Thursday, November 30, 2006

month-end-mixtape no.1

It’s the last hour of November, and I am introducing the first of a new ongoing monthly feature called End-of-Month-Mixtape . This "mixtape" features songs (old and new) that I’ve enjoyed and listened to particularly more than others through the month of November.

1. Brand New: Sowing Season (Yeah)
2. Radiohead: Paranoid Android
3. The Libertines: Death On The Stairs

4. Salyu: Ai no Jikken
5. The Walkmen: Rock Around the Clock
6. Zombies: A Rose for Emily
7. The Shins: Phantom Limb
8. My Chemical Romance: Teenagers
9. The Florists: Stolen Love
10. Kate Bush: In Search of Peter Pan
11. Bloc Party: Where Is Home?
12. Hot Chip: Boys From School
13. The Velvet Underground: After Hours
14. Patrick Wolf: Overture (Live on XFM with John Kennedy October 17, 2006)
15. The Beatles: A Day in the Life
16. Mickey Avalon: My Dick

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i know that you're a sucker for anything acoustic

A fellow user sent me three acoustic versions of tracks from +44’s When Your Heart Stops Beating. Thanks for the songs!

Baby Come On (Acoustic)
Weatherman (Acoustic)
155 (Acoustic)

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Buy When Your Heart Stops Beating here.

100% maybe

All the dates for GlassJaw’s Fucking Tour 2006 are up... unfortunately, no date in Toronto.

old... really old bright eyes

I am not sure if I posted these before, but a reader of this blog requested them:

from Bright Eyes/Squadcar 96 Split, 1997
1. Racing Towards The New
2. Go Find Yourself A Dry Place

from Tea at the Palaz of Hoon Compilation, 2000
It's Cool, We can Still Be Friends

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006


YouSendIt is down, so all the mp3s are currently not working... sorry, but this is out of my control!

the not so brand new demos (a-requested-repost)

Brand New sold over 60,000 copies of The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me during the first week, congratulations guys! If you bought the album and liked what you heard, be should to check out the demos that started it all:

1. Untitled 01
2. Untitled 02
3. Untitled 03
4. Untitled 04
5. Untitled 05
6. Untitled 06
7. Untitled 07
8. Untitled 08
9. Untitled 09

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Buy The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me here.

last chance to spend a weekend in the city

The unbelievably incredible sophomore album by Bloc Party will go offline soon (probably in a few hours), grab it now before it’s too late!!!

the last days without pete were tough

Carl Barat is featured on the cover of the new NME! Go here to see what's inside that issue.

Doctors And Dealers
[wicked-cool song]
Bang Bang You're Dead [wicked-cool song]
Gin & Milk
You Fucking Love It
[wicked-cool song]
Last Of The Small Town Playboys
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Buy Waterloo To Anywhere here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

you never lie but it's no fun to tell the truth

There’s a request to repost an Alkaline Trio song... here it is... enjoy!

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Buy the Mercy Me [Single] here.

new beirut ep?

Beirut has posted a new song, "Elephant Gun" on MySpace. Apparently, it’s from an EP called Lon Gisland... anyone has any info on that release... please let me know... I am dying to hear more new Beirut!

Meanwhile, let's listen to songs from Gulag Orkestar, one of the best records of 2006.

Postcards from Italy
[wicked-cool song]
Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) [wicked-cool song]
After the Curtain

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Buy Gulag Orkestar here.

Monday, November 27, 2006

two dogs, two cats, a big kitchen and a welcome mat

WHAT??!?! Cat Power covers Cat Stevens on a diamond commercial...

Cat Stevens: How Can I Tell You [wicked-cool song]
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online game

Go to this link to play a Rise Against online game.

new babyshambles!!!!!!!!!!!

