August 4, 2008

Media Monday: Sugar Pop = Sweet Music

Posted by at 10:06 am in Music | Permalink

Here at THE STACKS we believe that music is more important than eating.

Or maybe that’s just me.

In any case, I think we can all agree that your day is about as good as the songs you hear during it. With that in mind, I’d like to present my recent musical obsessions, hand-picked for the beach/parties/summer in general. Without further ado:

Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
As far as I’m concerned, Vampire Weekend is the ultimate summer band. All of their songs make me think of driving down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with the top down. (Not that I’ve ever owned a convertible. Or any kind of car. But if I did.)

The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go
MAN this song is good. It’s everything you want in a fun, fast, dancey rock song: a bouncing bass line, funky guitar riffs, and a singer with more sass than she knows what to do with. Someone on youtube likened it to “Franz Ferdinand meets Kylie Minogue,” and I think that’s about right.

Jamiroquai – Runaway
Jamiroquai doesn’t get nearly enough credit. I think some people assume they’re a one-hit wonder because they did that song in Napoleon Dynamite. Wrong! Jamiroquai’s got the art of funk down pat. Search youtube for “runaway abbey road” to have your mind blown.

The Strokes – Reptilia
You Rock Band fans already know this one. Simple, fast, driving, and a killer chorus. Great air guitar song.

Chris Brown – Forever
Yeah, this is kind of a guilty pleasure. Too catchy for words. Sounds like a song Timbaland could’ve produced (think “The Way I Are,” but more upbeat). CB isn’t MJ yet, but he’s getting there.

Phil Collins – Sussudio
Don’t ever, EVER let anyone tell you that Phil Collins (or the ’80s in general, for that matter) is uncool. The ’80s were some of the best years for pop we ever had, and Phil was on top of his game. Yes, it’s cheesy. Yes, it sounds dated. Yes, the lyrics make no sense. But who cares? Put this on in your room (loud) when you’re home alone, and when the horn solo kicks in around 2:30, I dare you not to dance.

My Morning Jacket – I’m Amazed
Every time I want to declare true rock officially dead, someone like My Morning Jacket comes along. This song gets everything right: those sweet, poppy vocal harmonies, that funky keyboard line, and that killer guitar solo. Perfect song for a sunset on a beach with your friends.

Got any sweet summer songs for me? Let me know in the comments!

— Jack, STACKS Intern