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.