Monday, January 31, 2011

Post #70 (Metal Monday #4): Megadeth - "Endgame"

Post #70 (Metal Monday #4): Following up on the Metallica post from last week, Megadeth is a second part of the Big 4.

In 2009 they released Endgame, which I consider to be one of their best albums. I still have it in regular rotation.

Megadeth went through a couple big events before this album: Dave Mustaine became a born again Christian and bassist Dave Ellefson (another Chrsitian (from Jackson, MN)) rejoined the band after leaving in 2002. So you now have two guys considered to be the best at what they do, and both with a different outlook on life than they ever had before.

Many songs deal with politics, with the concept of this song based on a documentary film also called Endgame (released in 2007). The documentary is about the Bilderberg Group (click for wiki page), a group of the influential global elite whose mission is to eliminate most of the Earth's population and enslave the rest.

I am definitely going to be checking out the film.

Megadeth, "Endgame"
327,978 views on Youtube

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Post #69.5: Iron and Wine - "Tree By The River"

Post #69.5: I try and avoid ads on Youtube as much as I can, but this song is worth the 15 second wait.

This is the third track off of Iron and Wine's new album, Kiss Each Other Clean.

Iron and Wine, "Tree By the River"
6,609 views on Youtube

Post #69: Iron and Wine - "Naked As We Came"

Post #69: I picked up Iron and Wine's new release yesterday, which came out on Tuesday.

If you have listened to any of his (Sam Beam's) previous 3 albums or numerous EPs, you will notice this one takes on a little more of an electric sound.

I have only had a chance to listen to a few songs so far, but I love what I hear.

This song is my favorite Iron and Wine song from my favorite Iron and Wine album, Our Endless Numbered Days, which was released in 2004. A song from the new album will follow this post.

Iron and Wine, "Naked As We Came"
2,571,366 views on Youtube

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Post #68.5: Band of Horses - "No One's Gonna Love You"

Post #68.5: Here they are live at KCRW. What an awesome voice.

Beards, beards, everywhere!!

Also off of their second release from 2007, Cease to Begin.

Band of Horses, "No One's Gonna Love You"
25,675 views on Youtube

Post #68: Band of Horses - "Is There a Ghost"

Post #68: This week I signed one of my boys up for voice lessons. We have been tasked with putting together a wish list of songs that he would like to sing in class, which is what I am working on now.

Queen, Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne...there are a number of songs that the boys and I like to listen to together, but this is one of our favorites.

With three releases, this is off of their second (and my favorite) Cease to Begin.

Band of Horses, "Is There a Ghost"
2,624,256 views on Youtube

Friday, January 28, 2011

Post #67: Linkin Park - "Robot Boy"

Post #67: I wasn't planning on duplicating an artist for a long time, however, I was given the opportunity to go see Linkin Park tonight.

Really like their new album, and had posted the track "Waiting For the End" back in November with Post #8.

This is another one from their new album, A Thousand Suns, called "Robot Boy". Should be a good show.

Linkin Park, "Robot Boy"
398,026 views on Youtube

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Post #66 (Hip Hop Thursday #2): Atmosphere - "Can't Break"

Post #66 (Hip Hop Thursday #2): It's Thursday, and I'm feeling a little Hip Hop today, so why not continue with another Hip Hop Thursday.

Another group from Minneapolis, Atmosphere, is made up of Ant and Slug, and since forming in 1993, have become one of the most commerically successful independent hip hop groups.

This is my favorite from their last release, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh*t Gold, which was released in 2008. What a great title for an album...and so true.

Atmosphere, "Can't Break"
4,103 views on Youtube

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Post #65: Vetiver - "Luna Sea"

Post #65: Lately I can't stop listening to this song.

This is off of Vetiver's self titled, first album. Three more would follow.

Vetiver, "Luna Sea"
37,415 views on Youtube

Post #64: Metallica - "The End Of The Line"

Post #64: Normally I would save Metallica for a Metal Monday, however, today they announced that the "Big 4" will be playing in the U.S. together for the first time.

In Mid 2010, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax (considered the "Big 4" of Thrash Metal) shared the stage for the first time in Poland, and now have announced a show in California slotted for April.

Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

I will post the next three over the weeks to come. For now, here is one off of Metallica's newest album Death Magnetic which was released in 2008.

Metallica, "The End of the Line"
133,072 views on Youtube

Monday, January 24, 2011

Post #63.5 (Metal Monday #3.5): GOD FORBID - "War Of Attrition"

Post #63.5 (Metal Monday #3.5): And here is the "heavier" side of God Forbid.

A great, great album!

God Forbid, "War of Attrition"
199,301 views on Youtube

Post #63 (Metal Monday #3): God Forbid - "The New Clear"

Post #63 (Metal Monday #3): This last year I finally got around to buying some God Forbid with their 2009 release Earthsblood. It was possibly because they fell of my radar a bit with 4 years between this, their 5th studio album, and the one prior.

I have listened to this album at least once a day for the last month, and every song has 4 to 5 stars on my ipod.

They go back and forth between singing and screaming. This song is more on the "lighter" side.

God Forbid, "The New Clear"
70 views on Youtube

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Post #62: F**king Awesome

Post #62: I had an artist all lined up for today, however last night someone introduced me to this video. I felt that there was no way I could not share this, especially since it kind of fits with yesterday's post.

I apologize for the title of the post. I did insert two asteriks, but didn't want to change it as that is how it is posted on Youtube.

Yesterday I posted a band that is first and foremost a comedy routine, with a close second to that, their musical talent.

Today, I am posting an artist that is first and foremost a musician, with comedic talent coming as a close second.

This is the Tommy Seebach Band from Denmark. Evidently he is a big deal in Denmark, where they recently released a documentary on his life.

Am I a fan? No. But I enjoyed this anyways.

Tommy Seebach Band, "Apache"
649,939 views on Youtube

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Post #61.5: Flight of the Conchords - "Business Time"

Post #61.5: This is one of my favorite, also from the first season.

Jemaine Clement is the vocalist for this one, and if he looks familiar, he starred in the Outback Steakhouse commercials that were airing prior to Flight of the Conchords running on HBO.

"Team Building Exercise '99!"

Flight of the Conchords, "Business Time"
804,178 views on Youtube

Post #61: Flight of the Conchords - "If You're Into It"

Post #61: The other day, I was having a conversation about how all of the television shows I love end up getting canceled. Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, just to name a few. Recently added to this unfortunate list was Flight of the Conchords.

It had a two season run on HBO, and was based on two friends from New Zealand that moved to the states to further their musical careers. Most episodes were about them making fools of themselves or showing how over their head they were, and would have 2-3 songs throughout. I absolutely love this show.

Somewhat similar to Tenacious D, in that it is a musical duo, that is first and foremost a comedy act. But at the same time, they are very musically talented, so while the music is part of this act, it is legitimate music.

This song is from the first season of Flight of the Conchords.

Flight of the Conchords, "If You're in to it"
12,109,563 views on Youtube

Friday, January 21, 2011

Post #60: Fruit Bats - "When U Love Somebody"

Post #60: Last night I watched the film Youth in Revolt. A very quirky film with Michael Cera (who played Jason Bateman's son George Michael on the television show Arrested Development).

It is basically a love story, with Michael Cera doing whatever he can to woo the love of his life. Unfortunately this involves setting a city on fire, and getting her expelled from school by using sleeping pills to cause her to sleep in her classes.

I won't tell you how it ends, but I will tell you that this song is on the soundtrack.

The Fruit Bats are on the Sub Pop label, which has been home to other great artists like The Shins, Iron and Wine, and Band of Horses to name a few.

Fruit Bats, "When U Love Somebody"
184,591 views on Youtube

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Post #59.5 (Hip Hop Thursday #1.5): P.O.S. - "Why Go" (Pearl Jam cover)

Post #59.5 (Hip Hop Thursday #1.5): P.O.S. is by far my favorite rapper around. A big part of this is he incorporates a lot of "rock" type sound and feeling in his music (which comes from his punk rock background).

Here he is doing a cover of Pearl Jam's "Why Go".

P.O.S., "Why Go" (Pearl Jam cover)
130,985 views on Youtube

Post #59 (Hip Hop Thursday #1): P.O.S - "Music For Shoplifting"

Post #59 (Hip Hop Thursday #1): Every day, I have music on the moment I get to the office, and it plays all the way up until I leave. Most days I have my ipod on random, but every once in a while I am in a heavy metal mood, or possibly in the mood for a single artist, and will specifically listen to that all day.

