What The Heck Is Happening In This Video?

Today we are going to analyze the video for my current music crush, Crystals by Of Monsters And Men

What is it about? Well clearly she’s some kind of magic lady who recycles Christmas decorations into hot chicks. Right?? Has to be.

Ps – Don’t you love how you can always count on Iceland to get a little weird?? I think Bjork would be proud.

The new album is called “Beneath The Skin”. Check it out.

AFI is the Artist of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 1.33.30 AMIf you can keep a band together for one decade you’re lucky…but two decades? Why that’s outlandish! Good for AFI that was always kind of the goal.

They started in high school with a hardcore punk sound and basically took that sound and threw it in the washing machine with a load of darkness. After 20 years their live shows are still melting faces. Call it punk integrity or musical sagacity. Although having a frontman that looks like Tegan and Sara’s hot sister can’t be bad for business either.

AFI just released their 9th studio album Burials this week and this week’s Artist of the Week station includes the artists they inspired, influenced and collaborated with.

Listen to AFI on Slacker’s Artist of the Week here.

Pearl Jam’s “Lightening Bolt” is Slacker’s Album of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 11.24.46 AMPearl Jam proves its 23-year secret to longevity with “Lightning Bolt,” the Seattle-based rock legends’ tenth studio album.

The collection is reminiscent of what fans love about classic Pearl Jam, with its contemplative lyrics and unique, grunge-rock style. The album is Pearl Jam at their best.

Listen to “Lightning Bolt,” Slacker’s Album of the Week, all week long on demand.

 

 

 

Radiohead is Slacker’s Artist of the Week!

RADIOHEADIOS7-472x472Since their 1992 debut, Radiohead has constantly redefined their sound, staking their claim as one of the most progressive bands today, breaking barriers not only with their music, but also how they sold it.

The second week in October happens to be a big one for Radiohead, frontman Thom Yorke’s birthday was yesterday October 7th, and they released “In Rainbows” and “Kid A” this week, 6 and 13 years ago respectively.

It’s as good a time as any to celebrate these musical pioneers with a specially dedicated station full of their hits, groundbreaking tracks, as well as music from their influencers and contemporaries.

Radiohead is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

 

Song Stuck in My Head: The Killers “Shot at the Night”

The-Killers-472x472The Killers burst onto the scene back in 2003 with “Mr. Brightside.” Their debut album “Hot Fuss” ended up selling over 7 million copies worldwide. Appropriately enough, they’re releasing a greatest hits album on November 11th.

“Direct Hits” features two new songs including “Shot at the Night,” produced by Anthony Gonzalez a.k.a. M83.

Listen here: it’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

Artist Profile: Jack Johnson

AOTW-JACK-JOHNSON-472x472Surfer, activist, and mellow troubadour Jack Johnson releases his 6th studio album, called “From Here to Now to You.”

As he recently stated in an interview, “I play around with stuff but I don’t really feel the need to reinvent myself to remain relevant. I feel part of a tradition of singer-songwriters, of playing acoustic guitar and sharing songs. I’ve always felt like a traditionalist. I appreciate other people pushing boundaries but I never really felt like doing that with my own music.”

And in keeping with that spirit, the new album is a collection of Jack Johnson’s reliably mellow acoustic style and observational narratives. Let by the single “I Got You,” his new album is a perfect way to send off the remaining, lazy days of summer.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you’ll hear the musical DNA of Jack Johnson: his biggest hits along with tracks from his kindred spirits like Donovan Frankenreiter, G. Love, Matt Costa, and Ben Harper to his forbearers like Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Neil Young, and Bob Marley. You’ll also hear his collaborations and music from the artists that he’s influenced.

Listen to Jack Johnson on Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Nirvana is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

NIRVANA1-472x47222 years ago this week, Nirvana released “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was meant to be an introduction to Nirvana’s soon-to-be-released “Nevermind” album, and as hard as it is to believe today, the song was not an instant hit, nor did the band or their record label expect it to be.

Flash forward several months later, and by the end of 1991, it was the biggest song in the United States. By 1992, it was clear that Nirvana had released one of the greatest rock albums of all time, and in doing so, they permanently altered the musical landscape, the way the music fans defined “Alternative Rock”, and as an unintentional side-effect, they single-handedly ended the era of big hair and glam metal in favor of something more raw and authentic.

To mark this important anniversary in music history, Nirvana is Slacker’s artist of the week.

This station is an overview of Nirvana’s musical DNA; you’ll hear their biggest hits, deep album tracks and rarities, and you’ll also hear from the bands that influenced their sound and development as well as their Seattle contemporaries and the legions of artists that followed in their footsteps.

Get Exclusive Access to the Pearl Jam Top 33!

PEARL JAM MUSIC GUIDEThis week marks the 22nd anniversary of the release of Pearl Jam’s classic debut album, “Ten.” Slacker celebrates with an exclusive station built out of their greatest hits including “Even Flow” and “Better Man,” as well as lesser known fan favorites like “Crazy Mary.”

This countdown of Pearl Jam’s Top 33 is determined by Slacker users via our E.Q. (“Engagement Quotient”) methodology, allowing us to rank their 33 most played, most hearted and most shared tracks.

Such one-artist stations are usually reserved for premium users but, thanks to a special arrangement with the band, everybody on Slacker can listen through Sunday 8/25.

The Pearl Jam Top 33, powered by real user engagement–something that could only happen on Slacker. Listen here. 

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