Category Archives: Music
Happy Father’s Day! Are there even any dads out there reading? I love how stereotyped these holidays are. Moms are always flowers and perfumed things, Dads are all about barbecues and power tools. For the record, I have never seen my father use a power tool.
I did however partly inherit my love of music from my father (other part from my mother, of course). Weekends at my house growing up were always accompanied by music blaring out the stereo system. Neil Young, Bob Marley, Santana, to name a few. Okay, and my father was usually in the backyard grilling too.
Anyways, I don’t have any Neil Young for you today, but I do have some albums to share that I am currently obsessed with. Some of these bands I’ve already mentioned, but this time not just for one song. This time because I love the album as a whole – from beginning to end – which I find is a rarity these days.
1. Lungs by Florence & The Machine
You’ve probably heard the title track, “Dog Days Are Over” on the Eat Pray Love soundtrack. But every song following that one is just as good! No two songs sound the same, yet they are all lovably quirky.
2. The Loneliness of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit
A band I’ve mentioned before, if you like somewhat catchy, but still thoughtful, Scottish indie music, you should listen to this album!
3. The Flying Club Cup by Beirut
I’ve been listening to Beirut for a long time now and I still haven’t grown tired of this album. I would classify him as perhaps a less whacky version of Sufjan Stevens. Great music to work or study to.
4. Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons
Another band I’ve already mentioned, but definitely no one hit wonder. A lot of the songs on this album start slow and progress into this really powerful, banjo-accompanied song by the end. I love songs that build up like that.
5. Let The Dominoes Fall by Rancid
I know it’s sonotcool to like anything a punk band released after the year 2000, but I don’t care. I still really dig this album. Perhaps I’ll never have the emotional ties to it like I do …And Out Come the Wolves or Life Won’t Wait, but I still find this one entirely enjoyable from beginning to end. One of the few albums I can listen to while running and not feel like skipping any songs because they’re boring.
On this Sunday, you will likely find me blaring one of these albums while doing housework or cooking in the kitchen.
And yes, you’ll probably find my dad next to the BBQ too.
Have a great Sunday!
Surprise! I’m trying not to stick to a rigid posting schedule on weekends. Just go with the flow of whatever activities are going on during my two glorious days off work.
I had such fun sharing some of my favourite music last week, I wanted to do it again! Talking about music is something I’d like to start doing more often seeing as it is such a big part of my life.
Here’s what I had on repeat this week:
I’m not entirely sure exactly what it is about this band that made them explode on the scene. Because I can walk into any bar in Atlantic Canada on a Saturday night and hear a local band that sounds just like these guys. I do however love this style of music. When I can twist my wrist again, I’m getting a banjo and starting a band that sounds like a funeral home.
In a similar genre, this is a band I stumbled across this week. I must have been in a “traditional” mood! I’ve listened to all of Admiral Fallow’s albums and they’re a touch too mellow for me. But I absolutely adore this particular song.
The Black Keys are like Arcade Fire, who I featured last week. Everyone loved them until they became popular and synonymous with hipsters. And even hipsters hate hipsters. This is not the official video, but that’s worth watching for entertainment factor too. I love working out to this song, the beat is perfect.
I remember one of my friends in Toronto (hi Tom!) telling me about The Heavy several months back. I forgot all about them until someone posted this song on Facebook recently. I’ve since been listening to them over and over. Reminds me of a more rockin’ version of JJ Grey & Mofro, who I was also really into a few years back.
Maylee Todd came to me via Definitely Not The Opera (a Canadian radio show). She hosts workout events, but also makes her own music to go along with them. This video is a little out there, but I assure you, it makes doing aerobics a lot more fun.
So those are my picks this week, what are yours?