21st Century Kid

Music Share! Vol. I

Mickey and I decided to do something different this week. I got a text this past Sunday while hanging with some friends, asking, “Do you listen to Foster The People?” I promptly responded, amidst being a little cloudy from drinking beer, “I have no idea what those people are!” She then followed up with an idea that I had also had a few weeks prior: “Oh, okay. You should send me some music and I’ll send you some music. That would be fun to talk about!”

Thus, Mickey and I decided to have a music share, to give each other a peek into what we are into. The way this works is that we both sent each other ten songs with an introduction to our songsets. Then, we each gave commentary on shared songs with a conclusion on what we thought of them. Thus, onward to the music share!

In all honesty, the first time I had heard the first seven songs on this list was this past Saturday. Saturday was my birthday party and my friend Tracy made me two AMAZING Indie/Oldie mix CDs… and I fell in love. These songs clicked with me immediately and sparked a new love for brand new bands and a rekindled love for some old favorites. The songs shall now forever be on repeat in my “I Heart Tracy” playlist. These songs are what I would loosely call the soundtrack of my life right now.

‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster The People
I don’t think I understood a word this guy is saying in this song. He’s a mumbler! However, I have heard this song around all summer and have gone, “This song is pretty rad…who is it?” Now I know! It feels like a song that would be played during a summer day driving scene in a teen drama. I like it… although I have no idea what he is saying.

‘Crime Pays’ by Bear Hands
First off, this group is called “Bear Hands”. You can’t be serious. I think I may have heard this song and it’s pretty okay. Really great bass line but ultimately, I think this song is very silly.

‘Walking On A Dream’ by Empire of the Sun
I know this band and have heard this song but I never listened to them because I don’t do bands that function under the guise of being silly otherworld by way of Asia performers. This is a good song. Reminds me a lot of 2004 French House, a la Fred Falke and Alan Braxe.

‘Sun Hands’ by Local Natives
~*~LoCaL nATiVeS’ SuN hAnDs~*~: what a name! They are killing me! This is a little too mellow for me. Not bad, but I would probably never listen to this again. I flock toward music with little words, darkness and mild dancing. This seems a little bit opposite of that.

‘Life On The Nickel’ by Foster The People
Foster The People again! I had no idea that I was opening the door to this world! This song is pretty good, like their other one. I CAN understand what he is saying this time. I feel like it’s a bit of recycling Klaxons and Pheonix, washed together in mumbles.

‘Helena Beat’ by Foster The People
MORE FTP. Sheesh! Mickey is a super fan. I’ve realized that they are basically Ratatat with singing. Ironically, senior year in high school, I begged my mom to let me borrow her credit card so I could buy their first LP. Obviously, this sound is aimed at upperclassmen high schoolers…

‘Sweet Disposition’ by The Temper Trap
This band and song sound familiar. I love this guy’s voice. Then again, I can’t get into it because it’s just some guy wailing over soft rock. It kills me. I can’t take it.

‘A Favor House Atlantic’ by Coheed and Cambria
I. Cannot. Handle. This. Song. I feel like I just got vomited on my a skate park. Sorry, Mickey!

‘For The Girl’ by The Fratellis
I like this fake-Strokes guitar happening. These guys are silly but fun. I’m biting my tongue though, listening, as this is grating against my musical sensibilities pretty hard. (But not as hard as Coheed and Cambria.)

“Where Have You Been” by Reel Big Fish
I almost did not even click the link because I’ve never heard a Reel Big Fish song. This is not nearly as bad as I expected because I thought the band was a ska group. That being said, I feel like these last three I could lump into a group I call, “Not Blink 182, but I could mistake them for Blink 182.”

I don’t know, guys: I don’t think family means we have remarkably similar taste in music, age gap aside. I do have to say that I know now that Foster The People are the band that have been cooing all these summer songs I have heard in trendy stores and Empire Of The Sun are not as bad as they appear to be. All in all, I’m not sure I’m going to race for any of these MP3s or follow these artists. They just seem too dang straight for me, as in they aren’t fun, gay, dark dance songs.

The ten songs I picked are a reflection of jams I’ve been playing on repeat all summer, accompanied by both new and old jams. A lot of them fall into my • SUMMER | OF • GOTH | 2K11 • grouping and the rest are fun dance songs. I also tried my best to share more nonconventional songs I’ve been blasting, mostly to open up Mickey’s musical world…or scare her.

‘The Breaks’ by Planningtorock
My first reaction was “Wow, this is relatively scary.” Then the song really got going and it started growing on me. I stopped watching the video and it made it really not that bad anymore!

‘You Know Me Better’ by Róisín Murphy
I LOVE her outfits. Secondly, I love the beat and song as a whole! I would listen to this again!!

‘Manic’ by Azari and III
Not so sure about this one, I’m having a love/hate relationship with the song in general. It seems really repetitive to me. I’m not sure what I think of this.

‘Head For The Country’ by John Maus
Well… I couldn’t really understand what he was saying, so that just threw me off. It seems almost futuristic, in a 1980s sort of way. But that’s just me.

‘My Jamaican Guy’ by Grace Jones
I like this song! Is this considered reggae?? I love the video as well!

‘Beat And The Pulse’ by Austra
Well, with Mom sitting next to me, I would have to say this was a relatively awkward experience because this is nothing Mom would ever listen to. But after the initial awkwardness, I still didn’t know what to think.

‘Painted Eyes’ by Hercules and Love Affair
This one has to be my favorite so far. I like the way it sounds and the song as a whole. I definitely will listen to this again.

‘The City Never Sleeps’ by The Crystal Ark
Um, well, I would say I liked the lyrics and as the song went on I started liking the song in general more… but the video was kinda freaky. It seems like the songs really repeat themselves in the way they sound is a recurring factor in Kyle’s choices. Haha!

‘I Can’t Wait’ by Nu Shooz
I LOVE THIS SONG!! This is the only song I’d heard of prior to the music share. I think I may have heard it on the radio or something? I’m not sure, but I do own this song and it’s one of my favorites.

‘In The Heat’ by Jessica 6
I love the song and the words. I’m really getting into it! One of my favorites on the list.

Well, to say the least I thought the songs were extremely interesting and relatively depressing. I appreciated the quality of the lyrics and the overall songs, some of the more fast paced and “uplifting” songs more than the techno depressed songs. I think these songs were sent to maybe introduce a new genre and feel of music. Overall I would say that I would most likely do a little more youtubing and listen to more songs by the bands sent to me.

What do you guys think about our music share? Is Mickey’s music representative of what kids today are listening to? Are Kyle’s choices a little too insane? Are both of them listening to cool things? What are you listening to? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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