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The Pen, The Page, The Paper
|Recommendations - 06.08.08
|Here are some extra sound highlights from my week. You see me, scurrying on over to work to serve coffee to the man? Well here's what's been helping me through. Check it.|
The Second Sunrise
All Get Out
Oh, The Story!
Uhh Yeah Dude
NPR's All Songs Considered & Their Guest DJ Sets
BLOG: (besides this one, of course)
Mental Floss Blog
I had a nice phone conversation with Mel from All Get Out this week, and you can expect to see much more of this band in the coming months on AP.net. Oh! Haven't listened? Well give my rec a whirl then, don't just sit there! Start with the song "Water and God" - this song is a fusion of Manchester Orchestra and The Format. You might just really enjoy it.
I'd love to be in Philly tonight, seeing You Me and Everyone We Know. I hear Bianca will be there, and Dennis is playing with You Me. Double merhh. Guess I'll be going to work now. Maybe you can boost my spirits by following my twitter? I'll post surly updates from behind the espresso bar.
|Tags: recommendations, music, podcast, blog
|Recommendations - 03.16.08 (aka Juice Box Week)
|It's spring break, so let me get a little wild. |
Rye Rye - Baltimore's club darling, and a M.I.A. protege. Katherine and I headed to the MSTRKRFT show this past Wednesday at The Ottobar, and as a nice little bonus, Rye Rye teased the crowd with a measly four songs, four songs that had me smitten.
Matt & Kim - A simple but charming Brooklyn dance punk duo. Is it weird that I'm wishing I lived in Alaska? Listen to "Yea Yeah".
The Helio Sequence - The new album, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, off of Sub Pop. My copy came in the mail today, and I'm pumped to get it rolling in the car as I speed away my youth. Seems like a fitting soundtrack.
Next week is officially Juice Box week. Expect documentation and possibly t-shirts.
|Tags: juice box week, rye rye, matt & kim, the helio sequence, recommendations
|Recommendations - 03.09.08
|What have I been listening to, and what am I dissecting this week? Explore with me.|
1. A Love Like Pi - A NJ unsigned band with an indie electronica hybrid that's been sticking with me for days, especially the song "Innocent Man".
2. Bear Hands - An experimental indie Brooklyn number hearty with post-punk and Sonic Youth guitar textures. Reminds me a lot of Ra Ra Riot, which can only be a great thing.
3. In Bruges - Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell play two hit men, sent to Bruges to hide out after a job goes horribly wrong. It involves lots of midgets, blood, little boys, psychological and mental realizations and overcomings, and it's a whole lot more significantly impacting then you would think.
4. Rehashing your old Death Cab disco. Lately, I've been bringing in Transatlanticism and remembering exactly when and where I heard the album for the first time. A junior in high school, my mom and I took a random college-visiting trip to SUNY Stonybrook (one of the saddest campuses I've even seen ... sorry if you like it there, or something). We rode the train out from Manhattan, and it was just me and Death Cab and blurred lines of leaves and passing trees.
Earlier, I was watching an over-wrought Jennifer Aniston. She was convinced The Graduate (the movie, not the band) was derived from her family's own tales. Rumor Has It, I believe the movie was called. The flick was pregnant with master realizations, the kind that were wholly unbelievable. Instead of getting mad, I thought, Do I have any of those? Any of those moments where things become clear? A full moment of comprehension? And they stay that way, even if I don't spend every moment from that point consciously reacting in their presence. A Transatlanticism train ride qualifies. Definitely, definitely qualifies.
On a basic level, I realized how much I loved Death Cab. On a slightly more significant level, I realized how much I loved Transatlanticism and how full albums can be mystic rides and graceful woos. Maybe a little bit more significant, I learned that connecting to a musician or band went farther than lyrical content or general upkeep. It was also about the instrumentals - how the electronics engulf and echo, how the guitars sound, how the layers uphold, how the percussion bounces, how the transitions move and sequence ... all of that was part of a bigger picture. If the bigger picture is really good - like it was on the train that morning - then the music is coherent and inherent to the tones and texture of the scene around you, which is why I can still see the neighborhoods Mom and I pass by and the fabric of our passenger seats.
So I guess to answer my question, those moments do exist outside the movies.
|Tags: recs, recommendations, bear hands, a love like pi, in burges, death cab for cutie
|Guest Recommendations (Michael from TWLOHA) - 02.10.08
|Today, Michael from To Write Love On Her Arms has some dear suggestions for you. Look below and then tell him what you think. And then go listen to my perma-rec, All Get Out. I think they are the bestest, and I will rec them 'til I'm blue in the face.|
There For Tomorrow - I went and saw these guys again at their hometown show in Orlando and to say the least, they have big things in front of them. Catchy, Edgy, Rock music that treads the waters swam by Saosin, Anberlin and Paramore. While it's not anything you can't claim you've heard before, it's definitely something I haven't found done better by a band this young and fresh.
Tofer Brown - I can't believe I don't get to catch his most recent tour with Barcelona. This Belmont-alum has been spreading his Indie/Folk/Pop tunes from coast to coast. Bright guitars, brilliant string arrangements, and addicting vocal melodies will stick with you long after you press pause on his self-titled five-song EP.
Brightwood - This band has sported the headline "New Record Coming Soon..." for longer than I can remember. In my opinion, they have long stood as one of the best unsigned bands, and my favorite to ever come out of Portland, OR. Their self-produced/engineered EP The Love Antidote was at the top of my 'Best Of's' for 2006, and hasn't left my regular rotation since then. I've been supplementing myself on casual listens on their myspace of their new song, "Wake." Think the beauty of Copeland meets the tone and consistency of Jimmy Eat World. Actually, don't think anything...just give it a listen.
|Tags: recommendations, guest recommendations, twloha, all get out