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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2009


Okay, I know what you're thinking: 2009 isn't truly over yet. Maybe that and the fact that I said in my first post for this series that this is in no way a "Best of" list. Well, 2009 is going to feel a bit like that. These songs are my favorites of the year, but it might seem a bit "Best-of"-y. Oh well....

"Daylight" by Matt & Kim from the album Grand

I would not have made it through finals last spring if i wasn't for this song. Whenever I took a much needed break, I would go outside, try to find a bit of sunshine, and put it on repeat for a good half hour. Pure bliss!

"Quiet Little Voices" by We Were Promised Jetpacks from the album These Four Walls

These Four Walls is a rhythmically driven powerhouse of a debut, laden with cleverly-disguised pop melodies, fleeting post-punk nods, and bombastic drumming. And "Quiet Little Voices" has everything you need in a good song: clever songwriting and a passionate lead singer.

"Home" by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros from the album From Below

Plain and simle, this song just makes me happy! How can it now, it's filled with unabashed joy! Hopefully everyone knows that "Home is wherever I'm with you" feeling - it's one of the most incredible things in the world.

"Bulletproof" by La Roux from their self-titled album La Roux

This is such a bitch-fight-back song, and that's why I approve! At the end of the day, it's just great catchy electro-pop. Thank you La Roux for embracing old synthesised beats!

"Postcards" by An Horse from the album Rearrange Beds

What a great song. Filled with fuzzed-out riffs, hummable hooks, and snarling beats, it's hard to stop listening. But at the same time you have those lyrics, and just it feels more stripped down and honest.

And there you have it! Ah, the Memories! Anyone else feeling nostalgic? Either way, Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2008


It gets easier from here on out. I got my computer right before going off to college (fall of 2008), so anything for 2008/2009 I can just look at play counts.

"I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" by Black Kids from the album Partie Traumatic

The intro being said, here is one of the top plays I have in my library. It's awful, but it's catchy...awfully catchy! I'm sorry, forgive me. Either way you can't deny that bass line.

"Skinny Love" by Bon Iver from the album For Emma, Forever Ago

"Skinny Love" is a wonderfully honest and emotional song. So incredibly poetic... this guy is a genius. Brilliant song, brilliant lyrics, amazing all together!

"Dance the Way I Feel" by Ou Est Le Swimming Pool from the album Mixes from Global

Let go. Dance. Forget. Just dance the way you feel. Pretend no one's watching. Loooooooove it! And I love that little cascade electro thing they got going on.

"Smile Upon Me" by Passion Pit from their Chunk of Change EP

Love love love it! But you MUST be wearing headphones for that intro. Then, and only then, can your eyes completely freak out and go left to right with the music. And that falsetto! Swoon!

"I'm a Lady" by Santogold from her self-titled album Santogold

Of course this song makes me feel like a lady too. A rockin' lady, but a lady nonetheless. You better know it! Got my mind made up ;)

Check back tomorrow for the last installment of "Ah, the Memories"

Ah, the Memories: 2007


We're getting there! We're in the homestretch! 2007!

"Sun is Out" by Apples in Stereo from the album New Magnetic Wonder

This song is about enjoying life, and I can't help but smile whenever I hear it. Short but sweet. So c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, check it out!

"I Still Remember" by Bloc Party from the album A Weekend in the City

This could quite possibly my favorite song of all time. Everything - the music, the lyrics, the singing - is all emotional brilliance. Anyone can relate to it, and remember when...

"D.A.N.C.E." by Justice from the album Cross

No one can deny how catchy this song is. It makes you want to get up and D.A.N.C.E., that's for sure! I can see you now....oh yeah, you're dancing, you p.y.t. you :)

"Nineteen" by Tegan and Sara from the album The Con

I think this is one of my favorite songs from The Con And even though I loved this album when it first came out, this song meant a lot to me especially when I turned 19. Plus the drums are amazing! Put this on your headphones to truly appreciate it though.

"Cheap Clothes" by Whitley from the album The Submarine

It simply tears at my heart strings, and the banjo picking is really beautiful. Plus I love his voice, sweet and thick! You should really just check out the whole album, it's pretty hard to put down.

Get ready - later today 2008 will be up, and tomorrow is New Year's Eve!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2006


We're on to 2006! I think this is also when I first really had an iPod, so no more mix CDs to rely on, just my memory.

"I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor" by Arctic Monkeys from the album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

So incredibly danceable! And what an amazing bridge! "Oh there ain't no love no, Montagues and Capulets/ We just banging tunes 'n' DJ sets 'n'/ Dirty dancefloors and dreams of naughtyness!" Bloody brilliant! :)

"Naive" by The Kooks from the album Inside In/Inside Out

I had a roommate who used to play this song every morning on repeat from when she woke up till when she was dressed and out the door. It used to be overwhelming to hear one song so much, but luckily I now look back on it and can laugh and appreciate the Kooks.

"Breathe Me" by Sia from the album Colour the Small One

My personal favorite. Such a vulnerable song, and the way Sia sings it... beautiful. Her voice is so compelling, it's addictive. I love listening to all her music, whether it's her solo work or her stuff with Zero 7.

"Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups from the album Carnavas

A lot of people have either a love or hate relationship with Brian Aubert's voice, but I find it very unique. Amazing bass, amazing guitar, and amazing drums.

"Wolf Like Me" by TV On the Radio from the album Return to Cookie Mountain

You have to put this song on repeat. I mean, how can you not? It's addicting! And there is no way you cannot move when you listen to this. It's everything you need: sex, drugs, rock n' roll...and werewolves.

2007 will definitely be up tomorrow, and possibly 2008 as well. Either way, the New Year is right around the corner!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2005


Hey ho, let's go! We're on to 2005!

"Shatter" by Feeder from their album Pushing the Senses

I think this was the first song I ever heard from Feeder, and it has to be one of my favorites. It's just an amazing tune. The guitars are nice and chunky too, and the chorus just rocks.

"Mr. Ambulance Driver" by The Flaming Lips from At War With the Mystics

It's a sad song, but a beautiful one nonetheless. Plus it's another one of those songs that's on a lot of my mix CDs.

