urgencytobleed: (i put a pearl in the ground)
So, I wanted to make a Halloween mix, an idea that I first tried out on here awhile ago (almost three years ago, what the hell?!?) but wanted to expand to a more CD-filling running time. At first, I was only using songs that had scary/Halloween-y words in the titles but then I ran out of those and focused on songs with a creepy/haunting vibe to them musically and, in the end, both of those groups ended up being pretty equally represented. So it's not exactly strictly Halloween-based anymore but it fits the spirit of the season well anyway. Enjoy the music!

All hail the queen. Still, I've never seen a witch this mean. )
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This post is going to be really random and all over the place because I have a few different things that I want to mention but I'm too impatient to give them all separate posts, so I'm just going to cram them all together.

KATE BUSH

So I've posted a few of her songs as part of themed posts but I've never really talked specifically about her. I admittedly do not venture much further back than the '90s as far as music goes for reasons that I can't really explain and are probably stupid. Kate, though, is the one huge exception to this rule of mine. I used to be a lot more obsessed with her a few years ago and I haven't listened to her much lately, but I still think she is extremely talented. While some of her work is a bit disappointing (her last three albums, for example, in my opinion), she also has a lot of absolutely genius moments, especially the trio of albums Never for Ever, The Dreaming, and Hounds of Love, which are most definitely her peak creatively. Her voice can be more than slightly grating at times (though that's more of a problem with her early albums than her later ones) and the production is very '80s and could definitely do with a re-master or something, but ignoring these things that can't really be helped, she is a brilliant, unique, slightly kooky songwriter who is an inspiration to countless more current female artists.

  • The Infant Kiss (simply a pretty ballad... until you realize what the lyrics are saying and then it becomes slightly disturbing)
  • Leave It Open (maybe the vocal effects seem a bit cheesy now but I'm sure this was very innovative at the time and it contains one of my favorite lines of hers: "I kept it in a cage, watched it weeping, then made it stay" - so cruelly beautiful)
  • Night of the Swallow (I love how many different things are going on here, vocal and music-wise; it's really fun and energetic but still gorgeous at the same time)
  • Jig of Life (this is one of my very favorite songs, definitely; it is very similar to "Night of the Swallow" in that it has kind of Celtic/Irish feel to it and is very catchy; I adore the instrumental breakdown partway through)
KRISTIN HERSH

Kristin has been making music for a very long time now and it is still really good, possibly even the best of her career so far depending on who you ask. I just found out about this, but apparently Kristin has been making new songs available once a month since the end of last year which will eventually create an entire new album - or something like that. The technical details don't matter, just that I am very impressed by these songs so far. If you're not sure you want to download everything right now, my favorites are "Static", "Krait", "Around Dusk", "Torque", and "Slippershell". And each song is available in multiple formats - high (320kbps) or low (128kbps) quality mp3 and lossless FLAC; lyrics and cover art are also provided for each and some even have demo versions available for download along with the final versions. So it's definitely something to check out and to keep your eye on every once in awhile for another new track. Check it out here.

LYDIA

Everyone knows I love Lydia, right? Well, basically, if you haven't checked them out yet, you should, because I think it's my personal mission or something to make the whole world love them as much as I do. And so here are some nice acoustic videos which are way too short but they're lovely besides and plus, staring at Leighton is definitely pretty easy on the eyes, if you know what I mean.


