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Tunes to start the day

January 22nd, 2014 No Comments

I don’t like anything loud first thing in the morning.  I’m also not ready to digest information before coffee.  Any kind of news, talk radio, music on the radio just drives me bonkers.  It’s like a slap in the face from the big bad world and I’m not awake yet.

I’d much rather wake up to birds chirping, Mason kisses, someone next to me stroking my hair and tickling my back.  Doesn’t that sounds better?

That’s what this mini playlist is for me.  Just a nice way to to start the day.  Inspired by the first artist on the list: Valerie June.  I just discovered her and now she’s on daily at my house.  Here are the others:

  • Valerie June: young and soulful, like an indie rock r&b blend.
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: all around great soundtrack
  • The Head and The Heart: Mellow indie rock
  • Eric Hutchinson: Feel good rock
  • Angus & Julia Stone: Mellow Indie
  • Stars: I just love the chick’s voice
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Playlist of awesome “new” bands

January 8th, 2014 No Comments

Breakout Bands of 2014 SOULCYCLE

 

 

SOUCYCLE  asked all of the instructors to submit our favorite indie bands’ songs.  They filtered it down and came up with a killer Spotify playlist.  Honestly, what I love most about it….no remixes :)

A few of my picks made it on: Atomic Tom (rock), Portugal The Man (indie rock), SOL (hip hop), The Neighbourhood (sexy scary rock), Valerie June (sultry and mellow).  All sooo good.

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Pandora-like playlists based on your mood: Songza

November 20th, 2013 No Comments

Songza homepage

When I go to Pandora, without fail I draw a blank on what artist I want to choose to represent the kind of music I want to hear.  Songza takes the burden off my shoulders and simply asks what I’m in the mood for.

Songza mixes

Songza playlists

Within three clicks you’ve launched a playlist WITHOUT commercials and have several others to choose from if you want to make a switch.

Songza Indie playlist

Great for parties and music discovery. Thanks for the rec Georgie!

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Big beats for your music library

November 13th, 2013 No Comments

The music we use for our SoulCycle playlists is NOT easy to find or download. All the more reason to share, right?!

I’ve directed you to my SoundCloud and HypeMachine profiles where I “like” remixes I find.  You can also follow my Rdio SOULCYCLE Selection playlist, where I add new songs regularly.

If none of that works for you, I’ve compiled a few of my rider favorites here.  You can’t download them, so just email me what you love and I’ll send you the song!

Mary@MoreThanMary.com

Any songs you’re into right now, please share it in the comments below.

If you’re in LA, come ride! My regular schedule:

  • Monday – BVHL 6am, 7am
  • Tuesday – BVHL 7am
  • Wednesday – SAMO 1pm
  • Thursday – BVHL 7am
  • Saturday – SAMO 4pm
  • Sunday – BVHL 1pm

 

The unanimous rider and instructor favorite: Suit and Tie Remix

A very close second fave: Augustana – On the Other Side

Linkin Park x Steve Aoki – A light that never comes

Eagles – Hotel California Remix

WALRU5 Hunter - Workin on My Tan Bitch Remix

Jay Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder Brillz and ZTrip Remix

2 Chainz & Diplo – A Different Butters Theme

The Neighbourhood – How

Hate Street Dialogue – Thomas Jack Remix

Grace Potter – Oh La La Paris remix

Avicii – Addicted to You

Stateless – Bloodstream

The Weekend – Wicked Games HugLife DJ Slink Remix

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Convert that awesome YouTube video to an mp3 for your music library. It’s EASY and FREE!

August 28th, 2013 No Comments

Media Human

When I find a great remix or mashup I MUST have for my SoulCycle playlist, most of the time it’s not available to buy on iTunes.  Sometimes the DJ has it as a free download on his facebook page; sometimes the blog streaming it offers a link to download; sometimes I can just click download on SoundCloud.  But when none of those options are available, I hit up YouTube to find it.

Media Human, a free app you can download online, allows me to covert a YouTube video to an mp3 in two clicks.

  1. Copy video URL
  2. Paste it into Media Human.

Then the video will show up in your iTunes, or wherever you set it to go.  I created a folder in iTunes called “MediaHuman” I have them altogether.

As you can see in the screenshot above, MediaHuman offers a lot of other helpful tools for converting video should you need them.

