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Off topic, does anyone have an “entry song” into “Hazards of Love”? You know, a song you can listen to and it gets you excited to hear the rest? Excluding the Rake’s Song, that is. I listened to the first three tracks and it was like, snoozeville, so either I am way off base or I just haven’t found the way into it. Any suggestions? (Confession: I kind of hate albums where the whole thing is one story. Excluding “The Wall.” But even that gets on my nerves sometimes.)

Aaaand, back to topic in five, four three ….

The ladies are rocking my socks off these last few months, with some really great stuff. It’s so much fun to look at my playlist and realize that it’s all women singing/writing/playing (yes, guys are great too, that’s not the point). Let’s recap, for those people who have been hiding under a rock for awhile.

01. Lisa Hannigan — Sea Sew. Have I said enough about this album? I THINK I HAVE.

Lisa Hannigan — Venn Diagram

02. Camera Obscura — My Maudlin Career. This one is classic C.O. and very fun to listen to. It starts off with such a great track, “French Navy,” where Traceyanne Campbell laments the fleeting nature of love and its unholdability.

Camera Obscura — French Navy

03. Vienna Teng — Inland Territory. Her voice is so beautiful that she sneaks all kinds of social issues into her songs and you don’t even notice until you’re singing along.

Vienna Teng — No Gringo

04. Bat For Lashes — Two Suns. Spacy, nutty, gorgeous: it’s all still there in the fabulous mix that is Natasha Khan.

Bat For Lashes — Travelling Woman

05. Neko Case — Middle Cyclone. The usual mix of the unusual: startling violent images, mysterious lyric play, being stalked by a cyclone. You know; same old same old.

Neko Case — Polar Nettles

06. Jenn Grant — Echoes. Understated and beautiful folk with jazzy undertones; the lyrics almost remind me of Bjork sometimes :D but the music does not sound anything like Her Icelandiness.

Go forth and listen!

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Video Hookup

Eet has been a long time, my video hookup fraind, but now we are back togezer. (twirls moustache)

01. MOKB has a nice link to the Lykke Li video for “Tonight.” Dodge calls her a needy chick, but I don’t think the song is needy and I don’t think she looks needy. Vulnerable, maybe, or unsure, but that’s not the same thing. I also admire the way she looks right at the camera and doesn’t tart herself up so she looks like a plastic space alien.

02. Segue! Electroqueer has video for Swedish pop singer September, who looks JUST like she belongs with the Cylons in her video for “Can’t Get Over.”

03. At Speed of Dark: Oren Lavie, playwright and singer, made this cute video for a song called “Her Morning Elegance.” I like it, it’s everyday in a Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk kind of way. And the video looks very tiring, physically, all that stop motion.

04. Fabulist has video for Lisa Hannigan’s “Lille.” Oh Lisa Hannigan! You are so adorable! I love you so much! I’m so glad your album finally came to the US instead of being only sold in Ireland.

05. From BoingBoing, awesome Thai music with accompanying awesome, phonetically-enhanced, dance-filled video: “Nhoom Tum Lao Sao Tum Thai,” sung by Jonas and Kristy.

06. Gorgeous video from French artist Fursy Teyssier: Tír na nÓg. It reminds me of part of Hamlet’s soliloquy, where he calls death “the undiscovered country from whose bourn / no traveller returns.” Which is a beautiful way of looking at it.

07. Last but not least, and having nothing to do with music: Paddy Hirsch explaining quantitative easing. Because nothing makes shifty business practices sexy like a cute guy with an accent and a whiteboard.

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Video hookup

Before I start, the little elves at the Hype Machine have been working extra hard for their Jolly Ranchers, and they’ve compiled a long list of bloggers’ favorite albums of 2007. No surprise there; in fact Dave at the Rawkblog points out that Idolator’s poll, the Pazz & Jop poll, and the hype machine’s list all are about the same (via Heart On A Stick).

Sadly, my number one did not follow the crowd, and Josh was relegated to #40. I still love ya, Josh!

And now, more proof that music videos aren’t dead. They’re just back to being lo-fi.

0.5 Muzzle of Bees just posted a new video from What Made Milwaukee Famous — it’s got fencing! And math! And Lance Armstrong! And it’s awesome. Go check out “Sultan.”

01. At Stereogum, you can see Willie Nelson being adorable in “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore.” No no, I never did think he was funny. But he does get cuter as he ages (why is that?).

02. At Fabulist!, Olga digs up the video for PJ & Nick’s song “Henry Lee.” I was a big fan of “Murder Ballads,” but for some reason I never saw this video. And it fairly sizzles (though luckily for the 90s-greasy-haired protagonists, it never does catch fire).

03. Also at Fabulist!, an animated guy with no arms sings a sad, sweet indie song. The video is Levi Weaver’s “You Are Home.”

04. Did you think Ed Vedder couldn’t get any cuter? Well, when he sings 50s classics with a girl from Sleater-Kinney, he’s like an adorable, bearded, unintelligible puppy. (singing starts around 2 minutes in). [via YANP]

05. Take Away Shows profiles Sidi Toure in his hometown of Bamako. [via Gvs.B].

06. At Electroqueer, a thumping Taio Cruz video: “Come On Girl.”

07. I have been trying to like the Raveonettes for awhile and the only thing I have liked so far is this video at Idolator: “Candy.”

08. Jax profiles the very interesting Montreal singer Julie Doiron and features her video “No More.” Another song I want to like but haven’t quite managed yet.

09. I really love Lisa Hannigan, what little I’ve heard, and so I was excited to see a new video of hers on Stereogum — “My Pirate Disco (demo).” Hey, I’d go to a pirate disco.

10. I’ve never been as close to liking Magnetic Fields as when I saw this cute video of St Vincent & J. Vanderslice doing “Yeah! Oh, yeah!”. That song has awesome punctuation, I will say that.

11. Via the Music Slut, Travis has a new video for “New Amsterdam.” Great song.

12. Jax also links to video of Eli from Monolators and the Henry Clay People doing a fun cover of “Psycho Killer.” With the white pants and all, it’s very 80s.

13. And last but not least, spooky #13 is Miho Hatori (of Cibo Matto fame)’s video for the song “Barracuda,” from her solo album “Ecdysis.” (Aaaand wikipedia says that ecdysis is “the molting of the cuticula in arthropods and related groups.” Righteous.) [via Fabulist!]

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