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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

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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.

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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.

January 18, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (20-17)

So sorry for taking a miniature hiatus to just get re-aquainted with college life and re-situated in my living arrangement. I would say everything’s pretty much organized and I’ve been to each one of my classes at least once, so the stress of changing lanes back into this autonomous style is almost completely gone. I’ll try to speed up with these top 44 album posts to the best of my ability and I also have some more plain ole regular posts that are ready to boogy all over the interworld. So hopefully this weekend will be the time for me to get back on the tracks and to finish off the first blogging month of the new year with some triumphant production.

20. rogue wave : asleep at heaven’s gate

Rogue Wave seems to mature as a band as they continue to release new material. This being their third album, it is, in my opinion, their best efforts to date. Each song is carefully crafted with masterful acoustic works and wonderfully hushed vocals. The success of this band can only grow at this point, I mean, they already have one of their songs hitting the TV waves in a new commerical (for the life of me I cannot remember which one). Overall, this band’s ability to create pop gems and soft sounding miracles takes them very far with this release. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Chicago X 12”.

M P 3s
ROGUE WAVE- CHRISTIANS IN BLACK [MP3]
ROGUE WAVE- CHICAGO X 12 [MP3]

buy asleep at heaven’s gate here.

19. imaginary baseball league : unfinished / untitled

No loss to music this year saddened me as much as the loss of The Imaginary Baseball League, through ragged guitar riffs and soft vocals that screamed emotion in a timid manner this band prevailed as one of my favorites of the year. Unfortunately the album that made it on my list this year is their final roundup of tracks, not even compiled in enough time to be given a proper title. Although it is a loss of a band that would have went on to tackle great feats, we are left behind with an unbelievable effort that will raise desire and nostalgia for many years to come. I hope you guys keep making music somehow though. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Gambling”.

M P 3s
IMAGINARY BASEBALL LEAGUE- THE ROAD [MP3]
IMAGINARY BASEBALL LEAGUE- STEEPLE TO STEEPLE [MP3]
IMAGINARY BASEBALL LEAGUE- GAMBLING [MP3]
IMAGINARY BASEBALL LEAGUE- ART SCHOOL [MP3]
IMAGINARY BASEBALL LEAGUE- SARA [MP3]

download the rest of the unfinished / untitled album here, along with the rest of the previous releases.

18. the lightning bug situation : a leaf ; a stream

The Lightning Bug Situation’s A Leaf ; A Steam was perhaps the most beautifully quiet album I have ever heard. Each whisper and soft guitar pick sneaks up on you and calmly places its hand on your shoulder, not to scare you, but to comfort you. While listening to this album, whether it be the monotone poetic vocals or the deeply personal conversations that were recorded over lush acoustic sessions, you seem to sink deep into the most relaxing state you can be in. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Sir, A Loss”.

M P 3s
THE LIGHTNING BUG SITUATION- THE NEW DAD [MP3]
THE LIGHTNING BUG SITUATION- MESSAGE TO MYSELF AFTER FRANNY WAS BORN [MP3]

buy a leaf ; a stream here.

17. the most serene republic : population

This album simply explodes with energetic and emotional indie rock. Coming from the roots of the likes of Broken Social Scene, you can see why they lie within the very family-like Arts & Crafts Record Label. I first started noticing The Most Serene Republic’s rapid improvement during their Phages EP. On their first album, which I did enjoy, I didn’t see it as anything more than messy noise rock with tons and tons of instruments, but on Phages and this, it is all organized in such a complex and amazing way that one cannot help but stop and be dazzled by the spectacle of one of any of the songs on this record. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Sherry and Her Butterfly Net”.

M P 3s
THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC- SHERRY AND HER BUTTERFLY NET [MP3]
THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC- THE MEN WHO LIVE UPSTAIRS [MP3]

buy population 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)

January 10, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (24-21)

I feel like I always have to say something before the first banner for the highest marked album of that batch appears smack dab in the middle of your screen, immediately after the initial post banner. So I guess I can say a few things about how much I love this group of albums. Everytime I look at the next 4 coming up, I wonder at what I possibly could have put in front of them. The albums on this list come from the past, or a rare genre on the list, giving me very personal experiences that stick out when I think of and listen to them. Hopefully you’ll have as much fun I had listening to these because these are 4 quality albums of 2007, and there’s 20 more coming soon.

