Thursday, December 22, 2005

This five songs post is brought to you by hormones. Lots and lots of hormones.

I know. I suck. I neglected my weblog for two weeks.

The first song, "I'll Be Waiting", by Archer Prewitt is a lovely and deceptively simple song. I feel like I should be lying in a bed of recently fallen leaves on a New England farm, or sitting on a rock drinking wine in the mountains of Colorado when I'm listening to it. It's not a sad song, but it's not necessarily a happy song. It's melancholic, but not in a depressed or dire way. It just is, I guess. It's the zen buddhist of songs.

The next song, "Nervous" (direct link) starts out with just guitar and the singer's voice. The combination is melodic, beautiful, hopeful and slightly melancholy. The addition of drums seems to add a bit of urgency to the song and diminish the melancholy a bit, but it's a beautiful song throughout.

Okay, the next three are brought to you by the man who stole me away from you all. I didn't even have to tell him I liked Beth Orton--I guess he just knew that since he liked her there was a good chance I'd like her, too. Surprise, I do. (Okay, I'll stop acting like an idiot now). Anyways, Beth Orton rules, and this is her awesome new song "Conceived."

I've got a few songs by a band called Loudermilk, and the one I'm currently stuck on is "Attached at the Mouth". I'm mega-uploading 'cause I tried to find it on blogs and such but it wasn't meant to be. It's an introspective, thoughtful piano and guitar driven track. Okay, so yeah, it's romantic and my guy is romantic, and *swoon*

The last song is by a band called Saybia, and this song is romantic to the point of shattering my heart. It's just gorgeous--it's called "It's Okay, Love". It's all piano, and the lyrics are beautiful: "Just when I thought there was nobody out there no one who could quite understood me I glanced to the side and I found you there smiling patiently holding my hand saying over and over it's ok love easy love I'm yours." His voice conveys so much emotion it positively trembles.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Okay, yeah, I suck. I never posted last week. I meant to! I've just been dating a boy. I will try to post tomorrow night.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

My Five Songs update is going to be delayed until tomorrow or the next day. Why? Because I love you all, and I don't want to do a half-assed job (or quarter-assed, 'cause frankly I usually do a half-assed job, and that's always worked out fine). So, I'm waiting until I'm prepared.

Why aren't I prepared? hmph. Why don't you mind your business ;) Oh, okay. You've gotten me to spill...I've been talking a man. A real man! One who lives in the same city as I do! One who loves the same stuff I do, and is showing great affection for me, and I feel great affection for him.

I'm turning into a 12 year old girl--dedicating songs to him, and scratching his initials into my monitor (just got a few sparks, but now his initials run through everything I read!) and planning to take him to Fernandina with me to see the beautiful beach (wait, it's December. It's always very windy and cold--screw it. We're going to the beach, damnit!) so, I've been busy.

I haven't forgotten you--I promise. I'm just a little slow these days with anything not directly pertaining to a possible mate.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

The first song is such a pretty, pretty song. I happen to think it's the most gorgeously simple song I've heard in years. The first time I heard it I didn't know what to make of it, until it got a hold of me midway through. The video is on Paste's DVD this month, and I played the video four times last night while I was being stood up (for the first time, mind you--I haven't gone on many dates). It was just sad and defiant enough to make me very angry, and then very sad. Then angry again. All I'm saying is that Karma's a bitch, and I know Karma. I send good mojo Karma's way. Anyways, the musician who helped me get in touch with my anger and my inner vengeful bitch was Maria Taylor. The song is called "Song Beneath the Song", and it's from her debut solo record, 11:11. She's been in a lot of bands (Little Red Rocket, an Alabama band), Asure Ray and Now It's Overhead (one of my favorite bands). And look--she's from Birmingham! That's one of my former homes! I'm definitely liking her. Listen to her live here.

The second song is by Imogen Heap, and it's called "Hide and Seek". I do not know what she/the producers are doing with her voice, but I think it's cool. I know some people who don't like voice modulation, but I like it if it's interesting. I don't like it if it's done as just a neat trick--It has to fit with the song. This is a lovely a capella song. Of course I can't understand the words because of the modulation, but the melody is very lilting and changes in parts-- almost like it's two different songs. The different parts go very well together.

Suffering and the Hideous Thieves "I Will Always Find a Way." Huh. I would dedicate this to stand-me-up-dude, but it seems a little excessive for someone I've only known a month. The vocals are a bit emo for me, but the music itself is nice--especially the violin.

I mean, if he'd just e-mailed me and told me truthfully "Look, I think you're a nice person, and I had a nice time. Unfortunately there just weren't the sparks I thought there'd be" or something like that. If he'd done that we could've had a friendship--probably a really nice friendship, and he'd have access to some really awesome music, and I could listen to his Weakerthans and Guided By Voices records. I'm avoiding calling him some really bad names because I'm still a Southern Girl and we're not harsh in public. When we shut the door, though, we tear up motherfucking hell. Of course I will feel like shit if something did happen to him, but what's the likelihood...

"Socialize" by Metal Hearts is a nice, languid song. The melody doesn't deviate much, but the simplicity works for it. It's perfect to help calm me the day after I've been stood up by someone who really had seemed to like me. (This post is steadily devolving). I mean, I may not own weapons, but I have two music blogs and a livejournal. And a fierce Scorpio Irish/Scottish temper (only muted slightly by the English part of my heritage). Oh yeah, and I'm a woman. All that put together means fire.

I need to clean up my music files. I have almost 3,000 mp3s, and they're scattered everywhere. I've been trying to find the songs my friend Tony sent me, and they're everywhere. I was looking for the one I thought sounded like a madrigal. Instead, I'll post another song he just gave me today. It's called "Halloween" and it's by Matt Pond, Pa. I've posted a song of theirs/his before, but this song is post-worthy in its own right.

Hey--it's named after my birthday--I should post it.

Most people suck. I love my friends, though.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

As usual I've waited until the last minute. An hour and a half until I'm due to be picked up to go see Tegan and Sara, and I haven't even gotten ready yet. Oh well. Let's see what magic I can perform in half an hour.

First, We have Kieran Hebden, AKA Four Tet. Four Tet isn't a band; it isn't even a collective. It's one guy in a London flat, turning out weird and surprising music using a computer, a turntable and some other odds and ends. It's like a jazz collective without the collective (or the usual instruments). The song "Smile Around The Face" is an excellent example of what this one talented musician can do with very little aid.

All the songs in 3Hive's Fast Computers post are excellent; I posted "Magic in the Air" a few months ago. Lately, though, I've been listening to "I Want to Be Your Professor" and "Don't Talk". I just love the idea of someone saying they want to be my professor, and wanting "to
teach me everything". There's something inherently desirable about the teacher/student thing. You know you liked that Police song. Don't pretend you didn't. ("Don't Talk" can also be found on Beat The Indie Drum).

