Archive for September, 2010
This Thursday I am headed to my good friends wedding in Cancun, Mexico. I’ve never been past Baja in Mexico so I’m pretty stoked to check out the luxury side of the country! That being said, it’s been busy and a little tough for me to find time to post and I wanted to make sure I put a few songs up before I leave!
I’ve included several tunes below that vary a bit in terms of genre, some our new to me, but feel free to sample and let me know what you think!
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream
Dan Auerbach – I Want Some More
Bowerbirds – Northern Lights
M. Ward – Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townsend Cover)
Kid Cudi – The Prayer (Mash with Band of Horses)
Cotton Jones – Blood Red Sentimental Blues
Somehow the summer has almost passed and as usual, time seems to have a head start on me. As time is at a premium, I try to look for any chance I get to simply relax and listen to some good music. Taking the train to the city can of course be a pain sometimes, but this is also one of my chances to do just that, relax and listen to music.
Yesterday as I found myself in somewhat of a late afternoon post-long work day trance, I looked up from my seat on the train to see the doors closing at my stop. Not a big problem of course, but definitely something you want to avoid on a regular basis. It’s not as if I could have done anything about it, but I found myself completely relaxed and happy to spend some extra time with the headphones. I can give Broken Social Scene credit for that.
Just a few songs that seemed to hit the spot…
Animal Collective – My Girls
Broken Social Scene – Stars and Sons
Damien Jurado – Coats Of Ice
Broken Social Scene – Swimmers
Hope you like these tracks! The albums they belong to are all great in their own right, so if you do, let me know and I can point you in the right direction!
As I was perusing the La Blogotheque Youtube channel, I realized I had forgotten about another great source for some uncut and unedited video performances. I don’t really recall how I first got to this site or who told me to check it out, but the Black Cab Sessions site has some pretty good content.
The idea is pretty similar to La Blogotheque, where the artists are performing in random places, but Black Cab Sessions takes place in a cab (I know, shocking!) around London. They simply lure well known great bands into a cab and force them to play their best jams while riding around the city. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this first!
Below is Grizzly Bear’s Black Cab Session, but check out the site HERE and their is plenty more:
Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
To go along with “I Walked”, I’ve also included one live track from the new album and a few live tracks from a 2005 radio show I found while scouring the web.
Sufjan Stevens – Impossible Soul (Live)
Sufjan Stevens – Jacksonville (Live)
Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day (Live)
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Live)
Sufjan Stevens – The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts (Live)
Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (Live)
Sufjan has been kind enough to let you preview the whole EP! Just toggle around the flash player below and you will be able to hear all the tracks. The statement below is straight from the artist, so for those of you who’d like a little background…check out the statement below!
All Delighted People is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers “Djohariah,” and the gothic piano ballad “The Owl and the Tanager,” a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?). – Official Sufjan website
I really haven’t been able to listen too much to the new EP. My first impression was not so positive, but I will definitely make sure I give it a fair shot. The songs I like the most from working on this post were actually from the 2005 live radio show. Let me know what you think!