My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Wednesday, the eve of my birthday, the last day of my 47th year of a Music Obsessed Life. Today’s 5 starts with Andy Lewis and Paul Weller singing the question “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” Up next is The Housemartins celebrating “Happy Hour”. Sleep is the subject of Song #3, with Cornershop, then its Aztec Camera’s “Somewhere in My Heart”. The 5 Music Obsessions for today finishes with The Lightning Seeds’ “Change” (which is more about not changing).

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” :: Andy Lewis & Paul Weller

“Are you trying to be lonely?
Well, it’s working for you.
Are you trying to be lonely?
What are you trying to prove.”

Weller Wednesday with a new Weller discovery off of Andy Lewis’ album, You Should Be Hearing Something Now!

2. “Happy Hour” :: The Housemartins

“Where they open all their wallets,
and they close all their minds,
and they love to buy you all a drink.”

I picked up The Housemartins’ album, London 0 Hull 4, in 1986, at Music Market, one of my favorite – at the time – record stores. It was the source of many music discoveries, albums I still have in my collection, and revisit on occasion. I thought of this song earlier today when a coworker was complaining about the stilted conversations at happy hours with other coworkers.

3. “Sleep on the Left Side” :: Cornershop

“Sleep on the left side,
keep the sword hand free –
whatever is gonna be,
is gonna be.”

I read an article about the health benefits of sleeping on your left side. Not once did they mention keeping the hand on the other side free for a sword.

4. “Somewhere in My Heart” :: Aztec Camera

“Somewhere in my heart,
there is a star that shines for you.
Silver splits the blue.
Love will see it through.”

Written by singer/songwriter Roddy Frame, and produced by Michael Jonzun, “Somewhere in My Heart” was the biggest hit by Aztec Camera. It was the 12th single ever released, and the 3rd single coming off of their 1987 album, Love. Love was the first Aztec Camera album I ever owned, bought at the same time I picked up a Cassette Single (remember those?) which had their cover of Van Halen’s  “Jump”on the “b-side”.

5. “Change” :: The Lightning Seeds

“You never gonna to be like all those fools,
you’re going out tonight.
There’s nothing to lose,
you’re gonna give all a try.”

This feels like coming-of-age in a song.

Cheers to Wednesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day…on my birthday.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Tuesday starts out with a parenthetical love song with Frank Wilson’s “Do You Love You (Indeed I Do)” which leads into the title track from the newly released Spoon album (reviewed here). Mary Wells takes it from there, leading into another Weller-creation with “My Ever Changing Moods” from The Style Council. Lloyd Cole And The Commotions bring the Music to 5 with “Perfect Skin”, which completes our Tuesday Music Obsessions of the Day.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” :: Frank Wilson

“The very thing that I want most,
is just to have and hold you close.
Do I love you?”

“Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” was first pressed in 1965 on the Motown subsidiary label named Soul. Approximately 250 demo 45’s of the song were originally pressed and scheduled to be released in December of 1965. Owing to a combination of Frank Wilson deciding he’d rather focus on producing, and Motown’s Berry Gordy’s rumored lukewarm reception of the vocals, and also supposed prevention of his producers having recording careers, the demos were almost all destroyed.

At least two survived, maybe five. One fetched £25,742 from a collector, in 2009. Another is supposedly owned by Gordy himself. Due to its scarcity it remains one of the most collectible 45’s, especially by followers of Northern Soul.

Owing to the demand for the song caused by DJ’s playing it at the famous UK Northern Soul nightclub, the Wigan Casino, it was first “officially” released in the UK in 1979 on the Tamla-Motwon label, and again in 2004 with a version of the same song by Chris Clark on the “b-side”.

2. “Hot Thoughts” (live) :: Spoon

“Hot thoughts melt in my mind,
could be your accent,
mixing with mine.”

Fresh off the new album from Spoon, “Hot Thoughts” is the title track, and one of the strongest songs on the band’s ninth album. The above video is a live version recorded on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Listening to this live version has me wishing and hoping that I’ll get the opportunity to finally see Spoon play live this year.

3. “You Beat Me to the Punch” :: Mary Wells

“That day,
I first saw you passing by
I wanted, to ask your name but I…
was much too shy.”

This Music Obsession Song actually started late yesterday afternoon when I found myself hitting replay, over and over. I listened to the track again early this morning, as I woke with it playing on a loop in my head.

