Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10

So here it is, the end of 2011 and it is time for everyone to do some type of top 10 list for the year. This being a music blog, I decided to share my favorite albums released this year, and my favorite song off each one. Without further ado, here it is.

1. Flogging Molly - Speed of Darkness
This album was written while Dave King was living in Detroit and deals with the collapse of the American Auto industry and how it has impacted the lower level employees of the big companies. In a time when companies are cutting employees in order to justify large bonuses for executives, Speed of Darkness speaks out against this greed. It took me a couple of listens to truly digest, but this is one of my favortie albums by Flogging Molly.

2. Wild Flag - Wild Flag
Wild Flag's debut album is a blast to listen to, and even better to experience live. Carrie Brownstein is a monster on the guitar and they do a great job reviving the Portland punk sound.

3. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
This album is one I listen to after a long day at work and I just need to decompress. M83 has a way of centering me when I really need it.

4. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
Great blend of hardcore vocals with melodic instrumentation. My favorite track is Queen of Hearts, the contrast between the male and female vocals is fantastic.

5. Dodos - No Color
I saw the Dodos open for The New Pornographers last year and I have been a fan ever since. No Color didn't let me down. Using only an acoustic guitar, simple drum kit and xylaphone, the Dodos manage to create simple, beautiful music.

6. Beirut - The Rip Tide
I am a sucker for horns and non-traditional instrumentation and Beirut delivers on both counts. This combined with Zach Condon's sleepy voice, I have a hard time not listening to this album.

7. Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
After only listening to the first track on England Keep My Bones, I was hooked. Turner has a way with words that I particularly love and his general philosophy on music is one to be admired.

8. Dainumo, Jeesh, P SUS - Three Flaovrs of 8-bit
These three artist take turns on the album exploring 8-bit techno, playing around with sounds from iconic video games, that makes me feel like I'm standing in an arcade. One track in particular starts off with general noise in an arcade that reminds me of the game room of the Putt-Putt I worked at in high school.

9. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
Zonoscope is a tribute to 80's new wave without being a sloppy makeout with the genre.

10. Old 97's - Grand Theater, Vol. 2
This Dallas rockabilly bands ninth studio album is an all around fun listen. The standout track on Grand Theater, at least for me, is the sea shanty, White Port. It even has yodeling.

also, I was there when this was recorded

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I was driving up to Tennessee a few years ago when my mp3 player battery ran out and I was forced to listen to the radio. Normally the only radio station I listen to is NPR, but I decided to channel surf when I came across this song. What really hooked me was the chorus. I can't really put my finger on it, but I enjoy it a lot. The Fratellis first album, Costello Music, is pretty good. The same can't be said for their second album. Anyway, here is Flathead by The Fratellis.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Here is a Christmas song by The Dandy Warhols to brighten your Christmas day.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I was out at a bar with a friend of mine the other night when I met a couple of interesting people. My friend had gone to the bathroom and two people approached my table in order to put their drinks down. We got to talking and sat down with me. When my friend came back, we talked about music, what we were listening to, our all time favorites and then one of them did something I plan on doing when I meet someone new. She asked my friend and I to each recommend a band that we really liked. I recommended The Low Anthem, and my friend recommended Into It. Over It. I then asked her to do the same and she told me about Dax Riggs. I have to say, I really enjoyed the music, so here is one of his songs.

Monday, December 19, 2011

I think I have mentioned before that the music I listen to tends to reflect the mood I am in. I also use music to try and change the mood I am in. I have a play list of music to listen to when I am in a bad mood, and the songs I picked for that list are ones that put me in a better mood. One song in particular is Street Spirit (Fade Out) by Radiohead. It manages to bring me back to center every time I hear it. Thom Yorke's vocals along with Johnny Greenwood's guitar have the ability to calm me down and bring me back to where I need to be.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I had this song pop into my head yesterday, so I thought I'd share it. I love the line "may your organs fail before your dreams fail you."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Today's song is by a band a friend of mine at work told me about. I love the instrumentation and the vocals are fantastic.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Every once in a while I feel the need to listen to Hip Hop. Tonight at work after close I listened to Danger Doom's The Mouse and the Mask. Made up of MF Doom and DJ Danger Mouse as well as guest appearances by Cee Lo Green, Talib Kweli and others, they rap about Adult Swim shows like ATHF and Harvey Birdman. This is one song that I particularly like.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Here is another Christmas song I wish they would play at work. This would totally make my day.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It has been raining all day, and that tends to put me in a mellow mood. Today's song is my favorite Primus song.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Blast from the past

