Music is an important part of cooking for me. There is something about turning up the radio and dancing around in my tiny kitchen that I find endless joy in. I should mention that a glass of wine is usually included in this activity. I'm writing this post because there are a few bands I have in heavy rotation that I am finding particularly satisfying. These folks are mood altering.
- The Seedy Seeds - My uber hip sister introduced me to this group. They have an eclectic sound with a mastery of tempo that will get your blood pumping. Start off with The Push or Drive Me to the Center. You can hear soundbites on Aimee Street.
- Santigold - This group opened for Coldplay when they came to DC. Marcus went to the concert and all he brought me was a Coldply t-shirt that I use as PJs and a tip about Santigold. My favorite songs are Lights Out and L.E.S Artistes. You can find Santigold on Itunes. Check out this video; the dance moves totally crack me up.
- Laura Marling - I love British ladies with guitars. I just bought this album and my favorite song so far is Ghosts. Here's the video. The director clearly smoked a bunch of crack before making it. It's INSANE.
- Electric Light Orchestra - ELO put out their first album the year I was born: 1973. Somehow I missed them the first time around. I discovered them with the help of Ben Folds who has a number of Electric Light Songs listed on his Itunes celebrity play list. The song Turn to Stone makes me feel like I'm back in high school show choir. Yes, I was in show choir. As a side note, in the song Don't Bring Me Down - do you think they are saying "Don't bring me doooown BRUCE!" or JUICE? Apparently, it's neither.
- Of Montreal - I know everyone is listening (and has been listening) to Of Montreal, like, forever. But whatever. I had to put them on my list because they are practically my sous chefs. Check out Gronlandic Edit and Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games.
- Raphael Sadiq - If you like Marvin Gaye than you will love Raphael Sadiq. His new album, The Way I See It, is sure to be remembered. Check out Never Going to Give you Up. I saw Sadiq at Dream, when Dream was called Dream, not Love. I guess that was a long time ago. So long ago I might have still been cool.
I'm starved for new music, so, please, leave some suggestions in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.