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So... I haven't posted anything here in quite a long time. Sorry about that. But I was in the mood to make a mix the other day so I'll share that. It doesn't really have a theme at all. Basically, the only thing these songs have in common is that a. I've been obsessed with them at some point in the past two or three months and b. I don't believe I've ever posted any of them here before. Other than that, they aren't really connected. I'm too lazy to upload the whole thing in one ZIP file so you don't have to listen to them in order if you don't want to (though I think it actually works extremely well as a whole) and you can pick and choose if you don't want/need every song. Enjoy. :)

And, oh yeah, I know it's sort of a "rule" not to have two songs by the same artist on one mix but whatever... I couldn't decide between the two and they both worked really well so I kept them. They are far enough apart that it doesn't seem like overkill. And anyway, they're both insanely good.

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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.


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 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.


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.)
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Okay, here's the final post of 2007-related stuff. That is, until six months from now when I discover some album I didn't know anything about previously and it suddenly becomes my new favorite. And believe me, that's probably very likely to happen, knowing my track record. I actually still have a handful of albums on my "Need to listen to more!" playlist, but I have to let go of 2007 list-making at some point or I won't have time to listen to any 2008 releases. (And shockingly, those are starting to pile up as well already!) Anyway, here's the last set of songs. Enjoy!

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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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Usually songs that are less than two minutes don't do much for me. They're either over before they really have time to develop or are that short for a reason (because they aren't really worth the time in the first place). So, when I'm truly impressed by one of these songs, it's a pretty big deal. It also speaks well to the artist - that they can leave such a large impact in such a small amount of time. With this in mind, I set out on the task of finding the very best songs under two minutes in my possession. I started out with well over 300 but after weeding out dozens of meaningless thirty-second interludes, concert banter, and instrumentals (since I don't have many, I'm saving them as a theme possibility for the future) I began the pain-staking task of combing through the rest to narrow down my very favorites. The list slowly dwindled down to 50, then to 30, 25, and finally to its final stage where I couldn't possibly lose any more, 20. So, here it is: my top twenty favorite songs that don't quite reach two minutes - short and sweet and completely perfect that way.

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I was given the suggestion to gather songs with a sun and moon theme, so I decided to act on it and was surprised by how many songs I had that fit the bill. There were way too many originally for me to upload in a reasonable amount of time, so I cut it down to twelve for each category. A lot of these are among my very favorite songs, so enjoy.

Sun. )

Moon. )
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Here are some songs I've been obsessed with or have otherwise caught my ear lately. All come highly recommended, as always.

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Song of the Day!

Maria Taylor - Light House


Kristin Hersh

Kristin Hersh has, for many years now, been putting out consistently good material and continues to prove herself as one of the best and most original of the "female singer-songwriter" side of music. She's been active in various bands (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave) and as a solo artist since the mid-80s and shows no signs of running out of steam yet. She's perfected the art of starting out slow and pretty and then plunging into loud angry rock territory (or sometimes the other way around) within one song without becoming a one-trick pony. Each song sounds new and refreshing and different. Her signature raspy voice adds just the right amount of spunk with an underlying layer of softness and her simple, abstract lyrics speak volumes without really saying much at all. Here are a few of my favorite Kristin songs. I hope you like them as much as I do.

  • A Loon (from Hips and Makers)
  • Me and My Charms (from Hips and Makers)
  • Vertigo (from Learn to Sing Like a Star)
  • Vitamins V (from The Grotto)
  • Your Dirty Answer (from Sunny Border Blue)


May. 24th, 2007 11:19 am
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Alright, here's part two of my little "project" - seasons. All of these songs feature one of the four seasons in their title, except for fall/autumn which didn't provide a plethora of really amazing songs (that I found, anyway) so for just that one, I went with songs that mention it in the lyrics instead. As always, every song comes highly recommended. I even discovered a new artist while doing this - the lovely Britta Persson - so that always makes things worth it. Here we are:

The final part, months, is coming very soon!


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