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[personal profile] ladymercury_10
Well, it's midterms again, so this is the lull before Cram All The Things begins in earnest.  I got my algebra take-home today, and I don't even understand it well enough to be properly mortified by how unprepared I am for it, but I need to start on it soon anyhow.  But for now it is still Friday, so here is a meme, stolen from [ profile] isiscaughey:

List seven songs you are into right now (preferably with links). No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your live journal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

Uh, I didn't tag anyone, so if you are reading this, you can consider yourself tagged if you like, and not-tagged elsewise.  Links all go to YouTube or Bandcamp for streaming.

1. Silver Heart - Caroline Keating
This song has a very big sound, even though the instrumentation is fairly simple; the piano in particular is really lovely and has some interesting metallic undertones.  The lyrics are also really lovely--very gentle and sweet.  

2. Iowa - Dar Williams
I love folk music, and this song is my new favorite thing.  Dar Williams has a really lovely and unusual voice, and the lyrics of this song are very poignant and evocative.  "For tonight I went running through the screen doors of discretion"--ahhhhhh.  I could quote more, or I could just make you go listen to it.  That one.  I will do that one.

3. Two Cousins - Slow Club
The sound of this song is hard to describe.  I want to say it's kind of retro--maybe new wave?  But I don't know enough about contemporary music to get it right.  It's really cool, though, and again, really evocative lyrics.

4. Jonathan - Fiona Apple
This is just a little bit dissonant, with a really catchy lilting rhythm.  The piano loop is really hypnotic, and I like how it has a dark but not oppressive sound.

5. I Will Follow You into the Dark - Amanda Palmer (originally by Death Cab for Cutie)
I think this is better than the original, and I say that having really, really liked the original.  It's rawer, which works well with the lyrics, and, okay, I guess I am a sucker for dissonant, dark piano music.  And I am a big Amanda Palmer fan, so.  (And it's free on her Bandcamp!)

6. Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas) - Regina Spektor
Really cute, kind of poppy for Regina but also very quirky.  It's a very playful song that's just a lot of fun to listen to.

7. Passenger Seat - Death Cab for Cutie
This is very atmospheric song in what I like to call "the genre of songs that sound like water."  The lyrics are very simple but very intimate and sweet; "If you feel embarrassed, I'll be your pride" gets me every time.  Yes, I am a little bit of a sap, thank you for asking.  But just a little bit.

Date: 2012-11-10 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
two cousins is flawlessssssssssssss

Date: 2012-11-10 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's the best, right? :D I also really like their song "Our Most Brilliant Friends," but only the first half (it's like ten minutes long). And "Apples and Pairs" is pretty good as well.

Date: 2012-11-10 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i haven't really heard a lot from them, but i am definitely putting them on my to-listen list now. they seem great! i love that sort of neo-retro stuff...

Date: 2012-11-10 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I only started listening to them pretty recently, so I haven't heard that many of their songs, either. You should tell me if you find any good ones! :)

Date: 2012-11-10 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
if you want a more immediate rec, i've kind of been obsessed with emily wells' 'becomes the color' these days...

Date: 2012-11-10 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, excellent! I will check that out, thanks. :)

Date: 2012-11-10 09:53 am (UTC)
ext_169355: Arthur Darvill (Actor: Matt Smith)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know any of these songs, so will have a listen now! Thanks for posting, it's great to find new music

Date: 2012-11-10 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're very welcome! I hope you find some you like! :)

Date: 2012-11-10 03:23 pm (UTC)
mysticalchild_isis: (billie piper)
From: [personal profile] mysticalchild_isis
I love Dar. So awesome.

Date: 2012-11-10 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What are your favorite songs of hers? I only really know a couple; that one, and then "When I Was a Boy" and "The Beauty of the Rain." I'm sorry, I feel like I keep bothering you for song recs, lol.

Date: 2012-11-11 03:02 am (UTC)
mysticalchild_isis: (ff river)
From: [personal profile] mysticalchild_isis
Heh, no worries. I like reccing things.

