Tuesday, October 2, 2007

September Edition

1. A Place to Bury Strangers - I Know I'll See You
I'm amazed, and happy to hear, that there are so many bands keeping this sound alive. It's Jesus and Mary Chain mixed with early My Bloody Valentine, sprinkled with a little bit of The Cure and Joy Division/early New Order. This band is getting a lot of attention lately and it's deserved. It's reminds me of the time when I saw the Pixies open up for the Jesus and Mary Chain back in October of '88. Boy am I getting old. Buy this album.

2. Ash - Ritual
I didn't like the last couple of albums because there was one good song and a bunch of filler. This album is actually very good. I wasn't expecting much when I listened to it, but it really surprised me. Ash is back! Pick this album up.

3. Astrobrite - Kisspeach
I hope the rumors are true about a new My Bloody Valentine album sometime in the next couple of years. In the meantime, I have to settle with the new crop of shoegazer bands that take their sound and add nothing to it. I like this song for it's soothing effect. Kevin Shields should market one of those "Soothing Sounds of Nature" cds and produce a "Soothing Sounds of Shoegaze." Buy this album if you want to hear more of the same. It's pretty good but I'd rather listen to MBV.

4. Bella - Camelot
A fun little song. There are a couple of good songs on this album.

5. Björk - Vertabrae By Vertabrae
The brass really compliments her voice.

6. Black Lips - Bad Kids
The only good song on the album.

7. Cherry Ghost - Alfred The Great
It's not a bad song.

8. Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble - Amnesiac / Morning Bell
In 2005 Chris Funk and his family moved into their new home in the historic Mississippi neighborhood in Portland, OR. He would play various instruments on his porch during hot summer night which caught the attention of his neighbors. He soon found out there was in fact an unusual amount of musical activity on his block and that he was surrounded by closet folksmen and recovering band geeks. He soon invited his neighbors in for weekly living room hootnannys. This recording documents those times in an array of cover songs and origional “jams” written in a haze fueled by fellowship, libations and other unmentionables.

9. Fourth of July - Purple Heart
This is not my favorite songs of the month but it'll do.

10. Josh Rouse - Nice To Fit In
I like the song. I don't like the album.

11. Kevin Drew - Aging Faces Losing Places
It's just another Broken Social Scene album to me. I guess Kevin want more attention since everyone talks about Fiest and Emily Haines. Who is the female vocal?

12. Laura Gibson - Come By Storm
Laura weaves her voice delicately through the arpeggios of the guitar beautifully. This is off a compilation cd and it's too bad that this song was left off her album.

13. Rilo Kiley - Breakin' Up
I'm still deciding if I like this album. This is the best song on the album.

14. Taken By Trees - Open Field
I don't enjoy instrumentals but this is so sweet.

15. Tegan and Sara - The Con
I only like 2 songs off this album, I was hoping for more. Skip this album.

16. The Apples In Stereo - Sunday Sounds
I was wrong about this album. There is enough good songs for me to recommend it. Buy it!

17. The Fiery Furnaces - Uncle Charlie
There are only a handful of songs I like from this group (meaning 3). I keep giving them chances to impress me and they fail every time. I do like this song, however, from their new album. It would be better if the vocal was taken out in one section. Skip this album.

18. The Jena Campaign - Wyoming
Shame on you if you haven't bought this album.

19. The Polyphonic Spree - Section 22 [Running Away]
It reminds me of Blondie when the vocal starts. The song is ok.

20. The Stereotypes - Butterflies
The only good song from this album. Don't bother.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Channel 1 - August Edition

Alsace Lorraine - Stormy Sky (Skate Or Die)
Ash - Princess Six
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Doctor Blind
Fourth of July - Killer Bees
Lucky Soul - Struck Dumb
Maria Taylor - Clean Getaway
Marissa Nadler (Feat. Black Hole Infinity) - No Surprises
Miracle Fortress - Have You Seen In Your Dreams
Sea Wolf - The Garden That You Planted
Shout Out Louds - Ill Wills
Straylight Run - This is the End
Taken By Trees - Hours Pass Like Centuries
The Clientele - Winter On Victoria Street
The Concretes - Oh No
The High Strung - So Dry
The Indelicates - Unity Mitford (Live In Innsbruck)
The Jena Campaign - A Born Again Christian Upon Reading The Da Vinci Code
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy
Hannah Fury - Where the Wounds Are
Mirah and Spectratone International - Community

