Sunday, December 26, 2010

Iron and Wine, "Tree By The River"

...and then Huck took the riverboat...





Iron and Wine, "Tree By The River" (MP3 courtesy of Under The Radar magazine)

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Aurelio Martinez, "Tio Sam"

Aurelio Martinez, "Tio Sam"

I have no idea what this song is about or what any of the lyrics are. He could be saying "I take my wash to the laundromat and I'm gonna have a good time washing my comforters". If I were listening to this song while washing my comforters, I would probably have a good time, too.  (I don't mean to make light - the articles I've read have said that the album is inspired by the death of his friend Andy Palacio. This song could be about that - I can't understand the lyrics, so in cases like that I like to make up my own meaning.)


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There is a tree coming out of the water. That is so freakin' cool.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Robotanists, "Wait a Minute Here"


What do you mean I'm disappearing? (Photo by Jessy Plume)


I couldn't find a downloadable MP3. Oh well. This is a nifty song.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven, "Falling"

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(Video for a different song,“The Sycophants are Coming! The Sycophants are Coming!")

Deep River, "See You Shine"






Website
Facebook (Free mp3 if you click "like")
Paste article (with a studio version of "See You Shine" streaming)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Matt Longo, Alexandria

My favorite song so far is "Ali, Please". I'm also partial to "The High Life".

He's offering his whole album as a free download, so please take advantage of his generosity and download it. I'm sure he'd appreciate it, too, if you shared the link on your Facebook, Twitter, body via tattoo - however you want to get the word out!

Album site
Blog

Hesta Prynn

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wheat

I love Wheat. They did a song called "I Met a Girl". It wasn't the most complicated song ever written, but it was a cool song. Even years later, I still remember it.

To rev up for their newest release, Wheat are offering for download their cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and an original Christmas song.

Go Wheat!

Website

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Right-clicking just gets you an html document. Left-click on the link).

"It's Snowing - I love You"


Wheat, "I Met a Girl"

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Jane Lui

Jane Lui, "Jailcard" (MP3 courtesy of the promotional company Team Clermont)

Oh, she's so cute! I love this song. I've heard a few more of her songs, and I like them too. Great video for "Jailbird"!

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Illusionist Boy by Jane Lui, presented by Cafe Henrici from Henrici on Vimeo.

The Maccabeats



(I'm posting this in honor of Jennice. Happy Hanukkah!)

Diane Birch, with The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band

Diane Birch (with The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band) cover some of my favorite songs from the 80's and early 90's on their EP The Velveteen Age. It's funny--I never thought of her style matching these artists' music, but it totally works. She brings an earthiness to these somewhat ethereal songs.
No, I am not the girl from Zombieland. Quit asking me that!

Streaming:

"Kiss Them For Me" (Original artist: Siouxsie and the Banshees)

"Bring on the Dancing Horses" (Original artist: Echo & the Bunnymen)

**If you look to the right on the Soundcloud page, there are more tracks, including Peter Murphy's "A Strange Kind of Love"**

Diane Birch's Website
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Tracklist:

This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy)
Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Atmosphere (Joy Division)
Primary (The Cure)
Tarantula (This Mortal Coil)
A Strange Kind of Love (Peter Murphy)

OMG OMG OMG She does "Atmosphere". That song always makes me cry, and I usually shut myself in my apartment for a few days after I hear it. So you may not hear from me for awhile. "Tarantula"! One of my favorite This Mortal Coil songs!!! OOOOHHHH. I wants this now. It comes out Tuesday, Dec. 7th.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rusty Willoughby, "C'mon C'mon"

Rusty Willoughby, "C'mon, C'mon" (Thank to Fingertips for letting me know about this)

Website
Facebook (They describe their music as "Folk Noir". I love it! That's the perfect description!)


Rusty Willoughby - Wrecker of Hearts - Live @ Crackle & Pop! from Andy Smith on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kitty!


