Sunday, April 30, 2006

Update

So, I'm home for the summer now. This has it's pros and cons. The benefits of being home are as follows: no more school (for now), the coming of warm weather, chilly spring nights around the bonfire, and the lake just down the street. There is one major con, though. I have dial-up internet (seriously, who has dial-up these days?). I probably would get cable or dsl, but neither are offered out in the boondocks where I live. Anyways, this means the posts will slow down. I won't be able to crank them out everyday anymore, but I'll try to get three or four updates a week.

Other good news: I did an interview with some music magazine overseas. I get to see my name in print! As soon as I receive a copy, I'll try to upload a scanned picture of the article. I think it's out around June, so it's awhile away.

I'm going to enjoy a bonfire tonight and then go hunting for a job tomorrow. I wish all of you constant readers a wonderful night and a joyous day tomorrow.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Starlight Mints - The Dream That Stuff Was Made of


I was very, very, very late to get on this wagon, apparently. This is nothing ingenius or groundbreaking or anything like that. It's just clever, happy pop with some funny lyrics. Anyways, back to studying for my exam at four. After that: Summer!

Starlight Mints - Popsicle

Starlight Mints - Submarine #3

Starlight Mints - Bandit

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things/Babyshambles (Thanks to the Hulkamaniac)


I've never really listened to the Libertines, but I got ahold of the Dirty Pretty Things album, which is excellent. I'm pretty busy right now, but here's some songs from the Libertines, and the bands which they spawned, Dirty Pretty Things & Babyshambles.

Libertines - Last Post on The Bugle

Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang, You're Dead

Babyshambles - Fuck Forever

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Jonah Matranga


Jona Matranga is Far/Onelinedrawing/New End Original. I haven't heard much about him recently, but I used to absolutely adore his music while I was in high school. The weirdest part is that these bands are so different. Far is a post-rock'ish type band whose riffs he wailed along to, Onelinedrawing is a mostly solo act with him and his geetar, and New End Original is largely a power-pop band. They all are above average bands, with Far being my favorite by leaps and bounds. I hope he comes up with some new stuff one of these days.

Far - Water and Solutions

Far - I Like It

Far - Wear It so Well

Onelinedrawing - Better Than This

Onelinedrawing - 14 to 41

New End Original - Lukewarm

New End Original - #1 Defender

Monday, April 24, 2006

Your Turn


I am going to be busy with finals and term papers (ahh, the glory of procrastination) this week, so updates will most likely be sporadic. With this in mind, I have an idea. Why don't you show me what you are listening to? I don't care how you do it; link me to a song, upload a song on Megalupload or Rapidshare, or just link me to the band's website. Let me know what's been entering your ears recently. I think this will be nifty b/c it will allow all of our readers to interact and share their cool tunes.

I'll start things off.

Sufjan Stevens - Dumb I sound

That is off of his older album A Sun Came.

Wish me luck and give me some good stuff to listen to when I get back from my exams!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Refused are (not) fucking dead.

In celebration of the late, great band's recent release of the DVD Refused Are Fucking Dead (buy it here) I decided to give you people the gift that is the wonderful music of Refused. In my opinion, Refused is one of the greatest bands that has ever been in existence. I don't agree with their politics and I no longer am a fan of hardcore, but somehow they continue to hold my attention in a vicegrip. The sheer amount of energy and creativity they put into their songs is absolutely amazing. I could talk and talk and talk, but the music explains itself much better than I could ever hope to. Apparently I lost all of their music on my last reformat, so all I have for you are songs from their masterpiece The Shape of Punk to Come.

Refused - New Noise

Refused - Summer Holidays vs. Punk Routine

Protest Song '68

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rival Schools - United By Fate


It's been awhile since I did a full album, so here you are. I totally forgot about this cd until I was flipping through my cd binder and came across it. Honestly, this is probably one of my favorite albums ever. It's just such good rock. Both the band and album are named after the arcade fighting game made by Capcom. The singer of this band was previously of Quicksand, and previous-er of Gorilla Biscuits. This cd is much more poppy than the releases from either of those bands, and is very accesible. Pitchfork only gave it a 6.3, but screw Pitchfork anyways.

