I am very much digging these songs:
1. "Amylase" by Cajun Dance Party: We had never heard of this band and then it popped up on the, uh, "site" we get music from. Seemed to be very popular, so in a less chancy version of jumping off a bridge when all the other hipsters do, we downloaded. Before I listened to it, I did a little bit of Googling (scarred from all the times I innocently clicked on a band name in iTunes only to have it be one of my crazy boyfriend's beloved German death metal bands) and discovered these kids are very young. Like, juniors-in-HS-young. Also, they were a bit buzzed about last year. A lot of their songs sound like some beautiful mating of Broken Social Scene and The Lucksmiths. With a Kook or two thrown in. "Amylase" isn't my favorite; "The Colourful Life" is, but it's not up yet.
2. "Big Guns" and "Rise Up with Fists" from the solo Jenny Lewis album: I was so not into this album when it came out forever ago, but lately I've been far too lazy to get my iPod, so I have to listen to whatever is already on the computer. Jenny comes right after my two downloaded songs by American Idol contestant Jason Castro (swoon and I am totally NOT embarrassed about this); let's just say I've been listening to her a lot. The melodies are exquisite and the gentle cooing from the background singers just about breaks my heart every time.
3. Have we talked about MGMT? I can't re
member, but the song "Electric Feel" will make you dance even if your brain and body do their darndest to resist. Good luck.
Guys from MGMT with kittens. You have no soul if you aren't melting right now.