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Saturday Song Obsession & Summation of Sounds: 3/3/12

Since I’m broke as shit and my friends seem to have these things called “responsibilities” and “aspirations” I spend a lot of time alone devouring music. And thus I have a double song obsession this week, bear with me. [Side note: I almost wrote “bare with me” but that would have meant something a little different. Oops.]

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been infected by the song “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Morae (yes the name of their band is lowercase and includes a period. *shrug*) I caught it a few times on the radio over the past week and the singer’s voice sounded really familiar. Thanks to Shazam I discovered this band was fun. Thanks to the amazing power of the interwebs I quickly found that the singer used to be in a band called The Format. Ohhhhh yeah, I starting digging them a few years ago on Pandora. Ain’t technology grand? My favorite fun. song and my favorite song by The Format have been keeping me company this week so I share them both. Enjoy… preferably with a cocktail, it’s Saturday for shit’s sake.

“Out on the Town” by fun.: I have no idea why this is set to the trailer for “Old School” but combining unrelated stuff I love is never a bad thing. This song is super fun, super danceable, and I’ve listened to it about 100 times in two days. My apologies to my new neighbors.

Favorite lyrics:

“I was out on the town, so I came to your window last night.

I tried not to throw stones, but I wanted to come inside.

Now I’m causing a scene, thinking you need a reason to smile.

“Give It Up” by The Format: So glad I rediscovered this. Same great vocalist, in a more low-key, subdued fashion, but just as good. And I can dance to this too. Well, to be fair, I can dance to anything. This shit is catchy, kinda bummed I didn’t get into it while The Format was still a band.

Favorite lyrics:

“God, I miss those songs we used to sing.
Talking like getting away would be the greatest thing.”

Summation of Sounds:

I’ve been a busy little blogger. Might be why I’m so damn tired, or that could have something to do with the three beers I just chugged. Whatevs.

How Music Has Shaped My Life Part 1: This Happy Song: The beginning of an exploration of what music has meant to me as I enter my 30th year of life. Guess what? Music has been shaping me since the day I was born and hasn’t stopped since.

This is Real Life: The Nervous Wreckords, Grand Tarantula, and Midnight Rivals at Anthology: Great bands, great venue, and great friends. This night had it all. I even got a hello and a hug from Brian Karscig. At which point I got tongue-tied and said the name of my blog incorrectly. Fail, Jen, fail.

It’s a Long, Long Ride: An Interview with Greg Peters of Dead Feather Moon: I’m gonna gush a little- this band and this musician are a couple of the reasons I started this blog. The very talented Mr. Peters was kind enough to give me the gift of his words on his bands, his brewing, and the blending of both.

Music Magicalness in March: I was more than happy with February’s local music offerings, but March’s music madness might have it beat: The Heavy Guilt (gonna see them three times I think), The Howls, Dead Feather Moon, The Silent Comedy, The Filthy Violets, The Black Sands, and a bunch more local bands are gonna make sure I don’t make it to April.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

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