The Letter C :: Friday Five

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The Letter C :: Friday Five

Let’s get alphabetical for this Friday Music Friday Five. What are your favorite songs, albums, artists and bands that start with the letter C? Can you name a few of them without looking? Can you close your eyes and alphabetize your favorite Music, pulling out the C’s you love the most?

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Songs:

1. “Crucify” :: Tori Amos

“You’re just an empty cage girl,
if you kill the bird.”

2. “Come Pick Me Up” :: Ryan Adams

“I wish you would come pick me up,
take me out,
fuck me up,
steal my records,
screw all my friends.”

3. “Cherry-coloured Funk” :: Cocteau Twins

“Still we can find our love down from behind.”

4. “Crystal Village” :: Pete Yorn

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

5. “Cosmic Dancer” :: T-Rex

“I danced myself out of the womb.
Is it strange to dance so soon?
I danced myself into the tomb,
but when again once more.”

Singers:

1. Sam Cooke

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“Bring it on Home to Me”

2. Leonard Cohen

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“Chelsea Hotel #2” (live)

3. Chrissie Hynde

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“Back on the Chain Gang”

4. Nick Cave

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“The Ship Song” (live)

5. Chan Marshall (Cat Power)

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“Cross Bones Style”

Bands:

1. Cocteau Twins

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“Lorelai”

2. Concrete Blonde

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“God is a Bullet”

3. The Cure

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“A Forest” (live)

4. The Church

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“Metropolis”

5. The Chemical Brothers

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“Galvanize”

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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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?

My Top Ten Blur Songs :: Top Ten Tuesday

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Since I’ve been in a bit of a Blur mood this week I thought it was time to do a Top Ten Tuesday of their songs. So, if you are looking for the best of the best of Blur, from their Brit Pop 90’s era all the way to their 2015 The Magic Whip release, look no further. Following are my picks for the best of Blur – My Top Ten Blur Songs for Top Ten Tuesday.

My Top Ten Blur Songs:

  1. “Coffee and TV”

    “So, give me coffee and TV,
    peacefully,
    I’ve seen so much,
    I’m going blind,

    and I’m brain-dead virtually.
    Sociability,
    is hard enough for me.
    Take me away from this big, bad world,
    and agree to marry me.”

    From the 1990 album 13, “Coffee and TV” is a modern love song for the reclusive, telly-centric age.

  2. “Beetlebum”“She’ll suck your thumb.
    She’ll make you come.
    Cause she’s your gun.
    Now what you’ve done,
    Beetlebum?”

    Track one from the band’s self-titled 1997 album, the song is Brit Pop 101, all Beatlesque and jangly guitars, and lovestruck, lost youth lyrics.

  3. “Parklife” 

    “Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as
    Parklife.”

    Also quintessentially Brit Pop (and “Brit life”), this time a bit more up-temp, from the album titled the same as the song, from 199. Bonus points for Jimmy (Quadrophenia) in the song and video.

  4. “Country Home”

    “I’m a professional cynic,
    but my heart’s not in it.”

    Another take on “Brit life”, a slice of life song from the 1995 album, The Great Escape. A critical eye on the “life of leisure”, rumored to be about former manager Dave Balfe, who left the band, and the label, and bought a house in the country.

  5. “Girls and Boys” 

    “Girls who are boys,
    who like boys to be girls,
    who do boys like they’re girls,
    who do girls like they’re boys –
    always should be someone you really love.”

    Huge song meant to be played loud, meant to be danced to, meant for the clubs, really. Celebration of sex and love in the modern age of safe sex and sexual preferences.

  6. “Ong Ong”

    “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.”

    From the band’s latest album, The Magic Whip, from 2015, “Ong Ong” was my standout favorite the first time I spun the album, and persists in being my #1 off of it. There is evolution in the sound, but there is still that unmistakable Blur thing, too. The song is said to be a tribute to the city of Hong Kong, from a “British perspective” (where, FYI, the album was recorded).

