Showing posts with label Adele. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adele. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Baby, I'm not SO much a dino. I still like new things.

Perhaps I go on (and on) about old songs much of the time on here, imploring you to get on these Sara-deemed Classics if you know what's good for you (dammit!), but I do get excited about new things. Really. I may be dinorific, but I can adapt! Really. Shut up, it's true!

That said, I wanted to direct your ears and eyeballs towards some new stuff coming out for which I am excited:

Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li



Lykke Li's first album was something I always meant to get around to purchasing, yet I never did. Back when I still had DVR (*sniff*), I'd record Subterranean on MTV2 (which is still inferior to the original 120 Minutes) and she would often pop up on there. Now she has a new album coming out, and I love what I've heard. FILTER magazine has the entire album up for streaming. Go forth. My 3 year old son is dancing to it right now, which is a seal of approval unlike anything else, dontcha know.

Different Gear, Still Speeding - Beady Eye



Well, of course I'm going to be interested in Oasis-Minus-Noel/ Beady Eye. I'm not wild about the name Beady Eye, but "The Roller" and "Bring the Light" are bloody infectious in all the right ways. I'm curious to see Liam's songwriting evolve, and this will certainly hold me over until Noel gets around to releasing a solo album.

And this video has motorcycle stunts. What more do you need?

21 - Adele



Adele's another I never got around to owning, but girl can sing. NPR has her newest album up for streaming, and though the subject matter is rather singular, it's good stuff. The above video is a cover of the Cure song, which also appears on 21, which I can't argue with.

EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ - Glasvegas



Reading about Glasvegas in Q Magazine hooked me before I'd ever heard them. I just had one of those unrelenting musical hunches that I would love them. And I do. Their first album is magic, and singer James Allan has the interesting ability to cram a lot of word/sentiment into a few bars of music. Since I am but a lowly US resident, I can't get their video for "Euphoria, Take My Hand" to play, but this audio-only of "The World is Yours" has me excited for the new album.

Born This Way - Lady Gaga



This song is already ubiquitous, but I'm including it anyway. Haters gon hate, but I love Gaga. The boy loves Gaga. The girl loves Gaga. The mister ... well, he likes Gaga. He certainly appreciates her commitment to being a living art project. As far as the Madonna comparisons regarding this song -- Well, being compared to classic Madonna (versus more recent incarnations) is a compliment, isn't it?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Liner Notes #4: "Finest Worksong"

Liner Notes is my ongoing music column with Electric City Creative. Each issue, I post supplementary material to the column’s topic on this site. In Issue #4, I talk about listening to music while writing.



That column title was a REM reference, if you were wondering. Speaking of REM, I find their song, "At My Most Beautiful" one of those both inspiring-yet-distracting songs whenever I hear it. It really is perfect. Here is an audio-only live version:



In my column, I mentioned that the music at work has improved lately. I'm a barista inside a grocery store, and usually, the music is horrible -- think Celine Dion-type horrible -- but I've been pleasantly surprised lately. More than half the songs are ones I'd listen to of my own free will. Here are some of the songs that I've not only liked, but didn't expect to hear:

"Wrong Impression" - Natalie Imbruglia


You shut up, hipper-than-thous. Natalie Imbruglia is awesome. And nice to look at. Apart from "Torn," she didn't exactly get a lot of play here in the US, so I didn't think that this would be the song that would pop up on a grocery store playlist.

"Spiderweb" - Joan Osbourne



I don't even think this was a single. I heard this for the first time today, and it made me wonder if the playlist people were spying on my music collection from the mid-90s. The entire Relish album is fantastic. Unfortunately, I haven't heard any of her more recent stuff.

"Someone's Daughter" - Beth Orton



No seriously, playlist people -- Are you spying on me? Until I searched for this song on youtube, I had no idea this was a single from her album Trailer Park. I don't think I'd ever seen a video of hers before. Look at her, she's adorable.

"Chasing Pavements" - Adele



Okay, this was a pretty big hit, so maybe I shouldn't be so surprised to hear it at work, but I do enjoy this song. Adele's certainly better than Duffy, who also appeared on every talk show and SNL in 2008.

"Fame" - David Bowie



This isn't even the ONLY David Bowie song on the playlist. I've also heard "Thursday's Child." MADNESS, I tell you, MADNESS.

There are also at least 7 Fleetwood Mac songs that filter through, and although one would expect to hear them just about anywhere with preset radio, they're still one of my favorites, so I don't mind. However, it's mildly surprising that they play a single from their last album, "Say You Will."

I also appreciate hearing INXS on occasion, though in general, you do hear them in stores pretty often.

Also surprising to hear: "Right on Time" - Lucinda Williams, "Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga, "Halo" Beyonce, "Emotions" - Mariah Carey. That last one takes me back to being 7 years old again, but those high-pitched notes are a bit rough at 6 am.

Of course, the only trouble with hearing songs I like while working is not singing along. Loudly...