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Arcade Fire: Top 15 songs of the last 15 Years

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Sep 7, 2016 4:52:38 PM

A friend gave me a copy of Arcade Fire’s debut Funeral in a stack of ripped CDs shortly after the album was released. It happened one ordinary morning as I was walking to catch the bus for work, not feeling terribly inspired. I pushed play on my iPod. Just 3 ½ minutes later: transcendence.

Since forming in 2001, Arcade Fire quickly distinguished itself as an exceptional talent. With four trailblazing albums under their belt, it’s timely to reflect on Arcade Fire at 15 years. From the beginning, the oversize band had the ability to craft distinctive, fully engrossing albums and to perform these live in ways that capture their music’s intensity and intimacy.

Arcade Fire has successfully evolved its sound with each release while producing consistently great songwriting. In this respect, they’ve joined an elite group of groundbreaking artists including U2, Radiohead, Talking Heads, and Bruce Springsteen, whose influences have been melted down in the band’s own cauldron.

For fans and the unconverted alike, I’ve selected Arcade Fire’s 15 best songs, sequenced chronologically. Taken together, these make it clear why an unlikely band from Montreal attained global acclaim. While it’s more than we have any right to expect, to quote a favorite Arcade Fire lyric, “us kids know” their musical journey is far from complete.

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A Back to School Soundtrack Curated by The Breakfast Club

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Aug 2, 2016 8:53:13 PM

It feels like just yesterday that school was out for summer. As the calendar flips from July to August, this time of year can create a nostalgic and reflective mood about what it’s like to go back to school.

At Feed.fm, thinking about back to school led us to the quintessential high school flick The Breakfast Club. The movie is hard to forget because it so perfectly captures something universal about the different cliques that American teenagers can find themselves circling.

In The Breakfast Club, we meet Brian (The Brain), Allison (The Basket Case), Andrew (The Athlete), Claire (The Princess), and John (The Criminal). As music lovers, we asked ourselves what music each of these archetypal characters was listening to as they went back to school in 1983, several months before that fateful day they met at the library. Then we fast-forwarded 30+ years and imagined their life’s soundtrack today.

Your guess is as good as ours in terms of what happened to each of them following detention and what became of their lives. However, we feel reasonably confident the following music would be found on their playlists…both then and now.

 

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101 Hip-Hop Classics Everyone Should Hear (Part 2)

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Jul 12, 2016 4:07:42 PM

Part 2 of our *very* thorough list of classics everyone should hear! As a reminder,  we were inspired to create a list of 101 hip-hop classics everyone should listen to in their lives.  Part 2 covers the early 90's through 2015.

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101 Hip-Hop Classics Everyone Should Hear (Part 1)

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Jun 30, 2016 6:49:25 PM

“I said a hip hop,
The hippie, the hippie,
To the hip, hip hop, and you don’t stop…”

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Hot Summer, Cool Vibes Mixtape

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Jun 15, 2016 5:03:38 PM

The days are long, it’s getting hot, school’s out, and hopefully your life is slowing down…at least a little bit.

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Music is Performance-Enhancing

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Jun 3, 2016 6:17:27 PM

Most people know intuitively that music can be a useful motivator. Perhaps you play music in the morning to help you wake up, listen to music during your workouts, or enlist the radio when driving to help stay focused and alert. Still, you may be surprised to learn that music has tested positively as performance-enhancing when paired with everyday activities.

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Summer 2016 Music Festivals Mixtape

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on May 12, 2016 5:00:16 PM

The past decade has seen a groundswell of music festivals. Many of these have grown to equal the stature of heavyweights like Lollapalooza, Coachella, and Bonnaroo. This is a great thing for musicians and music-lovers, but it’s made picking and choosing harder than ever! Unless you’re independently wealthy and/or have the ability to teleport yourself, there’s no way you’ll hear all the amazing music this year’s festivals have to offer.

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Prince’s Prints: 20 Great Songs that Wouldn’t Exist Without His Influence

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Apr 27, 2016 6:13:31 PM

We’ve all read and heard a lot about Prince’s musical legacy over the past week. And deservedly. From the time of his debut album in 1978 until his untimely death, he was a pathbreaker who lived up to the somewhat grandiose (albeit temporary) nickname “the Artist.”

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