The Weekly Reaping (13.April.10)

Posted: April 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on The Weekly Reaping (13.April.10)

Here is a quick list of the notable releases for last week.


matt pond PA

The Dark Leaves

The Tallest Man on Earth

The Wild Hunt



Kaki King


Another Autumn Playlist

Posted: October 31st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Autumn 2So after listening to Brady’s Autumn Shuffle last week, I was inspired to create a seasonal playlist of my own.  I didn’t put quite as much thought into my list as Brady, rather I simply chose to create a list of songs and albums that I feel both musically and lyrically fit the mood of the season. Let me know if you have any songs or albums that you really fall for this time of year. I hope that this playlist makes your ears bleed til winter comes.

matt pond PA

I really love this group a lot and in fact I find that almost their entire catalog fits that autumnal season very well, especially Several Arrows Later.  But instead of choosing a track from that album I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and include this excellent cover of another band that fits the fall season very well, Neutral Milk Hotel.

matt pond PA – In An Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel)

Iron & Wine

Here is a guy I am sure you are all familiar with by now.  Someone who like Nick Drake also got his first big exposure through the “Garden State” soundtrack. Well I find his contemplative lo-fi folk music to be great company on a sunny fall afternoon.  One of my favorite things to do is to go for a drive in the fall while the leaves are in transition and this song I chose for you here is one of my favorite companions along the way.

Iron & Wine – The Trapeze Swinger

M83’s Saturdays = Youth

Saturdays was an album that I heard last year and it went in one ear and out the other without making much of an impact.  But this fall it has penetrated down to my very core and has become one of my favorite records.  And I attribute a lot of that to the season in which it was heard, both physically and in my personal life.

M83 – Graveyard Girl

Explosions in the Sky’s The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

One of the best experimental quartets around.  They were the first instrumental band that I was able to really get into and I find myself consistently going back to this album each fall. You might recognize them from their work for the soundtrack to “Friday Night Lights,” the television show.

Explosions In the Sky – Your Hand In Mine

The Radio Dept.

Here is another group that I would say has an autumn feel to their entire catalog.  Something about their music just takes me back.  It just puts me in this very retrospective mood. It’s not uncommon for music from my past to take me back to the time when it first captured me. But I just discovered this band about a year ago. I don’t know how they do it.

The Radio Dept. – Pulling Our Weight

Here are a few more tracks to help round out the playlist.

TV on the Radio – Family Tree

Grand Archives – Torn Blue Foam Couch

Broken Social Scene – Guilty Cubicles

Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch – Lua

Matt Pond PA – The Freeep

Posted: December 9th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , | Comments Off on Matt Pond PA – The Freeep

So I am really enjoying this whole free music trend.  A lot of artists in their fight against music piracy are deciding that instead of going to battle with lawsuits they are going to just give their music away.  It may sound crazy and like it has no chance of working.  But so far those that have taken this route are finding success in it.  From Derek Webb and his NoiseTrade project to Radiohead giving away their most recent album, these artist haven’t seemed to struggle in fact they seem to be gaining ground.  And I am very excited about the most recent artist to jump on the free music bandwagon.  Matt Pond and his PA band have been making great indie pop throughout the whole decade and have yet to dissapoint.  In fact they wrote what may be our favorite song of the decade with their single New Hampshire off of their 2004 release, Emblems.

According to their new web-site, this new Ep was prospectively titled: The Dawn before the Dark Leaves or Water off a Black Dog’s Back or Amazing Life or Butterfly Mornings and Wildflower Afternoons or May we never go go mental, may we always stay stay gentle or The Fear of not Being Afraid or Erica Harris and her Ubiquitous Threads or The Warmth Within the Warren or Dreaming of Sleeping or Saying It to Keep It From Happening or This is not the Dark Leaves or Living for Liv Ullman or The Odds of a Sunrise or Whispering Pines or You’ll be the Rhythm and I’ll be the Beat and I’ll be the Rhythm and You’ll be the Beat or The Grass Harp or Goodbye Barcelona or Why is my copy of the Moviegoer Floating in a Puddle Beside the Car.  As hysterically brilliant as all of these prospective titles were, in the end, they decided to go with simple and clever The Freeep.  Get it? It’s an EP and it’s free.  Hence, The Freeep.  While I am sure they have never heard of these guys, and I am not trying to say that they didn’t create this title of their own thought, I feel it is my duty to point out that they weren’t the first band to come out with a Freeep. Back in 2006  Doug Castle vs. the Weather released a free EP that they too titled the Free-P. Different spelling but essentially the same name.

Here is my favorite tracks from both free EPs.  And here is a link to get the rest of the matt pond PA album. Unfortunately there is no site that I know of to find the rest of the Doug Castle album.  So feel free and let me know if you are interested in hearing the rest of it.

matt pond PA – #3

Doug Castle vs. the Weather – Cares Are Free

Guilt By Association Round 2

Posted: December 6th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Guilt By Association Round 2

So I don’t know how I missed this project the first time around.  This is exactly the kind of music that I love.  I mean my Gnarls Barkley cover by Ray Lamontagne and that acoustic cover of Hey Ya have become two of the most played songs in my library.  So in fact I am even upset that I didn’t discover this collection of covers til now.  But not too upset.  Because now I have lots of incredible new cover songs to love and cherish. I will let the music speak for itself. But first I want to complain a little about the title.  Yeah it’s really clever and all, but I just really don’t like the idea of guilty pleasures.  I mean why feel guilty about liking a song.  So what if it’s not cool to like it.  So what if there’s an Avril Lavigne song that you secretly love.  Or that you listened to that One Republic collaboration with Timbaland over and over. Now I’m not saying that I’m about to start praising these artists and comparing them to The Beatles or any of the other greats.  But I will freely admit to both of those confessions.  Without guilt.

Anyway. Back to the matter at hand.  Engine Room Recordings has announced the release of the second edition of the Guilt By Association cover series. The cd is set to hit stores on February 17th, but it has already been released for download on Itunes.  But for those of you short on cash, you can go ahead and stream it over on the Engine Room Recordings web-site.  Also here is My Brightest Diamond’s installment in the series. I know that I just wrote about here not too long ago and that I had thirteen others to choose from.  But I was just so excited that she chose to record this song, because I actually saw her play this song when I saw her open for The Decemberists a couple years ago and it was seriously the highlight of the show. Shara Worden is an incredible performer, with one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard.  I cannot recommend seeing her live enough.  Or the Decemberists for that matter.  Well to wrap things up, here is the tracklist for Guilt By Association Vol. 2.  I hope your ears bleed (but not really).

1 My Brightest Diamond – Tainted Love (Gloria Jones/Soft Cell)

2 The Bloodsugars – Self-Control (Laura Branigan)

3 Robbers on High Street – Cool It Now (New Edition)

4 Frightened Rabbit – Set You Free (N-Trance)

5 Matt Pond PA – I’m Not Okay (My Chemical Romance)

6 Takka Takka – In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)

7 Kaki King – I Think She Knows (Justin Timberlake)

8 Francis and the Lights – Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Kanye West)

9 Lowry – Africa (Toto)

10 The Forms – We Didn’t Start the Fire (Billy Joel)

11 Rafter – If You Leave (OMD)

12 Cassettes Won’t Listen – Need You Tonight (INXS)

13 Jukebox the Ghost – It’s a Beautiful Life (Ace of Base)

14 Max Vernon – I Kissed a Girl (Katy Perry)