Monday, March 30, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "EMPTIED"

Our eyes are glowing as our hearts are slowly

E/M/P/T/I/E/D/

1. My Favorite - Burning Hearts (2003)
2. The Magnetic Fields - No One Will Ever Love You (1999)
3. Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely (2000)
4. Badly Drawn Boy - Blistered Heart (2000)
5. Great Lake Swimmers - I Could Be Nothing (2005)
6. Arab Strap - Haunt Me (2001)
7. Belle and Sebastian - Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying (1996)
8. Boards of Canada - Tears from the Compound Eye (2005)
9. M. Ward - Oh, Lonesome Me (2009)
10. Building Castles out of Matchsticks - It's Raining In My Bedroom (2005)
11. Wye Oak - Regret (2006)
12. Okay - Loveless (2007)
13. Akron/Family - Drowning (2006)
14. Trevor Hawkins - Broke (2008)

___________

Track Review: Lucky Soul - "Whoa Billy!"

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For all of my indie rock sensibilities, I have one major weakness: 60s girl groups, or modern artists who try and emulate them. Because of this, I considered The Pipettes 2006 release We Are The Pipettes to be the second best record of that year and a damn near perfect pop album. Lucky Soul is another band who fits this description. Predictably, 2007 album The Great Unwanted also was near the top of my Best Of list.
Lucky Soul has re-entered my life with new single "Whoa Billy!" from an upcoming-but-unannounced new album, and naturally I adore it. It's everything that made them so great before: throwback melodies, delicious harmonies, and enough Spector-ish tendencies to make a guy like me melt. "What am I to do?" vocalist Ali Howard sings, while bemoaning her insecurites and Billy's lackthereof. Put it all together with a giant, polka-dot bow and you've got one scrumptious package.
Like I said, there aren't any concrete album details yet (rumours say the release date may be in June), but we'll get them to you as soon as they appear.

Lucky Soul - "Whoa Billy!" (Download)

Worth Another Look: The Bird and The Bee - "Polite Dance Song"

Yeah, yeah, I know: you've probably seen this video before, and shown all of your friends. But hey, it's Monday, and you know that you could use the laugh. Directed by Eric Wareheim, featuring badass geriatric dancers. Enjoy, please!

YE-LID News: Action Painters Done Recording EP, Not Done Being Awesome

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YE-LID favs Action Painters have just completed work on pre-album EP Lay That Cable, which makes me very, very happy. As described by the band, the EP is "grittier and more immediate", and I would have to agree. The songs here are very energetic, with hooks galore and Tom's signature growl making them as memorable as they are catchy.
It'll be available on iTunes starting Tuesday, March 31. And just in case you weren't convinced that this band is truly fantastic, they're making Lay That Cable available for FREE for a limited time here starting on the release date. Sweet. If nothing else, this recession makes me appreciate the free shit I receive even more.
Tracklist and tour dates below.

Tracklist:
1. A Moment's Peace
2. Money Changes Everything (Cyndi Lauper Cover)
3. 456

Tour Dates:
Apr 9 2009 10:00P
CAKE SHOP - Popgun show New York
Apr 22 2009 9:00P
THE RED AND THE BLACKWASHINGTON Washington DC
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
JOHN AND PETER’S New Hope, Pennsylvania
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
METRO GALLERY Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 25 2009 9:00P
NORTHSTAR BAR w/East Hundred Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 29 2009 9:00P
BEACHLAND w/ Good Touch Bad Touch, Posh Army - ALL AGES Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 30 2009 9:00P
LAVA LOUNGE w/Triggers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 1 2009 9:00P
THE BELMONT - w/Cowboy Messiah (Fundraiser for Recycled Treasures)HAMTRAMCK/DETROIT
May 2 2009 8:00P
TREEHOUSE Columbus, Ohio
May 4 2009 9:00P
OFF BROADWAY - w/Target Market St. Louis, Missouri
May 5 2009 8:00P
TBA Chicago, Illinois
May 6 2009 9:00P
NORTHSIDE TAVERN w/The Koala Fires Cincinnati, Ohio
May 7 2009 8:00P
THE DAAC Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 8 2009 8:00P
OLD GLORY Canton, Ohio
May 11 2009 10:00P
PIANOS - XYZ Affair Residency show! New York, New York

Action Painters - "Money Changes Everything (Cyndi Lauper Cover)" (Download)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "CLOUDED IN HERE"

