Archive for October, 2008

An Autumn Mixtape


Tomorrow’s Halloween, anddd my Physics midterm, SO I figured there was no better time to make an autumn mixtape. As I said in my last post, I believe Autumn is the most perfect time for singer-songwriters, and lonesome music. Everything is in slow motion, the leaves fall like their falling through mollasses, and black coffee is the most comforting liquid ever created. There’s actually a surprising amount of autumn song titles (“Autumns Here” by Hawksley Workman, “Autumn In New York” Frank, “Autumn” Paolo Nutini, etc. etc. etc) but this playlist is mostly just songs that feeeeeel like autumn (Ray Lamontagne, who, by the way, i am really not the biggest fan of, but when autumn hits he achieves repeat status on my itunes). Anyways I should really be studying, so, that is all i will say, ENJOY! (I also have to note that I have fallen in love with “hazelton” by Justin Vernon (a.k.a Bon Iver), so listen to that one first!)

Justin Vernon – Hazelton

Nick Drake – Time Has Told Me

Attack In Black – The Curve Of The Earth

Norah Jones – Ocean Of Noise (Live Arcade Fire Cover)

Melpo Mene – Don’t Save Me

Moby – The Great Escape (featuring Azure Ray)

Jaymay – Autumn Falling

Sea Wolf – Leaves In The River

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It’s been a while since I’ve been into this cutesy singer-songwriter sort of thing. I’m a little late on listening to Melpo Mene, their name has popped up here and there but it wasn’t until I saw they was playing with people like Bon Iver and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on their Euro tour through Paris etc. (which is happening as we speak), that I took the time to listen to their music. If I had listened to this at any other time besides Autumn, I probably wouldn’t have played it a second time, but Fall is the singer songwriter season, its when Nick Drake and Elliott Smith come out in full bloom, and so, Melpo Mene is absolutely perfect.

Melpo Mene, is actually named after a greek women, who was initially the Greek muse of singing, but is now the Greek muse of tragedy, which is probably my favourite thing about them. The band is lead by Erik Mattiason, and, like 90% of the good music out there, the band’s from……. Sweden! The newest album, Bring The Lions Out was released this summer, which was the second released full length after Holes which was released in 2004. Anyways! Enjoy! (be expecting an autumn playlist soon, when I get bored of initial velocity’s, and other physics phenoms, and give up studying for my midterm!)

Melpo Mene – Holes

Melpo Mene – I Adore You

Melpo Mene – Lady

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oh boy. When my friend Guillaume and I start drinking, we always bring up the topic of “travel music”. It usually starts with “what would you say the most played album of your travels was?” after much thought and discussion, we always finish the conversation by stating that its difficult to say what you listened to when you’re traveling, mostly because, its difficult to play music that fits the situation. I mean, the situation is completely out of any sort of comfortable element, so creating a playlist is always quite a challenge, BUT, this all comes down to one thing. My travel music (or lack of), over the course of 8 months in Asia consisted of mainly, and probably ONLY, two artists, Frightened Rabbit, and Bon Iver. And to tell you the truth, when i got home i sort of brushed Frightened Rabbit to the side and never really gave them any sort of credit (besides the post i posted a while back about Midnight Organ Fight). The credit is coming full throtle now, since the release of the acoustic rendition of Midnight Organ Fight, called Liver! Lung! Fr! which has brought back full appreciation for the band.

The album was recorded live at The Captains Rest in Glasgow, and I wouldn’t believe that there exists in this world someone that wouldn’t pay to see them perform after hearing these recordings. Anyways, I feel as if my favourite lyrics are much more attitude filled and evident in these recordings. Actually, everything in these recordings are just absolutely bled RAW with attitude. In reference to the title of this post, “My Backwards Walk” doesn’t start out as strong as the rest of the album, but by the end when the line “you’re the shit and i’m knee deep in it” gets repeated, along with a really awesome drum rim beat, I would have to say, this is my favourite. enjoy!

Frightened Rabbit – Heads Roll Off (live acoustic)

Frightened Rabbit- My Backwards Walk (live acoustic)

Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm (live acoustic)

Frightened Rabbit – Poke (live acoustic)

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I get these incredible cases of music nostalgia, if it could be called that. I get this incredible longing to go back to certain points in my life where I was introduced to a certain band or a certain genre of music, and I had to discover the ins and outs of that. I constantly think about that point between listening to music…occasionally…?…and listening to it obsessively and analytically. When was that? What started that?

Lately I’ve been super nostalgic about that exact point in my life when i realized there was this entire world based around…Indie Rock…you know? There was more than just Power 107, much music, and the records/cds my parent owned. There was this endless mass of lo-fi, slowcore, folk and experimental I had to find. A mission. A point of no return. I know this point happened after phases of Punk Rock, Riot Girrrl, and then the acoustic surfer music of Ben Harper and Donovan Frankenreiter, it was right after all that, and right before Garden State came out. It was when I first heard Elliott Smith sing the very first line of ‘Say Yes’, that was the very beginning, Elliott Smith was it, he was IT, you know? Say Yes was IT!! From there it went to the scratchy folk-y guitar riff in ‘Pink Bullets’ by The Shins and then..and THEN…Neutral Milk Hotel “King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1″…that one was almost laughable at first, “this guy has a hurrendous voice! and i LOVE it!”, anyways, the list keeps going, the electronic beats of The Postal Service, Kate Bush, Joseph Arthur, Modest Mouse, The Pixies. They were portals to the endless world of undiscovered myspace bands and self released albums. Wouldn’t it be great if you could go back to that exact time and rediscover it all over again? Nostalgic nostalgic nostalgic.

