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... Rivers... Really? Really?

I think this is the funniest thing I've seen on the internet in some time. Rivers, never stop. Even though this is clearly a career suicide move, just... Keep being ridiculous, please.
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Let me start this off by saying I suck at rating things. So I'm not going to rate these. And I'm certainly not going to post some sort of BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR, AGREE OR DIE list because, well, let's be honest. I didn't listen to all of the music that came out this year. I still haven't gotten my hands on the new Sufjan album (which is a terrible shame, I know) and, having listened to NPR's top picks and the listener's picks, I've realized there are quite a few albums I missed out on that I now need to hunt down.

(As an aside, if anyone wants to send me this year's albums by Lost in the Trees, Tallest Man on Earth, Jónsi, Local Natives, Buke and Gass, Jeremy Messersmith, Broken Social Scene, LCD Soundsystem, and the aforementioned album The Age of Adz, I would love you forever.)

BUT. There were quite a few very good albums that didn't show up on their lists, or didn't place well, that I thought deserved to be mentioned here. So, here are my favorite albums of the year.

The New Pornographers - Together
I came to this band late, I'll admit. This was the first album of theirs that I had heard more than a single track from. And oh my is this one catchy album. I love the bass in the opening track, I love the vocals and the lovely melodies, and I love how much fun it is. Seriously, if Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk doesn't make you want to bounce around the room and sing along, then I'm sorry but there's something wrong with you.

Sea of Bees - Songs for the Ravens
Usually, the cutesy little girly voices like this drive me crazy (and that, of course, is the main reason I can't listen to Joanna Newsom). But Julie's voice grew on me, which I'm really glad for, because her lyrics are lovely, and the music is so dark and rock-y and gorgeous. Give Gnomes a listen if you haven't heard this band yet. Or if you have and are as addicted to this album as I am.

Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry
Normally, melody is the most important factor in whether I will like a band/album/song. If it doesn't have a strong melody, I usually won't give it a second listen. All Creatures Will Make Merry is much more ambient than my usual tastes, but there's something wonderfully haunting about the stark, ambient melodies and vocals on this album. I've been talking about Sleet for a few months now (and sadly, can't find a youtube link to the album version, but it's close enough), so if you've somehow managed to avoid hearing it, give that a click.

Menomena - Mines
Finally, a new Menomena album! My god I love this band. This album is a bit mellower than their previous ones, and isn't my favorite of theirs (that honor goes to 2007's Friend and Foe), but it's very well-written all the same, and possibly a little more personal and grown up. Killemall gets me every time.

Girl Talk - All Day
I'll admit, I had never listened to Girl Talk before this album. And I don't expect to listen to it again, honestly, because what I loved the most was the joy of discovery that happens every minute when the mix of songs shifts to something new. I listened to this album one day while at work, and I had to keep from laughing out loud and confusing everyone around me, so I settled for a stupid grin instead. This album is really one single track, so I can't really link you to one single part of it, but it's all available for a free download at his site.

Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
It would be impossible for this band to live up to the incredible debut that was 2008's Fate, in my opinion, but their second album is a fun one all the same. Shame, Shame is folky, bluesy, and yet full of rock at the same time. Later is one fine example of this combination.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Honestly, it took a long time for this album to grow on me. I miss the complex and compelling instrumentation of Funeral, and it's hard for me to accept that Arcade Fire may not ever make an album like that again. This album is a bit more dance pop than I expected it to be. But I love an album with a story, and this one tells one hell of a tale. Music as social commentary isn't something you see much of outside of reggae fairly trite political punk groups, which tend to beat you over the head with a message, but The Suburbs is a true work of art. Even if I don't like it as much as some of their earlier work, I can't help but recognize how impressive and ambitious it is. If you somehow have been living under a rock and didn't hear this album yet, try the title track.

Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
Oh. My. God. I hope this band continues to make music like this forever. And ever. I honestly don't know what else to say. This is one epic album, and the fact that it's a debut album makes that fact even more shocking. They're going to have a hell of a time following this one up. The only flaw this album has isn't the band's fault at all - this album is so goddamned catchy that I'm now extremely tired of hearing "The Cave" to the point of me not wanting to listen to it, because it's one of the most overplayed singles of the year. Besides, there are so many tracks on this album that are even better. Dust Bowl Dance, for example, gives me goosebumps. Wow.
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Let me start this off by saying I suck at rating things. So I'm not going to rate these. And I'm certainly not going to post some sort of BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR, AGREE OR DIE list because, well, let's be honest. I didn't listen to all of the music that came out this year. I still haven't gotten my hands on the new Sufjan album (which is a terrible shame, I know) and, having listened to NPR's top picks and the listener's picks, I've realized there are quite a few albums I missed out on that I now need to hunt down.

