Maroon 5 ~ Harder To Breathe

Porqué:
Conocí a esta banda por esta canción. Sonaba en la presentación de programa de TV CopyNight, que iba los sábados a la medianoche. Me encanta el tempo, no saber cuándo cuernos respira Adam.

Info:
Maroon 5 era Kara's Flowers desde 1998 hasta 2001. Su primer disco, Songs About Jane, salió en 2002 y tuvo muy poco éxito hasta que en 2004 sacaron el single This Love y repuntaron. (Harder To Breathe fue el primer sencillo de ese álbum). En 2008 sacaron It Won't Be Soon Before Long, se segundo y último disco de estudio (tienen un acústico y uno de remixes). Está formada por Adam Levine (voz), James Valetine (guitarra), Jesse Carmichael (teclados), Mickey Madden (bajo) y Matt Flynn (percusión desde 2006, antes: Ryan Dusick).

Curiosidades:
[De Wikipedia] A la banda no le gusta el arte de la carátula de su disco Songs About Jane, por esa razón, un reducido número de copias del disco tiene una carátula alternativa, de color rojo con una imagen y el nombre de la banda.

Letra:
How dare you say that my behavior is unacceptable
So condescending unnecessarily critical
I have the tendency of getting very physical
So watch your step cause if I do you'll need a miracle

You drain me dry and make me wonder why I'm even here
This Double Vision I was seeing is finally clear
You want to stay but you know very well I want you gone
Not fit to fuckin' tread the ground that I'm walking on

When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love
You'll understand what I mean when I say
There's no way we're gonna give up
And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams
Is there anyone out there cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
Is there anyone out there cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe

What you are doing is screwing things up inside my head
You should know better you never listened to a word I said
Clutching your pillow and writhing in a naked sweat
Hoping somebody someday will do you like I did

When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love
You'll understand what I mean when I say
There's no way we're gonna give up
And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams
Is there anyone out there cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
Is there anyone out there cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe

Does it kill
Does it burn
Is it painful to learn
That it's me that has all the control

Does it thrill
Does it sting
When you feel what I bring
And you wish that you had me to hold

When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love
You'll understand what I mean when I say
There's no way we're gonna give up
And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams
Is there anyone out there cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
Is there anyone out there cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
is there anyone out there cuz its gettin harder and harder to breathe

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Tyrone Wells ~ Sink Or Swim

Porqué:
Estaba yo desesperada por ver algún avance de la nueva temporada de Grey's Anatomy cuando pesco un comercial... y quedé alucinada con la canción de fondo. Me encanta la voz: los falsetes en el coro y la calidez en todos lados.

Info:
No hay mucha data de Tyrone Wells, lo cual me hizo pensar ingenuamente que era un artista emergente. Resulta que no: tiene 6 discos editados. Del último, Remain, editado este año, es la canción que hoy elijo. Ya estoy haciéndome de su discografía porque esa voz es... urgente.

Curiosidades:
Le gusta esta canción porque tiene la palabra "kamikaze" en su letra... y vamos, ¿cuántas la tienen?

Letra:
Caught in the middle of a crossfire
Lost my balance on a high wire
Trying to figure out what to do
Pushed to the edge of my reason
Everywhere around me it's treason
I don't want to do that to you

Kamikaze airplanes in the sky
Are we going down or will we fly?
This could be a shipwreck on the shore
Or we could sail away forevermore
This time it's sink or swim
Sink or swim

Hearing the song in your laughter
A melody I chase after
No one else has done this to me

Kamikaze airplanes in the sky
Are we going down or will we fly?
This could be a shipwreck on the shore
Or we could sail away forevermore
This time it's sink or swim
Sink or swim

Take a deep breath
No more time left
This is what I thought I wanted
Why am I afraid?

Kamikaze airplanes in the sky
Are we going down or will we fly?
This could be a shipwreck on the shore
Or we could sail away forevermore
Kamikaze airplanes in the sky
Are we going down or will we fly?
This could be a shipwreck on the shore
Or we could sail away forevermore
This time it's sink or swim
Sink or swim

Comercial del comienzo de la 6ª temporada de Grey's Anatomy:

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Marilyn Manson ~ Tainted Love

Porqué:
Hoy es el cumpleaños de mi amiga, que le tiene mucho... afecto a este hombre. Elegí esta canción porque es la que más me gusta a mí :) Especialmente por esa base rítmica espirálica.

