>> Thursday, April 29, 2010
>> Wednesday, April 28, 2010
First Aid Kit is a duo of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderburg, aged 19 and 16 respectively. First off, thats impressive. Talent and youth will always get my attention. But this is more than just that. I got the album, because its often described on websites as indie-folk, and I love me some indie-folk,so I picked it up to see if it sticks. Now, it has been in my ipod and on my computer for weeks, but I did not even give it a cursory glance, until I did. And they stopped me in my damn tracks. This shit is special. This shit is powerful. Their harmonies are years beyond most groups with ten years on them. I have included three tracks below, 2 of whiche were filmed live and acoustic in the woods outside their home in Sweden. I really hope you take the time and enjoy it.
The first track is the first song I fell in love with by them. It is not off their 2010 release, but rather their 2008 EP. that would have made them 17 and 14. Even crazier.
>> Tuesday, April 27, 2010
>> Monday, April 26, 2010
This is one of my favorite videos in a while (thanks Kyle) and I'm so excited to see them on Thursday live on the Colbert show - this is a not to be missed video!
>> Sunday, April 25, 2010
1. Eels (Novocaine for the Soul)
2. Elastica (Connection)
3. Everclear (Santa Monica- live at Woodstock '99)
4. Eminem (Stan)
5. Missy Elliot (The Rain Supa Dupa Fly)
6. Eagle Eye Cherry (Save Tonight)
7. En Vogue (Don't Let Go)
8. Eve 6 (Inside Out)
9. Eazy E (Boyz in Da Hood)
10. Eurythmics (Sweet Dreams)
>> Saturday, April 24, 2010
Surfer Blood - "Astro Coast" Purchased today. I texted KGB and asked, "What is the best album of the year so far?" and Surfer Blood was what they told me, so I buy.
>> Friday, April 23, 2010
You know what I forgot? The Gin Blossoms don't suck.
>> Thursday, April 22, 2010
>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010
>> Monday, April 19, 2010
>> Sunday, April 18, 2010
So, I picked up an album yesterday, because I like the name of the (one person) band. I had no other reason to get it, but sometimes we tumble into happy accidents. The Tallest Man on Earth is just one of those accidents. For one of the first times, I agree with pitchfork.com on their review of this record.
As it stands, as of 4/18/2010, this is one of the best records of the year. Top spot possible, top three probable.
This video that I am posting, is not songs from his new album, as it was just released this last Tuesday, but its a good example of what this guy does. I want to avoid the Bob Dylan connection that you will surely hear, but, it is unavoidable, but as I have told a few people while talking about this record, sometimes, while trying to emulate your heroes, you fail and stumble into yourself....
I also urge you to look below the video where I have placed a playlist with the most recent release "The Wild Hunt"
This clip is 3 songs long, its from NPR.ORG's Tiny Desk Series.
"I Won't Be Found," "The Gardener" & "Pistol Dreams" By The Tallest Man On Earth
>> Saturday, April 17, 2010
Undoubtedly you know Kaki King but I am still awed everytime I see what she can do with a guitar. I mean she's not even holding the guitar in her arms for some of these shots. Just thought it was something that needed to be shared...
So Addi wrote this list of fictional characters he would date if only they weren't, well, made up. Fictional characters make great prospective love interests because they are always "first date" ready. What do I mean by this? No matter what kind of person they are- the wounded bad boy, the thoughtful geek, the clever jokester- they always no what to say, how to make it up to you, and always have the perfect thing to say (thanks jewish writers!) So below is my fictional male character date wish list.
1. Logan Echolls in Veronica Mars (Jason Dohring) : Wounded, sexy, and oh so bad boy in all the right ways. The back and forth love affair of Veronica and Logan is one of my favorite all time love stories on tv and I'd be happy to step in any time.
2. Bobby Keller in Dream a Little Dream (Corey Feldman): Yup, Corey Feldman. This is my all time favorite movie and Bobby Keller is that great mix of cool and deep that just gets me.
3. Drew Baylor in Elizabethtown (Orlando Bloom)
4. Bobby Newman in tv show My Boys (Kyle Howard): Classic good-guy with that totally adorable hair. This guy makes me fall head over heels. Plus his name is Kyle. I had the hardest time finding a video of My Boys so I'm linking here a video of Kyle Howard on CNN. Just seeing his face should be enough for you to understand why!
5. Sebastian Valmont in Cruel Intentions (Ryan Phillipe): Yea he's a douche at the beginning of the movie (and he supposedly bangs Tara Reid which shows he has no taste) but his transformation after meeting Annette totally saves this character for me.
6. Van Wilder in Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds): I pretty much could have picked any of Ryan's movies/shows- Just Friends, The Proposal, Two Guys A Girl and a Pizza Place... since Ryan basically plays himself in every acting job he does. I adore him, he's funny, he's hot, he has great hair. Once again his only draw back is doing Tara Reid in this movie. Otherwise, mmmmm...
7. Chris McCandless of Into the Wild - okay so technically this is a real person but I love the way Emile Hirsch plays him that I count him as a character (plus I love Emile Hirsch and would love to date him in any form, even Johnny Truelove). Someone who is willing to give up everything and really live? That's inspiring.
