This week I have been obsessed with the song An Argument with Myself by Jens Lekman. The EP, with the same title, was released in September of this year, and it is pretty great. An Argument with Myself has some of the most strange and funny lyrics I have ever heard. After discovering this song, I started to listen to Lekman’s music and I have to say, that most of his songs have very unique and enjoyable lyrics that can make you smile.
An Argument with Myself is a song about Lekman’s having a bad time in Australia; the streets of Melbourne are referenced in the song. I read that he moved there to chase a love interest but now he is back in Sweden. Probably things didn’t work out and he end up arguing with himself for a while. In this song, where he is literally arguing with himself, you can hear 2 voices or more having a fight. Maybe this is a little extreme, but I do think that at some level, we do ague with ourselves, it is probably part of our thought process. My favorite part is the beginning:
“Having an argument with myself down Elizabeth Street
Bumping into backpackers and
struggling with the parameters
and the basic construction of my feet.”
After a deserved summer break; a trip to the exotic lands of Istanbul, I have returned to my beloved DC. Now, I can go back to my blog and keep writing meaningless articles. I can’t believe it has been a year since my first post and I most say, it has been an amazing experience – I have enjoyed the ride. I feel that writing this blog has kept me from blowing my brain a couple of times. I have discovered that for me, it is important to have a hobby, a personal project I can focus on for a couple of hours and decompress. What is surprising is that this hobby has lasted a year! Anyway,
as I said before, I never thought I would enjoy writing this much and I want to take a moment to thank everyone that reads Listen to This and have given me words of encouragement through out this year. I really appreciate it! Thank you!
Since I came back I have been searching for new music. Sometimes you just want to discover a new sound, a new group, a new album and listen to it over and over… This time my search took a while. I ended up listening to music podcasts for a couple of days. NPR Music has great shows and I most say, I ran into a couple of interesting things:
There is an interview with Manu Chau on Alt Latino. Manu Chau is one of the coolest guys on earth, and this comes across in this interview where he talks about his life, his musical influences and DJs music from his favorites artists. This is the link to the interview http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=128334429&date=9-8-2011 Manu Chau is one of my favorite artist, I’m really glad I was able to see him in concert a couple of years ago, he is a great performer. My favorite song is Rumba de Barcelona. (Check the guitar solo)
I also ran into a Noah and The Whale mini concert: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/10/138615666/noah-and-the-whale-tiny-desk-concert
Finally, Yesterday I found what I was looking for; a new band to love! Blind Pilot is an Indie band from Portland, Oregon. Their debut album, 3 Rounds and a Sound reached number 13 on the Billboard Top Digital Albums chart. The song Oviedo is in this album
Blind Pilot did a bicycle tour in 2008, biking from Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California, carrying their instruments on custom bicycle trailers they fashioned themselves. They made more than two dozen stops along the way, including Port Townsend, Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Coos Bay, Arcata and Santa Cruz.1 I guess not only they are a pretty good band, but they also have good legs!
On September 13th 2011, they released their new album; We Are The Tide. this song was on Song of the Day on NPR
The Kooks, one of my favorite bands, will release their third album “Junk of the Heart” on September 12, 2011. However, while we wait for this date to come, they have released two singles that will keep us entertained until the anticipated album can reach our hands. (or computers)
This is my Favorite Kook’s Song,
11th Dimension is a song by Julian Casablancas, lead vocalist and song writer of The Strokes. In 2009, Julian released a solo album titled “Phrazes for The Young” (2009); this album is strongly influenced by new wave and electronica and it is a big departure from the unique sound of The Strokes.
To be honest, I’m having a hard time keeping with the “Post a Week Challenge”, therefore this post will be short and sweet.
I have been listening to Wilco for a while, but the truth is that I have never been into their music -that much. This week, I discovered their album “Summerteeth” (1999) and I must say, I’m really enjoying it.
Here is one of my favorite tracks of this album,
For the past two weeks I have been working A LOT! Thanks God it is all over, and now I can go back to my normal life. People deal with stress in different ways, some get very irritable, some very quite, I think I just like to put my headphones on and listen to music. It is the only way I can focus and “relax” – or at least deal with the craziness. It is funny, when I ran into old projects, I can remember the music I was listening to, while working on them. However, for the last couple of months, every time I’m under pressure, my music selection always goes back to The National.
I really love their music! (This is the third time I write about them) Matt Berninger’s voice is amazing and the piano and guitar melodies are fantastic. Their songs change my mood right away… Since I started this last project, I started to search through their albums and ran into a new single they released on March 11 of this year. Exile Vilify is a song created for the video game Portal 2. I don’t know much about video games, the last time I played Nintendo was when Mario Bros came out, many years ago. For those interested in video games, this is what I found about Portal 2:
Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. It primarily comprises of a series of puzzles that are solved by teleporting the player’s character and simple objects using the “portal gun”, a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes. The game’s unique physics allow momentum to be retained through portals, requiring creative use of portals to maneuver through the test chambers.
As I said before, I don’t know much about video games…..
While looking though The National’s albums, I also ran into an extended version of their album High Violet, This version has life performances and alternate versions of several songs,
My favorite song these days from this album is Anyone’s Ghost