Sunday, March 12, 2006

Five Songs I'm Loving This Week

Voltaire's song "
See You In Hell" has been out for awhile, but it's one of my favorites of his songs. It's actually appropriate considering how I feel today. I've seen him live a few times (in Jacksonville and at Dragon*Con), and he's got a great show. He's not only a musician, but he writes wickedly funny goth send-ups (he sometimes even devises dances to match) and he's a video producer. He did some of the Scifi channels identification spots a few years ago.

If you haven't heard his music or experienced any of his projects, I recommend that you do. He even has a nifty 80's style band called The Oddz. OOH! He lets you download "When You're Evil" on his Myspace. This was the first song I heard by him, and also one of my favorites. Download this too, if you're so inclined.

I posted a song by the California band Irving over a year ago (I know because I was standing waiting for a bus I no longer take when I heard it for the first time.) That song was "I Can't Fall In Love", and I loved that song despite the unlikeliness of that love being returned, as the song would suggest. The band proves the point further with a newer song called "Jen, Nothing Matters To Me". Their messages may not be Oprahlifting (hey, I just coined a very annoying phrase) but damn I love those songs.

**Completely unrelated observation**

I'm not sure how I feel about a song that automatically comes up with the genre of "softcore/hardcore" attached to it. I don't know why both are included; they're both very separate things. That has nothing to do with any of the songs I'm posting. I'm just looking through my mp3s and commenting without regard to editorial flow.

**End completely unrelated observation**

Okay, back to songs I actually like. This is a band I just heard of for the first time last week. I heard them on Myspace. They have four songs available, but I'm partial to "New Alice." Okay, so I'm also liking "Hanging on a Moment". Not Nikelback, silly. Oh effin' hell--I like all four songs. I admit it. You choose which one you like. And I expect an essay on my desk by morning *cracks whip*.

Hee. I drank too much last night.

One of my livejournal friends posted an old Leonard Cohen song, and Oh My God I'd forgotten how much I loved this song. I don't know how I could forget that--I love Leonard Cohen; he's written some of the greatest songs in existance, in my only moderately humble opinion. Anyways, this is "Suzanne". It rules.

The last song is going to be a retro song. I haven't posted a retro song in awhile (though I guess the Leonard Cohen song is a retro--oh, I'm confusing myself again).

Okay, this song is not similar to anything I've posted tonight; therefore, I propose that it fits in just perfectly 'cause none of these songs match each other. It's The Cocteau Twins, "Lorelei" (some of the younger folks may be wondering what the hell a cocteau is, but trust me--they're awesome. They're old like me.)

Man, I remember where I lived when I used to listen to this all the time. The cd was released in 1984, but I was a late Cocteau bloomer. I didn't get it until '93. It was the same year, when I was 22, that I almost accidently blew myself up because I was on Xanax. Maybe being on Xanax is why I listened to this cd so much. I don't know--what came first, the chicken or the egg? I don't burden myself with such heavy philosophical questions; I just remember that I loved this song.

(Even though my writing is nonsensical, it's an artful nonsensical. It's a craft.)


Queen of Sheba said...

Makes me wonder how old you count old ask; I 'member Cocteau Twins.

Queen of Sheba said...

Makes me wonder how old you count old as; I 'member Cocteau Twins. (Hm. Net burp, hope this doesn't double-post.)

Lola said...

Heh :) I was being facetious. I'm 34 :) I'd heard of Cocteau Twins when I was in high school but I never actually heard them until I was in college--about the same time I heard Lush for the first time. I guess that was the precurser to "shoegaze" music. i was shoegaze when shoegaze wasn't cool...(it wasn't even cool to glance at your shoes).