This will definitely be my final 'list' post of the year, but I couldn't resist posting my holiday mix. Merry indie christmas.
The Arcade Fire - Jinglebell Rock Andrew Dost - Yeah, I Know, It's Christmas Time (mp3) Sufjan Stevens - Silent Night Belle and Sebastian - O Come, O Come Emmanuel Sufjan Stevens - Put the Lights on the Tree Mogwai - Christmas Song (mp3) Death Cab for Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Jack Johnson - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Cold White Christmas Sufjan Stevens - That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song Mark Mothersbaugh - Rachael Evans Tenenbaum (mp3) Pedro the Lion - I Heard the Bells on Christmas (mp3) Belle and Sebastian - Christmas Time is Here (mp3) Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter (mp3) Trombone Shorty and Friends - O Holy Night (mp3)
I'm sorry that this wonderful mix is a little Sufjan heavy.
These are the songs that filled my mixtapes, bumped in the honda, and accompanied me from car- to class- and back again.
I don't think I can rank them.
Joanna Newsom - "Monkey & Bear" TV on the Radio - "Wolf Like Me" Explosions in the Sky - "Welcome, Ghosts" Midlake - "Roscoe"
Peter and the Wolf - "The Fall" Bishop Allen - "Flight 180" Ola Podrida - "Photo Booth" Destroyer - "Painter In Your Pocket" Mogwai - "7:25" Emily Haines - "Maid Needs a Maid" Peter, Bjorn & John - "Young Folks"
T.I. - "What You Know" Grizzly Bear - "The Knife" The Knife - "Heartbeats" Xiu Xiu - "Boy Soprano"
My Brightest Diamond - "Something of an End" Cold War Kids - "We Used to Vacation" The Foundry Field Recordings - "Warning Raids Over Kiev" Dave Bazan - "Backwoods Nation" (re-issue) The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife 1&2" The Most Serene Republic - "Emergency Performance Art Piece" Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - "Skeleton Key"
Tacks, the Boy Disaster - "Forget Me Not" Snowjackets - "The Holy Flower (Baroque Seasons Remix)" Sufjan Stevens - "Sister Winter" The Mountain Goats - "Woke Up New" Peter & The Wolf - "The Highway" Swan Lake - "All Fires" Inlets - "Pictures of Trees" Vyvienne Long - "They're Not Waving" Chad VanGaalen - "Red Hot Drops"
It's the time of year that blog-surfing geeks spend 11 months covetously hoarding music for- Year's End List Time! I've always put together ragtag lists of the dozen albums I couldn't stop listening to in past years, but this year deserves more. Some say that indie has already sold out, and maybe they're right, but this was a great year in music and this is my list.
50. Inlets - "Vestibule EP" 49. Beck - "The Information" 48. Yo La Tengo - "I Am Not Affraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass" 47. J. Tillman - "Minor Works" 46. T.I. - "King" 45. Cansei Der ser Sexy - s/t 44. The Knife - "Silent Shout" 43. Swan Lake - "Beast Moans" 42. Jed and Lucia - "Candles in Daylight" 41. The Hold Steady - "Boys and Girls in America" 40. Arrah and the Ferns - "Evan is a Vegan" 39. Danielson - "Ships" 38. The Walkmen - "100 Miles Off" 37. The Roots - "Game Theory" 36. M Ward - "Post War" 35. Gnarls Barkley - "St. Elsewhere" 34. Peter, Bjorn & John - "Writer's Block" 33. Hot Chip - "The Warning" 32. Bound Stems - "Appreciation Night" 31. Matisyahu - "Youth" 30. Clipse - "Hell Hath No Fury" 29. Islands - "Return to the Sea" 28. The Foundry Field Recordings - "Prompts/Miscues" 27. Man Man - "Six Demon Bag" 26. Cold War Kids - "Robbers and Cowards" 25. Anathallo - "Floating World" 24. Tacks, the Boy Disaster - "O, Beatrice" 23. The Flaming Lips - "At War With the Mystics" 22. Final Fantasy - "He Poos Clouds" 21. The Most Serene Republic - "Phages" 20. My Brightest Diamond - "Bring Me the Workhorse" 19. Belle and Sebastian - "The Life Pursuit" 18. Peter and the Wolf - "Lightness" 17. Beirut - "Gulag Orkestar" 16. Xiu Xiu - "Air Force" 15. Oh No! Oh My! - s/t 14. Sufjan Stevens - "The Avalanche" 13. Thom Yorke - "The Eraser" 12. Love Is All - "9 Times That Same Song" 11. Tapes 'n Tapes - "The Loon"
10. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Broom"
9. Band of Horses - "Everything All The Time"
8. Joanna Newsom - "Ys"
7. Midlake - "The Trials of Van Occupanther"
6. Destroyer - "Destroyer's Rubies"
5. Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - "The Dust of Retreat"
I saw The Decemberists last night at Stubb's, and it was amazing. They rattled off the notables from their latest release (The CraneWife) with the showmanship bloggers had primed me to expect from the band. Colin Meloy's voice and on-stage energy were each refreshing, probably exaccerbated by the bored stupor the opener left the crowd with. I think it's safe to say that every male, and lesbian, in the crowd fell in love with their addition to the band for the Crane Wife tour, some babe who assisted with guitar, banjo, xylophone, accordian, percussion and backing vocal duties. whoa.
