If you're anything like me, you need music to help you get work done. However, music also has the irresistible ability to distract as much as help. It's a vicious cycle, and I am here to keep that cycle as vicious as ever. An electro-swing band from Paris, France, Caravan Palace is one of the best things in the whole wide world:
The Tallest Man on Earth is pretty cool, and "Love is All" is an amazing song by him, with its gentle, plucking acoustic and imaginative lyrics:
Listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is like standing barefoot in the woods gathering sunflowers. "That's What's Up" is quite literally what is up:
Of Monsters and Men is from Iceland. Sometimes I picture them writing music in the middle of an iceberg or sitting in an igloo trying to play the guitar with numb fingertips. I give them bonus points for living in a cold country, not to mention that "Dirty Paws" is just a glorious piece:
I haven't listened to much Finn Bonel, but "Love's the Only Thing" is so amazing that I love him with all my heart:
"Punching in a Dream" by The Naked and the Famous makes me want to dance around my room in my sweatpants. Or a frilly, sequined blouse — whichever. This song is pretty versatile like that:
I am quite fond of Grouplove. Its unique, upbeat style can give the most mundane day an optimistic soundtrack. "Lovely Cup" is just one awesome song on their 2011 album, titled "Never Trust a Happy Song."
You're welcome. Happy not-studying.