Saturday, March 15, 2008

OK, so I took a few days off. But rather than post an mp3, I'm going to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on someone who, I'd be willing to bet, has a very bright future ahead of her.

I can't remember who first told me about a video of "some girl on YouTube playing 'Toxic' on a ukelele". It might have been Jonathan Coulton's blog that linked me there originally. Or maybe no one told me, maybe it was just one of those stream of consciousness YouTube searches I do sometimes, just clicking from link to link and seeing what I find. But at any rate, somehow I managed to stumble upon Sweetafton23. Every video has just been better and better, and now she's started posting her own original compositions as well, which are outstanding.

I'm honestly the tiniest bit jealous that a high school student has so much talent and potential, and that there's an outlet like YouTube for exposing that to the entire world - who knows what could have happened if there had been such an outlet when -I- was in high school, singing my heart out in the choir and still dreaming big...? But anyway, this isn't about me, it's about her.

Here's her latest original song video, "Road Trip". Enjoy - and if you do, go rate it on YouTube and watch her other songs! :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I am Dentyne Ice's target audience

Call me a tool if you want to, but everytime I see that damn Dentyne Ice commercial, I start singing this song. I know zilch about the band or anything, but I like the song.

Ben's Brother - Kiss Me Again (Stuttering)

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

No clever title, haha

The only time I saw Wolfmother play live was last summer at Pointfest. They were the 2nd to last to perform - and they kicked so much ass as to not be believed. I can't wait until they come back to the States, because I WILL be there.

Wolfmother - Joker & The Thief

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

I've got to ramble on

Might as well do this now while I've got a chance to. Husband and in-laws and I are going on a road trip today, oh joy. I have my Supernatural playlist burned onto three CDs, which is PERFECT roadtripping music, as I discovered last weekend when I drove to Alton, IL. BUT since it's all classic rock, I seriously doubt the in-laws will go for that. Which sucks large. Whatever.

I also just downloaded Nine Inch Nail's new one, "Ghosts I-IV". So we'll probably listen to that, I guess, since it's all instrumental. If they don't like it, they can just suck it! For real.

So anyway, here's the first track from Ghosts I, enjoy! (And for heaven's sake, pony up the $5 and get all 36 gloriously DRM-free tracks -- Trent's a nice guy, he deserves your fiver!)

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I - Track 1

Download "Ghosts I-IV" here

Friday, March 7, 2008

There's just too much light eminating from my halo

Ah, Spiraling. My fandom of the band began waaaay back in (I think) 1999 or so - when they were called You Were Spiraling, and I saw them open for They Might Be Giants at Mississippi Nights. I loved them, but in a mistake I regret to this day, I didn't head over to the merch table and pick up their album, "Delusions of Grandeur" (now long out of print).

Cut to about a year later, when my brother's friend Matt (he of the campus T-1 connection and the Moxy Früvous mp3s) managed to acquire all but two tracks from "Delusions of Grandeur" through the magic of Napster, and thus they passed through my brother to me.

I've listened to those songs for years now, and then on a whim while Googling for You Were Spiraling, I came across and realized that this was my band! They'd lost the "You Were", but Tom, Bob and the boys were still rockin' New Jersey with the sweet sweet synthesizers I'd loved all these years!

They've been back to St. Louis twice since then, in '05 and '06, and I've seen them both times. They are a band that I really really REALLY wish would make it big, because they're so nice and they deserve it! Here's hoping that when they release their new album, "Time Travel Made Easy", that they come back to St. Louis - I'll definitely be there!!!

Here's the song that won me over and stayed with me for nearly a decade now - from "Delusions of Grandeur". :)

Spiraling - This Is The Road

Check out the Spiraling store here and find out what you've been missing!

AND here's their video for "A Face For Radio", from their "Challenging Stage" EP. Head over to the series of tubes and let SpiralingBob know how much you like it!!! :)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Pillar of Autumn

OK, I'm really reaching for a song tonight, just because I've been lazy and don't have anything prepared, haha. So here, have the opening suite from Halo. :) Gamers, unite!

Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori - Halo - Opening Suite

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The Onion News Network = <3

This isn't music related, but I had to share. Clinton should enjoy this! :)

FCC Okays Nudity On TV If It's Alyson Hannigan

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Old moon fades into the new

Remember that friend that I mentioned, which whom I share music? This is another one of his gifts to me: Zero 7. One day a few years ago, I was delighted to find both "Home" and "Destiny" in my inbox. I threw them on my old massive brick of an iPod (2nd generation FTW?) and popped the headphones on as I went to bed -- and I was blown away by the gorgeous vocals of Sophie Barker and Sia Furler. As someone who has always loved to sing, I'm a sucker for a great vocalist, and Zero 7's warmth lushness is right up my alley.

So here's a little something to melt the ice today. :) Enjoy.

Zero 7 - Destiny

Download more Zero 7 goodness at Amazon

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

They will see us waving from such great heights

Oh, wow, I totally didn't post a song yesterday. Heh heh, oops. :)

OK, back to business then. My first exposure to The Postal Service was through a friend's mix CD that had "Such Great Heights" on it. I was hooked - I immediately went out and bought "Give Up" and Death Cab For Cutie's "Plans". I haven't ever delved any deeper into their catalog, but I will eventually.

This track, I think I might have originally heard on XM radio somewhere - but don't quote me on that. I'm not sure how I got it, I just know that I love it. LOVE it. Here's The Postal Service covering Phil Collins. Enjoy!

The Postal Service - Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

Download "Give Up" at Amazon

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Maybe I can do it, if I put my back into it

Just a quick one this morning - I'm continuing on my Epic Quest of cute-purse-itude. :)

A former co-worker/close friend of mine and I do this thing where we randomly email each other songs that we think the other should hear. This was one he sent to me. I like it. 'Nuff said. :)

Snow Patrol - Ways and Means

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It's business, it's business time

Heh, better late than never. I'm kinda sleepy so I'll make this a quick one.

This past summer/fall, I remember seeing a show advertised on HBO called "Flight of the Conchords" - I thought to myself, "how weird". I never really thought anything more about it, and then about a month later, just for the hell of it, I decided to record an episode - there was nothing else on to watch and I figured I might like it. That episode was episode 4, "Yoko", and I was instantly hooked. The Conchords' sense of humor and hilarious songs were right up my alley. I was an instant fan. I took to the internet to find out what I could, and tracked down some of their earlier live stuff from New Zealand, including their "Folk The World" CD.

So from that, here's "The Bus Driver's Song". G'nite!

Flight of the Conchords - The Bus Driver's Song

Download "The Distant Future EP" from Amazon
Buy Season 1 of "Flight of the Conchords" on DVD from Amazon