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music week at mcpolish: spring 2015 edition V

27 Mar

See what I’m doing here?

Since usually I have Photo Fridays in this spot? And instead I have a song about a camera to round out this music week? (It was either this or Pictures of You by the original emo kids)

Clever is my middle name.

Actually it’s Veronica.

But my superhero middle name is Clever. McPolish Clever, ehhmmm….Fantasticosity.

Yes.

McPolish Clever Fantasticosity. That’s it.

It has a nice ring to it. And it comes with an amazing cape.

Now. Go enjoy this last treat for your ears.

Until next Music Week, Interwebers! And as always, tell me what you’re listening to these days!

music week at mcpolish: spring 2015 edition IV

26 Mar

You guys.

It’s Thursday.

That means one more day until the weekend.

You can make it.

I know you can.

Especially in those shoes.

Those shoes are awesome.

So you just take your bad-assed self and dance your way into the weekend, my friends.

music week at mcpolish: spring 2015 edition III

25 Mar

A few things here:

1) George Ezra’s “Budapest” is all over the airwaves right now, and I’m okay with that. If you can’t have fun with that song, especially with the “ooooo!” parts, then you’re just not living.

2) This is one of those cases where the voice does not match at all the picture I had of the artist in my head. I expected a guy with a few runs around the block, perhaps someone with attractive, weathered laugh lines, and instead, it’s a guy who looks like he came straight out of the Alpha Beta fraternity. Or like he could be Nick Carter’s cousin. It was unexpected, let me tell you.

3) Since All Things Sir Ian McKellan are hot right now (why? no clue, but let’s roll with it), I couldn’t help but bring you this track and video for Ezra’s “Listen to the Man.” You really can’t go wrong with coconuts and gongs.

music week at mcpolish: spring 2015 edition II

24 Mar

Welcome to Tuesday at Music Week at Mcpolish. Today I have a for you a tune that my girl Mare Beh Beh introduced me to just last week, and I can’t stop listening to it. Maybe you won’t be able to, either. And that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with listening to a song six or seven or twenty times on repeat. Unless it’s What’s New, Pussycat?  Or Tom Waits. (I’m looking at you, Swede.)

Anyway, Lord Huron for the repeat win, my friends. Happy Tuesday!

What are you listening to these days? 

music week at mcpolish: spring 2015 edition I

23 Mar

Whenever the seasons transition like they’re doing now—and for some reason, particularly in the winter-to-spring change—I get a hankering for some new tunes. I’m sure there’s some equinoxical* reason, but I don’t like to think to hard about it, honestly. Instead, I like to just dig through my iTunes for artists and albums I haven’t enjoyed for awhile, and bug my friends** about what they’re listening to these days for some inspiration.

That in mind, my Interwebs friends, it’s music week starting today here at McPolish, and I hope you enjoy the brief mix tape I’ve got queued up for the next five days.

First up we have Liz Phair’s “Firewalker,” which is one of my absolute favorite Liz Phair songs. (My all-time favorite being this one.)

The video here says it’s from an April 1999 performance, and the song appeared on her 2003 self-titled album, which got a lot of flak for being more “produced” and a departure from her grittier previous albums (as did the album Somebody’s Miracle, if I remember correctly). I could give a shit about produced, that Liz Phair album takes me immediately back to my early 20s when I Was Very Deep and Everything Was Profound, Including John Mayer. (My 20s were a confusing time.) But that Liz Phair album still holds up for me today, and if Liz Phair was sitting next to me right now I’d be all, “Hey, Liz Phair, you are a teeny-tiny lady who rocks and I love your shit.”

*Totally made that word up.

**No, seriously, what are you listening to these days? Tell me! Tell me!

Edited to add: I think I jumped the gun a little on that whole “transitional season” bit, as I woke up this morning to snow. And it’s still currently snowing. And there are no signs of spring anywhere. Whoopsie-doodle. 

music week (the second) at mcpolish: friday flashback

18 May

 

A few weeks ago Swede and I were at a local watering hole and it was like our high school days of the 90s were singing to us all night long. Well, it wasn’t LIKE they were, they REALLY were, as the bartender had queued up the 90s station on the satellite radio. Among others, we were treated to Soundgarden, the Breeders, and, Swede’s favorite, Sonic Youth.

Later, I went home and put on my flannel shirt and overalls and pined for a pair of Doc Martens.

music week (the second) at mcpolish: let’s talk about something

17 May

 

Happy Thursday! I can’t help but bounce around when I hear this zippy Icelandic group. Though the video kind of freaks me out.

music week (the second) at mcpolish: who knows?

16 May

The other day I realized that it’s been more than 10 years since my jerk of a friend* X introduced me to UNKLE and the Psyence Fiction album. And more than 10 years later, this album still rocks my socks off. A bunch of artists are featured throughout, and this jam in particular highlights Richard Ashcroft of The Verve. (Also, X introduced me to The Verve’s Urban Hymns album which is So. Much. More. than just Bittersweet Symphony. Check it out sometime.)

Dreamy. The song, that is, not Richard Ashcroft. Though I’m sure some people find him dreamy. Unfortunately for him I’m not one of those people.

 

*He’s not s jerk, I swear. I only say that because I realized that every other time I reference a friend I’m always saying, “my sweet friend,” or “my dear friend,” or whatever, like all my friends are saints and angels. And you know what? They’re not. Some of my friends are assholes. And you know what else? Sometimes I’M an asshole. But in this case, X really is a good dude. I promise I’m not making that up.

music week (the second) at mcpolish: i shall answer your bell

15 May

 

Is it just me or do banjos seem to be big lately? Like, learning to play the banjo is a “thing” these days.  Either way is cool with me, I was just wondering.

music week (the second) at mcpolish: when there’s something inside that you want to say

14 May

Inspired by last year’s Music Week, and because I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to my iPod lately (in an effort to drown out the voices in my head, of course), I felt that this here blog was long overdue for some new tunes. E voila! Music Week The Second at Mcpolish.

Happy listening! And also: You’re welcome.

If I remember correctly, I first heard this song off the High Fidelity soundtrack. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel kind of hip and groovy, which are two things I am most certainly not. I hear this song and I want to dance by moving only my shoulders and nodding my head.