Now that my gratuitous "too much information" part of the post is over, I'll continue. I just heard "Nearly Midnight" by David Francey for the first time today. Big Bad Bit (Hey--a Bit can be intimidating) made a comment in my blog, so I went over to hers and listened to the songs on the first few posts. This one stood out the most for me. His voice sounds very Irish, but his website says he's Canadian. He could be both. Or...he could be neither. He could be lying to us all...Anyways, now that I've entered the non-sensical portion of the post, I'll go on to say that I'm glad I came across this song and this musician. (Oh, and if I'd bothered to read the Biography part of his site, I would've seen that he was born in Scotland. )

How am I doing on time? Seven minutes? Ah, I'll make it. Well, I might've made it if I hadn't spent five minutes looking for this great song by the band Bottom of the Hudson, "Holiday Machine" The main problem was I thought that Holiday Machine was the name of the band. Leave me alone--I get confused. I have Her Space Holiday and Immaculate Machine mp3s--throwing in a song called "Holiday Machine" was a recipe for confusion. Anyway, I really like this song-I will say the vocals are too muffled; I can't hear him very well or decipher what he's saying. Eh, most of the music I listen to is muffled, anyway. The music reminds me of a not-so-nihilistic The Swans--the singer even sounds like him--muffled and all. I don't know what a Holiday Machine is, but he says "there's nothing here to live for, nothing left to breathe" so maybe he's hoping for a machine that will make a holiday for him...

Retroactively, I have a remix of a song I love by a band whose lead singer has formed several bands I admire, and also has made exceptional music under his own name. Lou Barlow, the singer/songwriter/principal member of Folk Implosion was also a founding member of Sebadoh and Dinosaur, Jr. The song I think of first when I think of Folk Implosion is "Insinuation". If you haven't heard this song, or don't remember, then I say definitely download it now. This was one of the seminal songs of the 90s, damn whatever the mainstream radio stations were playing.

That's it for this week. Sorry it was rushed--I should've done this yesterday, but I got stuck destroying my music blog and crying and pleading with the universe until I got it

put back together. It looks alright on my screen; I hope it does on every one else's.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I hate what I've done to my beautiful blog. I saved the template so I can switch back at anytime, but I want it to work in Mozilla. This works in Mozilla.

I want the bullets gone.

I also need to mess around with the colors a bit more.

EDITED: I like it a little better now, but I need to mess around with it some more. It looks better in Firefox than it did--that's for sure (well, my Firefox, anyway).

EDITED: I'm panicking now. It looks great in Firefox (to me, anyway) but it still has that horrible, horrible background and crap in Internet Explorer. How do I change that without changing the way it looks in Mozilla?

Maybe it's just my Internet Explorer. Is it pink with a white/light green side on anyone else's screen?

ETA: Got rid of the sidebar and the pink background. All is well now.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Five Songs I've Loving This Week

Okay, now that I've spent hours trying to compose this Five Songs post...(hey, don't blame me. Blame OKCupid. and Friendster. and Livejournal...and the episode of Numb3rs I taped...and my mother calling...and the fact that I only heard a few songs I liked this week.)

You get the idea. Anyways, this has taken me longer than usual because I've been distracted by the internet, and it's almost time for me to start thinking about going to bed, so this installment may be a little low on the exposition. It will be high on nonsense, though, as it always is.

The first song,"Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well," I heard through MTV2's Subterranean program, meaning they played the video and it also happened to be accompanied by the song. It's kind of cool how when you see a video you almost always get to hear the song at the same time (unless your sound is blown out, or you have the sound turned down). It's not like you always see the video for a song when you're hearing the song. Well, if I had the IPOD Nano or something with similar technology, I could.

It's a pretty awesome song and it's by Mike Doughty. The video just has him lying down in the middle of a park, but I promise there's much more to the song than that. He may not even be lying down at all in the song, for all I know. Anyways, he's the former lead singer of Soul Coughing, and while I didn't know much about that band I will say I love what I've heard so far from him.

The second song has simply become one of my favorite songs in the world. I've been listening to it for months, but I've never posted it because I already posted a song from them called "Vivian Girls." Well, I love this song so much that I simply must post it. It deserves it's own post--heck, it deserves its own webpage. That's how much I love it. It's called "Wheats", and it's by Mazarin. Tell me you won't love it when he says "I must have spent 30 rainy days writing this simple melody to tell you that I'm over you, but, oh yeah, that's right ­ I'm not over you". Tell me your heart doesn't break a little for him :) The song isn't exactly new--I googled it and found references to it from 1999. As I've said before, greatness never expires (which is really the only argument I have for saying I'm immortal) :)

The third song is one of those I've had for a few months but for whatever reason never listened to (stupid mp3 player. Okay, now I feel guilty. I love my mp3 player). Anyways, it's punkish, rousing and the perfect thing to wake me up at 9 a.m. when I take my first nap at work (hey--I get there at 7 a.m. You'd fall asleep, too.) A copy of "Timed Clock" by Uphollow is available on their site under the media section (look on the right).

The next song, "Nth Degree", is the second song I've heard by Morningwood (the first was the cute, cute song "Jetsetter"). It reminds me of glitter, two-toned hair and way too many keyboards--in other words it reminds me of the early 80s. My favorite time of music--I had just learned to skate backwards, and I thought Duran Duran ruled the world (when actually that was Tears for Fears). Unfortunately it's no longer on the site I got it from, so I'm yousending it. The video is one of the best, most creative videos I've ever seen. It's even better than their video for "Jetsetter." Go see both videos at their site.

Retroactively, I'll list a song that's actually the same age as the second song I listed, but whatever. It's my list--you just read it :) It's another one of my favorite bands (I have a lot of those); they're called The Soundtrack of Our Lives (and they pretty much make up a third of my soundtrack) and it's called "Instant Repeater". It's the first song I ever heard from them, and it's still one of my favorites.

Okay, that's it for tonight. Hopefully next week I'll be more prepared and won't do this at the Nth hour!
Eh, I feel like ranting.

If I buy the Foo Fighters and My Morning Jacket's new albums (which I'd like to), I'm definitely downloading them straight from one of the pay-per-album/track sites I go to. I'm really unhappy with what Sony is doing. Not only are they treating me like a criminal (me, who's spent hundreds of dollars at, but they're altering my computer in such a way as to leave me open to damaging viruses. I was originally just mad that I had to jump through hoops to burn my own cd onto my own blank disc or mp3 player. That's reason enough for me to boycott--but now it allows "rootkits" to be placed on my computer? Yeesh! I'm not even sure I want to download these songs. Sorry Dave Grolsch--I love ya and ya band, but it's not worth my privacy. Here's another article on the subject.

This blog was mentioned in the DRM article, and it seems like a good resource. Also, Annoyances is definitely a good name for a Windows users website. I will definitely consider moving to Mac when my current machine fizzles. Apparently it's oblivious to copyright protection prompts.

I originally started with an article in a Cleveland newspaper first posted by hunterxtc on Livejournal.

Here's another article, this one from a poor guy who actually said yes to the software of death. According to this article, though, the software on the Foo Fighters cd is from Sunncomm, which isn't the same software company that the New York Times and DRM Watch article is about. Still, I certainly don't trust it and I don't like the idea that you can't completely delete it from your system, no matter how many hoops you jump through. And let's be honest--I'm lucky I know basic html. I would be lost trying to do all that stuff this guy has to do. I'd be roadkill on Sony's highway. I'd be screwed, basically. I really am afraid to even download the songs from musicmatch.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Okay, just a bit of a warning. I'm still sick (as I have been for a month and a half), but for the last four days I've been suffering from a severe reaction to amoxicillen. All I'm saying is that apparently I'm allergic and just didn't know it. I know it now and will probably be dealing with the ramifications for the rest of the week.

