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ABCs Series, Kangarooly Ks

Faster
The Shins - Know Your Onion!
and bonus cover: Of Montreal - Know Your Onion

The Shins are awesome, duh, and Of Montreal is pretty cool, too. Bottom line: two sweet bands, one awesome song. Gotta love covers. It totally lets you love the same song twice, in different ways. Woot.

Slower
Kings of Convenience and Feist - Know-How

I love this song. I just do. Um... Let's see. It's so simplistic, and the melody lines weave in and out of each other. The collaboration between these two artists is great, too. Gotta love that.

Instrumental
From the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Harry Gregson-Williams - Knighting Peter

This is another one of those scores that is compeltely fabulous all the way through. I've actually been known to simply put this soundtrack on for a few hours and listen to it endlessly.

Artist
Keane - Under the Walnut Tree
A Bad Dream

From their page on Wikipedia:
Keane are an English piano rock band, first established in Battle, East Sussex in 1995, taking their current name in 1997. The group is comprised of composer, bassist, and pianist Tim Rice-Oxley, lead vocalist Tom Chaplin and drummer Richard Hughes. Former members include guitarist Dominic Scott, who left in 2001.
Keane are known for using a piano as their lead instrument instead of guitars, significantly differentiating them from most rock bands. The inclusion of a distorted piano effect since 2006 and various synthesizers are now a common feature in their music that nowadays combines the pure piano rock used during their first album and the alternative rock sound which developed during 2005. Acoustic and power ballads are also a highlight in the group's music and have evolved into many fan favourite songs such as "On a Day Like Today" and "We Might As Well Be Strangers".


'Under the Walnut Tree' is a very gentle sound from Keane. I love it. 'A Bad Dream' delves into that piano-driven rock sound.
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ABCs Series, Jubilant Js

Faster
The Cure - Just Like Heaven

The Cure is just classic. They've got a slew of great hits that have lasted up to now when I can share them with you and let the life continue. I saw The Cure in concert three years ago, you know. They're just a great band. Gotta love this song.

Slower
Aqualung - Just For A Moment

What do I say about this song? It feels like air, sort of. It never gets heavy musically, even though the lyrics are rather emotional. A person could listen to this song and never feel the extreme sadness that could be thought of during this song. But it's also got that hopeful-ish sentiment. He thinks for a moment that his love is gone, and he's infinitely glad that it's not true. Etc.

Instrumental
From Serendipity: David Gray - January Rain

One of my absolute all-time favorite songs. This and Honey and the Moon could get me through the end of time, if I needed them to.

Artist
Jump, Little Children - My Guitar

From their page on Wikipedia:
Jump, Little Children (JLC or Jump), is a band formed in 1991 in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. They played their first show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but it was not until 1994 that the line-up of musicians in the band was stabilized. The members of the band are:
Jay Clifford: vocals and rhythm guitar
Matthew Bivins: tin whistle, harmonica, accordion, melodica, and electric and acoustic mandolin
Ward Williams: cello and guitar
Jonathan Gray: double bass
Evan Bivins: drums
Michael Bellar (of the As-Is Ensemble) and Amanda Kapousouz (of Tin Cup Prophette), the affectionately named sixth and seventh members of the band, are frequent collaborators. The name of the band comes from the title of a song by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee which the band played in its early years.
On June 16, 2005 the band announced that after the end of the year they do not plan on touring any more, but have not completely ruled out the possibility of recording more material or continuing their traditional Dock Street Theatre shows. By the end of 2005 drummer Evan Bivins was quoted saying "This is pretty much it. We've been saying 'never say never,' but for all intents and purposes, these are the last shows. We've been planning this since the end of last year."

