Everything changes with or without us
A Monday Playlist – June 11, 218
“Sugaree” by Phosphorescent, featuring Jenny Lewis
“Happy” by Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins
“If We Were Vampires” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
“Why Do They Leave?” by Ryan Adams
“On the Attack” by Langhorne Slim and The Law
“Lost In the Dream” by The War On Drugs
“Nothing Else” by Angus And Julia Stone
“Call It Dreaming” by Iron And Wine
“The Only Living Boy In New York” by Simon And Garfunkel
“Back On the Chain Gang” by Pretenders
“Slip Away” by Perfume Genius
“Wild Fire” by Laura Marling
“King and Lionheart” by Of Monsters And Men
“Hunger” by Florence And The Machine
“Cigarillo” by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson
“Over the Ocean” by Low
“Jolene” by Radical Face
“Boots of Spanish Leather” by Bob Dylan
“With Arms Outstretched” by Rilo Kiley
“World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies
“You Do” by Aimee Mann
“Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridges
“Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy” by Anna Calvi
“Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur
“Endgame” by R.E.M.
“The Wind” by Cat Stevens
“Day I Die” by The National
“Space and Time” by Wolf Alice
“Creature Comfort” by Arcade Fire
“Once In My Life” by The Decemberists
“Fearless” by Pink Floyd
Everything changes with or without us – A Monday Playlist
Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? Are you ready to turn up Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions? After the stress-filled week I’ve had I know I’m ready for both. So, without any delay, let’s give these 5 Songs a spin.
Song 1 is “Sadboy” by Wolf Alice. Wolf Alice is a new Favorite of mine. I’m sad to have missed them when they played recently. I’m hoping for another chance soon. Joff Oddie said about the Song “Sadboy”:
“Sadboy” was one of the latest additions to the record. Stemming from a bizarre kind of electronic Brian Jonestown Massacre demo that Ellie had created with de-tuned acoustic guitars and multiple character vocals we set about creating a live “Wolf Alice” version in our rehearsal space. The main body (or first half) was conceived fairly quickly but the later half had a few different incarnations from an instrumental version to a feature artist spot. It wasn’t until some time later when we were in a preproduction studio in LA and we were banging our heads together trying to work out what happens in that particular section when Ellie said to give her playback of the track and a microphone and she would ad-lib something. In classic Ellie form she found a part that was both musically, lyrically and contextually perfect for the section within her first two takes and had all us lads jumping around the control room setting off our airhorn apps.
from Consequence of Sound.
Next up is “This is the Last Time” by Stars. I’ve been a Stars Fan for some time now but was rather unfamiliar with their 2014 Album, No One Is Lost. It is their seventh Studio Release and is full of recurring themes of mortality and loss were inspired the cancer diagnosis of longtime manager Eoin O’Leary during the writing process. I’ve been feeling the Album lately, especially played during long commutes in my car.
Track 3 is Mercury Rev’s “Something for Joey”. I always forget how much I enjoy Mercury Rev until I stumble upon them and near immediately I’m reminded. “I’m On Standby” by Grandaddy is Song 4, and then last but not least, one of my Favorite Bear’s Den Songs, “Sophie”.
I hope you are enjoying your Friday, and that this weekend is full of good things for you. Cheers to your own Music Obsessions. I hope they are making you smile and sing-a-long. I’d love to hear what you think of Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions down in the comments, and please share what is Musically Obsessing you, too.
Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day – March 2, 2018
1. “Sadboy” by Wolf Alice
2. “This Is the Last Time” by Stars
3. “Something for Joey” by Mercury Rev
4. “I’m On Standby” by Grandaddy
5. “Sophie” by Bear’s Den
I hope you enjoy Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions. Turn it Up Loud and get ready for the Weekend.
Top 5 Music Obsessions for the Week of February 26, 2018
“Turn to Dust” by Wolf Alice is the first Track on their 2015 debut Album, My Love Is Cool. It is also the first Song I ever heard from them. I was immediately enamored by it and went looking for the Album. I’ve been listening ever since, and am looking forward to seeing them play with Big Pink, in March.
