Music


Now don’t go getting your gears all in a jamble; Daylight Savings Day isn’t until March 14th at 2:00am EST, so you can relax. For those of you who are planning on complaining about losing one little hour of sleep for one little night, you can stop. Think about all the other ways you probably lose an extra hour of sleep on any other day of the week. Like doing this. Or this. Or hopefully this. Yep, linked to myself on that last one. After biting the bullet for one night, we get an extra hour of daylight for THE NEXT 8 MONTHS. Try something called “delayed gratification” on for size.

A few days later, March 20th, is the official first day of spring, but here in DC spring always comes a few weeks earlier. One week we have a foot of snow, the next gaggles of people are out and about running, jogging, biking, flugtagging. Ehhh might have made that last one up. What I’m trying to say is DC’s an active town. And the activity has begun, whether or not spring has springed.

So in the spirit of the spring season that’s upon us, I’ve put together a complication of seasony-titled jams for summer, fall, and winter. Spring doesn’t have a song yet, so readers, you have 9 days to pick one! Only rule? It has to have the word “spring” or a variation of it in the title. Start commenting with your suggestions and we’ll declare a winner on the day of the equinox.

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Regardless if you subscribe to the tiny-bopper phenomenon, it’s hard to deny these types of pop singers have figured something out. They don’t reign at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for nothing.

 So maybe it’s a good producer, sweet electronics, or real talent (help us all), if it’s catchy enough it will produce something that we can all appreciate: one awesome parody.

So for all you Weird Al Yankovic lovers or those (like some of us at BonusDC) who think Ke$ha’s music video persona could resemble Taylor Swift if she woke up in a gutter after a two-week binder – strictly hypothetical of course  – this one is for you.

I’m not sure who is behind this gem, but their name is “Key of Awesome” (BONUS!), so it seems pretty self-explanatory. Hope you enjoy this little piece of happiness.

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Music makes the world go ’round. Here’s the five tunes that are rocking the Bonus! crew as we run this town.

Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti & Spearhead – Uptempo beat, sparkly piano, and just straight happy lyrics. I dare you to not bob your head.

Winter Song by Sara Bareillis and Ingrid Michaelson – Switching it up, great down tempo soft song that makes winter pass by. Make some hot coco and curl up with someone special. Also an amazing video.

Slow Show and Fake Empire by The National – I love this band, as mentioned before. That’s the official Fake Empire video, which is Thom’s fav. The Slow Show (my fav) video is unofficial, set to Godard’s famous “Masculine-Feminine”. The band is coming to D.C. in June, and trust Bonus! will be there.

Going On by Gnarls Barkley – Crazy cool song, crazy cool video. Favorite lyric – “The touch and feeling of free / is intangible technically / something you have to believe in”. I try to live up to this song in my daily life. The message; see what needs doing, do it, come what may. Be committed, don’t wait on the sidelines.

This video is from Danish director Tobias Gundorff Boesen, and apparently was quite the technical feat.

I dig the song too, it’s a band called The National, and the song is ‘Slow Show‘.

As the annoying annotations mention, might be traumatic for those who like bunnies.

(h/t Gamma Squad)