musical variety is the spice of my musical life

1. Amorf Ordogok – Betyar A Holdon

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Why I like this song: Amorf Ordogok is a hungarian folk/gypsy band that provides a MUCH needed break from English music. The syncopation is addictive.

2. The Broken West – Perfect Games

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Why I like this song: This song really reminds me of Matt Pond PA and I couldn’t quite place it at first since I blogged about Matt Pond PA August 4, 2006 on my old blog. I like it because it’s upbeat indie pop/rock.

3. Ruby Isle – Now We Can See

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Why I like this song: Now We Can See starts out like you’re coming out of a bad daze, but it flows into some sort of weird indie pop flow with hiccups along the way.

4. School of Seven Bells – Connjur

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Why I like this song: Connjur is another indie electronic song that has a dreamy female voice lulling you into a trance. How can you go wrong with Postal Service like percussion?

5. Thao With the Get Down, Stay Down – Fear and Convenience

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Why I like this song: Fear and Convenience is Indie pop with hand claps and a brass instrument. Thao with the Get Down, Stay Down is like accidentally seeing a local band in a bar and realizing that they’re actually good.

6. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – The Sun Aint Shining No More

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Why I like this song: It brings the 1960s to 2008 with a touch of B52s. (Side note: The B52s played at my college graduation in a drizzle. Pretty cool.)

7. The Very Most – Sod Off

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Why I like this song: More indie rock/pop from one man band Jeremy Jensen. Of course he got help from his friends. Did I mention that I’m an indie addict?

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recent aural pleasures

As you may or may not know, I read several music blogs and listen to a lot of music. These songs are more of the better ones I’ve heard as of late.

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Xylos – This House We Built
This song by Xylos reminds me of Pinback. Calming, soothing, and constant. I also really enjoy the strings toward the end of the song.

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Ratatat – Mirando
The intro to this song sounds like something from Fatboy Slim, then it moves into something that sounds like something from a old school Nintendo game.

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School of 7 Bells – Chain
This tune starts with the odd sounds of Beck and moves into a soft (somewhat distorted) female voice.

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Bishop Allen – Dimmer
I first heard of Bishop Allen when I heard his song Click, Click, Click, Click. Dimmer is upbeat and poppy. I like his use of strings as well. His new album GRRR… is due out March 10th. Olly olly oxen free!

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Project Jenny, Project Jan Featuring Fujiya and Miyagi – Pins and Needles
Project Jenny, Project Jan begin the song with a short haunting and echoing voice. Armed with a steady beat, the singer and other instruments (including strings!) enter the scene. Throughout the song an electric guitar is softly plucking. The song comes back around to end with the same voice from the beginning.

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Esser – I Love You
Esser makes good use of what sounds like an organ and has a simple enough message. The song should perhaps be renamed “I Love You (But I don’t know how to tell you)”.

Let me know what YOU think in the comments.

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