Info:
Brian Hugh Warner es Marilyn Manson. Tiene siete discos en su haber, y Tainted Love pertenece al quinto, The Golden Age of Grotesque, lanzado en 2003. También forma parte de la banda sonora de Not Another Teen Movie.

Curiosidades:
Eh... Él es una curiosidad en sí mismo.

Letra:
Sometimes I feel I've got to
Run away I've got to
Get away
From the pain that you drive into the heart of me
The love we share
Seems to go nowhere
I've lost my lights
I toss and turn I can't sleep at night

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all
Tainted love
Tainted love

Now I know I've got to
Run away I've got to
Get away
You don't really want any more from me
To make things right
You need someone to hold you tight
You think love is to pray
I'm sorry I don't pray that way

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all
Tainted love
Tainted love

Don't touch me please
I cannot stand the way you tease
I love you though you hurt me so
Now I'm going to pack my things and go
Touch me baby, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all
Tainted love
Tainted love
Tainted love

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Ra Ra Riot ~ Can You Tell

Porqué:
Además de la frase "My bed's too big for just me" (simple but charming), me encantan la melodía de chelo y violín. Todo el disco (The Rhumb Line) es liviano y muy agradable: la voz de Wes es muy dulce y las melodías son todas bien folk.

Info:
Ra Ra Riot es una banda de New York, formada actualmente por Wes Miles (voz), Mathieu Santos (bajo), Milo Bonacci (guitarra), Alexandra Lawn (chelo), Rebecca Zeller (violín), y Gabriel Duquette (percusión). Can You Tell es el tercer single de su primer álbum, The Rhumb Line, de 2008.

Curiosidades:
Trágicamente, el baterista original, John Ryan Pike, se ahogó en 2007.

Letra:
Oh, have I been to discreet?
How long am I supposed to wait?
I think about you nightly
Oh, can you tell I'm losing sleep?

Oh, what am I supposed to do?
It's hard to stay cool
Oh, when you smile at me
And I get nervous every time you speak

My bed's too big for just me
When you turn your eyes
I promise I won't care
Standing by your sister fair

Oh baby, baby, baby please
My heart sinks to my feet
Oh, what am I supposed to do?
I think about you nightly

My bed's too big for just me
When you turn your eyes
I promise I won't care
Standing by your sister fair
Standing by your sister fair
Standing by your sister fair

When I look into your eyes
I tend to lose my thoughts
Don't forget your stare
Oh what was that you said?
Would you let me know?
'Cause I can't read your mind
Oh, can you tell?
I can't even explain

Oh baby I can't even explain
Oh, what am I supposed to do?
It's hard to stay cool
When you smile at me
And I get nervous every time you speak
Oh, standing by your sister fair
Standing by your sister fair
Standing by your sister fair

Video Oficial:

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The Dandy Warhols ~ We Used To Be Friends

Porqué:
Por la melodía de los sintetizadores y el coro agudo. La escuché de fondo en un episodio de The O.C. y luego la compilaron en uno de los Mixes de la serie.

Info:
The Dandy Warhols son una banda yanqui, de Oregon. Está formada por Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Peter Holmström, Zia McCabe y Brent De Boer. Los primero tres están juntos hace 16 años (desde 1993), Brent se unió en 1998. Tienen editados nueve discos, y We Used To Be Friends forma parte del cuarto, Welcome To The Monkey House, lanzado en 2003.

Curiosidades:
Hay un documental, DiG!, que registra siete años de relación amor-odio entre The Dandy Warhols y Brian Jonestown Massacre, otra banda. Ganó el Premio del Jurado en Documentales del Festival Sundance de 2004.
Obviamente, el nombre de la banda alude a Andy Warhol...

