College Update/Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head

So I haven’t spoken to you guys much about my college experience thus far. And I wont. You guys dont read this blog to hear about me and my escapades, but instead to hear about our incredibly refined, often sexy music choices. Before I get to the music, I must make one plug for my school. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers are now, according to the AP Poll, ranked 25th in the nation in college football, after thouroughly trouncing Northwestern, 41-9. The team, led by senior QB John Stocco, and freshman stud RB PJ Hill (who, by the way, is second in rushing yards in all D-I), are now 5-1 heading into this weekend’s homecoming game against rival Minnesota. Not only that, but our men’s and women’s hockey team (both of whom won the national championship last year) are both ranked #1 in the nation. And as if that weren’t enough, our men’s basketball team has a preseason ranking as #8 in the nation, led by Big-Ten Player of the Year candidate Alando Tucker and senior point guard/Chris Rock lookalike Kammron Taylor. We also have some creative cheers for our student section (one half of the section yells “Eat shit”, the other responds with “Fuck you”). But enough about our dominant sports, lets get on to the music…

I’ve had a few songs completely stuck in my head the last week or so and I have no idea how to get them out. I thought maybe sharing them here with you would help, so here goes.

+/- (plus-minus) – Summer Dress 2 [Iodine]
This song is ironically named, because in my opinion, this song is very fitting for Fall. Airy, sweet vocals and gorgeous piano-ing make for a perfect song to listen to on your porch while watching leaves fall and curling up to your favorite book. I can only assume that would be perfect because, alas, me and books don’t exactly get along. Definitely check out this whole album, Let’s Build a Fire, and pretty much anything else +/- has put out.

Tap Tap – Way to Go, Boy

I know these guys have been blogged to death recently, but I’d like to think that I jumped on the bandwagon early. This summer, I was in love with Tap Tap’s other single “100,000 Thoughts”, but never really got around to writing anything about it (surprise surprise). This song reminds me of a somewhat more upbeat, less refined Arcade Fire, and it’s definitely completely stuck in my head.

The Blow – True Affection

Another band that’s been getting lots of blog love recently. I picked up this song in my first week here in Madison and it’s been on heavy rotation since. The beat reminds me of D4L or Dem Franchize Boyz with the goofy, deep synth and snaps, but the song couldn’t be any less hip-hop. I must warn you before you download. You will be snapping your fingers and imitating a girls voice for the next 2 weeks if you listen to this song.

The Decemberists – The Crane Wife 3

The Decemberists need no introduction, so I’ll cut to the chase. My favorite song off of their newest effort, The Crane Wife, this song is absolutely stunning both vocally and musically. Colin Meloy perfectly blends feelings of nostalgia and melancholy into this track, while somehow coming out with a finished product that cheers me up every time I listen to it.

Teddybears – Cobrastyle

Now here’s a song that’s been blogged to death. I picked up this song after I heard it on Entourage, and I’ve come to the conclusion that this song will NEVER get out of my head. It’s Swedish/Rasta/Hip-Hop/Awesomeness, and i’ve put it on at every Badger tailgate party so far.

Voxtrot – Trouble
We here at ATG love Voxtrot, and this song just reaffirms our love. A little more upbeat than most of their work, it’s definitely got the catchy chorus that will make it difficult to forget.

The Whigs – Technology
I’d never heard of these guys before someone sent me the song a few weeks ago. It’s definitely got that catchy, upbeat vibe. Recommended for those unwilling to give up the fact that it’s no longer Summer.

These are the songs stuck in my head. Hopefully now you can all share my agony (or joy). Meh. On Wisconsin.



10 Responses to College Update/Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head

  1. Anonymous says:

    In other news, the University of Michigan football team stepped on PJ Hill, John Stocco and the rest of the University of Wisconsin football team in their latest meeting…

  2. Zack says:

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  3. Zack says:

    in other other news, the score was 10-10 at half and Wisconsin put up a better fight than any other team Michigan has faced this year (i was at the game with my whole body painted red and P J H I L L painted across my friends and my chests). in other other other news, wisconsin beat michigan last year, and also won the capital one bowl (the best non-BCS bowl in college football) against auburn. in other other other other news, michigan hockey and basketball do not compare in any way to wisconsin hockey and basketball. in other other other other other news, Camp Randall > The Big House.

  4. Anonymous says:

    great post. i love true affection

  5. Anonymous says:

    in other news i love this blog.

  6. Anonymous says:

    in other other other [see previous, repeat a couple dozen times], the music was pretty damn good as well. i’m currently addicted to cobrastyle, as of this post.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My goodness. I can’t believe I’ve been living without this blog. Or this music, for that matter.

  8. Katherine says:

    Thanks for The Blow track. I just saw Khaela open for Jenny Lewis on Sunday. She was very entertaining!

  9. Eli Lilly says:

    I suspect that “True Affection” samples (or recreates) Yin Yang Twin’s “Wait” and Luda’s “Throw Dem Bows”.

  10. Nope, I was thinking about “The Big U”. The whole album is fantastic.

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