Wednesday, February 28, 2007

she doesn't know i know about it

Coming off of an ordinarily boring debut in 11:11, Maria Taylor is back with a surprisingly wonderful indie-pop follow-up entitled Lynn Teeter Flower. Tracks such as "A Good Start", "Smile And Wave", and "Irish Goodbye" all have this catchy-Regina Spektor-like-uplifting-melodies that can easily become huge radio hits. On the other hand, other tracks like "Clean Getaway" and "The Ballad Of Sean Foley" both feature this Jenny Lewis-ish folkie/soul style. While 11:11 was extremely unimpressive, Lynn Teeter Flower is actually a rather entertaining record and it shows Maria Taylor progressing as an solo artist.

A Good Start
Clean Getaway
Smile And Wave
[wicked-cool song]
Irish Goodbye
The Ballad Of Sean Foley
[wicked-cool song]
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Lynn Teeter Flower comes out on March 6, you can pre-order it here

Monday, February 26, 2007

stay up tonight!

Sorry for the short notice, but Brand New will perform on Late Show with David Letterman tonight!

Luca (alternative version) [wicked-c00l song]
Coca-Cola [wicked-c00l song]
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buy The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me here

it's you, who put me in the magic position...

Today marks the most important date of 2007: the birth of Patrick Wolf’s latest masterpiece, The Magic Position! It hits stores in the UK today and it will be available on May 1 in North America.

buy The Magic Position here

To celebrate the release of The Magic Position, I composed a My Soundtrack list dedicated only to Patrick Wolf songs. For those of you who are not familiar with the My Soundtrack list, go check out my post from last Thursday. Again, much like the other list, feedbacks are always welcome!

Opening Credits: Paris
Waking Up: The Magic Position
First Day of High School: Overture
Falling in Love: Short Stories
Fight Song: Souvenirs
Breaking up: Blue Bells (live from Patrick's flat)
Prom: Accident & Emergency
Sex Scene: Don't Say No
Mental Breakdown: This Weather
Driving: Bloodbeat
Flash Back: Pumpkin Soup
Proposing: Penzance
Wedding: The Hazelwood
Birth of a Child: A Boy Like Me, live at Benicassim Festival In Spain on August, 08 2004
Final Battle: Tristan
Death Scene: Idumea
Funeral: To The Lighthouse
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Sunday, February 25, 2007

let's sing a song about a woman's rage

It seems like forever since I have seen Final Fantasy live... well since last April... and yes, that IS a long time considered that I saw FF live 3 times in 4 months during the first quarter of 2006. Anyways, seeing FF yesterday afternoon at Tranzac reminded me why I think Owen Pallett is the best live performer in the world. Like the last time I saw Owen live, he featured the projection art show thing in the background again... the string version of This Lamb Sells Condos is priceless and he also played 2 or 3 new tracks. So, not that I need to say it, but the show was again pretty damn great! Everyone who has not seen Final Fantasy, you are indeed missing out!! You really need to catch him the next time he comes to your city... even if you are not the biggest fan of his music, seeing a Final Fantasy show is something that everyone must experience at least once!

see more photos from the show here

Thursday, February 22, 2007

with your hands on my shoulders, a meaningless movement: A movie script ending...

So there is this pretty neat thing circulating around MySpace and Facebook called IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE? You are suppose to open your music library, put it on shuffle, and insert a song on each of the ‘movie scene’ below... well, I tried the whole shuffle thing and didn’t like the result... So instead, I inserted the tracks manually to fit the described ‘scenes’ below. Btw, feel free to post your shuffle or made-up soundtrack in the comments section.

Opening Credits:
Death Cab For Cutie - Title Track

Waking Up:
Great Lake Swimmers - When It Flows

First Day of High School:
Jawbreaker - Oyster

Falling in Love:
Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life or The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

Fight Song:
GlassJaw - Siberian Kiss or Klaxons - Magick

Breaking Up:
The Libertines - Music When The Lights Go Out

Sigur Rós - Glósóli

Sex Scene:
Tricky - Hollow

Mental Breakdown:
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown or Alkaline Trio - Trouble Breathing

Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Flash Back:
Kate Bush - Oh England My Lionheart or Nada Surf - Blonde On Blonde or Something Corporate - Cavanaugh Park

Guided By Voices - Learning to Hunt

Ryan Adams - Wonderwall

Birth of a Child:
Björk - Venus As A Boy

Final Battle:
Refused - New Noise

Death Scene:
Brand New - Guernica

The Smiths - Asleep

Closing Cedits:
Cat Stevens - If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out or The Velvet Underground - After Hours or The Beatles - A Day In The Life

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

i'm a talented artist but my hearts not in it

I am so in love with this song (or songs) right now... that's all.

