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March 20, 2008

NEW: Death Cab for Cutie [Jam] – I Will Possess Your Heart…but wait, There’s more!

So first I’ll lay you out with this kind of epic Death Cab track from their upcoming “let-loose” LP: Narrow Stairs. My initial opinion of this 8 minute and plus jam is purrty indifferent. The build up is a little cool but not f**king cool, and the last four minutes when Gibbard enters stage is melodic and interesting but nothing explosive. It’s definitely a boil that’ll grow on me in time like most of the group’s songs, but as of now I’m not certain of its place in my catalogue of cab.

M P 3 -> Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart [ mp3 ].

Now. The more part. I got 3 new releases [some still upcoming ac-tually], 2 of them electronic masterpieces and the other 1 being the newest from one of the most prolific acoustic artists of our ages. If I were talking actual band names, it would go a little something like this: M83, Cut Copy,and Sun Kil Moon.

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M83 explodes back on the scene with a release glowing of some sort of 80s critique and hush diaries of a 15 year old girl. Anthony Gonzalez pretty much kept everyone in the indie [elektronika] realm on the edge of their seats with the brilliant Before the Dawn Heals Us, and now he returns with a new sound that compliments his dark beat driven mood rock like a charm. I’ll let you loose on the upcoming Saturdays = Youth‘s first single, “Graveyard Girl” and one that really caught my ear upon first listen. I’m still studying the album as a whole, so as of now I can’t describe what its doing for me exactly. It’s quite nice though.

M P 3s
-> M 83 – Graveyard Girl [ mp3 ]
-> M 83 – Kim & Jessie [ mp3 ]

Lucky Magic Number 2

Cut Copy has found a way to make me fall deeply in love with their style and sound within a week. If you want to know the truth, this is my favorite electronic release of the year. The album doesn’t succumb to the normal guidelines of contemporary elektronika. The boundries are bent and twisted to fit the way this group wants to sound. Good. Perfect, I mean. ch-ch-check.

M P 3s
-> Cut Copy – Feel the Love [ mp3 ] (**DH** Highly Rec’d)
-> Cut Copy – Strangers In the Wind [ mp3 ] (**DH** Highly Rec’d)

Lucky Magic Number 3

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This effort doesn’t surprise me at all. Mark Kozelek is just the person for the job to create an abundancy of amazing soft folk rock for a decade and still sound incredible. He doesn’t try to change his style or sound, he never frays from the garage feel of his instruments and the faded, almost echoing vocals. Besides all that, the album is amazing as well.

M P 3s
-> Sun Kil Moon – Moorestown [ mp3 ]
-> Sun Kil Moon – Tonight In Bilbao [ mp3 ]

Well that’s it for today. Hoped you were fond of some of the mat. Cheers.

pre-order that shizz ~HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE

March 17, 2008

Monday Leftarounds: Modest Mouse [quick] Edition

Filed under: B-Sides Sucka, Clean Cut Internet, Muzak, Oldness, Spring Sprang, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 12:03 pm

Just got back to classes today, so this post will only be a two-em-pee-three post. Modest Mouse is like a whole new dimension when it comes to their b-sides. The sound is rocky and cruddy compared to their high quality big label sound recently boasted, and there is a seemingly endless amount of these things. Every now and then a post of a group of MM b-sides will be sprinkled all over the inter-web, or a friend will douse you will a few MBs of youthful Isaac Brock love. In any case, the heart and attitude of this groups songwriting will always be felt. An effective little bunch of rascals these fellas are, and although all-over the place, this second b-side here ranks high on my favorite Mouse jams.

B – S I D EM P 3s
-> Modest Mouse – Leaflet’s Gabe [mp3]
(Only 52 seconds, but a fun tune)
-> Modest Mouse – This Is Real Life / Untitled Demo [mp3]

March 13, 2008

I Dig the Diggs

Filed under: Muzak, Newness, Spring Sprang, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 5:50 pm

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Previous to this recent Ctrl-Alt-Del phase I had only had three tunes from the Brooklyn based trio, The Diggs. This is one of those instances when you go through an album and it flys by like an episode of Entourage, only at the end of this your not screaming “a fucking 22-minute episode?”, but your a little confused by how a record like this could be released without the amount of hype that an album like Neon Bible garnerned. The album flows with track after track of consistent indie rock. Each track carefully crafted to fit its own niche while masterfully coming together to make the album an experience and an event. Enjoy as much as I did, please.

