Most of my favorite tunes are found serendipitously, I don’t often intentionally listen to music – I’m not sure why. I hear some music on television or the radio, or it’s something S. is playing, and sometimes I’m interested. Here are a few of my current favorites.
Not to step on Tunes Tuesday’s toes (say that five times fast!), but Jill Barber is just right for a mellow Saturday night.
“Oh My, My”
“Take it Off Your Mind”
Let’s have some ladies, pianos, and music videos that remind me of elaborate puppet shows. Lovely!
Lucy Schwartz – “Help Me! Help Me!”
Tori Amos – “Raspberry Swirl”
Ingrid Michaelson – “Maybe”
Sara Bareilles – “Fairytale”
I was watching Songcatcher the other night and now want to listen to nothing but twangy, Appalachia-inspired music.
The Civil Wars – “Barton Hallow”
John Doe and the Sadies featuring Kathleen Edwards – “Golden State”
Old Crow Medicine Show – ” Methamphetamine”
Madi Diaz – “A Little Bit”
Emmylou Harris – “Barbara Allen”
The high in Katie’s neck o’ the woods is supposed to be -5 (Farenheit) today, so some tunes that will keep the booty moving and the blood flowing are in order.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – “Better Things to Do”
The Bird and the Bee (featuring Shirley Manson) – “Maneater”
Bollywood Hollywood – “Sona Sona Roop Hai”
Sloan – “Money City Maniacs”
Stay warm and groovy, everyone!
I’ve been listening to a lot of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals lately. While there’s lots I love about the band, I especially like how something in their music reminds me of the alt-rock/grunge/lo-fi girls I listened to in high school. So here’s a trip down memory lane via Katie’s high school mix CDs.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – “Medicine”
Veruca Salt – “Seether”
Tracy Bonham and Blue Man Group – “Up on the Roof” (song starts around 0:50)
Letters to Cleo – “Here and Now”
And for some extra fun, here’s Nina Gordon (of Veruca Salt) singing “Straight Outta Compton” and Tracy Bonham singing “Crazy in Love” and “The Thong Song.”
Last week my friend Rachel reminded me of the song “The Curse” by Josh Ritter. I got misty eyed the first time I heard the song and then when I saw the video? There was some blubbering. So here are some songs so pretty they make Katie tear up.*
Josh Ritter – “The Curse” (even if the lyrics and video are a completely inaccurate portrayal of museum life)
Ingrid Michaelson – “The Chain”
Joan Armatrading – “The Weakness in Me”
Nat King Cole – “But Beautiful”
*This isn’t hard to do. I’ve been known to get sniffly at the theme songs of shows I really like.
It’s only been a couple of days, but let’s get Tuesday Tunes back on track, shall we? A. moved to Other Large Canadian City last week, so I went on a music mooching spree before he moved his computer (he has a rather impressive volume of MP3s). Here’s a few things that made me go “Aaah, I haven’t heard that in ages! *transfer*”
This Charming Man — The Smiths
Catch — The Cure
World Leader Pretend — REM
Giant — Matthew Good Band (Serious high school moment on this one)
Sooo…in the honest-to-goodness craziness that is the Interrobangs lives at the moment, we plumb went and forgot to do a Tunes Tuesday! Whoops. For our punishment we’ll all go and listen to the best of S Club 7.*
For your listening pleasure: Serena Ryder. These songs have been on repeat on Katie’s playlist nonstop for a week.
Serena Ryder – “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”
Serena Ryder – “Sisters of Mercy”
Serena Ryder – “Little Bit of Red”
Serena Ryder – “This Wheel’s on Fire”
Who else wants to go and watch some Ab Fab now?
*There ain’t no punishment like an S Club punishment.**
**If any of you got that joke, you and Katie are now bff. Good thing, too. No one else will want to hang out with dorks who get bad S Club 7 jokes.
After hearing it piped over every shopping center since before Thanksgiving, by the time the end of December rolls around I’m usually pretty done with the whole holiday music scene. However, there are some songs that I always love and think deserve the playlist rotations that I fear have been given to Jessica Simpson and her new…erm…song this year.
Holly Cole – “Santa Baby”
This is how you sing it, Madonna.
Judy Garland – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
It has to be Judy’s version because (1) it’s Judy and (2) her’s is one of the only recorded versions that uses the original line “Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.”
Leroy Anderson – “Sleigh Ride”
As a military musician’s daughter, I think I’ve been to more holiday concerts than most people go to in their whole lives. No matter, I never get tired of this song – especially at the end when it, in the words of my dad “Tries to get funky in a way only a bunch of white guys can.”
