Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Best of 2012: Songs from June (Part 1)

Wild Ones - Flo Rida and Sia

Three confessions: One: I freakin' love Flo Rida. Since I'm usually listening to, shall we say, softer music, some people are surprised by my undying love for Flo Rida. I bet you're less surprised that I'm a big Sia fan.  Two: Every time I write the word "wild," I write the word "Wilde" first. Three: For years, "Low" was the ringtone for when my mom called.

June already has a long songlist, and it's pretty eclectic, so the rest of it will be given in the order in which the songs were received.

Such Great Heights - The Section Quartet

This is a cover of a song by The Postal Service. Even if you're not a fan of the original (I am), you might still enjoy this version.  TSQ also does great covers of "Black Hole Sun" and Muse's "Time is Running Out."

Bad Romance - Vitamin String Quartet

If you like TSQ, you might also enjoy Vitamin String Quartet. Besides an entire album of Lady Gaga covers, VSQ also does covers of Viva La Vida, Bittersweet Symphony, Kids by MGMT.

More - Usher

I'm also an Usher fan...

Ljósið -  Ólafur Arnalds

Yeah, I don't know how you pronounce it either, but Arnalds is a pretty impressive 25 year old multi-instrumentalist from Iceland. 

 I Don't Love You Anymore, but I Don't Love You Any Less - Hungry Ghosts
This song reminds me of Miss Marple. I'm pretty sure I've seen it on a BBC mystery at some point.

Landline - Greg Laswell and Ingrid Michaelson

And then I finally got Greg Laswell's new album, which features this song with his wife, Ingrid Michaelson. You may remember I already posted videos of "Come Back Down" and "Back to You" in March when they were first released. But the whole album is fantastic and well worth the $7.99 on iTunes.

Here's another: 

Another Life to Lose


New Years' Eves

And just to wrap things up nicely...Good Feeling - Flo Rida ft. Etta James

Because I like to dance.

Best of 2012: Songs From May (and mostly Sara Bareilles)


Once Upon Another Time - Sara Bareilles

Since Sara Bareilles's new EP Once Upon Another Time came out on May 22nd, I've really listened to nothing else. With lines like "Highway curve/ The sun sank low/ Buckley on the radio," the title track is a perfect blend of poetic lyricism and MGM musical.

Bright Lights and Cityscapes - Sara Barielles

Does the US have a Songwriter Laureate?
"I'm the paper and you're the pen/ You fill me in/ You are permanent/ And you leave me to dry..."
"She will falter and gift her blame. And it starts all over again again again."
"She is bright lights and cityscapes./ And white lies and cavalcades."
"She'll take all you ever have, but I'm gonna love you. You say maybe it will last this time. But I'm gonna love you. Till You start looking back, I'm gonna love you. I wouldn't need a second chance."

Lie to Me - Sara Bareilles

And then things get edgy. "I wish the air would color red when you're breathing in, so I could've seen it coming."

In My Veins - Andrew Belle (w/ Erin McCarley)
Fine, here's a song that isn't from Sara Bareilles's new EP. Happy now? Try listening to this super depressing song. But it's also gorgeous.

That Wasn't Me - Brandi Carlile

This is the first single off her new album Bear Creek, and the video stars country legend Kris Kristofferson.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Every Inch She's Royal Purple Pigment

NB: This is from 2007, I believe.

The Queen's Birthday Parade.

I have got to get a hat like Prince Philip's. Not only would it be fun for singing "Down at Fraggle Rock," but it would be so useful for dusting in those pesky, hard to reach corners.

Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, and the daughters of Andrew and Fergie

Horse Guards

All the Royal Family, except for William, who "couldn't" get leave.