urgencytobleed: (i ride alone and hide what you show)
I know I said I might not be posting for awhile but I saw this prompt on the front page of Livejournal when I signed in and it inspired me: Is there any song you could listen to 20 times in a day without ever losing interest? I mean, it's perfectly suited to this blog, no? So I thought for awhile about whether I should go with the old standards, aka the songs I've loved forever and already gushed about and will never grow tired of, or newer obsessions that I haven't yet posted. I decided to go with the latter since I basically just posted a week's worth of entries containing songs I've already mentioned. Maybe that means I'll look back on this entry in a year and think, "Seriously? I could have listened to that 20 times in a day?" but at the moment they all seem like good choices. They're also a rather odd combination of artists I'm just getting into and ones I've loved for awhile but I'm 99.9% certain that every song here can be found in no other entry. So, enjoy!

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Yeah, can you tell I quickly gave up on trying to describe most of these songs eloquently? Sigh.
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The only comments I've been getting lately are anonymous spammers so I had to disable anonymous commenting. I do get some really nice anonymous comments once in awhile but... if you want to post anything you'll have to register for Livejournal. Sorry.

Well, darling, I can't go but you may stay here with me. )
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Here's a lovely video of Beach House performing "10 Mile Stereo" on Conan from last Monday. I can't get over how flawless Victoria Legrand's voice sounds live, my goodness. I think it actually might even sound better than on the album which is quite awe-inspiring. If you haven't heard Teen Dream yet, well, then, what are you waiting for?!? It's one of the best albums of the year! And I promise, I will do a better job of convincing you of that once I actually get around to posting my top albums of the year. Until then, enjoy the performance.


In random free music making its way around the Internet, Owen Pallett has released a demo EP that you can stream and download for free here. It's mostly instrumental, containing a few songs from Heartland without vocals and some new compositions. But the clear standout of this little collection for me is the one song that does have vocals, an alternate version of one of Heartland's best, "The Great Elsewhere," with Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond singing instead of Owen. It helps that the song is just fucking amazing anyway but I'm fairly certain that Shara could sing anything and make it sound like a work of genius. She's that good, folks.

Also, Sherri DuPree-Bemis from Eisley recently posted a lo-fi cover of Kanye West's "Heartless". I didn't think this cover was going to work but it turns out, it's actually quite a perfect choice. Sherri turns the song into kind of a dark, plaintive acoustic guitar ballad and, oddly enough, it seems completely suited to this style. Also, her voice sounds as beautiful as ever. Here is that for you.
urgencytobleed: (why do you edit? just give me credit)
A random assortment of unrelated odds and ends because I couldn't be bothered to think about making a Christmas post until Christmas was nearly over. So, yeah, happy holidays and enjoy!

I. SOME NON-TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY TUNAGE )
II. A NEW BRIGHT EYES SONG (WHICH IS BETTER THAN 85% OF OBERST'S LAST THREE ALBUMS) )
III. A DELICIOUSLY WEIRD VISUAL FEAST )
IV. A SONGWRITING MARVEL )
V. A HOLIDAY CLASSIC WITH A TWIST )
urgencytobleed: (i put a pearl in the ground)
So, I wanted to make a Halloween mix, an idea that I first tried out on here awhile ago (almost three years ago, what the hell?!?) but wanted to expand to a more CD-filling running time. At first, I was only using songs that had scary/Halloween-y words in the titles but then I ran out of those and focused on songs with a creepy/haunting vibe to them musically and, in the end, both of those groups ended up being pretty equally represented. So it's not exactly strictly Halloween-based anymore but it fits the spirit of the season well anyway. Enjoy the music!

All hail the queen. Still, I've never seen a witch this mean. )
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Beach House - Teen Dream )


Buy this album! It's ridiculously cheap on Amazon right now! Even though the DVD is a bit of a waste of time, that's still a great price. Now I'm kind of angry it was so much more expensive when I ordered it.
urgencytobleed: (zooey deschanel)

Well, the year hasn't even started yet and I've officially found my first favorite album of 2010 in Beach House's Teen Dream. The album is so good, in fact, that it managed to completely reverse my opinion regarding their music in general. I'd listened to them a couple times in the past, based on the fact that I've heard almost nothing but good things about them, and was very disappointed to find the music ridiculously, mind-numbingly boring. Fast forward several months and I realize that I must have been out of my mind when I came to that conclusion. I'm still not entirely sold on their first album but I fall deeper in love with Teen Dream every time I play it and, despite taking a few listens to warm up to, I think I may like Devotion even more. Victoria Legrand's voice is simply to die for and, sure, their brand of soulful, slightly dreary dream pop may leave you feeling rather drowsy and heavy-lidded but, for once, that's an entirely good feeling. If you're not averse to downloading leaked albums, get your hands on Teen Dream ASAP. If you'd rather not or are just unsure about downloading something you may not like, you can grab "Norway" for free over at Stereogum. The most impressive thing about this song is that it started out as a very simple little acoustic number the band wrote upon request of the Norwegian music show, Lydverket, and has now been transformed into a fully fleshed-out and gorgeous track - a surprisingly upbeat and almost uplifting one, too, when compared to most of their back catalogue. So maybe the addictive "Norway-ay-ay-ay" chorus sounds a bit like "Gila-a-a-a" but, if anything, it's more like that song's older, more adventurous, more carefree sister. In other words, it is fantastic and it's not even the best track on the album. If you love this, you're in for a mindblowing listening experience with the rest.

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