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Eargasm

by crpitt (writer), Liverpool, United Kingdom , January 04, 2010

Credit: Doodled by Claire Pitt
A random doodle of Karen O, who is the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Music that makes you feel a bit tingly in all the right places.

What band/musician has given you an Eargasm of late?

Apologies if 'Eargasm' is a word that is not to your taste, it is yet another one of those wretched words like 'unfriend' that has slowly worked its way into my vocabularly.

Eargasm:

(Noun) the feeling of overwhelming pleasure when listening to amazing music.

As 2009 has now shuffled off and been replaced by the shiny new 2010, I thought I would do a quick whizz through what albums tickled my inner ear tubes last year. They may or may not have been released in 2009, if they were released earlier than that, I just hadn't listened to them yet, always late to the party. I am not in any way, shape or form a muso, my own CD rack of shame will attest to that, but I still feel the need to share these favourites. I don't really have the musical vocab to accurately describe these bands or even stick them in the right genre, but I shall plod on.

Yeah Yeah Yeah's with their album 'It's a Blitz'. I had the pleasure of seeing this band in December, it was a fantastic show. The track 'Heads Will Roll' sounded even better live.

Mumford and Sons with their album 'Sigh No More'. This link takes you to 'Little Lion Man' a foot stomping, bango playing belter of a song.

J. Tillman with the album 'Vacilando Terrotory Blues' He has a beautiful voice, you may have already heard of him? He is also the drummer in the Fleet Foxes. I discovered him via listening to the Fleet Foxes' stuff and worked backwards. My favourite track is 'Firstborn'.

Grizzly Bear with the album 'Veckatimest'. Although they have been around for a few years, it was only last year that I first heard of them. Listening to their older stuff, one track in particular really stuck with me and that is the 'Knife'.

Frightened Rabbit with their album ' The Midnight Organ Fight'. A wonderful Scottish band, this album was from 2008 I think, but I only discovered it late last year. My favourite track is 'Keep Yourself Warm', cant find a decent video for it though, so please try and find it, it is well worth it.

Keeping an ear out: How do you keep up with the latest sounds? I use Last.fm, read music blogs, follow certain folks on twitter and listen to the Hype Machine.

Excited about in 2010..

I am particularly excited to hear some new stuff from Yeasayer and Beach House, having loved everything they have done so far. I could have listed quite a few more, but I don't want to send everyone running to the hills. I would love to hear what were your favourites from last year and if you are excited about hearing from any bands this year?

Hat tip time:As I was reading Mr Julian Gallo's wanderings through his youthful musical listenings, it made me wonder how you get from punk to jazz. Is it a game a six degrees of separation, but with music? Are you a grown up once you like Jazz? Note I have nothing against jazz or being a grownup. I am sure I will be a grownup one of these days, but will I ever like jazz? Anyhoo Julian's latest posts sort of inspired this one.



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By Theresa H Hall on January 04, 2010 at 09:35 pm

Claire,

I have to admit that I have not been listening to much new music in 2009, other than what I heard via Daniel's choices, plus a few you've mentioned on BC. This has made me realize that I need to be more open-minded about today's music and artists. To this end, I resolve to listen to new music, so by the end of this year, I shall happily report my findings.

Your new 'term' is so much better than Orville's "Ear Candy". He's a dear friend who is also a jazz guitarist. Jazz could real meaning for you when the time is right. I grew up with jazz being played in the house by my Dad. He loved his Hi-Fi Stereo, too. I began to love it. My husband is a jazz bassist and recorded many albums. So getting married to him made my love for this venue a pre-requisite. I performed for years, but it wasn't jazz and ironically, I believe that I will end up recording a jazz CD in the near future. It is matter of taste, but also of the musician vibrating your person. I'm inclined to hope you develop a liking for it.

Give it an honest try and do reach out in different directions, different artists because jazz music is as varied as the colors of a changing sunset. BTW, great article!

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By crpitt on January 05, 2010 at 03:30 pm

Askcerlock, I wonder if it will creep into your day to day vocabularly?

Hey Julian, I am glad you weren't offended, I was/am genuiniely interested in the musical leap in genres. I suppose as you and Theresa both seem to have jazz playing in the background of your youth, you are both a few steps ahead of me.

Let me know if you liked any of stuff you hadn't previously listened to :)

Hey Theresa, Oh I am glad you are going to some new music a whirl, I think you and Julian have convinced me to give Jazz a go.

Thanks for reading my waffle :)

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By Diamond Dust on February 19, 2010 at 04:06 pm

Cool article ! Michael Jackson gives me an Eargasim, and a LegsGasim lol

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By Diamond Dust on February 19, 2010 at 04:08 pm

Cool article ! Michael Jackson gives me an Eargasim, and a LegsGasim lol

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By Libdrone on August 22, 2010 at 05:19 am

Lately I have been really enjoying the singing of the late, great Hawaiian Israel Kamakawiwwo'ole. Youtube has lots of his songs and they are so beautiful.

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