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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A bunch of random songs I've uploaded recently for whatever reason. Might as well spread the wealth, right? Some of them are songs I've already posted but have likely fallen victim to the strange Box.net glitchy mp3 upload issue so if you're OCD about music like me hopefully these ones have no problems with skipping and strange noises.

Click for links. )
urgencytobleed: (mindy and leighton are so cute)
I was going to do a song of the day post but I kept thinking of more songs I wanted to mention and four seems like a little much for song of the day and I'm too impatient to post everything separately. So here are four completely random, unrelated songs.

If you don't know by now, I'm a bit in love with Andy LeMaster. This song kind of sneaked up on me from out of nowhere. I never really took much notice to it and then it suddenly hit me and I was completely overwhelmed by how beautiful it is. It's very simple and doesn't have much in the way of lyrics but it is so emotionally affecting anyway. Especially the last few lines: "A heart of gold can't glisten in this winter rain/Turn and go, don't wander in this storm again" - when Andy sings that last word in falsetto, oh God, I'm a pile of jelly. The entire song kind of builds up to that one glorious second for me but it's totally worth it. My obsession with this actually happened a few weeks ago, I just haven't got around to posting it until now.

Another song that I didn't really realize was quite so good at first, I've been enjoying this one a lot lately. It's just so catchy! I also have to say, I've noticed lately that their lyrics are often extremely violent, which I find quite amusing since the actual music is so pretty and usually quite gentle. This one is actually rather tame and only goes as far as "My baby wants to kill me" in one of the choruses. But the song I'm thinking about the most is "The Shivers (I've Got 'Em)" with its wails of "Evelyn, your spine cracks like a wine glass/Evelyn, your skull pops like a walnut" and then it also has the line, "I want to gouge out your eyes/Splinter your spine" - scary, creepy, but in a totally awesome way. Anyway, I am talking about a completely different song now. This song is "My Baby (Shoots Her Mouth Off)" and isn't as creepy but is still very good. So I'll stop talking about songs I'm not even posting and move on.

  • Neko Case - People Got a Lotta Nerve
I haven't listened to Neko much lately but I am very excited to hear her new album, Middle Cyclone, which is to be released in March. This song is short and catchy; I find it most reminds me of "Hold On, Hold On" from 2006's excellent Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (which was my second favorite album that year, behind Joanna Newsom's Ys, for the record). It's not exactly the most compelling song ever but it's pretty good and gets better with every listen for me. And I also suspect it is far from the album's best track. You can download it for free - legally - from her page on the Anti- website here; just find it on the left-hand side of the page and click for your listening pleasure. Also, if you're interested in hearing a bit more from this album, check out the EPK. It's got clips from many more of the songs and they sound very promising.

  • A Camp - Stronger Than Jesus
A Camp is mostly the brainchild of Nina Persson, who you may better know from the Cardigans. She released a self-titled album under this name back in 2001, I believe, and is finally back with Colonia this year. I listened to the first A Camp record awhile back and wasn't overly impressed but I have to say, Colonia is definitely my first true love of 2009. It comes out in the first week of February or so in Europe and is not going to be released stateside until April; sadness. But I am definitely posting a review at some point after it comes out so I don't want to talk too much about the entire album right now. "Stronger Than Jesus" is the lead single and it's catchy, catchy, catchy (I really need to find another word to use; I overuse this one so bad). Nina's voice sounds delightful and it's just a completely lovely smart pop song with a highly infectious chorus: "Don't you know love is stronger than Jesus/Don't you know love can kill anyone/So bring it on, wars and diseases/You know that love can do you like a shotgun." You can hear a special live version of the song by signing up for the band's mailing list on their official site; it comes highly recommended. More on this album later.
urgencytobleed: (mindy and leighton are so cute)
Here are a few random songs/artists I am loving at the moment. No *NSYNC this time, I promise. ;)

Click for music. )

And also, because I'm feeling generous and because no one is really getting anything out of me keeping them to myself, here are links to some random things I have uploaded in my MediaFire folder - a few albums, some songs. They are all good, I promise, so download whatever you'd like! Remember to change xx to tt for the links to work.

Links. )
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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)
urgencytobleed: (dresden dolls hot)
Favorite Songs Currently:

I hated this the first time I listened to it, probably because the vocals really took awhile to grow on me, but I kind of love it now. It's very catchy but also very intense. This is from their last album, but they have a new one coming out that is apparently extremely polarizing but I kind of like it... a lot... though all the negativity makes me feel like I shouldn't. But it has some kickass songs. Now I'm going to go cry in a corner because they are touring with Lydia and I am probably not going.

I have to thank [livejournal.com profile] msmoocow for introducing me to this band a few posts ago. They are extremely lovely. The male vocalist reminds me of Ben Gibbard the teensiest bit and overall, their songs are very reminiscent of Straylight Run, though maybe more on the mellow side. They have four songs on their myspace and I adore them all. And if you do, you should buy their EP which has two other songs, because I know I will be as soon as possible.

Okay, okay, I posted this song already back when I was first getting into them, but I have a newfound obsession with it. It's so beautiful, especially on the chorus when the female voice kicks in ever so subtly. And the end synth-y instrumental break. And I just adore Andy LeMaster's voice no matter what he's singing, really. You should also go back a few posts and find "Night Vision" and "Dark Light Daybreak" because I'm still obsessed with those two as well.

I posted about this band right as I was getting into them; flash forward a week or two and I'm in complete love. Love the vocals, love the strings, love everything. This song is gorgeous. The chorus is quite epic in a non-flashy way. It's just beautiful; that's all I can say.

