TOTD: CARDS “One Too Many Movies”

CARDS hit hard with his newest release, “One Too Many Movies,” a soulful cruising jam just in time for the summer heat. This track will have you wearing a wide brimmed hat and coasting on a beach cruiser if you aren’t careful, and depending on how far you live from the beach, that could land you in hot water at work.

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One Too Many Movies is his most recent release in a string of single releases that will carry through until his first full-length release this fall. After listening through a few of his songs, one thing that is really amazing is that none of the songs sound even remotely similar, but you can still tell they were arranged by the same person.

If you’re looking for a track to add to your summer vacation playlist, you road trip playlist, or really a playlist for any situation where groove is important, “One Too Many Movies” has to make the cut.

If you want to see who else made the cut for our June artist reviews, check out our Spotify playlist here.

Video of the Day: Esbie Fonte “Ace’s High”

I have a perfect video for you guys for the Tuesday blues. This song is all about dissatisfaction in corporate America, the mind-numbing nature of 9-5 work. It’s also a bit about the deep existentialism that comes with getting stuck in a loop. It reflects on a tedium that never seems to end and always repeats again every week, slowly draining your remaining life hours away from you inch by inch.

“Ace’s high, and I’m so low

Getting by on tomorrow”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly felt this despair, and I mostly like my job. I also get summer’s off. I just think human freedom is somewhat at odds with forced labor. I know, I know, its’ not literal forced labor. There’s no slavery involved, but most people don’t really have other options besides working to afford the basic tenants of comfortability in this society.

“If this is life, then why am I afraid,

9-5 just to survive in vain”

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Definitely watch the video intently. The lyrics tell the story I’ve already laid out, but I appreciate that the video also seems to intersperse how our home life is somewhat of a loop too. And that these home lives are mostly just ways to cope with our career life, and our meaninglessness.

To end on an uplifting note: I assume many of you out there feel just like the song says. Do not get stuck in a career you hate for the next 30 years. Start making moves now to do something you’ll feel more happy with. Make sure your work/life balance is in order. It doesn’t have to be something you fix tomorrow, but make sure your intentions are towards fixing it in the next 5 years. I assume Esbie Fonte has made moves to get away from 9-5 life through her artistry. Seth and I are slowly working our way away from it by creating a space for you guys to hear music you wouldn’t hear otherwise. None of us are quitting our day jobs yet (though I can’t speak for Esbie, maybe she is, her talent is already there for sure), but I’m also not wasting my days assuming that my only option is to continue down the same path as the baby boomers. I have no interest in living to work. I just want to live. Start making a game plan for you to do the same. We do not have to buy the lie that there is only one path.

-Caleb

You can find this song and all of our June posts on our monthly Spotify playlist right here. 

 

Mid Day Music Blast: Brett J.B. “Garden Grey”

Have you ever wondered what Death Cab would sound like if they did a cover album of Decemberists songs? Wonder no more, you beautiful people. Meet Brett J.B., a Wisconsinite who has a Ben Gibbard-esque voice with the the variance of a Decemberists track.

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In his new single, Garden Grey, Brett recaptures his childhood by going into what it was like growing up in Garden Grey. I tried figuring out where Garden Grey was, but to no avail. Neighborhood? City? A name you gave your house? I wanted there to be more, but with only the name and the fact that he currently lives in Milwaukee to go off of, I didn’t have much of a shot. Whatever it is, I’m glad it’s where Brett grew up. His fond memories of that place led to this track, and for that, I am thankful.

Morning Commute: SAMMAY – “Full Moon”

Good morning guys! You’ve probably already commuted at this point, but I have some great music for you anyway. Check out this Jazzy/R&B track from SAMMAY. The song is self described as: “A song that calls in expansive holistic love forms for all who are journeying through the cosmos and celebrates the potentialities gifted by the full moon.” I don’t know about you guys, but that seems like a good way to start off the day to me.

The biggest thing that stands out to me about this song, other than the love and positive vibes it’s pushing out, is how striking the lead vocals are. I could listen to her sing about pretty much anything I think. I hope this song makes you think of someone you love, and you share some of that love with them today. I know SAMMAY has inspired me to do just that.

-Caleb

You can check out this song and all of our June TOTD’s on our Spotify playlist right here.