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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.


(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As 2009 has now shuffled off and been replaced by the shiny new 2010, I thought I would do a quick whizz through what albums tickled my inner ear tubes last year.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, 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


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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