Song of the Day: "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground

>> Thursday, March 31, 2011

I miss the 90's. I miss music videos that make no sense. I miss lyrics that have "mmhmmm" in them.

"Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground

My Up and Coming Music List. Updated 3/30/11

>> Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Inspired by Stevie's Up And Coming Book List, I am going to start the same thing with my music purchased for the year. I found this to be really useful in 2010, that I am starting even earlier for 2011.

My favorite blog to write is my year end music review. And it be honest, I start it in January of each year. I start collecting music as soon as possible, and use a smart playlist to amass them all in one place for easy listening and examining.

Below you will see a quick list of the albums I have picked up so far this year. I will try to update them every month or so. If I have an opinion of the record, will post a quick note, but keep in mind, I may change mine.

For now, just alphabetical order, until I collect enough and start forming concrete opinions, rather then the snap judgments I currently possess. (Italics = albums that were included in previous update)
Adele - "21" ----- So far, easily one of my favorites. I am not sure how long it will stick with me. It is so emotionally ripe, that it wears me out to listen too it. For now, that is a great ride, but it might get tiresome.

Angus & Julia Stone - "Down The Way" ----- Yes, this was released in 2010. But I consider the last quarter of last year, a part of this one. It is too hard to fall in love with a record in 3 months, let alone, digest it enough to know if its crap or not. But, so far, this one is NOT crap. It is mellow and breezy and wonderful.

BOAT - "Dress Like Your Idols" ----- One of my favorite NW bands, and former inhabitant of my best records of 2009 list, does it again. Raucous rock and roll. Good times record. 

Bow Ribbons - "Bow Ribbons" ----- If in the right mood, this record can be perfect. Super melancholy, moody, Janis sounding, folk rocking, creative record. Again, only fits one mood, but that mood needs a soundtrack. 

The Boxer Rebellion - "The Cold Still" ----- I have only had this for a few days, but so far, I am becoming a fan. 

The Cave Singers - "No Witch" ----- I was so excited for this record release, a northwest band that I expect to do major things. I have not given it the listen it deserves yet (blame Adele), but form what I have heard, it is a stout record.

The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow" ----- I love this band. This record, their first full length, is exactly as it should be. Is it for everyone? No, probably not. But, for a folk/blues/singersongwriter hound like me, it is wonderful.

Cold War Kids - "Mine Is Yours" ----- Easily the most disappointing record of the year. Still does not come within an iota of this bands debut. They lost their way. They went from sounding distinctly like COLD WAR KIDS, to trying to sound like a radio friendly, borderline KINGS OF LEON tribute band. I have nothing against the Kings, but they could not hold a candle to Kids "Robbers & Cowards."

The Dodos - "No Color" ----- This is the record I have been waiting for from the band. As I wrote on my recent Song Of The Day, "The band learned from their mistakes, simplified, honed into what made them stand out in the first place, and embraced it. So many bands think they need to evolve so much that they force it and fall short of themselves, most never recover from this mistake, but not the dodos."

Eisley - "The Valley" ----- Not loving it. Some songs are just too radio friendly versions of Paramore. And, I am not a fan of Paramore.

Florence + The Machine - "Lungs: The B-Sides" ----- Just picked it up. Have not given it a spin. Will update later. Excited to hear it.


Grouplove - "Grouplove" ----- My favorite "EP" (Not identified as an "ep" but with only 6 tracks, it is not a full length) of the year. Every track is keeper. This record makes me want summer to be here now. Listen and you will understand.


Hercules & Love Affair - "Blue Songs" ----- Not memorable, but not forgettable. Some great tracks. Some awful ones.

J Mascis - "Several Shades of Why" ----- I have started to describe this Dinosaur JR frontman's solo release as a beautiful hybrid of Tallest Man On Earth and Solo Eddie Vedder. I hate making such bold comparisons, but it suits.

Jessica Lea Mayfield - "Tell Me" ----- I didn't know apathetic could be sexy. But someone. Jessica Lea Mayfield makes it happen. Her voice has an "I have feelings, but I don't give a shit" vibe to it that is impossible to describe until you hear it. Now, does that voice make this a good record? I think it might.

The Joy Formidable - "The Big Roar" ----- This is the kind of band that can only be played loud. Right now, one of my favorites, but I can see how it could become grating.

Lulu & The Lampshades - "Cold Water EP" ----- Quirky and great. I wish there were more.

Lykee Li - "Wounded Rhymes" ----- Best of the year so far. 

