December 12, 2005

Monday Music Roundup

Well a new week brings new music for y’all. Here are five tracks that I found listen-worthy this week. Let me know what you think! Here’s a secret about all bloggers: we crave your comments, so leave a little note if you feel the urge.

Proclaim Your Joy – Mark Eitzel
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Jangly music and feel-good lyrics in this little ditty (who doesn’t need a little uplifting on Mondays?). Also tongue-in-cheek funny. Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) has a voice which reminds me of Evan Dando’s, so I like it by default. I thought this song had interesting musical footprints to it – it mixes what sounds like banjo with some little electronic touches. Different.

White Daisy Passing – Rocky Votolato
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Here is a new artist I just kinda found on the internet and I really like. Texas-born/Pacific-Northwest-resident Votolato has a new album coming out in 2006 called “Makers,” and this is the first cut off that album. This track has a dreamy feel to it, and if you like it you can download more music from his website. His last two releases, Suicide Medicine and Light and Sound EP, were produced by Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie, who also plays various instruments on the albums.

Creep – Damien Rice
My first instinct is to like this cover because I like both Damien Rice and Radiohead, but I am kind of mixed on it as a cover effort because it hasn’t changed much from the original. This song, no matter who is singing it, reminds me of being angst-ridden my freshman year of high school. Oh the drama and alienation inherent in being 14.

Consequence – The Notwist (link expired)
I haven’t heard much other music from these guys, but I very much dig the hazy, lo-fi, laid-back vibe to this track. From their album Neon Golden, which made it onto several reviewers’ lists of best indie albums of 2003/04. I would link you to their site to learn more about them, but lord almighty it is the most confusing thing I’ve seen since I got out of calculus. But don’t hold it against their music.

Blue Suede Shoes (live) – Carl Perkins
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This is so awesome. A fabulous song by an American icon, done live. Can’t sit still. “Goodness gracious alive.” I think I like this original better than Elvis’ better-known rendition. According to Perkins, he wrote this song after a show in Arkansas when he was touring with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash (um, would have loved to see a show on *that* tour!). “Blue Suede Shoes” was recorded December, 1955, and released January 1, 1956 on the Sun label. It is still Perkins best-known contribution to the world of rockabilly music.

ALSO: I have added a new song to my Jeff Buckley Tribute Songs post, thanks to ‘Splean,’ who was very kind to send me the mp3 of the PJ Harvey song “Memphis” about Jeff. Thank you very much and please check it out!

5 Comments »

  • hey there, just found your blog tonight, and i’m really loving it. great taste, great music, great writing…

    i’ll definitely be stopping by again!

    cheers,
    chad

    Chad — December 12, 2005 @ 10:08 pm

  • I really like the song you posted by the Notwist – it’s got a smooth, easygoing sound that you could just play over and over in the background while you’re cooking dinner, typing emails, whatever. I’m going to check out more of their stuff. Thanks!

    Kristy — December 16, 2005 @ 11:22 am

  • The Notwist are friggin’ great.
    I picked up that album a few weeks ago- discovered them perhaps a month before you, hehe.

    But yes, Neon Golden is a super album and, albeit a little pricy because it’s an import, but still very much worth getting.

    Perhaps as a Christmas present to yourself.

    Or, I suppose, I could hook you up with a few more tracks if you’d rather.
    If not, Merry Christmas!

    Cousy — December 19, 2005 @ 1:42 pm

  • After listening to bits on iTunes, I bought the whole Notwist (which heather just informed me that it’s no-twist, not not-wist, like I thought) album, and it’s teriffic! Good sound, good vibe, definitely a Christmas present to myself.

    Anonymous — December 20, 2005 @ 7:17 am

  • Good blog you have here. Very nice. Neon Golden by the Notwist is a fantastic record. I highly recommend it.

    Eric — December 28, 2005 @ 10:02 pm

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