Sunday, March 26, 2006

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

I have a lot of songs I could post this week, and there are weeks when I do post more than five (I think ten is probably the most I've posted at a time), but I didn't get to bed last night until sometime after 4 and sometime before 5 (??? No drinking involved, though) and I've been very busy today with housework, the watching of the DVDs and the looking up of the websites (I'm adopting a very Bill Cosby syntax. I don't know why. I'll stop now.)

Anyways, so I'm going to stick to my usual five songs. I know better than to push myself; I just realized that last week I posted the link for Aberdeen City's "God is going to get sick of me" but completely failed to mention that the name of the band is Aberdeen City. Things like that happen from time to time. There was one week where I just forgot to post the Five Songs list to Myspace.

The first song is by a musician I first heard on Myspace (I get a surprising amount of good music from Myspace). The musician's name is Paul Weinfeld and he records under the name Tam Lin Music. The name of the song is "Floating World" and it can be downloaded from Garage Band. At first the most noticeable thing is the heavy instrumentation; his voice is almost overpowered by the organ (I think it's a keyboard-- My lack of musical ability is showing.), but then he comes to the forefront on what would be considered the chorus; the phrases rise above the music: "and we're still close my brother; we can't find each other, with our heads pulled back into shells".


Secondly, I have "Millie Christine" by The Magic Words; it can be downloaded from their label's website, Agriculture Records. This song is just cool. The heavy electric guitars--the whole song in general, actually--reminds me of classic Throwing Muses. I want to listen to it over and over and be reminded that it is possible to feel excited over something .

They also have a Myspace. I will say this: I've never seen a band post such personal entries in their blog. That's not a bad thing; it's just unusual. I just found this band, but I feel really bad for the person posting the last three entries.

Like the previous song, the next song, Giant Drag's "Kevin is Gay", kicks me (in a good way) and pulls me out of whatever bad mood I'm in. I have no idea what the song is about--except it has something to with the days of the year. I just love the way it sounds--heavy, crashing guitar. Plus she meows at the end. It's cool.

Okay, we're going to travel to the absolute other side of the spectrum of music I listen to. We were at the heavy, thrash-y side of the rainbow, but now we're back at the singer/songwriter, "indie" side. "Light Years" by Vender isn't depressing like some of the stuff I listen to, but it's not what could be considered "upbeat". It's "mid-beat". It's a very lovely song and is one of the songs I'm sure I'll be listening to when I'm very old and have to hire someone to hit "play" for me in Winamp. Maybe they'll know how to get Winamp to populate the "recently added" folder.

I've been meaning to post this last song for a month now, but I haven't been able to find a copy, and I'm trying to give Yousendit, etc. a rest. As a last resort, I would've included it in a podcast.

I have a sometimes warm/sometimes cool reaction to Of Montreal's songs; some of them are a bit too pop-punky for me and the lead singer sounds like he's channeling James Mercer from The Shins (a band I love, but we don't need any imitators) but there are a few songs that I do really like. One of them is "Psychotic Feeling" (The print is very small on the website, so look closely on the left for the download). The name is enough to make me interested in the song, but the song is played and sang with such abandon that it hooks me. I may feel stifled in my daily life (job-related), but it's nice to know that there's something that can help me feel a small sense of freedom, at least for a few minutes.

P.S.

If you were wondering what Rick Moranis is up to, he has an album now and he's on Myspace. But is he still the keymaster? (Or was he the gatekeeper?)

Also, band name of the week: Heroes of Switzerland.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Band name of the week! Thanks!

Heroes of Switzerland

Lola said...

You're welcome!