The Mountain Goats - "All Eternals Deck" ----- Just picked it up. Have not given it a spin. Will update later. Excited to hear it. Hoping to be converted into a fan.

Noah & The Whale - "Last Night On Earth" ----- Ditto, word for word, my review of The Mountain Goats.

The Oh Wells - "The EP that We Love" ----- This little Canadian band has made me realize that I cannot just blanketly decide to shun all things from a country. Great EP. Cannot wait to see what they can do with a full length.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - "Belong" ----- Just purchased, but after two spins, I am in love.

Rural Alberta Advantage - "Departing" ----- This record makes me mad. Like I REALLY want to like it, but something is off. It's like a different voice all together from their previous release that I fell in love with. I am not saying it's out of the running, if I let go of my expectations, I may find a very nice record.

Seryn - "This Is Where We Are" ----- The Head and the Heart told me to buy this record. And since they are one of my favorite bands, I figured their advice in music could not be far off, so I picked it up. And, lucky for me, they were very very right. One of those bands that you take mental note of, so you can come back and enjoy more later.

Talib Kweli - "Gutter Rainbows" ----- Couple great tracks on a mediocre album.

We F.A.M. - "Reality Check" ------ NW Hip-Hop group that at times is spectacular, and at times has too many cooks in the kitchen. But unlike most hip-hop records the good far out ways the bad on this self produced album. Some tracks stand so far out, that I am sure the will pepper this website by years end.

Wye Oak - "Civilian" ----- One of my favorite records right now. I just sings to me. I am not going to get all over wordy for once. It's just super good.

Youth Rescue Mission - "Youth Rescue Mission" ---- This Seattle band, by way of Montana, has me all in a tizzy. This group of siblings make noises to die for. I keep trying to string together other artists to give you a good description/comparison of style/sound, but all combo's fall short. Yes, you can hear a bit of The Head and the Heart, a dollop of Blind Pilot, a tad of Hey Marseilles, and a smidge of Choir of Young Believers, but in only the littlest of amounts. They are distinctly their own. And I am loving it. 

Song of the Day: "Get Some" by Lykke Li

>> Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This really is turning into the year of the lady. So far, the majority of my favorite records have singers with a vagina. This track, in particular, is one of my good mood tunes. Turn it up and dance and sing along. The chorus is easy, "Like the shotgun need an outcome.I'm your prostitute, you gon get some."

"Get Some" by Lykke Li

Song of the Day: "Duet" by Rachael Yamagata and Ray LaMontagne

>> Monday, March 28, 2011

I am apparently a little slow on the uptake when it comes to this lovely little ditty, because it has been featured on every TV show and movie in the world. From ABC's "Brothers & Sisters", The WB's "Life Unexpected" all the way to that cultish Twilight flick "New Moon." But that is ok, I found it now, and I love it.

"Duet" by Rachael Yamagata and Ray LaMontagne

Song of the Day: "Ode to My Family" by The Cranberries

>> Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sometimes a song just brings you back...

Song of the Day: "Fish" by Wye Oak

>> Saturday, March 26, 2011

So, my co-bloggers smart ass husband suggested I check out this lady. I did, not because he told me to, but because my compulsion would not allow me not too. Anyways, he was right. Asshole. It is a FANTASTIC record. This is my favorite track from the record.

"Fish" by Wye Oak

Song of the Day: "Ring of Fire" by Jack Savoretti

>> Thursday, March 24, 2011

So I found this song a while back when watching one of my all time favorite shows Greek. It is a fantastic cover of a fantastic song. It wasn't online, so I uploaded it to YouTube. Out of my small video collection, it quickly became my biggest hit. I meant to post it at that time on the blog, but got all distracted and forgot. Anyways. I hope you enjoy!

"Ring Of Fire" by Jack Savoretti

Song of the Day: "Good" by the dodos

>> Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The dodos have found their way back. They got a bit lost between "Visiter" and their recent release "No Color," releasing "Time To Die" along their way. And as disappointed as I was in "Time To Die," I am even more surprised by "No Color." The band learned from their mistakes, simplified, honed into what made them stand out in the first place, and embraced it. So many bands think they need to evolve so much that they force it and fall short of themselves, most never recover from this mistake, but not the dodos.