I’d have to say this point came right in the middle of the transition from Junior High to High School. Perfect timing. Actually it’s super hard to pin point when this point occurred exactly, because, i mean, Metric was a big part of my grade 8/9 life, and also one of the first concerts I had ever truly been to. But I’m pretty positive that THE point, !THE POINT! came hand in hand with “say yes”.

Anyways, here it is, and I know everyones is different, i mean, just think about age difference! I’m 19 (ALMOST 20), maybe your 30? You got into Indie Rock in the 90’s? Well, then it was probably Pavement or Low or Ween or something? Whatever, whatever, whatever, but, for me, here is the discovery of Indie Rock: Circa 2002/2003:

Elliott Smith – Say Yes

The Shins – Pink Bullets

Neutral Milk Hotel – The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1

Kings Of Leon – Talihina Sky (Alternate Version)

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

Modest Mouse – Gravity Rides Everything

The Pixies – Where Is My Mind

Broken Social Scene – Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl

The Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone

Joseph Arthur – In The Sun

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OOOOH OOOOH OOOOOOOOOOOOOH! I have waited for the release of this album longer than almost any other! I have to thank Gregory and the Hawk a million times over, for the discovery of their myspace page (along with bands like The Age of Rockets and Jenny Owen Youngs), was the start of my music dependency, and along with that, the start of my exponentially increasing musical library. When I first heard “boats and birds”, I was completely hooked, the start of a love affair, an obsession, an entire emotional relationship with singer and musical genious Meredith Godreau. Seriously.

Under the name “Gregory and the Hawk”, Godreau made herself into a myspace hit and sold over 15,000 CDR’s d.i.y! For Moenie And Kitchi (released October 7th), the whole recording is a little less d.i.y and a LITTLE more released by the well known label FatCat records. Everything I love about GATH is still present in the album, the lo-fi feel of the reording is still there and Godreau’s voice will always always always be the definition of lovely or cute or beautiful or anything positive. Man, this album couldn’t have come at a better time, listen!

Gregory and the Hawk- Superlegend

Gregory and the Hawk- Voice Like A Bell

Gregory and the Hawk- Boats and Birds

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I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry for not posting anything for ever and ever and ever. This is due to a multitude of reasons: school, a lack of new releases I enjoy even slightly, etc. etc. etc. But! since i spent all weekend listening to live music (although, mostly bands I’ve seen perform QUITE a few times, and blogged about QUITE a few times (chad van) ), thanks to Pop Montreal, I’m going to talk about that!

The weekend started with Women, who I was pretttttttty excited to see because of a number of reasons: 1.their from Calgary, 2.I have yet to see them live, 3.the blog hype they’ve built is out of control, and mostly because 4.I just do not understand even REMOTELY why people like them so much (from listening to them recorded), so I thought it must be because they put on an unbelievable live performance………but………..NOPE…..still can’t get into them. I’m horribly sorry to say that as well, but, I don’t know, maybe if i give their album annnnnother listen. But! after that was Chad Van (who, as always, was unbelievable) and then Julie Doiron (who was just as awkward and hilarious as the last time I saw her), but the highlight of the evening had to be when Chad Van and Julie Doiron did a collaboration on the Pavement song “Shady Lane”. Awesome! And also when Julie played “Dark Horse” and realized half way through that the chorus of the song goes: “I’m writing you from Montreal to tell you that i don’t belong here” and also: “You’re a pretty nice kid and I wanna know, what made you think you could make it in a place like this? You’re feeding your kids among all these pirates”, and got horribly embarrassed about singing this negative song about Montreal… in Montreal. HA!

Anyways, Saturday night started with Passion Pit (based out of Boston), who just recently released the Chunk Of Change EP (under the same label as the Dodos: Frenchkiss records), which has been one of the major “moving into our new apartment” albums, that Sam and I have been listening to. So, yeah, they were AWESOME! incredible energy, incredible light, dance dance dance dance dance dance dance. Lead singer and Passion Pit mastermind, Michael Angelakos, was playing the most incredible 50’s/60’s? yamaha synth? organ?, (i spent the entire set figuring out the year of the instrument). Passion Pit was followed by Au, who were just incredible, but I feel as if, to fully appreciate the music you have to see them perform live, just because of the slight dip into the whole sort of noise rock/experimental/animal collective sort of thing going on. But, man! they were really really reallllly good! The weekend was finished with The Dodos who are also an incredible live band, it seems insane to compare the energy they have to anything, because it’s always incredible, and they always look as if they ran an entire marathon by the end of their shows, but the energy they had at Sled Island seemed a lot more…sincere or something. I don’t know, lead singer, Meric Long, was falling off his chair and running into his mic all set long at Sled Island and his energy seemed very rehearsed or something. Anyways, that was a super quick concert review of the weekends live music, because I’m supposed to be “catching up” on one of my physics classes (the boring one, not the music one), since I have yet to open the text book or take a page of notes!

Women- Cameras

Julie Doiron- Dark Horse

Chad VanGaalen- Molten Light

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

Au- Sleep

The Dodos- Fools

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