In exactly a week, Babyshambles will be releasing (in the U.K.) their brand new EP entitled The Blinding. This is quite exciting for me since I am trilled by anything Pete Doherty. As a result, I won’t even review this EP as it would be extremely biased and I would most likely have nothing negative to say... in fact, it’d probably end up being another rant on how Pete Doherty is one of the greatest song-writers ever, etc.

The Blinding
Love You But You're Green
I Wish
Beg, Steal or Borrow

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Buy The Blinding [EP] in 7" format here.
Buy it in CD format here.

one of my favorite new band names

After months and months of hearing the name Tokyo Police Club, and being kind of interested in hearing the band’s music solely due to the band’s name, I have finally caved in and listened to A Lesson In Crime, TPC’s debut EP. It is a typical indie rock album with the typical indie rock sound. Don’t get me wrong, it is an excellent EP: fast, Strokes sounding rock songs. In my opinion, having seven songs on the EP is just the right amount before it becomes redundant; it will be interesting to see how they’d sound on a full-length release.

Cheer It On
Nature of the Experiment
[wicked-cool song]
Shoulders & Arms
If It Works

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buy A Lesson In Crime here.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

a very clever and original concept for a music video

Current TV and The Shins teamed up and created the first-ever fan-generated rockumentary, "All Eyes On The Shins". Watch part I The Performance Of "Phantom Limb" below.

short pants, romance, learn to dance

There seems to be quite a lot of shockingly negative reviews on The Walkmen’s take on Pussy Cats (Nilsson). I have been listening to that record for the past few weeks now and it is really had to believe anyone can say anything bad about it. Having almost a music culture and history minor (short one credit… I think) from U of T, I have dealt with a handful of classic rock history and had become a big classic rock fan. For me, it is great to see a contemporary band that I respect, such as The Walkmen, do such a fine job in covering some of the best music ever made such as Bill Haley’s "Rock Around the Clock" and Bob Dylan’s "Subterranean Homesick Blues". As I listen to "Pussy Cats" Starring The Walkmen, I can’t help but imagining what a great time the band had while making this record: there’s this indescribable fun vibe that The Walkmen brought to the record, making the album even more enjoyable to listen to.

Many Rivers To Cross [wicked-cool song]
Subterranean Homesick Blues [wicked-cool song]
Don't Forget Me [wicked-cool song]
Save the Last Dance [wicked-cool song]
Loop de Loop [wicked-cool song]
Rock Around the Clock [wicked-cool song]
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Buy "Pussy Cats" Starring The Walkmen here.

more covers by p.wolf

Download Patrick Wolf’s gorgeous renditions of Nico’s "Afraid" and "Ari's Song" below.

Afraid from The Libertine [7" Single] [super-wicked-cool song]
Ari's Song from Accident & Emergency [Digital Single]
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Buy the Accident & Emergency [Digital Single] here.

sometimes I feel very sad

In response to the last post... there is absolutely no way I could skip out on a new Patrick Wolf song! Wolf’s version of "I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times" is not bad at all, but again, The Beach Boys’ version is untouchable!!!

Partick Wolf: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times [re-uploaded on January 21, 2007]
The Beach Boys: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times [wicked-cool song] [re-uploaded on January 21, 2007]
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god only knows what i'd be without you

Regular readers of this blog know that I am kind of a big fan of Daniel Johnston... so naturally, I am pretty excited about his latest contribution on The Beach Boys tribute album, Do It Again: A Tribute To Pet Sounds. Johnston covered "God Only Knows", one of the best and most important songs in modern music. The original version is a highly complex and in my opinion, Brian Wilson’s best production! With that being said, Johnston’s version of "God Only Knows" is horribly unbearable! I am tremendously disappointed... Johnston totally butchered the song... I couldn’t even listen to the entire thing.

I am now afraid to hear the rest of the tribute to Pet Sounds, despite the fact that Patrick Wolf and Architecture In Helsinki are both featured on the album.