"Good" by the dodos

Song of the Day: "Benediction" by Thurston Moore

>> Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let me tell you a story about a girl and a boy many years back attending a Bumbershoot concert. They sat in the stands waiting for Sonic Youth, a favorite band of their youth, to come out and listened absently as they audio guys did sound check. Eight minutes later they realized Sonic Youth was already on stage and this sound check was indeed Sonic Youths new sound. Sad times. Fast forward to 2011 when alas I stumble upon Thurston Moore's new "Benediction." I am excited about this new solo effort if it sounds any thing like this. It's so new there isn't a video (that I can find, here I defer to my co-blogger the video extraodinaire, to find one). In the meantime follow this link to listen on the NPR website...


Songs of the Day: "I'll Be The One You Want Someday" & "Kiss Me Again (Live!!!!)"

>> Monday, March 21, 2011

I love sad sexiness. I love her apathetic, I have feelings yet I don't give a shit sound. It just hits me directly, hard.

I have loved her for a while. Below you will find my second favorite track from her new release, and one of my favorite live versions of any song, ever.

"I'll Be The One You Want Someday"


"Kiss Me Again (Live!!!!)"

Band of the Week: The Oh Wells

>> Sunday, March 20, 2011

Band Of The Week: The Oh Wells
(Photo taken from the bands Facebook Page)
Canada does good! I know as a Washingtonian it is my right and duty to make fun of all things Canadian, but I cannot muster the enthusiasm when it comes to this lovely band.

I was unable to attend this years Sound Off! music competition. So, I had my own little contest. I picked up the EP of each of the four finalists (Northern Departure, Fit For Hounds, Tomten, and The Oh Wells), and although all were good, and Tomten officially won, if I had a vote, it would go to this quirky ensemble.

Yes, they have a bit of Regina Spektor in them with some She and Him mixed in, but they truly stand on their own. With sharp hooks and biting quirk they have worked out their own niche.

"Is It Too Late To Apologize"


"Closure"


"I Hate The Sun"

Song of the Day: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds

>> Saturday, March 19, 2011

Today is officially an 80's day. Just heads up.

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds

Song of the Day: "Cradle" by The Joy Formidable

This song came out on an EP/LP for the band in 2009. I loved it then, and now that it was included in their 2011 full length, I can love it all over again.

It is the kind of song that is built to be played loud, chase scene style.

"Cradle" by The Joy Formidable

Song of the Day: "Very Nervous and Love" by J Mascis

>> Thursday, March 17, 2011

I have never been much of a Dinosaur Jr. fan, but I may have to reconsider that stance after this solo release from J Mascis, their veteran frontman. It is delicate, yet impactful.

Have a taste.

"Very Nervous and Love" by J Mascis

Song of the Day: "Good Night" by The Rural Alberta Advantage

>> Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I am a fan of this band, they were actually my Band of the Week way back in May.
I had this to say about them then, and its still fitting today... "Is it a "great" voice? No, but he sings with feeling and emotion, like whining in key, and I do not at all mean that as a slight. And its not what they do with their instruments that is impressive, its their refrain that shows strength and confidence in their sound. They let the quite be important. The missing bass guitar be an advantage rather than a detriment. It's quite something...."

I held my breathe for this release, worried it would fall short from all the things I loved about "Hometowns" and be a let down like Bishop Allen's "Grrr..." or Los Campesinos! "Romance Is Boring" albums were. Disappointment. It always seems to work out that way. But, so far, I have pushed past my apprehensions and really started to love this record. This song especially kills me.

"Good Night" by The Rural Alberta Advantage

Song of the Day: "Colours" by Grouplove

>> Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So, this has been one of my favorite tracks of the last month or so. Hell, its been one of my favorite bands. Whenever a song shuffles itself to my ears that I don't quite know, yet cannot help tap my toes too, it always ends up being these guys. It's fantastic.

Now the video is a little iffy at the start, but it warms up. Also, tell me that he does not sound like the lead singer of the 90's alt rock band, Superdrag...


"Colours" by Grouplove

Band of the Week: Youth Rescue Mission

>> Sunday, March 13, 2011

Band of the Week: Youth Rescue Mission
(Photo taken from bands Facebook,)

Bands like this make me feel like I got shorted by the sisters I was assigned. How my family grew up stuffing each other into clothes dryers and trying to trick one another into brushing their teeth with Clorox, when this family can grow up making sounds like these, is really not fair.

Youth Rescue Mission, a Seattle band, by way of Montana, has me all in a tizzy. This group of siblings make noises to die for. I keep trying to string together other artists to give you a good description/comparison of style/sound, but all combo's fall short. Yes, you can hear a bit of The Head and the Heart, a dollop of Blind Pilot, a tad of Hey Marseilles, and a smidge of Choir of Young Believers, but in only the littlest of amounts. They are distinctly their own. And I am loving it. Shoo in to be included in my best albums of the year list. 