History
All the members of the band with the exception of Gray attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, along with former member Chris Pollen. They began playing Celtic music in college and soon Clifford, Pollen, and the Bivins brothers went to Dublin and then Boston to hone their craft. When Pollen left the band to join a religious cult, recent graduate Williams rejoined the band in Charleston, along with Gray.
The band started busking on the corner of Church and Market Streets in Charleston and continued on to larger shows, developing a growing following in the Southeast, and soon signed with Breaking Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic owned by Hootie and the Blowfish, in 1998.
The band released their first studio album, Magazine, under Breaking Records. The single, "Cathedrals," achieved radio play nationwide, and was featured prominently in the soundtrack during a dramatic scene in the television drama Everwood in 2003, but the label was dropped by Atlantic a few weeks before the scheduled release of the band's sophomore album, the emotionally charged artistic high-watermark, Vertigo.
After a fierce struggle to regain Vertigo from Hootie, the band eventually won the rights and released it under the band's own imprint E-Z Chief Records in September 2001. After pursuing a number of side projects (including Clifford's jazz band, Rosebud and Evan's rock band, biv), JLC released its third album, Between the Dim and the Dark, in April 2004 which coincided with a largely unsuccessful attempt to officially shorten the band's name to 'Jump'.
Their final show was a black tie affair at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston on December 30, 2005, the last of a set of four shows beginning two days prior and featured material from each members' other projects. The show ended by the band and the 500+ member audience walking from the Dock Street Theatre to Market Street to re-enact a busking session typical of the band's early years. The show also announced the formation of a scholarship fund at the College of Charleston in honor of the band.
Other achievements include the creation of a website on which fans can order CDs with songs of their choice from various independent bands, and the release of a concert DVD featuring skits by each of the band members.


JLC is a band dear to my heart. They had quite a cult following between me and four of my very good friends from high school. The thing with JLC is that they have a song for everyone. They really do. I mean, hi, they started out as a band playing Celtic music, and then they shifted and have some songs that are practically R&Besque. I shared 'Cathedrals' with you previously, and now I give you 'My Guitar'. These are the two of the three songs I give to people that I want to love JLC. The guitar is, of course, totally smoking in this song. The first minute or so is a complete guitar jam session.
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ABCs Series, Incredible Is

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Rooney - I'm Shakin'
(Download link for SendSpace.com)

Dude, I love Rooney. I saw them in concert last November. They're an amazingly fun band, and their lead singer is completely....guh. Love him. They're all just awesome. This song gets you dancing. It was their first single from this album. You may have heard it on the radio just slightly in the spring of 2004, depending on where you live. The band was featured during the first season of the OC, and also in the Princess Diaries - Michael Moscovitz IS the lead singer, Robert Carmine.

Slower
Travis - Indefinitely
(Download link for SendSpace.com)

I have listened to this song on repeat before. Travis is a band that seems to be focused on just making beautiful songs. Peeling melodies and pretty vocal lines and band orchestration. The song also completely illustrates the title so well. It's got the 'indefinitely' sort of longing feeling to it. It sort of pulls at the heart.

Instrumental
From Finding Neverland: Jan A.P. Kacsmarek - Impossible Opening
(Download link for SendSpace.com)

This is another movie with an amazing score. It's got the fairytale/childlike feel to it, which is appropriate, and it's a very simple sort of lovely.

Artist
Imogen Heap - The Walk
Imogen Heap - The Moment I Said It
(Download links for SendSpace.com)

Just to read her page on Wikipedia, okay? She's my favorite female artist ever, and totally in my top three of best artists/bands, period. I sort of got sucked in to everything that had been written on her wiki page, and so I would be posting the whole thing up here. I've seen her in concert, and she's a great performer. Charming and totally into her music.

Me: I bet you can't guess who the I artist is going to be
Emily: I bet I can
Emily: haha
Me: o rly?
Emily: of course
Me: there is no feasible way I could've even considered someone else
Me: @@
Me: really


For me, one of the most amazing parts of Imogen's music is her lyrics. In 'The Walk,' the bridge contains this long, rapid succession of fabulous lyrics. It's complete and utter love. 'The Moment I Said It' is just beautiful. It's got her lovely lyrics, vocals, fabulous accompianiment and nice changes in the pacing of the song. Imogen has an AMAZING vocal range, fabulously high and low. She's so amazing, and she does all the work on her songs, writing and composing, so they're all completely her, which I think is really important for the emotion of a song.
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ABCs Series, Happy Hs

Faster
Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer

Wilco is a great band that has been around for a long time. They have multiple albums, which are all fantastic, and they're set to release a new one next week, I believe. This is the first Wilco song I heard, and I fell in love with it immediately. It's perfect for summer. It's got a total beach feel.

Slower
Joseph Arthur - Honey and the Moon

One of my all-time favorite songs. This is the song that, if I had to, I could listen to for the rest of my life, if I had to choose only one song. I love the way every bit of the music is put together, and I love the lyrics and Joseph's vocals. It's just a lovely tune.

Instrumental
From Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Patrick Doyle - Harry In Winter

Such a pretty orchestration from the fourth movie. I love it.

