May 14, 2008
Playlist: Top Ten Plus One
The weekend I moved into my new place, it was the beginning of the Cherry Blossom Festival here. Our house had it's own mini-festival going on, which might make me the Cherry Blossom Princess. Nevermind that this wee tree is not actually a cherry tree, but some sort of peach tree. My lovely new friend Alexandra took the photo above. As for the soundtrack, here are 11 songs I've been playing as I bop around Capitol Hill this spring.
Captain Keep An Open Mind
I am obsessed with this song. Captain prove they can craft a perfect pop gem without the aid of previous producer Trevor Horn. here
Coldplay Viva la Vida
Plucky strings? Check. Strong lyric? Check. Choral ohhhs from Chris? Check. Nothing to do with fair trade? Check. here
Delays Girl's On Fire
Surging. With like 4 grandiose endings, this is a monster of a song. 7 Dig
Cyndi Lauper Same Ol' Story
Cyn's new single recorded with DC denizen Rich Morel. With f-bombs galore, this song is a strong teaser for her grand return. She's so unsual it drives me wild.
Santogold I'm A Lady
The one where she sound alotta lika Blondie. Cool boys keep swinging and singing, "I'm a ladeeee, got my mind made up, got my mind up." here
Cajun Dance Party Colourful Life
Britpop kids singing about Wrigley's Gum atop string breakdowns and PA system babble. Produced by legendary Bernard Butler. 7 Dig
ABC The Very First Time
My friends just might ask me if this is really that good. I say maybe, yes! Break out your gold lame suits, this is another class single that could have easily been on The Lexicon Of Love. 7 Dig
Their CD Velocifero is a major record for 2008. Expect it on many critics' lists in December. This track is an even better single than their current one, Ghosts. I shall talk more about Ladytron when my review is finally out in Instinct. here
Sam Sparro S.A.M. S.P.A.R.R.O.
Why the hell did he leave this off his album? It is the perfect CD/concert opener. Fave parts: "A is for 'allo because it's nice to meet ya" and the "oh shit" vocoder bit on the bridge.
Neon Neon I Told Her On Alderaan
Wot year is it? 1985? Sentimental without being pastiche, this is a Welsh dream. Excellent handclap potential sends it soaring. here
Perfume Baby Cruising Love
Found via MuuMuse, who is right that this J-pop tune (with a vaguely pervy title) sounds like a bunch of children warbling. Or maybe a bunch of Rachel Stevens fans singing at recess in Hiroshima. Super kawai.
photo by Alexandra M.