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Yamamoto's audio picks: Radiohead, The Redwalls, Soulmate, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana

Each week I’m posting audio links to a few bands, songs, and music videos that have caught my eye at some point. Enjoy!

Bands

1) The Redwalls: My best friend actually bought one of their albums because he liked that all of the band members were wearing fedoras on the front cover. Imagine his (and my) surprise when their music turned out to be really good! I know that this is quite a strong statement, but their music as a whole somewhat reminds of me of a mix between the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Because this is relatively difficult for me to explain, it’s probably easier to just listen to them here. I’m personally a fan of “Falling Down” and “Love Her” from their De Nova album.

2) Soulmate: If you enjoy listening to jazz music (especially with a female vocalist), I strongly suggest looking into this amazing band from India. They somewhat recently finished a brief US tour, so it might be a while before you get a chance to see them play live. In the meantime, you can find some of their music and more information about the band here and here.

Songs

1) Radiohead’s “Let Down“: This is one of my favorite Radiohead tracks and is off of their OK Computer album. Unfortunately, this song, along with some other great tracks (like “No Surprises,” High and Dry,” and “Fake Plastic Trees“), tends to get overshadowed by “Karma Police” (and often “Creep“) which is a poor representation of their “awesomeness” as a band.

2) The Postal Service’s “Sleeping In“: This band forever won a place in my heart when they were actually sued by the United States Postal Service. Anyway, this is one of my favorite tracks off of their Give Up album.

3) Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing“: Another one of my favorite rock tracks of all time. I hope that you’re at least somewhat familiar with this song. If not, you should probably listen to it now.

4) Nirvana’s “The Man Who Sold The World“: OK, so David Bowie did the original track, but I’m definitely more of a fan of Cobain’s cover. This track (along with the entire MTV Unplugged In New York album) is a must have for anyone who claims to enjoy Nirvana’s music.

Music Videos

1) Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb“: This is easily one of my favorite rock tracks of all time. If you haven’t heard it before, you should probably fix that now. Also, The Wall (the film based around the album) is worth watching at some point. I don’t exactly remember the entire film, but, compared to what I do remember, this is relatively tame.

2) Gigi D’Agostino’s “Bla bla bla“: A catchy track with a great beat accompanied by a well-drawn video. What more do you need?

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