Made it through thirty seconds of number one.
This list is indisputable.
1. The Thermals - "Here's Your Future"
2. Beirut - "Postcards From Italy"
3. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "House Fire"
4. Frida Hyvonen - "You Never Get Me Right"
5. The Capitol Years - "Mirage People"
6. Belle & Sebastian - "Another Sunny Day"
7. Cold War Kids - "Hospital Beds"
8. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "Cold White Christmas"
9. Mason Proper - "The World is Smaller Than You Think"
10. The Sprites - "George Romero"
Made it through thirty seconds of number one.
Dude, I'm with you. Daniel, what the hell?Originally Posted by extarbags
It's easily disputable. this guy consistently posts mp3's that are far more pleasing to the ear and intellect.Originally Posted by Daniel Morris
Last edited by Ryan A; 12-05-2006 at 05:50 PM.
22 seconds here. Bleh.Originally Posted by noun
Somewhat different music, but thanks for expanding my musical knowledge nonetheless.
...but please give the SSLYBY track a listen. They're just a wonderful bunch of post-adolescents from Springfield, MO, and their 2005 disc "Broom" is absolutely worth picking up.
I'm listening to it now. What's supposed to be good about it?
Edit: well, it's ok. I'm not crazy about the voice(s) but it's not bad.
The Sprites are awesome! They used to be in the band Barcelona, and they were awesome then too. They have songs with titles like "I Started a Blog Nobody Read" and "Overclockers of the World Unite"...and they aren't really novelty songs either.
How can you not like them, geeks?
Man, I don't like that self-affected geekiness that some bands try to do. Is that was the Sprites are like?
Barcelona also did the brilliant "Kasey Keller" (about the US goalkeeper) and "I Have The Password To Your Shell Account". Computer geeks rejoice! (Okay, last year's "Geocities Kitty" by Chixdiggit is a better compsci song, but what're you gonna do?)Originally Posted by charmtrap
As to SSLYBY, one of the big hooks for me to them is the vocals--they're very "Shins-ish", but the singer of SSLYBY is better; in fact, at times he bears an uncanny vocal resemblance to Merry Go Round singer Emmitt Rhodes (when Ben Stiller beds down at the mansion with his two sons in "Royal Tenenbaums", that's Emmitt singing on the soundtrack), who happens to be a personal fave.
I support your opinion and relish your ability to express it. This does not limit me from ridiculing said opinion:
1: worst song I've heard all year, or ever.
2: Neat music, crappy singer.
3. Decent, but still not worthy of any top 10 list, unless it's a top 10 list of songs unworthy to be on top 10 lists.
5. Bland and uniteresting.
6. 'No deep linking' error message, and I couldn't be bothered to dig the track up myself.
7. I think you should be able to figure out what I thought about this track on your own (hint: see previous 6 entries)
8. Got 2 seconds into it before shutting down winamp in disgust.
9. I'm running out of ways to say this sucks.
10. This sucks.
The Sprites are legitimate geeks. The Barcelona members met while working as sys-ops in DC.Originally Posted by extarbags
No, I'm sure they are. What I mean is, you can be a geek and write songs that gel with other geeks because you have a similar personality without those songs necessarily having to be about, say, telnet.
BTW, my choice for the single best song I've heard all year is a terrific tune called "The Microwave Song". It doesn't see official release until January of '07, but you can hear it at http://www.myspace.com/thesoftlightes and then click on that track to the right of the screen.
The Soft Lightes used to be known as The Incredible Moses Leroi, but comic-book geek Roy Fountenberry (who basically is the band here) for inexplicable reasons chose a different name this time 'round.
Maybe, dunno. Depends on what your threshold for nerdy analog synth/guitar pop is. Here are the lyrics to I Started a Blog Which Nobody Read...make up your own mind.Originally Posted by extarbags
I started a blog, which nobody read
When I went to work I blogged there instead
I started a blog, which nobody viewed
It might be in cache, the topics include:
George Bush is an evil moron
Whatís the story with revolving doors?
Iím in love with a girl who doesnít know I exist
Nobody hates preppies anymore
I started a blog, but nobody came
No issues were raised, no comments were made
I started a blog, which nobody read
Iíll admit that it wasnít that great
But if you must know, hereís what it said:
One hundred of my favorite albums
Two hundred people I canít take
Four hundred movies I would like to recommend
Ten celebrities, four of whom I might assassinate
I started a blog, I sent you the link
I wanted the world (you) to know what I think
I started a blog, but when I read yours
It made me forget what I had started mine for
Interestingly (or not) the song quotes " Iím in love with a girl who doesnít know I exist", which is a (brilliant) late-80's song by a band called Another Sunny Day...who Belle & Sebastian name-checked in the list above.
The only 'nerdy' songs I've ever been able to listen to have been from Weird Al.
Ah, that explains and puts into full context your previous comments on what is a pretty serviceable list of decent songs from Mr. Morris.Originally Posted by SqueakyFoo
Very nice.Originally Posted by triggercut
They remind me of the High Llamas for some reason.
There weren't a whole lot of albums that I loved this year but there were a ton of great songs. I made this list off the top of my head and then dug up links for the first half but it's time consuming. I'll see if I can't get to the rest tomorrow. These MP3's are all either from the official sites or from music bloggers reviewing and publicizing the bands in question.
Johnny Cash -- God's Gonna Cut You Down
On Myspace in case that link dies.
TV on The Radio -- Wolf Like Me
Tapes n Tapes -- Insistor
Pretty Girls Make Graves -- Pyrite Pedestal
Neko Case -- Hold On Hold On
Swan Lake -- All Fires
Shearwater -- Turn Your Transmitters Off
Hold Steady -- Stuck Between Stations
Destroyer -- Painter in Your Pocket
Sparkle Horse -- Ghost in The Sky
Okkervil River -- The President's Dead
Decemberists -- Sons and Daughters
Alela Diane -- The Rifle
KT Tunstall -- Other Side of The World
Beth Orton -- Conceived
Ted Leo -- Dancing in The Dark
M Ward -- Requiem
Tom Petty -- Down South
Bruce Springsteen -- Mary Don't You Weep
Tapes n Tapes -- The Illiad
Bruce Springsteen -- John Henry
Pretty Girls Make Graves -- Pictures of A Night Scene
TV on The Radio -- Playhouses
Destroyer -- Looter's Follies
I'm sure I'm forgetting a ton of great songs from this year but hopefully there's a little something for most tastes there.
I hadn't heard Alela Diane. Thanks for the link, I love that song and now I must search for more...
Damn we Americans suck; Frida Hyvnonen sounds more American than i do!
Maybe i can work on my German accent, which i've heard say is pretty good. It helps that i have a very useless Germanic tongue that just sits there and can't do anything. Everyone else can roll their tongue, all sorts of tongue tricks; of course, they're also degenerate unevolved monkeys.
You guys wouldn't know good rock if it swam up and bit you on the ass.Originally Posted by Thrrrpptt!
The Thermals are great. Their previous album, Fuckin' A, is better than this last one, though.
Yeah, I just stumbled across her last month. Her album, The Pirate's Gospel was just made available on eMusic if you're a member. If you like that song you should like the rest of the album.Originally Posted by Ryan A
I second this. How can you not like The Thermals if you like rock at all? I prefer their latest, but I'm just a sucker for cleaner production. But goddamn, hooks aplenty...Originally Posted by Brad Grenz
I don't think they've yet hit anything as catchy as No Culture Icons ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf5wlXR9q3c ), but it's all pretty snappy, yeah. Not so good at making videos, though.Originally Posted by Poops McGee
I'd argue the How We Know is easily their catchiest song. It's what got me into the band when I heard it on a PDX Pop compilation. Found myself singing it in the shower before I even knew the band's name.Originally Posted by malphigian
I'm not as fond of the new album simply because they've dialed it back. It's so much slower than the first two, and that manic urgency was one of the things I liked most about the band. I think the change in tempo may be related to the fact that they didn't have a drummer while recording The Body, The Blood, The Machine. I saw them live twice over the summer, once with the previous drummer, and once with the new drummer, and both could play the fast stuff fine. But with Kathy and Hutch drumming in the studio, I don't know. Ironically, they slowed things down and got their best reviews ever. I still think Fuckin' A was the perfect balance of production values and blistering rock goodness.
The thing is, I require my rock to have far less emo whining and gentle sounds than what presently passes for "rock music" today. Rock music should not remind me of those awful New Age bands of the 80s.
Edit: Also - the singer needs to sound better than I do. Since I can't sing, this requirement shouldn't be hard to meet, and yet...
Last edited by noun; 12-08-2006 at 08:10 AM.