Every once in a while a song I haven't listened to in several years pops into my head. This happened tonight with a band that was a brief flash in the pan (at least in the US) when I was in high school. Quarashi is a rap/hip-hop group from Iceland that works in funk, techno and rock melodies into their music. They really aren't particularly great but what really made me pay attention to them was this music video. Sadly I can't find it on youtube, but here is the song anyway.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There is nothing like working in retail to kill the Christmas spirit

As I've mentioned before, I work in retail. This time of year is probably my least favorite for several reasons, but don't worry, I won't bore you with all of them, just one. Pop Christmas music is horrible. Listening to it for 8 hours straight makes me want to stab my ear drums with a dull pencil. First of all, there are only about 20 songs out there and everyone from Neil Diamond to Steven Tyler have covered them. Secondly, they all sound alike. It drives me crazy. There is one piece of Christmas music that I absolutely love and it is Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. It is absolutely beautiful and I listen to it constantly during the Christmas season. If it were on repeat at work, I would be much happier. Today's musical selection is The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Children's music

I've mentioned before about my nephew loving Yo Gabba Gabba. Over Thanksgiving break I spent some time in the car with my sister and nephew and got to hear some of the music he loves. Most of it is from Yo Gabba Gabba, and I have to say, I enjoyed it. Kid's music is improving in that it can appeal to both children and their parents. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba are involved in the music industry. Here is a song that I particularly enjoyed.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My mother's birthday was this weekend, so my dad put together a surprise party for her. My sister flew in on Friday with my nephew and I got to pick them up at the airport. I love getting to spend time with my nephew but sadly he lives far away so I only get to see him a few times a year. Every time I see him I am amazed by how much he has grown up. He loves the show Yo Gabba Gabba which was created by Christian Jacobs, also known as MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. This means he is being exposed to lots of good children's music that is also adult friendly, as well as some great musicians. The kid loves to dance and is a bit of a music addict. My sister played this song for me while we were driving back from the airport, and it made me love the Talking Heads even more than I already do.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


There is a great show on Hulu called Misfits. It is about a group of British juvenile delinquents who are struck by lightning and gain powers. Now before you start comparing it to Heroes, the two shows have hardly anything in common. First of all, the second season of Misfits is just as good as the first. I've been watching it with a friend of mine and I am hooked. Today's song is the opening theme to Misfits. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The penguins in the suits, they know nothing but greed

A friend of mine posted this link to a story in the Huffington Post today about an incident at Berkeley involving student and faculty protesters being assaulted by police officers. One person assaulted was former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass. This story is one of many involving Occupy protesters who are subjected to unnecessary force by authority figures simply for protesting what are unfair conditions. The Berkeley students and faculty members were protesting the rapidly rising tuition and pay cuts and lay offs while administrators continue to draw large bonuses. Rather than reply to these demands, university officials sent riot police to clear out the protesters. This story made me sick to my stomach. The current state of American affairs is deplorable. Banks have defaulted on loans due to irresponsible lending practices and have to depend on government bailouts, while if a person defaults on a loan owed to that bank, they are subjected to fines and penalties. Corporations cut jobs of people who are the support of the company, the people who actually produce, in order to justify giving large bonuses to executives. CEO's making bad decisions that cause a company to go under receiving large severance packages anyway. This whole situation is what Flogging Molly discuss in their most recent album Speed Of Darkness. The album was written while Dave King was living in Detroit during the fold of the American Auto Industry. It deals with the plight of the working man trying desperately to scrape by with what little they managed to get from the companies they worked for while CEO's live a life of comfort. Today's song is The Power's Out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