All In My Head (old version) [wicked-cool song] from Good Shoes
All In My Head (new version) [super-wicked-cool song] from All In My Head Single
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buy All In My Head Single here

out this week

Comeback Kid: Broadcasting
This is a must-have for fans of Every Time I Die!

The Blackstone
[wicked-cool song]
Come Around

buy Broadcasting here

Anberlin: Cities
Anberlin is back with another energetic pop rock record. Cities is elevates Anberlin’s musical ability to the next level.

Godspeed [wicked-cool song]
A Whisper And A Clamor
Hello Alone

buy Cities here

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

here we go again

The Conor Oberst cassettes are probably one of the most popular downloads on this blog. Every so often, I receive requests to repost those tracks… and you guessed it, someone is asking for those cassettes once again, go here to discover recordings from a young Bright Eyes.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

let's have tea

Although I have always been curious of what Jesse Sykes sounded like, I have actually never heard anything by her until recently. Lusting for new music, I put on Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls and discovered a familiar but yet refreshing alternative country-folk sound. The one thing that stands out for me is Sykes’ vocal. For me, there is this motherly, affectionate feeling in her voice... which, as a result, creates this cozy and warm sensation. The music of Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls is calming and relaxing, it is that perfect record to spin in the background while enjoying your afternoon tea/coffee.

Eisenhower Moon
The Air is Thin
Spectral Beings
Hard Not to Believe
Morning it Comes

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buy Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls here

i am looking for mickey avalon on jimmy kimmel...

Watch Dustin Kensrue performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night below.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

that's when the audience died

Final Fantasy is playing two shows in Toronto next week!! Owen Pallett will charm the audience at Tranzac on Friday, February 23 at 8 pm as well as Saturday, February 24 at 2 pm. I am going to the Saturday afternoon show... see you all there!

from You're Worth More To Me Than 1,000 Christians by Les Mouches (Pallett's old band)
Carload Of Whatever [wicked-cool song]
Divorce The Ones You Love [super-wicked-cool song]
Little Poop [wicked-cool song]

from Many Lives -> 49 MP Single
The Miner Becomes Forgetful [wicked-cool song]
The Cn Tower Belongs To The Dead (Many Lives Version) [wicked-cool song]
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buy You're Worth More To Me Than 1,000 Christians here
buy Many Lives -> 49 MP Single here

Friday, February 16, 2007

i traced my finger along your trails, your body was the map, i was lost in there

Question: Is Great Lake Swimmers capable of making a bad record? Answer: No, probably not ever! If you are a frequent reader of this blog, it is pretty clear that Great Lake Swimmers’ self-titled and Bodies and Minds are among my favourite records of recent years. GLS will release their third full-length entitled Ongiara in Canada on March 27. Naturally, I am already addicted to the new record! Once again, the album features beautiful country-folk style music and not to mention, Tony Dekker’s signature majestic vocal... yes, majestic! Now with three remarkable full-lengths, GLS is slowly becoming one of my favourite bands!

Your Rocky Spine [wicked-cool song]
Backstage with the Modern Dancers
Put There by the Land
[wicked-cool song]
Where in the World Are You
Passenger Song
[wicked-cool song]
I Became Awake [wicked-cool song]
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Ongiara comes out on March 27, go here for more information on the record

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

bricks to this old house are breaking

I thought Anberlin was going to be another generic Tooth & Nail band; however, their debut, Never Take Friendship Personal was such a surprisingly great record. Then, I was afraid that their new disc, Cities, would sound the same and I would be greatly bored and disappointed with it. After hearing the new record a handful of times in the past few days, I must say, I am wrong again! I am not one bit disappointed by Cities – there is absolutely nothing boring about it. The album is filled with full blast energy: from the solid vocals to the extremely appealing guitar riffs, Cities will surely wake anyone up from this dull snowy weather!

Godspeed [wicked-cool song]
Hello Alone
[wicked-cool song]
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Cities comes out on, you can pre-order it here

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

i don't want the salesmen knocking at my door

Back in 2004, The Arcade Fire’s debut full length, Funeral, came out of nowhere and became one of the biggest acts in the indie music scene. Not only did they attract a huge fan-base in the US and overseas, they somewhat replaced (for a moment) the beloved Broken Social Scene as the Canadian indie-kids’ national heroes. So, like everyone else, I listened to Funeral, but I found myself NOT liking the album whatsoever! I mean, it was borderline enjoyable, and I absolutely didn’t get why everyone thought the album was so brilliant... it was one of those albums I just did not get and couldn’t get into. So, three years later, The Arcade Fire is set to release their follow-up entitled Neon Bible. Even though I despised Funeral, I wanted to give the new album a chance. As soon as I heard the first song, "Black Mirror", I knew that Neon Bible is a different album from Funeral, and I might actually enjoy it. The next track, "Keep The Car Running", is even more enjoyable than the first... and it kind of sounds like a Cure track to me for some reason. Anyways, to my surprise, The Arcade Fire actually released something that I like... Neon Bible is a pretty damn fine record and I think it gets better with each listen!

