Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Funk to get you out of the Funk

Now that it's January 2nd and you've already failed at half of your resolutions, it seems like a great time to pump up the jams. And pump up the jams we will!

Last time (click here), I left you moping in your bed, your eyes closed, yet with tears dripping out of them. You were hugging your blanky and snivelling into it. Your headphones were on, yet through them you could hear the faint sound of your mother knocking at the door with concern in the way that she gently rattled her fist on the wood. You ignored her and turned up the music. Wallowing in the sound of the dumps. There was weeping and perhaps, yes, just a little bit of teeth gnashing.

Here we are, half of your resolutions flushed down the toilet, but the glass is half-full, my friends. Today I bring you music to pick yourself up with and at tunes to dust yourself off with.

And hey, if you don't have any of these songs in your collection then get some of them.

Or, find songs in your collection that sound like these. If you can't find any, then get a new collection and cross off one of your resolutions!

Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels) - The Arcade Fire

Slow & Low - Beastie Boys

Sunken Waltz - Calexico

Tea for the Tillerman - Cat Stevens

Friday I'm in Love - The Cure

First Breath after Coma - Explosions in the Sky

The Yeah Yeah Yeah song - Flaming Lips

Sounds Like Hallelujah - The Head and the Heart

Face of the Earth - Joel Plaskett Emergency

In the Beginning - K'naan

Just Dance - Lady Gaga

I am John - Loney, Dear

Roll Away Your Stone - Mumford and Sons
This is the only song of these guys that I actually like.

The Laws have Changed - The New Pornographers

It's the Sun - Polyphonic Spree
Just listen to it once. Listening more will ruin it.

Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts
Miles says that this one always cheers him up. I bare witness to that.

Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingor - Sigur Ros

Dragon's Lair - Sunset Rubdown
One of my favorite songs.

Down in the Hole - Tom Waits

Fireworks - The Tragically Hip

New Theory - Washed Out

Baba O'Riley - The Who

Impossible Germany - Wilco

Of course, my definition of 'funk' might differ from yours. Nevertheless, these are the jams to raise your hands, the bees to weaken the knees, the boat to float that late night gloat, the sun to shine on the gloomy devine.

Happy 2012!

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