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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

There's no need for you to say you're sorry...




This time around I'll direct your attention to Buddyhead where they've got a Noel Gallagher/Gem show up, which is pretty sweet. First off, it's missing Liam's singing, which is a blessing if you've heard his ragged ass vocals of the past tour or two. God awful. And not only is this Oasis' main man on all things musical/vocal, it's also a sweet selection of song from the Oasis catalog- and a great list of my favorites. Quality's good, too- sound soundboard. Dig it while you can.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Looking back, was it real?


Well the shuffle on iTunes has brought up some little gems that I'd nearly forgotten about here from the last year or so, and seeing how we're almost halfway through January, I thought it was more than high time to look back a little. And I'll also try to keep this to artists and tunes that I haven't blathered over previously, so don't go looking for Regina Spektor or Liars...




I'm sure I'm not the only one who has those songs that you fall in love with instantly. For this one it's the catchy guitars, that fantastic and somewhat prominent, rolling baseline, and the offbeat title. Of course visiting your national parks makes perfect sense, and perhaps the government should look into using the song to promote them. OK, probably not. What's the song about? Once again, I don't have a damn clue- but it's fantastic still.

Oxford Collapse- Please Visit Your National Parks





We'll have to cheat on this next one as it was released in late 2005 but I didn't hear it until this year, so let's just pretend, eh? I've always been a fan of drum and bass and breakbeat. Which is not to say I'm by any means moderately knowledgeable- just that I really enjoy almost everything I've heard from the genres. The driving beat and bass of this one is undeniable- if I were one to twirl my behind off with glowsticks, this would certainly be one to do it to. I love the way it starts out with a pretty standard hip-hop beat before changing up into hyperdrive. "Tonight... on this small planet... we're going to rock civilization" and BOOM. Nice.

Pendulum- Slam





I've always been just a moderate fan of And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. They weren't even really on my radar until the release of Source Tags & Codes- and more specifically, "Another Morning Stoner." Such a fantastic song, and one that creates such an indescribable mood and time whenever I listen to it. But the last two albums have been much more hit or miss for me, with just a few great tracks among a lot of other mediocrity. Such is the case with "Wasted State Of Mind." Starting off with a galloping beat and piano, the vocals are almost reminiscent to me of Built To Spill. Just as you think the tune is going to die off without going anywhere, the backing vocals kick in to sing along with the chorus. My only complaint is that the tune goes off at least a minute too long- we get it, guys...

Trail of Dead- Wasted State Of Mind





Cex. OK- first off, I hate the name. Apparently going by Rjyan Kidwell just doesn't cut it. Same goes with the album title and cover- but that didn't prevent Actual Fucking from becoming one of my favorite records of the year. And how out of left field- the tracks I'd heard from Cex before this album were more sound experiments than actual songs. But this time around we've definitely got tunes, and good ones at that. I'm not even sure how I'd describe the music, even in comparison to other artists- and believe me, I've tried. The female vocals continually tend to remind me of the style of Beth Gibbons, and the music tends to be dark and rhythmic, sometimes ominous. Great stuff, and the tunes definitely have a tendency to worm their way in your brain and stay there.

Cex- Chicago

Thursday, January 04, 2007

We just want to emote 'til we're dead.


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Oh I know that this album will be blogged to utter death in the upcoming months, and probably throughout the year. And I know that a number of the tunes have already been blogged in the last couple of weeks since its leak. But the great thing about Of Montreal's latest is that it's so incredibly difficult to pick the standout tracks because they're all so damned good. One gem after another- and even more so (in my opinion) than on Of Montreal's past releases. So extremely literate and yet fantastically tuneful at the same time, which is a feat that's often difficult to achieve. And yet that's become Of Montreal's calling card in the past with classics like The Gay Parade and Satanic Panic In The Attic.

I've never been one to overly study lyrics but these are so daedal and disjointed at times that they're even more over my head than Of Montreal typically is. And yet that doesn't seem to take away from the songs whatsoever. "Faberge Falls For Shuggie" is a funky groove that brings to mind the style of Prince, Ween, Beck, or even Frank Zappa. The song "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" is nearly twelve minutes long but is so engaging in it's lyrics and harmonies that it goes by in a fleeting intake. And then there's "She's A Rejector" and I don't even know where to begin on that one. It's almost like front man Kevin Barnes has gone and taken up all the words with Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? And I'll just leave it at that for now.

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Of Montreal- Suffer For Fashion

Of Montreal- Gronlandic Edit

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

He can kiss you where the sun don't shine.

Well- almost two weeks has gone by and that's just not right in my book. But work's been extremely busy (still is, in fact) so I'll just throw in a quick update here for now.

First off, a new video from Jarvis (The Artist Formally Known As Jarvis Cocker) for his latest single "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time." Good song, great video...



More to come soon, including new Of Montreal...

Friday, December 15, 2006

Year end round-up...





Well, I'm looking back on the year in music and decided what the hell- here are some of my favorite songs of the year thus far. To make it easier for folks to randomly sample them on a whim, here are the video clips...


Liars- It Fit When I Was A Kid

Not actually the promo video released by the band, this is pretty interesting nontheless- with footage from a 1930's documentary on Africa. Strangely fitting, I loved this tune from the first moment I heard it, with it's hypnotic, tribal beat and crazy vocals about who knows what. And who needs to know, really?




Ghostigital- Not Clean

Another clip here almost in a similar vein, both in imagery and in sound. Slow the Liars tune down, way down- and maybe add in some squonk and you could get something similar to this song from Ghostigital. With sing-speaking from the former male vocalist of the Sugarcubes, this one also adds in vocals from Mark E. Smith- which it can be scientifically proven is NEVER a bad thing. Both vocals tell some strange ranting tale of fish and chips, and damn if I don't want THE COD. Bizarre greatness.




Regina Spektor- On The Radio

Well of course you know you'll find Miss Regina Spektor in my list of favorite songs of 2006, don't you? I'll go ahead and just put forth that it's at the top. The catchy bum-bum-bums to accentuate the piano, the fantastic melody line, and fanciful lyrics all go together to end up with a gem of a tune I still have yet to tire of one bit- even after listening to the tune literally hundreds of times. Best part is, there's a good handful of songs on Spektor's LP Begin To Hope that are almost just as good.




Sonic Youth- Do You Believe In Rapture?

In the category of "anyone could have done that but Thurston Moore's the only one who did" comes the moment 1:50 into Sonic Youth's "Do You Believe In Rapture?" (:37 in this video of their Bonaroo performance) after a short pause when Thurston briefly breaks down the song to pick a simple chord and it's just crystalline perfect somehow. In non-religious terms, "rapture" is defined as "ecstatic joy or delight" and that sums up well the emotion stirred by that heavenly placed arpeggio.


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