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Song of the Day - Keep Together by Hunter Hunted

From the band's Facebook Page:

Hunter Hunted is Dan Chang and Michael Garner. The Los Angeles duo weave intricate vocal harmonies and heart beat rhythms into voluminous, soaring songs that toe the line between California indie and folk rock. 

To say that they've accomplished a lot in a short amount of time would be an understatement. Since the bands inception in January of 2013, they've been included in Nylon Magazine's "Bands to look out for", Teen Vogue's "Jam's of the year", Billboard Magazines "Scouting Report", and KCRW's "Bands we Love". With standout track "Keep Together" making the rounds on TV shows like The Vampire Diaries and The Real World, the band has performed everywhere from The Conan O'Brien show to SXSW. Four weeks since their Billboard charting debut, the band is keeping busy, doing a US tour with Fitz and the Tantrums followed by a West coast tour with The Mowgli's.

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5 - Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix played on a Gayageum

Here is Luna Lee playing her version of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child on the gayageum.

From wikipedia:

The gayageum or kayagum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, although more recently variants have been constructed with 21 or other numbers of strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument.

 It is related to other Asian instruments, including the Chinese guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh.


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1 - Vivaldi's 4 Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter

From the project page:

This is no mere arrangement; instead Richter has absorbed Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons into his own musical bloodstream. At first Richter followed the example of other works in the “Recomposed” series, which re-mix existing recordings, but, he says, “I wanted to open up the score on a note-by-note level, and working with an existing recording was like digging a mineshaft through an incredibly rich seam, discovering diamonds and not being able to pull them out. That became frustrating. I wanted to get inside the score at the level of the notes and in essence re-write it, re-composing it in a literal way.”


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4 - Billy Joel Answers the Question

Fan Michael Pollack stood up to ask his childhood idol a question during the Piano Man's recent Q&A at Vanderbilt University

He asked to play with him. Joel answered.

"...and that's how you get to be a horn player in NYC... take a chance" Joel after the song.

If you don't ask, you don't get. 

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4 - Family Guy Voices Rap "Look at Me Now"

The voices of Family Guy give Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" a new shine.
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5 New Albums I Am Thankful My Friends Told Me to Get

1. Sun - Cat Power

New stuff from Cat Power?! The first original from the singer in 6 years and well worth the wait. If you don't know CP, this is a good entree.  

Sun
By Cat Power

2.  Four - Bloc Party

As much as I have liked Bloc Party, I wouldn't have thought to look out for new material from them, but am glad my friend Jamiel thought to tell me about it. 

Four [Deluxe Edition]
By Bloc Party

3. 'Money Tough by Run Dun Crew 

Born out of the unique creative environment that is the Bluefields Sound System studio 'Money Tough is the union of Bluefields’ raw local youth talents Kali Boom and Papa Bantam with international House Music DJ “Evan Rhodes”. The album Money Tough exemplifies the struggle that musicians face living on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua as well as gives you the flavor and style of its Caribbean roots.

4. Visions by The Grimes

I have this friend, Tobey. If I look through my music collection and look for the artists and albums that really standout, chances are Tobey introduced me to them. The same is true for The Grimes. With her crystalline voice and the tracks churning electronic beats and beeps, these tracks are catchy and stirring. 

Visions
By Grimes

5. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean

We live around the corner from the Wiltern Theater and often see lines of fans lined up for new artists. The line for Frank Ocean wrapped around two blocks with some of the most interesting and stylish fans I've seen there. There is something to this guy. Not sure how to explain it. But I like it. 


1 - Neil Young's Gorgeous 17-minute video for Ramada Inn

Mid-20th-Century archival footage of driving has the tone that is recognizable to anyone who has listened to and loved Neil Young's music.

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