You know the drill... ten random songs, links to listen. Let's rock this out.
1. The Hush Sound - Honey (Goodbye Blues)
I really like this song. The Hush Sound are an indie pop band with just the slightest bluesy bend to their music (very enjoyable in concert). This is the best song off of their newest, which happened to be a pretty solid CD.
2. Michael Card - Jubilee (Joy in the Journey)
This is the second CD I ever owned. I was 11. There's not much in terms of non-nostalgic value for a lot of it, but some of it has a certain lyrical way to it. This song in particular takes me back to a certain road trip to see my grandparents in Arizona (during which my parents purchased this for me - I actually requested it for reasons unknown).
3. Death Cab For Cutie - Marching Bands of Manhattan (Plans)
I guess Plans is supposed to be Death Cab's worst CD. I don't know exactly where that thought comes from, I thought the melodies were excellent, and the best songs rank with some of the best stuff the band has put out. It's not quite as good as Transatlanticism, but matching up to that one is a pretty tall order. This is the opening track from Plans. It's pretty unassuming, building up to sort of a false crescendo before breaking into the truly awesome 'Soul Meets Body'. Still a good song.
4. Broomtree - Sunshine (Maybe This Time)
I really don't remember this song that much. This was Broomtree's "mature" CD - which, of course, means it was the last one they put out. It wasn't bad, and this song has some tasty guitar midway through it (or, should I say, as tasty as guitar riffs get in this sort of music). Decent enough, I guess.
5. Robbie Seay Band - Better Days (Better Days)
I have no idea how this song got on my computer. I can't say I'm really a big fan. Who exactly are these guys? Sort of a really laid back vibe to it.
6. Tom Smith - Cat Macros (The FuMP Volume 3)
Oh. Dear. Lord. Lolcats put to song. Truly these are the end of days.
7. Fanmail - I Want It That Way (Fanmail 2000)
This is sort of getting embarassing. My brother downloaded this while he was in some sort of "Ironic punk covers of famous pop songs" phase. I'm not sure how I came across it, but there must have been a time where I didn't find such songs to be annoyingly desperate attention grabs disguised as ironic detachment. Those days are gone, and this one is a particularly egregious example. Ironic covers are really tough to do well without sounding like a hipster douchebag or a attention starved covers band (for the record, this doesn't really sound like either... I'm just not a fan).
8. Trocadero - Alien Champion (Red vs. Blue: Season 3)
Nice, hazy pop from the Red vs. Blue soundtrack.
9. Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori - Opening Suite (Halo)
Speaking of halo... This is the famous 'choral monk halo chant' with a little bit of original score after it. I like it, but Lindsey finds it to be one of the most annoying recorded sounds put to media of any type. We're talking vehement hatred. There's no quicker way to get her attention.
10. Tomoyasu Hotei - Battle Without Honor or Humanity (Electric Samurai)
Easily on the short list of "shit is going down right here and right now" songs - a list that is topped by Dropkick Murphy's "I'm Shipping Up to Boston", btw. Used to good effect in "Kill Bill", and to absolutely horrible effect in "Dance Dance Revolution: Supernova" (seriously... how are you supposed to dancedance to this??) Hearing this song makes me want to toss on some ridiculously expensive sunglasses, pull out a sword, and start swaggering down the street, shooting dangerous glances at the frightened passersby....and creepy as that sounds, with this song backing it, it would be AWESOME.