Artist
Howie Day - Trouble In Here
Howie Day - Come Lay Down

From his page on Wikipedia:
Howie Kern Day (born January 15, 1981 in Bangor, Maine) is an American singer-songwriter. Beginning his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s, Day became known for his extensive touring and in-concert use of samplers and effects pedals in order to accompany himself. He self-financed and self-released his first album, Australia, in 2000.
Day signed to the major label Epic Records in 2002 and has since re-released his debut as well as producing a follow up, Stop All The World Now. Despite initially sluggish sales, Stop All The World Now was certified gold in early 2005 and has produced a number of singles, including "Collide", Day's most successful to date.


Howie Day has a Jeff Buckley sound, to me. He's not like Jeff Buckley, but sometimes he reminds me of JB, like in 'Come Lay Down.' I think that Howie has a great grasp of the piano/guitar/vocal collaboration. His songs are different and melodic, and I love that.
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ABCs Series, Grrrrrrrrrrreat Gs

Faster
The Shins - Girl Inform Me
(Right-click and Save)

The Shins are one of the best bands around. They've got a really fun feel. Like, even when they write serious songs, they're all just about playing because they love it, and so it's all fun.

Slower
Coldplay - Gravity (Live Version)
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This is a track recorded at a concert, but, even so, the quality is pretty good. Chris Martin is just an awesome guy, so he's got his little intro. Then the crowd cheers, and he starts playing this new song that no one has heard before, and the audience is clapping in time to his piano, but they realize soon enough that this is a slow song - not for clapping along to. This is such... I am not exactly sure how to explain this song. It's romantic, but it feels like a REAL sort of romantic song. Even if the lyrics get a little cheesy, the feeling of the song is of that real sort of love.

Bit of trivia about this song: Chris Martin is friends with the band Embrace. He gave them this song to record, and all the profits from the single went to the Make Trade Fair Organization. The Embrace version is faster and -shrug- I like it, but I'm more in love with the Coldplay version.

Instrumental
From Pride and Prejudice: Dario Marianelli - Georgianna
(Download link from SendSpace.com)

Not my favorite song from the score. But it's still really good.

Artist
Guster - Amsterdam
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From their page on Wikipedia:
Guster is an alternative rock band that is known for its live performances, unique sound, humor, and cult following. This is what three jewish students Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel had in mind when forming the band in 1991 while attending Tufts University in Boston.
The band stayed “underground” for their first two albums, ‘'Parachute’’ (1994) and ‘'Goldfly’’, but broke into the musical mainstream in 1999 with their third studio album ‘'Lost and Gone Forever’’, with the single song “Fa Fa”, which made it onto the Adult Top 40. The band has enjoyed moderate success on the charts with ‘'Keep It Together’’, their fourth album'’, with two singles in the Adult Top 40 (“Careful“ and “Amsterdam”). Since then, Joe Pisapia has officially joined the official lineup, and the first album following his joining, ‘'Ganging Up On The Sun’’, peaked at 25 on the Billboard Top 200. The band's music has also been featured on many television shows and movies, such as Wedding Crashers, Life as a House, which also makes several allusions to the band throughout the film, The OC, and, also, a Guster song became the slogan for The Weather Channel.
Guster's tours were originally local, but began to spread as the band gained popularity. By 1999, Guster gave their first performance in Canada, becoming an international act.[1] Throughout their career, Guster has been known for always maintaining a liberal taping policy throughout and has a very dedicated and active taping community. Despite this policy, the band has release several live shows via iTunes, which have sold very well.


This was my first Guster song. Still one of my favorite songs to this day.
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ABCs Series, Fabulous Fs

Faster
Harry and the Potters - Felix Felicis
(Download link from SendSpace.com)

Come on. You KNOW I had to include a song from them. The thing about Harry and the Potters, aside from the fact that they're freaking awesome nerds... Well, I guess there's not "the thing" about them. Their musicality isn't all that great, but they more than make up for it in the entertainment factor.

Slower
Muse - Falling Away With You
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Muse can always put together such an interesting mix of soft-quiet and then blaring band sound. I love it. This is one of those songs with a fabulous guitar-blasting riff during the chorus of the song.

Instrumental
From The Da Vinci Code: Hans Zimmer - Fructus Gravis
(Download link from SendSpace.com)

Hello, Hans Zimmer is a genius. Love him. He wins at scoring movies. This song is very interesting: it's got the lovely, string part of the scoring; and then it has the agitated, suspenseful part.