Daniel Johnston: God Only Knows [totally-lame song]
The Beach Boys: God Only Knows [super-wicked-cool song]
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live hardcore orgy webcast

You can catch This Is Hell, Cancer Bats, and Alexisonfire on a live webcast from Amsterdam on December 8th. Watch the entire show at

Saturday, November 25, 2006

false alarm

Richard Cortez has posted a new song entitled "False Alarm" on his MySpace page.

currently wait for connection, this deafening tone breaking my reciever

Despite the fact that they broke up in February (insert extremely sad face here), Test Icicles released Dig Your Own Grave two months later. The album is a CD/DVD combo: the CD part is full of remixes, demos, and previously unreleased tracks while the DVD features music videos and live footages. This release is a must for anyone who misses those crazy Brits!!! Personally, I am still very upset about the split as they were one of the most promising bands to come out in recent years!

Pull The Lever (Raaary's Ripmix) [wicked-cool song]
All You Need Is Blood (Dev's! Mix) [wicked-cool song]
Stuck In The Bend (Unreleased Track)
The Plague + Pestilence (Raary Deci-Hells' Demo March '06)
What's Michelle Like? [Bonus Track] (4-Track Demo, July '04)

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watch me as I cut myself wide open on this stage, yes i am paid to spill my guts

Brand New will embark on a full USA and Canadian tour, which will take place this coming March/April/May. More details to come (hopefully before the end of the year).

Friday, November 24, 2006

he climbed up the empire state building, it was like a phallic symbol

Tom Waits not only covered "King Kong" by Daniel Johnston, but he also rendered Charles Bukowski’s poem "Nirvana" into a track on his ambitious 3-disc release, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards.

King Kong

Daniel Johnston: King Kong [wicked-cool song]
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Buy Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards here.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

another bloc party post

Bloc Party have started a photo blog, go check that out here.

You can also preorder A Weekend In The City now:
For the standard edition of the album, go here.
For the limited edition, go here.

classic song of the moment

Here’s my favorite song by The Velvet Underground… drummer, Maureen Tucker took on the lead vocals here.

After Hours from The Velvet Underground, 1969 [super-wicked-cool song]
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no one can be trusted under the age of fourteen

So, my new current obsession is the new Bloc Party album, A Weekend In The City (out February 5, 2007). The big question I had before listening to this new record was how does a band follow a near perfect first album? ...and not to mention, probably the best remix album I’ve ever heard? The answer: explore new sounds while also retaining some traditional/signature style. With that being said, A Weekend In The City begins with an unrecognizable new sound. A soft falsetto vocal introduces "Song For Clay (Disappear Here)". That is soon disrupted by a crashing guitar riff that sounds very similar to Muse. In fact, the musical style of this first track is identical to Muse’s style from Black Holes and Revelations. However, that sound is short-lived as "Hunting For Witches" takes a step back to the fast and dancable drum and bass rhythm that makes Bloc Party great. The guitar and everything else here is notably Silent Alarm sounding... perhaps one last taste of the old Bloc Party sound? "Waiting For The 7.18" is one of those tracks that showcases Bloc Party’s remarkable ability to create an amazing sounding build up track. It beings with the crisp sounding xylophone and violin as Kele’s soft vocal enters. "Waiting For The 7.18" is slower, but it still retains the mid-tone guitar riff and rapid drum beats. This is a musically beautiful sounding song, especially about midway, where all the instrument layers come together to create an incredible full-blown texture. Next is their first single, "The Prayer". This track is a great choice as the album’s first single since it is perhaps the catchiest song on the album. Claps, stomps, chants, and random synthesizer effects... what more could one ask for?