At a concert recently, one of the bands said something that stuck with me. He said that people listen to punk music because they are not happy with the way their life is and want some sort of outlet from it, whether they just got out of a horrible relationship or they work a dead end job that they hate. Now I don't necessarily agree with his statement, but I have noticed that the more unhappy I am, the harder the music is that I listen to. This isn't meant to be a post complaining about my life, but to give you perspective on my taste in music. I have two degrees, one in Physics and the other in Materials Science and Engineering. I am very smart, but with the way the economy is, finding a job is very difficult. I currently work at a home improvement store where I have worked for the past three and a half years, and I feel like I am constantly wasting my potential answering the same questions over and over that people could find the answers to on their own after five minutes on Google. Not to say I'm not grateful for having a job that pays fairly well for what I do and gives good benefits, but I wish I were doing something more with my life. I feel like I am at a standstill. Because of this, I have been listening to heavier and harder music when in a bad mood, which is happening more frequently. Here is an example of the music I listen to at work after we close and all of the customers are gone.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Here's a quick post before I go to work. I've mentioned before that I like Flogging Molly. This is an understatement. I've seen them live three times and have all of their albums. I highly recommend going to one of their live shows, it is a truly amazing experience. They come through town every February at the beginning of their Green 17 Tour, and I've seen them on the very first night of their show. Energy doesn't even begin to describe it. Here is my favorite Flogging Molly song, Us Of Lesser Gods.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Some of you might recognize today's song as the theme song to House. I remember when I watched the show for the first time, I was so excited that they used this particular song. And the music selections on the show never fail to make me happy. I've even heard Soul Coughing used. Today's song is also on my bad mood playlist. I have a playlist put together to help pull me out of bad moods which includes Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles, Elephant Gun by Beirut and many others. Here is Tear Drop by Massive Attack

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Somehow yesterday I ended up watching LMFAO videos on youtube. This one in particular made an impression on me. These guys obviously do not take themselves seriously, but in this video they turn the tables on a very obvious music video theme for party rock music which is objectified scantily clad women. In Sexy and I Know It, they objectify themselves and other guys. It made me laugh, so here you go.

Monday, November 7, 2011

So I meant to post this song on Halloween, but it completely slipped my mind until today. This piece of music is the fifth movement of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. In this symphony, the main character falls in love with a beautiful woman, only to have his love rejected. In a state of depression, he poisons himself with opium, but does not use enough to kill himself. The drug causes a hallucination in which he kills his love and is caught and sentenced to death. The fifth movement takes place after his execution and he sees his funeral as a witches Sabbath.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Anyone who has played Borderlands has heard this song. Chances are, even if you haven't played it, you have heard this song.

Friday, November 4, 2011

As I've said before, certain songs/albums/artists remind me of people. This is a prime example. One of my friends in high school introduced me to this band, and he an I would listen to them pretty much any time we were in the same car or just hanging out. Every time I hear this song, I remember being in high school and riding to football games (we were both in band) or just hanging out at someones house.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I saw Wild Flag do a cover of this song last week at their show. Carrie introduced it by saying "This guy did a really messed song about this town (Dallas), but I'm not going to sing that one." At the time, the song was familiar but I couldn't place it until we were driving home. I think I scared my friends when I realized it was a Misfits song, and the song Carrie was referring to was Bullet. Anyway, here is She by Misfits.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I keep hearing this song at work, and since it is one of the few good ones that actually plays there, I thought I'd share.

Monday, October 31, 2011

For all the steps you'll take and all you'll overcome...

This song is on an album that was recommended by a friend of mine a while ago that I recently got around to listening to. I've probably listened to the full album 6 or 7 times in the past day and a half, it is that good.

