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Mood: Cogitative

28 Apr

It is rainy and 52 degrees here in Manhattan! Days like this, I roll out of bed in the morning, look out the window and groan. Bad weather makes going to work only harder, but at least I have my ipod to keep me company with some good, contemplative songs.

1. Coldplay

mp3: White Shadows [Coldplay] from X&Y

And remember this song from their first album “Parachutes”? It still stands as my favorite Coldplay song ever. I don’t really understand the significance of the song but I thought maybe it was about asians.

mp3: Yellow [Coldplay]

Coldplay fans rejoice: Starting tomorrow at12:15pm (UK time), you can download the new Coldplay single “Violet Hill” for free on their website. Click here for deets. “Violet Hill” has been confirmed as the first single from their new album Viva la Vida, with a radio release of April 29, 2008.


1. Life in Technicolor
2. Cemeteries of London
3. Lost!
4. 42
5. Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love
6. Yes
7. Viva la Vida
8. Violet Hill
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Death and All His Friends

mp3: Clocks (Latin version) [Coldplay]

mp3: Your Love Means Everything Pt. 2 [Coldplay] via music under fire blog

Additionally, I have heard a rumor that Coldplay will be playing free gigs in London and New York.

June 16: Brixton Academy
June 23: Madison Square Garden

More details to be revealed soon!

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2. The Strokes

Here is another band that I absolutely adore. According to Wikipedia, the band is working on their fourth album. But in the meantime, here is one of my favorite songs and a mash-up of it as well.

I tried but you see
It’s hard to explain
I say the right thing
But act the wrong way

mp3: Hard to Explain (Live) [The Strokes] via fuelfriendsblog

This mash-up of “Genie in a Bottle” and “Hard to Explain” is the QUEEN of all mash-ups. Hearing this song a couple years ago catalyzed my love of mash-ups and I still think it is one of the best I’ve heard. It’s musical perfection!

mp3: A Stroke of Genius [The Strokes vs. Christina Aguilera] – MUST download

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3. The Killers

I am doing a lot of old songs from my fave bands today. “Mr Brightside” is probably one of my favorite songs ever and this song is also close to my heart. I may have posted this song here before but here it is again since it is completely necessary for your ‘pod.

mp3: All These Things I’ve Done [The Killers] – MUST download

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4. The Cardigans

When I think of the Swedish band, the Cardigans, I immediately start singing “love me love me.” I came across this cover they did of Black Sabbath’s “Changes” and I like it.

mp3: Changes (Black Sabbath Cover) [The Cardigans]

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5. Lily Allen

I posted Lily Allen’s demo “I Could Say” in last Friday’s blog entry. It has quickly become the most overplayed song on my ipod. I love that Lily has started to incorporate the electronica sound into her songs as the genre is starting to really rage, especially in the blogosphere. But it is also a sweet little tune with thoughtful lyrics that is quite perfect for a rainy day listen.

Lily Allen is 22 like myself and I often wonder – would have I given up the college experience to expedite a career? College is such a great time for growing and learning (better than Montessori) … and drinking and partying. We see so many young starlets these days and I wonder if they lose out on anything in terms of personal growth and experience by skipping out on the collegiate experience. Thoughts?

6. Interesting Tidbits:

Les Parcours

I was watching Extreme Home Makeover last night and I paused during my usual weeping (does this show not make you cry so much?), mouth gaping in awe at this sport called “Les Parcours.” Les Parcours is “an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment—from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls—and can be practiced in both rural and urban areas. Parkour practitioners are referred to as traceurs, or traceuses for females” (Wikipedia).

Too cool. Check out the Le Parcours ad for Panasonic below:


Back to crying now as Ty Pennington frenzily renovates a safe house for crack addicts in New Mexico.

Radar Magazine

Check out this interesting article about a little boy who writes to notorious killers in prison. It’s not as substantial as I hoped it would be but interesting all the same.