|epistolary songs: at the junction of summer and autumn
||[Sep. 6th, 2011|12:28 pm]
All these audiography posts make me happy....I used to pick up so much new music from here.
Here are my contributions to the potluck:
Good Old War - Coney Island
I found a letter in the mail box today
and I said thank you for your thoughts but I'm done
I said that I would never build this up right here
He said that's why I can't work with you son
But I can't let this go I'm on my way
And you can only hold my diamond ring
I'll go crawling back to the city I love
Cause it's already taken everything
Okay, so technically not about letters, but it perfectly describes the way I felt about DC when I first moved there. Good Old War is catchy and with descriptors such as "people with their cotton candy eyes" wins over the poet in me. They're a Philly band with New Jersey leanings. Embrace them!
Gary Jules - No Poetry
there's no poetry between us/said the paper to the pen
Best known for his entrancing and emotionally wrenching version of Tears for Fears' Mad World, this song highlights his poetic lyrics.
Monsters of Folk- Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F)
In proper epistolary fashion, M.O.F includes both a salutation and a valediction. It asks the questions millions before have, " why do we suffer?" The best part about this song is definitely the soulful start. For those of you unfamiliar with Monsters of Folk, it's what happens when Conor Oberst (& Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes), M Ward, and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. It is simply amazing. Check out their other songs, Magic Marker and Whole Lotta Losin' for some sad music that will make you feel upbeat.
The Roots - Dear God 2.0
The Roots double the lyrics of the MOF song but manage to cut the song time in half. The background melody remains the same, but each has its merits.
Rando off topic song, slash if anyone's interested we can start a new theme for celestial bodies:
Neko Case - I Wish I was the Moon
I'm pretty sure I downloaded this song after it featured on Trueblood this season. But actually, it is fabulously ethereal. A shoutout to those of us tired of the situations we find ourselves in.
Nickel Creek - Jealous of the Moon
The one reminded me of the other. I'm pretty sure that lunar related songs would be much easier for me to collect than letters...
||[Aug. 16th, 2011|11:10 am]
Fun theme! I just have a few to add: |
No Aphrodisiac by The Whitlams
An odd letter, but a letter nonetheless.
Chain Letter by The Billys
Ah the curse of the chain letter, back when folks shared these banes via snail mail.
Letter from Belgium by The Mountain Goats
I'm including this mostly because I just watched Band of Brothers and am kinda thinking of this letter being during that time, although it's not. It also has one of the weirdest lyrics, "That's good, we can always use some more electrical equipment."
Mother Mother by Tracy Bonham
Okay, technically a phone call rather than a letter, but sounds like a letter to me. The kind of letter a parent dreads!
||[Aug. 15th, 2011|12:27 pm]
I'm away for a few days and what do I find? Not only does this community have new posts, but an actual THEME for the first time in years! I of course can't resist joining in on this rare occasion. :P|
In order to post quickly though, I haven't really had time to scrutinize my music library and find every song about letters. So, I wrote down a quick list of the ones that came to my head, from rock to folk to country.
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|My Favorite Songs of 2010
||[Mar. 20th, 2011|02:59 pm]
A bit late, but as I just remembered I have a LJ and have long loved this community, I thought I would share my top 40 favorite songs of 2010, accompanied by vintage photographs that capture the mood of the songs:|
I've put free and legal downloads where available.
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|2010 the music
||[Dec. 11th, 2010|07:09 pm]
once a year, every year: the songs I listened to in 2010|
1. Ring Ring – Sleigh Bells from Treats
Not Christmas music, nor are there bells present.
2. ‘39 – Queen from A Night At The Opera
I was at a New Year’s party where there was no TV or CD player, only a record player, so we listened to A Night At The Opera during the night and it was wonderful.
3. Alas I Cannot Swim – Laura Marling from Alas I Cannot Swim
I once made Evian listen to this song 30 times in a row and she still thinks it is pretty good.
4. Good Intentions Paving Company – Joanna Newsom from Have One On Me
A song for bad relationships and the end of them.
5. Do You Swear To Tell The Truth... – Amanda Palmer, independently produced (download for free from bandcamp also)
The song I was listening to when I got hit by a car.
6. Written in Reverse - Spoon from Transference
You don’t realize the energy in this song until you see it live and then it’s like a punch in the face.
7. Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons from Sigh No More
One of those songs I heard and immediately got all the rest of their music and bought concert tickets and listened to ten times in a row.
