Song of the Day: "Muscle Relaxants" by The Rural Alberta Advantage

>> Friday, April 29, 2011

This album has quickly risen up the Addi Charts. I cannot get enough.


"Muscle Relaxants" by The Rural Alberta Advantage

Song of the Day: "When I'm Alone" by Lissie

>> Thursday, April 28, 2011

It really is turning into the year of the lady parts, and I am surprisingly excited. Wow, the combination of those two thoughts makes me sound like a dirty old guy. But, I am just referring to the tunes. Lissie is just lovely lady to add to the list of lovely ladies that are going to dominate 2011. It's just science.

"When I'm Alone" by Lissie

Song of the Day: "Give Into Me" by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester

>> Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I have never been what one would call a country music fan. In fact, most would say I have an unfounded aversion to it. And, this post, by no means, changes that. But, it is a start.

My aversion to country music is only matched by my all out blind love for movies that involve music, so, I gave this movie a shot. And although, it was only slightly above average, it had its definite moments, including this one.
From the movie Country Strong, this is Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester, yes, from gossip girl. Deal.

"Give Into Me" by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester

Song of the Day: "The Color Of Industry" by Radiation City

>> Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Some bands hit you like a wave. Some bands start slow, manage to sneak into your mindear and grow and fester into awesome. Somehow, Radiation City does both. I am not even going to explain that. Just listen, love like a festering wave.

"The Color Of Industry" by Radiation City

Song of the Day: "CPR/Claws Pt 2" by Typhoon

>> Monday, April 25, 2011

So, this is my accidental song of the day. I was listening to this song earlier this evening, and I ended up really liking, especially the "Claws Pt 2" part, but I was not thinking of the blog at the time, and just shared it on facebook. I know, bad blogger. But, tonight, when searching for a song to share on here, I went to my co-blogger for assistance, and she was all like, "you're dumb. share that typhoon song." And yes, she does talk in all lowercase letters. And yes, she is right, I am dumb. This is the prefect blog song.

"CPR/Claws Pt 2" by Typhoon

Song of the Day: "Young Glass" by Hey Rosetta!

>> Sunday, April 24, 2011

So apparently this 6 piece band has been big in the great white north for sometime now. But, since most things Canadian suck, I paid no attention. But, I was very very wrong. This band has a sound that is hard to describe. It's like if you take the delicate mastery of Hey Marseilles and combine it with the chaotic perfection of Los Campesinos! you would stumble into these Canadians. It works.

"Young Glass" by Hey Rosetta!

Song of the Day: "Blood Bank" by Lock Lomond

>> Friday, April 22, 2011

I am loving the Northwest music scene right now. It has not been this rich in talent since the mid 90's. This is one of those fantastic elites. Hailing from Portland, this not really Scottish band has a silvery thick blanket of sound that deserves to be experienced, not just listened too. This, currently is my favorite track off their new release.

"Blood Bank" by Lock Lomond

Song of the Day: "Gangsta" by tUnE-yArDs

>> Thursday, April 21, 2011

So, I have not decided that I love this record yet. But as I think back on the 2009 release, I did not "get" it at first, but quickly fell in love, then lust, then love as it ended up an Honorable Mention in what was the strongest music year I can remember. So, that is just a long winded way to say, that there is still hope for this record.

"Gangsta" by tUnE-yArDs

Song of the Day: "Comes In Waves" by Psychologist

>> Wednesday, April 20, 2011

From the Waves of OK EP, something mellow to fill in the missing parts of your gray day. The video is a little off, but the song hits all the right notes.

I especially love the end.

"Comes In Waves" by Psychologist 

Year In Music: Best Albums of 2010, A Look Back.

>> Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I generally like to do a quarterly revisit of my best albums of the year, but I am not going to do that this year. This will more then likely be my only revisit. It was a weak year in music, outside of the top 6 records, it really was a struggle to fill out a full list of 13.  
I do this, in part because, it is funny how albums stay the same as you change. You realize that overtime you are listening to some albums more than others, and some you are not listening to at all after the luster wears off. But also, upon reviewing my previous best of lists, I would change so much in retrospect. So, this is to document how my mind is evolving throughout the year.
Below you will see the albums ranked in their new order with the original ranking in parentheses. You will also see my original introduction for this list, as well as each original review listed as they were back when first posted. I have very few new insights, but I will put my them in a lovely shade of pink.
This year, for the first time in many years, seemed insignificant. One day bled into the next until this year felt like last. Stretching within my own confines proved to be a fruitless task, this year was doomed to be nothing special, static, and forgettable. Understand, this is not a bad thing; quite possibly, it is something to celebrate. No news is good news. My life, for the first time in years, was dramaless and boring. Dramaless and boring, is great for one thing. Losing oneself in those true inner passions. Rediscovering exactly how discovering something feels. This was my year in music. A year of discovery. And it was bountiful.
(Yes, that is the same intro I wrote for last year's Year In Music Review, but it is still prefect, so deal)
This year I purchased 163 records and EP's that were released between Oct. 2009 and Nov 2010. Just writing that makes me feel sick. Both with the concept of how much money I spent (I do not steal music) and the prospect of narrowing that down to 13 records. FUCK, a 163 records?!?!? Seriously, I need a life or something. The biggest issue with that, most were unremarkable.
So, it's that time. It's the list I work all year on. And even as I write it today, with all my choices narrowed down, I still do not feel great about it. It's not so much about the quality of the music, my issue is with the order. I feel like it is a clear near tie for the top 3, a solid number 4 and then another tie for the remaining 7. It is as if, any order will do. However, you will notice, this is easily my most eclectic collection ever. It ranges from piano pop driven stuff, to 80's revival, to egotistical hiphop, to a butt load of traditional folk and indie folk revival. It is quite the genre busting list.
I apologize, my reviews are not going to be as elaborate this year. I usually take about a month to review all these records and write all my thoughts down. But I had trouble narrowing down after the top 4, then got hit with a nasty flu bug. So, I will give brief reviews this year, and attach a sample song. Enjoy.
You will notice, that the top 7 have remained practically unchanged, outside of fact that there is no longer a tie for 1st place. Wakey!Wakey! has actually pulled away, and it surprised the hell out of me. I expected it to go the way of THATH. 
Outside of that, You will only see some slight up and down, and two new additions. I hope you enjoy.

1. Wakey!Wakey! - Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said The Last Time I Saw You... (1a.)
Sexy. Heartpunching. Dancey. Sing-a-long-a-thon. Impactful.
So, piano pop melodies have never been something I gravitated towards in my musical endeavors. I try to stay as cool and indie as possible. But, some records just just need to be reckoned with, no matter how uncool they make you feel to love.
Sexy. Heartpunching. Dancey. Sing-a-long-a-thon. Impactful. This string of mostly made up words should never be used together to describe one artist, let alone one record. But, it barely does the job here. I have never had the urge to both harmonize, cry, boogie and make-out at the same time in my life. Nor would I recommend doing all those activities at the same time, but that is what this record does to me.
This record is old cheese. It gets better and better the longer it sits. I put this record away for about a month, picked it back up, and fell hard back in love with it. I did the same with The Head and the Heart, and although I still loved it, it made it clear which record I favored. This is now hands down the best record of 2010. 
"Feral Love"

Songs that Hit: All. Yes, every single pop hook.
Songs that Miss: Nil.
Songs that I will listen to forever: Feral Love. Car Crash. Dance So Good. The Oh Song. Almost Everything...

2. The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart (1b)
This Seattle band is going to be the biggest thing to come out of the area in the last 10 years. Easily.
I wrote this list in my head 10 different times, and this record was king of the hill 5 of those times. It was honestly a toss up. So, if you look closely, this is actually ranked 1b. Yeah, I cheated. But this Seattle band is going to be the biggest thing to come out of the area in the last 10 years. Easily. This album, from top to bottom is SPECTACULAR. It came down to the point where I was searching for something not to like about it. It took a while, but I found it, the one and only thing I cannot stand on this record is that 2 or 3 second gap they have between the songs. It's wasteful. Also, easily the best live band out there right now, and the second best show I have ever been too. So, yes, this is my local pick, but, they would make the list if they were from Germany.
I do now want my demotion of this record from a first place tie to second place to come off as a, excuse my 90's vernacular, diss. It was just a matter of circumstance, and the everlasting strength of Wakey!Wakey. 