The song was released in 1962, and was co-written by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, who were responsible for the majority of hits released by Mary Wells while she was a Motown artist.

The song was produced with a “mock-calypso” beat which inspired an “answer” song by soul singer Gene Chandler called “You Threw a Lucky Punch” which used the same music, but with different lyrics. Chandler’s “answer” became a Pop and R&B chart hit that same year.

4. “My Ever Changing Moods” :: The Style Council

 

“The cool before the warm,
the calm after the storm.
I wish to stay forever,
letting this be my food,
but I’m caught up in a whirlwind,
and my ever changing moods.”

This was the first Style Council song I ever heard. My first Weller, actually. I remember going to the Music Plus that was down the hill from my school and buying the cassette of the album Cafe Bleu (titled My Ever Changing Moods here in the U.S.) and playing it over and over again. It was the 5th released single from The Style Council at that time.

“My Ever Changing Moods”, backed with the Hammond organ instrumental “Mick’s Company”, reached # 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song remains Weller’s greatest success in the US (including his efforts in The Jam and as a solo artist).

It will always be one of my all-time favorite songs.

5. “Perfect Skin” (live) :: Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

“Louise is a girl,
I know her well.
She’s up on the pavement, 
yes she’s a weather girl.
And, I’m staying up here so I may be undone.
She’s inappropriate,
but then she’s much more fun.”

A few years back I went through a Lloyd Cole obsession, playing his Music, his albums, while I was working on a memoir. The name Louise stuck out in this song, especially with the lyric “she’s inappropriate, but then she’s much more fun”. I had to gift one of the characters the name because this song, and that lyric, fit her so well, and I was in need of a handful of “re-names” to give these non-fictional people.

“Louise” can be found a bit in the title song from the album “Perfect Skin” is off of — “Rattlesnakes”.

That was Tuesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/19/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/19/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Monday starts out with a Paul Weller-music-discovery with a song from the band The Moons that Weller made an appearance on. Next up is a Northern Soul track from Tamala Lewis that leads into another new music discoery, with Steve Cradock’s “Anyway the Wind Blows”. The Teardrop Explodes become song #4 on this Music Obsession Monday, and then it winds up back with more Weller, this time with The Jam’s “Just Who is the 5 O’Clock Hero?”

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Something Soon” :: The Moons, featuring Paul Weller

“In the end it’ll be alright.
I’ll be spending all my money,
on a Friday night,
then start over again.”

The Moons have worked with Weller for quite some time now, recording their debut album in his studio, and some of their band working as his band for tour times. They have a connection to Edwyn Collins, as well, who produced their second album. This song is from 2012’s album Fables of History, the band’s third album. Producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert has worked with Oasis in the past, as well as with Massive Attack, The Rifles, and you guessed it, Mr. Weller. I dig the throwback sound of this song, as well as The Moon’s themselves. Oh, and I also dig Weller’s hat in this video.

2. “You Won’t Say Nothing” :: Tamala Lewis

“You won’t say everything,
you won’t say no,
you won’t say nothing.”

Feeling Northern Soul-ish this morning after watching the 2014 movie Northern Soul last night (available on Netflix). I’ve been spinning a compilation album from Spotify called Northern Soul – The Soundtrack to Your Life this morning, and this song stood out immediately, garnering a few repeat plays, and a spot on today’s Music Obsession List.

3. “Anyway the Wind Blows” :: Steve Cradock

“Hey…
anyway the wind blows,
anyway the wind blows.”

Both the artist and song are new to me here. I found them by perusing the “related artists” section for The Moons Spotify page.

4. “Second Head” :: The Teardrop Explodes

“Like a second head,
is it the first one you started out with?”

I hadn’t listened to The Teardrop Explodes in years, but was reminded of their debut album, and this song, while driving to work this morning. This song was actually left off of the UK version of the album, along with “Bouncing Babies”, but the vinyl I had included it.

5. “Just Who is the 5 O’Clock Hero?” :: The Jam

“Hello darlin’,
I’m home again,
covered in shit and aches and pains.
Too knackered to think,
so give me time to come round.
Just gimme the living room beat to the TV sound.”

