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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.

Lucky Magic Number 1

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

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March 11, 2008

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]

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)

January 7, 2008

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 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]

December 25, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 24 (Eve Special)

Tomorrow is Christmas, and tonight is Christmas Eve. I hope you all have enjoyed the past 28 days, so I’m gonna throw together a bunch of new Christmas mp3s and give you the links to all the previous ones. Enjoy! (P.S. – It seems i’ve dipped into the actual 25th! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight).

CHRISTMAS MP3S OF THE DAY!!!!!!
-> My Morning Jacket- Xmas Time Is Here [mp3]
-> Bing Crosby- White Christmas [mp3]
-> Low- Just Like Christmas [mp3]
-> The Raveonettes- The Christmas Song [mp3]
-> The Killers- A Great Big Sled [mp3]
-> Fiona Apple- Frosty the Snowman [mp3]
-> Bing Crosby- Silent Night [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Away In A Manger [mp3]
-> Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas [mp3]
-> Andy Williams- O Holy Night [mp3]

All Together Now
-> The Carpenters- The Christmas Song [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Put the Lights On the Tree [mp3]
-> Nat King Cole- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing [mp3]
-> Gene Autry- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer [mp3]
-> Phantom Planet- Winter Wonderland [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Holy, Holy, Holy [mp3]
-> Vaughn Monroe- Let It Snow [mp3]
-> Fountains of Wayne- Valley Winter Song [mp3]
-> Vince Guaraldi Trio and the Cast of Charlie Brown- Christmas Time Is Here [mp3]
-> Elmo & Patsy- Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer [mp3]
-> Iron & Wine- Sodom, South Georgia [mp3]
-> The Swimmers- The Christmas Sound [mp3]
-> Bobby Helms- Jingle Bell Rock [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- Star of Wonder [mp3]
-> Vince Guaraldi Trio- O Tannenbaum [mp3]
-> Alvin & The Chipmunks- The Chipmunk Song [mp3]
-> Sufjan Stevens- That Was the Worst Christmas Ever [mp3]
-> Mark Mothersbaugh- Sparkplug Minuet [mp3]
-> The Walkmen- The Christmas Party [mp3]
-> Chet Atkins- Jolly Old St. Nicholas [mp3]
-> Johnny Mathis- The First Noel [mp3]
-> Jeff Grant- Christmas [mp3]
-> Ryan Adams- Hey Parker, It’s Christmas [mp3]
-> The Bird and The Bee- Carol of Bells [mp3]
-> The Polyphonic Spree- Carol of Bells (Tim’s About To Lose His Marble) [mp3]
-> Roger Whittaker- The 12 Days of Christmas [mp3]
-> Burl Ives- Christmas Can’t Be Far Away [mp3]

and that’s some good ole fun x-mas. Merry Christmas once again.

November 7, 2007

best of october, halloween, or lack there of

Filed under: Album Covers, Bonus Material, Dance, Hallowe'en, Muzak, Newness, Oldness, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 2:34 pm

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.

mp3s
-> Bobby Pickett- Monster Mash [mp3]
-> Chris Garneau- Halloween [mp3]

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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.

mp3s
-> Vampire Weekend- Mansard Roof [mp3]
-> Vampire Weekend- Ladies of Cambridge [mp3]

October 4, 2007

m. bison. BACK!

Filed under: Bonus Material, M. Bison, Muzak — thatguyfromla @ 9:34 pm

So we’ve gotten some recent response and desire for M. Bison, which is like completely understandable, So I thought I would embrace this and take the oppurtunity to throw some M. Bison and Jeff Grant (M. Bison related) tracks your way to just kind of remind anyone that this band is fo real. They’re currently working on an E.P. and I really couldn’t be any happier. Truth be told muzak has felt kinda slow and unappealing lately (EXCEPT FOR FUCKING THIS) but let’s just say this re-booted my heart drive (ah thank you). And I get to put up another kickass picture of M. Bison of Streetfighter!!! Have a listen, will ya?

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MP3s

-> M. Bison- Slow Atop the Mountain
-> M. Bison- Jealousy
-> Jeff Grant- Ghost
-> Jeff Grant- Christmas

Bonus MP3

-> Radiohead- Arpeggi

September 13, 2007

Showdown with Slow Gun Shogun

Filed under: Bonus Material, Highly Recommended, Muzak — thatguyfromla @ 7:45 pm

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Slow Gun Shogun has a vibe of new age American rock, though the hooks that play along really present a conflict between what genre the muzak actually belongs too, this is not a horrible problem. It still doesn’t change the fact that these tunes are down right gritty and fun to listen to. The ballads strike a nerve and follow the synapse to roots of feel-good-out-in-the-woods country. Running tractors, kickin’ back JD, hot summers, tall grass, stiff breezes, cheap motels, and hard rock, all from a single track from the band (aka A.J.). Everything’s fun and fast and the songs are as catchy as amped rock tunes get. It’s the best of both worlds. So as SGS says, “stray dogs, broke cars, graveyards…crank this fucker up!”