Is it just me or is way too

C/L/O/U/D/E/D_I/N_H/E/R/E/

1. Boards of Canada - You Could Feel The Sky (2002)
2. M83 - We Own The Sky (2008)
3. Stereolab - I Feel The Air (of Another Planet) [2000]
4. Grouper - Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted in the Evening Breeze) [2008]
5. The Most Serene Republic - A Mix of Sun and Cloud (2007)
6. Editors - Push Your Head Towards The Air (2007)
7. Immaculate Machine - Northeastern Wind (2007)
8. Dusthoney - We of Yellow Skies (2008)
9. Neil Young - Expecting To Fly (1977)
10. Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds (2006)
11. Calexico - Fractured Air (Tornado Watch) [2008]
12. Fire on Fire - Flight Song (2008)
13. This Will Destroy You - Leather Wings (2008)
14. Nico - Facing The Wind (1969)

i'll be back, i need some air


also, on another unrelated note
a thank you to simian mobile disco for helping spontaneously make connections today

Thursday, March 26, 2009

They Could Be Famous: Young Rival


On my way to checking out Tokyo Police Club in concert last Saturday, I, like many of the other attendees, was thinking very little about the opening band. I mean, it’s Tokyo Police Club. Can’t they just play their set twice with a breather in between? Anyways, I read on a poster that the opening band would be a group called Young Rival, and I shrugged it off with some indifference. Whatever.

However, this indifference changed almost immediately to interest once they picked up their instruments. Imagine The Hives with better guitars and fewer stage antics. They got the crowd moving and gave Tokyo Police Club a warmed-up audience, but it was more than music with a good beat; there was something else in there that persuaded me to purchase their 6-song EP for a paltry $10.

Fortunately, it was money well spent. Once this four-piece from Hamilton turns their amps down from 11 and steps into the studio, the vision and musicality of Young Rival comes to the forefront, and while the end result may be less appealing to someone who just wants to shake their ass to a beat than, say, their live show, it certainly gives the discerning music connoisseur (that would be you, beloved YE-LID reader) a bit more to chew on.

First off, the guitars sound great, jangly but deep. Better still, they provide an awesome sonic contrast to the near-falsetto male vocals, along with the quasi-bluesy guitar breaks which show up occasionally. Any fans of Ambulance Ltd. will surely appreciate my personal favourite “4:15”, available for download and in streaming audio below. Get acquainted with them now before Tokyo Police Club opens for them. Happy listening!

4:15 (download)

Track Review: Junior Boys - "What It's For"

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If I had to describe new Junior Boys album Begone Dull Care in one word, I would choose "pretty". Songs flow along slowly but surely, bleeps and drums moving gorgeously across the luscious landscapes that Junior Boys create. The record is swiss-army-knife-like in nature; at times it's a relaxing album, at times it's a break-up album, at times it's a dance album.
Album closer "What It's For" falls into the first the first two categories. It moves assuredly forward, discussing matters of the heart (which constitutes the "it" of the title). It uses two ends of the spectrum - "women like you" and "men like me" - to describe a break-up, but it's not aggressive sounding. The slow pace of the song gives off the sense that he's seen all of it before and is just so used to it that it doesn't affect him anymore. Part way through it gets a little louder and Dntel-ish as if he's starting to feel something, but then it disappears just as quickly as it came about and he's back to apathy.
Pre-order this and the other beautiful songs on Begone Dull Care here.

Junior Boys - "What It's For" (Download)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "NINEDEES TWO"

I know I already did a 90's mixtape, but there were just too many good songs from the 90s, and I simply had to bring you guys

N/I/N/E/D/E/E/S_T/W/O/

1. The Cardigans - My Favourite Game (1999)
2. Sigur Rós - Svefn-g-englar [Sleepwalkers] (1999)
3. Stereolab - Slow Fast Hazel (1996)
4. PJ Harvey - Water (1992)
5. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Music Arcade (1996)
6. Wilco - She's A Jar (1999)
7. Boards of Canada - Nlogax (1996)
8. Air - Ce Matin La (1998)
9. The Magnetic Fields - The Book of Love (1999)
10. Radiohead - Bones (1995)
11. U2 - ALEX descends into HELL for a BOTTLE of MILK / KOROVA 1 (1991)
12. Grandaddy - Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance (1997)
13. Portishead - Pedestal (1994)
14. The Microphones - I'll Be In The Air (1999)

yum.