  7. “Blue Jeans”

    “I don’t really want to change a thing.
    I want to stay this way forever.”

    Taken from the Blur album with my favorite name, 1993’s Modern Life is Rubbish, “Blue Jeans” is another quintessential “Brit Pop” song to me. Musings on love and relationships from a very youthful perspective, peppered with day-in-the-life details, bringing it all to life in a palpable (and melodic) way. I love the opening drums, and guitar.

  8. “The Universal”

    “This is the next century,
    where the universal’s free,
    you can find it anywhere.
    Yes, the future has been sold.
    Every night we’re gone,
    and to karaoke songs,
    how we like to sing a long –
    although the words are wrong.”

    This song is by far my favorite Blur song to hear live. It transforms into something epic, something anthemic, something chill-inducing. That said, even on album it possesses all those traits. Some days this song makes me cry.

  9. “Tender”

    “Love’s the greatest thing.”

    And this is the song I love to hear acoustic, though it is almost that for most of the album version, as is. At least it starts out that way. There is a country music flavor to this album mixed up with the Brit Pop Blur sensibilities. This song seems made to be sung-a-long to – especially the chorus. The song is said to be about Damon’s break-up with Elastica front-woman, Justine. Both Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn wrote the song, and share vocals on the track.

  10. “Sing” 

    “I can’t feel cos I’m numb.
    I can’t feel cos I’m numb.
    What’s the worth in all of this?
    Sing to me.”

    “Sing” is completely cinematic sounding to me, and not just because it was used in the film, Trainspotting. One of my go-to songs to play when I’m writing as I feel it ignites imagination and visual images as it plays on. This is also one of my favorite songs to play loudly, late at night, while I drive through downtown Los Angeles (try it, if you can, and you’ll see why).

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Movie ABC’s :: The Letter “A”

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Movie ABC’s :: The Letter “A”
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Looking for a comprehensive list of movies? How about an alphabetical weekly list of Movie ABC’s starting with The Letter “A”? The following list crossed genres and decades, with a notable leaning towards independent films, or movies with solid storytelling. Movies with a good soundtrack and/or music theme are prevalent, as well.

So, pop some popcorn, or pick-up a bag (white cheddar is pretty tasty) and queue up a movie from the list below.

For more information on each film, click on the title.

Movie ABC’s :: The Letter “A”:

  1. Almost Famous (2000)

    Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical tale of sixteen-year-old William, an avid rock fan who lands an assignment from Rolling Stone to accompany a fledgling band from Michigan, Stillwater, on their first tour. As he becomes more involved with the band members and “band aids”, he loses his objectivity and is soon entangled in the infamous 70’s rock scene.

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  2. Amélie (2001)

    Bursting with imagination and having seen her share of tragedy and fantasy, Amélie is not like the other girls. When she grows up she becomes a waitress in a Montmartre bar run by a former dancer. Amélie enjoys simple pleasures until she discovers that her goal in life is to help others.

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  3. The Anniversary Party (2001)

    Written, directed and produced by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming, this primarily improvisational film chronicles an anniversary party for a troubled Hollywood couple. The night turns as ecstasy, and personal confessions are shared between friends, coworkers, lovers, and feuding neighbors.

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  4. Away We Go (2009)

    Written by husband and wife, Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, and directed by Sam Mendes, the film tells the story of a couple travelling cross the country in search of a place to call home for the two of them, and their on-the-way first child.

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  5. All About Eve (1950)

    From the moment she glimpses her idol on Broadway, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) strives to upstage Margo Channing (Bette Davis). After cunningly stealing Margo’s role, Eve disrupts the lives of anyone close to the actress in this timeless cinematic masterpiece. This is one of the first movies I remember watching with my Mother in the middle of the night, when I was a very young girl, and neither of us could sleep.

