5 On A Friday : The Grammy Nominees

December 7, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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In what is generally one of the weaker lists of nominees for The Grammy Awards in recent memory, here’s a handful of standouts worth a mention.

Best Alternative Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.)

1: Lily Allen – Alright, Still… [Capitol Records]
Everything’s Just Wonderful

2: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible [Merge Records]
Keep The Car Running

3: Bjork – Volta [Elektra/Atlantic]
Hope

4: The Shins – Wincing The Night Away [Sub Pop]
Turn On Me

5: The White Stripes – Icky Thump [Third Man/Warner Bros.]
Conquest

5 On A Friday : Hopping Into A Holiday Weekend

April 6, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Spring has sprung, but here in the east wintertime is getting in one more slap as Easter weekend rolls in. Here’s five today related to the mascot of the holiday for you to do the bunny hop to. Hoppity hop hop hop.

1: Magnetic Fields – Lets Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits
Buy 69 Love Songs
2: Jimmy Haggett – Rabbit Action
Buy The Legendary Sun Records Story
3:Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Buy 2400 Fulton Street
4: The Shins – Red Rabbits
Buy Wincing The Night Away
5: Of Montreal – Bunny Ain’t No Kind Of Rider
Buy Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Grab Bag : This Week’s Releases

January 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a random handful of the many new releases that came out this week.

Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up (Jagjaguwar)
Julie Doiron started out in 1990 playing bass in Canadian Sub Pop band Eric’s Trip.
Woke Myself Up is Julie’s seventh solo disc since the breakup of the band in 1996. It’s a stark emotionally charged affair that falls sonically somewhere between the icy chanteuse of Cat Power and the folky warmth of Joni Mitchell

MP3: Julie Doiron – You Look So Alive
MP3:
Julie Doiron – No More

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The Broken West – I Can’t Go on,I’ll Go On (Merge)
At the risk of sounding Bandwagonesque I’m going to throw in another blogger vote for The Broken West as a really great power pop band. Throw in equal parts Teenage Fanclub and Guided By Voices, season to taste with a little Big Star, and you’ve got LA’s The Broken West. Enough chiming guitars, harmony vocals and handclaps to keep any power pop fan happy.

The Broken West is :
Ross Flournoy (guitar, vocals)
Dan Iead (guitar, backing vocals)
Brian Whelan (bass, backing vocals)
Rob McCorkindale (drums, percussion)
Scott Claassen (keys, backing vocals)

MP3: The Broken West – So It Goes
MP3:
The Broken West – Big City

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The Shins – Wincing The Night Away (Sub Pop)
Sure, like everybody else we’ve been listening to the massively hyped new Shins album for a couple months now. But now everyone can buy their very own copy. This baby will probably suffer some severe hype backlash, so why not one more gratuitous listen before it goes down, it’s actually pretty good. Here’s a couple for you, the super catchy pop single Phantom Limb and the very Enya-like Red Rabbits. Enjoy.

MP3: The Shins – Phantom Limb.mp3
MP3: The Shins – Red Rabbits.mp3

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YouTube Tuesday : The Shins, Arcade Fire and The Hold Steady

January 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The Shins : Phantom Limb video. Wincing The Night Away is released today

Arcade Fire : Intervention Live at Canterbury High, Ottawa on January 19, 2007

The Hold Steady : Stuck Between Stations on the David Letterman Show on January 11, 2007