Song Of The Day: 4/19/12 (Eyes Wide Open)

Today’s song of the day is “Eyes Wide Open” by Gotye from his album “Making Mirrors”, which is a magnificent album and so different. I’ve been listening to it a ton on Spotfy, since February, but I never actually owned it, however I always like to own physical copies of all of my favorite albums and this is definitely my favorite, so far this year. I track all of my music listens with last.fm and “Making Mirrors is my most listened to album, so far this year.  His single “Somebody That I Used To Know” has complete blown up. I’m actually quite surprised that something so out of left field is getting so much mainstream attention. But I can’t complain. It’s great to see real, good music getting so much attention. Today I was at Best Buy with one of my best friends and he ended up buying me “Making Mirrors” as a Birthday gift. It’s a great addition to my CD collection. Do any of you guys own the CD? What do you think of it?

 

Song Of The Day: 4/12/12 (That’s All)

Every now and then I come across musical synchronicities. The most recent involved Genesis/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel. I’ve been thinking it was time to dig into Genesis’ and Phil Collins’ music catalouges. I’ve also been hearing a lot about Peter Gabriel lately. First I started seeing ads for him and a live performance he was doing, online. I also recently checked out a collaboration he did with Kate Bush, who I love, on Youtube, the song “Don’t Give Up”.  Then my boss mentioned that Gotye sounded kind of like Peter Gabriel. And finally a contestant on The Voice sang the Peter Gabriel song, “In Your Eyes” the other night, which my fiancee actually thought was a Phil Collins song, originally. Then today I asked my boss (a huge music fan) if he had any Peter Gabriel CDs I could borrow, because Spotify didn’t have any of his music and I wanted to try getting into him after I worked though some of Genisis’ catalogue of music.

Little did I know throughout all of this that Peter Gabriel was the original lead singer of Genesis before Phil Collins took over for him in 1975. I just happened to be hearing a lot about Genesis/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel lately, in completely unrelated ways. I knew Phil Collins was the lead singer of Genesis, but never knew that he was preceded by Peter Gabriel. I found this out while I was listening to Genesis today and was doing a little research on them with Wikipedia. I like to know at least a little about as many artists as possible. It’s just so crazy how all of this was connected and I had no idea, but came upon all of it simultaneously. It’s funny because one of the last musical synchronicities I experienced, involved Kate Bush, who is also indirectly connected to this Genesis/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel synchronicity. Double synchronicity!!! Anyway, this brings me to today’s song of the day, “That’s All” by Genesis. This is one of their most popular songs. I heard it on the radio the other day and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. That’s all.

New Music Tuesday: 2/28/12

I haven’t shared much new music since starting my blog about a month and a half ago, because, well, honestly there hasn’t been much to speak of, but in the last week or so, I’ve discover a few new albums that have ranged from really friggin’ great to intriguing.

My favorite of the three albums I will be sharing is Gotye’s “Making Mirrors”. This album actually came out back in August, but I was just put on to it by a couple co-workers and boy am I glad they did. He is an experimental indie Rock musician from Australia. I am totally obsessed with this album right now. I like it so much because it’s just so different and experimental, all while being so damn catchy (all my favorite aspects of good music). As the album progresses it get’s more and more bizarre, but never so much so that it just gets weird. It always stays grounded and stays sounding amazing the whole way through. Needless to say, this album comes HIGHLY recommended and will not disappoint.

The second album I would like to share is Fun.’s “Some Nights”. Fun. is a New York City based band that’s been around for a few years now. I was told about this album early last week and how their single “We Are Young” featured one of my favorite female singers, Janelle Monae. So I gave the album a spin and I must say it’s not a bad little album. It’s young and hip and has huge, catchy choruses. The album even gets a little operatic at times (very Queen). A couple days after getting into them, I started hearing “We Are Young” on the radio, so I guess these guys are coming up and I think they deserve it. They don’t sound like anyone else, really and make some pretty catchy, “fun” tunes. This album is definitely worth checking out too. It looks like they might be big in the not too distant future.

And the third and final album I’d like to share on this New Music Tuesday is Frankie Rose’s “Interstellar”. This is Frankie Rose’s 2nd album. She is pretty underground, but you may know her from a group called the Dum Dum Girls. The album is well concieved and executed. It ranges from quite, soft tracks to upbeat 80’sish songs. I haven’t had the oppurtunity to listen to this album too  many times yet, but I did like it quite a bit from the few times that I did get to listen to it.

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some songs from these and other new albums for songs of the day. Have you heard any of these albums? If so, what do you think of them? If not definitely take a listen and let me know what you think.