Mixtape #2

I haven’t been listening to that much new music lately, but there are a few songs that have really captured my attention.  I must be entering a winter funk with these first few tracks, but I’ll build out of it by the end.  Don’t worry.

The Magnetic Fields are a great band that released a three disc compilation called 69 Love Songs back in 1999.  They’re all worth listening to – Stephin Merritt is a superb lyricist, but “The Book of Love,” with its soulful melody over loose guitar strings, is my favorite.  The Magnetic Fields – The Book of Love:

I included The Velvet Underground’s track “Pale Blue Eyes” at the end of my Adventureland post, but wanted to include it here as well to do it justice.  The song is beautiful.  The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes:

The Dirty Projectors are crazy and experimental in a way that isn’t always appealing, but often is.  “Stillness is the Move” is like a pop song viewed through a funhouse mirror.  It’s infectious and happy, but in a rather jarring, slightly offensive way.  The Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move:

Cold War Kids are one of my favorite bands out there.  They killed it with tracks like “Hospital Beds,” “We Used to Vacation,” and “Hang Me Out to Dry.”  But their second album wasn’t a great follow-up and didn’t get much hype.  Fortunately, they’re back with a new EP featuring “Audience of One,” a song that makes up for what it lacks in conceptual depth with its anthemic appeal.  Sing along.  Cold War Kids – Audience of One:

Lastly, a little something to get you through the winter.  The Shins covered The Postal Service’s, “We Will Become Silhouettes” a while back, and it has remained one of my most played songs for years.  The Shins – We Will Become Silhouettes:


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