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Happy birthday to [personal profile] loonilicious! I hope you have/had a wonderful day! *hugs*

Happy Halloween/Samhain Everyone! To celebrate this, our day of Creep, I will round out this year's October Song a Day posts with one of the only songs I can't listen to by myself. The first time I heard György Ligeti's "Musica Ricerrcata, II" was when I saw the preview for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. I was so disturbed by the preview, specifically because of the music, that I only saw the film under duress. There is something so unsettling about Dominic Harlan's piano playing on this track; even though it's pretty just a half-step being played over and over again it causes goosebumps for me every time I hear it. I have no idea why I own this soundtrack because it's not like I can listen to it without skipping the first and final tracks. So...enjoy?

"Musica Ricerata, II" by György Ligeti, performed by Dominic Harlan
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"Musica Ricerata, II (Metso, rigifdo e cerimoniale) Reprise" by György Ligeti, performed by Dominic Harlan
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And here, have a slightly appropriate unicorn chaser. :)

"Drum" by Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit
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Okay, I guess that'll do us for another year. Thanks for listening; I hope some of you heard some stuff you like. Now: NaNoWriMo. :)
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Happy Rally to Restore Sanity Day! Although I am unable to be in Washington this weekend to lend my indoor voice to the proceedings, I can dedicate today's OSaD to the occasion.

The song for today is the only song I know of that's been written about Stephen Colbert. It is so damn catchy you'll find yourself singing it, oh, pretty much all the time.

"Stephen Stephen" by The Apples in Stereo
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In less awesome news, with all my standing around on concrete at work and long-walk taking from yesterday, I seem to have messed up my left knee badly enough that I'm having big trouble going up and down stairs. :( It would be funny if it didn't hurt so much. No running for me today, I see.

Finally, I want to write a review about last night's episode of Supernatural (which was significantly better than 6x05), but I don't have the time. Maybe tomorrow.
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The last Supernatural-ly themed OSaD post. I really love the dusty/dirty sound of M.Ward's early albums, and this has been a Sam Winchester song for me since season four. It feels particularly apt this season.

"Right in the Head" by M.Ward
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This one has got its hooks in me right now. Sometimes it makes me happy, sometimes it makes me sad. Tonight, I feel nothing, but I've listened to it four times in a row.

"Tightrope" by Yeasayer

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I love Johnny Flynn so much. You just have no idea. This skinny little hipster Brit who plays way too many instruments captured my heart a few years ago with "The Box" and he released his latest, Been Listening, in the US yesterday. His songs are these little moments of whimsy and Dickensian chaos and they fill me with this incredible longing unlike anything I've felt in a long, long time. I don't know what it is about him and his music, but it makes me want. What, I'm not entirely sure, but that feeling of never getting close enough is very strong. For fans of Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, and Joe Pug.

Still haven't listened to the album in it's entirety, but here are two that caught my ear this afternoon.

"Lost and Found" by Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit
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"Barnacled Warship" by Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit
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Happy Johnny Flynn American release day!! \o/ I was going to post something from the new album tonight, but I wanted to listen to it all the way through first and this was more important anyway.

I listened to a lot of Heather Nova when I was in college. I was particularly fond of her album South. This song of hers popped up on my iPod today and I just had to smile. I've been doing a little too much introspection lately, and I've been letting societal norms/expectations get me down. This is my "time-out" song, my reminder that, hey, the folks who aren't following the prescribed path of their contemporaries are usually the most interesting people, and I should be happy because I'm not tied down by anything in this life.

"Virus of the Mind" by Heather Nova
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I am fascinated by Shara Worden's voice, however I find that I have to be in a very specific mood to accurately appreciate My Brightest Diamond. I find myself listening to certain songs of Worden's on repeat for no specific reason, simply because I have to hear them again and again. She's one of the modern incarnations of siren to me, I suppose.

I'm particularly enthralled with her cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" at the moment. A nice mix of the old and the new.

"Feeling Good" by My Brightest Diamond
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Doing this early because it's been a bit of a rough morning and I need to focus on writing for the rest of the day.

It's really stormy here today. On days like this I prefer to listen to artists like Nina Simone, Al Green, and Billie Holiday. Antony and The Johnsons fit into this category as well. I like this song perhaps a bit too much considering that, while I've read other interpretations, I'm pretty well convinced that it's about domestic abuse. But the arrangement is so danceable and smile-inducing. I'm conflicted. I love Antony Hegarty's voice, and any song that has Lou Reed doing a spoken word intro is automatically awesome.

"Fistful of Love" by Antony and the Johnsons
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It's raining buckets here tonight, so Mom & I have been having a quiet afternoon/evening at home. We watched the film Ondine and I was really charmed by the song rolling over the credits. Unfortunately, it's an unreleased track by Lisa Hannigan (best known for performing with Damien Rice--aka the most depressing musical artist of all time). But I was able to snag an mp3 from a youtube video (it's amazing what the internet can do), so I can use it as my song of the day. :)

I love songs about the sea, and especially when trumpets are involved. This is a beautiful, endearing love song that evokes the same themes of folklore and magic as the film. I want to write something based on it at some point.

