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What I’ve Been Listening To #3

By on Jan 10, 2012 in Reviews | 5 comments

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(Previous “What I’ve Been Listening To”s: 1, 2)

Songs I’ve been listening to on repeat in the past few months (in no particular order)…

  1. Icarus by Bastille: From their Flaws single-album release, Icarus is an upbeat, peppy song that contrasts with what the lyrics are about which gives it this weird quality. Sadly their Laura Palmer EP isn’t as good.
  2. Where Is My Mind by Yoav ft Emily Browning: From the movie OST for Sucker Punch.
  3. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson: Did you know Scarlett Johansson sings??? In a collaboration album titled Break Up with Pete Yorn, Scarlet Johansson provides backing vocals is pretty good at it. A live performance of Blackie’s Dead seems to show Johansson so uncomfortable with the whole gig business. :D Look at her hands and the way she acts on stage – “I have arms??? And legs??? Well…what am I supposed to do with them???”
  4. 19-2000 (Soulchild remix) by Gorillaz: Tenth year anniversary of the Gorillaz! If you aren’t a fan of this band yet, this remix should get you hooked! (My other recommendation is Clint Eastwood.)
  5. deadmau5: The Mickey Mouse hat wearing DJ has been around for a while, 2011 has been a breakout year him. Love the album 4×4=12. Check out Bad Selection. Bonus – this promo gig deadmau5 did for Nokia Lumia’s launch.
  6. Shuffle by Bombay Bicycle Club: I love the human bicycle they form in this music video!
  7. Heart Skips A Beat by Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks: I am slightly ashamed to admit liking this one. :|
  8. Mutemath: Normally I prefer studio albums to live recordings. I make an exception for Typical
  9. …and Linkin Park‘s performance of New Divide at Moscow’s Red Square. You seriously have NO IDEA how many times I have replayed this video! In fact, the whole Red Square LP gig was EPIC! Watch every single video of it – fancam or ripped from TV telecast – that you can find on YouTube.
  10. What The Water Gave Me by Florence + The Machine: Florence Welch has such an ethereal voice and her band has been among my favourites for a while now.
  11. Real Steel soundtrack: Three songs from the film Real Steel have been stuck with me: Make Some Noise (Put ‘Em Up) by The Crystal Method ft Yelawolf; Here’s A Little Something For Ya by Beastie Boys; Give It A Go by Timbaland ft Veronica. PS – I fucking loved the film! PPS – Also check out Yelawolf.
  12. Ingrid Michaelson: Listen to her album Be OK. Also, eponymous song.
  13. AWOLNATION: I have a feeling AWOLNATION is going to blow big within the next couple of years. Very hit-or-miss at the moment. For some reason their single Sail is particularly popular even though I don’t find it appealing; the same goes for their 2011 album Megalithic Symphonies. What I do less-than-three is this one single MF. Fucken. Love. It. This is one song I pump up to full volume, hearing damage be damned!
  14. Bill Withers: Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall is the kind of album gapless MP3 playback was invented for. If I had to take a pick, I’d chose Grandma’s Hands or I Can’t Write Left-Handed. A classic. Fine, it was recorded in 1973, “jazz is not cool”, the guy gives a political lecture at the start of the song…just give it a go, please?
  15. Entire Sinners Never Sleep album by You Me At Six.
  16. The Vaccines: Their first album titled What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? released in 2011. It’s kinda astonishing how quickly they shot to popularity in such a short span of time. Check out Wetsuit and Post Break-Up Sex. (Bonus – At one point in the Wetsuit music video below, you can see “Maurice” / Richard Ayoyade from The IT Crowd crowd-surfing at a concert!)
  17. Can’t Find My Way Home by Blind Faith: I first heard a 2010 remaster of this song on the TV show Fresh Meat. Sadly, Blind Faith’s other songs are not worth listening as it was a Jesus-music band. (Psst – Eric Clapton was in it.) Disturbing album art cover, too.
  18. Second To None by Styles of Beyond ft Mike Shinoda: Pump your volume waaaaay up!
  19. Safari Disco Club by Yelle: Overcomes my hate of French-speaking people. You’ll notice the final scene is a clever way of showing where the album cover comes from.
  20. The xx: Another hot new indie band. This may be a clichéd choice but if I had to choose one I’d go for Crystalised. Whole album, yada yada.
  21. The Dharohar Project: A collaboration between Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, and traditional Rajasthani musicians. The first two themselves are themselves on my favourites list, but with this fusion music album – even though just a couple a songs – is heavenly! Try out Mehendi Rachi.
  22. Way Away by Yellowcard
  23. Autotunage by Limp Bizkit: Yeah, yeah, I know everyone knows Limp Bizkit. Just shut the fuck up and go listen to their 2011 album Gold Cobra if you haven’t already. The standout song is Autotunage, which you cannot fully appreciate without listening to the prologue in the preceding song Loser. Other favourites from the album: Douche Bag, Gold Cobra
  24. This Is The Life by Two Door Cinema Club: Album Tourist History is somewhat hit/miss.
  25. Little Bad Girl by David Guetta ft Taio Cruz & Ludacris: True story – I used to think the ‘little bad girl‘ referred to in the song is Taio Cruz. :s
  26. Charlene Soraia‘s cover of Wherever You Will Go by The Calling.
  27. LA Mer by Nine Inch Nails: Hey, Linkin Park and Nine Inch Nails – two artists you can always expect to find on my repeat lists. :D

Heard anything particularly interesting recently? Hit me up in the comments section.



5 Comments

  1. staticsafe

    January 15, 2012

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    I’ve been listening to Foster The People’s latest album Torches. Very upbeat music.

    Here is one song from the album:

  2. lunaticg

    February 1, 2012

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    I also had been listening to half of the songs in your list. Never heard about the other half but maybe I don’t know their song title.

  3. you fill it up

    February 13, 2012

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    why is it that every other day my google searches lead to your site.(it is a complement). cool site :D

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