Worth A Listen: St. Vincent – "The Strangers"


Here’s a little fact I like to repeat when I contemplate the exploding music business as the world simmers in the Digital Age: in the year 2000, 65,000 music albums were released world-wide. In 2008, this same figure had multiplied to 750,000. You can see now why being unique in the ever-growing, ever-changing world of music or even within your own genre is increasingly difficult, but also increasingly important: it’s called the music business, after all, and you’ve gotta move albums if you want to keep your head above water.

Luckily for Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent), she does not have to worry about accusations of imitation. If I had to make a comparison, I would put her in the same sphere as The Fiery Furnaces, but that is a huge sphere, as both artists don’t seem content to be confined to a single genre. Take “The Strangers” alone for example: while firmly rooted in bouncy pop, there are also backing vocals reminiscent of a 1940’s radio jingle, electronic flourishes a-plenty, crunchy guitar, cool vocal effects/layering - a whole gamut of sounds is incorporated here, and to great effect. I suggest you listen to/download “The Strangers” below, which appears on her sophomore album Actor, due out on May 5th and available for pre-order here. My prediction/hope is that this album won’t get lost in the shuffle of this year’s 749,999+ other releases. Happy listening!

The Strangers (download)

Video Of The Week: Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - "Our Hell"

Emily Emily Emily Haines
Infrared Infrared Infrared Video
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful Song
Check it out to the right or here.

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - "Our Hell"

Directed by: Jaron Albertin

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "MULTIPLICITY"

It's it's it's it's it's it's just just just

M/U/L/T/I/P/L/I/C/I/T/Y/

1. PJ Harvey - Grow Grow Grow (2007)
2. Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (2008)
3. Animal Collective - Penguin Penguin (2001)
4. Tegan and Sara - Soil, Soil (2007)
5. Mates of State - Help Help (2008)
6. Black Lips - Hippie, Hippie, Hoorah (2007)
7. Papas Fritas - Hey Hey You Say (2003)
8. Cat Stevens - I Wish, I Wish (1970)
9.The Beatles - Long, Long, Long (1968)
10. Frightened Rabbit - Old Old Fashioned (2008)
11. Comus - Drip Drip (1971)
12. Elliott Smith - Georgia, Georgia (2007)
13. Have a Nice Life - Deep, Deep (2008)
14. The Velvet Underground - Run Run Run (1967)

I promise, more mixtapes will come and soon more posts from me in general, that aren't mixtapes. hehe.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Worth Another Listen: Jay-Z Feat. UGK - "Big Pimpin"

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My walk to work yesterday morning reminded me of why this may be one of the greatest rap songs of our generation, if not ever. Jay-Z and UGK (made up of Bun B and the now deceased Pimp C) put on a masterclass of how to be larger-than-life pimps, and yet somehow as a skinny white kid from southern Ontario I can relate to it.
I think this is mostly because the song is so smart. These aren't just pimps, these are educated pimps. Listen to Bun B as he mispronounces the word "scenario" in order to make it rhyme with the previous couplet, then retreats and apologizes for being so grammatically incorrect. Then he delivers the single most amazing diss ever recorded in rap music: "Read a book you illiterate son of a bitch / Step up your vocab". Motherfucker just insulted your ability to READ, bitch! AND he's going to steal your ho! The joy I get from this is indescribable.
Jay-Z and Pimp C also give epic verses, where they discuss bitches and money, respectively. This sounds pretty standard, except that this is like, the king of all bitches and money songs, and that a few years later you see Jay-Z is dating Beyonce, buying NBA franchises, and just generally being paid. Then there's the beat, which makes me want to be on a boat more than "I'm On A Boat".
You can disagree with me over this song's greatness or its place in the pantheon of rap history, and that's fine. My response: I dare you to find me a rap song today that is this intelligent about its misogyny and obsession with money. And when you're done your futile search, you can go read a book you illiterate son of a bitch and step up your vocab.

Jay-Z Feat. UGK - "Big Pimpin" (Download)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "THE NOTHING"

Tickets please, all aboard..