Letra:
A long time ago, we used to be friends
But I haven't thought of you lately at all
If ever again a greeting I send to you
Short and sweet to the soul I intend

A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh

Come on now, honey
Bring it on, bring it on, yeah
Just remember me when you're good to go
Come on now, sugar
Bring it on, bring it on, yeah
Just remember me when

It's something I said, or someone I know
Or you called me up, maybe I wasn't home
Now everybody needs some time
And everybody knows
The rest of it's fine
And everybody knows that

Come on now, sugar
Bring it on, bring it on, yeah
Just remember me when you're good to go
Come on now, honey
Bring it on, bring it on, yeah
Just remember me when

We used to be friends A long time ago
We used to be friends A long time ago
We used to be friends A long time ago
We used to be friends, hey hey

A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh

A long time ago, we used to be friends
But I haven't thought of you lately at all
If ever again, a greeting I send to you
Short and sweet is all I intend

We used to be friends A long time ago
We used to be friends A long time ago
We used to be friends A long time ago
We used to be friends
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh
A, ah-ahh-ahh-ahh

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The Kooks ~ She Moves In Her Own Way

Porqué:
Me encanta la voz y el acento de Luke Pritchard. La melodía tiene mucha onda y se me había pegado de un comercial (ya no me acuerdo cuál). La busqué por la parte de "paper dreams, honey..."

Info:
The Kooks es una banda inglesa, de Brighton. Actualmente está formada por Luke Pritchard, cantante y guitarrista; Hugh Harris, en la guitarra principal; Paul Garred en la percusión y Peter Denton al bajo (otros dos bajistas pasaron por la banda: Max Rafferty y Dan Logan). Tienen dos discos editados: Inside In/Inside Out, de 2006, y Konk, de 2008. She Moves In Her Own Way es el quinto corte del primer album.

Curiosidades:
Sacaron el nombre de la canción de David Bowie, Kooks, que escribió cuando nació su primer hijo.

Letra:
So at my show on Monday
I was told that someday
You'd be on your way to better things
It's not about your make-up
Or how you try to shape up
To these tiresome paper dreams
Paper dreams honey

So now you pour your heart out
You're telling me you're far out
You're all about to lie down for your cause
But you don't pull my strings
Cause I'm a better man
Moving on to better things

But uh oh, I love her because
She moves in her own way
But uh oh, she came to my show
Just to hear about my day

And at the show on Tuesday
She was in her mindset
Tempered firs and spangled boots
Looks are deceiving
Making me believe it
And these tiresome paper dreams
Paper dreams honey, yeah

So won't you go far
Tell me you're a keeper
You're all about to lie down for your cause
But you don't pull my strings because
Cause I'm a better man
Moving on to better things

But uh oh, I love her because
She moves in her own way
But uh oh, she came to my show
Just to hear about my day

Yes our wish's that we never made it
Through all the summers
We kept them up instead of
Kicking us back down to the suburbs
Yes our wish's that we never made it
Through all the summers
We kept them up instead of
Kicking us back down to the suburbs

But uh oh, I love her because
She moves in her own way
But uh oh, she came to my show
Just to hear about my day

But uh oh, I love her because
She moves in her own way
But uh oh, she came to my show
Just to hear about my day

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Metissè - Boom Boom Ba

Porqué:
La voz, la melodía y el coro. La oí de fondo en un episodio de Dead Like Me y me encantó la mezcla de idiomas.

Info:
Metissè es un dúo formado por la cantante africana Aïda y el productor y compositos irlandés Skully. Llevan editados dos discos: My Fault, en 2000 -que contiene Boom Boom Ba- y Nomah's Land, en 2007.

Curiosidades:
Es un dúo que se caracteriza por participar en muchos soundtracks. Han musicalizado The Next Best Thing, E.R., The Bill, Therapy, Laura Biagiotti, Lila Dit Ca, Comet, FA cup, Man Booker Prize, Y'a Pas Photo y Dead Like Me entre otros.