Weller is brilliant at capturing a day-in-the-life, as well as looking beneath it, with an eye on the societal routines, leanings, and consequences of the day-by-day. As a bonus, press play below, a live version where The Jam segue into “Chain Gang” at the end of this song.

So, there’s Monday’s 5 Songs (with a bonus 6th). Hope you enjoyed! Tune in tomorrow for another 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/17/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/17/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Friday start out with the song that was stuck in my head on waking this morning. I think it has been spinning around in my subconscious ever since I watched The Jam documentary this past Wednesday (About the Young Idea – check it out here). Next up, Music-wise, is Sleaford Mods’ “B.H.S.”, which gets stuck in my head at about the halfway mark of my daily commute, for some reason. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds brings it next, with my favorite track from his self-titled, bird-flying album. Pete Yorn comes around with “Crystal Village” next, a song and video he recently posted, explaining the inspiration for the brown suit in the video (i.e. Nic Cage in Valley Girl). Tones on Tail ends this My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day in honor of finding out today that they put more Poptone tickets on sale…can’t wait to see them in Las Vegas, in May.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “The Eton Rifles” :: The Jam

“Thought you were clever when you lit the fuse.
Tore down the house of commons in your brand new shoes.
Compose a revolutionary symphony,
then went to bed with a charming young thing.”

Eton, in the “Eton Rifles”, refers to England’s elite college, Eton, in this class warfare anthem. As I mentioned before, this song was stuck in my head when I woke up today, as well as going in and out of my consciousness ever since watching The Jam documentary this past Wednesday. I do wish I had a time machine to go back in time to see live Music that I’ve missed – like a Jam show – yes, please.

2. “B.H.S.” :: Sleaford Mods

“It’s at night when they come,
when I’m alone,
and not with anyone.
Through the shouts and music,
of the crowd down the road boozing,
near the free car park,
the bins and the alleyway,
of the Chinese restaurant:
number 3 for 2,
and number 4 for 1.”

I can’t wait to see Sleaford Mods play next month. I’m so ready.

Also, turn this one up loud.

3. “If I had a Gun…” :: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

“Excuse me if I spoke too soon,
my eyes have always followed you around the room.
‘Cause you’re the only god that I will ever need.”

I love this song. It definitely holds a permanent place in my all-time favorite songs list. It holds a lot of new meaning to me now. One of my favorite love songs…yes.

4. “Crystal Village” :: Pete Yorn

“You were there,
and it was good in the beginning.”

Another song that will live in my all-time favorite songs list permanently. Another song that will always be very special to me.

5. “Go!” :: Tones On Tail

“Living it up.
It’s a big kick.
It’s good for you..”

Turn this one way up loud, too. This song makes me want to dance so badly. I remember so many nights dancing to it, smoky dark clubs, the vibration of the music ricocheting off the walls. I could feel this song beat in the center of my chest.

I can’t wait to see them in May.

Happy Friday! Here’s to Friday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. Do you have any songs to add?

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/16/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/16/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Thursday meet at the crossroads of dance and chill, infusing “Friday Eve” with an eclectic energy of Music to help get us through the day. It starts out with a new track off of the anticipated new album from Goldfrapp. From there we here some Chemical Brothers, who enlisted some help from Beck. Flunk comes around to spin this mix of Top 5 Songs around. Daughter grasps hands with M83 to take us into a breathing space, easing our minds and soothing us into the flow of another busy day.  Turn these two up loud though. Just because they are melodic and mellow, does not mean they do not benefit from some booming sounds.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Anymore” :: Goldfrapp

“You’re what I want.
You’re what I need.
Give me your love.
Make me a freak.”

Normal is overrated. Love makes the living parts easier. Freaks, especially Music ones, are everything.

2. “Wide Open” :: The Chemical Brothers, featuring Beck

“Some day love’s gonna hurt me.
Turn back,
and soon I’ll believe it.”

I keep coming back to this song ever since I found it a few weeks back. It is as addictive as it is beautiful. It reminds me of a book I just finished, and the way a journey of self found love, and home, unexpectedly. If I were to create a playlist for the story I would want to include this track.

3. “Spring to Kingdom Come” :: Flunk

“I´m waiting for spring to come to my kingdom.”

Winter is never really a thing here, and yet the rains brought on this longing for the sun. Spring becomes Summer quicker than the months would signify. The weather turning quickly from downpours to the collective whirring of air conditioners and climate controls. Do we have one more rainstorm yet to come?

