musicthe sound of your morning

the sound of your morning: 5 songs to start the day

by Grace Bonney

It’s been ages since I started a Monday feeling like I wanted to get back in bed for about a week. But last night two of my best friends and I rented a private room at a downtown karaoke spot and sang at the top of our lungs until we felt like we were going to drop. It’s hard to express how therapeutic it is to sing out loud without worrying about how lame you sound. I stopped caring about my puny voice somewhere between a round of Blondie and Clash songs. But I need a little bit of Debbie Harry’s stamina this morning to get off the couch and jump start my week, so I thought I’d share some of the soundtrack to my Monday morning. Last week’s music post got over 100 comments and introduced me to at least five new bands that I’m listening to on heavy rotation right now (thank you!). So today I thought I’d gear the recommendations toward the songs that bring you out of a sleepy stupor. Do you crank the volume and fill your home with something loud, or do you prefer to be lulled back to life by something soft and comforting? After reading everyone’s SXSW tweets this week, I have a feeling I’m not the only one in need of a little Monday morning pick-me-up. (And, in honor of SXSW, my selections this morning are all live music videos.)

So what’s your musical version of espresso? And, if your musical wake-me-up is more like a warm cup of chamomile tea, feel free to lay that on me, too. I eventually want to turn these reader-generated playlists into something we can all download, so please feel free to share MySpace and YouTube links. I’m excited to fill my home with new sounds this morning and hear what it’s like inside your homes. xo, grace

*Image above from Whitney and Jesse Chamberlin’s Sneak Peek

Wye Oak, “Civilian” — It was impossible to follow SXSW this year and not hear a steady stream of “OMG WYE OAK IS AMAZING” online. After repeat listens this weekend, I’m convinced everyone’s right. They’re amazing. Another reason to love Baltimore and the fabulous artists it produces.

#1.2 — The Spinto Band, “Oh Mandy” by lablogotheque

The Spinto Band, “Oh Mandy” — Zach from College Humor is the only reason I know about this band, and I love them to this day. AC introduced me to this amazing Takeaway Shows website years ago, and it’s remained one of the best and most interesting places to watch fantastic bands play live. Click here and get ready to lose a good four to five hours of your day watching live music.

CLICK HERE for more Monday morning music after the jump and to share your own!

The New Pornographers, “All the Old Showstoppers” — I have AC to thank for a large chunk of my favorite music. The New Pornographers are the best example of that. Carl Newman is probably my favorite musician of all time, and this live show in the back of a cab makes me incredibly happy. Geek-out moment? Carl and his lovely wife Christy opened up their home to us last summer, and it will be featured in the D*S Book this fall. I had a hard time sitting there, acting like it was normal to be two feet away from him. I’m pretty sure Amy had to listen to me gush about how amazing he and the band are for the entire ride to and from Woodstock. Sorry, Amy. But they’re that amazing.

The Empties, “Oh My God” by eikonproductions

The Empties, “Oh My God” — I’ve had a crush on this band ever since I saw this performance video shot in Athens, GA. I’m not kidding when I say that I want to time the D*S Book Tour visit to Athens with one of their shows.

The Avett Brothers, “At The Beach” — This is one of my favorite songs of the past few years. These guys are amazing performers and often use their (stomping) feet as percussion for live songs. It’s hard to listen to any of their music and not feel like a) learning to play the banjo and b) smiling and whistling around the house. Click here to read the D*S Sights & Sounds interview with Scott Avett. (There’s a banjo malfunction in this version, but I love their intensity in the performance and wanted to share it anyway.)

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