EA Mix vol. 4 – The End Draws Near

EA Mix vol. 4 – The End Draws Near

download it here, or here

sorry about the lack of individual song downloads, i’ll try to have those up and working soon, but it’s too much work for right now. sorry.

01 : Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Live at KCRW) : kcrw has some amazing music online. let me just put it out there that this radio station somehow gets amazingly talented artists to come in and record their songs in a brand new way. this version of chicago will make you want to stop listening to anything but christian indie folk music, and in a good way. oh sufjan, you are a master.

02 : Big Japan – Rise and Fall of Bill : few, if any of you, know that big japan is a band that is linked to my favorite high school drama [the o.c.] in it’s own special way. adam brody, who plays character seth cohen as well as making appearances in mr. and mrs. smith and the recent thank you for smoking, is the drummer in this little slice of somewhat awkward indie goodness. but c’mon, you’d have to expect that from adam.

03 : Brendan Losch – Hear Me Out : granted, about half way through i don’t like the break from the acoustic folk that, in my opinion, transitions awkwardly into and out of a little drum driven bridge. but it’s not my job to find a bunch of music that’s all the same drivel you can find at pitchfork or some other pretentious indie publication. no, i bring you good music with a focus on the music being good. hence, brendan losch has made the cut.

04 : Final Fantasy – Peach Plum Pear (Joanna Newsom Cover) : every so often there is a band you discover that you don’t really like [ok, so more often than not this happens]. but, then again, occasionally there’s a band that you realize you don’t like all that much that totally redeems it with a nice little cover. which is the brilliance that is found here. final fantasy on their own kinda drift about, but on their covers they seem to lock it down and find their groove [albeit stolen groove].

05 : Andrew Bird – Tables and Chairs : andrew bird is another of those indie artists that seems to benefit largely from single song downloads. he just cannot seem to but an accessible full length album together. for every lp he puts out at least 1/3 is kind experimental noise driven rubbish. lucky for you, with this mix, you get the cream of his crop.

06 : Ken Michaels : The Sun Gets In Your Eyes : if you haven’t figured it out yet, i was trying to branch out a bit on this mix album. most of the time i get into the rut of singer/songwriter indie kid with a jones for folk tunes music and run it until it’s dead. but on this mix i was looking for a bit more. a bit of eclectic oomph. welcome to ken michaels, a never-quite-gonna-make it indie act. it just sounds too much like other bands, sorry ken.

07 : Kunek – Good Day : “today, it’s gonna be, such a good day. such a good day” these lyrics reads happy, but in the song they sound depressing. ahh, my bread and butter. music that for all intents and purposes should make you feel better, but at the end they still leave you drifting in the melancholy of life. thanks kunek.

08 : Peter Walker – What Do I Know : i met peter on myspace. man i love that little slice of e-music heaven. it’s such a great site to network and discover new talent. and peter walker is definitely on the upswing of acoustic driven power pop. he’ll make it big soon, in fact i wouldn’t be surprised if you heard this song on the radio soon. “oh you couldn’t wait, oh you had to go, oh darling what do i know.”

09 : Josh Garrels – Joyful Boy : if you’ve ever been around me you know that east central indiana native j.g. is a must see, must hear. and this little rendition of joyful boy is a rare b-side only available from his website. josh is a great guy who gives great hugs. and his music is like that too. it reaches out from some warm, loop driven, folk-hop roots and gives your life a nice long lingering hug.

10 : Nanoo Nanoo – 14 : every mix album deserves at least one instrumental piece and it’s even doubly warranted when that band [one member] references mork and mindy with his name, is from relatively close to your parents house, and puts out delicious tracks on myspace regularly. on top of that he’s a nice guy who likes to talk music, make recommendations, and has a lot of honest opinions.

11 : The Polyphonic Spree – Move Away and Shine : i first heard of this band about three years ago when their single appeared in a volkswagen ad. that thirty second slice of a song inspired me enough to buy two of their albums and also go see them live when they came through louisville. and. they. are. awesome. live. anyway, they recently recorded two versions of this song for internet release, and this is by far the better of the two.

12 : Malcolm Middleton – A Happy Medium : ok, this track is truly random. filled with extraneous noise, syncopation, and the line repeated again again of “woke up again today, realized i hate myself, my face is a disease.” it reads about as depressing as an lyric you could write. but true to my musical taste this song sounds incredibly upbeat and happy. a lot of vocal echoing, multiple voice tracks, and distortion. it’s gorgeous when it’s all put together.

13 : Tally Hall – Good Day : discordant harmony, piano, clapping, words spoke-sung too fast. what more do you want? and rumor has it my roomie scotty knows people in this band. the song is about as random as they come. moving from acapella to pop driven piano rock, even ending in this kind yellow-submarine era beatles like mash up of sounds, voices, and guitar.

14 : The Legends – He Knows the Sun : smooth is the best word to describe their sound. if you took a bassline and stretched all the notes together, dripped a nice electric melody over the top, and then poured your voice through a standard early ’80s distortion machine you’d have this sound. not that it’s formulaic, but that’s what it boils down to. and it’s chill, and laid back, and beautiful. overall smooth pop.

15 : Venice is Sinking – Pulaski Heights : they might have the greatest indie name i’ve heard in quite awhile. and on top of choosing a great name they make some solid tunes. a bit like the wallflowers early material, a bit like a symphony layered with fuzzy indie tracks, a bit like soaring melodies trapped like lightning bugs and made to dance for our enjoyment.