Channel 3 - Videos - August Edition

St. Vincent

1. The Wedding Present - Brassneck
2. Ash - Goldfinger (Live)
3. Maria Taylor - Song Beneath the Song
4. Marissa Nadler - Diamond Hearts (Live @ Lou's)
5. St. Vincent - These Days (Nico cover -DUMBO Session)
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy
7. Mirah and Spectratone International - Credo Cigalia
8. Aislers Set - Mission Bells (Live -Caledonian Backpack. Edinburgh)
9. Clem Snide - Beautiful (live)
10. Mazzy Star-Halah

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Channel 2 - August Edition

Camera Obscura
1. Aislers Set - One Half Laughing
2. Andrew Bird - Banking On A Myth
3. Architecture In Helsinki - The Owls Go
4. Bmx Bandits - Retitled
5. Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit (Fiest's vocal version)
6. Clem Snide - Bread
7. Heikki - Smiling Liar
8. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Around My Smile
9. Nina Nastasia - All Your Life
10. R.E.M. - Gardening at Night
11. Superdrag - Bloody Hell
12. T.Rex - Hot Love
13. Camera Obscura - San Francisco Song
14. Teenage Fanclub - God Knows It's True
15. The Breeders - Doe
16. The Detroit Cobras - Shout Bama Lama
17. The Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait
18. The Smiths - Jeane
19. Travis - Reason
20. Wedding Present - Nobody's Twisting Your Arm

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Assorted Videos - July Edition

Some videos that I've found on YouTube to eat up your precious time. It's a compliment to the music that I've featured this month.

1. The Concretes - Chosen One
2. Taken By Trees - Lost and Found
3. Taken By Trees - Tell Me [live] Nyhetsmorgon 2007
4. Lavender Diamond - Open Your Heart
5. Emily Haines - Dr.Blind
6. Lucky Soul - Lips Are Unhappy
7. Broadcast - Come On Let's Go
8. Broadcast - Black Cat
9. Ivy - Lucy Doesnt Love You?
10. Superdrag - Ambulance Driver (live for RollingStone Online)
11. Superdrag - Slot Machine / Phaser (live)
12. Martha Wainwright - When The Day Is Short
13. Martha Wainwright - Factory (live)
14. Mates of State - Fraud in the 80's
15. Mates of State - Beautiful Dreamer
16. My Morning Jacket - Lowdown (Live 6/3/03)
17. Vicki Bennett Day 6 Lovebytes 2007
18. Vicki Bennett - We Edit Life (2002) (Video Collage)
19. Tegan and Sara - You wouldn't like me (Live)
20. The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Channel 2 - July Edition

1. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Redemption Song
2. Broadcast - Goodbye Girls
3. Cat Power - Half Of You
4. Imitation Electric Piano - Relatively Good Times
5. Ivy - Lucy Doesn't Love You
6. John Davis - Me & My Girl (demo)
7. Majestic - Come Out And Play
8. Mates Of State - Fraud in the 80's
9. My Morning Jacket - Heartbreakin Man
10. People like us - Swinglargo
11. Silversun Pickups - Future Foe Scenarios
12. Suburban Kids with Biblical Names - Seems to Be on My Mind
13. Tegan And Sara - You Went Away
14. The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me
15. The Strokes - Trying Your Luck (Live In LA - Village Sessions)
16. Thistle - Love Not Dead
17. Tyrades - Let Down
18. Wilco - Kamera
19. Pipas - Book Launch
20. Martha Wainwright - When The Day Is Short (live on Mark Radcliffe)