A good friend of mine at the office has what we have dubbed "Hip Hop Thursdays". It is because of this, I have chosen P.O.S. for today's music.

P.O.S. is Stefon Alexander from Minneapolis, Minnesota whom attended Hopkins High School. He started off as a punk rock musician, eventually becoming the rapper he is today.

He is with Rhymesayers, which is an independent hip hop label based in Minneapolis, and is a founding member of the Minneapolis Hip Hop collective Doomtree.

This is my favorite tune, which comes from his debut album Ipecac Neat which was released in 2004.

Sorry, as there are a couple spots where there is a glitch in the sound.

P.O.S., "Music For Shoplifting"
53,625 views on Youtube

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Post #58: William Fitzsimmons - "Just Not Each Other"

Post #58: After giving it a try for over a month now, I am realizing how difficult it is to grow a beard. Aside from his musical talent, that is one more reason I respect William Fitzsimmons. I want his beard for at least one day.

William has a very interesting upbringing, being raised by two blind parents.

His music is often very emotional and sad, as much of it deals with his parents' divorce, and more recently his own divorce.

This song is from his most recent full length of new material that was released in 2008, The Sparrow and the Crow. I also recommend his album previous to that, Goodnight, which was released in 2006.

William Fitzsimmons, "Just Not Each Other"
72,533 views on Youtube

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Post #57.5: The Decemberists - "Red Right Ankle"

Post #57.5: I was first exposed to The Decemberists back in 2003 with the release of Her Majesty the Decemberists.

Colin Meloy has such a unique voice. Even though he was born in Montana, and The Decemberists call Portland, Oregon home, he almost sounds like he is from Ireland.

If you like this, Colin has 4 solo albums out. Three of them are covering other artist's songs, and one, Colin Meloy Sings Live, is made up of covers, originals, as well as a few Decemberists' songs. This song is included.

The Decemberists, "Red Right Ankle"
38,658 views on Youtube

Post #57: The Decemberists - "Sixteen Military Wives"

Post #57: It's Tuesday, and that means new music release day.

Today, The Decemberists release The King is Dead. I have only heard brief snippets on itunes, and as suspected, it sounds great.

This is my favorite song by The Decemberists, "Sixteen Military Wives", off of their album Picaresque that was released in 2005.

I love this video too, as it reminds me of one of my favorite films, Rushmore.

The Decemberists, "Sixteen Military Wives"
1,267,720 views on Youtube

Monday, January 17, 2011

Post #56.5 (Metal Monday #2.5): Sevendust - "Disgrace"

Post #56.5 (Metal Monday #2.5): Aside from their 8 studio albums, in 2004, they released Southside Double-Wide, a live acoustic set.

Something I wish more metal and hard rock bands would do, release an album with an acoustic take on their music.

This video is from the DVD that comes with that album.

I love how they can keep their "hardness" even when playing acoustically.

These guys are awesome!!

Sevendust, "Disgrace"
24,398 views on Youtube

Post #56 (Metal Monday #2): Sevendust - "Splinter"

Post #56 (Metal Monday #2): Two things are happening today: first, it is another Metal Monday, and second, it is Martin Luther King day.

So it made sense for me to chose Sevendust.

I consider this band to be in my top 5, another band I will see every chance I get. Aside from my love for Sevendust, I'm posting them in honor of Dr. King, as Lajon Witherspoon is my favorite African American vocalist.

How these guys don't have a bigger following, floors me.

With 8 studio albums, I'm hoping for another 8. This song is from their newest album, Cold Day Memory, which was released in 2010.

Sevendust, "Splinter"
17,087 views on Youtube

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Post #55.5: Yeasayer - "No Need to Worry" / "Redcave"

Post #55.5: Here is Yeasayer walking the streets of Paris, performing two songs from their debut album All Hour Cymbals.

It is pretty amazing that all they need are spoons, some Heineken bottles, a pole, and a handful of people to clap and stomp their feet.

The music starts at 1:15 in as they walk to the Metro, singing "No Need to Worry". Unfortunately they only sing about 1 minute of this song, changing over to "Redcave" at 2:20 once aboard the train.

