Posts Tagged ‘music’

My new favorite app: Songza

Monday, June 17th, 2013

I totally love this app.  Just the other day I was saying that I wish I had an app that would just play music mixes without me having to think of a theme or artist.  Welp … wish granted.  This app is so cool.  It takes into consideration the day and the hour and offers a list of activities you might be doing.  Then it will suggest playlists based on those activities.   Say it is a Wednesday morning at 7 am.  Well, the app will assume that you are waking up, or working out, or driving to the office, and will provide awesome mixes for each of those things.  Say it is Friday at 9 pm.  The app will figure that you are getting ready for a party, or grilling outdoors, or curling up with a book, and it will offer totally new playlists for those things.  Perfect!  I have no idea how the algorithm or licensing works, but I hope it is all solid because this is totally my new favorite app.  Oh, did I mention it is FREE?!  Yeah.

Music Thursday: Gem Club

Thursday, October 6th, 2011


I pre-ordered Gem Club’s EP about a month ago and totally forgot about it, so it was like a mini-early-birthday when I received the album in the mail last week. I had only previously heard two of the band’s tracks (which I loved) so I was anxious to listen to the full album. Overall, Breakers is pretty great. I had all but worn out my copy of the new Bon Iver record and I am pleased to have found a new album that tucks nicely into the void I was looking to fill.
Gem Club is a collaboration between Christoper Barnes (piano/vocals) and Kristen Drymala (cello/vocals). How could anyone not love the piano-cello combination? The music is melancholy and the lyrics are introverted and poetic. Barnes’s voice is breathy and vulnerable which gives the album a haunting atmosphere as he cries soft lyrics over the minimalist piano and string accompaniment. Basically I love it. The band recently released a video for “Twins” which can be viewed on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog. You can also stream the entire album here. It’s a perfect soundtrack for the newly chilled weather.