M P 3s
-> The Diggs – Ctrl-Alt-Del [mp3]
-> The Diggs – Careen [mp3]

pre-order that shizz ~HERE

NEW: Animal Collective – Water Curses MP3

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Just when I think Animal Collective can’t possibly top their preceding effort, the first track of their newest release just punches me in the face and knocks me the fuck out. Apologies for the lack of courtesy with that last sentence, but seriously, these guys are on another level. Their music is like an explosion of sound that swarms around everything and anything that you are involved with inside your mind. Each track is like a mental takeover, releasing your imagination into depths never traveled before. It’s really an experience.

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-> Animal Collective – Water Curses (Off of the Water Curses – EP due out May 6th) [mp3]

pre-order that shizz ~HERE

March 11, 2008

Giant, Human

Just a fast reminder to anyone who stumbles upon this GOLD MINE of a page to watch the best comedy show on the air (due to those bastards who cancelled my weekly dose of Dr. Tobias Fünke). Now I’m sure you’re getting this from all blog angles, corners, sides, etc. But this needs to be hammered home, because if I was not introduced to this stupendous comedy troupe, I would be missing out on some of the greatest television to come around in the past decade. The least you could do, is take a half hour out of your life at 11 o’clock, kick the stupid Rob & Big habit you’ve been nesting and stare intensely at your television moniter. I’m already damn excited for tonight’s show.

Spring Sprang Break

So I gots a lots of cool stuff (scratch that, just one topic of discussion) to talk about here at the midway of my ever-so eventful sprang break at home. I’d like to announce at how pleasantly surprised I was to stumble upon a copy of Tokyo Police Club‘s debut Cd that has had just about everyone in the blogosphere endure the painful anticipation as some sort of torture. But it’s finally here, and after a few listens, I guess it has what everyone’s been waiting to hear: a full length Cd of Tokyo Police Club. I mean, they’re a good band, so who wouldn’t be jazzed up for new material. From an actual muzak standpoint, this album include a lot of catchy guitar riffs that are usually riddled with handclaps in some sort of body-shaking flow. The percussion nails the point home…literally, and the seemingly nonchalant vocals of Dave Monks prove that the bands sound is really still cool. Still hip. So enjoy their first single off Elephant Shell, and this other one that has really caught my attraction.

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M P 3s
-> Tokyo Police Club – Tesselate [mp3]
-> Tokyo Police Club – In a Cave [mp3]

pre-order that shizz ~HERE

And as a bonus I’ll be throwing up Knife’s “Heartbeats” for a friend of mine who has a special little crush on it. So here you go bud, ch-ch-check.

B O N U SM P 3s
-> The Knife – Heartbeats [mp3]

Monday Leftarounds, the Mgmt edition

So i’m pretty certain that Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden are household names by now, as well as MGMT sharing the flavor of the year with them vampires. But in all seriousness, this group knows how to find ways to rock socks. But enough about how flamboyantly brisk this group’s electric tunes can be, the idea of this post is for me to embark on a journey of a type of post where I can broadcast any extremely rare b-sides I have laying around. On a Monday, because if you really think about it, an album is like the weekend. Everything great that happens in your week happens on the weekend, but sometimes the best memories of a week can come from the weekdays. So here’s to the weekdays, and here’s to the wonderful world of b-sides that exists quietly under the surface of things. Now these particular tunes have been on my hit-list for quite some time. My good friend has had an inside man with the boys from Wesleyan since my Sophomore year in highschool, so about tres years, and since then he’s had this CD-R with tons of garage sounding b-sides along with the likes of “Time to Pretend”, “Kids”, “Love Always Remains” and “Destrokk”. So basically it’s easy to tell that MGMT is rolling in the doh, but here are 4 great tunes from them back in the day that may have never touched the blogosphere surface. Enjoy.