(As an aside, if anyone wants to send me this year's albums by Lost in the Trees, Tallest Man on Earth, Jónsi, Local Natives, Buke and Gass, Jeremy Messersmith, Broken Social Scene, LCD Soundsystem, and the aforementioned album The Age of Adz, I would love you forever.)

BUT. There were quite a few very good albums that didn't show up on their lists, or didn't place well, that I thought deserved to be mentioned here. So, here are my favorite albums of the year.

The New Pornographers - Together
I came to this band late, I'll admit. This was the first album of theirs that I had heard more than a single track from. And oh my is this one catchy album. I love the bass in the opening track, I love the vocals and the lovely melodies, and I love how much fun it is. Seriously, if Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk doesn't make you want to bounce around the room and sing along, then I'm sorry but there's something wrong with you.

Sea of Bees - Songs for the Ravens
Usually, the cutesy little girly voices like this drive me crazy (and that, of course, is the main reason I can't listen to Joanna Newsom). But Julie's voice grew on me, which I'm really glad for, because her lyrics are lovely, and the music is so dark and rock-y and gorgeous. Give Gnomes a listen if you haven't heard this band yet. Or if you have and are as addicted to this album as I am.

Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry
Normally, melody is the most important factor in whether I will like a band/album/song. If it doesn't have a strong melody, I usually won't give it a second listen. All Creatures Will Make Merry is much more ambient than my usual tastes, but there's something wonderfully haunting about the stark, ambient melodies and vocals on this album. I've been talking about Sleet for a few months now (and sadly, can't find a youtube link to the album version, but it's close enough), so if you've somehow managed to avoid hearing it, give that a click.

Menomena - Mines
Finally, a new Menomena album! My god I love this band. This album is a bit mellower than their previous ones, and isn't my favorite of theirs (that honor goes to 2007's Friend and Foe), but it's very well-written all the same, and possibly a little more personal and grown up. Killemall gets me every time.

Girl Talk - All Day
I'll admit, I had never listened to Girl Talk before this album. And I don't expect to listen to it again, honestly, because what I loved the most was the joy of discovery that happens every minute when the mix of songs shifts to something new. I listened to this album one day while at work, and I had to keep from laughing out loud and confusing everyone around me, so I settled for a stupid grin instead. This album is really one single track, so I can't really link you to one single part of it, but it's all available for a free download at his site.

Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
It would be impossible for this band to live up to the incredible debut that was 2008's Fate, in my opinion, but their second album is a fun one all the same. Shame, Shame is folky, bluesy, and yet full of rock at the same time. Later is one fine example of this combination.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Honestly, it took a long time for this album to grow on me. I miss the complex and compelling instrumentation of Funeral, and it's hard for me to accept that Arcade Fire may not ever make an album like that again. This album is a bit more dance pop than I expected it to be. But I love an album with a story, and this one tells one hell of a tale. Music as social commentary isn't something you see much of outside of reggae fairly trite political punk groups, which tend to beat you over the head with a message, but The Suburbs is a true work of art. Even if I don't like it as much as some of their earlier work, I can't help but recognize how impressive and ambitious it is. If you somehow have been living under a rock and didn't hear this album yet, try the title track.

Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
Oh. My. God. I hope this band continues to make music like this forever. And ever. I honestly don't know what else to say. This is one epic album, and the fact that it's a debut album makes that fact even more shocking. They're going to have a hell of a time following this one up. The only flaw this album has isn't the band's fault at all - this album is so goddamned catchy that I'm now extremely tired of hearing "The Cave" to the point of me not wanting to listen to it, because it's one of the most overplayed singles of the year. Besides, there are so many tracks on this album that are even better. Dust Bowl Dance, for example, gives me goosebumps. Wow.
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I think the beginning of the month is an excellent time to start a thirty-days meme, even if this is a 31-day month. I blame [livejournal.com profile] maypirate for suggesting it. Apparently I am easily suggestible right now.

Day 01. Your favorite song

Most of you probably know this by now. For some reason, I fell in love with "This Side" by Nickel Creek, oh, six years ago maybe, and adopted it as the one song I could listen to every day and never grow tired of it. It's just so beautiful and happy and wonderful and I can't help but love it. There are a lot of great songs out there, but this one is my song.