“Turn to Dust” by Wolf Alice
from the Album, My Love Is Cool (2015)
The Album, My Love Is Cool, was released in June of 2015, in the UK and US, by Dirty Hit Records. The Album was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Price, and in 2016 the band released a deluxe edition of the Album, containing Songs from their previous EP’s, and B-Sides. (from Wikipedia)
The Album was on my List of Top Favorites from 2015, and “Turn to Dust”, along with “Moaning Lisa Smile” and “Silk” have made it on many a Playlist since. They remind me some of Drugstore, of Mazzy Star, of Siouxsie and The Banshees, and Daughter.
Wolf Alice became a band in 2010, in North London. They began as an acoustic act between Ellie Roswell and Joff Oddie. They took their name from a short story by Angela Carter. They recruited childhood friends of Ellie’s to complete the band, Sadie Cleary (bass guitar) and James DC (drummer). (from Wikipedia)
“Turn to Dust” (live) by Wolf Alice
Making up her mirrored reflection
Monday Mixtape Playlist
“Shark Smile” by Big Thief
“Loving Is Easy” by Rex Orange County
“Party Police” by Alvvays
“I Could Be Happy” by Altered Images
“Don’t Delete the Kisses” by Wolf Alice
“Bang” by Blur
“Walk On the Wild Side’ by Lou Reed
“Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie
“Somebody Is Waiting For Me” by Juliana Hatfield
“Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur
“Lost Weekend” by Pete Yorn
“La Isla Bonita” by Madonna
“Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey
“I Need My Girl” by The National
“Home” by Daughter
“Shut Up Kiss Me” by Angel Olsen
“Your Love Is Killing Me” by Sharon Van Etten
“Hang On Me” by St. Vincent
“(Feeling Like a) Demon Again” by Primal Scream
“More Than Meets the Eye” by The Bangles
“Real Love Baby” by Father John Misty
“Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” by Car Seat Headrest
“My Little Corner of the World” by Yo La Tengo
“Slip Away” by Perfume Genius
“Pain” by The War On Drugs
“(Nice Dream)” by Radiohead
“New Slang” by The Shins
“Want You Back” by HAIM
“Creature Comfort” by Arcade Fire
Making up her mirrored reflection
Morning After Resolutions (We Start All Over Again)
“Hey Sunshine” by The Charlatans
“For What It’s Worth” by Liam Gallagher
“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” by Declan McKenna
“505” by Arctic Monkeys
“Last Words” by The Real Tuesday Weld
“Your Balloon is Rising” by Stone Foundation, featuring Paul Weller
“Take It Out On Me” by White Lies
“At Most a Kiss” by Blossoms
“This Year” by The Mountain Goats
“T-Shirt Weather” by Circa Waves
“Black and Blues” by The Jesus And Mary Chain, featuring Sky Ferreira
“Lola + Joseph” by July Talk
“How To Say Goodbye” by Paul Tiernan
“Places We Won’t Walk” by Bruno Major
“4 Seasons” by Rex Orange County
“B.H.S.” by Sleaford Mods
“All the Wine” by The National
“Wreckless Heart” by Glen Hansard
“The Cranes are Back” by Paul Weller
“The Right Stuff” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
“Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” by The Lemonheads, featuring Liv Tyler
“10,000 Emerald Pools” by Børns
“Tea-Soaked Letter” by Anna Burch
“Trying” by Bully
“Planet Hunter” by Wolf Alice
“Turn of the Century” by Pete Yorn
“A Smiling Face” Yellow Days
“New Girl (Tom’s Song)” by The Walters
“No Peace” by Syd Arthur
“(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon
Morning After Resolutions (We Start All Over Again)
Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018. We welcome the New Year with all its Resolutions and Things to Come. But, before we turn completely away from the year that’s now passed, let’s have a listen to some of the stellar Albums of 2017.
