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This blog isn’t exactly known for casual posts, but I thought I’d make an exception and share the music I’m currently enjoying.

The first one is via Samuel Smith at Scholars and Rogues:

The next one is a bit monotonous but the strings and the buildup suit my mood. A good blood-pumper.

This next one by the Black-Eyed Peas I like more for the video (the guy’s costumes), though the song gets better as it goes on:


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  1. Thank goodness you didn’t go over the edge with crazy music like The Gates of Delerium.

  2. Notorious P.A.T.

    “Rolling” is a great song, alright. I haven’t heard the others yet.

  3. Notorious P.A.T.

    …adding, does any current lyric better capture this moment in time than “I can’t help feeling/
    We could have had it all”?

  4. I too very much enjoy Rolling in the Deep, despite 🙂 its commercial success. But the video is so apropos: the crumbling empty boarded up—but beautiful—home, the burning paper city, the rhythmic tossing of the teacups from some sort of hidden trebuchet. Dunno if anything was “meant” by all of it, but even so.

    BTW, I am taking at least one of your major pieces of advice shortly, but it turns out that it involves jumping from the frying pan into the fire…

  5. DancingOpossum

    I love “Rolling” but am currently sick of hearing it 24/7 on the radio and jukeboxes. Still, Adele’s other work is well worth checking out — “My One and Only” from the same album is sublime, and she does a couple of nice covers as well.

  6. Morocco Bama

    Nice. Here’s a couple of nice ones, as well.

    The first is Constant Fear by Bohren & der Club of Gore.

    Next is Max Richter’s This Bitter Earth sung by Dinah Washington.

    Both are beautifully chilling, haunting and unequivocally contemplative.

  7. orange

    ian these are some good ones ive been listening to recently
    this one is called “cities will fall” btw..

    and a chill one

    and a pumping one

  8. Ian Welsh

    Thanks for the suggestions, listening.

    Fortunately I don’t listen to the radio or have a TV, so the first time I heard Adele was about a week ago. So I’m not sick of it yet 🙂

  9. David

    This is sweet

    Jess Chalker is someone whom I think people will hear more of in the future.

  10. Suspenders

    Good stuff so far, thanks everyone.

    One of my favourite musical groups is an a capella group from Finland called Rajaton. They’re six truely talented singers, and it’s pretty amazing to see what they can do with just voices. Finnish is also a fun language to listen to 🙂

    Here are some of my favourites from them: “Butterfly”, probably one of their signature songs. “Life is short, and for butterflies it’s even shorter…” “Dobbins’s Flowery Vale”, a special arrangement of an Irish folk melody “You Cant Stop Me!” About a coin. And maybe more? “Kivinen Tie”, some of their Finnish music “Lunta” more Finnish music

    They have some good covers of pop music too, like Queens “Under Pressure” ( ) and the Beatles “Lady Madonna” ( )

  11. Notorious P.A.T.

    Lots of good selections here!

  12. Morocco Bama

    A Monster, indeed. Everyone, Put Your Lights On.

    Surprise, Surprise!!

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