Tomorrow’s the day that the big D month comes into town. Get excited.
Tomorrow’s the day that the big D month comes into town. Get excited.
So it’s kind of a thing of mine to get so jazzed up for late December starting immediately after T-Day. But anyway, I got in my head to start my Advent Calender a little earlier than December, say like, right now. Basically every day, if you like to visit this site, instead of opening that little box on the normal Advent Calender to find a toy or a butterscotch candy or whatever it is your tradition entails, you will find a freshly wrapped Christmas-related MP3.
Over the years I have been piling up tunes that are at least one of the following categories: Classic Christmas song, Oldies Christmas tune, Oldies Christmas tune remixed, cover of a Classic Christmas song, a contemporary Christmas song, or just a song that reminds me of the winter / snow / sleigh bells / fireplace warmth during a blizzard / Christmas in general / etc. As all of this culminates to my favorite day of the entire trip around the Sun (And it will be Christmas Eve, because I am not as joyous on Christmas Day because it just means I have to wait another 365 days till that monumental feeling of glee), I will throw together all the remaining Christmas tunes that did not make it on a day on this virtual Advent for a long list of Holiday fun and cheer for everyone of all ages. But like I said, I can barely contain my excitement so the clean cut internet muzak Advant Calender begins today.
And a special P.S.: I will not stop my regular postings, these dailies will just be extra to whatever I would usually be putting on the table. Enjoy day one! And this really is the most wonderful time of the year.
(be tee dubbs, basically all of these em pee threes are going to be highly rec’d)
I was blessed today to stumble upon a copy of the new Wyclef CD. Each track is packed with soul and great contributors from the likes of T.I. to Paul Simon. It has been a while since the world has been graced with the rap-reggae style of Wyclef or The Fugees, so this batch of gorgeous tunes is definitley a breath of fresh air. Overall, muzak has been slow lately, but in the world of hip-hop I have been so occupied with constant Lil Wayne mixtapes that continue to stun me with both their quality and quickness of release, and another song that has been driving me nuts has been the dice-rolling song from Knocked Up. So enjoy these Wyclef tracks, and the bonus babe that hits hard.
-> Savage- Swing [mp3]
Oh shit, shake that ass and move it like a gypsy. Stop, aw, back it up and let me them hips swing
I do not think I have ever been more frightened / curious / wait f*cking frightened to see a film before. Take a peek at the trailer. But be careful, this picture should serve well as an idea of what you’re in for before seeing this film.
Seriously, there’s been like a trillion B-sides and Rarities Discs that have hit shelves in the past few weeks, well more like four, but really, The Killers, Cake just dropped one, and now these two which happen to be my favorites. It’s seriously like the only good stuff coming out, instead of actual new CDs (It’s been like a drought of wonderful indie muzak rain lately). SO anyway, here are the two that I really like. The Annuals’ b-sides from pretty much my favorite album of 2006, Be He Me, and some fresh new jumpy pop tunes from The Format. Enjoy.
How can something so wonderful end before it ever really began?
R.I.P. Imaginary Baseball League
You got one hell of a fan out of me.
I recently began listening to a Nashville group who called themselves The Imaginary Baseball League. I had heard two tracks of theirs before just recently investigating the deal with them, “Gambling”, and “Steeple to Steeple”. Both songs gave me hooks that caught me by complete surprise. Every second of the song was like a flower in beautiful Spring bloom out of gritty sidewalk cement, both of the tracks would unfold like a rollercoaster quietly barreling through a picturesque scene the ordinary life. If I had to put it in simple terms, these songs made me feel good. I liked this band, and when I began looking deeper into them, I discovered they are no more since this last October. It’s just a sad thing to start getting into a group or a preformer after the race they were in had been run. It’s like finding out who Elliott Smith is in 2004 and having to be satisfied with B-sides from the past for the rest of your life. Except the difference is IBL’s race shouldn’t have ended so soon. I’m not saying I’m upset with anyone in the band or anything like that, they all have their reasons for what they want to do, I am slightly just upset with myself for not pursuing these guys earlier on. So unfortunately this section of this post is kind of like a tribute, but from the sound of these guys songs, that’s well deserved. Cheers men, hope to see you guys playing on sometime, and I hope for the best otherwise.
You can go to the band’s site to download the entire album, or track by track if you want to.
“Oh I know that it’s sad. We spent all we had, we blew it on gambling. Trying our luck, playing the cards, scrambling. 200,000 miles of wheels may not survive another trip. Maybe it’s time to quit, just settle down and start paying the bills, yeah I should really pay the bills.“
And for the record, the new 3 Seattle’s in this rocking world have to be Brooklyn, Nashville, and Athens.
having said that…
I introduce another new infatuation of mine, The Dimes. This group throws together some catchy tunes in their upcoming release The Silent Generation, while making a pretty solid name for themselves. The foundation of the album comes from the track, “Catch Me Jumping”. The group immediately establishes attention from the pop filled strumming of the acoustic guitar that soon surrounds the entire album giving its listeners positive familiarity. The album’s content flows like a history text book of extremely random events that never fail to spark interest in what is being sung about. The vocals soar with optimism even when the lyrics may not be so pleasant. With all these details wrapped together, the band puts forth a solid disc with songs that will (have) be(en) on repeat (for me). Check out some tracks for yourself. Cheers.
