Saturday, May 27, 2006

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I have noticed recently that this blog takes a few minutes longer than normal to load. This is probably due to the amount of videos on this site. Common sense would dictate that I should cut back on the videos, mp 3 files, etc... Luckily, common sense was never one of my strong points. If anything, it just makes me want to put up even content to reward readers for their patience.

On a side note, the loading time for the videos is governed by YouTube. As I have no control over them, I suggest you "pause" a video and let it load fully before playing it. Now onto three albums that I picked up a month or two ago:


Random Song 1: Jay-Z - Dead Presidents II


Destroyer - Rubies


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Hailing from Vancouver, Daniel Bejar's band Destroyer has always been somewhat of a point of contention for many indie music lovers. Destroyer's style of artsy, grandiose, almost operatic, rock n' roll can be grating at times. Especially if you find Bejar's high-pitched nasally vocals irritating. Frankly, I never really liked Destroyer's stuff because it was too inaccessible (i.e. weird) for my taste. Yet my views of them are starting to change with the release of their latest album Rubies. This is by far Destroyer's most accessible album to date. I think the reason I enjoyed this album so much is that the songs don't immediately jump out at you. It takes a few listens before songs like Painter in Your Pocket, European Oils, and 3000 Flowers get stuck in your head. This is the type of album you may want to sample a few times before deciding to purchase. So if you are looking for something new and unique, you may want to give Rubies a chance.


Random Song 2: Sean Paul - Temperature


Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood


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I will be the first to admit country music is not my thing. I'm not slamming the genre or anything but I just don't see the appeal in it. That's not to say that I won't tap my feet to a catchy song by the Dixie Chicks, I just won't be rushing out to buy their albums. Yet regardless of your personal views on the genre, it must be said that Neko Case's latest album, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, is one fantastic album. Neko has one of the best voices in music today. Unlike most artists, she even sounds better live than she does on records. Which speaks volumes about her talent. Neko's vocal range gives each song a distinct feel. This is evident when hearing songs like Hold On, Hold On, and Margaret Vs. Pauline. I highly recommend checking out this album.

Here is the lead off single "Maybe Sparrow"





Random Song 3: Stars - Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Live at KEXP)


Death Cab For Cutie - Plans


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Although this album was released last year, I only got around to it recently. Many have dubbed them an "O.C" band, as the Fox. teen drama "The O.C." brought them to the attention to a more mainstream audience. Backlash in indie music has become quite common these days, the minute an artist becomes successful they seem to loose all credibility. To be fair, these guys have been around for a long time and paid their dues. They have released 7 albums, of which I have 3, and countless EP's. To be honest this band annoys the heck out of me, but not for the obvious reasons. With ever Death Cab for Cutie album, I find half of the songs are painfully beautiful and well crafted; while the other half is downright forgettable. They still haven't released a truly classic album in my opinion. Yes, Transatlanticim was good, but this band is capable of even better. Lead singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard is very talented and it shows on songs like Crooked Teeth, Soul Meets Body, and Diffent Names For The Same Thing. Although Plans never really reaches the level of Transatlanticism, it is a decent addition to the Death Cab canon.

Here is "Your Heart Is An Empty Room" off of Plans




Ipod Workout Plan: Annie's "Hearbeat" from her Anniemal album.


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