So, I'm prone to outbursts and non-sensical ravings (like any week) but I'm also in pain, so this will be a very short post.

The first song I'm listing I've been playing for months. It's one of my favorite songs in existence, and for some reason it appears I've never posted it before. I think I just kept forgetting; I don't know. It's an awesome song, though. It's called "The Orange Billboard", and it's by a Swedish band called Moonbabies (I love the Swedish bands).

The next song I just downloaded a few days ago, but I'm really liking it. It's called "Something Better" and it's by Mono Taxi. They're an English/French band (mon, Oui!) and I'd never heard of them until I downloaded this song. I downloaded it from Playlouder's Singles Club, but you'll have to sign up to get access to it (Mon Dieu!).

The next song might not be to everyone's taste. I like it, and hey--another Swedish band! The name of the band is Amandines and the song is "Blood and Marrow". It's kind of folkish, with a little bit of a country twang. I happen to think it's brilliant :)

I know I've scandalized the online world by embracing hip-hop. Whatever, Aiight? I'm not ready to trade in my Farscape t-shirt for a hoodie, yet. Anyways, I found this on CNET music downloads all by my lonesome. I was looking for Dangermouse and I followed the "similar artists" link and happened upon this (I feel so ghetto when I use phrases like "happened upon". Yo.) So, I am quite fond of the song "Master Flows," and also I would recommend listening to "Neila Instrumental". Those are the two best songs, in my opinion. I'm waiting for the others to grow on me.

Crap. I thought I was done. I need one more song. Quick--a retroactive song!

The first CD I ever bought of Tori Amos' (one of the first cds I ever bought period, come to think of it) was her EP for Crucify (I felt a little wicked looking up "crucify" with all the Christmas stuff on the amazon page. Just another way in which I differ from the larger percentage of the population). Oh my God, that EP changed my life. She had a beautiful cover of the Rolling Stones' "Angie" on there and oh my God the version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was incredible! Since I don't have those songs on my computer (come to think of it--where is that EP? I haven't seen it in a long, long time...) I shall put the song I do
have that actually happens to be my favorite from the EP. I shall put her version of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You." This song just proves how versatile that band was. Since this song is on Megaupload, it'll only be up for seven days.

Okay, I'm off to whimper some more.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Five Songs (and then some) I'm Loving This Week

This installment is gonna be weird 'cause I've found my inner rap-hound. Unfortunately, I came to the rap party late, but I first realized what I was missing in 2002 when a girl I worked with played Ludacris for me. I was so shocked I couldn't speak for a long time. Anyway, I've been trying to keep my mind open to rap and hip-hop that I might like, but it's hard because I'm just not exposed to it. I don't listen to the radio and I only watch MTV2 an hour a week, and that's only Subterranean which comes on Sunday night/Monday morning at midnight. Anyhow, I've discovered DJ Danger Mouse, and way late I've discovered Jay-Z.

This also isn't going to follow the five songs format I usually use, because there's just too much stuff, and I'm not sure I can break it into five songs.


First we have The Beatles. Western Civilization's first Hip-Hop band. Heh Heh. Just kidding. But they do lead directly to DJ Danger Mouse.

The Beatles Self-Titled Album, AKA The White Album was released in 1968. I've heard most of this, but never the whole thing--despite being a fan. How lame am I? This record is one-half of DJ Danger Mouse's The Grey Album.

The second half is Jay-Z's, The Black Album. This record is from 2003, and is supposedly his last record before retirement. I've heard of him and I've heard of this album because I have ears, eyes and I use them. Unfortunately because I can't accept that I actually like some rap music (years of self-conditioning convinced me that I wouldn't like it), I may be aware of a rap song or artist, but chances are I won't hear it unless it's by accident. However, I've found that the songs I like, I love--same with hip-hop. I'd never heard Jay-Z, but because of DJ Danger Mouse, and my friend Stephen who gave me The Grey Album, I've discovered my love for both Jay-Z and DJ Danger Mouse.

Another rap artist I know I love is Missy Elliot. I've been tearing up "Get Ur Phreak On" lately. Today I found a video for another song, though. It's called "Teary Eyed". It doesn't make me want to "tear it up", but it is dramatic to the point where it makes me want to tear something up. Especially the video. Oh, the video is almost painful.

That's all the rap I have today :) Maybe next week I'll have more. I do have a few more regular Lola songs. Unfortunately it's all streams and videos. I know--I suck. Some people like that (heh). I just downloaded about fifty new songs--I just haven't had a chance to listen to them.

The next song is a stream, but it's a lovely song, so it's worth it. It's called "Starless Nights" and its' by Tenenment Hall. If I find an mp3 I will post it.

Retroactively, we have a video for a song I love. It's called "I've Got A Feeling"and it's by Ivy. This song has been around for a few years, and obviously the band's been around longer. I've always read about them and I knew the name, but I'd never had the opportunity to hear anything. They've been popping up in TV Shows lately (If you want to get my attention, appear in a TV show) and I decided to do some investigating. I found quite a bit, but this was one of the most prevalent songs I found. If I find more songs, I'll post them.

As an extra, I'm going to post a song that I'm absolutely in love with. I'm not making it part of the "Five Songs" 'cause I just posted another of their songs two weeks ago. However, I think this song is so awesome that I'm making room for it. It's called "I've Got You and You've Got Me". I posted this mp3 directly because it's on a page with a hundred other mp3s and it didn't seem fair to make you sift through the other songs (though everyone should know the magic that is control-F).

Lastly, this isn't a song, and I'm not even sure how I feel about the music, but their name is awesome.

BAND NAME OF THE YEAR: They Shoot Horses Don't They. The music is...unusual. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the music, but it sounds like animals are dying.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

B For Brontosaurs, "Who Will Sail My Ship Ashore?". Know this song. Love this song. Cherish this song.

I've already posted one song by Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah ("In This Home On Ice"), but I love this other song so much that I can't help but include it. It's called "Details of the War" This is a demo version; the version I have (which is more layored and developed, in my opinion) is available here. (It's a bulk download of all the songs--while you're there definitely listen to Great Lakes Myth Society--they're awesome.)

Oh! I don't think I've done this band! I absolutely love the song "First Love Is Forever", by The Hourly Radio. I also like another song of theirs called "Lost and Found" (found in the mix directly below the first one). These are two of my most favorite recent songs. I would suggest downloading all of them because I have found some of my favorite songs from this site. You're bound to find at least a few songs you adore that you never would've heard before.

Since I've had a long (but good) weekend/week, I"m going to let those last two songs count as #s 3 and 4. Number five will be a retro song.

It's in Real Media format (and I'm too tired to put it into mp3), but since I was talking about the Femmes on my Livejournal (I was so badass in high school) I'm going to include my favorite song from the CD Why Do Birds Sing that came out after their debut. The song is called "American Music

That's all. Good night.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Heh--Happy 100th post to me! I didn't even realize it tallied that until I happened to notice "99 posts".

Anyway, my 100th post is going to be used for apologizing. I'm going to apologize because I'm going to be late--perhaps very late--with my usual Five Songs post this week. Tomorrow (Halloween) is my birthday, and this weekend I've rediscovered what it means to be truly trashed. That was Friday night. Saturday after making it home at noon I rested a little bit, but then went out with some friends. Saturday night went to a party then went to a Buffy Sing-A-Along event. It was so awesome :) They showed "Hush" and "Once More With Feelings", and there was audience participation a la Rocky Horror. It was awesome. Got back from that at 2 a.m. Woke up this morning then went to the doctor because I've been congested for a month. Went to the grocery store, got back at 4:30. Slept for an hour. Spent the last three hours posting to livejournal, e-mailing people, talking to a boy, finishing the cds I made for the boy.

