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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.

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March 13, 2008

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

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 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)

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.

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”

M P 3s
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.

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)

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.

top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
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.

top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)

December 17, 2007

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (36-33)

Filed under: Album Covers, Highly Recommended, Muzak, Newness, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 1:38 pm

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Well, my plane has been delayed for an hour and forty minutes so I have some time to spare. I’ll give you part tres of my favorite 44 albums of the year (p.s. I know I’m moving slow with this but it’s all about the vibe).

pps. Sorry I didn’t include the *SONG OF THE ALBUM* feature in albums 40-37

patrick park: everyone’s in everyone
Patrick Park took my by great surprise this year. I had heard his “Life Is A Song” in the concluding episodes of one of my favorite television shows (The O.C naturally), and I was blown away by its beautiful simplicity. After identifying his album by my knowledge of that song, I was pulled into it’s acoustic aesthetics. I was amazed at how far he went on the album instead of being one of those artists who makes one good acoustic track. Don’t get me wrong, “Life Is A Song” is a wonderful song, but do not let it overpower the rest of the album. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Life Is A Song”.

-> Patrick Park- Here We Are [mp3]
-> Patrick Park- Life Is A Song [mp3]

buy patrick park here.

band of horses: cease to begin
I talked about Band of Horses a lot when this album came out, because to me it was simply mindblowing. This is the only band I know that uses the album cover art as a precursory to the vibe the album will put out. It happened with Everything All the Time with the swamp / woods themed cover, and continued on Cease To Begin. But other than that little tidbit I find important, this album is wonderful. Take a listen or take twelve and it will never disappoint you. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “The General Specific”.

-> Band of Horses- The General Specific [mp3]
-> Band of Horses- Window Blues [mp3]

buy band of horses here

bishop allen: the broken string
If you were as big of a Bishop Allen fan as I was while the EP Project happened for a year, then you’ll agree that this should be more a salute to that than this album. This album is great, but it uses a lot of tracks from some of the 12 EPs. Plus, when you’re done with the songs you might have already known, you get a batch of new good ones! If I were combining both this album and the EPs, this would definitley be holding a higher place on my list because of how great that feat was, but this disc is wonderful by itself and should definitley be in your collection. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Rain”.

-> Bishop Allen- Rain mp3
-> Bishop Allen- Chinatown Bus mp3

buy bishop allen here.

bright eyes: cassadaga
This was definitely a breath of fresh air when first hearing this album. It is clearly a departure and a sign of maturity for Bright Eyes, I mean don’t get me wrong, I love their previous records, it’s just I was glad to see them showing off their folk roots a little bit more, and for me, It suited them better. Conor Oberst again proves that he is one of modern music’s most creative songwriters and lyricist while putting out an album that’s just great to listen to. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Classic Cars”.

-> Bright Eyes- Clairaudients (Kill Or Be Killed) [mp3
-> Bright Eyes- Classic Cars [mp3]
-> Bright Eyes- Cleanse Song [mp3]

buy bright eyes here.

top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)

December 9, 2007

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (40-37)

Filed under: Album Covers, Highly Recommended, Muzak, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 1:21 am

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here’s part deux of my end of the year extravaganza.

40. maritime: heresy and the hotel choir
Maritime is quite frankly on a roll. Their last album, We, the Vehicles stunned me as it was the first time I had ever heard from them, so I was naturally psyched for Heresy and the Hotel Choirs. While Heresy is not really a step up from Vehicles, it is in no way a step down. Maritime continues to pump out meticulously aesthetic rock, to me, the songs on this album commit to satisfying every wish I have for the song before me. All my friends love Martime, I love Maritime, so chances are that you’ll be pretty fond of them as well.

-> Maritime- Be Unhappy [mp3]
-> Maritime- Guns of Navarone [mp3]

buy maritime here.

39. stars: in our bedroom after the war
I can remember the unfortunate leak of this album, months before its official release, but I know for me, that getting the album digitally earlier was a blessing. Waiting a few more months for an album like this would test anyone’s anticipation levels and patience to the maximum. First off, this is another group that has had a wonderful previous album, so expectations were most definitely high and met. Second, when you get away from expectations and all that jazz, this album really knocks the socks off. Each track has its own style and the entire album is split appropriately between Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan. Another very excellent and eloquent release by the simply divine and enchanting Stars.

-> Stars- Midnight Coward [mp3]
-> Stars- Personal [mp3]

buy stars here.

38. rooney: calling the world
Rooney’s California glossy indie pop gets me everytime. Calling the World does not only have solid singles like “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?”, but they put together solemn anthems on the disc that play in between the powerful loud ballads. I don’t think anyone can find a band that does what Rooney does. This CD is another large step for the group, and an overall fun listen whenever you have the time.

-> Rooney- When Did Your Heart Go Missing? [mp3]
-> Rooney- What For [mp3]

buy rooney here.

37. the shins: wincing the night away
This album has been getting the semi-cold shoulder because of it’s early in the year release. Back in January, this fine disc hit the shelves and has been almost un-associated with this year. This album deserves a lot more than that. A majority of the tracks on this album simply demonstrate what good muzak should be. Indie pop that’s as sweet as honey with powerful statements in the sound that bellows triumphantly. The arrangements are masterful and Wincing the Night Away is a prime example of how The Shins are one of music’s best bands out today.

-> The Shins- Sleeping Lessons [mp3]
-> The Shins- Australia [mp3]

buy the shins here.

December 7, 2007

The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 7

Here’s a tune that’s not directly about Christmas, but takes place in the winter time, and it always leaves me giddy with excitement and emotion; very beautiful song. There’s no better explanation.

CHRISTMAS MP3 OF THE DAY!
-> Iron and Wine- Sodom, South Georgia [mp3]

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