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Musical Pairings: She & Him – Volume 3

June 27th, 2013 shehim

How you feel about She & Him almost certainly hinges, at least in part, on how you feel about Zooey Deschanel. After all, Volume 3, Deschanel’s third album working with folk-pop’s M. Ward is, for all intents and purposes, both stylistically and thematically a mirror image of the persona she presents to the public. In […]

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Single Serving: Dear Eloise – Vanishing Winter

June 21st, 2013 Dear Eloise

As some of you already know, we’ve just returned from an inspiration trip to Japan courtesy of UGG Australia’s #CreativeCouncil project. Basically, UGG Australia sent us to Japan for the better part of two weeks to seek out great food and music inspiration for the site and the Pairings Box. Finding amazing food and cool […]

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Musical Pairings: Still Corners – Strange Pleasures

June 20th, 2013 StrangePleasures_CD_Final

It’s easy to take for granted how nearly effortless new music discovery has become. After all, thanks to the Internet, there are countless ways to discover new music in 2013. For example, there are music blogs (like this one), Soundcloud, Bandcamp, online music magazines, podcasts, Internet radio stations, and so forth. It’s easy to forget […]

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Musical Pairings: Mikal Cronin – MCII

June 4th, 2013 mikal cronin mcII LP cover

Sometimes I think that we, that is all of us, try a little too hard at life. We get caught up in new technology, the excitement of complexity, and the drive for bigger and better things. But I think that it’s often not those things that make us the happiest. Many of my happiest moments […]

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Turntable Kitchen’s Summer Anticipation Mix

May 31st, 2013 Image

We’re pretty big fans of Summertime and all the great things it brings along with it such as warmer weather, Summer music festivals, Summer fruit, days at the beach, and so on. Sure, the season doesn’t officially begin for nearly a month (June 21st for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), but that doesn’t […]

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Musical Pairings: The National – Trouble Will Find Me

May 30th, 2013 the-national

  “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” -Obi-Wan Kenobi How does an unknown band succeed in the Internet age*? On the one hand there are more opportunities than ever to be discovered in 2013. Yet there is also more competition. For example, I personally receive an average of 60 new music submissions […]

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Single Serving: The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?

May 22nd, 2013 The Preatures - Is This How You Feel? single

I’m definitely digging the groove on this lead single from Sydney, Australia-based The Preatures‘ upcoming EP. The band lay out a tumbling, old-school soul vibe while vocalist Isabella Manfredi unfurls a sweet and sultry croon that reminds me a little of Feist at her most upbeat. It’s incredibly addicting. Not only that, because they sport two […]

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Single Serving: Case Studies – This Is Another Life

May 21st, 2013 Case Studies - This Is Another Life

Case Studies is the project of Seattle-songwriter Jesse Lortz (also from the band The Dutchess and the Duke). His sophomore LP, This Is Another Life, is slated for release on June 11th. I haven’t heard the whole release yet, but I pre-ordered a copy of the release based solely on the strength of the album’s first single “Everything.” […]

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Musical Pairings: Jessie Ware – Devotion

May 20th, 2013 Jessie Ware - Devotion LP

Until recently I didn’t consider myself a fan of pop music. In fact, I’d once believed that pop music was the antithesis of everything I liked about music. In high school I’d have described myself as a fan of “alternative music” which meant I was obsessed with Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Bjork, and Radiohead’s The Bends and OK […]

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Single Serving: Shark Week – Go West

May 17th, 2013 Shark-Week-Go-West-label

Our friends at Analog Edition/Everybody Taste are back with a brand new vinyl single from D.C.-based quartet Shark Week. You may remember these swaggering garage rockers from our October 2012 mix (their track “Get High” was a highlight). Shark Week’s latest offering features a pair of bluesy, sunburnt grooves the four piece recorded in the Santurce neighborhood […]

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