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02

Dec

Currently Listening To:

The Raveonettes - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
From the Album - Wishing You a Rave Christmas EP

*Note: Wow, I haven’t posted in such a long time! I’m a bit uneasy about this because I hope I’m not letting people down. I’ve been stockpiling new tunes like mad, but hustle and bustle are the name of the game these days, so this song is a welcome change. It’s pure genius as far as I’m concerned. Their whole Christmas EP is refreshing and evokes an unparalleled buzzy-fuzzy nostalgia in my busy little heart. Sigh…

P.S. If you dig what you hear, check out the 1963 album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. I know the man is a crazy, big-haired, gun-toting recluse, but he created one of the best Christmas albums of all-time. It’s so, so good.

22

Jun

"This is the way, I always dreamed it would be. The way that it is, oh oh, when you are holding me."

Currently Listening To:

The Beach Boys - I Can Hear Music
From the Album 20/20

*Note: This song gives me goosebumps and shivers in the best way possible. It is my favorite Beach Boys tune, which also happens to be a cover of a Ronettes song.

21

Apr

Glasgow Revelation: Glasvegas

Ugh. I have a cold. With colds come bouts of the stir-crazies. Phở with my Dad was the solution. As we ate, discussion turned to Scotland which is no surprise since we are proudly Scottish. My Dad mentioned that many great bands are going unnoticed there. My internal light bulb, dim from my cold, suddenly warmed up! He was right! I told him about Glasvegas, a wonderful band from the east end of Glasgow whom I feel has not received enough attention nor acclaim for their brilliant songwriting.

Glasvegas brings up a recurring theme for me in my musical tastes: nostalgia tinged with reflective melancholy. I always seem to gravitate towards this, like an invisible cord linking me to an echo of a former life lived. It’s not a desire to be sad; it’s just an immediate understanding of the human condition. I detect this instantly in all music from just the first few notes. It is part of me. Something I cannot live without.

The Glasvegas album brings back memories of solitary evening drives in Seattle, ruminating about the history of the city and why I could not connect with it.

My favorites are “Geraldine,” “It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry,” and “Daddy’s Gone.” I have yet to see Glasvegas live, but you can bet I will be first in line when they tour.

Similar Artists: Radiohead, The Raveonettes, U2, Phil Spector

Check out the video for “Geraldine” below…