Letra:
A boom boom bá
A boom boom bá
A boom boom bá
A boom boom bá

Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bá
Can you hear my heart beat in this world?
A boom boom bá
Do you know that behind all these words
A boom boom bá
Lies a deep desire Kamélé hé?
A boom boom bá
Mé kouman mé fora y bamá
Are my dreams to be all I can do?
Lay o lay above, lay o lay below
And he said Annie will show them a new way
Mé kouman mé fora y bamá
Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bá
Can you hear my heart beat in this world?
A boom boom bá
Do you know that behind all these words
A boom boom bá
Lies a deep desire Kamélé hé?
A boom boom bá
Mé kouman mé fora y bamá
Are my dreams to be all I can do?
Lay o lay above, lay o lay below
And he said Annie will show them a new way
Mé kouman mé fora y bamá
Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bá
Can you hear my heart beat in this world?
A boom boom bá
Do you know that behind all these words
A boom boom bá
Lies a deep desire Kamélé hé?
A boom boom bá
Mé kouman mé fora y bamá

Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou

A boom boom bá
Aligna donguiri ma digné
A boom boom bá
Mé kouman mé for a y bá má
A boom boom bá
Aligna donguiri ma digné hé
A boom boom bá
Mé kouman mé for a y bá má

Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou
Can you hear my heart beat in this world?
Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou
Can you hear my heart beat in this world?
Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou
Can you hear my heart beat in this world?
Kélé, filla, saba, nani, norou ...

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Nine Days ~ Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)

Porqué:
Por la voz de John Hampson y la historia de la canción. En algún momento todas nos sentimos como la chica que se ve triste en las fotos.

Info:
Nine Days es una banda yanqui. Está formada por John Hampson en la voz y guitarra;,Brian Desveaux en la guitarra y coros, Jeremy Dean en el teclado, Nick Dimichino en el bajo y Vincent Tattanelli en la batería. Tienen 7 discos editados y uno en producción. Absolutely (Story Of A Girl) fue corte del cuarto album, The Madding Crowd y estarán condenados a cantarla forever and ever porque fue su únco éxito. Hasta ahora -vamos a ponerle fichas.

Curiosidades:
Tuvieron bastantes líos con su discográfica, Sony, y por eso distribuyeron algunos de sus discos de forma gratuita a través de Internet.

Letra:
This is the story of a girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world
And while she looked so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her
When she smiles

Now how many days in a year
She woke up with hope
But she only found tears
And I can be so insincere
Making her promises never for real
As long as she stands there waiting
Wearing the holes in the soles of her shoes
Now how many days disappear
When you look in the mirror
So how do you choose

Your clothes never wear as well the next day
And your hair never falls in quite the same way
You never seem to run out of things to say

This is the story of a girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world
And while she looked so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her
When she smiles

Now how many lovers would stay
Just to put up with this shit
day after day
Now how did we wind up this way
Watching our mouths for the words that we say
As long as we stand here waiting
Wearing the clothes or the soles that we choose
Now how do we get there today
When we're walking too far for the price of our shoes

Your clothes never wear as well the next day
And your hair never falls in quite the same way
You never seem to run out of things to say

This is the story of a girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world
And while she looked so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her
When she smiles

Well your clothes never wear as well the next day
And your hair never falls in quite the same way
You never seem to run out of things to say

This is the story of a girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world
And while she looked so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her
When she smiles

This is the story of a girl
Whose pretty face she hid from the world
And while she looks so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her

This is the story of a - girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world
And while she looked so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her
When she smiles
When she smiles

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Carolina Liar ~ Beautiful World

Porqué:
Es re power.

Info:
Carolina Liar es una banda que se forma en Los Angeles, California; a pesar de que el cantante -Chad Wolf- es de Carolina del Sur, y el esto de los integrantes, de Suecia. Además de Chad, la forman Johan Carlsson (teclados), Jim Almgren Gândara y Rickard Göransson (en guitarras), Max Grahn (batería), y Erik Hääger (bajo). Su disco debut, Coming To Terms salió el año pasado, y Beautiful World es el tercer corte.

Curiosidades:
La banda la comenzó Chad luego de hacer una pasantía (!!) con la compositora Diane Warren. Un amigo -a quien Chad le cuidaba la casa cuando viajaba- le presentó al mágico Max Martin (productor sueco de gente como BSB, Britney, NSYNC, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, etc)... y final feliz.