8. Cameron James in 10 Things I Hate About You (Joseph Gordon Levitt): Yes in this movie he's a high schooler and in many ways I'd like to date Joseph Gordon Levitt's character in 500 Days of Summer sans the whiney baby stuff- but in this movie he is just so sweet and comes in to his own, it's when I fell in love with JGL so maybe there's a bias there? Maybe I want to date the actor not the character? Hmm....
9. Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (the movie version- Leonardo DiCaprio): Wounded bad boy again, sometimes rash, doesn't recognize consequences but tragically gorgeous all at the same time. Are we seeing a pattern?
10. Brian Shelby in Vanilla Sky (Jason Lee): A writer trying to make it. Classic. No good videos up of the Brian Shelby brilliance so I'm including this great picture.
2 points need to be made about this clip. From my understanding, this is the first go through of the song. Wakey!Wakey! was invited by The Goddamn Cobras Collective to cover this Yeasayer song, because, well I assume, Wakey!Wakey! is kinda known for his ability to cover almost anything, and its kind of an awesome song. Second point. FEMALE BASS GUITAR PLAYER = HOT.
This is a clip that I have already watched like 3 times. It goes from the construction of the song, to the masterpiece itself, to the celebration/mulling around after its over. Its a special experience. I hope/dream to one day be in a room like that while something like this happens.
"Ambling Alp" by Wakey!Wakey! (Yeasayer Cover)
>> Friday, April 16, 2010
>> Thursday, April 15, 2010
This song does not really need any introduction. Juslisen.
"Cold Hard Bitch" by Jet
>> Wednesday, April 14, 2010
>> Tuesday, April 13, 2010
>> Monday, April 12, 2010
This song really resonates with me lately, I'm making a big change soon and it has me both totally thrilled and totally scared. I've been listening to a lot of Elizabethtown soundtrack lately (perhaps preparing for my own cross-country road trip?) and started playing this one over and over again. 'Well some life will beat you down, break your heart, steal your crown, So I've started out, for God knows where, I guess I'll know when I get there'
Thanks Tom Petty for singing my heart song.
>> Sunday, April 11, 2010
So the letter D has some great standouts... and a whole lot of random. You might have some personal favorites that are not on this list: Devo, Def Leppard, Destiny's Child - but I could only pick 10 faves and here they are. Note again that we're not including people (hence on this list you will see that Damian Rice, Damian Jurado, or Dave Matthews don't appear). So here goes, the next installment of the alphabet list: letter D.
1. Death Cab for Cutie (I Will Follow You Into the Dark)
2. Dishwalla (Counting Blue Cars)
3. The Doors (Light my Fire)
4. Digable Planets (Cool like Dat)- *note, not my favorite video- go check out the real video on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY0c2ZAeMK4
5. Dixie Chicks (Goodbye Earl)
6. Depeche Mode (Enjoy the Silence)
7. deftones (My Own Summer)
8. Da Brat (Funkdafied)
9. Dinosaur Jr. (Feel the Pain)
10. Dido (White Flag)
Kind of a sad, lonely- get your shit together- kind of song but there's something really beautiful about it. I first heard this in the film "Up in the Air" and I think its well placed. Favorite lyrics: "Oceans of water underneath our feet, terrible design, Dusty rooms you cannot sweep, Clouding up your mind" - take a listen. Not my favorite video, I was trying to find a live play but have yet to find it. Will update if I do.
>> Saturday, April 10, 2010
So I've listened to this song literally 8 times already today. The culprit? The new Deadliest Catch previews on The Discovery Channel. Not only can I barely contain my excitement for the new season but I also have to physically restrain myself from crying each time I see Phil's face and listen to Eddie Vedder sing this great song. It's both beautiful and heart-breaking somehow. I've included here the commercial (you have to see it) and the full song with a video from "Into the Wild"- Enjoy!
>> Friday, April 9, 2010
Tada! We continue our Alphabet List with the letter "C." I must admit, this list was so much easier to put together than my debut list for the letter "A." Actually, in many ways it was harder, there are so many good bands that start with this letter, it was actually hard to only pick ten. I had to leave some of my favorites off, including Cat Power, Charilift, Collective Soul, Coldplay and Cage the Elephant.
>> Thursday, April 8, 2010
>> Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Song of the Day: "War Sweater (acoustic, walking around a secondhand clothing store)" by Wakey!Wakey!
>> Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Wakey!Wakey! has released one of my favorite albums so far in 2010 in Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said The Last Time I Saw You..., and has a real shot at ending up at the top of my year end list. But this is not from that record. This is a song from the EP he released last year, an EP that is worth what ever amount someone is willing to charge you for it. I hope you enjoy this song. I do.
"War Sweater (acoustic, walking around a secondhand clothing store)" by Wakey!Wakey!
>> Monday, April 5, 2010
I am taking it back. And I am being as obscure as I know how to be with out giving you something crappy.
>> Saturday, April 3, 2010
Songs of The Day: "It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful" and "Thinking Drinking Sinking Feeling" by Slow Club
>> Thursday, April 1, 2010
This may be the most random blog I have ever written, but I am so damn excited to share these guys with more people. Seriously, one of my favorite records of all time now, spend 10 bucks and pick it up. Support indie music!
"It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful" by Slow Club