|OT: moody dudes with acoustic guitars
||[Apr. 18th, 2010|07:07 pm]
When I posted Jeffrey Foucault here a couple entries ago I was reminded of my abiding love for Moody Dudes with Acoustic Guitars--a genre of music that continues to flourish (and brood) the world over. xD Here's a small selection.
( Ten songs & descriptions: David Wilcox, Mike Doughty, Frank Christian, Nick Drake, California Guitar Trio, James Keelaghan, Jeffrey Foucault, Townes van Zandt, Nick Drummond, Ellis Paul.Collapse )
And, a bonus: a Dude with an Acoustic Guitar singing about how moody he's been and his method for ditching the moodiness. xD
buddy mondlock; magnolia street.
I defy anyone to stay woebegone after listening to this song.
take the lover's cross on up the hill
and push it off into the lover's landfill
we carry all this stuff around
we're not so deep; we're just weighted down
we should be nicer to our feet
and take 'em dancin' down magnolia street
Buy Poetic Justice.
||[Apr. 16th, 2010|09:15 pm]
Two songs that I cannot, cannot, cannot quit listening to this month--they're connected by an uncertain thread in my mind, but nothing I can easily articulate. xD Perhaps all they share is my general April restlessness. Enjoy!
fleet foxes; icicle tusk.
What a weird little song this is! I've been a fan of Fleet Foxes for a long time, but this early self-titled EP had completely missed my attention until recently. I can't figure out what the title's 'icicle tusk' is referring to, but there's something about the tone that suggests a very interesting story. No 'I' in a Fleet Foxes song seems to lack some strange (often lonely, & perhaps a bit dark) narrative beneath the surface. As a side note, I've started associating this song with the webcomic Goodbye Chains, though I can't quite say why.
beneath the icicle tusk
you and me among the flattering dusk
in my haste I draw my weapon
designing your final lesson
as you recede to the floor
all is silent but the fluttering door
twenty-five grand on the table
of the high wall street stable
Buy Fleet Foxes EP.
jeffrey foucault; buckshot moon.
I inherited a thing for Moody Dudes with Acoustic Guitars from both my parents. Of this company, Mr. Foucault is one of the best! He has one of those impossibly warm, simple voices, here accompanied only by guitar and the soft sound of a crackling fire near the song's beginning. Ever sit in front of a fireplace or a woodstove and find yourself just staring into it and wondering? While the weather's outside against your window, & you're by yourself? That's this song.
and the snowfall comes with nightfall black
ice on the banks dust in the tracks
sere and gray as embers and cold
but burning the branches are dreaming of gold
how long, how long
'til anything sets me on fire?
how long, how long
until I know possession
Buy Miles from the Lightning.
|Laura Marling, top artist ATM
||[Apr. 16th, 2010|06:59 pm]
I think someone here posted Laura Marling's Alas I Cannot Swim. Whoever did, I owe you a debt of gratitude--it's my #1 played song in iTunes. This version is live. The original song is a hidden track after a few minutes of birds chirping on her first CD, Alas I Cannot Swim and it's much more down-beat version of this song. Work more, earn more, live more, have more fun what more do you need?
Her second CD, I Speak Because I Can, just came out. I was ambivalent at first but over the past few days the first track, Devil's Spoke, has been in my head the past few days. The line, the whole little quick stanza of but the love of your life lives but lies no ore, and where she lay a flower grows followed by the but I am your keeper, I turn your face away from the light. ahhhhh. Take your devil by the spoke and spin him to the ground more excellent advice from Laura Marling.
||[Apr. 10th, 2010|06:26 pm]
Making yet another CRE (Community Revitalization Effort)... I don't know about where you live, but in the Philadelphia area, it got ridiculously warm, sunny and nice this week, to the point where everyone on my campus was lying out on the soccer field and treating it like it was a beach. (And then it rained and got cold all over again... but anyway.) So when this phenomenon first started, I eagerly took my iPod and speakers out to sit on the grass with my friends, blow bubbles, and listen to some feel-good music. But what to play? Since then I've been putting together my perfect summer playlist, and I figured I'd share a few of the tracks with you.|
( 10 Songs of the SeasonCollapse )
||[Apr. 6th, 2010|06:37 pm]
So Joanna Newsom's CD Have One On Me did the whole new-CD thing and I really only listened to it a few times; in its entirety, the CD is good but a bit too 1700s-minstrel for me.
but this song I listened to 46 times! Good Intentions Paving Company. it's the end of my last relationship, basically. You know,the one that's still kind of continuing. The first time I heard it I thought she was a little bit Joni Mitchell and thought the song was much older than it was; it came out this year but sounds like a 60s or 70s ballad. I saw straight way that the road was steep, but I fell for you honey, easy as falling asleep--and that right there is the course I keep as well as the how I said to you honey, just open your heart when I've got trouble even opening a honey jar...
