Friday, April 13, 2012

Songs of March: Best of 2012 (Part 2)

The Song Most Likely to Say "Get Over Yourself." is... "Come Back Down" by Greg Laswell and Sara Bareilles

Just listen to it; you'll see what I mean.  The video is visual overload, but the harmonies will get you.  This is a track from Greg's new album Landlines, which will be out April 24th.  This has been my work song, my work out song, my cooking song, whatever.  And, when the world gets too much, just remember, all of your wallowing is unbecoming.

Here's another great song from the new album: Back to You, with Elizabeth from & the Catapult fame.  It's pretty great, and Greg made the video himself.

Song/Video Most Likely to Charm Your Socks Off - "Love Lost" by The Temper Trap

You know that these freckled, pasty boys are the most popular kids in school now. This is also a great song to run to. You just have to remember NOT TO DO THE DANCE.

Songs Most Likely to Sound Familiar - "Big Jet Plane" by Angus and Julia Stone, and...

"Take You Higher" by Goodwill & Hook N Sling

Yeah, so this is more of a remix, but with a brand new title too.  So which one do you like?

Honorable Mention for Familiar Song goes to...

"Can You Tell" by Ra Ra Riot, and...

"Can You Tell" by Rachael Cantu

Monday, April 2, 2012

Songs of March: Best of 2012 (part 1)

Song Most Likely to Make You Dance:  "We Found Love" - Rihanna (ft.Calvin Harris)

It is impossible to sit still while listening to this song. Go ahead, try it. Hit play.  The pulsating energy is irresistible. The electronic crescendos were made for strobing club lights that make the sea of bodies move in slow motion. The video plays like a four and a half minute episode of Skins, complete with the spoken word introduction in English accent. Perhaps that's part of the song's aesthetic appeal, that it's about crazy, manic-driven love. Or maybe the truth is less analytical than that. It's just damn fun.  But every song in March seemed to find some sort of niche in my playlist that set it off from the other songs that made it to repeat. The fact that this song is just now making my play list would make it a contender for Song Most Likely to Prove that I Don't Keep Up With Popular Music, if it weren't for....

Song Most Likely to Prove that I Don't Keep Up With Popular Music: "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull (ft. A Lot of Other People)

See everything about song above. With all fair warning, if this comes on in a club or bar or CVS, you will mostly likely grab somebody sexy tell'em 'hey'.

Song Most Likely to Make the Lights Dim All By Themselves: "Come Undone" by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

A friend (hi, Friend) sent me a text the other day saying that this is the sexiest song ever. And it kinda is... If this doesn't become our generation's Let's Get It On/These Arms of Mine, there's something wrong with our generation.

Runner-Up for Above: "Powerful Stuff' by Sean Hayes.

You probably heard this one on that Subaru commercial.

Best Song to Listen to with Bourbon: "In Front of You" by "The Quiet Kind

I don't really need to say more, do I?

Song That's Less Likely That You've Heard: "Boxer and Clover" by The Donnies the Amys

Or actually, you may have heard it since it's played in the background on Gray's, but you probably didn't realize how adorably dorky it is--I refuse "adorkable" as a viable portmanteau.  Let's face it, we all dance around and pretend we're in music videos when no one else is around.  And as cool as you think you look while breakin it down to Rihanna or Pitbull, you really look like this guy.  Another great song off this California band's album is "I Told a Lie." To hear the whole album, check out The Donnies and the Amys's website.

The Song Most Likely to Make You Listen for the Lyrics - "We Got it All" by Right The Stars

Sample lines: "I feel rhythm. You're all melodic." and "You ripped my worst day off of me, tried it on, threw it in the back seat. Keep on driving, never looked back." It's catchy in a very 80s-centric way.