Mix Tape Mondays: Never Too Cool for Old School

Do you have a case of the feels? Nostalgia hitting you hard? Do you just need a break from cut throat modernity? This week’s mix tape is a journey back to some of my favorite romantic oldies around the globe. Who needs time travel when we’ve got music?

Cleo 5 à 7 – Sans Toi. Ha! You thought Edith Piaf would be on this list, didn’t you? In place of the celebrated Edith I bring you Sans Toi a French song about heart ache that would do Edith proud.

Getz and Gilberto – Corcovado.  Step away from The Girl from Ipanema and listen to this song by the same Brazilian duo instead. It perfectly evokes the peace and pensive solitude of a quiet night of quiet stars.

Shim Eun Kyung – Raindrop. Alright this may be cheating…ok it is cheating. From what I gather Raindrop is a modern Korean song (from the movie Miss Granny) made to sound like a classic (but correct me if I’m wrong!). However it’s pretty darn beautiful so on the list it goes!

Fairouz – Habbeytak Bessayf. According to my Arabic teacher Lebanese singer Fairouz is the queen of the Arabic music world (however, she is Lebanese soooo they may be some bias here). Though I have to admit no one croons like Fairouz.


Jacques Dutronc – Il est cinq heures Paris s’éveille. This love song to Paris conjures vivid scenes as you take a ride through Paris as she wakes.

Have other favorite classics? Post them below!


Mixed Tape Monday: J-Rock

Let’s take a trip to Tokyo this week and listen to my current favorite Japanese rock songs. Because sometimes you want to be a little emotionally rebellious and Japan delivers this and so much more. From emo, to indie, to shoe gaze they have got it all. So break out your black eyeliner, put on some skinny jeans, and let’s go!

One OK Rock – Deeper Deeper. Just slow your roll right there folks. This isn’t a dirty song. Get your mind outta the gutter! Be ready for mild screaming (they have a lot of feels, ok?) and instant teleportation back to the 2000s.

HaKU – Dye it White. I have absolutely no recollection of how I found this song but I need not know from whence it came to know it rocks. (I just noticed both videos contain floating metal spheres….is this a J-Rock motif?…further investigations will ensue….)

Mushroom Empire (きのこ帝国) – Tokyo (東京). As close friends and family will tell you I’m not a morning person. This song is for those days when my alarm goes off too early and the snooze button in the only way to quell my inner rage. That’s right, I rebel through extended naps. I know I’m hardcore.

Kana-Boon –ないものねだり. A quirky and fun song about petty arguments and the destabilization of love. It may fill you with an urge for bowl cuts and live musical accompaniment when you cook dinner.

凛として時雨 – Abnormalize. Congrats to all you keen-eared anime fans out there! This is indeed from Psycho-pass’s fantastic soundtrack. While I could have posted all their track. I witheld.

That’s it for this week! Did I miss the best J-rock band ever? Should I have put a Babymetal song up? Comment below!

Mix Tape Monday: Avante Garde

For this week’s mix tape I bring you some tracks that are a little off the wall. They might not be your average pop, rock, or rap but that is the beauty of mixing things up! So this week put your headphones on and take a walk on the wild side. You might like what you find.

Yelle – Je veux te voir. Don’t be fooled by the sugary pop sound of this track. The lyrics are down right dirty. Yelle does not shy away from visual innuendo…and her lyrics, well, they are anything but coy.

Jambinai 잠비나이 – A time of extinction. Does the combination of heavy metal plus and traditional Korean music seem like an unlikely pair? Take one listen to this and you’ll find that its a duo that totally makes sense. Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches… like apple pickle sandwiches this is an unusual combo that’s just meant to be.

Wang Rong Rollin– Chick. For all you fans of What Does the Fox Say? this video takes it to whole new level. Chinese girl group Wang Rong Rollin presents a barnyard fairy tale (note the fairy godmother in the beginning) and a song that actually sounds like chickens. Do I know what’s going on? No. But I don’t think I need to.

Tanya Tagaq – Umingmak. This amazing Inuit throat singer from northern Canada initially caught my eye in this year’s SXSW line up. I have no words to describe her music besides that it lies utterly outside the traditional western traditional concept of singing. Listen to her describe the way she sings here.

Any other cool and unusual suspects we should hear in the realms of international music below? Is there the next Lady Gaga that I missed? Add them below?