Sunday, August 31, 2008

SPOON.

oooh, i'm going to do a new thing! i'm going to call it 'lazy discography.' what i am going to do is give you a list of every studio album (and maybe if there's a really good ep) by a good band, and recommend TWO that's right TWO tracks to download off of it (with mp3s or youtube videos if i can find them... if i can't try the band's website or ask me to send them to you). now, this should be easy for some bands (ra ra riot) and hard for other bands (radiohead). so i'm going to start with a medium-sized / just-right band... SPOON.


TELEPHONO / SOFT EFFECTS
this is a combination of two eps.
IDIOT DRIVER
NOT TURNING OFF


SERIES OF SNEAKS
this is their first studio album.
UTILITARIAN (live)
METAL DETEKTOR (live)


GIRLS CAN TELL
i couldn't find any mp3s from this album.
TAKE A WALK
BELIEVING IS ART


KILL THE MOONLIGHT.
when i call my friend melissa the image that pops up is me kissing this album.
SMALL STAKES (live)
ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS GO TO THE CITY


GIMME FICTION.
this is my favorite album of all time.
MY MATHEMATICAL MIND (live)
THE BEAST & DRAGON, ADORED (live)


GA GA GA GA GA
THE GHOST OF YOU LINGERS
YOU GOT YR CHERRY BOMB


i would love for you to download all those songs. if you would like more please drop me a line. and just buy gimme fiction okay, just buy it. DO IT.

Friday, August 29, 2008

HOW I COULD SUFFER FOR YOU


if you know me you might know that this is one of my favorite albums of all time. when it came out when i was in eighth grade i was on it. i still remember sitting in the library listening to helicopter on infinite repeat. then banquet, then like eating glass. the first concert i ever went to in my life was bloc party at roseland ballroom on september 8 2004.

one of my favorite bloc party songs is from an early ep: THE MARSHALLS ARE DEAD

silent alarm has this urgent romantic energy - like I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW! if you listen to LIKE EATING GLASS - "it's so cold in this house..." also i think this was the first experience i ever had with that really clean, biting guitar sound i've grown to really like. i hadn't heard anything like that before; i was used to fuzz. when i first heard helicopter - it opens with that double guitar, two different layers - i had never heard that before and it kind of stunned me. i remember as well how shocked i was by how indefatigable the drums were - no stopping, no slowing down. the bass has this great bounce as well. their lyrics were all very sexy in this double-entendre way: "because i'm on fire when you come." ooooh!! it was all just very driving and very no-nonsense. like eating glass really sums their whole sound on silent alarm up for me so i've given you the mp3, if you don't have it take it i beg of you!

their second album disappointed me somewhat - it doesn't have that punch, that urgency - although i do like hunting for witches. i can't find an mp3, sorry. you can youtube it?

their third album, "intimacy," dropped on wednesday digitally so i've got some stuff for you. myself, well, i like the stuff that's urgent and romantic!
HALO's got that... "wipe your dirty hands on me" ohhh damn!
ONE MONTH OFF is quite good, i particularly like the key changes just before the solo / shouts at the end, but i can't find an mp3. you can hear it on myspace.
those two songs are kind of silent-alarmish. the rest -- i'm not quite sure yet, i've listened to these and maybe four others. sadly i don't think bloc party will ever make anything to match silent alarm. that album is devistatingly good, though.

if you like that kind of urgent romance bloc party did on silent alarm, FOALS sort of do it, except with math rhythms and songs about ancient rome (or metaphors dealing with cassius / caesar... "the lighthouse was an accident"? perhaps the literal) i do quite like foals though, i've got them on right now. balloons reminds me a lot of early bloc party.

good night now
if you'd like more bloc party or foals tracks let me know!


on a TOTALLY UNRELATED note, i was thinking about bonde do role, and then i was checking up on my urban dictionary word of the day rss. imagine my surprise when the internet obviously sensed my thoughts and interpreted them into reality.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I DIDN'T GET THAT GENE

