This is called the “I’m trying” post. In other words, this is me writing another throwaway list post because I’m still struggling with motivation, creativity, and every other element that makes a good blog post. I’m sorry. I’m working on it.
As the title implies, I’m going to provide a list of songs I’ve been listening to on repeat lately. I will follow that with a reason why I’ve been into it. Hopefully at least two people read this. I will count this as a success if I can manage at least that.
1. “Bored to Death” – Blink-182
Blink-182 is probably my favorite band that was started by immature slackers. It’s amazing how much they have evolved as artists over the years — the major transition beginning with 2003’s self-titled album. There’s been a lot of upheaval since then — a hiatus, the near death of drummer Travis Barker, and the departure of founding member Tom Delonge.
But still, Blink continues on. “Bored to Death” is, in this fan’s opinion, the band’s strongest single since “Feelin’ This” in 2003. It simultaneously sticks to the band’s roots while still showing their growth as musicians and as humans. It’s a beautiful, lovely, catchy as hell song.
2. “Oil and Water” – Incubus
I’ve been getting more into Incubus lately. I’ve passively enjoyed their music for a few years and actively enjoyed the song “Dig.” I started listening to the album Light Grenades (which “Dig” is on) and found myself enamored with “Oil and Water.” I love the analogy (“you and I are like oil and water and we’ve been trying to mix it up”) and think the melody is just very moving.
It’s a pretty and emotional song and I love it.
3. “I Should Have Known” – Foo Fighters
I’m currently obsessed with Foo Fighters. I’ve been trying to keep this obsession low key, but I really just want to constantly talk about Dave Grohl and how inspiring and wonderful and talented he is. I mean, he is the leader of the resistance movement against the Foo.
Anyway, I’ve owned the 2011 Wasting Light album for about four years, but I usually skipped “I Should Have Known.” I don’t know why I did it, but I thought it was one of the weaker tracks on the album. I didn’t give it much of a chance if I’m being honest.
My research on Dave Grohl led me to find out that Krist Noveselic (who played with Dave in Nirvana — you might have heard of them) came on this track as a guest musician. I was like, “Cool, I didn’t know that. Let me listen to that song again.”
And it blew my mind! It’s a heartbreakingly powerful song of regret and loss and anger… both musically and lyrically powerful. I listen to it like once a day now. God help me.
4. “Heart Shaped Box” – Nirvana
I never liked Nirvana until recently. As you can probably guess, I revisited their music recently because Dave Grohl is very inspirational, so music, very wow. (We’re no longer doing doge meme jokes, are we? Dammit.)
What I realized is that, while they are far from my favorite band, Nirvana actually had a lot of great music. I think my biggest problem is that I was burned out on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” after hearing it 450,000 times in my life.
I ended up getting In Utero, the band’s final studio album before Kurt Cobain’s death, and rediscovered “Heart Shaped Box.” It was a pretty big hit, so I’d heard it over the years. But I never realized just how good it was. So consider me at least partially converted. Although some of Cobain’s lyrics will forever mystify me.
5. “Dangerous Woman” – Ariana Grande
I like Ariana Grande’s music. I know. It doesn’t really fit with my usual alt-rock/pop punk taste, but it’s so catchy and she has an amazing voice. “Dangerous Woman” might be my favorite song she’s put out so far. It’s such a sexy, empowering song and I love it.
This video makes me feel a little bit pervy because she looks like she could be younger than she is, but hey. Flaunt it if you’ve got it, I guess.
6. “Ex’s and Oh’s” – Elle King
We’ve been playing this song at work a lot lately and it came up as a topic of discussion. I discovered, upon listening to the song actively, that I really like it. I like Elle King’s kind of raspy, classic sound.
I’m curious to see how her career will play out. Obviously, being the daughter of a famous comedian (Rob Schneider), is helping her out right now — but she’s talented and has a unique sound. She also doesn’t have the typical looks of a pop star, but Meghan Trainor and Adele have thankfully broken through that mold and are still going strong. We’ll see.
7. “Alive” – Pearl Jam
I’ve been rather vocally critical of Pearl Jam over the years. I’m not the biggest fan of Eddie Vedder’s voice, but I decided to give it another shot recently and discovered that “Alive” is a pretty fucked up song. I’ve always more or less liked the song, but I always assumed it was an inspirational “I’m-still-alive-it’s-great” kind of song.
It’s a song about a guy who a) finds out his father is actually his stepfather and his real dad is dead and b) his mother molests him. He’s still alive, but it’s just kind of like a “well, I’ve survived” kind of proclamation. Yeesh. So, yeah, I find that interesting.
What songs (old or new) have you been into lately?
Check out the videos from That Tiny Vlog Series this week! Tim and I have been talking about “normal” things that we find strange. Feel free to comment and let us know what “normal” things you find a bit odd!