Super psyched to catch these guys in June at the Met in Pawtucket!  Slinky, creepy, inventive, and distinctive, the kid has been asking for this single of theirs, singing "slow down, it's a science...." in the tub.
 
 
The Kid has taken to singing the first four notes of "Bad Habit" again and again.  Good thing for good songs.  His other constant choice is, no joke, the Nutcracker Suite.  Only in my car will you hear these words: "I will play the Nutcracker ONE MORE TIME, and that's it!"
 
 
Nasally, punky, energetic rock - sometimes you're just in the mood for it!  I love Cloud Nothings - they have a real talent for sneaking hooks into their loud-and-louder music -  you don't even realize that you're singing along, like it's some pop tune. 
 
 
Truthfully, I think he likes this song because it sounds like she's singing "Hey Mom-my" on a loop.  But he's been singing along to my most recent download for the past couple of days, so it counts!  I used this song in a recent yoga class playlist and it rocked.  Love the heavy beats that come in, and her languid, high voice skittering and sliding.
 
 
After a night of vivid dreaming, I woke up this morning with this song in my head.  Taken from 2004's Before Sunset; a sweetly-sung lullaby, quietly resolved to be heartbroken.  It's a pretty powerful song, for being so simple: very sure of herself and her feelings.
 
 
You never know where you'll hear something cool.  I dropped my phone for the second time this past month, and in the Verizon store, waiting for them to replace the tempered glass, I cocked my head, listened, and asked the attendant: "Is this a remix of Passion Pit?"  Thus followed a giddy conversation about indie music and new websites to check out, including MixCloud, which has customized DJ playlists.  The kid immediately latched onto this song when I played it in the car; it's a great driving song, a quieter, groovy-sweet remix of a more raucous version of the song that you might have heard before.
 
 
This one has the potential to be big, I thought so from first listen.  It's got cool beats, great to drive to, easy to sing along, the guy/girl duet factor.  It'll be interesting to see if this filters into mainstream radio, like Tove Lo did with "Habits" last year.  I really liked Big Data's last release, the bass-rocking Dangerous, so it would be nice to see him get some success with this new one!
 
 
The Kid has chosen the newest release from indie band WALK THE MOON, bound to hit the mainstream if it hasn't already.  You've probably heard their other hits ANNA SUN and maybe TIGHTROPE (with one of my favorite videos!).  "Shut Up and Dance" is a bit formulaic, but it's got the same exuberance and catchiness that they are known for, especially live.  I saw them back in 2013, the same show as Magic Man, and they seem like a group of guys who are genuinely thrilled to be able to make music.  Here's to more success!
 
 
Who would think that, with the record-breaking snowfall here in New England, I would also be my busiest at work? My days lately are type, drive, talk, cook, and collapse - and not type the things I'd really *like* to, like my books or this blog.  So let's carve out five minutes and get some music up there.  I completely forgot about this song for a few years, and then I heard it on the radio and fell in love all over again. It's just so urban and cool; the bass line is awesome, and I really like the contrast of white-girl-languid-breathy-rap over top of it.  Plus: positive message on relationships!  "If you love someone it should feel good to let them breathe."  "And I do exactly what I want / when I'm with him and when I'm not?"  Hell yes.
 
 
Bjork has a new album!  VULNICURA just dropped a couple of days ago, and I'm streaming and loving.  So far, it reminds me of her older stuff, full of grand strings and electronica beats and her haunting, surreal voice. A great preview to prep for my May trip to New York City to see her exhibit at MOMA!