Monthly Music: in the springtime

I skipped Monthly Music last month because I couldn’t find a day to fit the post in. I am not sure if I want to continue doing this “Monthly Music” segment, or if it will continue to be monthly from now on. I feel like my music category is lacking since I haven’t been to many gigs lately, and when I do, a lot of my time is spent editing photos to publish them on Casual Band Blogger, meaning that I forget to (or don’t bother to) share them on my blog.

I used to write about music and gigs all the time but I haven’t lately. It makes me feel a bit sad. Hopefully I will find more time to squeeze music posts in. Rather than sharing playlists all the time, it would be nice to have a general post about music each month. If you have a better idea for a name than “Monthly Music”, let me know. :)

in the springtime is a song by Velociraptor, and since it has been spring for the past couple of months (it’s summer tomorrow!) in Australia, I am sharing my favourite songs of October and November in this playlist.

in the springtime – a playlist for October – November 2014 (Spring)

  1. Finale by Hey Geronimo
  2. Coming of Age by Foster The People
  3. Island In The Sun by Weezer
  4. Drops of Jupiter by Train
  5. Pompeii by Bastille
  6. Moving On by James
  7. Lily (My One And Only) by Smashing Pumpkins
  8. Stranger Ways by Anberlin
  9. Octopus by Bloc Party
  10. She Moves in Her Own Way by The Kooks
  11. Two Princes by Spin Doctors
  12. You’re So Damn Hot by OK Go
  13. Tuesday Morning by Michelle Branch
  14. You Always Make Me Smile by Kyle Andrews
  15. Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys
  16. What You Know by Two Door Cinema Club
  17. Nobody Gets Me But You by Spoon
  18. Honey and the Moon by Joseph Arthur

I have a few old gold favourites in there. They bring back some good memories, especially Island In The Sun. I still remember lead singer Rivers Cuomo the last (and first!) time I saw Weezer – “We love Australia, and we’re going to play a song called Island In The Sun because you guys are our little island in the sun”. I nearly cried.

I’ve thrown in a few ballads as well. I have been listening to a lot of Michelle Branch lately, particularly the album Hotel Paper, which Daniel encouraged me to listen to a while back. I had never given it a proper listen and I know Tuesday Morning is one of his favourite songs off the album. Admittedly, it has become my favourite too. I get a little emotional listening to it – the lyrics can be interpreted differently, and initially I found them quite sad, but now I think they are bittersweet.

Two Princes was a song I knew, but didn’t know the name of. Cookie and I were in JB HiFi and I heard it playing over the speakers, and he used his phone to Shazam the song and figure out what it was. Bingo!

I have had a bit of an obsession with OK Go lately as well. All their videos are internet and world famous, no doubt you’ve seen at least one of their amazing videos (usually encompassing optical illusions or amazing choreography). The awesome thing is, their music is just as great as their videos.

Spoon is a band I only discovered recently, after finding out they are touring Australia. They are from the US and have some pretty interesting songs that date back to the early nineties.

I’ve included Hey Geronimo’s latest single Finale; it’s quite different from their usual sound but most certainly has the Hey Geronimo quirk. I could be biased, but I hope you like the song as much as I do!

I’ve thrown a few other pop classics in there as well, so hopefully you like at least a few songs on there.

Comments on this post

Hey Georgie! It’s been a while ♥

I forgot to mention to you that Rivers actually did an AMA on reddit a week ago. Check it out! He shares some really interesting little facts, like playing frisbee with Scott before every show!

I’m glad you found time to listen to Hotel Paper. It has a markedly different sound to The Spirit Room that you can pretty much pick up across all of the tracks in the album. I love that sense of harmony, even if the songs may or may not share a continuity narrative-wise (they do share a common theme, though). Some of my other favourites from the album include One of These Days, Love Me Like That, Breathe and of course, Hotel Paper.

I will absolutely, most certainly, definitely check out that AMA! Rivers is such an interesting guy.

I love One of These Days, but I think my favourites are some of the others — Find Your Way Back, Where Are You Now? and ‘Til I Get Over You.