4. “Medicine” :: Daughter

“You could still be,
what you want to,
what you said you were,
when I met you.”

This song just reignited a story I’d put away for awhile. I love when that happens. Music my forever muse. I think I’ll start working on it (again) later today/tonight.

5. “Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun” :: M83

(Instrumental)

So cinematic. I close my eyes for the time it takes this song to play, letting it wash over me, allowing anything I am feeling to release, swirl and twirl and fray, and then let go. This helps to ease my jagged emotions this week, letting go of some new insecurities/fears that have surfaced, and breathe in all the good. Trust it to stay. I mean, oh my stars, this really is a beautiful song, and Music, it makes it, and me, so much better.

That was this Thursday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. What has you singing-a-long today?

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/15/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/15/17
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Welcome Wednesday’s music for My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, starting off with some Weller for Wednesday. From there Throttle takes over with a high intensity cover version of “Hit the Road Jack” (not sure what I enjoy more, this take on the song, or the video). The Go-Go’s flashback, and The Libertines warn about looking back into the sun. The five for today ends with some Small Faces, the song of the five that requires a turn-up-the-volume moment, so come on, turn it up.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

1. “Sunflower” :: Paul Weller

I’d send you a flower,
a sunflower bright,
while you cloud my days,
messing up my nights.”

Such a beautiful song full of love lost and longing. Another song that showcases what a songwriter Weller is. As I dig in deep and discover/rediscover his music I come up with a new favorite. This week – this song – “Sunflower” – is my favorite.

There is something about this song that reminds me of The Zombies.

2. “Hit the Road Jack” :: Throttle

“Hit the road Jack,
and don’t you come back no more,
no more,
no more,
no more.”

Though Ray’s version is my ultimate favorite, this take on “Hit the Road Jack” is stellar, as is the video. Doesn’t it just make you want to dance?

3. “We Got the Beat” :: The Go-Go’s

See the people walking down the street,
fall in line,
just watching all their feet.
They don’t know where they wanna go,
but they’re walking in time.”

Talk about wanting to dance. This song immediately brings back junior high, PE class, in the locker room, talking music with a new friend (music always is the key). She brought a vinyl of Beauty and the Beat to school one day and I took it all in, the cover art, the inside sleeve, before I took it home to listen. We sang this song, and “This Town” in the small hallways for weeks after.

4. “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun” :: The Libertines

“And they’ll never forgive you,
but they won’t let you go,
oh no.
She’ll never forgive you,
but she won’t let you go,
oh no.”

Sometimes you hear a song you loved, a song you haven’t heard in a long time, and you have to play it, over and over, and over again. Today that song is this song. That first Libs album, Up the Bracket, will always be my favorite. So many memories.

5. “It’s Too Late” :: Small Faces

“I’m askin’ you baby,
why make me wait?
You better love me now
(before It’s too late).”

Did I mention this is a turn-up-the-volume song? Well, what are you waiting for? Turn it up!

So, there you have it…Wednesday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. What are you spinning today?

 

 

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/14/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/14/17
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Tuesday arrived quickly this week. The music plays while March flies by, faster than January and February seemed to. Perhaps this is something that happens when you are happy, feeling engaged in each moment, and satisfied with where you are right now. That isn’t a feeling I’ve had too often in my life, but I certainly have it now. I don’t take it for granted, no. I cherish it. Turn the music up, sing-a-long, and feel damn lucky to be alive, in this life, in my life, right now.

Today’s MY Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day start with my favorite track off of Blur’s most recent album, The Magic Whip. From there I hit play for a track off Wolf Alice’s EP with the same title – “Blush” quite possibly being my favorite track of Wolf Alice (see pictured above). Arctic Monkeys’ “505”, tied for favorite with a “Mardy Bum”, comes in at song number 3, then there is a newly discovered track from The Courteeners. We finish up today’s 5 with Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, a song I referenced in a conversation I was having with my carpool early this morning.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

1. “Ong Ong” :: Blur

“To the isle of the black kites and the wishing tree,
I wanna be with you.
On the slow boat to Lantau through misty seas,
I wanna be with you.”

I feel this song today something fierce, especially the wanderlust/longing to travel sentiment with someone you love sentiment.

