In San Diego I can get LA station KCRW in my car about 50% of the time. It comes in and out as I drive through various neighborhoods and this morning, as I sleepily drove my daughter to camp, it was doing just that. But miraculously, it was coming in during the songs and out when Nic Harcourt spoke. I like Morning Becomes Eclectic and I like Nic Harcourt (I even once had a vaguely libidinous dream about him, but that is neither here nor there.) I have a few friends who think he's over-rated (too much singer-songwriter, the complain). They're crazy. Of course he's not gonna please all the people all the time, but he really does turn me on to music regularly that I don't even hear about on the 37 blogs I check regularly. Plus, hello? It's just mighty fine car radio, as good as it gets.
So today as I was driving back from camp he played a handful of songs that I thought worked for this blog. I got a few of those here. Plus, since there was a mild disagreement last week over good Bright Eyes songs and the tune Conor Oberst apparently wrote as a kids' song, I thought I'd post that one too. Judge for yourself.
You know, I don't even know what the Julieta Venegas song is about (save for being titled, "Song of Love") but it's so fun and peppy and I can't wait to add it to the soundtrack of my daughter's birthday party. Plus, the opening sounds just like "99 Luft Balloons." Tally Hall are just silly, but you know, my kid and me both dig the tempo changes and well-orchestrated pop. Plus, they did have one of these songs on the O.C. Tee hee. Dengue Fever is one of those bands I want to see live. I bet they are awesome. Anyway, this song also could be about terrible things for all I know (probably is, I'm sure some reader will inform me), but I love the gal's voice (although not featured prominently in this tune) and I think it would play well next to any of the great Bollywood tunes Heather posted the other day. And Rosie Thomas is a young purty thing and this is a lullaby. She's on Sub Pop.
Got to go, I'm hurting. Here are the tunes:
Tally Hall, "Ruler of Everything"
Tally Hall, "Good Day"
Dengue Fever, "Tip My Canoe"
Rosie Thomas, "Two Dollar Shoes"
Julieta Venegas, "Canciones de Amor"
Bright Eyes, "True Blue"
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