"Best of You” by Foo Fighters from their album In Your Honor

I love Dave Grohl's voice in this track, and the message is really moving. It's a great anthem, and it gets better and better every time I listen to it.

"Goodnight, Goodnight" by Hot Hot Heat from the album Elevator

Are you dancing yet? Are you? Cause I am!

"The Mixed Tape" by Jack's Mannequin from the album Everything in Transit

Jack's Mannequin has to be one of my favorite bands, and choosing my favorite song from the album was really difficult - like choosing a favorite child! - but when it comes down to it, how can you not love "The Mixed Tape?"

"Hoppipolla" by Sigur Ros from their album Takk...

How I love this song! One of my best friends will play this on the piano and suddenly I just feel like I'm home and safe. It gives me chills and makes me happy - and I don't even know what they're saying. Thanks Iceland!

Check back tomorrow for 2006!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2004


Hey hey hey, it's 2004!

"Neighborhood #3" by Arcade Fire from their album Funeral

From the opening, you know that Arcade Fire means business, and they don't disappoint. I can't listen to this song without wanting to bob my head, get up, and dance. Plus there's a glockenspiel. I think I'm in love.

"Dirt Off Your Shoulder" by DJ Dangermouse from The Grey Album

Here it is, this marks my obsession with later mash-ups from Girl Talk, E-603, Terry Urban, Mick Boogie, and the Hood Internet. This CD gets me every time, mixing everything that I love about rap (mad flow yo) with what I love with rock/pop/indie/other genres (the melody).

"Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand from their self-titled album Franz Ferdinand

I remember the first time I heard this song. The guitar comes in with a simple strum, and it could be any other song in the whole entire world, and after about a minute the whole song just slows down and the riff kicks in and you know they mean business. Love it.

"Alive With the Glory of Love" by Say Anything from the album Is a Real Boy

Clearly it's all about the intro: those Beatles style "ahhs" and that snare drum. Please and thank you. I love the lyrics and I love the melody. It's a simple song with a great message.

"Existentialism On Prom Night by Staylight Run from their self-titled album Starylight Run

I love this chorus, and because I love this chorus, I can't help but love the entire song. Plus the piano is simply beautiful.

Stay tuned, 2005 is coming up!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Updated Site! (Again...)

Jut kidding!

And it's back to blogger....once again, the site might be weird for a couple of days, but bear with me.

Ah, the Memories: 2003


Wow, we're only on to 2003? I better get a move on if I want to do all of these years by 2010!

"I Miss You" by Blink-182 from their self-titled album Blink-182

Aren't you getting all nostalgic too? I think it's a great departure from their older singles, except the music video for this was creepy...Who knew that they'd all go off in their separate ways to Angels and Airwaves and +44, only to come back together for a reunion.

"Hands Down" by Dashboard Confessional from A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar

Oh lord Dashboard Confessional! Another CD that I used to put on repeat, but this had to be my favorite song on the whole CD. Maybe because it was one of their only happy songs.

"The Sound of Settling" by Death Cab for Cutie from the album Transatlanticism

Not only is this one of my favorite songs for Death cab for Cutie, but this is also one of my favorite CDs from them. Tis song is.....the only word tha comes to mind s adorable. It's short, it's simplistic, and the chorus is just darn catchy!

"Misfit" by Elefant from the album Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid

Such a good song, whether you actually feel like a misfit or not! The chorus is so matter of fact and nonchalant it makes it sound almost effortless.

"Modern Way of Letting Go" by Idlewild from the album The Remote Part

Rockin' chorus? Check. Wicked guitar riffs that pack a punch? Check. Awesome vocals? Check. What more could you want? Nothing, absolutely nothing.

From 2003 to 2004...next!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2002


We're on to 2002!

(Note: some of the songs will play in the player, while clicking on others will take you to another site to download them.)

"Swing, Swing" by The All-American Rejects from their self-titled album The All-American Rejects

Oh lord, the All-American Rejects. Posting this song is slightly embarrassing, but like I said, this is by no means a "Best of" post. I'm just being honest, and apparently I was attracted to music with lyrics that had emotional depth of a seventh grader, Maybe that's because I was a seventh grader...

"Clocks" by Coldplay from A Rush of Blood to the Head

I think it's safe to say that this is one of the biggest songs from Coldplay, and it was a huge hit in 2002, being most people's first introduction to the band (after "Yellow" of course). I love Chris Martin, and the piano with his voice is just really powerful in this track.

"Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service from the album Give Up

I still love this song and I can listen to it over and over again! Whether it's The Postal Service or Death Cab for Cutie, who doesn't love Ben Gibbard? And he always does a great job with lyrics. The first three lines just have simply amazing imagery, and the rest of the song only gets better.

"The Best of Me" by The Starting Line from the album Say It Like You Mean It

Oh lord, I loved this album, in all of it's pop-punk glory. I used to put the CD on repeat. Part of that also could be that the only button the worked on my CD player was the play button. Serious. If I wanted o stop the CD I had to take the batteries out.

"The Taste of Ink" by The Used from their self-titled album The Used
A lot of people think it's funny that I used to listen to The Used, but I did. It's just a really great anthem with a gret guitar sound and vocals.
That's 2002 for you! 2003's post will be up soon!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2001


All I can think of when I think of music in 2001 are bands like *NSYNC (yeah, that's right, don't forget the *), Lady Marmalade, and Dido. What can I say, That's what I think of whenever I look back: a top 40 world. But don't worry, everyone ventures away eventually.

"Dancing in the Moonlight" (cover)" by Toploader from the Walk to Remember Soundtrack


I know that's not the original album, but I'll admit that's how I knew the song. But either way I can't help but love it! I'm a big cover fan, so maybe that has something to do with it, but at the end of the day, you can't deny that the song is fun, good to dance to, and catchy! And right now, in these cold winter months, it certainly makes me look forward to summer :)

"Movies" by Alien Ant Farm from ANThology


This is another track that I found on a lot of my mix CDs. I haven't heard "Movies" in years, but I got pretty nostalgic listening to it again. For some reason I thought was a pretty rockin' kid, and I would listen to Alien Ant Farm ad I thought I was listening to punk rock (yeah that's right, sad but true, I'll admit it). So yes, I'm going to turn this one up and dance around in my room....maybe there will even be some air guitar...

