Whenever I find something I like, I’ll bury myself in it ‘til I can’t stand it anymore. This behavior applies to almost everything in life—e.g. Coca-cola slushies from the corner Burger King (Spring of third grade), egg salad (the sad Summer of 2009), the entire state of Nevada (2010), Paris Hilton perfume (last two years of high school), Flaming Hot Cheetos (2005 to never)—especially music. When I find a song, artist, or album that I like, I’ll listen to it on repeat nonstop until it is forever burned into my psyche.
So every week, I will present to you, KTUH blog reader, tracks that have been playing on repeat on my Spotify and a quick explanation why. I might only have a single track, or an entire album; it might be a current mainstream artist, or someone old you’ve never heard of! You’ll just have to check in every week and see.
Week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, 2013
I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers
This is, without a doubt, my favorite song by The Staple Singers. Just knowing that this track is queued up brings a smile to my face. By the first uh huhhhhs at 0:08, that smile has morphed into an I-just-smelled-something-funky-and/or-heard-an-amazing-beat facial expression. My fave part? Mavis Staple’s bum-bum-bummms from 2:02 to 2:08.
Lovalot by M.I.A.
I’ve been a M.I.A. fan since “Arular”, but her most recent couple of albums really haven’t done it for me. LOVALOT is the only track off of her 2010 album “MAYA” that I really liked. It has just the right amount of weird funkiness to it and is perfect music for fast, death-defying biking down Waialai, King, Beretania, and every other major street in Honolulu. My fave part? 1:23 to 1:40. I have no clue what she’s saying most of the time, but the beat and her vocals are 2 kool 4 skool.
The Stand In by Check in the Dark
Things I’m a sucker for:
- 1. Romantic songs
- 2. Singers with faint Southern accents
- 3. Acoustic guitar picking
And The Stand In fits all the criteria! My fave part? The lines, “And angels come from Kentucky, I guess. Sweet, sweet girl, you make my head a mess” and “What if 600 years ago, you were Juliet and I was, well, you know how that story goes…”
Check in next week for more What’s On Repeat w/ DJ LNM!