Posted by: elspethlomax | December 29, 2008

What I’ve Been Listening To

Thought I’d let you know what I’ve been listening to this week. There’s been a lot of post-Christmas cleaning happening the last few days and when there’s packing up involved, loud music is a must. Here’s ten songs from my most-played list, in no particular order.

Blonde Redhead- Pink Love

Loce Sick – Kill Hannah

Gobbledigook – Sigur Ros

Honey Honey – ABBA

Blessing In Disguise – Devotchka

Mysterious Skin – Orphans and Vandals

Horror Movie – Skyhooks

Wuthering Heights – Angra

What Do We Do Now – The Just Joans

Calling And Not Calling My Ex – Okkervil River

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Posted by: elspethlomax | December 29, 2008

MGMT

Previously known as The Management, American band MGMT are one of the biggest bands going around at the moment. Their debut album,  Oracular Spectacular, featuring songs such as Time To Pretend, Kids and Electric Feel, has done very well on the charts.
Time To Pretend, known as the Fishy Song in our house, is one of my favourite songs of ’08.

MGMT – Time To Pretend

MGMT – Weekend Wars

MGMT – Electric Feel

Find our more about MGMT at their MySpace site.

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 23, 2008

The Eve of Christmas Eve


It’s the Eve of Christmas Eve and there’s nothing left to do until tomorrow. Everything is organised and I am left playing Tetris to fill in time until then. Of course, I should be getting an early night, in preparation for tomorrow, but the truth is im too excited (and too exhausted to move from this chair!)
I won’t get a chance to post anything Christmas Eve so here’s a few songs i’ve been saving up. It’s a diverse collection and in no particular order!
Enjoy them and Merry Christmas!

Bizarre Christmas Incident – Ben Folds Five

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid (original 1984 version)

When I Get Home For Christmas – Snow Patrol

Candy Cane Children – The White Stripes

Merry Christmas Song – Pink Floyd

Feels Like Christmas – Aerosmith

Christmas Time – Smashing Pumpkins

And my personal favourite, some easy listening:

Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 21, 2008

Muse

There’s four sleeps to go. My household is getting very excited and things are coming together for what will be a great Christmas. I’ve been wrapping presents and listening to some Muse. Sample these tunes.

Glorious – Muse

Time Is Running Out – Muse

Pic from here.

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 18, 2008

The Owl – Ball Trap

I’ve just got onto a series of short animated episodes made for BBC’s children’s television. The episodes feature a purple owl with a pink nose and blue feet that aren’t connected to his body. He is a gorgeous, yet unfortunate owl who is constantly attempting to rise above difficult circumstances which usually end in his body being disposed of in cruel, yet funny ways. I feel sorry for him and you’ll understand why after you’ve watched this.

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 18, 2008

Iron and Wine

 

In my previous post today, I stated that my favourite song from Twilight was Never Think, by Rob Pattison. I’ve just listened to Frightened Bird, American Mouth, a song by Iron and Wine (and also featured on the Twilight soundtrack) eight times in a row and feel I need to let you know that, since this afternoon, it is now my number one.
I may sound fickle, but trust me, sample this song and you will understand why Kristen Stewart, who played Bella in the movie, specifically chose it for the final scene of the movie.

Frightened Bird, American Mouth – Iron and Wine

Side note – Iron and Wine is the stage and recording name of folk rock singer, Samuel Beam. Find out more about him here.

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 18, 2008

Twilight

“That’s all superhero stuff, right? What if I’m not the hero? What if I’m… the bad guy?”

I’m not ashamed to admit that I am completely obsessed with Twilight, both the books and the movie. I’m only halfway through the third book, so have the fourth one to read still. I had not intended to see the movie as I wasn’t sure how true to the books it would be. My worries were washed away as I watched a solitary deer being chased through the woods, I knew from that moment that I would love every minute. I was so pleased that the movie followed the books so closely and at times quoted straight out of the book!
The soundrack from the movie is also fantastic, I bought the album yesterday and my favourite track is by Rob Pattison, who plays Edward Cullen.

Here’s two songs from the movie:

Never Think – Rob Pattison

Full Moon – The Black Ghosts

Over at i rock i roll, they weren’t totally happy with the original soundtrack and decided to make one of their own! Check it out, it’s good as!

Pic from HarryWorld

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 14, 2008

All I Want For Christmas Is You

I recently read that My Chemical Romance’s lead singer, Gerard Way, was unable to sing and play guitar at the same time when he first formed the band. Guess it’s a good thing he figured it out cos his voice is awesome.
Today I bring you another piece of Christmas delight with My Chemical Romance’s version of All I Want For Christmas Is You.  

All I Want For Christmas Is You – My Chemical Romance

Read more about My Chemical Romance here.

Picture by blackrose_e.

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 11, 2008

More Christmas Cheer

I’ve been pretty busy the last few days and haven’t been able to do as many posts as I would have liked. Anyway, with only thirteen sleeps to go, check out the following songs.

This version of Little Drummer Boy is a Hoot (ha ha ha). Please excuse the awful pun and download it. It’s very clever.

Little Drummer Boy-The Hoot Owl Boys Choir

I saw the title of this next song and I had to listen. Here’s a sample of the lyrics, the last verse:

It’s so Biblical to be pregnant at Christmas
No matter what stories you believe
And I may suffer from gravid senilis…and heartburn and nausea and charlie horses and overwhelming fatigue…and frequent micturation and varicose veins and…swollen ankles and shortness…of breath…and that…tired, achy feeling in the grooooooin…
But I won’t be alone on New Year’s Eve
Fa-La-La-La-La La-La La La

Its So Chic to be Pregnant at Christmas Time – Nancy White

I don’t see No Doubt as a band to release Christmas songs, but this one has all the attitude of their original stuff and I like it.

Oi to the World – No Doubt

Posted by: elspethlomax | December 7, 2008

George

George is a five piece Aussie band and one of my all time favourites. After ten years of playing gigs and recording albums they are taking some well deserved time off and I am missing them. George’s website informs me that they will be back making music sometime soon and personally, I can’t wait.
Here’s a couple of my favourite tracks from their first album, Polyserena, which debuted at number one here in 2002. Polyserena achieved gold record status ten days after it’s release and became a platinum record after 3 weeks, the album is now double platinum. By the end of the year, it had spent 36 weeks in the top 50.

Download these now.

Breaking It Slowly – George

Truth – George

Rain – George

Find out more about George here.

Image from here

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