So, in short, I'm not going to be able to post the list tonight. I know what songs I want to do for the most part, but it takes a lot of time and energy to think of quasi-clever things to say, and then to locate where I found the songs, then to post to the different places I post it to.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to post it because for once in my life I actually have quite a bit going on! I would roughly guess Wednesday, 'cause what I"m doing that night won't start until 8:30.

I hope everyone is having a good night, and thank you for understanding.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

This week I have two of the prettiest songs I've heard in years (I'm not saying I don't love the other songs, they're just not all pretty).

The first is by New Buffalo, and it's called "Recovery". I've been listening to this for just a few weeks (I've had it for two months, but I battle laziness constantly (I never win because I'm too lazy to fight well) and it takes me a few months sometimes to transfer a song from my computer to my mp3 player. Anyway, this started coming up a few weeks ago, and I just think it's gorgeous. I'll listen to it three times in a row (I'd listen more, but am afraid of becoming obsessive. Okay, I'm afraid of becoming hopelessly lost in obsession).

The second song I like as much. Unfortunately until today it was only known as Track 4. My mp3 player doesn't download all of the track information, for some reason. Because of my aforementioned laziness, I hadn't actually looked it up until now to find that it's it's Immaculate Machine, "No Way Out". This is a great song, though--one I'll be listening to often, and for the rest of my life.

I just saw the video for My morning Jacket's "Off The Record", and I was absolutely blown away by the song. It's not pretty like the first two songs, and it's not gentile like some of the songs I like. No, it's pure rock. That's the only description I have for it. It's really good rock, though. The song always holds my attention when I hear it. Like most people who read rock/alternative magazines, I'd heard of them, but I'd never heard any of their music. I figured they would be kind of Kings-of-Leon like (whom I now also love) and I didn't know if I'd like it. Well, I should've been paying attention to them (and Kings of Leon, too) a lot earlier. MP3: "Off The Record"

The next name I will definitely have to cut and paste. 01-bjorn_kleinhenz_and_pete_thompson-smog_bomb- There we go. I love my Swedish singers. I don't know what it is about the Nethersingers. I love a lot of Norwegian musicians, too. Maybe it's just 'cause their styles are so different from ours, and the music can be pretty damn
beautiful. This song, "Smoke Bomb", is actually surprisingly American sounding. There's almost something roots-rock about it. Regardless of the musician's origin, though, I love this song.

The next song is a retro song; it's one of my favorite Belle & Sebastian songs (the other favorite being "Lazy Line Painter Jane", which I may upload sometime too). The song I'm linking to now, though is "The State I'm In". There's a different version on their first record Tigermilk (ten years God) but this version is from one of the best purchases I ever made--their first 4-CD set of singles. This song is from the "Dog on Wheels" single. I've never liked every single Belle and Sebastian song (some I simply hate) but the songs I love guarantee I will be a fan forever.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

More Than Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

This is going to be a bit more than my five songs because there are alot of songs I need to include before they're not findable anymore (oh wait, most of them weren't findable anymore. I had to megaupload two of them) and also I found some Jacksonville (where I live) musicians I liked, and I wanted to include them. The commentary will be scattershot as usual, but isn't that what everyone's come to expect? I wouldn't be me if I were unscattershot.

The first band is Kingsbury Max, and I'd never heard of them until a few weeks ago. I really have taken to their song "And Fall Out". This song feels like a Twin Atlas songin it's lightness. I hate using this description, but I'm gonna say it anyway--yes, it's whimsical. It's very Sunday Afternoon In The Park. If I could whistle, I would (I can't whistle. Never learned. Never learned to drive either. Taught myself to snap, though. Drove my mother crazy because I wouldn't stop.) Anyhow, this is a really nice song. I recommend it.

As usual I was too late on most of these songs; most of the downloads had disappeared before I got to posting them. Unfortunately, "Clear the Way" by Mere Surmise was one of these. I really like this song--it's low-key, as is a lot of stuff I like It's also a very good, very memorable song. Here's the stream.

I searched Myspace for Jacksonville musicians I would like because I figured miracles have happened before. Well, I did find some that I really liked.

The first is The Julius Airwave, and I'm particularly fond of "Glory Glory", but they're all good. More of my precious New-New Wave. Click on "download" to save any of these songs.

The second Jacksonville band is Beautiful Mess. Only one song is available for download--"Reprise"--but I would suggest at least listening to the other song "Four Squares." It's categorized as Indie Power Pop on Myspace, and, well, I wouldn't call it exactly that--when I think of "Power Pop" I think of retro-sixties girl's group (like one of my favorites, The Aislers Set). I'd call this musicThe Cars if The Cars were starting out in the middle of this nameless decade, and not the 80s. Yeah, definitely download "Reprise."

The third Jax musician is Ashton Allen. Unfortunately his songs aren't available for download. Oh well. I really like the song "Better Than Yourself". It's the best kind of folk music--strong, engaging, but not over-the-top. It's not "Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore" folk, it's modern folk. It's mainly comprised of guitar, but there's also somebeautiful (what sounds like) violin and horns (eh, I'm not good at identifying instruments). He also had a write-up in Spin recently.

It took me forever to find a copy of the next song (because of course the link I used originally expired.) Finally I found it on Stereogum (Yay Stereogum!). This song is awesome (it's actually a Rolling Stones song) and this cover is amazing. It's called "Steet Fighting Man" and it's by Lake Trout.

The last song is called "This Yellowed Field" and it's by Brian Michael Roff and the Deers (yeah, I kept having to look up their name to get it right). This is one of those sad,sad songs. I love those slightly country, slightly honky tonk girl-done-left me songs, and this is one of the best. He's so distraught he "washes his face with his glasses on" (hey I've been there, but that was because of drugs, not love). I'm having to megaupload the song 'cause, yep, it's gone from where I found it originally. I have got to keepup. That's it--I just need to quit my job so I can download music full-time. Then I'd barely be able to keep up. Anyway, please keep in mind this'll only available for a little while (a week? I dunno) and it is a very good song.

You would be wise to download it.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

There are a few songs that come up on my mp3 player every day and I think "I love this song. I have got to remember to post that this weekend." Problem is, I'm always on the bus or walking, and I can't get to my player to actually see who's doing the song. So, weeks go by. The songs come up and I think "Oh...I've got to..." and another day goes by.

So this evening (Saturday, October 8, 2005) I have gone through the songs on my mp3 player and made a list of those elusive songs. There are more than five songs, so I shall have to break it down between this weekend and next.

The first is a very melancholy, very heartbreaking song called "Breaking". Chris Hickey says he's "just breaking" for someone. I know I've felt that way before, as have most people. The music captures that feeling perfectly, and I feel like I break a little when I'm hearing it. Oops...just realized why I never linked to it. I'm going to link to a streaming site. If you check back in a few days, I may've replaced this with an mp3.

The second song has the funniest, but also the saddest lyric. "You told me before you preferred handsome men, but for me you would make an exception." Yep, she sounds like a winner. The name of the song is "Chelsea Hotel #2" and it's by Iron and Wine. It's about three years old, but I'd never heard it before I downloaded it.