Artist
Feist - Mushaboom
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From her page on Wikipedia:
Feist got her start in music as the lead vocalist for a Calgary punk band called Placebo (not the more famous British band Placebo), who won a local Battle of the Bands competition and were awarded the opening slot at a Ramones concert. After five years of touring, Feist was forced to take time off from music to recover from voice damage. She moved from Calgary to Toronto in 1998 and took up guitar; by 1999, she was the guitarist for By Divine Right. She also released her debut solo album, Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down), that year.
In 2000, Feist moved in as a roommate with Peaches – the '701' – and Gonzales, and appeared as a guest vocalist on The Teaches of Peaches. She also performed with Peaches as "Bitch Lap Lap". She spent more than two years in Berlin with Gonzales and Peaches, and began developing songs with Gonzales that would later appear on Let It Die. She then joined the recording sessions for Broken Social Scene's albums Feel Good Lost and You Forgot It in People. She subsequently moved to Paris. While in Europe, she collaborated with Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience as a guest vocalist on their album Riot on an Empty Street. She also appears on The New Deal's 2003 album Gone Gone Gone, and on Apostle of Hustle's 2004 album Folkloric Feel.
Feist recorded her second solo album, Let It Die, in Paris in 2002 and 2003. That album, a combination of jazz, bossa nova and indie rock, was hailed as one of the best Canadian pop albums of 2004, and attracted a significant international audience as well. On these records, and in performances, Feist played a 1965 Guild Starfire which aided in her jazz-like tone.
Feist's single "Mushaboom", from Let It Die, is featured in advertisements for Lacoste perfume. This is most likely due to her popularity in France, where she recorded Let It Die.


Oh man. This has been one of my favorite songs for a long time. It makes my heart bounce with happiness and I love singing along to ANY Feist song. She's another one of the few female artists I love.
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ABCs Series, Excellent Es

Faster
Beck - E-Pro
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Beck's album, Guero, has a bunch of golden head bopping tunes to listen to. This is one of my four favorites from that album. Beck just knows how to work a beat.

Slower
Easier to Lie
(Download link from SendSpace.com)

Although my icon, and the name of the song, denotes sadness, I rarely feel sad when I actually listen to this song. This is more just of...kind of a true to life song. Sometimes you just don't tell people things because it's easier to lie. And this is a great song. Balance of soft piano and vocals with a full rock band sound.

Instrumental
From About A Boy: Badly Drawn Boy - Exit Stage Right
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Twenty-one seconds of blissful, simple magic. -grin-

Artist
Emiliana Torrini - Sunny Road
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From the biography on her site:
Emiliana Torrini is half Icelandic, half Italian. She grew up in Iceland in a town outside Reykjavik and spent her childhood summers with her grandmother in the far east of Iceland out in the wild, spacious countryside. Her teen summers were spent in Germany with her Italian uncle. She joined a choir aged seven and sang soprano till she was 15, when she went to opera school. “I got into other music rather late because we didn“t have any records, well except lots of classical, my mum“s Greatest Love Songs compilation from the TV and Leonard Cohen whom I love. Then we got MTV. We were the first people in our town to have it and I would stay up all night to record from the late night alternative shows, making tapes to take to school to brag about my musical findings.“

She recorded a few jazz and blues songs for her father“s 50tth birthday which then became an album that sold 15,000 copies in Iceland and remained at number one for many months. She followed this with an equally successful album of which 50% was co-written by her and hence the beginnings of her writing career. “I spent this period singing in restaurants, bars and hotels all over Iceland,“ and that is how she was discovered by One Little Indian where their MD happened to be eating. Emiliana consequently moved to England where Roland Orzabal from Tears For Fears co-produced her worldwide debut. “ I wanted to move to India, learn the classical techniques there, then move to Bulgaria, be a gypsy, and learn the techniques, and keep moving and learning new ways of singing - but instead I came to England and made a pop record.“


I love this song. It has such a folk feel, and it inspired me to check out more of her stuff. She's so talented. I love it. I rarely find a female artist I can really latch onto and adore, but Emiliana totally fits the bill.
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ABCs Series, D-D-Dangerous Ds

Faster
The Faint - Desperate Guys
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Sort of scandalous themes in this song. But I love the way it's like... strings versus electric. It's a fun song.

Slower
Jimmy Eat World - Drugs or Me
(Download link for sendspace.com)

I don't know quite what it is about this song, but I just... have liked it ever since I heard it. I don't think there is any sound reason for my love of Jimmy Eat World, they just have my love.

