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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)

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