As I prepare for my trip, I have had the awesome task of compiling all the music I want to take with me. And it's crucial for traveling, nawmsayin!? So, I present you the LAST Edition of my music review blog for the coming 7 months as I take off into a new world of international volunteering. Weeeeee.
1. I happened upon a song called "made" by a fellow named Jamie Scott (from a random soundtrack that I forgot I even had) on my itunes, and that spurred a flurry of googling. I found the song on youtube, but then his other stuff (if it's the same guy) has a slightly different sound. I'm perplexed, but I like both. So of course I won't deprive you. The firt song is below, and is from the beloved cheesy dance movie Step Up. It's a little bit Justin Timberlake, which I'm always game for. And the second group of stuff, is apparently his new material which he performs with "Jamie Scott and The Town". It is splendid bluesy, alternative/indie, acoustic stuff. A little bit Paul Simon. And he's British. Yup. The second song featured below is called "when will I see your face again" but I also reccomend "ebony eyes" (I wish i could have found the video for this one!) and "sarah stain".
2. There are only a few songs that remind me of what my living room sounded like as a child. The chords of a couple guitars and a couple voices, often times heard through the floorboards as I listened with my ear to the wood floor of my childhood room. They wouldn't plug the guitars into the amps, becuase the "girls" were supposed to be sleeping, but I never was. This song by the "Long Winters" called Cinnamon is that memory in a single song. A little bit Neil Young, a little bit Eric Clapton and a little something else mixed in. I could only find live version (which almost makes it more real to me), but check out their myspace for a album version. They're a Seattle Band!
3. So most of my online time lately (not alot) has been in these pants. The most comfortable pants known to womankind. Ok, so that fact was not important, but I had to share. Speaking of comfortable and cozy, a lovely singer named Leona Naess has an awesome song called "Swing Gently". It's beautiful. I just want to wrap that voice all around my body. And apparently the people over at ABC love it too, cause they've used it in two of their shows lately. Close your eyes for this one. And then go listen to her self-made videos for "Heavy Like Sunday". and "Leave your boyfriends behind".
4. So a little bit of silly-girl-punk-pop is good for everyone's soul. It's a guilty pleasure of mine lately and this song is the perfect recipe. It's got a ridiculous string-section-riff and two hot girls. LOVE IT. If I drove, I would have this on repeat for a girls night out. Hoolllaaaah. It's called Untouched and its by the Veronica's (who I've heard of before but never really looked into). Also, the beat reminds me of some really famous song from the 80s but I can't put my finger on it.
5. The bible of music, ahem Rolling Stone, has put together a best of 2008 article and I have been scouring that lately for inspiration. Not to mention comfirmation of my already good taste. A punk rock band from Nashville called "Be Your Own Pet", this group has caught my ear for its energy and awesome blonde lead singer. They sound and look like people I would want to be friends with. And of course by that I mean "party with". Cause I'm just that hardcore :) The featured song, my personal favorite, is called "The Kelly Affair" and it totally rocks! Also check out "Becky" for a warped but funny narrative on junior high girlfriend drama, hehe.
6. Lady Gaga. Dance music queen. And just a touch scary, as Lauren and I have decided. A little too many references to cocaine in interviews. And that weave girrrrrl! Jesus. But obviously she's got pipes. And here is a pretty awesome acoustic/live version of her song "Pokerface".
7. To switch gears, I have also been looking into some quality hip hop to add to my repertoire. Asher Roth, a totally adorable white rapper from Pennsylvania, is unfortunately on the inevitable path to be compared to Eminem. But he's actually pretty good and his songs, featured a lot lately on mtv2 and rap-city, make me smile. His song "I love College" is nod to fun times and he does a rockin remix of "a millie". But my personal favorite is a more mature piano-supported tune called "The Lounge" and "The Reading" (below).
8. Speaking of Pennsylvania Hip Hop, I found this really freaking AWESOME remix team called "Girl Talk" that takes oldies but goodies and remixes them with newer songs. Think a little bit Moby, a little bit house DJ, and a little bit 80s dance beats. Shout out to the choo choo song that everyone remembers..... in "Here's the Thing" and..... Janet in "give me a beat". But here's "Set it off" with some remixes of recent stuff.
9. The Cold War Kids. I really didn't like them at first, but I think it was because they appeared on an ill fated relationship wooing mix tape. But recently I've rediscovered them and apparently so has The End radio station here in seattle. They are the perfect song to blast when we're closing the deli behind closed doors. Indie Alternative and Punk all at the same time, their song "Something s not right with me" is a perfect song to end on. Because really, we all wonder that exact chorus sentence of "Something is just not right with me, I'm trying not to let it show." Enjoy!
Ok, I would totally go on, but it's starting to overwhelm me and I'm getting all anxious. Because I could go on for another 4 hours with this post and not give you all the reccomendations I want to. So I'm going to list a few bands that I urge you strongly to youtube (do it!) and I will bow out gracefully without overdoing it.
Band - Song
Bright Eyes - Hot Knives
Van Morrison - Gloria
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - the sking of my yellow country
Katie Herzig - I Hurt Too
Hellogoodbye - Two Weeks in Hawaii
The Killers - Sweet Talk
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
All American Rejects - Gives You Hell
Jem - Amazing
Lenka - Trouble is a Friend
Erykah Badu - Kiss my neck
The Stars - Calendar Girls
Bush - Come Down
Mika - Lollipop
Brett Denne - Make You Crazy
Your faithful music obsessor