2. “Blush” :: Wolf Alice

“Punch drunk,
dumb struck,
pot luck,
happy happy.”

I can’t stop hitting replay on this song today. I bet if you press play, you will want to replay when it ends, too. The song still brings chills to my skin, the kind that snake up and down my spine, and trigger the prickle feeling of tears in my eyes. It is just such a beautiful song.

3. “505” :: Arctic Monkeys

“I’m going back to 505,
if it’s a seven hour flight,
or a forty-five minute drive.
In my imagination you’re waiting,
lying on your side,
with your hands between your thighs.”

Cinematic and sexy – don’t you just want to makeout to this song?

4. “Are You In Love with a Notion?” :: The Courteeners

“Why are you so in love with,
why are you so in love with a notion?”

New (to me) band discovery alert. I have a feeling more songs of The Courteeners are going to be showing up in these lists in the future.

5. “Don’t Look Back in Anger” :: Oasis

“Cause you said the brains I had went to my head.”

I love that lyric. The irony in it, the winked eye sarcasm. I like it almost as much as the lyric “please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock and roll band who’ll throw it all away”. Truly a lot of truth right there.

So that was Tuesday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. What are you starting your week listening to?

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/13/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/13/17
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Today’s My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day’s music begins with a mellow track by Fionn Regen, a newer discovery of mind, both artist and song. The mellow-Monday-mood continues with one of my favorite tracks by M. Ward (pictured above), which I believe was the first track I ever heard from him, back in 2006. “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” is up next, a song that I used to throw on when I worked at Tower Records, in Chicago, and much like that quintessential scene in the movie High Fidelity, it would always sell before the second verse began. Stripped down piano version to Sia’s “Chandelier” is up next, keeping with this Monday’s mood. Tying it all together is my favorite Stereophonics track, one that always makes me want to drive to the ocean, windows down, cares blowing away, with the volume turned up.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

1. “Be God or Be Gone” :: Fionn Regan

“I have become an aerial view,
of a coastal town,
that you once knew.”

Somewhat newly discovered Fionn Regan hit my ears via a Spotify Discovery playlist. I love the melodies at the chorus, and the guitar. I see that Fionn was signed to former Cocteau Twins member’s dream pop label, Bella Union, in the UK and alt-country’s favorite label, Lost Highway. I can see this song as a halfway mark between dream pop and alt-country (veering a bit more to the latter). I will definitely be having a listen to more of his music.

2. “Chinese Translation” :: M. Ward

“And I said,
what do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?
And, how can a man like me remain in the light?
And, if life is really as short as they say,
then why is the night so long?”

Something about this song makes me think of long nights, the kind that hit in Summertime, those longest days ever kind of days. It reminds me of warm evenings, the kind that feel so good when you sit outside, talking, laughing, soaking in the stars in the sky and the passing of minutes into hours, into late, late middle of the night. Contemplative lyrics full of questions that have a layer of hope embedded inside them.

3. “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” :: Broken Social Scene

“Used to be one of,
the rotten ones,
and I liked you for that.”

I always loved that lyric. It evokes young/first love, the kind that sometimes is terribly misguided, a heart drawn to the ones who will eventually hurt, disappear, or simply be nothing more than unrequited wishing.

4. “Chandelier” (piano version) :: Sia

“But I’m holding on for dear life,
won’t look down,
won’t open my eyes.”

I love this version of “Chandelier” because I think it fits the melancholic desperation of the lyrics, making them hit like a punch with each line.

5. “Dakota” :: Stereophonics

“Thinking back,
thinking of you,
Summertime,
think it was June.
Yeah, think it was June.”

My favorite Stereophonics song, as I mentioned before. A must-be-included song on any road trip playlist I make. Also, turn this one up, way up, it sort of is mandatory that you do.

So that was Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. What are you starting your week listening to?

 

 

 

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/10/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/10/17
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Today’s My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day’s music starts off with a remastered version of one of my all-time favorite songs by Elliott Smith, available now on the new released Either/Or: Expanded Edition. Next up is one of my all-time favorite songs from Ian McCulloch’s solo from the Bunnymen projects. Goldfrapp’s new single “Ocean” swims beautifuly into Doves’ “Meet Me at the Pier”. And, it all ends (or begins, if you hit replay this week’s playlist full of musical obsessions) with my favorite track off of Laura Marling’s new release, Semper Femina (reviewed here).

