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Music of the Month: Anya Marina - Satellite Heart (and new speakers)

I've been playing Satellite Heart by Anya Marina loads recently, so I decided to make it the "Music of the Month" for July.
It's a really beautiful song and Anya has such an interesting voice.



The video is totally Twilight-tastic because the song is off the New Moon soundtrack. I can't say I'm the biggest Twilight fan *cough*themes of domestic-abuse-is-ok-kids etc*cough*, but the New Moon soundtrack, in fact all three soundtracks, are really good. I started listening to the New Moon one because there was a track from Lykke Li (one of my favourite artists) on there, and was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the album. You should definitely go and have a listen (it's on Spotify.)

Oh just for kicks I'll chuck in the Lykke Li track too, cause I love this too. In fact the only reason I didn't make it the MotM track is because I already did a Lykke Li post in this feature absolutely ages ago.

This is slightly different from the album version.

In keeping with the musical theme, I recently got sent the Creative D200 bluetooth speakers to have a play around with.

I already had an iPod speaker dock, but these are different. First off, they aren't an iPod dock, but you can plug an auxiliary cable into them to play from your MP3 player, or by a bluetooth transmitter-y thing to plug into your iPod, like the ones you get in cars. I must say, I was a little bit put off by that, but I do have quite an old iPod classic.
I tried out my Dad's iPod Touch with it, using the bluetooth connection and was really impressed with the range. My house is pretty bad for all things transmitter-y, our tvs are rubbish because the aerials can't pick up signal, and the wireless is pretty shoddy upstairs (especially in my room), but the speakers worked perfectly wherever I ran with the iPod in the house, with the exception of the far corner of my room.
As I said though, because it doesn't work with my iPod (well without extra cables anyway), I've been using the speakers to play music from my computer through, and I'm so impressed with them I shalln't be going back to my old iPod dock.
I don't really like listening to music out of my computer speakers because it sounds tinny and rubbish (similarly with in-ear headphones), but I have to if I want to use Spotify (or wear my massive Skull Candy Hesh headphones which mean I can't hear anything else, which pisses off my mum when she's shouting for me and I'm ignoring her.) The quality of these speakers is really really good though, so much so that I've noticed parts of the music in some songs that I never had before listening via my laptop speakers. They're defintely better than my Logitech iPod dock.
Another benefit is that if I'm playing music from iTunes or Spotify, I don't have to get up to change the song, which I do with my iPod dock. (I know, I'm really lazy!) And it's really hard to use the clickwheel thingy when it's docked in. I know if I had normal speakers attached to my laptop with wires it'd be the same, but I usually use my laptop on my bed and I don't want wires trailing across the room that I have to plug in and out and get tangled up in.
And the speakers look really slick too. All in all I like them, but they'd be better with an iPod dock. And I think it's a bit stingy that Creative don't throw in an auxiliary cable thing with the speakers, they cost enough (RRP £89.99, but I think you can get them cheaper.)
Because of this, and the fact that the volume seems to start at a different level every time I turn them on, I wouldn't say you should rush out and buy them to replace your existing speakers. But if you don't already have any speakers or are looking to upgrade, then you could do a lot worse than these. So ta Creative for these.

I realise that I am in no way qualified to talk about music and make recommendations, and James' guest post last month was much better, so feel free to tell me to shut up and stop doing these posts if you don't like them.
However should you want to musically stalk me, this is my LastFM account.

What are you listening to loads at the moment? Any bands/artists you think I should check out? Let me know :)