Thursday, April 8, 2010

Phosphorescent @ SXSW

Here is a video of Phosphorescent performing "At Death, A Proclamation" off their 2007 release Pride. This live version features a nice jam at the end that isn't featured on the album version. Since I like this live version much more, you can download it below along with a track off the new Phosphorescent album titled Here's To Taking It Easy, which is due out May 11.


Phosphorescent- At Death, A Proclamation (Live) [Download]

Phosphorescent- It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama) [Download]

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Friday, February 12, 2010

indie love songs mix #2

As promised, I have another love mix for you; and if your an authentic indie kid like me then I expect you to record these songs to a cassette using your mom or pops 1979 Walkman pro, and then give the authentic "mixtape" to person you desire the most. Hopefully you'll write something on the tape too. Something like, "Love conquers all", "The love always remains", or "Love is a battlefield" just something that references music and/or is terribly cliché. This is all assuming your a super alt lover like me, not everyone can be I guess.

City and Color- Against The Grain
Sebadoh- Think (Let Tomorrow Bee)
The Raconteurs- Together
Page France- We Remain As Two
The Mountain Goats- Love Love Love
Best Friends Forever- Handpocket
Failure- Stuck On You
Emiliana Torrini- Big Jumps
Sondre Lerche- Words & Music
Built To Spill- Car
Bon Iver- Blood Bank

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

indie love songs mix #1


Since Valentines day is around the corner I figure It would be a good time to post some songs about love and all that jazz. I'm gonna try to do two more mixes cause there's about a billion songs about love (or only 69 if your a Magnetic Fields fan).

The first mix mostly contains some old favorites of mine. Its a pretty straight forward mix, no lies just love. Enjoy and stay tuned for more to come.

Radiohead- All I Need
Sufjan Stevens- To Be Alone With You (Download)
The Microphones- I Felt Your Shape (Download)
The Features- The Idea Of Growing Old
The Blow- Parentheses
M. Ward- I'll Be Yr Bird
Neutral Milk Hotel- I Love How You Love Me
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros- Home
The Dodos- Undeclared
Gregory And The Hawk- Boats and Birds
Soltero- Communist Love Song
The Beatles- And I Love Her
Sunset Rubdown- Shut Up I Am Dreaming Of Places Where Lovers Have Wings

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11 essential Grizzly Bear songs (not from Veckatimest)

Grizzly Bear are definitely in my list of best bands of all time. Ever since I first heard "Knife" I've fallen madly in love with them. Now Veckatimest has brought Grizzly Bear to the top of the indie scene and for good reason. Since it goes without question that Veckatimest is amazing, I'm gonna post 11 of my favorite songs from the rest of their collection for you to fall in love with. I hope you enjoy them, and let me know what Grizzly Bear songs you love.

Grizzly Bear- Knife
Grizzly Bear- On a Neck, On a Spit
Grizzly Bear- Colorado
Grizzly Bear- Deep Blue Sea
Grizzly Bear- A Leader Always Carries a Stick
Grizzly Bear- Owner of A Lonely Heart (Yes cover)
Grizzly Bear- He Hit Me (The Crystals cover)
Grizzly Bear- Little Brother (Electric)
Grizzly Bear- Deep Sea Diver
Grizzly Bear- Don't Ask (Final Fantasy remix)
Grizzly Bear vs The Knife- Knife/Heartbeats (PARRKA)

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Best Albums of 2009

2009 is over and so begins the natural phenomena of the "best of the year list". Its like a law of the earth really. Just as we have gravity, we must also have a list of the best things of the year, no matter how ridiculous that list is. Naturally I can not deny this law and I will try my best to provide you with my list of the best albums of 2009. Hopefully you'll check out the stuff your not familiar with. I would suggest Great Bloomers. Just saying



The Best Albums Of 2009




25. Woods- Songs of Shame


24. Passion Pit- Manners


Passion Pit- The Reeling


23.
The Flaming Lips- Embryonic



The Flaming Lips- Watching The Planets

22.
Akron/Family- Set Em Wild Set Em Free

21. Wild Beast- Two Dancers


20. Great Bloomers- Speak of Trouble



19. Freelance Whales- Weathervanes
Freelance Whales- Starring

18. Bibio- Ambivalence Avenue



17. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

16. Local Natives- Gorilla Manor

15. Cymbals Eat Guitars- Why There Are Mountains


14. Ramona Falls- Intuit


Ramona Falls- I Say Fever

13. Real Estate- Real Estate

Real Estate- Beach Comber

12. The Rural Alberta Advantage- Hometowns


11. Japandroids- Post-Nothing

Japandroids- Young Hearts Spark Fire

10. Bill Callahan- Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan- Jim Cain

9. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros- Up From Below



8. Girls- Album

7. Dirty Projectors- Bitta Orca


6. Bear in Heaven- Beast Rest Forth Mouth



5. Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest


4. The xx- The xx


3. Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


2. Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion


1. The Antlers- Hospice



Honorable Mentions that didn't quite make it into the top 25
Megafaun- Gather, Form & Fly
Magnolia Electric Co.- Josephine
Matt & Kim- Grand
Mount Eerie- Dark Winds Poem
Letting Up Despite Great Faults- Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Espers- III
We Were Promised Jetpacks- These Four Walls.

I would have made the list to 3o but I'm to lazy, and I dont have the time to upload five more tracks. You should be happy with 25... hopefully. Also I apologize for the lack of info on these albums and why I liked each one so much. After getting some good feedback from my last post I feel like I'm letting the small group of people who read this blog down. So I apologize to you guys, my new years resolution will be to provide better post in the near future.