She's so tiny that I made her litter box out of a blue plastic container. She'll rear up on her hind legs like a bear and then propel herself at me. She's so light that she doesn't even thwump when she lands. Her tiny little bite smarts a little.

Meet Virtue! She was a rescue. Seemingly abandoned, and starving from what I heard! She's not starving any more. -m0kkkwp. She typed that.

00t'g88888888 That too.

She *was* named after the cat in one of my favorite songs, "Plea From a Cat Named Virtue". Unfortunately, I found out last night that that song doesn't exist. I got the song from the band's website years ago. The song is still there (along with several other songs). Do me a favor. Mouse over the mp3 link. It's right here. What does that say? Uh huh. I thought so. I have to blame myself some, though. It's one of my favorite songs, and after all these years I never noticed that the cat's name is "Virtute", not "Virtue". The lyrics never mention the cat's name, and I guess the times I saw the name typed, my brain just glazed over the different name. It's a difference of one letter.

I considered renaming her Virtute, but it wouldn't feel natural. I'd never registered the word "virtute" until yesterday. However, I've been carrying around the idea in my head for five years that I would name my next cat Virtue. So it would be hollow to change it.

The song is from the perspective of a cat whose owner is depressed and just drinks beer and watches TV. I figure if that cat can help its owner snap out of a funk, then getting a tiny, rambunctious, precious little bundle of grey tabby fur might do the same for me.

I think I'm going to play with my cat Virtever some more.

Wiktionary says the two words mean the same. So suck on that, Latin!

Apparently there's a sequel to the song, "Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure" in which Virtute leaves. It sounds very sad, and I may not make it through unscathed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Blog from Lola!


I started a second blog--Cerulean's Love of Pop Culture. The plan is also to create a podcast in the next few weeks. So far there is no posting schedule, except I post things as I find them. I hope to shape it up in the next few weeks.

It'll focus mainly on TV, movies, books (mostly with a scifi bent) and technology. Me being me, if something strikes a chord with me politically, I may include it. I love discussing politics, but I don't like closed-minded "you're either with me or against me" edness.

K's Choice, "Echo Mountain"

K's Choice, "Echo Mountain" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

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K's choice is obviously blue, at least when it comes to clothing color

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fences, My Girl The Horse

Fences, "My Girl The Horse" (Streaming)

(There's a download at this site. I've never seen this site--it looks legit, but you know how paranoid I am).

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nicole Atkins, "Vultures"

Nicole Atkins, "Vultures" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

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Nicole Atkins auditioned for the role of Dumbledore after Richard Harris died, but alas Michael Gambon got the role.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sarah Jaffe, Clementine

Sarah Jaffe, "Clementine" (From her website)

(Thanks to Paste Magazine for featuring her recently)

Website
Facebook
Sarah Jaffe on iLike
More mp3s from Sarah's website


This is the look Sarah Jaffe gives whenever anyone tells her she looks like Denise Crosby, who played Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
(Photo of Sarah Jaffe by Melanie Gomez)





Sunday, November 07, 2010

Pascal Pinon

Pascal Pinon, "New Beginning" (MP3 courtesy of Morr Music)

Their blog
Label site


The sisters mourned the loss of their tamborine, though the guitar stayed behind to show its support...

Jen Wood

Jen Wood, "Pills" (MP3 courtesy of her label).

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Only she knows her powers come from her magic necklace...

The 88



I was trying to find a video for the theme song to Community, but I couldn't. I'll keep looking,though. Meanwhile, this is a good song. I've been listening to this band for a few years.

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The ass is actually the least ostentatious thing here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten, "One Day" (I cannot get the mp3 to embed, but the mp3 is from Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, Song of the Day podcast). Here's a live video of her performing the song (which I also can't embed).

This is a day for feeling sad, and this song is perfect for how I'm feeling. Yes, I'm too old for a pity party. But parties are lovely. Everyone loves a good party.

Website
Myspace
Label Site



You know how I usually find something witty to say about a photo?
(Shh...it is too witty). I can't think of anything. She's too pretty.