"Clint Eastwood" by Gorillaz from their self-titled Gorillaz album

I love Gorillaz, and "Clint Eastwood" is probably one of the first songs I heard from them. It's just a nice mix of electronica, rock, and hip hop. Hopefully the real Clint Eastwood likes the song too. I loved this song when it came out and I still love it today!

"The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World from the album Bleed American


Just let "The Middle" sink in for a second. This song always puts me in a good mood. When I'm feeling down, it somehow helps me cheer up and become motivated to keep going.

"Last Nite" by The Strokes from the album Is This It


Some people truly won't understand! This song is so wonderfully addicting! Who can't love their sound? I mean, even with sad lyrics, the tune blends in an energetic beat. Hooray for garage rock! Hopefully the new album will be released...eventually

And there you have it! And now on to 2002!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2000


Oh man, 2000. It was the start of the new millenium! Remember that feeling (maybe it's a similar to the feeling of making it to a new decade). Looking back, there had to be plenty of moments that are essential to history, but I was a simple 11 year old - that's not what I was concerned about. I was much more caught up in trying to figure out what the hell the lyrics were for "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65. Looking back through my old CDs (I still had my trusty Walkman) and remembering what was on my Napster (oh, nostalgia), it's pretty clear what I was listening to in 2000.

"Punk Rock Princess" by Something Corporate - from the album Leaving Through the WIndow


Without a question in my mind, Something Corporate needed to be on this list. Take it or leave it. I remember that every time I got out of the shower I would pop in this CD and just put it on repeat and dance around my room. I had the BIGGEST crush on lead singer Andrew McMahon, and like any pre-teen girl I felt like through his music, he was personally talking to me.

"Hate to Say I Told You So" by The Hives from the album Veni Vedi Vicious


This was my first introduction to garage rock and the garage rock revival, and if you remember, The Hives got pretty big in the early 2000s (what else could you expect, I mean the boys had matching suits!). But it was a packge deal: his voice, the guitar hooks, the monster drums - aw yeah!

"Beautiful" by Flickerstick from the album Welcoming Home the Astronauts


I don't even know any other songs by this band - hell, I don't even remember where I found it. just know that any mix CD (yes, that's my generation, not mix tapes, but mix CDs) I still have in my CD case includes this song. Maybe it's the guitar riff, maybe it's the lyrics, but I love this song!

"Passerby" by Dispatch from the album Who Are We Living For?


This was the biggest song at my sleep away camp one summer. My counselor would play "Passerby" on repeat from her stereo which just so happened to be right next to my bed. And as a result, I now will forever know the lyrics. Plus I'm from New England, and who from New England doesn't love Dispatch?

And there you have it! Some of favorite songs of 2000. Say tuned, 2001 is coming up next!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ah, the Memories: 2000-2009


So, just to clear things up, this is in no way a "Best of" post. To be honest, I find those ridiculous, seeing as how they are based entirely on personal taste and give off the impression that, firstly, my opinion trumps everyone else's and secondly, that I've somehow managed to listen to all of the music that has come out in the past decade. I don't try to even pretend that either of those statements are true, have no fears.

But what I do know is what music affected me personally, so I can give you a taste of that.

So keep a lookout! Starting tomorrow and going till New Year's Eve there will be posts about some of my favorite music from the past decade. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking back just as much as I do!

Friday, December 18, 2009

The New Runaways Trailer

Check it out! It's the new trailer for The Runaways!


I'm not surprised that they used "Cherry Bomb" for the trailer, but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't have been upset if they didn't. It's not out till Spring 2010, but I'm still really excited!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CD Review: Editors



The third studio album by the Editors, In This Light and on This Evening (which debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart) has been out in the UK since October 12th, but the album won’t be released in the states till January 19th.

Even before I heard the album though, I was already hearing a lot of mixed reviews. For their past two albums, Editors have been pretty consistent in their sound, and I’m sure that many fans (and this goes for any band, really) had high expectations that they would pick up where they left off. Maybe that’s why I was a little taken aback after my first listen.

Sure, lyrically and melodically, not much has changed. So what has? The band has put the guitars and drumsticks away and replaced them with synthesizers and a drum machine. The album carries sounds compared to many 80’s bands such as Joy Division, New Order, and Depeche Mode.

Seemingly blurring into one another, each of the nine songs take on bass synths, bubbling keyboard effects, and the gentle patter of programmed vintage drum machines. Kicking off with the ominous title track, it’s a slow burning beginning that explodes into pounding drums, fuzz bass and Morse code beeps to thrilling effect.

“Bricks and Mortar” is an epic six-minute track built on Leetch’s bass; he holds the album together, and there is a prominent bass line in nearly every track (“Walk The Fleet Road” is the exception). The track makes it clear that Editors are electronically enhanced, as a gentle drum machine and bubbling synth bassline set up the band’s carry throughout the song. A racing verse gives way to the best chorus the album has to offer. Pour salt water on the wound, Smith sings as the synths take over.

The first single “Papillon” certainly does not try to ease listeners into the band's new sound at all. Instead, it starts with the synthesizers up front and personal. The hammering melody that kicks off this song is instantly infectious and definitely kicks like a sleep twitch, as the lyrics state. It stands out as a ferocious slice of electropop with an urgency driving the song forward into its deserved position of lead single. It cannot be faulted musically, yet something seems a little off about it being on the album. In This Light And On This Evening is quite a dark record, and this slice of New Order-esque synth-pop seems oddly out of place. Nevertheless, if it can be said that this album has an anthem on it, this is surely it.
“You Don’t Know Love,” “The Big Exit,” and “The Boxer” move the album into a more sedate mid section, and into “Like Treasure” before the second single: “Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool.” The song is like a gothic Talking Heads covering some long-lost 80s pop song; the quirkiest song in the band’s oeuvre by quite some distance.

“Walk The Fleet Road” closes the album, featuring excellent vocals from Smith (which includes an uncharacteristically high-pitched chorus), reminding us that when Editors go for the softer approach, it nearly always pays off.