I like to think that "Uniform" is the transitional point of A Weekend In The City. It is kind of like a preview of what the rest of the record is like: a slower and softer sound, yet maintaining that classic Bloc Party style... think "Blue Light" and "This Modern Love" from Silent Alarm with an added twist. This song also features my favorite part of the record, a catchy call and response which comes at about 2: 38 ("so why did you go picking fights that you’d lose…"). A quiet drum and a continuous synthesized melody support Kele’s soft voice in "On". A great thing about this song is that the music maintains this calm timbre even when Kele’s vocal becomes louder and more emotional. A chilling, monotone-ish voice begins "Where Is Home?" With a rebellious and angry tone, Bloc Party yet again borrowed from Muse: the crushing guitar riff and falsetto vocal at 2:10. "Where Is Home?" closes with an unbelievable sounding dense relationship between the synthesizer and the drum and bass. "Kreuzberg" is the only song I don’t really care for in A Weekend In The City. Compare to the last track, it is a little too slow and a bit boring. My suggestion, skip forward to "I Still Remember", a great love song with an extremely catchy melody. Everything about this song reminds me of "This Modern Love". "I Still Remember" is very New Wave/The Cure sounding and it is definitely one of the best tracks on the album.

Just when you think that there is no possible way to top the last track or make this album sound greater than it already is, you get hit with "Sunday", a song that features a dramatic rhythm, yet a beautiful melody. The finally track, "SXRT", is perhaps the most emotional song on the album: the lyrics, along with Kele’s vocal give me the chills here. I had a problem with the closing tracks on Silent Alarm; however, the last two tracks on "A Weekend In The City" are absolutely perfect! Oh my, what more can I say? ...A Weekend In The City is just a brilliant piece of art by a very talented band. No doubt, it is a more mature sounding record; they created this new sound that expends from "This Modern Love": the slow tempo, complex drum and bass textures, melodic guitar solo, catchy synthesizer, and soft vocal style… I accept the new Bloc Party!!!

Song For Clay (Disappear Here) [wicked-cool song]
Hunting For Witches [wicked-cool song]
Waiting For The 7.18 [wicked-cool song]
The Prayer [wicked-cool song]
Uniform [super-wicked-cool song]
On [wicked-cool song]
Where Is Home? [super-wicked-cool song]
I Still Remember
[super-wicked-cool song]
Sunday [super-wicked-cool song]
SXRT [wicked-cool song]
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A Weekend In The City comes out on February 5, 2007.

happy thanksgiving


I received a few requests for early Conor Oberst recordings... go here for the repost. (sorry for the delay… I know that one of the requests was from months ago, but I completely forget… sorry again!)

Someone also wanted me to repost a couple of Brand New songs from their incredible new album, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. Go to this link for those.

template update

I did a little upgrade today to the template... it is not as pretty as before, but the blog is now Mac friendly!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

100% maybe

slow and lazy day...

I am working on a review for the new Bloc Party disc, A Weekend In The City.... yes, NEW BLOC PARTY!!! So, look for that later tonight or early tomorrow.

make this your first record of 2007

You can now preorder Dustin Kensrue's surprisingly great album, Please Come Home, here.
Be sure to check out the entire album + my mini-review here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

my heart pounds boom boom boom

Jónsi (Sigur Rós) and his boyfriend, Alex, are releasing a picture book called Riceboy Sleeps on November 24th. Go here to visit the book’s website.
Happy Birthday Devon!!!

already heard

The highly-highly anticipated third release, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, by Brand New is out today. To celebrate, I have uploaded some classic b-sides, demos, and rare live tracks by one of the best bands to come out in the last decade.

from First Four Track Demo, 2000
1. Jude Law And A Semester Abroad (Demo)
2. Logan To Government Center (Demo)
3. The Shower Scene (Demo)
4. Secondary (For The Worse) (Demo)

Last Chance To Lose Your Keys (Demo) [wicked-cool song]
Magazines (Demo) [wicked-cool song]
Jude Law And A Semester Abroad (Acoustic)
My Nine Rides Shotgun

from Brand New/Safety In Numbers Split, 2002
Moshi Moshi [wicked-cool song]
Am I Wrong

from Beer: The Movie, 2003
Flying At Tree Level (Version 1.0) [wicked-cool song]

Car (Acoustic) [wicked-cool song]
Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2 (Live Neutral Milk Hotel Cover)

from The Holliday [EP], 2003
1. The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot (Acoustic) [wicked-cool song]
2. Logan To Government Center (Demo)
3. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows (Acoustic)
[wicked-cool song]
4. Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have To Do Is Die (Demo)
5. Oh Holy Night

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my first glassjaw show is my favorite concert of all time

This is possibly maybe the best news yet!
12/23 - definitely maybe...

i'm not your friend, i'm just a man who knows how it feels...