T/H/E_N/O/T/H/I/N/G/

1. The Kings of Convenience - The Build Up (2005)
2. Au Revoir Simone - The Lucky One (2007)
3. The Innocence Mission - The Lakes of Canada (1999)
4. Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake (2000)
5. Sunburned Hand of the Man - The Parakeet Beat (2007)
6. Wire - The Commercial (1977)
7. Beirut - The Concubine (2009)
8. The Shins - The Celibate Life (2001)
9.The New Pornographers - The End of Medicine (2003)
10. The Triangles - The Apple of His Eye (2004)
11. Depeche Mode - The Darkest Star (2005)
12. Why? - The Hoofs (2005)
13. Coconut Records - The Summer (2009)
14. Shocking Pinks - The Narrator (2007)

..sir, where's your ticket?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Track Review: Metric - "Twilight Galaxy"

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In my humble blogger opinion, Metric is at their best when Emily Haines' vocals are given free reign on a song. She's clearly the star here. Want proof? Compare her haunting solo material to the giant bag of shit that consummates when the rest of her band decides to make music without her.
It's no surprise, then, that the best track on stellar new album Fantasies is the one that gives Haines the most room to breathe. "Twilight Galaxy" is a minimal stunner that recalls Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? standout "Calculation Theme" in the way that it surrounds Haines with a keyboard and then lets her voice do the heavy lifting. It's the perfect album centrepiece, an excellent compliment to some of the fast-paced rockers that surround it.
Between Animal Collective, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Camera Obscura, and now Metric, high profile bands are not disappointing in 2009. Pre-order Fantasies here.

Metric - "Twilight Galaxy" (Download)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Billboard Thursday: Flo-Rida - "Right Round"

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I'm going to start a new feature here at YE-LID. It's goal? To allow us the opportunity to dismount our high horses for a few moments and take a look at what all those petty commoners are listening to. Billboard updates its Hot 100 every Thursday, so I've decided to do a weekly post just to mention one song that is doing particularly well on the charts.
This week's edition goes to he of "Low" fame, Flo-Rida. His new Dead Or Alive sampling single "Right Round" has been number one for a pretty impressive five straight weeks. Does it deserve to be there?
Well, kind of. If you're listening to it while laying in bed with no intention of going to a dance party anytime soon - as I am currently - it can get a little grating after a few listens. That said, if its Friday night at the bar and you've been eye-fucking someone all night and this song comes on, it's probably your new fav.
The track is alright, but pretty vapid overall. Flo-Rida is an embarassingly terrible rapper (not to mention a total douche; seriously, just look at that picture, or consider the fact that he legitimately calls himself FLO-RIDA), so the only thing making this song even moderately enjoyable is a decent hook. It's pretty standard club fare, which is what made "Low" so popular and is what will continue to make "Right Round" successful. But like I said: take in small doses. When reviewing a song I like to have it on repeat while writing, which means this has been playing on my computer for a little while. POOR DECISION.
I don't have a stream for you (which is probably ideal) because apparently Flo-Rida's reps are being absolute Internet nazis; the official video has been out for a little while now, and they're still not letting it appear on YouTube. But just go to a club or turn on the radio and it won't be that hard to find.

5 W, 1 H: Viva Voce – “Devotion”


WHO: Viva Voce

WHAT: This wicked little two-piece (they’re married) is releasing their long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s Get Yr Blood Sucked Out. The record is called Rose City and the lead single is known as “Devotion”.

WHERE: The band hails from Portland, Oregon but will be embarking on a North American tour very soon.

WHEN: The North American release of Rose City is slated for May 26th, but you can download “Devotion” right here, right now.

WHY: Cause rock ‘n’ roll is awesome...?

WHAT: “Devotion” is a great tune with a loud, slinky, distorted lead guitar, driving percussion and girl-guy vocals. If you like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and/or The Raveonettes, this is right up your alley.

HOW: I wish I knew.

Happy Listening!

Devotion” (download)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "SOUND"

Hold on, listen to that. What is that? Did you hear that..

S/O/U/N/D/

1. AFX - Boxing Day (2006)
2. Burial - Dog Shelter (2007)
3. Modeselektor - Earth (UPS Edit) [2005]
4. Boards of Canada - Hi Scores (1996)
5. Black Moth Super Rainbow - When The Sun Grows on Your Tongue (2007)
6. M83 - Highway of Endless Dreams (2008)
7. Giuseppe - Array of Sunshine (2009)
8. Caribou - Irene (2007)
9. Matmos - Exciter Lamp (2008)
10. Deadbeat - Rise Again (2008)
11. Air - You Make It Easy (1998)
12. The Field - The Little Heart Beats So Fast (2007)
13. Tycho - Brother (2006)
14. Siblings - Litter (2007)

Yeah, it was probably nothing...

