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July 23, 2010 Leave a comment
This week i picked up the Stars latest album The Five Ghosts. I have loved this band for a long time. In Our Bedroom After the War is a favorite of mines and the indie mix-tape classic “Your Ex lover is Dead” put them on the map.
So even before I unraveled it I couldn’t help but notice a theme; the cover is something to look at, a grainy double exposed picture, clearly visible a little girl in an old fashioned dress holding a ribbon bouquet of long flowers and the not so visible a shot of two ladies sitting and each holding a child on their laps. I also noticed the titles of the songs “I Died So I Could Haunt You” and “He Dreams He’s Awake” and there’s a interesting semi-morbid concept/story of ghosts.
Don’t be fooled by this fact of ghosts and think they have to make songs that remind you of death. The album is easy to listen to and easy to love immediately; Stars invented the formula to craft perfect dream pop songs. I had favorites immediately, this album is very upbeat and danceable the tracks “Fixed” and ” We Don’t Want Your Body ” really prove that. You’ll find yourself grooving and singing along fairly quickly. The Five Ghosts isn’t short of the bands notorious boy/girl melodies either (how can you not love a good duet). The album also slows it down, in a very good way, “Changes” and “Winter Bones” drops the tempo and makes Amy Millan’s voice glow. “Changes” reminds me why i loved the band how it made me melt and coo at every lyrics. Reminiscent of Metrics newer album and some Morrissey songs this hasn’t been there most popular work; look at any review its been bashed and trashed. But i must say i strongly disagree with them (HATERS!) blame it on the fanism of many many years and the they-can-do-no-wrong way i see them i enjoy this album very much and it gets better and better with every listen. They have a extensive tour lined up and i can’t wait to see them.
1 Dead Hearts 3:30
2 Wasted Daylight 3:43
3 I Died So I Could Haunt You 3:05
4 Fixed 3:27
5 We Don’t Want Your Body 3:26
6 He Dreams He’s Awake 4:05
7 Changes 4:14
8 The Passenger 4:17
9 The Last Song Ever Written 3:17
10 How Much More 2:57
11 Winter Bones 2:59
June 9, 2010 Leave a comment
Matthew Stephen Ward, known by his stage name M. Ward
This singer-songwriter and guitarist has been blowing my mind since 1999. Having released 7 studio albums and 2 EPs was just not enough for this lovely fellow. He started a collaboration with American actress, Zooey Deschanel. As she wrote the lyrics, he’d come up the guitar rhythms. With that, She & Him had officially released an album that reached charts and melted hearts. In 2010, She & Him released Volume 2 for the world to hear. That isn’t the last you’ll hear from M. Ward.
One of my favorite projects he has been part of is Monsters of Folk. Now, if you aren’t familiar with Monsters of Folk than you must have been hiding in a closet for the past few years. Monsters of Folk consisting of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and yours truly, M. Ward. They all joined together around 2004, but didn’t release their first album until 2009. For my 19th birthday, I got to see Monsters of Folk live at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas. It was pretty magical. I mean, come on, the NIGHT of my birthday I got to see all these guys play some of MoF tracks PLUS some MMJ, Bright Eyes, and M Ward stuff. Nothing can describe how magical that night was.
Last summer, I got the chance to see M. Ward live. Last summer, I got to fall deeply in love with this 36 year old singer-songwriter. He has talent, yes, we all know that. But, his charm is just on an entirely different level. His dark hair that sometimes has that grey spice in it, his dark brown eyes that you can literally get lost into, the way he always postures himself, his body language, the way he closes his eyes while he sings, everything this man does just makes me weak in the knees.
His 2009 album Hold Time made it to my Top 10 of 2009 chart. However, my favorite album of his HAS to be Transfiguration Of Vincent (2003). I will never be able to express how emotional that album makes me feel. It gives me feeling. It gives me feelings beyond belief. It’s as if I am just sitting on top of the world, listening to his music and watching life happen. It’s such a beautiful state of mind this album puts me in. I’m telling you, there’s just something special about Matther Stephen Ward.
Merge Records never lets me down. This is why I dream of working with these guys one day. My admiration and appreciation towards this record label is endless.
Pack your bags and walk your way to the top of the world with M. Ward.
Download Transfiguration Of Vincent here.
June 8, 2010 Leave a comment
April 20, 2010 Leave a comment
1. Strange Terrain
2. Get Out
3. Glass Arrows
4. I Felt Free
5. Imaginary Enemy
6. Through the Desert Alone
7. Frozen Creek
8. Fever Dreams
9. Spirit of The Stairwell
10. The Longest Mile
12. Dyed in the Wool
review to follow.
April 20, 2010 Leave a comment
This past week reunited The Get Up Kids released a four-track EP titled Simple Science and what a good comeback. There hasn’t been a recording from them since 2004 so to see this is truly exciting. Simple Science is part of a three EP series the track listing is as follows:
1. Your Petty Pretty Things
2. Keith Case
3. Tommy Gentle
4. How You’re Bound
March 13, 2010 Leave a comment
photo courtesy of Birmingham Live
John Bentley of Mumford & Sons
This English indie folk band produces some of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard. They add a whole other sound to folk- making it even more mind blowing than usual. ”Little Lion Man” has to be my most listened (and favorite) track from Mumford & Sons.
“As the album moves on, this fervour never dies. Little Lion Man – a track that Zane Lowe named the “Hottest Record In The World Today” on a recent Radio 1 show – is a rampage about regret and unresolved heartbreak: “Tremble, little lion man / You’ll never settle any of your scores / Your grace is wasted in your face / Your boldness stands alone among the wreck”. And finally, after a wild lashing out in the murderous fable of Dust Bowl Dance, After The Storm arrives, the only track Mumford and Sons wrote in the studio, away from the live stage they knew so well. It stands an incredibly moving final track to an incredibly moving album – the story of a man scared of what’s behind and what’s before, and creates a considered conclusion to the band’s epic debut album.” (via biography)