urgencytobleed: (lee pace is adorable)
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.

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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.
urgencytobleed: (audrey tautou)
The Hush Sound

I was going to post the iTunes bonus tracks with my review of Goodbye Blues, but decided against it. However, someone asked about them in reply to that post and since I totally understand how annoying it is to have tracks available on only one version (especially when you've already bought a different version), I've decided to go ahead and upload them. They are surprisingly, for being extras, as good as anything on the album. "You Are My Home" is extremely beautiful and features some more variety instrument-wise and "Pretty Down to Your Bones" is similar to all of the album's upbeat tracks, but seems slightly more rock-oriented and aggressive to me. And of course, Greta's voice is completely amazing on both. I think I've come to the conclusion that this band can do absolutely no wrong; they don't have even one terrible song. Enjoy!

urgencytobleed: (inside the one who holds you)
The Hush Sound

Goodbye Blues

The Hush Sound is one of those bands that is often overlooked, mostly due to completely trivial things like the label they're signed to and the bands that they've toured with. This is made even more unfortunate by the fact that they are a truly amazing band, refreshing and young, with a sound that can't quite be pinned down or compared to anything else very easily. They've also grown drastically as people and musicians since their beginnings and it's interesting to see how their music develops as the band members themselves are still maturing. Their third release, Goodbye Blues, is the biggest leap yet, for the most part completely different from their first two albums. Most of its songs could be described as rollicking, sprightly, and piano-centric, borrowing as much from the ragtime, cabaret, and showtunes of past decades as from the hook-laden pop of the present. The similar thread that runs throughout most of Goodbye Blues seems a bit repetitive and unexciting at first, but with each subsequent listen, the songs start to reveal themselves as separate entities. Once each song has had a chance to come to life, it becomes apparent how vital their similarities actually are; they create a constant and vivid atmosphere rather than just being a collection of random songs, which is ultimately what makes the album most satisfying. Goodbye Blues is impressive because the songs stand up as well as a group as they do on their own, a level of cohesiveness that their previous releases never quite managed.

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Goodbye Blues is out now, so make sure to pick it up and visit the Hush Sound's official website (or the fansite, Sweet Tangerine) for up-to-date information on the band.

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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So, the past few days, I've been working on making a mix of songs that are extremely personal to me and I think I've finally got it as good as it'll get. This is different from my usual themed playlists because I tried to make it as if it's an actual mix CD, so it's about 80 minutes worth of music and I tried to organize the songs in a way that made sense thematically and sounded good. I'm no expert at that, though. Since it's meant to be listened to in a specific order, I've uploaded the whole thing as a ZIP file but seeing as I've posted quite a few of these songs in the past, I've also uploaded them all individually if you prefer that. The only difference is that the ZIP contains an instrumental song as the first track because I think it works well as an intro. I didn't upload that one on its own because it's not as important as the other tracks plus it's a Shannon Wright song and I've had stuff by her reported and removed from my Box.net account in the past and didn't want to risk it again. Most of these songs are terribly depressing, so it goes... it seems to be easier to find songs that describe me when I'm depressed than when I'm happy. Alright, enough talk. Below the cut are links to each individual song as well as relevant lyrics from them and below that is the link to download the entire mix. Enjoy! (Oh yeah... I promise it's a complete coincidence that two of the songs have nearly identical titles.)

I'm ready to go... )
Download entire mix (69 MB)
urgencytobleed: (matthew gray gubler)
Song of the Day!

The Hush Sound - Out Through the Curtain


So, I realize I just posted a song of theirs in the last entry, but ever since the concert I've been re-obsessed with them. I've posted mostly songs with Greta singing lead in the past, so I decided it was time to give Bob some love as well. I've played this song so many times since yesterday afternoon. Again, it's one I've liked for awhile, but suddenly was even more hit by it now. The lyrics are really sad and amazing and probably more personal and intimate than most of his other songs. Also, like they do so well in a good number of their songs, it starts out really sparse and gradually builds up into something epic. Seriously, if you have not given the Hush Sound a listen by now, you need to. I wrote them off for a long time for really stupid reasons and I don't want anyone else to do the same because they are so good and deserve the attention.


Official website
Purchase CDs (So Sudden/Like Vines)

P.S. I've been meaning to work on a couple album reviews but have been either too lazy (Eisley) or not quite sure exactly how I feel yet (Rilo Kiley), so they'll be coming eventually, I promise.

P.P.S. I really should get some different LJ userpics... about 2/3 of mine are Rilo Kiley, eep.
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Song of the Day!

The Hush Sound - Eileen


I saw the Hush Sound live on Monday night and though they didn't perform this song, it was amazing anyway and they played my other favorite ("Echo"). The vocals and instrumentation were spot-on the entire night and sounded just as good as, if not better than, their records. Plus, there was a lot of dancing and singing/clapping along. It was the most fun I've had in awhile.

Anyway, as for this song, I've liked it since I first got heavily into them, but the true greatness of it didn't hit me for awhile. Now, though, it's probably way up there in my favorites. First of all, the lyrics are amazing, especially the first half of the song before it gets faster; those ones make me want to cry every time I hear them. They're so simple and sweet and perfect. Greta's youthful wispy voice suits them perfectly and her piano-playing is also showcased very impressively here; those flourishes at the beginning especially, wow. Then, there's the part where the other instruments kick in and it becomes even more intense, until finally it dies back down to just piano and vocals for a low-key ending. It's the perfect closer on So Sudden and it's hard to believe what they're capable of at such young ages. Basically, you need to hear this song now, because if you haven't, you're really missing out.


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I didn't mean for it to be so long between the first installment and this one, but I somehow got caught up with other things and didn't get around to it until now. Anyway, here it is, part two consisting of blue and red songs, below the cut.

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Usually songs that are less than two minutes don't do much for me. They're either over before they really have time to develop or are that short for a reason (because they aren't really worth the time in the first place). So, when I'm truly impressed by one of these songs, it's a pretty big deal. It also speaks well to the artist - that they can leave such a large impact in such a small amount of time. With this in mind, I set out on the task of finding the very best songs under two minutes in my possession. I started out with well over 300 but after weeding out dozens of meaningless thirty-second interludes, concert banter, and instrumentals (since I don't have many, I'm saving them as a theme possibility for the future) I began the pain-staking task of combing through the rest to narrow down my very favorites. The list slowly dwindled down to 50, then to 30, 25, and finally to its final stage where I couldn't possibly lose any more, 20. So, here it is: my top twenty favorite songs that don't quite reach two minutes - short and sweet and completely perfect that way.

urgencytobleed: (jenny smile)
I was given the suggestion to gather songs with a sun and moon theme, so I decided to act on it and was surprised by how many songs I had that fit the bill. There were way too many originally for me to upload in a reasonable amount of time, so I cut it down to twelve for each category. A lot of these are among my very favorite songs, so enjoy.

Sun. )

Moon. )


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April 2012



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