Watch it on Youtube (embedding is disabled by EMI apparently)

The meme in its entirety: )

Also, Jonathan Coulton puts on one fantastic live act, my goodness. And Paul and Storm are pretty funny guys. Angela, I think you will particularly appreciate this.
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I think the beginning of the month is an excellent time to start a thirty-days meme, even if this is a 31-day month. I blame [livejournal.com profile] maypirate for suggesting it. Apparently I am easily suggestible right now.

Day 01. Your favorite song

Most of you probably know this by now. For some reason, I fell in love with "This Side" by Nickel Creek, oh, six years ago maybe, and adopted it as the one song I could listen to every day and never grow tired of it. It's just so beautiful and happy and wonderful and I can't help but love it. There are a lot of great songs out there, but this one is my song.

Watch it on Youtube (embedding is disabled by EMI apparently)

The meme in its entirety: )

Also, Jonathan Coulton puts on one fantastic live act, my goodness. And Paul and Storm are pretty funny guys. Angela, I think you will particularly appreciate this.
shichahn: ([RvB] Booyeah motherfucker)
1) The Relocated miniseries aired in February last year
2) Burnie has, this entire month, been scriptwriting like a madman

I think the conclusion speaks for itself.

Also, while I knew Trocadero's song Superhero was inspired by Watchmen, I did not know that All As One was inspired by the X-Files. But it makes so much sense!
shichahn: ([RvB] Booyeah motherfucker)
1) The Relocated miniseries aired in February last year
2) Burnie has, this entire month, been scriptwriting like a madman

I think the conclusion speaks for itself.

Also, while I knew Trocadero's song Superhero was inspired by Watchmen, I did not know that All As One was inspired by the X-Files. But it makes so much sense!
shichahn: ([RvB] Booyeah motherfucker)
It may in fact be possible - quite likely, even! - that I am now in possession of a brand new copy of Ghosts that Linger. Oh god it is so fantastic to hear finished non-demo versions of some of these songs. This one in particular. Oh man. So good.

Also I had a dream last night that someone I didn't already know reserved a character at Aphelion. lol.
shichahn: ([RvB] Booyeah motherfucker)
It may in fact be possible - quite likely, even! - that I am now in possession of a brand new copy of Ghosts that Linger. Oh god it is so fantastic to hear finished non-demo versions of some of these songs. This one in particular. Oh man. So good.

Also I had a dream last night that someone I didn't already know reserved a character at Aphelion. lol.
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HEY GUYS JONATHAN COULTON IS PLAYING AT THE ALADDIN. LET'S GO. 2/27 $22/$24 8PM
shichahn: ([ITC] My milky lens!)
HEY GUYS JONATHAN COULTON IS PLAYING AT THE ALADDIN. LET'S GO. 2/27 $22/$24 8PM
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So I'm lolling, because obviously we all know S3&K had the most catchy soundtrack of any Sonic game ever made.

(And I've realized this probably needs some context, so- for those on my flist who haven't yet heard, it was just confirmed the other day that the Sonic 3 & Knuckles soundtrack was primarily composed by Michael Jackson, who decided before its release that he didn't want his name attached to it as he was unhappy with the way the old Genesis processor rendered his music.)
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So I'm lolling, because obviously we all know S3&K had the most catchy soundtrack of any Sonic game ever made.

(And I've realized this probably needs some context, so- for those on my flist who haven't yet heard, it was just confirmed the other day that the Sonic 3 & Knuckles soundtrack was primarily composed by Michael Jackson, who decided before its release that he didn't want his name attached to it as he was unhappy with the way the old Genesis processor rendered his music.)
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So, Gogol Bordello were excellent. If the crowd hadn't been so annoying I would've enjoyed the first half of the concert far more, but oh well. It's a punk band; I knew what I was in for.

Apparently, at ToD's show in Seattle last night, some drunk guy threw up on the prints table and had to buy them all. Lawl.

Aphelion draws ever nearer to completion! I'm nearly done with the maps, Angela is working hard on the room descriptions, and after that, I have a couple other game images I'd like to do, and we have a few more intro things to write, but I suspect the game (that you just lost) will be ready to accept reservations by mid-November. Especially since my job is part-time and Angela just got laid off, fff. But of course, we'll keep you guys updated as possible. We may ask some of you who plan on playing to do a beta read-through of some parts of the site just so we can be sure that everything makes sense. I'm excited!
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So, Gogol Bordello were excellent. If the crowd hadn't been so annoying I would've enjoyed the first half of the concert far more, but oh well. It's a punk band; I knew what I was in for.

Apparently, at ToD's show in Seattle last night, some drunk guy threw up on the prints table and had to buy them all. Lawl.

