Today is President’s Day and despite the fact that my lovely educational instituition doesn’t feel the need to cancel class, I’m still going to attempt to stay in a chipper mood and post some Presidentially influenced songs for your festive mp3 seeking ears.
[MP3] Bright Eyes – When The President Talks To God
[MP3] Death Cab For Cutie – President Of What
[MP3] Coldplay – Politik
[MP3] Belle and Sebastian – Step Into My Office, Baby
[MP3] Slow Reader – Politics, Music, and Drugs
Regardless if you love or hate our current president… Enjoy the Monday off, if you’re lucky enough to have it.
This could easily just be another case of me being out of the loop, but this guy, Alexi Murdoch
, is awesome. The only music he’s released was 2002′s whopping four-track EP, aptly named Four Songs
, but don’t let that modesty get to your heads…those four songs have been all over the place. You have probably heard at least one of Alexi’s songs before, specifically his song “Orange Sky,” which has been on both The OC
and yes, even in Garden State
(although not included on the soundtrack). It may also be worth noting that Four Songs
is the highest selling album over at CDBaby
With all that in mind, you can probably guess what music camp Murdoch adheres to. That’s right, the Nick Drake-esq, soft-voiced, cry-on-my-shoulder-but-don’t-worry-everything-will-be-okay-in-the-end shtick…but c’mon, sometime that shiz works. Take a listen:
[MP3] Alexi Murdoch – Orange Sky
[MP3] Alexi Murdoch – Blue Mind
[MP3] Alexi Murdoch – Song For You
While we all wait for the release of a full album, due sometime soon in 2006, you can listen to one of the new songs over at his myspace page. There are also a couple of songs he performed for KEXP here and here.
“Chiming, mesmerizing, melodic songs that mix the organic and synthetic into a seamlessly psychedelic whole. Thick glowing neon lead guitar lines blazing a trail somewhere between Geddy Lee and Michael Rother, while Led Zeppelin bleeds through the wallpaper. The uninitiated listener could easily be excused for thinking this might be some lost early 70′s masterpiece.”
– Dream Magazine
Upon listening to this album for the first time all the way through, I can say that this self-titled debut from Citay is by far one of the best LPs and certainly one of the most promising debuts I’ve heard in a really long time. To me, Citay sounds like a combination of the best 70′s power ballad riffs and solos you can think of matched seamlessly with Sufjan‘s wonderfully lush orchestration.
I’m hesitant to label this as “freak-folk.” While it is like nothing you’ve ever heard before, and while it does emphasize an unusual folk-like instrumentation, it falls very far from the current freak-folk giants. I feel there’s something about freak-folk that puts an emphasis on accessibility, or a lack thereof…if that’s true, Citay couldn’t be further from such a label…you’ll love it the first time you hear it (all highly recommended):
[MP3] Citay – Seasons Don’t Dear The Year
[MP3] Citay – Nice Cuffs (my favorite)
[MP3] Citay – People Person (2nd favorite)
If you’re not convinced, you can listen to two more tracks over here. When you’re finally convinced, which shouldn’t take too long, please go and buy the album!
With the news of a new album on the way from Glasgow’s Camera Obscura, I got to listening to their past album and realized what I have to look forward. Part of me thinks they sound like Belle and Sebastian with mainly female vocals, yet another part of me thinks this band sounds like a vintage 1950′s overplayed jukebox group. Then I finally come to the conclusion that they are just…Great.
I’ve been salivating at the mouth for a few new tracks to surface in the form of mp3s, but alas they’re only playing them at live gigs around England. It’s been awhile since they’ve recorded an LP with their latest endeavor hitting shelves this summer titled, Lets Get Out Of This Country
. The band, as well as their label, are extremely excited and pleased with the sound of their new album which means there has to be nothing but good noises on their disc.
[MP3] Camera Obscura – Suspended From Class
[MP3] Camera Obscura – Keep It Clean
[MP3] Camera Obscura – Let Me Go Home
They’ve announced a short US tour that is looking to expand in size, with the focal point being their appearance at SXSW this year. Check their site out for more information and upcoming details on their new release.
In my out of town absence, I think the greatest post ever was made. It’ll be near impossible to top such a post with 90′s songs running amok everywhere, the best part being that all of you readers essentially made the mixes yourselves…so kudos!
Since I want to get back listening to more Hootie and The Blowfish, I’m gonna keep this post short. I found this next artist floating around an Elliott Smith site where fans could submit their own work for people to sample and listen to. Joe MacKenzie, although in his primitive stages as a musician, has loads of potential much like the Beatles influenced Smith.
[MP3] Joe MacKenzie – All The Same
[MP3] Joe MacKenzie – All The Way Down
[MP3] Joe MacKenzie – Neverlasting
Splitting his time between his band and solo project, it remains unclear if MacKenzie will release a full length album in the future. You can get a ton more songs and information from his site.