Schizophrenic Earwig Men

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

On today's fine fun edition of Schizophrenic Earwig Men, we discuss music.

10 Good Songs You Might Not Have Heard That You Should:

1. New Slang- The Shins

One of many excellent songs on the Garden State movie soundtrack, New Slang has clever, well-written lyrics, an infectious, simple beat, and as Natalie Portman says in Garden State, "Listen to this song, it'll change your life." The Shins in general are a great band for pretty, simple melodies, with poetic lyrics. Off the album Oh, Inverted World.

2. Konstantine- Something Corporate

If you ever feel emo about life, love, or anything at all, this song is the perfect thing. 9 minutes and 37 seconds of anguished whining, and yet it is one of the most beautiful songs you'll ever hear. One of the greatest piano ballads ever made, it is seamless and flowing, with interjections of pain and beauty.

3. Under The Tracks- Coldplay

This unreleased song is a Coldplay classic, with a pretty piano melody, catchy lyrics, and just a pleasant song overall.

4. One Tin Soldier- Many different artists

There are many versions of this old classic from 1969; my favorite is a hard-driving rock version. The melody is uplifting while the stark, ironic lyrics bring you down. What a beautiful song.

5. I Fought The Law- The Clash

Anything by The Clash is good to listen to; early punk with a unique reggae feel. This particular song, with incredibly catchy and simple lyrics, is just really fun to listen to. Album: Any Clash Greatest Hits, or one of their earlier albums

6. Bring 'em Out- T.I.

Even if you don't like hip-hop, it's hard not to like T.I.'s happy, rollicking, hip-hop staple Bring 'em Out. His talented voice meanders through clever lines, and the chorus is as catchy as they come. Album: Urban Legend

7. I Want To Save You- Something Corporate

More emo-ness; I find personally that this song resonates with wishing you could save someone from their frustration and sadness, as per the title. Its beauty is hard to describe. Album: Leaving Through The Window

8. Saint Simon- The Shins

Odd as this may seem, this song is basically a combination between The Grateful Dead and flute music from the Middle Ages. You have to hear it to believe it, but the lyrics are catchy and the melody beautiful. Album: Chutes Too Narrow

9. Casey Jones- The Grateful Dead

If you like songs about train drivers on cocaine, look no further than Casey Jones. The lyrics are fun and irreverent, and the chorus and verses are catchy and well-rendered.

10. Swallowed In The Sea- Coldplay

This song, off the recent album X and Y, has not yet achieved widespread popularity, but is still recent enough that it could. In my opinion, it is the best song on the album, better even than such favorites as Speed of Sound and Fix You. It slowly builds to an exciting and beautiful climax, with amazing verses and a wonderful Coldplay sound.

Listen to these songs, they'll change your life.


At 7:31 PM, Blogger Fred Montas, Jr. said...

Who did the "hard-driving rock" cover of "One Tin Soldier"?

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Creative Mango said...

good music
very good music


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