Oh man, I love so much Dar. Mortal City will probably always be my favorite of her albums, since that was the one that introduced me to her (and I was in college at the time, which was so fitting). Some of my many favorite Dar songs:

When I Was a Boy
If I Wrote You
Are You Out There
After All
We Learned the Sea
The Babysitter's Here
Book of Love
The Pointless Yet Poignant Crisis of a Co-Ed
Mark Rothko Song
The Ocean

Hmm, Mortal City, The Honesty Room, and Green World are the three albums I listen to most, though I there are songs I like on all of her albums.

Date: 2012-11-11 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, so many recs! Thank you very much!

Date: 2012-11-10 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
D is downloading an operating system right now so our internet is slow as all heck, but I did watch the Two Cousins video and I quite liked it :) Also I love that Regina Spektor song. And Iowa makes me think of college :) That whole album of hers was fantastic.

Date: 2012-11-10 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! And I didn't know you liked Regina Spektor. :)

I have not heard a whole lot of Dar Williams, but perhaps I should listen to the rest of that album, now that you said that. Maybe while I'm banging my head against the group theory chapter of my algebra textbook, ha. :P

Date: 2012-11-10 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe while I'm banging my head against the group theory chapter of my algebra textbook, ha. :P

Full circle then: that's certainly part of what I was doing when I was listening to it! :D Mortal City is the album; it also has "As Cool as I Am" and "Christians and the Pagans" among others. I knew all of the lyrics to all of that album at one point.

Yay, the internet is back up so I will check out your other songs too!

Date: 2012-11-10 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HAHAHA yes, it is the great Circle of Math. Sadly if I survive it there will not be partying with zebras and giraffes or getting lifted into a beam of sunlight, only the standard graduation paraphernalia. :P

Date: 2012-11-10 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha! Indeed.

The Dar Williams song they've been playing on the radio lately is I am the One who will Remember Everything from her new album. It's another one that's very sad though, about child soldiers and refugees in war zones.

Okay, all of the songs I'm recommending are sad. I should go find something happy damn it. (ETA: Christians and the Pagans is happy! Listen to that one too)
Edited Date: 2012-11-10 07:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-11-10 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, lots of songs! :D

Date: 2012-11-10 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"the genre of songs that sound like water."
Ha that is a good description. That sound is definitely not what I think of when I think of Death Cab for Cutie! And Fiona Apple's song is cool. D's cousins saw her a few weeks ago when she came to Pittsburgh; said she played an incredible show.

Date: 2012-11-10 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is my favorite genre. :P And "A Lack of Color" sounds like that, but in general probably you are right.

That's so cool! I really like "Every Single Night" off of the same album, too. Her songs are so weird-sounding in a good way. :)

Date: 2012-11-11 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The only song I know on there is the Regina Spektor song (which I LOVE SO MUCH), but I love listening to new music so that's all good :)

Of the selection, the Caroline Keating song really caught my ear. Where did you hear of her? "Two Cousins" was also interesting. It's not quite the style of music I usually listen to, but it was still quite enjoyable with good lyrics.

(I am totally doing this meme!)

Date: 2012-11-12 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Regina Spektor is always fabulous. :D

I think the first time I heard Caroline Keating was before she got signed, when her song "Billy Joel" ended up in the background of some video of kittens being adorable or something. I have been waiting forever to be able to pay money for her music, so I was very excited to find her first album on Bandcamp last month!

...oh my goodness, I really am turning into a hipster. SEND HELP. O_O

Yay for meme perpetuation!

Date: 2012-11-12 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh god kittens. They can make anything more amazing than it has any right to be, but in this case I think the amazingness of the artist is legitimate.

I'd send help but I've been waiting for assistance for years. At least I've resisted the urge to wear plaid shirts with skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses. There's still hope for me yet.

Date: 2012-11-12 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, yes, I think her music definitely holds up with or without the kittens. :D

Oh no, I'm wearing a plaid shirt right now! My jeans are not skinny, my jeans are not skinny! There is still hope! :P

Date: 2012-11-12 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Crap, now that I think about it, I'm wearing skinnier-type jeans. BUT NO PLAID. THERE IS NO PLAID. Someone needs to answer this imminent-yet-inadvertent-hipster-conversion-emergency call button that I've been pressing stat...

Date: 2012-11-12 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the mainstream has all been slowly but surely converting as well and there is now no one left to save us. There's only one month until the end of the world, right? HIPSTER ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

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