8. Brothersport – Animal Collective from Merriwether Post Pavillion
Let all of that time go
9. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine from Lungs
Something about the ‘happiness, it comes like a bullet in the back’
10. Be Calm – fun. from Aim and Ignite
The great tragedy of my year is that they were on campus for free a week before I heard their CD and I didn’t go see them.
11. Meantime – the Givers from The Givers EP
The great success of my year is that I went to the concert even though I hadn’t heard them yet.
12. The Chain – Ingrid Michaelson from Be OK
How many songs are sung in a round? NOT ENOUGH.
13. Madder Red – Yeasayer from the wonderful Odd Blood (download it, their website has a special offer)
Once a day, every day.
14. Camera Talk – Local Natives from Gorilla Manor
How many good concerts did I go to this year? So many.
15. The Sea is A Good Place To Think of the Future – Los Campesinos! from Romance is Boring
How many? So many.
16. Winter is Coming – Radical Face from Ghost
I couldn’t stop listening to this song. It feels like cold weather.
17. Thistle & Weeds - Mumford & Sons from Sigh No More
Their entire concert was a catharsis.
18. Love of an Orchestra – Noah & the Whale from First Days of Spring
I can’t think of a more hopeful song, and it starts with churchbells.
zip file of them all. If you're on my Christmas Card list you will get a physical copy! if not please enjoy them anyway.
|OT: Bach and Chopin, 30 rare vinyl recordings by the Hungarian pianist Agi Jambor
||[Oct. 24th, 2010|10:16 pm]
Almost forgotten today, Agi Jambor was a student of Edwin Fischer at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik 1926-1931. She was briefly married to the British actor Claude Rains, of Casablanca fame ("I am shocked, shocked that gambling is going on here!") before moving to the US. It is impossible to buy any of her LPs and there have been, to my knowledge, no CDs of her work. This is cruelly undeserved, because she is one of the best pianists of the mid-20th century, with crystal-clear, serene sound and a fantastic sense of structure. A nice person put these up on YouTube, however, whence I converted them into 320kps mp3s. Spread the Agi Jambor love!|
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ETA: Have added Rapidshare links for the individual files, as Megauload seemed to be acting up.
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|"The Ballad of Robban's First Ride"
||[Jun. 28th, 2010|06:10 pm]
Hi. I'm very new to LJ and just found an old post (2005-7-18) by singer_d , asking about "The Ballad of Robban's First Ride." As it's been so many years, I pasted part of singer_d's post below.|
Malvina Reynolds did write this song about folksingers John Roberts and Tony Barrand and the baby born in the back of their car. Margaret MacArthur also recorded it on her album, The Old Songs. You can find the lyrics at http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/MALVINA/mr009.htm.
Note: According to Tony, the car was not second-hand, despite Malvina's lyrics.
@ 2005-07-18 14:11:00
Theme: It Really Happened! Well, mostly....
I tried and failed to find any documentation about this song online. The only performer I ever heard sing it was Margaret MacArthur, and this is my dim memory of her introduction at a concert many, many years ago, added to the skimpy liner notes of the ancient cassette I ripped it from. Tom and Mary Toleno were renting a little cabin from the MacArthurs, who were away on November 14th, 1972, when Mary went into labor during an early Vermont blizzard and they were trapped on the property by a fallen tree. Tom called a couple of other friends, and incidentally folk musicians, John Roberts and Tony Barrand, to meet them on the other side of the tree with their car and take them to the hospital. The next weekend, John and Tony were performing at a tribute festival for Malvina Reynolds at Cafe Lena, and of course were very excited about what had happened and told everyone. Master of Ceremonies Michael Cooney joked at the evening concert that Malvina was in the habit of writing a song before breakfast every morning, and wagered she couldn't complete a new song in time for her performance the next day. This is what she wrote the next morning before breakfast. Solo by Margaret.
The Ballad of Robban's First Ride (The Baby Was Born In the Car)
|Looks like off-topic IS the topic these days.
||[Jun. 14th, 2010|09:48 pm]
Having a party later this summer in which my backyard will be transformed into a fictional tropical island and looking for some good tropical/exotic sounding music.|
You don't have to post tracks if you don't want to. I just need suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
|off topic. two songs
||[Jun. 14th, 2010|09:23 pm]
music. I was listening to the Format CD I got (I got the fun CD first, actually) and Dog Problems' (click that link, their website is super fun) titular track came on. When it was over, I said "again" and punched the back button on the CD player. And this got repeated about seven times. If you like fast/slow dynamics, tongue-in-cheek lyrics superimposed onto serious, heartfelt ones, horns, piano, a little bit of vaudeville, and Hush-Sound-esque lyrics and peppiness, then you should download Dog Problems. From the "you should see me, I smoke myself to sleep" to the cheeky "boys in swooping haircuts are bringing me down" and the heartfelt: "Was it worth it? when you slept with him? did you get it all out of your system?"