Video Of The Week: Deerhunter - "Agoraphobia"

Video of the week time everybody. This time it's a Deerhunter video, this song always gets me, the vocals and melody are just great. Check it here, or to the right.

Deerhunter - "Agoraphobia"

From "Microcastle" (2008)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Track Review: Day26 Feat. Yung Joc & Diddy - "Imma Put It On Her"

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We really havn't mentioned much rap or R&B around these parts lately, so here's some more good stuff for y'all.
I was watching an extra hilarious episode of Making The Band the other day, which follows Diddy produced groups Day26 and the now broken up Danity Kane on their quest to become R&B SUPASTAHS. It's entertainment value is pretty high, if only because you get to witness the minor miracle of Diddy's ego actually being contained by your television screen.
But yeah, so I was watching this episode. And at the commercial break, Diddy came on screaming something about a new Day26 single. Frankly, I'd never heard anything by Day26, so I decided to check it.
Holy shit.
"Imma Put It On Her" (off the forthcoming Forever In A Day) is a lot like Usher's epic "Love In This Club", which you may recall made our top songs of 2008 list. The beat takes the vibe from that song and adds some big drums and an electric guitar background to put a different spin on it. Plus, if nothing else, these guys are seriously talented singers. The vocal hook on the chorus is so addictive that I wouldn't be at all shocked if someone told me The-Dream wrote this, though I'm 99% sure he didn't.
The caveats are that it features the vapid Yung Joc (who, to be fair, doesn't fuck this up too badly) and Diddy himself. Ugh. For real, stop listening to this song the second his voice appears in the later half. It's as if he was in the studio watching them record this and was like, "Oh shit, this song by Diddy's group is good. Diddy like. Diddy must rap on this because Diddy is Diddy. Where Diddy's ghostwriters at? DIDDY OUT."
So yeah, this is my guilty pleasure of the day. I'm not going to give a download link, mostly because I fear the wrath of Diddy (and copyright law). However, I will post a YouTube clip below; most of the ones containing this song have been dropping like flies, but I'm pretty sure this one will hang around because it was uploaded by Diddy's channel and begins with him talking about his greatness for about a minute. But trust me: make it through that, and it'll be well worth it.



BONUS: I don't know what the fuck this "I Am King" contest Diddy has going on is, but the entries are HILARIOUS. Highlights from this video...

- "What makes me king? Of course, my extraordinary swag."
- *terrible melisma* "My ability to sing, you know."
- "I'm a gangster/gentlement."
- "When people look into my eyes, I want them to see...me. I want them to see the next president."
- "I'm not gonna come out here and make babies and do drugs and do all that."

Spend an afternoon watching some of these if you want one fucking awesome afternoon.

YE-LID News: We Wrote About Rich Boy's Awesome New Shit Before They Did

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In early February, we made a post about a new song by young rapper Rich Boy called "Drop". I had a little blogasm over it, and "Drop" deserved every bit of it (best line: "You don't need a gym class / Crack like SlimFast / Take a hit and lose a fuckin' hundred pounds quick fast"; that is one giant LMAO, all caps). Shit is ballin'.
Well, turns out that a month later some other major online music outlets (Pitchfork and Cokemachineglow, to name a couple) have just discovered how truly ballin' this shit is, and have recently written glowing reviews. Welcome to the party, world. Even though you're hilariously late.
Now, just to prove how ahead of the curve YE-LID is, I'm now going to mention Rich Boy's latest banger so that other sites can write about it in May and we can laugh at them again. "Swagg" goes from the streets to the club, and is frankly the sort of dance-rap track that I never thought Rich Boy could pull off. Turns out he can.
In a year where I'm yet to be impressed by too much of the rap world's output, Rich Boy's upcoming album is officially one of my most anticipated.

Rich Boy - Swagg (Download)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Worth A Quick Listen: Papercuts – “Future Primitive”


“Papercuts” is the alias of San Francisco-area songster Jason Roberts Quever, whose sophomore album You Can Have What You Want is being released on April 14th. This is being cut loose from Gnomosongs, folk freak Devendra Banhart’s label. The track is mildly psychedelic, moderately catchy, very cool and very chill. The breezy chord structure and simple rhythmic bass should appeal to most music tastes, but those especially into Beach House and Chad VanGaalen at his mellowest will get the most out of this one. Enjoy the streaming track and download below. Happy listening!