"Braille" by Lisa Hannigan

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A little drunk from dinner tonight and so nothing of importance to say. Oh, there was this very sweet looking young man who dropped off bagels at our office this morning. He & his partner wanted to talk to my boss who is at a trade show, so I got to talk to them instead, unfortunately I was wearing my zombie shirt and my computer glasses and my hair was all frizzy. *sigh* Isn't that always the way? Anyway.

When people think of Joan Osborne, most folks think of the slightly annoying chart-topper, "What if God was One of Us." Relish, the album that song appears on, is chock-full of some amazing tracks. One of my favorites is "Dracula Moon." This has been a Supernatural song for me for a long, long time and I get the feeling from the preview for the episode for this week that it is particularly fitting.

"Dracula Moon" by Joan Osborne
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(psst - [personal profile] dissonant_dream, we need to talk about this song)
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Today is my sister's 25th birthday. Today is also the birthday of my absolute Favorite, one Mr. Josh Ritter. You've all heard me talk about him before, so I'll just say that he's one of the greatest lyricists recording today, the most engaging performer I've had the pleasure of seeing, and no one on this earth makes me happier. He's playing up in Spokane in a few weeks and I am heartsick that I probably won't be able to make it. It saddens me that he doesn't make to Portland as often as he used to.

I'm putting up two again tonight; the first, "Another New World", is one of my favorite tracks from his most recent release So Runs the World Away. It is also maybe the saddest song I've heard in years. Makes my heart hurt to listen to it, but I can't help it because the images are so beautiful. This particular version is the solo Daytrotter acoustic recording.

Second, I'm putting up a live recording of him covering Bruce Springsteen's "The River". He is a huge Springsteen fan and usually performs this at his acoustic shows. ♥

"Another New World" by Josh Ritter
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"The River" Bruce Springing cover by Josh Ritter
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Okay, Josh. Now you just have to announce your 2011 United Kingdom tour so that [personal profile] dissonant_dream can finally make true on the promise you made me last summer. \o/
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As I posted about earlier, I wore purple today in remembrance of all the young people who feel ostracized and alienated because of their sexuality, and especially for those who have chosen to take their own lives as a result of homophobic abuse in their homes or at their schools. While thinking about what sort of song to post this evening, I remembered Patty Griffin's "Tony", a song that made me sob the first time I heard it alone in my bedroom six or seven years ago. It seems like we, as a society, should've grown in the twelve years since this song was recorded, but I look at those six young men to whom this day was dedicated and I wonder.

"Tony" by Patty Griffin
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In an effort not to be a total downer, I will also post this song in honor of the birthday of Viggo Mortensen. Until very recently (ugh, the film version of The Road) Mr. Mortensen has been one of my very favorites, and this song still makes me think of him.

"World Falls" by Indigo Girls
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I'll admit that I came shamefully late to the Barenaked Ladies party. While I spent a lot of the 90s enjoying "Shoebox", they turned me off with "One Week" (which, oddly, I now love) and I didn't get plugged back in until sometime in college when a friend of mine became obsessed with the Greatest Hits v.I album. Now they are one of the bands I wish I had made the effort to see live while they were still whole.

I find their music to be just the right blend of peppy and poignant, and the lyrics are generally smart and grin-inducing. This is one of their simpler ones, but it's also one of my favorites. I've always thought it as a letter of warning written to me (I identify with it a little too much).

"For You" (acoustic version) by the Barenaked Ladies
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Also, hello new/old Dar Williams album. I do not care that I own everything on here, I'm buying you because of the acoustic recordings with awesome people like Sean & Sara Watkins and Patty Larkin, thank you.
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I heard this song in my car on the way to work this morning and it dropped me right back into high school when my friend Shauna & I would perform it in the car/at the park/wherever we could. We were pretty slick, and I still have all the words memorized.

Here you go, the best rap song EVER WRITTEN.

"It's Tricky" by Run-D.M.C.
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Last week's Sons of Anarchy )
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Another easy one for Sunday. I remember picking up Sarah Harmer's You Were Here album on a whim my freshman year at University. At the time I was really starting to get into folk music in a big way and she fit perfectly. She's become my go-to Canadian artist; I like that she has a quirkier sound and I've always thought that her songs feel more like short stories than musical exercises.

Her latest album, OH Little Fire, dropped this past summer and I still don't know it that well as I've only done one straight listen through. It's definitely different from 2005's I'm a Mountain which was a journey into more the more bluegrassy side of folk. In Oh Little Fire, Harmer returns to her pop-ier folk sound, and on first listen-through I'd say that the album sounds more youthful than her others. I couldn't decide which song to upload, so you get two that happen to sound pretty similar.