(P.S. – These tracks are so frunking underground that I don’t even know the titles, I had to freaking make them up.)

M P 3s
-> MGMT – We [mp3]
-> MGMT – Hot Love [mp3]
-> MGMT – Normal Alien [mp3]
-> MGMT – Four-Winged Dinosaur [mp3]

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And an extra P.P.S. is how much “Normal Alien” pulled back nostalgic glimpses of my childhood viewing of the creepy but oh so classic Pet Shop. The synopsis was simple…but brilliant. Two aliens transcend upon earth to take over a pet store that will ultimately sell alien-ized pets. Meanwhile, in this boomtown-like community in Arizona, a cliche Italian-American family hides from the mob via Witness Protection Agency. Anyhow, alien dogs are purchased, long island stereotypical accents are thrown left and right and the film is just straight up FUCKING WEIRD. But besides that, it’s a must see if you want to complete your own Bucket List.

March 10, 2008

Prime. In Mine. Mix

Hopefully this mix zip will be my return to form after taking about a month of real dense blogging off just to make up excuses called “mid-terms.” Hopefully from now on, whoever actually frequents this thing will appreciate my new mildly mannered outlook on blogging and my dilligent use of the MLA format. This zip includes a lot of the stuff I’ve been slaying with my headphones until a mere nub of the unknown of that song was left existing. A lot of it includes those princes from Springfield, Mizzou, Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin‘s Pershing, which is absolutely splendid if you have not been yet, and a whole lot of one hit stragglers (still exists is a solid shout out to bothThrow Me the Statue and Tapes ‘n Tapes who also championed audio via leak recently).

Tracklist b-sucka

1. cut off your hands – you and i
2. the bALLY who? – aqua insomnia
3. the cool kids feat. lil wayne – gettin’ it
4. pearl jam – immortality
5. the cloud cult – story of the grandson of jesus
6. lil wayne feat. the gym class heroes – white girl
7. throw me the statue – written in heart signs, faintly
8. the swimmers – st. cecilia
9. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – you could right a book
10. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – some constellation
11. pearl jam – oceans
12. aimee mann – red vines
13. sun kil moon – floating
14. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – modern mystery
15. mellowdrone – worst song ever
16. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – dead right
17. tapes ‘n tapes – le ruse
18. the airfields – prisoners of our love
19. fleet foxes – white winter hymnal
20. someone still loves you, boris yeltsin – glue girls

DOWNLOAD THE ZIP FILE HERE
(megaupload link)

February 25, 2008

sorry so sorry

Filed under: Uncategorized — thatguyfromla @ 2:43 pm

if you haven’t noticed I’ve been dead for the past 8 years or something like that, and mid-terms are just the thing to make me declare hiatus #57. I’ll really try to get back on my game, gotta figure out this whole multi-tasking kids keep talking about.

February 12, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (4-1)

Welp that’s been a fun and long run. I’m terribly sorry this gala drew on so far into the double o eight, business became busy-ness and new music was clogging my earholes to the point of filled, so that it started touching on the edge of my brain and rushed procrastination to the scene, and nothing keeps one away from updates like the fresh smell of procrastination. But here I am, on a Tuesday afternoon, punching out the final text to my favorite 4 albums of the previous year. And as a very quick sidenote: 2008 is lining up to be just as energetic. Cheers and enjoy.

4. oh no! oh my! : between the devil & the sea [EP]

Never have I had an EP change my entire perspective on a band or group until Between the Devil & the Sea. When I encountered the band on their debut self-titled LP, nothing really struck a nerve. I enjoyed most of the quirky tunes, not as favorites, but as an intersting thing to listen to hear and there. When I decided to check out this EP, I came out of it loving every single track to death. I dissected every second of music until I could be embraced by the songs completely. Every song on this release has become a favorite in my book, and this 5 track EP shows the bands taking leaps in their sound’s maturity. This album can make you smile and laugh at some of the simple fun things that are usually casted over in life, and it can make you look at some of the seriously wonderful moments that take place every once in a while. It can all be summed up within the final humming minutes of “The Party Punch”:

“But I don’t even care. Stay back. Stay home. Stay home.”

