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New Music Monday: Our Favorite Songs from 2014

first_img The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Editors’ Recommendations Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home New Music Monday is moving in a new direction. Today and next Monday we’ll be looking back through 2014 at some of our favorite tunes of the year, and the week after that, we will discuss the most anticipated records of 2015.This week we focus on our five favorite tracks from New Music Monday artists.5. PHOX – “Slow Motion” from PHOX (Partisan Records)The list begins with “Slow Motion,” the breezy lead single from PHOX’s self-titled debut record. The septet plays an appealing brand of indie pop that features tinges of folk, Americana, and even Caribbean music. The standout element on both “Slow Motion” and PHOX, however, is lead singer Monica Martin’s voice. Even with myriad instruments (including the less-than-common flugelhorn and banjo), Martin’s voice shines through gorgeously.Purchase PHOX on Amazon or iTunes.4. Wye Oak – “The Tower” from Shriek (Merge Records)Shriek, Wye Oak’s fourth full-length, sees the band moving in a new sonic direction. After two years of constant touring in support of the band’s previous record Civilian, Jenn Wasner found herself exhausted by the guitar. For songwriting purposes, Wasner exchanged her guitar for an electric bass, and the new album introduces synthesizers to the mix. “The Tower” is the track that first introduced Wye Oak’s new sound and for good reason. The song’s mood holds true to the music Wye Oak perfected on Civilian while introducing not only synthesizers but elements of synth pop.Purchase Shriek on Amazon or iTunes.3. Field Report – “Home (Leave the Lights On)” from Marigolden (Partisan Records)Wye Oak aren’t the only band on our list to add synths to expand their sound. Field Report’s sophomore record, Marigolden, finds the band’s sound growing even as its members shrink from seven to four. The album runs the musical gamut, from the Traveling Wilburys-esque pop of “Home,” to the Neil Young-inspired piano ballad “Ambrosia,” to the electronic sonic landscape of “Wings.”Purchase Marigolden on Amazon or iTunes.2. Sondre Lerche – “Lucifer” from Please (Mona Records)Please finds Sondre Lerche’s songwriting and lyrics in fine form. Though much of the record was written beforehand, the album centers on Lerche’s divorce from his wife of eight years. “Lucifer” features some of Please‘s strongest lyrics and arrives at its center. Despite the song’s title it does not fall into accusations or recriminations, but rather finds Lerche examining himself and his dark side, or as he sings “indulg[ing] the dusk.”Purchase Please on Amazon or iTunes.1. Cold Specks – “A Formal Invitation” from Neuroplasticity (Mute Records)After her Polaris Prize-nominated debut, I Predict a Graceful Explosion, Al Spx had the opportunity to work with artists like Moby, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Swans. She even made a guest appearance at Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday party alongside Herbie Hancock. Those collaborations are reflected on Spx’s sophomore album, Neuroplasticity, which ranks among the best releases of 2014. Michael Gira of Swans makes appearances on “Exit Plan” and “A Season of Doubt,” which Akinmusire appears on as well, but it is “A Formal Invitation” that is the record’s strongest track. Aptly called an “apocalyptic, goth-folk epic” by AllMusic, “A Formal Invitation” burns slow and strong for four and a half minutes before ending with the ominous line, “Smother you with silence until you choke on dead air.”Purchase Neuroplasticity on Amazon or iTunes.last_img read more

Simple device can help monitor stress levels

first_imgWashington: Scientists have developed a new test that can easily measure common stress hormones using sweat, blood, urine or saliva. Stress is often called “the silent killer” because of its stealthy and mysterious effects on everything from heart disease to mental health. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati in the US hope to turn the system into a simple device that patients can use at home to monitor their health. “I wanted something that’s simple and easy to interpret. This may not give you all the information, but it tells you whether you need a professional who can take over,” said Andrew Steckl, a professor at University of Cincinnati. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Scientists developed a device that uses ultraviolet light to measure stress hormones in a drop of blood, sweat, urine or saliva. These stress biomarkers are found in all of these fluids, albeit in different quantities, Steckl said. “It measures not just one biomarker but multiple biomarkers. And it can be applied to different bodily fluids. That’s what’s unique,” he said. The device, described in the journal American Chemical Society Sensors, is not intended to replace full-panel laboratory blood tests. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “If you’re able to do the test at home because you’re not feeling well and want to know where you stand, this will tell whether your condition has changed a little or a lot,” said Steckl. “Stress harms us in so many ways. And it sneaks up on you. You don’t know how devastating a short or long duration of stress can be,” said Prajokta Ray, from University of Cincinnati. “So many physical ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure and neurological or psychological disorders are attributed to stress the patient has gone through. That’s what interested me,” said Ray. Taking exams always gave her stress. Understanding how stress affects you individually could be extremely valuable, she said. “Stress has been a hot topic over the past couple years. Researchers have tried very hard to develop a test that is cheap and easy and effective and detect these hormones in low concentrations,” Ray said. “This test has the potential to make a strong commercial device. It would be great to see the research go in that direction,” she added.last_img read more

Anura slams Ranil says he is not the PM

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake slammed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying he has no right to be Prime Minister anymore.Dissanayake said that since the Government was given only 100 days to be in power Wickremesinghe is no more the Prime Minister. The JVP leaderalso  said that the National Executive Council (NEC) which was also formed to take policy decisions during the 100 day programme, has not met since last month. Dissanayake said that even if the NEC meets the JVP will not take part in the meetings as the NEC has no authority to remain beyond 100 days since the Government took office.The JVP also said that the current Parliament is working against the wishes of the people so the people should be allowed to select a new Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) He also noted that with a dispute over the opposition leader post there is instability in the country and so Parliament must be dissolved soon and Parliament elections held. read more