Who can lie? Not as engaging as The Back Room, nor as immediate as An End Has A Start, In This Light and on This Evening is at least a solid addition to Editors’ music. Yet I’m still a bit reluctant to believe that they had changed their sound to revolve so heavily around synthesizers. But while the new direction may take some getting used to, it’s slowly growing on me. With Tom Smith's bold and dominant baritone voice and the band’s tendency towards huge choruses, at the end of the day this is still an Editors album, no less enjoyable or interesting than their previous two - but certainly different.



Tracklisting:
01 In This Light And On This Evening
02 Bricks And Mortar
03 Papillon
04 You Don't Know Love
05 The Big Exit
06 The Boxer
07 Like Treasure
08 Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
09 Walk The Fleet Road

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I Love Small Children

Clearly he deserves a record deal

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Shout Out Louds Music Video!

Shout Out Louds - Walls

Sunday, December 13, 2009

How cool is this?

I found what I want for the holidays! I mean headphones AND earmuffs? How can you go wrong? They also come in different colors!

Still interested? Feel free to check Neff's website (plus they have a lot of pretty cool stuff in general), but the only place where I could actually find them to buy was Urban Outfitters.

Updated Site!


I hope you like the site because now it's new and improved! Hopefully it looks a bit more polished now. Before I was posting through blogger, but now I'm trying OnSugar.com. I have only been playing around with it for a couple of days, but so far I am a fan.

Just keep in mind that things might be weird for a couple of days (some posts/pictures/links, etc.) but hopefully it will all be resolved rather quickly. For a couple of days it will probably say that the site is "RuinedByMTV.onsugar.com" but like I said, it'll properly map eventually. The only thing that I'm slightly worried about is that any links to old posts (permanently) won't work out so well because the pages aren't linked by archive dates....I guess it's all for the better in the long run though...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Such Great Heights"



Thanks Ben!

"Such Great Heights" (The Postal Service Cover) by Ben Folds

Now I'm a little more re-energized for studying for my finals...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Now Why Didn't I Think of That?

If you're a Jack's Mannequin fan you'll appreciate and understand the reference...


It was one of the postcards on PostSecret this week.

Jordan Martin


I love getting music submissions! See, I really do check my email! That's how I stumbled upon Jordan Martin, a singer/songwriter from Texas.

He played, recorded, and mixed all of his music over the last year in his one-room West Texas house. Martin's only been writing songs for around three years now, and playing the guitar for only a bit longer. Considering how he hasn't been doing this that long, I really like his sound.

<a href= "http://jordanmartin.bandcamp.com/track/liar">liar by Jordan Martin</a> "Liar" By Jordan Martin

Not only is the music folky and fun, but Martin seems just as nice! When I asked him if he wanted to share any biographical stuff, he made a point that he, "enjoys Brie, red wine, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and crunchy peanut butter. Preferably Peter Pan."

If you're interested in hearing more, all of the music Martin has recorded is available for free download here .

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lasse Gjertsen!

I forgot how much I loved this guy!

So way back when (we're talking when I still had dial-up internet access here) I used to love love love going to Lasse Gjertsen's Youtube page. He has lots of grea videos with a sort of stop-animation going on. The coolest part though is that he essentially "beat-boxes," "plays" the piano, and "plays" the drums in his videos. But the catch is that he doesn't actually know how to beat box, play the piano, or play the drums.

I'm not very good at explaining, so just check out his two videos below.

Lasse Gjertsen - Hyperactive


Lasse Gjertsen - Amateur

Isn't that awesome? If you're really interested feel free to check out Lasse Gjertsen's website. Be forewarned that it's in Norwegian. You can download all of the music that he's made for free!

And you want to hear one of the best parts about this guy? With some of his initial success on Youtube in 2006 he was offered job offers from groups like MTV who wanted him to help them with advertising. His response? Gjertsen publicly denounced the concept of advertising, "considering it just below prostitution," and refused all such offers.

Yeah, you tell 'em!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

We Got You Covered: "You Got the Love"

I'll be honest: when I first heard "You Got the Love" by Florence + the Machine I had no clue that I was listening to a cover song. Maybe you didn't either, but feel free to check out the orginal "You Got the Love" by the Source feat. Candi Station below.



Everyone is making a big deal about Florence + the Machine's version, but I personally love Florence + the Machine's version remixed by the XX.

"You Got the Love" (The XX remix) by Florence + the Machine

You can just put that on repeat forever!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Get Theophilus London's "Humdrum Town" for Free!

Thanks to Green Label Sound you can download Theophilus London's track "Humdrum Town" for free!


This song has been stuck in my head all week, and I just had to share it. The lyrics, the beat, the hook - all excellent! His original version was on London's This Charming Mixtape, and even though they are essentially the same, I still like the newer version better - it just sounds more polished.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hello December!

Here's to another great month of music! There isn't too much going on this December, but what's coming out should be pretty good. I can always use some more Animal Collective!

Note: the release dates are all (or should be) for the U.S.

December 1st
The Bravery – Stir the Blood
Deer Tick – More Fuel for the Fire EP
Julianna Barwick – Florine
Mr. Hudson – Straight No Chaser
Yellow Fever – Yellow Fever

December 8th
30 Seconds to Mars – This is War
Clipse – Til the Casket Drops
DJ Mehdi – Red, Black & Blue: Some Remixes by DJ Mehdi
The Game – The R.E.D. Album
Lowell Brams – Music for Insomnia
Mi Ami – Cut Men 12”
Snopp Dogg – Malice N Wonderland

December 15th
Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind EP (already released digitally November 23rd)
Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
Shiny Toy Guns – Girls Le Disko
Tim Cohen – Laugh Tracks

December 18th
Real Estate – Reality EP

December 22nd
Sneaky Sound System – You Only Live Once
Wondermints - Kaleidoscopin': Exploring Prisms of the Past

Saturday, November 28, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Kids"


Happy Saturday all! I'm glad to say that for the first time in a very long while I am pretty well rested and enjoying a nice Thanksgiving break!

