Oh no! I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I'm a couple hours late. I'm sure no one will notice. :P Anyway, I've already developed quite a list of 2008 releases I'm looking forward to and for some unknown reason, I've been downloading almost every leak I've been able to find, even of artists I have never listened to previously. Hmm. I guess I just want to outdo my "up-to-date-ness" in 2007 with even more in 2008. It's yet to be seen how that actually works out as of all of those leaks I've downloaded, I've only listened to one or two completely so far. Anyway, onto the actual music! Some of these songs aren't 100% confirmed as being on their singers' upcoming albums but I tried to pick ones that were pretty likely. Also, I'm bound to only the music I have on hand as I don't want to be searching around for crappy live versions for ages, so this isn't nearly representative of everything I'm excited about. (You can see more of those after the downloads, but even that's most likely not close to a complete list.)
I haven't posted any themed playlists in a couple weeks and I have about half a dozen waiting for me to get around to, so there'll be some new ones over the next few entries. I tend to think of really random ideas suddenly and this was one of those out-of-nowhere ones: song titles that mention "royalty" aka anything with the word king, queen, prince, or princess. There were actually less than I thought there would be but I cut the list down to twelve really awesome songs - seriously, all of them except two I've rated five stars in Windows Media Player (and the other two are at four). So, for your listening pleasure, twelve songs about the royal family, rulers of the kingdom, etc, etc.
I meant to post this a few days ago and, not surprisingly, didn't actually get around to it until now. Anyway, this is the final set of "color" songs - basically all the leftovers, colors with only one or two songs and songs that qualify for more than one color. So, enough with the talk, let's get to the music!
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.
The latest theme over at pretty_music is "summer", so I guess this is somewhat of an extension on the summer portion of my seasons post, only not just limited to titles containing the word "summer". Actually, the first half are songs I've already posted here at some point, but the last four are new.
Veda Hille is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been making music since the early '90s, yet still remains criminally unknown. From the jazzy Path of a Body to the simple folk of Spine to the experimental art songs of her more recent releases, there's something in her catalogue for everyone.
Here are my favorite, as I like to call them, "singalong" songs. Basically, any songs that have some sort of group vocals in the "hey, I just invited anyone who happened to be around to join in" vein. And hey, they're pretty fun for the listener to sing along to as well.
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!
The final part, months, is coming very soon!