Songs that Hit: Every GD amazing track.  
Songs that miss: The fact that they use real animal sounds on "Cat's and Dog's" bugs me, but it's still a gem of a song.
Songs that I will listen to forever: Ghosts. Down In The Valley. Sounds Like Hallelujah. Honey Come Home. Lost In My Mind. Winter Song. 

3. Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt (3)
The warmth of this record permeates everything.
Sometimes, while trying to emulate your heroes, you fail and stumble into yourself. And that is about as much as I want to comment on all the Bob Dylan comparisons that are clearly unavoidable. This record is so much more than a Dylan knockoff.
"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 is one of my bold predictions that actually held firm, and it's easy to see why. The warmth of this record permeates everything. I know I am ranking this record number 3 of the year, but I turn to it more often than any other this year. It's my music to write too record. My music to mope to record. My music too shut my eyes too record. This is my any excuse record.
Yes sir.
"Love Is All"

Songs that Hit: Hard to find a fault in this entire record.
Songs that Miss: Burden of Tomorrow, but just barely.
Songs that I will listen to forever: Love Is All. King of Spain. Kids on the Run. The Drying of the Lawns. Troubles Will Be Gone.

4. Girls - Album (4)
It is a story of drunk teen angst, and beautiful sloppy rebellion. 
This is my big cheat of the year. This record was released in Sept of 2009. So, yes, that falls outside of my Oct-Nov yearly window, but who the hell cares when the music is this good. I am actually glad I discovered it after last years list was published, because last years list was so top heavy with outstanding music, this would have been lost in the shuffle and fallen too far down the rankings. From the first rushed guitar strings and stinging vocals, you can taste the angst. The pop melodies hurry along like they are being chased in songs like Lust For Life, and slow down to catch their breath in an Elvis Costello haze in tunes like Hellhole Ratrace. The pacing of this record is suburb. It is completely an album. This is not one to put on shuffle. Every note is specific and important. It is a story of drunk teen angst, and beautiful sloppy rebellion.
Still great. I never skip a track. 
"Lust For Life"

Songs that Hit: All but one, see below.
Songs that Miss: Big Bad Mean Motherfucker
Songs that I will listen to forever: Lust For Life. Hellhole Ratrace. Lauren Marie. Laura. Ghostmouth.

5. Steel Train - Steel Train/Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 (5)
 It is 2010 indie rock at its finest, but with that whole 90's alt rock sensibility. Infectious.

This is not really a double album, it is only pretending, and it is genius. When Steel Train released their album, I was excited. I am a fan of Jack, the frontman from his work in the awesome band fun. So I was sold from day zero, but then, I was blown away. The band did something unthinkable. They released their album, but with a slew of female indie rock goddess' re-imagining their tunes. And I am sorry guys, but they out did you all. Not that Steel Train's record is not impressive in itself, it is very very good. It is 2010 indie rock at its finest, but with that whole 90's alt rock sensibility. Infectious. And would have undoubtedly made this list own its own merits, but the rerelease certainly moved the record up at least 4 spots.
So, I have officially decided that I cannot wait for this band to do another record. I feel like this is a great appetizer for an upcoming full meal. 
Below you will see the same song twice, from each record. Both have something fantastic, and utterly different to offer. Enjoy.
"You Are Dangerous" - Steel Train

"You Are Dangerous" - Deradoorian

Songs that Hit: Nearly All.
Songs that Miss: The Speed Motor Racers Club (Steel Train). Bloody Lips (Both Versions)
Songs that I will listen to forever: Children of the 90's (Both). Bullet (Steel Train). Turnpike Ghost (Both). Fall Asleep (Steel Train) Soldier In The Army (Rachel Cantu). Touch Me Bad (Nellie McKay). You Are Dangerous (Deradoorian)

