novels once or twice a year. I've seen Velvet Goldmine
and Bend It Like Beckham
more times than I can count. And certain songs will essentially be on repeat for weeks at a time. So I thought I'd share a list of Music that Gets Stuck in My Craw, with a little sampler at the end, courtesy of last.fm. (note: I know this journal has been low on actual content lately (if you even care)-- but most of the substantive writing I've done in the last few months has not been fit for public consumption.
- Junior Boys, "In the Morning" is the most recent offender. I cannot stop listening to this track, and I keep doing little dances on street corners and in the subway. It brings out my inner club kid.
- Peter Bjorn and John, "Young Folks." I maintain that this song is the 4th Avenue Pub's version of the Beta Band EP in High Fidelity. Every time it comes on in the bar, some dude goes, "What is this?" and Kevin or I will helpfully inform him, "It's Peter Bjorn and John." Dude goes, "It's awesome." and He/I will reply, "I know."
- Of Montreal, "Wraith Pinned to the Mists and Other Games." Makes me very sad that it has become the Outback Steakhouse Theme Song. At the very least, I wish they hadn't changed the lyrics. But whatever, it's still a fucking kick ass little song.
- The Smiths, "Ask." I think this is the most addictive Smiths song ever written-- it's just so fucking catchy and bubbly, and contains the awesome lyrics "Spending summer days indoors/writing frightening verse to a bucktoothed girl in Luxembourg." Oh, Morrissey.
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Maps." Musical crack. Literally listened to nothing but this song for two months straight. (With sincere apologies to my roommates in the Fall of 2005)
- The Decemberists. "O Valencia!" This song encapsulates how adorable The Decemberists truly are.
- Radiohead, "Street Spirit (Fade Out)." This one put me to sleep every night in the last, horrible half of 11th grade.
- T Rex, "Cosmic Dancer" I still need to make it my business to slow dance with someone to this.
- Broadcast, "Corporeal." I love the spacey feel to this one-- I listened to it a lot during the brief, fun period of senior year.
- Jamie Lidell, "Multiply." I am so, so glad that a few artists are going back to that Motown/Stax sound. You'd never believe this was a pasty white British guy from the sound of this song.
- Sufjan Stevens, "Casmir Pulaski Day." This song always makes me sad, and sometimes makes me cry. And yet, I think it's the most played song in my iTunes library.
- Jay Brannan, "Soda Shop," I blame this partly on how adorable this guy is as the actor/model/gay boy extrodinaire in Shortbus, but the song is almost equally as cute.
- Broken Social Scene, "Lover's Spit." Another imminent slow dance. I love how romantic the violins are, in contrast to the filthy, filthy lyrics. (Note: the sample below is not the original version, but rather a remix featuring Feist on vocals. It's still good, but not even close to the original)
- The Unicorns, "I Was Born (A Unicorn)." I especially love the Vicent Price-in-"Thriller"-esque interlude halfway through. Plus, you know, hand claps.
- Death Cab for Cutie, "Lightness." I feel like I'm always listening to this when I write blog posts. But really, it just reminds me of walking around the south of France in January.
As long as I can remember, when something caught my fancy-- a book, a movie--especially if it put me in a good mood, I would want to experience it over and over again. My mother could never understand this impulse, but I can tell you it hasn't let up yet. I still re-read the two