Future Primitive (download)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Worth A Quick Mention: Jessica Lea Mayfield "We've Never Lied"



Jessica Lea Mayfield, she's got a beautiful voice, she's young, she's toured/touring with Annuals and her latest album With Blasphemy So Heartfelt is wonderful.

Video Of The Week: Animal Collective - "Leaf House" (Unofficial)

Our video of the week this week, is an unofficial fan made video for Animal Collective's "Leaf House" from Sweden by a YouTube user known as pellebee. It was done two years ago and it's great stuff, check it here.

Animal Collective - "Leaf House"

Created by Pellebee

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

YE-LID News: Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels


As far as consistency and quality is concerned, few bands provide more bang for my buck than Great Lake Swimmers. Their hushed folk sound is both mesmerizing and introspective, and the prospect of a new GLS album is always exciting. Alas, I’m proud to report that Lost Channels will be available for sale on March 31st, and it should be a good one. They played a few of the new tracks at their recent-ish performance at Hillside Inside, and they were sounding great. Not a grand departure from the band’s previous sound mind you, but as far as I’m concerned, more of the same from Great Lake Swimmers is well, great. You can hear and download the lead single from Lost Channels, “Pulling On A Line” below. A fuller arrangement than what they usually deal with, but overall they deliver more of what they’re best at. Can you say “radio-friendly”? Happy listening!

Lost Channels tracklisting:
1. Palmistry 2:32
2. Everything Is Moving So Fast 4:19
3. Pulling On A Line 3:18
4. Concrete Heart 3:31
5. She Comes To Me In Dreams 4:02
6. The Chorus In The Underground 3:20
7. Singer Castle Bells 0:48
8. Stealing Tomorrow 2:50
9. Still 2:50
10. New Light 3:18
11. River’s Edge 4:17
12. Unison Falling Into Harmony 3:25


Pulling On A Line (download)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hillside Inside: Sam Roberts Band

The last piece of footage from the Hillside Inside Festival in Guelph, Ontario, this year. It's the Sam Roberts Band performing "Hard Road" from his 2003 album, We Were Born in a Flame. Followed directly by Stars, it made for a wonderful night.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hillside Inside: More Stars

Here's some more from the Stars performance at Hillside Inside in Guelph, from last month. "Take Me to the Riot", it was hard to keep my eyes off of the band during this one.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "BACK IN THE MOTION OF THINGS" / Stars

It's about time to get

B/A/C/K_I/N_T/H/E_M/O/T/I/O/N_O/F_T/H/I/N/G/S/

1. Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month (2004)
2. Pavement - So Stark (You're a Skyscraper) [1992]
3. Black Kids - I Wanna Be Your Limousine (2008)
4. Arab Strap - Turbulence (2001)
5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands! (2005)
6. Why? - Song of the Sad Assassin (Almost Live Version) [2008]
7. Band of Horses - Cigarettes, Wedding Bands (2007)
8. Shocking Pinks - I Want U Back (2007)
9. The Rapture - Get Myself Into It (2006)
10. The American Analog Set - Too Tired to Shine II (1996)
11. Yeasayer - No Need to Worry (2007)
12. Cold War Kids - Golden Gate Jumpers (2008)
13. LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down (2007)
14. Eagle*Seagull - Last Song (2005)

More mixtapes will eventually come your way, I promise you.

Also, enjoy this video of Stars performing Window Bird (one of my favourites by Stars) at the Hillside Inside Festival, that I attended a while ago. If you remember, I posted a video of post-rock band Bell Orchestre who also performed there. Again, I highly recommend checking out this festival, it runs twice each year (once in the summer, outside and once in the winter, inside) and features some of Canada's greatest artists. Past festivals have included bands such as Plants and Animals, and Tokyo Police Club. (more videos from the festival will make their way here, and hopefully not as late as this one did, hehe)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Track Review: Camera Obscura - "French Navy"

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I'm not going to lie: I'm in a really fucking bad mood today. All the usual stresses that go along with being a university student have culminated into one giant grumpfest this afternoon, and everything seems to be pissing me off.
That said, it is really, really difficult to be angry when Camera Obscura is making such catchy music. My Maudlin Career comes out April 20 (pre-order here), and lead single "French Navy" is a luscious girl-group inspired pop song about falling in love with sailors. Does it get cuter than that?
Of course, this is Camera Obscura we're listening to, meaning "French Navy" isn't without its melancholic touches. "I wanted to control it / But love I couldn't hold it," the chorus cooes, before going on to discuss being criticized for letting that naughty sailor boy break her heart. The arrangement here is absolutely gorgeous, fully belonging on a 60s dancefloor. If there's one word I would use to describe this track, it's "scrumptious". Eat it up.