6. Samantha Crain - You (Understood) (6)
 It is as far away from what one would typically consider soul music, but the closest thing I have personally found in my adult life.
I think this will win the award of the best record you have never heard of. I am not sure that I would have picked this up had she not blown me away as an unknown opening act earlier this year. I think I had 20 bucks to last me for 2 weeks when I was at this show, and I spent $10 on this record. Some stupid decisions work out. She stands as tall as her guitar, she is small in stature, however, her voice towers a good 9 feet tall. I cannot stress enough how much power and beauty she filled the room with.
Core shiveringly emotional, this record delves deep. It feeds those empty parts of you that you did not know were hungry. It is as far away from what one would typically consider soul music, but the closest thing I have personally found in my adult life.
I was so tempted to move this one up to number 4. I just feel like it deserves more praise and a better representation then the number 6 spot of the year. It really is a superb record. 
"We Are The Same"

Songs that Hit: Lions. Equinox. We Are The Same. Sante Fe. Blue Prints. Wichitalright. Toothpicks. Holdin' That Wheel
Songs that Miss: Religious Wind.
Songs that I will listen to forever: Lions. Equinox. We Are The Same.

7. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (7)
The things that Kanye is doing is just beyond.
As I have said, I wanted so bad to hate this record. I never ever want to fall for a record I am "expected" to like as a consumer. I know that sounds all extra indie and whatnot, but it is what it is. I want to form my own opinions, not fall in line with others. But this album is madness. It is so far past anything that I ever expected it to be. It smashes all boundaries and expectations. The things that Kanye is doing is just beyond. The fact that he pulled Justin Vernon of Bon Iver into his wicked web was a stroke of genius. This album will be referred too as a pinnacle point in the path of hiphop 20 years from now. The game has changed.
No new opinion. Still a fantastic record. In a stronger year, it would be at risk of being surpassed, but it is safe in this weak music year. 
"Lost In The World"

Songs that Hit: Runaway. Power. Lost In The World. Monster. Gorgeous. So Appalled
Songs that Miss: Who Will Survive In America. Blame Game
Songs that I will listen to forever: Runaway. Power. Lost In The World.

8. First Aid Kit - Big Black & The Blue (9)
It's a blanket or footie pajamas. It just fits on those rainy days.
If this list would have been written back in June, this record would be top three. And I feel bad saying that, because I really has done nothing wrong to lose its high ranking, it's just a little one note. Granted, that one note is spectacular, but it does not supply that staying power that a record with a little more varied tones would. Do not get me wrong, I love this record. I love these teenage Swedish sisters. It is a special record that does not have a hole in it. It's a blanket or footie pajamas. It just fits on those rainy days. It just lost a little luster.
More then anything, I am surprised that this record has held strong and moderately improved in its position of awesomeness. 
"I Met Up With The King"

Songs that Hit: All
Songs that Miss: Honestly, none.
Songs that I will listen to forever: Josefin. I Met Up With The King. Sailor Song. Winter Is All Over You.

9. The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards (NR)
It has a twisted sensibility. It pushes together what feels good with strange and painful. Its like propping yourself up on your elbows until your fingers go numb enough to start to tingle in that subtle painful way. 
I avoid buying "superband" records, and they are often times more failure then success. Too many cooks in the kitchen syndrome. But, after some prodding from a fellow music lover in Texas, I picked up this record and fell into a heavy-petting-like puppy dog love with it. Then, I did something stupid. I listened to The Black Keys, and decided that only one darker, bluesy rock band could make my list. And it was a stupid stupid choice. And looking back now, if I were to only choose one, it should have been this one. It has a twisted sensibility. It pushes together what feels good with strange and painful. Its like propping yourself up on your elbows until your fingers go numb enough to start to tingle in that subtle painful way. 
"Old Mary"
Songs that Hit: Old Mary. Hustle And Cuss. I'm Mad. Die By The Drop. Blue Blood Blues. Gasoline.
Songs that Miss: Jawbreaker. 
Songs that I will listen to forever: Old Mary. I'm Mad.

10. The Black Keys - Brothers (10)
This record wins the award of making me look like the biggest retard in public.
This is the newest record on my list. I am still exploring it, and do not feel 100% comfortable giving it a full on review. However, it has clearly shown it deserves a spot on this list. Although, I may be over valuing it a bit. But, only time will tell. However, I will tell you that this record wins the award of making me look like the biggest retard in public. I cannot help but bob my head/shoulders/torso to every bluesy beat. And I do not look good when I bob.
This was such a late addition to my list, that it probably should not have been ranked. Even so, it has held its own. It did not improve or faulter.
"Too Afraid To Love You"

Songs that Hit: Too soon to tell.
Songs that Miss: Too soon to tell.
Songs that I will listen to forever: Tighten Up. She's Long Gone. Next Girl. Too Afraid To Love You.

