Music Monday ~ First Aid Kit

As of today Vampire Weekend is my favourite new band (although not my new favourite band – an important distinction). They are fun and catchy and are great to listen to while driving. I think Kerry’s comment from last Monday’s post summed them up well: “I loved this one: reminded me of sixties pop blended with Paul Simonís Graceland.” According to Wikipedia (because their own website sucks and I couldn’t find any information on them):

The band is influenced by both African popular music and Western classical music, heart describing their genre of music as “Upper West Side Soweto”, with such songs as “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “Oxford Comma” referencing Congolese soukous music.


Click for videos: Oxford Comma, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Mansard Roof, A-Punk

So Kerry, you are totally right about the Graceland connection. They sound like they would be fun in concert but it is probably too much to hope that they come to my city on tour (because no one wants to come here). I like bands that employ a lot of strings and different instruments (one of the reasons why I love The Arcade Fire) and Vampire Weekend does that on a lot of tracks.

Moving along… This week’s album is… Drunken Trees by First Aid Kit

Swedish teenage sisters – pretty adorable aren’t they? Drunken Trees is a seven song EP and if you go to this link you can hear them and see a couple videos.

Lately I have also been revisiting albums that I haven’t listened to in a long time/ever. The first one was U2’s War which I put in the CD player on New Year’s Day so I could hear my Birthday Song and we haven’t taken the CD out yet. I’m pretty sure I had never listened to the whole album before and it is really good. An old favourite that I have recently discover is Morrisey’s Viva Hate transporting me back to high school where my then-boyfriend and I would lay around listening to it for hours (oh yeah, we were wild – while all the other teenagers were getting drunk and going to parties we were hiding in his basement reading Metropolitan Home, cookbooks and watching artsy films. No wonder I am so angsty and feel like redecorating these days.) Anyway, the point is that I have been listening to Viva Hate at least twice a day, everyday for the past week and between that and how she used to fall asleep on her Dad while listening to Sonic Youth (loudly I might add) I wonder what kind of effect our music is going to have on Moira. Hey, I throw on Raffi once in a while to mix it up a bit for her.

What album reminds you of high school?

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