Head over to to read a spot-on review for Brand New’s The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Kramer's a racist?!?!

there is no hope for the village

I was cleaning up my room today and found this article from the University of Toronto Magazine on Owen Pallett, aka Final Fantasy.

from Has A Good Home, 2006
This is the Dream of Win & Regine [wicked-cool song]
Furniture [wicked-cool song]
Please Please Please [super-wicked-cool song]

from Young Canadian Mothers 7", 2006
This Is The Dream Of Emma & Cam
Peach, Plum, Pear (Joanna Newsom)
[wicked-cool song]

from Many Lives -> 49 MP Single, 2006
Jars Of Lars

from He Poos Clouds, 2006
This Lamb Sells Condos [super-wicked-cool song]
Song Song Song [wicked-cool song]

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Sorry folks, the Young Canadian Mothers 7" is now out of print... but you can...
buy Has A Good Home here.
buy He Poos Clouds here.
buy Many Lives -> 49 MP Single here.

i think i have the exact same outfit as the guy on the right

Go to The Sounds' MySpace to hear an unreleased track called "Berkeley".

a short story: wincing the night away

The Shins are back with a new single, "Phantom Limb". Oh, how I missed The Shins! This sparkling new song is definitely a great preview for Wincing the Night Away, their first album in four long years, which comes out on January 23, 2007!!!

Phantom Limb [wicked-cool song]

Phantom Limb Single is out this Tuesday, you can preorder it here.

Now, let me tell you all a little story entitled Wincing the Night Away:
Sometimes when I can’t fall asleep, I wished there were "Sleeping Lessons" I could take in school. Then I think, maybe those lessons exist in "Australia", and they’d be taught by a lovely lady named "Pam Berry". I could totally travel to Australia from Toronto by water if I had "Sea Legs". I would bring all nine of my "Red Rabbits" with me; however, with the unpredictable sea environments, they might "Turn On Me" and eat me alive! So I decided to walk across the ocean alone. I encountered a gigantically ugly "Black Wave", it hit me like "Spilt Needles"... whatever those are. Luckily, a "Girl Sailor" saved me as "A Comet Appears" in the beautiful ocean sky.

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a hole in the hull defied the crew's attempts to bail us out

Is this what hardcore Brand New/old Taking Back Sunday fans dream of everyday?

Brand New and Straylight Run: Play Crack The Sky (live)
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The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me ...out tomorrow!!!!!!

adolf hipster cast a wicked spell on scarlett

Watch Say Anything's wicked-cool Lego style video below!

i'll be there when your last breath's taken away

+44: When Your Heart Stops Beating (Electronic Mix)
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Sunday, November 19, 2006

natasha khan... the next bjork???

About a week and a half ago, I recommended Bat For Lashes’ Fur And Gold. This post is to remind everyone how amazing that record is. I have uploaded the remaining songs from the album... make sure you check out these tracks from Bat For Lashes’ incredible debut.

Sad Eyes [wicked-cool song]
The Wizard [wicked-cool song]
Bats Mouth [wicked-cool song]
I Saw A Light [wicked-cool song]
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buy Fur And Gold here.


