Category: tunes

ON REPEAT: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

On repeat these days is the ever diverse Great Gatsby soundtrack album. Created by director Baz Luhrmann, executive music producer Anton Monsted and rapper Jay-z, this album has an all-star line up of artists. Featuring songs by Jay-Z, Lana Del Rey, Fergie, Jack White and Gotye, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. The best part of the album is everything flows. Certainly these artists music genres are quite different from one to the next, yet these songs all have this cool, jazzy, big band-y music style with some songs incorporating techno and rap from this generation. Some of my favorite tracks are “Back to Black” – Andre 3000 and Beyonce, “Over the Love” – Florence + the Machine, and “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock, but all songs are definitely great. No skipping being done while this album is playing.

The director for this film, Baz Luhrmann, wanted the soundtrack to consist of music that “blends the Jazz Age with a modern spin”. Having read the novel in high school, as well as seen the 1974 film adaptation, I am certainly intrigued to see the film with this particular soundtrack. This music will definitely put a different spin on the film, making Gatsby more of the Great Gatsby of today.

Here is the official track list:

1.   100$ Bill – JAY Z

2.   Back To Black – Beyoncé x André 3000

3.   Bang Bang –

4.   A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock

5.   Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

6.   Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

7.   Over The Love – Florence + The Machine

8.   Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron

9.   Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

10.  Together – The xx

11.  Hearts A Mess – Gotye

12.  Love Is Blindness – Jack White

13.  Into the Past – Nero

14.  Kill and Run – Sia

Now have a listen! ENJOY


Billy Talent is super talented…

You know when a singer, band, actor, etc., has made an impact on your childhood, and seeing them in person just goes straight into your bucket list? Well, Billy Talent was one of those bands for me. I’m happy to say that I have finally seen Billy Talent live, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s checked off MY bucket list.

It’s a band that I used to always listen to, even to this day I still love to listen to their new and older albums. It totally brought me back to those ridiculously immature years where their lyrics, I swear, helped me.

Thursday March 28th they were here in Winnipeg for their “Dead Silence” tour, and I the energy in the MTS Centre was palpable. People were going crazy for them, and they seriously delivered. The vocals were perfection, they didn’t miss a beat and they played a killer line-up of songs. They weren’t super interactive with the audience, but they did make mention of the Winnipeg Jets, which — of course — got the crowd going. We had awesome seats, got a pretty good view of the band — who look exactly as I remembered them. I couldn’t help but think throughout their whole show, is Ian not sick of that hairstyle or what?

Sum 41 was the other headlining band, which I’ve never been a huge fan of but I do enjoy a lot of their songs. They also killed it, and I have to hand it to the lead singer Deryck Whibley, his stage presence is crazzzzy.

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of these bands or not, it’s awesome to see Canadian talent that are still together and still touring. Benjamin Kowalewicz, lead singer of Billy Talent, mentioned that they have been together for 20 years! They’re still rockin’ out and putting on an amazing show, so props to them! So, there’s one more thing checked off my bucket list, on to the next! What are some of your must see concerts???


“Born to Die”

After a lovely weekend of friends, relaxation and procrastination it seems I have come down with a cold; which I’m sure I have one of my friends to thank for. However, I can’t really complain since it has brought me here, to a new blog post. I’m sitting at the computer with my peppermint tea, my kitty laying on the chair beside me, and my new favorite album playing. Since I am obsessed with this album I decided to dedicate a WHOLE blog post to it (whoa!). I must admit though that Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” album has been playing non-stop in my apartment for the past couple of weeks at least. It’s most likely because I find her so original, it’s hard not to enjoy. Considering the ‘popular’ artists out there these days: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rhianna etc. etc., it’s definitely nice to hear something new, like something I haven’t heard before. Her music has a very unique sound, she sings with quite a low voice which she said she did to stand out  from the rest. Her lyrics are very dark, very honest yet very inspirational at the same time. She`s got her own image, her own style, her own sound, she`s a definite risk taker, so naturally I love her. Lastly, the reason why I can’t stop listening to songs such as “Off to the Races”, “Born to Die” and “Diet Mountain Dew” is simply because there is not even ONE song that I don’t like on this album. Her music style is obviously not for everyone, but if you are a music lover and have an open mind to something new than I highly recommend you take a listen.