TRASHCAN --- DELTA SPIRIT.
this is all i've wanted to listen to since i heard it on the radio sunday. i wrote down "yes my eyes they are green" and googled it when i got home to discover, excellently, this gem. i can't get over that little piano thing! when i hear it i start shaking my head around. my dad was a little offended that a band from california calls itself "delta spirit" until he heard that piano thing, which apparently is derived from delta music. it does sound a little bluesy to me. the voice is really great too (it's kind of reminiscent of the walkmen), and the drums are pretty solid. definitely the best bit of this song though is that piano - it's kind of like how spoon put so much piano into a lot of their songs. trashcan really does remind me of something like you got yr cherry bomb with how the piano is such a driving force in that major key.

in some live videos one of the band members does some auxillary percussion with the lid of a trash can, which is presumably how the song gets its name, although it really reminds me of my friend's band who do this one song with a piece of a guardrail (i remember seeing this done for the first time at battle of the bands in eighth grade and being simultaneously freaked out and mesmerized). that whole kind of diy-percussion thing really appeals to me, i don't know why - how music can come out of nothing.

download this baby or listen good to the radio! my mom and i have been listening a little bit to 101.9, which is where i first heard this song. it is pathetic how much radio sucks here. it's better in rural vermont (i seriously remember being at bomoseen refilling shot shells listening to rock kills kid -- that really good song, paralyzed? -- in the summer of 2006). 

anyway m12 is still real
g e n e v i e v e 

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

THAT VOICE I'M HEARIN IN DA NIGHT

hahahahaha, i haven't expressed positivity on this blog in almost 12 hours! (does anybody "get" this "joke?") posting twice in one day qualifies me as a HUGE, HUGE DORK. however, there's a somewhat verifiable reason for this totally ridiculous behavior.

i have:
EVERYWHERE (FLEETWOOD MAC COVER) --- VAMPIRE WEEKEND.
this makes a good amount of sense! that nice bassline, the keyboard breakdown (this reminds me of osaka loop line actually), the falsetto confessional, etc. dizzy, hopeless, romantic.


now scroll down and read my gushing about the rhumb line.
now buy the rhumb line.

goodbye now for real,
genevieve

LIKE A GHOST UNDER ROCKS


well done, ra ra riot. 
there is no other album coming out this year that i am aware of that i care about even remotely.

i'm not even going to bother and i'm going to just say GO OUT AND BUY THE RHUMB LINE RIGHT NOW BEFORE I SMACK U. it is massively beautiful. it is an incredible, incredible debut and sounds, even the sad songs, like joy. this will end up being one of my favorite albums this year. 

last night after we saw ra ra riot play at virgin me and my two friends walked down broadway quoting from can you tell and dying is fine, talking in general about how great they are, live and recorded, now and then, always, the way they dance and sing to each other, the way they smile the whole time, the way the six of them can command a room, any room, totally, from floor to ceiling and back to front. today i will buy tickets to see them a third time. having ra ra riot open for you is probably the worst idea ever. this would be like having architecture in helsinki open for you. i don't care how good you are -- you could be radiohead. you will be bested. 

that said: RA RA RIOT ARE IMMENSE LIVE AND THEY ARE PLAYING TWO NEW YORK DATES:
bowery ballroom october 16 (i will be here)
music hall of williamsburg october 17

watch them play too too too fast in an attic and see if you catch my drift.
listen to can you tell, the best crush jam wes miles has written since orange shirt.

JUST BUY THE ALBUM OKAY? 

m12=real
genevieve

Saturday, August 16, 2008

ALL POINTS WEST

i will have pictures eventually

i saw:
this mexican fusion band called FORRO IN THE DARK
two songs by DUFFY
a pretty good set from NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
CSS who were unexpectedly awesome
ANDREW BIRD who was expectedly awesome
and RADIOHEAD who were obviously really good.

duffy was great, especially ROCKFERRY which is massive. i had chills all over while she was singing the very end.
during new porn they had the moving video camera, and they had this picture of a girl in the front row who i told about the new pornographers when we were in eighth grade together. it was trippy.
css were great and lovefoxxx wore a catsuit as i had expected. they were quite good, but i didn't get to see alala or let's make love... and i love those songs.
melissa told me about andrew bird and IMITOSIS, PLASTICITIES, and FAKE PALINDROMES were so immense i can't even get over it.
i can't say very many words about radiohead except IDIOTHEQUE. and maybe YOU AND WHOSE ARMY. uhh. i was just surrounded by people who knew all the words. these people are like your best friends, you feel like you've spent all your life with them even for those few minutes. it is great in paranoid android when the entire crowd yells "you didn't remember, you didn't remember, why didn't you remember my name?"
i'll write more when i can show you pictures!!

for now -- i might not get to go to battles today but we'll see. i really hope so. maybe i could even just go listen or go really late because i can't get psyched about black dice or gang gang dance. if i go i'll let you guys know soon.

okay well
m12 is real.
genevieve

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'M POSTING SO MUCH BECAUSE I'M MAKING UP FOR BEING GONE ALL NEXT WEEK

(read: i'm really lame and really bored and i will not be able to sleep tonight and etc.)
here are some tracks from some bands i'm really psyched to see tomorrow at all points west music and arts festival.

TWO WEEKS --- GRIZZLY BEAR
ALALA --- CSS
HUDDLE FORMATION --- GO! TEAM
SET IT OFF --- GIRL TALK
BONES OF AN IDOL --- NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
BONES --- RADIOHEAD. one of my favorite songs of all time.

m12=real.
oh my god.
genevieve.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

FASCINATING BAND CONNECTION

i swear i have a good reason for posting two days in a row.

here's one of my number one jams from my number one band:
HEART IT RACES --- ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
here's a reimagining of it by esau mwamwaya, the owner of a furniture store in london and a recent hype fixture:
KAMPHOPO --- ESAU MWAMWAYA

BONUS!
I FAIL with a mac so this is my only feasible way to show you this hilariously interesting picture of my new buddy esau with my old buddy ezra (as in koenig, as in vampire weekend). WHAT?! and their collaborations stretch even farther! (is it further? summer = terrible grammar!) scroll yourself to the bottom of that page and check out that video of esau performing his song "warm heart of africa" over a loop of mr. koenig's signature falsetto-y yelp!

thusly, this means i am waiting patiently for esau's album, which contains some cool african chanting over the beat of one of my jams by my favorite band, and a song featuring the lead singer from my second favorite band. also apparently there's some stuff with M.I.A. and santogold and marina vello (formerly of bonde do role!!!!!) involved.

totally unrelated but writing about aih got me thinking about aih so i youtubed them, which is something i used to do daily. while doing this i came across this video from coachella. i am probably the number one authority on architecture in helsinki you will ever meet and let me say: i have never heard this song before. thusly, it is a new song. or it could be euphoria's "love you right". also the horns in the end are reminiscent of the horns in the end of do the whirlwind. but please, let it be a new song.

m12=real, download these songs and those walkmen songs from yesterday WHATEVERRR. 
genevieve

Monday, August 4, 2008

YOU + ME

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE WALKMEN:

they have that one really great song that was on the OC, "little house of savages" (forgive me, i can't find an mp3). that song is amazing. hamilton leithauser employs The Yelp with a cameron-birdish sense of abandon, but with the proficiency and talent of britt daniel, and there's that nagging feeling the song's about some kind of spousal abuse: "somebody's waiting for me at home... i don't wanna go!"

the walkmen have a new album out on august 19 called you&me. i predict that it is going to be breathtakingly awesome based on the collection of songs i have heard, one of which i will give to you:
THE BLUE ROUTE.
check out that yelp! "what happened to you!?!"
"all the blackbirds in the sky... a hundred fireflies at night..."

my favorite thing about this band is how they create these LANDSCAPES OF SOUND. i'm trying to think of other bands that do this. you will not understand what i am saying unless you listen to this song, or others by this band. also elusive is a way to describe this: every sound is so necessary, you know: you have the voice i described above, the drums (excellent, very crisp, lots of cymbal and tambourine), the guitar (which is really reminiscent of spoon to me), this great organesque keyboard, nice clean simple bass... when these things come together you don't just get a picture - you know how some songs make a picture? the walkmen make music that you can walk into. three-dimensional, i guess. i'm thinking... big, wide blue sky, desert - windy. cold. little house of savages made me picture a house outside los angeles or in the bronx, broken-down, summer night - hot. old-style station wagons, big cars, maroon, circling.

THE NEW YEAR, for an added point. what do you see with this one?

stereogum said they were "taken aback" by how great you&me is. this means, i'm excited. i think i will buy this when i go buy the rhumb line.

i can't find that noah and the whale album.

RADIOHEAD IN THREE DAYS.
BATTLES IN ELEVEN DAYS.

m12=real
genevieve=super excited.