Time for me to get some shit done.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Stephen Malkmus


Good God, this man is a badass. Besides being the frontman for one of the 90's best, but most underrated bands, he has had an amazing solo career so far. Also, he was pretty damn good with the Silver Jews. Here's some of his solo tunes from assorted albums.

Steven Malkmus - Pencil Rot

Steven Malkmus - Animal Midnight

Steven Malkmus - Jojo's Jacket

Steven Malkmus - I've Hardly Been

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Silverchair - Neon Ballroom


This is just an absolute great cd from the 90's. I don't think I can adequately explain how many times I listened to this album. Lets just say it was a very, very high amount. For some reason it also reminds me of the book Pet Sematary since I was listening to it non-stop while reading that book. Now every time I listen to the song "Emotion Sickness" I picture an undead little kid creeping through my door ready to eat my brains. Zombie youth aside, this is a classic bunch of tunes from a then-young talented group of kiddies.

Silverchair - Emotion Sickness

Silver Chair - Anthem for the Year 2000

Silverchair - Ana's Song

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Rogue Wave - Descended Like Vultures


I've been listening to this album a lot recently and it is some solid pop music. I'm not sure who it reminds me of, but it's very good. Give it a listen. It's nothing ground-breaking, but it's some nice music none-the-less.

Rogue Wave - Bird on A Wire

Rogue Wave - Salesman at The Day of The Parade

Rogue Wave - You

New Sufjan


I know I'm late with this since these were leaked awhile, but I totally forgot to put them up when I found them. For those of you who haven't heard them yet, here they are.

Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche

Sufjan Stevens - Adlai Stevenson

These are both going to be on Sufjan's new album out this summer, which will consist of songs that were not included on Illinois. I hope he comes back to his home state some time to put on some shows. I have been aching to see him live.

Monday, April 17, 2006

April Mix Tape

Here's a nice mix of things that I have been listening to recently:

1. Eels - Novocaine for the Soul
2. Final Fantasy - Furniture
3. Calexico - All Systems Red
4. Morrissey - You Have Killed Me
5. Jens Lekman - A Midsummer's Night on Hammer Hill
6. The New Pornographers - Chump Change
7. Test Icicles - Boa vs. Python
8. Andrew Bird - Measuring Cups
9. Built to Spill - Traces
10. Irving - Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers
11. Junior Boys - High Comedown
12. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pangae
13. Apples in Stereo - Tidal Wave
14. Dismemberment Plan - You Are Invited
15. The Mountain Goats - Idylls of the King
16. Tapes 'n Tapes - The Illiad
17. Rogue Wave - Bird on a Wire

Here you go. Sorry it had to be on Rapidshare.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only


This is a bit of a departure from the music I normally post. I guess you have to put aside the twee and heart-breaking tunes aside once in awhile and just listen to some good 'ol fashion ass-kicking rock and roll. Along the lines of bands like Vaux, the Test Icicles bring a certain type of fury and energy that can only be brought by youthful indiscretion. This music isn't pretty and it doesn't make you long for your secret crush, but it does make you want to break the bottle of whiskey you just drank over your best friend's head. The album starts out at a breakneck pace with "Your Biggest Mistake" and continues mercilessly through the entire thing. If you're having a bad day and just want to shout your head off or if you just want to go on a rampage breaking things, this is the soundtrack to those days.

Test Icicles - Boa vs. Python

Test Icicles - Your Biggest Mistake

Test Icicles - Circle, Square, Triangle

Alias - Muted


When I used to really be into electronic music, this was probably my favorite album. This comes from Anticon records (probably the only hip-record company I can tolerate) and is a departure from Alias' earlier work. His own vocals aren't found on this cd at all; he only creates the beats. In fact, other than a couple songs, there are really no vocals at all. This doesn't bother me, as the beats are good enough to keep me entertained by themselves. My favorite on this album is the song "Unseen Sights" which is sung by Markus Acher of Notwist (see old posts for THE Nowtist album). Overall, a good cd to drive to a relax to. Even if electronic music is not your thing, check out the track with Acher.