Keep The Car Running [wicked-cool song]
Intervention [wicked-cool song]
Ocean Of Noise
The Well And The Lighthouse
[wicked-cool song]
No Cars Go [wicked-cool song]
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Neon Bible comes out on March 6, you can pre-order it here

***Patrick Wolf will be opening for The Arcade Fire in Europe:
03-05 Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
03-06 Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
03-08 Manchester, England - Apollo
03-09 Manchester, England - Apollo
03-11 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
03-12 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
03-14 London, England - Brixton Academy
03-15 London, England - Brixton Academy

*****They will also be playing at Massey Hall in Toronto on May 15 and 16!!!

lazily busy

Sorry for the lack of posts lately... more updates and lots and lots of music coming soon... I promise!!!!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

wow... and no nerds, not world of warcraft...

Gorgeous: that is probably the only word needed to describe Eluvium’s new album. Copia is a 55 minutes journey of extraordinary ambient, experimental, and contemporary classical music style. There are moments when Copia will remind listeners of Sigur Rós or The Album Leafs, but the addition of Eluvium’s clever classical compositions makes Copia different. The piano dominate tracks of "Prelude for Time Feelers" and "Radio Ballet" slightly resemble the style of Liszt or Chopin. Ironically, the hollow-sounding string somehow makes "After Nature" very fulfilling. Finally, the organ makes "Ostinato" sounds like something out of the Middle Ages. I know that it is beyond freezing in Toronto right now and no one wants to walk outside, but if you do, put on Copia and let it guide you though the long cold march.

Indoor Swimming at the Space Station
[wicked-cool song]
Prelude for Time Feelers [wicked-cool song]
Radio Ballet [wicked-cool song]
After Nature [wicked-cool song]
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Copia comes out on February 20, you can pre-order it here

i heart free concerts!!!!!!

OMG, MySpace Secret Shows is finally coming to Canada!!! Just in case you don’t know, MySpace Secret Shows are free and all ages concerts presented by MySpace and Chili's... past (keep in mind, they are FREE!!!) performances included: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, +44, The Sounds, Underoath, My Chemical Romance, The Rapture, Say Anything, and Jenny Lewis.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

klaxons answered... with their first north american show in t.o.!!!

One week ago, I posted:

This album (Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future) is perfect! Klaxons need to bring new rave to North America!!!

04-08 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
04-10 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04-11 Boston, MA - Great Scott
04-13 Brooklyn, NY - Studio B
04-14 Philadelphia, PA - Transit
04-16 Chicago, IL - Schubas
04-17 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04-19 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04-22 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
04-23 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
04-24 Portland, OR - Dante's
04-26 San Francisco, CA - Popscene
04-29 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

out this week

Bloc Party: A Weekend In The City
This tops Silent Alarm by far!! Bloc Party’s truthful postmodern lyrics and expressive melodies make A Weekend In The City an absolutely remarkable album!

Song For Clay (Disappear Here) [wicked-cool song]
Uniform [super-wicked-cool song]
I Still Remember [super-wicked-cool song]

buy A Weekend In The City here

The Noisettes: What's the Time Mr Wolf
The Noisettes created a fine album which features some versatile vocal styles.

Don't Give Up
The Count of Monte Christo

buy What's the Time Mr Wolf here

Bayside: The Walking Wounded
The Walking Wounded sounds almost identical to Bayside’s last release.

They're Not Horses, They're Unicorns
I And I

buy The Walking Wounded here

Deerhunter: Cryptograms
Alright, here’s the story: I got Deerhunter’s Cryptograms thinking that it was by the same band who released an EP last year entitled, Act I: The Lake South, The River North. However, the band who released that EP was The Dear Hunter, not Deerhunter... how fucking confusing!!!!!

Spring Hall Convert
Strange Lights

buy Cryptograms here

V/A: Take Action Vol. 6
I’ve been supporting this compilation since the first volume. Each year, a portion of the proceeds earned from this title are donated to various services. This year, the proceeds will be donated to The Kristin Brooks Hope Center, which serves youth through YAH! The Youth American Hotline! 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454). For more info, go to the Take Action! website here.

buy Take Action Vol. 6 here

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Monday, February 05, 2007

i will never see the sun, spadina... st. george... bay... and yonge

Great Lake Swimmers are doing a cross Canada tour during March and April. If you live in one of those places below, make sure you go check this band out... I know I have said this about a thousand times, but Great Lake Swimmers put on one hell of a show.

