Tiny Moving Parts – “Caution”

Tiny Moving Parts released a new video and I like it very much.

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Exceptional promotion

When I read the headline “Liam Gallagher’s solo album is being promoted with posters of his best tweets” over at NME, I immediately knew everything about that article was going to be flawless.

(Picture borrowed from NME.)

This is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

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30 songs: 23

23: A song that reminds you of your parents.

Benny Anderssons orkester and Tommy Körberg – Fait Accompli

MUM: This was one of my mum’s favorite songs. She would turn up the volume every time she heard it. I especially remember one time when we were in the car on the Swedish country roads and Fait Accompli came on the radio. The saxophone in the intro started playing and mum was all “I LOVE this one!” and sang along with Tommy Körberg throughout the song. I’ve loved it too since that very moment.

Gipsy Kings – Djobi, Djoba

DAD: Friday nights meant cooking a nice dinner and listening to music when I was a kid. Just hanging out together, basically. We would listen to anything from mum and dad’s record collection, but a handful of those records were the ones we constantly returned to, year after year. During my early years I remember dad would often pick Gipsy King’s Greatest Hits record for these nights. To me, it became very associated with weekends and a special feeling of being home (safe and happy). As I grew older I found myself picking the very same record more often than many others.

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Brand New – Science Fiction

My Saturday night: I turn off all lights. I light one candle. I sit down in a chair in the living room. I put headphones on and plug them into my iPhone. I open the Music app. I listen to Brand New’s Science Fiction for the first time ever, a record I had almost lost hope for. The moment is sacred and I am completely present. Only here, only now. I shut my eyes and let the music flow through me.

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“Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too”

I’ve been listening to Paramore’s new record After Laughter all day. It is truly addictive. My favorite tracks so far are Hard Times, Rose-Colored Boy, Fake Happy and Tell Me How. Especially Fake Happy. Do I like it more thanks to the bridge reminding me of Would I Lie to You? by Charles & Eddie? Well, probably.

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Indian skateboarders

WILD BEASTS – ALPHA FEMALE from Sasha Rainbow on Vimeo.

What a great way of combining some of my favorite things: music, skateboarding and breaking gender norms.

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30 songs: 22

22: A song that describes you.


Hello Saferide – Travelling With HS

I’m not stupid, I understand that
It would be convenient if
I was better at conversation

I’ve learned to master the skill throughout the years
Small talking, but after an hour or so I mentally die

I mentally die

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, I wish I wanted
To go see local churches with you
Or to go clubbing where the young ones do
But all I really want to do is watch the everyday lives

My friend, nothing is ever the matter with you
I’m glad to see it though I don’t believe it
You won’t have to worry, I’ll soon have figured you out
I won’t tell you when I have but I’ll find your weak spot
Your weakest spot, oh, I’ll find it

And here is mine: I try to pretend that I like to be part of it all
And that I enjoy going out with you and you and you and you and you

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but dreaming of
Sitting by myself and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, but I just want to spend more time
With my mind
It always surprises me every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you
It doesn’t mean that I don’t

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, but I just want to spend more time
With myself
I always surprises myself every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you

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30 songs: 21

21: A song you want to dance to at your wedding.

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30 songs: 20

20: A song that reminds you of somewhere.


Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl

Croatia, summer 2016. Before the trip I didn’t think much of this song at all, I might even have found it a little meaningless. Hearing it every day in the hotel room watching VH1 in the morning or before going out to dinner changed my mind, however. It totally fit the spirit of a summer trip in Croatia what with the music video showing the cliffs and crystal clear water and all. Whenever I hear This Girl now I’m immediately filled with happy thoughts. It holds great meaning to me nowadays.

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30 songs: 19

19: A song you’re currently obsessed with.

I find it impossible to stop listening to You With Me by Jimmy Eat World because it has one of the best choruses I’ve heard in years. Just one hell of a song, really:

I also find it impossible to write about this song without mentioning the elephant in the room: Jimmy Eat World were clearly influenced by Eros Ramazzotti while writing You With Me:

Right?

Just one more thing… Is it weird that I kind of like You With Me even more thanks to the intro being very, you know, Ramazzottian? Jimmy Eat World goes Italian pop made for moms. That’s cute.

But seriously, I feel like the You With Me intro also reminds me of yet another song. Perhaps this one?

Maybe. I’ll update this post if I find I was actually thinking of something else than Badly Drawn Boy.

(Hey, what if Jim Adkins, Eros Ramazzotti and Damon Gough got together to write a song? Or start a band, even? And they were called Eros Eat Boy? Isn’t that what parallel universes are actually for? I’m just brainstorming over here.)

Update January 29: I think I’ve found it:

kent – Ingenting

Yet another similar intro. Too bad this Vevo upload isn’t HD, because Ingenting is a beautiful music video. You might as well watch it and hope to find it in better quality later on.

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30 songs: 18

18: A song from a movie.

Besides being a great movie, This is England has a terrific soundtrack. Clayhill covering The Smiths, Since Yesterday by Strawberry Switchblade, Come On Eileen (you can’t deny it’s catchy!)… But most of all: Toots and the Maytals. Has anyone ever had enough of 54-46 Was My Number? I highly doubt it.

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30 songs: 17

17: A song from your favorite album.

blink-182 – Stockholm Syndrome

My favorite album of all time. One of the best blink songs ever.

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30 songs: 16

16: A music video that you like.

I’m a big fan of documentary music videos; those featuring live footage and the band/artist just hanging around or being on tour or whatever. Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars is one of them:

Why does this give me the chills? It’s neither a band nor a song I listen to a lot. Weird how the mind works sometimes.

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30 songs: 15

15: A song people wouldn’t expect you to like.

When people ask me about my favorite songs of all time and I mention O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps they are usually quite surprised. I was actually very young when I first heard it, because at age 11 or 12 a friend introduced me to Tupac who he had borrowed the chorus from O-o-h Child in his song Keep Ya Head Up. Of course I wasn’t aware of this back then, but I did like Tupac’s song very much. Years later I was watching a skate video and – unexpectedly enough – there it was: O-o-h Child. The chorus I was so familiar with thanks to Tupac. The original version was an instant favorite, and it still is.


The Five Stairsteps – O-o-h Child


Tupac – Keep Ya Head Up

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30 songs: 14

14: A song you like hearing live.


Miriam Bryant – Raised in Rain

Must hear this live. Every chance I get.

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