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02 March 2009 @ 09:18 am
It's a snow day here in New York, so I'm at home which means I don't have much to do. So, I created a playlist with a theme of happy voices in cheery songs. Then again, Adam Green doesn't always sound as upbeat as he does in "Morning After Midgnight," nor does Keven Barnes is a number of Of Montreal songs. But here are songs that are meant to be sung along to.

01 Of Montreal - "A Sentence of Sorts In Kongsvinger"
02 The Apples In Stereo - "Signal In The Sky Let's Go"
03 The Bird and the Bee - "Love Letter To Japan"
04 Jens Lekman - "I Saw Her In The Anti War Demonstration"
05 ELO - "Mr. Blue Sky"
06 Adam Green - "Morning After Midnight"
07 Architecture In Helsinki - "Hold Music"
08 Au Revoir Simone - "Stars"
09 Sigur Ros - "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur"
10 The Harlem Shakes - "A Night"
11 Patrick Wolf - "Get Lost"
12 Tokyo Police Club - "Your English Is Good"

Current Music: Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good | Powered by Last.fm
16 February 2009 @ 06:50 pm
Maybe you've heard their song "Two Cent Girl" on a recent Nokia commercial, or heard about some upcoming tour dates in New York and LA, but I have to post about how cool I think Whiskey Go Gos is. This band is a reminder of Kings of Leon for me but their songs are less serious and more laid back. Their debut, Proud Tales To Tell Them Of Us is out in Australia, where they are from. This is one band that I feel can make a name for themselves.
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31 January 2009 @ 02:00 pm

There's a lot of music at this time of year. While everyone has Merriweather Post Pavillion on heavy rotation, there's also some other good stuff like M. Ward's Hold Time. I hadn't realized I had it on my computer, but I just thought "Wow!" when I heard "For Beginners." He has such a gentle, soft voice. There are actually a lot of good songs on the album, but I haven't given it the thorough listen it definitely deserves just yet.

Speaking of Animal Collective, everyone just loves their new album. I'm not going to say that it's bad or that I didn't like it as much as everyone else did. In fact, I don't really want to say any of that sort because once again, this is another album I haven't listened to carefully. I've been doing a lot of other times, so time hasn't really permitted me to listen to all the new music out. But the one song that I enjoy a lot from MPP is "Summertime Clothes." This is one great song. It's even great to listen to during a cold, winter day. "My Girls" and "Brothersport" are the two other songs I like from the album, but the only problem I have with "Brothersport" is that it sounds a lot like El Guincho's "Kalise."

Another band that is worth the mention is Said The Whale. Their album, Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia was released last year, but they'll be recording in the studio this February with some new material. Said The Whale is pretty much a band to look out for.
Since we're on the subject of artists to watch, I've mentioned Emanuel and the Fear a few months ago. They've signed on with Paper Garden Records and also have an EP coming out on February 17. I think they're in luck, especially since Paper Garden Records have a partnership with Conor Oberst's label, Team Love. They actually have a show tonight at Webster Hall.

This is just a post for the sake of posting, to be honest. But of course, all the bands I spoke of are note-worthy!

Current Music: Said The Whale
28 January 2009 @ 02:52 pm
10 January 2009 @ 03:13 pm
My favorite book is Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. I absolutely adore that book, and when I came across the band The D'Urbervilles, I knew that I had to listen to them for making a great reference to Hardy. I listened to their album, We Are The Hunters, which I believe was their debut album. It's not repulsive like Alec d'Urberville, and even though it's not completely charming like Angel Clare, The D'Urbervilles have a pretty good album.

The songs have an interesting pattern. Tracks start off slow, but continue to build up, and engages you in hopes that you'll listen to something really good. I have to say, there are some Foals-esque songs on the record, like "We Are The Hunters." There are a lot of really good, heavy baselines. One example would be "This Is The Life," --it's a really good song! "Spin The Bottle" is definitely one of the best on the album. 

"Hot Tips" is supposedly the highlight of the album according to the press reviews I read before listening to this Canadian band. To me, it seems like one of those songs that gets the party started, into the more hardcore, sweat-inducing, pulse-quickening songs that follow. I was reminded of The National when I heard "The Receiver." I personally think this one was a gem. "National Flowers" may or may not be a reminiscent of Interpol.

