Friday, May 27, 2005

Song of the day: Lilys/"Will My Lord Be Gardening"

Precollection, the 2003 album by one of my all-time favorite bands, Lilys, was added to Rhapsody today. I'm a fan in particular of the band's early shoegaze-influenced work, but this album is growing on me -- especially the song "Will My Lord Be Gardening," which bridges the band's earlier sound with their growing interest in the paisley tones of the mid- and late-1960s.

The AM radio sounds of Minty Fresh

Over the past few days, Rhapsody has begun adding music from Minty Fresh Records, the Chicago label that first brought the world Veruca Salt and followed it up with a string of albums from bands heavily influenced by the sounds of AM radio's golden age. This playlist, which includes music from Papas Fritas, Ivy, Tahiti 80, The Aluminum Group, and The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, might not necessarily rock, but it certainly grooves along at its own mellow pace. Enjoy the weekend -- and have a great holiday.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Merge Records: now in Rhapsody (!)

As I mentioned earlier, Rhapsody has begun adding the Merge Records catalogue to Rhapsody. This playlist includes music from some of my favorite Merge bands, old and new, from The Magnetic Fields, Superchunk and Versus to Crooked Fingers, Neutral Milk Hotel and Dinosaur Jr. Enjoy the music!

Song of the day: Superchunk/"Slack Motherfucker"

Yes, kids, Rhapsody has finally inked a deal with Merge Records, home to Superchunk, Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, and a gaggle of other bands that make the indie rockers swoon. Over the past few days, we've begun adding records from the Merge catalogue, including Superchunk's debut album -- which this song is taken from. This one goes out to all the slack motherfuckers -- you know who you are.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

25 For May

25 For May:

This playlist is composed of 25 songs that I have been listening to recently on Rhapsody. The playlist includes new tracks by well known artists such as Van Morrison, Coldplay, Weezer and Ryan Adams along with some of my new favorites such as The Walkmen and Bloc Party. Check this playlist out for free using Rhapsody 25. Enjoy!

1. Celtic New Year - Van Morrison
2. Beverly Hills - Weezer
3. Rockstop - The Sun
4. Magnolia Mountain - Ryan Adams
5. Like Eating Glass - Bloc Party
6. The Rat - The Walkmen
7. They - Jem
8. King Of The Rodeo - Kings Of Leon
9. Breathe In - Frou Frou
10. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
11. The Bucket - Kings Of Leon
12. Carl Perkins' Cadillac - The Drive-By Truckers
13. Perfect Situation - Weezer
14. Banquet - Bloc Party
15. Commercial For Levi - Placebo
16. The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice
17. Ocean Breathes Salty - Modest Mouse
18. Special Needs - Placebo
19. Set You Free - Stroke 9
20. 16 Days - Whiskeytown
21. California - Jay Farrar
22. Trouble - Ray Lamontagne
23. Brooklyn Is Burning - Head Automatica
24. Speed Of Sound - Coldplay
25. Wave Goodbye - Steadman"

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Song of the day: Say Hi to Your Mom/"Showdown in Goattown"

I went to Amoeba Records last night and spent some quality time shopping. One of the things I picked up was Discosadness, the first album by NYC indie band Say Hi to Your Mom. I've listened to it a bunch in Rhapsody and like the entire thing, but last night the song that jumped out to me was "Showdown in Goattown" -- check out the killer chorus: "...are we ever gonna get back to California...?"