Music: Good Kisser by Lake Street Dive

The lead singer from Lake Street Dive, Rachael Price, has this deep, soulful voice that I just adore. The band’s music is sort of this multi-genre that bridges Blue-eyed Soul and Jazz with a southern sound. And it’s divine.

Good Kisser, one of the newest songs from Lake Street Dive has this kind of f-u attitude about a break-up and it’s upbeat and fun. It definitely makes me dance around a little every time I listen.

I first heard Lake Street Dive in this live video from a Boston sidewalk where the band played a really amazing cover of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.

Shakey Graves on Audiotree Live

Audiotree is an artist discovery platform with a YouTube channel where they regularly have an artist record several songs for them live. In 2014 they featured an artist named Shakey Graves, a singer-songwriter with a guitar, a suitcase drum and a tambourine. A little like Bert from Mary Poppins, he can be a one man band when he needs to be.

I don’t know how long after they did this first series of songs with him I discovered them, maybe 2015? But I go back to this little series of videos pretty often. I find this series recorded with Audiotree one of the best introductions to Shakey Graves. You can see his charisma in the way he plays to the camera as he sings and though I haven’t seen him live (yet) I feel like you get a pretty good feel for what that might be like. Not only does his stage name have this good Southern Gothic vibe to it, so does his music. I find it almost always puts me in a better mood — at least the upbeat songs do.

Below is the series of videos he did in this first set. My favorite song from this set is the first one, “Roll the Bones”.

A year or so after this set of videos was recorded, Shakey Graves did a second set for Audiotree, which you can see below.  From this one my favorite is the third song, “Where a Boy Once Stood”.




A plethora of playlists, thanks 8tracks

With the announcement by the team at 8tracks that unlimited streaming is back (in part due to subscriptions and ads and all that) I thought I’d drop a few mentions about the two dozen+ playlists I’ve had stored there for awhile. Most of them are fandom based, some just for fun, a lot of them in regards to my Dragon Age RP stuff. Still, all good if you like a variety of music (like me).

You can find me on 8tracks as Cherithe (an account name I have a number of places).  Depending on what you’re into, let me offer a few places to start.

A) Hey — Mary Poppins is coming out sometime in the next year, right? Were you always a fan of whatever secrets were behind Mary & Bert’s relationship? No? Cool… me either. But you know if you like old timey-eque music with what is perhaps a bend toward the romantic, check out Jolly Holliday. This literally came about because some friends and I were reminiscing that we’d all at some point growing up thought that Mary and Bert were in love.

B) You want my favorite of the list? Check out War is Never Cheap Here, a playlist to accompany the fanfic that a friend and I co-wrote with the same name. I still regularly listen to this playlist because I love the songs we put on it so much. This is the only playlist on the list with cover art made by someone other than myself.

C) Want something random? Years and years ago for a fandom exchange I made a playlist for someone writing a Forever Knight fic. It’s titled A Son’s Denial, which I believe was also the name of the fic — although I’ve long since forgotten the name of the person or the exchange.

D) Do you like water themes or songs about ships or just good rock songs that occasionally take a turn for the melancholy? Cool. ME TOO. They’re my jam. If so, check out Where I’m Coming From a playlist about two pirates that’re a bit like siblings, and the very best of friends, neither of which really knows how to speak their feelings but they just know they other understands.

Okay, that’s a good start. There’s 27 playlists there in total and those don’t at all include the playlists I’ve put up elsewhere in the years that 8tracks streaming has been useless. If need something to listen to, there’s plenty.


Music: Tank and the Bangas; NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

I think you have to have been living under a rock not to know what the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts art. So you don’t need me to explain how good they can be to find new music or to see good indie musicians do what they do in an intimate setting. And the setlist isn’t tight or too defined, the musicians can talk or riff or whatever makes them feel the music or connected to the small audience in the office at the time. I’m not an NPR fan and I don’t watch every new Tiny Desk video when it goes up, but every now and again something will catch my eye.

Last year’s winner of the Tiny Desk Contest was a band called Tank and the Bangas. The video went up pretty much a year ago yesterday and it’s 20+ minutes of good fun. Their music is hip hop soul with a big voice and really hefty lyrics. I fell in love pretty much immediately, listened to all the songs I could find and then sent the video out to all of my friends.

They were in town for a Tedx youth conference recently and I’m kicking myself for not knowing. I would’ve loved the chance to see them perform in person. But I’ll settle for watching this video over again a few more times.

Music: Secret for the Mad by dodie

I’m very much not the demographic for Dodie Clark’s YouTube career, or even probably her music. But I find her honest and charming and her music utterly delightful. I appreciate her communication about her struggles with mental illness and her ability to put them on camera. I love the lyrics to her songs because they feel like they come from a real place and were I a younger adult, I’d likely find them highly applicable to my own feelings. Instead of sort of wistfully nostalgic. Actually I find myself somewhere between the two on most days and dodie’s sweet, soft voice is a good remedy for when you find yourself more wistfully nostalgic than tragically and seemingly unceasingly young. (For me, anyway.)