11. Yeasayer - Odd Blood (13)
Do not get me wrong, this is one strange fucking record, but it is strange in all the right places.
I have switched back and forth between like 3 records for this last spot on the list. When I physically started writing this exact blog several hours ago, this spot belonged too The Dead Weather, a week ago, this spot was filled by Vampire Weekend, and you could make a case that both bands are very very worthy. It just came down to the excitement factor. This record, although it has its major faults, gets me happy. It really is that simple. Do not get me wrong, this is one strange fucking record, but it is strange in all the right places.
Of all the records on this list, I play this one the loudest. It is my good mood tune record, and has improved thusly. 
"Ambling Alp"

Songs that Hit: Ambling Alp. Madder Red. O.N.E. Rome. I Remember
Songs that Miss: The Children. Mondegreen
Songs that I will listen to forever: Ambling Alp. O.N.E.

12. Fences - Fences (NR)
A record I tried to ignore, but snuck up on me anyways. It's like an acoustic cigarette. 
A record I tried to ignore, but snuck up on me anyways. It's like an acoustic cigarette. Now, understand that I have never smoked, so I don't really have any clue how smoking a cigarette makes you feel. But I think I am on solid ground when I say that it's similar to how Fences makes me feel. 
"From Russia With..."
Songs that Hit: Boys Around Here. Girls With Accents. The Same Tattoos. From Russia With... Fires. My Girl The Horse. 
Songs that Miss: None.
Songs that I will listen to forever: Girls With Accents. Boys Around Here. From Russia With...

13. Chromeo - Business Casual (8)
There is not a lot of depth in the record, because there doesn't need to be.
I am at a loss of words on how to describe this record. It is just straight late70's/80's pop revival. All synthed out and awesome. Clearly the most fun I have found in a record all year. Every tune is turn it up and car dance qualities. There is not a lot of depth in the record, because there doesn't need to be. There is not a lot depth in this review either, because I am lazy.
It is still a pretty damn fun record. But it is one note and has dropped accordingly. I think I will like this record more if I did not listen to it so often. 
However, this is probably the best music video of the year.
"Night By Night"
Songs that Hit: Almost the entire album.
Songs that Miss: (The Hook of) When The Night Falls
Songs that I will listen to forever: Hot Mess. I'm Not Contagious. Night By Night. 

Honorable Mention.
Allo, Darlin' - Allo, Darlin'
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Born Ruffians - Say It
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

Removed from the list. 

Formally #11. the bird and the bee - Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates
This album should never have been made. But fuck, I am so glad it was. It should not work. But holy shit, does it ever. 
I have said it before, and I'll say it a hundred times more. This album should never have been made. But fuck, I am so glad it was. It should not work. But holy shit, does it ever. It just shows you that a good song is a good song, but a great song transcends. From top to bottom, this is a good mood spinning. I was so embarrassed to love it at first, now I am ashamed not to share it. This is fantastic.
Songs that Hit: All nine of em.
Songs that Miss: Nil.
Songs that I will listen to forever: The ENTIRE record is a forever record.

Formally #12. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
This record took over my subconscious. It was like musical ninjary.
I thought this record was a throw away up until a month ago. Then, one of my closest musical advisors told me it was her album of the year. I was shocked and knew it was my fuck up and not hers. So I gave it another listen, well, a first real listen, and it really did kill. Turns out, I already loved it. I just didn't realize what I was listening too. Have you ever heard that song, that you don't realize you're singing along too, that you're tapping your toes too? That was this record. I knew almost all the songs, but never paid attention to the fact that it was actually the local natives. This record took over my subconscious. It was like musical ninjary.
Songs that Hit: Airplanes. Sun Hands. Wide Eyes. World News. Cards & Quarters. Warning Sign. Who Knows Who Cares.
Songs that Miss: Cubism Dream. Shape Shifter. Sticky Thread
Songs that I will listen to forever: Airplanes. Warning Sign. Who Knows Who Cares.

