Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Great MP3's

Muzzle of Bees has My Morning jacket B sides.
My Old Kentucky Blog and
You Ain't No Picasso both have unrealeased Neutral Milk mp3's.
Also check out
Indie Connection for a Sufjan Christmas.
Think Tank has new Belle and Sebastian tracks from their new album.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

When Pitchfork Stabs Itself

Sometimes the experts are just wrong.
Pitchforkmedia is sometimes just flat out wrong. I am not sure if they do it for dramatic effect or what. To start off, it gave Belle and Sebastian's The Boy With the Arab Strap a 0.8 Review. I mean come on. This album is actually very good. The fact that they could give this a 0.8 and give, for instance, the new Sinead O'Connor album a 6.8 is baffling. I don't care if they are doing it for emphasis this is ridiculous. The song "Sleep the Clock Around" should in and of itself give it over a three. This album has many other songs such as "The Boy with the Arab Strap," "Rollercoaster Ride" and many others that are amazing.

Another mishap is their problem with Kings of Leon. For some random reason, they do not really like any sort of Southern music. They gave both albums terrible reviews. Reviews They gave each albums 4.2 and 4.9 respectively. Both of these albums are very different from any other albums. They poke fun at the song "Soft" calling it basically GRODY. This song is a very clever song and very good. Hey pitchfork, get over the Southern rock thing. It's much better than rap.

Another stabber comes with Bright Eyes Lifted. This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. They give it a mediocre 7.7. Review. I think Conor pissed them off with his line "I do not read the reviews, I am not singing for you." This album deserves a 10.0. It is very creative and completely different. The lyrics are amazingly written.

Pitchfork hates Death Cab. Transatlantacism is their masterpiece. Pitchfork gives it a terrible 6.4. Review. This is yet another very creative very different albums that is groundbreaking. Pitchfork has a hatred for Ben Gibbard because they are too cool for him. Although he did sell out by going major label, this album was before that.

Then we come to an undeserved pitchfork 10.0. Review.Bonnie Prince Billy - I See a Darkness. I mean come on. The album starts off with a bang with "Minor Place". Soon after this song end, break out the sleeping bags and teddy bear. The rest of the album is very boring. Although he is a lyricist, he needs to speed it up a bit. Don't get me wrong it is a good album, but not even close to a 10.0.

Next, we come to the My Morning Jacket Z. Here we go again with Southern rock. This album is a daring different album by one of the most underrated bands out there. Exactly what Pitchfork usually loves. They love a different follow up album. Well they give it a whopping 7.4. Review. "Wordless Chorus" should be enough to push it over eight just by that one song. The whole album is incredible.

Lastly, the clever Sun Kil Moon's Tiny Cities. This album consists of Modest Mouse covers sung by Mark Koselek's Sun Kil Moon. This is a great album. Pitchfork gave it a 3.0. ReviewAre you kidding? Every song on the album is solid. Modest Mouse without the lisp. Can you beat it?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Sweet Sound of Humility: Bright Eyes in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium November 14, 2005

The Opening Acts: I accidentally missed The Magic Numbers but I caught most of Feist. She put on an amazing show. She sounded amazing and really captured the audience. I thought it was going to be too slow, but it was far from that. She put on a great show.

The Venue: Obviously the Ryman is an amazing venue. Conor kept talking about how much he could not believe he was playing on that stage (it is where the Grand Ole Opry used to be). Also, the place was packed.
Bright Eyes: Conor was a little drunk but nonetheless put on a hell of a show. He sounded great and was really into the crowd. He communicated the whole time with the crowd. I started out on the balcony and then noticed two empty seats on the front row. I spent the second half of the show about 3 feet from him. Aside from his spitting everywhere, he has great stage presence. He did not meat out about anything which was good and was very very appreciative about everything: the crowd, Nashville, the opening bands etc.
The Setlist: The Setlist was pretty solid. It was very diverse. He played stuff of almost all of the albums with a little lean towards the greatest album Lifted. Gillian Welch and her sidekick David Rawlings came out for the encore which was Long Black Veil it was truly amazing. When Conor said this is the last song I yelled out, "Let's Not Shit Ourselves" and he pointed at me and set let's play that and yelled for a timpany roll. I was very excited. Then we got a copy of the setlist, and I realized he was already going to play it so it wasn't as cool but oh well. At the very end he jumped up on the bass drum and then jumped off of it and fell down. It was pretty cool. All in all the show was amazing.
Sunrise, Sunset
You Will You Will
Calender Hung Itself
False Advertisements
Hit the Switch
Napoleon's Hat
I Won't Ever Be Happy Again
Old Soul Song
No-one Would Riot for Less
Falling Out of Love at This Volume
True Blue
Long Black Veil*
Revelator (Gillian Welch Song)*
Let's Not Shit Ourselves$
*With Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on Vocals and Guitar
$With Gillian Welch on tambourine and David Rawlings on guitar

Friday, November 11, 2005

The make out mix.

Mcphail's make out mix. For they shall chant his name.
1. Sigur Ros' - Staralfur
2. Chris Isaac - Wicked Game
3. Ben Harper - Sexual Healing
4. Mazzy Star - Fade into You
5. My Morning Jacket -Steam Engine
6. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
7. Im0gen Heap - Hide and Seek
8. Coldplay - Fix You
9. My Morning Jacket - I Will Be There When You Die
10.My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
11. Beck - Lost Cause
12. Sufjan Stevens - Casmir Pulaski Day
13. The Jayhawks - All the Right Reasons
14. My Morning Jacket - Just One Thing
15. Pete Yorn - Simonize Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Death Star: Death Cab for Cutie and Stars in Nashville, TN 10-28-05

Stars in Top Left. Death Cab in Others. Bottom Right is when Stars came out for Trans- atlantacism.

The Venue:
First of all War Memorial Auditorium was great. The sound was perfect and anywhere you were was a good spot. They had three bars set up, so no big lines. Also, we were probably the oldest people there. The place is like an old courthouse with huge columns in the front. Very nice place.
The Crowd:
I thought the crowd was going to be a let down. During Stars, they were dead. Nobody knew much of it. Most of the people were under 21(not that that is bad just weird). Indie kids are not very good fans. However, when Death Cab came out the crowd went crazy. They were very loud and singing.(probably because of the OC)

I did not realize that Stars is a seven piece band. They sounded excellent. They played probably like the first 6 or seven off of Set Yourself on Fire. They also played some off of Heart. Afterwards, we met the band who were just hanging out in the side of the auditorium. They were very nice. All in all they put on an amazing show.

Death Cab For Cutie:
Death Cab exceeded my expectations ten folds. Luckily, this time Ben did not meat out about politics and what not. They played many songs off Plans but failed to play my favorite song: “Your Heart is an Empty Room.” Oh well. Transatlantacism made up for it. Stars came out and sang, “Come On” at the end. It was amazing.

Marching Bands of Manhattan
New Year
Why You’d Want to Live Here
Title and Registration
Soul Meets Body
Summer Skin
For What Reason
Company Calls
Crooked Teeth
Different Names for the Same Thing
Movie Script Ending
What Sarah Said
Brothers on a Hotel Bed
Expo 86’
Sound of Settling
I Will Follow You into the Dark
Tiny Vessels
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