Archive for the ‘Songs of the Week’ Category

The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

It’s been awhile since a did one of these and I was driving around listening to the new Flaming Lips album and thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to write a song of the week post. I’m still not sure as to whether I’m really in love with the new album (a few more listens should do it) but I can officially say that I am in love with this song. It’s called “I Can Be A Frog” and throughout the song lead singer Wayne Coyne sings lines like “I can be a bear” or “I can be a monkey” followed by a sound effect of a girl imitating the thing that Waye Coyne describes. Sounds kind of weird I Guess but I dunno…there’s a certain odd charm to this song. It’s even kind of spooky! Hope you like it…

The Flaming Lips – “I Can Be A Frog”

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royksopp junior

Basically, the new Röyksopp album is insane. I haven’t been this obsessed with an album in awhile. There are a few songs on this baby that I am especially fond of. First of all, “Happy up Here” is an amazing start to the album. “Miss it so Much”, on which Lykki Li sings is probably my second favourite track. “Royksopp Forever” is probably my third favourite track. But “Vision One” which is my song of the week, is by far my favourite. Literally every time I’ve had a chance to listen to music, I start with “Vision One” and then move on to something else. I think I’m in love.

Royksopp – Vision One

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A Flock of Seagulls

I know this isn’t exactly anything new but I love this song. I used to hate 80’s music with a passion. I can’t figure out why. I remember having a conversation once with my dad. We had agreed that the 60’s were amazing. The 70’s were good too, but the 80’s and 90′ were terrible for music. I guess I must have just been unwilling to give 80’s music a real go. Luckily, over the past few years I have learned to love 80’s music. I still think the 90’s were terrible, with a few exceptions. But yeah, anyways, here’s my song of the week by A Flock of Seagulls.

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Animal Collective

Hey there. Have you heard this little piece of magic yet?

I know It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a song of the week but I think this is a perfect opportunity to renew the tradition. I am kind of obsessed with the song “My Girls”, which is the 2nd song on Animal Collective’s excellent new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion. To me this song is a modest plea for a simple, quiet life with a humble home and family. It has one of the catchiest hooks I’ve ever heard from Animal Collective and the sort of hypnotic affect that is common in many of their songs. There is just something so innocent and lovely about this song and the way it is sung that makes me want to listen to it over and over again, as I have been doing for the past few days. The song ends, “I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things like a social status. I just want four walls and adobe slabs for my girls”. Lay back and listen…

Animal Collective – My Girls

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I am slowly falling in love with Dr. Dog’s new album, Fate. “The Old Days” has been the immediate stand out favourite for me. But lately I have been listening to a new song off the album called “The Breeze”. It is a beautiful song, filled with lush vocal harmonies. The Beach Boys would be proud!

Dr. Dog – The Breeze

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I wasn’t crazy about Caribou’s new album Andorra upon first listen. So i simply forgot about it for a long time. After finding out that it is nominated for this year’s Polaris Music Prize I decided to give it another chance. And boy was I wrong. It is such a sweet album, I can’t believe I put it aside for so long. I have been listening almost exclusively to this album this past week. So my song of the week this week is “Sandy” off of that album. If you have a chance to see Caribou live, i suggest you do saw. I saw him open for Super Furry Animals a couple of years ago and he was just amazing.

Caribou – Sandy

In other news…stay tuned for my July Mix which I will be posting in a few days. It will change your life!

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I know this is my second post about Fleet Foxes this week. But I have been absolutely obsessed with this song ever since seeing them perform it live. It is now by far my favourite song off of their Sun Giant EP and may even be my favourite Fleet Foxes song period. Go see this band live.

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

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I am absolutely loving Tyler Ramsey’s newest album, entitled A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea. I have been listening to it non stop along with that Pete & The Pirates record that I have previously mentioned. My song of the week is the first song on the album. A very appropriate opener in which Ramsey sings about his inspiration for the album, which was a dream he had about swimming across the see (Duh!). Anyways, listen to the whole song through to the end…the outro is very nice.

Tyler Ramsey – A Long Dream

I also wrote a review of the album for my friends at The Yellow Bird Project, so if you feel like reading my thoughts on the album check it out!

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I’ve been listening to the Pomegranates album for the past 2 weeks and I’ve just had an epiphany. After looking for pictures of the band to put in this post I realized that I’ve seen this band play live before and it was only 2 months ago. It was on a night when I was going to see Chris Garneau play in NYC. I vaguely remember the opening band playing some songs, some good, some just okay. In the end, I ended up enjoying the performance but I quickly forgot about the openers when Chris came on (he was amazing as always). Anyways, as I have said, I had completely forgot about that opening band until right now when I realized that this Pomegranates band that I have been listening to for the past two weeks is the same band that opened for Chris Garneau that night. Pretty shocking stuff. I feel stupid. Right….

So my song of the week is by Pomegranates! it’s called “In The Kitchen”. It is off their debut album, which is called Everything is Alive. Sorry for not paying more attention that night guys. No hard feelings.

Pomegranates – In The Kitchen

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Wolf Parade are back! Their new album is called At Mount Zoomer and they have a whole slew of dates in July all over North America, so chances are you can get a live sample of the new album in the very near future. Upon first listen, I like it. I’ve always had this negative association with Wolf Parade as the band that threw shit at G. Love & Special Sauce at the Osheaga Festival in the summer of 2006 in Montreal (My hometown). But once I get passed that, the truth is that they make some pretty good music. My song of the week is my immediate favourite off of the new album. It may just be the catchiest song on the album, and I may come to have many other favourites (or none at all), but for right now, it’s California Dreamer. Enjoy!

Wolf Parade – California Dreamer

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