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Yamamoto's audio picks: Placebo, Melee, Hellogoodbye, and The Rolling Stones

Each week I’m posting audio links to a few bands, songs, and music videos that have caught my eye at some point. Enjoy!


1) Placebo: I was lucky enough to have been introduced to this band’s music as early as middle school. Without You I’m Nothing, the band’s second full album, is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. To list a few favorite tracks from the album, check out Every You, Every Me, which was featured on the Cruel Intentions soundtrack, and Burger Queen (they also have an amazing French version of the track). Sleeping With Ghosts is  pretty well-balanced (I don’t have a favorite track), although I like their Meds album (the most recent) a little more. In the very least, I suggest listening to Follow the Cops Back Home and Post Blue from Meds.

2) Melee: I saw these guys open at Slim’s in San Francisco back in high school and was almost instantly attracted to their music and performance style. Although Everyday Behavior was pretty good, I’m definitely a huge fan of their Devils & Angels album, which features tracks like Rhythm of Rain (couldn’t find a good quality clip), Can’t Hold On, Built to Last (cute music video), and She’s Gonna Find Me Here. Check them out!


1) The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black“: This is easily one of my favorite songs ever. If you haven’t heard it before, I suggest that you listen to it now.

2) Joydrop’s “Sometimes Wanna Die“: I think that I stumbled across this track while channel-surfing, and it’s admittedly quite catchy. If you like alternative, mellow bands with a female vocalist, you’ll probably enjoy this.

3) Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody“: From their recent “Only by the Night” album, this is arguably Kings of Leon’s most popular track. The song has a melodic, borderline lonely vibe, which makes the actual message of the song somewhat hard to discern. See if you can figure it out. Also, Paramore did a fantastic cover of this track for BBC, which you can find here.

4) This Providence’s “Certain Words In Uncertain Time“: A cute, acoustic track from a solid band, although the vocalist can sound a tad emo at times. This song made it to my “Top 25 Most Played” list in iTunes, which says quite a bit.

Music Videos

1) Hellogoodbye’s “Here In Your Arms“: Although I’m generally opposed to any songs about love, this song is simply cute with a music video to match. Regardless, it still has a great pop/electronic beat, and I suggest at least listening for a bit to see if it’s up your alley.

2) Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice“: Have an unhealthy obsession with Christopher Walken? Interested in watching that glorious, talented man dance around an empty hotel? Like DJ-mixed tracks with a decent beat? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you should probably watch this. Actually, you should watch it anyway. Also, if you answered “Yes” to either of the first questions, you should probably also see this.

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5 Responses to Yamamoto's audio picks: Placebo, Melee, Hellogoodbye, and The Rolling Stones

  1. Tapeleg March 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Just so you know, Meds is not the latest album from Placebo. The newest one is called Battle for the Sun. They changed drummers, and I have only heard one song from it, and it was kind of forgettable.

  2. Helen Yamamoto March 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    You’re completely correct, and I sort of feel like an idiot for forgetting to mention that album. Yeah… that forgettable. Let’s focus on their better material 😉

  3. Helen Yamamoto March 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Actually, I just remembered that I picked up the album last summer but was somewhat disappointed after listening to it for the first time. I’ll have to give it another go sometime in the near future.

  4. Tapeleg March 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    After hearing one track, I didn’t bother with it. But man, was Meds and EYEM good. Sleeping With Ghosts is still a favorite, though. ‘Special Needs’ is my favorite Placebo song, except for the slide bass parts.

    I take it you have seen the Placebo / Frank Black ‘Where is my Mind’ live video? Pure wall of sound goodness.

  5. Helen Yamamoto April 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    You’re talking about this ( right? Good call! It’s definitely been a while 🙂

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