Thursday, January 31, 2008

"When I was yours, you fled the scene. Now you can't wash your hands of me..."

First post with the theme: This one is a shout out to Bruce, who happens to be in town right now as I'm writing this. Perhaps I shall run into him tomorrow.

Cursive - Bloody Murderer from Ugly Organ. (I can't actually remember if it's "Bloody Murder" or "Bloody Murderer"). Cursive makes a fascinating use of the cello in their post-hardcore sound. I think this creates an intellectual layer that would be otherwise lacking if found without the cello. Smart move, Cursive!

Monday, January 28, 2008

"I just wanna know what to do cause I need your love a lot..."

I think for a few days I'm going to do a mini-theme.

A handful of songs will be dedicated to the friends I was blessed enough to spend time with this past weekend: Bryn, Bruce, Dani, Nick, and Alexander (and their friends who popped up as well!)

These songs will include numbers by Cursive, Nelly Furtado, We Are Scientists, Garbage, etc. So keep reading if you like these bands. We'll see what else I decide to put up as well.

Also, for those looking for newer music, fear not! I've fallen behind on my email checking in regards to this blog, but a lot of great bands and PR folk have written in to be listened to, and they will be heard.

So if you have a band or music that you want to share, click the email button and make it happen. :)

Anyway, for now, here's some Boosh love:
The Mighty Boosh - Love Games (acoustic)

Their impromptu back and forth jam towards the end is amazing. I have a growing adoration of Julian Barrat, from his currently asymmetrical hair, to his voice, to the fact that in every interview he never seems like he cares about what he does and is just sorta chillin there being quiet and observant. He could well be my new Colin Firth is all I'm saying.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"Oh I'll be the one who'll break my heart..."

Courtesy of Miss Bryn:

The new Feist video!
Feist - I Feel It All

I love the music, but I'm beginning to want more than the single camera format of her videos. They certainly are different and unique though, in addition to feeling quite authentic and down to earth.

Monday, January 21, 2008

"I'm so glad that I'm an island now..."

Oy to the vey. So much has happened since I last posted music here.
For one, I'm making progress in my studying and in work. So yay to that. I've had some unforgettable times with friends before one returns to college. In addition, I saved a toddler's life from oncoming traffic and had to deal (pleasantly) with the attention of strangers. Whew. (And I'm not saying that to be haughty, I'm saying that because it was an unknowing change in my life). I've seen a lot of movies (Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood destroyed me). Now I'm awaiting the surprise visit from Bruce and Bryn and the chaotic loveliness that will follow. I was just watching a special on Martin Luther King Jr. and happened across a preview for Metric's upcoming dvd of their concert in Montreal called Metric : Live at the Metropolis. Having seen Metric numerous times and proclaimed my love for their sound innumerable times, I'm excited for their dvd release. Wooo! I came across the preview in the middle of a song and it happened to be Combat Baby, which is one of my personal favorites. But the song right after it on the dvd is also killer because of its lyrical content:

Sickness was fixing me some
Coughed my heart in the last stall
Now that the damage is done
I never miss it at all.


Metric - Empty from Live it Out

Thursday, January 10, 2008

"Having a really good time, I'm not complaining, and I'm a still wear a smile when it's raining..."

Mary J. is often more insightful than I realize. Having heard this song on the radio a lot lately, as well as noticing the video for it receiving some airplay, I find myself really enjoying it.

Honestly, it feels like more of a Janet Jackson song to me than it does Mary J. Blige. Maybe it's in the speed of some of the delivery of lyrics, particularly the chorus, but I feel as if this song could have been equally well accomplished by Janet. Regardless, it's fun, lively, and positive, and everyone could use a little less drama in their lives and some brightness throughout.

Mary J. Blige - Just Fine from Growing Pains

Mary J. Blige - No More Drama at the 2002 Grammy's. I appreciate the energy and upper body physicality that Mary J. brings to her songs.

Monday, January 7, 2008

"Looks like an early winter for us..."

This weather is out of control! The other day was incredibly cold, and now it's practically in the 60s. I don't mind it much, it can be spring outside if the world so chooses, but it's still winter in some other ways.

Gwen Stefani - Early Winter from The Sweet Escape

Is she not one of the loveliest women in music? I think so.