In my opinion, this EP gathers all your happiest memories and gives you a chance to re-live them for 15 minutes of grin resulting muzak. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “The Party Punch”.

M P 3s

-> Oh No! Oh My! – The Party Punch [MP3]
-> Oh No! Oh My! – Oh Be One [MP3]
-> Oh No! Oh My! – A Pirate’s Anthem [MP3]

buy between the devil & the sea here.

3. panda bear : person pitch

What is there to say about Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) that hasn’t already been said on some other audio blog. “He rolls like a prince” is the phrase that can explain him as a musician in the fewest amount of words. But while mashing fuzzy psychodelic vinyl tunes from the late 60s and presenting vocals that sound like he’s yelling them from the bottom of a 50 foot deep cave, something so majestic crawls through the headphones wire and makes its gentle way into your ears. Sounds so beautiful embark on a journey on this record that you never in your wildest dreams could imagine to exist. The second best part of this record is the consistency. Never, never is there a flaw in the flow of the album that makes the idea of hitting the double arrow right button to see what other goodies could emerge cross your heavily distracted mind. If you haven’t at least given this album a chance at this point of time in the world, then my best advice to you is to dive head first into the crowded hot tub of animals and little kids and have yourself a time you’ll never forget. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Comfy in Nautica”.

M P 3s

-> Panda Bear – Ponytail [MP3]
-> Panda Bear – Take Pills [MP3]

buy person pitch here.

2. the weakerthans : reunion tour

I know this may seem like a surprise pick to many (probably most of you expecting LCD Soundsystem’s popular release, but honestly that record apparently didn’t rub me as right as it did everyone else because I still prefer the self-titled to dance up a storm to), but this album blew me out of my seat after my first listen and from then on didn’t let me get back down to rest. The lyrics are the c lear stand-out hear on this album, both clever and dramatically effective. Each line is carefully crafted to create some pretty edge of your seat stories, so descriptive that you feel like you are with the narrator or with the characters that feel so completely like at least somebody you have met. But other than the lyrics, the music depict a picture of a Wintery northeastern town surrounded by woods and lost loves. Spacey guitar riffs accompany a comforting bass line that adds familiarity and smiles in “Civil Twilight”, where the story relates to a relationship that every one has seemed to be involved in.

“Hey, every other hour I pass that house, where you told me that you had to go. I wonder if the landlord has fixed the crack that I stared out instead of staring back at you, my chance to say something, seems so brief but it wasn’t. Now I know I had plenty of time. Between the sunset and certified darkness. Dusk comes on and I follow the exhaust from emory up to the end. The civil twilight.”

The pop joy that lays out wonderful songwriting abilities rolls without a gap through the entire album, and is (in my opinion) the peak of this group. They have matured completely and with this release they are allowed to boast with pretty kick ass songs. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Civil Twilight”.

M P 3s

-> The Weakerthans – Civil Twilight [MP3]
-> The Weakerthans – Elegy For Gump Worsley [MP3]

buy reunion tour here.

1. animal collective : strawberry jam

And the winner is… Yes. Who else could create an album like this. An album that adds to the historical marks that this band seems to effortlessly cross in full powerful stride. Producing some of the most interesting, creative and beautiful sounds that I have ever heard, and having them follow or warm-up in the absolute perfect order. When they have songs that build up to the point of sounding like something too good for this world. Sounds that feel like you are in the presence of a God. The songs build up to this almost mythological position and then masterfully climb back down the ladder to give its listener time to breathe before the next epiphany. To me, the title and the album work are also the best of the year. The idea of Strawberry Jam basically has one imagine a glass jar of dark red gew. But the album art work compliments the idea of just getting lost in the thick and dark insides of some beautiful fruit. Something such as a strawberry that seems so desireable and at other times even presents a sexual reference, being mushed and deformed to the point of something ugly and dark. But when you listen to the full album, and apply it to this, it almost makes you want to sink into the blood like substance and just stay there for a while. This album kind of makes me want to get lost in an imaginary place, so dense so that I wouldn’t even be able to leave if I wanted to. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Fireworks”

M P 3s

-> Animal Collective – Fireworks [MP3]
-> Animal Collective – Derek [MP3]

buy strawberry jam here.

