Monday, May 31, 2004

Cool Music

I've been experimenting with quite a few new bands lately and have been surprised by the amount of quality music out there:

Modest Mouse - "Moon & Antarctica": Virtually every song on this album kicks ass!! The singing is pretty bad but I can't get enough of the spacey instrumentals. I've lost count the number of times I've played "The Stars Are Projectors"

Fiona Apple ("The First Taste"): A lush, powerful voice combined with ethereal instrumentals make it one of my favorite songs of all time.

Sleater-Kinney ("One Beat" and "Oh!") and Yeah Yeah Yeahs ("Maps," "Y-Control" and "Modern Romance"): Once again, the singing could use some help, but the hard-charging, ass-kicking riffing/beats more than make up for it.

Ilya ("Bellissimo"): Yes, it's from that Revlon commercial with Halle Berry in it, but it's still a hauntingly beautiful song.

Remy Zero ("Save Me"): Title song to Smallville. Best listened to on an iPod while walking into dark alley at night.

Postal Service - "Give Up": This album has been either praised as one of the coolest electronica/indie records to come out recently (recently being 2003) or condemned as pretentious, horrid, hipster poser crap. I have to agree with the former. Electronica that's not super repetitive and boring.

The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots": Didn't care much for it when I first heard it last year, but now I find it absolutely brilliant, especially "Fight Test."

Kill Bill V1 and V2: Tarantino has such impeccable taste in music it's ridiculous, or even unfair. I would kill to get his playlist.

The Shins ("Caring is Creepy"): Thanks Sachin!

William Hung - "Inspiration": Just kidding. Hung is really the paragon of sexiness toward which every Asian man strives: bad hair, crooked teeth, heavy accent, broken English, atrocious dance moves, and worst of all, he's so damn nice and earnest!