Bruce Parker

Songs for Sunday - The Depressed Boy Edition

Filed By Bruce Parker | July 13, 2008 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Counting Crows, Damien Rice, iron and wine, music, postal service

Anyone who knows me at all won't be surprised that my music tastes change a lot, but are always marked by an obsession with a certain artist, band, song, or type of music that can last for as long as a year or just a few days. The last month or so I have been listening to a mix on my iTunes and my iPhone, I titled Emo Boy Mix. I was recently told that I was misusing the word Emo, but didn't really care. So below is my list of the ten best depressed boy songs that are dominating my iMusic world.

  1. Anna Begins - The Counting Crows
  2. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice
  3. The Scientist - Coldplay
  4. Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell On You) - Aqualung
  5. Sleeping In - The Postal Service
  6. What Sarah Said - Death Cab For Cutie
  7. Boy with a Coin - Iron and Wine
  8. Grapevine Fires - Death Cab For Cutie
  9. Love and Some Verses - Iron and Wine
  10. Talking Bird - Death Cab For Cutie

These bands particularly Aqualung, The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie and Iron and Wine are new to me so I can't get enough of them right now.

Take a minute and share with Projectors some music that you like that is a bit out of character or doesn't reflect the majority of your music taste. What is the last few songs you have listened to and liked that no one would guess?


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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 13, 2008 10:46 AM

Bruce, I know nothing about this except Aqualung. Are we talking 1971 Aqualung by Jethro Tull?

feeling like a dead duck...

spitting out pieces of his broken luck...

You wanna talk depressed boy?

Crying in the cold sun...

Watching the pretty panties run...

Despite mainly being into obscure punk and indie, I am obsessed with the Eurovision Song Contest and people tend to be surprised by the amount of trivia I can share on it. So I'm into a whole bunch of stuff that I discovered through that, like Athena, the Turkish band who should've won it in 2004, or Verka Serduchka, the Ukrainian drag queen who entered a ludicrous dance track featuring an accordion last year.

Bruce, I love Iron & Wine! Have you heard Calexico? They've got a really similar sound. I think you'll like them.

I've been listening to a lot of NPR lately, rather than my iPod. I love "Marketplace" and "The World." The story about Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae this week made me shit my pants. Are you kidding me? The government agencies that underwrite home mortgages are broke? Damn!

You can't promise me a Ukrainian drag queen with a ludicrous dance track featuring an accordion and NOT link me, Nine. Manners! :)


Geez. What IS the majority of my music taste? I'll listen to classical, industrial, classic rock, modern rock (formerly alternative), world music, ambient, electronica, club, gothic -- anything but country, rap and pop tarts.

I was very disappointed with the Killers' latest (most impressed by their first). Most recent fave band was probably the Tea Party, although U2 circa Pop (more revolutionary than it will ever be credited for) and Bowie circa Outside (industrial + lounge music = ?!?) remain up there. And Radiohead (aren't they 'out' yet?).

I miss guitar gods. There are no new guitar gods. We still have Clapton, Santana and Neil Young, but it's become a lost art. U2 ushered in an age of rhythm and understatement. Jagori Tanna (I Mother Earth) and Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Shady Grady) could have reached that plateau, but the music industry is so not there right now.

Incidentally, you might know this, but Ben Gibbard fronts both The Postal Service and DCFC. (Transatlanticism remains one of my favorites -- such incredibly profound lyrics that you rarely get nowadays.)

I do apologise Bil! This rather odd video should remedy it. And while I'm at it, here's last year's French entry, which brings me much joy.

I have the not-so-new Alanis Morissette's 10-year-anniversary Jagged Little Pill all-acoustic remake on repeat. I'm sure we all know the songs....

Beautiful mix. Just bought a bunch of those on iTunes. Perfect for my mood right now. Thank you :)