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iv (32-29)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part v (28-25)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vi (24-21)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vii (20-17)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part viii (16-13)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ix (12-9)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part x (8-5)

Well that’s it. So sorry it took this long, but this entire month has been so busy and is gonna get even busier. I’ll try to make it up to anyone who actually frequents this thang as soon as I can. Thanks for reading. Cheers.

February 5, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (8-5)

Geez I have been super busy with busy-ness lately. School work has been such a …. drag. I’ve been at the library more than I have had time to eat practically, and I keep (like an idiot) piling up wonderful new music that I don’t have enough time to praise and spread. Anyways, I have a small time slot of freetime right now so I figured I’d try to make the best of it and try to pound the second to last out. I really wasn’t counting on these posts surpassing February 1, or January 31st in that manner, but it did, and what can I do. Hopefully you’ll all forgive me when I can start posting more frequently again when I get my feet on the ground and my head cleared. Spring Break isn’t too far away, so let’s hope I can get something going before then and use that vast opening of nothingness to gain some productive momentum. Well hopefully this post won’t take me too long and hopefully I can get it to you guys like an hour after I’m typing this very line. Cheers.

8. radiohead : in rainbows

I think everyone will agree with me when I say that the eve of anticipation for this album was more than extraordinary, and every expectation was met with either relief or pleasant surprise. I mean it’s kind of like a diss to the band if one would expect anything less than what Rainbowsgives. The sound of the album once again explores the boundaries of sound recording by mixing songs like the hypnotically rhythmic “Wierd Fishes / Arpeggi” and the loud crashing and crunching bliss from “15 Step”. Each song brings its own attitude and sound, presenting how far this group can go with the clashing of their instruments, but each song brings out the same result: the listener is left in his / her own imagination, welcome to think or dream of anything he pleases, the sound travels softly through the brain, capturing nostalgic memories and setting flowers in bloom along the way. This album is truly a feat for any modern group, but for Radiohead a lot of people say it’s just another one of their albums, anything less would be a disappointment. To me, this is one of my favorite Radiohead albums because of it’s contemporary sound and it’s relativity to the other modern day muzak I enjoy so much. Other things that make this album worthy: There is a bonus disc with its own fair share of gems. Basically I’ve been talking to much about this CD, and by now you should know what I mean. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Reckoner”.

M P 3s
RADIOHEAD – BODYSNATCHERS [MP3]
RADIOHEAD – VIDEOTAPE [MP3]

buy in rainbows here.

7. the national : the boxer

The National gets a butt load of shout outs and top ten mentions, and yeah they deserve it. Over the past three years they’ve released two of the best albums. In The Boxer we see the group at their best, creating the most quiet but silencing guitar riffs while Matt Berninger whispers some of the best written lyrics of our modern age. Each song asks poweful questions, and eventually releases chillingly realistic answers, the answers may be somewhat ambiguous, but they allow the mind to wander and inevitably become lost in the magic of the track, letting it surround the listener completely, and the shock fades away quickly because the next song will do it to him in its own special way. Every song on this album is what it needs to be, at the perfect time. It’s hard for anyone in my opinion to give only one song a spin on this album, because once you’ve heard a bit of this masterpiece, you need to see it all from one big perspective. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Fake Empire”.

M P 3s
THE NATIONAL – GREEN GLOVES [MP3]
THE NATIONAL – SLOW SHOW [MP3]

buy the boxer here.