The other song off the CD I fully appreciate is Soft As Chalk. There is no treason, there is only lawlessness watch for the soft funky piano bit about 2:50 in; it repeats again around 4:50. You left me stranded, howlin in the night calling out--who is there? who is there?
and I liked them both so much I wanted to share. Good for fans of women and pianos: Joni, Tori, Regina, etc.
|OT: CRE (Community Revitalization Effort!!)
||[Mar. 28th, 2010|08:52 pm]
EDIT: Due to bandwidth issues, I have pulled these songs down from availability. Thanks to all who have participated.|
I'll jump on this train.
For me, I'm currently going through Big Stuff (tm): The Grad School version. If you've ever wanted to experience the sensation of being functionally crazy, then graduate school has a big stick and a bottomless pit for you. Here's some of the music that's keeping me sane:
Turn & Turn Again - All Thieves
Those I know I see anew
And the space between us is reduced
For I am human
And you are human too
(I can't find a retail link for this music, anywhere. If someone knows how to find them, please link it.)
Locked Up - Ingrid Michaelson
If I was 17 I could find it in between
The cushions of somebody's couch
I could find it
I could find it
If I was 17 I could find it in a dream
A dime a dozen kind of love
I could find it I could find it
But I'm not 17
And I lost it in between the birthday cakes
And past mistakes that roll on by
Support This Artist
Wings - Josh Ritter
I said inside this gilded cage a songbird always looks so plain
It's my home
Last night I dreamt that I grew wings
I found a place
Where they could hear me when I sing
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School Night - Ani Difranco
But then what kind of scale
Compares the weight of two beauties
The gravity of duties
Or the ground speed of joy?
Tell me what kind of gauge
Can quantify elation?
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One Downtempo Electronica:
Spiral - Bombay Dub Orchestra
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One Progressive House:
Slip - Deadmau5
Support This Artist
||[Mar. 24th, 2010|05:00 pm]
I don't know about you guys, but I'm really feeling the loss of the awesomeness this community used to imbue my life with!|
Any thoughts on how to help reawesomize it?
|OT: Unrequited Love
||[Mar. 24th, 2010|05:38 pm]
Is there even a topic that posts can be classified as deviating from anymore? Well, I figure I'll label my post as Off-Topic just in case.|
I met someone over spring break who I really, really liked. Unfortunately, he has a girlfriend. And on top of that, my chances of even just seeing him around are pretty slim. You know how it goes.
( UNREQUITED LOVE: A SHORT PLAYLISTCollapse )
||[Feb. 6th, 2010|04:42 am]
Artist: Noise Immunity
Album: Hello, Bananan boy
lo-fi, antirock, avangarde
Noise Immunity is DIY musical group of Russia. The group exists years five, lets out albums in the most unexpected ways. The Internet release for them thing trivial.
Music postmodern (are remembered in the most unexpected foreshortenings that the Who, Radiohead, Devendra Banhart, Beck, ABBA). Such sensation as if was seen by dream about musical shop at what the dream dreadful where naive songs are capable to finish to massacre where boy Bananan gets to space of films Clark's Chests where the request «bring me, please, to the bridge» turns to violence. All comes to an end with disco in hell. These are dreams of the ridiculous person. The person ridiculous, and dreams terrible. It is possible to assume that lyrical hero Noise Immunity is certain underground person who like and goes as everything, and the house has, and even, probably, works, but thus is in any constant prostration, in the «personal anywhere». The album represents huge (I even would tell total) field деструкции. The author to itself doesn't appropriate anything, he at all doesn't quote, it is in it, it prepares without any purpose.
|Top 5 atm...
||[Jan. 17th, 2010|07:21 pm]
...or music that'll get you through January|
Micachu & The Shapes - Golden Phone
Crimes everywhere yeah, but I don't want that
Love's all around yeah, but I don't want that
Gold in my hair yeah, but I don't want that
Bring me that nonsense sound and I'll be back
Of the album Jewellery
Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior
The dream readers are sleepy don't take them too seriously
Of the album Eggs
The Dresden Dolls - Night Reconnaissance
Steal flamingos and gnomes
From the dark side of the lawn
Of the album No, Virginia
Allo, Darlin' - Henry Rollins don't dance
Last night I dreamt that we took Henry to a disco
And at first he was very, very angry
Then he went up to the DJ and said: "play some ABBA, dude!"