Now I know that MGMT's "Kids" has been covered by every band, vocalist, and kid in heir basement, but I still love (just about) every single one that I hear. It's pretty hard to screw up the song, whether you make the tempo faster or slower, have a female or a male vocalist, you name it.

"Kids" (MGMT cover) by Ben Lee

So yeah, here's another one. Hopefully this weeks cover song puts you in the same delightful mood that I am right now!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BlakRoc's New Music Video

It's simple, but I still love it!

Funny, the music's just like the music video - they don't need to be flashy to be amazing. They have the talent and the sound, and that's all they need.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Playlist: Busy Busy Bee!


So (per usual) things have unfortunately been a bit hectic for me the past couple of weeks. I figured you all could tell anyway. The busier I am, the less I post.

So with that I bring you a playlist full of songs that make me think of my busy schedule: not sleeping, working, and to just not stop till it's done (what other choice do I have anyway).

"I Will Survive" by Cake
"Work Day" by It Hugs Back
"Get It Done" by Kav
"Don't Slow Down" by Matt & Kim
"Work All Day" (acoustic) by Portugal. The Man
"Let Me Sleep" by The Dead Trees
"No Time, No Hope" by Times New Viking

But yes, from here till the last day of classes (December 11th) it's going to be a bit of a sprint. I'll make it through eventually, but till then don't expect too many updates. I promise that I'll do my best.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Mistaken for Strangers"


I love the National's "Mistaken for Strangers." It's a great song with some great hooks, but something's missing. The track starts with a hollow clanging, and an off the cuff, military style drum patter erupts from nowhere. Although I love Matt Berninger and his voice works for the Joy Division esque song, he lacks emotion.

That's what makes Ian McGlynn's cover so amazing. It showcases the lyrics that are hidden behind a thumping bass and guitar riffs and brings out the true emotion of the song.

"Mistaken for Strangers" (cover) by Ian McGlynn

Enjoy! Hopefully I'll start having more time for the site soon.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Procrastinators Unite....Tomorrow

Procrastination is watching this movie.


And now back to my paper!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

We Got You Covered: "I'll Believe in Anything"


I love Wolf Parade's "I'll Believe in Anything." The vocals are amazing and there is this great energy that comes with the song. I didn't think a cover would be able to do it any justice.

Then Her Space Holiday comes along with a banjo and handclaps - and it works. The grey clouds have been parted and the track transforms into an upbeat singalong.

"I'll Believe in Anything" (Wolf Parade Cover) by Her Space Holiday

Seriously, just put it on repeat.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pirate Radio! Love it!

I'm really excited for this movie! It's about a group of DJs who take to the high seas during the 1960s when the British government banned (yes, banned) rock music from the radio.


The movie comes out November 13th, so it's right around the corner.

Plus the soundtrack is AWESOME. It features David Bowie, The Who, Otis Redding, and more of my favorite classic artists.

Pirate Radio Tracklist:

Disc 1
01 Duffy - Stay With Me Baby
02 The Kinks - All Day And All The Night
03 The Turtles - Elenore
04 Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) @John Fred & His Playboy Band
05 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
06 The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
07 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Ooo Baby Baby
08 Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - This Guy's In Love With You
09 Jeff Beck - Hi Ho Silver Lining
10 The Who - I Can See For Miles
11 The Troggs - With A Girl Like You
12 The Hollies - I'm Alive
13 Chris Andrews - Yesterday Man
14 Paul Jones - I've Been A Bad Bad Boy
15 The Tremeloes - Silence Is Golden

Disc 2
01 Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
02 The Who - My Generation
03 Cream - I Feel Free
04 Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Wind Cries Mary
05 Procol Harem - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
06 Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine
07 The Supreme - The Happening
08 Jr Walker & The All Stars - Cleo's Mood
09 The Turtles - She’d Rather Be With Me
10 The Bystanders - 98.6
11 The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
12 Cat Stevens - Father And Son
13 The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
14 Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
15 Lorraine Ellison - Stay With Me
16 The Isley Bros - This Old Heart Of Mine
17 David Bowie - Let's Dance

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Um, Weezer...Whatcha Doing?


The best (or saddest, depending on how you look at it) part? You can actually buy a Weezer Snuggie...

Monday, November 2, 2009

It's Been a Year!


So it was exactly one year ago today that I made the first post. And what a year it's been!

I wish I had taken a picture of the site the first day I put it up. A LOT has changed since then.

The community is growing. Every day more people visit the site. I've been seeing more comments, getting more emails, and seeing links back not only on other blogs, but also on band websites and facebook pages, and even an article.

I started Ruined By MTV because I love music and I wanted to share it with my friends. Little did I know (or bother to think) that there would be readers from all over the world reading or bands from all over the world contacting me too.

I was going to make a playlist in honor, but I thought this one song was more appropriate.
"The Blog" by Datarock

It's been an AMAZING year. Let's keep it up! And as always, thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hello November!

Here's to another great month of music! November 3rd is a bit overwhelming...

November 3rd
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
Brilliant Colors – Introducing
Citay – Remixes LP

Cold Cave – Love Comes Close
Efterklang & Danish Chamber Orchestra – Performing Parades
Guided by Voices – Suitcase 3: Up We Go Now
Half-Handed Cloud – Cut Me Down and Count My Rings
Holopaw – Oh Glory, Oh Wilderness

Ikonika – Smuck 12"
Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
King Khan & the BBQ Show – Invisible Girl
Laarks – An Exaltation of Laarks
Lymbyc Systym – Shutter Release
Mary Onettes – Islands
Melanie Fiona – The Bridge
Molina & Johnson – Molina & Johnson
Morrissey – Swords
Múm – Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know
Nesey Gallons – Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago
Ola Podrida – Belly of the Lion
Shwayze – Let it Beat
Sleep Whale – Houseboat
Stricken City – Songs About People
Subeena – "Solidify" 12"

The Swimmers – People Are Soft

Syntaks – Ylajali
Systems Officer – Underslept
Various Artists – Goner Fest 4
Vitalic – Flashmob
Wale – Attention Deficit
Weezer – Raditude
Yura Yura Teikoku – Hollow Me/Beautiful

