It looks like procrastination is the name of the game today, and I’ve already watched two discs of The Office, a show on TLC about a woman with giant legs, and eaten most of the junk food in the apartment. I guess that means it’s time to blog?
Ten Songs I Really Like:
I could never make a top ten list. It would change too fast… Even while I was going through and trying to pick ten songs for this, I had a hard time. So, here are ten songs that I think you should probably check out.
Neighborhood #2 (Laika) – Arcade Fire
It’s no secret I’m a big Arcade Fire fan, and this is one of their best. I love the chanting, and the story it puts in my head. This is one of those songs I think could actually be made into a movie, as weird as that sounds. Not to mention it’s fun to sing along to.
Mimizan – Beirut
This song gets me every time. The way he sings “and I move for you” just breaks my heart. Also, I love the, what is it, an accordion? Fantastic.
Bridges and Balloons – Decemberists
This is a cover of a great Joanna Newsom song. Both versions give me chills and make me want to cry every time I hear them because they’re so beautiful. Joanna Newsom and Colin Meloy sing the song so differently, it’s really hard to compare them, but I usually prefer the Decemberists version, probably because I heard it first.
I Love How You Love Me – Jeff Mangum Live at Jittery Joes
I can’t remember who sang the original, but I heard it once and it does not compare even at all. Maybe it’s because Jeff Mangum is my favorite singer ever, but this song makes me sigh every time. Right now the line “and when I’m away from you, I love how you miss me” seems very fitting in my life.
100,000 Fireflies – Magnetic Fields
This was the first Magnetic Fields song I ever heard, and it is still my favorite. I love how the music sounds like fireflies. Okay, I guess fireflies don’t really have sounds, but listen to it and you’ll know what I mean. This is a haunting and beautiful song.
Casimir Pulaski Day – Sufjan Stevens
Oooh Sufjan. This is another song that makes me want to cry. It tells such a sad, sad story, but it is so, so beautiful. He makes it so real, and so sad. I once knew someone who didn’t like this album (Come On, Feel the Illinoise!) because it has a few songs that deal with God and religion, like this one. I’m not a religious person, and overly religious things tend to turn me off, but that isn’t the case at all with this song, so please don’t let that stand in your way of enjoying it!
Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
This has been one of my favorite songs for a long time. It is a happy song, it is a sad song, but above all it is one of the best songs ever written and you should just go and buy the album right now. I could write pages about what this song has meant to me for the past five years, but I’ll spare you! The singing saw (I think that’s what it is, I might be wrong) is magical and strange, and just perfect for the mood of the song. It also ends with possibly my favorite line ever: “How strange it is to be anything at all.”
The Past is a Grotesque Animal – of Montreal
This is a long song. I don’t mean 6 or 7 minutes long, I’m talking about 12 minutes of awesomeness. Putting this song on is a big time commitment, but it is so worth it to hear the whole thing. There are all kinds of references to literature and plays and such, so if you’re into that kind of thing it’s fun to figure out what he’s talking about.
Shakespeare’s Sister – The Smiths
This is the Smiths’ song that I most consistently listen to. I go through my phases with them, but this song is pretty much a constant favorite. There’s something about the frantic way Morrissey sings “Oooh mama let me go” that really gets across the craziness and sadness in the song. Plus, the line “I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar it meant that you were a protest singer” always makes me smile.
I Need All the Friends I Can Get – Camera Obscura
This song is just good clean fun. Clapping! I think it’s been well established that I adore clapping, and this song might be the reason why. There’s clapping, lots of pep, and the hint of a Scottish accent. What more could you ask for in a song? Camera Obscura is an adorable Scottish band, and if you don’t know them you should. They’re a lot of fun, and they always make me smile.
Looking at this list, most of the songs are ones that make me want to cry, so sorry about that! But they are good songs, and I really do think you should check them out.
The title of the post is from Rubber Ring, another great Smiths song. It seemed very fitting.
I just wanted to add Oh Sister by Neutral Milk Hotel… I was just listening to it, and it struck me that it always reminds me of “The Sound and the Fury” by Faulkner. Anyone else think so, or am I just weird?