These are some tunes that have been running through my head lately… check back often for some killer (or just addictive) tracks!
May 15, 2009
“I Like Your Style” – Tower of Power: Hooo boy. There’s nothing that can perk my spirits lately like this song. My addiction to this tune started a couple weeks ago while moving out of my apartment in Ottawa, boombox blasting out my windows on a sunny day. I was stuck inside, packing stuff up, so this brought a little sunshine indoors. Such a great track, vocals are like pure honey.
“Comfortable Up Here” – Lil Wayne & Röyksopp: Love this mash-up. I’m already into the original “Happy Up Here” so why not combine it with a little “comfort”.
“Dancing Shoes” – Gavin DeGraw: I thought for so long that Gavin DeGraw was strictly for country music lovers…now I’m kicking myself for not getting into him sooner. Rarely do I become so obsessed with a person’s voice. DeGraw twists and turns and rasps and belts. His voice can be harsh, with a lot of guts but it can also be so tender. I could listen to him sing ALL day.
April 9, 2009
“Africa” – Toto: Say Anything put me onto “In Your Eyes” and the 80s kick continues with “Africa”! The classic is great, but also check out the Karl Wolf version. I’ve been dancing around my house to it for weeks.
“Happy Up Here” – Röyksopp: Cheery, bubbly, and fun…this is it. I just want to jump up and down when I hear it.
March 3, 2009
“Jai Ho”, “O Saya” and “Ringa Ringa” – A.R. Rahman: Recently went to see Slumdog Millionaire and felt like the last person in the world to have seen it. I love the loud drumming, the singing and even M.I.A.’s rhymes on “O Saya”. But pretty much I just love that I can revisit the movie in my mind any time I hear the film’s soundtrack.
“Eastern Jam” – Chase & Status: Went to my first DnB show over reading week and loved it. I’d never really heard the style prior, but just had a wicked time dancing. This tune has some really dirty bass, complemented by “eastern” vocals…totally indulging my Slumdog-induced India kick.
“And Your Bird Can Sing” – The Beatles: Okay, so I wanted to stay away from the Beatles, just because they’re so good, like duhhh… but this track is not one of their well knowns. I have a hilarious version of this song off Anthology II, where Paul (I think) just cracks up laughing, and can’t keep it together. The rest of the recording in the studio keeps playing as he struggles to pick it up. ALSO – the lyrics remind me of Kristen Wiig’s character, Penelope.
Feb. 18, 2009
Something a little different – songs paired with why I love them.
“Fans” – Kings of Leon: Thanks to those who’ve suggested I give these guys a listen. In this cut off Because Of The Times, Caleb Followill really embraces his squeaky falsetto. I love Followill’s impish growling and the dirty guitar. This song makes me want to drive through the countryside at sunset.
“Love Games” – Lady GaGa: I’ve tried to resist her, but what’s not to love about this song? Some sassy spoken-word and a catchy beat. Plus, GaGa’s lyrics are sugary, but pretty hilarious. “Disco Stick” should become a more popular term…
“Bling Bling” – Cash Money Millionaires: I’ve been on a 90s rap kick for the past few weeks. Lil Wayne’s high-pitched chorus and the synthesizer throughout are what make this track.
“October is Eternal” – Of Montreal: There’s a soap-opera quality to this song, and I really dig the raging church choir vocals.
“Hotel Song” – Regina Spektor: Regina is just great. This song is more accessible than some of her stuff, but still kooky. The song, punctuated with her staccato head voice, makes me want to wear a pretty dress and dance around barefoot.
Feb. 11, 2009
“Use Somebody” – Kings of Leon
“MX” – Deftones
“Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Conga” – Gloria Estefan
“Juicy” – Notorious B.I.G.
Feb. 4, 2009
“Tired of Sex” – Weezer
“Electric Feel” – MGMT
“Star Above My Bed” – GlassJAw
“Old Friends/Bookends” – Simon & Garfunkel
“Party & Bullshit” – Notorious B.I.G. (Ratatat Mix)
Jan. 25, 2009
“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel
“Day N’ Night” – Kid Cudi (Crookers Mix)
“Tiptoe Stomp” – Jacob and Lily
“Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
“Here’s The Thing” – Girl Talk