Listening to The D'Urbervilles was more of an experiment for me, a trial to see if they were good. I actually liked them enough for a few more listens, and I'm sure if I listen to them again after a few months, I'll appreciate what I missed. This is certainly an artist to look out for. B+

01 January 2009 @ 06:11 pm
My first post of 2009, I guess, will be dedicated to Andrew Bird (who happened to give me my favorite moment of the last year). I was able to listen to Useless Creatures, the instrumental bonus to Noble Beast. There are some really good tracks in there. Bird really ought to do a score for a film some day. I love the song "Nyatiti," which I feel like could be made into a song with lyrics. Useless Creatures stands as a good bonus disc, it reminds me a lot of Music of Hair. Andrew Bird clearly proves himself as a master musician. B+
19 December 2008 @ 07:08 pm
2008 has been a pretty good year. Music-wise, its had good moments as well, like honorably mentionable of Montreal's Skeletal Lamping and the over-hyped Oracular Spectacular brought forth by MGMT. I'd even add Cajun Dance Party's The Colourful Life. My picks for the year's best albums:

Bloc Party Intimacy

When “Mercury” surfaced as Bloc Party’s newest single during the summer and received mixed reviews, I was excited to hear that they announced a new album. I’m not adding Intimacy because of my bias concerning my fangirlyness for this band. I’ll admit that this isn’t Bloc Party’s best, but it works really well. I still think that this album is exceptional, with some really great songs like “Halo” and “Trojan Horse.” For me, Intimacy shows me what Bloc Party is capable of, and how their willing to change their sound here and there. And I have to add that “Ion Square” is a perfectly captured moment in pop dipped in some electro-rock sound.

Cut CopyIn Ghost Colors

This is fun, and it’s poppy, and it’s dance-worthy, and it’s pretty good, too. Cut Copy’s In Ghost Colors is crafted well and a lot of its material is catchy. The band sounds a lot more confident than their debut, Bright Like Neon Love, but that’s understandable, this record is solid.

The Last Shadow PuppetsThe Age of the Understatement

I think The Last Shadow Puppets were my favorite rising band in 2008. The Hollywood-esque, 60’s retro sounds that Miles Kane and Alex Turner bring forth is impressive. You don’t need to be a fan of either Arctic Monkeys or The Rascals to be obliged to listen to this. This is what you’d call ambitious.


Microcastles sounds like summer. Deerhunter deserves all praise necessary to offer for this effort. The album is a pleasing winner. I absolutely love “Never Stops.”

Little JoyLittle Joy

Sounding like The Strokes some times and other times, not, Little Joy has ventured on something great. This debut is bold and it’s consistent. The vocals are swell, the melodies are perfect, and the album as a whole is awesome.


Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
I have no idea what’s being sung about when I listen to Sigur Ros, but I still thought this album was remarkable. In some parts, the record is fun and summery, and in others, the songs slow down a bit, but you’re still able to embrace what’s coming at you.

BeckModern Guilt

I really love Beck. I think he’s one of the greatest artists out there. If not already, Beck is becoming a staple in music. Despite how many times “Girl” might have been played on MTV a few years ago, he’s the guy indie snobs will love listening to, and the guy people who tune into the radio will be able to like because he’s not so hard to listen to. Modern Guilt might be Beck’s easiest album, but it’s just great.

The DodosVisiter

“Undeclared” is my favorite song of 2008 because it’s simple folk-pop at its best. This could be said for a lot of Visiter’s content. The Dodo’s have come up with a strong, highly exceptional release. It’s one of those albums that you don’t exactly seek, but comes to you instead. Visiter is easy to like instantly, but with each listen, your ‘like’ turns to ‘love.’ It’s your summertime record; it’s for all those times you’d like to just lie back on the cold, wet grass, and run around in circles under the sprinklers for those hot, lazy days.


I mentioned this when I first wrote about Foals, but this band is like a combination of Los Campesinos! and Bloc Party. The chanting and energy with seriousness and confidence. Antidotes is surely bold. Foals were over-hyped, but now under-appreciated. This debut is worth the heavy rotation, especially with gems like “Electric Bloom” and “Red Sock Pugie.”

