urgencytobleed: (sebastian <3 <3)
So... um, I haven't posted in a couple of months, have I? Sorry about that. It's not that there's been a lack of music to inspire me, it's just that I'm lazy and... yeah, mostly lazy but I've also been burned out on writing in general for awhile now. All kinds of writing apparently: music reviews, fiction, fucking around with no purpose but to entertain myself. Yep, it's all been pretty difficult to accomplish lately. But here I am, trying to amend that! By briefly convincing you to check out some albums from this year that I haven't gotten around to mentioning yet! There are quite a few because, as we have established, I am a lazy fuck so this will be split up into a couple entries. It's basically a mix of albums I adore, albums I really like and albums that aren't so great but have a few really good songs and, hey, sometimes it's fun to say bad things instead of good all the time, isn't it? So, yeah, have fun, discover new music, be merry. I will try to be more prompt regarding the next installment.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs )

Azure Ray - Drawing Down the Moon )

First Aid Kit - The Big Black and the Blue )

Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now )

Lydia - Assailants )

The Narrative - The Narrative )

Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard )

And, truly, saving the best for last, even though this is more a review of two songs instead of an entire album because regarding these specific releases, that seems far too daunting a task to even comprehend for at least several months...

Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People/The Age of Adz )
urgencytobleed: (lee pace is adorable)
I've been kind of non-existent here lately, I know, at least compared to the rate that I used to post, but here's a little something to make up for that. I've been wanting to make a new mix lately but had absolutely no ideas for it. Between that and trying to think of something - anything! - to post about, this one was born. The seed was planted last night when my Zune decided to play me "Get Big" and "Warrior" back-to-back and I thought it sounded quite nice, so then I kept thinking about other songs that would work with those two. There is really no hugely obvious theme this time... I guess just that all of the songs are kind of dark and moody and sad, different aspects of depressing, I suppose. And basically I just think they all sound good together and they're mostly songs that I've been obsessed with lately. I think there are only two that I've posted previously, so that's a plus. And I just have to say, I'm the kind of person who feels like it's wasteful to not use the entire 80 minutes of a blank CD, so it was extremely hard for me not to try and fill up the last twenty or so that remain with this. But there are really no other songs I felt the need to add and I was afraid that any half-hearted inclusions would disrupt the entire thing, so I left it be. Also, there is really no reason for the two parts, just me being pretentious, I guess. (And yes, I realize that Orenda Fink is technically on the CD three times which I generally try not to do but whatever...)

I'm landing now, forgetting how. Your gravity ruins everything. )

Download entire mix (87 MB)
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Song(s) of the Day

Azure Ray - We Are Mice


Orenda Fink - Bloodline


I'm a bit weird, I think, because all of my favorite Azure Ray songs are Orenda's but I hardly ever feel like listening to her solo work while I adore Maria's.... hmm. Anyway, today is all about Orenda. I can't believe I've never posted "We Are Mice" before and so I'm fixing that right now. I actually thought the song was terribly boring the first few times I heard it but then it suddenly clicked and now it's one of my favorites. You have to be in the right mood for it because it is very slow and bleak and sad-sounding, but I adore the lyrics (the whole second verse is perfect) and Orenda sounds fantastic as always; I love when she goes into that deep, sensual, throaty voice like on the "We'll do our best to blend in" line, it's so spine-tingling and beautiful. And, while I don't completely love her solo stuff, there are a few songs that I go back to a lot and "Bloodline" is one of them. I posted it awhile ago but the link has since expired and I've been really into it lately. Musically, it's very catchy and upbeat, but the lyrics are quite dark which I didn't realize until I saw the semi-creepy music video for it, which puts them into context a lot better. My favorite part is "Just let your body do the rest" where she utilizes that side of her voice I mentioned before. Basically, they're both really good; click the song titles to listen/download if you haven't already figured it out.
urgencytobleed: (ki i wanna fuck it up)
Song(s) of the Day

I couldn't decide between these so you get three songs today, which is a good thing, right? More music! Anyway, I highly, highly recommend all three - they're equally fantastic.

Azure Ray - Safe and Sound


This song is very mellow and soft and quiet, but it is so so beautiful. First of all, Orenda's voice is just about the most lovely thing ever; it's so smooth and sultry but also really emotional in a very subtle way. So basically I fall in love with nearly everything she sings. Then at about two minutes in, this simple but gorgeous string arrangement comes in and gives the song that little extra boost it needs to be amazing. And I also love the final line, the way it is slightly changed to "Love is when I'm lost/Not when I'm found". Ugh. The beauty is about to make me cry, seriously.