Shaking Through: Sharon Van Etten from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Wildbirds & Peacedrums, "Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood" (MP3 courtesy of KEXP Song of the Day"

Their website shows the video for this song, but then it directs to their Myspace.
Wikipedia

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

**Note** I'm sorry I forgot to post my blog yesterday. I'll try to post more today.

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles had an album release yesterday. Unfortunately, I can't find it online.

They performed "Monsters" live at Minnesota Public Radio.

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LastFM

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Sea of Cortez, "The Shores" (MP3 courtesy of AOL)

*Note* This will probably be all I post for this weekend. I know--I suck. I've been distracted this week--changes at work (good changes, but still took my focus from other
things)

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Man, Luke Wilson and his friends look angry about something.
Allo Darlin, "My Heart is a Drummer" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

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My heart is Animal from the Muppets. BANG CLASH GRUNT GARRR EERRGGHH

Also, I just got a new computer, and I got rid of my desk, so I'm getting used to using a new keyboard on one of those laptop cushions. It's not easy. So I've been sounding like Animal a lot.


The Breakfast Club!



Elizabeth Morris shows the rest of the band how to act like a squirrel. Luckily, they were lying down, or else the world's newest dance craze would have been born.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Quit, "Captains of Industry"

The Quit, "Captains of Industry" (MP3 courtesy of KEXP Song of the Day)

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As a result of a cruel internet hoax, The Quit wait outside a Gamestop for a Bioshock 2 release for the Mac that will never come...contrary to what their name may suggest, the members of The Quit never quit.

Vaselines, "Sex With an X"

Vaselines, "Sex With an X" (MP3 courtesy of KEXP Song of the Day)

Label site
Facebook


"Molly's Lips", live on KEXP

Friday, October 08, 2010

**Note**

I may not post this weekend. I've got plans, yeah yeah...

If I do post, it'll probably be Monday.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


I just did HTML on my iPhone. Not easy!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Hesta Prynn, "Pepper"

Hesta Prynn, "Pepper" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

I was listless earlier, but then I heard this cover of The Butthole Surfers' "Pepper" and I'm happy again. I loved this song when it came out. I haven't heard it in years.

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We were all in love with tiles and lying on them in stripes

Atmosphere, "Freefallin'"

Atmosphere, "Freefallin'" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

Label site
Myspace

Azure Ray, "Make Your Heart"


Azure Ray, "Make Your Heart" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

Website
Stream their new album from Spinner

*Note* I'm experimenting with Ubuntu, which means I'm using a different music player, I'm having to (sometimes successfully) install plug-ins. I really like Ubuntu, but as someone who only halfway knows some stuff about technology, I'm floundering a bit. All this means is that my posts may be random and delayed this weekend. Oh, but that's every weekend, isn't it? Why do I need Flash Player 10 to play videos? Why can't I control my keyboard? It's the same keyboard!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lucy Schwartz

Lucy Schwartz

She has a new album coming out September 28th. I just downloaded her EP, Help Me! Help Me! I am smitten with this young singer/songwriter!



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Buy her music
More audio at her Sonic Bids site












Saturday, September 18, 2010

Harvey Danger

Harvey Danger, "Show Must Not Go On" (MP3 courtesy of KEXP Song of the Day podcast)

Website (More downloads are available under "downloads")
Harvey Danger Flickr Archive (Because I'm trying not to give all the attention to Facebook. Dang. I just mentioned Facebook. They got some attention. Forget I mentioned Facebook!)