A less sad and more animated song is "Mexican Standoff" by Elbow (though I have no idea what it's about--so it could be sad, for all I know). The first song I heard by Elbow was the soft, reflective "Newborn", and no matter what else I hear by them, I still have them fixed
in my mind as gentle giants--sparce music and soaring vocals. Well, they do play that, and the vocals do rise as the song progresses, but "Mexican Standoff" is the type of song that will wake you up and possibly toss you off the side of the canyon if you don't pay attention.

I can't imagine that I haven't linked to Cezanne's "I've got so much" before, because I absolutely love this song, but it's not coming up on my list. We'll blame it on my exhaustion, because this song should've been posted months ago. It's just one of those quintessential Lola-songs. What can I say--I love my indie boys.

Lastly (for this week, anyway), we have Bloodthirsty Lovers, "Medicated" (look to the right of the page near the top). This song reminds me reminds me of...Dead Can Dance by way of Portishead? Liz Frasier if Liz Frasier were in need of medication? Anyways, it's weird and I like it. "Weird" is the highest compliment I bestow on anything.

In addition to my usual five songs, I'm going to post a few more links. The first is for a band I like I found on Myspace. I may try to find some downloads, but for right now I just have their myspace account.

Also, I want Veronica Mars Soundtrack. I so totally already know all this music. I rock.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

It is a good thing that I don't do much of anything on Sunday nights, because I seem to wait until the very last minute to post my five songs for the week. It wouldn't be so hard if I could find the weblinks for the songs. I always try to include the web address when I'm saving the name of the song, but sometimes I forget, or it starts downloading before I get a chance to, or sometimes even if I write it down I still can't find it!

This week's was especially hard since I haven't had a chance to organize any of the new songs I've gotten (I now have almost 3,000 songs), but I still think I did well considering. It's also hard trying to figure out which ones I've already posted. That's it--I need a personal assistant.

The first song is a cute song from a band called Girlboy Girl (Yeah, I know a lot of guys who'd like that ratio). The band's from Bristol, England, and according to the label's site they've been around for almost ten years. (See, I'm not so old...) The name of the song is "Radiator" I remember nights in my early 20s listening to the radiator...I miss radiators...

I've only downloaded a few of the songs from Bishop Allen, but so far I love what I've heard. I'd particularly like to have people listen to the first song listed, "Things Are What You Make Of Them". That's my favorite right now, but I'm also loving their version of "Eve of Destruction".

I really like the songs I've heard from Mary Timony's record label site (look in the list at the bottom of the page...I particularly like "Poison Moon") and the song I got from Said the Gramophone, "Hour Glass." Very unusual.

I've linked to Aaron Booth before, and I've liked everything I've heard. Turns out he's also a producer, and on his site he links to one of the songs he produced. Turns out I really like the song. It's called "Down With Safe" and it's by Hot Little Rocket. You can find it towards the bottom left of Aaron's website.

Retroactively, we have a song I haven't thought of in a decade. I've had Midnight Oil's Greatest Hits collection (called 20,000 Watts R.S.L.) on cd for years, but I only listened to the songs I remembered liking (bad Lola). Well, I was listening to music choice (digital music service on my cable) the other day, and their song "The Dead Heart" came on, and I was all "whoa...I loved this song!" and I did...I adored this song. I still do adore it, which is why I'm including it. So, here it is--my long-lost favorite Midnight Oil song.

Monday, September 26, 2005

This song is awesome. It's by World Leader Pretend, and it's called "Bang Theory." I'm posting it now because the file may be taken down any time now. If anyone has a problem downloading from rapidshare (it took me a little while to figure out how it worked) just ask me.


Here's a video for that song, if someone wants to hear it before downloading it.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week (Plus one Declaration of Love for Kate Bush and one exclamation of pure fondness for OK Go)

Declaration of love for Kate Bush:

If you love (or even like) Kate Bush, read this. I have heard the new song "King of the Mountain". I like it. Really like it. You could hear it too, on a BBC2 radio show. I never link to radio shows, but damn this is Kate Bush. The song is about 38 minutes into Wednesday's show (relax! It lets you skip 15 minutes at a time). I could only skip through the broadcast using Internet Explorer, unfortunately. Otherwise I would've had to listen to the whole thing, and I didn't want to go to sleep so early in the afternoon.

Anyway, here's the site. Just skip 15 minutes twice and you'll be a few minutes before the song. You'll have to listen to some pesky news reports (damn world affairs), and Roxy Music (love the Roxy) but then new Kate! If you need some idea of how momentous this is, read this article.

Oh, fuck it. It automatically streams at her website. The song will be available for digital download in the U.S. on Sept. 27th, though it's not available in stores until Oct. 24th.

My soul is crying and bleeding at the same time. I feel like the King of the Mountain today. My life has come full circle. I love this song.

End Declaration of love for Kate Bush


Anyways, that's not a part of the official "five songs" list 'cause it's not a whole, or easily accessible song.

**Here begin my five songs:

One of my favorite newer bands is The National, and as long as I'm still able to type and post, I will always include their songs on this list, quite possibly until I've gone through every song on their three albums. So, here's the lead-off single from their current CD, Alligator, (though "All The Wine" is still my favorite) "Abel."

Heh heh. This band's name is Fembots. I like the song, too. It's called "Count Down Our days". Just click on "audio video", and it's the only song with an mp3.

Feist, "Mushaboom" This is an interesting song, to say the least. Her name is actually Leslie Feist, and she reminds me of some of the folk singers from the 60s and 70s such as Joni Mitchell (another Canadian) and Janis Ian. The song has etched itself in my head. This mp3 version has radio commentary in the middle, but it doesn't disturb the song too much for me--it took me forever to find this mp3. The video is available here. Oh, and the song is a year old, but whatever. Stuff travels slowly over the border.

I just found song No. 4 recently. The link was on Boss Blog, which seems to be a section of a media website called Bolt. I know--I get confused too. The name of the song is "And What Fallout", and the band is Kingsbury Manx. I don't know anything about them, but the song reminds me of something Iron & Wine might do, or Damien Jurado (hey-I'm trying to describe it, okay?) It's a lulling song, and I need those once in awhile to even out the pain of every-day living. I direct-linked to the song, which I usually don't do, but that's the way it is on the site, so there.

Lastly, I'm including Anna Nalick's "Breathe (2 a.m.) " What? Yeah, it's on the radio...but damn it makes me sad. I love pity-party music, and this song is at the top of the list. I'm linking to it--so there.

In other news: I'm reminded again how much I love OK Go while watching their Ping-Pong Instructional Video at the bottom of their video page. They have a new CD out, by the way. It is very good. They are very excellent, very funny guys.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Okay, so who's going to make me tea? I really want tea, but I'm too tired to get up 'cause I've been slaving away for the last 1 1/2 hours trying to figure out where I found these songs from, and also wilting from disappointment that the version of Gwen Stefani's "Cool" I downloaded is an annoying remix and not the original version.

Anyways. So, here are my five songs for this week. Very late. I apologize greatly, but mama is tired this week. She's had a hard week of working, doing laundry, walking to the post office and being generally depressed. She's trying to be a little un-depressed, though. She can't do anything about laundry and the other stuff, though.

