Friday, March 31, 2006

Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers


Here's the latest album by the Silver Jews. I've been listening to American Water since I woke up this morning and I must say, it is very good. Perhaps even worthy of the 9.9 Pitchfork gave it. Well, you guys (and gals) keep the comments and ad clicks coming and I'll probably have another album up tonight.

Enjoy the weather!

Silver Jews - American Water (Late night post)


I just got this album earlier, and haven't listened to it yet, but if the Pitchfork review of it is any sign (they gave it a 9.9) it should be very good. Not to mention Steven Malkmus has to do with it, which automatically makes it good.

Anyways, sorry about the lacks of posts earlier today (rather, yesterday). It was absolutely wonderful outside and I didn't want to waste time in front of the pc. Also, my humble request for you guys to click the Google ads at the top of the posts went halfway decent, so I may reward you with a couple extra albums tomorrow. Perhaps I should make that a new standard: more comments and ad clicks = more posts? I may have to think about that.

-----------> Enough of my ramblings, here is what you want. <---------------

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Spring has come!


I'm not going to post a song right now, since it's absolutely beautiful outside and I need to go for a long walk. It's wonderful days like these that make me forget than I have any problems at all. Perhaps I'll post something later on tonight, though, so keep close watch! For now, GO OUTSIDE!

P.S. You see those ads above this posts? Do me a favor and click on one of those every time you download an album. I love doing this, but I would love doing it even more if I could get some $$$ out of Google for it. ;)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Immaculate Machine - Ones and Zeroes


This band reminds me somewhat of the New Pornographers because of the male/female vocals. I haven't listened to the entire album, but what I have heard was relatively impressive. Sorry for the short description; I have a finance exam to study for.

Stupid exams

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Band of Horses - Everything All the Time


Here's another great album I found on The Indie Connection. The singer really, really sounds like the singer from My Morning Jacket. Regardless of the similarity, this is an astonishing cd. The song "Funeral" is probably in my top ten songs I've heard so far in 2006. Anyways, give it a listen.

I'll be ready for the funeral...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted (Reissue)


Here's an awesome album by the epic (and defunct) group Pavement. I insist that you go out and purchase this cd if you like it. For those of you who care what Pitchfork says, they gave it a perfect ten score. There is all sorts of extras and live stuff on the extra disk. I got it for $10, which is an absolute steal.

Disc 1

Disc 2

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Final Fantasy - Has A Good Home


I just grabbed this album off The Indie Connection today, and I have to say I'm very impressed. Apparently I'm about half a year late on listening to it, but better late than never, eh?

Anyways, this band consists of a single man and his violin, with various other instruments thrown in when necessary. I give what I have heard this album my highest recommendation
possible. If I could describe this cd with one word, it would be "beauty".

Give it a listen and prepare to relax.

What a beautiful day!

(The password to unzip is: theindieconnection)

It seems like there was some problem with th link above, so here's a Megaupload link to the same album.

Here, here

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - The tyranny of Distance


Here's a nice poppy album. I had a song on my Happy Music Mix, so here's the rest of the cd. It reminds me of summer for some reason.

Man, I'm tired...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

31 Knots - It Was High Time to Escape


I'm not entirely sure how to explain this band or album. It seems like it wants to be indie, yet at the same time be prog-rock. The outcome of this is odd, but definitely very good. I don't really know how (or feel like) explaining it any more than that, so it will be up to you to give it a listen.

.........

PS: I am going to be home for the weekend, so I won't be making any posts until Monday. Check out the sites in my link section to help meet your musical fix.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois


I'm guessing that most of you reading my blog already own this album, but for those of you who don't: this is for you.

Illinois is one of the best albums I have ever heard, and is easily the best album of 2005. His beautiful, heart-melting vocals mix perfectly with an amazing number of instruments in each song. I can not even begin to explain how wonderful his singing is. You actually have to hear it to understand. Also extraordinary is the range of this album. It has some of the happiest songs you'll ever hear ("Come On! Feel The Illinoise!", "The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders") while at the same time carries some of the most touching songs of loss you could imagine ("Casimir Pulaski Day", "The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades"). Many people are skeptical about listening to this album, since Stevens is a Christian (in fact, he went to college very close to where I am now) and it reflects clearly in his music. I don't think this should be a problem for non-Christians since while Sufjan Stevens technically makes Christian music at times, it is still great music first. It definitely is not gospel music; the references are much more subtle for the most part.

