with solo musicians. For example: City and Colour, Bon Iver, Cat Power, and Iron & Wine.

But take a listen at that link, they have that really great album on there. Also, I love Jasper’s voice. And he takes breaths at really random places, which makes it a little harder to listen to. Also, it reminds me a little of Young the Giant (previously the Jakes).






I’m still geeking out about Blair Crimmins & the Hookers. I’m hoping they’re going to put out another album ASAP, because that would just be fantastic. Also, can I just reiterate that he got a concussion and woke up with a desire to create music that was jazz/blues/showtunes?!

But today, instead of gushing about them more, I have a new artist and song for today:

Lover , by Devendra Banhart (link)


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I found out, as I was researching Mr. Banhart, that he dated Natalie Portman. At first it seemed like a really weird match. A really really weird match. I mean, look at him here.



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Just kidding, I don’t think that’s his normal attire. Or expression. Creepy. Here’s a much better picture of him:

Look up pictures of them together. It was kind of great! But they broke up, so I guess maybe I should stop mentioning how great they were together. Also, make sure to find the picture of them where he has super short shorts on, it’s hilarious.

I really will talk about this song, but really quick: He was raised in Venezuela! And he has songs that are in Spanish! Certified awesome.

I think what I really like about this song is the bass guitar that’s in the background. It is great! Also, his singing is so entertaining. Could be the falsetto, could be the hippie-vibe in his tone, could be that it’s so easy to listen to. Who knows, but I love it. In his Spanish songs, or at least in the one I’ve listened to, his voice is softer and smoother and great. But apparently my family thinks that his Spanish songs sound Hawaiian, Indian, and weird. Their words, not mine.

He’s just an all-around interesting dude. But definitely worth a listen!


Rocky Volcano

First of all, we’ll miss you, Andy Griffith. But at least we have your great theme song to keep our spirits up. Take a listen:


OK! So does anyone remember when I mentioned the war between Eminem and Mariah Carey? No? That’s ok, it doesn’t matter, I’ve got a new war that is ongoing! Drake vs. Chris Brown.

I’m on Drake’s side, no matter what side he’s taking. I can listen to some of Chris Brown’s music, but I think he’s a despicable person. And besides, he used to be cute, but he doesn’t even have that going for him anymore. He kind of looks like a thug. And not in the good way. Wait, what . . . Ha. But I’ve liked Drake (a.k.a. Aubrey Graham (inner-inner comment, I just now found out that his legit middle name is Drake, who knew)) since Degrassi. And I think he’s a pretty talented lyricist. So there ya go.

But anyways, there was that nonsense about a barfight, and it seems that now old Chrissy has put out a little rap-song-thing that “disses” Drake. So again, there ya go. How do you guys feel about this? Does anyone care? No? That’s probably good.

Alrighty, neither of those is the featured artist (duh, right?)

Rocky Volcano!

Or at least that’s what I see in my head when I see Rocky Votolato‘s name come up. But I think I’ve liked every song I’ve heard of him. Today’s song:

White Daisy Passing, by Rocky Votolato.

This was the first song I heard from him, and I think it’s the most popular. Well, according to Spotify it’s the most popular. But I believe that. But it’s a great song to listen to if you want to just chill around. A nice acoustic guitar accompaniment with his soft-rock vocals. In a way, his folksy music reminds me of people like Iron & Wine, Owen, Elliott Smith, and perhaps their female counterpart, Cat Power.  Also, his dad was in a motorcycle gang, so he’s got that going for him. But really, it’s a great song and I’m looking forward to listening to a lot more of him!