Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell

October 23, 2010 at 3:27 am (Uncategorized)

This song is my favorite from Ra Ra Riot’s 2008 album “The Rhumb Line.” Their recent album is also good. This song has been in my head today and according to iTunes I’ve listened to it 11 times so far today. I think that is a strong sign that it’s worth your attention, as are most of the bands on Barsuk Records.

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You Me at Six – Underdog

October 2, 2010 at 2:48 am (Uncategorized)

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Smiths – Still Ill (self-titled version)

September 10, 2010 at 4:55 am (Uncategorized)

Best Smiths song of all time:

I was looking up videos on youtube earlier and saw some people say that they never knew Morrissey was gay. I got a good long laugh over that one.

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway

September 1, 2010 at 4:25 am (Uncategorized)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is one of those bands that was part of a big trend in the indie scene a few years ago to have ridiculously long band names (see also: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; Does It Offend You, Yeah?). I happened to like most of these bands despite their ridiculous names. SSLYBY is coming out with a new CD soon and this is the first single; I like it.

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Cee-lo Green: F**k You

September 1, 2010 at 12:31 am (Uncategorized)

You had to know this was coming, right? Everyone has been talking about this song lately, and rightly so. The lyrics are so inappropriate to be singing around little kids and grandmas, but I bet you’ll be singing it anyway.

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Bloc Party – One Month Off

August 26, 2010 at 6:33 am (Uncategorized)

Did you miss me? Did you even notice I was gone? I took an unintended hiatus in which I was just listening to old stuff.

Even though this song isn’t super new, I think y’all need to become familiar with Bloc Party if you’re not already. I love their 80s vibe.

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Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots of Danger)

July 19, 2010 at 5:36 am (Uncategorized)

I loved Tokyo Police Club’s last album “Elephant Shell” – there wasn’t a bad song on it. If you haven’t heard it, I strongly urge you to check it out. Their newest album “Champ” came out last month and I haven’t bought it yet, but I like the songs I’ve heard from it so far. Here’s one song that is incredibly happy-sounding and reminds me of Vampire Weekend.

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Marina & the Diamonds – Hollywood

July 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm (Uncategorized)

I just discovered Marina and I love her. Doesn’t hurt that she’s gorgeous, but the music is lovely too. I’m a big fan of 90s-era Tori Amos, Regina Spektor and Tegan and Sara, and Marina & the Diamonds is in a similar style.

Give this a listen and see if the chorus doesn’t get stuck in your head.

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Pet Lions – Roman History

June 17, 2010 at 6:14 am (Uncategorized)

In my house we listen to music more than watch TV. My husband and I are music lovers; in fact it was one of the things that bonded us. Our oldest child is suddenly following in our footsteps as well. My oldest child flatters me by telling me I have “awesome” music taste, which really means that I let him listen to the local pop station and I regularly introduce him to new, mostly alternative music. My husband primarily listens to 60s and 70s blues and British Invasion type stuff, so the kids complain that he’s not very hip, but they do like when he brings out the Sex Pistols. My younger two boys are primarily into the Beatles and little else. I am very grateful that none of my kids like prefab tween stars, or worse…Ke$ha.

I was surprised when literally every member of my household liked this song. I think it’s because of the cool 80s new wave vibe and the old-school video games in the video (can you guess them all?) I don’t know if this song will ever cross over from the indie station but I really think it should. I really enjoy recommending music for people and wish I could have a job doing so, because if I know someone’s taste I can usually find other music they’ll like too. I’m the human version of iTunes “genius”…too bad there are no jobs for this skill.

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Classic Crime: Four Chords

June 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm (Uncategorized)

The first time I heard this, I didn’t know who sang it and I thought it was a new song by Panic at the Disco and that they’d reversed direction from their suckish last album to go back to the sound of their first album (which I liked a lot). As an aside, one of the biggest reasons I’m glad to have a BlackBerry is that when I hear a song I like on the college radio station while I’m away from home, I can google the lyrics and find out who it is. Would be nice if the college station was better about song and artist identification, but I digress.

I also tend to have good luck predicting what’s going to be the next big thing….as an example I found NeverShoutNever last summer (back when they still had exclamation points in their name) and now they’re in Hot Topic. This song has the same quality that would make it likely to find a fan base among the Hot Topic teenyboppers, but like Anberlin, the band is Christian-ish and on Tooth & Nail, which tends to make it harder for good bands to go mainstream.

Anyway, so here’s this song I heard today…I love the lyrics.

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