Once they hit 3:45 in, everything comes together perfectly, and they are dead on. And then at 4:48, everyone gets involved, and it sounds amazing.

Click the link below to go to their website. You can download a live recording for "name your price". I highly recommend paying something for it, but free is an option. Keep in mind that these posts are more on the acoustic side of things, and their live performances are going to sound a little more like their albums and "experimental".

Yeasayer, "No Need to Worry" / "Redcave"
179,410 views on Youtube

Post #55: Yeasayer - "Tightrope"

Post #55: With some help from my friend Crystal, I finally picked up Yeasayer's new album Odd Blood on Friday. After giving it a listen, I ended up purchasing their debut album All Hour Cymbals yesterday.

Considered an "experiemental" rock band, they use a lot of interesting instruments (including things that aren't even instruments) and unique sounds (like the chicken at the beginning of this song).

This song is actually from a compilation album entitled Dark Was the Night, that was released in 2009 to benefit the Red Hot Organization which raises funds for HIV and AIDS awareness.

Aside from Yeasayer's two albums, I highly recommend Dark Was the Night. It includes songs by many artists that I have posted, or will post. Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, New Pornographers, Andrew Bird to name a few. With over 30 songs, $16 is well worth it.

Music starts 1:57 in.

Yeasayer, "Tightrope"
18,665 views on Youtube

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Post #54.5: Jeff Mangum - "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"

Post #54.5: This is the vocalist for Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeff Mangum, playing the third track, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea".

Unfortunately, after this album was released in 1998, Jeff pretty much retired becoming disenchanted with the music business, and having a nervous breakdown.

Early in 2010, Jeff played a 5 song set of NMH songs as part of a benefit concert for a friend of his. Hopefully this is a sign of more to come!!

Neutral Milk Hotel, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
132,522 views on Youtube

Post #54: Neutral Milk Hotel - "King of Carrot Flowers Parts 1-3"

Post #54: I made a promise that I would post Neutral Milk Hotel today, so I am sticking to that.

I don't know what to say other than this: from beginning to end, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is an amazing album, and I encourage everyone to pick it up. This is considered by many "indie" music fans to be an essential album, and is also considered to be a very influential album by many artists.

It is such a good album, I had a hard time choosing what song(s) to post, so I am starting at the beginning.

The first two tracks on the album are titled "The King of Carrot Flowers Pt One" and "The King of Carrot Flowers pts Two & Three". This post combines both of those tracks together.

Neutral Milk Hotel, "King of Carrot Flowers Pts One, Two & Three"
194,025 views on Youtube

Friday, January 14, 2011

Post #53.5: Alexi Murdoch - "Someday Soon"

Post #53.5: Here is another song from the same performance at Easy Street Records.

I have looked everywhere, and can't find this song or where it came from. Not sure if it is a cover, or possibly will be on the new album. I hope so, I love it!

Alexi Murdoch, "Someday Soon"
31,815 views on Youtube

Post #53: Alexi Murdoch - "Orange Sky"

Post #53: I am excited for today, not only because I will be eating lunch at Big 10, but will also be picking up tickets at The Electric Fetus to see Alexi Murdoch this February.

I had a chance to catch Alexi when he opened for Mason Jennings after his first full length album was released in 2006, Time Without Consequence. He doesn't come here that often, and even this tour is only 5 dates!

This song is on that album, but also on a 4 song EP called Four Songs, that came out in 2002. For $4, it is definitely worth downloading on itunes.

Unfortunately that is all he has released, the EP and the one full album. Thankfully, he is getting ready to release his next full length titled Towards the Sun (March 8th).  Some of the new songs from this album appear on the Away We Go soundtrack.

Alexi Murdoch, "Orange Sky"
69,750 views on Youtube

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Post #52: How To Destroy Angels - "The Space in Between"

Post #52: Every morning when I get to the office, I take the lazy way out and use the elevator from the first to the second floor. During this 20 second ride, I have the opportunity to read the video screens they have installed, which highlight top news stories, stock quotes, etc.,.

Yesterday it informed me that Trent Reznor will be scoring the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which from what I have heard has become a pretty popular book. This will be his second time working with David Fincher as he also scored the recent film The Social Network.