This list of 30 Albums spans the genres of Post-Modern Rock, Indie Pop, Electro Pop, Dark Wave, Indie Rock, Ambient Pop, Neo-Folk, and Alt-Country. It starts with my most played Artist of 2017, Paul Weller, then on to Laura Marling, who had one of my favorite Songs of the year, and then it’s my most played Album since its release, Liam Gallagher’s As You Were. There’s 27 more to go, and after reading a 3-sentence mini-review of each album you can listen to a Top 30 Albums of 2017 Playlist below, either on Spotify, or YouTube.
Lyriquediscorde’s Top 30 Albums of 2017
1. A Kind Revolution by Paul Weller
2017 was the year I saw Paul Weller live for the first time, it was the year of Weller Wednesday, and of finding the love of my life who re-introduced me to the Mod Father’s Music. Complex and Ever-Changing, much like the man himself, A Kind Revolution offers harmonic hope in a time full of political and social dissent and disagreement. “The Cranes Are Back” (my favorite track on the album) gifts us a promise of recovery and rebuilding, “Woo Sé Mama” makes us want to dance, and his new baby daughter’s namesake, “Nova”, showcases Weller’s ability to cross genres and surprise his listener.
Favorite Tracks: “The Cranes Are Back”, “Nova”, and “Satellite Kid”
2. Semper Femina by Laura Marling
I’ve always been a fan of Laura Marling, and not just because we share a first name. This Album, by far, is Marling at her best, taking her storytelling skills a step further in the development of a Concept Album centered around Women and their friendships with each other. This was a year of change for me as I reevaluated my some of my closest female friendships, also it was one of loss as I let go of toxic friendships for good – I really needed this Album this year.
Favorite Tracks: “Nothing, Not Nearly”, “Wild Fire”, and “Next Time”
3. As You Were by Liam Gallagher
I never imagined a Gallagher would be in my Top 5 of anything, especially not Liam, but then 2017 happened and his Album As You Were came out, and every time I listened to it I loved it more. Also, a surprise to me is that I prefer As You Were to Noel’s new High Flying Birds release (it didn’t even make this list). Age has changed Liam, or maybe age has changed my perspective, either way, I can’t seem to get enough of this one, the tracks range from melodic to rock with a Britpop sheen, and lyrically (despite some criticism I’ve read) the songs are feel honest and humble (surprisingly), and “read” like a life-so-far biography; I do so wish I’d gotten to see him play live at The Wiltern this year.
Favorite Tracks: “Paper Crown”, “For What It’s Worth”, and “Greedy Soul”
by St. Vincent
I was slow to the table where St. Vincent was concerned, even though so many of my fellow Music Obsessives raved about Annie Clark/St. Vincent, and then Masseducation came out. More electro-clash/indie pop than her off-beat guitar heavy predecessors, this Album convinced me of Annie’s genius and explained why she is often referred to as the “Female Bowie”. The storytelling is out of this world, unfolding as if the skin has been peeled back to show raw true feelings, both joyful and full of pain.
Favorite Tracks: “New York”, “Hang On Me”, and “Los Ageless”
5. Self-Titled by Cigarettes After Sex
Ever since a Fellow Blogger and Friend introduced me to Greg Gonzalez’ Brooklyn Sonic-deliciousness, Cigarettes After Sex, I’ve been longing for more. This Album was deliriously anticipated and did not disappoint one bit. Greg had me at Track One (“k”), and never let go, inhaling and exhaling Ambient Indie Pop that is highly addictive, seductive, and impossible to quit.
Favorite Tracks: “K.”, “Truly”, and “Apocalypse”
6. Self-Titled by Slowdive
Shoegaze meets Dream Pop meets Ambient Pop, with a little bit of Dark Wave thrown in, is what this unexpected new Album (first release in 22 years) from Slowdive is made of. The Songs’ gorgeous distortion and ethereal sounds transcends the “reunion curse” that plagues many beloved bands who come back together and subsequently release Music that disappoints – but not this time Honestly, Slowdive sounds better on this Album than on any of their past creations, and with each new listen, this Album affixes itself more to my Music-Obsessing heart.
