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Nujabes’ second (or third, if you really want to be specific) album.  In my personal opinion, Metaphorical Music is a superior album.  Not everyone would agree with this, however.  Modal Soul is a great album and a must-have for fans of instrumental hip-hop.

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Cool album I’ve been getting into lately.  Makes for good background music while you’re playing video games, browsing the internet, or even just putting your feet up.

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One of the most relaxing musicians I’ve ever heard.  It’s a shame he passed away just recently.  Metaphorical music is a masterpiece.  Beatifully crafted from some of Nujabes’ own personal beats and a plethora of samples from various Jazz songs and the like.  And I got it thanks to the freeleech currently happening over at what.cd, so you can expect a lot more where that came from.  And just look at the album cover.  It’s beautiful.  I’ll likely post his other album “Modal Soul” in the next week or so.  Rest in Peace, Seba Jun.  You’ll live on through your wonderful, wonderful music.

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One of my absolute favorite bands ever. Started by 16 now 22 year old Kevin Steinhauser. These are some old albums now currently not available for download anywhere and all out of print. Chances are these will never see the light of the day for the rest of time (I don’t think Kevin likes them too much). These albums range from electronic pop-punk to acoustic indie-pop/folk; I’ll mark whichever genre it is, albums will be in band pictures, and some of these might be in MP4. Otherwise, enjoy.

The Lost Levels

Instrumental, Electronic, 8-bit-ish

Math the Band and the Secret of Mystery Island

Electronic, Indie-Pop (includes both electronic and acoustic work) (MP4)

Greatest Hits

Electronic (MP4, no tags, sorry)

Tour De Friends EP

Electronic, Synth-Punk

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Teddy

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If you like Christmas, and you like guitars, well then I have a present for you.  Merry Axemas is what happens when a bunch of famous guitar players including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tomoyasu Hotei, and Eric Johnson get together and play your favorite Christmas classics.  And that’s just volume one.

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Volume two has such musicians as Zakk Wylde, Ted Nugent, and Steve Lukather performing even more famous Christmas songs.  It’s a rare event for so many famous guitarists to get together and do an album like this.  And the fact that it’s Christmas music is just gravy.  So enjoy, and join me in hoping that Merry Axemas Volume 3 is a future possibility.

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Now this album is one I have alot of fond childhood memories with.  If you’ve ever listened to the radio around Christmas time, you’ve likely heard Mannheim Steamroller’s highly distinguishable instrumental electronic version of “Deck the Halls”.  This is only one of their amazing transformations of Christmas classics into catchy electronic songs.  Very fun, and great driving music for around the holidays.

EDIT: Added the download link to the album art.  I’m sorry I forgot to do so beforehand.  I’ll try not to let it happen again.

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Welcome to How To Be So Real’s Holiday Extravaganza-palooza!  For the next twenty-five days straight we will have a different holiday album, as well as our usual good stuff! I’m not gonna lie, most of these are going to be Christmas albums, but there might be a song or two about your other favorite holiday. Let’s get started!

Julian Koster should not be an unfamiliar name to anyone. The leader of experimental indie-pop group The Music Tapes and a member of the legendary Neutral Milk Hotel, Koster is a man of many instruments and styles, but this album is classic Julian. Koster is primarily known for his saw playing in the many different bands he’s featured in, and he should be well known for playing it, he’s beyond good. This album is a collection of classic Christmas songs performed by Julian and his saw. For those not in the know the singing saw is a hauntingly beautiful instrument, perhaps best suited for Halloween. However, Koster is such a master he takes what could be a spooky instrument and turns it into a warm, charming delight. A must have for the holidays, and for fans of the Elephant Six.

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