Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Arcade Fire has a new video out, it's for the excellent song "Neighborhood No. 3 (Power's Out.)"

Also, here's a video by one of my other most favorite bands, The National.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Tychenot, "Half-Mast." I just got this song the other day, and it's made an instant impression on me. I don't know anything about this band, but I'll be finding out more.

I claim to be a Cars fan, but I downloaded "Misfit Kid" by Jon Auer about a month or so ago and
promptly forgot it was a Cars cover. I've been loving this little song since and didn't realize until I looked it up again that it was by The Cars. I direct-linked it (sorry, Not Lame) because it's too difficult to navigate the page. Most people would give up :) Also it's just a sample; unfortunately it's not the whole song. But I will get that cd when I can. I guess I can now, but I'm too tired. Maybe tomorrow.

I first downloaded "Moving" by Sarah Dougher quite a few months ago. And then for some
reason I didn't listen to it. Don't know why--it just never came up on my mp3 player. Then it came up one day when I was walking around my neighborhood, and of course
forevermore it will be associated with my neighborhood (a little distressing for a song called "Moving.") Anyway, now I play this song all the time. I frikkin' love it. It's a great break-up song.

I'm going to have to do this next one as a yousendit link. The site I got it from originally, Borrowed Tunes, has taken it down. I'm just not quick enough. Anyway, this is a pretty nifty song. I remember The Go-Betweens from the day (and I mean "the day." The 80s, baby). They've been back together for a few years, and "Darlinghurst Nights" is one of my favorites of the songs I've heard lately.

And time for my retro-active link. I've been dying to post this song for months because it's one of my favorite songs of all-time. It's from the late 90s. At the time I had a job cleaning office buildings (the best job I ever had) and I'd listen to this song over and over while I was working. It never failed to make me laugh; luckily I was alone (best job ever.) This is another yousendit link (good for one week). The band is long dissolved, unfortunately, but their name was Pee Shy and the song is "Little Dudes."

Friday, June 24, 2005

Crap. That last post never got posted. I can't believe that. I suck.

I've had a tough time the last few weeks. I should be nicer to myself :)

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Smog, "Look Now" I liked this so much that when I realized the website I originally got it from, Said the Gramophone, had taken down the song, I spent an hour searching google for another copy. I couldn't find another one, so I used my very least favorite method of sharing mp3s--uploading it to Yousendit. I always feel a little like I'm cheating when I do that
because A) I failed and couldn't find it online and B) well, you're really not supposed to that. It's frowned upon. But I really really like this song. And I would've been really really upset if I couldn't include it. I hope it works.

Lake Holiday, " A Life Worth Living." This is a really nice song from an a band just signed to--it looks like Bi-Fi Records. I've never heard of this label, but I hope they do well by this band because what I've heard, I've liked.

I first heard the song "Black Cab" by Swedish singer Jens Lekman a few years ago. I fell in love immediately with the song and I've listened to it roughly a thousand times since. I could recognize it if it were playing a hundred miles underground. That might be an exaggeration, but the point is--I love this song. Well, you'd think I'd love every song that he put out, right? Uh-uh. Actually, and most unfortunately, I've hated every other song I've heard by him. Until now. This is no "Black Cab," but "Boisa-Bis-O-Boisa" (whatever that means) makes me laugh, and I like it.

Another of my favorite bands is Twin Atlas. It's not music for when you're tired and trying to drive. It's not music to have sex to (though it would be nice music to listen to while lying next to someone.) It's just nice, melodic, meloncholic music. It's a band I'll remember for the rest of my life, and "Show Me All" is one of my favorites of theirs. Originally I'd linked to the song which was part of a wonderful mix of songs at the Beat The Indie Drum Site, but I've just gotten word that the Twin Atlas song, so for posterity's sake, I'm going to link to the band's site. You should check out Beat The Indie Drum's site, though--awesome site.

I was going to do a retroactive song as the last one, but seeing as I've already done one "yousendit" link, I feel I would be pushing the good graces of the MP3 Gods & Goddesses if I tried to do it twice in one post. So I'll stick to an already posted song.

Jennifer O'Connor's voice reminds me of Liz Phair's, especially the
"insisting-on-sticking-to-registries-which-are-too-low-for-her." But you know what? Like Liz Phairs older stuff (sorry the pop stuff leaves me feeling cheap) I really like it. This song is called "Hole In The Road."

That's my post for the week. And windows says my virtual memory is too low. I think that's a bunch of bullocks, but who can argue with the Bill Gates machinery?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

a very late "Five Songs I'm Loving This Week."

I've had a really tough last two weeks (I don't even know why.) The unfortunate byproduct of that is I only heard one or two new songs. Even those I didn't download--I streamed them through the internet. Some of them I heard through watching the videos. Anyways, because of this, this week's Five Songs update is going to be very videocentric. I apologize greatly for this. Perhaps next week's will make up for it twofold.

A ha! (No, not the band, though one day I will post some of their songs 'cause they're still making awesome music.) I mean, A Ha! An actual mp3. And this song is effin' awesome (I've taken to the "word" effin'). It's
The Blow, Jet Ski Accidents. I love that damn song.

One of my favorite bands is a group consisting of two female twins, Tegan and Sara. The name of the band is--what did you think? Tegan & Sara. They're from Canada, and they're one of the best pop bands around, in my opinion. I haven't heard a bad song from them.
This is the video for Speak Slow (I love them so much I won't dwell on the grammatical error.)

I just discovered
this singer about two weeks ago. Her name is Sarah Harmer. Click on the audio/video link. None of this is for download, unfortunately. The song and video for "Always" is awesome. Warning: You have ta like slightly countrified songs to like this. She's Canadian--those Canadians do countrified better than us southerners.

Another song I love is by a band called The Long Winters. The band consists of one guy, John Roderick. Funny how some of my favorite bands seem to consist of "basically one guy." Anyhow, the song is "Scent of Lime", and it can be found

And finally, a little retroactivity. This is one of my favorite songs in the world. I mean it. I am taking this song to the grave. And I shall find some way to listen to it there. The song may be over twenty years old, but it's still one of the greatest things I've ever heard. It's also the first The The song I ever heard. (Quite possibly one of the first recorded.) This is a direct link--it's called
"Uncertain Smile."

That's all for this week.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Much apologies--My "five songs" update will be delayed this week. I worked alot and spent most of today gone. It's just been a...very busy weekend.

I'm hoping Tuesday it'll be up. Thank you!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

"Until the End"

Michael Penn, "Walter Reed."

The Deathray Davies, "Is This On." This is a few years old, but the what the what, y'know?

Renaissance Street,
"What's Wrong Within." Scroll down to the very end of the page.

The Party Party,
"Imagine" Thanks to WFMU Blog and David Bain's Livejournal (Finally, something I can agree with George Bush on)

And as a bonus, here's
Regina Spektor's video for "Us." Such a pretty video.