6. the rakes : ten new messages

These guys just get me. They make that fast cool indie rock. I call it cool because they make songs about models, and a famous life that we should all be envious of. Well I’ll get real. This was my favorite album from across the big lake this year. The sound that elevates from my headphones during this entire record is so pessimistic but controlled. For me it seems the world this album surrounds is dark and horrific, but The Rakes have this cool confidence about the matter. When songs like “Trouble” burst out into pure energy near immediately after beginning, I am just pulled into its atmosphere like that. This is definitely a more personal pick than it is for substantial evidence. I just really really like it. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “When Tom Cruise Cries” (p.s. the movie he iss watching is my all time favorite, Magnolia, hence- “tom cruise crying on his father’s bed”).

M P 3s
THE RAKES – WHEN TOM CRUISE CRIES [MP3]
THE RAKES – THE WORLD WAS A MESS BUT HIS HAIR WAS PERFECT [MP3]

buy ten new messages here.

5. josh ritter : the historical conquests of josh ritter

This album blooms magic. As simple as I can put it. With The Historical Conquests…, Josh Ritter readies himself for a long career that will begin comparing him to the likes of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. His folk memoirs flow beautifully as if being read from a book of poetry. One of his most interesting components is working folk music into futuristic or modern day situations. On perhaps the best track of the year in all of music, “The Temptation of Adam”, Ritter tells a modern day love story revolving around two who fall in love in a time of nuclear war. The song takes place around the bomb, food rations and missile silos, and concludes with one of my favorite lyrics of my musical knowledge.

“I think about the big one, W W I I I, would we ever really care the world had ended? Would you hold me hear forever, like you’re holding me tonight, I think about that big red button, and I’m tempted.”

Just the thought of temptation to destroy the world because of how perfect this moment is for him, and the allusion to Adam and Eve and Eve’s temptation, to me it seems like this is a modern day look at Adam’s turn at temptation. Wonderfully written song both lyrically and musically, and a wonderful accomplisment of an album. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “The Temptation of Adam”.

M P 3s
JOSH RITTER – THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM [MP3]
JOSH RITTER – RUMORS [MP3]

buy the historical conquests of josh ritter here.

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iv (32-29)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part v (28-25)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vi (24-21)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vii (20-17)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part viii (16-13)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ix (12-9)

January 26, 2008

Made In the Dark and A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation

I’ve had the amazing pleasure of hearing these two works non-stop for the past two days, and they are simply divine. Hot Chip’s release may be a bit fresher than The Wombats’, but I can’t shake myself free of the happy-go-lucky Liverpool indie rock sound that Love, Loss and Desperation masters to a pin.

First off is the electronic masterminds of Hot Chip, and for lack of a better phrase, they did it again. They created a well rounded album that mixes both energetic and calm electronic tracks that all share the trait of absolutely mesmerizing its listener. There are songs on the album that make ya wanna git up and dance, and there’s songs where your surprised that beats could grab hold of your heart and be so emotional. I wouldn’t quite rank it above The Warning but this is definitley something you will want to get your hands on. Check out some tracks.

M P 3s

HOT CHIP – WE’RE LOOKING FOR A LOT OF LOVE [MP3]
HOT CHIP – DON’T DANCE [MP3]

Next on rotation…

Every song that made its way to my headphones via fate from Liverpool-based indie rockers, The Wombats, has been a complete personal hit. Their work on their new album, The Wombats Present: A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation, is emphatic and energetic but extremely fun to listen to and masterfully crafted to pretty much go to the exact places you want it to go. A great fun band and an excellent disc that deserves very much attention. Try some of it out.

M P 3s

THE WOMBATS – PATRICIA, THE STRIPPER [MP3]
THE WOMBATS – PARTY IN THE FOREST (WHERE’S LAURA) [MP3]

P.S. – – – On the second track above, I was praying for a Twin Peaks tribute of some sort. Guess it was just a big mad coincidence. By the way, the Gold Edition is wonderful and I am enjoying what I had never seen of the second season, kinda makes me sad that I only have 3 episodes left, but if you haven’t been exposed to this wonderful series, get exposed. Now.

