Posts Tagged ‘music’

Pendulum remix ABC news theme

June 1, 2010

I heard this on Triple J last night and had to share…

Perth band Pendulum have remixed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation‘s news theme.



My favourite…

August 7, 2009

Welcome to a new and (hopefully) regular feature on An odd assortment. Inspired by Gala‘s Things I Love Thursday, in a similarly alliterative vein I have created Favourite Friday! Every Friday we’ll be celebrating the smiles and happiness that come from favourite things, and I’ll share something I count as a favourite, and why I like it so much. Music, shoes, flowers, food, animals, places, yarns, dresses, books…there are so many wonderful things in the world! You can play too, I’d love you to leave me a comment about your favourites.

This week I want to tell you about my favourite album.

I go through phases with music. As well as being obsessed with the latest craze, I often rediscover albums I haven’t listened to in a while, and suddenly they’re back on high rotation on my mp3 player. I’m also a big believer in seasonal music. You know—how some songs are just perfect for summer, and others are the epitome of the winter mood.

At the moment I’m listening mostly to winter music (winter’s easier to deal with if you aren’t longing for summer) and my current favourite album is the Fleet Foxes’ debut.

fleet foxes

I’m unsure how best to describe their music so I’ll resort to things others have said. Wikipedia (font of all knowledge) describes their genre as ‘indie folk’ and ‘baroque pop’. The band apparently describe their own songs as ‘baroque harmonic pop jams’. There’s a lot of beautiful vocal harmonies and gentle guitar melodies. The lyrics are sometimes sweet, at other times powerful or sad or confusing. Some of their songs sound like 60s-style pop, others show distinct folk or gospel influences.  They are beautiful. They are amazing. They make me happy and thoughtful, and I like music which does that. I also really like the way the album is crafted as a whole, and is not just a random collection of songs.

I had to get up really early this morning, Libby had to drop her car to the mechanic at 7.30am. I picked her up so she could get to work, and on the way we stopped for some breakfast at A Bite to Eat. It was beautifully empty and they were playing the Fleet Foxes—just what my tired and out-of-sorts early morning mood needed. A comforting and smiley way to start the day.

You can see my favourite Fleet Foxes song on YouTube here (it has goats! squee!). Another beautiful one is White Winter Hymnal, which has a cute but sad clip. I hope they brighten your day as much as they brighten mine.

What’s your favourite album?

Hello, Boston

June 7, 2009

My last couple of days in Santa Fe seemed to go by in a whirlwind of conference talks, knitting, and people. The conference dinner on Thursday night went off as expected—there’s always at least one Astronomer who shows up in some outlandish outift


but apart from that it was a reasonably classy night, enjoying the balmy evening on a terrace above Santa Fe. We were lucky enough to hear an address by Robert Christy, an elderly Astronomer who was (and is) definitely one of the giants in the field of Stellar Pulsation.

The conference ended mid-afternoon on Friday and I had a bit of time before the bus left to take us all back to Albuquerque, so I wandered around the town for the last time. While munching a tasty chocolate croissant (last one left at the bakery!) I wandered into the cathedral park where I found this band playing.


At first I thought they were glockenspiels (they’re very like them) but later I found out they’re marimbas, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument. All tuned to different octaves, and with drums to help, it made very rhythmic but very chilled music—perfect for relaxing in the park. I bought their CD and can’t wait to listen to it.

The next morning, after a brief night at a forgettable hotel in Albuquerque, I was once again in transit. Albuquerque to Denver, then Denver to Boston, and to Eduard! One of my very good friends from Stromlo who now lives here.

The little I saw of Cambridge yesterday afternoon and last night was beautiful. Spring is in full swing here (such a lovely change from the cold of home and the dry of Santa Fe) and I can’t wait to explore it more today! I think I’ll be taking lots of photos. We walked to a lovely restaurant (with great cocktails, incidentally) for dinner last night, and I think I made the walk almost twice as long because I kept stopping to look at everyone’s garden. I’ve never seen so many rhododendrons!