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  6. American Beauty (1999)

    The American Dream turned on its head when protagonist Lester Burnham, full of midlife crisis, sexual frustration and angst, starts questioning his seemingly contrived, and predictable, existence. 

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  7. Adam’s Rib (1949)

    Written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Adam’s Rib is a peerless comedy predicated on the double standard. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play Adam and Amanda Bonner, a husband-and-wife attorney team, both drawn to a case of attempted murder. This one my Grandmother introduced me to. She was always taken by, and kind of obsessed, with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy – especially of their off-screen, doomed love story.

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  8. Amadeus (1984)

    Film adaptation of the Broadway hit, the film takes us through the incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum. The movie is humorous, bawdy, musical and ultimately tragic.

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  9. Across the Universe (2007)

    The movie plays as an British-American jukebox musical romantic drama film. Surreal storytelling at times, rock opera styled at others, the film perfectly brings to life the songs of the Beatles.

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  10. Adult World (2013)

    A favorite of my younger daughter and mine, the film tells the story of a struggling writer who is struggling more with growing up. Amy’s coming-of-age in the post-college years is at times funny, at times heartbreaking, sometimes cringe-inducing, and ultimately heart tugging.

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  11. All Over Me (1997)

    This film is so 90’s. Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They’re involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia.

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  12. All That Jazz (1979)

    In this part film à clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer Bob Fosse takes a Felliniesque look at the life of a driven entertainer. Very surreal. Very late 70’s. The screenplay is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on real aspects of Bob Fosse’s life and career as a dancer, choreographer and director. 

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  13. The Apartment (1960)

    An early 60’s romantic comedy that tells the story of a man who is trying to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue when he meets “elevator girl” Fran Kubelik.

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  14. August Rush (2007)

    A drama told with fairy tale elements (see quote: “But I believe in music… The way that some people believe in fairy tales”) about an orphaned  orphaned musical prodigy tries to us his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. Homage to Oliver Twist with one of the storylines featuring Robin Williams as a Fagan-esque character, the films young star, Frddie Highmore, steals every scene as the film’s namesake, August. This film always makes me cry.

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  15. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

    Another late night film I remember watching with my Mother. Also, one of the cinematic reasons I’ve always loved Cary Grant. The film is director Frank Capra’s spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don’t advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces–by serving said bachelors elderberry wine spiked with arsenic.

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  16. Arizona Dream (1993)

    Axel (Johnny Depp) gets caught up into the family car business when his cousin, Paul (Vincent Gallo), coaxes him to come to Arizona to attend the wedding of their Uncle Leo (Jerry Lewis). As Axel makes the decision to try selling Cadillacs with his family, he meets an eccentric woman named Elaine (Faye Dunaway) and her equally quirky stepdaughter, Grace (Lili Taylor). Their lives become inextricably intertwined through romance, dreams — and death.

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  17. The African Queen (1951)

    I saw this film for the first time in the early 2000’s, on the big screen, during a classic film series at a local, independently owned Anaheim movie theater. It was my favorite of all the films from the series. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, The African Queen stars Humphrey Bogart in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Charlie Allnut, the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, which ships supplies to small East African villages during World War I.

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  18. The Accidental Tourist (1988)

    Ignoring the absolute worst first date ever when I first saw this movie in 1988, The Accidental Tourist is a quirky story about family and love. Though the premise is a heavy one (an emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles), the story lightens up when Macon meets Murial, the outgoing, and rather oddball woman he meets, who helps him to get his life back.

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  19. Adventureland (2009)

    This movie perfectly captures the early 80’s to me. As well as capturing that nowhere time between high school and college, where nothing and everything seems to happen.

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  20. About a Boy (2002)

    Based on Nick Horby’s novel by the same name, the movie tells the story of seemingly narcissistic Will who accidentally becomes a role model for an awkward neighbor boy who is struggling with finding himself, and surviving with a troubled single mother, and a school full of bullies.

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