urgencytobleed: (annie clark is beautiful)
Alright, from this point on, I am going to attempt to post my end of the year listage over the course of the next week - though I don't know if that will actually happen as I don't actually have it completely ready. But I'm going to try. Anyway, to start things off, I've been thinking a lot about my list last year and how if I did it again now, it would really be very different. I still like a lot of those albums but some not as much anymore, some even more, and a couple have kind of worn off of me completely. I don't really have the patience to completely redo my list at this point - and I would probably need more than the ten slots I initially filled - but I do want to mention a few albums that if I had liked them so much then would definitely have had a bigger chance of making it. A few of these I did list as honorable mentions but I've grown to like them even more since then so I feel like they deserve a bit more. Others are artists that I didn't really discover until this year so they weren't on my radar at all at the time. And since I already have to upload a shitload of stuff for my '08 list, a lot of these songs are just copied and pasted links from previous posts, unless I hadn't posted much from that band previously. So you probably already have a lot of these but, oh well, here they are in case you don't - and of course, there are still a good amount of songs I've never posted before.

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urgencytobleed: (mindy and leighton are so cute)
I'm too lazy to work on any reviews at the moment, so here are some random songs I love right now instead. Actually, they're not random at all - they're all those boy/girl bands that I so adore. Someone stop me! I literally cannot listen to anything else anymore. It's like an illness or something, but one that I definitely don't mind having.

Since I posted about them a couple of weeks ago, I've decided that I actually enjoy Your Majesty a lot. It's nearly the complete opposite of their first album but I've found that after hearing it a few times, I actually like almost every song and it's very hard to decide which is my very favorite. Maybe "Husam Husam" or "Devil on My Side" which I've already posted (check the tag). Or maybe this one, if only for the vocal harmonies during the "I wear this crooked crown... raise the dead, oh-oh-oh" part of the second verse, because Adrienne just sounds perfect there. Whether or not it's my favorite, it's still very good.

I have posted quite a few of their songs, but I've never actually talked about them specifically, just random songs that happened to go with a theme I was doing. But they are (or were... yet another great band who broke up) awesome and deserve to be mentioned more. I actually haven't even made myself familiar with a good portion of their material yet, but I adore what I have been able to digest. This song is very catchy, in a kind of melancholy way, if you get what I mean. I liked it before but I heard it on shuffle the other day and thought, "Damn, that's a good song", and have been listening to it a lot since.

I'm not sure how much I like this band yet, but this song anyway is stellar. The chorus is amazing and then the overlapping alternating melodies at the end - I love that. Also, the girl in this band is named Shannon which, if you don't know, is my name so that automatically makes them cool in my book.

I know, I know, I've already posted about them a lot, but I keep realizing new songs that I love. This one, for example - it was actually one of my least favorites on The Needles, the Space for a very long time; my sister kept telling me how much she loved it and I couldn't understand the appeal, I thought it was boring. But I've been listening to them all the time lately and it's finally clicked and now I think it's beautiful. I love the lyrics and how naturally and slowly it builds up and, of course, the vocal harmonies. Though those kind of make me sad now that Michelle has left the band and won't be there to provide them anymore. But not sad enough to stop listening.

Seriously, if anyone knows any other bands like those and Lydia, 1997, Tilly and the Wall, Mates of State, Los Campesinos!, etc. that do the shared male/female vocals thing, please let me know because I'm addicted and I think I've exhausted all my knowledge.
urgencytobleed: (jenny smile)
Song(s) of the Day



Straylight Run - The Tension and the Terror

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Hands in the Sky (Big Shot)

