Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I went to see Why? last night at the opening night of the Midpoint Music Fest, which is a three day festival with some pretty good acts coming here and in some cases coming home. Anyways, I saw Why? play, and they were fucking awesome Josiah Wolf deserves a lot of credit for keeping about four different beats going on, switching rather quickly and also singing back up vocals. At the merch stand I picked up this "almost" live tour "ep". They are the songs arranged for live performances, a great gift for any Why? fan. I also found another "almost live ep" from Why? entitled "Almost Live From Anna's Cabin" which is basically the same thing, but for their earlier material. Enjoy.
Almost Live From Anna's Cabin
Almost Live From Eli's Live Room (Part 1), (Part2).
Monday, September 22, 2008
I've always been a medium-sized fan of Wolf Parade, especially their first album "Apologies to Queen Mary." And thus my ears always perk up a bit when I hear the mention of Spencer Krug, who also writes songs for previously mentioned Swan Lake, Frog Eyes and Sunset Rubdown. The other night Sunset Rubdown came to my new home, Columbus, Ohio, and played at a little bar in front of a small crowd of maybe 40 people. While they mostly played songs from their newest album, which I'm not familiar with and therefore couldn't really appreciate, the show was still great. And at the end they played the best songs from their first album. In particular, the song "Shut Up I'm Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings" is so epic, and was very impressive live. Krug himself seemed like a really interesting fellow, with his cracking, high-pitched voice, and his fairly somber way of carrying himself. Anyway, this concert definitely renewed my interest in Sunset Rubdown and Krug in general. Get this album and listen to, if nothing else, the last track "Shut Up I'm Dreaming..."
Also, could someone pass along their newest album "Random Spirit Lover"? I could only find broken links online.
Below is a youTube video of Sunset Rubdown doing a Black Cab session (playing acoustically in the back of a cab). It's rather cool.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
I just got this (thanks to commenter on the previous post). I can already tell it is going to be Great. One of the best things I've heard in a while.
Swan Lake is a supergroup of Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade) and Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes). This is their one and only album, although they are planning to record a follow-up in 2008.
Favorite songs: Widow's Walk, All Fires, Freedom, Pollenated Girls, Blue Bird, Are You Swimming in Her Pools?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Hello, Blue Roses is a collaboration by Dan Bejar (Destroyer, New Pornographers) and his girlfriend Sydney Vermont, a visual artist from Vancouver. This record isn't the most accessible and is a far cry from anything that might be called pop music, about which I have no complaints, but that's a whole 'nother story. While this album is a little dense, I think there are some very worthwhile songs and moments on it. Particularly for fans of Dan Bejar and Destroyer it's worth looking into. And regardless of whether it's your cup of tea, I think this album delves into some scarcely charted musical territory, which could add something new to your music collection. Get it here
Also, could anyone please post a working link to the Swan Lake album 'Beast Moans' from a couple years back? I've only been able to find broken links for it.
Emily Haines caught my eye a few years ago when I learned that she was involved in two bands that I liked -- Broken Social Scene and Metric. Really it was her unusual voice, particularly in Metric for which she is the frontman, that got me paying attention. So when she came out with a solo act a couple of years ago -- Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton -- I quickly got the album "Knives Don't Have Your Back," which is great.
Emily Haines has an interesting biography. She was born in New Delhi, India and raised in Canada. Her father was a poet and mother a tv journalist. She went to an art school at an early age where she met future bandmates from BSS Kevin Drew and Amy Millan. She went on to be a part-time member of BSS (who isn't part-time in that band, really?) and then started Metric.
The most distinct thing about Emily Haines music is her voice, which has an unusual, almost childlike sound, and the dirge-like, dark piano melodies she writes for accompaniment. I think it comes together to create something rather unique. What her songs lack in range or diversity, they make up for with the beauty of the sound she creates and interesting lyrics.
Favorite songs : The Bank, Bottom of the World
Download this, her newest EP
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Here is my big gift for all you, every Bob Dylan record I have.
Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Before The Flood (Disc 1), (Disc 2)
Blonde On Blonde
Blood On The Tapes (Demo's from "Blood On The Tracks")
Blood On The Tracks
No Direction Home Bootlegs (Disc 1), (Disc 2)
Live At Budokan (Disc 1), (Disc 2)
Bringing It All Back Home
Down In The Groove
Good As I Been To You
Highway 61 Revisited
John Wesley Harding
Knocked Out Loaded
Live At The Gaslight (Live 1962)
Love & Theft
MTV Unplugged (1984)
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Philharmonic Hall Live, 1964 (Disc 1), (Disc 2)
Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975 (Disc 1), (Disc 2)
Royal Albert Hall, 1966 (Disc 1), (Disc 2)
Shot Of Love
Slow Train Coming
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A Changin'
Time Out Of Mind
Under The Red Sky
World Gone Wrong
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sorry for the long break in posts. I don't have a good reason, I just haven't had any new ideas or new music to write about recently.
When I was a little kid I took piano lessons for seven years. At my peak I was working on a few Chopin pieces and since then I've always listened to and loved his music. I think there is something universally beautiful and melancholy in his music that anyone who likes what Zak and I post on this blog would appreciate, despite it being from the 19th century. A few words on Chopin: he is from Poland and lived from 1810 to 1849. One of the most interesting things about him to me is that he was writing acclaimed masterpieces and giving public concerts at the age of 7.
This is a great sampling of his music. A short, memorable piece: mazurka op. 30 no. 2 in b minor. Get it here. I can post more by him upon request.