Apparently the comment section wasn’t working properly for the longest time... I guess that explains the lack of discussions lately... anyways, it is now fixed, so go crazy and howl away!

mates of state on crack... lots of crack

All The Stuff We Do by Cars Can Be Blue makes me laugh every time I listen to it. The album is not musically or lyrically extraordinary, but it is full of fun, simple, and fun songs. Yes, fun is the keyword for describing All The Stuff We Do... it is more like a comedic album than anything... I mean, how can one take an album seriously when the songs are about dating Batman (at the same time, questioning Batman’s sexuality), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, killing a baby, retards, and dirty sex. All The Stuff We Do is entertaining and it does feature a few memorable tracks; however, it is not a great record overall: perhaps there are too many tracks as the songs do get redundant towards the end of the record.

I Like
Dating Batman
[super-wicked-cool song]
TMNT [super-wicked-cool song]
Retarded Retard
Dirty Song

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buy All The Stuff We Do here.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

patrick wolf update: that time of the month....

that time of the month....

oh.. eurgh.. graaa.. brrrrkk... nnnnnnn....

do you ever feel emotionally constipated?
like when you start a new job and people make judgements on
your character without even bothering to start a conversation with you?
I guess this is just one evening... I am generally so happy right now.
This week I had so much fun.. I recorded a performance for channel 4 (a television station in england).. their saturday morning tv show.. I did a little interview too.. (where I felt my brain afterwards wanted to just say the opposite of what my mouth said) My new band of beautifuls mounted to an epic seven piece group.. three strings (the siblings of joy.. victoria and alastair sutherland and the cornish wind in the wires born nat jones).. one bass clarinet (nat scott).. a trombone (the one and only mark rudland)... baritone uke.. (the new madonna.. bishi).. synthesizers and toy piano.. (jo apps). I think the recording will be broadcast in january and then again in march.. stay tuned for broadcast times. My band was bigger than Nelly Furtados but one short of Beyonces.. I must be onto an epic communication.

In other news.. I am in the early process of making a new music video for a song that is very dear to my heart from the new album. It will be a little visual, film entry to the new album, before the actual beast is unleashed and the next single is unveiled. I can confirm the song will be blue and there will be bells involved. I wrote the storyline that I then gave to a fantastic director.. and we will be delivering a great collaboration this winter.. if all goes to plan. My last video for A&E is a very different thing to what I have planned for the next few videos.
I have already very much started the press for the new record... can I apologise in advance for anything odd that comes out of my mouth? I tend to get bored a little easily and sometimes I wander off into the realm of hans christian andersen.. have any of you actually read his stories? I beg you to get a compendium this christmas and get lost in his words.

I think the thing is.. I belong primarily behind an instrument.. not a camera or a journalists tape recorder.. I long to disapear behind a type writer one day and finish off my book i've been writing for a while, but I must take one thing at a time and fulfill my duties to standing up for my work in the real world. I always say.. it's like when you give birth to a baby and you can't just give it up for adoption or leave it in an alleyway for some stranger to discover.. you need to put in a good nursery and feed it properly until it's fully grown.

I have been very drawn to soon wearing a burqa... I am disgusted that the british government is starting a ban of what the public is allowed to wear, I understand there must be a reform on sexist politics within the muslim religion, and a reform on the prejudice of the white racist british public.. but.. First hooded tops..
then now veils.. I have worn both in my time.. I once had a victorian black funeral veil that I used to wear on the street when I felt reclusive.. and I have been turned out of about six supermarkets here in London for wearing my favourite sequined hooded shirts and jackets and refusing to take the hood down while buying doughnuts and baileys.

Ok.. I must go.. Im sure there is so much to tell you.. but I feel already I have said too much for some. Soon we will be announcing the first leg of the new tour next year.. it will be a long one indeed, and global this time, at last! I will be putting my domestic life into storage for a good year as I live my life on the road. By the way.. I had an email recently from some juvenile criminal who got hold of my email adress complaining about my home decoration too.. Seriously.. I could go into specifics right now.. but please, I am not unfortunately at a missy elliot level where I can afford to wear new shoes everyday and live in a ferrari shaped bed, I moved into my new house so I could write on the grand piano everyday that my landlord left while he travelled Poland. Next time, I have quickly learnt, I will transmit my communications from somewhere much less personal. Im a little regretting letting one small minority in somewhere I thought could feel a part of something in this age of rehearsed personalites.. or perhaps, I dont care and they should go and find work at habitat with anna ryder richardson... and charlie dimmock just for good wholesome luck. I once went to the london marathon just to see her.. it was a real highlight of 2001, It ranks on a level with appearing in the audience of the Vanessa Feltz show in 1997.. so perhaps that is not such a punishment.