Now that Nine Inch Nail is done, aside from scoring films, he also has a project called How to Destroy Angels, which is made up of Trent and his wife Mariqueen Maandig, both of which are seen in this video (the dead couple).

Some think this song is about the struggle of being a celebrity and meeting the expectations of fans that always want more, or that it is possibly about the two of them announcing their engagement while still trying to maintain privacy. Gruesomeness aside, this is a pretty cool video.

And if you go to their website, you can download their EP for free.  Something Trent did for the last couple NIN albums.  Click on the link below.

How to Destroy Angels, "The Space in Between"
919,328 views on Youtube

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Post #51.5: Fink - "If Only"

Post #51.5: Another one of my favorites from the same album, Distance and Time.

Fink, "If Only"
310,842 views on Youtube

Post #51: Fink - "This is the Thing"

Post #51: Yesterday at lunch, we talked about where we would like to go on vacation. One thing I have always wanted to do is travel to England, and see a handful of artists that rarely, if ever, tour in the US.

One of these artists is Fink.

This is off of his third album Distance and Time, which I have in regular rotation. And when I listen to it, it is one of those albums that I can listen to on repeat all day.

I love the line, "The things that keep us apart, keep me alive. The things that keep me alive, keep me alone."

Fink, "This is the Thing"
14,832 views on Youtube

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Post #50.5: Matthew Mayfield - "Open Road"

Post #50.5: Here is the official video for the opening track on this second EP, Five Chances Remain Hers, released in 2009.

This guy is so awesome!

Matthew Mayfield, "Open Road"
43,611 views on Youtube

Post #50: Matthew Mayfield - "As Long as You're Not Leaving"

Post #50: I pulled out some Matthew Mayfield yesterday. I am waiting for the day for this guy to explode in popularity. He released his first EP in 2008 entitled The Fire. This is the last of 8 songs on that EP.

Since then, he has released 5 more, all consisting of 5-8 songs. He is unsigned, and all of his EPs have been independently released. This is the type of artist that needs our support so they can tour and continue making music. Not sure if people know this, but artists often times pick their tour schedule based on where they are selling music.

Please...if you like this, purchase an EP on itunes, or a couple of songs. Let's try and get him to Minnesota!

Matthew Mayfield, "As Long As Your Not Leaving"
14,284 views on Youtube

Monday, January 10, 2011

Post #49.5: August Burns Red - "Your Little Suburbia Is In Ruins"

Post #49.5: Here they are playing it live, from their recently released Home CD/DVD.

The last time I saw them was this last Fall at the Cabooze. I tracked each of them down to get a poster signed, and they are some of the nicest guys I have ever met after a show. Very humble. Very gracious.

August Burns Red, "Your Little Suburbia is in Ruins"
1,339 views on Youtube

Post #49: August Burns Red - "Your Little Suburbia Is In Ruins"

Post #49: Since "heavier" music is such a big part of what I listen to, I have decided to start implementing "Metal Mondays".

And probably the best place to start is with my favorite metal song, which happens to be the most listened to song in my library.

I have had the chance to see August Burns Red a few times, and they are one of the best live shows I have ever seen. So much energy. And with songs that tend to be difficult to play live, they are always dead on, sounding very close to the album.

ABR is a Christian Metalcore band from Pennsylvania.  Metalcore being a fusion of Extreme Metal and Hardcore Punk.

The song is only 3:59 long...not sure why the post is over 7 minutes.

August Burns Red, "Your Little Suburbia is in Ruins"
32,738 views on Youtube

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Post #48: Jenny Lewis - "Acid Tongue"

Post #48: Had a family Christmas in Marshal yesterday, so with a 3 hour drive (both ways), and the boys watching Despicable Me in the back, I had a chance to get caught up on some music.

I purchased Jenny Lewis' second solo album Acid Tongue when it came out in 2008, and finally listened to it yesterday. I love this song.

When I had first seen her a number of years ago, I felt she looked very familiar, but could not place where I possibly had seen her before. Come to find out, she was a "child actress" with roles on some of my favorites from growing up: Roseanne, Growing Pains, Just the Ten of Us and Mr. Belvedere.

