So this one's late. I suppose that was inevitable, given my various flaws. Oh well, not like anyone was waiting for it anyway...
1. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (19 plays)
That thing about the books? With the covers, and all that stuff? Y'know, about not judging them?Turns out all that's pretty true. Because, not only are these guys not the metal band I was sure they must be, but they are fast becoming one of my absolute favorites. Not that I have anything wrong with metal (and actually listen to quite a bit of it), but these guys are like this awesome indie band with the oftentimes huge and sweeping songs, I swear I was nearly out of breathe the first time I heard Will You Smile Again?.
2. Badly Drawn Boy (18 plays)
My first experience with Badly Drawn Boy was years ago, when my younger brother was pretty into trance and chillout music. He'd buy Ministry of Sound samplers and CD's by bands with names like Carbon Blue and Dance Left Feet. One night he showed me a remix of the song Once Around the Block and I thought it was incredible. A while later I found The Hour of Bewilderbeast lying around the house after he had bought it and snagged it away to have a listen for myself. I wasn't quite expected the difference in the remix, going from some mellow little electronica piece with a totally sweet hook, to a sort of rustic singer-songwriter song with a general catchiness to it. It took me a little to completely fall in love with the real Badly Drawn Boy, but I eventually did, obviously.
3. Efterklang (15 plays)
How come all these bands that I didn't like at first keep showing up here?
4. Muse (13 plays)
So many of Muse's songs have appeared to me throughout my life. Whether it be in the form of animal chase music during a latenight drive, an awesome skate video song, or an anthem played over the radio at work, they've seriously been playing along in the background for years and years. These particular thirteen plays can be chalked up to the newest album, Black Holes And Revelation, which I a purchased a little over a year ago at a BestBuy in Danvers, MA while on my break at the arts and crafts store.
5. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (13 plays)
Every year I go to New Hampshire with my family. I for some reason can't remember what the hell the name of the town is that we stay in, but it doesn't matter. There's a town close by called Keene, and in that town there's a little shopping mall. Inside the mall, there's a small bookstore called Toadstool Books. And then, right there inside that little bookstore, in that mall in Keene, New Hampshire right next to that considerably smaller town that I can't remember the fucking name of, there is a music section. Four years ago, I was looking through it, and I finally bought Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey, an album which I'd been thinking of buying for a while after hearing Good Fortune in the trailer for Brain_Fear_Gone. I finally bought it that summer four years and I couldn't stop listening to it the entire week I was there. A year later I was in the same place, only this time I decided to buy Eye to the Telescope by KT Tunstall. And while I wasn't nearly as taken by it as I was with Stories, I still loved it quite a bit. So on the next year, I decided to make it a point, a tradition, to find another artist whom I wasn't really familar with to buy the CD of and fall in love with. On this particular year, I had absolutely no idea whose to buy. I had been thinking about buying each of the previous two before I actually did, but this year I was going in blind. While browsing through the selections, I saw a number of notable artists (none of which I can remember at this point), but none that just felt right. It wasn't until I was thumbing through the miscellaneous "G" section that I saw this album. Band names are a big thing to me, as much of the time they end up being my initial attraction to an artist. After picking up the CD and reading the review bits on the sticker and seeing the term "folktronica," I was totally sold and the rest was history. I'm now eagerly awaiting the sophomore album which is due out within a month or so.
6. Feist (11 plays)
Leslie Feist has the best music videos of all time. Every one of her videos just make me so happy. From the brilliantly huge choreography of 1 2 3 4, to the almost somber elegance of My Moon My Man, and the dreamlike wonder and joy of Mushaboom, to the over-the-top celebration of her newest single, I Feel It All, she just nails it every time. In general, I really love music videos, and I'm always excited to find a new one from Feist.
7. The Beatles (10 plays)
Up until this week I had nearly 80 gigs of music on my computer, but not a single Beatles song. Have you guys heard of them? They're pretty good...
8. Fields (10 plays)
You're not the only one, bringing money home. Breaking backs in soil, wasting lives in toil.
9. Mute Math (10 plays)
I kept hearing their single Typical on the radio at work, and loved it, but I couldn't figure out who it was. For some reason I kept thinking like The Rolling Stones or someone old like that. It wasn't until one day when I heard the DJ say what it was that I realized that I have in fact had the album on my computer for like, several months.
10. Defiance, Ohio (10 plays)
I had a small vendetta against this band a loooong time ago because I was a punk rocker and there was already a band called Defiance that was cool. It wasn't until recently that I really got into folk punk and realized how awesome (and how much more awesome) they are.
And that's that. I'll try not to let the lateness happen again, but really, who's gonna stop me? You?! I doubt it.