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Alright, so, about that 2010 list of mine. I've only got about half the reviews written at this point and at the moment all of my creative energy is being harnessed by other things so I'm not sure when I will have the rest ready. I know I could just copy and paste my first reviews, since I've already posted about most of them before, but even though it is illogical to write the same things in different words all over again, I can't help it. So you'll have to wait for that awhile longer. But here is something to hold you over until then. I've also mentioned a lot of these albums before but some of them are here for the first time so it's not entirely a waste of a post. Also, I can't really call this entire list honorable mentions because, well, some of the albums I don't like much as a whole but they happen to have a couple really amazing songs. So it's just a list of... everything I felt I needed to mention that isn't in the top twenty for whatever reason.

I'm begging with my fingers and it's starting to burn. )
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November is National Novel Writing Month. I don’t know if many of you are writers but I personally couldn’t live without writing. My head is constantly filling up with all these random ideas and if I don’t get them down on paper as soon as possible, they begin to invade my real life. Well, if I really care about a certain character, they end up invading my real life regardless but writing it down at least keeps me relatively sane. Now, I’m not going to build myself up as this excellent writer because I don’t really know how my own writing stands up to the rest of the world’s but I have written a fair few things that I think I can be safe in saying I’m very proud of. (If anyone is honestly interested, I post my stuff here. Two warnings: I write mostly about love and depressed people and, usually, both of those things together; I am also not really a plot person. If that already sounds unappealing to you, please don’t read it and then tell me how much I suck, mmkay?)

Now, back to NaNoWriMo, this is my first year attempting it and I didn’t decide to do so until the last minute so it’s all rather hectic and exciting. So far, I’ve been doing well but I imagine when the things I’ve already decided will happen have been committed to computer screen (that sounds so much less eloquent than paper) I will start having a much rougher time of it. It doesn’t help that I am a notorious procrastinator and a frequent victim of severe writer’s block either. But I am determined to trudge through even if it means wanting to pull my hair out some days. If anyone reading this now is going through the same thing, here are some lovely songs related to reading and writing to help you through. Even if you’re not an author – or at least not an author insane enough to attempt this – I’m sure you’ll find plenty to love in these songs too.

Read more... )

And if the music isn’t enough and you aren’t spending the month trying to write your own novel, here are my reading recommendations for you! Now get to your local libraries, people, (or direct yourself to Amazon using these handy links) and read until you drop!

Yeah, I like to read. A lot. Unfortunately, it’s on the backburner this month as I can only focus on so much at once! Plus, I’m afraid I’ll inadvertently steal from whatever book I’m reading and I do that enough as it is with the books I’ve already read.
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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 )
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Alright, as promised, today = the top ten. I can honestly say that I adore every single one of these albums. So I'm quite happy with this list. I've also realized that my reviews would be a whole lot shorter if I didn't quote so damn many lyrics... What can I say? I'm a sucker for good lyrics. Anyway, I think that's all I have to say. Except that these all come highly recommended, obviously, so if you haven't listened to them, I think you should give them a chance. Oh yeah, and if anyone is surprised by my number one, well, you must be new here because it's so predictable if you know me. That is all. On to the music...

#10-1 *drumroll* )

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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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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".
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I know I haven't been posting very often lately - at least not very often by my standards, anyway. I guess I just haven't had much to talk about recently. The albums I'm still most anticipating this year have yet to come out and I haven't been making very many notable new discoveries. However, here are some songs that have caught my ear lately, some from new releases, some older. Enjoy. :)


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