Channel 1 - July Edition

Rosie Thomas

1. Blair - Half Moon
2. Celestial - Lake Como
3. Cherry Ghost - Here Come The Romans
4. Coconut Records - This Old Machine
5. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Bottom Of The World
6. Feist - The Park
7. Hem - The Part Where You Let Go
8. Lucky Soul - Ain't Never Been Cool
9. Rosie Thomas - Say Hello
10. Rufus Wainwright - Going To A Town
11. Southerly - Pistols In Paradise
12. Straylight Run - The Miracle that Never Came
13. Taken By Trees - Lost And Found
14. The Bicycles - I Will Appear for You
15. The Broken West - Shiftee
16. The Concretes - Oh Boy
17. The Jena Campaign - Our Weekend In Kansas
18. The Shimmys - Gotta Guy
19. The Snake The Cross The Crown - Gypsy Melodies
20. The White Stripes - Rag & Bone

Thursday, June 7, 2007

June's Playlist on Channel 2

Tilly And The Wall

1. Cerys Matthews - Blue Light Alarm
I love songs with bells, soft vocals, rising crescendos, and choral singing....hey this one has them all. Sweet!
2. Damien Rice - The Animals Were GoneHe's so depressing but I love it.
3. Depeche Mode - (Set Me Free) Remotivate MeA blast from the past. One of my girlfriends put this one on a mix-tape...ah memories. It brings me back to my high school years. It still hold up.
4. Erase Errata - Another Genius Idea From Our GovernmentGreat sound but not enough to recommend this album.
5. Imitation Electric Piano - Energy Is BeautifulI like this album. If you like this song. Buy the album.
6. Koop - Come To MeThe other song I like from this band. It has a cool retro sound. Remember most of the sounds are samples.
7. Love Is All - Turn The Radio OffOne of the best albums of 2006. It was in my top 5.
8. M Ward - Beautiful CarThere is always a gem on every one of his albums. I absolutely love his vocal style and his wonderful guitar sound.
9. Maria Taylor - Birmingham 1982Since I'm diggin' her latest album, I can't forget this and other gems from her other album.
10. Mazarin - For Energy InfiniteMy friend told me that this was in a Puma commercial. I never saw it but they picked a great song. This is what I saw on their website recently. "Mazarin is presently undergoing a transformation from it's former self... a transformation of name and direction. Details coming soon..." Interesting.
11. Of Montreal - Keep Sending Me Black FireworksThis is a great song, and it was a bonus track. This should have made a video for this song.
12. Piers Faccini - Walk Over To YouI have a thing with songs like these lately. I hope you do too.
13. Point Juncture, WA - Cardboard BoxI loved this song the instant I heard it. Do I like it better because the singer is playing drums? Bells!!
14. Quantic - Meet Me At The Pomegranate TreeI like the drum and bass sound but I haven't heard anything that I would like to hear again. This sound has a great soundscape so it's a keeper!
15. Rifles - Local BoyIt has a good melody. This is the only song I like from them.
16. Sean Lennon - TomorrowAnother good song from his last album.
17. The Concretes - SunbeamsA good way to start the summer.
18. The Pipettes - Pull ShapesOk, I admit it. I like this song. I know you do too.
19. Tilly And The Wall - Fell Down The Stairs2004's best album, in my opinion.
20. Neil Young - Only Love Can Break Your HeartWhat a classic!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

June's Playlist on Channel 1

20 songs
Arctic Monkeys - If You Found This It's Probably Too LateThis is the other song I like from this group and it's not even on the album. It's a track off of the Brainstorm single. I wanted to like the album after I heard the Brainstorm single, but it was mediocre.

Celestial -Dream On
Celestial is comprised of one person, Andreas Hagman from Sweden. He gets help on the album from his friends. This album could have easily been released in the early 90's along with the likes of Ride, Boo Radleys, Pale Saints, and other bands influenced by My Bloody Valentine. It's nothing new but it's still good to hear new songs of this style. I recommend this album if you like this song.
Dora Flood - Humble High
Dreamy vocals carry this catchy tune until it takes a weird turn for the worse. I like the first part of the song.