If you like this you should check out her other projects, Rilo Kiley and Jenny and Johnny.

Jenny Lewis, "Acid Tongue"
130,087 views on Youtube

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Add 9 "Hide and Seek" A Cappella

Post #47.5: Another really cool thing about Youtube is that a number of people post their rendition or cover of a song. There are a lot of really talented people out there, and based on some of the videos, some untalented ones too. :)

"Hide and Seek" has been covered by a number of college a cappella groups, and I love this version. The fact that it is all guys, and they still hit the high notes, makes it that much better.

Add 9 (Mizzou's all male a cappella group), "Hide and Seek " cover
43,384 views on Youtube

Imogen Heap "Hide and Seek" live on Indie 103

Post #47: I went to bed with music on last night, and woke up this morning to this song.

Released in 2005, "Hide and Seek" has been used in a handful of television shows, and was included on the soundtrack from the Zach Braff film The Last Kiss (whom is seen here giving the introduction).

If you don't pick up this album Speak For Yourself, pick up The Last Kiss soundtrack. Something I have always wanted to do is choose songs for a movie soundtrack, and it seems that Zach and I would be pulling from the same bank of artists. Another soundtrack of his to check out is from the film Garden State.

I wasn't sure I would be able to find a good live version of this song due to her use of a harmonizer, but this one sounds awesome.

And if you haven't seen it, The Last Kiss is a must see.

Imogen Heap, "Hide and Seek"
1,297,266 views on Youtube

Friday, January 7, 2011

Storyhill - Well of Sorrow (Guthrie 4-17-2010)

Post #46.5: This is my favorite from the new album.

Storyhill is one of those bands where their live performances are often times better than the studio albums.

I recommend checking out Echoes, a recording of their "final" show in 1997 after deciding to break up. I was heart broken. Thankfully, the day I had waited for happened, and they got back together in 2002.

John Hermanson (on the right) is one of my favorite vocalists of all time, and if I could pick one voice to have myself, it would be his. He released a self titled solo album after their breakup in 1998, which is one of favorite albums of all time. And also released two albums as a band called Alva Star, and two albums as a part of The Hopefuls.

Chris Cunningham is on the left, and also released a few solo albums, and one with a side project called Sixth Sense.

A lot of great music from just two people!

Storyhill, "Well of Sorrow"
453 views on Youtube

"Dangerous Weapon" by Storyhill

Post #46: There are certain songs and certain bands that have a special place in my heart, and out of all of the music in my collection, there is none more special than Storyhill.

My first experience was my freshman year at Bethel in 1994. I accidentally came across Chris and Johnny (which is what they were called at that time) playing a small Coffee House show in Market Square on campus, and I have been hooked ever since. Having seen them in concert probably 50 times over the years, they never get old, and I will continue to see them every chance I get.

They have the ability to give me chills, with vocal harmonies like 45 seconds into this song.

There are so many songs I would love to post, as I have so many favorites. So I decided to pick two off of their new album Shade of the Trees.

Storyhill, "Dangerous Weapon"
6,165 views on Youtube

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Great Lake Swimmers - Stealing Tomorrow (Legion Sessions)

Post #45.5: In 2009, the Great Lake Swimmers released an album entitled Lost Channels.

Later that year, they rented a Royal Canadian Legion hall and recorded a handful of songs from Lost Channels in order to record live versions of the songs. With these recordings they released The Legion Sessions.

Great Lake Swimmers, "Stealing Tomorrow"
37,243 views on Youtube

Great Lake Swimmers - Moving Pictures Silent Films (Live)

Post #45: The Great Lake Swimmers came out of Wainfleet, Ontario, which is just North of Lake Erie.

This last year they won Favorite Folk/Roots Artist at the Canadian Indie Awards.

This is my favorite tune from their self titled debut that came out in 2003.

Great Lake Swimmers, "Moving Pictures, Silent Films"
34,279 views on Youtube

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

City And Colour - Body in a Box (Myspace Transmissions)

Post #44.5: This comes from his second release, Bring Me Your Love, which came out in 2008.

Over the last couple of years, he has released a couple live EPs as well as contributed singles to various projects. Thankfully he is working on recording his third album slated to come out mid 2011.