Anyways, cheers, and here’s the links to pre-order these too warm and fuzzy discs that inspired me to break a heavy chain of laziness and broadcast.
HERE– – – – – – – – and – – – – – – – –HERE

January 20, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (12-9)

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Whoop whoop we broke into the single digits, and I already am seeing myself leave very emotional and sappy captions for each of the albums, I tell ya, you could read number 9 on this post and believe it to be my favorite album of all time, but to tell the truth, the albums from this point on could never really be put in any strict position without somesort of asterisk at the end of it. Needless to say, all these albums are great and spectacular and wonderful and, yeah. Here ya are for today.

12. jay-z : american gangster
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I’ll have to say I had my doubts about the future of Jay-Z since his release The Black Album, which was splendid, when he claimed that he would be retiring. I’ll have to say the skepticism level rose dramatically with his in-retirement release of Kingdom Come, so when I heard that hova was so-inspired by a screening of the recent blockbuster, American Gangster, that he was making his own hip-hop soundtrack and second in-retirement LP, let’s just say I was just about pessimistic. As the opening simple popping beats of the first album single ”Blue Magic”, I was more than emphatic, I was practically shining. The entire album proves the triumph of Jay-Z, and is just another additive to his high position in the hip hop universe. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Hello Brooklyn 2.0”.

M P 3s
JAY-Z feat. LIL WAYNE- HELLO BROOKLYN 2.0 [MP3]
JAY-Z- PARTY LIFE [MP3]

buy american gangster here.

11. spoon : ga ga ga ga ga
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I just don’t think anyone with a decent taste in music can resist that wonderful distinct sound that comes along with every Spoon song, the strangely congested seeming vocals of Britt Daniels, and the groovy guitar hooks. With every single one of their albums, Spoon has built a reputation to be a band that doesn’t let down with any release. This one is even more exceptional than its predecessors. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”.

M P 3s
SPOON- DON’T YOU EVAH [MP3]
SPOON- FINER FEELINGS [MP3]
SPOON- BLACK LIKE ME [MP3]

buy ga ga ga ga ga here.

10. modest mouse : we were dead before the ship even sank
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This album takes on so many forms and presents itself with a great deal of tracks, leading to a great amount of material, both quantity wise and quality wise. I was so excited to first hear this album that I took each track in one by one, basking in each song’s unique style until it had fully soaked and I had completely comprehended its purpose. Because of this patience that I usually can’t sustain, the experience of this album was vast but completely wonderful, and some of the tracks stuck on my iTunes playlist for more than half the year. This album contains several rock ballads that would land high on a list of my favorite tracks of the year. This was also a very sentimental album for me because of my visit to a very interesting concert where they performed most of the songs, a great show with 2 very excellent sets. Overall this was a very cool year for the band. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Fire It Up”.

M P 3s
MODEST MOUSE- FIRE IT UP [MP3]
MODEST MOUSE- FLY TRAPPED IN A JAR [MP3]
MODEST MOUSE- LITTLE MOTEL [MP3]

buy we were dead before the ship even sank here.

9. arcade fire : neon bible
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I find it hard to write a review for Neon Bible, simply because of the profound effect this band has had on me, with this album in particular. For myself, Neon Bible was more of an experience than it was just an album. Each track bellows emotion and opens a gate into an unknown world of beauty and fear. The entire album concludes after a soft ballad that whispers hushes for a sad future, the title track,

“Vial of hope and a vial of pain. In the light they both looked the same. Poured them out on into the world, on every boy and every girl singing it’s the Neon Bible, the Neon Bible. Not much chance for survival if the Neon Bible is right”

and a triumphant symphonic string build up, “Intervention”, comes possibly one of the more powerful songs I have ever heard in my dear life. It’s a wonderful time, for any state of emotion you may be in, so please, I urge you to take the time to listen to this record. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Intervention”.

M P 3s
ARCADE FIRE- NEON BIBLE [MP3]
ARCADE FIRE- MY BODY IS A CAGE [MP3]

buy neon bible here.