-> The Dimes- Catch Me Jumping [mp3] (**DH** Highly Recommended)
-> The Dimes- This Time [mp3]
-> The Dimes- Salt and Foam [mp3] (Now this may just be me, but this chorus strangely sounds like Death Cab For Cutie in their earlier days, let me know if you agree)
I was so impressed with Modern Skirts effort, Catalogue of Generous Men, that the positive energy flowing out of me when I saw this little single floating in the iTunes Muzak Store was beyond healthy. After many amazing listens to this new track, it is evident to me that the Modern Skirts is a young band that is only going to get better (And in my opinion they are getting better from being great.) The track is quick and lovely and certainly serves well to the apetite of its typical indie muzak listener/fanatic. Take a listen to the track and definitley look into getting yourself a copy of CoGM, trust me, you’ll be very thankful. Cheers.
-> The Modern Skirts- Four More Years [mp3] (**DH** Highly Recommended)
This guy is great, the muzak he makes is beautiful, and I simply can’t get enough of listening to it. Nuff said.
Gosh, I almost forgot how great this band was. Recently on my iTunes shuffle I stumbled onto “Hard Luck Tom” and this remarkable urge struck me to find out how the good ole Bees were doing. At first glance in this reunion, I noticed (It’s kinda hard not to) that the name of the band was changed, and their amazing album High Society was being re-released under their new name, The Silver Seas. This hit a personal nerve because of the fact that there were two seperate bands, both called The Bees, one from the UK, and one from the US, and to me, the US band was a favorite hands down. The US side had such a jolly alt-folk sound that rang with clever turns, and the UK side never really did it for me, they never showed me anything different. While listening to High Society, I feel like it’s the a country laid back score to a Wes Anderson film, and the artwork and Futura font doesn’t hurt with my theory.
Shame on me, I forgot posts for both the best songs from October and a nice festive batch for a Halloween post. Unfortunately I have to say that there will be no best of October post, as things have been very very slow and through the past month all that has been cycling through my iPod shuffle has been muzak from previous months or songs from the far past, simply clicked to evoke nostaligic fuzzy feelings. The weather is way too cold for Halloween (it was snowing for a brief pinch today), but I will still leave you with some tunes to jam to maybe when you’re, oh I don’t know, uploading hilarious photos from All Hallows Eve parties onto your facebook profile.
Speaking of ghouls and ghosts and werewolves and vampires (wink), Hey! How about that group Vampire Weekend! I just picked up some tunes from the groups new single on iTunes, Mansard Roof. I can’t really explain what type of muzak this is, the best I can do is it’s like a poppy, video-game indie alt group that could score a classical film in a very interesting and unique way. The single came with a b-side, “Ladies of Cambridge”, which is just as good as the single itself. I love their lo-fi sound, and I finally have an album to look forward to now. So here are both the tunes from the new single. Love the artwork as well.
Just got a listen to the new Killers b-sides, rarities, and remixes album Sawdust and I thought there was some interesting pieces of work entailed, so I thought I’d share. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews by everyone about the Joy Division cover, “Shadowplay,” that also happens to be on the great new biopic on Ian Curtis, Control (The film is directed by Anton Corbijn and stars Samantha Morton, who just seems to be everywhere I like in film today), but wow I just lost myself from conveying my opinion on the cover. I actually enjoy it quite well, and on that note, I really enjoy a lot of what The Killers put out. A lot of the stuff on the album is good on first listen and great after a few (Though I’m not sure how they’ll be after a lot). I really do think it’s something to check out. So here’s some sampling for yr appetite. Cheers.
I’m not really sure how to make up for all the time I missed, so I’m just gonna lay out a bunch of the bands I’ve been listening to and loving, and some other cool stuff that’s been happening.
First off comes something I touched on emphatically yesterday, the I’m Not There Original Soundtrack. Upon getting it I rushed to the Sufjan track, and loved it. Then after listening to the entire two disc album, I realized how consistent and proper a cover soundtrack it was. The entire thing is a really great collaboration of today’s big names covering Dylan in unique ways. A very fun listen and it includes some rather captivating gems.
Next up is a band who has a very unique sound. They can clutter together these ruccous sounds and mash everything into one beautiful outcome. They are a great new band coming out of Nashville, Tennessee and have a very promising sound that should carry them alone. Lately I have been looking for a band with a jingle like these guys have so finally hearing them was definitely a relief in some way. Be sure to be on the lookout for whatever these guys keep putting out because everything so far has caught my ear with a great pleasant ring.
-> Canon Blue- Sea Monsters [mp3]
I began listening to The Speakers after hearing about the band I will be talking about next. This was the original project between these guys and I literally swear to loving every song on this album. Each track has this hushed acoustic pop sound of its own, making the album diverse when listened to thouroughly, but a grand masterpiece when listened to as a whole. A great lo-fi, calm indie outfit who put together a great record. Check it out.
One half of The Speakers: San Francisco native, Brian Miller = The Lightning Bug Situation. His quiet but powerful voice carries each track to beyond the simplistic and pretty acoustic guitar arrangements, melding everything together into a sort of warping experience. Every track on the new album, A Leaf; A Stream is packed with raw emotion and hushed divinity. Quite the album to listen to on a rainy day.
-> The Lightning Bug Situation- The New Dad [mp3]
That’s enough writeups, here’s some straight up em pee threes for your enjoyment.
(Can anyone else tell me why I’m mesmerized with the new Killers song? It’s so creepy and eery and not-Killeresque, but I still have so much love for it. Cheers guys, good going. I’ve always loved the Killers)
-> The Killers- Tranquilize (feat. Lou Reed) [mp3]
-> Say Hi- We Lost the Albatross [mp3]
-> Vampire Weekend- M 79 (Daytrotter Session) [mp3]
-> The Snake The Cross The Crown- The Great American Smokeout [mp3]
-> The Carribean- Stockhausen Serves Imperialism [mp3]
->Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo- Hate That I Love You So [mp3]
(I hate that I love this song so!)