Months ago, when I first heard Courtney Barnett’s “Pedestrian At Best” I wondered how in the world I had missed this in the 90’s. Then I heard it way too many times for it not to be a cool new thing. This single was blunt and fascinating. The rest of the album is full of surprises like the beautifully unexpected Depreston, that I can’t get enough of on these summer days, and the spunky An Illustration of Loneliness with its great grungy guitar. By now I think most know her sound. Think she performed last weekend at Pitchfork Fest. I wouldn’t know, I never get to go because it’s always during our July news ratings period. No complaints, I’d much rather be employed. #ilovemyjob #minnesotasummer
Thank goodness for the Twin Cities Current Radio. If not for them I would still be listening to my favorite songs from 2006 and 2011. Those have been my favorite music years since the 90’s and I go back to them every time Taylor Swift comes on the radio, which means every 10 minutes.
(PS if you have amazon prime, the mp3 album is free for you! )
This morning I’ve been moving incredibly slow. My alarm went off no less than 11 times. It started to get on my nerves which is the only reason I finally got out of bed. I’m working the night shift tonight, so I’m really in no hurry.
Still in a nice fog, I started singing in the shower. Nothing loud. Maybe not even out loud. When I realized what I was singing, I couldn’t believe it. Where did it come from? How did it get in my head? Had I been dreaming about 1995, when I was 12. Regardless, it was good. It was good in 1995. It’s good today. I immediately told Matt because he’s one of the only people who seems to be transported back in time by these mid 90’s songs like I am. Then I turned it on. The joy of the passing of 20 years is that Amazon Prime has it free now for Prime Users. Wow – talk about freaky time warp, considering I would have listened to this song over and over back then by recording it off the radio on a tape. Remember the rush to hit record after you had been waiting hours for it to play? That’s the first way I could listen to The Cure’s Mint Car. I recorded it off the radio, 97.9 WCPR to be exact, but because I hit record a second too early I caught the DJ give Mint Car a dramatic introduction. Now I listen to the song and in my head say Mint Car the same way he did that day. It happens every time. It’s beautiful.
Back to the shower. I was in a mild funk when I woke up. For no reason other than the fact that I never like waking up. I think my sleep is deeper than for others. It has to be. I never want to leave it. The song has turned me around 100 percent. I’m still in a slight haze, but it’s a good place in my mind. It’s full of creative angst.
Disclosure: I never listen to the words just the jazzy/electro mix. They might be considered “not for a younger audience”, though no one was too concerned when I was turning it up at 12. Still, I do not endorse the words/message. I’m usually the first to cry out against songs with violent undertones, but this has more of a historical context as in the listening habits of children from the 90’s.
Women can make such creepy yet beautiful music.
Warpaint has always been my go to when I’m in a certain kind of mood, but, let’s see, how do I describe the mood I’m talking about. Maybe you are a bit aggravated, feel extra quiet, or would like to throw down a coffee mug or something, but think better of it because you happen to like the mug and don’t believe in waste? If that is you, on occasion, Warpaint is much better than breaking things you like. The band is either all female or almost all female. I don’t have enough time at the moment to get that 100 % straight, but there are enough women making the music that it’s appropriate to say – these are women who rock. Now, since I’m very season sensitive, I want to make sure I’m clear. These songs don’t scream spring. They really are later winter. With that said, don’t forget to spring forward before you go to bed Saturday night. xoxo
Warpaint – Love is to die from the new album called Warpaint
I was thrilled to hear this. It’s really good. Really good. Different and still good.
All of the ones below are from Warpaint’s 2010 release – The Fool. It was a good buy. I enjoyed the whole album.
Get to 3:06 on this one. It has a nice musical surprise.
I LOVE Shadows. I think it’s my favorite on the fool. It’s fantastic. It’s pretty and unexpected.
If it’s been a while since you’ve listened to Anita Baker, go ahead and turn her up, close your eyes and feel the smooth soul.
This is in honor of my mother. She drove back to South Mississippi yesterday and I didn’t want to see her go. I tried everything to convince her to stay another day. I even went this low, “Mom, you can see we need you.” The “we” being me along with cat and birds. She said I know and meant it, but still went home. Don’t be sad for me. She’d been here a week and a half! Lots of fun. I’ll just have to keep Anita as company. Mom introduced her to me as a tween. I was the only 13 year old with Anita playing through my earphones.
This past Monday it seemed all of Memphis was abuzz with excitement over the Justin Timberlake concert. Whatever. I get it. Am I am a fan? No. It’s just not my kind of music. I didn’t like the backstreet boys either ( was that his boy-band?) Still, do I appreciate all the positive attention he brings Memphis? YES! Anyhow, I digress.
