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We took a break over the past few months. We’ll be back soon. In the meantime, check out my favorite song of the summer–Lil Wayne’s “Dear Summer.” It’s from a few years back, but it’s still dope as hell. Stay tuned!


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The band builds a powerful machine that sends Andy to another dimension and Ben must travel through and save him.

Shot in 1 day in -15 degree weather, with a borrowed camera and $0.


follow-up to my post on FARMS

pretty self-explanatory


A quick post before I go back to work. I’m in the middle of finals here at Colby, but here’s something to brighten your day: we made a music video!

My friend Molly asked me to make a song based on a song Nancy Updike wrote for the 400th episode of This American Life. I complied, and she organized this music video. IT’S AWESOME. She’s sending it to This American Life, so hopefully we’ll hear back from them soon! In the mean time, click the picture to see the video!

Free download:

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I love Totally Nebular. I’ve basically been listening to these three crazy kids from Florida non-stop all week. Their weird melange of indie rock, electro, Animal Collective-esque loops, and psychedelia played at rocketship speeds makes Totally Nebular buckets of fun to listen to.

I downloaded their debut album Boat Boat and was immediately struck by how they seem like me. Not in terms of the music I make or listen to or anything. It’s more like I feel as though I completely understand the sources from which they drew to make their music. I was born in 1989, and the whole 1980s nostalgia of the 00’s is lost on me. I feel as though myself and people my age have started to figure out that the whole 1980s pastiche thing of the last decade is wearing pretty thin. How can we identify with a feeling that we weren’t around to feel?

That’s where Totally Nebular comes in. To me, they sound like getting that Nintento 64 in ’96, or like going to the carnival in ’98, or like eating watermelon in ’95. They sound like things I can understand and identify with. They sound like the cheesy keyboard bells and whistles, playing a SNES simulator on my parents’ slow desktop computer, and going to the pool with my brothers.

Totally Nebular will make you feel good. I posted a link to their music video for “Captain Benson” above. It’s pretty good! And if you want to download their debut album Boat Boat, click here! My favorite songs are “Green Tops”, “Captain Benson”, and “Fred & Doe”. Check it out!

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Last weekend, my friends Monica, Caitlin and Darcy showed me this video. Needless to say, I was completely blown away. Marina & The Diamonds’ “I Am Not A Robot” is suuuuch a good song. I feel like Marina Diamandis (after whom the band is named) is poised to become The Next Big Thing.

First of all, the song is catchy as all hell. Although her voice is pitch-corrected, it’s lovely to hear a pop song sans obscene autotune in this post-T Pain era (I guess I’m a hypocrite, what with my Deaf Country thang). The chorus of the song, “Guess what? I’m not a robot!” although simple, is just belted from the soul, dude. She means business.

Secondly, the music video is amazing. No, there aren’t any insane dance moves or Lady Gaga vaginas, but that doesn’t really matter. The few dance moves she does use–the hair flip, the shoulder pump–make her seem so liberated and free. Also, the rhinestones on her face are beDAZZLING. And the paint! Oh, the paint!

She’s also so pretty! According to Wikipedia, that “ever-expanding index of questionable validity” (oh, how I love John Hodgman!), she’s a Welsh singer-songwriter of Greek descent. DAMN, Greece. Way to make people like Marina!

Some people find her somewhat obnoxious or too twee, but I can’t get enough of her. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I do!

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This post is going to be a quick one before I drop a buttload of new music I’ve been listening to on here. So, without further ado, I present to you:


My friend Sei introduced me to Symphony of Science over the weekend. Basically, he takes quotes from scientists like Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Bill Nye, hits them with a shitload of autotune, and drops some awesome electronic music on top. It’s like autotune the news, except beautiful and sincere instead of merely ironic.

Maybe you’ll find it gimmicky, but I really enjoy listening to Symphony of Science. The guy’s project is to “share love of science through music,” which I think is pretty awesome. Check it out!

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