... I wanna be the one to put it in a song


In case you haven't realized, I have a very eclectic taste in music. I think this is because I have a lot of people who have influenced my taste in music. Obviously growing up, my parents shaped my early taste in music. My dad listens mainly to classical music which is one of the reasons I love Beethoven so much. However, whenever he is driving he listens to NPR. Any time I hear the trumpet fanfare for All Things Considered, I immediately remember my dad picking me up from school. My mom introduced me to The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Willie Nelson, which I think is a good foundation for anyone. These artists have influenced so many modern musicians, you can't really appreciate music without having at least a passing acquaintance with them. Up until middle school, I only listened to oldies. I still love This Diamond Ring by Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Poison Ivy by The Coasters, and Windy by The Association. I could go on. The other major influence in my musical education was my sister. She introduced me to Green Day's Dookie and Weezer's Blue Album. Even today when my sister and I get together, we compare bands we are listening to. We don't always listen to the same stuff, but we are aware of each others likes and dislikes so we can usually accurately judge what to recommend.  In middle school, I moved on to classic rock and became obsessed with Pink Floyd, The Doors, and Hendrix. To be fair I still am in love with these artists. I was convinced that there was nothing good about the music of the time. To be fair, it was the mid to late 90's so I wasn't far off. In high school I started listening to Dave Matthews and techno. But this is also when I began to really search out new music. Of course it was made easier by the fact that MTV still played music videos. There was also IMF and Fuse. This is when I found out about bands like The Super Furry Animals, The Dandy Warhols, Radiohead, and Gorillaz. Senior year in high school was when I began listening to punk rock. It was a little difficult to find stuff mainly because my friends didn't listen to it or really seem interested. Obviously I knew about The Clash and The Ramones, but my knowledge was very limited. Then I went to college. I think that, at least for me, college is a place to find out who you really are. In high school, you are surrounded by people who live near you, but do not necessarily have the same interests as you. For example, I grew up in East Texas which is a strong hold for right wing conservatism. I on the other hand am a fairly liberal person. In college, you are surrounded by people who made a conscious effort to go to a particular school. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by people who were like minded and as intelligent as me (I know that sounds really arrogant, but it is true, remember, I grew up in East Texas). I also found people who were into the same type of music as me. I was introduced to Tom Waits by a group of older students who adopted me my freshman year, Jump, Little Children by a friend down the hall in my dorm and tons of other new music that pretty much blew my mind. It was also in college that I met another of my major musical influences. We got to talking when I started singing along to a Streets song that she put on a mix for a party. We had met before and had several mutual friends (kinda hard not to at such a small school) but this was the first time we actually talked. From that point on we shared music whenever possible. It got to a point where we were always trying to find bands that the other had never heard of. She usually did better than me. Every once in a while I hear from her and she has a new band for me to check out. After college, I moved away from these friends I had made, and had to fend for myself when it came to finding new music. Granted, every once in a while I would meet up with them and we would swap music, but it wasn't the same. I've gotten better, and of course I have made new friends who share my love of music. One of my favorite things to do at a party is to sit by the stereo and pick the music that is playing. It makes my night when someone sings along to one of the more obscure songs I pick, or compliments my taste in music.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011


Going to a show tonight at The Loft in Dallas, Wild Flag is playing. Some of you might remember their previous incarnation as Sleater Kinney
Here is Wild Flag's Romance of their debut, self titled album.
And yes, that is Carrie Brownstein for those of you who watch Portlandia.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

German rap?

A friend of mine posted this video a while back and the song, and later the entire album, became stuck in my head.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Send me your strongest machine

Today's band is one I have seen three times and let me tell you, they put on a hell of a show. The Protomen have created a rock opera based around the Mega Man video games that is truly remarkable. Their first album begins with Dr. Light's creation of Protoman, and Protoman's fight and defeat at the hands of Dr. Wily's robot hordes. Light then creates Mega Man and attempts to keep him sheltered from the real world, but when Mega Man finds out what happened to his brother, he swears revenge on Dr. Wily. The second album is a prequel to the first album and chronicles the development of the technology to create the robots and Wily's rise to power. My favorite song is Vengeance, where Mega Man is fighting Dr. Wily's robots.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Coming for your heart like a cannibal

One of my feel good bands is Miniature Tigers. I found out about them when I saw them open for Eisley and Say Anything (don't judge, the ticket was free). They have a great almost childish feel. I got to see them headline a few months later and it was a really fun show. At one point, Charlie Brand (the singer) got off the stage and danced around with members of the audience. Definitely worth seeing again.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I live in a state of Texas

I got to see the Old 97's this past week, and it was a great show. The show was outside in Deep Ellum in Dallas with the stage framing the Dallas skyline. This is one of the songs they played, and hearing it while looking at the Dallas skyline lit up at night was something I think only a Texan could truly appreciate. Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


In honor of the season 2 premier of The Walking Dead, here is a song about zombies by the hysterical goth rock  singer, Voltaire.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dallas Observer Music Awards

Going to the Dallas Observer Music Awards this afternoon and I am pretty pumped. The headliners are The Toadies, Old 97's, Centro-Matic, and Sarah Jaffe. Should be a pretty awesome show. Here is one song I hope to hear today.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

short lapse

Sorry for not posting the last few days, but things have been crazy around here. For those of you interested in instrumental metal should check out Dethmole. It is a one man band by Jeph Jacques, the creator of Questionable Content, one of my favorite webcomics. All of his albums are available for download on bandcamp.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Round One...Fight!

