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30 Days of Music: Day 20

Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry: Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2

This one was hard. When I'm angry, I do this thing where I flick through the songs on my ipod, unable to settle on one unless I force it. It usually ends up being something with a really solid beat so I can crank it and just tune out life. Like The Old Apartment by Barenaked Ladies. Or Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2.

Day 19. A song from your favorite album: Through and Through and Through by Joel Plaskett

Last year, Joel Plaskett released his album Three. It's insanely brilliant and smart and clever yet not snobby. It's one of those albums that can just lie on my bed and listen to the whole thing, just like I did when I was fifteen. It's a triple album, 3 sets of 9 songs. There are lots of threes throughout the album, and other themes reoccur as well. I highly recommend giving it a listen, either this song or the whole album (buy it! you won't regret it!).

This song is the second on the album and probably the most popular in terms of radio play and such. It's highly deserved because it is both catchy and deep (but not too deep!). There's a reason this song is my most played in itunes.
I'm horribly behind again on that music meme. Instead of catching up, I'm just going to pretend that I'm not behind and keep going.

Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio: Domino by Van Morrison

Like I said for day 17 (I think), I don't often listen to the radio. Sometimes for about an hour a day, while chopping bat food (our ~150 fruit bats eat about 14kg of fruit every day!), I stick it on. Most days, I could really do with hearing this song and would love if they played it on the radio. But considering they are mostly an awesome station (100.5 the peak in vancouver), I'll just have to deal with its lack of Domino.

In case you care, though, I hate this live version, but couldn't find a video of the studio version. Sorry.

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A Whole Lotta Music

So, I'm back from Kelowna. All is mostly okay, much more okay than I thought it was going to be. My mum's still there, and my sister, but they should be coming home on the weekend sometime. Even though the reason for going wasn't great, it was an okay trip. Got a visit with my sister, and together we went through a lot of awesome old photos and things. And even heard a few stories from my granny that we hadn't heard before. All good thing!

And now, it's music time! I'm a bit behind, so we'll put this all behind some cuts. There will be lots of embedded youtube clips back there...

Day 11. A song from your favorite band: Nothing But A Song by Great Big SeaCollapse )

Day 12. A song from a band you hate: Hero by NickelbackCollapse )

Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure: Fever by Adam LambertCollapse )

Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love: Personal Jesus by Marilyn MansonCollapse )

Day 15. A song that describes you: Falling For The First Time by Barenaked LadiesCollapse )

Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate: Meet Virginia by TrainCollapse )

Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio: Road Regrets by Dan ManganCollapse )

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30 Days of Music: Day 10

Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep: One Of These Things First by Nick Drake

I first heard this song on the Garden State soundtrack and fell head over heels in love with it. The lilting guitar just rocks me into sleepytime. Actually, quite a few songs on that soundtrack are good sleeping songs, now that I think about it.

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30 Days of Music: Day 9

This should go up tomorrow, but I don't know if I'll have a chance due to Canada Day festivities (aka shenanigans).

Day 09. A song that you can dance to: Sing Me Spanish Techno by The New Pornographers

I'm not much of a dancer. Like at all. I thought about putting some sort of cheezeball song, like the Macarena, that, yeah, I can passibly dance along to. This song, though, is one that makes me want to dance. I chair-dance to it in my car. I love putting it on while cleaning. I dance around the house while I'm getting ready to go out to this song. Listzomania by Phoenix is slowly but surely overtaking this one, though, as my go-to dance-a-long song. But Sing Me Spanish Techno popped into my head first, so that's the one.

Happy Canada Day, all!

30 Days of Music: Day 8

Day 08. A song that you know all the words to: If I Had $1000000 by Barenaked Ladies

I think it's like a requirement for all Canadians to know at least parts of the lyrics to this song. This video is for a live version here in Vancouver a few years back. I was at this concert, and have a recording of it, so know most of the words to this version, too. I love that they switch up the lyrics a lot. Like when they were here for they Olympics, it was "I'd buy you an exotic pet, like a llama. Or a beluga" which made my day because they'd been at the aquarium that day. And if you watch the video you can hear all the craziness they did a few years ago (the roof bit was because the other stadium, across the street, had it's roof partly blown off).

30 Days of Music: Day 7

Are you getting sick of these yet? Hope not because I'm having fun!

Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event: Sunsets (Acoustic) by Powderfinger

When I was living in Australia a few years back, I spent a couple months in Cairns. I shared a hostel room (the hottest room in Cairns!) with my friend L. We lived rent-free in exchange for working for a couple hours a day in the hostel. The hostel is a super tiny, really friendly one, owned and run by an awesome husband-and-wife team. He mostly ran the hostel and fixed stuff and she ran the cafe next door. L and I worked at the hostel and in the cafe, and the place became like our little family. Us, the manager of the hostel, two of the cooks from the cafe and a few others. Miss them all lots! Anyways, Cairns isn't that big a place and the hostel manager knew the promoter for the Powderfinger/Silverchair (Powderchair!) concert coming to town. L didn't have to work that day, so she tore tickets and got into the show for free. I had to work until 6ish but got a cheap ticket for the show. Pretty much everyone we knew in Cairns was there, and it was a wicked show.

I should mention that L and I have a slight obsession with the lead singer of Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning. His solo album is awesome (and a song from it will be on this list soon).

So, anyways, when this song came on, I hadn't heard it acoustic before, just the regular studio version. To say it was love is an understatement! Plus, it was nearly the end of our time in Cairns. In fact, we had the whole rest of our stay in Australia pretty much planned out by the time we went to the concert. Despite the fact we were having an epic night, this song just hammered home the fact that we would be leaving soon. It sums up a lot of what I knew I would miss about Australia.

And then after the show, our bosses were like, "Let's go back to the cafe for a quick drink!" So we did. And it turned into many. There was dancing and crazy photos and so much love!

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30 Days of Music: Day 6

Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere: Place Your Hands by Reef

For my 3rd year of university (2001/2002), I went on exchange to the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. I had a crazy, awesome fun time. This song will always remind me of it, in particular a student bar called The Outback. It wasn't a particularly good bar, except that you'd always run into people you knew and the beer was cheap. They played pretty fun music, too, including this song, which I'd never heard before. But down there, it came on most nights and the place would go crazy. I have lots of fun moments that go along with this song, but they all revolve around the dance floor at the Outback. There was a little stage against one wall, or maybe it was a bench. The ceiling everywhere was quite low, so up on the stage/bench, it was even lower, and hot and humid and sticky, just like all good dance floors.

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In other news: Harry Potter Trailer!!! Is it November yet?

30 Days of Music: Day 5

Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone: Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

This song actually reminds me of two people: my bff and her husband. This was their wedding song. Before the dancing started, Erika grabbed me and one of the other bridesmaids and a bag from her mum. We couldn't really figure out why (but didn't say so!), but she needed us to pin her dress up. "No, higher, above my shoes," she said. Bridget and I were both rolling our eyes, but did it anyways. Erika's not much for heels, either, so after the ceremony she had changed into white and blue puma sneakers.

Anyways, we get done pinning up her dress, and it kinda looks odd, but in an adorkable sort of way. She and Ryan make their way onto the dance floor and Banana Pancakes comes on. And then they start dancing. Not just generic slow dancing but an awesome choreographed Dance. And everyone in the room was completely stunned. They had managed to keep their dance lessons a secret from everyone at the wedding! So adorable. And also, so romantic because Ryan's not much of a dancer. Other than the obligatory slow-dance in high school and occasional drunken shenanigans, I don't think I'd ever seen him dance. Such love!

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