You Need to Listen to Sick Puppies

Yeah, yeah. I’ve talked about this band in several other posts already. But. I’m choosing to feature them because they fit the unofficial criteria. Awesome. Bingeworthy. And tragically, unknown to many.

My Sick Puppies origin story is a simple one. No need for popcorn or anything. That awesome sauce local radio station–you know, the one they killed to make yet another oldies station–played Sick Puppies’ current, at the time, single, “There’s No Going Back.”ย  And what an appropriate title. A YouTube binge and Pandora playlist later, I was hooked.

Not so much to buy any of their albums, but anyway. The lead singer has left the band; I went with him. I don’t know what they’re up to now, but Shim’s voice is what I liked most. So…sorry, other puppies.

So here are my favorite tracks from Sick Puppies:

There’s No Going Back

This song is five years old. No way. These lyrics are everything.


All the Same

My favorite. By a gazillion and four.

This is the song on my novel playlist–because it’s freaking perfect for my characters/situation. I became obsessed with this song. Repeat, repeat, repeat. If I ever make a “My Favorite Songs Ever” list, this will be pretty high on the list.

I’ll post my favorite acoustic, live, etc. versions at the end. ๐Ÿ™‚


Maybe

Summer of 2016. This was my jam. In case you were wondering, that’s when I quit my soul-sucking, rage-inducing, Lord-help-me middle school teaching job. This track was therapeutic. And motivating. And all-around awesome sauce.ย  Continue reading

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You Need to Listen to Josh Radin

Chances are you have no idea who this guy is. Well, good. I like introducing people to new music.

If you prefer your singers to pretty much whisper to you, Josh is your man.

I first heard Josh Radin’s music in the film Adam, a super awesome movie you should check out. (I’ll stick the trailer at the bottom of this post.) There were two songs in the movie, I think. A trip down the YouTube black hole, and I’d discovered more songs–all of which, equally awesome. That’s when I discovered some of his music has been used in other movies and shows.

I don’t listen to Josh Radin often, and until today, I can’t actually remember the last time I did. I do own one of this albums though. So you may be wondering why I chose him.

So am I. Well…for one thing, his voice is pleasant. It’s soothingly comforting. Is that a thing?

Plus, I guess I’m trying to feature bands/artists who aren’t in the mainstream, someone I think should have some recognition, even if it’s only this blog.

Here are my favorites. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚


Someone Else’s Life

First song of his I ever heard.


What If You

This song gives me the feels for no reason whatsoever.


Today

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You Need to Listen to Savage Garden

Happy Music Monday! I’m going back in time again this week to focus on my favorite band from middle school and freshman year, thereabouts. Savage Garden!

Of course I’ve featured this band in a previous post of two, but I figured they deserved their own post. I revisited their second album a few months ago. Instant time machine.

Darren Hayes’ voice is heaven.

So here are some of my favorite Savage Garden tracks to bring a little late 90s to your day. Enjoy!

To the Moon and Back

My favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is so nostalgic.


Two Beds and Coffee Machine

So, so good.


Lover After Me

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You Need to Listen to Something Corporate

I’m going back a ways for this Music Monday installment. This is what I was listening to in college. Well, lots of music, but this was a major band for me at that time. Jack’s Mannequin’s first album as well, Everything in Transit.

They don’t have a song I don’t like, but here are some of my favorites:

Me and the Moon

*probably my favorite SC song


Cavanaugh Park


Hurricane

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You Need to Listen to Elliott Smith

These Music Monday posts would be so much easier if my old computer hadn’t died. I had something like three days worth of music on that thing. However, I’m 98% sure Elliott Smith was my #1 most played on iTunes. “Waltz #2” to be precise. So I thought I’d devote a post to Elliott. I’ve also decided to skip the commentary and let him speak for himself. Enjoy these tracks, posted in order of awesomeness, fyi.



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18 Random Songs I Forgot Were Awesome

Are awesome? Hmm.

Here’s a list of some songs I found in my laptop’s music folder. I’ve been using Spotify lately, so I haven’t opened this folder in a while. I was introduced to most of these songs from a local radio that no longer exists. These songs were on heavy, heavy rotation about three or four years ago. Blah, blah, get to the tunes.

In alphabetical order for bonus points!


Bush – “The Only Way Out”

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40 Vitamin String Quartet Arrangements You Should Hear

Continuing with my alt-versions of songs, this week, I bring you Vitamin String Quartet. I’ve mentioned this group in the past, namely when I was recommending music for a writing session. They’re perfect for that! But really, no time is a bad time for VSQ!

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I had an unnecessarily rough time narrowing this list down to forty. I say unnecessarily because…what does it matter? Who cares? Still, it was difficult. Their catalogue is huge, and I actually didn’t make it through the entire list!

Think of VSQ as an excuse to put virtually any band you’d ever want into your wedding ceremony. Yeah, not kidding.

So enjoy what I’ve painstakingly–for not reason whatsoever–whittled down for you:

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18 Songs in Lullaby Form?

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OMG. That is cute.

Since I’m late to literally everything, you probably already know about these and have heard every single one, but I’m going for it. Presenting Rockabye Baby’s lullaby renditions of popular songs.

To my credit, I didn’t just discover these, but I made a conscious effort to listen to more of them. In times like these, having a baby around would give me an excuse to listen to these. As it is, at the time I’m writing this, it’s Friday night, and I’m a grown woman consciously listening to lullabies. What is my life?

Anyway, enjoy some of my favorites:

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When the Song and the Scene Cannot be Separated

It’s Music Monday again! This week, I’ve decided to highlight a few songs synonymous with a movie or show. When certain songs are used during a scene, it becomes nearly impossible to hear them without imaging the scene. Just me?

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This is not the same as the best music/scene pairings. That’s for another list.

Here are a few of my favorites:

FYI, spoilers ahead.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Fight Club

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Of course, I must start with Fight Club. The final scene of the movie uses “Where is My Mind” by The Pixies, and I guarantee, you cannot hear this song without imagining Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter hand-in-hand as buildings explode before them. Am I right? For me, I’d never heard this song (or knew anything about the band) before I saw the movie, so that might be why one can’t exist without the other in my mind.

*Note: I found an edited version to post here. This one is without, uh, Tyler’s splicing work. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Cover Me! My 14 Favorite Cover Songs

 

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Generally speaking, I have mixed feelings about covers. On the one hand, how dare you. That song isn’t yours. What are you doing? On the other hand, I like hearing a different take on a song I’ve heard so many times. So I’ve gathered a list of my favorite covers. Enjoy!

I’ve never been able to rank these kinds of lists, so these covers are in no particular order.

“Nothing Compares 2 U”

Cover: Chris Cornell

Original: Prince

Made Famous by Sinead O’Conner

I don’t think I’d heard this cover until after his passing, but I knew after just one line, it was going to be amazing. What a voice. What a loss.

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