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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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I've been sitting on this long enough so here it is. It's a bit informal, at least the first paragraph is, and wasn't really supposed to be this long... but somehow, I can never refrain myself and it always ends up long anyway. And this is all my personal opinion, obviously, but I'm just putting that out there since this record seems to be fairly divisive.

Tilly and the Wall


The latest Tilly and the Wall album, mysteriously and simply titled only O, is a bit of a strange case. I have to admit I may have set my expectations a bit too high in the first place but my opinion has changed quite drastically with each subsequent listen. The first time through, I was only left thinking, "Who are these people and what have they done with the real Tillies?" The second time, after the initial shock of most of the songs being so different wore off, my thoughts were more along the lines of, "Okay, this is actually pretty damn awesome." Since then, some songs have grown off of me completely while others have become more appealing and memorable, and I think I've settled into the opinion that it is a respectable and enjoyable, if slightly underwhelming, release. It lacks the cohesiveness of Bottoms of Barrels and the youthful exuberance and fun of Wild Like Children but also features some of the band's best songs yet. Unfortunately, these are at first outweighed by the less successful tracks and it takes some commitment to see how bright these bright spots truly are.
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For fans of: Rilo Kiley, Mates of State, Los Campesinos!, Architecture in Helsinki
O is out now on Team Love records. Maybe you would like to purchase a physical copy.

Remember, change xx to tt.
And even though this song is kind of boring and was understandably left off the album, I'm posting the iTunes bonus track simply because I hate when you have to buy multiple copies of the same thing to get one or two extra tracks, so this is my way of protesting that.

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Let's talk upcoming albums that I'm extremely excited about:

Click for mp3s + links to buy. )

Also due out this month:

1997 - On the Run (May 28th on Victory)
1997 - On the Run

The Dresden Dolls - No, Virginia... (May 20th on Roadrunner)
The Dresden Dolls - No, Virginia...
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So, what does everyone think? I kind of hated the song the first time, but it's grown on me more with each subsequent viewing. It's cute and catchy and simple, kind of repetitive, but I guess it's not even going to be on the new album (due out this summer) anyway, so I think it's probably just a little one-off electropop number that they released for the hell of it. And the video is way trippy and probably the most blatantly low-budget cheese I've seen since Tori's "Big Wheel", but it's strangely addicting. Plus, it just makes me sick how insanely gorgeous and fierce Miss Kianna Alarid is; I love that girl. Anyway, despite the general oddness of using this song to promote an album it's not even on and the oddness of the song itself, it's at least succeeded in making me even more interested to see the direction they're heading in with their third full-length release.

"Beat Control" will be available as a 7" single on Tilly's upcoming tour and as a digital download single, along with another new track and a remix, on March 4th through Team Love records. More information can be found here.

And in case you missed it when I first posted it at the beginning of the year, here is a potential track for the new album that they were playing live not too long ago. It's a bit more aggressive and punk-influenced than most of their other material, but is still catchy as sin and features such classic Tilly lines as "We're gonna burn this motherfucking party down." Completely awesome all the way around.

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Guess what? I finally got another mix done! And in time for Valentine's Day, too! Now, I don't really care about the holiday one way or another, but the general theme of this is "sappy love songs" so it's appropriate to post it at this time. It covers a pretty broad range, since I could only get so far with the 100% in love songs so some are sarcastically romantic ("Fucking Boyfriend", "Marry Me"), some are depressingly romantic ("I Know I Know I Know", "My Invitation", "I Know"), some were chosen simply because their titles seemed to fit (any of them with "heart" or "valentine" in the title), and the rest of them are pure, unabashedly sugary, head-over-heels-in-love songs. So, whether you're going to bask in a lonely depression or spend some time with a special someone, I hope you enjoy this!

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Oh no! I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I'm a couple hours late. I'm sure no one will notice. :P Anyway, I've already developed quite a list of 2008 releases I'm looking forward to and for some unknown reason, I've been downloading almost every leak I've been able to find, even of artists I have never listened to previously. Hmm. I guess I just want to outdo my "up-to-date-ness" in 2007 with even more in 2008. It's yet to be seen how that actually works out as of all of those leaks I've downloaded, I've only listened to one or two completely so far. Anyway, onto the actual music! Some of these songs aren't 100% confirmed as being on their singers' upcoming albums but I tried to pick ones that were pretty likely. Also, I'm bound to only the music I have on hand as I don't want to be searching around for crappy live versions for ages, so this isn't nearly representative of everything I'm excited about. (You can see more of those after the downloads, but even that's most likely not close to a complete list.)


Oct. 31st, 2007 11:38 am
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Happy Halloween! I was going to make an entire 80-minute mix of Halloween-esque songs but I didn't think of the idea until yesterday and realized that it probably wouldn't be very good if I tried to compile it in such a hurry. So, instead, here are ten songs that sort of evoke a Halloween-y feeling. They aren't really directly related; most of them just give off a creepy/scary/haunting vibe lyrically and/or musically and then there's a few that mention appropriate things like ghosts, coffins, dead people, etc. I don't know many actual Halloween songs and I guess it's better to go with songs you can actually enjoy year-round anyway! Here they are...

We are the living dead, yeah, the living dead! )
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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. )
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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 liked using a mixtape method so much last time that I think I'm going to continue using it for each of my future themed posts. It forces me to be choosy in my selection and seems more thoughtful and cohesive than simply a random group of songs. With my last one, I actually struggled to fill up an entire 80 minutes but it was the opposite with this mix. Because of the broad theme - songs featuring handclaps - there was a much larger selection of songs to choose from which meant I had to make quite a few painful cuts, especially in the final stages, when I would suddenly find a new song to fit in and had to trade another one for it or when I had to take out or replace some songs for the greater good of the overall sound. I tried to focus more on making all of the songs fit together musically than just choosing a bunch of my favorites, so for many of the artists included, the song I picked isn't necessarily my very favorite of their handclap-featuring songs but works better with all of the others. I specifically wanted to make this mix more upbeat and fun so there are only a few slower songs. Also, this compilation has a shocking amount of male vocals for my usual tastes - okay, it's still not a lot by normal standards, but it's a lot considering that I almost exclusively listen to females. Anyway, here are 22 lovely songs that will hopefully put a smile on your face and make you want to get up and dance. Same as last time, you can either download single tracks below the cut or download the whole mix, whichever works better for you.

It's such a crazy kick-ass beat. )

Download entire mix (70 MB)

P.S. Does anyone know any good songs with any kind of group vocals in them? I did a post with some awhile ago but I want to revisit and expand on the theme and I'm running a bit short on songs. If you can think of any (and not ones that totally don't match with my music taste at all), let me know!
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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... )
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