Favorite: “Star Roving”, “Don’t Know Why”, and “No Longer Making Time”
7. No Shape by Perfume Genius
Mike Hadreas’ magical creation of Perfume Genius feels like a Sonic merge of 70’s Disco, Early New Wave, and Alternative Pop – think Blondie meets Shirley Manson meets St. Vincent, with Andy Bell sewing them all up and producing them into one sound. I have been a fan of Hadreas since I first heard his Song “Queen” on the First Season of the TV Series Mr. Robot, and have not stopped listening to Perfume Genius since. This New Album is everything I wanted and more, bringing together so many of the Musical genres I love, all finely tuned into story-told Songs that sound magical and mystical, and, at times, a little alien.
Favorite Tracks: “Slip Away”, “Just Like Love”, and “Die 4 You”
8. Silver Eye by Goldfrapp
I was slightly disappointed with this album when I first listened and reviewed it, but after months of picking it up, spinning it, and selecting Songs from it for Playlists, my initial qualms have dissipated and disappeared. Butch Vig/Garbage/Shirley Manson still come heavily to my mind when I listen, especially to the song “Ocean”, and “Become the One” and “Anymore” take me into a synthetic state of bliss which makes me want to dance. This is one of those Albums that just gets better with each listen.
Favorite Tracks: “Ocean”, “Everything Is Never Enough”, and “Become the One”
9. Pussycat by Juliana Hatfield
Juliana is one of my all-time favorite songwriters, an Artist I discovered back in the late 80’s/early 90’s when she was part of Blake Babies, and have loved ever since. At times the Songs on Pussycat are confessional and slightly self-deprecating, a songwriting style she’s carried with her, but at other times there is an anger and outrage to the world around, and people in power, especially predatory men. Even in her angriest moments though she still keeps her signature sound of a jangly guitar and vulnerable vocals intact, making every moment – even the angry ones – play out sincere, melodic, and beautiful.
Favorite Tracks: “I Wanna Be Your Disease”, “You’re Breaking My Heart”, and “Good Enough for Me”
10. Losing by Bully
The 90’s feel like they returned with Losing, and Bully (Alicia Bognanno) reminds me of a cross between Sonic Youth, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., and Riot Grrl bands. That said, lyrically the Album is 100% now. Bognanno’s Chicago roots, and relocated Nashville now, add a quality to the Songs overall that is unique, adding Pop melody sensibilities to a Punk-meets-Grunge attitude.
Favorite Tracks: “Kills To Be Resistant”, “Blame”, and “You Could Be Wrong”
11. Sleep Well Beast by The National
in 2016, The National ruled my world, their Songs reflecting so many of the inner conflicts, confusion, and roller-coaster whip of emotion I was experiencing. In 2017, with Sleep Well Beast, I held some distance, partially because of the way my life had changed, and partially because I wasn’t bleeding feelings anymore. But, as one of the Tracks on this Album Sings, “I’ll Still Destroy You”, and The National still does, in the very best of ways.
Favorite Tracks: “Born to Beg”, “I’ll Still Destroy You”, and “Nobody Else Will Be There”
12. Visions Of a Life by Wolf Alice
Sophomore Albums are hard, disappointment is almost always the pitfall that a Band falls into, especially if, like Wolf Alice, their debut is a hit. I feel like Ellie Rowsell and Wolf Alice know it and played with it a bit, especially with Loud and Angry “Yuk Foo” (with the repeated lyrics “I don’t give a shit”) – I almost wish they had opened with this Track. Other Songs, such as “Beautifully Unconventional”, harken a Brit Pop meets Indie Rock sound, think Jack White circa White Stripes getting it on with Ian Brown of the Stone Roses. Visions of a Life feels like Dream Pop meets Grunge (back to that 90’s influence again), with an underlying bite, lyrically, and in Rowsell’s vocals – compelling stuff.
