Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
1. The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed
2. Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal
3. Cold War Kids: Something Is Not Right With Me
4. Surf City: Records of a Flagpole Skater
5. Mystery Jets: Two Doors Down
6. These New Puritans: Swords of Truth
7. Atlas Sound: River Card
8. The Gaslight Anthem: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
9. Lil Wayne: A Milli
10. Sam Amidon: Saro
11. Frightened Rabbit: Keep Yourself Warm
12. Portishead: We Carry On
13. No Age: Eraser
14. Bromheads Jacket: Turn Me On
15. M83: Up!
16. Port O'Brien: Fisherman's Son
17. Bowery Boy Blue: Great Dead Town
18. Late Of The Pier: Space and the Woods
19. The Spinto Band: Vivian, Don't
20. Johnny Flynn: The Box
21. The Rural Alberta Advantage: Rush Apart
22. TV On The Radio: Family Tree
23. Sigur Rós: Gobbledigook
Sunday, December 21, 2008
1. Deerhunter: Nothing Ever Happened
2. M83: Graveyard Girl
3. Benoît Pioulard: Ragged Tint
4. The Superfantastics: Van Gogh
5. Fleet Foxes: Blue Ridge Mountains
6. Annie: I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me
7. The Dodos: Fools
8. The Streets: On The Edge Of A Cliff
9. Blood Red Shoes: Say Something Say Anything
10. Noah And The Whale: Shape Of My Heart
11. Nico Muhly: The Only Tune: I. The Two Sisters
12. Cadence Weapon: True Story
13. No Age: Teen Creeps
14. Jermey Jay: Heavenly Creatures
15. These New Puritans: Numerology aka Numbers
16. Jaguar Love: Bats Over The Pacific Ocean
17. Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Possess Your Heart
18. Vampire Weekend: Oxford Comma
19. Atlas Sound: Children's Hospital (Screaming in the Face of Death #2)
20. Hot Chip: Shake A Fist
21. Conor Oberst: I Don't Want To Die (In The Hospital)
22. Mystery Jets: Young Love
23. The Last Shadow Puppets: The Age Of The Understatement
Saturday, December 20, 2008
1. Noah And The Whale: 5 Years Time
2. Atlas Sound: Dog Named Apollo
3. These New Puritans: Elvis
4. The Sea and Cake: Weekend
5. Fleet Foxes: Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
6. Lil Wayne feat. T-Pain: Got Money
7. The Billionaires: The End of Summer Song
8. Be Your Own Pet: Becky
9. Cocoanut Groove: Walking to Madeleine Street
10. Portishead: Machine Gun
11. Lightspeed Champion: Midnight Surprise
12. Foals: Cassius
13. My Morning Jacket: Librarian
14. Wildbirds & Peacedrums: The Battle in Water
15. M83: Kim & Jessie
16. Fightened Rabbit: The Modern Leper
17. Vampire Weekend: Walcott
18. Woodpigeon: 7th Fret Over Andres
19. Tokyo Police Club: Juno
20. Late Of The Pier: Focker
21. Sam Amidon: Little Satchel
22. The Streets: The Escapist
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
30. Tokyo Police Club: Elephant Shell
Elephant Shell is full of sweet and captivating songs; each track has its own charm along with some clever and witty lyrics.
29. Johnny Flynn: A Larum
One of many wonderful folk records from 2008. The up tempo melodies and gorgeous fiddling are more than pleasing to the ears.
28. Port O'Brien: All We Could Do Was Sing
The folk-rock style in All We Could Do Was Sing sounds like the perfect combination of Great Lake Swimmers, The Decemberists, and The Dodos.
27. Frightened Rabbit: The Midnight Organ Fight
An emotionally charged and beautiful indie rock album.
26. Times New Viking: Rip It Off
So noisy... so much fun!
25. Old Man Luedecke: Proof of Love
A genuine and authentic reproduction of late 20s to 40s country-folk music.
24. Mystery Jets: Twenty One
An extremely catchy pop record full of carefree and cheesy relationship songs.
23. The Ruby Suns: Sea Lion
An incredible psychedelic pop album with Grizzly Bear-like lo-fi/mellow style and Akron/Family level of experimentation.
22. Sigur Rós: Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
Sigur Rós departs from the gloomy tone. Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust is rather uplifting, triumphant and celebratory sounding. "Gobbledigook" puts a smile on my face every time I listen to it!
21. Portishead: Third
The majority of the album sounds like something out of a 1970s Italian horror flick!
20. The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed
Mike Skinner has developed from a musician to a true poet in Everything Is Borrowed.
