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NaBloPoMo’s Over! (Yay!)

Well, it seems 30 days of consecutive blogging is enough to kill my sense of creativity (or maybe it was the excessive food and drink of my post-thanksgiving dinner).  Either way, at the time that I'm writing this, I have neither the inclination nor the energy to put together a coherent blog post for my last day of NaBloPoMo.  And since I'll be in the car for over 8 hours on Sunday driving home from my parents' house, I don't want to leave it to chance that I'll feel up to posting something when I do get home.  So here you go – I made it 30 days, technically, but may be shy a few of the quality posts I had hoped to get out during the month of November.  I still have plans to write some of them in December, though, so I don't feel like I failed in what I was trying to do this month.

To celebrate, here's a couple of tunes – no special theme or reason behind my choosing these, except that I like them and they're hitting the spot right now.

Soundtrack to Mary
Soul Coughing

Paper Bag
Fiona Apple

Helena (So Long & Goodnight)
My Chemical Romance

The New Kid
Old 97’S

[NaBloPoMo 2008 – #30/30]

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Guilty Pleasure Tuesday: Roxette

I must confess, I have a sweet-spot in my heart for many of the Swedish/Scandinavian pop and rock groups out there.  I'm not sure what the attraction is, but even some of the lightweight song out there have ended up in my music collection, and I've even been known to sing along with such "classics" as Ace of Base's "All That She Wants" or any number of ABBA songs.  My current obsession in the Swedish arena is with The Sounds, a popular group that unfortunately only has released two albums to date (but more on that in another post).

However, this post is about another favorite Swedish group of mine – Roxette.  Even though their songs are sweet and simple, they're fun to listen to and the hooks are not only catchy, but don't get tired after many replays.  I'd probably be embarrassed to have my coworkers catch me bopping along to some of their songs, but I'll definitely belt out a melody or two along with vocalist Marie Fredriksson when I'm driving in my car.

Here's a handful of my favorite tracks, off the only album of theirs that I've currently got in .mp3 format, in no particular order:


How Do You Do!

The Look

[NaBloPoMo 2008 – #18/30]

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’90s Music Monday: Screaming Trees

When I ask people if they recall the Screaming Trees, most folks give me a puzzled look.  Some of those with better memories might recall their hit "Nearly Lost You" from the album Sweet Oblivion, which made it big, in part because it was part of the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's movie Singles.

Nearly Lost You
Screaming Trees

Of course, judging the Screaming Trees by this one hit is akin to judging Elvis Costello by "Veronica" – sure, it gives you some idea of what kind of chops the band has, but in no way can give you the breadth of their talents.  I urge you to check out some of Screaming Trees' other albums, as there is some excellent stuff to be found (especially on Uncle Anesthesia).  Unfortunately, Sweet Oblivion is the only album I've got in .mp3 format right now, so I'll post a couple other tracks from the album that might help you decide if a little grunge by the Screaming Trees is right for you:

First up – "Winter Song" – a little slower and more mellow, this may be my favorite track on the album:

Winter Song
Screaming Trees

Next, "Troubled Times".  When people who really liked "Nearly Lost You" ask for me a recommendation for another track, this is the one I recommend.  Very similar in feel to that song, it's also got a little bit of an Alice in Chains type feel to it:

Troubled Times
Screaming Trees

If you liked these, be sure to check out Uncle Anesthesia and Screaming Tree's final album Dust.  Or you could follow up by checking out lead singer Mark Lanegan's followup act – (Queens of the Stone Age) or his latest efforts in a duo called The Gutter Twins with former Afghan Whigs vocalist Greg Dulli.

[NaBloPoMo 2008 – #3.2 / 30]

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V. Thirteen :: Bible Thumper

Hi Calliope No. 8!  Did you miss me?

Well, I noticed a distinct trend in the songs lately, and since everyone knows that Halloween gets all those sinners out there out of their houses and onto the streets, carousing and drinking and praying to some sort of hoodoo voodoo you-know-who, too, I thought we could all do with a bit of bible thumping around here.  Welcome our guest preachers today – Solid Gold!  Show those sinners a thing or two, fellas!

Bible Thumper
Solid Gold

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Sounds Like: Chris Garneau Covers Elliot Smith

I'm not sure where I came across this track, but I heard it the other day in my random playlist and was very impressed.  I'm a big Elliot Smith fan and although I do enjoy his version more than this one, something about Chris Garneau's performance gives me goosebumps.

Between the Bars
Chris Garneau

Between the Bars
Elliott Smith

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Guilty Pleasure Tuesday: Prozzak

Most people wouldn't know Prozzäk if you hit them over the head with a copy of one of the bands' CDs.  Prozzäk (now known as Simon and Milo) was a pop music side project by two members of the Canadian band The Philosopher Kings, James McCollum and Jason Levine, conceived as a lighthearted mockery of their own romantic troubles.

The sound is hard to describe – hits of hyper-pop and rock, with a latin/euro dance beat thrown in, all mixed in a blender to a sweet and frothy finish.  Definitely not the kind of sound you'd probably have blaring from your car stereo with the windows rolled down.  However, these are just a couple of the songs by them that have my toes tapping and bring a smile to my face whenever I hear them.

Sucks to Be You


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