Favorite Tracks: “Planet Hunter”, “Heavenward”, and “Yuk Foo”
13. The Other Side Of You by Aimee Lay
Aimee Lay’s Album, The Other Side Of You is the last Album that I got Music-Obsessed with, in 2017, last, but not at all least, as I fell hard and fast for it at first listen. Reminiscent of Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star, also Isabel Monteiro, and her Band Drugstore. Dream-Pop meets Indie-Pop meets Shoegaze-distortion doused with sprinkles of Garage on top of it all. Aimee’s voice is stunning, mysterious, and cinematic, turn up songs like “Heavy Clue After Clue” and can’t you see scenes from a film in your head (think desert, late at night, indie thriller).
Favorite Tracks: “Cosmic Exchange”, “Heavy Clue After Clue”, and “Psychedelic Morning”
14. don’t smile at me by Billie Eilish
The last time a legitimate teenager wrote and sang about the teenage experience in a raw and realistic kind of way was Lorde and her Debut Album. Billie Eilish, along with 19-year-old brother Finneas O’Connell, wrote and produced don’t smile at me, which is the Music equivalent to the 90’s short-lived TV Series, My So-Called Life, in regards to real, sometimes painfully so, look at teenagers and teenage life. The Tracks on this EP cross-genres between R&B, Jazz, Big Band/40’s (See “my boy”), and Indie Pop, all weaved together with an electronic buzz and whir. At times the Songs are dark lyrically, especially “bellyache”, at other times they are empowering and strong; all are sung with Billie’s gorgeous voice, full of range, warmth, and unique tone.
Favorite Tracks: “bellyache”, “COPYCAT”, and “idontwannabeyouanymore”
15. Mental Illness by Aimee Mann
Mental Illness is the kind of Aimee Mann Album that I love, a stitched together set of Sung short stories that unfold like an anthology of cinematic tales, similar to her earlier Albums, Lost in Space and The Forgotten Arm. This collection is set in Los Angeles, set in the city of so many cracked souls and broken lives who mostly keep their eyes pointed up to the sky, still believing there’s something more. After my first listen, once I got to the last Song, I wanted more of the story.
Favorite Tracks: “You Never Loved Me”, “Lies of Summer”, and “Patient Zero”
16. Out In the Storm by Waxahatchee
Katie Crutchfield’s (Waxahatchee) fourth Album is my favorite Album. A manic-panic urgency in this “break-up” Album that gets better and better with each and every listen. The introspection and “extraspection” (think emotional meet-ups between your introverted self and your extraverted self – or maybe that’s just me), this Album will have you singing-a-long loudly while you sort your issues out.
Favorite Tracks: “Sparks Fly”, “A Little More”, and “Never Been Wrong”
17. Everything Now by Arcade Fire
Oh my stars, this Album is a grower, one of those sets of Songs that at first fall slightly unnoticed, lingering, and singing, just out of reach. But, then I kept playing it and playing it more, and then it hit me like a semi-truck on an all-night drive through the desert, with a driver that is falling asleep – in a good way. The Album has not been well-received, it seems, but perhaps they just haven’t listened enough; after 5 listens Everything Now stole my heart (and ears).
Favorite Songs: “Creature Comfort”, “Everything Now”, and “Electric Blue”
18. Humanz by Gorillaz – Deluxe
This was one of a few “grower” Albums on my list of 30 Albums. It took about a half a dozen listens before Humanz started to sink in and stick with me, though there were a few first-listen-favorites that had me enthralled (see “Charger, with the fabulous Grace Jones, and “Andromeda”). I keep coming back to this Album feeling like a giant Mix Tape of Sound and Style that lift and fall in a way that just works, also, Humanz is best played loud.
Favorite Songs: “Charger” (featuring Grace Jones), “Andromeda” (featuring D.R.A.M.), and “Strobelite” (featuring Peven Everett)
19. English Tapes by Sleaford Mods
In April my boyfriend and I went to see Sleaford Mods at the Echoplex, and we were both blown away. The Album quickly became a favorite, and one I played often in the car, especially when in the throes of Los Angeles traffic. Jason Williamson’s vocal stylings, which are like a brilliant mash-up of spoken word, slam poetry, and rap, blow me away, both on this Album, and live (if you get the chance, go see them live).