"Captive" by Sarah Harmer (I like to dance around my room to this one)
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"One Match" by Sarah Harmer
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The Amazing Race )
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[personal profile] dissonant_dream talked today about having watched one of my favorite films from two years ago, Into the Wild, so I thought I'd talk about the music from that film tonight.

One of my favorite things that happened after the movie came out a few years ago was that people would come up to me while I was working behind the music counter at GRoots and say "I really love Eddie Vedder's work on the Into the Wild soundtrack; he's done other stuff right? Can you point me towards that?" My gut reaction was to say something along the lines of "Sure, c'mon, lemme play you 'Satan's Bed' or 'Do the Evolution.' You'll love it." These were not Pearl Jam listeners but most would not be dissuaded, so I'd special order them Ten or Vs or Yield and send them on their way.

No, Vedder's work on the soundtrack is not really anything like Pearl Jam, but that doesn't mean I love it any less. I think this was an inspired choice by Sean Penn as Vedder really tapped into the story and created a soundtrack that so easily captured the feel of both Krakauer's book and Penn's film. It was Vedder's music that brought me to tears during teh final sequences of the film and without it, the visual interpretation of the story wouldn't have been as powerful as it was.

I'm posting two of my favorite Vedder songs from the soundtrack because I love the theme of "Society" and the raw intensity of "The Wolf."

The thing that bums me out a little bit about the soundtrack is that they don't include any of the other great songs that appear in the film, so I'm also going to include Kaki King's "Doing the Wrong Thing", because I love that one, too.

"Society" by Eddie Vedder
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"The Wolf" by Eddie Vedder
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"Doing the Wrong Thing" by Kaki King
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A little atmospheric cowboy music for your Supernatural Friday night. I, like a lot of folks, was introduced to Ryan Bingham through the film Crazy Heart (he wrote the Oscar winning theme song, "The Weary Kind"). I remember taking a gander at his first album, Mescalito, when it dropped in 2007 but at the time the twang of it wasn't quite my style. However, I'm really enjoying this year's Junky Star so I might have to give his older stuff another try. His voice has this wonderful dusty quality somewhat reminiscent of Tom Petty and I love me some good old fashioned country desperation songs. LOL, iTunes says that his songs "convey the same sort of grim fatalism and smoldering romance that pervades the novels of Cormac McCarthy." How can you not love it? ;) Seems appropriate for the night ahead.

"Hard Worn Trail" by Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses (the guitar in this one is great)
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I was not a big fan of A Fine Frenzy's first album, One Cell in the Sea. There was nothing in it that set it apart for me; certainly not offensive but it was never a disc that I put on by choice. Understandably I was then hesitant this year to give Bomb in a Birdcage a try, but oh I'm glad that I did. This album is quirkier and significantly more interesting than its predecessor. I like nearly every song on it and it has become my "going out" music. I couldn't decide between my two favorites, so I'm putting them both up tonight.

"Electric Twist" by A Fine Frenzy (I put this one on repeat when I'm getting ready to leave the house; I love the beat and the skippy vocals)
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"Swan Song" by A Fine Frenzy (This one aches; I love the fragility of the melody in the chorus)
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The past few years have seen a surge of what I term "weather" bands. I call them thus because it is the only accurate way I've found to describe the enormity of their music. I'm really drawn the controlled chaos of the sounds these types of bands create; they sound like being alive and they take me out of myself for a short while. Bands that come to mind that fit this description are Okkervil River, (to an extent) Arcade Fire, Shearwater, Sigur Rós, etc. And tonight's OSaD choice, Frightened Rabbit. They've been around since the early 2000s, I guess, but I only started listening to them with the release of this year's The Winter of Mixed Drinks. Weirdly, I associate them with Rainn Wilson because I think he tweeted about them a lot for awhile. I think Josh Ritter was listening to them a lot while orchestrating So Runs the World Away.

I chose this particular song because I really enjoy the build of it, like a inevitable storm overhead.

"Not Miserable" by Frightened Rabbit
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Last night I talked about West Side Story and I'm going to elaborate more this evening. I think I was seven years old the first time I saw the film, but I honestly don't remember much beyond the music and the colors. It wasn't until the high schools performed it when I was ten that I really understood the story or the characters. To this day that is the only live production of the play I've seen, and I would like it to remain so.

I've seen the film countless times since then and the music never fails to blow me away. Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim: does it get any better than that? Add in choreographer Jerome Robbins and you've got the perfect musical.

I chose the prologue because the opening scenes for the film comprise one of my favorite cinematic sequences of all time. This is my childhood and my adolescence; everything you need to know about me you can discover in this music. So much love. ♥

"West Side Story Prologue" music by Leonard Bernstein, conducted by Johnny Green

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