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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, 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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Two weeks isn't bad, is it? Maybe once I get all this out of the way I'll be able to post about things when I actually mean to instead of months later.

Club 8 - The People's Record )

The Corin Tucker Band - 1,000 Years )

Nina Nastasia - Outlaster )

School of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire )

Stars - The Five Ghosts )

Villagers - Becoming a Jackal )
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So... I haven't posted anything here in quite a long time. Sorry about that. But I was in the mood to make a mix the other day so I'll share that. It doesn't really have a theme at all. Basically, the only thing these songs have in common is that a. I've been obsessed with them at some point in the past two or three months and b. I don't believe I've ever posted any of them here before. Other than that, they aren't really connected. I'm too lazy to upload the whole thing in one ZIP file so you don't have to listen to them in order if you don't want to (though I think it actually works extremely well as a whole) and you can pick and choose if you don't want/need every song. Enjoy. :)

And, oh yeah, I know it's sort of a "rule" not to have two songs by the same artist on one mix but whatever... I couldn't decide between the two and they both worked really well so I kept them. They are far enough apart that it doesn't seem like overkill. And anyway, they're both insanely good.

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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. )
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Before we get to the actual ranked list, here are a few albums that are good but not quite good enough to make it. I felt like they deserved a mention, too, so make sure to check these out if you haven't.

read more... )

Okay, I tried to make this post look all pretty with the words next to the pictures and it didn't work out as well as I thought it would and I'm too lazy to attempt to fix it. But it's still readable, I think, so I hope it doesn't look too bad.
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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)
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Song of the Day



Stars - A Thread Cut with a Carving Knife

 
 
Stars has just released a brand new EP entitled Sad Robots which is available digitally right now with the physical copy, due out 9/16, also up for preorder (and available for purchase on their upcoming tourdates). You can find more information on all that here. Right now, here is my favorite song from the EP and it is absolutely stunning. For the most part, the songs are more similar to Heart than their last two albums, with more of an electronic-tinged sound and overall very atmospheric. This song is completely beautiful... I cannot even put into words how much I love it. The first listen or two it didn't hit me, but then it suddenly clicked and I haven't been able to stop playing it since. Everything about it is just perfect - the slow, calm yet intense build-up, the distortion throughout, both Torq and Amy's voices. It's just gorgeous. Also, there is a lovely live version of "Going, Going, Gone" on the EP that can be downloaded for free on the above-mentioned website, so if you don't want to buy the whole thing, make sure to check out that at least. It was already one of my favorite Stars songs and this rendition of it is possibly better than the original... okay, maybe not better, but different and therefore the two are incomparible. Basically, my Stars love was kind of simmering and now the flame has been reignited and I'm very excited about where their sound is going.

 
urgencytobleed: (where do i belong)
Stars



Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI (3/29/08)
Set list + rambling. )
I realized when I was trying to figure out which songs to upload that I've already posted almost every single one they played on here. What? You think I'm a bit too obsessed? Blasphemy! I did manage to find two that I haven't shared. Also, I enjoyed one of the opening bands - Pash - a lot and bought their album, so here are a couple songs. It's nothing too special; just girl-fronted rock, slightly Rainer Maria-esque. But it's good. And Merideth has an extremely powerful voice for being such a small person.


Next on the concert schedule: I will hopefully be seeing Rilo Kiley for the second time at the end of May. I haven't gotten the tickets yet and I'm praying nothing comes up that conflicts with it. Ever since Under the Blacklight, I've had the feeling that they're on the verge of breaking up at any point, so I'm not taking my chances. I need to see them again, definitely.

Next on the schedule, blog-wise: I am attempting to finish two reviews - She & Him and Lydia - by the end of this week. I was going to write only a paragraph or so and squeeze them into the same post, but I realized they're so good that they deserve better than that. They probably still won't be as long as my reviews usually are, but they'll be substantial enough. So, look out for those soon.

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