Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Like a shotgun needs an outcome....

I really dig this song right now. I don't care much for the video (though it reminds me of the album cover for Goldfrapp's Felt Mountain). Just have a listen and tell me that it doesn't make you want to dance.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The 30-Day Music Meme: Day Eighteen

Day 18 — A song that you wish you heard on the radio

I bet you're all sick to death of hearing about how much I love the Beach Boys. (An aside: I recently bought tickets to see Brian Wilson play Massey Hall in June 2011! I think I may die of joy several times during this show.)
This blog post isn't actually about the Beach Boys, but about a song that is reminiscent of any quintessential Beach Boys song (to me). If I had my own radio station, this song would most certainly show up on many playlists and wouldn't seem out of place sandwiched between the Beach Boys and like say, Buddy Holly.

Beulah! I love this band! Sadly, they are highly underrated and actually no longer exist. The singer, Miles Kurosky recently released a solo album called The Desert of Shallow Effects and it is as excellent as any Beulah album.

Honestly, if I were forced to compose a list of my absolute favourite songs (and I say "forced," because I don't think I would ever make such a list because it would be TOO DIFFICULT), "Burned By the Sun" would definitely be on that list. Back when I used to make mix CDs for friends, this song would almost always appear in the tracklisting.

I also get the same warm, fuzzy feeling I get hearing this song as I do with favourite Beach Boys tunes. And that's saying a lot, people. I LOVE THIS SONG. I'm not saying I'd want to hear it on real-life, mainstream radio but it would most definitely be played on MY imaginary radio station....

(also, yes, I know I've been severely slacking at being a good little blogger, especially at completing these meme! Breige over at Rare Opal has put me to shame and is nearly completed the meme in record time (well, compared to the rate I'm going at!).

Cover me, volume three.

My third installment of Wini-approved cover songs is timely in that I just saw Fran Healy (singer of the band Travis) perform this at his solo show in Toronto on Friday and also because it is somewhat Christmas-themed. I mean, we're starting to get snow around these parts and December is just around the corner, so... yeah.

The melancholy tone is so heartbreaking - I love the tiny break in Fran's voice when he hits the high notes (also see: impressive) and how sad and sincere he sounds. It's pretty faithful to the original, aside from the change of pronouns (from male to female).

The original is by Canadian legend, Joni Mitchell, duh. If you haven't heard it before, look it up. Oh wait, here it is:

Both songs give me chills. And rightly so. But I do apologize if they bum you out a bit. You have been warned!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The 30-Day Music Meme: Day Seventeen

Day 17 — A song that you hear often on the radio

I don't listen much to the radio, but when I'm in the car with my dad, he tunes in to various oldies stations with no complaints at all from me.

As I've previously mentioned, the Beach Boys/Brian Wilson are probably one of my favourite artists ever. And when listening exclusively to oldies stations, the Beach Boys tend to be a popular choice. There are so many songs to choose from, but I really do love it when I hear "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on the radio.

Also, while I'm gushing, I must say that it is the most perfect opening track on one of the most perfect albums (Pet Sounds, duh!). *happy sigh*

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The 30-Day Music Meme: Day Sixteen

Whoaaaaa, first things first, it has been a LONG time since I last updated! Or it's been a few weeks at least. Since then... I've had a birthday, had a few work-related meltdowns and done some other fun stuff. =) The weather has gotten colder, so I can't promise many style diaries for a little while, I'm afraid.

I can't believe I'm still working on this meme! I've actually made little notes for the upcoming days of this meme, so I just need to sit my arse down and blog it out!

Okay, without further ado....

Day 16 — A song that you used to love but now hate

I was a huge fan of Nelly Furtado in high school. I thought she was super cool and I swelled with Canadian pride as a fan. A friend of mine went to the same high school as Nelly, back in Victoria, British Columbia (she scanned me Nelly's yearbook photos, which I thought was a hoot!).

My "claim to fame" in my last few months of high school was that I appeared on tv in the audience for Nelly Furtado's Intimate & Interactive special on MuchMusic. Basically, it was an hour-long special featuring an artist performing and sitting down for an interview in the MuchMusic studio. (MuchMusic is generally defined as the "Canadian version of MTV" - though, at this point in time, this definition doesn't mean much anymore since we now have MTV Canada... but that's besides the point.) MuchMusic was also in the habit of repeatedly airing these I&I programs over the course of several months, thus different classmates would see randomly me on tv in these repeated viewings.

Anyway, yeah, I was a superfan. The song that propelled Nelly Furtado into popularity was obviously "I'm Like A Bird" (ie. overplayed to hell). I can no longer stand to hear this song. Gahh. Sorry, Nelly. I guess I just grew out of your music.

However, I can still stomach the acoustic version of "I'm Like A Bird" - something about it isn't quite as grating as the original version.

Now, writing this entry has awakened a slight hankering to listen to her debut album Whoa, Nelly! (I didn't care much for her subsequent albums, to be honest), but I will most likely skip over "I'm Like A Bird"....