Trials + Tribulations

Alligator Remixes
March 19, 2010, 2:35 pm
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After much speculation, Tegan and Sara announced the tracklist of their Alligator single, but it’s really an LP in size. 17 tracks (!!!!) long, there are some really heavy hitters on here. Peep it:

1.Alligator (Holy Fuck remix)
2.Alligator (Passion Pit remix – 80s Mixtape Jam Flex Edit)
3.Alligator (Toro y Moi remix)
4.Alligator (Vhs or Beta remix)
5.Alligator (Doveman remix)
6.Alligator (Four Tet remix)
7.Alligator (Murge remix)
8. Alligator (Ra Ra Riot remix)
9.Alligator (Automatic Panic remix)
10.Alligator (Hi-Deaf remix)
11.Alligator (Dave Sitek remix)
12.Alligator (Sara’s Original Demo Version)

Bonus Club Tracks
13.Alligator (Morgan Page remix)
14.Alligator (Kevin St. Croix remix)
15.Alligator (Mad Decent remix)
16.Alligator (Josh Harris remix)
17.Alligator (Hamel remix)

The LP will be released digitally online March 30th and hopefully on vinyl sometime later!

Tegan and Sara Do Dallas
February 26, 2010, 2:37 pm
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Last night the sisters Quinn hit Dallas with Holly Miranda and Steel Train in tow. My sister cc was there and sent me over these pics. I can’t wait to see them when they get here to SLC in April!

Video to follow.

February 22, 2010, 10:59 am
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Tegan and Sara released their video for “Alligator,” the second single off last year’s favorite Sainthood.

Definitely one of the album’s more danceable moments, the single will feature remixes, but so far we don’t know by whom or when it’ll be released. More when we know! As for the girls, they’re on tour in the US all the spring, so go watch ’em coz they’re hilarious and awesome.

EDIT: it looks like one of the remixes will come from VHS or Beta, and a commenter says that Toro y Moi has also done a remix.

Feb-23 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse – SOLD OUT!
Feb-24 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
Feb-25 – Dallas, TX – Palladium
Feb-26 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
Feb-27 – Houston, TX – The Warehouse
Mar-02 – Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Mar-03 – San Diego – Copley Symphony Hall
Mar-05 – Oakland – Fox Theater
Mar-24 – Minneapolis, MN – The Orpheum
Mar-25 – Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside
Mar-26 – Chicago IL – The Aragon
Mar-27 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater
Mar-28 – Cleveland, OH – Lakewood Civic
Mar-30 – Columbus, OH – Promo West Pavilion
Mar-31 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Apr-02 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Apr-03 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
Apr-04 – Denver, CO – The Ogden
Apr-06 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
Apr-08 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium

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

October 26, 2009, 11:12 am
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Peep the new video for Tegan and Sara’s newest single “Hell” from their album Sainthood (out TOMORROW!!)

You definitely have to check out the album. It’s on heavy rotation on my iPod/laptop/brain.

Sainthood Live
October 1, 2009, 9:53 am
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tegsarI already told y’all about Tegan and Sara‘s new upcoming album Sainthood, but now we get to hear what it sounds like. the other night the girls premiered six (!!!) of the album’s new songs, so here they are for your enjoyment! My favorite so far is “Alligator,” and I’m not sure whether “Red Belt” is about a fashionable red pleather belt or a karate belt, or whether “The Cure” is about the band or a regular old cure.

♫ Alligator

♫ Hell

♫ On Directing

♫ Red Belt

♫ The Cure

♫ The Ocean

August 25, 2009, 2:46 pm
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You’re looking at the cover of Tegan and Sara’s new album Sainthood. The album was recording with Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla. The release date is October 27.
Here’s the tracklist:

Don’t Rush
On Directing
Red Belt
The Cure
Night Watch
Paperback Head
The Ocean
Sentimental Tune

They’ve also planned out the first few dates in support of Sainthood.

Oct 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theater
Oct 30 – New York, NY – Town Hall
Oct 31 – New York, NY – Town Hall