Saturday, January 31, 2009

Album Review: Burning Hearts - Aboa Sleeping (2009)

Indie Pop, oh what a genre it is, and it's always such a pleasure to discover a new artist that warms your heart as much as Burning Hearts. I hope they do the same for you too. In their debut release, "Aboa Sleeping", you are just all around happy all the way through as Jessika Rapo and Henry Ojala take you on an exciting musical venture. The opening track, "I Lost My Colour Vision" is upbeat, bright and has a simple, yet wonderful chorus which paves the way for the rest of the album. "We Walked Among the Trees" with its very entrancing synth melody and the almost-experimental, looming "The Galloping Horse" stood out the most to me. From the near-ambient intro to "Sea Birds" to the poppy drum beat of "A Peasant's Dream", this duo from Finland is sure to please any fan of Indie Pop. Give them a listen when you've got time.

Aboa Sleeping will be released on February 10th, 2009 via Shelflife Records.

1. I Lost My Colour Vision
2. Iris
3. Various Lives
4. The Galloping Horse
5. We Walked Among the Trees
6. Sea Birds
7. A Peasant's Dream
8. Close To Her
9. Aboa Sleeping


A few other bands to check out, if you enjoy Burning Hearts:
- Asobi Seksu
- Mates of State
- Page France

Friday, January 30, 2009

2008 Sucked Anyways

You may have noticed a distinct lack of two things:

1. The rest of the top 50 albums of 2008.
2. As much new material as you're accustomed to viewing.

The first can be explained by the fact that we not only didn't have time to do it justice, but also that we lost our top 50 list. We're morons, we know. However, because you obviously can't go on living without this revelation, our #1 album was Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight. So there you go.
The second can be attributed to a complete lack of time on our part, which we're looking to make more of in an attempt to keep this blog lively.
So that's my explanation. Hopefully February will bring with it more activity. Don't stop believin'.

PS - Fucking LOVE this song.

Animal Collective - "My Girls"

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "PLANTLIFE"

We would all die if it weren't for all the...


1. Jaymay - Sycamore Down (2007)
2. Deepspace - Chrysanthemum Ocean (2007)
3. Goldfrapp - Hairy Trees (2003)
4. Neutral Milk Hotel - The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. One (1998)
5. Eels - Daisies of the Galaxy (2000)
6. Sigur Rós - Illgresi [Weeds] (2008)
7. Elliott Smith - Rose Parade (1997)
8. The Cranberries - Daffodil Lament (1994)
9. The Wombats - Party In A Forest (Where's Laura?) [2007]
10. Metric - Hustle Rose (2003)
11. Shelby Sifers - You Geranium, You Potato (2005)
12. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (1995)
13. Dustin and The Furniture - Tree In A Field (2008)
14. Bowerbirds - Bur Oak (2007)

being a vegetarian i totally couldn't resist making a mixtape about plants.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "SIXDEES (60s)"

Yet another mixtape filled with music from a beautiful era. The 60s.


1. The Ventures - Home (1960)
2. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Ant Man Bee (1969)
3. The Beatles - I'll Be Back (1964)
4. Leonard Cohen - Lady Midnight (1969)
5. The Velvet Underground - There She Goes Again (1967)
6. Francois de Roubaix - Dernier Domicile Connu (1967)
7. Judy Collins - Both Sides Now (1967)
8. Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth (1967)
9. The Kinks - Rosy Won't You Please Come Home (1966)
10. The Zombies - Time of the Season (1968)
11. Bob Dylan - The Times They Are a-Changin' (1964)
12. Pierre Henry - Transformation (1960)
13. The Byrds - Tribal Gathering (1968)

enjoy the new mix.
if you've got the time, check out our weekly music video to the left
this week's is 'elephant gun' by beirut.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "ANIMALS TWO"


1. Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood - Harp Fragments Drank Syrupy Blue Squid Blood (2007)
2. Nada Surf - The Fox (2008)
3. Okay - Panda (2007)
4. The Field - A Paw in My Face (2007)
5. BOAT - (I'm A) Donkey For Your Love [2007]
6. Our Lady Peace - Happiness & the Fish (1999)
7. Sun Kil Moon - Heron Blue (2008)
8. MGMT - Honey Bunny (2005)
9. Fog - Inflatable Ape, Pt. 3 (2007)
10. Frank Zappa - It Must Be A Camel (1969)
11. Talkdemonic - Lightning and Butterflies (2006)
12. The Cure - Love Cats (1983)
13. The Hush Sound - Lion's Roar (2006)
14. Elliott Smith - Kiwi Maddog 20/20 (1994)

animals, where would we be without them?
i promise you, you will enjoy at least one of these tracks (maybe...)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Track Review: Kelly Clarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You"

If you're searching for the song that you're going to hear 900 times per day on the radio this year, look no further. Kelly Clarkson has been a chart-topper ever since she won American Idol, and while her last album My December didn't fare as well commerically, it received excellent reviews and turned her into a critic's darling.
With new single "My Life Would Suck Without You", she's finally prepared to conquer the commerical and critical world. It's addictive as sin, has a killer chorus, and is an all around fantastic song. Just be prepared to have it shoved down your throat daily.

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "SPECTRA"

Another not-so-daily mixtape, and this time it comes in different colours!


1. Stereolab - Fiery Yellow (1994)
2. Frightened Rabbit - Bright Pink Bookmark (2008)
3. Pants Yell! - Magenta and Green (2007)
4. TV On The Radio - Bicycles Are Red Hot (2002)
5. Animal Collective - Another White Singer (Little White Glove) [2001]
6. Pink Floyd - Any Colour You Like (1973)
7. Dust From 1000 Yrs - Brown Eye Brown Eye (2007)
8. Boards of Canada - The Color of the Fire (1998)
9. Great Lake Swimmers - Changing Colours (2007)
10. Simian - Big Black Gun (2002)
11. Deerhunter - Fluorescent Grey (2007)
12. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Foilly Foibles / GOLD (2003)
13. Shape of Broad Minds - Electric Blue (2007)
14. Tommy James & The Shondells - Evergreen (1968)

...well, sort of.

Have a good one, guys.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

YE-LID Top 50 Songs Of 2008

First off: mass apologies to our multitudes of fans for the lack of continuation in the top 50 albums list thus far; our lives have gotten exceptionally busy over the past little while. That will be finished off very soon.
As a sort of apology, here's our top 50 songs of the year.