November 10th
Asobi Seksu – Rewolf
Bobby Birdman – New Moods
Clipse – Till the Casket Drops
Dashboard Confessional – After the Ending
Dead Meadow – David Peel Sessions
Javelin – "Javelin" 12"
Midnight Masses – Rapture Ready, I Gazed at the Body 

Mr. Gnome – Heave Yer Skeleton
Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Xenophanes
Pants Yell! – Recieved Pronunciation

Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream of Trains in New York

Tori Amos – Midwinter Graces
Wyclef Jean – From the Hut to the Projects to the Mansion EP

November 17th
Annie – Don't Stop
Hawksley Workman – For Him and the Girl
Kid Sister – Ultraviolet

Nurse With Wound – Space Music

Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City
Robin Guthrie – Songs to Help My Children Sleep EP 
Tape Deck Mountain – Ghost 


The Chairs – Nine Ways
Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures

November 24th
Miracle Condition – Miracle Condition
Underworld Vs. the Misterons – Athens
Various Artists – Daptone Gold



Saturday, October 31, 2009

Playlist: Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween indeed! Hope you have fun with all of your tricks and treats tonight!

"Cobwebs" by Animal Collective
"Is There a Ghost?" by Band of Horses
"Scarecrow" by Beck
"Werewolf" by Cat Power
"Dancing on Our Graves" by The Cave Singers
"Monsters" by Electric President
"Halloween Song" by Evangelicals
"Black Magic" by Jarvis Cocker
"These Fangs" by Say Hi to Your Mom
"Vampires Bite the Hands That Feed Them" by The Silent Years
"Halloween" by Sonic Youth
"Pumpkin" by The Starlight Mints
"They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come!!" by Sufjan Stevens
"Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts" by Wolf Parade
"Witchcraft" by Wolfmother

What a spooktacular playlist!

We Got You Covered: "Monster Mash"



Well, firstly, Happy Halloween!

Here's a wickedly spooktacular cover!
"Monster Mash" by The Misfits

Enjoy!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Download the ENTIRE New Timber Timbre Album!


From now until midnight on Saturday October 31, 2009, you can download the entire self-titled album by Timber Timbre for FREE at their website.

They're a fun indie-folk band from Canada. I mean, either way, their album is free, so what's the harm?

Do it!

And even more Tegan and Sara!

So, after digging myself out from under a pile of papers, exams, and applications, I think I've finally resurfaced.

And with that I bring apologies. And music videos. And Tegan and Sara. Tegan and Sara, yay!

"Hell" by Tegan and Sara


Stay tuned! Tomorrow will bring (as always) a "We Got You Covered!" And tomorrow is Halloween too, which means a Halloween Playlist!

We're baaaaaack!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Burn"


Oh covers, how I love you. They're ridiculous, and I would hate most of them if they were "real" songs, but they make me happy.

"Burn" (Usher cover) by Pink Nasty

I hope that they make you happy too.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hey DJ, Drop That Beat!

This is more entertaining than you would think.



Check out Ron Winter's drum/synth sample kit. It's fun and the samples are pretty good. Have fun, and Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Listen to the ENTIRE new Tegan and Sara album!


Yeah, I'll admit it, I'm obsessed. The first step of addiction is admitting it anyway, right?

Well anyway, starting now you can listen to the stream of Sainthood in it’s ENTIRETY on Tegan and Sara's Myspace!

Yeah, Tegan and Sara are just that cool. Or, you know, you could just buy it off iTunes, or maybe you'll get the physical CD.

They'll be doing a hell of a lot of touring this year! Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to any of their shows - ugh - so I'll just need to live vicariously through all of you. You can check out their tour dates on their website.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Breaking Artists: Bagheera


Bagheera is bringing some awesome, spacey indie folk rock.

Bagheera’s self-produced, self-released debut EP Hollow Home is a fantastic mix of guitar arrangements, ambient textures, and haunting vocals. The band has drawn many comparisons to current indie darlings such as Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Yeasayer, and Bon Iver. This translates to painstakingly arranged melodies, subtle intrumentation, and floating, ethereal vocals.

Despite an array of influences, Bagheera’s sound is entirely their own. And despite their rather young presence, they’ve already mastered their sound.

“Skeleton Leaf” is a fantastic example of the vocal quality of this band. The main vocals are chilly and dark, yet the harmonies formed at different moments in the song seem to blanket the lead singer’s voice in a warmer tone.

"Skeleton Leaf" by Bagheera

Currently students at the University of Liverpool, Bagheera is relatively new to the live circuit. They likely won’t be unsigned for long, that's for sure. It’s good stuff!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Music Video from Thao with the Get Down Stay Down

Enjoy your Sunday with a little help from Thao with the Get Down Stay Down!

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - We Swam

It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Gin and Juice"


Why does this cover make me so flippin' happy?

"Gin and Juice" (Snoop cover) by The Berlin Project

I love what I can find in my iTunes sometimes...Happy Saturday all!

Friday, October 16, 2009

50 People, One Question

A filmmaker in Brooklyn asked 50 people the same question: Where would you like to wake up tomorrow? It's a great message, and the music features Au Revoir Simone's "Don't See the Sorrow."

Even if you didn't appreciate the sentiment, the two girls who want to wake up in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” certainly make an awesome point!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Folk You!



Have you ever heard of folk-core? I never had either, and then I got an email from The Dreamscapes Project, a band from the Washington, D.C. area.

The band has an interesting sound that is (without a question) hard to place. With lead singer Keith Centers voice, you could picture him fronting a metal or hardcore band (thus the folk-core) but then behind his rich voice is everything from a 12-string acostic guitar,to a cello, to a clave.

I don't know what's so captivating about it. It must be that cello! As Center puts it:
"The cello can be so brooding, but it's also very versatile. It can be soft and melodious, but it can also go down and growl. Since we are mainly an acoustic band and we don't use effects, the cello helps give fullness to our sound."
It's hard for me to really put my finger on describing their sound. Check out their track "Excess" below. Maybe then my ramblings will make sense. At the very least, then maybe you can help me define what folk-core should sound like.

"Excess" by The Dreamscapes Project

The band consists of frontman Keith Centers (vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar), Ben Guy (cello, backing vocals), Jeremy Rodgers (electric bass), Gordon Shankman (drums), and Eric Sanford (percussion).

