Stormy and loud, dramatic and melodic, drums and digital beats, the hard-driving "Witchcraft" is on the soundtrack to one of my books; the video is pretty cool, too. Also love their loud, textured "Propane Nightmares" too, and the extra-creepy video.
Because it's been an odd day, and I just got some news that left me confused and pensive - let's go with "Wave" by Beck, from his new album MORNING PHASE. Ethereal, string-heavy, like water flowing and receding. Brooding and good for heavy thoughts.
And full disclosure: I watch So You Think You Can Dance, and this is the song that accompanies a favorite routine of mine this season (one of only two memorable ones, this year is crap):
Another new-wave electronica pick from the Kid, taken from the archives of my iPhone - Triangle Forest is a Providence-based band that I saw twice in the city back in 2009. Their album Hostile Takeover definitely sounds home-made, but I still like it, and this is the best single off the album, in my opinion.
Interesting factoid: I heard the lead singer is a science professor somewhere.....
Updated: He works at the same college that I do, though on a different campus! How weird. I'm halfway tempted to go find his office and snoop around....
I am a suffocator. I fall hard, I fall fast, and traditionally, I scare people off. High school was brutal, college wasn't much better. So of course, I reflectively relate to the lyrics in this one: "I'm sorry if I smothered you...." Simple, melancholy, drifting and water-like, there is a universal poignancy in the line: "I want him, but we're not right." How many situations does that encompass? Somber and brilliant.
Fits under Retro but Awesome too - fifteen years since its 1999 release, and what says retro more than guest lyrics from fricking Noel Gallagher of OASIS? It's still awesome though, the drums are sick and it's the Kid's number one pick this week. The low-fi, dreamy-trippy video was directed by Michel Gondry, when he was just starting out, and was a favorite of mine for ages; "Let Forever Be" is still my go-to song for sleepy Mondays when I need to get my energy up.
Featured because I'm going to see her at the Boston Opera House tonight!
I've never seen her in concert, but I've listened to her music for nearly twenty years. I'm a little nervous. People assume it's because I'm going solo, but that decision was mine: I honestly want to be able to listen and not have to make little filler conversation. It's that anticipation that makes me nervous. It's a great yank back into my teens and early twenties, and a lot of her songs, I associate with some pretty significant people and moments. I'll know most of the words to everything she sings. I haven't been to a show like that before. Should be an experience.
Plus, Boston. I love the city, and I haven't been in ages. Going in early to wander around before the show, likely with my headphones on, sifting through memories with these songs as the soundtrack:
I'm in awe of Gotye's production talent. Both "Heart's a Mess" and his Grammy-winning record "Somebody That I Used to Know" sound deceptively simple, often repetitive, with odd little sounds coming in and out; on first listen, it doesn't sound complicated to put together. But when you really listen to all the elements, the progressions, the instruments that weave in and out, it's masterful. This guy is a musician to the core.
I just came across this release, which was originally on The Great Gatsby soundtrack last year, but a new version was just released this spring. I'm pretty obsessed with it. It's a slinky, quirky, odd yet mournful love lament, a six-minute longing to "Pick apart the pieces of your heart / Let me peer inside / Let me in where only your thoughts have been / Let me occupy your mind as you do mine....."
Man, has it already been seven years since Santigold came out with her first album? She's undergone a name change since then, from Santogold to Santigold (due to copyright issues) but I still love her odd voice and her innovative raps and sounds; she gets a lot of comparisons to M.I.A, so if you're into her, you'll like Santigold. Warning: "Creator" is weird at the start (let it go for a bit, reader, until the rap and beat come in), but that thumping bass is killer, and I am in love with the chorus: "Me, I'm a creator / Thrill is to make it up / The rules I break got me a place / Up on the radar."
Her better-known single was "L.E.S. Artistes", another killer, poignant as all hell song for someone like me who is striving to fulfill a dream: "I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up...."
It's funny to be at an age when I can recall when the Killers first showed up on the scene with their double hits "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me." I remember they were one band of many, alongside other "The" bands like The Hives. I remember that they were young and good-looking, that lead singer Brandon Flowers was known for being a bit of an arrogant dick, their songs catchy, radio-friendly, and likely here and gone tomorrow.
But flash forward to 2014, and The Killers have been steadily present over the past ten years; they have a slew of hit singles, one epic classic in "When You Were Young," and are still churning the new music out, like "Shot at the Night," which is actually the first song of theirs that I have every downloaded. It's epic and 80s-esque, wistful and soaring, and I love it.
I saw up-and-coming band Magic Man last year in Providence (and wrote about the experience and my prediction that they were about to break through - which came true with "Paris"). After their set, I went over and talked to Alex, the lead singer, asking about the band's influences. The first band mentioned? The Killers. They've become a staple in the music scene, influencing new generations. How funny to see the evolution.
Back with a multi-video post on one of my favorite bands, and the source of my ringtone!
Labelled as an "alternative dance band" with "dirty electric beats," LCD Soundsystem broke through in 2002, and broke up in 2011, but they are legendary on the alternative music scene. If you or your family are looking for some danceable, quirky sounds and fun lyrics, you should check out their catalog.
A review of just a few of their singles:
First, the mentioned ringtone: It's 1min, 4sec in of "Someone Great", right when the synth-melody comes in:
Second, "Daft Punk is Playing at My House" (must be played on speakers for the full jam effect! Awesome while blasted in the car and you can hear the bass in your lungs):
Third, one of their more "accessible" singles, "I Can Change." I adore the sly, bouncy 80s vibe and the lyrics. My favorite? "Love is a curse, shoved in a hearse / Love is a open book to a verse of your bad poetry...."
Fourth, a more obscure pick that sounds like nothing, but give it time. The odd, stilted lyrics are awesome, once again: "Acting like a jerk / because you are an actual jerk / and a reminder that sometimes friends are mean." And when the synths kick in halfway through, man, it's good.
For a view on their last days together as a band, I recommend their music documentary 2012'a SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS.