There was a time in which I was concerned that I wouldn't have enough music to comprise a whole post, and now I find myself with more than enough for two. I did need to kick you in the ass a few times, but you crazy kids came through for me in the end!
First off, we have May's requests. If you're not already reading May, you've got a lot of catching up to do. About her selections, May says,
"Songs that I, personally, think everyone should at least listen to the very once. Whether they add to one's functionality in today's society is highly debatable, especially as friends and relations think my taste in music certifiable at the best of times."
Manu Chao: Mr Bobby
The Traveling Wilburys: Inside Out
The Traveling Wilburys: Tweeter and the Monkey Man
Eagles: Take it Easy
Fine Young Cannibals: Funny How Love Is
Lut C, though often quite quiet lately, has emerged to request the B-52s: Planet Claire
Em over at Eggs Akimbo has mixed it up and asked for some Cher. It seems Cher is a popular choice around these parts, as Beth is a bit partial to some Cher as well. Here you go Cher-lovers!
Cher: I've Found Someone
Erin from All My Pretty Hates, yet another blog you need to be reading, has suggested The Weepies. I've not yet had a chance to investigate The Weepies much, but I like what I hear so far.
The Weepies: Gotta Have You
HairyFarmerWife has requested Sheryl Crow. Now, I have a rather rabid dislike of Sheryl Crow, but I will allow HFW some Crow this time because I love the woman so dearly. HFW, not Ms Crow. Also, I don't mind this song. Oh, and Strong Enough. That's a good one.
Sheryl Crow: My Favourite Mistake
Kristi, my co-writer of the currently stagnant Mush, mother to one friggin' cute toddler, and soon to be mother to TWINS, has some recommendations straight out of my mid-90s life. I selected the titles Kristi, I hope you find them agreeable!
Echo and the Bunnymen: The Killing Moon
Suede: Trash (Live on Jools Holland)
The Beautiful South: Dream a Little Dream
Cali has fully embraced the spirit of Music Monday and been most diverse in her picks.
Cat Stevens: Moonshadow
Soul Coughing: Circles
Cowboy Junkies: Sweet Jane
Mel, who is very concerned that I am refusing her request due to lack of coolness, is most insistent that I put this bloody video up already. HERE YOU GO MEL. YOU CAN STOP SENDING ME PARCELS OF PUBIC HAIR MIXED WITH PIG ENTRAILS NOW.
America: Sister Golden Hair
Last, but certainly not least, we have the recommendations of a blogger's husband. I am told that said husband may view blog reading and commenting as a frivolous endeavour, but that Music Monday has his stamp of approval. So flattered was I by this, that I told my own husband, as if to emphasise to him that look - other husbands think this is cool! He remains unconvinced. So Betty M's husband, thank you for being the first person to make suggestions for this theme. I'm even willing to forgive you for being an anti-blogite.
"If you like Elbow and/or Beta Band, try Cranebuilders - 'Sometimes you hear through someone else' is a great album, you can listen to some songs at http://www.myspace.com/cranebuilders, start with Radio Song. Another recommendation that came from the same source for me is I am Kloot - try 'Play Moulin Rouge'."
I couldn't really find any Cranebuilders (YouTube's suggestion was The Cranberries), but here is some I Am Kloot from the sessions mentioned above.
I Am Kloot: Hey Little Bird
Laura Marling: New Romantic
"Now this is left field but too special not to mention. If you listen to fado, you'll know Mariza, if not and you enjoy amazing female voices [she is also about 6 foot, platinum blond crop and gorgeous] she's really not to be missed - quite astonishing. Terra is her new album but really at her most spine tingling live [agree there - we saw here at Womad in 2007 and forgot we were knee deep in mud]"
Mariza: Cavaleiro Monge (Live)
Mariza: Barca Negro
"While I'm in left field, have a listen to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. I can guarantee it'll make you smile."
Ukelele Orchestra of GB: Wuthering Heights
Since Mr Betty M seems to know his stuff, I'll just cut and paste some other recommendations for you music fiends out there. No video I'm afraid, as I need to get to bed before 2am.
"Back to indie pop and thinking about your fondness for James, you should try British Sea Power, 'Do you like Rock Music?' is a good starting point. And do you know the Wonderstuff? Same kind of time as James and much the same energy.
And given that you like Morrissey, I am tempted to start writing about Prefab Sprout so I think it's time to stop."
Oh yeah, I guess I should throw in my brother's recommendation, even though he had a whole week of his own recently. It's Iron & Wine, and as I really like him (them?), I'm ok with this suggestion. I believe my brother attended this show, which is likely the main reason he wants me to put it up. I'll humour him this time.
Iron & Wine: The Trapeze Swinger
That's it, I'm spent.
Here's the playlist. I had to make some substitutions, but did what I could. As usual, pop out the player if you can't see it properly.