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iv (32-29)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part v (28-25)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vi (24-21)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vii (20-17)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part viii (16-13)

Chris Walla – Everybody Needs A Home

Filed under: Muzak, Newness, Stuff Inside the Body, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 1:11 am

I just got a hold of Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie‘s upcoming solo disc, Field Manual, and I must say that there is nothing more refreshing then hearing music made by these guys. Chris Walla is the excellent and usually quiet guitarest of the group, and this new release definitely gives proof that he is as much the brains behind Death Cab as Ben Gibbard is, enjoy this track and be sure to check out the entire fresh disc when it hits the iTunes store waves.

CHRIS WALLA – EVERYBODY NEEDS A HOME [MP3]

January 19, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (16-13)

Yeah yeah yeah, I’m basically trying to rapid fire this isht so you guys can have a pleasent day tomorrow (for those who actually frequent this blog, you may be like Hey! Wow! two top 44 posts! after he did nothing for a week! It’s what I’m hoping happens). But for cereal, we’re getting down to the core greats here, and to tell the truth, I’m getting kinda sad. At the end of 2007 I was okay, because I knew I still had a lot of posts to go before I gave my final farewell to the great muzak that went down that year, but now as the finish line is approaching, it makes me a little sad that I have to say goodbye to all these great discs. But I gotta keep my head up. I gotta hope for 2008 to be just as unbelievable. So enjoy these posts of these next four albums… It was a good one….

16. matthew dear: asa breed

This album contains one of my favorite songs of the year. Matthew Dear produces miraculous sounds that work together to create something amazing in the studio. He is one of the best electronic preformers of this year and this should be recognized beyond the text. If anyone tells you to check this out, they probably know what they are talking about, because his record label, and his experience meld together to make a pretty sustainable force. So please believe the person whos talking. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Deserter”.

M P 3s
MATTHEW DEAR- DESERTER [MP3]
MATTHEW DEAR- FLEECE ON BRAIN [MP3]

buy asa breed here.

15. battles : mirrored

Battles created one of the greatest instrumental albums of the past ten years through their dynamic guitar recking and relentless drum beats. I can’t even try to stop listening to the absolutely wonderful sounds that rage from the speakers and spread BATTLES sound. It’s basically that unbelieveable… If it’s not from me, then you will here it else where. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Race : Out”.

M P 3s
BATTLES- RACE : OUT [MP3]
BATTLES- DDIAMONDD [MP3]

buy mirrored here.

14. the shaky hands : s / t

The Shaky Hands were a band I heard only in this past year, and they were spectacular.Their rustic and calm acoustic sound drew endless amounts of attention from me, while they’re seemingly sloppy lyrics evoked a certain “cool” quality. This band is a very different style then any I’ve ever heard, but in a very very good way.*SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “The Sleepless”.

M P 3s
THE SHAKY HANDS- THE SLEEPLESS [MP3]
THE SHAKY HANDS- SUMMER’S LIFE [MP3]
THE SHAKY HANDS- WHY AND HOW COME [MP3]

buy the shaky hands here.

13. say hi : the wishes and the glitch

Say Hi was a group that really actually snuck up on me. I, yes, used to know them as Say Hi To Your Mom, which was an awesome name, but nothing from that or from the variation really stuck out to me to make me see change throughout their previous works. But when I heard The Wishes and the Glitch, something was different. The group began avoiding obvious areas that usual tactics would have succumbed to, and began making their own territory, their own boundries. Everything was adjusted, and working. And yeah, I loves it. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Oboes Bleat and Triangles Tink”.

M P 3s
SAY HI- OBOES BLEAT AND TRIANGLES TINK [MP3]
SAY HI- MAGIC BEANS AND THE TRUTH MACHINES [MP3]
SAY HI- BLUETIME [MP3]

buy the witches and the glitch here here.

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iv (32-29)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part v (28-25)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vi (24-21)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vii (20-17)

p.s. for the future- if I tag something as drunk ha, you will know my state of mind during that post… sorry to the bands for the stupid write ups.

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