16 : Radiohead – Fog (again) (live) : i put this song up on my music blog awhile back, but it’s so brilliant that it deserves more attention than that site generates. radiohead is one of my favorite bands. ever. and seeing them live blew me away. hands down the best show i’ve ever seen. ever. and this song as recorded in the studio is ok. but here, stripped down to just thom on a piano, blows me away with every listen. “some things will never wash away. did you go bad?”

17 : Sunset Rubdown – Shut Up I am Dreaming of a Place Where Lovers Have Wings : when your song clocks in at over seven full minutes then you’re allowed to have any length of song title that you want. even if it is a full sentence. and here, with sunset rubdown [a great little band name], they’ve created a great song that stretches your ears and your mind and takes you to a place where you actually begin to believe that lovers really do have wings.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium


The new album is worth whatever you pay to get it. It’s been a few years since we last heard a studio effort from these four crazy boys, but it has been worth the wait. Releasing a double album is a brave thing to do in these days that are filled with single song digital downloads. In the face of this new trend, or as I refer to it as the dumbing down of album making, the Peppers have come full circle with just over two hours of continuous music that samples every era, trend, and genre they’ve dabbled in from Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik through Californication and By The Way.

Basically the boys came to rock on this album, and they’re mature and established enough to know they have nothing left to prove. They are and always shall remain one of the greatest American rock bands. This album, excuse me double album, only serves to further prove that the Red Hot Chili Peppers make music that is progressive, retro, and all around loveable.

from disc 1 – Jupiter
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)

from disc 2 – Mars
Red Hot Chili Peppers – If

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

Bruce Springsteen

One of the greatest songs Bruce Springsteen ever wrote has been relegated to a simple prayer for 9/11. What’s really unique is that this song, My City of Ruins, was written before the events of 9/11. In fact Springsteen wrote the song looking back on his beloved city of Asbury Park, NJ. It’s the story of a once great place slowly slipping into decay as the people, and the money they had, migrates to other parts of the world. He speaks of empty churches, evoking images of rust and ruin, images of things long since past. It’s quite a change of pace from his more well known tracks such as Glory Days or Born in the USA.

Regardless of how it’s viewed now, how we’ve misinterpreted this song or labeled it as something it is not, it is ultimately a haunting tale. When The Boss sings mournfully “tell me how do I begin again?” you are forced to wonder if anything this far gone could find a new beginning. You want to have the answer to that question, to be able to give him a solution to all these troubles, but in the end you know that all you can do is clasp your hands and pray with him.

As originally recorded for the album “The Rising” this song takes on almost a sick sense of slick production and radio friendly vibe. The version below is the best one available of this song. Coming from the album “America: A Tribute to Heroes” this version is stripped down, filled out with harmonica and a gospel choir, and contains more emotion in the first fifteen seconds than all other versions of this song combined.

mp3 : Bruce Springsteen – My City of Ruins

lyrics :

there’s a blood red circle
on the cold dark ground
and the rain is falling down
the church door’s thrown open
i can hear the organ’s song
but the congregation’s gone
my city of ruins
my city of ruins

now the sweet bells of mercy
drift through the evening trees
young men on the corner
like scattered leaves
the boarded up windows, the empty streets
and my brother’s down on his knees
my city of ruins
my city of ruins

come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up

now’s there’s tears on the pillow
darlin’ where we slept
and you took my heart when you left
without your sweet kiss
my soul is lost, my friend
tell me how do i begin again?
my city’s in ruins
my city’s in ruins

now with these hands
with these hands
with these hands
with these hands
i pray lord
with these hands
with these hands
i pray for the strength, lord
with these hands
with these hands
i pray for the faith, lord
with these hands
with these hands
we pray for your love, lord
with these hands
with these hands
we pray for the lost, lord
with these hands
with these hands
we pray for this world, lord
with these hands
with these hands
we pray for the strength, lord
with these hands
with these hands
we pray for the strength, lord
with these hands
come on
with these hands
come on

come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!
come on, rise up!

come on, rise up
come on, rise up
come on, rise up

For a good look at the decay of favored Eastern Seaboard spots make sure you check out the movie City by the Sea starring Robert De Niro.

Radiohead

Radiohead never fails to impress. And this track is no different. Included below is one of their finest live reworkings of a song. The song, Fog, first appeared on the album Knives Out after being launched as “Alligators in New York Sewers” in Caesaria on July 9th, 2000.

From that first play, where Thom Yorke introduced it as “kind of a silly song,” it has matured and grown into something at once melancholic and beautiful. The version posted here comes from a single entitled Go To Sleep #1 and is a nice stripped down acoustic version with just Thom and Jonny.

mp3 : Radiohead – Fog (Again) (Live)

lyrics :

there’s a little child
runnin’ round this house
and he never leaves
he will never leave
and the fog comes up
from the sewers
and glows in the dark

baby alligators in the sewers
grow up fast
grow up fast
anything you want it can be done now
how did you go bad?
did you go bad?
did you go bad?
some things will never wash away
did you go bad?
did you go bad?

It Has Begun

And it has begun. I’ve once again been sucked into another online form of communication. Here I sit, a proud user of facebook, myspace, and xanga. And what am I doing? I’m plunging further into the void that is the interenets. I’m looking for another attention fix, another slice of alleged popularity.

But this will be different. This will be music. Yes, these posts will invariably contain a lot of me, how could they not when I’m writing them. But this blog will focus around music. Music will be my muse. It shall serve as our guide and together we will seek greater meaning in this life, kittens who never grow into cats, and rainbows that need not the rain.

Music.