This is when the band got cornered by the gargantuan creature from the movie Cloverfield. You can't tell, but the monster had ripped out the other side of the room. Or, it's the one person who didn't like their cover of "Save It For Later". (Hey--I love their version. T'wasn't me.)
Photo credited to Ryan Schierling (I had to crop the image because it was only publishing half of the image as it was...even when I downsized it. My apologies to Mr. Schierling.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

S. Carey, "In The Stream"

S. Carey, "In The Stream" (MP3 courtesy of his label.). A second song, "In the Dirt" is also available there.

KEXP Interview
Paste article


Why yes. I do look like Wil Wheaton from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Azure Ray

Azure Ray, "Don't Leave My Mind (Scroll down for the song)

Website
Label site


Azure Ray dare you to be prettier than they are. (Photo by Gary Isaacs)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

"Remedy" by Portland Cello Project

I know I just posted about Portland Cello Project recently, but today I fell in love with the song "Remedy". I listened to it six times. It's one of the most beautiful songs I've heard. It's the last song in their Daytrotter session. Hear it here.

New KaiserCartel!

Listen to it here. The first song is a lot dreamier, moodier than the songs I heard from their previous album, but I like it.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Belle and Sebastian

Paste Magazine has Belle and Sebastian's newest song, "Write About Love" for download.

Website
Last FM


Belle and Sebastian always has the prettiest album covers

Sunday, August 29, 2010

No post this weekend

No post this weekend. I had to do that thing that people have to do once in awhile that no one likes to do--that thing involves packing personal belongings in boxes, and transporting boxes. Yeah, that thing. I hate it and I'm exhausted.

Next weekend is the all-powerful, all wondrous Dragon*Con. I can't promise I'll post a whole lot before then, either. I'll try. Right now I'm trying not to trip over anything in my own apartment!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Crowded House

Crowded House, new album Intriguer.

I was a little nervous when I heard that Crowded House had a new album after 14 years. I wondered if it would be a phoned-in attempt to get a little cash. Turns out it's not phoned in at all. It was jauntily walked over and confidently handed to the public. Judging by the first single, "Saturday Sun", it's the real deal...a legimately good effort.

Nice website! Not too flashy, but not sparse.
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Yael Naim

**Note** I think I'm going to retire the "Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By" title. There are so many weekends where I can't find many actual mp3s that I can post. Sometimes I just want to write in general about a band. So, I decided that I'm going to start doing generic blog posts under the overarching title Cerulean's Love of Music. I still plan to post every weekend, but it's going to be very light for the next few weeks. Dragon*Con's coming up, and I've also got some other stressful things going on (without getting all private on a public forum).

Yael Naim

I'm a little behind on this train; apparently "New Soul" came out in 2008. I'm not sure how I missed it, but it's a great song.

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Listen on iLike


New Soul

Yael Naïm | MySpace Music Videos

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Portland Cello Project

Website
iLike
Facebook

Download their Daytrotter session

Esperanza Spalding

**Note** I'm so sorry I forgot to finish my post this weekend. I'll try to work on it more this week

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Last part of the post will be delayed

The rest of my post is going to be delayed this weekend. Life! It happens!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Eels, "Baby Loves Me" (Streaming only)

I love me some Eels. One of my favorite bands!

Website
Youtube


Another song from Eels' new record, Tomorrow Morning, out August 24th.

The Cribs, "Housewife"

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

*Note* I think this is going to be the last song I post for the weekend. I have annoying things going on (moving) and good things going on (don't you wish you knew).

Sweet Talk Radio, "My Hallelujah"
(Couldn't find a free mp3, but it's available on Amazon, iTunes and the usual places).

This woman's voice is so fantastic that I feel a little overwhelmed. I seriously think I need to lie down. Or cry. Or both. It's just beautiful. The studio version of the song can be heard on their iLike page. Their songs can also be heard on their website.

I first heard them on Friday night's episode of "Haven". The episode ended with their song "We All Fall Down". It's not on the studio album available, but their Facebook said it's now streaming on their Band Page. They posted a link to it on their Facebook wall. It's a gorgeous song.

Website
Facebook

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Meiko, "Boys With Girlfriends"


Of course, I don't condone doing anything sneaky (or blatant) with boys with girlfriends, but it's still a cool song. It's two years old--I'm a little late to this party, I'm afraid.