Alias - Caged In, Wasted Away

Alias (w/ Markus Acher) - Unseen Sights

Alias - The Physical Voice

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Os Mutantes


I'm not even going to preten to be an expert on this band. I had not even heard about them until I read that they were being playing for the first time since 1977 at the Pitchfork Music Festival. They are from Brazil and I guess I would consider them psych-pop (is that even a genre?). Anyways, I was skeptical about them since I am usually not a fan of older bands, especially not during the 60's and 70's. I got ahold of their best-of album, and I must say I was pleasantly suprised. They make some damn happy music. The variety and diversity of their music is amazing. They use all sorts of nifty effects and instruments. Some of their songs are in English and some of them are in what I believe is Portuguese. I am still somewhat skeptical of their show at the PFMF. It's been more than 30 years since they're toured last, so I wonder what they still have in the bag. Plus, I would have to imagine they are pretty old by now. Anyways, give them a listen. I have myself a new band to add to the list of stuff I need to listen to more.

Os Mutantes - Baby

Os Mutantes - A Minha Menina

Os Mutantes - Cantor de Mambo

Spoon - A Series of Sneaks


I've been very into Spoon for almost a year (in fact, they're one of my favorite bands), but I didn't get ahold of this beauty until yesterday. I traded in a few old cd's and got this and Pavement's Brighten the Corners. I haven't listened to the latter yet, but the former is magnificent. I figured it wouldn't be as good since it is a bit older, but I was dead wrong. The complexity found on the newer albums is replaced by just straight-forward badass rock. I've been listening to nothing but this album since it came into to my possession, and I still don't have a favorite yet. This isn't because none of the songs are stand-out; in fact, quite the opposite is true. There are so many gems that I am having a hard time determining which one I like best. The only down-side to this cd is that some of the songs ver very short.

Spoon - The Guestlist + The Execution

Spoon - 30 Gallon Tank

Spoon - Metal Detektor

Go here and buy this cd, and everything else they have for sale. They are such a great band.

p.s.: Does anyone know any good file hosting sites that will allow you guys and gals to directly download the songs? Megaupload was good for cd's, but it seems kinda silly to use for single songs. It would be much easier if clicking the links would download the songs immediately for you.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ok, big-time change of plans....

You guys are probably not going to like this, but this site is no longer going to be a full-album blog. I have done a lot of soul searching during the past twenty-four hours and I have realized that I can not take the stress of wondering whether my site is going to be shut down, or even worse, legal action would be threatened against me. I am a poor college student, so the thought of having to hire a lawyer to defend me is something I just don't to have to deal with.

I'm really sorry to all of my loyal readers out there. I realize I am probably disappointing you, but this is something that was long overdue. The site will continue, and I will continue to bring you music I love and want you to love. I hope you all will continue to visit my site, as I will still try my hardest to bring new (and old) bands to your desktop. All old posts will stay up (as of now).

-Josh

Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire - Oh! The Grandeur


After giving things a good amount of thought and reading your comments I decided I will continue my blog. I would really appreciate it if you guys would comment on the music if you like it. It helps me gauge whether or not you like that I'm putting up and whether or not I should continue in the same direction or start putting different types of stuff up. Last (and least), I, of course, would continue to appreciate it if you all would keep clicking the ads at the top of the page. Even one clickfrom each of you helps.

Anywats, I got some good feedback from the Andrew Bird album, so here's another one. Oh! The Grandeur is much different from his newer stuff. His experiences in the Squirrel Nut Zippers shine clearly here, as he draws from various types of music, including good stuff like tango and swing. If songs like "Dora Goes to Town" and "(What's Your) Angle" don't get your feet moving, you better check your pulse. This is a great album by a great performer. I hope to one day catch him live and let him know how much I adore him.

Dance and look like an idiot doing it!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Today is a day that will live in shame....

The best music blog on the internet, The Indie Connection, has been continued as of today. This is a direct result of the pressure of legal matters over trying to promote obscure bands. He was doing a service to all of us, and some assholes brought that to an end. The outright thievery and price-gouging by major labels is a disgusting trend today and needs to be stopped. The day they realize that sharing music will not stop until they lower their prices to what the market demands is the day record sales will go up again. I am sickened by the stress that has been put on a guy who wanted nothing more than to get the word out about bands he personally enjoyed and wanted others to enjoy.