Today's song is by another opening act. I have seen Man Factory open up for the Protomen three times, and they got better every time. Their music is a rock opera based on the Street Fighter video games. So far they have two albums out and I believe they are working on a third. This is the opening track off of their first album.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Got to see the amazing Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls last night. Needless to say, my face was rocked completely off. I love his philosophy on music, how it should belong to everyone. The openers were Into It/Over It, who wasn't bad, and Andrew Jackson Jihad, who were pretty funny. Today's song is by them.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

First you live, then you die

I saw Dusty Rhodes and the River Band open up for Flogging Molly 3 years ago at the House of Blues, and let me tell you, they put on a great show. They are a great blend of Country and Rock 'n' Roll, not to mention very talented musicians.

You're in luck

I got to see today's band open up for Jump, Little Children at Exit/In in Nashville several years ago, granted at that time they went by Michael Flynn. I really enjoyed their set, and now the bassist for Jump, Little Children, Johnny Gray, is in the band.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A taste of the good life

Today is how I imagine Sunday's would be if I had a real job. Hanging out with friends, cooking good food and having a great time. I'm fortunate enough to have a Sunday off (I honestly can't remember the last time this happened) so I get to help my friend celebrate his birthday. Gonna make some good food and spend time with people I love to be around. Not only that, the weather is beautiful outside. Today's song is by The Old 97s, who I get to see on the 15th at the Dallas Observer Music Awards. My sister introduced me to them when I was in high school and I have been a fan ever since.

Friday, September 30, 2011

a request

A friend of mine asked me why I haven't posted any Tom Waits. So here you go, my favorite Tom Waits song.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

local act

Today's song is by a pretty awesome band from the town I live in. They moved away, sadly, earlier this year and aren't really performing that much anymore, but I had the privileged of seeing these guys multiple times and hanging out with them. It helps that I used to work with the bass player. If you ever get a chance to see them live, I highly recommend it. Here is The Uptown Bums with Throw Your Money Away.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Childhood memories

When I was in kindergarten, I had a friend that I did everything with. We were always spending the night at each others house and would stay up as late as we could. There was one song we would listen to non-stop, which I'm sure annoyed both of our parents. Every time I hear this song, I remember being a little kid and running around like an idiot.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I have to be at work in less than 6 hours, I don't know why I am not in bed right now. Tonight's song was the inspiration for the title of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. Hope you enjoy, it is a fantastic song.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

lacking my joie de vivre

Continuing in the theme of Sad Bastard music, today's song is by the Decemberists.

A sharp suit and a kipper tie, A big arrow pointing to my fly

Today's song is by the amazing Belle and Sebastian. Yes they do sad bastard music (for you fans of High Fidelity out there) but this song absolutely cracks me up. And the music video makes it even funnier.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Under appreciated 80's music

Today's song is by a band I feel is greatly under appreciated when it comes to 80's music. Sure everyone has heard of Jenny (867-5309) and Come on Eileen, but how many people remember Wall of Voodoo.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Frank Turner

Just found out that Frank Turner is going to be in town soon so here is another of his great songs.

Friday, September 16, 2011

So, thanks to two overnight shifts this week, my sleep schedule is completely messed up. Ain't it great? I finally managed to fall asleep at 5 this morning, but woke up at 11 so I am just a little tired. Enough complaining, onto the music. The song I was going to post today (Punchdrunk by Bela Fleck) doesn't have a link on youtube so I'll just have to pick another song. This song is one that reminds me of family. When I was younger, anytime we had family in from out of town, we would go to an amazing bar-b-q place that had a jukebox, and one song my mother always played was London Homesick Blues by Gary P Nunn and  Jerry Jeff Walker. Every time I hear it, I think about amazing ribs and my grandparents. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I've been working the overnight shift at work for the past two nights. While it has been a nice change of pace, it isn't something I would want to do all the time. For some reason I haven't slept more than 6 hours for the past couple of days (probably because I was trying to do it during the day time) so I am a bit of a zombie right now. Here is a song about what I plan on doing a lot of today, sleep.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I know I have been posting a lot of ska recently, but what can I say, I have been listening to a lot of it lately. Especially this band. Streetlight Manifesto does a great job blending the traditional ska sound with 20's jazz and traditional Eastern European/Russian music.
Had a great evening with amazing food and some wonderful people. Before going to bed, I thought I'd leave you with a pretty chill song from an amazing singer. Jay Clifford was formerly with Jump, Little Children and has been working on his solo career after they stopped touring. Enjoy.

