Finally, a Kid pick!  He's been listening to the same songs for a while now (Bloc Party's "Signs" has become his favorite, aka the "Xylophone Song" where he identifies all the instruments and then says goodbye to all of them when it wraps up), so this was a welcome, if strange, new pick.  He's been asking to hear "Class Historian" every day for the past week, purely for that addictive "di-di-di-di" chorus, which he sings around the house.   And it's a good song to be obsessed with, along with creepy 80s-esque video to enjoy.
 
 
It's all about the funky covers for me these days. Heard this version of Joni Mitchell's classic on the PandaBear mix last week on SiriusXMU and immediately started to dance in the driver's seat.  Get through the first slow two minutes, and it turns into swinging 1960s coolness.  Good thing, because it's actually from the 1960s! It doesn't sound out of place in today's indie music, though.
 
 
Because I went through one round of illness, why not another?  The season blows.  In the meantime, here's one of my favorite songs right now: the lead singer's voice, the multiple meanings behind a simple line like "I can't be sad...."; the gentle girl's voice that echoes halfway through; the build-up and sudden, bombastic crash of instruments and chorus, and back to quiet to finish. 
 
 
Resuming business after a few days with a sick kid; I've been digging on this cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs" by Lykke Li, who is an beloved indie artist I should like more, but I tend to be neutral about.  But this version is pretty cool - I wish I could find a video of the album version, which has this great low-fi, California rock vibe underneath her aching voice, but the best I can do is provide the SoundCloud Link.  But acoustically is the only one on YouTube, so check it out. 
 
 
Starting the 2015 blogging season with the new release from experimental-synth-pop band Purity Ring, and PUSH PULL, which I've been playing for the past week.  Love the trippy beats and the high pixie-ish voice combination.
 
 
A bit of a twist on "More Song?" Monday for Christmas week - instead of a song that the Kid likes, here's a song that I associate with him.  It's the perfect summary of all that I wish for the kid as he grows up; for him to be brave, to take chances and see the world in following his dreams, knowing all the while that "I'll be [his] solid ground":

You got to leave me now, you got to go alone
You got to chase a dream, one that's all your own
Before it slips away
When you're flyin' high, take my heart along
I'll be the harmony to every lonely song
That you learn to play

When you're soarin' through the air
I'll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I'll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down

I'll keep lookin' up awaitin' your return
My greatest fear will be that you will crash and burn
And I won't feel your fire
I'll be the other hand that always holds the line
Connectin' in between your sweet heart and mine
I'm strung out on that wire

And I'll be on the other end
To hear you when you call
Angel, you were born to fly
And if you get too high
I'll catch you when you fall
Catch you when you fall

Your memory is the sunshine every new day brings
I know the sky is calling
Angel, let me help you with your wings

When you're soarin' through the air
I'll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I'll still be there
When you come back down

Take every chance you dare
I'll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down


 
 
Let's go for something fun on this slow, rainy Wednesday here in Providence.  Super catchy and springy, I chose not to go out and see Kentucky-indie band Sleeper Agent when they were recently touring with Magic Man and New Politics, and I'm kind of kicking myself - it would have been a good time!
 
 
The ultimate dreamy, acoustically beautiful song from the band's 2001 release Oh, Inverted World (one of my favorite album titles).  I love how, nearer to the end, James Mercer's  vocals fade out, the delicate piano and French horn come in, and then the vocals loop back again.  Gorgeous. And "The Past and Pending"contains one of my all-time favorite lyrics ever:

"Loiter the whole day through and lose yourself in lines dissecting love."


 
 
This post was born from an attempt to do a entry about just one CHVRCHES song (and yes, that's how they spell it, with a V), but I couldn't decide which one to pick.  I like a bunch of them!  So let's spotlight this Scottish band's groovy synth-pop and their super cute, pixie-esque lead singer.
I really like this cover of "Do I Wanna Know?" by the Arctic Monkeys - not even a cover, really.  It's got the bones, but it sounds utterly like a different song.
Fresh from the MockingJay Part One soundtrack, curated by Lorde, here's the newest release, "Dead Air."
And if you like them enough to see a whole performance, here's 30 minutes:
 
 
Been listening a lot to this two-girl duo from Sweden lately - lovely harmonies, very 60s/70s sounding.  "Stay Gold" is referencing, I believe, a Robert Frost poem, and the chorus has been resonating with me lately, with my ongoing, low-key worry over what all my ambition will amount to in the end:

What if our hard work ends in despair?
What if the road won't take me there?
Oh, I wish, for once, we could stay gold
What if to love and be loved's not enough?
What if I fall and can't bear to get up?
Oh, I wish, for once, we could stay gold
We could stay gold