Favorite Songs: “B.H.S”., “Moptop”, and “Carlton Touts
20. Savage (Songs from a Broken World) by Gary Numan
I had no idea what to expect from a new Gary Numan Album, especially since I’d not listened to his Music since his late 70’s brilliant New Wave Release, The Pleasure Principle (I have a lot of Albums to catch up on). Savage is a Post-Modern New Wave-Industrial thing of Sonic Beauty, full of passion, emotion, evocative storytelling, darkwave sensibilities, and an underlying beat you can dance to. This is the unexpected, underrated, surprise of the year, and this list.
Favorite Songs: “Bed of Thorns”, “The End of Things”, and “Broken”
21. Damage and Joy by The Jesus And Mary Chain
Damage and Joy was one of my most anticipated New Albums of the year, and despite some trepidation (high anticipation can lead to disappointment and regret), the Album turned out to be everything I was hoping for, starting strong with a Song that reminds me of a mix of The Dandy Warhol’s’ hit “Bohemian Like You” and Love And Rockets’ “So Alive”. Brothers Jim and William Reid were quoted as saying they “buried the hatchet” this past year, and the brilliance of this Album is proof of that. There are so many favorite Tracks on here – see “All Things Pass” and especially the electronically-fused”Simian Split” without losing their quintessential sonic sound (see the Darklands’ sounding “War On Peace”). Track 7, “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)” is by far my favorite, the nod to Los Angeles, the layers of sound, and the lyrical story told within.
Favorite Songs: “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”, “Song for a Secret, “Amputation”, and “All Things Pass”
22. Melodrama by Lorde
It felt like years between Albums for Lorde, and I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Melodrama, drinking in the Pre-Album Singles as they came out, anticipating more and more. Lorde beat that so-called “Sophomore Slump”, with an Album of Songs that showed how she has grown as an Artist, and as an individual. I love the more “grown-up” Lyrics, the reminders of Kate Bush, Florence Welch, and at times, Madonna and Robyn – Melodramatic Dance Music with an Edge, that’s what this Album has felt like to me from the very first listen.
Favorite Songs: “Sober”, “Green Light”, and “Writer in the Dark”
23. Prisoner by Ryan Adams
The first Ryan Adams Album that I did not immediately fall head-over-heels for, Prisoner is still one of my favorites of the year, and a definite “grower” to me. The Songs feel denser than previous Ryan songs, sonically complex, but with a lyrical distance that I’m not used to with his music. That said, with time and with some leaning in, and repeat listens, the Songs and the Storytelling made their way in. “To Be Without You” is the most immediately accessible of the bunch, but the others are a bit more hard to get, though I do believe they are worth the time, the re-listens, and the “throw the album on, get in the car, and drive” effort taken to get this album under my skin.
Favorite Songs: “Do You Still Love Me?”, “To Be Without You”, and “Shiver and Shake”
24. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon by King Krule
I feel like King Krule is an Artist I kept hearing about, so much so that I swore I’d heard the Rap/Jazz Fusion/Punk Archy Ivan Marshall before. But, I hadn’t, not until the end of the year when the Song “Easy Easy” got played repeatedly in my car (part of a Playlist my teenage daughter made and played more-than-often). I dove in deeper and started to play 6 Feet Beneath the Moon in its entirety, more-than-often, in my car. wowed by the dynamics and style-shifts of this young (age 23) Artist/Producer.
Favorite Songs: “Easy Easy”, “Baby Blue”, and “A Lizard State”
25. Apricot Princess by Rex Orange County
Another Artist that my daughter introduced to me, in the car, as part of one of her Playlists, Alex O’Connor (a.k.a. Rex Orange County) is a Poetic Songwriter who weaves stories that make you feel like you are right there, in his day-to-day, living life, merging R&B and Contemporary Jazz with Indie Electronica. Alex is from Haslemere, a suburb in the southern county of Surrey, and went to the BRIT School at sixteen, where he began writing music. Calling himself Rex Orange County threw me off, at first, as “Orange County” is where I grew up – also a suburb, but even though he’s from nowhere near there, I feel like I’ve been where he did start from, because Lyrically these Songs are like seeing the world through his eyes.