This puts me at a difficult cross-roads. I have seen a couple sites shut down over legal matters over the past couple months. With this site growing by leaps and bounds over the past month, I am worried about what may happen here. My choices currently are: 1) Continue unabated and deal with whatever comes my way, 2) Only post a couple songs from each album for you guys to sample, or 3) Shut this bad mother down.

I am really confused as to which direction I should go. Any comments from you guys would be welcome.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning


I used to absolutely hate Bright Eyes. I have no idea whether it was a change in musical tastes, the things on in my life allow me to like this type of music, or this cd is just better than the older ones, but I really adore this album. There are really no throw-away or weak tracks on it at all. This is the type of music where you really have to listen to the lyrics to get the full effect of the songs. My favorite tracks are "First Day of My Life" (which reminds me of a certain someone - you know who you are) and "Poison Oak". Bright Eyes may not be for everyone, but if you didn't like them before or haven't really given them a listen, this album seems like a good enough starting point.

Here ya go...

By the way, I made my decision about which upload site I am going to use. Check the comments on my last post for the details.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A Poll: Rapidshare or Megaupload?


I've heard some people say their like Rapidshare better b/c it is more stable, and I've heard others say they like Megaupload better b/c of the higher speeds and the lack of a waiting period between downloads.

This is still a dictatorship, but I will allow you huddled masses to vote on which you would like me to use to upload stuff.

I'll count the votes after a few days, and then start to use that site permanently.

Built to Spill - Keep It Like A Secret


With the release of the new BTS album, I decided I would post one of their better releases. This album doesn't really need an introduction or description. It is one of the greatest cd's created during my lifetime. If you haven't heard this before, I feel bad for you and you should download or buy this immediately. I won't write much more about it, since the music speaks for itself.

Summer music

Monday, April 10, 2006

Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs


I've been listening to this album pretty much non-stop since friday, and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed with it. The way Andrew Bird brings together so many different types of music and musical instrument to make one coherent sounds is amazing. Plus, his vocals are much more than adequate. It's hard to believe this guy was one of the members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers (remember that weird trend?). This album gets my highest recommendation of being a must-buy. It is great, great, great.

There will be snacks!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Yuck

Sorry about the lack of a post today. Between losing everything on my harddrive, having a tire on my car go flat, and getting my bike stolen I've been a bit busy today. I promise I'll have something up tomorrow morning, though. You folks have a good night and sleep well.

On a more positive note, I fixed the Google ads so you guys no longer need to click the link and then click on the next page for it to count. All that is necessary is for you to click the link above. That should make it easier for you, and better off for me.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us


I haven't sat down and listened to this album all the way through, but what I have heard is good stuff. I am particularly partial to the song "Teen Angst". I have no idea how to explain what this band sounds like, but it's really good music.

Lazy Day

By the way, go over to the Oh No! site and download the new Final Fantasy album. It is amazing.

Friday, April 07, 2006

The New Pornographers - Electric Version


For some reason, I've had a very hard time finding this album during the past six months or so. No matter which record store I went to, they only carried Mass Romantic and Twin Cinema. No2 that I have my hands on the second release from the supergroup fronted by Carl Newman, I decided to be generous and share it with you lucky folks.

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Four Tet - Rounds


Here's a hold-out from when I used to really, really love electronic music. It's a nice, relaxing cd that even people who usually don't like this kind of music will still probably like. The song "My Angel Rocks Back and Forth" is such a pretty song. Even if electronic music is not your thing, this is great background music for when you're just relaxing with friends or studying.

Snap, crackle, pop.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I


Have you ever had one of those bands that you have heard about forever, but never got around to listening to them? That's how I have always treated Dismemberment Plan. I've heard enough testimony regarding their awesomeness and read several rave reviews, but I didn't get ahold of this cd until a few days ago. I feel like a damn fool for missing out on them for so many years now.

