Another yearly playlist today! Some of my favorite songs from 1986, streaming from Grooveshark.
I heard these guys sometime last year, then COMPLETELY forgot about them somehow. Red Baraat are a New York outfit that combines Indian bhangra and filmi music with the infectious grooves of a New Orleans brass band. It’s some of the most fun world music I’ve heard in a while, and npr.org has an entire streaming concert available here. For the more visually minded among you, I’m including a YouTube vid of them below.
Another streaming playlist! Some of the best music from 2004. This one was a little odd–there are certainly things on here I like, but I guess I wasn’t feeling the passion for a lot of music that year. It’s interesting to revisit and see how my tastes have changed.
Time for more 80s goodness! Today, my picks for some of the best songs of 1984.
I think I’m over halfway done with these now! Below is a list of some of my favorite songs of 2003.
My wife has always been a big believer in listening to music randomly. Once upon a time that was done by blindly picking out a cassette tape. We are much, MUCH better at randomly generating music now. I’ve become a convert in recent years myself. Listening to a random selection from my music library is like having a schizophrenic DJ on the radio; I have some idea of what sorts of things I hear, but I can’t really know for sure. It’s reasonably guaranteed that I’ll like what comes on, and the process saves my deciding “Oh, I don’t know what I feel like listening to.” And every once in a while it creates beautiful juxtapositions that you could never have predicted.
In honor of randomness, I’m doing a random selection of tracks from my music library. The first 16 I can find available to stream are linked to below. [add.–OK, too many of the songs were hard to find, but I stuck to the artists in the order they came up!]
Once upon a time, actors were expected to sing. Not everyone and everywhen, but there was a long stretch in American theatre and film when an actor who couldn’t sing and dance was at a real disadvantage. We’ve gotten away from that concept of the all-around performer, so I want to take a few posts to salute the folks who still manage to pull it off.
Zooey Deschanel is probably best known for her work on the TV medico/detective series Bones. But she’s also one half of She & Him, a performance duo that evokes a lost, suburban world of pre-Beatles pop music. Deschanel isn’t just a figurehead for producers and publicsts either–the act formed out of a film performance when Deschanel showed her secret songs to producer/guitarist M. Ward. It’s good gentle fun, and the song above is a welcome reprieve from the current depressing April snowstorm.