[Ladyfinger (ne): Rockers, taco enthusiasts]
I want to trust my body / I want to bring you close / A little voice said softly, "I want to get you home."
I've got someone waiting / And I think that shows / I know it's only dancing / So one, two we go
Hold me close / Right in your hands / Till we go, I'm your man
[Bloc Party's Kele Okereke: Risking cavities to open your beer. What a gentleman.]
The line that sticks in my head:
You make my tongue loose / I am hopeful and stutter-freeEven though I'm 99% sure this a love letter to cocaine (which isn't my deal) I feel like that line captures how I feel right now. When I'm randomly feeling happy and like things are going just right, those are the words that echo in my head.
The Life and Times, "My Last Hostage" (from Suburban Hymns)
Why I love it:
This is a Kansas City band that I saw at The Slowdown and immediately loved. They put on a great live show -- like, I'd never heard them before, but right when I got home I downloaded their album on iTunes (their brilliant marketing team didn't have any to sell at the merch table -- wha??). It's rare that I instantly like a live band I've never heard before -- so when it happens I know it's gold.
[The Life and Times: Being awesome is exhausting. So is patriotism]
The Life and Times has a sort of ambient sound but with a strong driving-rock-anthem undercurrent. They have the kind of songs that you can settle into -- then rock out on.
I don't have one yet. It's pretty much just the whole song that I dig. It's one of those that wraps its arms around you and lets you rest your head on its chest and hear its heart beat fast. Do you really need a favorite line when a song feels that way?
Lily Allen, "Who'd Have Known?" (from It's Not Me, It's You)
Why I like it:
Yep, I'm getting into this album. I love listening to it, even though I'm compelled to constantly evaluate whether Lily Allen is a bitch. But hey, her snarkiness is what makes everyone love her. And she's 23, so she gets a pass I guess.
I'm not sure why I picked this song. I guess it's a little different for Allen in that it's kinda mellow and shows her soft side -- the one she so desperately hides from the paparazzi. It's nice to see her lose the cutting wit and just settle into a song she might actually be feeling. No more characters on this one.
[Lily Allen: Too cute to be a bitch.]
The lines I like:
Love songs are cheesy. That's pass #2, Lily.
I didn't know where this was going / When you kissed me
And today you accidentally / Called me "Baby"
Ryan Adams, "Magik" (from Cardinology)
Why I love it:
I got really into the new Ryan Adams record even though his voice sounds different on every track. Maybe it's because he's sobered up and pulling a "Bob-Dylan-Found-Jesus-And-Made-His-Voice-Sound-All-Weird." The first several times I listened to the record I heard Neil Young, David Bowie, and Willie Nelson. But "Magik" is the purely Ryan Adams track. This is one of those songs that simply makes me smile. The lyrics are more or less frivolous but this is alt rock at its best. The song asks the listener to "let your body move / let your body sway/ listen to the music play / it's magik." Mission accomplished, dude.
[Ryan Adams: Trying to sound like Willie Nelson. Don't question his methods; he's an artist.]
The line that gets me:
Why list one line when the whole song makes you smile? Lyrics don't matter here.
[Ryan Adams as Philip Seymour Hoffman = Not Magik]
My guess is these are the songs that, years from now, are likely to jog my memory and take me right back to this time and place.
[John Sloan's Spring Rain (1912), Courtesy of the Delaware Museum of Art]
Hopeful and stutter free,