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Mix: Out of the Country

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On Oct. 24, 1945 the UN Charter came into force, officially creating the United Nations. The organization’s 193 member states aim to facilitate cooperation in international law and security, economic development, social progress, human rights and achievement of world peace.

Oct. 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In honor of our foreign allies, we’ve created a mix of musicians outside the United States.

Listen below to The Spec ladies’ favorite songs from musicians out of the country…

ALEXIS’ PICKS:

Artist: Alt-J | Song: Breezeblocks
Just discovered this band from Leeds a couple days ago at the suggestion of my brother-in-law and they’ve been on repeat ever since.

Artist: Chew Lips | Song: Karen
Chew Lips formed in London in 2008 and released its one and only album, Unicorn, in 2010. I’m hoping the band isn’t a one-album-only wonder and has another release in the near future.

Artist: Purity Ring | Song: Obedear
Hailing from Montreal this electronic two-piece have a unique sound that’s worth checking out, if you haven’t already.

Artist: Little Dragon | Song: Little Man
Please, find me a Swedish band that isn’t good. Bueller?

 Artist: Flogging Molly | Song: What’s Left of the Flag
Dublin-born Dave King and his band have played St. Patrick’s Day at Tempe Beach Park for the last couple years. If you don’t have plans, or even if you do, you should consider including this concert. It’s the cherry on top of a perfect Patty’s Day celebration.


DEE’S PICKS:

Artist: Fever Ray | Song: When I Grow Up
Karin Dreijer is brilliant and The Knife and Fever Ray are sound proof.

Artist: Tame Impala | Song: Half Full Glass Of Wine

Artist: King Krule | Song: The Noose of Jah City

Artist: Graveyard | Song: Ain’t Fit to Live Here

Artist: Bombay Bicycle Club | Song: Shuffle
I have been obsessed with this song since seeing the band perform it live at Crescent. I love the lyrics.


ELIZABETH’S PICKS:

Artist: Tan Dun | Song: Water Cadenzas
The artists is really David Cossin, who is one of the most badass percussionists/kit players on the planet. The person I really aim to feature is Chinese composer Tan Dun. You’ll know him from his scores to “Hero” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” He also composed a work for the 2008 YouTube Symphony.

Artist: Wild Beasts | Song: Bed of Nails
I’m obsessed with this dude’s voice.

Artist: Hot Chip | Song: I Feel Better
Um… just watch the music video and you will understand.

Artist: Ensemble Modern | Song: Dog Breath Variations
And yes, it’s pronounced “Mod-EH-rn.” EM is one of the longest-lasting chamber ensembles in the western world. They caught the eye of Frank Zappa who wrote for them and worked with them in the 90s.

Artist: Imogen Heap | Song: Hide and Seek


NIKKI’S PICKS:

Artist: The Beatles | Song: Don’t Let Me Down

Artist: Oasis | Song: Don’t Look Back in Anger

Artist: Bob Marley | Song: Could You Be Loved

Artist: Men At Work | Song: Who Can it Be Now

Artist: Silverchair | Song: Tomorrow

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