Posts Tagged ‘music’

Poll time: What blog content do you like?

With an eye towards the changes that I’m working on (and if you haven’t seen my layout design poll…here it is), I was also looking for feedback on the content. I’d like to know what you like, what you think is working, and what isn’t.

I sometimes worry that something like Music Monday isn’t a big hit, since it’s not about beauty or fashion. Although I know many people like music as well. And maybe having 2 days a week where there’s an assigned feature gets boring.

So here’s your chance to let me know what you’d like to see on the blog!

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Music Monday #17 – “Hounds of Love” by The Futureheads

Just the other day I was explaining to someone why I sometimes like the Glee version of songs better than the original. I’m a sucker for harmonies, and the way Glee arranges them really get to me.

Same with today’s song. I know it’s nearly sacrilege to say that you don’t love something that Kate Bush has done, and maybe it’s because I heard this version of the song before hers (yes, I have big gaps in my musical education), but to me this version is not just a cover, it’s a reimagining. It breathes so much life into the song. It makes it unforgettable. (Really, I dare you to get it out of your head.)

So, without further ado, The Futureheads covering “Hounds of Love.”

They’re one of my favorite bands, and one of the most fun bands to see (and travel to see) in concert. It’s been way, way, WAY too long since they were out here, though!

Do you ever like covers better than the originals? What are you listening to today?

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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?

December 2013 Birchbox Unboxing

(In case you’re not familiar with it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for just $10 a month, you receive a box full of deluxe-sized and travel-sized samples. You receive Birchbox points for every purchase you make and every review your write, which can be redeemed in their store. It’s pretty much a cycle of awesome! Get your own here.)

I followed last month’s lead and again avoided all spoilers so that I would not be envious or upset about what I did or did not get. It’s been only mildly successful, because, while I now no longer am upset that I didn’t get something specific, I’ve been underwhelmed by what I did get. (And I had a slight spoiler by texting with Rose who let slip the nature of one of her items, and I wound up figuring it out. And being sad I didn’t get it.)

So, on to this month. I feel like I am nearing 2 decisions:

1. Cancel my Birchbox See, I LOVE getting a little box of goodies in the mail every month, but I’ve really been underwhelmed the past few months. Since I resubscribed back in July in order to get the Davines shampoo and conditioner samples, I’ve really only been thrilled about 3 products: Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray, the Tocca hand cream, and the Stila Stay All Day in Beso. That’s 3 things in 6 months, and one of them came in a replacement box. It may just not be worth it anymore, or maybe I should try a different service.

2. Quit making videos
I know, I know, learning curve. But this is my 4th video and I’ve done yet another thing wrong. (I forgot that you can’t see what’s in my hands and I didn’t hold everything up for the camera.) I mean, at this point, I may have learned to a. shoot it with my point-and-shoot so that it focuses in on close-ups, b. how to add music, and c. how to add an intro, but my video skills are still severely lacking, it may just look worse for me to keep making them than it would for me to stop them. I mean, come on, admit it—you watch other unboxing videos and they’re way better.

Anyway, the review!

As always, If you have any questions about any of the products mentioned or anything else, please let me know. I’ve listed links to the products on Birchbox in the video information, so you should watch it on YouTube to access that. If you have any suggestions for future videos, let me know!

What did you get in your box? Have you tried any other services? (Beauty Bar? Glossybox?) Do you recommend them?

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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?

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