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses, "Depression" (I couldn't find an mp3, but I got the performance below from their website. The audio quality isn't great, but there's a better audio version in the top right corner of the site.)

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

**I know I've been skimping on the third song the last few weeks. I'm just trying to work out some personal complexities, and also it's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Big Fish ain't gonna chomp on themselves. Anyhoos, this is the last song for this weekend.**

Katsen, "Where Nobody Can Find Us" (MP3 courtesy of their label. The other song of theirs is very nice, too.)

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In the words of the immortal Tina Fey (as Liz Lemon): "I want to go there".

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Standard Fare, "Dancing" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

The more I hear this song the more I like it.

Website
Myspace
Link to the video for Dancing


Little known fact: Standard Fare posed for the cover an R.L. Stine book

(If you didn't like this caption, I had another one for another photo that involved synchronized lawn sitting. I'm still not sure which one I like better.)

Because I can't let any joke go to waste...


Synchronized Lawn Sitting. It's a thing. Watch for it in the Summer Olympics.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

Ane Brun, "The Treehouse Song"

I'm a little bit behind, I guess. This song is from last year. I really like it, though. I couldn't find a download that wouldn't win me a cease and desist letter, so I'm going to settle for the very fabulous video below.

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Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

**I'm going to try to post at least one more song today. It'll probably be later on.**

YACHT, "Nausea" (X Cover)
(MP3 courtesy of Under The Radar magazine)

I really like the tag line on their website: "Don't fight the darkness; bring the light and the darkness will disappear".

Website (They have some music for free, but if you have the money, throw some at them--you know the drill...)
Facebook
Nylon article (I want to go to Marfa, Tx.)


YACHT was very disappointed to find out that paintballing was not an arts and craft activity.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Eh...Lola's crapping out again

**Note**

I am so sorry! I have not been on my game lately. I won't be posting another song tonight. I will try to post something during the week. Once again, I am so, so sorry. I've got that real-life stuff going on (as usual)...

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

**Note** I'll probably just post one more song today, and it'll probably be later today. Jacksonville's first California Pizza Kitchen has opened, and I've never been to one of those, so priority calls! Heh heh.

Ugly Casanova, "Here's to Now" (MP3 courtesy of MPR's Current Song of the Day)

One of the first "independent" songs that really got me thinking about doing my own blog was Ugly Casanova's "Things I don't Remember" (Hey! Here's the original MP3 from their label site, Sub Pop!) I annoyed, aggravated, and borderline audibly assaulted many people with my insistent droning, er, singing to this song. Anyhoos...right around there I started thinking that this independent music thing was really going on. I'd listened to labels like 4AD and Nettwerk in the 90's, but back then we listened to music on "mixed tapes", and therefore it was all very personal, but didn't feel like a movement. Around that time in the early two thousands, though, I realized that something substantial was going on.

Ugly Casanova's Isaac Brock went back to doing music with some other band he was in--Modest Mouse or something. I started to poke around the music blogs more and more to see what was out there. Eight years later Ugly Casanova has released several new songs as part of a soundtrack to a movie called 180 South. The soundtrack is on Brushfire Records.

iLike
Artist Direct website

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Band That Might Otherwise Pass You by

The Amygdaloids

Website
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The Amygdaloids on NPR's ScienceFriday

mind over matter (the amygdaloids) from Alexis Gambis on Vimeo.



Fearing | The Amygdaloids from Couple 3 Films on Vimeo.


Kind of a Nick Cave vibe, if Nick Cave really wanted to break down and study why his music was so unnerving and haunting. Also the drummer looks like Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee on Firefly.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

*Note: the way this MP3 is configured, it's not playable on the little insta-player on my website. You can either drag it on to a media player, click on it to have it play in its own window or listen to it streaming on her site or Toolshed's site, before you download it. It's still downloadable, it just doesn't play directly on my blog.

Kristen Hersh, "Rubidoux"
(MP3 courtesy of Toolshed Media Promotions. The entire album is available for streaming--click on the flower.)

