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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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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]

August 31, 2007

Top 10 of August

Monthly roundup time, and you can really tell it’s been a hell of a month if there is 10 top songs when my aimed goal was about 5 or 6. Now remember, these songs aren’t only from the material that has come out in this month, but from the bundles of leaks* that hit the clean cut internet in this jam packed month.

*Now remember remember, buy the album!

10. The Weakerthans- Tournament of Hearts

This entire album was glory translated through headphones. Lyrical masterminds at their finest work with catchy riffs and so forth. Do not pass the oppurtunity up to hear this masterful collection.

9. Josh Ritter- The Temptation of Adam

One of the best folk tales through song I have heard all year. Ritter has crafted his talent into something prime and clean-cut, something that calmy jumps out and pulls you in. This is a song I wish I could make a music video for.

8. Rilo Kiley- Breakin’ Up

There were aspects of this album I absolutely loved, and some not so much. AS for this track. It was love the second the needle spun into this territory on the vinyl. It begins like it’s the soundtrack to Magnolia or some other P.T. Anderson work, and shifts into this mix of disco and indie alt pop, and when Jenny Lewis just rolls and flows the entire time it’s almost impossible to create a complaint.

7. Rogue Wave- Chicago X 12

This band continues to get better and better, this entire album was a show for that. For this track, you can feel the moments that you know it’s a tune you wanna pull into a snowy driveway to, when the acoustic guitar first kicks in. Or when Rogue quietly states the lyrics: “You never knew how hard I tried,” simply astounding.

6. Kanye West feat. Chris Martin- Homecoming

Great beat. Great rap. Chris Martin. Favorite lyric: “She said ‘Ye keep making that, keep making that platinum and gold for me.”

5. Beirut- The Penalty

An album I have not touched on yet, but probably, one of the sweetest, most beautiful acoustic songs of the year. His shuddering voice shouts a quiet anthem that will really be hard to get out of my head.

4. The Most Serene Republic- The Men Who Live Upstairs

Another album I ahve not touched on yet. This band may be the group making the best muzak right now. Everything is pitch perfect, it’s like they know exactly where I want the song to go, exactly what will make my jaw drop in awe, and exactly what will make me shake my head furiously to keep along with the beat and guitar of the raving hit. I’m not 100% sure at the time, but so far, in 2007, this would most likely be my pick for album of year.

3. Radiohead- Arpeggi

It’s fucking Radiohead? No, but seriously, this song is really quite beautiful. You have to admit. Even if it wasn’t Radiohead this song would still be right here.

2. Animal Collective- Derek

Probably my most anticipated vinyl purchase. This entire album is great. Really pitch perfect, and I’m even feeling a rival on Feels. Cannot wait for the news on the dealio with them new live tracks. P.S. Probably my number 2 album of ’07, it still is a battle though.

1. Band of Horses- Is There a Ghost

I cannot get this song out of my head. I love it. I love this song, I love the direction it seems this album will be going in. I love the album cover. This song as made this band explode into my top 5 favorite groups. Everything, the shouts of the vocals, the echoing guitar (both soft and heavy), and the eery feeling that accompanies the album cover. (each CD cover for these guys seems to match the mood of the album, it’s really something great, I’ve never seen anything like it before.)

June 20, 2007

twbb: “i have a competition in me,”

Wow.

That was the first word that came out of my mouth after viewing the new snippet trailer from Paul Thomas Anderson’s film: There Will Be Blood [IMDB Me]. I am speechless. The cinematography looks exquisite, from the small talk we hear, it sounds creepy and depth-diving. And finally the song at the end and the font used just culminates to give the vibe that something real big is going to come from it all.

That’s that. And this is this.

Here are a hand full of new Interpol songs that just sound bad (got you, only in quality), but sound pretty much same old kickass Interpol sound as they ever have.

And…

MP3s

Interpol- All Fired Up (**DH Personal Favourite**. Highly Recommended)
Interpol- Rest My Chemistry
Interpol- Pioneer to the Falls
Interpol- The Scale

I mean… Did you expect anything less?

p.s.– Have I ever expressed how much I love this album cover. One of my favourites of the year.

So long, posts should be getting upped more. For Graduation from High School is tomorrow, and Summer is now upon us. And from the likes of everything, the scene really seems to be picking up.

May 28, 2007

Asa Breed

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Ghostly International sure does have some eclectic electronic groups on call [Roster]. This label has always produced great electronic muzak, and this specific release is another great example. Matthew Dear really branches out and takes his time to create something special with this release. Electronic is climbing in my genres of liking because of releases like this, YACHT’s,
LCD’s, and Justice’s.

MP3s

Matthew Dear- Deserter
Matthew Dear- Midnight Lovers

and in other recent news… What is interesting on blogs lately

– The two tracks from Tegan & Sara‘s new disc, The Con featured on Neile’s Life are outstanding, love “Back In Your Head” especially, I cannot stop listening to it.

The Bravery‘s “Above and Below” is a remarkable feat in indie rock from a band that didn’t really start out that way. Great find on @indiechristoph@ (P.S.- The new album The Sun and the Moon is really cool, good tracks and a pretty solid consistent listen, if you didn’t like the Bravery before, I beg you to give them a second chance with this new CD).

I Guess I’m Floating has a new track from DH favorite: The Little Ones. Always a good thing.

Now for the Films that I have not been talking about

Movies movies movies, I have not been keeping my share of talk of movies up to par. But I hope to cover everything that is just going to kick so much tail that the second half of this year will be cinemorgasmic (Oh yeah I just did that).

Iron Man [IMDB Me]: Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man! Although that is a risky choice I feel a great match, Downey is such a great actor, always has these smooth and cunning lines that just flow so calmly, and him as an action hero will be something interesting to see.

Watchmen [IMDB Me]: 300 director Zack Snyder is at it again, this time with my favorite Alan Moore graphic novel, The Watchmen. I’m real excited who will all get casted, rumors are already up about Gerard Butler (King Leonidas), Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Patrick Wilson (Little Children) and many others. Check out that full report here and cross your fingers like me that this will give justice to the real thing. Leave some if you have any input on who you think the casters should cast.

The Informers / The Canyons [IMDB InformersRandom Canyons]: Bret Easton Ellis is busy with work, the screenplay adaptation of The Informers short stories is finally ready to be made, and Ellis has also booked a time on the Showtime map for his TV series script work titled simply The Canyons (Said to be a horror soap opera, hopefully tied to being a modern day Twin Peaks in the desert. I could not be more excited).

There Will Be Blood [IMDB Me]: So excited for this piece of work, we are apparently in post-production right now, but not verified. Still waiting for a highly anticipated trailer, and basically any breakthrough news at all at this point. Here’s a site that knows a lot more about it than I, and here’s one that has pictures from the set.

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The Darjeeling Limited [IMDB Me]: This poster above is NOT real, it is just simply badass and cool in my opinion, and gets me excited with a tangible item for the real thing. What else can be said? Wes Anderson makes a specific type of film that is just so remarkable, funny, and always necessary to watch.

Other than that, I am excited for Be Kind Rewind by Michel Gondry, following Jack Black and Mos Def as video store clerks who venture to re-create video tapes that they had destroyed to satisfy their one loyal customer, Mia Farrow. And then there is also the mysterious Inglorious Bastards, a pre-Grindhouse buzz picture about WW2 by Quentin Tarentino, that up to know, has been shrinking in hype, and I barely hear anything about it anymore. WTF? But it is late, and my fingers are sore. So goodnight, and enjoy.

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