I must admit that I wasn't always the music enthusiast (snob?) that I am today. I've come a long way from the worship music on Sunday mornings and the hum of classical records seeping from my father's darkroom on which I was raised. I guess I owe it all to the emo-indie kids at my high school, not necessarily for their playlists, but for bringing me into the world of 'talking music' and subsequently encouraging me on my own quest for a musical taste. It was that same music-talk that brought me together with my college buddies-come roommates-come best friends forever.
I am currently on a great mission to find shows and follow artists in Cologne. But because my exposure to hole-in-the-wall venues, obscure music tastes, and small-town bands has somewhat waned since my move to Germany, I fall back on my old college comforts to get me through my musical slumps. I've actually managed to add a few decent artists to my library in the past 6 months due to the charity of mix-tape-sending friends, but finding great music through word of mouth here has proved difficult, at best. Could be due to the fact that my German language capabilities are nowhere near proficient....
And so, I begin my musical blogging journey with Bex's Top 20. These are the songs that never get old and have kept me company when no other music could through the last 5 years of my semi-adult life. They take me back to dance parties in dorm rooms, road trips, sunny days spent on the lawn, and the feeling of well-being I associate (however exaggerated) with my college days.
"Sodom South Georgia" Iron and Wine
"Heartbeats" Jose Gonzales
"Neon Golden" The Notwist
"Fake Palindromes" Andrew Bird
"Thirteen" Ben Kweller
"Still Fighting It" Ben Folds
"Just Like Heaven" The Cure
"Caring is Creepy" The Shins
"The Boy Done Wrong Again" Belle and Sebastian
"Triggering Back" Benoit Pioulard
"Long Haired Child" Devendra Banhart
"He War" Cat Power
"The Dress Looks Nice on You" Sufjan Stevens
"Say It Ain't So" Weezer
"Grass" Animal Collective
"I'm Looking Through You" The Beatles
"Take on Me" Aha
"Deceptacon" Le Tigre
"Glass Dance" The Faint
"Falcon Settles Me" Rogue Wave
Check em out.
Until next time...