Now listening to…

This is the music of my daily life. What I listen to when I have a choice and I’m not at the mercy of the car radio or the bad shuffling IPOD. These are songs that enchant me upon first listening and that I’ve only recently became acquainted with. Perhaps they’ll be forgotten in a few months or worn out after repeated plays but for now, this music is just right.

Parallel Lines by Junior Boys

A song that satisfies an itch I didn’t know I had. I have a weakness for wimpy boy singers. The group is from Canada and gained notoriety for remixing a Manitoba (Caribou) track.

Tonight’s Today by Jack Peñate

Some are referring to this sound as “Indie Tropicana.” Call it what you will, this is an excellent song! Jack Peñate is a London based performer and seems to be selling out all over England according to his myspace page. I don’t think he’s too well known over here. He just needs to wait for KCRW to start playing him. Who knows, maybe they already are? I don’t listen to that station. Nic Hartcourt killed it for me (killed it in the bad way) years ago. I know he’s gone now but it’s still hard to switch back.

London Scene by Twisted Charm

Safe to say, my new favorite indie pop band, previously mentioned here. Lyrics reminiscent of early punk, they are not afraid to criticize or protest accepted habits like TV viewing or scenster-ism.

Aqui Pra Vocês ft. Deize Tigrona by Buraka Som Sistema

My Brazilian friend excitedly instant messaged me the link to this song, it’s pretty darn awesome! What does it say? Something about going on tour and not speaking English and lewd references to sexual acts. Love the premise of the video: being smuggled into another country in a shipping container? No problem for Brazilians, they’d make a party of it!

Black Eyes (Le Castle Vania Remix) by Snowden

Do something else besides watch the video while this song is playing. How about dance? This is just one of those songs I can listen to over and over again. There’s not much to it, it just works. I’m not too fond of the original, it’s this mix that makes it special.

So Fine by Telepathe

Yeah, can you get any more hipster than this? I guess I have a thing for girls with wimpy voices too (Mahogany) but I like how the beat in this song breaks in midway. My favorite song by this Brooklyn based band (from where else could they be?) is Chrome’s On It. You can listen to it on their myspace page.

Serio by The Lost Valentinos

There’s something interesting about this song but I’m not sure quite what yet. Los Valentinos are an indie nouveau psych band (what did I used to call this genre?) from Sydney, Australia. I think some of the guys in the video are Latino. I wonder what Latino Australians are like? This video has ‘heaps’ of symbolism.

Glass by Bat For Lashes


Fantomes by Joakim

Joakim is a French DJ/musician and has numerous band names attached to the end of his like Joakim and his Ectoplasmic Band or Joakim and the Disco. In this clip he is walking among paper fantomes in Paris. That’s all we are, ghosts. Another great video here, could not decide between the two.

A Thing for Me by Metronomy
is still a favorite along with If I Had a Heart by Fever Ray.

2 thoughts on “Now listening to…

  1. sheny says:

    Great music selections! Very similar to the music I frequently listen to. Speaking of Jack Penate and his music style (or at least that song) have you heard of El Guincho? He sounds similar and is really good….just a recommendation in case you hadn’t heard him!

  2. Chimatli says:

    No, I haven’t heard of El Guincho, I’ll definitely check him (them?) out. Thanks for the recommendation, I love to find out what other folks are listening to.
    Thanks for commenting and looking forward to hearing more from you!

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