Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Black Keys - "Ten Cent Pistol"

Before even introducing the song, I must first come clean.
I totally didn't mean to talk about this song today.
(Just let that sink in for a second.)
I had a whole different thing planned, but this song has been stuck in my head all day and I need to get it out.
Here, you take it.
It's "Ten Cent Pistol" by The Black Keys, a blues-y rock duo formed in 2001.
The song isn't really even very obscure or strange or unknown. It's one of those songs that tells a story from the first line to the last. It's not very hard to understand the lyrics - it's about a woman who takes revenge on her unfaithful lover and his mistress by using the "ten cent pistol" concoction to burn them (or maybe disfigure them?) horribly.
Ouch. 
Anyway, the guitar work is really great and catchy without giving you a pop-y vibe and the lyrics are easy to follow and sing along to. (Not that I do that.) [Maybe I do. Don't tell anyone.]
Wanna listen to it? Fine. You don't even have to Google it - just hit play.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Local Natives - "You and I"

Are you looking for a break-up song? One with deep lyrics that actually make sense to you, a good beat that you can tap your foot to without feeling like you're in a club, and a high-pitched male voice that is definitely not Justin Bieber?
Look no more! I've totally found it!
The song that, amazingly, meets all of my high-standard criteria is "You and I" by Local Natives.
Never heard of Local Natives?
I'll tell you a bit about them.
Already heard of Local Natives? 
I'm still gonna tell you a bit about them.
Local Natives is an indie rock band from Los Angeles. They started out in the UK in 2009 and were finally brought into the US a year later. They're known for their (understated!) pop-y sound and well-developed lyrics (with the occasional "slow song" thrown in here and there).
This song in particular is a mix of break-up cliches ("When did your love grow cold?"; "The closer I get, the farther I have to go") and obscure metaphors ("In all this light, all I feel is dark"; "And I woke up with my green eyes blue"). I guess this pretty much sums up their entire set of songs.
Either way, it's a really great song. I would do one of those "on-a-scale-of-1-to-10" things but it really doesn't matter - I'm not you and I don't know you. There's no guarantees that you'll like it. The only thing that you have is my hope that you will.
So? What are you waiting for? Go ahead and take a chance - click play.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Introduction Post

Since this is the first post of the blog, I figured we should start slow. 
Introductions, maybe?
"Hi, I'm Kelsey and I listen to a wide variety of music. The main purpose of this website is for me to sort out my complicated music playlists and, hopefully, interest you in some new groups." Or, at least, that's what it says on my About Me page. I'll probably post a few times a week with each post containing one or two song recommendations.
I know what you're thinking - do we really need another stupid teenage girl to make a blog highlighting her unimportant musical tastes? The answer is no. No, we really don't.
But, I'm gonna do it anyway.
I know you've heard it all before - "it's different from what you usually hear" - "it's really obscure stuff" - "it's cool music no one else listens to"  - so I'm not gonna give you any false hope.
Maybe you already use Pandora or Last.fm. Maybe you feel no shame listening to the Top 40's. Maybe you don't really need my insight.
Or, maybe you do.
The songs I'll talk about will probably revolve around a few main genres - indie, rock, folk, electronic, whatever. I aim for newer music (minus the mindless beats and unidentifiable lyrics), although I have nothing against the oldies and may even bring some up in the future.
The whole point is to interest you in something new - new to you, not to the world.
Am I confusing you? Do you want a preview into this blog?
Fine. Here's "Lisztomania" by Phoenix.
Enjoy it or don't - you can't get it right every time. Either way, check back later for more songs.