MP3: Slow Gun Shogun- Spinning Wheels (highly recommended!)

Usually artists these days influences get a little worn out, their always a bit trite. This is another aspect of SGS that plays out in a completely unique manner. Here you have influences like Hank Williams, and the Dukes of Hazzards theme-song where you would usually see a Joy Division or Sonic Youth. I’m not saying it doesn’t work for those other bands, I’m not saying that at all, just that how much of a breath of fresh air the whole experience is with this band. Really give them a go if you want something different and satisfying. Rock on.

MP3: Slow Gun Shogun- Wish I Could Fix It All (With Some Hoodoo)

Also (real quick), as I was listening to this band, it reminded me of an old lo-fi favorite. So Hatestick, wherever you are, whatever you have been doing, this one’s for you. If anyone has any info of where this band is now-a-days, and what their doing, any information would be greatly appreciated. Cue spinning.

MP3: Hatestick- Hardy Har Haar

So so so, sorry I haven’t posted in about 881572309735609885 years, it’s just my file sharing site is being a real butt and freezing on all the uploads, and the workload for class has become denser than the Modernist text that is in the homework assignments. But hopefully I’ll be able to put things back on track…Not this weekend, because I’ll be traveling westward to suprise my friend at his school, but with Savefile as my most trustworthy aid, I will try to bring things back to speed. Thanks for all your patience and support. God Bless. (And here’s some tunes I’ve been enjoying a lot lately. Cheers.)

MP3s

-> Hot Hot Heat- My Best Friend
-> Mobius Band- Hallie (highly recommended!)

August 28, 2007

my were they is back and out!

So a while ago I posted about a little Chicago 3-piece called My Were They, and a little album they were coming out with called After They Threw Me In the River and Before I Drowned. I had heard them, liked the Interpol and Hot IQs similarities, which I now slightly frown upon because of my lazy clumping, all three of those bands have unique and kick-ass styles, and I’d really like to put your attention towards my were they right now. then some of their songs got some heavy play on the old iPod (seriously it’s on the verge of complete self eradication). As a very nice gift, I recieved a free copy of the CD disc itself in the mail which rekindled old flames. I decided that because I haven’t heard one of the bands songs for a couple of months, I would take a new approach and give the entire album a fresh listen. This was both a sensible and profitable decision. One thing that always amazes me is the amount of remarkable qualities one can pull out from thoroughly examining a record at different periods of time, both in full track one-to-finish rotation. The tracks on this album stand out, hooks, catches, the array of instruments just kinda coming from every direction. Michael D instantly makes this disc and memorable with his one of kind style of singing, just listen at 2:47 on the tenth track, “Sixteen” when the calm guitar build up mashes wonderfully with Michael’s humming confidence behind the mic. Another thing I love about this album is how almost every song is four or more minutes long, that is always a desireable quality that I look for because it gives a band room to layout what they want to show people, and that’s exactly the type of thing my were they takes advantage of, in the highest sense. And it could be just me, but on the track “Rhodes Two”, I see the beauty in a non-lyrical song that hasn’t struck me since M83’s I Guess I’m Floating. So with all that resting on you, just sit back, listen, and enjoy. Cheers.

MP3s

-> my were they- Sixteen
-> my were they- Rhodes Two (DH Highly Recommended)

And As A Bonus…

New Kanye! That’s right, Kanye’s reversed and Frankensteined version of a Common song is pretty damn good. Catchy, good rap (lyrics, best I’ve seen so far come out of Graduation), and Chris Martin is in the f’ing thing! It’s really a fun listen, and I promise you, you’ll be inclined to jingle along with the beat. The piano is smooth and funky and just plain old fresh.


MP3: Kanye West- Homecoming feat. Chris Martin

I guess I was just being a huge dumb idiot. Oh well, at least we got the tunes.