I have been designing the new website with a good person.. It should finally be ready this december. I am looking forward to showing you an extensive gallery and a little more of the story you have been following so far.

Anyway.. Unconditional love to all of you.. I am in a funny mood.. I still believe that certain boys get periods too. I need to write more music.. retreat from the sun a little. I am going to egypt soon.. I long to see the pyramids.. be with camels.. kiss a crocodile... burn my skin in solitude..

speak soon.. perhaps at the union chapel.. I start reharsals next week, Im very excited, very excited indeed.

love x patrick

Friday, November 17, 2006

my favorite record of 2007

Yes, you read it right... I have listed Dustin Kensrue’s solo debut, Please Come Home, as my favorite record of 2007. That’s not saying much since it is the only record I’ve heard that is scheduled to be released in 2007. Please Come Home is actually a very fine solo project by Thrice’s frontman. Unlike a certain hardcore gone acoustic art (cough Alexisonfire... cough... City and Colour), Please Come Home is not just another bland, boring unplugged album. Kensrue adopts the alterative-country/folk style very similar to The New Amsterdams and the result is excellent: the album is full of uplifting 'country rhythms' with some very 'country lyrics'. Perhaps the most surprising part of the record belongs to Kensrue new found and may I say, improved vocal style. It is crisp, melodic, and very nostalgic sounding. Without a doubt, Please Come Home will definitely be one of the first records I will buy in 2007.

1. I Knew You Before [wicked-cool song]
2. Pistol [wicked-cool song]
3. I Believe [wicked-cool song] ****link fixed****
4. Please Come Home [wicked-cool song]
5. Blood & Wine [wicked-cool song]
6. Consider The Ravens [wicked-cool song]
7. Weary Saints [wicked-cool song]
8. Blanket Of Ghosts [wicked-cool song]
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Sorry for the excessively use of [wicked-cool song], but I truly enjoy every song from this album!

Please Come Home comes out of January 23, 2007, I will post preorder details while they become available.

the florists + myspace = free songs!

So just a day after I discovered The Florists and their amusing video for "Stolen Love", they have made all their songs on MySpace downloadable!

Country Walks
Russian Wives
Stolen Love
[wicked-cool song]
The Sun Don't Shine
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Thursday, November 16, 2006

and i know that you're a sucker for anything acoustic

Alright, who is a sucker for anything acoustic? I know I am... that’s why I am recommending Owen’s latest, At Home With Owen. Actually, the record is more than just acoustic music... in fact; each song features various layers of lovely instruments ranging from the acoustic/electric guitar, violin, piano, and many more. "Bad News", the first track off the record sets the tempo for the rest of the album. The beautiful melodies, along with Owen’s soft voice, force you to listen to each song with extra caution... At Home With Owen is perfect for long walks under the sun during those cold winter days.

Bad News
The Sad Waltzes Of Pietro Crespi
Windows And Doorways
One Of These Days

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buy At Home With Owen here.

i may just play this at my housewarming

Go download Hot Chip’s Greco Roman Mixtape here... the link will be active for six more days, so hurry!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

the florists

Check out the video below by The Florists. A pretty neat video for pretty great song! If anyone has recordings, or know where to get CDs, demos, etc by them, please let me know!

i heart free shows!

