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.

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