Rainy days like this one provide a perfect excuse to listen to music all day long. Thankfully my schedule has given me few conference calls today so I can do just that. I had actually written something I was happy with and then I decided to hit a button on my WordPress screen because apparently I have the attention span of a six-year-old on Pixie Stix. It was pretty good, too – but now you have to read this version of whatever this post was going to be. Which is to say thanks a whole bunch for stopping by.
I was drifting through Spotify today as I am wont to do while trying to settle on something to listen to when I landed on a band I used to love called The Russian Futurists. That’s not to say that I don’t love them anymore but they went dormant as far as What I’m Listening To These Days and all it took was a jaunt through Spotify’s frustrating interface to find them again and shake them awake.
The Russian Futurists aren’t really a they, they’re more of a he and he is a dude from Toronto who created these really nice songs in his bedroom or a meager studio, I can’t say which. My guess is he has a regular job like everyone else and just happens to make some really friendly pop music on the cheap. He’s really good at it though and even if he’s not super famous I think he’s really talented and deserves some attention. On days like today where it’s rainy, kind of chilly, grey, and overall unfriendly The Russian Futurists are comforting. The music is like winter wrapped in a really warm sweater with beats and some semi-melancholy lyrics and that’s not to say this is sad music. It’s actually pretty fun. And it’s cozy. It’s like a down jacket or a chicken pot pie.
There’s a story I’ve played out in my head a hundred times where I’m hosting a party and there are close friends, acquaintances, strangers but mostly the first two and I am playing the music. I play songs like the ones I’m so graciously linking you to below and people find it very enjoyable even though they haven’t probably heard them before. I’m not saying that it’s such a great achievement to press a button and play music that I didn’t have any part in creating because it most certainly isn’t. And in this scenario I am not, for any second, cheered or carried out on the shoulders of friends like some kind of Party Rudy. However, if everyone at the party thinks to themselves about how the music is nice and is contributing to the overall fun atmosphere of the party and then maybe down the road they’ll hit play on their own music account of choice and when they hear this song they’ll think of the fun memory that was this party that’d be really neat. It’s also important to note that no one in this fake party once comes up to me and asks me if they can play this one song that they really like because in this fictional shindig everyone has fucking manners and doesn’t try to change the music at someone else’s goddamn party because that’s rude as hell. This dream world get-together is a real smooth ride, you see.
So anyway, check out these three songs which I spent some time enjoying today. You can even repeat them a couple of times. They’re good for that kind of thing.