Camera Obscura - "French Navy"(Download)

Track Review: Handsome Furs - "All We Want, Baby, Is Everything"

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I have this novel that I'm constantly writing in my head. It's about a group of university students all connected by a common bond: the complications of their lives. They drink, they fuck, they interact, they do everything that stereotypical university students do. However, each member of this group is an individual with personal needs, wants, and desires that they obtain through this drinking, fucking, and interacting. Because while on the surface everyone's actions may appear similar, we all have different motivations for why we do them.
This novel I've never started writing has a soundtrack that grows every time I hear a song I feel fits the mood I'm going for. The most recent addition to said soundtrack is a new Handsome Furs track off the forthcoming Face Control entitled "All We Want, Baby, Is Everything". In my mind, this song soundtracks the scene where the entire group of friends is sitting in a room at 2 am, still a little drunk; none of them are completely happy, but they also know how much better they feel just being apathetic together and not caring about what's coming in the morning.
Someday I might actually put these ideas to paper, but in the meantime I'm content finding brilliant songs like this one and letting them weave a storyline themselves. Go ahead and pre-order Face Control here if you agree with me.

Handsome Furs - "All We Want, Baby, Is Everything" (Download)

Track Review: St. Vincent - "The Strangers"

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It's Annie, bitch.
Yes, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent aka the creater of one of my favourite albums of 2007 is back with a new song (and album, more on that later). This is a busy day in the YE-LID world, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet: "The Strangers" is a wonderful piece of oddball pop that says something about making a black hole blacker, but I almost can't talk about it because I'm so overwhelmed that new St. Vincent exists. It has a very otherworldly feel that's hard to describe, so I suggest you just listen to it.
Pre-order the forthcoming Actor, which comes out May 5th, here.

St. Vincent - "The Strangers" (Download)

Worth A Listen: Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – “Meet Me In The Garden”


I have a confession to make: I have a thing for ukuleles. Is it that they look like tiny guitars? No, I could just look at regular guitars from far away, same difference. I think it’s their immediate calming effect – can you remember the last time that the strums of a ukulele made you sad or mad? Nay nay, my friends; they make you glad. So it only makes since that, building on my previous post concerning the ukulele-fronted The Burning Hell, I would seek out another act making use of this wondrous instrument.

Alas, I bring you Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. Every iota of this track screams “please imagine sitting beside a pool on a lazy sunny Saturday afternoon in July, feet dangling in the cool water.” This is just the kind of vibe that the ukulele was built to exude. In fact, I believe the song itself is about the seduction of a pool boy by his employer. Naughty!

However, I believe that Dent May gives his ukulele too much credit, for it is his perfect vocal delivery that makes the song. He delivers a solid lower register with just the right inflections on the lyrics, but is still able to bust out a nice falsetto to soar above the arrangement when he needs too. A great song to be sure, but this isn’t just a man and his uke; there is a full instrumental arrangement with neat little electronic blips which is great, but sometimes that magnificent ukulele gets a bit overshadowed. That’s just a minor quibble though, so don’t let it get in the way of your enjoyment of this track that makes you pine for those long summer days. You can purchase his debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May, here.

Meet Me In The Garden (download)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just Watch: Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps - "Tying My Shoes" (Secret Garden Series)

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Our friends over at Hooves On The Turf have a special feature going on right now called the Secret Garden Series, which is basically very intimate performances from fantastic new talent. The latest edition featured YE-LID faves Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps, and we were lucky enough to get the privelege of posting this brilliant rendition of Backyard Tent Set standout "Tying My Shoes".
Enjoy the clip below (you can watch the full mini-concert here), and pick up Backyard Tent Set here.

Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps - "Tying My Shoes" (Download)

Just Listen: Kingsbury


Florida-based four piece, post-rock band, Kingsbury, made its way into my head with the mellow track, "Back in the Orange Grove" from their newly released Lie To Me [EP], which you can check out and download here for free, courtesy of the band. Don't you love digital music distribution? I sure do.

