July 8, 2009

Mona's Summer Short List(lessness)

5) Danceable Hip Hop Songs and Summer Jammy Jams
I always inexplicably get more into hip hop in the summer and love the remixes of these already awesome tracks: Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" and Kid Cudi's "Day 'N' Nite." Unbelievably great danceable hotness that makes me car-dance with myself whenever they come on (looks more embarrassing than it sounds). But my summer anthem is Jamie Foxx's (feat. T-Pain) - "Blame It," especially that infectious chorus I know by heart. Not only does this track provide the impure thoughts, but it actually makes me wanna put them into action.. with or without the Goose ("gotcha feelin' loose"), the 'Tron ("gotcha in the zone"), or the Henny ("gotcha feelin' dizzy"). It's all good, just "blame it on the ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-alcohol."

4) Rediscovering Rogue Wave
Ever the huge fan, I've recently fallen back in love with their sonic beauty- namely, Descended Like Vultures and Asleep At Heaven's Gate. Tender, gorgeous, lush, melodic, layered, can't even begin to describe their arrangements. I've been known to fall asleep to "Missed" and actually lounged on my couch all pensive and shit last weekend listening to "Eyes" on loop (I do this quite often to their records, in general). Enjoy this favs. sampler: older (1, 2, 3, 4), newer (1, 2, 3, 4).

3) Going To Shows I Actually Care About vs. Being A Show-whore
I've been too tired for shows for shows-sake and these days only hit up "must-sees" or else I'll get in a fight with myself and brood for days type-shows. Stellar nights that have made my half-year: Phoenix, Harlem Shakes record release party, Duncan Sheik, Blind Pilot, and the GUK reunion show. All uber-worth it and kept me in a good mood for at least two weeks afterwards.

2) [Indie] Rock In Advertisements...?
TV-watching feels like less of a waste with all the goodass music in commercials of late. I don't even hit the mute button anymore just in case I may hear The Dodos hawk Miller Chill, The Moody Blues add to the wondrous nature of this Visa ad, Matt and Kim invite me out 'til "Daylight," Mazzy Star makes me rethink my cellular service (effin love this song!), The Submarines sell their souls to Apple, and/or watch Her Space Holiday soundtrack this confusing one.

1) Meeting Musical Peoples
Surreality mixed with WTF, with a dash of "I must call everyone I know/someone who'd care!?" I've discussed Dan Auerbach with Matt Pinfield as he exited his cab, jumped into another and learned my driver had just dropped off Courtney Love as I sat in her warm seat (do I have an STD now?), got snubbed by Kimya Dawson, asked Michael Stipe the meaning of "Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite," discussed alternate endings to Once with Glan Hansard, stared at Ingrid Michaelson's incredible rack while jokingly trying to hook her up with Rhett Miller (within earshot), asked Hootie himself where the Blowfish were, laughed with Guster about their pot-smoking "star-fucker moment" with Willie Nelson, and unwittingly asked Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel if "the lasagna is vegetarian," only to realize 5 seconds later when he walked away that I'm an idiot who just asked Jeff Mangum from Neutral Milk Hotel if the lasagna was vegetarian. Yeah, that last one was very Baby "I, uhh, carried a watermelon" from Dirty Dancing.


Mona said...

Sorry for the delay, but life has been unexciting and the pressure to entertain got to me :)

Add'l thoughts:
No one ever talks about Rogue Wave on here, but I think Brasilliant and AIW would love 'em, if they don't already. Ditto for Awmercy, but they may not be edgy enough for you.

Anyone else notice all the indie music in commercials? Featuring indie rock is recession-friendly, I suppose.

ancientindianwizard said...

Wow I love that Ron Howard and Jake Gyllenhaal are in that Jamie Foxx video! Amazing!

Love me some Rogue Wave.. haven't listened to anything newer then Out Of The Shadow though so I'm due to check out some new material. Rogue Wave actually played the opening of Urban Outfitters in downtown Santa Cruz.. It was a strange affair though and I decided to go to the bar instead.

Mona said...

Ron Howard looks so out of place! I tried counting celebs, it was hard... I saw Gyllenhaal, Samuel L Jackson, Quincy Jones, Forrest Whitaker, all the "softest" celebs in the club, haha.

AIW, you are missing out! The non-ep albums are amazing. Descended Like Vultures is flawless from start to finish and one of my fav. indie releases of the last 5 years (def. Top 5)... so good, that I was scared to listen to the follow-up Asleep At Heaven's Gate for fear it'd pale in comparison. It's probably not as perfect, but it's much more sophisticated and still really good. Hysterical about the in-store, I think they're from around there. Lemme know thoughts if you listen to them!

awmercy said...

I've always been a fan or Rogue Wave. Their exclusion has not been intentional.

Mona said...

Really Awmercy? Sweet.

I would've linked some of my more favorites, but oddly youtube has a major shortage in selection.

It's been a few years, but I can honestly say they're even more phenomenal live. At their BK show, Nada Surf showed up out of nowhere from the audience and jammed with them!