September 15, 2010

Guest writer Chris Rowe posted Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ anthemic doozy “Home” almost a year ago, and I followed up a few months back with the beautifully simplistic RAC remix (which also appeared on the Goodbye Summer Mixtape). At this point, you’d expect we’d move on to either another track off of the band’s wonderful album Up From Below, or maybe move on to another band.

You expected wrong, idiot. Nope. Instead, I give you the Party Supplies remix of “Home,” packaged perfectly for DJs looking to mix a little folkiness into their setlists. Complete with the whistles and everything, the Party Supplies remix pretty much nails it.

MP3: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – “Home (Party Supplies Remix)”


Through the Jungle through the Dark

May 25, 2010

Way back in December, my second cousin/butt bro/ILikeMyJamesChrisRowe wrote a guest post here featuring a few songs that wouldn’t necessarily find their way onto an ATG playlist. The one that stuck out like a sore thumb was “Home,” a five minute sing-a-long by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros that could have found its way into the setlist of The Folksmen from A Mighty Wind. I listened to it over and over again, shouting “Alabama, Arkansas” at the top of my lungs and whistling (poorly) along to the catchy melody.

Imagine my excitement, then, when I recently stumbled upon an RAC remix of “Home.” Initially, I was cautious, since remixes of folk songs tend to do one of three things: 1) They strip the song down too much, making it unrecognizable; 2) They don’t change anything save for adding a few swirling synths, or; 3) They remove the good parts of the song and make a whole new beat that, honestly, sucks. Well the Remix Artist Collective has done it again, breaking the mold of the traditional remix by not stripping down the song too much, adding more than just a bass line, and still keeping the mood of the song intact. Dare I say, they made it….better?

Step 1: Download “Home”
Step 2:
Step 3: Profit

MP3: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Home (RAC Mix)”


Guest Post: Chris Rowe Music Time!!!!?!!11!

December 31, 2009

Hi from Maine!

Having been an avid ATG follower, I thought maybe I should throw my hat into the guest-post ring.  I’m a 6’1” white kid, attend college in New England, wear vans from time to time, rant about politics, and enjoy listening to music.  Oh, and Zack’s my cousin; people are pretty, pretty jealous.  Oh, so ere’s some tunage:

MP3: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – “Home”

The entire self-titled album is complete joy, but “Home” jumps out from the rest of the songs.  It is as if Andrew Bird wrote a Fleetwood Mac song.  From the catchy whistling, the stomping rhythm, to the endearing vocal back and forth – you’ll be screaming Alabama, Arkansas ‘til you find a home of your own.  Trust me!

MP3: The Milkman’s Union – “Emerald Flares”

I couldn’t do a post without giving props to Bowdoin’s very own The Milkman’s Union.  This tune is my personal favorite off of their first album, Roads In, but it only scratches the surface of the depth to this band.  Folksy, country-twanged riffs, with rhythmic surprises layered amongst a driving beat.

MP3: Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – “Meet Me In The Garden”

Mississippi keeps on giving.  This tune is almost a capella, almost barbershop, but then the guitar and violin jump out.  I’d love to know what those jungle noises are in the beginning of this sing-along, and I’d also love to meet this beautiful blonde in the garden.