Kristen Hersh never disappoints with her music. I can't say that with all the musicians I like--most of them have at least a few songs where I'm like "uh...wouldn't this be better as a B-side to a track that never exists?" But not with Kristen.

Website (I'm reading her blog, and it sounds like we have something in common--epilepsy. It doesn't seem appropriate to "Yay" that, so I'll just leave it at that.)
Facebook
Kristen also has demos for download on her Cash music page. She asks for a contribution if you can afford it (because even angels have to eat...yes, that was a dorky thing to say).


Wait...did Flo from those Progressive commercials used to be in Throwing Muses? No way!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

*Note* The rest of my blog posts will probably be delayed until tomorrow evening (Sunday). Hopefully I won't forget this time! I apologize for the flakiness, but the spectre of real-life challenge is looming in front of me.

Stars, "Fixed" (Courtesy of KEXP Song of the Day)

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Facebook

Monday, July 05, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

Ten Bears, "Braces" (MP3 courtesy of KEXP Song of the Day podcast).

**Note** This is gonna be the last song for this weekend. See below explanation, and you might not want to disburb me for a little bit.

Website
Label site

OMG You wouldn't believe what I had to go through to get this for you. This is truly a testament to how much I like this song and how OCD I am. OMG.

When there's a song I want to use for my blog, I copy the URL into a notepad file. Ideally I'm supposed to type in the name of the song and band in so that I know who recorded it.

Well, I didn't type in anything except the URL, and unfortunately with KEXP's mp3s, they don't label the song in the URL. It just says http://www.digitalwell.washington.edu then a bunch of numbers and letters.

Well I've been looking at this URL in my notepad file every week and kicking myself because I didn't label it. Today I actually listened to the song, and I loved it so much that I spent 45 minutes trying to figure out what it was. first I Googled the lyrics. I tried "middle of 1980s", I tried "dancing in the streets to Bronski Beat". Couldn't find it. "Turn it back and push it down". Nope. "Spinning round, upside down". Nothing. So I took a different tack. I went through every song on Kexp's song of the day podcast and compared the file to the file name I had. May 20th, ladies and gents. That's where I found it. I have to go find my wits again now.


Video for "Braces"

Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon came out of Red House Painters, one of my favorite 4AD bands. The primary songwriter/singer of Red House Painters, Mark Kozelek, started Sun Kil Moon several years ago. Sun Kil Moon have released a new album, and they are offering three songs for streaming.

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Samantha Crain, "Lions" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

Website
Daytrotter session


The video for her song "Santa Fe"

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Blog post will be postponed until tomorrow

*Note*

Yeah. I'm completely aware I forgot to finish my blog last weekend. I had intended to make up for it this weekend, but with the holiday, the weekend has gotten away from me.

I will post my blog tomorrow (Monday, July 5th). I'm sorry peeps!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Suzanne Vega, "Gypsy" (Rerecorded, Streaming-Only)

20+ years later and I still remember the words. This was the first "modern" folk artist I ever heard. My only previous exposure to folk music was, of course, Simon and Garfunkel (imagine a 17 year old girl lying awake in the dark listening to "Sound of Silence". Then imagine the girl getting up to change the record to The Cure's Disintegration. Records were not insomnia-friendly.) Along with Simon, Garfunkel, Joni, Cat, Jefferson Airplane and The Beatles (I'm not sure if they're considered "folk", but they had folky elements), I had Suzanne Vega. I knew every word of the songs on her debut and the album "Gypsy" comes from, Solitude Standing. I even had "Left of Center" on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack.

Official Website
Facebook


Interview in Second Life (apparently "Tom's Diner" was used to refine the MP3!)


"Tom's Diner" with piano. The video quality is poor.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

**Note** I may post one more song later. I'm not sure. I have a busy day planned of going to the movies, wandering listlessly, staring at the sky, possible dehydrating, maybe rehydrating and watching TV.