So, download this album and hear one of the most beautiful and inspiring bunch of songs that will ever enter your ears.

MI Represent!

(PS: Sorry about using MegaUpload. The file size was too large for Rapidshare.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Happy Music


Here's a mix cd of a bunch of stuff that makes me feel great when I listen to it.

1. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Biomusicology
2. The Detachment Kit - High Seas
3. Grandaddy - Now It's On
4. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
5. The Strokes - You Can Only Live Once
6. Midlake - Balloon Maker
7. Built to Spill - Center of The Universe
8. Voxtrot - The Start of Something
9. Stars - Ageless Beauty
10. Sufjan Stevens - Come on! Feel the Illinoise!
11. Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
12. Belle and Sebastian - If She Wants M3
13. Snow Patrol - Making Enemies
14. Aqualung - Brighter Than Sunshine
15. Moi Caprice - Chinese Butterflies
16. Immaculate Machine - Invention '77
17. Porcupine Tree - The Rest Will Flow
18. Sufjan Stevens - The Tallest Man, The Broadest

Here you go!

Monday, March 20, 2006

The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?


This is a wonderful album by the goofy group of Canadian indie-rockers named the Unicorns. I don't believe they exist anymore, which is a shame, but at least they put this out before they called it quits. This cd is so silly and fun, it always makes me happy when I listen to it. The best songs are "Tuff Ghost", "Ghost Mountain", and "Sea Ghost". The last one is especially great.

Haircuts on the house

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia


I'm in way too much of a bad mood to write up a description, but here is the upcoming album from the Dresden Dolls.

There you go.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Dredg - Leitmotif


This is my favorite album by my favorite band that has ever existed. The debut release from Dredg is an absolute masterpiece, especially the instrumentals. This was released six or so years ago, so the frontman's vocals aren't what they are now, but this album is stilla fucking gem. This is one of the few cds that I could listen to the entire thing on repeat over and over. Most of the songs run together in a Dark Side of the Moon'ish way, so it's tough to figure out when one ends and the next begins. Dredg's first two cds were very concept heavy, so this is not your MTV or radio tpye music. I could not stress downloading (then running directly to the store to buy) this cd if you have heard it. The musical skill contained in it is probably a hundred-fold better than 99% of the albums in stores today.

Penguins in the desert

Friday, March 17, 2006

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones


First off, happy St. Patrick's day to all you people out there. I wish you all an enjoyable and safe day. No go get wasted!

Anyways, this is the newest album from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I haven't listened to it extensively yet, but I'm in love with both the new single "Gold Lion" and the badass-ness of the front-woman Karen O.

Anyways, I'm out for the day and ready to cause a ruckus.

Like I said, have fun and be safe!

Drink 'til you drop!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Smiths - Singles (+ Lollapalooza line-up!)


Here's an album full of classics. My favorite is "How Soon is Now?", but they're all great.

The 80's


Anyways, that's not the big news. Today the Lollapalooza participant list was released! While there are some weak portions of the schedule (see: Coheed and Cambria, Kanye West, etc.) there are many, many shows I want to see (see: Iron & Wine, New Pornographers, Of Montreal, Calexico, plus many more).

You can find the artist listing, purchase tickets, and find a bunch of other information about the event here.

On a separate not, I just want to remind you precious site visitors to leave comments about the albums you download. If I get some comments, it makes me feel like I am actually doing something worthwhile. No comments = no music? I probably wouldn't go that far, but it's not out of the question.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

65daysofstatic - Stumble.Stop.Repeat


In celebration of Serial Slingshot posting 65daysofstatic's One Time for All Time, I will inturn post their EP Stumble.Stop.Repeat. This band is one of the greatest instrumental bands out their. I would even go as far as putting them in the same rank as Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and Godspeed...

