Just like really awesome candy

I’m, like, 10 days late responding to this tag from Will Dixon (your definitive source for all things Canuck TV-related). I wasn't ignoring you, Will, I just didn't see it.

I mean, how could I resist a what are you listening to tag? Answer: I couldn't. So, here are:

Seven speaker-shaking songs for the summer.

Liam Finn Better to Be

I’m not ashamed to say I’m half in love with Liam Finn, even though I, ahem, remember when he was born, having been a fan of his dad’s (Neil Finn of Crowded House). He’s got daddy’s gift for writing perfect pop songs, but he adds his own punk-rock spirit to the proceedings. Liam's many live shows are The Best I’ve seen this year. And his drumming is outrageously good.

Electrocute Just Like I Am

A perfectly formed pop song with a gorgeous bassline. Ideal for those of us who like our pop with extra sugar. I couldn't find this song online, but you can listen to a bunch of their other stuff.

Just Like I Am from electrocute on Vimeo

Benji Hughes Tight Tee Shirt

Ahhh. This is the song of the summer. Love the lyrics. Love the bassline. Love the Stevie Nicks /Bootylicious-esque guitar. Love the phrase “just like really awesome candy”. Love it!

Listen to it! http://www.myspace.com/benjihughes

Chris T-T We Are the King of England

Chris T-T is a hyphenate: sweetheart-genius. In the interests of full disclosure, he’s one of my best friends. But he’s also one of the most talented songwriters playing music today. This video is so beautiful, except for my embarrassing cameo at the end…

Chris T-T - (We Are) The King Of England from Sargent Records on Vimeo.

Ludacris Girls Gone Wild

The chorus is as dumb and misogynist as they come, but, shit, Luda’s flow in the verses gets me every time. And the production on this track kicks serious ass. The Neptunes at their finest. Plus, it's fun to pump out of my speakers while cruising down Sunset with the windows rolled down. No one expects to see ME driving when they look over…

There’s no real video (This wasn’t a single? What were they thinking?), but here’s one of those weird non-video YouTube things.

The Blow Pile of Gold

The antidote to Ludacris – this song is all girls on top. The Blow’s live show was one of the best I’ve seen this year.

Listen: http://www.krecs.com/html/press/medialisten.php?interest=139

Junkie XL Not Enough

Great pop songwriting + techno/electro production = a very happy me. Oh, and this track features vocals and songwriting from Willoughby and Electrocute. Full circle enough for ya?

Junkie XLNot Enough

If you've read this far and you have a blog, consider yourself tagged. If you don't have a blog, feel free to comment. I wanna know what's making your ears smile this summer!


wcdixon said...

Mmmmm....awesome candy indeed.

Still trying to sort out why Uninflected says 'Last updated 11 months ago' in yours (and others) blog list widget sidebar thingee...plus Technorati keeps messing with my mind and showing me you did this post and linked to me yesterday and then today saying the last link to me was 22 days ago by McGrath...'shrug'

Dominic said...

Well... as you asked so nicely, here's 5 summery pop songs that I'm enjoying at the moment;

Los Campensinos! - Death to Los Campensinos!

Born Ruffians - Hummingbird.

Lightspeed Champion - Galaxy of the Lost.

The Lovely Eggs - I like birds but I like other animals too.

Black Kids - I'm not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance.

I'm too lazy to elaborate on what is great about each of those tracks, sorry! But they are all pretty great.

Yay for summer :)

Dominic said...

Oh, and how could I forget this (after only discovering it this week)

The Brighton Port Authority, featuring David Byrne & Dizzee - Toe Jam.

Fatboy Slim's new project, and it has a very clever video.

Tim Sweeney said...

Love the blog. But I have to respectfully disagree about THE song of the summer. Of course if by 'song of the summer' you mean the song getting played in all the right places, then you may be correct. I speak more of what SHOULD be getting played in all the right places:

Born Ruffians
Foxes Mate For Life

...would be my pick for song of the summer.

And hell I'll even give you my pick from 07

The Ghost is Dancing
Shuttles and Planes

And yes I DO listen to bands from cities other than Toronto. Sheer 'song of the summer' coincidence.

P.S.- Wow...only 3 comments and someone else dropped the Born Ruffians! Eeery!

Tim Sweeney said...

Oh and I was a little behind in discovering this one...but I'm making up for lost time...great song.