Trials + Tribulations

Too Late Too Far
August 10, 2011, 12:03 pm
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From Cant’s (Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear) upcoming album Dreams Come True.

[audio|leftbg=fffc05|lefticon=333333]Cant – Too Late Too Far

Best Albums of 2009
December 11, 2009, 10:54 am
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Here they are! You are so excited! You are not that excited. But I am. So shut up. Here’s how I graded my favorite albums of the year:

1. Repeatability
2. How many songs I skip when listening to it all the way through
3. Cover art (not really)

Buttttttt behold! The albums! I only talked about the top five, because, well, I’m lazy.

ttaoty21. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz!

I can’t get over how awesome this album is. I started off a little ambivalent about it, but quickly grew to love it. I am not one of those people who still complains about YYY’s not being “raw” enough like on Fever to Tell. That was then. They’ve matured since then and I love the maturity.

The album has it’s awesome party-starters like “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll,” but it’s ballads are what get me. Where “Maps” was filled with longing, “Hysteric” is full of pure joy of being in love. “Soft Shock” is heartbreaking, and “Skeletons” always gets me. I have this record on repeat constantly, and am not afraid to listen to it over and over.

ttaoty4 2. Tegan & Sara – Sainthood

I was also not sold on this album the first listen. But when I put it on my headphones, it was an instant love affair. Whereas parts of The Con lagged and made me want to skip tracks, Sainthood is a complete ride from start to finish. I love their melodies and lyrics, like on “On Directing” and “The Ocean.” They’re gifted girls and I’ll love them for the rest of their career.

ttaoty13. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

I attribute my love for this album to the many many road trips I’ve taken this year. Middle Cyclone has been a driving record for me, taking me halfway across the country more than a couple times. It’s such a big record for her. Her analogies to animal and nature really hit home, and each song is just so so great!

ttaoty74. Fever Ray – Fever Ray

I knew I was going to love this album as soon as “If I Had a Heart” leaked online. Solo projects have never looked so good. I still can’t believe this record was even made. It is so perfect. I love the dark, brooding tones on every track start to finish.

ttaoty6 5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Again, I knew I would love this album as soon as “1901” hit the net. I’ve liked a few songs on their other albums, but never so many great tracks on one album. “Lisztomania” and “1901” are both songs that make me dance whenever I put them on, even when driving. It’s another perfect driving record. It’s also just a perfect record, period.

ttaoty5 6. Gossip – Music for Men


7. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

ttaoty98. HEALTH – Get Color

9. YACHT – See Mystery Lights

ttaoty810. The XX – xx

Best Videos of 2009

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (Director: Allison Schulnik)

Major Lazer – Pon de Floor (Director: Eric Wareheim)

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up (Director: Martin de Thurrah)

Girls – Lust for Life (Directors: Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell)

Cold Cave – Love Comes Close (Director: Art Boonparn)

El Perro Del Mar – Change of Heart (Director: Filip Nilsson)

Peaches – Lose You (Director: Peaches)

Matt & Kim – Lessons Learned (Directors: Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault)

Rainbow Arabia – Omar K (Director: Keith Musil)

Hecuba – Suffering (Director: Isaiah Seret)

Dan Black – Symphonies (Directors: Chic & Artistic)

Grizzly Bear -“Ready, Able”
November 6, 2009, 12:07 pm
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Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (KCRW Session)
from Veckatimest special edition, out now in the UK and Europe. Buy it here.

Time Out
July 27, 2009, 10:22 am
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3760897372_8ab2febe65_oSo I mentioned in my last post that I haven’t been feeling much new music or anything lately, and it’s only getting worse. This week I’m heading down to Austin to relax before heading back up to school next week. So this week for sure will be pretty sparse music-wise, and probably the beginning half of next week. I thought I’d leave you with a smattering of tunes I’ve been enjoying and hope you guys continue to enjoy the summer sun.

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (Live on David Letterman)
This is one of their best performances I’ve heard of this song, and has made me had the original on repeat.

John Jacob Niles – You Got to Cross That Lonesome Valley
Folk artist with a beautiful voice, who inspired Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary apparently. Gorgeous voice.

Passion Pit – To Kingdom Come

Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Note I Love You +100

(if you’re wondering, the drawing is by David Creighton-Pester)

Ready, Able
July 17, 2009, 10:36 am
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June 16, 2009, 9:47 am
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DSCF3646So much for lots of pictures and lots of videos. Kids, make sure you always bring a charged battery for your camera.  I only got the above photo. Instead of being an annoying blogger who documents the night in photos and Youtube-destined videos, I was able to enjoy the night. Normally.

Here We Go Magic played a big trick on me and sounded pretty much nothing like on record. I think I like the record better. It might just be because there’s like, the whole band and they wanna jam and be loud, but I like the cd better I think. :/

Grizzly Bear was pretty hypnotizing. Like a chorus of plaid-shirted angels come to show Dallas with autoharps and melodies that the world is pretty okay. They were delightful, played pretty much the same setlist as every other show on the tour. Probably one of the most enjoyable songs was “Fix It” in the encore.