Where this release really breaks through is the unbelievable combination of conventional instruments and electronic sounds. They fit together as good as, say, peanut butter and jelly. It is a massive shame that these guy have no received the attention they deserve. Like I said before, they are on the same level as the other widely popular instrumental bands, so why shouldn't they receive the hype?

Pure, raw energy

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth

This is the latest album from the badass rocker Mr. Malkmus. This cd just kicks so much ass, so you should probably download it.

Rock your socks off!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Office - Q & A


I found this album yesterday on the blog "Oh No!" (you can find the link to that blog on my sidebar). This is an unsigned indie-pop band who's music is amazing. How these guy are not on a label is beyond me. This is probably the best produced independent album I have ever heard. Not only that, but the music is actually very, very good. I've been pretty much listening to it non-stop since I downloaded it, and it seems like a travesty to me that no record label is smart enough to pick them up. Download and give it a listen. If you like it, buy the cd. Do these guys a favor.

Download

Band's Site

Sunday, March 12, 2006

To CMW

Instead of posting an album like I usually do, today I am going to post a single song. It is not any song, however. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful song ever created. "The Trapeze Swinger" by Iron & Wine was featured in the soundtrack for the movie "In Good Company". While the movie itself if mediocre, the song is anything but.

It is a wonderful song about many things; the regrets of youth, frienship, and of the worst loss of all: true love lost. This is one of the few songs that makes me eyes tear up every time I listen to it. At 9 and a half minutes, it is chock full of lyrics I hope only hope to be able to write. This song holds particular interest to me as it has gotten me through hard times, but at the same times made hard times even harder. Every time I listen to it, I remember what I had and lost. My loss is the same as the one portrayed in the song, the loss of the greatest friend (and love) one could ever have. If you have ever lost anyone you cared for more than the entire world, this song will shake you to your core. It is a song of both recollection of the most wonderful times in one's life, and the sadness that these times are not the present, but the past.

Download this song and give it a listen, it is the epitome of bittersweet beauty.

The peraly gates had some eloquent graffiti....

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Stars - Heart


This is a wonderful album from the band out of Montreal. The male/female vocals are absolutely great. This album is quite the indie-pop showcase. It is a bit cheesy at times, but sometimes we need a little cheesy. If you like this album, be sure to check out their latest Set Yourself on Fire. Here's a happy album for a beautiful spring day.

All Hail the End of Winter!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Electric President - S/T


This album reminds me a lot of the Postal Service, but much better. For the most part, it is the lack of Ben Gibbard that makes this band better than the before-mentioned one. It's not nearly as whiny or sappy, and is much more fun.

From Pitchfork:

"Created under bedroom-like conditions by Ben Cooper and Alex Kane, these earnest songs are largely crafted through a soft and reliable mixture of acoustic strums, clip-clop beats, and gently surging electronic tides."

It's good stuff, give it a listen.

Clickity-Clack

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Say Hi To Your Mom - Numbers and Mumbles



I don't really have much time to write today, since I have to cook dinner, but this is an excellent album from a one-man band who self-produces his own cds. Just download it; would I lead you astray?

Your momma

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Spoon - Girls Can Tell


This album is epic. It is pretty much the cd that got me into this genre of music. More than pretty much any indie release I've ever heard, this one epitomizes straight-up rock and roll. It just makes you feel good by listening to it. I'm way too tired to go one about it much longer, but if you haven't heard this album before, it is essential that you do so. You won't regret it.

I long for the days they used to say "Ma'am" and "Yes Sir"....

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

EP Mania (Iron & Wine, Bright Eyes & Britt Daniel, and Arcade Fire)


Today, instead of posting one full-length album, I'll post several EP's. Here's the first, Woman King from Iron & Wine. This album marks his departure from minimalist guitar tunes, moving more towards multiple instruments in each song. It's different from his old albums, but it works well. The best songs on the EP are "Jezebel" and "In My Lady's House".

Beautiful

This here is a 4-song album by Bright Eyes and Britt Daniel, the frontman of Spoon. This EP is interesting because it is not a split as one would expect; both singers actually sing in each song. It's a shorty, but a goody. Check it out.

