Hey. I’m back from the Vineyard! I’ve actually been back for a good week or so but I’ve honestly just been too lazy and busy to do anything All Things Go related. Austin, Ryan, and Alex have already headed off to college at U-San Francisco, UVa, and Bard, respectively. I myself am off to Wisconsin this Tuesday, and Adrian’s classes will resume at Georgetown in the next week, so we have quite a full plate. I apologize for the lack of updates, but my mind has been everywhere else the past week. I missed all of you terribly. Anyways, on to the music.
I didn’t want to write a bunch of detailed posts about specific bands so I’m just going to put down some songs I haven’t been able to turn off in the past week. Here goes:
Canasta – Slow Down Chicago
Anyone who reads ATG knows that I get wet when I hear organs, and no song in the past year or so has better utilized them then on “Slow Down Chicago”, by (surprise) Chicagoans Canasta. I originally found these guys over at one of my favorite blogs, 3hive. The upbeat, muted hornline is so my genre of music it’s a bit ridiculous. This is the most poorly written description of a song ever. My bad.
Regina Spektor – On the Radio
Another incredibly upbeat track, this time from my favorite adorable Russian, Regina Spektor (sorry Putin). Regina’s soft, almost whispery vocals, teamed with a bouncy piano and bassline make for one of my favorite songs of the year. Plus, the part where Regina goes “bum-buh-buh-bum-buh” and the piano answers her call might just be cuter than Alex’s dimples.
Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces
Gnarls Barkley is not a one hit wonder, though everyone is bound to write them off as such. While I can’t deny that “Crazy” is my favorite song on Cee-Lo and Dangermouse’s debut, St. Elsewhere, “Smiley Faces” is a very close second. A more danceable track, “Smiley Faces” better exemplifies Cee-Lo’s soulful, sometimes gospel-y voice, and, while not a good fit for radio play, definitely deserves a good listen. Plus, Adrian pointed out that Dangermouse samples Boohbah noises on this track. Awesome.
Justice Vs. Simian – Never Be Alone
Derek introduced me to this song, then introduced it to the whole world over at GWFAS. This song definitely will turn some people off, but for those who can get over the high-pitched, monotonous vocals, I cannot reccomend a better dance song at the moment. Try getting this song out of your head. Just try.
Well that’s all for now. Expect more updates and a new layout in the not so distant future, including an album review of The Long Winters latest, Putting the Days to Bed, teamed with an interview with the band and a CD giveaway. I hope you didn’t miss me too much.