Letra:
Here it comes in the morning
I’m just trying to forget
Keep it real, keep it simple
And somehow just get out of bed
And this city is endless
I’m as cold as it’s stone
Yeah this city is endless
And I’m, I’m walking alone

Sunlight creeps in between the curtains
Lose the sheets there’s no time for sleep
I lie, I pretend ‘til I’m almost certain
It’s a beautiful world

I wanna ask for direction
But I don’t dare to disturb
I got a thing with affections
Yeah, that’s why I’m walking alone

Sunlight creeps in between the curtains
Lose the sheets there’s no time for sleep
I lie, I pretend ‘til I’m almost certain
It’s a beautiful world

Here it comes in the morning…

Sunlight creeps in between the curtains
Lose the sheets there’s no time for sleep
I lie, I pretend ‘til I’m almost certain
It’s a beautiful world
(Yeah, it’s a beautiful world)
la la la la
I pretend ‘til I’m almost certain
It’s a beautiful world

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Stacie Orrico ~ Stuck

Porqué:
Por al voz de Stacie y la fuerza del ritmo.

Info:
Stacie Orrico tiene editados tres discos a la fecha: Genuine, Stacie Orrico y Beautiful Awakening. (Ah, y uno dedicado a la Navidad, lo cual aparentemente es muy bien recibido por los yanquees de cualquier artista). Stuck es el primer corte del segundo, lanzado en 2003.

Curiosidades:
Stacie es muy creyente y dice que todas sus canciones de amor están dedicadas a Dios... Eh... sí.

Letra:
I can't get out of bed today or get you off my mind
I just can't seem to find a way
To leave the love behind
I ain't trippin', I'm just missin' you
You know what I'm sayin', you know what I mean
You kept me hanging on a string, why you make me cry?
I tried to give you everything, but you just gave me lies
I ain't trippin', I'm just missin' you
You know what I'm sayin', you know what I mean

Every now and then when I'm all alone
I be wishin' you would call me on the telephone
Say you want me back, but you never do
I feel like such a fool, there's nothing I can do
I'm such a fool for you

And I can't take it
What am I waiting for?
My heart's still breaking,
I miss you even more
And I can't fake it
The way I could before,
I hate you, but I love you,
I can't stop thinking of you
It's true
I'm stuck on you

Now love's a broken record that's been skippin' in my head
I keep singing Yesterday
Why we got to play these games we play?

I ain't trippin', I'm just missin' you
You know what I'm sayin', you know what I mean
Every now and then when I'm all alone
I be wishin' you would call me on the telephone
Say you want me back, but you never do
I feel like such a fool

And I can't take it
What am I waiting for?
My heart's still breaking,
I miss you even more
And I can't fake it
The way I could before,
I hate you, but I love you,
I can't stop thinking of you
And I can't take it what am I waiting for?
My heart's still breaking, I miss you even more
And I can't fake it the way I could before
I hate you, but I love you, I can't stop thinking of you
I hate you, but I love you, I can't stop thinking of you
Don't know what to do
I'm stuck on you
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Backstreet Boys ~ Climbing The Walls

Porqué:
La fecha de hoy tiene un significado especial para mí, y de forma muy pero muy indirecta está canción me sirve para procesarla. Sacando eso, siempre me gustaron las armonías de los BSB y pude poner esta canción como cualquier otra.

Info:
Los Backstreet Boys son el mejor grupo vocal de la época (es mi blog y digo lo que quiero creo). AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Brian Littrel, Howie Dorough y Kevin Richardson lo forman desde el año 1993, ya llevan siete discos de estudio editados y el octavo está en camino (This Is Us, 6 de octubre). Climbing The Walls forma parte del sexto, Never Gone (2005), que fue el último que contó con Kevin Richardson, quien se alejó del grupo para dedicarse a su familia en una vida menos nómade (aunque se rumorea que volverá para el disco número nueve :D)

Curiosidades:
La canción fue escrita para el soundtrack de la segunda película de Spiderman, con Audioslave en mente como intérpretes. A último momento la compañía discográfica decidió ofrecérsela a los Backstreet Boys.

