Thursday, April 10, 2014
I had to double up this week because last week I just didn't have the chance to knock a blog out. I almost didn't do one today because I felt like garbage. I have had a massive headache all day. I laid in bed for most of the day, just being pathetic. My lady came home and let me sleep. She's cool that way.
When I woke up and sat at my comp, that is right next to the kitchen btw, she got up and made me some water. So I decided to make a playlist expressing my love for this cute little lady.
Last night, we were sitting in bed and she insisted on watching all of Time Life's The Best of Soft Rock infomercial. So she could get lulled to sleep to the sounds of the seventies. She just really sat there singing along with every song. So I decided to make her a playlist.
TTT #78 & 79 Playlist
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I'll Give You Crazy
Crazy Love - Van Morrison
This is just a nice mellow song. I think I really need to start listening to more Van Morrison. I don't think I have heard a single VM song that I didn't like.
You should check out Into The Mystic if you don't already know it. Definitely need to start listening to more Van Morrison.
Kiss You All Over - Exile
I have never been a big fan of music from the 70's for the most part. I like some of it, but most of it just passed me by. I do miss the days when musicianship and talent were way more important than the physical appearance of the people playing the music.
I hope one day we can go back to that. So we have more super talent and less beautiful with mediocre talent.
Still The One - Orleans
This song hits a little too close to home. We do talk in bed a lot. Usually about how five $29.95 payments is a good price for a Time Life set. Then I say that's kind of crazy and am promptly informed that they are easy payments.
I stand corrected.
Mr. Blue Sky
Livin' Thing - Electric Light Orchestra
Another band I feel not near enough members of the current generation listen to. The string break in this song is the absolute best. Truly.
She's Kind of Mental
Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft
My girlfriend literally does this every time she hears this song. Every. Time.
Right Down The Line - Gerry Rafferty
I have talked on this before...Deja Vu.
The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
Are these guys even 70's? They look to be channeling some hardcore 60's Brit Invasion vibes.
What's Wrong With Air Supply?
Lost In Love - Air Supply
I think this blog is getting kind of long. I bet Erin is the only one that will even attempt to go this far.
It being about her and all. She's nosy that way...
Nosy in a loving way, shit...
The Search Is Over - Survivor
Every time I hear the beginning of this song I think it is from a Disney cartoon from the mid 90's. I wonder if it is...
I'm not gonna Google it. I'm lazy. You do it, get back to me with the answer...
Baby I'm A Want You - Bread
Some of the picture file names got messed up when I saved them. I am not 100% sure this is even Bread. I am gonna go with it because they named their band name Bread.
Just...Bread. Bread. !?!
Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
You can pretend you don't love this song. You can try and be macho, manly, metal or whatever. But when that chorus comes, I have yet to see anyone resist.
Give in. You know you want to...
Wildfire - Michael Martin Murphy
This will always remind me of Bubble Boy & Danny Trejos.
For Dave also...
You're The Inspiration - Chicago
This is probably actually Bread. I feel like Chicago was a bigger band. At this point I really don't have the patience to check and correct it. I mean Bread? Chicago? Why not just name your band Province? How about Duchy? Stick?
*shakes head* The 70's...
I Know It's From The 80's
I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
I think I need to see Foreigner live. We are going to a ton of live shows this year. She is even planning on going to see Justin Timberlake twice.
Twice. This is gonna be a musical year.
That's it for this one folks. I lerv ya Bebe. I hope you like your Soft Rock playlist. Until we meet in the infomercials...
KKNY signing off...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Hey folks! I am doing pretty good this week. How are you? Good, good. I didn't really know which way to go this week so my theme is just music I have been enjoying lately. So here is said playlist.
I wish I had more to say at the moment but I don't really, sadly. I really am in a writing mood, but alas, I have no voice to extend through the ether. I suppose the random ramblings of a introverted extrovert will have to suffice this week.
On with it...
TTT #77 Playlist
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Try not. Do, or Do Not. There is no Try.
Go Do - Jonsi
Both the cover picture and the Native American head dress picture are both Jonsi. I think the cover of his album Go was just a great mood pic for this play list. So I kept it.
Jonsi is pretty new to me this month. I am really digging this album, this song in particular. You should get it if ya can. He deserves your praise.
Forever - HAIM
When I first heard the song 'The Wire' from sister group Haim, I instantly fell in love. When I downloaded the album this song quickly became one of my favorites. I have been playing it heavily this week because it is on some commercial (which one escapes me at this moment) that plays during the commercial breaks on Hulu. As my girlfriend and I watch a lot of Hulu, I hear it a lot and it has been stuck in my head all week. Still a great song. I love the drums in this song.
