Monday, June 16, 2008

Stuff I recently downloaded

I love being introduced to music, and now that I work in Top 40, I've been much more diligent about taking chances and listening to music from bands I don't necessarily know.

Also, I read an article once, that most people stop seeking out new music around their mid-twenties, and then just listen to the same stuff from the first 25 years until they die -- which makes me sad. So in the spirit of holding on to our "big ears" as long as poss, here's a bunch of stuff I recently downloaded -- not all of it is new (to anybody except me). Also, please let me know what (new to you) music you're listening to right now.

1. The Wombats -- "Let's Dance to Joy Division" -- It was the free single of the week on I-Tunes and it has Joy Division in the title, so obviouslyI had to download it. Plus, it's really fun. Definitely recommended.

2. Lights - "The Last Thing on My Mind" -- I've become one of those people who downloads all the songs that I like from commercials. This is from the Old Navy commercial with the girl who's waiting for a call from a guy. He doesn't call, so she goes out dancing with her girls, and ends up hooking up with the bartender. Ah amore!

3. Gavin Rossdale - "Can't Stop the World" -- In an effort to encourage less douche baggery in the music biz, I've made it my personal policy to buy at least one song from all the really nice artists that we interview on the show, and Gavin Rossdale was really nice. Plus this song is a little Peter Gabrielian, very listenable. Especially if you're in a 90's era coffeehouse.

4. Aimee Mann - "Freeway" - Speaking of 90's era coffeehouse. Sadly, this is the only song I liked off her latest album.

5. The Watson Twins -- "How Am I to Be" -- I can't really explain exactly why I love this song. But I do. If you like the Pretenders, you'll probably love the Twins. I think. Like I said, I can't really explain exactly why I like this song.

6. Whitney Duncan -- "When I Said I Would" -- When I get sick of everything I'm currently listening to, I reset by listening to a bunch of country, so I'm always on the lookout for good country -- one day I'll do a blog about "Good Country Music for People Who Don't Necessarily Like Country." This is passable. Plus, it's the I-Tunes Free Single of the Week, so you can't beat the price. Until tomorrow when it goes back to being $0.99.

7. The Puppini Sisters -- "Wuthering Heights" -- Strangely, I've noticed that covers of Kate Bush songs are the exception to the general covers rule, in that they're often quite good. And this one is no exception to the new exception. That is to say, it's really quite good.

8. Smithies skip to the #9. Don't read. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III - His flow is just so sick. It's impossible for me to resist. And you know, how often do you get an album that actually lives up to the hype AND doesn't sound like every other album out there? I stand (sheepishly) by this purchase.

9. Little Jackie -- "The World Should Revolve Around Me" - This artist puts some serious fresh to def into R&B. She is so frickin' dope that I'm actually mad at my boss's boyfriend for not introducing me to her before last Friday. And if you haven't heard this single yet, you will be mad at me for waiting a whole weekend to tell you about it. Download this ish yesterday.

10. Tilly and the Wall -- "Beat Control" -- This doesn't even need an introduction. If you click play, it will become immediately apparent why I downloaded this song before I had even finished watching the video.


Kyle said...

How do we feel about the Ting Tings?

Ernessa T. Carter said...

Oh, of course we adore The Ting Tings. Such cutie-pies. And I love that she's so elfin. Plus, I can't remember the last time I didn't buy the music featured in an I-Pod commercial. I'm so suggestible that way.

Kyle said...

Okay, interesting. There was an LATimes article that made me curious, and then I saw them on a plasma screen in a bar in WeHo (which is a whole nother story; remind me to tell you next time I see you) but the sound was off because they were blaring some remix of "Touch My Body" or something, so then I went to Youtube and realized I'd heard all their songs but have no idea where.