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Because they totally deserve it (I can't get the widget to embed here - lame). Also, go and see them on tour with Eisley if they're coming near you! If you don't already love them, you will definitely be won over. They're also playing several Warped Tour dates this summer so there are plenty of opportunities to try and catch them.

EISLEY TOUR DATES )
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Alright, I've realized that if I don't start posting this I'll never actually get around to finishing it. I still have a few reviews to write in the upper half of the list but I figure if I put myself on a real deadline I'll be able to crank them out at the last minute. Besides, I'm writing about albums I've already written about once. It should be a no-brainer, right? Anyway, so, here we go, the first of five parts (because I'm going to be a jerk and withhold number one for its own separate entry, mwahaha - mostly because the review is three fucking paragraphs long) if anyone really still cares about my now slightly outdated opinions on last year's music. If you can believe it, I still had to do some last minute re-ordering earlier today. Yeah. But now that I'm posting it there shall be no more of that. Now let us commence with the dramatic reveal! (Though, honestly, if you follow this blog at all you will not be surprised by about 90% of these choices. There are only two albums I've not mentioned at all and just one or two others I've mentioned briefly. The rest I've pretty openly gushed over at some point in the past twelve months.)

You know you're the reason that I felt alive out here. )
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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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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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I've decided to make it my goal to post everyday this week until I've milked 2009 for all it's worth; this is a rather ambitious goal because I still have a lot of writing to do (and, as we all know, I am physically incapable of brevity) but I'm going to try to stick with it. In accordance with that, here are eleven more... honorable mention-ish songs. There might be one more (much smaller) set of these before I get to my actual list; I haven't decided if there are enough songs left to warrant that yet. Also, if you download something, maybe take a couple of seconds to leave a quick comment? Of course I'm not forcing you to but it does make me feel like I'm doing some good when I get one every so often.

Music this way. )
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Shocking, right? Anyway, there are two things to get to tonight!

First, She & Him will be releasing their second album, Volume Two, on March 23rd and it's probably my most anticipated album of next year so far. Volume One turned out to be one of the albums from last year that has stuck with me the longest (I still listen to it on at least a weekly basis) and I just go weak in the knees over all things Zooey Deschanel-related anyway so I am expecting big things from it. I mean, one of the songs features Tilly and the fucking Wall and, even though their last album didn't impress me as much as I had hoped it would, you can't really go wrong there. If anything, the track will be too cute to handle. Until an official cut from the album is released, enjoy a live performance of Lingering Still which I've loved ever since I first heard it and am very pleased will be given the proper studio treatment.



Second, I think everyone here knows how very in love with The Narrative I am. I was hoping they would release their debut album this year but it looks like we won't be seeing (or hearing, I suppose) it until sometime in 2010. Luckily, the EP they released last year, Just Say Yes, is gorgeous and those six songs have been tiding me over for more than a year now without getting stale. Seriously, if you don't have it yet, you should buy it, because it is not only awesome music but they are awesome people in general and still far too little-known and deserve all the support they can get. Anyway, the point of this is that they've just made the wait for a full-length a little easier by releasing a free cover of Brand New's "Tautou" for the masses to devour. Now, if you're a fan of Brand New (which I am not), you might find this a weird cover choice as it's really just an intro track that clocks in at under two minutes. But the Narrative have really transformed it; they've turned it into a four-minute near-epic and, though there are only two lyrical lines, it doesn't sound repetitive at all. It actually sounds perfect and like a completely new song. And a better song, if you want my very biased opinion. Take a listen for yourself.

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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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Alright, I can't delay this any longer as it's already way overdue. Well, sort of - on the 27th of December, I promised it within the week but on the 15th, I gave myself a month so I at least have to get this posted before I break both deadlines. Anyway, it's been nearly done for at least two weeks now but I've been a. lazy in writing thoughts on each album (which, if you know me, I can't go without including) and b. obsessed with slightly re-arranging the list so that if I didn't force myself to stop I'd never be able to. I'm pretty happy with it right now, for the most part, especially the top ten; the rest of the list is more fluid, as is to be expected, but I just couldn't bring myself to make the lower ten "honorable mentions" and call it good - they deserve better than that so I had to include them.

So, since otherwise this is going to be extremely tl;dr, I am going to split it up into two entries to make it only slightly tl;dr. I was going to do four but considering I'm already later than I wanted to be, that seems pretty unnecessary. So, two it is. Back ten today, top ten tomorrow. Remember, it's all my opinion, my tastes, etc., etc. so if you want to tell me how bad it sucks just do it in a constructive way, okay? I don't like arguing.

And for the record, most surprising thing about this list? 14 of the bands have prominent male singers in them. This is shocking because about two or three years ago, I basically used to shun most male vocalists and only listened to female vocals. This is a big step for me. Sure, about 8 of those also have prominent female singers, but still. I am proud of myself for this, people! There were only three bands out of ten on my list last year (four if you count Rilo Kiley - which I don't; poor Blake only got one song, after all) and those all had female vocals as well. Anyway, yes, this is exciting to me. Now, onto the important stuff!...

P.S. Click on the album covers for Amazon links if you are interested. I actually own physical copies of 15/20 of these which is pretty good for a downloading fiend like me. So support these artists if you like them, okay? Also, remember to change download links from hxxp to http for them to work. And the key tracks are listed roughly in order of how much I like them, so if you don't want to download them all, just try the first song from each.

Without further ado, #20-11... )

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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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