Musically Speaking, Part 3

July 6th, 2013

As summer progresses, some of my favorite bands are (or will be) releasing new singles, new albums, and a whole bunch of summer-like goodness. That means it’s time for another edition of Musically Speaking, the series of music-theme blog posts that I am pretty sure are read by no one. But who cares!

“Beautiful Day” by Michael BublĂ©

I’m not really a BublĂ© fan, and in fact I’ve called him “Mike Bubble” before, totally in a mocking tone. Even so, “Beautiful Day” is a catchy song that just about anyone can like. Furthermore, when I listen to this work of art, I envision what a beautiful day it will be when we cross that Delaware state line into Pennsylvania one last time. It makes me smile. And isn’t that the point, Mr. Bubble?

“In the Future” by Architecture in Helsinki

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a new Architecture in Helsinki song after years of drought. I’ve been roughing it, listening to “Moment Bends” during my morning 5K while hoping incessantly for a new work of art from this Aussie wonder. Finally, “In the Future” is here. Though I have no idea if this means a new AIH album is imminent, what I do know is that there are few bands that can produce electropop goodness as well as this band. Enjoy.

“Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend

I’ve long said that Vampire Weekend has just the right amount of inherent snobbery for me to be a fan. This Columbia-University-inspired snob rock is just what the doctor ordered for days when you feel a bit more intelligent and philosophical than your peers. VW’s latest single, “Diane Young,” is a bit darker than the Vampire Weekend of years past. Even so, it’s a refreshing jolt of newness during a time when their prior two albums were starting to seem a bit stale to me — perhaps on account of overplaying them. But still.

Musically Speaking, Part 2

April 8th, 2013

The world needs more good songs, and I’m doing my part to make sure the battle for excellent audio experiences is won! No Minaj, no Ke-dollar-sign-ha, no other talentless hacks. Let’s get started with part deux of this new seriers of posts, shall we?

“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake

My fingers are literally bleeding right now as I try to craft a ringing endorsement of a Justin Timberlake song. I mean, post-NSYNC Timberlake has been pretty enjoyable overall but it was always more of an undercover enjoyment that I certainly did not blog about. But “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z, is different. It’s white-boy soulful. Hell, maybe it’s even black-boy soulful. It speaks to the part of me that wants to dance whitely on Soul Train like a 70s black man. So good.

“Spectrum (Say My Name)” by Florence + The Machine

Florence and I go way back. Actually, that’s true on its face: My grandmother’s name is Florence and, while I generally call her Flo Rida, it’s true that we go back. But Florence + The Machine and I…we also go way back. I’ve loved Flo and her machine since my earliest days as a gay hipster, or gayster. That is: hipster with unabashedly designer threads. In “Spectrum,” Flo belts it out and I try not to dance in public.

“Army of Two” by Olly Murs

Olly Murs is like the British Adam Levine of the twenty-teens. That’s not as much of an insult as it probably should be, given the Maroon 5 frontman’s rapidly declining talent and fame, but hey. What I meant to say was that Mr. Murs can write a catchy song and sing it like a talented champ. That’s rare in our Minajified world and I think it’s worth celebrating.

That’s all for now, readers! All 3 of you can now resume your daily working and toiling away for a meager, recession-era wage. Have fun with that.

Musically Speaking

March 25th, 2013

The key to an enjoyable life is an ever-increasing iTunes library that knows no bounds. In that spirit, I think it’s time to broaden the horizons of my 14 readers with some new tunes. That is, of course, if these tunes have not already been added to the 600-gig iTunes library that you 14 people already possess.

“Entertainment” by Phoenix

Okay, so I’ve been a fan of Phoenix for a very long time. When I first started being a Phoenix fan, it was because I was a borderline hipster (with better taste in clothes because I was more of a gayster) and they were obscure. Then, they became super-dancy and designer, and so did I. So we grew together. Their new single, “Entertainment,” is a knockout. It sounds like a Chinese restaurant on Broadway. Love it. Can’t wait to see them in concert for a third time.

“Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding

This song is not new. It’s not going to be unfamiliar to most people. But it does bear mentioning, just in case someone who reads this fair blog has not already embraced their inner Ellie fan. Anything really could happen. You could like Ellie Goudling. You could LOVE her, like I do. You could even put this song in rotation during cardio workouts! It’s good. Listen!

“I Can Only Imagine” by David Guetta

I can only imagine how slowly I would run my daily 5k every morning if David Guetta wasn’t a real person who made the best music for gyms everywhere. This is another song in a long line of Guetta hits that I crank during shoulder workouts, ab exercises, 5K races, stair climbing. You get my drift. Imagine yourself listening to this song, and then actuall do it in real life.

That’s all for now! You can thank me for your newly awesome iTunes library later. Or now, if you want — comments are open.