Tokyo Police ClubElephant Shell

When Elephant Shell first came out, I listened to it over and over again. On my review, I offered Tokyo Police Club a lot of praise, I realize, but I still think even now that they deserve it. I just liked Elephant Shell more and more each time I gave it a listen. Sometimes it was all I wanted to hear. I cannot stop raving about this band, simply put. Sure, their songs are pretty short, but they’re insanely catchy. Tokyo Police Club not only offers you words that might be randomly chosen from a dictionary, but a collection of quality, feel-good songs that you can play when you’re sitting on the bus all alone heading to school, or when you’re heading over to the library, and you can still listen to it and appreciate it when you’re on a train at night and during awkward moments you’d rather avoid. Elephant Shell, on the other hand, is one long moment you shouldn’t miss.
13 December 2008 @ 02:13 pm
I sure do love Andrew Bird. And his new album, Noble Beast, justifies this even more. With his music, Bird manages to sweep you off your feet, delighting you with his melodies and trademark whistling. This album is cleverly pulled off and adds a strong piece to Andrew Bird’s discography.

“Oh No” is a good introduction. I guess I have a thing for songs that mention the atmosphere (So let’s get out of here / Pass the atmosphere), but this is a great song with Bird’s celebrated whistling and nice, subtle drumbeats in the background. I also have a thing for songs that are suitable for that lazy drive on a cool, sunny day, and Andrew Bird has a good number of those. Noble Beast presents “Masterswarm” for the occasion, which has a transition that deserves a smile because you can’t help but realize how great Bird is. His violin doesn’t play a large role in the song, but it definitely adds a nice touch to it. “Fitz and the Dizzyspells” is stellar! It reminds me of a more upbeat “Fiery Crash.” The flourishes in the song are grand, and this may easily be one of the best songs on Noble Beast. “Effigy” is the typical Andrew Bird song, his voice occasionally rising, following the swell tunes. Currently, “Tenuousness” is probably one of my favorite songs off this album.

“Not A Robot, But A Ghost” is clearly impressive. I’d call it Bird’s interpretation of a Dosh song. I love the highs and lows of this song, and I think it’s really great. Andrew Bird does a great job on building upon Martin Dosh tracks. They are a great duo.

I liked hearing “Anonanimal” at All Points West, and this studio recording is pretty fulfilling. “Natural Disaster” reminds me of “Tables and Chairs.” “The Privateers” is pretty uplifting and provides a good mood. “Souverian” has a few nice moments, some good hooks that owe credit to Bird’s trusty violin. “Oh Ho” closes Noble Beast quite perfectly.

I don’t think anyone else shows as much ambition that Andrew Bird does. Personally, for me, he raises the bar for singer-songwriters. He’s original and creative. The folk-pop ballads thrive even when you’re done listening to Noble Beast in its entirety. He’s a very talented musician and I think when you listen to his work, it’s a statement easy to understand. Bird modestly presents his newest effort and stuns you with its wit. A

Current Music: Andrew Bird - The Privateers | Powered by Last.fm
01 November 2008 @ 09:19 am

Andrew Bird is always worth the quick post. Fat Possum's latest newsletter includes Noble Beast's (Bird's forthcoming album) release date, which is January 27, 2009. This album can be received as an ordinary CD, a limited deluxe edition, and a double LP package. I definitely have something to look forward to for 2009. 

The tracklist:

01 Oh No
02 Masterswarm
03 Fitz and the Dizzyspells
04 Efigy
05 Tenuousness
06 Nomenclature
07 Ouo
08 Not A Robot, But A Ghost
09 Unfolding Fans
10 Anonanimal
11 Natural Disaster
12 The Privateers
13 Souverian
14 On Ho!

31 October 2008 @ 05:39 pm

Since most people seem to enjoy Swedish pop, a band one might want to watch out for is Fredrik. Their debut, Na Na Ni was released just this month. These are not my own words, but this album evokes "a very primal feeling of being ten years old again, lost in a dark, threatening forest with only a faint, humming voice leading you to safety." It's a nice description, good enough to tempt you into listening to them. One song to listen to first would definitely be "11 Years." Here's the music video for it as well.