So, while everyone I know was putting on a bow tie I was thrilled and looking forward to seeing MGMT this saturday at the Orpheum. It’s my turn!! I’m even taking mom with me, who happens to have been in town with me all week. I doubt she stays interested in the show long, but it will no doubt be a fun evening downtown. This is hardly the fist time I’ve dragged her along to music shows.
I admit I drifted away from MGMT for the last two records. Still, Oracular Spectacular instantly takes me back to 2008. I was a young professional just starting my news career. I felt absurd and incompetent. What a time of high emotion and excitement. MGMT has released two other records since, and I’m sure after tomorrow I’ll look into them, but for now I’m eager to feel like it’s 2008 again. If you’ve never much listened to them, I’ve attached links below. They are good. Extremely impressive. Plus, member Andrew VanWyngarden is from Memphis. His dad is the editor of the Memphis Flier, what a cool dad. I don’t think this Memphis native Musician gets enough cred for being appreciated worldwide.
Now, I asked my mother what she’d like me to include in Fantastic Music Friday since she’s here with me and happens to be a huge music person. She chose Captain of the Heart by the Swiss group Double ( Kurt Maloo), and I have to agree it’s excellent. I’ve always loved this one. If you don’t instantly know how the song goes just click on the link. You’ll remember it. The instruments, keys and melody will make you melt in the only way songs from the 80’s can. This one came out in ’86. What a nice year that was. Mom thinks he’s cute; I do too.
I love a lady who makes good / soulful music. Sharon Van Etten played the hi-tone last November. I was there to see someone else, but was just blown away. A mix of beautiful vocals, hard dark guitars, and songs that move in an original direction have made her a favorite. She’s the real deal. Also spent some time studying music at MTSU. TN connection for you and she happens to be beautiful. Enjoy. I love the album – Tramp – so much. The two YouTube links are for my two favorites :: Warsaw & Serpents.
We’ve all fallen in love. Well, I’ve had two males cowardly tell me before that they don’t know how to love? Crazy liars. If you ask me the only thing close to as big as falling in love is falling in love with new music. It’s a similarly earth shattering / I’ve been reborn feeling. The more you hear the more you are convinced this is something a cut above just the one hot song you download. When it’s a whole portfolio of heart stealing music my heart dips.
This week it’s dipping for Small Black. The band has a new and second release out as of this past May. It’s lovely dream pop at its best, with moments of nice intensity. There is plenty of shine and sparkle to last you an entire evening, some even enter into the ballad realm, still plenty of sparkle with those as well.
Pay no mind to Pitchfork’s review, if you happen to run across it. The writer simply must have been in the middle of a bad day or writing reviews for the wrong genre.
Happy Friday. Feel free to celebrate my 30th birthday with me all weekend. The day of my birth is the 15th. I plan to listen to plenty of tunes, soak up the fall sunshine and enjoy a nice drink or two. Cheers to being alive!!!!!!
Girls (and guys) across the globe are obsessed with sexy crap music singing chicks like Katy Perry (sorry if that offends you :: I do like when she had/has blue hair) and all the others whose names allude me. I’d like to offer a sireny songstress that could possibly replace those chicks in your playlist.
It isn’t new, but since this is Fantastic Music Friday I’m just sharing with you what I’m listening to at the moment.
I know, right? Can I please be her. Terribly cool on the keyboard with her misty haunting voice. Her partner is quite smashing as well, but she definitely steals the show. She reminds me of a less harsh Lisbeth.
If you haven’t listened much to phantogram, both records I have :: Eyelid Moves and Nightlife :: are a joy. Here are some links to videos. A song per album. Oh and enjoy them at Bonnaroo. Wish I could go. Have a rockin weekend brothers and sisters.
DON’T MOVE (live recording :: amazing :: real talent :: not just producers playing on computers)
It’s Friday. The start of a BIG weekend of MUSIC here in the Bluff City. Memphis in May kicks off tonight with Beale Street Music Fest. My plan is to get my photographer to drop my off so I can see My Morning Jacket at 10:50. Who knows how I’ll get home. I’ll figure it out.
With all of this said, let’s get the party started with a lovely piece of music you can sway to. Craft Spells :: Party Talk is perfect. Of course, plenty of synthy-fabulousness. Enjoy xoxo
It’s been a white since I’ve done a Fantastic Music Friday post. Wonder why? This is changing today. Will be my friday routine for now on :)
My go to tunes the past 2 weeks have come from Youth Lagoon, actually singed to Oxford’s Fat Possum.
The songs are dreamy, moody and surprisingly uplifting. Hurray for this delightful find. The time I count on every day for quality music time is during my shower. My stereo is in the hall and the songs wind into the bathroom leaving me standing there far longer than necessary. A nice way to get me ready for a busy day at the station and out and about doing who knows what!