So, who's gonna make me tea?

Anyways, the first song is by The Very Hush Hush, and it's called "Ex-Adult." Pretty song, huh? The songs I've heard remind me of Cocteau Twins, if Cocteau Twins were fronted by a vocalist who was male and didn't sing as high as Elizabeth Fraser. Or, maybe they remind me of Lush. Anyhow, I like it. It's pretty. The band contacted me through Myspace and asked me to listen to their music. I'm glad I did.

Echo and The Bunnymen!!! That's all I'll say. I am a child again!

I first heard Phosphorescent on Pitchfork Media, which is a great site for downloads and reviews by the by, but for this song I'm going to actually link to their label's site. Why? 'cause Pitchfork takes their songs down after a few weeks, and I'm thinking Misra won't. The name of the song is "I Am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay In the Grass All Day". I almost everything about the song, but I am not fond of the horns in the middle. However, I will not hold it against them--especially with such an awesome title. I'm not going to directly link to the mp3 because I dont want to go to mp3-hell one day, but I will link to the site. This is the labels site for them. The download should be on the left.

If I've already listed this next song already, I apologize--my brain is on backwards. And the tag is showing (though no one is nice enough to fix it for me). Anyhow, this band is called Posies, and the song is "Conversations". I originally got the mp3 through Filter magazine (they have a lot of mp3s), but I can't find the band now. I'm always happy to link to My Old Kentucky Home, though. The rest of the songs on this page are good also; I've already posted "Sway" by The Perishers.

The last song for today is a song that's been around for probably 15 years or more (it's a cover--the actual song has been around for over half a century). It's an absolutely fabulous version of "
Gloomy Sunday" by the Queen of Fearsome Singing, Diamanda Galas. I dare you to listen and not quake a little. The site didn't include my other favorite version of the song, by Sarah McLachlan, but I ain't complainin'. I haven't heard Diamanda's version in a decade. So beautiful...(and scary, a little.) I've gotta clean this up and post it. Who wants to do it instead? Or who wants to make my tea?

:) Lola

Sunday, September 18, 2005

I'm going to be a little late this week with the Five Songs Update. Sorry about that :/ It's just been an exhausting week and I'm not prepared. I'll try to have it up Monday or Tuesday. Thank you, Lola

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Staring at a blank page.

My commentary this week is going to be scattered, or possibly almost non-existent. It's been one of those days, and unfortunately I'm just not feeling the bubbly personality today. Someone punctured my bubble. Wow, that sounds naughty. Even when I'm depressed I can be naughty. I feel better now.

Anyway, the first song is by Matt Pond P.A. I'm assuming that Matt Pond isn't a personal assistant, or a public accountant. He is a good musician, however, and he also does music for television. I fell in love with this song when I saw the video on Subterranean (MTV2). The song is called "Closest (Look Out)", and it's from their/his record Emblems. According to Allmusic, they have a new album coming out in exactly a month. I really like what I've heard, so I guess I have a bit of catching up to do. Also, Here's a video for the song.

No! No! No! Yes! Yes! Yes! Okay, I'm in a better mood now. I was totally singing "I think We're Alone Now" (scroll down to almost the bottom of the page) last night with my friends! Except it was the Tiffany version, because it was 80's night on 94.1, and I am a child of the 80's. What? Leave me alone. Anyway. How cool is that? Talk about Serendipity (the thing that happens, not the movie I refuse to see because I want to continue liking John Cusack.) Anyways, this band is called The Click Five, and I love this song.

I've linked to The Perishers before, but they're a really good band, so I feel no shame in featuring them twice. I generally feel no shame anyhow, but that's a personal thing :) (Still being naughty...depression is good for me.) This song is called "Going Out," and it can be found here.

More Swedish music! (I had originally said Norwegian, but I was wrong.) This is an absolutely breathtaking video and song. I just came across the video, so I don't know where to get an mp3, but if I find one, I'll post it. Her name is Laleh, and I can't tell you anymore about her 'cause I just don't know Norske. I'd like to learn, and it would be practical since I seem to like a lot of Norwegian musicians.

Clare is not a band (but what a good band name it would be), but is really a man named Rick Clare (tho I guess he's using his name as a band name.) As the website says, he's a veteran of the punk scene, but this music isn't punk. It's a little softer than your average punk song, but that's to be expected-- most mellow out as time goes by. I used to be a wildcat. (Okay, so I haven't mellowed.) I myself am a fan of more melodic songs, and this is definitely one of those. The song I'd like to highlight is called "Blank Page," and it's the next to the last song on this page.

Thank you all for stopping by, and please have a lovely week.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Just felt like posting a link to a video for one of my favorite bands. They're called the Weakerthans (I had such an easier time finding information for them when I finally realized that they're not called the Weatherkans...) and the video is for Psalm for The Elks Lodge. yes, this is a hotlink. Leave me alone. I very rarely do it, and only two people read this blog, and you're one of them, loser!

I just love this band.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Two of the songs this week are from the same record label,
Anyway Records. The first song is by The Whiles; it's called "Lonesome Reply", and it can be found here. I have a soft spot for songs that are sad, and make me want to hole up in a dark, one-room bar and drink myself silly until either the tears come or the passing out begins. While this song may be a bit more gentile than the usual gin-joint songs I'm referring to (I'm talking to you, Haynes Boys), I definitely sense a melancholy here. That, of course, makes it near perfect to me.

The second song I'd like to point out is by Orchestraville, and it's on the same page. Both songs listed for this band are excellent, but I've been attached to "Phil Ochs' Flag" lately. It's not a sad song (to me, anyway) but it does oddly make me want to get drunk and sing. That's another indication of a good song. I don't know what the title means, but knowing a song's meaning isn't required for me to like it. Sometimes it's better that way, actually.

I already know the next song isn't new because it's on Epitonic's site. If anyone knows why epitonic hasn't updated in a few years, I'd like to know--they had some of the best music. This song is called "Driving Over To Your House", and the band is Lenola. I just love the guitar on this. The vocals aren't my favorite part of the song, but the guitar is crisp. I actually would like to hear an instrumental version of this song.

Luckily none of the Epitonic songs have been taken down, because I'm definitely in a theme tonight. This is a lovely song called "Vivian Girls" and it's by Mazarin. They remind me of Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon. Very slow, but bright. According to the bio, some members of Lenola played on this album, so how's that for coincidence?

For my retro-active link I decided to upload my favorite U2 song. U2 were my favorite band throughout high school, and though I've listened to hundreds of bands since then and counted dozens as favorites, they're still my favorite "band." This is one of my favorite songs, and it makes me sad, but it doesn't make me want to crawl up in a gin-joint. It makes me want to lie on top of a car in New Mexico and look at a sky that is absolutely filled with stars. It's called "One Tree Hill."

Thankfully the song has nothing to with that show on the WB, although I'm sure the song played some influence in their choice of name. I thought of this song because I came across a website called Run To The Ocean. The girl who runs it is a fan, I can tell, because she's got some wonderful drawings of Bono (wonderful drawings in general) and icons for them. This is the best U2 album, by the way. I owned every one of their albums until they lost me around that Pop Art nonsense. This is an album that all humans should own, and that's a fact..

As a bonus, I'm including a link to this band's website. They're called Malory, and they're making very beautiful ambient music. I wanted to link to the song "Lake of Doubts" under the Outerbeats album, but it's not a full version of the mp3. I feel kinda silly linking to snippets. So, since they have so many snippets available, I figured I'd just link to the whole page.

