Who’s on Hezekiah’s iPod?

Posted: February 27, 2012 by Laura Richards in Who's on whose iPod?

Hezekiah Crocker is not a name that goes unknown on this campus. As a proud member of the Nerd hall, Hezekiah is probably one of the most friendly, quirky people I have ever known. He is his own person and I admire that so much about him. He has killer taste in music and not many people know that. I listened to some of the songs on this list, and they blew me away. There is so much to learn from Hezekiah, so let’s take a look at what is on this cool kid’s iPod!

10. “Song for No One” – Miike Snow

“Euro-electronica with emotional filled vocals framed within a chill drum and bass core that brings you along for the smooth ride.”

9. “The Look” – Metronomy

“Smooth, clean and minimalistic. A very intriguing mix of electronic and acoustic instruments give an amazing but restrained sense of cool.”

8. “To Kingdom Come” – Passion Pit

“Unpredictable arrangements of saxophones, keyboards and drums form the pages of the heartbroken lyrics. The hooks shimmer with a celebratory electro-indie ballad.”

7. “Radar Detector” – Darwin Deez

“This song is infectious and minimalistic.  In the world of pop, this song takes a little charm and goes a long way with it. Its unique and tangy guitar melodies and super catchy chorus will have you humming all day.  This song aims directly at your heart.”

6. “Daylight” – Matt & Kim

“Daylight” is a 2009 song by indie pop duo Matt & Kim. Popularity of the song is partially due to its debut on a Bacardi commercial.  The piano melodies tie this whole song together as the bass drives almost a celebratory feeling into your mind.”

5. “Cigarettes in the Theatre” – Two Door Cinema Club

“I’m not a huge fan of pop but Two Door Cinema Club is more than just your average pop band. Their songs are peppy and upbeat without ever being cheesy, their lyrics are simple without being dumb, and the vocals are catchy. They’re the kind of band who could appeal to the masses without being annoying, and that’s a huge accomplishment in itself.”

4. “Maps” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“If you’ve listened to their album, this is where the album peaks. In the song “Maps”, Chase’s rhythmic beats, Zinner’s quick guitar playing and Karen’s sensitive voice are assembled into an emotionally charged, rip-your-heart-out, cry-yourself-to-sleep, punk-pop masterpiece. Layer after layer of chiming and melodic guitar rifts come together in overlapping harmonies. Karen sings lyrics that are simple yet soulful portraying a picture of unadulterated love in her sensitive singing.”

3. “The Wolf” – Miniature Tigers

“Rhythmic acoustic guitar and simple but edgy drums co-exist with lyrical metaphors and gritty observations on love chased, gained, brooded on and abandoned.  The catchy chorus hits you directly in that part of your brain that never forgets a tune or rhythm.”

2. “Such Great Heights” – Postal Service

“What do you get when a fantastic writer crosses an electronic genius? Surprise! Fantastically written electronic music. Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie and Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello sandwich a superb song between a reverberative ambient keyboard line. Distorted bass snyths, keyboard blips with the simple drum beat are the stage for Ben’s poetic lyrics about the relationship he is currently in, and how everything looks perfect from far away but it really isn’t. When the chorus finally bursts in Gibbard’s voice jumps a few notes up and sings that melody that has been stuck in my head for quite some time now.”

1. “Gangsta” – tUnE-YaRdS

“Children playing, police sirens and alarms cut in and out. This is the anthem of a violent neighborhood. Loud, dysfunctional, and disjointed, “Gangsta” is a literal, audible representation of what it’s like to moving into a big city: It can make your head hurt, and it’s dissonant sounds may feel unfamiliar. But eventually, those sounds come together in a rhythm, of wild drums and explosive horns.  Turning into a strange and creative pop song, “Gangsta” becomes a full-blown dance song.”

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