Friday, September 9, 2011


I've had this song stuck in my head all day so I thought I'd inflict it upon share it with y'all.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Beautiful Weather

The weather around here has been particularly beautiful all week, so here is a great song to compliment it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In honor of Freddie Mercury's birthday, here is some Queen.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Fox Network

is a bunch of idiots. They apparently have a problem with letting good shows run for more than a season. Their most recent cancellation (at least the one I am aware of) was The Good Guys. Yeah, it is a buddy cop show but come on, it has Collin Hanks who looks and sounds like a younger version of his dad, and the dialogue is pretty great. Not only that, but the music used throughout the show is amazing. I've been watching it on Netflix and the more I watch, the more disappointed I am that it has been canceled. Here is the song used for the opening title.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

A little more hardcore for you. This time it is hardcore ska from the band Choking Victim, which later went on to change their name to Leftover Crack. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Today's song is by one of the few hardcore bands I actually like. They are truly independent, all of their material is distributed through their website and you can pay as much as you want for it. If you like this song I highly recommend checking them out.

Friday, August 26, 2011

George Harrison

I just found out that Martin Scorsese is doing a two part documentary on George Harrison this October. Everyone has a favorite Beatle and for me, it has always been George. Known as "The Quiet One," George definitely pushed the Beatles into a wider sound, evolving from the early pop sound to their more worldly later works. Since I'm a huge Beatles fan, here are some of George's songs.

This was the first song that George wrote for a Beatles album. Don't Bother Me on With The Beatles

My absolute favorite Beatles song. No matter what is going on in my life, it always puts a smile on my face.

I know it isn't a Beatles song but it is probably George's most famous.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another late night at work means an early song for the day. I have a soft spot for pop punk love songs. They are straight forward and simple which I really like.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This is an absolutely beautiful song.

Since it has been a pretty relaxed day, I thought I'd share a pretty relaxed song.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Since I won't get off work until late tonight, I figure I'll go ahead and post. I saw this guy open up for Flogging Molly in February and he sounds like a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer. Plus, he is Swedish. Enjoy

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jump, Little Children

I tend to associate music with certain events or people. Either because I was listening to a song when something memorable happened or was with someone when I first listened to a song or because it was the person who introduced me to the band. This song is the first song by Jump, Little Children that got me interested in the band. It was my freshman year at college and a friend of mine invited me to go to a concert that night for a band I had never heard of. Of course I went along because I am always up for hearing new music. It was a great show (Matt Nathanson opened up) and I was enjoying Jump's set but about halfway through the show they played this song and I was hooked.

Jump, Little Children - Cathedrals

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I was actually walking around work, singing this song today. Got me some strange looks.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I picked today's song for a couple of reasons. One, I heard it at work which is amazing since the radio station is typically stuck on a 70's station and I mostly listen to disco. Another reason is I'm going drinking tonight to celebrate a friends birthday and this song is on my "Home late from the bars and listening to music" playlist. I pretty much have a playlist for all occasions. So without further delay, Fables by The Dodos

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

an experiment

So I've decided to try this out, a blog that sets a soundtrack to my life. I'll be messing with the format a bit, still trying to decide whether to do an update a day with one song or just once a week with a list of songs. I'll try to include links to the songs so that the few people that bother to read this will be able to listen. Also, should I explain why I picked a particular song or just let the song do the explaining? We'll see. I do promise that I won't have any long winded complaints about how tragic my life is (mainly because it isn't tragic). I plan on following the rules of making a mixtape by Nick Hornby in High Fidelity.

For today:

I picked this song mainly because it is one of the reasons I love music so much and why I decided to start doing this.