Letra:
Close your eyes, make a wish
That this could last forever
If only you could stay with me now
So tell me what it is
That keeps us from each other now
Yeah, it's coming to get me
You're under my skin

No, I can't let you go
You're a part of me now
Caught by the taste of your kiss
And I don't wanna know
The reason why I
Can't stay forever like this
Now I'm climbing the walls 'cause I miss you

Take my hand, take my life
Just don't take forever
And let me feel your pain kept inside (oh yeah)
There's gotta be a way
For you and I together now
Yeah, it's coming to get me
You're under my skin

No, I can't let you go
You're a part of me now
Caught by the taste of your kiss
And I don't wanna know
The reason why I
Can't stay forever like this
Now I'm climbing the walls 'cause I miss you

It's an illusion
How can I feel this way? (ohh)
If I can't have you
It's an illusion
Nothing is real this way (ohh)
If I can't have you

No, I can't let you go
You're a part of me now (now)
Caught by the taste of your kiss (I don't wanna know)
And I don't wanna know
The reason why I
Can't stay forever like this (I'm climbing the walls)
Now I'm climbing the walls cause I miss you

I can't let you go, no

And I don't wanna know
The reason why I
Can't stay forever like this (ohh, ohh)
Now I'm climbing the walls cause I miss (I miss) you

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Pachelbel ~ Canon (Variaciones)

Porqué:
La variación de George Winston en piano calma a las fieras, literalmente. ¡Y la de Funtwo las excita!

Info & Curiosidades:
Johann Pachelbel vivió en el siglo XVII. En 1680 escribe el Canon en Re Mayor, que luego se prestaría a estas variaciones. Geoge Winston es un pianista estadounidense. Editó 12 discos, dedicados a las estaciones -quizás incursionó en el new age más de lo que debería. Su versión del canon está editada en el disco December. La versión con guitarra eléctrica es peformance de un estudiante coreano llamado Jeong-Hyun Lim, que se hizo super famoso como "funtwo" en el video de YouTube que está al final de esta entrada: tiene más de 62 millones de vistas.

George Winston al piano:


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Vertical Horizon ~ Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)

Porqué:
La agonía de la letra.

Info:
Vertical Horizon es un banda estadounidense que tiene cinco disco en su haber, más la reedición del último. Best I Ever Had pertenece a su dico más exitoso -a nivel ventas y rotación de singles-, Everything You Want, editado en 1999. La banda está formada actualmente por Matt Scannell (voz & guitarra), Keith Kane (voz & guitarra) y Sean Hurley (bajo).

Letra:
So you sailed away
Into a grey sky morning
Now I'm here to stay
Love can be so boring
Nothing's quite the same now
I just say your name now

But it's not so bad
You're only the best I ever had
You don't want me back
You're just the best I ever had

So you stole my world
Now I'm just a phony
Remembering the girl
Leaves me down and lonely
Send it in a letter
Make yourself feel better

But it's not so bad
You're only the best I ever had
You don't need me back
You're just the best I ever had

And it may take some time to
Patch me up inside
But I can't take it so I
Run away and hide
And I may find in time that
You were always right
You're always right

So you sailed away
Into a grey sky morning
Now I'm here to stay
Love can be so boring
What was it you wanted?
Could it be I'm haunted?

But it's not so bad
You're only the best I ever had
I don't want you back
You're just the best I ever had
The best I ever had
The best I ever

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Tenacious D ~ Dude (I Totally Miss You)

Porqué:
Jack Black y Kyle Gass tienen un talento musical impresionante y no siempre se lo toman en serio. Ni el público, ni ellos mismos. Esta canción es de su película Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Es una balada rock con todas las letras, y una buena muestra de la habilidad real en las cuerdas y con su voz.

Info:
Jack Black y Kyle Gass forman Tenacious D en 1994, pero recién lanzan su primer disco -homónimo- en 2001. Dude (I totally miss you) aparece en el segundo disco de la banda -The Pick of Destiny, de 2006-, que a la vez es banda sonora de su película, guionada por ambos y estrenada en 2005.

Curiosidades:
También se hacen llamar "The D" o "The Greatest Rock Band in the World". Así de modestos.

Letra:
Dude, I totally miss you
I really fucking miss you
I'm all alone,
All the time, all the time
Dude, I totally miss you
The things we did together
Where have you gone?

Totally miss the honesty
And special times, and honestly
I totally miss the fucked up thing ya do

Dude, I totally miss you
I totally miss you
Dude, I totally miss you
All the time

Totally miss the honesty
And special times, and honestly
I totally miss the fucked up thing ya do

Dude, I totally miss you
I totally miss you
Dude, I totally miss you
All the time

Totally miss the honesty
And special times, and honestly
I totally miss the fucked up thing ya do

Dude, I totally miss you
I totally miss you
Dude, I totally miss you
All the time

All the time...