Favorite Songs: “4 Seasons”, “Happiness”, and “Never Enough”
26. Kill For Love by Chromatics
The more I listen the more I love Kill For Love, and the more I feel lost in it, the kind of swirling in sound kind of lost, the kind of lost that stories are created in, and mysteries become clear in. Some of the Tracks on here send chills throughout my body, and tears to my eyes (see: “Into the Black), and others make me want to wander into the Double R Diner in “Twin Peaks”, or take a road trip with Sailor and Lula in Wild At Heart (I was so glad when Lynch used the Chromatics in his new installment of “Twin Peaks”). Darkwave meets Shoegaze at its best here – doesn’t it make you want to swing and sway?
Favorite Songs: “Into the Black”, “Kill For Love” and “These Streets Will Never Look the Same”
27. A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs
I keep waiting to open my eyes and find myself in the midst of a movie when I listen to “Strangest Things”, closing my eyes and letting this cinematic collection of Songs take me in. There is something so perfect here, every sound in its right place, and lyric a page-turning, every note played with intent – and yet, the “perfection” does not take away the raw and real feeling of Adam Granduciel’s (a.k.a.) The War On Drugs fourth release emanates. If you listen close the song-told-stories that unravel are mostly about loss and longing, but there is such warmth and honesty in the Music I just feel wrapped up in it – blissfully.
Favorite Songs: “Strangest Thing”, “In Chains”, and “You Don’t Have to Go”
28. Self-Titled by Harry Styles
No, I was never a fan of One Direction, but that did not matter when it came to giving Harry Styles (former member of One Direction) solo work a spin, with an open mind, and open ears. First and foremost, I was taken back by songwriting and storytelling, especially on songs like “Sign of the Times” and “Ever Since New York”, and the Seventies Folk-Pop style (think solo Paul Simon, Carly Simon, Harry Nilsson) that is underlying in many of the Album’s Tracks. Though I prefer the more “ballady” of Tracks, there are some high energy, dance-with-an-edge Songs, too, that will probably make their way onto my 2018 workout Playlist.
Favorite Songs: “Ever Since New York”, “Sign of the Times”, and “From the Dining Table”
29. Dropped Again by Brick + Mortar
Another Band/Album discovered via my daughter, who saw Brick + Mortar as an opening band at a show in San Diego. Brick + Mortar have been spreading more than Music, they also believe in spreading messages of empathy, positivity, and self-motivation (they popped balloons of “good feelings” at the show my daughter discovered them at; she came home with “find a lizard” from the good feelings balloons). Dropped Again is a collection of mostly previously recorded Songs, released now after Brick + Mortar acquired ownership of the songs Masters, with two new Songs added to the mix.
Favorites Songs: “A Hollow Tune”, “Move to the Ocean”, and “Staying Gold”
30. Sugar at the Gate by TOPS
TOPS and their album Sugar at the Gate are categorized as “Indie Electronic”, though I think this Album transcends the label, adding in Dream Pop, Indie Jazz, Indie Pop, and straight-forward Pop into the mix weaved together by their Electronic style. This Album is so catchy, sometimes reminiscent of 60’s Girl Groups, sometimes channeling 90’s Alternative Music such as Sonic Youth and The Breeders, and then at other times still it is Indie Pop babies such as Beach House, Camera Obscura, Best Coast, and Ariel Pink. To me, this was the Album that most felt like Summer this year.
Favorite Songs: “Marigold & Gray”, “Petals”, and “Dayglow Bimbo”
Take a Listen to 30 Songs from Lyriquediscorde’s Top 30 Albums of 2017
Friday has arrived, and to celebrate the day, the start of the weekend, and the 2nd “Female Friday”, Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day are all Songs from Women in Music. This Mix of 5 vary from right-now-current, to few years recent, and they are all perfect for Turning Up Loud and Singing-A-Long to. So, what are you waiting for? Press Play and Enjoy Friday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions.
Song 1 is a New Track from Cold Specks, a lyriquediscorde Favorite Artist. Next up is an Awesome Cover of The Rolling Stones’ Song, “Miss You”, by Carla Bruni. Wolf Alice is up next with their song “Silk”, which leads in perfectly to one of the Best Lucius’ Songs, “Dusty Trails”. The Top 5 ends with a Brand New Track off of the New Lorde Album, “Writer in the Dark” – our First Listen Favorite from Melodrama.
Let’s here it for Friday, for Women in Music, for Songs to Sing-A-Long to, and for the almost start to the Weekend. Let’s here it for Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day. Turn them Up Loud and Enjoy, and don’t worry if you missed a day of Music this week, you can always catch-up throughout the week through those Links above. Each Day’s Songs are added to the Spotify and YouTube Playlists for the Week, put together with Care and Music Obsession, for your Listening, and Music Obsessing, Pleasure.
TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY:
1. “Wild Card” :: Cold Specks
“I played it too long,
It is so exciting to hear New Music from Al Spx of Cold Specks. Her Voice is Gorgeous, and the Music is this Engaging mix of Electronica, Trip Hop, and Soul. Take this one in, and Play it more than once, I’m sure you are going to Love it.
2. “Miss You” :: Carla Bruni
“I’ve been holding out so long,
I’ve been sleeping all alone,
lord, I miss you.
I’ve been hanging on the phone,
I’ve been sleeping all alone,
I want to kiss you.”
Carla Bruni has some Amazing Cover Songs, and this one is now one of them. This is one of my Favorite Songs from The Rolling Stones, too, which makes me even more excited by this Track.
3. “Silk” :: Wolf Alice
it kills me slowly,
slowly I could die.
And, when she sleeps she hears the blues,
sees shades of black and white.”
If you haven’t Listened to Wolf Alice before, what are you waiting for? They are Incredible, especially live. This is one of the Best Songs off of the Album My Love Is Cool. Look out for New Music from Wolf Alice coming soon.
4. “Dusty Trails” :: Lucius
“We been gone for such a long time,
that I’m almost afraid to go home.
A long road is a long,
where things can go wrong –
but we keep rolling on.”
My Favorite Lucius Track. Perfect for a long, or short, road trip. Perfect for this mid-June Sunny day. It makes me want to steal away for a few days and drive up the Coast, or through the desert, taking photographs and writing along the way.
5. “Writer in the Dark” :: Lorde
“Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark.”
I Love this Lyric!
Hurrah for Friday, and for Friday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, and for these 5 Women in Music – Al Spx’s Cold Specks, Carla Bruni, Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice, Lucius, and Lorde. Hope you Pressed Play and Turned the Volume Up, and Enjoyed Friday’s Top 5 Songs.
Did you have a Favorite Track?
What Song, or Songs, are you Musically Obsessing over Today?
BE SURE TO TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR ANOTHER 5-DAYS OF TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY ARRIVES – YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT…
“Blush” (live) :: Wolf Alice
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
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 5 Music Obsessions of the Day
You can stream the music obsessions each week here on Spotify
1. Standing Outside a Broken Phone with Money in My Hand :: Primitive Radio Gods
“I’ve been downhearted, baby,
ever since the day we met.”
2. Oh! You Pretty Things :: Au Revoir Simone
“I’ve made some breakfast and coffee,
look out my window and what do I see?
A crack in the sky,
and a hand reaching down to me.”
3. Set the Tigers Free (live) :: Villagers
“The spring was always early,
and the winter never came,
but since I got this hunger,
it just hasn’t been the same.”
4. Blush :: Wolf Alice
pot luck –
5. I Need My Girl :: The National
“I can’t get my head around it,
I keep feeling smaller and smaller.”