Mar. 15 Montreal QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Mar. 16 Wakefield QC @ Blacksheep Inn
Mar. 17 Kingston ON @ The Grad Club
Mar. 23 Hamilton ON @ Pepper Jack's
Mar. 24 Brantford ON @ The Ford Plant
Mar. 25 Sault Ste Marie ON @ Loplops Gallery Lounge
Mar. 27 Winnipeg MB @ West End Cultural Centre
Mar. 28 Saskatoon SK @ Amigo's
Mar. 29 Edmonton AB @ Starlite Room
Mar. 30 Calgary AB @ Liberty Lounge
Mar. 31 Canmore AB @ Canmore Hotel
Apr. 5 Vancouver BC @ Richard's on Richards
Apr. 6 Victoria BC @ Lucky Bar
Apr. 12 London ON @ Aeolian Hall
Apr. 14 Toronto ON @ Church of the Redeemer (2 shows: 6pm and 9pm)

from Great Lake Swimmers, 2004
Moving Pictures Silent Films [wicked-cool song]
I Will Never See The Sun [super-wicked-cool song]

from Bodies and Minds, 2005
When It Flows [super-wicked-cool song]
Imaginary Bars [wicked-cool song]
I Could Be Nothing [super-wicked-cool song]

from Hands In Dirty Ground EP, 2006
Song for the Angels (Miracle Version) [wicked-cool song]
Hands In Dirty Ground [wicked-cool song]
Innocent W.Y.D. (Live Tom Waits Cover) [wicked-cool song]
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buy all Great Lake Swimmers and Bodies and Minds here
buy Great Lake Swimmers digital box set here

all the girls pose the same for pictures, all the boys got the same girls' hair

Watch The Format on Last Call with Carson Daly below.

you're on the top when i'm low, as soon as you're fading i will grow

Back in 2004, Nikola Sarcevic released his first solo album, Lock-Sport-Krock. Since Millencolin was my favorite band during my first and second year of University, I was more than excited for Sarcevic’s solo project... but after hearing Lock-Sport-Krock, I was dreadfully disappointed as I thought the album was extremely weak both musically and lyrically! Late last year, Sarcevic released his second solo album entitled Roll Roll And Flee in Europe. I actually didn't care for it at all until maybe a few days ago… I listened to the record for the first time and it turns out to be a pretty fine album. There is more depth to Sarcevic’s lyrics and the music has more dimensions than those on Lock-Sport-Krock. So, even if you were greatly let down by Sarcevic’s last release, you should still give Roll Roll And Flee a chance as it is by far a better album!

From Where I'm Standing
Let Me In
Love Is Trouble
Roll Roll And Flee
The Law Of John T.

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buy Roll Roll And Flee here

Sunday, February 04, 2007


I wanted to update this blog since the morning, but YouSendIt has been down and I can't upload songs... goddamnit!!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

p. wolf vcast v

Woooo... Patrick Wolf vCast Episode 5 is up!!! Please enjoy the mp3 versions of the vCast below.

The Patrick Wolf vCast - Episode 5
The Magic Position (live from Patrick's flat)

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i just can’t wait to start having sex and have another baby

Go here to check out BBC’s excellent profile page on Patrick Wolf.

Friday, February 02, 2007

klaxons videography

To celebrate Klaxons’ release of Myths of the Near Future (out this week in the UK), I have compiled their super-wicked-cool videography from YouTube, enjoy.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

he was a child of a difficult nature

I discovered Bromheads Jacket from their brilliant cover of The Streets’ "When You Wasn't Famous". After falling completely in love with that track, I was anxious to hear their full length, Dits from the Commuter Belt. Bromheads Jacket took elements from various artists and genres to create an unforgotten style that can be heard on Dits from the Commuter Belt. For instance, they recreated the vocal style and witty characteristic from Art Brut, and mixed that with similar loud and distorted sound of Death From Above 1979 and The White Stripes. The record is actually very garage rock and punk sounding: for the most parts, Dits from the Commuter Belt is fast, heavy and loud! I am also very impressed by their ability to create extremely engaging and amusing narratives.

What If's and Maybe's [wicked-cool song]
Going Round to Have A Word [wicked-cool song]
Poppy Bird [wicked-cool song]
Fight Music for the Fight [wicked-cool song]
One Nautical Mile
He Likes Them Airbrished
[wicked-cool song] $$$$the 1:51 mark of this track is beyond priceless!!!$$$$
My Prime Time Kid
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buy Dits from the Commuter Belt here