I hope the band does not mind. Their music has not flooded YouTube yet, so I uploaded two of my favorite tracks to go along with this great live, acoustic performance.

"Very Nice Things" 

"Floorplan"

"Problem Solver"

Song of the Day: "We Will All Be Changed" by Seryn

>> Friday, March 11, 2011

So, when The Head and the Heart tells you that a band is awesome, you better listen. They recently suggested a band that they had done a show with, and like the audiophile I am, I listened, purchased, and subsequently, loved. And thank you THATH. This is a very very very nice record. Here is my favorite song off it so far.

"We Will All Be Changed" by Seryn

Best Songs of the Decade, The List's list.

>> Thursday, March 10, 2011

So, our little experiment is over. We did it. We duel-listed our best 100 songs of the decade. It was a time. And, according to Stevie's husband, she won. But, whatever, he is biased. Anyways, as we were posting, some interesting crossover happened that I thought would be fun to share.

Out of 101 songs each, we had ten repeats. Seems like a small amount, but I promise, it's not. If you think about how many songs were released in the last ten years, having one in common would seem like an accomplishment. So, those ten songs are listed directly below, with our average ranking in parentheses.

Sweet Disposition -- Temper Trap (4.5)


Collide -- Howie Day (15.5)


Flight 180 -- Bishop Allen (22.5)


Set The Fire To The Third Bar -- Snow Patrol (23)


The Blower's Daughter -- Damien Rice (25.5)


Orange Sky – Alexi Murdoch (26)


Its All Understood -- Jack Johnson (43)


Daylight -- Matt and Kim (73)


Hospital Beds -- Cold War Kids (74.5)


Percussion Gun -- White Rabbits (74.5)



Also, a little tidbit to chew on. Out of 202 total songs shared, these artists were represented the most between the two of us. Granted, I had all the Slow Club, John Mayer, and Manchester picks, and Stevie had all the Death Cab, Tallest Man, and Postal Service ones. But, there is a lot of crossover otherwise. But this clearly tells us, that Damien Rice, Bishop Allen and Snow Patrol are the best bands of the decade. 

Damien Rice – 6 (total appearances) 
Bishop Allen – 5
Snow Patrol - 5
Slow Club - 5 
Howie Day – 4
The Format – 4
Cold War Kids – 4
Jack Johnson – 4 
Matt Nathanson - 4
Hey Marseilles – 3
Tallest Man On Earth - 3
John Mayer - 3
The Postal Service - 3
Mike Doughty – 3 
Manchester Orchestra - 3
Matt and Kim – 3 
The xx – 3
the dodos - 2
White Rabbits – 2
Aimee Mann - 2
The Shins - 2
Regina Spector - 2
The Perishers - 2
Death Cab For Cutie - 2
Pete Yorn - 2
Blind Pilot - 2
The Fray - 2
The Middle East - 2
Citizen Cope - 2
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - 2

Song of the Day: "Afterall" by William Fitzsimmons

>> Tuesday, March 8, 2011

So, as a brief reprieve from my mini theme week, bring you heartbreak on a beat.
Last night marked the end of one of me and my co-blogger's favorite shows, the Greek Series Finale. I know, most things on ABC Family is drivel, but Greek stands as strong, not just for the network, but for overall cable programming. This week's episode was the last. It was hard to watch. During the emotional climax of the episode, and my of my evening, this sound provided the noise.

Great track. And now, a great/sad memory of a show that ended way too early.


"Afterall" by William Fitzsimmons

Song of the Day: "Bulls On Parade" by Rage Against The Machine

>> Monday, March 7, 2011

So, continuing on theme week kick, I give you another band that had a fantastic burnout. Now Rage did not have a slow burn, like Oasis did, they seemingly imploded. Zach de la Rocha, the famed frontman, and of my favorite rock voices (list idea) suddenly quit the band when he felt like the rest of the group was not taking life/music seriously enough.

"Bulls On Parade" by Rage Against The Machine.

Song of the Day: "Wonderwall" by Oasis

>> Sunday, March 6, 2011

Every band has an end. Most bands just fade into obscurity, and just because the soundtracks to our memories, but some bands go out with a bang. This week every song of the day is going to be dedicated to my favorite bands that had outlandish/strange/out-no-where endings, because, it's more fun this way.