Aphelion draws ever nearer to completion! I'm nearly done with the maps, Angela is working hard on the room descriptions, and after that, I have a couple other game images I'd like to do, and we have a few more intro things to write, but I suspect the game (that you just lost) will be ready to accept reservations by mid-November. Especially since my job is part-time and Angela just got laid off, fff. But of course, we'll keep you guys updated as possible. We may ask some of you who plan on playing to do a beta read-through of some parts of the site just so we can be sure that everything makes sense. I'm excited!
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So. Angela and I just got back from Dante's, where we went to see ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. As some of you surely know, I've been a fan of this band for ages. I started following them about eight years ago, just after they put out Source Tags and Codes. These guys were my first indie band, actually, or at least, the first band I listened to regularly where I was conscious of their label status (okay, so technically they signed to Interscope to release Source Tags and Codes, but they started out indie, and as of 2007 they ditched their label due to all sorts of frustrations). But until today I'd never actually managed to see them live. I'm so glad I was finally able to remedy that.

Come on, you know you wan to read all about it! )
shichahn: ([Boosh] Electro poof)
So. Angela and I just got back from Dante's, where we went to see ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. As some of you surely know, I've been a fan of this band for ages. I started following them about eight years ago, just after they put out Source Tags and Codes. These guys were my first indie band, actually, or at least, the first band I listened to regularly where I was conscious of their label status (okay, so technically they signed to Interscope to release Source Tags and Codes, but they started out indie, and as of 2007 they ditched their label due to all sorts of frustrations). But until today I'd never actually managed to see them live. I'm so glad I was finally able to remedy that.

Come on, you know you wan to read all about it! )
shichahn: ([RvB] Bowchickabadass?)
I guess I felt like I needed something to raeg at this morning, so I watched Jesus Camp. Was a little bit disturbed by the fact that I wasn't as horrified at it as I feel like I should be, but maybe I'm just apathetic. Some of those kids impressed me quite a bit, actually - it's cool how passionate and knowledgeable they are about something, and Levi the little preacher kid was something else, man. Like a mini-adult, and a better public speaker and speechwriter than many college-age students I know. I just... agh, if only they were passionate and knowledgeable about something other than Evangelism, you know? I guess that's the thing. If those kids were into anything else it'd be awesome, but instead they'll grow up and become the sort of people you read about in the papers and can't help but hate because of what they stand for.

On a totally different note, an online CD seller has a copy of Institut Polaire's EP The Fauna and the Flora and man, if it wasn't $17 bucks, I'd buy it right this instant. But instead I'm waffling, and probably won't end up buying it, even though it's pretty much the only one I've ever seen. Maybe I should just do like I did with Nico and see if the band has any mp3s they can send me in return for some delicious paypal. :/ Though I don't think I will. Unless I can't find their upcoming LP when it drops. If it ever actually does come out. It's been delayed by at least six months, now.

Also, I really really really want this book. A lot. And I think I need to get back into drawing already. I haven't done anything beyond little sketches for ages. I feel like I'm losing my artist cred.
shichahn: ([RvB] Bowchickabadass?)
I guess I felt like I needed something to raeg at this morning, so I watched Jesus Camp. Was a little bit disturbed by the fact that I wasn't as horrified at it as I feel like I should be, but maybe I'm just apathetic. Some of those kids impressed me quite a bit, actually - it's cool how passionate and knowledgeable they are about something, and Levi the little preacher kid was something else, man. Like a mini-adult, and a better public speaker and speechwriter than many college-age students I know. I just... agh, if only they were passionate and knowledgeable about something other than Evangelism, you know? I guess that's the thing. If those kids were into anything else it'd be awesome, but instead they'll grow up and become the sort of people you read about in the papers and can't help but hate because of what they stand for.

On a totally different note, an online CD seller has a copy of Institut Polaire's EP The Fauna and the Flora and man, if it wasn't $17 bucks, I'd buy it right this instant. But instead I'm waffling, and probably won't end up buying it, even though it's pretty much the only one I've ever seen. Maybe I should just do like I did with Nico and see if the band has any mp3s they can send me in return for some delicious paypal. :/ Though I don't think I will. Unless I can't find their upcoming LP when it drops. If it ever actually does come out. It's been delayed by at least six months, now.

Also, I really really really want this book. A lot. And I think I need to get back into drawing already. I haven't done anything beyond little sketches for ages. I feel like I'm losing my artist cred.
shichahn: ([RvB] Booyeah motherfucker)
NICO WASN'T IGNORING ME AFTER ALL

FUCK YES

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