Here’s another lazy-ish post (the result of a delicious hangover). This time, I present you with acoustic demos of The Good Life
‘s Album Of The Year
. It actually sounds more like solely the work of TGL and Cursive
frontman Tim Kasher
rather than the whole band, but it’s something to check out nonetheless, if you’re a fan or not. Think of these as stripped down demos over anything else. I don’t have much info about the recording of them, but I imagine it was sometime around 2004 when the actual album came out. Without further ado:
[MP3] 01. The Good Life – Album Of The Year (April)
[MP3] 02. The Good Life – Night And Day (May)
[MP3] 03. The Good Life – Under A Honeymoon (June)
[MP3] 04. The Good Life – You’re No Fool (July)
[MP3] 05. The Good Life – Notes In His Pocket (August)
[MP3] 06. The Good Life – You’re Not You (September)
[MP3] 07. The Good Life – October Leaves (October)
[MP3] 08. The Good Life – Lovers Need Lawyers (November)
[MP3] 09. The Good Life – Inmates (December)
[MP3] 10. The Good Life – Needy (January)
[MP3] 11. The Good Life – A New Friend (February)
I know there is a bit of skipping on “October Leaves” but that’s the only problem I’m aware of. Enjoy! Check back later for more updates!
I’ve been waiting seemlingly forever for news about/from Rogue Wave
ever since I saw them live last year with Mazarin
. Today I picked up these songs which they have released on a UK CD single of Publish My Love
which came out recently this year. I know that both of these songs existed before this release, both I think “Eyes” was available only from their myspace (bad stream quality). Check them out!
[MP3} Rogue Wave – Eyes
This song, like almost all RW songs, is instantly likable, right from the first strum ‘n twang. It actually sounds more like a Gibbard tune than anything else, but much like Ben, Zach Rogue has the incredible ability to convey this feeling pure, affectuous, and caring emotion through his lyrics and the orchestration of the music. You can tell he probably wrote this one when he was younger (due to the lack of a band / demo quality)…probably for someone he loved (or still loves)…it’s amazing that someone can so convincingly convey that amount of emotional depth in a song…but Zach nails it each time.
[MP3} Rogue Wave – Manna
At first, this song feels a little empty, but the addition of the cello (I think that’s what it is), maybe the only cello that I’ve heard used in an RW song. It really gives fullness to an otherwise slightly empty tune…don’t take that the wrong way though, it’s still another excellent song from RW. If you’re looking for RW’s darker side, something not usually exhibited (Zach is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet), look no further than Manna.
I decided to toss in a few more B-Sides/Demos/Covers from Rogue Wave for you guys. Enjoy!
[MP3} Rogue Wave – March
[MP3} Rogue Wave – Every Moment (Demo Version)
[MP3} Rogue Wave – On A Plain (Nirvana Cover)
[MP3} Rogue Wave – Seconds (U2 Cover)
[MP3} Rogue Wave – Everyday (Buddy Holly Cover)
Electo-pop experts Zero 7
have (finally?) collaborated with folk upstart José González
…and the result is a little more pleasing than you’d think. You may or may not know, but this isn’t the first time our Argentinian friend has dipped his hand into the techie cookie jar…he aslo covered The Knife
‘s “Heartbeats” only to later have one of his songs remixed by them. It’s a funny world we live in…
[MP3] Zero 7 w/ Jose Gonzalez – Futures
The song begins really well with both acts exhibiting their trademark styles…José’s skilled finger picking matched with Zero 7′s suave, slow matched beat. The later result is something that reminds me a little bit of James Taylor, 80′s style. Acid-trip synth, soothing, layered vocals, and that cool-mint, refreshing aftertaste. It’s a good song, don’t get me wrong, but I think I prefer them left to their own respective devices.
What do you guys think?
I saw that Matt
posted a couple songs from The Lovely Feathers
yesterday, so I thought that there’s no better time than now to serve up double whammy (Whammy!) for you guys. I also noticed that the myspace rip quality of “Frantic” was crappy…I happen to have an advance of the album, so I’ll clear up that problem for you guys as well. Here are your damn mp3s:
[MP3] The Lovely Feathers – In The Valley
The energy and sort of uninhibited quirkiness in this song are what makes me think that The Lovely Feathers are gonna be pretty big this year. They touch on Arctic Monkeys‘ drive and Man Man‘s intensity, a pretty damn comforting combination. The repetition of the second to last verse further nails this point home: “She says hi to the man in the house / She says ‘I am the man of the house’”
[MP3] The Lovely Feathers – Frantic
Matt was right on the money about the opening of this song. It really grabs your attention…I can’t help but picturing a burglar goose-stepping his way out of a crime scene to each beat of the song. In seemingly typical TLF fashion, the songs picks up, really connecting to the song’s name more than anything else, i.e. the backing vocals on “I’m not coming back / no I’m not coming back,” which provide a frenzied extreme for the lead.
[MP3] The Lovely Feathers – Breakfast Cake
Here’s simply another fine example of the band’s eye (ear?) for wild composition. Despite what may at many points sound like chaos, these boys have got everything in their commanding Canadian grasps…and while their music may sound a little more like the stuff from across the pond, there’s no denying that TLF bring a whole new meaning to the term “banal minutia.” Just look at their song about Rod Stewart!
I was trying to make a list of all the concerts I’ve ever been to…as very trying task, but one that brings back some great memories of some amazing shows. One of the best show’s in terms of performance that I’ve ever witnessed was Andrew Bird
. If you’re a fan of his music then you should really try to see him live, it’s a whole different experience…in fact, the arrangements of the majority of his songs are changed when played live but still are able to retain their complexity. You’ll be stunned, I guarantee it.
Anyways, for those of you who like his music but don’t plan to see him live, check out this bootlegg from his Black Session performance on 3/21/05:
[MP3] 01. Andrew Bird – Intro
[MP3] 02. Andrew Bird – Sovay
[MP3] 03. Andrew Bird – Why?
[MP3] 04. Andrew Bird – A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left
[MP3] 05. Andrew Bird – Measuring Cups
[MP3] 06. Andrew Bird – Banking On A Myth
[MP3] 07. Andrew Bird – Masterfade
[MP3] 08. Andrew Bird – Fake Palindromes
[MP3] 09. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocalypse
[MP3] 10. Andrew Bird – Tables And Chairs
[MP3] 11. Andrew Bird – Capital Isle
[MP3] 12. Andrew Bird – Lull
Sorry about the lazy post again, but hey…it’s spring break! If you’re even in the position to care you should seriously get out more…like incest serious. Check back later today for another one…punkasses…