24. kate walsh : tim’s house

I have to praise that giant zip file that comes only one time a year to serve our hunger for SXSW samples simply because of all the albums it has led me to. I heard the beginning guitar notes picked in “Your Song” and instantly started praying, praying that the voice would be at least half-way decent, when Kate Walsh sang that first note, I could tell that there was something pretty life-changing about this artist, and in peticular, that song. Months passed before I actually checked out all of Tim’s House, but I found myself (and still find myself) arguring with myself on what the best track of the album was, and I never seem to conclude anything substantial. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Your Song”.

M P 3s
KATE WALSH- YOUR SONG [MP3]
KATE WALSH- TONIGHT [MP3]

buy tim’s house here.

23. the forms : self/titled

This was a rather late addition to my list, but I still support my impulsive decision to throw it this high on the list. The disc has been on rotation in my recent iPod playlist, and none of it has gotten old at all. The tranquil but horrifying guitar riffs that are anchored by a soft echoing voice that can spring into calm yells to emphasize every bit of beauty coming through the headphones carries through every single track on this album. Yet each song has it’s own neat little something going on. In my humble opinion, this is a band that you will be able to rely on to release innovative and wonderfully fresh sounding music in the future. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “White Dot”

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THE FORMS- TRANSMISSION
[MP3]
THE FORMS- RED GUN [MP3]

buy the forms here.

22. of montreal : hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?

This release garnered a lot of positive reviews and attention for this very glamourous indie outfit, and it deserved every bit of it. Of Montreal has been crafting quiet masterpieces for several years now, but on Hissing Fauna it just seems like every puzzle piece slides perfectly into place while the band shoots out harsh guitar riffs and lyrics that actually threaten and demand instead of ask. Every song has miles of twists and turns that turns the experience of the entire album into an unforgettable one on that old turntable. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “She’s a Rejector”

M P 3s
OF MONTREAL- GRONLANDIC EDIT
[MP3]
OF MONTREAL- SUFFER FOR FASHION [MP3]

buy hissing fauna, are you the destroyer? here.

21. lil wayne : tha carter iii (the leak)

What can I say about Lil Wheezy? This year has been higher than monumental for the Louisiana-native rapper. Every croak he lets out rolls smooth as if riding down a slide while nouns adjectives and verbs twist into a cyclone of talented and intelligent rap. For instance:

“and I am stuck inside of an ashtray like a cigarette but my heart pumps gasoline, and does she know that I just crashed and burned, now here comes the smoke.”

Even if you forget about Tha Carter III’s incredible force, than you can look at Lil Wayne in 2007 from a broader view. Then you’ll probably discover his some 15 mixtapes and freestyles that he seemingly released effortlessly. Lil Wayne has been the hardest rapper working at rap and not the business this year, and he does deserve the claim he loves to say,“The Best Rapper Alive”. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “I Know the Future”.

M P 3s
LIL WAYNE- I KNOW THE FUTURE
[MP3]
LIL WAYNE- I FEEL LIKE DYING [MP3]

buy tha carter iii leak here.

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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)

other blogs have cooler music than disappear here

semi-true. That’s about the first thing I can say about that. This day has been filled with indifference and a sloppy workout for my first visit to the local Y, which I’ve had membership too? Anyway, no parties emerged from the underworld of this small town because my own house and my good friend’s house (the two major “hotspots” for underage boozing partays) have been shut down due to excessive amounts of alcohol being consumed, people and fights that sprouted from absolutely nothing, and also, the kiddies 1 and 2 years younger than my friends and I have hikes-school tomorrow. To sum it all up, I had a lotta spare time tonight, and it hit me that non was spent blogging. Well when I began a new top 44 post, I was struck with a rush of procrastination and started fumbling through my blogroll to find blogs I have not seen for ages to salvage numerous mp3 files. So I came up with some good ones, and I felt like I should show ’em off, and give you guys my top picks of the litter. But as a note, it should be marked, that D i s a p p e a r H e r e also has it’s strengths, I believe we present some noteworthy tracks as well as these other blogs do.

MP3S
RIDE YOUR BIKE- KNACK FOR FAITH
[MP3]
THE HENRY CLAY PEOPLE- THE MAN IN THE RIVERBED [MP3]
OKAY- ME [MP3]
THE PARSON RED-HEADS- CROWDS [MP3]

January 7, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (28-25)

This batch of albums really gives me the shivers, which is technically a great thing, but it also means that I’m getting down to the really personal albums of 2007.

The one thing that I actually treasure from the fact that the majority of these posts are coming in January and probably even February 2008, is that I can look back at where I was when I listened to that one album hundreds of times. The nostalgia is a fantastic high from where albums like these take shelter inside one’s memory.

Enjoy this batch of shiners.