Feist - Sealion
I'm confused why the difference in titles. Nina Simone's version is called is
See Line Women and I've seen Feist's version written Sea Lion Women in different places. Anyway, I think this is the best song on a really good album. Buy it! She is truly an artist that does not shy away from trying something different. That is why I love her!

Fields - Skulls And Flesh And MoreIt's a very commercial sounding song that would do well if it received airplay.
Buy this album if you like this song.

Hey Hey My My - Belle & JulianIt's a good melodic song but it lacks that special punch. The cheesy-wavy guitar solo didn't do it. Don't buy the album.

Illinois - What Can I Do For YouI found another song from this album. It's still not enough to recommend the album. They have a good sound, I hope they get better on their next album.

Last Days Of April - MelbourneThe second song that I like from this album. I haven't heard their previous albums but I will definitely try to listen to them.

Lucky Soul - Lips Are Unhappy
...Ice cream sweet, but, like Saint Etienne or The Concretes, they lace it with ground shards of bleak heartbreak and sharp lyrics that'll have your heart bleeding... NME April 2007. This is such a cute song. A little too many "Shake, Shimmy Shimmys" but that's ok. Buy this album if you like this song.

Palomar - Our Haunt
"This Brooklyn quartet has been quietly making some of the most consistently wonderful indie pop around.... These three ladies and one dude have made one hoot of an album, jam packed with memorable melodies and tasty hooks that will leave you craving more."- The Tripwire

I do like a couple of songs from this album, but not enough to recommend it.

Peter Bjorn And John - 100m Of Hurdles
This song has that "Elvis Costello and the Attractions" sound. I think they make it their own and the melody is good.

Pauly Paulusma - The Woods
Her last name is pronounced "Palls-ma." She hails from the UK and this is her second album. I only like the mellow songs on this album. There is something special in the way she sings that compliments the darker mood of this song. You can listen to the entire album at her site. Take a listen.

Polytechnic - PepThe debut album from a five piece band from Manchester. You immediately know where this song's melody is going but you go along with it because it's a fun song. This is the best song on the album.

Ponoka - September
Ponoka is also the place where singer/songwriter Rick de Gier grew up. Hindsight’ is a fresh indie record that mixes typical singer/songwriter elements and laid-back lo-fi with unpolished rock and poppy electronics, seasoned with intimate lyrics. There are about 2 good songs on this album, not enough to recommend it.

Rufus Wainwright - Release The StarsI love Rufus! I wish that I could sing like him.

The Bicycles - Two Girls From Montreal
This Toronto quintet has the bubblegum sound nailed, but there is also a spiky D.I.Y. quality to their music that connects them to like-minded acts such as the Apples in Stereo or Of Montreal. inmusic.com There is a part that sounds like Fleetwood Mac, see if you can find it.

The Broken West - So It Goes Great song. Have I convinced you yet? You should have this album.

The Eames Era - Both Hands Full The second (and last) good song on this album. I need more! Maybe next time.

The Vinyl Skyway - Kitchen
Another good song from this album. Buy it!

Tom McRae - Sound of the City
Influenced by contemporaries that include Bruce Springsteen, Nick Drake, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Jeff Buckley, ‘King Of Cards’ is Tom’s most accessible work to date and follows two sold-out fanclub shows at
London’s Cargo – his first of 2007, and the first to preview the new album. This follows the blueprint for a perfect song. It's got everything in the right place and he executes the song flawlessly. This is the only good song on the album.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