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Road Trip: Ohio


Next up on the Road Trip is Cincinnati’s very own four piece indie group Pomegranates.

Certain bands are able to combine a perfect mixture of emotion and talent in their music, and Pomegranates a pretty good example. Made up of Jacob Merritt (drums, percussion), Joey Cook (vocals, guitar, keys, bass), Josh Kufeldt (bass, electric guitar) and Isaac Karns (guitar, bass, sampling, vocals, keys), these guys know just how to combine all the sugary sweet melodies and hooks with some well crafted songwriting and polished instrumentation.

Listening to Pomeganates’ music, it’s not hard to figure out why they’re gaining a following. I mean, their music just oozes joy and energy and is the perfectly quirky and charming blend of pop rock. Elements like the cascading riff echoed through "Corriander," or the chanting of the names of the world's oceans in "Southern Ocean" add levels that draw you back in for repeated listens.

Check out Corriander below. It’s one of my favorites!
"Corriander" by Pomegranates

The band plays with this amazing energy with great, bouncy hooks mixed with some shimmering psych-pop and fun beats.

And if that weren’t enough, you have to love a band whose latest album, Everybody, Come Outside!, loosely tells the story of a young boy who is abducted by a time-traveler while swimming across the ocean. The story, however, become secondary to the music itself. It is, for the most part, so infectiously joyful and optimistic it is difficult to not follow the music's advice and throw your computer through the window and get outside to adventure.



Honorable Mentions:
"Postcard" by Afternoon Naps
"Things Work Out" by The Kickdrums



Thinking of a band from Ohio that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

We Got You Covered: "Seven Nation Army"


So I've been bad lately with the "We Got You Covered" segments. I try to do them every Saturday, but that hasn't exactly been happening. So, as a treat there's a whole lot of covers in this post of an amazing song: The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army!"

There's no question about it, nothing can beat "The Original," but there are a lot of good covers out there, but here are a couple that I really like:

"Seven Nation Army" by Alice Russell (HIGHLY Recommended)
"Seven Nation Army" by Hard-Fi
"Seven Nation Army (live)" by The Flaming Lips
"Seven Nation Army" by Oak Ridge Boys
"Seven Nation Army" by Her Next Friend

I also really love this cover that Kelly Clarkson did. Girl got soul!

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Bright Light Social Hour

Here's a cool music video I stumbled on the other day.

The Bright Light Social Hour - "Back and Forth"

Yeah, we're going back and forth y'all.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Horchata


So today's a pretty big day!

As some of you probably know, Tuesdays are typically the big day of the week for new releases, and this week is no exception, featuring new stuff from No Age, Air, Gossip, The xx, Vampire Weekend, and a whole bunch of other artists that you can check out here.

And if that weren't enough, Vampire Weekend made "Horchata" available as a free MP3 - and Contra, isn't even due for release till early January 2010.



Monday, October 5, 2009

The Best Way to Procrastinate!

This week is already no fun! Project due yesterday, Tech and Study Group today, paper comparing Shakespeare's The Tempest to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land due tomorrow, and my first Psych exam Wednesday. And thus, I hate deadlines...but I love this video!

Not only is this video great because it shows the beauty of procrastination, but it also features Röyksopp's song "Eple."

I'm going to go back to work now...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hear the ENTIRE Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack!

If you couldn't tell from previous posts, I'm super excited to see Where the Wild Things Are!

Not only does the movie look like it is one of the cutest things ever, the soundtrack is DEFINITELY amazing! I know, I've heard it, and you can too!



It's almost like getting a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album. Once again, thank you Karen O.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hello October!

Here's to another great month of music! Clearly we should all keep an eye out for October 6th...I mean, that's a whole lot of music!

October 6th
A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head
Air – Love 2
Black Heart Procession – Six
Boston Spaceships – Zero to 99
Built to Spill – There is No Enemy
Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend
Cheap Girls – My Roaring 20s
The Cinematics – Love and Terror
The Clientele – Bonfires on the Heath
Daniel Johnston – Is and Always Was
Daniel Merriweather – Love & War
Darrin James Band – The Lovely Ugly Truth
Dead Man’s Bones – Dead Man’s Bones
The Dutchess & the Duke – Sunset / Sunrise
Etienne Jaumet – Night Music
Exene Cervenka – Somewhere Gone
Gossip – Music For Men
Grant Hart – Hot Wax
The Happy Hollows – Spells
Headlights – Wildlife
Jason Yates – Jason Yates
Joe Perry – Have Guitar, Will Travel
Lake – Let’s Build a Roof
Lights – The Listening
Lotus – Feather on Wood EP
Lotus – Oil on Glass EP
Lou Barlow – Goodnight Unknown
Matthew Good – Vancouver
The Mountain Goats – The Life of the World to Come
Music Go Music – Expressions
Nick Oliveri – Death Acoustic
No Age – Losing Feeling EP
Noah and the Whale – The First Day of Spring
Orenda Fink – Ask the Night
Port O’Brien – Threadbare
The Raveonettes – In and Out of Control
Switchfoot – Hello Hurricane
The xx – xx

October 13th
Anti-Pop Consortium - Fluorescent Black
The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
J. Dilla – Dillanthology 3
Neon Indian – Psychic Charms
The Roots – How I Got Pver
The Temper Trap – Conditions
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – Know Better Learn Faster

October 20th
Alec Ounsworth – Mo Beauty
DJ Tiesto – Kaleidoscope
Do Make Say Think – Other Truths
Electric Six – Kill
Failures’ Union – In What Way
Florence and the Machine – Lungs
Former Ghosts – Fleurs
Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young
Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence
Maps – Turning the Mind
OOIOO - Armonico Hewa
Russian Circles – Geneva
Spiral Stairs – The Real Feel
Themselves – CrownsDown

October 27th
Atlas Sound – Logos
Dam Funk – Toeachizown
Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be
James Husband – A Parralax I
Jesu – Opiate Sun
The Mother Hips – Pacific Dust
Radio Slave – Fabric 48
Tegan and Sara – Sainthood
Weezer – Raditude
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gah! New Tegan and Sara!

