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Music Meme

July 23, 2008

It seems like Brittany over at The Pie Lady has awarded me with another Meme. I should say that she runs one of my favorite food blogs out there. She is pastry chef at one of my favorite Seattle restaurants – Crow, and pastry chef at Crow’s sister, Betty. If that wasn’t enough to seal her blog into my hall of fame, he writing style is brilliant – witty and down to earth. Oh, and she has as bad a potty mouth as myself. And finally, her baking is awesome. To me, she is one of Seattle’s top pastry chefs, and very humble about it too.

So, this Meme is a little different. It has nothing to do with food. I apparently have to list 7 songs I am listening to at the moment. That is pretty interesting I thought, and it got me thinking. I have a really wide range in music tastes – I listen to a lot of old blues and jazz, modern trance (dance) music, and have a real passion for obscure lyrical indie too.

So here is what I am listening to at the moment (with amazon links if I can find them)

“Leave” by Glen Hansard – this is from the soundtrack to Once. I haven’t seen the movie, but just absolutely adore this soundtrack. Glen is just an awesome singer songwriter. Very simple, completely down to earth, heart-strung lyrics. To me, this is the best song on the album. Just him a guitar. He really gets into it.

“From the Ritz to the Rubble” – from a British band called Arctic Monkeys. These guys are brilliant. Some very catchy, slightly popish songs – but great humor in their songs. If anyone was a kid growing up in England, what they sing about might well hit home. Especially if you were a wee lad that snuck into pubs way before they should have done.

Since I Told you It’s Over” – from the bloody incredible Brit band Stereophonics. I just cannot stop listening to this album, even though I have had it for years now. I first really got into it when renovating our old house to sell, a couple of years ago. It is great working music. Really great music to cook to as well.

Metaphorique (Ferry Tayle Neverending Story Mix)– some really great Trance music here. Very progressive, and simply incredible to listen to when doing laborious tasks (podding fava beans..). When working late at my day job, this one gets cranked to silly volume levels. Working at my old film job got me into a lot of electronic music. One guy I worked with loved the stuff, and when working weekends we would blast it. We actually had one guy knock on the door of the office (which was in the middle of a town) and ask if the building was a club..

“Windows” by BRMC – a great indy band with great musical arangement. I heard this on the only good radio station in Seattle (90.3 KEXP) and was instantly hooked. This gets a lot of play at the moment.

“I Spy” by Pulp. Pulp were a great British band headed by the brilliant Jarvis Cocker. Most will remember Jarvis from making a complete fool of wacko Jacko when the child molester singer came up on stage, surrounded by white light, and little boys bowing at his feet. I guess this all pissed Jarvis off, and he ran up on stage as a protest.. I am sure that is You-Tubed somewhere! Anyhow, this guy is the king of lyrics, as well as musical arrangement. The songs really strike home, are humorous, and perfectly scored. This is driving/singing/cooking music at its best. You cannot, absolutely cannot sing loud enough to this song – and if you are Danika, you cannot stop doing the arm movements either.

“High Shelf Booze” by Eilen Jewell. Another great singer songwritter. Great songs, catchy music.  This one is my top pick of the album Letters from Sinners and Strangers. (crappy YouTube version, sorry!)

So there you go.. That is what I am listening to these days. Thanks again to The Pie Lady for picking me for the Meme.

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  • Y July 23, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Oh you have to watch the movie as well (Once) ! I think you would love it. A really beautiful story. The rest of the music’s great too, of course, but I’m already very biased – I love the Frames and Glen.

  • Brittany July 24, 2008 at 12:17 am

    I am officially BLUSHING. You are too kind. Great list -LOVE the stereophonics

  • matt wright July 24, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Brittany – Hehe, I speak the truth. Stereophonics are awesome aren’t they! You should try Arctic Monkey’s on for size – they are a bit more commical, and more cheeky but still fun Brit music. BRMC is pretty similar stuff too.. Neither however do compare to Stereophonics. Oh, and try Pulp and Blur too.

  • Alex July 24, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I Spy is the highlight (one of many, I should add) of ‘Different Class’. I have listened to that album more than any other. Excellent choice.

  • Tartelette July 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I second Y, “Once” is a great movie! Great choices!

  • queenie July 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Once is an awesome movie (completely reinvents the movie musical for the 21st century) – and “Leave” is my favorite song from that soundtrack, too.