Meme For The Laughter, Meme For The Tears

Meme: n (mëm): A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another." In "blog-land," a survey of sorts to be written about on your blog and then passed along to others by "tagging" them and having them do the same.

The challenge: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

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I was tagged by Trista to participate in my very first meme ever! Hurray? This is my first exposure to the concept of meme, and I’m a little worried that my inoculations aren’t up to date. Anyway, here goes nothing:

1. The Hong Kong, "Mazerati" – Downloaded this song a while back from music.download.com, and it lurked on my MP3 player for many weeks before being picked by random play. Totally catchy, fun song that sounds like a long lost early Blondie track. I recently downloaded their entire album Rock The Faces from eMusic and it’s pretty good. Produced by Rick Ocasek of The Cars fame!

2. M.I.A., "10 Dollar" – Electro/Dance/Rap from Sri Lanka that embraces the grey areas of "freedom fighter" politics (in this case, the Tamil Tigers). Not a position I can fully support, but I’m glad somebody is willing to explore it on the pop culture stage. This is one of their less political songs that hooks you with its "Hey hey hey hey oh oh, hey hey hey hey!" refrain. Yeah, it’s THAT deep!

3. The Futureheads, "Hounds Of Love" – A cracking cover of this classic Kate Bush song! Bands thinking about doing a cover song should learn from this example. Redoing a fairly well known song or making the cover sound exactly like the original is bor-ing. The Futureheads have chosen a song that deserved much more attention than it ever received, and they have remade it as their own song while remaining true to the spirit of the original.

4. Carmen Rizzo, "Easy Way Out" – A song that hits painfully close to home: "I don’t want to look back and see that person / I don’t want to feel like I wasted my life / What is it that I’m so afraid of? / Why do I always take the easy way out?"

5. The Rosebuds, "Boxcar" – I have no idea what this song is actually about, but it’s simply amazing. It rocks and lounges and is happy and sad all at the same time. Ivan Howard has a voice as compelling as Michael Stipe’s–one that directly conveys raw emotion, though the words are often vague and impressionistic. Lately it seems that I can’t listen to this song enough!

6. Jens Lekman, "Maple Leaves" – A grand, sweeping, melodramatic orchestral pop tune with heartfelt but hilarious lyrics (Morrissey meets The Magnetic Fields?). The twist to this song is that he’s so enamored with his partner that he misinterprets her rejection as something romantic. "She said it was all make-believe / But I thought she said maple leaves / And when she talked about the fall / I thought she talked about the season / I never understood at all." Hipster Tip: Pop music from Sweden is where it’s at right now.

7. Hannah Marcus, "Lot 309" – Another MP3 lurker that just grabbed my attention (it was originally included in my pal Ken’s Friday Six Pack of MP3’s). A song so atmospheric and mysterious that I was compelled to listen several times. I read a review that compared her songs to David Lynch films, and I believe that’s accurate. I’ll definitely be downloading her albums from eMusic.

I don’t believe I know 7 people who have blogs, but let’s see if Daniel, MelissaScott, Donielle, Meridith & Shannan are game. TAG! YOU’RE "IT", FOLKS!

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4 Responses

  1. Hi, I let Melissa know you linked to us, And wish you great luck with your blogbob

  2. As I expected, I can use your list as a shopping list of things that I should check out. I have not heard of any of those (except the Kate Bush cover), but you make them all sound like I should be listening to them!Thanks, man!

  3. Sigh. If Jennifer’s list makes me feel dowdy, yours makes me realize just how far from actual adult music I have come. Luckily, I have your podcasts to keep me hip. 😉

  4. It’s definitely more difficult to keep a foot in the grown-up world when kids are present. Jennifer gets the brunt of the kiddie songs in the van, but we can always listen to other music at work and later at night. An MP3 player, eMusic account, satellite radio & trading with friends help keep me connected to "the scene". But there’s nothing wrong with a list that contains VPK & ABBA!Mark, be sure to put Carmen Rizzo’s "Lost Art of the Idle Moment" near the top of your shopping list. It’s a great "chill" album that’s getting absolutely no attention. Rizzo has worked in a technical capacity with Paul Oakenfold, Pete Townshend, Alanis Morissette, Coldplay, Seal, BT, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Cirque du Soleil, and he has played with various world music groups. This is his first solo effort.

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