Kacey Johansing, "Angel Island"

Website
Label Site

Kacey Johansing @ Chasing The Moon 01.30.10 from Scott McDowell on Vimeo.

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Modern Skirts, "Rebecca St. Claire"

Hey! I went from Georgia to Alabama! Then I came to Florida. So I'm a GAF.

Website
Facebook


These are the saddest guys at Six Flags. I guess the rides all said you have to be "this tall" or shorter...

This looks like fun

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Three

Red Wire, Black Wire, "Breathing Fire"

Website
Twitter

Download the EP from their site


...what we found out is that each one of us is:
a guy holding what looks like the hugest Red Bull ever
an extra from Miami Vice...
emilio estevez' understudy from The Breakfast Club
some guy with Ally Sheedy's haircut
a guy who looks really annoyed
and one of Toni Collette's characters on The United States of Tara

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

(Note: I'll post song #3 tomorrow. Stonehenge Apocalypse is on Syfy!)

The Shins, "Goodbye Girl"
(I didn't realize this when I first posted it, but you have to put your e-mail in to get the MP3. Sorry about that.)

(MP3 courtesy of Levi Pioneer Sessions)

Website
The Shins on Youtube


Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

End's Not Near, "Indian Summer" (MP3 is released through Creative Commons license and distributed by Bad Panda label. If you use the song, they ask that you credit them and include the CC license BY-NC-SA 3.0).

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By

The Hold Steady!, "Hurricane J" (MP3 courtesy of their label site.)


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That guy in the middle kinda looks like Wash from Firefly. Also, the guy behind him looks sly and sneaky. I think he's about to give Wash a wedgie.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

***Note***This is the last song for the weekend (though technically it's Monday). I've been rearranging my books all day, and my arms hurt.

The Like, "Fair Game"

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The Like like everything, but they seem awfully suspicious of that camera...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

**Note** I'm tired today, so I'll probably wait until tomorrow to post more. I might only post one more tomorrow.

Marching Band, "It Will Never Slip"

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Marching Band's ambitious new project, "Dancing With Foxes". It is the sequel to the movie Dances With Wolves, though it does not have Kevin Costner. Just kidding. It does have Kevin Costner. Just kidding again. It has nothing to do with Kevin Costner. The artwork is done by Mia Makila

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Three

Anais Mitchell, "Flowers"

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And for my next trick, I will attempt to saw someone in half with a typewriter!!!

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

Jahcoozi, "Barefoot Dub"

She had me at "extraterrestrial voyager".

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There is nothing unusual about this picture. Nothing strange at all.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

Voyager One, "1,000 Miles, 1,000 Deaths" (MP3 courtesy of KEXP Song of the Day podcast)

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I heard later in the show robots come out...and they fight other robots...and then a spaceman comes down from a spaceship and says he was lonely out in space all by himself. Oh wait. That last part's a David Bowie video.

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One of my online friends, Tina, posted this. She said she heard it on Bones. I'm a little behind on my Bones watching, so I may not have seen the episode with this one on it yet.

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AOL Spinner has the new album by Band of Horses for preview.

Band of Horses, Infinite Arms

I thought they had the new The National album, High Violet, but I can't find it. I'll keep looking!

They also have several older albums by my Duran Durans!! They're original self-titled album has apparently been re-issued! Squee! I'm a girl again.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part One

(*Parts two and three may be tomorrow...I'm tired...)

Blitzen Trapper, "Heaven and Earth" (MP3 courtesy of their label)

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Blitzen Trapper get trapped performing in a prom sponsored by The Brady Bunch. I'm just sayin'...there are a lot of primary colors, and the lead singer and the tamborine player have a bit of a fro going...

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Three

The Middle East, "Blood" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

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Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By, Part Two

Bettye LaVette, "All My Love" (MP3 courtesy of AOL Spinner)

This lady is great! Her voice is genuine--no artifice at all. Most modern R & B is so commercialized, and so closely guarded by the record label. Bettye's on -Anti, which is a very prominent independent label.

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