And since I'm veering into overkill territory by posting about them so much, instead of another song from them, here is a cover of "This Is Twice Now" by Justin Richards from the band Brighten. It's pretty simple and straightforward but a good cover, though it doesn't touch the original, of course. (Which you can find by clicking on the Lydia tag, though I'm disappointed in you if you haven't already heard it by now! :P)

Andddd... since it actually does relate to the topic at hand this time, here is my plea I've posted a few times before that is still relevant. Go to the Lydia images page and vote for a more recent picture! Preferably this one since it's the only one that features the current line-up (and lags way behind in votes due to their mindboggling system) but as long as it's not one of the really old ones (this, this, or this - vote thumbs down on those) it's fine. They just need an up-to-date image, damn it, and apparently there aren't enough fans to get one as the default! (Actually, a more recent image has been bounced back up to the top, but it's still pretty old, so vote on the others anyway.)
urgencytobleed: (ellen page snl bubblegum)
I haven't had any huge song or artist obsessions lately - shocking, I know. Well, I guess I have had a few, but they're all either things I've posted before or leaked albums and I've made kind of an unwritten rule that I'm not going to post songs until they're officially released. So, I haven't had much to post here because of that.

At first, I decided that I was going to upload and write about the first five songs that came up on shuffle, but then I kept getting a lot of live stuff and songs I don't necessarily love or don't have much to say about, so it's more like... the first five songs that come up on shuffle that I have the strongest feelings toward and are most worthy of posting.

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It's still a month until Christmas but seeing as it is already completely white and miserably cold outside, this seems to be the perfect time to bust out the Christmas tunes anyway! Now, I don't know about you, but most Christmas music annoys me, so aside from a few traditional songs (though performed fantastically, of course) I've tried to mostly include ones that can be easily enjoyed all year 'round. Some are explicitly about Christmas while others are more vaguely winter-y or contain a fleeting mention of Christmas but are just so awesome that it's enough to count. Hopefully, this mix will bring you more enjoyment over the holidays than whatever crappy radio station playing those generic cheesy Christmas songs. As always, below the cut, you can find the tracklisting with links to each individual song or download the entire thing in a ZIP file.

Sew up the bad that you've done - tomorrow Christmas day comes. )
Download entire mix (72 MB)

Halloween.

Oct. 31st, 2007 11:38 am
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Happy Halloween! I was going to make an entire 80-minute mix of Halloween-esque songs but I didn't think of the idea until yesterday and realized that it probably wouldn't be very good if I tried to compile it in such a hurry. So, instead, here are ten songs that sort of evoke a Halloween-y feeling. They aren't really directly related; most of them just give off a creepy/scary/haunting vibe lyrically and/or musically and then there's a few that mention appropriate things like ghosts, coffins, dead people, etc. I don't know many actual Halloween songs and I guess it's better to go with songs you can actually enjoy year-round anyway! Here they are...

We are the living dead, yeah, the living dead! )
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I told you, I come up with the weirdest ideas sometimes. This time, the theme is family members as in father, mother, sister, brother, etc. I started out with quite a few songs and to make the list shorter, I had to cut out a few really good ones because I decided not to include songs I've posted in the past or more than one per artist, but these that are left are still all awesome. In my opinion, of course. Also, I seem to have an abundance of daughter, mother, and brother songs but not much else. Hmm... Anyway, sixteen lovely songs are waiting for you below this cut!

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I didn't mean for it to be so long between the first installment and this one, but I somehow got caught up with other things and didn't get around to it until now. Anyway, here it is, part two consisting of blue and red songs, below the cut.

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I am a huge fan of Greek mythology and recently I've started trying to think of songs that make references to mythological stories, whether it be a passing mention or a song entirely based on one. Unfortunately, I couldn't find as many as I would've liked (it's a bit harder than finding a certain word in the title or something like that!), but here are most of them that I did come up with. From the looks of this list, it seems Tori Amos is the reigning queen of mythology in her songs. Apart from the four she has here, there were also two more possibilities that I decided not to include.

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Part three, woo-hoo! There isn't much variety here, I must admit, with three artists with more than one cover... but they're all so good so it doesn't matter.

Watery mix

Mar. 25th, 2007 12:14 am
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I put together this set of songs for a water theme over at the [profile] pretty_music community. They're all very good therefore highly recommended. In fact, I am listening to them right now. And... they add up to about 70 minutes - the perfect length for a mix CD, right? ;)

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