Song of the Day: "Otherside" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft Fences

Ok, So I know that we already have a song of the day today, and I know I posted this and "The Town" as my songs of the day just at the end of last year. But this version of this song just blew me the hell away and needed to be shared right now.

You cannot fault passion. You cannot always find it, but you can never fault it, not when it rings out like this. Well done, Macklemore. Well done.

"Otherside" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft Fences

Song of the Day "We Sing in Time" by The Lonely Forest

So I've been to Anacortes and I can tell you there's not much to speak of... until I discovered The Lonely Forest. Maybe you've been living in Seattle and have heard them on KEXP or as of late, The End but those of us that resided in Brooklyn for the last 5 years have been missing out. I'm still delving in to their last couple records so I can't give my complete blessing yet but I'm digging this song! Reactions?

Song of the Day: "Last To Say" by Atmosphere

>> Monday, April 18, 2011

I know there are a lot of people down on Atmosphere, and it's far too early for me to make a judgement call on the new record. But, if its going to be even 1/10 the quality of the last two releases, I know I will be a fan. I hear the word "Emo-Hop" tossed around alot lately, for both artists like Macklemore and Atmosphere, and I find that term completely unfair but justified. You'll have to listen to understand that oxymoron.

"Last To Say" by Atmosphere

Songs of the Day: ""Sydney (I'll Come Running)" "Queen Of The Westside" and Dancing At A Funeral" by Brett Dennen

>> Thursday, April 14, 2011

So, out of all the albums I have picked up since Jan. 1, I might be most excited for "Loverboy" by Brett Dennen. There is just something about that man that sings out to the ugly kid inside of me. It just works. Anyways. I have found a couple acoustic tracks he did that may get you excited too.

"Sydney (I'll Come Running)" 

"Queen Of The Westside"

Dancing At A Funeral"

Song of the Day "Where is My Mind" by Maxence Cyrin

>> Wednesday, April 13, 2011

While watching It's Kind of a Funny Story tonight I heard a beautiful cover of my favorite Pixies song (okay, everyones fave Pixies song) "Where is My Mind." It's kind of a hard movie for me to swallow and yet that's what made this song maybe work that much more. When listening to the original in Fight Club the feeling you get is something so much different- powerful, controlled, flawed and complex. While listening to this version there's something more- maybe weak, fragile, beautiful, flawed and complex? I like when a song can make you feel all that.

Song of the Day: "In The Dirt" by S. Carey

>> Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Although, the show House has lost a bit of its luster in the last couple seasons, they still find killer tracks from time to time. I remember distinctly hearing Bon Iver back when only I was listening to Bon Iver like 2 years ago. And it was perfect.

Now, last nights (4/11/11) episode "The Dig" was short of spectacular, it was still able to hold its own music wise. This song in particular is grand.


"In The Dirt" by S. Carey

Show of the Day: Land Of Pines, Lord Huron, and The Rural Alberta Advantage!!!

>> Monday, April 11, 2011

So, I normally like to post these blogs on the day of the show, but somehow the show got past me, and my bestfriend/co-blogger used it in a series of awesome events for my surprise 30th birthday party. Now, if you have read this blog, you know how big of a RAA fan I am. There were my song of the day just a little under a month ago, and back in May of last year, they were one of my first Bands Of The Week. But I will get to them in a few.

First off I want to point out, that this may be the best 3 band show I have ever been too. Normally you will get two stellar bands and one throw away. I had trouble finding fault in any of the bands. It was one of the best assemblages of musicianship I have ever witnessed.

Land Of Pines
(There's Stevie, standing in front of me.)

Land Of Pines is a band I have been familiar with for a while now. Being a NW music fan and a blogger, its hard not to be aware of this media darling band. And I have to admit, I have been a from-a-far mini fan, I appreciated their sound, but did not have the desire to trudge out to see "them." But they sold me. From the rag-tag baby faces that walked on stage, I expected loud, fast and sloppy. And boy was a wrong. Yes, they were loud and frenetic but surprisingly clean. Like really clean. I have never expected one sound and been so blown away by what I received. It was something, and I am now not such a from-a-far fan, and am willing to trudge. Oh, and she shreds.