Then he raised his tightened fist to Dancing Queen
Of the ep "Henry Rollins don't dance" (get at iTunes)
Psyched Up Janis - I think you suck
Don't turn your lights off
you're not safe anymore
i'm feeling kinda magic here
way more than before
Of the album Enter The Super Peppermint Lounge (or at iTunes)
|2010 so far
||[Jan. 6th, 2010|12:52 pm]
I feel like I should post a little on the music I've done so far this year, as in my free time I've been devouring quite a lot of it. only halfway through this post did I discover the unintentional marriage theme.
It started when Dustin played us the A Night At The Opera record at a fantastic New Year's party, which I promptly downloaded because QUEEN! There is nothing better than sitting in a room talking with your friends listening to fantastic old records. I also find it ironic that this is a cross-generational thing with me and my parents: considering how music, technology, attitudes, and the industry have changed, my mother also listened to this Queen record on vinyl in her college apartment in 1981.
Download Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)
To switch gears radically from awesome rock to folk-indie, Laura Veirs releases July Flame on January 12th. I've had three tracks from this CD--one via Stereogum, two via Amanda--for months now and they're kind of worn out on my iTunes. Now that I have the entire CD, I can safely say nothing disappoints, and though my favorite track may still be Wide-Eyed, Legless---everytime I pause this CD I stop on this song, which has to be more than coincidence. If you like Fionn Regan, Bon Iver, the Decemberists, Andrew Bird....
Download Little Deschutes
SOMETHING BORROWED (two things, actually)
Someone stumbled me, yesterday, this fantastic website--Stereomood.com--and it's amazing! You can search for playlists by mood or activity, so far I've stumbled through 'reading', 'well-read', 'dinner with friends', and 'worried'. It's got a lot of really beautiful music that's not exactly within the mainstream--I follow quite a few music blogs, and after a while they're all "omg animal collective" but this site is very refreshing. They have a lot of beautiful instrumental pieces that I, in my normal music spheres, would never encounter--which is how I found Eluvium. Funny enough he's from Louisville KY (I'm from KY also). I first heard this song on Stereomood, and immediately went out to download his CD, An Accidental Memory In The Case of Death. He has a million CDs and they're all gorgeous. If you like Explosions in the Sky, then you will like this music.
Download Perfect Neglect In A Field of Statues
and whoever posted the Avett Brothers on here a week ago, I've been meaning to find you and say THANK YOU. NPR posted a list of the Top Listener Songs of 2009, so I downloaded them all...well, most of them that I could find...and this song was on there. When I heard it I stopped an played it again. Catchy catchy sadness with a piano! The "Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in--are you aware the shape I'm in? My hands they shake, my head it spins--oh brooklyn, brooklyn, take me in" sings so much as a homage to NYC, a lonesome winter-holiday song, an apology to a former love, a piano ballad, and it reminds me a bit of the Counting Crows "A Long December" in the best way. If I told you all the good lines in this song I'd be telling you the whole song.
Download I and Love and You
I'm still giving Marissa Nadler a listen--I found her on Stereomood again, and found her album at a website called Beautiful Albums, which I recommend if you want lovely haunting thoughtful things. Her CD Ballad of Living and Dying intrigued me with its title, and her melancholy sound sounds like large Victorian houses in winter. You know, like when I was little reading Victorian novels and wanted to wander around a British garden in period clothing and read books when it rained. Or maybe that's just me and this song.
|Ghostlake - The Lands of Grief
||[Jan. 5th, 2010|04:22 pm]
The band was formed in November 2009. Originally form different towns and even countries, the members gather in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Some of the guys have played with each other even before. They all got together for an act that strongly reflects the way they feel about making music. And the main goal was to create music that strongly affects with the atmosphere it is creating, being both sorrowfully heavy and hopefully light. The band records the debute EP called "The Lands Of Grief" and reveals itself to the global scene.
Check out our debut EP and if you like it, download it for free right now. The links are listed below.
