Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wednesday Music Talk

Since I'm looking like a slob today because I'm at home doing some translation work and I've spent yesterday hanging with my friends in Linz, I really have no cute makeup-y post in store for you today. So let's talk about music instead, shall we?

I've been on my computer for the last two hours(-ish) translating something, but I just couldn't do that with some music in the background. So I've decided to do something "oldschool" (god that sounds stupid) and actually listen to some CDs and not turn on iTunes for a change. I still quite like buying CDs every now and then- it would be pretty pointless to not listen to them as well, right?

So here's three albums that entertained me through working on stuff:

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Billie Joe+ Norah: Foreverly - The Killers: Sawdust


David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Well, that title sure is a mouthful isn't it? Sometimes I wish I had discovered Bowie sooner, but at least I did in time to still be able to write a seminar paper about his fascinating star persona before I finish my studies (*cough cough* there's also a Master thesis that I should write that's partly about him, I really need to get my shit together...). Anyways, I guess ever since "building" my own taste in music- so basically when 13-year-old me discovered Green Day's American Idiot for the first time, I've been a sucker for concept albums. Give me an album with a catchy sound that tells a story and I'm sold. So obviously, a story about the perfect alien-rockstar who came down to earth to rock the masses and then tragically committed suicide would be my kryptonite. It worked in 1972, and it definitely still works for me in 2014. Keep fascinating me, David, I hope you never stop.

Top 3 song picks: 
Starman, Ziggy Stardust and Rock& Roll Suicide


Billie Joe+ Norah: Foreverly 

It might be the already mentionend 13-year-old in me, but in my eyes, Billie Joe Armstrong can do no wrong. I'm always excited when he does projects besides Green Day, and when it was announced that he was going to record a cover album of The Everly Brothers together with Norah Jones, I was intrigued. I remember first hearing "Long Time Gone" before the whole album was released, and I instantly fell in love with the chill country vibe going on. In my opinion, Billie Joe's and Norah's voices sound lovely together (although I think that it's a shame that her voice isn't a bit louder/ more prominent at some parts) and I enjoy the overall atmosphere the album conveys. It's the perfect record to put on when you don't want to be really distracted, since it just blends so well into the background without getting lost. Love it.

Top 3 song picks: 
Roving Gambler, That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, Oh So Many Years 


The Killers: Sawdust

Sawdust is not really one of The Killers' regular studio album but a compilation of b-sides, rarities, remixes and covers. Yet I think there's some real gems on this album-  it starts really strong with a killer song named "Tranquilize" that creates a really eerie feel when listening to it. I've been listening to this record for years now (it was released in 2007), and I remember that it one of my favourites to sing along to in the car when me and my friends first started to drive- not that we could sing, but still.

Top 3 song picks: 
Under the Gun, Sam's Town (Abbey Road Version), Romeo& Juliet (Dire Straits cover) 


So that's everything from me today- I love to talk about the music I like to listen to, so maybe there's something for you here to enjoy as well. I know it's a little bit of everything and a bit a mix of genres, but that's the beauty of music, it never gets boring. Have a lovely day and I'll probably be back tomorrow. :)

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