As a direct follow up to their first LP, The Great Compromise (which you can also get for free online, right here), Lie To Me incorporates some great piano, slightly entrancing guitar melodies, and vocal melodies reminiscent of Nick Cave on a good day. The song below stood out more than any other to me, on the EP. Fans of vocally prominent piano rock / post-rock will enjoy this. Check them out at their recently rebuilt website, right here.

Have a good one guys, I'm going to go listen to this song on repeat for a while. Oh, and "As I See It" is a pretty rockin' post-rock tune as well.

Kingsbury - "Back in the Orange Grove" (Download)


Kingsbury - "As I See It" (Download)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Just Listen: Lightning Inside You

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I love independent music, because while it can be difficult to find, the rewarding feeling one gets from discovering something truly special and knowing that few have uncovered it yet is unparalleled. Such was the feeling I got when I stumbled upon quiet three-piece Lightning Inside You.
They just recently released their debut EP entitled Agony Of The Leave. It was self-produced and it shows, with each track sounding very fragile and personal. There's no bombastic backing instrumentation here, which I enjoy. The spare sound gives room for these songs - and these are songs, in the truest sense of the word - to breathe and grow and develop like vines up the side of an old stone house.
Lightning Inside You are like that old safety blanket you had when you were a kid that you never used to let go of. It's now frayed and torn, but it also doubles as a calming reminder of simpler times and a painful reminder that you'll never get those times back. This band has that effect on me, which explains why "Together, We Make A Compass" has been on repeat on my iTunes for a while now.
Enjoy the mp3 below, and pick up the EP here.

Lightning Inside You - "Together, We Make A Compass" (Download)

Video Of The Week: Wild Beasts - "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants"

Thanks to my sister for turning me towards this video of the week.

Wild Beasts - "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants"

Courtesy of: Domino Records

Monday, March 2, 2009

They Could Be Famous: The Burning Hell


Every once and a while, a band comes along that you can’t help but listen to for a whole week or so. They have a certain “je ne sais quoi”, an “it” factor that elevates the music above standard-but-respectful indie music fare. However, I have been listening to Peterborough natives The Burning Hell in numerous binges since seeing them at the Hillside Festival last summer, and again in a thrift store this past winter. Since I’m in the throes of one of those binges right now, I figured I’d do well to write about one of the most engaging songwriting outfits I’ve come across in a long time. Signed to (weewerk), a fine label based in Ontario featuring some great talent (Great Lake Swimmers, The Fembots,) they are led by Mathias Kom, a part-time history teacher.

While the recording and production values aren’t spectacular, it’s the pure ingenuity of the songs that compensate for and easily overcome any technical shortcomings. Despite the fact that these are just great pop songs, there’s a quirkiness about the whole outfit that makes The Burning Hell especially endearing. Kom himself leads the band with a ukulele, while the lead guitarist is actually well...the lead ukulele-sized banjo player. Better yet, they are accompanied a nice, big back-up band to fill out the song live and in the studio. However, don’t think that The Burning Hell is cutesy, for while that sometimes may be the case, there are many sides to the mind of Mathias Kom that can come off as morbid, funny, mundane or just plain old eccentric, sometime at once. It’s something that you truly have to listen to in order to appreciate. Therefore, it’s my pleasure to offer the link below so you can peruse three songs that do not appear on either of their fine albums, Tick Tock and Happy Birthday. They are also touring across Canada for the next few months, check out their myspace to see if they are playing near you – if they are, gamble a few bucks and check them out. As for a song to stream below, it was difficult to find a single one that truly captured their essence, so I just picked a favourite from Happy Birthday.

Unreleased Burning Hell tunes

"General Electric vs. The Imperial Moth "

Sunday, March 1, 2009

New Release: Basin Spectra Double LP

Basin Spectra is ROYGBIV
ROYGBIV is me, and I am Matt.

About 5 days ago, I finished and released my first double album of ambient music. Both full albums are free to download. Click on the album covers below to check them out over at CLLCT (which by the way is a great site to find new music and release your music to the public for free, I highly recommend giving the site a full sift through. It's filled with LPs and EPs of every genre, from Folk to Electronic to Pop/Rock, and it's all free.)



*sidenote*

If anybody is interested, I am currently working on a third album by the name of "Painter of the Animals" which will be released sometime this year as well.