Yuhp, that's all I wanted to say.
4. Mai. 2011, 6:35Upon realizing that I've been using (and loving) last.fm for over five years now, I decided that it was high time to become a subscriber.
Yuhp, that's all I wanted to say.
27. Feb. 2011, 5:35The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. 15 albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
In no particular order as they all have influenced my life in different ways:
I. Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
II. Straylight Run - Straylight Run (self-titled)
III. Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton - Knives don’t have your back
IV. The Distillers - Coral Fang
V. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
VI. A Fire Inside -Sing the Sorrow
VII. Maria Taylor - 11:11
VIII. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
IX. Nana Grizol - Love It Love It
X. Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless
XI. Bayside - Sirens and Condolences
XII. Page France - Hello, Dear Wind
XIII. Metric - Fantasies
XIV. The Appples In Stereo - Tone Soul Evolution
XV. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Avril Lavigne - Let Go
Mindless Self Indulgence - You’ll Rebel To Anything
Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Etiquette
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Cat Power - The Greatest
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The Gaslight Anthem - Sink or Swim
He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood
Lou Bega - A Little Bit Of Mambo
Major Organ And The Adding Machine - Major Organ and the Adding Machine (self-titled)
James Yuill - Turning Down Water For Air
Rocky Votolato - Makers
Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
Torpeedoh - Party People
Pete Davis - Emergency Response
…and certainly many, many more that I have (stupidly) forgotten.
9. Dez. 2010, 9:50Comprised of bands new and old, this is a list of my favoritest finds I've accumulated throughout the year twenty ten. The artists below are listed in alphabetical order, because I could never construct a list in any other way, in all due fairness and all that shit.
Angus & Julia Stone
Great Lake Swimmers
Lady of the Sunshine
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's
Memory Cassette/Memory Tapes
Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine
The Ladybug Transistor
7. Dez. 2010, 7:48I know no one cares, but I always think about starting this up again. Truth of the matter is that I'm too busy and yet too lazy to get back into it.
29. Apr. 2006, 17:51Ben Folds meets John Mayer.
Denison Witmer's Are You a Dreamer? is now one of my favorite albums of all time. I am absolutely in love with his voice, probably more so than any other male vocalist with this type of smooth, calming approach. His lyrics are soft and romantic. Almost innocent. I really love listening to this album while traveling, especially when I have no reading material, and I'm in the back seat with my iPod on an hour car ride to St. Louis to visit. I also love how his music doesn't especially remind me of much of anything. Just sounds. Pretty sounds. And I highly reccomend you check him out. (:
22. Apr. 2006, 21:12I first saw Caleb Engstrom live about five months ago at one of my friends' Christmas parties at a local venue he rents out every so often. I'd never heard of the guy, but the word on the street was that I was really going to be in for a treat. Before the show, Caleb and a friend of his that he was touring with, were sitting at a booth to the side of the room, completely alone. No one had even touched their CDs, posters, and merch for sale. My friend Greg and I saw that he was selling his button collection (an enormous box of random Iowan buttons) and we moved in on the kill. We started talking to the guys, and had a pretty good time. I hardly realized after hearing him play how lucky I was to be in his presence. I have never heard a better live show (Besides Mindless Self-Indulgence a few years back, but they're a completely different genre, and a totally different world altogether.) ahh, I was completely in awe. I was surprised that after the show no one was really oohing and ahhing and gushing as much as I was about how fantastic this guy was, but most of the people from my area have horrible taste in music anyways.
His lyrics are completely perfect in every way.
His sound is one that heals.
His voice is soft and soothing.
All that could possibly explain the feeling of his music is: WOW.
If you like Cat Power, The Honorary Title, Pedro the Lion, Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse, Rogue Wave, Maria Taylor, old Jewel, etc. I think you'll enjoy Caleb Engstrom. I'm pretty sure he's still touring, so you may want to check him out on myspace and purevolume for details. Trying to find his music on limewire, bitcomet, azureus, and Kazaa is completely useless, but his first full-length album, The Building of Day One, is available at the iTunes music store for $9.99 and I highly reccomend it.
22. Apr. 2006, 20:05Rosie Thomas is one of the best female vocalists I have ever listened to, aside from Jewel Kilcher, Joanna Newsom, and Sherri DuPree of Eisley. While her lyrics are somewhat more "grown-up" than Newsom's or Eisley's, I'd say that Rosie's recent work is just as good as Jewel's earlier recordings, and that's hard to beat.
Oh, and P.S. she can knit and make crafty goodies, too! There's often available online on her website and myspace (especially scarves around Christmas time) so keep your eyes peeled! (;
22. Apr. 2006, 19:36Maria Taylor is a newly solo artist, a former member of Azure Ray, and completely amazing in every way. Her lyrics are completely different from anything I have ever heard before, but it reminds me a lot of my own writing, so I guess thats why I love it so much. Her voice, so nonchalant and calm, it's great for bed or long road trips, or after any point in your life when something big happens. I actually used to sit up in bed late at night and just cry listening to Hitched after a former boyfriend of mine left me for another girl.
"No more days too long
Pretty love songs
You hum as you travel
All the things I dont know
And when you came in to say
What your face already told,"
-Maria Taylor, Hitched
Although she has only released one full album so far, 11:11 is still so much better than anything she did while in Azure Ray. I highly reccomend this artist to anyone, especially fans of Azure Ray, Pedro the Lion, Rilo Kiley, Feist, and Sia.
"Is it in a plan, written in your hand?
Believe or understand
Something other than
Fear is blinding lights, squeeze my eyes so tight
Could you make a flower grow?
Would you let me know?"
-Maria Taylor, Leap Year
22. Apr. 2006, 19:21The Decemberists. I've fallen in love with them from the moment a good girl friend of mine played Eli, The Barrowboy for me. Most of their songs are a lot like this one- stories, and they're beautiful. I really don't know how I lived my life without them. I reccomend the Decemberists (even though they're more well-known than I had thought) to anyone who enjoys the smooth, sad sounds of Pedro the Lion, Elliot Smith, Gregory and the Hawk, and maybe even The Honorary Title. They've even done a really great Joanna Newsom cover of Bridges and Balloons, from their live album of songs they played in Casbah, San Diego.
"And I am a writer, writer of fictions
I am the heart that you call home
And I've written pages upon pages
Trying to rid you from my bones,"
-The Decemberists, The Engine Driver
21. Apr. 2006, 23:27Joanna Newsom. What can I say? I was getting a ride home from one of my friends one night, mind you he is very into the indie music scene, and basically all walks of GOOD music, and this song comes on. Peach, Plum, Pear. At first, just as humans, the child-like, yet unique sound of Newsom's voice just made me laugh. Listening, I realized that this creative and beautiful sound was something I enjoyed a lot. I got home, downloaded all of her albums, and I just can't stop listening to them. We (Newsom and I) are alike in a lot of ways. Too many to list, but I'm pretty sure that I've found my twin. I cannot leave the house in the morning without listening to something by Joanna Newsom, and while doing my photography, she and The Comb-overs are all I really listen to. She is, in every way, shape and form, beautiful.
Overall, pretty lyrics, very inspiring, soothing, calming, and just plain lovely.
You can see her music video for Sprout and the Bean here: