Another huge batch of Christmas music as the big day approaches.
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These words are mine, but only when they're in this particular order.
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There shall be no Christmas music playlists before Black Friday! So, with that in mind, here's a slew of non-Christmas music that's been getting a lot of play on my iTunes lately, beginning and ending with a pair of tracks from Oregon's own Typhoon. Their latest album is called White Lighter, and it's outstanding.
I really enjoy when Mike Doughty dabbles in electronic music. His latest album is a reworking of songs from his previous band Soul Coughing, this time done in a mostly electronic style. The album is named "Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless How Many Cans? True Dreams Of Wichita Monster Man Mr. Bitterness Maybe I'll Come D
A piano playlist for this first week of rolled-back clocks and earlier sunsets.
As I type this, a small robotic vacuum named Vito is maneuvering back and forth in wacky patterns across the floor behind me. It's amusing enough that it becomes a form of entertainment. It's such a strange thing. Vito is a
A year or two ago, I filed away a link for the blog of a writer named Neil Cross. He writes horror novels, and though that's a genre I have absolutely no interest in, I enjoyed the blog he writes about his writing. Odd? Yes. One
A mostly gentle playlist for a gently raining winter day... except that it isn't winter yet, though the weather would suggest otherwise. Ah well.
It usually sounds a bit odd when artists re-record their own songs. Some bands do it because their previous record deals were so bad that they make no money when their old albums sell, so they rerecord their hits in hopes of actually making money when we buy the new versions. Toad The Wet Sprocket released some pretty ter
I was listening to my iTunes library in shuffle mode and a long-forgotten song by Radiohead came on. The song Talk Show Host was featured on the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack back in 1996. It was long forgotten by me, anyway. It's at the end of this playlist - a compilation of songs that it kind of, sort of, fits in with.
And Uncle Walter, Stevie Nix, Ingrid, Julien, Jack The Ripper, Mary Jane, Grizelda, Lady Adelaide, Lorna Zauberberg, and of course, my friend Marcus. And a few others too.
I realize that Neko Case has a new album out, but I haven't had time to really get into it yet, so I'm posting an oldie but a goodie from 2002's "Blacklisted" instead in this twangy, folky sort of playlist.
On first listen, Bell X1's latest album 'Chop Chop' was a disappointment. I'm a huge fan of artists who make the studio part of their art. My favorite Wilco album will probably always be Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It's a work of studio art rather than live art recorded for the studio. Bell X1's last few albums have been veer
A piano playlist for a rainy evening that feels like autumn but isn't. You're like a party somebody threw me You taste like birthday You look like New Years You're like a big parade through town You leave such a mess but you're so fun Regina Spektor, "The Party" ...d'a
An acoustic playlist, because I'm in an acoustic kind of mood tonight.
I'm on a The Front Bottoms kick. I'm including a pair of their songs in the following playlist, one from their first album and one from their latest... both of which have references to getting tattooed. Just a random detail I noticed while posting the playlist.
The first NFL game of the 2013 season was played yesterday. OK, it was actually just a pre-season game, which means most of the players you'd want to see weren't on the field. But still... it was football. OK, it was almost football. But still... it's a sign that autumn will be here soon. Another obvious sign that fa
Sask is a song by one of my favorite artists, Donovan Woods. I don't know why, but every time I hear the song, one line jumps out at me: "I was planning to go somewhere warm with the money." No offense, Saskatchewan. You live a lie, you live a lie, you live a lie. But, I ain’t one to talk, dear.
Is it me, or do Now Now sound a heck of a lot like old Death Cab For Cutie with different vocals? I'm not complaining though. Their 'Neighbors' EP is quite good.
Every now and then, nothing hits the spot like good old fashioned pop. Or, maybe it's more a case of new-fangled pop, where half of the songs are this person featuring that person, and so on and so forth, remixed by someone else. Whatever. Kids these days (it's the get off my lawn commentary remix).
Some of the playlists I post are more difficult than others. More challenging, perhaps. Or, perhaps just more annoying? This may be one of those playlists. It's a playlist of covers.
I'm really enjoying Alt-J. Their album is called An Awesome Wave, and that's where Breezeblocks is from. It's track 5 in this playlist. I whipped it together while editing code, which might explain why it's all over the place. New, old, high tech, low tech... Eh... so be it!
A folksy playlist begins with Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, from Jay Clifford's fan funded album Silver Tomb For The Kingfisher.
I'm in the mood for some pop... so... pop it is!
I've been on a bit of an Eef Barzelay kick lately. He is the lead singer/songwriter for the alt/country band Clem Snide. Wilco sadly turned into a dad-rock band, whereas Clem Snide stayed on the road less traveled, creating music that less accessible, but, in my opinion, more rewarding for the listener. It's been three y
It seems fitting to post a dark playlist on such a dark day. Then again, I suppose the day has only been dark if your weather resembles what we've had in Portland. It's been gray, and wet. This is the final playlist in my South By Southwest 2013 series.
For weeks now, I've been posting playlists made up of music from this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin. It's not that I'm a huge SXSW fan. I've never even been to the festival. I do this because I'm a sucker for sampling things. I like sampling beer. I like sampling wine. I like sampling food. So, of cour
Here's another playlist made up of songs from the massive collection of freebies from the South By Southwest 2013 torrents. This time around, it's a pop playlist with a bit of an 80's vibe... kinda, sorta.
I love the fact that somebody named a song Sting's Teacher Years, even though the song has nothing to do with Sting. Or does it? I tried googling the lyrics, but I ended up with pages of links to pages about Sting. Obviously.
Here's another batch of songs from this year's South By Southwest festival. Basically, it's a collection of songs that more or less seem to fit together. There's really no rhyme or reason beyond that.