I'm not going to be able to update next week because I'm going to be at Dragon*Con!!! Yay!!! Scifi! Filking! Emerald Rose!

Excitement! Hopefully no hurricanes (knocks on cheap wood.) So I'll update in two weeks. Hope everyone has a good two weeks :)

Thursday, August 25, 2005

I posted this for a friend of mine, and I figured since it existed I might as well share it! It's one of my favorite songs, and certainly my favorite by Badly Drawn Boy. It's called "The Shining", and it's beyutiful.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week (and One Awesome Halloween Song)


I'm mentioning this first because I actually found it after I'd finished my Five Songs list, so it's a bonus. It's such an awesome bonus, though, that it's going first. Sorry other
bands. You just have to wait.

If Tim Burton had had the idea to record "Do They Know It's Christmas", (and let's be honest--his hair is similar to Bob Geldof's. Is it too much to imagine?) it might've turned out like this. In fact, I'm sure the inspiration for the title is from that seminal song. This particular song, with proceeds going to charity also, is called "Do They Know It's Halloween?". The lineup of musicians is known as North American Hallowe'en Prevention, Inc. If you don't believe in the power of a great Halloween song, and don't want to take a chance downloading it, stream it here. You'll thank me!

Nice song, and I will have you all know I spent fifteen minutes searching for an already posted mp3, because I don't want to abuse yousendit. Plus it just looks better if it comes from an actual website. I originally got this song from Ben Loves Music, but as usual I was too slow. The song, I'm sure, is long gone from his site, but this site kindly is still hosting it. The song is "Shut Your Eyes," and the band is called Shout Out Louds. Once again, I'm convinced that Sweden rocks more than almost any other country (don't smirk. I'll sic the dude from Soundtrack of Our Lives on you. He talks about killin' people.)

I'm really loving this song. When it came up on my mp3 player, I knew I wouldn't have any problems remembering it. It left an impression on me. The music is like a mixture of the neo-new wave (that is odd--new new wave) that I like so much and some of less classifiable independent music I listen to. One could draw comparisons to Dogs Die in Hot Cars or Stellastar. I wouldn't argue too much. The name of the band is Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah (I love band names that double as commands), and the song is "In This Home On Ice."

I hope I haven't posted this song before. I don't believe I have, but then again I've been made a monkey out of before (eh, the lyrics mention that. I thought it was funny. I think alot of stuff is funny. It's generally not, but I think it is.) Anyway, I was predisposed to like this band, being an English Major, and all. I was most pleased to discover I like the song. The name of the band is...duh duh duh...The English Department, and the song is "Volume."

I originally heard this next band, Hello Saferide, through Said The Gramophone, who featured the person behind this band, Annika Norlin, recently. Of course I'm too late to actually be able to post a working link from that site, so I'm forced to yousendit again. I'd prefer to post an actual link, but in some cases I don't have a choice. I googled, and googled, and slaved, and searched...nothin'. Anyways, the name of the song is "Teen Line." It's a cover, but I'd never heard it before. The original was done by a band called Jeans. Also, here's her website. She has two other songs available for download.

My retro-active song is a song that's meant a lot to me since I first heard it 11 years ago. Most people don't know that Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Fifth Element) is a musician and songwriter, but she is. She's an extraordinary songwriter; one that unfortunately only produced one album. It's a spectular album, though. Here's "The Gentleman Who Fell," from the CD The Divine Comedy. This is only one of the great songs on this CD. I am not kidding you; I don't joke about divine music.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week (another "lola is tired" edition)

Warning: My commentary is more lame than last week's 'cause I'm tired as hell. What is making me so tired? No overtime. I didn't do anything after work. I dunno.

Mobius Band, "Twilight" Any song that uses the lyrics "I will keep my shitty office job" is a cool song.

I have a thing for trippy masculine lyrics. The more electronic, the better. This is one of those songs. One might say a quintessential Lola song. The name of the band is Maybe Smith, and the song is "Everyone Ruins Something." Click on "media" on the left, and the mp3s will come up. If I've posted this before, I apologize. I like all the other songs I've heard by them, also.

This is from 2002 (eesh I can be behind sometimes), but I like the song. I'm posting a link to the video because I couldn't find an mp3 . Anyways, it's by Steve Almaas & Ali Smith, and it's called "Moving In Your Sleep"

Nice song! I saw their video for Jetsetter and liked it, but this song is a little less kitschy. It's called"9thdegree" (look towards the end of the post) and it's by Morningwood.

Yay! I've spent an hour looking for an mp3 of this song! Go me! I wanted it because I downloaded a more recent acoustic version, and, well, I didn't like it. If you listen to this version, though, you will hear the song that ruled my 11th grade existence. Retro-active link: The Church, "Under the Milky Way"

I can't remember if I've posted this before (and it's too late in the evening for me to search through my blog). I'm direct linking to this mp3 because most of the mp3 links on the page don't work, and rather than having everyone guess which one I'm referring to, I'll just posting directly to it. Hopefully the mp3 police won't catch on. Watch out for pop-ups, by the way. The Linger Effect, "I am a Watercolour (Water Soluble mix by Iron Monkey)"

It's entirely possible that I've posted this song before, (maybe even last week), but I'm tired, and I like it. Listen to it again if you've heard it before. It's called "Sway," and it's by The Perishers.

Dave Grohl's teeth are really white, and I bet that microphone is soaked.

Some extras:

Though this hasn't blown me away like 2002's Ágætis Byrjun, this is still a Sigur Ros album, and therefore is well-deserving of our humble admiration. Stream their new album Takk

Two really nice Sinead O'Connor songs available for streaming from Filter magazine. They're not new songs, but they're from her upcoming collection of collaberations. The first one is "Special Cases", and it's with Massive Attack. The second is with Peter Gabriel, and it's called "Blood of Eden."

That's all. I'm dying crashing now. I may've done more than five songs. I don't care.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

My Five Songs list is obviously late this week. I'm sorry. It's just been a busy week. I'll try to get it out tomorrow.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

The first song is one I've been obsessing over for weeks (don't I always say something like that?) Anyways, it's beautiful and it breaks my heart. It's called "O You With Flowers,"
and it's by a band I really like called Royal City. I originally got this song from Said The Gramophone two months ago but it's been taken down. I posted a yousendit link--warning: It will expire in seven days.

The second song is Zap210 and it's by a band called Baikonour. Like most electronic bands, this band isn't comprised of a collective--it's just one person, French-born, Britain-based Jean-Emmanuel Krieger. This song is an interesting, slightly boppy instrumental, and it's available from their label, Melodic. Click on the audio link at the top right, and it'll be the first song.

Uh...well, I was gonna put a particular song here, but when I was looking in google for a version of it, my blogspot actually popped up from when I posted it two months ago. Oops.


Okay, another yousendit link. I've just spent an hour trying to find a copy of this song online, and no luck :) It's available as part of a Beat The Indie Drum mix, but I'm not going to ask anyone to download a dozen songs just for one! (Though I bet all the songs are great.) The song is called "Life Lines," and the band is Bionic Systems Go. Here' s the yousendit link. May they never cut me off. Don't forget these expire after seven days!

