The music is enjoyable and she has an amazing voice. Her lyrics are sometimes quirky, sometimes soulful, and with a hint of irony even in the sadder songs.
Her closest thing to a complete album is Slow Phaser but there are plenty of other good songs to pick from if you’d rather do that. Oh Canada, Cry, Cry, Cry, Girl You Look Amazing and Cool People are good tracks to start with.
Sounds like: Jenny Lewis (kinda), Neko Case (kinda), but mostly herself.
I’m always naked in my mind Trying to reconcile, with a towering dark side Reluctant daughter of night, reluctant daughter of night
Everyone stumbles, in spite of themselves But you’re holding the cards, and not sharing the wealth
So I sort of knew about them back in the day, but I really didn’t start listening to them until Scott Pilgrim came out. Their lyrics are heartfelt, but not very deep. The music is catchy but not all that polished.
But they are just so much fun! They’ve got really nice harmonies, the lyrics are playful, and they are willing to experiment. Give their Best of album a good listen and cherry pick the rest. You won’t be disappointed.
Sounds like: That really cool band you loved (♥) in college then sort of forgot about…
Well I know you’re having a hard time Tomorrow will be tough and today will too And I can see it in you’re eyes that you need my help But what can I do?
Well I know you’re having a bad day And I’ll try to make you smile anyway I can see that my efforts do little to help you But push you away
No matter what I do You’ll do it too No matter where I go You’ll get there too
Next time I see you, I’m going the other way Next time I see you, I’m going the other way
This band is alot of fun and has been around in some form for decades. Which just goes to show that the demand for loud punk with bagpipes is as inexhaustible as the demand for stout. And like stout, it’s not for everyone.
10,000 shots is the one I picked up as it’s got a very good take on Farewell to Nova Scotia.
Sounds like: The Pogues, The Dropkick Murphys, only Scottish Canadian.
When they’re testing the gallows You’ll hung like a dog Or they’re marching us out To a firing squad
Just smile and recall all the good times you’ve had It’s the best day ’till tomorrow!
If you’ve watched Gilmore Girls (which I recommend) then you’ve probably heard her music in the background. Her early stuff is more pop, her Gilmore Girls era stuff is breathy folk-pop. Her newest stuff is a mixture of the two.
She has a very pleasant voice, very thoughtful lyrics, and manages to put alot of emotion into relatively simple tunes. I like Boot and Shoe best. Don’t Do Anything is also good. There are some good tracks off of all of her albums and she’s great to listen to when you’re trying to wind down after a long, hard day.
Sounds like: A Stars Hollow Troubadour, A cabaret singer, one of the missing Beatles, Herself.
Now that I’ve wore out, I’ve wore out the world I’m on my knees in fascination, looking through the night And the moon’s never seen me before But I’m reflecting light
So they used to be “Oklahoma’s best punk rock step-sister duo” but they recently moved to Washington. Another group I first heard about through I ♥ Local Music, these two are fearless, talented beyond their years, and alot of fun to listen to.
Blue Obvious is the song that hooked me in right away. Their first album released in 2011 was a bit raw, but all of their stuff after, especially their full albums: Lost Wonderfuls and Fuzz Steilacoom are worth a listen.
Their newest album The Big Fit is also very very good.
Sounds like: Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, themselves.
Living in blue obvious Where breathing might cost our looks Anyone who’d look for us in here Is not the type that’s willing to share