And a big thank you goes to wojo4hitz for posting these on Youtube!

It's almost October, and you know what that means? Sainthood! Yes, we are soon almost at the point when I can say we are days away from Tegan and Sara's newest album, and that makes me very, very happy indeed!

And if you were at Victoria, B.C.'s Rifflandia festival, you already know why I'm so excited then (you lucky people, you). Tegan and Sara peformed six songs from the new album while there.

The videos are in the order the songs appear on the duo's sixth collection.

"Hell"


"Red Belt"


"The Cure"


"On Directing"


"Alligator"


"The Ocean"


That beats me just putting the album art and tracklist any day!

Score indeed!


Thank you Merge Records!

November 17th will bring us Score! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Remixes. It'll be fantastic group of artists remixing various tunes from Merge vaults. Even though it's not out until November 17, you can still head over to Merge's website where they are streaming the whole thing right now.

Enjoy!

Score! 20 Years of Merge: The Remixes tracklisting:
01 Polvo: “Kalgon (Caribou Remix)”
02 Pram: “Mother of Pearl (Barbara Morgenstern Remix)”
03 Guv’ner: “Baby’s Way Cruel (Four Tet Remix)”
04 Portastatic: “Drill Me (The Blow’s I Was So There Remix)”
05 Spoon: “The Ghost of You Lingers (John McEntire Remix)”
06 Arcade Fire: “No Cars Go (Jason Forrest Remix)”
07 The 6ths: “Volcana! (Xiu Xiu’s I Hope Your Train Crashes Remix)”
08 The Rosebuds: “Bow to the Middle (+/- Remix)”
09 Caribou: “Irene (Hands Off Cuba Remix)”
10 The Magnetic Fields: “Washington DC (Mark Robinson Remix)”
11 Lambchop: “The Nashville Parent (Junior Boys Remix)”

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Last.fm


As you all know I fully support last.fm. I think its a great way to find new artists and music. Well, pretty soon it won't just be available to users online. Last.fm will soon be a radio station.

Billboard reports that Last.fm is getting set to launch actual terrestrial broadcast radio stations in four of the biggest markets in the U.S. through CBS radio: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco -as well as streamed on CBS Radio's website-as a programmed channel.

The stations' playlists will be "informed" by Last.fm's user-generated weekly charts. So if you play that new Neon Indian track enough times, maybe you can help it end up on a radio station! This week alone top artists have included Muse, The Beatles, Radiohead, Coldplay, and Kings of Leon, among others.

Not a bad playlist if you ask me...

The Road Trip!


We're through with the mid-atlantic states! Stay tuned for some Southern flair (right after Ohio, that is...)

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Road Trip: Pennsylvania


So usually I don't feature may rap or hip-hop artists save for the occasional post, but I thought some different genres were in order.

And with that I present to you...Chiddy Bang.

Chiddy Bang is certainly nothing new to the blogging world. These guys are fantastic, and to top it all off, the four piece hip-hop/electronica outlet from Philadelphia is still in college. They (therefore) make me feel slightly useless. Yet even for what many would consider such a young age, they posses a musical maturity that is far superior to the teen-pop cliché.

Chiddy Bang blends hard hitting lyricism from front man Chidera "Proto" Anamege, original electronica afro-beat and jazz influenced production from keyboardist Noah Beresin or "Xaphoon Jones," and drummer Zach Sewall. Additional production and vocals are from guitarist Pat Braz.

Chiddy Bang is a hipster's dream. Sampling/remixing massively popular tracks like Passion Pit's "Better Things" and Kid Cudi’s "Day and Night," Chiddy Bang manage to maintain the core of the original songs, but still add their own distinctive feel.

Kids (feat. MGMT) by Chiddy Bang

Whether it is humorous, topical rhymes or just some great electronic reworking, Chiddy Bang delivers a slew of hipster rap anthems. Either way it’s hard to deny – they’re catchy!



Honorable Mentions:
Slow Burning Crimes by East Hundred
Taking the Farm by The War On Drugs


Thinking of a band from Pennsylvania that I should know? Leave it in the comments section!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

We Got You Covered: "I Do Not Hook Up"



I mean, who doesn't love a trashy pop cover?

I Do Not Hook Up (Kelly Clarkson Cover) by The Gaslight Anthem

I know I certainly do!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yeah, I'll Say It!


I can't believe it, but I'll say it: I'm excited about the New Moon Soundtrack.

Yep - I'll admit it. So if you didn't know (and potentially live under a rock) the track list for the New Moon Soundtrack has been released, and while I’m not personally a fan of the Twilight Saga or really even the whole Vampire craze that's devouring America right now (i.e. True Blood, the Vampire Diaries, etc.) – I am a fan of the artists on the soundtrack.

Take Death Cab for Cutie for example. They wrote the track "Meet Me on the Equinox" specifically for the movie. I really like it. I know that since it’s on the New Moon Soundtrack a lot of people are automatically going to hate it. Some people are going to call Death for Cutie (and the other artists featured) sellouts, maybe even me a sellout for liking it. I think a lot of people are going to think I wouldn't like it (what is Ruined By MTV about after all?) But you know what, it’s helping indie become the new mainstream, and I’m ok with that.

"Think of it as a good chance for other people to discover what you've already found."

New Moon Soundtrack Tracklist:
Death Cab for Cutie - Meet Me on the Equinox
Band of Skulls - Friends
Thom Yorke - Hearing Damage
Lykke Li - Possibility
The Killers - A White Demon Love Song
Anya Marina - Satellite Heart
Muse - I Belong to You (New Moon)
Bon Iver & St. Vincent - Rosyln
Black Rebel Motorcycle Cub - Done All Wrong
Hurricane Bells - Monsters
Sea Wolf - The Violet Hour
Ok Go - Shooting the Moon
Grizzly Bear - Slow Life
Editors - No SOund But the Wind
Alexandre Desplat - New Moon (The Meadow)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Miike Snow Music Video

Great song, great video!

Miike Snow - Black and Blue

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oh Kanye...

So I promised myself that I wouldn't post about Kanye and the VMA/Taylor Swift drama, but this site made it hard to resist...