Monday, April 5, 2010

Wizard Duel

Tonight I was texting my sister when all of the sudden she got all defensive and this was our ensuing conversation:
"Aloha Mora!"
"You mean expelliarmus? You are so dead"
"But I got that special wand."

I think I was born into this family for a reason, but sometimes the level of our nerdiness frightens even me.

But on to what I really wanted to blog about: music. If you don't want to read any of my musical ramblings, then by all means stop reading here.I have been listening to some great things lately and thought I should share a few of my very favorites.

First, I know there has already been a lot of buzz around this album, but I have to throw in my two cents about the new She & Him volume 2. I actually never got into volume one, but one of my friends (whose music taste I greatly respect) recommended volume two to me, and after listening to the whole album on NPR's first listen I became a woman obsessed and have been listening to both volumes ever since. The songs are light , summery, and a little reminiscent of Jenny Lewis. You can listen to the whole album through the 13th here.
The next album I've been listening to a lot lately was another that I'd been meaning to listen to, but it wasn't until another friend sat me down and made me listen to it that I was finally motivated to go out and get it. The album is Have One on Me by Joanna Newsom, and is full of great lyrics like:

"I regret how I said to you, honey, just open your heart when I’ve got trouble even opening a honey jar"

from the song "Good Intentions Paving Company". I know that a lot of my friends object to Joanna because of her distorted voice, and will be glad to know that she's toned down her voice a lot in this album, but while still keeping its beautiful and quirky quality.

My last recommendation just came out, and is an album that i had been looking forward for some time. If you are a Sigur Rós fan, then you will surely love Go by Jonsi. Some of my favorite track so far are: Go Do, Boy Lilikoi, and Animal Arithmetic. You can also listen to this album on NPR's first listen, but only through the end of today. If you are interested I would also encourage listening to this interview where Jonsi plays guest DJ on All Songs Considered.

Looking forward to one of my most anticipated albums for the summer (this one's for you Sarah!!), Canadian band Stars is coming out with their fifth studio album which they are putting out on their own label. The album is called The Five Ghosts, and even though June seems a long time to wait, they already have put out a single entitled "Fixed"
that you can download for free here.


Liz said...

YES! Stars ftw!

Sarita said...

I love Stars and She & Him and will never tire of your musical ramblings.

And its just that right level of nerdiness that makes me adore your family so very much.