28. kanye west: graduation

I anticipated this album for months on end, just waiting for what innovations Kanye would put into the album that would end up affecting the hip-hop world. Kanye takes chances. It’s simple and abrupt, and the chances he takes usually pay off in some grandiose way. Whoever would have thought a backing beat of Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger” would take the cake of most downloaded song of the year? Eh, I guess if someone told me that before I heard “Stronger” I would have been like, “wow that sounds fucking awesome,” thank you Kanye for proving what I would have said to be correct. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Stronger”.

-> Kanye West- Flashing Lights (feat. Dwele) [mp3]
-> Kanye West- Homecoming (feat. Chris Martin) [mp3]

buy graduation here.

27. wilco: sky blue sky

This was an album that never really got me on the first, second, or even third listen. It wasn’t until my excessive rocking out to “Impossible Germany” that I began to recognize this albums simple beauty. Wilco is a band that makes complex structured folk songs that turn out sounding so simple and wonderful. But when that guitar cries out on several of the tracks, it really hits you. This is not very simple after all, but it is still really quite beautiful. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Impossible Germany”.

-> Wilco- Impossible Germany [mp3]
-> Wilco- What Light [mp3]

buy sky blue sky here.

26. yacht: i believe in you. your magic is real.

I didn’t get into this album until a couple months after its release, and it really is not like anything I have ever heard before. Practically starting a new genre of complex and confusing beat arrangements from laptops, YACHT succeeded triumphantly by even collecting a fancy fan base that took his style into indie cult status. The entire album explodes with energy and emphasis while not even using a real instrument. It makes the future of music look kind of interesting. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “So Post ‘Em All.

-> YACHT- I Believe In You [mp3]
-> YACHT- So Post ‘Em All [mp3]

buy i believe in you. your magic is real. here.

25. the new pornographers: challengers

I can be listening to this album right now and it could be improving on my list. Basically, number 25 does not speak for “Challengers” potential. This disc is a complete collection of perfectly crafted alternative pop songs. Each with their own little niche that curls up and takes their own spot on the best couch in your body. A.C. Newman and company continue to build as one indie rock’s most productive and influential bands because of their on spot work ethic and ever-growing experience and talent. If this isn’t TNPs at their peak, then gosh darn I am excited for whatever their gonna release next. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “My Rights Versus Your’s”.

-> The New Pornographers- Go Places [mp3]
-> The New Pornographers- Challengers [mp3]
-> The New Pornographers- Adventures In Solitude [mp3]

buy challengers here.

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top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)
top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iv (32-29)

Politica and The Golden Age

Well primaries are pretty much right around the corner, and it occured to me last night after the double-header of debates that this election will be one for the books. I consider myself an understanding and reasonable person, so I can’t find myself completely leaning towards one party. I guess I do hold a majority of conservative views, but I am tolerant and even at some points I agree with stands some of the Democratic candidates garner. Just as the candidates are bracing for the final straight of primary electing, I myself buckle in for serious attention to politics, so for the next few months you may be seeing more politically aimed themes: candidates; breaking news, that kind of stuff, every once in a while.

And for a bonus I’ll toss in some new tracks from the new American Music Club album, The Golden Age.

The album sounds great. Mark Eitzel sounds great and comfortable with Vudi still at his side stirring up mesmerizing riffs that can either be so natural that they go unnoticed in the beautiful fog of everything going on in the song or they can jump right in your face leaving you helpless and a lucky victim. There are so many wonderfully crafted tracks on this album to prove that Eitzel makes magic where he has collaboration, and it saddens me that I can’t share all of them with you immediately because of how much of an indulgence it all can be, but the CD will hit shelves sometime this February, so try to be patient.

“I said to my friend Kit, I know I’m just a tourist but it’s your New York duty to turn a tourist frown upside down. So he took me to a patry for fire-eaters, we did drugs in the toilet, yeah, we were so downtown.”

mp3s
-> American Music Club- The Grand Duchess of San Francisco [mp3] (* * * D i s a p p e a r H e r e Highly Recommended * * *)
-> American Music Club- The Windows of the World [mp3]
-> American Music Club- On My Way [mp3]

January 4, 2008

Walcott

Filed under: Highly Recommended, Muzak, Newness, Stuff Inside the Body, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 4:05 pm

It’ll be one hell of a weekend when Vampire Weekend’s self titled hits shelves. The album has had me mesmerized for days now (along with Heretic Pride and Lucky, but mainly this), but one song in particular has been on repeat for me. It’s that type of song that you sort of pass by on first listen of the album, strictly because of sheer excitement to hear an opening riff or drumbeat that will capture your ears in fascinated interest. The type of song that comes on simply because your playlist has been going through the songs as you are doing something else (most likely Madden or being high), as it plays, you listen to it with more attention, more attention then to a song that you would have picked to play. Your interest increases because of that hint of wonder of why this song passed by unnoticed in the first place. Then finally, appreciation hits. Basically, your entire body is flooded with appreciation. You feel it everywhere, in your arms, in your legs, in your fingers, in your toes, in your ears, in your day-dream. The song becomes a giant blanket of warmth for your entire body, and in the instances of your life while your listening to this song, you create a personal relationship with the song, that will probably never be lost. It’s that type of song.