Instrumental
From Pride & Prejudice: Dario Marianelli - Dawn
(Download link for sendspace.com)

I don't think I can add a good enough blurb here. If you've seen the 2005 movie adaption of P&P, you know that the score is beautiful.

Artist
Don Juan Triumphant - Mallory, Change Your Mind
(Download link for sendspace.com)

A local band that is currently out of commission because the guys are off doing college and missions. These guys were so much fun and could create a great energy at their concerts. -grin- Their bassist was an awesome bass dancer. And they don't have a Wikipedia page.
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ABCs Series, Cool Cs

Faster
The Cure - Close to Me

You've gotta love The Cure. -grin- They've got so many great songs. Robert Smith has got such a unique voice, obviously, and they just have such a catchy sound to them - it transfers to all their songs, really. There are a few different versions of this song, but I decided this one was just fine for today.

Slower
Jump, Little Children - Cathedrals
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First, this is a band I have really liked for a long time. They're not all that popular, but most people I have shared their music with tend to like it. -smile- This song has that haunting-inside for something more type of feeling. "In the cathedrals of New York and Rome there is a feeling that you should just go home and spend a lifetime finding out just where that [home] is." It's orchestrated SO beautifully. Love love love it. Their songs are also sometimes just so excessively poetic and lovely. -happy sigh-

Instrumental
From Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Thomas Newman - Curious Feeling of Falling
(Download link for sendspace.com)

Thomas Newman is, of course, just awesome. He knows how to score things so well. Always interesting and comepletely perfect to what's going on onscreen. And they're great to listen to just any time. The whole ASOUE score just has so many insteresting musical lines and tricks.

Artist
The Cribs - Hey Scenesters!
(Download link for sendspace.com)

From their page on Wikipedia:
The Cribs are an English 3-piece indie band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, consisting of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman.
The band are good friends with Leeds indie band the Kaiser Chiefs, and they have regularly toured together and covered each other’s songs. Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson even invited Ryan as a panellist when he guest-hosted Never Mind the Buzzcocks. The Cribs joined the Kaiser Chiefs and Maxïmo Park for the 05 Rock 'n' Roll Riot Tour tour in October 2005. At the 2006 Reading Festival Ryan joined the Kaiser Chiefs onstage when they preformed "Modern Way".
They also opened half of the shows of Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand, who co-headlined a tour in 2006.
Their song Martell from The New Fellas release was featured in the Canadian Telus Commercial, a series of commercials known for consistently featuring less mainstream yet iconical music ranging from Daft Punk to Supergrass. Their backstage area was once overrun by local hooligans at a gig in Middlesbrough. The intruders stole items such as gloves, a hat and a scarf.


This is not a good cut of the song, I know, as it's from the radio, but it's all I've got. This is actually the only song I've got from them so far, and I guess I just sort of forget I have it. But I want more from them. -nod- This song is awesome.
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ABCs Series, Bodacious Bs

Faster
Jude - Brad and Suzy
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Another groover. I love it. First Jude song I fell in love with. I dare you to listen to this song and not have some part of your body move along with it.

Slower
Bloc Party - Blue Light
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Obviously not the slowest song, but I really like it. It's just sort of mellow, and Bloc Party is really awesome. British band, the singer is black and freaking awesome and just.... They have an entirely unique sound.

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From the Italian Job: John Powell - Bitter Suite
(Download link for sendspace.com)

Love this movie. The soundtrack is part of what spurs that love. It's modern, but it's still melodic. This is a sort of melancholy one from the score, but it's still got a tinge of hope and pressing forward. Love it.

Artist
Buddy Holly - Raining In My Heart
(Download link for sendspace.com)

From his page on Wikipedia:
Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of rock and roll. The change of spelling of "Holley" to "Holly" came about because of an error in a contract he was asked to sign, listing him as Buddy Holly. That spelling was then adopted for his professional career. The original spelling of "Holley" was engraved on his headstone (see photo).
Buddy Holly is considered one of the most influential founding fathers of rock 'n roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[1] Although his career was cut short, his body of work is considered among the best in rock music history. His music would influence not only many of his recording contemporaries, but also the future direction of popular music, including The Beatles.


-grin- This song is just so cute. The orchestration is bouncy and fun, and it's just.... I want to eat this song it's so cute.



*Yesterday I totally forgot the instrumental, so it's up now on the A list.