Don't Stop Believing
Look Of Love - The Jezabels
Way back in Covers That Give Me Hope For Modern Music I talked about a YouTube channel called TripleJ that features a lot of bands doing covers of songs they like. The Jezabels did a great cover of the Journey classic Don't Stop Believing. I watched their performance of their song Look of Love and immediately fell in love. You should too. Seriously. Now.
Wild - Royal Teeth
My lady fair writes a music article for her school newspaper. Sometimes we share music. I from my blog, her from her article. This gem is one she sent my way. They played at SXSW.
I wouldn't mind going to SXSW one year. I feel like the bulk of the music I like is formed in or around Austin. Hipsters are my friends.
You Always Make Me Smile - Kyle Andrews
My weird lover bean. =)
Incredibly Long Title to go With an Incredibly Long Band Name
My Terrible Friend - The Pains of Being Pure of Heart
I really like the name of this band. It's got feeling inside it. I think there are a lot of pains in being pure of heart. I also feel like if I were to tweet that band name I would run out of charact
Our Brother, I found You!
Hey Brother - Avicii
I'm sure you have heard the song Wake Up by Avicii. In fact, I believe I have featured it on one of my past blogs. Maybe not, honestly I lose track. I have a file that keeps track for me, but I refuse to look. Don't judge me.
Anyway, I have two things to say about this song. First, the guy singing the vocals is none other than Dan Tyminski. Don't know who that is? Well you may know him from his work in Union Station, the back up group for Alison Krauss. But if AK isn't your cup of tea he also sang the lead vocals on the popular track from O Brother Where Art Thou 'Man Of Constant Sorrow'. He's doing a great job, singing country on dance music. I like it.
The second thing I wanted to say is, I love the fact that electronic dance music is more country than country music now. Just sayin'...
Dat Bass Line...
The World - Selah Sue
I was playing with the settings on my sound card earlier. No particular reason, sometimes it's fun just to screw around. I have found that if you drop Selah Sue 4 octaves, she still sounds pretty damn good. Hurray for the Karaoke setting. Those eyes though...
The Safety Dance - Sleeping At Last
I just wanted to include it because I have been listening to it a lot lately. It is a slowed down, mellow, sad version of an upbeat Men Without Hats song. I mean come...
He made The Safety Dance sound emo. It has a Bright Eyes kind of feel. I understand if it doesn't scratch that certain need that the original Safety Dance itches. For that, I apologize.
Click Me for restitution.
That's all folks. Til next week.
KKNY signing off.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
This week is gonna be short and sweet. My head has been killing me.
Shapes and stuff.
TTT #76 Playlist
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Tessellate - Alt-J
Art rock. If you don't like this song, you are broken. I know music is subjective, statement stands.
Oldie But A Goodie
Mouthful of Diamonds - Phantogram
I've said lots about it, nothing left to say. Great song. Listen to it. If you are interested on what I had to say about it you will have to dig through all the old playlists. I would start with anything electronic-y oriented.
Good luck. I wouldn't do it.
Pink Triangle - Weezer
I'm dumb, she's a lesbian.
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
Every time I see you falling I get down on my knees...
TriangleCircleSquare - The Limousines
Bitchin Lego work amirite?
Circles - The Shout Out Louds
Circle Of Life - Elton John
I had to. I tried to resist but I am a weak man. Plus that circle of life has a dolphin eating a monkey, a monkey eating a lion, an octopus eating a butterfly and a butterfly eating a turtle. That is the most epic circle of life ever.
Imagine if that was the actual food chain, but the animal sizes stayed the same. Actually try and picture a butterfly eating a TURTLE. Awesome.
Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
Picture says all I have to say.
That's it for this week folks. I'm gonna go lay down now. Thanks for listening and stuff.
KKNY signing off.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
My nose is running, my head hurts, I may be hungry, but I am not certain, my face itches like crazy and my hands are dry as hell. I think I may be dying. So, as my death inches closer and the icy cold hands of the reaper close around my neck, I will be shuffling of this mortal coil to the sounds of music from around the world.
It only seems appropriate, on the eve of my eventual death from Living-in-The-South-and-The-Weather-is-trying-to-kill-me-itis, I leave you with these songs. I don't know the names of the musicians for most of them, to them I apologize. It doesn't lessen the beautiful music they have created. No over abundance of gratitude is necessary for bringing these songs into your life, your patronage is thanks enough. Of course I don't get paid, so you aren't patrons. Just...thanks for reading...weep for me upon my demise.
TTT #75 Playlist
Daniel's Jojk - Jon Henrik Fjellgren
A Colombian born, Swedish adopted Sami reindeer herder. Yeah. He sang this on Sweden's Got Talent. If I am being honest I really just wanted to share this song and made a playlist around it. Jon Henrik said he that one of the worst things that ever happened to him was his best friend Daniel dying. He then went to Daniel's cabin and sat on his porch and prayed. The jojk just came to him and when he sang it he felt better. He believes the song was a gift from Daniel.