Here is the setlist: The Crane Wife #3 Island We Both Go Down Together The Gymnast, High Above the Ground Perfect Crime #2 Legionnaire 'O, Valencia Shankhill Butchers Myla Goldberg Los Angeles, I'm Yours Odalisque Crane Wife 1&2 Sons The Culling of the Fold 16 Military Wives
Additionally, the break between The Decemberists and supporting act Lavendar Diamond rekindled my love for Sergei Prokofiev's children's classic, Peter and the Wolf. Enjoy.
A couple of tests in the classes I couldn't care less about, and a mid-term portfolio due in my senior seminar. I think the real value of attending college is learning to appreciate the feeling of a job well done.
With the festival only a mere two weeks away it's time to get serious. The Explosions in the Sky/ Iron & Wine double-booking is unfortunate, but this video should help clear up why I'm seeing Explosions.
I can't lie. I really enjoy the first day of fall classes.
I catch everything now. I see every furtive glance at a map or schedule by image-concious freshmen, notice every meticulously arranged "first day" outfit and revel in smiles offered by those given the opportunity to loose themselves of whatever adolescent baggage they dumped on the last day of high school.
I smirked to myself as i walked by the Houston Chronicle rep casting his sleazy commission-fueled spell over two freshman girls today. I could almost read their thoughts. Why did he choose us? Would we read the newspaper? OMG, Do we have to subscribe to get away from this guy? Their naivete was endearing. I wanted to tell them that they could walk away. Infact, that they could tell the goateed paper-pusher to go F himself, but i'm sure they'll figure that out shortly.
I've given a&m alot of flack for being the largest state-funded babysitting institution in the nation. At a university that places a premium on 'what you do' and what you're 'involved' in, there is little choice for former StuCo kids and Who's Who's' than to dive in headlong. Inclusion is a great feeling, and extra-curriculars can be some people's greatest joys. But I wish i could tell every freshman that, 'involvement' or not, they'll be fine. Believe it or not, your college experience isn't measured by crush party invites, leadership positions held or Buck Weirus watches. Ah, maybe i'm venting.
To every member of the class of '10: the best of luck to you, FLO or no FLO.
Somehow the stars have aligned and the heavens have opened up and blessed me with an early birthday gift. Broken Social Scene will be playing three Texas dates in late October, most notably the 26th at Stubb's and the 27th (my birthday) in Houston. Their label, Arts & Crafts, doesn't mention who they'll be touring with, but i'm assuming it will be either Metric or The Dears, who are both on A&C.
Broken Social Scene - Ibi Dreams of Pavement (live @ KCRW) (mp3)
Oh, and i got off with a warning after rolling through two consecutive stop signs this evening. I could not believe my good fortune.
I've been listening to these guys (and girl) for a couple of months now, and have grown to appreciate their style. The music is exceptionally melodic, but remains daring enough to be interesting. The eight piece collective released their first full length LP ( Floating World) this year and it's been met with varied reviews. They've garnered atttention and widespread praise from many bloggers, but recieved less than flattering attention from independent music media (*cough, pitchfork).
"Glockenspiels, trumpets, trombones, flugelhorns, chains, harps, cellos, melodicas, bells, Velcro,...a capella- group harmonies, Bible stories, Jeff Buckley balladic callisthenics, Ben Folds piano drama, a quick Rain Dogs-cum-Man Man freakout, Appleseed Cast guitar sprawl, a surfeit of time-signature changes..."; Reviewer Marc Hogan can say what he wants to about the cd because, frankly, he writes for pitchfork and they've never blown a record review. I think the live show will be amazing, not in spite of, but rather because of, the litany elements the band incorporates. Be that as it may, their noon timeslot on sunday has them out of the festival limelight and poised to play to a small, but lucky, crowd. I know i'll be there.
Anathallo - Hanasakajijii (One: The Angry Neighbor) (mp3) Anathallo - Hanasakajijii (Four: A Great Wind, More Ash) (mp3)
I'm already getting excited for ACL in September, and seeing Sufjan at the Paramount.
Paramount Theater in Austin
I'll be putting up ACL preview posts and mp3s in the next couple of weeks, but here is what will be bangin in the honda for the next month.
My August Mix. Midlake - Roscoe (mp3) The Acorn - Plates & Saucers (mp3) Destroyer - Virgin With a Memory (mp3) Jose Gonzalez - Hand on Your Heart (mp3) TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me (mp3) The Knife - Heartbeats (mp3) The Foundry Field Recordings - Warning Raids Over Kiev (mp3) Midlake - We Gathered In Spring (mp3) Bishop Allen - Click Click Click Click (mp3) Islands - Rough Gem (mp3) Peter and the Wolf - The Fall (mp3) Cold War Kids - We Used to Vacation (mp3) Tacks, the Boy Disaster - Frozen Feet (mp3) Voxtrot - Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives (mp3)