I just saw a thing on kottke about how a lot of Amazon’s MP3s are cheaper than iTunes, ten whole cents cheaper. I checked it out and they seem to have a decent selection, but some obvious artists are missing, sort of like when iTunes was starting out. I would switch to buying MP3s on Amazon if my boyfriend didn’t magically have a way to ‘get’ things for me. Especially, embarrassing things like Fergie songs.
Here’s what I’ve been listening to (and forcing Louie to ‘get’ for me) lately:
Young Folks by some nice young fellow named “Peter.” I think it’s a catchy tune, but to be totally honest with you, the only reason I’m listening to it is because it’s been on several of the embarrassing shows I watch. Gossip Girl. There, I said it, I LOVE GOSSIP GIRL.
Glamorous by Fergie. What is up with my new obsession with Fergie? I cannot figure it out, especially since whenever I hear this song I think, “Well, that pees-her-pants-girl sure has cleaned herself up.” I don’t know how to reconcile the fact that her voice sounds nothing like the way a pees-her-pants-girl’s voice would sound to me. I thought it would be huskier. Not so dainty.
Stronger by Kanye West. Kanye’s public persona has me a bit puzzled, with the weird pouting at random award shows, and after seeing pictures of his house, I’m convinced he’s got some serious rage issues to work out. I think that about anyone with white walls though. If you have white walls, you might be psychotic, unless your landlord won’t let you paint them, then your landlord is psychotic. But the song is fun. And Explicit!
The Way I Are by Timbaland. I think the first time I heard of Timbaland was when Missy Elliot was talking about how sad she was about Aliyah’s death and how Timbaland and Aliyah were her muses. I am still fuzzy about the world of the music producer, but it’s becoming much clearer now. I think music historians will look back on this time and talk about the rise of the music producer in celebrity, name recognition and power. This song makes me dance like a dork.
Say It Right by Nelly Furtado. I’m not so crazy about this song actually. But it’s the only reason there’s a glimmer of hope for John Mayer in my eyes. On “Best Week Ever” a couple of months ago, Mayer did a ‘remix’ of the Chocolate Rain song to the beat of this. Now whenever I hear it I laugh a little, and it warms my cold dead heart. (Also - guess who was the producer? Timbaland.)
Creep by Radiohead. I’ve been sad lately, and this is a sad, sad song. But I love it. It makes a liar out of me, because I claim I hate Radiohead, but this song rips me up. In the most awesome way. (I am fairly certain Timbaland has no tie to Radiohead. But you never know. You never. know.)
And finally - not available on Amazon:
Umbrella by Rihanna. I hated this song when I first heard it. Something about the way she sang Umbrella-ella-ella, really grated on me. But now since I’ve heard it covered in various ways, I really think the original holds up.