Category: Music

Music Monday #16 – More Than A Feeling by Boston

Saturday night saw me in a bar populated with NYU students (and I’m far from a college student, let me tell you). When a familiar song, that I hadn’t heard in ages, came on: “More Than A Feeling” by Boston. And amusingly, one that so many of the younguns there wouldn’t even know.

But it seems fitting since I’ll be heading up to Boston on Thursday evening. So let’s take back the 80s!

I dare you not to tap your hands and feet along. 😉

What’s on your playlist today?

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Music Monday #15 – Dancing On My Own by Robyn

For various and sundry reasons, 2013 was kind of a huge bust. And I know, I know, that means I should so, so be looking forward to letting the door hit it on the way out, but I have been able to muster no enthusiasm for New Years.

Only a small part of the reason is that, once again, I’m single on New Years. And, sure, one could look at it as an excuse to go find someone to kiss at midnight, but, UGH. I’m too old and too over that. (Or maybe I’m just saying all this to have a good excuse to post this song.)

Either way, if I wind up doing something or if I don’t, this is going to be me New Years anthem. (But, if I could be half as awesome as this song and Robyn, I’d be doing quite well for myself.)

After all, “all adventurous women do.”

How was your year? Are you looking forward to New Years? What will your anthem be?

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Les Cinq Petites Choses #4

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I decided that instead of talking about all the things that I want, I would talk about the things that I have or that I don’t have but am just appreciating.

Alors, voici, les cinq petites choses que je suis amoureuse en ce moment (is that right?). The 5 little things I’m loving right now.

#1 – You’ll notice that I threw in some French again, and that’s heavily influenced by two of the things on the list today.

I was talking to my friend Darren in Montreal, and he recommended some music artists to me who sing in French. (As we know, I like them.) I promptly went and looked them up, and super glad I did. I’m pretty crap discussing music (despite how much I love listening to it), so I’ll paraphrase Darren.

Alex Nevsky – Himalaya Mon Amour He’s kind of chamber pop/rock with some 60s influences. Apparently, “On leur a fait croire” became an actual radio hit up there, despite the fact that though it sounds so fun, the lyrics are terribly sarcastic and dark.

Le Couleur – Voyage Love EP (Yes, “Le,” not “La,” the error is apparently intentional.) It has a very disco synth sound, but it’s undeniably modern. I even like it despite the synth. 😉 “Vacances de 87” and “Voyage amoureux” are great to dance to.

Peter Peter – Une version améliorée de la tristesse He’s apparently the indie darling up in Montreal. He used to make more folk rock music, but discovered the synthesizer for this album, so it’s kind of experimental synth pop. And good.

(Okay, so technically this was 3 things. A bonus. 😉 )

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Music Monday #14 – La Nuit Américaine by Lescop

Yes, I’m STILL listening to Lescop’s self-titled album, despite the fact that it’s now winter. (It felt very autumn-y to me.)

Lescop, the brainchild of Mathieu Peudupin (who was born the same year as me, finally, not a child!), do moody, atmospheric, French music like no one else. They released an EP in 2011 and then their full-length album in 2012.

La Forêt is the song that I listened to the most all autumn, but lately, it’s been this one on heavy rotation. (And it’s not narcissistic, I promise.)

(The only video I found was the long version, but it’s worth it!)

What do you think? What have you been listening to lately? Do your favorite songs on an album switch up?

Music Monday #13

Yesterday while I was doing blog work stuff, I had the TV on in the background and Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis came on. I’ve been dying to see Inside Llewyn Davis and knew the music would be right up my alley. (I mean, T Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford?!) But then a group came on to perform that made me look up from my work and take note.

According to Wikipedia, the Milk Carton Kids are an indie folk duo from Eagle Rock, California, consisting of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who formed the group in early 2011.

This song is the one that made me look up at the TV. The melody and harmonies were just so beautiful and wistful. I liked it even before I heard it was about New York. 🙂

This song is off their album Prologue. They had one album before, Retrospect, and a new album this year called The Ash & Clay. I definitely need to collect them all!

What do you think? Do you like the new folk revival? Any new things you’re listening to?

Music Monday #12

I had a musical discovery (to me) this past week, actually from reading the Clarins blog. (Believe it or not.)

Could you have a better band name than Le Prince Miiaou?! (Yes, that’s french for “meow.” 🙂 ) Our songbird’s real name is Maud-Elisa Mandeau, and she started playing music at 16. No, she’s not another teenager, she’s been at it now since 2002. But I really adore this song, from her third album.

I have to listen to some more of her music, definitely. Although, sadly, it seems her first album is no longer available. But her second and third albums, Safety First and Fill the Blank With Your Own Loneliness, are available. Plus, she has a new album called Where Is the Queen? coming out at the end of January.

What do you think? Have you ever heard of her before? Do you have any more recommendations for me? What are you listening to today?

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Music Monday #11

I cannot adequately express how obsessed I was (and kind of still am) with the debut album of Maxïmo Park (yes, the umlaut IS important!), A Certain Trigger. The hours I spent listening to it. The impetus to go visit Newcastle. (In late December. Yes, really.)

(You can pretty much say my musical tastes are fixated in 2005-2006.)

In some ways, any follow-up album was going to be a disappointment to me, because of how much I loved it. When they released the first single from that album, “Our Velocity,” I didn’t like it at all.

Can you guess what happened?

Yup, obsessed.

And with a line like, “Is it cold where you are this time of year?” it seemed pretty apropos for the season. 🙂

I did eventually wind up loving the entire album, Our Earthly Pleasures.

The next two albums, The National Health and Quicken the Heart, were not my favorites, alas. But I have it on good authority that they’re forthcoming (in February) album sounds quite good. At least to my friend who knows a lot about music. Though we don’t always have the same taste. Still, I’m hopeful, because I want one my favorites to come back to New York soon!

What are you listening to today? Is it cold where you are?

Music Monday #10

I love when I read a good blog and not only do I get great beauty and skincare tips, but I also find out about new bands.

Kate’s post did not introduce me to any new British bands, but instead to 2 American bands. I liked them both, but I’m starting with Kitten.

An LA-based band, Kitten released 3 EPs: 2010’s Sunday School, 2011’s Cut It Out, and 2013’s Like A Stranger.

I am really digging the track, “Cut It Out.” Hope you enjoy, too!

Any new band recommendations for me? What are you listening to today?

Music Monday #9

Today I start my new job. Today I start work in a new industry. Today is all about new starts and new beginnings. Today is about emerging triumphant, undeterred.

Today is ALL about Titanium by David Guetta (a Frenchman, yay!).

It’s not new, and it’s been played plenty. But it makes me feel good and makes me think of good times and of Paris and today it fits me perfectly.

Sing it loud, sing it proud!

What songs make you feel this way? What are you listening to today?

Music Monday #8

I love me chicks who rock. I especially love me chicks who rock while playing awesome instruments. So I was so excited to discover the Memphis Dawls last Tuesday at the Knitting Factory. They seem to only have an EP out, but they’re definitely worth checking out!

I guess today I’m a little bit folk/country. 🙂 What are you listening to today?