DOWNLOAD THE DEBUT EP:
|OT: question about some Christmas songs
||[Dec. 31st, 2009|06:21 pm]
1) Anyone know who does this song? It's a nice rendition of "Carol of the Bells," I just have no clue who it's by, because its artist tag is blank, its album tag is unhelpful (no one who produced an album called "My Christmas Album" has a version of "Carol of the Bells" that sounds like this, leading me to believe someone else stuck that tag on it), and I can't find where I downloaded it because I think I'd cleared my downloads by the time I realized I didn't know the artist. So if by some random chance someone recognizes the song, that would be fabulous. ETA: Solved by [Unknown LJ tag]--it's by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.|
2) So Mary Chapin Carpenter has a song called Christmas Time in the City (off Come Darkness, Come Light), right? And apparently it's really not that well-known, which surprised me, because it happens to be one of a handful of songs that stores around here play during the holidays (one of the better ones, too--only others who've worked in retail hell can imagine just how sick I got of "Jingle Bell Rock" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and the like when I worked retail during Christmas). Only thing is, the version linked above is the only one I could find--I don't think it's well-known enough for any covers, it's barely even listed on Wikipedia--and it's way less jazzy, or upbeat, or something, than the one I heard in stores, and that's the version I preferred. Anyone have any idea what that other version might be? ETA: Possibly solved. Anyone have the version of this song from the "Today's Christmas" compilation?
3) I heard a version of "Angels We Have Heard on High" on KLOVE (national Christian radio station, so it was probably some kind of Christian group, although...with Christmas music, who knows) the other day, and I don't know who sang it, but they did this funny thing with the gloria's where they shortened them instead of stretching them out like normal, and also they added a few additional lyrics, which...would help me look up the song if I could remember them. Which I can't.
||[Dec. 29th, 2009|12:29 pm]
I am in desperate need of new music. Please rec what you think is awesome.
Right now I am most into Mika. I really do like all kinds of music but tend to lean towards rock and pop (and heavy metal sometimes).
Also, I need to clean out my poor old iPod. Can anyone recommend the best and least time consuming way to do this on a mac (with an iPod that is formatted for windows >_>)?
I have a lot of repeats and old crap music I need to get rid of.
Anyway, after my iPod cleanse of 2009 I will post some of my favourites :)
|Top 5 ATM
||[Dec. 25th, 2009|10:52 pm]
|||||Take it from me - the weepies||]|
So I've been following audiography for years but have never posted. Figured I'd give it a shot. Happy holidays to y'all, have some non-holiday music.
First up, two songs by this queer vegan acoustic guitarist I went to high school with. She's based out of Westchester/NYC and has/is (currently?) opening for Melissa Ferrick, which, when you're a queer woman, totally means she's on her way to making it. If you like these songs, I DEFINITELY recommend that you buy her newest album, Goodnight Sugarpop, or her EP, For Making Art.
1) Dysmorphic - Mal Blum, from Goodnight Sugarpop
What I really love is the flow of this song and the use of imperatives. Some of the lines are a little interesting if you go back and listen clearly to what she's saying. The guitar and her voice lull you in.
2) Tumbleweed, Live in NYC - Mal Blum, For Making Art
A little faster, I like it live because then you have the little comments that really own the song ("Stop cheating on me," just as an aside). I also love the line, "you've got two character flaws that I can see, one you don't know how great you are and you are leaving me."
Next, Josh Ritter, who I feel like is kinda famous, but maybe not. Last.fm tags describe him as folk, alt-country, indie, but the only real description he falls under for me is singer-songwriter. I'm a lyrics girl, but he's a real storyteller with this soothing voice. "I stir my sugar with a spoon" is such a simple line, but I swear it chased me around for days and I couldn't figure out where it was from the first time I heard this song. If you listen to his other stuff, he's all about intertextuality. Buy Josh Ritter's stuff.
3) One More Mouth - Josh Ritter, The Animal Years
Ani Di Franco is amazing. I saw her in concert last year and this woman is still making albums, though they've got happier content these days. (And she's always talking about her child/husband and glorifying obama, which is weird for someone who used to talk about the demicrans and republicrats.) Little Plastic Castle is probably her most mainstream album in terms of being popular. I abs. love swandive, mostly cuz of that opening line "cradling the warmest, softest part of you in my hand" and its intimacy. Buy Ani, she's awesome.
4) Swandive - Ani DiFranco, Little Plastic Castle
My roommate gave me The Weepies cd, Say I Am You, right before thanksgiving and this song has sort of stuck with me. It's got that spacy voice thing going on, but it's happy-ish. And the guy is on the main vocals, which really changes their sound. I feel like they've got this Jeckyl/Hyde thing going on because his songs are more poppy while hers feel a little more folky.
5) Riga Girls - The Weepies, Say i Am You
For a good Weepies song with lead female vocals, I like Take It From Me and Nobody Knows Me at All.