Saturday, May 28, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Christoph Marek, "White Flag." I posted this individually a few weeks ago just on this blog and myspace, thinking it would disappear. It looks like it's not going anywhere anytime soon, so since I like it so much I'm going to post it here. This version of "White Flag" is so un-Dido like. Very dark. I Like it.

MK Ultra, "
The Dream is Over." Just a cool song, in my opinion.

Regina Spektor, "
Us." I love this song--It's so pretty. At first I was put off by her vocal hiccuping, but then I realized it was just one part of an otherwise perfect song, so I searched and found the mp3. I'll buy the CD when I have money (which is not now, unfortunately.)

Player Hater "
Who's Walking Away." Don't let the name fool you--this is not rap or hip-hop. This is as indie as the rest of the stuff I post. Lo-fi, male vocals. It doesn't so much rock as it glides. Good for hangovers.

And Retroactively:

Crowded House, "
Distant Sun." Unfortunately the posting of this mp3 was to mark the death of one of the members. That broke my heart--this band meant a lot to me. Their song "Don't Dream It's Over" got me through high school and still means so much to me. The singer/main songwriter Neil Finn still records, and his new stuff is as good as anything Crowded House ever did, which means it's brilliant. (1993, from the album Together Alone.)*

Thanx to Entroporium for this mp3.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Rilo Kiley, "Portion For Foxes." I love this song. You can tell; I quoted it in an earlier post. This is a live version from one of their sites. They actually offer a ton of live mp3s, which is great, though this doesn't really serve the song well. Go here and the studio version of the song will play. It's much cleaner. Also, here's the video.

Tara Jane O'Neil, "
Poisoned Mine." This is a really beautiful song. I originally got it from Said the Gramophone, but as often happens with weblogs, it's been taken off. So, I'm doing a you send it link. It's easy--just click where it says to click. Unfortunately, it's only good for 7 days.

Will Kimbrough "
Chimayo." Okay, I can't help it. It's another yousendit link. I really love this song, though. I've been playing it over and over for the last few weeks. The first few days I had it I thought it was a Crowded House song I'd never heard (I download alot of older songs from artists I like.) Anyways, it's a really cool song. The link's good for seven days.

Crushed Stars, "
Sleepyhead. I really, really like this song. It's got a weird, surreal 50's thing going on. We won't talk about how until this very moment I thought the name of the band was sleepyhead, and the song was Crushed Stars. We just won't mention it. That's what I get for listening to music in a vacuum.

Alden Ginger/Penner, "
Untitled." This is the guy from The Unicorns, who I've heard are fantastic. I haven't actually heard any of their songs, unfortunately. Anyway, this is kind of bluegrass sounding. Definitely some bayou in there. The second song in this post is really good too. I almost made it one of the five, but then I didn't. I love the music, but the guy sounds a little too much like Kermit the Frog. I mean, that's a great quality in Kermit the Frog, but not necessarily in other singers.

Okay, there's a lot more that I wanted to add, but I guess I'll save it for next week. I will show this
video. Click on the music link, and it's the first video under "video." It's called Emily, and it's rocking in a very boppy way. I just wish Adam Green would develop facial expressions. I guess it's part of his schtick, but I don't like it.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Honorary Title, The "Bridge & Tunnel." Enter the site,then click on the link that says multimedia and then the link that says mp3. Thanks to Pitchfork Media for posting the mp3 originally.

Nobody, "What Is the Light." Greatsong. Downloading from Propaganda seems tricky, but it's not. Go to the right of the screen where you'll see the song. Click "listen" below the song. A little box will pop up that'll give you the option to download the song to your computer. Do that! (or just listen to it. Whatever, y'know...)

July 26th Movement, "Out of Time" I like all the songs I've heard so far, but Out of Time is my favorite so far (that could change tomorrow, or even tonight.) Thanks to Ben Loves Music for introducing me to this band.

Butch Walker, "My Best Friend's Girl" Okay, so I really like all of these versions. The version of "You Might Think" is also awesome. I love The Cars. Thanks to Copy, Right? for the link.

Salingers, The, "Drive." Nice song. Click on the "sounds" link.
Oh, I want this CD. I like what I've seen of this magazine. I bet a subscription costs a lot, though ( I haven't looked yet.)
I just did a major update of the links on this page. I added dozens of labels.

Also, I'm about to start working on my Five Songs update.

All in good time; All in good time

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Wow. I'm really liking this band. I'd like this album. They're called The Perishers, and they're from Sweden. The album is called Let There Be Morning. I'm linking to their myspace site b/c that's the easiest page to access their music from.

Anyways, I really like what I'm listening to.

One of my favorite songs ever. Roxy Music, "Avalon". I will listen to this song over and over. It makes me cry and makes me heartsick.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

A Boy Named Thor, "
Hand Drawn Lines." It's the Nov 10th, 2004 song, number 93. This musician posted 100 songs, and this is my favorite of the ones I've heard.

"Box and Fights." Minimalist and German, Audrey is actually a band. The instrumentation is very nice--I particularly like the violin and the
guitar. The singer sounds a lot like Bjork; honestly, though, I think this song would work best as an instrumental song.

The Mountain Goats,
"Palmcorder Yajna." This song is a year old, but it's a great song. They have new material, but no downloads for it, unfortunately. Perhaps if I end up buying it, I'll do the playing this song alot. Lots of banging, crashing guitars. The lead singer syousendit thing again.

Heartless Bastards, "Runnin'." I've been ounds remarkably like Johnnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde. This is one of those songs you sing really loudly.

Layton, "
Roundagon." I really like this song. I can't pinpoint what I like the most, but let's just say it's falsetto giddiness on a Sunday afternoon.

As a side note, I'd like to mention that there's another song I'm loving by the band Canista. I featured a different song last week ("Just A Star", which is still beautiful) but I'm now absolutely obsessing over the song
Chance at Greatness. If you like most of the music I like, you'll probably like this song.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

It's all about the cowbell.

Unfortunately the remix of "Don't Fear the Reaper" is gone. But the original version is there, as is the SNL skit "More Cowbell."
First Talking Heads performance at CBGB's, 1975.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Right now I have the song "All the Wine" by The National up there. If you click on this link, it'll take you to a page where you can download the song.