If you can figure out what he's trying to spell at the end of the song, please tell me. Her name...? BECA. it's really not a word. Someone speculated he started to spell out 'BECAUSE' but then says "I never finish phrases" and leaves it at that.
Also when I imported all my music in iTunes it kept all my old playlists and playcounts so thanks? but all the links are broken and so I have to manually go in and re-find my files for every song. (well, if I wanna keep my playcounts, I do. so for everything with >10 plays, yes.) So yesterday I was doing it for Regina, because she's my favorite, and I missed her at Bonnaroo's webcast, and stumbled upon A Canon and forgot how much I loved her unsold demos. Really, the only song I don't like by her is Aching to Pupate, and some of 11:11 is more forgettable than I would like. But this song is fantastic for its "I have given you love and I have given you anger and I meant them both" and the "I always knew a big boat would come and take me away, take me away," and the "they think I'm saying hello and goodbye, when what I'm really saying is---" so give it a listen.
also all the bonnaroo concerts I wanted to see webcast I've missed. Tori, Regina, Mumford & Sons. :(
|OT: Trying to find a few songs
||[Jun. 4th, 2010|02:05 pm]
|||||"Harmonia," The Shortwave Set||]|First: What song is played during the newish AT&T ad for the Samsung and their wide coverage? The only specific thing I remember is that the ad focused on how awesome AT&T's coverage is and advertised a Samsung phone of some kind, and that the main image in it was a sort of orange-gold cloth--people running down a beach with a big banner of it, and...actually that's about all I can remember. No idea what song plays during it, because I can't find the ad itself anywhere online and can never catch enough of the lyrics to look them up.
ragingquietly found it! The ad is here and the song is by Nick Drake.
Second, another ad: Lincoln supposedly lists all their songs on their website, along with download links for the songs featured in said ads, but there's a new one...for the 2011 MKS, I believe (anyway I know it was the Lincoln MKS, and it wasn't any of the 2010 spots), and it's not on the website and I can't find it on Youtube. It's also not Shiny Toy Guns' "Burnin' For You" on the EcoBoost commercial; I'm 99% certain it was for a brand-new 2011 MKS. And I don't remember anything about the song because I haven't seen the ad in a while. >_<
Finally: I've heard this song a couple times on the radio but no one at the station ever said the name of the song or singer, and I thought I remembered enough of the lyrics to Google them, but nothing came up that looked right. It's a female singer, I think there's a steel guitar in the background of all or part of the song, and the lyrics I can remember go something like "I'm an acrobat, let me show you what these legs can do" and there's something about bending instead of breaking, I think...? I suspect it's by a fairly obscure singer since Googling the lyrics didn't help me any and it was on a college radio station. Sound familiar to anyone?
|off-topic: music from recently
||[May. 26th, 2010|09:21 pm]
I drive about 45 minutes to work each morning, so I have a lot of time to listen to music. And I drive the Hal Rogers Parkway, which is a sort of straight no-turnoffs interstate kind of road that you can safely drive at about 70 or 75 mph. And all the cars that pass me (which is most of them) usually drive at about 70 or 75mph. They don't seem to appreciate my efforts to drive my car in neutral for as much of the parkway as I possibly can, probably because this leads me to not care if I go the posted speed limit of 55mph. But I digress. |
The point was that I get a lot of time to listen to music. I do this drive 6-10 times per week, which is about 5-7 plays of any CD and since so far I'm going at about a CD a week I thought I should say something about them or give you a song or something. So far it's been all ladies--
Kate Nash was the first week, and luckily I could fit both her CDs on one blank CD if I took the songs I didn't like from her first CD off. I loved Made of Bricks the first time I heard it, it's poppy fun and all that. But My Best Friend is You sort of went the other way? She could have gone two ways--the pop-star punk-rocker way or the Regina way, because her first CD was split about half and half between them, and she definitely went more pop-star punk-rocker. I really like Paris, which is the pop-star fun part with horns that sound like the audio equivalent of little starbursts on your powerpoint presentation. But I think my favorite is the regina-esque Pickpocket (have a download) because I had to stop and listen to it about a million times. Another one of those uncomfortably close lines--"get out, get out of town, before it catches up to you and you cannot withstand..." Mansion Song's spoken-word intro makes me really uncomfortable, but I never turn it off, so does that qualify it as art? I just have to keep listening for that Marla-Singer line:
"just another undignified product of society--
THAT GIRL SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MANSION"
and I don't regret it after that point.