-> Vampire Weekend- Walcott [mp3] (**DH** Highly Recommended)

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (32-29)

It seems these posts will be dipping into the new year, and there’s no way around that, I’ll try my honest best to get them out there for those who want some quality tracks or just a few bridges to some good music, thanks for being patient.

32. chris garneau: music for planes

The first time I listened to Chris Garneau, I was struck with the sounds of sharp similarities to that of Sufjan’s work. Sufjan has been my favorite artist for quite some time now, so that definitely caught my attention. As I continued to play Garneau’s music casually, it become more apparent to me that he had a completely different sound, one that was his very own. His hush whispers of haunting lyrics over beautiful piano melodies never failed to amaze me, and I still get shivers listening to this album even after so many months and so many spins. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Relief”.

-> Chris Garneau- Castle-Time [mp3]
-> Chris Garneau- Blue Suede Shoes [mp3]

buy music for tourists here.

31. loney, dear: loney, noir

I remember hearing the first song I ever encountered from Loney, Dear, “The City, The Airport”, and when I saw that the Swedish native behind the band, Emil Svanängen, was releasing a brand new disc full of Loney, Dear material, I was more than excited to just have the chance to grab atleast one song similar to my first impression. What I recieved was an album that was built to spill with lush and blissful bright indie pop. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Hard Days”.

-> Loney, Dear- I Am John [mp3]
-> Loney, Dear- Carrying a Stone [mp3]

buy loney, noir here.

30. the avett brothers: emotionalism

I was introduced to The Avett Brothers through this introduction (exclaims the band on the album cover), and this gave me the chance to check out some of their earlier work. I can comfortably state that Emotionalism is a definitive statement from this group. One of the more aesthetically poweful folk albums of the year, this piece blooms with emotion (hence the title) while holding on tight to raw folk roots. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Paranoia in Bb Major”.

-> The Avett Brothers- Die Die Die [mp3]
-> The Avett Brothers- Paranoia in Bb Major [mp3]

buy emotionalism here.

29. interpol: our love to admire

Interpol’s new album didn’t get a lot of love from the end of the year lists this time around, but the fact of the matter for me is that this is still frunking Interpol, and the majority of this disc is a roundup of some mighty gems. The one thing that ticks me off are people that always believe a band’s first album is their best, and gives barely a chance to whatever albums come after that first one. If you give this album a fair chance, it’ll come out making quite the impression on you. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Pace Is the Trick”

-> Interpol- Pace Is the Trick [mp3]
-> Interpol- Rest My Chemistry [mp3]

buy our love to admire here.

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top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)

January 2, 2008

Hi 2008

Filed under: Bonus Material, Muzak, Newness, P.T. Anderson-ish, Party All The Time, Winter Won — thatguyfromla @ 11:13 pm

My posting checklist is about 8 feet long as of now; loaded with seemingly endless tasks and promises I still need to fufill, so hopefully that will explain why my New Years post for ’08 comes at about late night on January 2nd. I still have a good 8 more best albums to go, and I need to keep up with a relentless and jam-packed beginning to the year. I’ll get to that in a little bit, but first, I’ll give you some good ole New Year tunes.

mp3s
-> The Go Find- The New Year [mp3]
-> The Walkmen- New Years Eve [mp3]
-> Sarah Blasko- Planet New Year [mp3]

Now, like I said earlier, this year already has a rapid start with music, so I’d like to share with you some of the upcoming releases that have made their way to my headphones a tad bit before the official release.

The Mountain Goats’ Heretic Pride
Nada Surf’s Lucky
Vampire Weekend’s Vampire Weekend
Hot Chip’s Made In the Dark
Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood (This came out in December this year, but the film will not see wide release until early 2008)

The previous are the upcoming releases that caught my ear, so I’ll give them a chance to catch yours now.

mp3s
-> The Mountain Goats- Tianchi Lake [mp3]
-> Nada Surf- Weightless [mp3]
-> Vampire Weekend- M79 (New and Improved) [mp3]
-> Hot Chip- Ready For the Floor [mp3]
-> Jonny Greenwood- Open Spaces [mp3]

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