Sufjan Stevens

January 3, 2006 at 12:46 pm (Music)

As you can see, my posting has dwindled in the past few days — now that I’m back at work.  I’m either too tired, or I just don’t have time.  Heard a great singer-songwriter on CBC Radio One’s The National Playlist.  Sufjan Stevens.  Jian Ghomeshi pitched his song Chicago off his CD 50 states.

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Feist

December 31, 2005 at 11:23 am (Music)

Just got the Feist CD “Let It Die.”  I like it.  It’s nice, not loud, mellow music, which I seem to be gravitating towards these days, stuff without heavy guitars

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CBC Radio 3 year end top 14 songs

December 30, 2005 at 9:31 pm (Music)

Listening to the CBC Radio 3 Podcast (podcast 32). The host’s top 14 songs of 2005.

14. Black Mountain – No Satisfaction

13. Wintersleep – Jaws of Life

12. Decomposure‘s Who’s Side Are You On?
The host described it as breakneck. There’s definitely a lot of busy-ness going on. Lot’s of strange percussioning, but definitely very interesting. Here’s a link to another one of Decomposure’s songs called “distraction” (Quicktime).

11. FalconhawkTry a little Longer

10. Christine Fellows – Vertebrae
She’s certainly got a beautiful voice and a way of enunciating (pronounciating?!) some words. Makes her quite a nice listen. Very mellow and just delicious.

Joel Plaskett9. Joel PlaskettLove this town
Nice, mellow song. Guy’s got a really good, slightly roughish voice. He mentions Riviere-du-Loup, a place I’ve been to, so that gives it an extra notch in my mind.

8. Great Lake Swimmers – Imaginary Bars
Acoustic guitar, accompanied. Singer’s voice is smooth, compared to Joel Plaskett. Here’s another song by them called “Bodies and Minds“. Host says “Haunting resonance.”

7. Great Aunt Ida – Macarena

6. Two Hours Traffic – Better safe than sorry
It’s okay, but nothing special to me. I like Christine Fellows and Decomposure better.

5. Immaculate MachinePhone No.
I love the lyric “There’s a war on, but let’s not let that stop us.” I’ve blogged about this song before. I love it. It’s just got everything together. I love the male and female voices. I love when the female voice unexpectedly jumps in with that lyric above. Of all these songs, this would have been my #1. I love the drums all over the place in the background.

4. Wolf Parade – Shine a Light
I’ve blogged about these guys before. There’s just something about his voice that I’m not sure if I love or hate.

3. New Pornographers – The Bleeding Heart Show
I love the band, but I’m not sure if I would have chosen this as their best song off this CD (Twin Cinemas.) But… to each his own, eh? I might have chosen Twin Cinema, Bones of an Idol, Use it or Sing me Spanish Techno.

2. The Deadly SnakesGore Veil
I love the trumpet that pops up in there unexpectedly. The singer’s voice is interesting, almost distorted(?!). Do I like it? Not immediately, but it could grow on me (like Wolf Parade) OK, it’s nearing the end of the song and I don’t hate it.

1. Mood RuffRocket Ship
Not really my bag, but I’ll listen all the way through anyway. Definitely smooooth sound, very buttery. The rhyming is not so fast and hard that you can’t understand what he’s singing. I like the do-doo-doo-doos, but not the “Rocketship”…

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Mrs. Children

December 30, 2005 at 6:43 pm (Music)

Here’s a great band from Columbus, Ohio that I found at garageband.com. I put the song Pictures of an Exhibitionist by Mrs. Children on my latest compilation CD, and I found myself listening to it over and over again and snapping my fingers along with the music (I rarely snap my fingers.) What a great track. They’ve got a bunch of other songs available for free download over at garageband.com. Here’s what they say about themselves.

We formed while we were in high school playing covers. Six years later, we are trying to make it on our own. We are between the ages of 20-23. We were recently featured in a Rolling Stone article about up and coming bands (Feb. 20) and have gained a lot of attention in our hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Pictures of an Exhibitionist
Break my Back

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A couple of New Pornographers MP3s

December 30, 2005 at 10:23 am (Music)

I found these great TNP MP3s on the Matador Records website.  My first experience with the band was with Twin Cinemas and so, I’ve never heard these.  I certainly like them.

“Mass Romantic”
from ‘Mass Romantic’ (remastered)
Buy the album
“The Laws Have Changed”
from ‘Electric Version’
Buy the album

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The wife’s birthday

December 30, 2005 at 12:22 am (Family, Music)

The kids and I got her some karaoke CDs for our karaoke machine

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The Clientele

December 29, 2005 at 9:48 am (Music)

I found this British band, The Clientele, through the Hits in the Car blog. I really like them. Think I’ll see where to but some of this.

Listen to them here (although, I had a little trouble downloading):
Since K Got Over Me (MP3)
St Paul’s Beneath A Sinking Sky (MP3)

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Do Copenhagen & Immaculate Machine

December 29, 2005 at 9:41 am (Music)

Another cool music blog… this one from Copenhagen, DoCopenhagen… featuring some Canadian artists like Immaculate Machine and Victor Scott.

Here’s some Immaculate Machine
Broken Ship (MP3)
Phone No. (MP3)

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Hits in the car

December 29, 2005 at 9:27 am (Music)

I added this blog to my list of blogs on the left sidebar. I like his taste in music. I’ll be checking this one out regularly.

Hits In The Car

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Wolf Parade

December 25, 2005 at 9:42 pm (Music)

Lately I’ve started listening to a lot of music. Contemporary music. What the kids are listening to. Well, not exactly. I seem to be concentrating on alternative. I like Alt-Pop and some experimental kind of stuff. In fact, I’m about as excited about music now, as I was when I was a teenager. Imagine that. The difference now, is that I appreciate it on more than just one level. I enjoy the music, the lyrics and I try to hear everything that’s going on in the song. I try to relate it to things I’ve heard before. I try to hear the influences in each song and pick out parts I like.

I just bought a 4 song self-titled EP from Montreal band, Wolf Parade. Click the band’s name, you’ll get taken to their site and one of their songs should start automatically. I was introduced to the band on a show called “The National Playlist” with Jian Ghomeshi that’s been airing daily on CBC Radio One at 11:30am on the program Sounds Like Canada, with Shelagh Rogers. Shelagh is the best interviewer in the world. Jian is a former (current?) member of the band Moxy Fruvous.

(SIDEBAR)
Another band I’ve been listening to is the Silver Jews. They just came up on my iTunes shuffle and I just noticed how, when listening to this song “The Farmer’s Hotel” , the singer sounds Leonard Cohen (another Montrealer).
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Back to Wolf Parade: I really like “You are a Runner and I am My Father’s Son.” They just seem to have everything together. Everything just works. The start of their song “Shine the Light” (watch a video not sure if it’s theirs, looks pretty low quality) has a beatles-esque sound. And… I’m listening now to “Lousy Pictures” and I notice something in there that sounds like the theme song to the “Kids in the Hall

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