Some tunes I've been liking! :P
Gigi D'Agostino - L'Amour Toujours
bliss. pure fucking bliss. when this came on in Uncut Gems i almost cried
Caroline Polachek - So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings
Boards of Canada - Everything You Do Is a Balloon
the only song ever made
Panda Bear - Bros
unspeakably warm. i want to live inside this song
Arianne Schreiber - Komm, Süsser Tod (from Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion)
10cc - I'm Not in Love
So incredibly good, and so ahead of its time. Could have come out 10 years lately and not have sounded out of place at all. One of the most delicately beautiful songs ever.
MGMT - Time to Pretend
Honestly, one of the most perfect pop songs ever written.
You know, at around the time this song was released, there were tons of these quirky, sarcastic indie pop acts popping up and making it big. MGMT is one of the few that's still making great music and survived the decline of the big indie pop boom from the late 2000s/early 2010s, because they are AMAZING pop songwriters. It's more than just hype, they're legitimately incredibly talented. I love this song. I love this whole album. I love their new music. MGMT is great.
(Sandy) Alex G - Gretel
This song is so damn addictive. Heard it for the first time yesterday, and maybe a dozen times since then. That chorus is so beautiful and powerful, I love it.
Also, I love the video. It's not like I can really relate to the environments depicted in it - I've spent my entire life living in a major urban center - but it just strikes me as so nostalgic, so real. I feel like I've known the people in it all my life.
Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)
If there is a heaven, this is what it sounds like.
Big Star - The Ballad of El Goodo
Big Star song #2.
I've been listening to this song a LOT these past few days. Pop rock at its most beautiful. Those harmonies during the chorus, man. Life-affirming.
I think this song is about a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War draft, but really, I imagine it's relevant to most people my age.
Big Star - Thirteen
Sorry, I haven't been updating this page too often recently.
For my money, this is one of the prettiest songs ever recorded. Ode to adolescence.
I've been trying to learn it on guitar for a while, and I've actually been making a lot of progress recently. Learning a song from start to finish is always rewarding.
The Flaming Lips - Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
The Flaming Lips were one of my first favorite bands, thanks to my being introduced to them by of my friends in elementary school, who will always be way cooler than me. I have a lot of memories of listening to the Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots album while building houses in Minecraft creative mode.
This is probably my favorite song by them nowadays. Sounds like drifting in space.
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
The anthem to end all anthems. Raw, passionate, and perfect.
It's basically all anyone ever talks about with regards to Dylan, but I'd just like to reiterate that he's a really good lyricist. Sometimes when listening to his songs, I'll just stop whatever I'm doing and listen to the lyrics. They're hypnotic. Leonard Cohen is like that, too.
DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World
Probably my favorite song title ever.
I listened to this whole album while walking around today. It's great walking music.
I was going to make a music video for this song for a school project until it got cancelled because of COVID. I was really excited about it, too. Sucks.
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
Pristine pop music. If you listen to this song and don't even feel the smallest hint of pure, unadulterated, joy and optimism, I seriously think you have no soul.
YOU GOT THE MUSIC IN YOU
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio
I love how the guitars sound on this album. They're so warm and yet crisp-sounding. This song makes me wish I lived in a place with a real autumn season.
Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1 and Je Te Veux
Couldn't decide which one of these to write about, so why not both?
I can't really say I'm a classical music fan. Not because I actively dislike it, but just because I've never put a ton of effort into delving deep into it and finding things I like. I've heard all the famous Mozart and Bach and Beethoven compositions, of course, and I don't remember feeling particularly strongly about them, in all honesty. They're nice.
I just wrote the above sentence, and realized I don't actually agree with it anymore. So, let me start over. For a while, I was mostly indifferent towards classical music. I thought Mozart and Bach and all the other big-name composers were just alright. But since the very first time I heard Gymnopedies, I was, for the first time in my life, 100% sure of one thing: Erik Satie was a fucking genius.
Actually, no, "genius" doesn't even seem like the right word. Erik Satie was a magician, or a wizard, or a True Artist, or something. Whatever. What I mean to say is, Satie's compositions hit me right in the middle of my soul, more than any Mozart or Bach or Beethoven I've heard (although I've come around to those three recently). Gymnopedie No. 1, specifically, sounds like the the closest possible auditory translation of what a rainy day feels like, and I am completely in love with that—rainy days are amazing. It is genuinely one of the most important pieces of music I've ever heard, at least to my life. I keep trying to take up piano again just so I can learn this piece. It's that good.
"Je Te Veux", on the other hand, embodies a completely different feeling, and I'm much less familiar with it, considering I only heard it for the first time a few days ago, but it's pretty much all I've been listening to today, so I feel like I have to write about it. In the cheesiest way possible, it sounds like falling in love. Not just falling in love with a person, but with a place, or a time, or any combination of the three. I don't think I need to describe it any further than that.
Side note: You might have noticed that I'm experimenting with proper capitalization. Weird.