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Finley Quaye, Beth Orton & William Orbit ~ Dice

Porqué:
La voz de Quaye, la guitarra, las armonías de Beth y la producción y arreglos de William Orbit hacen de esta canción una experiencia extracorporal. Te saca de donde estés y te lleva donde querés.

Info:
Esta canción salió a la luz gracias a la serie de Warner The O.C. En el episodio de fin de año de la primera temporada, sonó en el momento culminante de principio a fin, casi sin interrupción de diálogos y robando el protagonismo a los personajes.

Letra:
I was crying over you
I am smiling I think of you
Where your garden have no walls
Breathe in the air if you care,
you compare, don't say farewell

Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear that your love's for me
Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear that your love's for me

I was crying over you
I am smiling I think of you
Misty morning and water falls
Breathe in the air if you care,
you compare, don't say farewell

Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear your love's for me
Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear your love's for me
Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear your love's for me

Virtuous sensibility
Escape velocity

Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear your love's for me
Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear your love's for me
Nothing can compare
To when you roll the dice and swear your love's for me
Breathe in the air if you care, you compare, don't say farewell
Nothing

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The Pierces ~ Kill, Kill, Kill

Porqué:
Cada canción de este disco parece una leyenda de mundos oníricos. Recomiendo los trece temas, pero este es mi favorito. El tono de la voz, el coro, las guitarras que no se olvidan el origen country del dúo, ¡el maullido del gato! Todo combina en esta canción que es casi un berrinche caprichoso.

Info:
The Pierces es un dúo formado por las hermanas Catherine y Allison - Pierce, of course-, originarias de Alabama, EE UU. Crecieron de mudanza en mudanza y educándose en casa, gracias a la naturaleza hippie de sus padres. Tienen tres discos: los primeros dos, The Pierces y Light of the Moon de claro corte country. Del tecer disco, Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge es esta canción elegida hoy. Fue editado en 2007.

Curiosidades:
Las chicas están un poco "tocadas". Según su biografía oficial, Allison fue secuestrada a los 16 años por una banda de gitanos bailarines y Catherine, para recuperarla, se entrenó con bailarines rusos y franceses. Huyeron juntas de madrugada y se escondieron en las ramas de un sauce. Al llegar a casa, recordaron que las unía el amor a la música y para triunfar, vendieron su alma al diablo. Pero luego se dieron cuenta de que dominadas por Satanás no podían tocare. Como no estaban haciendo mucho dinero, él las liberó de su esclavización pero nunca devolvió sus almas. Ellas se fueron a Nueva York y allí las chicas sin alma fueron bienvenidas. Allí conocieron a un pirata que les preguntó cómo querían que suene su música, a lo que ellas respondieron: "como un sueño de gitanos inducido por la fiebre que tienes luego de tomar mucho vino tinto mientras escuchas a una cantante de cabaret en un lugar del sur dominado por brujas." Y así fue. Amén.

Letra:
What were you doing in my dream last night
honey?
Well I thought I locked that door up tight
Baby
Well it's a mystery to me
How you keep on slippin' in my mind…
And it's downright dirty that this 'ol wound
Won't heal with time

Well you could wash my bain
You could tear out my heart
But I would never forget you
(Never…)
You could change my name
I could make a new start
But I would never forget you
(Never…)

And it's kill, kill, killin' me
It's kill kill kill kill killin' me
That I'm still in love with you

Just when I think I've got you in safe keeping
That’s when your memory it comes round creepin'
Well it's an ache I can't shake
It's creeped down deep down to my core
But babe I can't fake it I can't take this heartbreak
Anymore

Well you could wash my bain
You could tear out my heart
But I would never forget you
(Never…)
You could change my name
I could make a new start
But I would never forget you
(Never…)

And it's kill, kill, killin' me
It's kill kill kill kill killin' me
That I'm still in love with you

It's killin' me

I asked you please to leave my heart
But you refused to go
I can't take this pain much longer
You insist on teaching me what I already know
Absence made this heart grow fonder

Well you could wash my bain
You could tear out my heart
But I would never forget you
(Never…)
You could change my name
I could make a new start
But I would never forget you
(Never…)

And it's kill, kill, killin' me
It's kill kill kill kill killin' me
That I'm still in love with you

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Of Montreal ~ Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)

Porqué:
Esta sí es una canción bizarra. Desde el bajo del principio, la letra, las voces, la melodía... No hay forma de no moverse, hasta me causa gracia. Es genial.