May's Playlist on Channel 2 Pt. 2

Piers Faccini - The Taste Of Tears
A very nice song. I wished the album was better, but of course, this was the only good song.
Sean Lennon - Parachute
I was really surprised about this album. I loved it! It should be good because I think it took him 6 years to make it. Papa Lennon would be proud.
Tall Pony - I'm Your Boyfriend Now (live at BBC Maida Vale)
This song is hilarious! Take notes, girls. "We will talk about war!" I love that line. Thanks to Mostyn for this one. The actual single is horrible. It sounds really cheezy and electronic. This live version really emphasizes the creepiness and the humor of the song.
The Amphetameanies - This Boy
I haven't heard a good new ska song for a long while. Now I have.
The Bicycles - Gotta Get Out
Another band from Canada. Aren't they all lately? The song is cute and will get stuck in your head. I like 5 songs on this debut album. If you like this song, I recommend this album.
The Fiery Furnaces - Benton Harbor Blues
I like 3 songs from this band and this is one of them.
The Good, The Bad & The Queen - History Song
Damon's other band. The best song from this album. Don't believe the hype. Mediocre.
The Maybellines - Quietly
A cute song from a cute band. The only song I like from this band.
The Perishers - Pills (Featuring Sarah McLachlan)
I prefer the original version of this great song but I figured people would get a kick out of Sarah's guest vocal on this live version.
The Tellers - Second Category
I thought this was sung by a girl. I was wrong. This is the best song from this album.
Tom Waits - Never Let Go
Every now and then Tom Waits comes out with a great song. This is one of them. This album
has a bunch of good songs but you have to weed through this 54 song collection.

Monday, May 14, 2007

May's Playlist on Channel 2 Pt. 1

Cerys Matthews - Open Roads
I like the chorus. I woudn't be surprised if this is on the O.C. soundtrack. I just checked. It's not, but I bet you a billion dollars it will be.
Erase Errata - Cruising
Great sound from an all girl trio. I like a couple of songs off of this album.
Hotel Lights - Anatole
This is Darren Jessee's band, the drummer from Ben Folds Five. This is the best song on the album. Skip this album.
Imitation Electric Piano - What We Do We Do

I thought this was Stereolab when I heard it. When I learned more about this band I found out that some members of Stereolab are in the band. There a couple of good songs on this album.
Jeff Alexander - Come Wander With Me
This is from the "Late Night Tales" series of compilations by current bands. This one happens to be from the band "Air." It was also from the "Brown Bunny" soundtrack, so that's probably where they heard it. The song is actually from a "The Twilight Zone" episode of the same name in 1964. I'm a sucker for songs like these.
Kathryn Williams - Sandy L
A beautiful song. Go out and buy this album.
Koop - Koop Islands Blues
The singer does her best Billie Holiday impression. The interesting thing about this band is that the majority of the music is based on samples. Koop, themselves, play piano/accordion (Oscar), sampler (Magnus), and wear dresses.
Laura Gibson - This Is Not The End
Another delicate song with a gentle vocal. I can't have enough of them. The above picture is Laura. I think this is the only good song on the album.
Little Barrie - Yeah We Know You
The guitar work is wonderful. A good summer song. Sadly, the only good song from this album.
Little Birdy - Hollywood
I loved the last album. This album was a big disapointment. The songs on this album didn't have the magic I heard on the last album. This was the only song that I liked.
Loney, Dear - Hold Me
I love the steady, rising, movement of the melody. It starts with the main vocal, then the sparse piano and organ, and then the addition of a choral vocal. Then it slowly goes away.
Mando Diao - Welcome Home Luc Robitaille
It's a decent song.

Friday, May 11, 2007

May's Playlist on Channel 1 Pt. 2

12. Maria Taylor - Smile And Wave
Another wonderful song from her new album "Lynn Teeter Flower"
13. Moss - Me For You
A solid debut album of catchy tunes from a great new band.
14. Norah Jones - Little Moon
I just love her soulful voice.
15. Rubik - Bill Withers
An new Finnish indie band (following in the footsteps of Radiohead). This is the only song I like from their debut album. I love the driving melody but the lead singer's voice is too thin at times for this song.
16. Schwarz - Spit
The catchy guitar riff gets you hooked from the beginning and a couple of variations keep you entertained enough to the song's end. The other songs on the album, however, are not this interesting.
17. Shade - Forever
The only decent song on their second album. I have to check out their debut album because this band has potential.
18. The Apples In Stereo - 7 Stars
I had to re-evaluate my opinion of this album. I'm liking it now. Grab a copy of this album if you havent already. The distorted vocal on the chorus makes the song for me but the other vocal treatment really makes me sick.
19. The Broken West - You Can Build an Island
Another great debut album! This band from California have created an album of instant classics that would make any fan of melodic pop satisfied.
20. The Comas - New Wolf
It's a great song because it doesn't waste any time leading you to the catchy chorus.
21. The Eames Era - Last To Know
Just a fun song that will have you thinking happy thoughts.
22. The Sails - Let's Get Started
I was hoping to have hear more songs like this on their album. Sadly, this one was the only one. There is a part in the song that, to me, seems to be lifted from a Chris Bell song. The song rocks regardless.
23. Winterpills - June Eyes
A relaxing song. Nothing fancy.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

