Sunday, July 27, 2008

Of Good Report, 6 | Music

I've loved music from a very early age… mom even says that I danced before I walked. So it's no surprise that with school came jazz choir and stints in a couple musicals and that church brought Sunday morning choir practice… nor that I was the first in my school to listen to this or that group, or that much of my allowance went into vinyl. Music touches my mind and heart in a way that nothing else can.

Today, my iTunes library comprises nearly 6000 songs (all legal), and it continues to grow as I come across new artists. Below, I've selected a few artists / albums that I think are particularly interesting / talented / obscure…

Wikipedia Article | Album on iTunes

Andrew Bird | The Swimming Hour

Beirut | Gulag Orkestar

The Boy Least Likely To | The Best Party Ever

Dodos | Visiter

Hairspray | Soundtrack

The Innocence Mission | We Walked in Song

The Jayhawks | Rainy Day Music (Album Not on iTunes)

Kings of Convenience | Riot on an Empty Street

Koop | Koop Islands

Lhasa | La Llorona (Album Not on iTunes)

M. Ward | Transistor Radio

The Magnolia Electric Co | Trials & Errors

The Mollies (MySpace) | My Sentiments Have Just Begun
Local Salt Lake Band

Ray Lamontagne | 'Til the Sun Turns Black

Squirrel Nut Zippers | Hot!

They Might Be Giants | No!
One of my favorite albums for children, evah!

Vampire Weekend | Vampire Weekend (Here's a fun video.)
Heads-up: Light smattering of f-bombs.

Ojos de Brujo | Techari

Okkervil River | Black Sheep Boy

Ollabelle | Ollabelle

Once | Soundtrack

Over the Rhine | Snow Angels
Perhaps the best original Christmas music since the 50s.

Pink Martini | Sympathique

Pizzicato Five | Music Is Organized by Sound
Japanese Hipster Music

I hope you find something wonderful among these two dozen artists — something that inspires or delights you. Please let me know if you do.

And that's today's good report: music I love.

This post is part of a week-long series focusing on the good and praiseworthy in my life… please consider reading all seven: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

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