some for me now.
1. Scarecrow and Fungus
- Regina Spektor. (buy at her site
This is an unreleased demo as far as I know, though it may be on Mary Ann and the Gravediggers, the one CD I don't have. Let this be said: I love regispek with untold passion. I play this song on piano. I have 101 Regina songs in iTunes. she's great. and she's friends with...
2. ... Amanda Palmer! (and Evelyn Evelyn) Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn?
(The singing, piano-playing, songwriting half of the Dresden Dolls.) Who's friends with Ben Folds (she actually lived in his studio and he's producing her new CD !) She's friends with Jason Webley and Evelyn Evelyn, who NEIL GAIMAN MENTIONED ON HIS BLOG AS WELL AS AMANDA PALMER BY NAME. And Neil Gaiman is friends with not only Terry Pratchett (the author who has thirty books on my shelf) but... TORI AMOS. Isn't it really cool how all my favorite icons are all friends with each other? I LOVE IT. IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE THE WORLD IS PERFECT. and Amanda Palmer mentioned Tori Amos in her blog about crazy fans. so it's like they're family. more to the point, this song is the same one Neil Gaiman talked about--it's a lovely 30's? 40's? style cabaret, no kidding, this sounds just like old pianobars, which is the music I wish everything had more of. Listen and tell me what decade you think it belongs to. This song is from the EP Elephant Elephant by Evelyn Evelyn, which sold out, but you can get on their website
or Amanda Palmer's blog,
to support Evelyn Evelyn and Amanda Palmer.
3. Jesus Saves, I Spend
by St. Vincent.
I also discovered via Amanda Palmer. she covers it on her blog
. If you can't tell, I kind of love these people. This song has a clever name, a clever vocal background, and is good. The first time I heard it I was driving through small-town western Kentucky at night, and it was surreal, staring at deserted houses under orange streetlights, staring down back streets while hearing this. So I highly recommend it. You can purchase it at her website
- Ryan Adams
So today in English, my teacher, who I am friends with and who is crazy, made us listen to Ryan Adam's song Desire. Now, I have about 7 ryan adams CDs sitting on my computer. It's one of those things my boyfriend fell in love with and gave me, and I was all like whatever, I don't like country, and didn't ever listen to it. BUT THIS SONG CHANGED MY MIND. And after this song, someone earlier today posted Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play that Part and then I'm like, you know, Shakedown on 9th Street could be the most rocking song of all time, so I put them back in iTunes. Check out Ryan Adams' website. My overly fanboy boyfriend has told me that Ryan Adams wrote at least seven 'joke' CDs this year, as well as two real full-length CDs. The joke CDs--hip hop, punk rock, country, metal--are allegedly available on his website, but his website is the weirdest website ever created.
I got sucked in for an hour just trying to figure out what it was. He apparently had enough material for a third album and his record label wouldn't let him put one out, as well, though this is probably just my boyfriend pissing on record labels. But still--this guy has written more songs than Tori Amos, which tells you something because she's crazy prolific. And they're good songs!
5. My item number 5 is the sweeny todd soundtrack, which I won't upload here, which has been in my car for the past two weeks and I don't ever want to change out. someone, oh someone, sing A Little Priest with me.
originally for audiography