June 3, 2009

Music of the Week #2 & #3

Work, work, work - all I do is work lately. I've gotta slow down before I burnout (thanks Cory).

So here's (a bit late) Music of the Week #2 (ending May 24th) and #3 (ending May 31st)

#2 (ending May 24th)
  1. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse
  2. Les Miserabl├ęs (Original London Cast)
  3. Foo Fighters
  4. Daft Punk
  5. Thornley
It was quite the listening week. Marli pointed me to an article on NPR about Danger Mouse "releasing" and album with Sparklehorse. Little did I know that this album would have such an effect on me. First off - this album is never going to be released due to a legal struggle with Danger Mouse and the record label EMI, which really is a shame, due to the intense energy this album brings across. The sheer effort put into the songs and the very well done collaborations on the album (include artists such as Julian Casablancas [The Strokes], James Mercer [The Shins] and, believe it or not, Iggy Pop and many, many more). Fav's include "Revenge (Flaming Lips)", "Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It)" and "The Man Who Played God". Hit up the NPR article for a listen in the standalone player.

I really have no idea why I suddenly started listening to Les Miserabl├ęs. The soundtrack is great for a musical and the story is a beautiful one. I believe the main cause for this impulse purchase and listen was listening to Susan Boyle.

Ah, the Foo Fighters, my roots. I think the Foo Fighters have been the the one band I've constantly listened to for the past 8 years! I can identify myself with so many songs and I have pin pointing which songs are my favourites. But I can definately tell you the songs that start many, many Genius playlists are "Best Of You" (In Your Honor - 2005), "Low" (One By One - 2002), "Generator" (There Is Nothing Left To Lose - 1999). Bah, who am I kidding my favourite Foo's song of all times is and will always be "Everlong" (The Colour and the Shape - 1997).

Daft Punk - this one's a doozey again. The album artist is in fact Daft Punk, but the album I am listening to is in fact a bootlegged remix album titled "Remix After All" and is a remix album of, you guessed it, "Human After All". For a bootlegged album the execution of the songs are amazing. The engineering is great, the songs keep their Daft Punk feel with some of great synth flares. Check out the blog entry for more info. 

I talked about Thornley in Music of the Week #0 a few weeks ago :).

#3 (ending May 31st)
  1. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse
  2. Daft Punk
  3. Peter Fox
  4. Incubus
  5. Led Zeppelin
For more about the Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse collaberation album, read above in Music of the Week #2.

The same applies to Daft Punk. I am still quite attached to the "Remix After All" album - read above for more info.

Peter Fox. Still with the addicting album - gosh! I spoke about his "Stadtaffe" album in Music of the Week #0 and yes - it's still haunting me :).

Incubus - Spoke about them in Music of the Week #1.

Led Zeppelin. Really - what's left to say. Classic Rock. Robert Plant. Jimmy Page. What's not to love - really?!

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