Arcade Fire


We’ve all heard the buzz surrounding the new Arcade Fire album due out in 2007. And if you’re even one half as excited for it as I am you’re ready to buy the disc the day it hits the stores. My only fear is that it will lack the intensity, the sense of play that made their debut, Funeral, such an amazing album.

Anyway, here’s to hoping the long wait between albums has allowed them to skip right over the dreaded sophomore slump. Enjoy the music, the first nine tracks is the live recording off of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show. And I must say these songs sound amazing. The last track posted here is the new Arcade Fire single entitled Intervention as heard on BBC 1.

mp3 : Arcade Fire – Intro (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – Wake Up (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #4 (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – Vampire Forest Fire (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – Interview (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – Intervention (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – Born on a Train (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – In the Backseat (Live on KCRW)
mp3 : Arcade Fire – Outro (Live on KCRW)

mp3 : Arcade Fire – Intervention : new single

sites
Us Kids Know Fan Site
Myspace
Official Site

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Forgather


Recently Broc Stanage, possibly better known as the indie folk outfit Forgather, has been rereleasing some of his older material. I’ve taken to downloading his tracks and rehosting them on my blog as they’ll get a much wider circulation this way.

If you like good music you’ll love Forgather. Download and enjoy.

mp3 : Forgather – Turn Away
mp3 : Forgather – Cry

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No Doubt


When I started this blog I never expected to post anything to do with the band No-Doubt. To be honest I liked their style and their sound a lot more back when Gwen was sporting pink hair and the rest of the band didn’t come across like some punk-rockers in a B-list movie. Apparently they still have an audience somewhere in the world, and guessing from Gwen’s latest solo efforts that somewhere is probably Japan.

This song is from way back, during the era when all you heard in the summer was Sugar Ray, Fastball, the Goo Goo Dolls, and of course No Doubt on the radio. It’s a solid acoustic effort and it showcases the idea that this band is made up of actual musicians, not just eye candy.

mp3 : No Doubt – Ex-Girlfriend (acoustic)

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One Stop Shop


For the next couple of days, maybe even weeks, my life is going to be extremely busy. Therefore the frequency of my posting will probably drop a bit and for this I apologize. I’ll still try to throw up some music and some lovin for you all, but don’t expect anything spectacular.

All that being said I do have this one spectacular post for you all to enjoy. About every six weeks I get a little bored with the music I’ve been listening to. And when that happens I troll the internet to find what’s getting buzz, who the kids are listening to, and who deserves a mention on this blog. And after I’ve sampled hundreds of tracks I select the music I think you all should listen to.

So here it is, the first installation of what I hope will be a long series of posts. Because I find these files in various and sundry places, and then compile them all into one hopefully convenient post, I’ve dubbed this series One Stop Shop.

Here you go, and merry Christmas.

mp3 : Belle and Sebastian – Christmas Time is Here
mp3 : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Satan Said Dance
mp3 : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Underwater (You and Me)
mp3 : Coldplay – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
mp3 : Death Cab for Cutie – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
mp3 : Explosions in The Sky – Welcome, Ghosts
mp3 : Goldspot – Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)
mp3 : Radiohead – Down Is The New Up
mp3 : Regina Spektor – Fidelity
mp3 : Regina Spektor – Samson (original version)
mp3 : The Postal Service – Grow Old With Me
mp3 : The Strokes (feat Regina Spektor) – Modern Girls & Old Fashioned Men
mp3 : Thom Yorke – Videotape

All tracks come highly recommended.

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Random News

I’m basically posting to say that The Hype Machine has finally sorted out whatever issue they were having with my blog. Well, allegedly they’ve sorted it out. So that’s good news.

In other randomness the next installment of the EA Mixes is ready to go, expect thirteen songs of yummy goodness to appear up here before this weekend. I’ve been working on that a lot lately so I haven’t really had a chance to write small articles. Check below this post for some great stuff by Forgather, Zach Williams, and a weird Jay Z / Chris Martin collaboration.

Oh, and so as not to leave you high and dry, here’s a little bit of music to hold you over.

mp3 : Sufjan Stevens – Woman at the Well

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Zach Williams

Let me say what I’ve been saying for a couple of months now. Zach Williams is amazing. His music, his style, his lyrics, all things together combine to form music that is both interesting, personal, and original.

I would place Mr. Williams alongside such artists as Page France, Asher Lev, or Sufjan Stevens, all of whom he shares a faith and a similar sound with. A certain type of new folk sound with a lot of indie darling credibility. Acoustic yes, raw yes, delicate and intricate double yes. Although I cannot seem to find the exact words to accurately describe his music I would say that above all things Zach’s music is quality.

And on top of musical talent Mr. Williams has the knack of meeting and warming to people like they’re old friends. A friend of mine recently met Zach after his show at Rockwood in NYC and had nothing but warm things to say of their brief encounter. If you check out Zach’s myspace account, which I highly recommend as it’s regularly updated, you’ll find many people that not only love his music but have formed some sort of personal connection with the man behind the music. That’s actually where I met him.

Mark my words, this man will be huge. All he needs now is a little attention.

check out Zach on myspace

mp3 : Zach Williams – Maybes
mp3 : Zach Williams – James
mp3 : Zach Williams – Push
mp3 : Zach Williams – War of 38 (Guitar Version)
mp3 : Zach Williams – Hospital Dream
mp3 : Zach Williams – Fears (live at Rockwood)
mp3 : Zach Williams – Dirty Feet (live)

buy Zach Williams EP on cdbaby for 8.00

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The Strokes

The Strokes : I’ll Try Anything Once


The Strokes are one of those bands that you either fell in love with five years ago with the first strains of the desperate little title track “Is This It,” or you’ve simply ignored them since then. If you didn’t dig their sound right off the bat then their sophomore album Room on Fire, probably didn’t do much for you either. Essentially it was enough to music to prove to the world that they were still around, but not really anything new. In fact, if you put their first two albums together on a playlist and hit shuffle, you might just walk away not knowing which songs came from what year.

That all changed earlier this year with the release of their third full length album First Impressions of Earth. Yes, their signature sound is still intact. But they’ve thrown in a nice blend of curve balls and change ups to prove once and for all that The Strokes really do rule the kingdom of “the” bands. At first listen some of the songs are awkwardly out of place, they just don’t jive with the rest of the Strokes library. But upon repeat treks through their [arguably first] full album the songs come alive. One noticeably new sound for The Strokes comes on the track “Ask Me Anything” which could easily have come off of the latest Magnetic Fields disc.

Just recently they’ve dropped a new single, world wide style. The single is “Heart in a Cage” and they’re offering a brilliant b-side as a free download on their myspace page. It’s only available for a limited time, so you should hurry and grab it now. The song is a b-side remake of “You Only Live Once” and the new title, or rather original title, is “I’ll Try Anything Once.” It’s a simple piece with electronic keyboards and Julian’s now famous scratchy vocals.

At the very end when Jules says “ok, one more time,” you will wholeheartedly agree as you play it again, and again, and again.

mp3 : The Strokes – I’ll Try Anything Once (b-side)

myspace : The Strokes

lyrics, an away message waiting to happen :

when i said i can see me in your eyes
you said i can see you in my bed
that’s not just friendship that’s romance too
you like music we can dance to