May's Playlist on Channel 1 Pt. 1

Here are the songs playing on Channel 1
23 songs this month!
1. Arctic Monkeys - Brainstorm
I didn't understand the hype around this band last year. I still don't, but this song is a breath of fresh air. Look for the copycats to arrive soon.
2. Blonde Redhead - 23
I really loved the last album. This album doesn't do it for me. I like a couple of tracks, this being my favorite, on the album. People say it's their most accessible effort. I was really looking forward to this album, oh well. It sounds like a rehash of their previous material.
3. Coconut Records - Summer Day
A good song to relax on your deck while you sip on some iced tea. The only song I like from this group. I just found out that this song is also on the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. Weird.
4. Dinosaur Jr - Been There All The Time
I was never a fan of their music. However, I kinda like this song.
5.Fields - If You Fail We All Fail
I like this song even if it reminds me of the Broken Social Scene.
6. Illinois - Screendoor
Another great song clocking in a little over 2 min. The only song I like from this band.
7. Julie Doiron - I Left Town
I love her wavering voice. Another good song from her latest album.
8. Julius Airwave - Broken Bells
A definite toe tapper! Woo wooo.
9. Klaxons - Atlantis To Interzone
This song would sound much better without the sirens and that repetitive noise. It's still a good song nevertheless. The only song I like from this band.
10. Last Days Of April - Hanging High
A good song but it lacks that extra punch to make it a great song. I like another song from this album which has a similar feel.
11. Lucky Soul - One Kiss Don't Make A Summer
I can't stop listening to this song this week. I will explain in another entry. The picture above is Ali Howard, the lead singer of this band.

Monday, May 7, 2007

What's playing on Channel 5?

Just a collection of videos from YouTube (of course) that I think you should watch.
Advance to the number to see the video.

1. Rufus Wainwright - Going to a town

Great new video for a fantastic song. It's a candidate for my best song of the month.
2. Feist - 1 2 3 4
I didn't like the song at first, but I loved the video at first sight.
3. Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
Booty shakin' + an awesome song...what else can be better??
4. Klaxons - Atlantis to Interzone
I love this video, it's cheaply made and it's different. It captures the energy of this song.
5. Tilly and the Wall - Sings Songs Along
Like the title of their 2004 album, "Wild like Children." The second video for this song has the band dressed as zombies.
6. Tilly and the Wall - Reckless
I just love this song when it came out. There is a common theme in their videos, they are always running.
7. The Go! Team - Junior Kickstart
Best Video of the Year. My daughter loves this video!
8. Smog - Rock Bottom Riser
A beautiful video. Mesmorizing.
9. Peter, Bjorn and John - Young Folks
The freckled kid playing the bongos cracks me up every time.
10. The Black Keys - Your Touch
Senseless violence. I love it.
11. Piers Faccini - The Taste of Tears
Nothing special. If you like the song, here is the video for it.
12. The Broken West- So It Goes (Live at LG)
A live version.
13. Psapp - Hi
Interesting video for this song. One of my favorite songs from last year.
14. El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (You gotta give to get)
A cute video. The melody will get stuck in your head. Beware!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Bands cover "The Smiths" Part 1

The Cover
Grant Lee Phillips - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Grant is from the band Grant Lee Buffalo (if you didn't know that already). He released an album last year full of covers from the 80's of bands that influenced him in his career aptly called "Nineteeneighties. I liked the selection of songs he chose but his execution of the songs made me yawn. When I hear a cover, I'm looking for something new or something accentuated. The songs sounded the same to me except this cover. He stripped the song down and focused on it's tender melody. I wished he would have given the flute more volume and stayed away from synthesizers for the strings. The guitar arpeggios drive the melody delicately through the song beautifully. I'm glad he didn't recreate the long 2 min intro that the original had. I really liked this version.