Rainy days are the hardest days to be dry....



I had a hard time getting into Arcade Fire when they came out with their full-length, but once I did, I absolutely loved it. This EP is of the same grain, and contains the absolutely lovely "No Cars Go". The cd is worth it just for that song alone. Anyways, give it a listen.

Enjoy!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Patrick Wolf - Wind in The Wires


I'm feeling lazy today to I'll leave the description of this elfin-looking, ex-child musical prodigy to Pitchfork.

"Wind in the Wires is like Bright Eyes' Digital Ash in a Digital Urn if Nick Cave had made it, a fertile nexus of tradition, technology, and Wolf's powerful pipes, as he romanticizes travel and escape, pines for lost youth at age 21, dreams of domestic pleasures, and takes potshots at a debased culture. "The Libertine" opens the album with clip-clopping hooves, a gypsy-disco beat, sawing violins and a spitting electrical undercurrent as Wolf inveighs against duplicitous priests, immoral heroes and other phonies, while the simpler, poppier "Land's End" gripes about the music industry's promotional apparatus. The languidly beautiful "Teignmouth" longs for release from banality: Over a staticky pulse and angelic choir, Wolf sings, "So when the birds fly south/ I'll reach up and hold their tails/ Pull up and out of here/ And bridle the autumn gales." And on the ukulele madrigal "The Railway House", Wolf imagines the placid contentment of growing old: "So wave goodbye to living alone/ I think we've found our home/ Let's paint these walls and pull up the weeds/ And cast our fevers in stone.""

Just download it, it's good.

Here, here.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Tub Ring - Zoo Hypothesis


I saw these guys in concert last night, and they did one hell of a job. It might be the best show I've ever seen. If you haven't heard Tub Ring before, expect one crazy ride. They sound like some sort of twisted Mike Patton project injected with spacey metal. The band played a cover of Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body", sang in perfect boy-band falsetto for the chorus. It was both a fun and enjoyable song when sung by someone over then the original douchebag. Anyways, check out the cd and if they are coming to your town in the near future, check them out. It's a really fun show.

Have you naked by the end of this song.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Moi Caprice - Once Upon a Time in The North


This was posted a little awhile ago somewhere else, but I'll post it again since it's really good. Soft, soothing rock from Denmark (I think). I'm very busy, so I can't write much more, but give it a download. You won't be disappointed.

Booyah

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Glassjaw Expats (MW&C Advance and Head Automatica Demos)


It's been awhile since I've listened to Glassjaw or any of their offshoots, but there so many of them have release dates nearing, so I figured "What the hell?". Men, Women, and Children are a very dancey music (much like Head Automatica). The ex-guitarist from Glassjaw plays for them, so they are pretty decent. This isn't my usual type of music these days, but after a listen, I can't deny that some of the songs are verrrrrry catchy. If you don't want to dance around (or at least tap your foot) when giving these guys a listen, you must be dead. Here's the yet-to-be-released debut from them.

Children, Women, and Men

As a bonus, here's some leaked demos from the new Head Automatica album coming out this summer (I think). I'm not much of a fan of these guys anymore, but I figure someone else might appreciate it more than I do.

Demos

My Latest Novel - Wolves


I grabbed this album a few days ago off Bring Me The Heads (see the sidebar for a link), and have been listening to it religiously ever since.

To start things off, I have to say this is one of the best debut albums since I heard Dredg's Leitmotif several years ago. This five-member group from Scotland has created an album with absolutely no weaknesses. Everything about this music just oozes with beauty and atmosphere. On top of the usual instruments, the band makes use of violins, xylophones, and various other noise-making deviced. As of today, this is my favorite album of 2006. I would recommend downloading it, and then after realizing how great it is, go buy it.

Listen Here

Buy It Here

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

AC Newman - Slow Wonder


This is a solo album from the red-headed frontman of the New Pornographers, Carl Newman. The entire disc barely breaks the 30-minute mark, but every second of it is a tap-your-foot, nod-your-head type of affair. If you like the New Pornographers at all (or just want to hear some good music), get ahold of this cd.

"Shut up and let me download the music."