For more of my music tips and tricks, click here!

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When real musicians play

July 10th, 2013 No Comments

They don’t need synthesizers or all that jazz.

Luke is one of my favorite voices on the planet. The band supports it beautifully. I feel like that’s so rare these days.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you’re already fans of Atomic Tom. The first time I posted about AT was in 2010: their viral video my music contributor loved .  Seems like forever ago because their music is so engrained in my life now.

I’m going to rock out with these guys at The Troubadour tonight (9pm, if you’re around, join us!).  Excited is an understatement.  I’ve bounced around to their songs in NYC, Atlanta, and Austin, not to mention my spin classes.

Part of me is dying for them to make it big so they’ll get the respect they deserve.  The other half….well, I love bouncing around to my boys in small bars. Selfish, yes.  But if I were really selfish I wouldn’t be writing about them, now would I ;)

Take a listen.  Download at least one song.  Thank me later.

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Do you like drugs

May 22nd, 2013 2 Comments

I was just going to write about the Daft Punk album that dropped this week, but I’ve discovered so many other “electronic” tracks I love recently!  Here is a playlist of a few new favorites, one of which is “Do you…like drugs.”  I think you’ll find the songs all add a little addictive beat in the background of your life.  Subscribe to the playlist on rdio here.

Besides being a music streaming service that syncs to all of my mobile devices, rdio is my favorite place for music discovery.  When I log into my Rdio account, without fail on my “Heavy Rotation” page, there is always an album by a band I’ve never heard of that I instantly fall in love with.  This week, Elizabeth Harper’s voice and the bouncy, swag beat of Class Actress grabbed me.  I want to spin to it, get dressed to it, do laundry to it.  The sound makes me feel sexy no matter what I’m doing!

Andrew McMahon, the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin (that I have loved for a while now), released an EP last month I’ve been trying to get into.  He has such a good heart that is based in an incredible life story.  When he puts it all to music, I feel blessed in my life.

As for Daft Punk, like everyone else I’ve been anticipating their new songs.  For the first time, the duo used real instruments and a synthesizer instead of a computer, which seems impressive.  It’s fun and mesmerizing as the single “Get Lucky” suggested.

Also included here is Miguel with some R&B action.  Love, a fellow SoulCycle trainee, played “Do you….” the other day to start her class and had us all bouncin’ on the bike.  Seductive would be an understatement :)

If you have any bands you’re loving right now, I would love to hear about them.  Please leave your love notes in the comments below!

 

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Return of the Phoenix

April 24th, 2013 No Comments

Phoenix Bankrupt!

The Parisian band Phoenix, that writes and sings songs we love like “Liztomania” and “1901″ on their Wolfgang
Amadeus Phoenix album from way back when in 2009, has finally released a new album – Bankrupt! Before I read reviews of what the experts think, I take a listen and see how well my ears are tuned. Kinda like when you taste wine and guess the flavors before you ask
what the sommelier what’s really on your tongue. I do the same with music. On first listen, what struck me was the irony of their trendy, digital, “bouncy” sound that departs from the harder rock beats in their first album coupled with the name of the songs. Maybe it’s all of the dubstep, remix, cool kid music I’ve been listening to in SoulCycle training, but the songs make a huge effort to be cool. Then I read the song titles:

Phoenix Bankrupt album songs

Funny, right?! That being said, I really like the sound and their evolution. Bands need to grow with the industry, in most cases. Now, here’s what the experts have to say:

“The band concocted a delightfully varied collection of dizzy synth swirls and bubbly hooks.” — iTunes

“At its best — “Chloroform,” “Entertainment” and the title track — the group offers more joyous opportunity to sing along to the grand vocal melodies of Thomas Mars. The singer has a knack for delivering runs that nestle their way into the brain’s musical crevices, while the band (bassist Deck d’Arcy, guitarists/multi-instumentalists Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai) pushes its sounds in engaging and occasionally urgent new directions.” — LATimes

I think iTunes nails it. The sound is mesmerizing, and I have a hard time grabbing onto any of the
lyrics. All of the songs seem to run together. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Take a listen, see what you think.

ONE LAST THING: DAFT PUNK IS COMING OUT WITH A NEW EP ON MAY 21!

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