Great Lake Swimmers are playing a FREE show at The Toronto Reference Library this Saturday. (who wants to go with me??) Tickets can be picked up in advance at Soundscapes or the Toronto Reference Library. If you are in Toronto this Saturday, make sure you go see GLW as Tony Dekker has one of the most incredible live vocals I’ve ever heard!

from Great Lake Swimmers
Moving Pictures Silent Films [wicked-cool song]
I Will Never See The Sun [super-wicked-cool song]
Faithful Night, Listening

from Bodies and Minds
Song For The Angels
When It Flows
[super-wicked-cool song]
Various Stages [wicked-cool song]
Imaginary Bars
I Could Be Nothing [wicked-cool song]
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buy Great Lake Swimmers albums here.

i still have your copy of harold and maude

The Good Life are heading back to the studio in January and February to record a new album... which will probably come out at the end of the summer 07'.

Album Of The Year (Acoustic) [wicked-cool song]
Night And Day (Acoustic) [wicked-cool song]
Notes In His Pockets (Acoustic) [wicked-cool song]
Lovers Need Lawyers (Acoustic) [wicked-cool song]
A New Friend (Acoustic) [wicked-cool song]
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buy Album of the Year here.

500th post

Go watch The Format’s video for "Dog Problems" exclusively at MySpace.
By far, this is the best video of the year!!! ...I don’t The Format are capable of doing anything bad this year!

Dog Problems [super-wicked-cool song]
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buy Dog Problems (the best record of 2006) here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

iamx us tour

IAMX is planning to tour around the US in March 2007. Some of the cities he plans to visit include Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, NYC, and Toronto.

The Negative Sex
Spit It Out
After Every Party I Die

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buy The Alternative here.

also out today...

Final Fantasy III for DS!!!!!!!!
I am extremely excited about this one... which is kind of weird since I am not big on video games... especially the new ones!

as expected...

I think this is one of the worst reviewed albums ever!

out today...

+44: When Your Heart Stops Beating
Surprising good, very Blink-sounding!

Lycanthrope [wicked-cool song]
When Your Heart Stops Beating [wicked-cool song]
No It Isn't

buy When Your Heart Stops Beating here.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: So Divided
Another solid release by the Dead, good rock album

Stand in Silence
Naked Sun
Eight Day Hell

buy So Divided here.

Joanna Newsom: Ys
I forgot that this is not out till now as it has been leaked for months now! Anyways, Ys is probably my roommate’s favorite album of the year.

Only Skin [wicked-cool song... according to my roommate]

buy Ys here.

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the time has come for tdagarim

The most anticipated album of the year, aka The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, has been leaked!!!

The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me [wicked-cool album]
1. Sowing Season (Yeah)
2. Millstone
3. Jesus Christ
4. Degausser
5. Limousine
6. You Won't Know
7. Welcome to Bangkok
8. Not the Sun
9. Luca
10. Untitled
11. Archers
12. Handcuffs
bonus: Luca (alternative version)

New Album Demos [wicked-cool demos]
1. Untitled 01
2. Untitled 02
3. Untitled 03
4. Untitled 04
5. Untitled 05
6. Untitled 06
aka Luca
7. Untitled 07
8. Untitled 08
aka Sowing Season (Yeah)
9. Untitled 09 aka Archers
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The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is out next Tuesday, you can preorder it here.

Monday, November 13, 2006

so take the boy to the back, cover up his ears - we've got some dirty little secrets we don't want him to hear

If you live in Canada, make sure you catch The New Music to see an interview with The Early November.

Here are the air-times:
November 13 at 9:30pm and again on 1:30 on Much Music
November 18 at 1:30pm on CityTV

Decoration [wicked-cool song]
Little Black Heart [wicked-cool song]
I Don't Know How To Say This [wicked-cool song]
We Grew Up The Same [wicked-cool song]
Runaway (Part 1) [wicked-cool song]
Uncle [wicked-cool song]
Look At Me [wicked-cool song]
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buy the amazing The Mother, The Mechanic, And The Path here.

so awesome!