Well there is another list of good ass music for you. As usual let me know how you feel about these albums, and tell me how I screwed the list up. And since there are two kinds of people in this world, (People who love Animal Collective and People who hate Animal collective) I expect to see one of these two comments. 1. What the hell damn guy! AnCo number 2!? this blog is for the birds. 2. oh wow! AnCo number 2?! I guess they're not as overrated as I once thought. Im glad someone is finally putting the animal collective in their right place. (this guy is being very sarcastic by the way)

REVISION:

I have removed some mp3's due to copyright infringement allegations. I have been notified by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for allegations of infringement. I'm going to leave the mp3's down for now until more information is gathered. Sorry for the inconvenience. Blame the man, not me

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

25 songs I obsessed over in 2009

Hello 2010! I see great things on the horizon. Maybe I'll become the next William Faulkner. Maybe I'll find true love with a hipster that understands the importance of playing authentic music during love making, and none of that Phoenix stuff cause I cant keep that beat. Or maybe Arcade Fire will release a new album and it will bring peace to the world, or solve world hunger, or something like that. Anyways, so if you probably know, I haven't been posting on a regular basis lately, but I hope to make up for it with a ton of mp3's to download. I really mean a ton of downloads, tomorrow I'll be releasing my top 25 albums of 2009 so there will be alot of mp3's there too. So, here is my list of my most obsessed songs for the year of 2009. Some of these songs obviously didn't come out this year so its not a best songs of the year list. Is that cool with you?

  1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros- Home
    This song really took my breath away the first time I heard it. There is nothing as organic and beautiful as the interlude when Alex and Jade are just talking to each other, and when played live it only gets better.(Even though Jade was sick and could barely sing when I saw them, it still was magical)
  2. The Antlers- Bear
    As you already know Hospice is almost perfect. Every song is flawless, but "Bear" was the one song off this album that I could not stop playing. The lyrics are what set it apart for me. Though I didn't get a random girl pregnant, I did turn twenty one around the time this album came out, so that's cool I guess. And if I did knock somebody up I would have been fine with making my offspring a cave and finding food for him/her to eat, all the while I know we're fucked and not getting unfucked soon.
  3. The Tallest Man on Earth- The Gardener
    Can you escape the power of these vocals? The Tallest Man on Earth is rapidly becoming my favorite folk singer of all time. He has so much passion that its almost intimidating when seen live. When I saw him at Exit/In he just stared every single person in the crowd down; and when his eyes met your eyes it was like your soul was being possesed by a folk god.
  4. Bows And Arrows- I Spent My Nights Awake
    A local band that I'm love with, and this song was constantly playing on my ipod it seems. The breakdown near the end of this song continues to make me dance uncontrollably, even though I've listen to it over a thousand times.
  5. Animal Collective- What Would I Want Sky
    We all know Animal Collective is amazing, but when they sample a Grateful Dead song then you start to realize the genius behind these guys. You gotta respect Animal Collective.
  6. Bob Dylan- Moonshiner
    This song is very special to me. Why? Well the first time I heard this song was at the Tallest Man on Earth show. Needless to say it was a great cover, but a couple of months later me and some friends did our own cover of "Moonshiner". It involved a bachelor party with 30 guys in a huge cabin in Gaitlinberg, 2 bathtubs full of alcohol, a pair of acoustic guitars, and a crowd of old, grey moustached bikers. I wish someone would have recorded our version, cause it was kick ass my friends.
  7. Harlem Shakes- Strictly Game
    "Make a little money, take a lot of shit
    Feel real bad, then get over it
    This will be a better year" The most amazing lyrics. If your down, then this will cheer you up.
  8. Warren Zevon- My Shits Fucked Up
    I'm always afraid to go to the doctor when I listen to this song, cause the doctor will probably say my shits fucked up. Apparently Zevon felt the same way, except he had a phobia of doctors which can be a bad thing. Especially if you have cancer and refuse treatment which will lead to an unfortunate death. Zevon, another great singer/songwriter who has left us to soon.
  9. Tallest Trees- Alouette!
    Another awesome local band that I've fell in love with. Somewhat psychedelic somewhat experimental, somewhat amazing. That should be enough description for this very loved band and track.
  10. Xaphoon Jones- I Wanna Know Now
    Xaphoon Jones knew what he was doing when he mixed Marley and MGMT. Anything Bob Marley attracts my attention and just about everyone else in the world. This is a good ass song, dont take my word for it though.
  11. The xx- Crystalised
  12. Justin Vernon- Ring Out
  13. Passion Pit- Sleepyhead
  14. The Dodos- Men
  15. Cymbals Eat Guitars- And The Hazy Sea
  16. Magnolia Electric Co.- Josephine
  17. The Hood Internet- Two Weeks of Hip Hop (Dead Prez vs Grizzly Bear)
  18. Grizzly Bear- Two Weeks
  19. Carissa's Wierd- Ignorant Piece of Shit
  20. Michael Ford Jr. & The Apache Relay- Why'd You Go?
  21. Bill Callahan- Eid Ma Clack Shaw
  22. City and Color- Against The Grain
  23. Nico- These Days
  24. Plants and Animals- Feedback in The Field
  25. The Beatles- Yesterday
I hope you enjoyed this little list of songs I really digged in 2009. I know I did. Hit me up and let me know what you really got into last year. I appreciate your thoughts too, ya know?

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