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I will add each five songs shared to the playlist each day. 

 1. “Say Yes” :: Elliott Smith

“Situations get fucked up,
and turned around sooner or later.
And, I could be another fool,
or an exception to the rule,
you tell me the morning after.”

An unconventional love song, some might say, but it has always been one of my favorites. I think it speaks to taking a chance on love even when you’ve been burned and broken before, even if your heart feels damaged, even if you don’t really know if it will work out – but you hope that this time is the “exception to the rule”. Hey, it just may be.

2. “Faith and Healing” :: Ian McCulloch

“One more time inside the dream,
where nothing has to be this real,
and I don’t ever care to feel,
what I don’t want to.”

The song I woke up to, playing in my head.

3. “Ocean” :: Goldfrapp

“I’ve lost the will to.
I’ve lost my way.
I’ve lost this ocean,
that poisoned me.”

New single released today from Goldfrapp’s upcoming album. I’m obsessing over it big time, hitting replay, and taking in the darker edges, the lyrical refrains, and the sonic complexities. It reminds me a bit of Garbage. It is addictingly good.

4. “Meet Me at the Pier” :: Doves

(Instrumental)

My exploration and discovery of Doves music continues. Isn’t this track stunningly beautiful?

5. “Nothing, Not Nearly” :: Laura Marling

“The only thing I learnt in a year,
where I didn’t smile once,
not really.
Nothing matters more than love,
no,
nothing,
no,
not nothing no,
not nearly.”

This may just be my song obsession of the week. I’ve been playing it, off-and-on, since I heard it the other night for the first time (before I knew there was a new album out today – see review here). I don’t know what I like most about it – the guitar? The lyrics? The rhythm that feels almost spoken word poetic at the start? Laura’s vocals? All of the above? Yes, I think it’s all of the above.

Nice to see you Friday , along with Friday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day.

What are you celebrating Friday listening to?

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/9/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/9/17
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Today’s My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day’s music begins with Doves, a band I dove into yesterday after my fellow music obsessive boyfriend sent me one of their songs. Next up is Finley Quaye with William Orbit (and Beth Orton on backing vocals) which leads into another music introduction sent to me yesterday by said boyfriend, a bit psychedelic rock to swirl around to, with Max Pain and the Groovies. “Lost Weekend” comes next from one of lyriquediscorde’s frequently featured singer-songwriters, and then it all becomes five with some solo Graham Coxon.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I will add each five songs shared to the playlist each day. 

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/9/17

1. “Caught by the River” :: Doves

“Stay.
Stay here and lie on back.
Get down in the cornfields,
stay till we’re caught at last.”

I’d heard of the Doves before, and a song, or two, had come my way in playlists, or movie soundtracks, but I’d not ever really listened to them until yesterday afternoon. This was one that stood out immediately (along with a few others). This is definitely a band I will be exploring more.

2. “Dice” :: Finley Quaye and William Orbit

“Nothing can compare,
to when you roll the dice,
and swear that your love’s for me.”

How had I forgotten about this song? Its so beautiful, especially with Beth Orton’s vocals in the background. This one I will be continuing to obsess over through the rest of the week, if not longer.

3. He’s Come (The Stranger) :: Max Pain And The Groovies

“Try to look creative.”

Psychedelic rock sounds with fuzzy vocals that summon up images of smoky clubs, late night, just about nearing the dawn are what Salt Lake City’s Max Pain And The Groovies bring to the Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

This one should be played loudly.

4. “Lost Weekend” :: Pete Yorn

“You can tell the truth,
you can tell a lie,
say anything you want to say –
are we all just lost in time?”

As the weather warms and the afternoon is in my sights this song seems to fit perfectly. Also, I’m longing for the weekend, so the sentiment of a lost weekend, and needing another vacation resonate.

5. “You & I” :: Graham Coxon

“‘Cos it’s gonna be a while ,
’til I get to see you smile ,
and you gotta let me know…
or maybe you won’t.”

It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to Graham Coxon’s solo work. After spotting him in a live Paul Weller BBC concert last night via YouTube I was reminded that I’ve enjoyed his solo sonic adventures, especially songs off of the album Love Travels at Illegal Speeds.

Here we go Thursday – let’s turn up My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

What are you playing loudly today?