I don't even know how to explain this band. It seems like they can switch musical directions anytime they feel necessary and not suffer from the transition at all. In fact, they seem to benefit from the "all over the place" style they have. In my opinion, the highlight of this cd is "You Are Invited", where the singer drones over the clicks and beeps of an electronic beat about a mythical invitation that can get him into any event, anywhere. This track barely uses their amazing instrumental skills, but is amazing just because of how unique it is.

If you're like me and are late on listening to this band, I would recommend this cd whole-heartedly.

A life of possibilities.....

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress


Here's an overlooked Belle and Sebastian album. The critics really didn't like this one, since they moved away from their more minimal style found in If You're Feeling Sinister and Tigermilk. Though those two cd's are by far their best so far, I feel that this one is not without merit. Songs like "If She Wants Me" and "Wrapped up in Books" still have the optimistic twee that has become inherent in even B&S's most depressing songs. Give this album a listen; there are a few gems on this disc.

Remember, as of this post, my links will not bring you directly to the album, but to a Notepad document that will give you the link.

I'm a cuckoo!

!An important announcement!

As of my next post, I will be doing things a bit differently around here. The link I post will not be directly to the album any longer, but to a zipped Notepad document that will give you the link to where you will find the download at. This is nothing to be alarmed about or anything like that. I'm just tightening up the security a bit. RegnYouth does the same thing with their albums, and it seems to be working fine. It's a little extra work on your part, but it's still free. ;)

Have a good night, folks!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Elliott Smith - XO


Eveything this man created, including this album, is so beautiful and melancholy. It is a shame he had to leave this world as early as he did. Why is it that the great ones always die young?

Give this cd a listen. "Waltz #2" is one of my favorite songs of all-time.

RIP

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Voxtrot - EP's


Voxtrot have released two remarkable EP's recently. I love these guys and honestly can not get enough of them. Give them a listen, I'm sure you'll like them.

Voxtrot - Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, and Wives

Voxtrot - The Start of Something
(My favorite song they have released so far)

Go buy their two EP's. They are both excellent, start to finish, and you can get both of them for the price of a cd.

Voxtrot's Homepage

By the way, good job with the ad clicks yesterday. I had to take down the text on the top of the page asking you guys to click on the ads when you download something due to the chance that they could cancel my Adsense account. Anyways, just keep the ads being clicked and the multiple posts per day will become commonplace.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies


Here's another awesome band that is going to be at the Pitchfork Festival. I am really looking forward to seeing them live. They remind me of someone, but I can't put a finger on who they sound like. The lyrics are really unique and the singer's voice is great. My favorite song is definitely "Painter in You Pocket".

I think I'm going to start using Megauplod more often, since the upload speed is much better for me. Plus it gives you downloaders no restrictions, unlike Rapidshare. If you guys prefer Rapidshare, just let me know, and I'll move back to it.

Destroyer's Rubies

Jens Lekman - You're so Silent, Jens


Here's a nice relaxing album from Jens Lekman. He's going to be performing at the Pitchfork Festival, which is pretty exciting.

I can't do the funky chicken.

Anyways, about the Pitchfork Festival; if anyone is interested, it is in Grant Park in Chicago on July 29th and 30th. It is a two-day event, with a great line-up so far with many more bands to be added.

29th: Silver Jews, The Futureheads, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Art Brut, Destroyer, Mountain Goats, Band of Horses, Man Man, Hot Machines

30th: Spoon, Yo La Tenga, Devendra Banhart Band, Mission of Burma, Aesop Rock, The National, Jens Lekman, Tapes n Tapes, Chin Up Chin Up.

If you count, that's only 18 bands. They promised 38, so we have 20 more bands to be put on the line-up before the show. I'm on the edge of my seat here.

The best part about this festival is that the two-day pass is only $30. That's less than a dollar per band! I'll be buying my ticket as soon as I make this post.


The Faint - Media (Late Night Post)


I had a good night with my sister and her friends (and drinking) so here's another post. Sorry it came so late.

I got a couple of posts and a relatively decent amount of ad clicks, so here is your reward. This was before The Faint became synth-heavy like they are now. It is different than their new stuff, but very good still. Check it out.

Late night drunken fun...