Let’s keep this simple: you either like Panic! at the Disco, or you don’t. But if you’re on the fence, maybe this might sway you. Have you seen the video for This is Gospel? It’s kind of awesome. Not to mention that I absolutely love this song for all the reasons someone could love a song. Feast your eyes (and ears!):
This gem comes off their album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! which also has the very fun Miss Jackson (feat. LOLO) track. The album is solid, fun, energetic and definitely worth a listen all the way through. I found the urge to dance and wiggle throughout virtually irresistible, but hey, maybe that’s just me.
Another gem off the album, which I admittedly played on repeat, is The End of All Things. It’s simply a bittersweet ballad of beautiful:
And if you want to start off your week with a touch of risque, check out the video for Girls/Girls/Boys. But you might want watch this one at home…
‘Til next time, keep it sexy, everybody.
Lyrics, good lyrics (meaning: quirky, funny, thought-provoking, etc.), can make me fall in love with a song almost instantly. It’s one of the reasons The Front Bottoms are one of my favorite bands. If you’re into that sort of thing, ERICA WESTERN TELEPORT by EMPEROR X should be right up your alley. The lyrics are so catchy, they’re practically guaranteed to bore into your brain and make a permanent home there.
Basically this song is about a guy who finds some girl’s agenda and becomes obsessed. He then starts imagining her doing various things, such as swimming sideways, yelling at commuters, and studying for the LSATs. It’s pretty great. Check it out:
If you have a listen and find yourself slightly addicted, follow the link above for a free download. Who doesn’t love free music? Yay!
I’ve been waiting for this moment for about a year now. Yes, I just found out Alt-J (∆) is releasing a new album on September 22 and I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED! And you know what? You should be too. A quick preview of the album shows it has all the potential to be just as great as their first. To help you get excited, let me share with you the awesomeness that is Alt-J’s debut album, An Awesome Wave.
You might actually know these guys from their song, Fitzpleasure. A snippet of this tune was on a commercial (I think for Verizon?) which amped their popularity. Or at least I think it did? I just know I started hearing that song in unexpected places. In any case, if you haven’t heard any of Alt-J’s stuff, then buddy, you’re missing out! An Awesome Wave is incredibly solid, unique, and downright enjoyable to listen to. There isn’t a single track I disliked. Even the interlude tracks are great. Hands down, it is one of my all time favorite albums. Hence, all the excitement for the new one, This is All Yours.
Real quick: In case you’re wondering about their name, the alt-j command on a Mac word doc will make a delta sign like this, ∆. If you’ve got a Mac, go ahead and give it a try. I’ll wait.
So who are these guys and why do I love them so much? Alt-J really has this truly unique and incredibly captivating sound that can be kind of hard to explain. They skillfully blend an eclectic mix of sounds into something that buzzes with intrigue. It’s got a bit of everything from strangely different vocals to semi-classical instrumentals to modern, synthy beats. In the end, you’ve got this titillating music that’s somehow both refreshingly new, yet hauntingly familiar. It’s instantly addictive; the kind of music that you obsess over. The album has an almost seamless progression between deliciously up-beat, pulsing tracks like Fitzpleasure, and ones that, for lack of a better term, are “excitingly mellow.” What’s excitingly mellow? Check out Something Good to see what I mean.
The band also puts out some pretty cool music videos. The one for Breezeblocks is my favorite and totally worth watching. It tells a story backwards, and… No, I won’t spoil it. Ok, maybe a little. See, the thing about telling a story backwards is that the information you receive at the end actually changes the beginning, and therefore, the whole story. I’m sure you can see how that’s just dripping with dramatic narrative potential. Oh, yes, and the song itself is pretty great, so that helps too. Here it is for your viewing and listening pleasure:
Are you ready to take a dive into An Awesome Wave yet? Here are a couple more tracks to get your feet wet. Come on in. the water’s great!
So, are you addicted yet? In case you missed it before, you can listen to the full album here. More importantly, now, you can join me in excited anticipation for their new album, This is All Yours. You bet your muffins, it shall be mine indeed! If the excitement is just bubbling over to the point you can’t contain it anymore, I’ll leave you with a short preview. (FYI: If you pre-order their album, you can download these tracks instantly).
*Fair warning: this video is probably NSFW.
For a long time, I was obsessed with music videos. One of the first CDs I ever bought was a RHCP greatest hit combo album that came with a DVD of music videos. Fan-freaking-tastic. Although nowadays I don’t get around to seeing them all that often, on occasion I stumble upon a music video that just tickles me pink. One of these is “Dangerous” by Big Data featuring Joywave.
If you haven’t heard this song before, just for fun, let’s play a game. Listen to it once without watching the video and try to imagine what it would be like. Then, watch the link below to see how freaking far off you are. I know I sure as hell was. It was a hilariously unexpected treat.
Here’s a quickie I wanted to share with you. In a delightfully serendipitous moment, stumbled upon this gem recently when searching for something else, and it tickled my eardrums. So I thought I’d share it with you. Yes, you! Don’t you feel special? Well, you should.
The band is Pure Love, the song is Bury My Bones. It’s catchy and frankly, right up my alley. Here, have a taste. You know you want to…
So if you REALLY enjoyed that, you can get a free download of the song courtesy of the band here! Or if you just wanna learn more about these crazy Brits, go hither. You can check out the rest of their album Anthems there as well. Or if you prefer, here’s the spotify link.
Hope you enjoy and stay funky, you nut-o’s!
So I think I made it somewhat clear on my last post that sometimes, I like music that’s a little strange. If I didn’t, let me clarify: sometimes, I like music that’s a little strange. But that’s ok. Strange is good. With that thought in mind, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Amanda Palmer.
Maybe you’ve heard of her, maybe you haven’t. If you haven’t let me give you a quick breakdown: This lovable weirdo doesn’t shave her underarms, is/was/has been (I hear tell) married to delightful author Neil Gaiman (if you don’t know who he is… well, let’s talk, ok?), and has collaborated on such whimsical musical projects such as 8in8 with her hubby and OK Go’s singer Damian Kulash. Have I got your attention? Good.
So here’s what this chick sounds like, in my personal favorite of hers, and arguably one of the less weird stuff she’s done, Astronaut:
What do I like about? Everything. The piano, her voice, the lyrics. It’s different, yet relatable, and in my opinion, wonderful to listen to. And that song isn’t all that strange. This one, on the other hand, is laden with weird, and maybe it does Run in the Family:
I mean lets face it, she even looks insane in that video. But damn it, it’s a catchy song, and I like it. She’s got plenty more, some darker, some lighter, some slower, some faster. But I’ll leave you with one more, because I think it carries a cool message, and I’m all about songs that speak to you in one way or another. In My Mind:
But wait! There’s more! Since I mentioned 8in8 before, I figured I’d give you a taste of that too. The project was with the aforementioned individuals plus Ben Folds Five. The challenge? Write 8 songs in 8 hours, hence 8in8. You can read all about it here. Here’s one of my favorites from that mix, One Tiny Thing:
But you should also check out I’ll Be My Mirror too because it’s kind of hilarious and Amanda Palmer actually sings in it:
Finally, I also enjoy making playlists with fun names, because I am a giant dork and I own it. If you liked Amanda Palmer, and wonder what would “pair” nicely, I recommend other strong female vocalists like Florence + The Machine and Pink. I have a playlist with them, among others and call it Pink Palmer. Why? Aside from the obvious reasons, because Arnold Palmers are my favorite drink, only I make it with pink lemonade and/or raspberry iced tea and call them Pink Palmers. If you take away anything from this post, try Pink Palmers, either the music or the drink, and let me know what you think!