The Playlist - Tia
I am still feeling out The Block and thus do not have an opinion yet. I will say I LURVE Grown Man but something about it almost makes me feel dirty for liking it so much. As soon as I have an opinion though, I will share it.
I've been in a weird mood lately so my music tastes have been all over the map. Here are a few selections that have been on repeat for the last couple of weeks.
John Legend - Green Light
I can not stop listening to this song. I love it. It was so...unexpected. I love the fact that he stepped out and did something different. Oh and pay attention to the track at the end of the video. It's called Good Morning and I have on good authority that it's going to be a single. And it was written by this guy. (Don't say we don't hip you to stuff.)
The Veronicas - Untouched
I have no idea how long this song has been out. Someone told me that it was on So You Think You Can Dance (which is an excruciatingly long title to have to type.) I don't watch the show with any sort of regularity because I can't really dance and resent people who can. But anyway, I saw a clip of the video when I was watching The N (shut it!!) and went directly to iTunes and downloaded it. I'm going to have to look these girls up.
Who knew that Dublin had brown soul singers? I love this chick. I will skip the comparisons. But I will say that I find her more pop-y than Alicia Keys and a little more soulful than Corrine Bailey Rae. Honestly, I think this girl will be a star in her own right. She's can tap into the full band, horn section, soul singer thing. Give Shine a listen and you'll see what I mean.
I heard Greg Laswell's What A Day at the end of some show I was watching and I wrote down the lyrics so that I could google the song. Then How The Day Sounds came on the cd that came with my Paste magazine. I found it too coincidental that he would pop up back to back like that so I took a trip over to his myspace page. I can't put my finger on it but I find a lot of his tracks comforting. Very autumn at a coffee shop with a macbook. His version of Girls Just Want To Have Fun is a grower. I had to listen to it a few times to appreciate his slower tempo, piano driven take on the song. Overall though, I like him and I have a feeling he's going to be in my playlist a lot this fall.
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
I'm still trying to decide if I like this song. I was surfing OnDemand one night and decided to watch the video for Paper Planes. This chick's name kept popping up on random blogs that I lurk on so I figured I'd give her a shot. I seriously don't know if I like it. I'm definitely intrigued by it but I don't know if I have an opinion on it. How weird is that? But I keep listening to it. So maybe I like it and I just don't know it.
Okay, I'm such a Southern Girl. And I used to think that if I had to pick a coast it would be the west coast. But the east coast is really trying to win my heart. If I had to have an East Coast theme song, Little Jackie's Stoop would be it right now.
As is normally the case, I was watching VH1Soul one morning and the Little Jackie video came on. Honestly, I found the song a little trite. But for some reason I thought the girl in the song looked familiar. After a little digging I realized that it was Imani Coppola. Remember this girl:
(I drove my college roommate NUTS with this song. I listened to it every day for about a month.)
Nostalgia outweighed my dislike for Little Jackie's current single and I found myself listening to tracks on their myspace page. Stoop is my current favorite and the cheekiness of Black Barbie is not lost on me.
I'm quite tired all of a sudden so I'm going to crash. But I leave you with this question: I am the only person the on the planet who DOESN'T like Black Kids? Maybe I just need to hear more songs or something...