Ok, so "Oasis" is still technically making music, but from the time the below song was released, until today, they have like 4 different members, including replacing one of the Gallagher brothers, and now going under the moniker Beady Eye.

"Wonderwall" by Oasis

Best Songs Of The Decade, 10-1.

>> Saturday, March 5, 2011

How's that for follow through?!?! We started a list project and finished! Yay for us, but also yay for you. These are some of the 19 (1 repeat) best songs you can ever hear. Give them a listen. Again, to make it easy, I will color code selections for you. Addi's will be in Green, Stevie's will be in Purple.

After reading both lists, it is clear where we come together and veer apart, but over all, not a bad song in the bunch. For a proper intro to the lists, please see part one below. 

***Seeing how this is our final posting. We have each written our own intro. To keep with the format, I placed those intro's side by side. Color coded as well.

I think my whole list really has one thing in common- nostalgia. My top 10 specifically though are moments caught in time, put to music quite literally. These are the songs that I blast in my earphones and forget the world exists, the songs I've cried too and danced barefoot in my kitchen (and at my wedding) to. I was trying to find some continuity among my favorites here- many are singer-songwriters, all wrote their own songs but one (Heartbeats is a cover- the original is good too), and they all seem to be saying something about life, love and longing. Maybe that says something about me? Putting this out here is really like being naked, I feel like I'm baring a part of myself, stripping away the pretenses and letting it all out there. It feels good.
My top ten, when it comes down to it, unlike Stevie’s, is only about 5% nostalgia. My list is the personification of my journey. From being the na├»ve little boy I was for the first 24 years of my life, to the free thinking sardonic man I am today. I define myself by the sounds I surround myself with. I know that sounds shallow, and it might be, but its truth. I used to fall in line. I used to look back. I used to dwell. But somehow I stumbled forward and into myself. I found a collection of sounds that are distinctly mine, and I share them here with you.  
Only one of these songs is from my dwelling days. Granted, it is a hell of a song, but most of these are from the last 3 years.

10. "Heartbeats" -- Jose Gonzalez/"Set Fire To The Third Bar" -- Snow Patrol


9. "Do You Remember" -- Jack Johnson/"It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful" -- Slow Club


8. "New Slang" -- The Shins/"Where You Don't Belong" -- One-Eyed Mule


7. "Sweet Disposition" -- The Temper Trap/"Covered In Rain" -- John Mayer


6. "Chocolate" -- Snow Patrol/"Let The Drummer Kick That" -- Citizen Cope


5. "Life On A Chain" -- Pete Yorn/"Christmas TV" -- Slow Club


4. "Three Rounds And A Sound" -- Blind Pilot/"I Know I Know I Know" -- Tegan and Sara


3. "Lack Of Color" -- Death Cab For Cutie/"Beach House" -- The Cave Singers


2. "When She Believes" -- Ben Harper/"Sweet Disposition" -- The Temper Trap


1. "Trapeze Swinger" -- Iron and Wine/"Skinny Love" -- Bon Iver

Stevie's Up and Coming Album List

>> Thursday, March 3, 2011

Inspired by Adam's Up and Coming 2011 Album Releases he's looking forward to, here's my own list- once again showing just how different we really are...

Adele

Rural Alberta Advantage

The Dodos

Boxer Rebellion

Florence and the Machine

The Kills

Death Cab for Cutie

Fiona Apple (rumored)

The Shins (rumored)

Seaweed (rumored)

Notice I didn't put Stevie Nicks on this list and yes indeed she is coming out with a new album. I'm afraid. It's my namesake so it better not suck.

My Up and Coming Music List. 2011.

Inspired by Stevie's Up And Coming Book List, I am going to start the same thing with my music purchased for the year. I found this to be really useful in 2010, that I am starting even earlier for 2011.

My favorite blog to write is my year end music review. And it be honest, I start it in January of each year. I start collecting music as soon as possible, and use a smart playlist to amass them all in one place for easy listening and examining.
Below you will see a quick list of the albums I have picked up so far this year. I will try to update them every month or so. If I have an opinion of the record, will post a quick note, but keep in mind, I may change mine.

For now, just alphabetical order, until I collect enough and start forming concrete opinions, rather then the snap judgments I currently possess.

Adele - "21" ----- So far, easily one of my favorites. I am not sure how long it will stick with me. It is so emotionally ripe, that it wears me out to listen too it. For now, that is a great ride, but it might get tiresome.