"Curly" & "Whole Moon" by Land Of Pines

Lord Huron
(There's Stevie, standing in front of me, again.)

Now, Lord Huron is a band that I was familiar with in name only. But walked away a fan. I don't have a plethora of reviewer type words here. The band was more then impressive, strong musicians, good stage presence, and more then decent songs. It was a good show. I think my best compliment I can make, is that I went back to the Merch table, shook the front's hand and picked up two EP's. My only take away of the night. So, if you read this blog, and know me, you know that means respect. Keep an eye out for this LA band, pay money to see them, it will be worth all your pennies. 

"We Went Wild" by Lord Huron

The Rural Alberta Advantage
(And yet again. there's Stevie's head.)

The Rural Alberta Advantage blew my fucking mind. There is not a lot more to say. That band can put on a show. I know I mentioned that Land of Pines were clean, but RAA put them to shame. Rarely does a band live up to the live recordings. Never does a band surpass them. Until last night. The RAA blew their record out of the water. Now, I have loved their 2009 release "Hometowns" hard. But I was having trouble falling for more then a track or two of their 2011 "Departing" release, but after the show, I listened again, and again this morning, and it is now a front runner for my top spot of the year. It's crazy how much a show can impact a record. 
But to get onto the show itself there are a couple points I would like to make:

First, Amy Cole, keyboardist, xylophonist, and single drummer extraordinaire, I love you. You win.

Second, My co-blogger's asshole husband and I have debated about this band and their drumming. We were certain that either the group was using drum machine for their fills, or utilizing studio tricks to get that crisp crazy timing. And holy fuck were we wrong. That was the most impressive drumming I have ever seen. And to be honest, I might still win the debate, I think he might be a robot, which, technically speaking, is a drum machine. Seriously, listen to the drumming in the third track below. I win. 

Third, A little under 4 weeks ago, I posted the song "Good Night" and my SotD. And I was certain from moment one, that it was one of those great album songs, that would never see the dark of night at a show. But, I got the best birthday wish ever when the band pushed through the crowd, stood on three chairs and did an unplugged, nearly prefect rendition to a packed, breath-held tractor tavern. It will easily become one of my favorite concert memories. We win. 
(The band doing good night. I was at the bar behind them. And my camera caught The Tractor Tavern Ghost)

"Drain The Blood"

"Good Night (Acoustic)" 


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>> Sunday, April 10, 2011

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BirthdayPalooza Songs of the Day: "Children in the 90's (I'm Not The Same)" by Steel Train & "Molly (16 Candles)" by Sponge

>> Friday, April 8, 2011

In anticapation of Birthdaypalooza (my co-blogger/awesomest friend birthday is tomorrow, mine is monday), I give you the theme song for my 30th, and Stevies 20Something-eth. Gonna be a hell of a weekend

"Children in the 90's (I'm Not The Same)" by Steel Train

"Molly (16 Candles)" by Sponge

Song of the Day: "Turning Tables" by Adele

>> Thursday, April 7, 2011

I really didn't want to like the new Adele record. As an indie music connoisseur, I tend to, stubbornly, blindly resist "popular" music. And, I can admit, that it is my one and only flaw. That, and being too humble. But, this record forces me to close my eyes and listen, it envelopes me and makes the world pause, and that is one of the biggest compliments I can give.

And to think, without a friend posting it on my facebook page, I would have blindly resisted something that is borderline great. Thanks Ade.

"Turning Tables" by Adele

Song of the Day: "Why?" by We F.A.M.

>> Tuesday, April 5, 2011

NW Hip-Hop is on the rise, and this record is the prefect appitizer of what is sure to be a great year.

Now, history tells us that hip-hop groups tend to fracture when the pride of an individual is put ahead of the rest. And I will tell you, that is the only thing that will stop We F.A.M from making a real impact on the scene. But, from the noise I have heard, it seems this is more of a Collective rather than a group, and has a good chance to overcome that obstacle. And although, sometimes there are too many cooks in the kitchen, this record has me excited, and succeeds far more often than it faulters.

Listen to their complete record at ReverbNation

"Why?" by We F.A.M.