Sleigh Bell's Treats (yes, I linked that, sorry) was last week and for all that I've been soooo excited and checking pretty much every day in may to see if this was leaked/out yet I'm not sure about it? The stuff that we've heard before is all fantastic--Infinity Guitars, Crown on the Ground, Ring Ring/Rill Rill (I'm really upset that they switched the pronouns on the "you're/we're just the weatherman, we/you make the wind blow" line, that was my FAVORITE and now it's backwards and I WANNA MAKE THE WIND BLOW) etc. But a lot of the other ones are just ehhhhh. And ever since that awful overplayed ahhhhh Boulevard of Broken Dreams I can't take that guitar effect seriously, the one at the beginning of Straight A's, I think it is. It's a bit like Japanese punk to me, too, am I the only on getting this vibe? Maybe the guitars + cute high girl singing just makes me think Japanese punk. It would be better in a movie, I think, with some badass action scene and a blonde chick wearing all black. You know, someone who goes from timid to badass in the course of the movie, and at the end there's a kind of Boondock Saints action/assassination/robbery/criminal/badass montage with Sleigh Bells playing. also lol and ditto on 10 Listen's "I want to rent out musical halls and destroy their PAs with this album. I want to see if this album can literally raise the dead. I think it can. I want this album to take my hearing because it’s the last thing I want to hear before I die and I don’t want to die yet." Preferably Riot Rhythm, kthxbai.
This week I'm listening to Basia Bulat's Heart of My Own. Do you know those bands that have no context? Some bands you hear about in blogs, or on the radio, or in magazines, or from friends, and you know what kind of music they're classified as, their label, the genre, where they fit: they have context. Basia Bulat has no context for me--I heard Go On on stereomood and immediately downloaded it, then heard Gold Rush somewhere and decided that getting the whole CD would be a good idea. So I did. And it still doesn't have much context. I like it, quite a lot--have this rollicking ditty (how often do I use the phrase rollicking ditty? I think this makes the first time, or the second if you count the use in this parenthetical phrase) called If Only You which starts out "I'm giving up, I'm going home" which is so much how I feel right now. Look out for fantastic lines like: "I've said hello to Jekyll and to Hyde / I still can't say who I want by my side / And truth be told / I love them both / and I'm no better half" ahhhhh look at that. Just look at that. And it's all good! you know, the sunny tree-covered parkway with sunglasses and windows down and all that and it's good for that. For real? All I know about her is that she's Canadian. And I'm okay with that. Music in a vacuum is easier to appreciate, sometimes.
|Music Recommendation Post
||[May. 13th, 2010|12:37 pm]
I keep meaning to do one of those music rec posts but somehow I always end up forgetting about it again. Not now, though, no sir. |
The "Free-For-Grabs Online Music" Recommendation Post
I admit, I have become slightly obsessed with surfing for free *legal* music available on the world wide web. A few months ago I went through my music collection, remembering how awesome sites like mp3.com used to be, back in the days, when they were still offering free awesome tunes by musicians such as My Chemical Romance or Evanescence. Since mp3.com shut down its service, follow-up-sites have had a hard time coming even close to the level of awesome mp3.com used to carry. But there are some that are doing quite a fine job, and seeing as I frequent them regularly, I decided to pimp them.
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||[Apr. 28th, 2010|03:16 pm]
Well, where do I begin? A little while ago someone else posted a short travel/driving playlist, and I figured I would post one of my own soon after. However, in the span of less than 24 hours, everything's changed. I got a call yesterday from my mom, saying that my grandmother who lives across the country is gravely ill, and I should try and see if my finals can be moved around, because I will probably be flying out for a funeral soon. I'm not horribly upset... I was never really that attached to her, and she's had a long and full life. But just the craziness of how quickly this has been sprung on me, and how all of a sudden my semester may now be finished tomorrow and I have to think of things to to pack, has led me to revisit a playlist I made years ago on my iPod to help me through tough situations.|
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And I'm not totally abandoning the travel playlist idea, because I have a lot of flying and driving to look forward to in the coming week. Usually my travel playlists are very peppy and designed to make you excited about where you're going, but this one is obviously different. I know I'll be in somewhat of a fog... sort of like driving along, half asleep at sunrise. So that's what I've tried to select here.
