Courtney Barnett

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This isn’t that new, but it’s new nonetheless. I love the rawness and unedited punk/garage sound that this Australian artist creates. This whole album is a must-listen for this year, in my opinion. Perhaps on my top 5 albums of 2015. Check out her album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, on Spotify. Her singing style kind of reminds me of a rapper, quickly spitting out words to a very specific beat. She also “raps” about real, everyday life. But her lyrics, instead of filled with violence and tough living on the street, are the complaints of a 20-something living in a neighborhood of hipsters and people cooler than her. Totally relateable, at least for me.

Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party
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Courntey Barnett – Pedestrian At Best


Her lyrics are fun, silly, and sometimes senseless. I’ve been following her for a little over a year now, when a friend introduced me to her EP, ĺlllllllllll. I hope you fall in love with her music as quickly as I did. It’s hard not to; in my opinion, she’s very loveable.
Here are a few from her orevious EP:
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

“Avant Gardener” is peobably my favorite by her.
Courtney Barnett – Pickles From the Jar

Love the lyrics to that last one. It’s like they are complete opposites and the onlty one thing they have in common is that they both love Christopher Walken…

Roisin Murphy – “Evil Eyes” (2015)

This one is kind of weird, but stay with me. For some reason it makes me want to shift my shoulders around in weird dancy-ish move. And sometimes sway and bob my head at the same time. Video is totally artsy too. These guys are actually from Dublin, fun fact. The duo have been around for a while but I guess I’ve never taken notice of them before. I’ll add them to my list of artists I need to listen to more of, because something about this artsy pop music makes me want to move.

Roisin Murphy – “Evil Eyes” (Spotify Link)

Sandy Gaye – “Watch the Dog That Brings the Bone” & Etta James – “You Got It”

            

Here’s a little bit of old school soul. Just two selections for you today. It’s funky and perfect for the summer, especially if you are on the beach (as I am).

Not going to say much about these songs, but that’s only because I think they speak for themselves.

Sandy Gaye – “Watch the Dog That Brings the Bone”

Etta James – “You Got It”

Slow Club – “Tears of Joy” & “The Pieces” (2014)

Slow Club – Tears of Joy (Spotify Link)

How do they make their voices sound like this? It’s like underwater-y and spooky and sad and happy all at the same time. It’s melancholy and joyful at the same time. Or, it’s starts slow and sad and becomes joyful near the end. I guess that’s why the titled the song “Tears of Joy.” I’ve had this song in my library for a while now, and I just thought of posting it now. Guess it fits my mood or something.

It’s not quite new… came out about a year ago and I found out that they made a new album this May… so I’ll have to check that one out and get back to you on that.

Here’s another from the same album that I just found. A lot more joyful with the same fun electronic-y noises. Got some snaps and a classic drum beat. It makes me want to swivel around in my office chair, back and forth with a stupid smile on my face. It’s even got trumpet in it!

Slow Club – The Pieces (Spotify Link)

Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better (2015)

Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better (Spotify Link)

This song is exactly in the vein of everything else Sufjan does. A little bit sad and dreary, and bittersweet if you’re in the right mood. It’s simple and elegant, and portrays so much meaning for such sparse instrumentals. It builds up little by little, and then quietly comes back down. There is not very much joy in this one, unlike some of my favorites by Sufjan Stevens. Regardless, it’s a great tune, but I think you have to be in the mood for it.

Will Butler – “Son of God”, “Something’s Coming”

“Will, just look at this thing over here. We’ll add a vignette, too.”

To be honest, I didn’t love Will Butler’s album, Policy (2015), as much as I expected to. (He is the lead singer of Arcade Fire, my top favorite band, and so I guess my expectations were high.) The album is only about 27 minutes long, so I suggest fans of Arcade Fire give it a try. It’s more stripped and not as orchestral or as full-sounding as his band’s albums, but it’s got similar song-writing and riffs.

I actually didn’t know about this until I stumbled upon a small record shop in Austin, Texas. It was playing in the CD player and I decided to put the headphones all and sample the whole album.

However, there are a few pretty decent ones. I’m posting just two, but there are a few others.

Will Butler – Something’s Coming (Spotify Link)

This one is pretty funky and catchy, and I think the best off this album. That’s just my opinion though. You decide which one you like best and let me know. And this music video is pretty entertaining. Weird, but entertaining nonetheless.

Will Butler – Son of God (Spotify Link)
(I can’t find a Youtube Link that has the right pitch or the right tempo to this song.)

This second is a little more similar to what I’d expect from the frontman of Arcade Fire, but it just doesn’t have the same ompf. It’s still great, and I think it’s catchy, but I think he could do better. Maybe he’ll produce more solo albums? Only time can tell.

Ilayaraja, Mohammad Rafi, & Asha Bhosle

Isn’t this picture kind of hilarious?

Okay, folks, get used the fact that this song has the English words “Poo Poo” in it, okay?

Ilayaraja – Poo Poo Kum

My first world music post in a while! I’ll try to mix some more in here. I really like another of his songs (that I can’t spell), and his whole album “Ilectro” got taken off Spotify! I was upset to find this out the other day, and I think the whole album was fun and worth a few listens. He does a great job of mixing classic Bollywood and Bhangra music with Western music themes.

I’m also listening to a lot of Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. Something about that mix of Western and Eastern music is extremely entrancing. I’ll post two more, both of which have fun, retro videos to watch!

Mohammad Rafi – Jaan Pahechan Ho (Spotify Link)

Asha Bhosle – Ina Mina Dika (Spotify Link)