Here’s the new single from Lykke Li. It’s fun and interesting, but nothing that I have fallen head over heels for. Based on the first single on the forthcoming album, I think it’s safe to say that she’s going for a little more grittier feel. It’s less feathered, pink and lovely. For instance, in “Get Some,” she repeatedly refers to herself as “your prostitute” and reassures the listener “you’re gon’ get some.”
Pretty much just rocking out to this EP all night. “Rules For Luv” is also a favorite track off of Arkansas Heat. It’s just gritty, in your face rock. With a lot of cymbal clashing. It’s a lot of fun. Enjoy.
Here’s something weird and fun and cute for you. I’m semi-officially dubbing this Talking Heads Tuesday, since that is pretty much all I have listened to in the past twelve hours, and all I plan to listen to for the rest of the day.
Anyone else admitting to girl crushes on Tina Weymouth? Anybody?
It’s funny how a song can mean so many different things to you at one time. How it can paint so many situations in your life in different ways, in different lights. And it’s not even your song.
At the show of hers I booked last semester, I told Sharon I had found these demos of hers that seemed pretty old. She was worried that they were some private recordings that had wound up on Mediafire a while ago. Somewhere in the conversation, we realized that they were a different set. And thank God. Because I would have deleted them, and I would not be able to listen to this song right now. Right now, at this strange point when I wish I knew a little more.
I’m not really good at picking “favorites” for the year, but I can say with great confidence that this is my favorite mash up from this year, and perhaps of all-time. It is so flawless. I will surely dance to it for many, many more years to come.
So, here is a Top 10 list from my friend Keith that I really appreciate. It is certainly the closest to what I imagine mine would be if I had decided to compile one this year. Obviously, I will be one to point out how strongly I agree with his number ten. Also, glad, and not at all surprised to see, Janelle, VV, and LCD Soundsystem on here. Sir Jove, we are certainly on the same wavelength.
Tomorrow I’ll probably end up putting together some sort of favorites list, but I will not limit myself with just a top 10. I’m not decisive enough for that. Anyways, check this out.
This is list doesn’t really have any set criteria, basically based on things that I found moving, compelling, interesting and kept me coming back for more. Hope you agree/disagree and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE SHARE YOUR COMMENTS.
10. Justin Bieber—My World 2.0: If only this were a joke. I really liked this album. I mean, i get it. He’s a 16 year old pop sensation and I’m practically a grown man. But I still loved the music. Completely processed, completely top 40 material, but I’m not a complete snob. I do enjoy some top 40 and I really liked this. I played it a lot. And not I am not ashamed. All you who are too cool to look past the image and listen to the music, you’re missing out.
9. LCD Soundstyem— This is Happening: This album has been getting HEAVY rotation. The opening track is just the way you start an album. This record is so refined and a journey into a pop-rock alternative universe. I adore it.
8. Gonjasufi— A Sufi and A Killer: I couldn’t figure this record out and that’s why I was compeltely taken by it. Had so much pain and so many rich stories. I loved that it had an avant-garde asthetic along with punk, hip hop and poetry undertones to it.
7. Surfer Blood—Astro Coast: This album went hard to me. I don’t know if its my hipster asthetic but, I adore this album. Especially loved the melodies on it. Also, “Take it Easy” might’ve been my favorite track of this year.
6. Gil Scott-Heron—I’m New Here: Everything about this record works for me. Its poetic, it’s HONEST AS FUCK, and it’s Gil Scott Heron. And my favorite person in the music industry Richard Russell produced this (which meant a pure lover of music was on it). Everything was right about this for me. I also feel deeply connected to Gil Scott. This album enhanced my life. I share it with people as much as possible.
5. Ceelo Green—The Lady Killer: The sleeper pop record of the year. Obviously “Fuck you” became iconic from online buzz. But this whole piece was put together so well. Not one track I wanted to skip. This is how albums are made. A little bit more continuity I think it would be FLAWLESS.
4. The Roots—How I got Over: I cried the first time I heard this album because I knew that it was speaking to some unconscious part of the world. It was refeshing to hear this album, espcially now. I really hate that it got no love from the Grammy’s. Regardless, every music lover NEEDS this album!
