Good Music

So here’s a list of the top 10 songs I’ve been listening to. I though I would compile this little list and give you something to look for when browsing the local music store. Those still exist right? Ok, so I’ve also added links to the iTMS. -) This isn’t totally accurate as I often can only remember the most recent songs I’ve listened too. We’ll chalk that up to short-term memory loss. I’ve decided to highlight a few songs that really stand out and recommend you take a look listen to them.

One Beat by Sleater-Kinney

These chicks know how to rock. There’s something I enjoy in the visceral singing and the intelligent lyrics. It’s good to rock out to and good to study.

Calm Down by Psapp

I heard this song in a commercial. For a car. Or insurance. Or car insurance. Regardless of it’s auditory origins in my musical library I like this song. It’s different and charming. It reminds me of a music box. The kind with synths.

Where Is My Mind? by Pixies

This song is a few years old. (released in ‘89) I first heard it on the Fight Club soundtrack, forgot about it, and the rediscovered it a few months back. The album this song is off of features a topless woman on the cover. So that makes it into this list by default. I imagine this was recorded in someone’s garage, before that got trendy and popular.

Montserrat by Orquestra Del Plata

Electronica meets Jazz meets Tango. I can’t really describe it better than that. I wish the artist would release more music like this. This actually comes of an album titled Bajofondo Tango Club which features various Tango artists.

Something New by Mint Royale

Ok, I love the duet (?) in this song. The chorus is a light woman’s voice attempting to reassure the British male vocals that everything between them will be ok.

“You don’t know me now, so don’t judge me how
Can’t and never will, if you don’t listen
To the words I’ve said, your just scared cause
I’m something new”

The male vocals raps back with the following:

“This is my way, can’t you see
I live my way, let me be
Can’t judge what you don’t know
My life I’m free, so let me go
This is my way, how I’m livin’
I do it my way, you should listen
Don’t judge if your not sure
I’m just me no less no more”

They’re both contrasting musical styles and yet they seem to work well together.

One Million Miles Away by J. Ralph

Labeled as New Age on the iTMS, I find this to be somewhere more along the lines of contemporary orchestration. The artist has no formal musical training, which goes to show…something regarding talent and musical ability…

Headlock by Imogen Heap

My new favorite Imogen Heap song. I like how the first time you hear the chorus; it’s light and makes you think the whole song will sound rather calm. The second time turns into a louder, rising, version.

Last Living Souls by Gorillaz

It’s Gorillaz. Most of what they create is good. IMHO. I like how the high-pitched synth turns into a nice violin sample toward the end. Nice.

Short Stacks by The Ditty Bops

Unlike Wishful Thinking (next on this list) this sounds less like bluegrass folk and more like easy listening alternative bluegrass folk.

Wishful Thinking by The Ditty Bops

The Ditty Bops are the only band to make it on the list twice. There’s a good reason for that. I just bought their album and have been listening to it a lot. Oh, and their music is some of the most refreshing music I’ve listened to in a long time. Abby and Amanda rock the mandolin…

That’s it. I’m done. Just remember this list when you’re looking for something new.

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