Who Killed Amanda Palmer:

Guess what? This album finally comes out next Tuesday and you can pre-order it right now from the official website. The uber-special uber-expensive package is probably about sold out by now, I'd say (and I, of course, have already got mine safely ordered). I'm not sure if they'll still be offering them un-autographed, but you can at least get the CD by itself (with an instant download of it + two bonus tracks) or with a t-shirt and what looks to be an amazing upcoming digital EP with unincluded songs and different takes of some that did make it. If you haven't heard this, just trust me, it's worth it to purchase, okay? Amanda is an amazingly talented person who deserves your money and it's an added bonus that the album is truly fantastic - her best work to date, I'd venture.

Acid Tongue:

Well, this is a surprising development, but the whole album has been put up for streaming on Jenny's myspace. I'm not sure how long it'll actually be there for, so if you're adverse to illegally downloading it or anything, I'd listen to it on there as soon as possible. As for my opinion, I'm not quite sure yet, but it is growing on me the more I listen to it. It's just a lot more... sparse and slow, I guess, then I was expecting it to be. And Jenny's doing some different things with her voice that will take some getting used to. But my favorites as of this moment are: "Black Sand", "Bad Man's World", "See Fernando", and "Jack Killed Mom".
urgencytobleed: (mindy and leighton are so cute)
Well. Here is some music I can't get enough of lately. It started out as just random songs, but then I realized that a few of the bands had two songs each, so I decided to make them all like that - five bands, two songs each. Most of them I've posted about before but you know how great it feels to listen to a song a ton of times and then suddenly discover how awesome it is? Yeah. That's the case with a lot of these and I can't help posting them. Anyway, without further ado...

Music! )
urgencytobleed: (mindy and leighton are so cute)
Song of the Day



Now It's Overhead - A Skeleton on Display

LYRICS )

I generally try not to post about the same band two times in a row, but when I wrote about NIO the other day, I hadn't really listened to the first album much and hadn't discovered how amazing this song is, so now I must post it. It's quite sparse and extremely haunting and spine-tingling because of that. The vocals are so tender and sad-sounding and I don't normally like electronic-ish things but the song is so good overall that the robotic voice effects on the chorus don't even bother me; maybe they even make the song more unsettling because they're so weird and unexpected. But the thing I love about it most is the lyrics - God, they're just totally heartbreaking and depressing but so well-written and beautiful. The bolded parts are the lines that I especially adore. Anyway, yeah, the song is awesome. And so is "Let Up", so if you haven't, scroll on down to my last post and download that one, too, because I've been very close to unable to listen to anything besides these two tracks for about two days now.

urgencytobleed: (zooey deschanel)
Now It's Overhead



Now It's Overhead is essentially Andy LeMaster. He is the band's frontman in every way imaginable - aside from singing, he also happens to be a talented songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and visual artist (all of NIO's album covers are created by him; I adore this one though I'm not really sure why). He has worked with everyone from fellow Saddle Creek artists like Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, and Art in Manila to bands like Drive-By Truckers, R.E.M., and more. Is there anything he can't do? It doesn't seem like it.

Anyway, I first listened to NIO about a year ago (and even posted a couple of songs) but never really went deeper than a handful of listens to their newest album before completely forgetting about them for awhile. After listening to Maria Taylor's new EP a lot over the past week, I've realized that I kind of really love Andy's voice and needed to go back to his band again. So I've been listening to them quite a bit lately and have come to the conclusion that I like them a lot more than I originally thought I did. I'm terrible at describing music half the time, but I'll try anyway. There are a lot of shoegaze-esque layered, slightly distorted vocals and a good amount of electronic elements, but their music doesn't really fall completely into either of those categories - it has more of an indie rock feel overall and is often very catchy, especially their more recent material. And then there's Andy's voice, which is unique without being annoying and impressive in a very simple, subtle way. Basically, it's just really good music, though it might take a few listens to actually sink in and worm its way into your brain. And I'm still extremely in awe (and jealous) of how much talent Andy possesses.

As for the picture I used, I don't think Maria and Orenda are really in the band anymore or at least aren't as big a part of it, but come on, they're so much prettier to look at than any of the guys. Except for Andy... he's pretty, too.

* = most highly recommended
 
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I know I promised this one like two weeks ago now, so it's long overdue and I apologize. I'm just such a procrastinator. Anyway, why this topic? Well, I noticed the last time I went shopping for CDs, everything I ended up getting (besides Patty at the show, of course) was on the lovely Saddle Creek records. And when I am not listening to artists on that label, I am most likely listening to someone closely related to it somehow. All of my favorite artists these days seem to be among this group, so it's only natural to post about them, right? I'm also including Team Love because, well, it's basically Saddle Creek's little sister and come on, I can't leave out a certain tap-dancing band and sexy indie chanteuse, can I? On to the music!


In related news, I found out today that Rilo Kiley's upcoming album is apparently titled Under the Blacklight and is set to be released August 20th in the UK and hopefully the day after or earlier in the US since it seems very odd to me that they would release it in the UK first. Oh well, none of that matters right now. All that matters is that we finally have some substantial information and now that it's officially set to come out, we should start getting more. I am terribly excited about this! Is it August yet?


P.S. - I also have a few other ideas for upcoming posts. Hopefully, they won't take as long to be realized as this one.

P.P.S. - Do you love my new Matthew Gray Gubler icon? I sure do. :D

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