3. V.V. Brown—Travelling Like the Light: POP MUSIC IS MY LIFE. Let me say that less dramatic(less Kanye with the caps); pop music is my life. This awakened the pop that I love so much in me. So in love with this record and so in love witht his artist. One of my favorites of 2010. (I know that it came out in the UK before 2010—I don’t care, I bought in 2010 so suck it you anal art snobs).
2. The National— High Violet: This album was incredible. It moved, it broke, it spoke, and haunted my dreams. I would sit in the dark and listen to this album just to feel the colors of the music. Just to truly escape in the experience of it. To know what it was like to amend wombs through sound. This album never gets old and it’s like I’m listening to it for the first time everytime.
1. Janelle Monae—The ArchAndroid: I can go on and on about this album but I will say two things to make it short and sweet. 1. Me and Janelle have such a cosmic connection, and to see her create the art she does and also seeing her do things the way she’s doing it not only inspires me, it literally is fighting against all the oposng forces against me. She (or even you) have the slightest idea. I call her my Fairy God Mother. 2. “Purple Rain” by Prince, “A Night at The Opera” by Queen and “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” by Lauryn are some of the most important albums of my life for their own reasons, “The ArchAndroid” by Janelle Monae will be spoken in the same breath as those for me. Single handely one of the most important albums of my life. This is…everything.
Age of Adz- Sufjan Stevens
Broken Bells- Broken Bells
New Amerykah Part 2- Erykah Badu
Brothers- The Black Keys
It’ll Be Better- Frances and The Lights
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy- Kanye West (the worlds gonna fight me on this. It just didn’t do it for me. Still a strong album).
I was watching a live video of John Mayer singing “Dreaming With A Broken Heart.” I thought about how there is a perfect song for every break up. The one that pretty much sums up all of the sadness and regret and fear in a perfectly parallel way, expressing how you feel in that moment. It’s like how you have “your song” with someone you love. The same thing that applies to the relationship applies to the break up. It’s a pretty meticulous process, finding this song. Hopefully you are able to find it before you’re over the break up, or even the other person.
It’s also not a very fun process. Here’s to wallowing.
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" // Death Cab for Cutie
Yet another great song for the drive to your aunt’s house tomorrow, as you celebrate the season with holiday music courtesy of your favorite pop musicians. If Ben Gibbard asked me to come home for Christmas, I’d be there in a heartbeat.
As Christmas Eve approaches, I am more and more inclined to listen to my favorite holiday music. Here’s a classic from the Format. I’ll probably post Christmas music the next few days to sort of celebrate the season. Enjoy!
I just got finished watching “Heathers.” As soon as I heard this song in the soundtrack, I knew I had to share it. It’s a song used in the movie, performed buy a fictional band, Big Fun. You all need to see this movie, if you haven’t. So dark, brooding. I love it. Enjoy.
I’m re-watching the first season of Bored To Death. Every time I come back to this show, I am more and more impressed with the soundtrack. Sean Hayes’ “Fucked Me Right Up” wraps up the closing scene in the second episode of the series. And it’s incredible. I love his album Big Black Hole And The Little Baby Star.
Buy the Bored To Death soundtrack by clicking here. It’d be a great stocking stuffer!
So, I have been asked to compile a Top 5 list. I usually shy away from these sorts of things; lists are dangerous. Inevitably, I’m going to look at the list a week after it’s published and think of five songs that may have better represented the subject. Someone’s going to tell me I missed out on something. Someone will somehow be offended for whatever reason. It’s just going to happen.
But I said “yes” to the challenge, anyways. Because I had an idea that would make it fun. “Top 5 Songs To Dance To At Your 2011 New Years Eve Party.” Eh? Eh? It’ll be a list of five songs that kept the beat through 2010. I’ve already worked, reworked, scrapped several lists and I just started this morning. But I have officially decided that the number one slot will be occupied by Robyn. I love everything about this song, and I will do my best to structure a list that supports the awesomeness of “Dancing On My Own.”
Any suggestions? Do not be afraid to holler! Any input would be great.