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|OT: Homeward Bound!
||[Apr. 25th, 2010|08:22 pm]
In 18 days I'll be done with graduate school and making the 10 hour drive home from Virginia to Ohio. Living in the South wasn't bad, but I'll be overwhelmingly excited to see it slip away behind me. Any way, here are some songs that I like to rock out to while driving. I just have 3 selections here because I am feeling lazy.
The Trail We Blaze - Elton John
The trail we blaze
Is a road uncharted
Through terra incognita to a golden shrine
No place for the traveler
To be faint-hearted
We are part of the sumptuous grand design
This is probably the ultimate driving song for me, especially because most of the time I'm going somewhere I've never been before (one of the hazards of moving out of state). The movie this song comes from is pretty fun, too, even if it makes my inner historian balk.
Buy The Road to El Dorado soundtrack here.
Piña Colada in a Pint Glass - Gaelic Storm
She wants a piña colada in a pint glass...
She wants to be where the summer won’t stop,
She wants gin clear water and milk white sand,
A sunburned nose and a drink in her hand
With a pink umbrella on top!
This song really hits home for me because it's all about not wanting to be where you are and working to change that. It also reminds me of my boyfriend - he's keen on Hawaii (wants to move there actually) and tropical shirts - we're celebrating King Kamehameha Day this year with a luau.
Buy How Are We Getting Home here.
And because I am weird and can't resist...
Oh, Virginia - Blessed Union of Souls
All my friends are there to greet me
Just a smile down 64
and on the open road.
Because I do have friends in Yorktown, Williamsburg, Newport News, and Richmond whom I will miss getting to see regularly. I will be taking the "highway to the sun" on my way back home.
Buy Home here.
||[Apr. 25th, 2010|12:41 am]
Twenty-five years ago Bowie sang "Loving The Alien". These days it would be "Loving the robot". Here are seven songs about robots and romance. If you're choosing just one song, take the Margaret one.
Robyn - Robotboy (original and superior ballad version)
Your batteries low
Did you crash again?
Robotboy, don't you need a friend?
Kraftwerk - Computer Love
Another lonely night, lonely night
Stare at the TV screen, TV screen
I don't know what to do, what to do
I need a rendezvous, rendezvous
Gabriella Cilmi - Robots
What if we were made for wires and spare parts
What if there was only science is our hearts
Maybe we could love each other as robots
Margaret Berger - Robot Song
You're the only one who makes me feel a thing
You're the only one...
I'm in love with the robot
Come to get me when the stars die
Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot
Can you teach me how to feel real?
Can you turn my power on?
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
When you send me a pulse
Feel a wave of new love through me
I'm dressed in white noise
You know just what I want so please
Cover me in you
Robyn - Fembot
I got a lotta automatic booty applications
got a cpu maxed out sensation
looking for a joy to man my station
|OT: i'm obsessed with this song
||[Apr. 22nd, 2010|12:22 am]
...like it says.
Look, something not even remotely acoustic.
gackt; secret garden.
I've never flown in dreams. I imagine that if I do, it will be rather like listening to this song. My six-year obsession with Gackt could yield paragraphs of gushing, but suffice it to say--his voice is my favorite of all that I've heard--yes, ever. ♥ I pretty much learned to sing from listening to this guy. This is an excellent quality live recording from his 2001 concert Requiem et Reminiscence--the song is from Rebirth, one of his earlier albums. He's astoundingly versatile, so it's pretty impossible to pick one song that exemplifies his stuff, but I just found this one and have been listening to it nonstop all night...xD So here it is. Anyone who likes this, let me know, & I can recommend a few other things. Perhaps one day I will post 'Gackt: A (Quite Biased) Primer' here. For now, know that this song deserves all the superlatives at my command and then some.
Buy nine*nine or Rebirth.
||[Apr. 20th, 2010|11:06 am]
I'm just posting up a storm recently, but I posted this song in my journal this morning so I thought I'd cross-post it here. |
I woke up to listen to Kate Nash. She's got a new CD coming out, My Best Friend is You, and at first I was hesitant but it's growing on me. A bit more punk than I'm used to and prefer from her--Doo-Wah was so much Regina's That Time crossed with the 50s, but I'm easing into liking it. Ditto with the pseudo-spoken word Don't You Want To Share The Guilt? but the opening track Paris remains my favorite, so have it. It's all summer, sunshine and things going fast and a little bit of early 50s rock-n-roll vibe? That's the CD as a whole, though, not Paris necessarily, so take it and have a listen.
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