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First of all, for some reason, I just now realized that 1 GB = about 1024 MB and not the 1000 I've been keeping my Box.net account full to, so I've been deleting old songs when it's actually unnecessary. Second of all, Michelle looks way too adorable for her own good in the above photo. Third, let's get to the actual music. I seem to fall in love with their songs in twos - every time they've occupied the song of the day slot it's been with a duo of tracks instead of just one. "The Tension and the Terror"... three words: catchy as fuck. Seriously. That is one killer chorus. I heard this on shuffle the other day and had to listen to it about five times before moving on to the next song and then I could only listen to a couple other things before going back to it again. "Hands in the Sky (Big Shot)" is more scream-y near the end than I usually like, but it's a really cool song and really almost scary. The atmosphere of it is so amazing, how it starts off all slow and haunting and evolves into this aggressive, huge monster. And the harmonies between John and Michelle are absolutely perfect, especially in the last couple chorus repeats (and in the second "We want you, have to, need you..." repetition, holy shit!). It's just so driving and intense and ugh!... epic. So good. (Though the line "You'll get a bullet in the back of the neck... right between the eyes" really bothers me because um... since when are your eyes in your neck?!?)

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

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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.

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Straylight Run - Now It's Done

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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.

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Straylight Run - Sympathy for the Martyr

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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.

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urgencytobleed: (matthew gray gubler)
I haven't posted any covers in awhile, so here are a few really good ones that I've discovered since... whenever the last time I posted any was. (I think it was that big 5-part covers extravaganza which was pretty close to when I first started posting, so awhile ago.)

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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Okay, here's the final post of 2007-related stuff. That is, until six months from now when I discover some album I didn't know anything about previously and it suddenly becomes my new favorite. And believe me, that's probably very likely to happen, knowing my track record. I actually still have a handful of albums on my "Need to listen to more!" playlist, but I have to let go of 2007 list-making at some point or I won't have time to listen to any 2008 releases. (And shockingly, those are starting to pile up as well already!) Anyway, here's the last set of songs. Enjoy!

urgencytobleed: (jenny smile)
The idea for this mix was spurred by my current Stars obsession but my weakness for boy/girl duos started around the time that I first got into Tilly and the Wall and Mates of State, probably a year or more ago now. It's great to find a really unique and affecting male or female voice but to me, it's even more powerful when you put them together. So that's the idea behind this mix and it's definitely my favorite so far. I think the songs flow really well and they're all just awesome songs, to put it simply. Three things I feel like you should know:

  1. The song the title is from (Ingrid Michaelson's "Breakable") is not on the mix because, well, it's not a boy/girl song. I'm just not smart enough to think up a witty title on my own so all I could think of was this and "Scream loud, all you girls and boys" from Tilly and the Wall's "Nights of the Living Dead". I figured there was less screaming and more vulnerability/sadness on it overall, therefore I went with this title.
  2. I really dislike Johnathan Rice's music and the song on here is the only one I can stand, mostly due to the presence of Jenny Lewis' lovely voice. I don't know why I feel the need to say this; I guess to justify to myself that it's okay to have him on here or something, ha.
  3. The Slow Club song is kind of low quality since it's just a MySpace rip and the single containing it is only available in 7" format right now but I love it so much that I used it anyway. It's not completely unlistenable, just a bit tinny compared to everything else.
Okay, there's that, now to the music! Oh, in case you don't keep up with the introductory post thing, I'm starting to post all links as hxxp instead of http, to keep them safer or something I guess, so just make sure to change that part when you open one.

We are a pair of apples. )
Download entire mix (71 MB)

Apparently, my last mix got downloaded more than 20 times yet I got no comments on that post. Don't get me wrong, I love that so many people have found their way here and a comment isn't required, but it is much appreciated, even just a few words. By the way, if anyone knows of any similar bands, let me know because I seriously can't get enough of the boy/girl thing!
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I haven't done one of these in awhile, so here are two songs to make up for that!

Songs of the Day!



Straylight Run - The Miracle That Never Came

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Insanely, ridiculously, obsessively catchy. The lyrics are actually pretty depressing if you pay close attention to them, but the music is so bouncy and fun that it's hard not to feel happy. Plus, Michelle's voice is lovely, really soft and simple but perfect.

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Straylight Run - How Do I Fix My Head

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This one starts off slow and keeps building and building until the insane percussion breakdown at the end which sounds so cool. It's quirky yet accessible.

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I haven't really become a huge fan of theirs yet and my female vocals bias is obviously in play, but these two songs have caught my attention lately. They're both so good.

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