And just because I can…
Gayla Peevey – “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”
If I can’t get my frog body brooch, can I at least have a hippo?
So are you sick to death of the music, or are you still grooving to that little drummer boy? What songs do you love and/or loathe right around now?
P.S. I’m also a bit of a softie for anything The Carpenters did, but that’s mostly because I love Karen Carpenter’s voice. However, she sings the wrong lyrics in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” so that’s minus points right there.
Millie suggested a Winter Songs theme for this week’s music, and it seems a grand idea. We’ve got less than a month of holiday music to go, and there’ll be some of that here as December goes on, I’ve no doubt, but for now here are some songs that Katie and Millie associate with winter, even if they don’t mention Frosty.
Sarah McLachlan – “Song for a Winter’s Night”
Mozart – “Dies Irae” – Millie and Katie performed Mozart’s Requiem one winter night (with Chelsie and Sarah in the audience) and it was pretty damn magical.
Bjork – “It’s Oh So Quiet”
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – “Complainte pour St. Catharine” – Millie says it’s about Montreal in the middle of winter, when you hide in the Metro to stay warm. If she says so…
Maria McKee – “Wayfarin’ Stranger”
I’m feeling quite mellow today. This is a rare feeling for me, so I’m running with it. Or, rather, sitting quietly.
Jill Scott – “It’s Love”
All the references to food seem especially apt for this time of year.
The Bird and the Bee – “Again and Again”
Rilo Kiley – “Silver Lining”
Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea) – “Boston and St. John’s”
What artists/bands/songs do you use to put you into a mellow mood?
This weekend I did a major house cleaning and found the perfect playlist for getting my bathtub scrubbing groove on. Here’s a sample – may it help you dance your way through whatever’s on the agenda.
Sam & Dave – “Soul Man” – One of my all-time favorite songs.
Holly Cole – “Train Song”
Florence + The Machine -”Addicted to Love”
Backstreet Boys + New Kids on the Block – “Mashup of Awesomeness”
Guys, Christmas has come early! I’m even happy to see Howie. I didn’t clean to this song, but its existence may have resulted in some impromptu living room dancing. PLUS, they’re all going on tour together! The boys will be in Millie and Chels’ neck o’ the woods, but not out where I am. I smell a road trip…
I (Millie) had a really productive workday yesterday! Here’s some of the songs I was dancing along to (I am known far and wide throughout the land for my habitual epic chair dancing and pen chewing while thinking).
Plumtree — Scott Pilgrim (The comic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is based on took its name from this song)
Shad — Yaa I Get It
Stars — Wasted Daylight
I was listening to CBC Radio 3 today, and Jay Ferguson of Sloan was DJing for a while; he’s got a really nice speaking voice! Here’s some old Sloan to finish this off:
I recently went to a fantastic sugar skull decorating party hosted by a coworker with excellent taste in music. While giving my skull a pretzel crown, I heard Swedish sisters First Aid Kit playing out of the stereo, and was hooked. So much, in fact, that I have plans to quite this whole museum-thing I’ve got going and start an alternative bluegrass band. Want to join me?
“Walk the Line” – First Aid Kit (Johnny Cash cover)
“You’re Not Coming Home Tonight” – First Aid Kit
“None of the Above” – Paper Bird
“Ohio” – Dala (Neil Young cover)
Millie’s eyeball deep in studying and looking ominous (it’s midterm invigilation season!), so how about some songs for butt dancing?
I defy any of you to keep perfectly still during Rebellion (Lies) by the Arcade Fire.
I’m pretty sure it’s impossible.
I love a song with an unusual time signature, so I always find myself at least tapping along with Broken Social Scene’s 7/4 (Shoreline):
Apparently it’s also songs with bits in brackets week?
I was listening to a podcast earlier this week that had Crabbuckit by K-Os in it, and I’ve been humming it ever since. So ridiculously catchy:
So a while back we threw around the idea that having a weekly music post might be entertaining, since at least half the Interrobangs will cop to being huge music dorks (guess which two!) This was roundly agreed to be a good idea, and then no-one did anything about it. Tunes on Tuesday was nice and alliterative, and it’s Tuesday, so here’s the first post. We’re not entirely set on the structure yet, but it’ll probably either one DJ per week, or like the links posts where we all contribute; we’ll see how it goes. Millie’s playing DJ this week, though. If you’re looking for a bunch of stuff to listen to, there’s a link to the Playlist category up in the menu, though this will be more helpful once we’ve got more of these posts up.
Enough banter, time for some music! First up, we’ve got perennial Interrobang favourite Joel Plaskett with You Let Me Down: