Friday Music

Here we go….

Another excellent track from the FIFA10 soundtrack from a New Zealand band — I was surprised to discover that this was a fairly recent (2008) song, because it sounds like something from the late-80s/early-90s Britpop scene. Good stuff: Cut Off Your Hands – “Happy As Can Be.”

We’ve been watching the second season of the BBC’s supernatural drama, “Being Human”, and dreading the forthcoming “American version” being produced by Syfy. Here’s an amazing indie/folk tune which featured in the second episode, and features some fairly well-known Shakespearean lyrics: Mumford & Sons – “Sigh No More.”

Sticking with the folk vibe for a moment — Suzanne Vega’s first album has always been my favorite of her work, because of that stripped-down, singer-songwriter folk sound. One of my favorite tracks from the album: Suzanne Vega – “The Queen and the Soldier.”

Some blistering social commentary hip-hop from Brooklyn MC PackFM, who uses samples from the 70s sitcom theme to blast us for complacency in the new “Obama era” — well worth a listen (language NSFW): PackFM – “Happy Days.”

We turn to earworms that I must exorcize: first, this brilliant send-up of bombastic “epic” fantasy/SF-based rock — exactly the sort of thing by 13-year-old D&D-playin’ self would’ve thought was AWESOME — which still remains the second-best thing Jack Black has ever done (behind Kung Fu Panda, since you’re asking). All that, plus mind bullets. Man. Tenacious D – “Wonderboy.”

I’m apologizing for this in advance. The rarely-heard vocal version of the theme to “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, which was played over the bizarre softcore dream-state opening credits of the pilot film: Kipp Lennon – “Suspension.”

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