Sunday, July 30, 2006

Picks Of The Week #31

Lyrics Of The Week

Regina Spektor is like the new torcher for the Lilith ladies. More playful than Tori Amos, less miserable than Fiona Apple, she's a great vocalist/lyricist who can also write nice offbeat song, with a certain amount of eccentricity in the music. Each song of her is a little well-written story. Her new album 'Begin To Hope' is a piece of devoting, piano-oriented work, and here's one of my favorite songs of this year.

On The Radio
Regina Spektor

This is how it works
It feels a little worse
Than when we drove our hearse
Right through that screaming crowd
While laughing up a storm
Until we were just bone
Until it got so warm
That none of us could sleep
And all the styrofoam
Began to melt away
We tried to find some worms
To aid in the decay
But none of them were home
Inside their catacomb
A million ancient bees
Began to sting our knees
While we were on our knees
Praying that disease
Would leave the ones we love
And never come again

On the radio
We heard November Rain
That solo's really long
But it's a pretty song
We listened to it twice
'Cause the DJ was asleep
On the radio
On the radio

This is how it works
You're young until you're not
You love until you don't
You try until you can't
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath

No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
And try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else's heart
Pumping someone else's blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don't get harmed
But even if it does
You'll just do it all again

And on the radio
You'll hear November Rain
That solo's awful long
But it's a good refrain
You listen to it twice
'Cause the DJ is asleep
On the radio
(oh oh oh)
On the radio
On the radio - uh oh
On the radio - uh oh
On the radio - uh oh
On the radio

Bonus: download an mp3 of the song.
Download: Regina Spektor - On The Radio

Download This!

The Veronicas/ When It All Falls Apart

This song was released as single in Australia a few months ago, but it still didn't receive the recognition it deserves in the US. These two Aussie twins can sing for real, and this is an infectiously catchy, well-crafted song in Kelly Clarkson pop-rock standards. So the lyrics is about teenage angst,but I think it's got a broader appeal than to the TRL audience. If you love pop music and haven't heard this song yet, you're missing quite a lot. I recommend you to check this out.

Download: The Veronicas - When It All Falls Apart


The Cardigans/ Communication

I just hate it whenever anyone refers to The Cardigans as a one-hit-wonder. That person clearly doesn't love music enough. They make great music before and after 'Lovefool', people. This is one melancholy, achingly beautiful song from their 2003 album 'Long Gone Before Daylight'. The song's about not knowing how to connect to the person you're deeply feeling for and thinking of giving up. The acoustic, just-enough arrangements, and Nina Persson's heartfelt vocals just bring the charisma to the balladry, tearjerking song.

Download: The Cardigans - Communication

Music Video Of The Week

Gnarls Barkley/ Smiley Faces

Concept: Does Gnarls Barkley exist? So they digitally added Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo into footages of the most glorious moments in music history. Cool idea, indeed. It's like watching some deep dark secrets unveiled on a Discovery documentary. With extremely cool backing music. The way describes it may make it sound not very interesting, but it is. Just watch.

Download: Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces Music Video (MOV format)

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