Straylight Run - Now It's Done


Though they actually sound nothing alike, I like this song for the same reasons I like "Safe and Sound": a beautiful voice and a beautiful string arrangement. There's not much more to say beyond that. The way it builds up is fantastic, starting off quite slow and soft and then ending quite epically. Straylight Run is a band that is very good at doing that sort of thing; a lot of their songs, especially on their first album, evolve in this way and they always do it perfectly.


Straylight Run - Sympathy for the Martyr


Yesterday, I had this strange sudden urge to listen to this song even though I haven't in awhile and there wasn't anything obvious that triggered it. I just had to listen to it. Because it's that awesome. I think it's probably my favorite song on their first album and it closes it perfectly. It doesn't get really good until the second half though with the repeated "You want it, you want it all" part. Michelle and John's harmonizing sounds beautiful and again, they do that intense build-up thing that they're really good at and it becomes another epic. And then how it gradually fades out to just Michelle singing and then to just some haunting, pained strings. Insanely amazing. I haven't been able to stop listening to it since last night, pretty much.

urgencytobleed: (ki i wanna fuck it up)
To make up for my very sporadic updates lately and my laziness in getting the more fulfilling posts I'm planning ready, here are ten songs I'm loving at the moment. Some are old favorites that I've kind of rediscovered and others are by bands that I'm just starting to get into. All of them are lovely. And hopefully they'll be able to hold you over better than a random song of the day every once in awhile. Also, I promise, I'm working on two mixes right now, and I'll have them ready in at least a couple of weeks and maybe sooner. I'm such a procrastinator, I know. Anyway, here is the music!

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So, the past few days, I've been working on making a mix of songs that are extremely personal to me and I think I've finally got it as good as it'll get. This is different from my usual themed playlists because I tried to make it as if it's an actual mix CD, so it's about 80 minutes worth of music and I tried to organize the songs in a way that made sense thematically and sounded good. I'm no expert at that, though. Since it's meant to be listened to in a specific order, I've uploaded the whole thing as a ZIP file but seeing as I've posted quite a few of these songs in the past, I've also uploaded them all individually if you prefer that. The only difference is that the ZIP contains an instrumental song as the first track because I think it works well as an intro. I didn't upload that one on its own because it's not as important as the other tracks plus it's a Shannon Wright song and I've had stuff by her reported and removed from my Box.net account in the past and didn't want to risk it again. Most of these songs are terribly depressing, so it goes... it seems to be easier to find songs that describe me when I'm depressed than when I'm happy. Alright, enough talk. Below the cut are links to each individual song as well as relevant lyrics from them and below that is the link to download the entire mix. Enjoy! (Oh yeah... I promise it's a complete coincidence that two of the songs have nearly identical titles.)

I'm ready to go... )
Download entire mix (69 MB)
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Well, after lots of painful decisions about which ones should stay and which ones should go, I'm down to 50 various awesome cover songs and it's become impossible for me to whittle it down anymore. Therefore, I'll be making five posts with ten songs each over the next week, just to keep from totally overwhelming myself and anyone reading with a ton of songs (and probably long descriptions) all at once. You'll find a little bit of everything - the serious and not so serious, completely altered and barely changed, even a couple of my "guilty pleasure" artists thrown in. I'll be honest, I haven't heard the original versions for a majority of them, but that aside, they're all great songs by my standards. And I tried to keep it down to one or two per artist, but some are just so good at covers that I couldn't help but include quite a few. So, with that said, here are the first ten! (Oh, and the original artist is in parentheses, if you feel like tracking down those versions or anything.)

Well, since it's just past midnight now, part two is coming either Tuesday or later today if I get bored (which I probably will).

urgencytobleed: (matthew gray gubler)
Song of the Day!

Azure Ray - Sea of Doubts


Yes, it's already been posted, but it's such an amazing song. When I listen to it, the music and the vocals just kind of swirl and surround me like a dream. I adore the lyrics as well. And to not leave out those who've already got the album version, here's a nice stripped-down and slower live rendition to make up for it.

Live in Houston, TX (3/23/04)

P.S. - I'm going to be doing an entry (or entries) on cover songs soon. At the moment, I've got a list of 40+ compiled, so that should be fun! ;)
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Here are my favorite, as I like to call them, "singalong" songs. Basically, any songs that have some sort of group vocals in the "hey, I just invited anyone who happened to be around to join in" vein. And hey, they're pretty fun for the listener to sing along to as well.


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