Info:
Of Montreal es una banda norteamericana, de Georgia. Encabezada siempre por Kevin Barnes, han pasado por ella Jamey Huggins, Matt Dawson, Bryan Poole, Dottie Alexander y David Barnes. Wraith pinned to the mist pertenece al disco The Sunlandic Twins, de 2005.

Curiosidades:
David Barnes, hermano de Kevin, hace el arte de todos los discos. Se pueden ver sus trabajos aquí.

Letra:
Let's have bizarre celebrations
Let's forget who forget what forget where
We'll have bizarre celebrations
I play the Satyr in Cyprus,
You're the bride being stripped bare, bare

Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica
Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica

Let's have bizarre celebrations
Let's forget when forget what forget how
We'll have bizarre celebrations
We'll play Tristan and Izolde
But make sure I see white sail, sails

Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica
Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica

Maybe I'll never die,
I'll just keep growing younger with you
And you'll grow younger too
Now it seems too lovely to be true
But I know the best things always do

Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica
Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica
Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica
Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antarctica

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Elvis Perkins ~ Shampoo


Porqué:

Es una canción extraña. Desde el título, ¿no? Pero la base de guitarra y los arreglos con armónica son preciosos. El acento de la voz de Elvis es bastante peculiar también.

Info:
Shampoo es el primer track del disco Elvis Perkins In Dearland. Salió el 10 de marzo de 2009.

Curiosidades:
Elvis es uno de los hijos del actor Anthony Perkins, el protagonista de Psicosis (de A. Hitchcock) y de la fotógrafa Berry Berenson. Su papá murió de SIDA cuando él tenía 17 años, y su mamá estaba en uno de los aviones que chocaron contra las Torres Gemelas. Así de trágico.

Letra:

Sweep up, little sweeper boy
It's you who's got the wig on here
Sweep up, little sweeper boy, sweep up

Yellow is the color of my true love's crossbow
Yellow is the color of the sun
Black is the color of
A strangled rainbow
Just the color of my loss
Black is the color of my true love's arrow
That's the color of a human's blood

You got a shot of shampoo
Though it was made thirty years ago
Yeah, you still got a shot of shampoo
Though you were made twenty years ago

Speak up, little sweeper boy
They are hard of hearing
Anything that anyone has to say

I say
Yellow is the color of my true love's crossbow
Yellow like the color of the sun
And black is the color of
A strangled rainbow
Just the color of my loss
Black is the color of my true love's arrow
Exactly the color of my blood

But I don't want to die
I rather die tomorrow maybe
Bought me a perfect square of sky
You are what worth your waiting, go
You are worth your wait in sorrow maybe
Though you will never know why

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Death Cab For Cutie ~ Soul Meets Body

Porqué:
La letra, la guitarra y el piano... todo es poético. Y el video oficial es hermoso.

Info:

Death Cab For Cutie es una banda norteamericana, de Seattle. Está formada por Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr y Chris Walla. Su primer disco fue lanzado en 1998 y a la fecha cuentan con una discografía de siete LPs. Soul Meets Body forma parte de su sexto album, Plans, editado en 2005 y nominado a los Grammy como Mejor Album de Música Alternativa.

Curiosidades:

Death Cab For Cutie toma su nombre de una canción de la Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. "Taxi de la Muerte para Cutie" narra un viaje en taxi que hace una chica llamada Cutie. Ella distrae al conductor con sus curvas y ambos terminan muertos por saltarse una luz roja.

Letra:
I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel, feel what its like to be new

Cause in my head there’s a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they’re far more suited than here

And I cannot guess what we'll discover
When we turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another’s
And not one speck will remain

And I do believe it’s true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
But if the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

Where soul meets body
Where soul meets body
Where soul meets body

And I do believe it’s true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
But if the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

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