You can definitely feel the lamentation in the melody of this song. I think it is an absolutely beautiful song.
Bonus Remixed Version
The Song of The Four Seasons
I live in Louisiana. There are two seasons. Cold and my shoes are melting. They have no particular time of year, either of these extremes could happen at any moment.
Tsuki no Shizuku
This is a song on Koto and Shakuhachi. The shakuhachi is a flute made from the root of the bamboo tree. The koto is a traditional Japanese string instrument resembling absolutely nothing we have in American folk music so a comparison would be silly. If we are going to be silly, which we are, I'd have to compare to if someone laid an upright bass on its back, added 20 strings and plucked it.
It's really nothing like that at all, but we are doing our best.
I have no idea if Raag Pahari is the name of the song or the style of music. I am leaning towards style of music but I really have no clue. I have a couple of friends that speak Hindi, I should ask.
I am going to be honest I will probably forget. This song is really nice a soothing though. Sitar and tablas. I see how people are able to meditate to stuff like this.
McGivney's Favourite & The Bird's Hornpipe - June McCormick & Michael Rooney
I know the artist for this one! Any time I think of traditional Irish music, which is frequently believe it or not, I picture teenage girls step dancing. When I was a younger lad I was in a show choir. Every Christmas we would play the Lighting Ceremony downtown. There was a troupe of Irish step dancers. Ornately decorated colorful dresses, excessively curly hair. I don't understand why the curly hair was always a thing, but there is a big part of my soul that is Irish and loves me some step dancing.
Wanna go to a real party?
Song of The Burial of Flowers
I don't know what this song is about but dammit I just love listening to it. It has that really mellow Chinese Restaurant thing going. I think I am hungry.
I am dedicating this one to my Moldovan brother from another mother Illya. Moldova sits right next to Romania where my way back ancestors come from. I'd like to think in an alternate universe Illya and I are sitting somewhere drinking Vodka dancing to this song, or playing Tetris, whichever is easier.
El Inca - El Condor Pasa
My girlfriend hates pan flutes, with a passion. Especially when they play unchained melody, it's kind of cute actually. She gets, like a twitch when she hears it and then storms away with an uggggggh. She used to work in the mall and the Peruvian guys would always set up outside her store. She would listen to them play the same songs over and over again.
Then she moved to The Chuck. Damned if they didn't set up right outside her store here. I think that is the universe trying to tell her that she needs to get into Peruvian flute music. IMO.
Yes, I know that isn't a pan flute in his hands.
End on an Upnote
Diablo Rojo - Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Flamenco is another style of music that absolutely gets me going. Is this flamenco? I don't know...
But Gabriela's rasguedos make me hot...
That's it for this week. I'm off now. Enjoy me. Literally.
KKNY signing off.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This will be another playlist inspired by a Howard Jones song. I was listening to 'Things Will Only Get Better' and thought what about a playlist of just whoa oh ohs. Here is that playlist. If you see, or know, Howard Jones, thank him for me.
On with it.
TTT #74 Playlist
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Things Will Only Get Better - Howard Jones
Even if you don't know this song already, you should by the way, but if you don't, you will be singing it by the end. If you don't sing along with most of the songs on this list you may not be happy. Just sayin...
Tarzan Boy - Baltimora
There are so many things I could say about that head shot up there. I won't. Instead, I have decided to talk about Chris Farley. This song always reminds me of Beverly Hills Ninja. I really miss Chris Farley he was a really funny guy and he seemed like he would be a nice guy to hang out with. It is a shame that he felt so self conscious and needed to self medicate to that level. He is one celebrity I think the world is truly dimmer for having lost him. R.I.P. Chris Farley. =(
Some Nights - Fun.
This song has been on a couple of my playlist, I think. Either way it is a really catchy song. Again, if you don't sing along you have no joy in your heart. Just sing. Laugh.
Wake Up - Arcade Fire
This is a great song from a great band.
Daryl you Dooog. Laugh!
Whoa Oh Oh Oh Oh - The Ascetic Junkies
Too apropos to skip it. Plus it is right in my acoustic-y mellow band wheel house. Great band. Listen to more if you get the chance. They are consistently awesome.
Livin On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Hey Sherry, Jon Bon Jovi is point at you. The guy all the way to the left doesn't think you are good enough for him. The others don't really care.
Blood Red Summer - Coheed & Cambria
I would like to apologize to Travis for cutting him out of the title picture. It was a complete oversight and was entirely unintended. Travis, if you are reading this you are one of my favorite people to watch when y'all play live. I would never cut you out. Don't hate me. Also, why are you reading this?
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Because Erin is on a huge Beyonce kick. Huge.
Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
I am not sorry for cutting this picture in the title pic. It made me laugh. He was being sneaky and/or creepy. You decided.
That's it for this week kids. I hope you had fun singing along to all the whoa oh ohs.
KKNY signing off.