Since it's a weekend of musical events for me, with the DCist Katrina Benefit
last night and Bluestate
tonight, plus playing with my new toy
all last week (and far into the future!), I decided to mention some stuff I've been digging, and hopefully introduce some sciencey types out there to some really good stuff (yes, I'm a musical evangelist. Deal with it.):
- The Magnetic Fields. Granted, almost everything Stephin Merrit's ever touched has been gold, but "Reno Dakota" really just might be the perfect pop song.
- Self. Speaking of guys who can rarely do any wrong in my book, we have Matt Mahaffey. He even made his latest efforts free for download. My current faves are "With You Somehow" and "Busy Sending Me," though as usual, it's all awesome.
- Serge Gainsbourg. Not only did he manage to piss off just about everyone in the world, but he did it all with such gorgeously sculpted songs. "Marilu" is tamely evil, "Ford Mustang" is a raunchy laugh, and "Je t'aime...moi non plus" ... well, you really don't need to speak French to get this one.
If you've not heard any of these three, I strongly
suggest you do so. Now.