City and Colour, "Body in a Box"
631,083 views on Youtube

'Comin' Home' by City and Colour on Q TV

Post #44: I think I will keep this Canada thing going for the week.

City and Colour is comprised of Dallas Green, who is the front man for the Canadian hardcore band Alexisonfire. This side project of his has a completely different sound as it borders on folk.

This comes from his first release as City and Colour entitled Sometimes, which came out in 2005.

City and Colour, "Comin' Home"
115,566 views on Youtube

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The New Pornographers - "Your Hands (Together)" Official Video

Post #43.5: This song is from their most recent release Together which came out in May of 2010.

I have had the chance to see these guys on their last two tours for these last two albums, and they definitely put on a great show. This is a band I will see (if possible) every time they are in town.

The New Pornographers, "Your Hands, (Together)"
97,754 views on Youtube

The New Pornographers - Mutiny, I Promise You

Post #43: The last two posts were Canadian artists, so I thought I would continue with that for today.

The New Pornographers are considered somewhat of a "Super Group", with all of the members being somewhat prominent in the Canadian music scene, with a few of the members having "popular" success in the US as well (AC Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar).

It has been long rumored that they chose their name after Jimmy Swaggart made a claim that rock and roll was "the new pornography." The band has denied this claiming their name was derived from a 1966 Japanese film. Regardless of their name, this is some of the best "Power Pop" around.

There are so many good songs to choose from I decided to go with one from each of their last two albums. This song, "Mutiny, I Promise You" is from Challengers, which was released in late 2007. From beginning to end probably my favorite of theirs. If you were to pick one of their 5 albums, I would recommend checking this one out.

The New Pornographers, "Mutiny, I Promise You"
130,279 views on Youtube

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hayden - Where and When (live)

Post #42.5: I was hoping to find a good live performance from Hayden's new album The Place Where We Lived (from 2009), but couldn't find one, so this will have to do. This comes from the album previous to that, In Field & Town (2008).

Hayden, "Where and When"
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hollywood ending - hayden

Post #42: Since I spend so much time in my office at work, I want to enjoy my space. Therefore I have decorated it with concert posters and records. Right inside my door I have some of my favorite albums framed, and this song comes from one of those albums: Elk Lake Serenade by Hayden released in 2004.

This is a song that never gets old to me.

Hayden, "Hollywood Ending"
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Sunday, January 2, 2011

I am an Excellent Steel Horse - Rock Plaza Central (official music video)

Post #41.5: Here is the official video.

Rock Plaza Central, "I am an Excellent Steel Horse"
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Rock Plaza Central @ World Cafe Live in Philadelphia 051408

Post #41: Yesterday I posted a song from a "concept" album, where a single theme or story is carried through the entire album. A few examples of popular concept albums would be Pink Floyd's The Wall, The Who's Tommy or Green Day's American Idiot.

One of my favorite concept albums is from a band a little less popular: Rock Plaza Central.

In 2003, the album The World Was Hell to Us, tells the story of of an apocalyptic war between humans and Angels. And during this war, the humans rode 6 legged mechanical horses, which the humans had convinced were real horses.

Following this album, Are We Not Horses came out in 2006, and tells the story from the viewpoint of these mechanical horses, and how they must live with the consequences of their decisions, realizing that they are in fact not real horses, and that they have fought on the wrong side.  (This song is from Are We Not Horses).

Obviously not very Biblical :) but a great album.  Awesome A cappella at 2:05 in. 

Rock Plaza Central, "I Am An Excellent Steel Horse"
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Devil Wears Prada - Outnumbered (New Song) with lyrics.

Post #40: Happy New Year everyone!! I am not one for New Year's resolutions, but going into 2011, there are definitely things I am hopeful for. One of which is that we won't be faced with a Zombie Apocalypse.

Late last year (2010), the Christian Metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada (named after the book, not the movie (but you must know, it is an awesome movie)), came out with an EP entitled Zombie. 5 songs written after the front man Mike Hranica read The Survival Guide by Max Brooks. A few years later, Brooks would come out with World War Z, a book written as if such an apocalypse has taken place, with interviews of survivors and recounted stories of the struggle.'s to the new year, wishing you and your families the very best, and a zombie free 2011.

The Devil Wears Prada, "Outnumbered"
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