The Original
The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
from the "Strangeways, Here We Come" album in 1987. Wow, that long ago. 20 yrs ago. I remember listening to this album in high school. I can see distinct images in my brain from that time flashing back to my consciousness while I listen to this song. It's been a while since I've actually listened to this album. I loved the Smiths at the time (and I still do now) which is why I was bummed when I found out that this was their last album.

Listen above in Channel 4!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

New Music Internet Mixtape for April

Here is a quick mix of songs I've been listening recently. I plan to create themed mixes (all cover songs, seasonal, etc..). Do you any suggestions?? Enjoy. Tell me what you like or don't like.

Kathryn Williams-Stevie
I like her last album. This album doesn't disappoint. There are a handful of good songs on this album. I love her voice.
Of Montreal-Suffer For Fashion
The only song I like from the new album. Not the best song but it has a good sound to it.
Ooberman-Too Many Memories (live on Mark Radcliffe)
Thanks to Mostyn for posting this. I love the way her voice is so fragile. It almost sounds like she is singing this song alone in her room. It moves me.
Paula Kelley-Vapour Trail (Ride)
I found this on a Shoegazer cover album. This was the best song. All the others sounded exactly like the original songs. The female vocal makes the song.
Peter Bjorn and John-Young Folks (Punks Jump Up Special Disco Mix)
I like the original version better than this one but you've probably heard it already. I just heard it on a commercial. They have a handful of good songs dating back to previous albums, but not a band to go crazy over. This is as good as it gets. Get up and dance!
Thanks to Mostyn for this one. It follows the blueprint for a good song.
The Concretes-Chosen One
One of my top 5 favorite songs of 2006. Perfect song! The singer, Victoria Bergsman, left the band after this album. She sings on the "Young Ones" song by Peter Bjorn and John.
The Fratellis-Chelsea Dagger
The only song I like from this band. You've heard their song "Flathead" on those iPod commercials. The chorus is fun to sing along to.
The Orchids-Good To Be A Stranger
A staple of the Sarah records label back in the day. They got back together and recorded a new album. This is the title track.
The View-Wasted Little DJs
The only I like from this band. They are getting some buzz so you might here more about them.
Super Mario Bros-Select Your Character
Get up and dance!
The Apples in Stereo-Sunndal Song
Great song. I don't like the vocoder vocal treatment near the end. Elijah "Frodo" Wood, wanted the Apples to be the first release on his new Yep Roc-distributed label, Simian. There are only two good songs on this album.
Tilly and the Wall-Sing Songs Along
The best song from this album. The album was one of the biggest disappointments of 2006. After 2004's great album "Wild Like Children" I was expecting more. This song retains the spirit of "Wild like Children." No drums, just tap dancing.
Stuck In The Sound-You Ain'T For Me
I love this song. Beware, there is cursing in this song. I'm not a fan of that but I like it in this song. The piano ending that takes away from the momentum of the song.
Maria Taylor-Small Part Of Me
This is my favorite artist for the past month. The album is great!
Marissa Nadler-Sylvia (Maida Vale, 24 May 06)
My favorite artist of 2006. I was mesmerized when I first heard her voice. She sings and plays the guitar beautifully!
Softlightes-Black Skinheads In White Pants
The best song on the album and it's the shortest. Go figure?
Loney, Dear-Saturday Waits
This song has a good feelgood vibe to it. Read my review of this band in my blog below.
Julie Doiron-Dark Horse
I love her voice. The song is great. I liked a song from her last album. This album has a couple of good songs. She used to play bass in the band "Eric's Trip" in the 90's.