Angus & Julia Stone - "Down The Way" ----- Yes, this was released in 2010. But I consider the last quarter of last year, a part of this one. It is too hard to fall in love with a record in 3 months, let alone, digest it enough to know if its crap or not. But, so far, this one is NOT crap. It is mellow and breezy and wonderful.

The Cave Singers - "No Witch" ----- I was so excited for this record release, a northwest band that I expect to do major things. I have not given it the listen it deserves yet (blame Adele), but form what I have heard, it is a stout record.

The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow" ----- I love this band. This record, their first full length, is exactly as it should be. Is it for everyone? No, probably not. But, for a folk/blues/singersongwriter hound like me, it is wonderful.

Cold War Kids - "Mine Is Yours" ----- Easily the most disappointing record of the year. Still does not come within an iota of this bands debut. They lost their way. They went from sounding distinctly like COLD WAR KIDS, to trying to sound like a radio friendly, borderline KINGS OF LEON tribute band. I have nothing against the Kings, but they could not hold a candle to Kids "Robbers & Cowards."

Hercules & Love Affair - "Blue Songs" ----- Not memorable, but not forgettable. Some great tracks. Some awful ones.

Jessica Lea Mayfield - "Tell Me" ----- I didn't know apathetic could be sexy. But someone. Jessica Lea Mayfield makes it happen. Her voice has an "I have feelings, but I don't give a shit" vibe to it that is impossible to describe until you hear it. Now, does that voice make this a good record? I think it might.

Lulu & The Lampshades - "Cold Water EP" ----- Quirky and great. I wish there were more.

Lykee Li - "Wounded Rhymes" ----- Best of the year so far. But I have only listened to it twice.

Rural Alberta Advantage - "Departing" ----- This record makes me mad. Like I REALLY want to like it, but something is off. It's like a different voice all together from their previous release that I fell in love with. I am not saying it's out of the running, if I let go of my expectations, I may find a very nice record.

Best Songs Of The Decade, 20-11

Ok. so we are now entering the final stretch. The top twenty. The cream of the crop. I would wager, there is not an unlikeable song the rest of the way. We are continuing our ten part series for the Best Songs of the Decade. Again, to make it easy, I will color code selections for you. Addi's will be in Green, Stevie's will be in Purple.


After reading both lists, it is clear where we come together and veer apart, but over all, not a bad song in the bunch. For a proper intro to the lists, please see part one below. 

***You will notice that there are two #13's listed below. It was an error in editing that, as the list poster, I am hanging my head for. However, rather then delete such a high ranking song, we decided just to expand the accompanying list to match. So, bonus for you.


20. "Blowers Daughter" -- Damian Rice/"I Made A Resolution" -- Sea Wolf


19. "Such Great Heights" -- The Postal Service/"This is the Thing" -- Fink


18. "Cartwheels" -- The Reindeer Section/"Collide" -- Howie Day


17. "To Be Alone with You" -- Sufjan Stevens/"Maybe Maybe" -- Nico Stai


16. "Follow You Into the Dark" -- Death Cab/"Flight 180" -- Bishop Allen


15. "I'm A Pilot" -- Fanfarlo/"Morning After" -- Howie Day


14. "Oviedo" -- Blind Pilot/"For You" -- The Format


13. "Collide" -- Howie Day/"La Cienga Just Smiled" -- Ryan Adams


13. "Thousand Ways" -- Tallest Man On Earth/"Blood" -- The Middle East


12. "Save Me" -- Aimee Mann/"Stan" -- Eminem ft. Dido


11. "The Funeral" -- Band Of Horses/"Giving Up On Love" -- Slow Club

Song of the Day: "Big Jet Plane" by Angus And Julia Stone

>> Wednesday, March 2, 2011

So, if you read this blog, you will know that I count the last quarter of 2010 as part of 2011 when it comes to finding music to consider for inclusion in my best albums of the year. I have never been more grateful for that stupid rule, without it, I never would have given this duo much of a spin. Heart, meet plater.

"Big Jet Plane" by Angus And Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane music video from The Silentlights on Vimeo.

Song of the Day: "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People

>> Tuesday, March 1, 2011














So yea... I know they kind of look like douche bags. And they're video isn't exactly spectacular. And yet I am strangely addicted to this song. I love it. I mean lyrically its a hot mess and yet there I am singing along to it. I'm not saying I'm a full on fan until I hear their full album in May but until then...