August 25, 2007

Moved / Situated

Filed under: Bonus Material, Dance, Muzak, Newness, Non-Fiction, Party All The Time, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 10:32 am

So I’ve gone through the proper steps to be “settled in” to my dorm room, and I am ready to begin posting again. Sorry for such a lapse, but I needed it to organize my stuff and my mind. Well I’ll keep this post short because I have to wait till there’s actually something to post about, but…

What happened while I was gone? Oh that’s right, a fucking Radiohead track from their upcoming fucking CD (the two uses of the F word are completely necessary). First of all, hype alone will carry this song to being listened to thousands of times by thousands of people, but that isn’t it. The song begins with this electric chime that just rolls it’s listener into submission, lazily. When Thom Yorke’s voice begins slowly trembling you begin to put the puzzle together, you begin to understand what it was this song made you think of, something remarkable. Possibly arriving at Heaven’s gate, or your entire life in slow motion. Violins begin to kick in adding a touch of drama to this already mind-numbing song. I am still trying to process every initial detail, but this song lacks nothing, it is golden. Enough of me talking, here’s to you listening.

MP3: Radiohead- Arpeggi

August 16, 2007

Elegy for Gump Worsley

Filed under: Bonus Material, Muzak, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 5:54 pm

I’m sorry to be rambling about one band (no matter how amazing their new album is), but this song is simply one of most beatufully haunting songs these ears have ever had the pleasure to host. John K Sampson is a genuis. The Weakerthans are a revolution in bands through an expansion of intelligence. This song is wonderful. The banjo is a wonderful instrument.

MP3: The Weakerthans- Elegy for Gump Worsley

Acoustic Ordeal of Joy feat. Rogue Wave

On listening to Rogue Wave’s new album – Asleep at Heaven’s Gate, it is quite clear that Zach Rogue has a hunch for the acoustic guitar. The mash (sorry to use a word so negative as mash to describe something so wonderful and beautiful) that flows between his voice and the slow smooth strums of the acoustic guitar is something completely original, completely in a league of it’s own (style of it’s own as well). The feelings these sounds evoke are those of seasonal feelings, I see Fall and Winter. I had to sadly delete some songs from my most recent playlist and move them to Fall and Winter playlists simply because the feeling of walking down a leaf covered pathway that shines yellow, gold, orange, amber, red, and fire all bundled up in a sweatshirt as cool wind sharply surrounds you, or the feeling of awaking late on a Saturday, smothered in blankets. Staring out the window to see the gentle but never-ending snow fall on a planet that seems as if it were born with sheets of white ice covering it. I can really tell that these songs mean something when I can just imagine these situations in my head. It is quite unbelievable. As for you Summer fans, the rest of the album serves well to your tastes. As for you muzak fans, just listen to the CD and you will be pleasantly satisfied.

MP3s

Rogue Wave- Christians In Black (DISAPPEAR HERE’s highly recommended / personal favorite [Winter / Fall] )

*** Bonus ***

I’m getting all rappy happy for the new Kanye West, and I stumbled upon to this little jingle, I enjoyed it.

MP3: Kryscbang- Candylady

And… Watch this thang.

Reservation Road [2007]

August 3, 2007

Patrick Park, real quick

Filed under: Bonus Material, Muzak, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 11:24 pm

Okay, so I didn’t think I would have enough time to post before I left tomorrow, but something came up. His name his Patrick Park and he’s really something special. A dark but sweet voice wrapped tightly in warm blankets of flawless harmonics. Take a dip in the pool of Patrick Park, and I’ll promise you, you’ll be well more satisfied than any splash from any jump into any pool on a day that was like today, really warm.

MP3s

Patrick Park- Life’s A Song
Patrick Park- Here We Are
Patrick Park- Arrive Like A Whisper

July 31, 2007

More Serene

Filed under: Bonus Material, Muzak, Newness, Party All The Time — thatguyfromla @ 4:28 pm

I just got wind of the new The Most Serene Republic album, Population, and this gust was produced by the enormous power punch that swings full force called “Sherry and Her Butterfly Net,” I know, very un-intimidating title, but it is simply a mask. This song just tears at everything inside me because of the fact that I want this album, bad.

MP3:

The Most Serene Republic- Sherry and Her Butterfly Net

Speaking of Arts & Crafts, they have been producing some work that I myself have been quite fond of. First, I heard Kevin Drew’s new release [Spirit If..], then it was newcomers Los Campesinos! with their brand new EP that caught my ear [EP Here]. So I’ll give you some bonus tracks from these other Arts & Crafts mates to chew on.

Cheers.
And…

Bonus MP3s

Kevin Drew- Safety Bricks
Los Campesinos!- It Started With a Mix
                          

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