50. Crystal Castles - "Air War"
49. Wolf Parade - "Bang Your Drum"
48. Department Of Eagles - "No One Does It Like You"
47. The Watson Twins - "Just Like Heaven"
46. Stars - "A Thread Cut With A Carving Knife"
45. The Dears - "Meltdown In A Major"
44. Xiu Xiu - "I Do What I Want, When I Want"
- Women As Lovers was a hit or miss affair, but no one does an asphyxiating pop song just like Xiu Xiu. "I Do What I Want, When I Want" is as claustrophobic as Xiu Xiu's best work, and Jamie Stewart gives a stellar, haunting vocal performance.
43. The Hold Steady - "Constructive Summer"
42. The Kills - "Goodnight Bad Morning"
41. Cadence Weapon - "Getting Dumb"
40. Son Lux - "Break"
39. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - "Think I Wanna Die"
38. The Teenagers - "Homecoming"
37. First Aid Kit - "Our Own Pretty Ways"
36. The-Dream Feat. Lil Jon - "Let Me See The Booty"
- Lil Jon isn't exactly a hit maker anymore, but my god did he pull out all the stops for the first single of The-Dream's forthcoming album. This shit is like listening to rap in a house mirrors.
35. Ida - "Surely Gone"
34. She & Him - "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"
33. Jason Collett - "Somehow"
32. Kleerup Feat. Lykke Li - "Until We Bleed"
31. Usher Feat. Young Jeezy - "Love In This Club"
30. We Are Scientists - "After Hours"
29. Hot Chip - "Ready For The Floor"
28. Beyonce - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
27. Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
26. Mates Of State - "My Only Offer"
25. Be Your Own Pet - "Becky"
24. Times New Viking - "Drop-Out"
23. Tokyo Police Club - "Your English Is Good"
22. The Pussycat Dolls - "When I Grow Up"
- I'm a sucker for statement singles, so my mind went to sensory overload when I first heard this song. There's absolutely no reason the Pussycat Dolls should still be relevant, and yet this, the first single of their second album, pretty much solidified their spot as pop stars with it's bombastic beat and confident lyrics. If "Dont Cha" hadn't come first, this would be the song everyone associated with the Pussycat Dolls.
21. Born Ruffians - Barnacle Goose
20. The Magnetic Fields - California Girls
19. Lykke Li - "Dance Dance Dance"
- There's something about this song that makes everything feel alright in my world. Both the instrumentation and Lykke Li sound timid, and yet there's an overwhelming sense that it's all going to work out fine. Just dance dance dance.
18. Santogold - "Creator"
17. Girlicious - "Stupid Shit"
- I know what you're thinking, but hear me out on this one. If pop music is about escapism, then "Stupid Shit" is the best mainstream pop song of the year. This is the best song Britney Spears never made, a combination of hilarity and fun that could only be created by a group called "Girlicious". I want to make some sort of commentary on how this song acts as a statement about what is wrong with the pop stars today by beating them at their own game (just watch the video for fuck's sakes), but Girlicious just wants me to do some stupid shit. And I'm fine with that.
16. TV On The Radio - "Family Tree"
15. The Mountain Goats - "Autoclave"
14. Vampire Weekend - "Oxford Comma"
13. No Age - "Teen Creeps"
12. Girl Talk - "Play Your Part (Pt. 1)"
11. Frightened Rabbit - "Last Tango In Brooklyn"
10. Fuck Buttons - "Sweet Love For Mother Earth"
9. Cut Copy - "Lights And Music"
8. Los Campesinos! - "Miserabilia"
7. Headlights - "On April 2"
6. Why? - "Good Friday"
5. Chad VanGaalen - "Willow Tree"
4. Bound Stems - "Happens To Us All Otherwise"
3. Dan Friel - "Ghost Town (Pt. 1)"
2. Lil Wayne - "A Milli"
1. Frightened Rabbit - "The Modern Leper"
- No song was more anthemic, more heartbreaking, or more jaw-dropping than "The Modern Leper". On an album filled with incredibly written songs, this was the showstopper, a behemoth of a rock song that dares you to pump your fists while begging you to cover your face and cry. Lyrically and musically, this is a truly classic tune.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "ANIMALS"

Sorry about the whole "taking forever to finish our year-in-review" thing, we've all been busy busy busy. We'll get it up very soon, but for now here's a mixtape for you all to enjoy.


1. High Places - Banana Slugs/Cosmonaut (2008)
2. Why? - A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under (2008)
3. The Triangles - Here Come The Underwater Lions (2004)
4. Andrew Bird - Sic of Elephants (2007)
5. Elf Power - Owl Cut (White Flowers In The Sky) [2008]
6. Mogwai - Glasgow Mega-Snake (2006)
7. TV On The Radio - Love Dog (2008)
8. Belle and Sebastian - Funny Little Frog (2006)
9. Born Ruffians - Badonkadonkey (2008)
10. Midlake - Chasing After Deer (2006)
11. Frog Eyes - ...Eagle Energy (2007)
12. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans (2004)
13. Iron & Wine - Serpent Charmer (2008)
14. Animal Collective - Bat You'll Fly (2000)

Hope you all had a great holiday, and now that we're into 2009, who knows what sort of shenanigans us humans can really get ourselves into.

*ducks and covers*