I like this song. And finally one that's still posted! I have got to get quicker about posting these songs once I hear them. This is (what a great name) "Blood & Peanut
" by BC Camplight. Yep, blood and peanut butter. All anyone ever needs :)

The next one is a retro-active song, and another yousendit link. A friend of mine (younger than me) didn't know Bjork was in a band before she went solo! Granted my friend was in around first grade at the time, but still...this song rocked my little heart when I was growing up. I still listen to it with wonder. It's "Birthday," by The is a birthday...we're smoking seagulls... Yes, Bjork. Yes, we are.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

I'm going to have more than one song from 3hive today because I'm worried they'll take them down, though one of the songs is from June, so the risk of that seems minimal. Still, I like the songs I heard, so there's no point in waiting to post them.

The first song is in the most recent post, and it's by a band called The Constantines. Their music seems to run between hard, fast punk and more melodic punk, reminding me some of my favorite Clash/Joe Strummer songs. This song, "On to You" is the latter. The singer breathes between phrases and instead of a steady, furious pace, the band allows the song to slightly dissolve, just to build back up again. I love songs like that.

...and I just like the second song. I'm not sure what to say about it. It's called "Pass the Music"; it's by a band called The Movies, and this guy's voice gets under my skin, but in an ultra-good way. Much like Jeff Buckley's did. I want him to pass the music to me. I want to be there to catch the music, and hand it back to him if he'd like me to.

There's a song I linked to a few weeks ago called "I Lost You, But I Found Country Music." I actually first heard the band Ballboy through Said the Gramophone, but I downloaded the song from the band's website. Well I just fell in love with that song. I'd play it over and over again and think of the ex-boyfriends who I'm sure would think of me should they hear it. Then I realized there was no possible for me to be any more juvenile. Anyway, the point is: how happy was I to find another version of it sung by Laura Cantrell with the singer from Ballboy, Gordon McIntire? I was ver' happy. Ver' happy, indeed.

Y'know. I'd never thought I'd like a song by anyone named Bobo. I never thought I'd ever have occasion to come across anyone named Bobo. However, there is this song called "Stop" that is very beautiful, and that I absolutely adore. It is by a gentleman named Harlan T. Bobo. I do not know if that is a stage name, but it is the name the song is billed under.

The last song isn't a 3hive song. The name of it is "Call it Clear", and it's be a band named Halloween, Alaska. Cool name, huh? I got it off the wonderful Fingertips site. I've been listening to this every day since I downloaded it a few weeks ago. Besides the obvious connection of their name, and my birthday being Halloween, I just like this song. It's pretty, it's delicate and I love the way it cuts off mid-word. I just love that stuff.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

I like all of the songs I've heard from Azure Ray, but "
Seven Days" is by far one of my favorites. It starts off deceptively as simply an atmospheric, dark song, but then within a few bars it turns into something darkly beautiful. I would say download what you can from this site (especially the song "Displaced") and from their label site Saddle Creek (home of two of my other favorite bands--Bright Eyes and Now It's Overhead.)

This is opposite from what I usually like in a song. Well, not so much the sound of the song, but the sentiment. It's an anti-love song. It's called "
Hardcore Days and Softcore Nights" (love the title!) and it's by Aqueduct. The singer tells the subject "Don't ever ask me where I go... if you do I'll be hostile acting." Generally I go for the "tell me everything about yourself because I lurve you" song. I forgive the unfriendliness of the song, though, 'cause I like it. Warning about Insound mp3s: I don't know why, but if you right click and try to save it sometimes it saves as an unidentifiable file. For it to save as an mp3, you usually have to click directly on it. That annoys me because that means when I go back to look at it later, all I'll see is hostile.mp3 or whatever. I won't know where I got it, or who it's by. Oh well.

I've linked to the band Boat before, but there's another song of theirs that I've been just going crazy over, and I wanted to post a link to it. There are a ton of songs on this page, but my favorite right now is "
Return of the Rainbow Shoelace," because I am a super freaky chick. (Click on "music.")

I didn't post this band before because honestly the name of the band disturbs me too much. I can take names like "I love you but I've chosen darkness" and names involving sex-acts, but anything involving animal cruelty is difficult to deal with. So I never posted Dogs Die in Hot Cars. I love this song "
Man Bites Man" so much, though. (it is the second coming of my cherished new wave music!) My friend Shane and I decided that we're sure they meant it as a public service announcement, and as animal lovers we should be grateful to them. We even thought of several other PSAs that would make good band names, but I can't remember any of them now. If Shane remembers any, he can post them. I'm doing this as a yousendit link 'cause I can't remember where I got this mp3 from. If anyone knows where I most likely got it/where it can be found, please let me know. Please remember yousendit links expire in seven days.


I've been in a major Annie Lennox mood lately. I don't know what brought it on--I think it's because one of my LJ friends likes her too (hello Faerishimmer!). I've brought out the Eurythmics album Savage (my favorite) and burned it onto my
computer. I've been listening to it steadily for awhile. I love all the songs, and while it's hard to pick a favorite, "
Shame" and "Savage" are the two songs I go to over and over again. Once again yousendit links.

If any of these links don't work, please let me know. If you ever miss the windows on any of these links and would like me to repost them, also let me know. I may actually force mixed cds on you (tho CerulG and Frznfishstick are still waiting on theirs...Lola's been very tired...)

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

(Update: Still working overtime. Still exhausted. Still rambling)

I'm a little bit confused. I can't believe I haven't linked to the song "When She Appeared" but Aaron Booth yet, because I listen to this song every day and I love it. I don't see it in the last few months of posts, though, and I'm too tired to go back to the beginning of the year. If I have posted it, I apologize, and maybe
someone will see it who missed it the first time. Anyways, find it on his site, along with more of his songs.

TOMIHIRA, "2 LATE" I just heard of this band today (named after the lead singer.) I really like all the songs, but the one I'm specifically mentioning stood out for me. Thanx to Sixeyes. Also see their Myspace site.

I've listened to this song probably a hundred times, and this is another one I don't believe I've linked to. She has a beautiful voice, and this song is a stand-out. It's by Rose Polenzani, and it's called " Blue Angel." It makes me cry (as all good songs do--well, some good songs don't make me cry. Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl" only makes me cry because I want all the Vivienne Westwood clothes I can buy. M.I.A.'s songs don't make me cry. Neither do the Flaming Lips. But most good songs make me cry.)

This is a nice alt-country song. Very Appalachian sounding (not that I know much about that area, but I imagine the music sounding alot like this.) The name of the band is Hank Dogs, and the song is " Whole Way." Thanx to Six Eyes again.


I was (cough, cough, sputter) years old when this cd (yes, they were making cds then) came out, and it's actually one of my oldest cds. And it still plays! This album knocked me over when I first heard it, and it still does (cough, cough, sputter) years later. I don't know if she's still making music, but I know I didn't too much care for the two cds I heard after this one (unfortunately.) Her name is Tanita Tikaram, and the song is "Twist In My Sobriety." (This link is good for only one week.)

I'd like to include the next song as a bonus. I'm not making it part of the regular post because I just linked to a song of theirs a few weeks ago, plus the song is quite a few years old. The song is very awesome, though, and I always turn it up a little when it comes on my mp3 player. It's by the July 26th Movement, and it's called "All Farewells."(Another Yousend it link, good for seven days.) I originally heard it through Ben Loves Music.