I haven’t done a mix in a while, so here’s seven songs that you will hopefully enjoy. And if you don’t, just remember that the blog’s free, and that you can e-mail me suggestions at eitheror.hugh(at)gmail(dot)com. I sometimes take ages to get around to them, but sometimes… not ages, and you may just get lucky, at least if you define “lucky” as “Hugh read my e-mail.” I hope you do not use such a definition, but anyway, enjoy the songs.
And if you want to get right to listening and ignore my commentary, you can always snag the playlist by itself.
Aaron Beaumont – Julia – (MP3, 4.1 MB)
This arrived in my e-mail last night and I’m writing about it already – see, sometimes you can get lucky! It’s a very pleasant piano-pop song with male vocals that aren’t whiny in the least (which is a feat, these days). I could very easily see this song on any Ben Folds album, which is another feat.
Brett Dennen – Ain’t No Reason – (MP3, 3.5 MB)
I don’t even know how to classify Brett Dennen’s voice, unless “folky” is a proper classification. In which case, it’s a good thing that he plays folk-pop.
E.S.L. – Prove Me Wrong – (MP3, 3.8 MB)
If you like modern gypsy music and female vocals, then you’ll love this song. If not, then there wasn’t any hope for you to start with! Just kidding, but it does mean you probably won’t like this song.
The Ark – This Piece Of Poetry Is Meant To Do Harm – (MP3, 3.2 MB)
I’m not sure why the filename and tag identifies this one is One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young, but anyway, it’s actually This Piece Of Poetry Is Meant To Do Harm, and it’s a cynical pop masterpiece.
The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You – (MP3, 4.9 MB)
If you haven’t heard any Dandy Warhols’ songs yet, this is as good a place to start as any. Then check out the rest of the album it’s from, for it is their best.
The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun!! – (MP3, 4.7 MB)
If you like Bob Dylan, you’ll love how Ian Felice sounds a lot like him, and you’ll especially like this song.
Two Hours Traffic – Stuck For The Summer – (MP3, 2.9 MB)
This song is quite catchy, with a chorus that’s clearly very, very inspired by Everclear, which can only be a good thing, at least if you like Everclear.