[musicmonday] What I’m listening to and why you should too

Okay, so I don’t have anything terribly exciting to share with you today – no reviews (rave or otherwise) and no summaries of awesome musical adventures (sorry, I’m not Zac Efron for chrissake). BUT I would like to share with you a couple of the bands that I’ve recently been exploring. They are not new by any means, but I guess we can term them “new to me.”

First: The XX
Who are they: London-based indie-rock band formed in 2005

What I like about them: their music is chill but mostly upbeat, and the female vocalist is vaguely reminiscent of Beth Gibbons’ voice from Portishead (who’s coming to Montreal in October btw). In fact, they’re kind of like a modern, lighter, pop-ier Portishead to me.

What I don’t like about them: Their songs all start to sound the same after a while. If you listen to their album (self-titled) all the way through, you will start to wonder if it’s just one song on loop. It happened to me a few times.

A couple of my favorites from them:

Second: The Breeders
Who are they: American alternative rock band formed in 1988 with Kim Deal of the Pixies and Tonya Donelly of Throwing Muses.

What I like about them: Cannonball. Which has been used in like 14378392 movies. But really, it’s good. Their ability to have a female singer without sounding like The Donnas. Also, their slightly-more-accessible-than-The-Pixies alt rock sound. Harmonizing.

What I don’t like about them: They formed the year I was born. Which makes me feel like a baby. Also, I can only handle so much alt rock at once.

A couple favorites:

(this one feels very Dinosaur Jr-y, does it not?)

[musicmonday] Feeling…Cheeky?

Ok, so I’ve decided to start a new Monday trend on my blog: Music Mondays! This week, I’ve created a playlist of 25 songs that I would consider “cheeky”. Click “pop-out playlist” below to listen in! Feel free to throw in your own suggestions in the comments. Also, here’s the music video of “North American Scum” by LCD Soundsystem because they are awesome. And cheeky.

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