19. Cocoanut Groove: Madeleine Street
A youthfully carefree/laid back album.
18. Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground: Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground
The rich mixture of styles and sounds give this album a wonderful carnivalesque sensation.
17. My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges
Evil Urges is the best My Morning Jacket album to date.
16. Noah And The Whale: Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down
Noah And The Whale shows that there is a place for charmingly cheesy pop songs.
15. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
14. Benoît Pioulard: Temper
From found sound to drone noises, Pioulard beautifully integrates countless elements with tradition folk music. The end product is adventurous, gorgeous and completely mesmerizing.
13. Nico Muhly: Mothertongue
The complexity of Mothertongue is undesirable; it is multi-dimensional, genre bending, and beyond brilliant.
12. Deerhunter: Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
While Microcastle is more or less full of incredible old-school indie pop influenced songs, Weird Era Cont. is more like Cryptogrmas as it features a more drone-ambient approach. "Nothing Ever Happened" is one of the best songs of the year!
11. M83: Saturdays = Youth
I have always adored M83’s electronic nostalgic sound; Saturdays = Youth is yet another exceptional journey through time.
10. Late Of The Pier: Fantasy Black Channel
Late Of The Pier’s debut is 40 plus minutes of rhythmic basslines, 80s retro synth-pop melodies, and unforgettable abstract lyrics. This one will make you dance!
9. The Wave Pictures: Instant Coffee Baby
Laid back 50s rock n roll sound and entertainingly witty lyrics make Instant Coffee Baby an unique sounding album.
8. Foals: Antidotes
The complex melodies and rhythm driven songs make Antidotes the best math rock album of 2008.
7. The Dodos: Visiter
Almost an hour of up tempo acoustic guitars and rhythmic percussion... absolutely fantastic!
6. No Age: Nouns
I am loving this revival of 80s hardcore punk. Nouns is full of noise and raw vocals; Randy and Dean are always amazingly energetic live.
5. I Was a Cub Scout: I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope
A delightfully straightforward indie rock album that is full of sincere passion and emotion.
4. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
3. These New Puritans: Beat Pyramid
The youthful and punk-like attitudes make Beat Pyramid extremely entertaining; "Numerology aka Numbers", "Swords of Truth", and "Elvis" are some of the most memorable anthems of the year.
2. Sam Amidon: All Is Well
Sam Amidon celebrates classic American folk blues with songs of grief, loneliness, lost love, and tragedy. Amidon’s soft and fragile voice is meditative and graceful; All Is Well is most gorgeous release of 2008.
1. Atlas Sound: Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel
This is an album that I have been listening to on a regular basis since last December. Let the Blind is quite a personal record and it is an absolute beauty! The ambient instrumentation and touching lyrics give the album this chilling tone; I get weird mixed emotions every time I listen to it. Let the Blind is by far my favourite album of 2008!
The Next Ten (honorable mention):
Mercy Arms: Mercy Arms
Plants and Animals: Parc Avenue
Fall Horsie: Devil(e)durge
The Sea and Cake: Car Alarm
Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Heartcore
Cadence Weapon: Afterparty Babies
TV On The Radio: Dear Science
Vivian Girls: Vivian Girls
Flight of the Conchords: Flight of the Conchord
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Basically, anyone can invest in a share of the album soon to be released. The more people that invest, the better the packaging, the better the mastering, the bigger the budget for videos and tours etc… the more fantastic the album is… the bigger the tribe… the bigger the battle, and bigger the victory in my language. If you need the finer details then go over to www.bandstocks.com, to hear some snippets of the album, and read all about it! All those that invest get the opportunity to come to secret rehearsals, and to get a limited edition amazing version of the album, get the album first, get first dibs on tickets for the tour. I'll invite you all over for a big homemade Wolf stew and a round of grog when I win my Grammy...
I have not tried it yet, but apparently only UK residents can invest to help Patrick finish mixing his new record, Battle.
You can download a mix featuring clips from Battle track below:
ps, Tilda Swinton is in one of the songs!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I recently came across this from various blogs: Flannel Graduate by No Age & Zach Hill. Flannel Graduate was a Japan tour CD-R featuring “three” songs from No Age and Zach Hill. The first two "Murder Burger" and "Crummmy Doug" are just seconds of sound that lead to the finale, "California Bird Dudes". This last track is 20+ minutes of incredible jamming, rhythmic drumbeats, and awesome guitar distortion. You can check them out below, enjoy!
California Bird Dudes [wicked-cool song]
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Friday, December 05, 2008
For more information about this event, go to http://www.blankfest.com/