Monday’s Theme: “Day” Songs

February 23rd, 2009

While Bryan finishes up an actual, physical mix I thought I’d give us all something to mock, er, read.

So here’s today’s mix theme: The first 10 Alphabetical “Day” Songs In My Itunes:
Ahmad – Back in the Day
Alexi Murdock – All of My Days
Andrew Osenga – I Miss Those Days
Beatles Hard Day’s Night
Belle & Sebastian – Another Sunny Day
Brett Dennen – Day by Day
Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life
Carla Bruni – Those Dancing Days Are Gone
Coconut Records – Summer Day
Coldplay – Rainy Day

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Let’s Try Something: Streets and Avenues Mixtape

February 9th, 2009

Let’s do the first mixtape on this blog.  The topic is songs about roads, streets, avenues, roundabouts, highways, ect …

e-mail your songs and descriptions to  bryan@littleoblivion.com

I will post the mixtape here.  David and I suck at going to the post office, this will make it easier.

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Mixtape: 2009.02 Four Point Seven Eight Percent

February 2nd, 2009

From January 6 to February 1, 2009 I lost 4.78% of my body weight.  Here was the soundtrack:

1. John Frusciante – Before The Begining
2. Antony and the Johnsons – Epilepsy is Dancing
3. AC Newman – Prophets
4. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Good
5. Bon Iver – Blood Bank
6. Andrew Bird – Oh No
7. The Derek Trucks Band – Our Love
8. AC Newman – There Are Maybe Ten or Twelve
9. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Streetlights
10. John Frusciante – Central
11. The Derek Trucks Band – Sweet Inspiration
12. Antony and the Johnsons – Aeon
13. Andrew Bird – Effigy
14. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Blue
15. AC Newman – Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer
16. Bon Iver – Woods

I’m not posting a download mostly because I have got a lot of stuff posted on the site now, and I don’t really want this to become a place were stuff is downloaded constantly.  Most of this music can be gotten cheaply at eMusic and what they don’t have amazon.com does.

Let me know what you think!
/bd

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January By The Numbers

February 1st, 2009

176 songs added to the library. Good for 10.5 hours, give or take.

Highlights include:
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Max Richter – 25 Postcards in Colour
Josh Ritter – Live at the 9:30 Club
Brandi Carlile – Live at Easy Street
Gram Parsons – Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels: Live 1973
The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Definitive Collection
David Mead – Almost and Always
Lori Chaffer – 1Beginning
Amy Dalley – It’s Time EP
Mavis Staples – Live: Hope at the Hideout
Denison Witmer – Carry the Weight
Paste Magazine Sampler 50
Counting Crows – 2008/09/26 Kansas City, MO show

I’m still sorting through most of it, but so far nothing has set my world on fire.

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Anybody Reading?

January 30th, 2009

Open letter to everyone that is reading:

REGISTER!  Post comments.  If you want the rights to make your own posts:  ASK!

Jump on in.  The water is nice.

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First Month of 2009

January 30th, 2009

2009 is going to be the year that I dive a little deaper into music.  Last year was a light year for me.  I am going to dedicate myself to listening to more stuff this year.

January is usually a pretty light month of music releases, but there are a lot of good albums that got released already in 2009.  I have been wanting to do more detailed reviews of all of them, but this will have to do for now:

A.C. Newman – Get Guilty
It’s interesting, I got into the solo albums of different parts of The New Pornographers (Destroyer, Neko Case, A.C. Newman) before I really have gotten into the band.  I really like this CD.  Nothing jumps out as totally amazing, but it is pretty good power-pop indie music.  It has some musical depth.  I like A.C.’s voice.  It is fun to listen to.  I find myself listen to the first three songs on the album  a lot.  They are really good.  I need to have a little more attention and listen to all of them.  (I’m listening to this album while I am writing this review, and it is getting better and better.  This will be a Top 10 contender this year.)

Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP
Blood Bank is my favorite Bon Iver song.  It has a little more warmth than the songs on “For Emma”.  The other three songs on the EP don’t do as much for me.  But when someone releases an EP, I am not expecting much.  Not every EP can be Alice In Chains “Jar of Flies”.  Woods is an interesting aragement, but not something you would listen to over and over again.  If you have one extra eMusic download for this month, download Blood Bank.  I know David and Alicia will like the entire EP, but even those that didn’t like “For Emma” should still give this song a chance.

Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
I knew what I was getting into with this album:  A very unique sound and lots of falsetto.   This album is not for everyone.   I don’t love it, but I don’t dislike it.  Their 2007 CD was a grower, and I know this one will be the same.  The song “Epilepsy is Dancing” jumped out on me at first listen.  I really like it.   It will take a few more listens before I can give a full review.

Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
Andrew gets a lot of critical aclaim.  I don’t quite understand it.  He is a good singer songwriter, but I don’t quite get why he is considered “better” than other songwriters in his genre.  With that said, I enjoy this CD.  I have sat down and listened to it by the computer a few times, and it played through without me really noticing.  Antony and the Johnsons is next on the 2009 playlist, so I for sure know when it is over.  I guess that is a good endorcement for the album.  It is listenable, but not realy memorable.  Another CD that I need to give a more dedicated listen to before I can make up my mind.

Derek Trucks Band – Already Free
The gripe that Derek gets is that he is a GREAT guitar player, but not a great songwriter.  Derek is one of the best guitar players playing today.  Already Free might be the album that proves that the band is great all around.  I found myself liking many of the songs lyrics first, and the guitar riffs and arrangement second.  I have listened to this album more than any others this year.  It has been a staple in my CD player at work.  I am really enjoying it.   Great guitar play, and adiquate lryics make this Derek’s best all around album.  I would pick this disk up for sure.

John Frusciante – The Empyrean
I think John is the mastermind behind the recently great Red Hot Chili Pepers.  The Empyrean really knocked me on my ass when I listened to it the first time.  It begins with a 9 minute instrumental that you really do not want to end.  It is that good.  The rest of the album really does not let you down either.  It is an interesting sound that constantly seems to change.  It is hard to explain, other than to say if you like great guitars and enjoy being challenged to listen to music that is out of the box, then you will enjoy this disk.

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
I have been scared to listen to this after reading the most negative Paste review ever.  I’ll get to it at some point.

Disks that I need to buy:
Gary Louis / Mark Olsen – Ready for the Flood
Animal Collective – Meriweather Post Pavilion
Matt and Kim – Grand
Lonley Dear – Dear John
The Gourds – Haymaker
Springsteen – Working on a Dream

Disks to be released soon:
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
M. Ward
Heartless Bastards
Beirut
Ben Kweller

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Putting the Cover in Discovery

January 25th, 2009

Secondhandsongs.com

You can thank me later for the hours you could waste, er, spend there.

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One More For The Bookshelf

January 19th, 2009

A few days ago I finished Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music. Well-researched and well-written, it details the wasted life and all too short career of America’s “country-rock” pioneer.

I came to Gram’s music after hearing a cover of Return of the Grievous Angel several years ago, but hadn’t known much else. Being a fan of “Americana” or “alt.country” or “roots rock” or whatever you want to call it these days, I wish I’d come across his catalog a lot earlier.

So now that I have something to listen to while organizing my bookshelves, what music-related books do you guys recommend?

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Ryan Adams Is Quitting Music, Says Ryan Adams

January 14th, 2009

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/148460–ryan-adams-is-quitting-music-says-ryan-adams

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Life’s Path: Bryan’s Best of 2008

January 14th, 2009

Life’s Path:  Bryan‘s Best of 2008
http://www.bryand.net/tunes/2008.12%20Best%20of%202008.zip

01 Born Into an Light – Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
02 Let Me In – Griffin House
03 The Righteous Path – Drive-By Truckers
04 The Greatest Sum – The Avett Brothers
05 Get-Well-Cards – Conor Oberst
06 Hang On – Dr. Dog
07 The Twist – Frightened Rabbit
08 Film Noir – The Gaslight Anthem
09 Glass City – Two Cow Garage
10 Frankie’s Gun – The Felice Brothers
11 Quality Strange – Centro-Matic
12 No One Said It Would Be Easy – Cloud Cult
13 Time To Pretend – MGMT
14 California Girls – The Magnetic Fields
15 Slender Thread – Dexateens
16 The Only One – The Cure
17 How To Embrace a Swamp Creature – The Mountain Goats
18 I Like What You Say – Nada Surf
19 Furr – Blitzen Trapper
20 Sweet and Low – Augustana
21 Come Around – Counting Crows
22 Can’t Go Back Now – The Weepies
23 Stay Positive – The Hold Steady

Enjoy …

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