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Mr. Justin linked me to an Akeboshi song the other day--Wind, which was one of the ending theme songs for Naruto. I'm not picking that one today, but since I found out about him like that I've been listening to him a lot lately. This song is from his first album.

To tell the absolute truth, I have no idea what he's talking about in this song, but it's really beautiful.
Current Music: Akeboshi - Kamisama no Shitauchi
14 April 2008 @ 08:22 am
I just heard this song about a week ago. I was in the middle of a bit of a Live kick, but now I've come back to this song and man, it's awesome.

Roger, Roll is one of my favorite bands. I've picked them before (the Rilo Kiley cover) but that doesn't really do them any justice. They have so many incredible songs, many of which I'll be picking at a later date.

Anyway, the group is kind of breaking up, which is leading the founder (and soon to be the only remaining original member), Eric Peterson to take it in a different direction, and he was nice enough to send me this as an example. Where before they were a kind of indie rock/shoegaze act, they're now going to be a sort of new wave band. It SOUNDS silly, but I promise you, he'll be able to make it amazing. I get the sense that he could probably take up the accordion and make polka into something heartfelt and lovely.

Tomorrow night will probably be their last public show besides the album release show, so if you're in Denver and reading this, you should go, because I will be there.

Sitting here, absorbing salvation, it's clear
I'm lost, I'm blind, why can't I decide?
Current Music: Roger, Roll - Digging
And now I get to pick another because it is a new day! Yessss.

This is a track off of a totally flawless album. Everything about this band is wonderful. When they get sad, you feel it, and when they rock out, they rock the fuck out. This one rocks out.

I can never really tell what this one is about. To me, I kind of read it like a boy betrays a girl that is madly in love with him, who would do anything for him, but he doesn't care because she will just change to fit anyone and she just happened to fit him at the time. But he still regrets it anyway. Kind of like he's just trying to convince himself. Anyway, they're awesome. If you live in the Denver area, they're playing at Larimer Lounge in May and I will hell of be there.

She squirmed and turned like a skeleton key
She left her man and attended to me
Current Music: Margot & The Nuclear So & So's - Skeleton Key
I love Live. When I was younger (6-9 years old), my parents would play Mental Jewelry and Throwing Copper pretty much all the time. When I got older and was picking through their collection, this stuff stuck out because I remembered it.

I think what I love most about Live is that they sing songs of peace and unification and love and stuff. Recently I've been getting into a more "love the world" mindset as a result of listening to my Sensei's lectures ("You now know how to break someone's ribs, so... don't break people's ribs"). Listening to this song makes me think of a world united and sappy stuff like that. It's beautiful.
Current Music: Live - 10,000 Years (Peace is Now)
08 March 2008 @ 08:19 pm
I've been extremely sick, recently. It was one of those that saps your will to do anything but sleep, but I also have had to work, so I'm extra exhausted. But I'm getting over it and it's high time I pick a new song!

I don't normally like Broken Social Scene, but Bandwitch is beautiful and extremely chaotic. It seems like it's up to the listener to piece the song together, to figure out how it fits, and I just think it's beautiful when you do finally "get it."
Current Music: Broken Social Scene - Bandwitch
21 February 2008 @ 12:24 pm
If you haven't seen Into the Wild yet, I hereby COMMAND you to. It's being released on 3/4, or you can download it or something, but this is the best movie I've seen in years. Eddie Vedder wrote eleven original songs for the film. Today, I'm picking the final song, "Guaranteed", even though I normally don't like Eddie Vedder.

I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me
Current Music: Eddie Vedder - Guaranteed
19 February 2008 @ 10:37 pm
I fell madly in love with Iron & Wine over his cover of Such Great Heights. Promise What You Will is another in a line of really excellent songs.

Promise what you will, something good for me
Time will take it all, and it will, you'll see
Current Music: Iron & Wine - Promise What You Will
18 February 2008 @ 06:49 pm
I've been on a bit of a Cirque Du Soleil kick lately. The past few days, I've watched and rewatched Alegria, Dralion, and Quidam, which are all totally excellent shows, but Alegria is my favorite of the three. Not only because it's got a fascinating story and impressive feats of strength and dexterity, but the music is beautiful. Today, I'm going to pick the theme song to Alegria. Since I watched it, I haven't been able to stop whistling it, it's that good.
Current Music: Cirque Du Soleil - Alegria
17 February 2008 @ 04:36 pm
I love Sleater-Kinney a lot. I know a guy named Vince who said they were excellent so I got a copy of One Beat today, and this is the third track. When I heard it, I knew I had to pick it.

Never mind those things they say
They don't know it but I'm here to stay
Current Music: Sleater-Kinney - Oh!
16 February 2008 @ 11:24 pm
I think you kind of have to listen to this album as a whole instead of splitting it into parts, so when I want to listen to, say, Time, I have to start at the start to get the full effect.
Current Music: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon