‘Drain The Blood’ by The Rural Alberta Advantage
Who: The Shape Of The Earth from Southern California.
What: From singer/songwriter Gavin Bascom, heres the lead-off track off the self-released album Do I Dare Disturb The Universe? Gathering buzz both locally and across the web, Gavins introspective and fiercely personal set of songs have gained serious traction, landing a spot on the iTunes charts; an impressive feat for any debut songwriter.
Song: Alone In This.
Grab the new Liars track Scissor off the upcoming March release of Sisterworld. The song goes from 0-60 a couple times throughout, make sure you don’t crank your speakers to hear the quieter parts. ‘Sisterworld is Liars own space, completely devoid of influence, somewhere remote from the false promises and discarded dreams amassed in LA. In it Liars explore the underground support systems created to deal with loss of self to society.’
London, Ontarios Raised by Swans are at it again with a followup to 2005’s brilliant album Codes and Secret Longing with a new release titled No Ghostless Place. For fans of sounds in the vein of Mew, Sigur Ros, head to their myspace to hear a couple new songs (I’ll try to get one up on the site) or stream ‘Secret Garden’ below. If you’re in Toronto, head to the Horseshoe this friday for the official CD release party (and the bands first performance in over a year and a half). That can be both a good or bad thing, interested to find out which one it will be. I also wonder if lead singer Eric Howden still performs shoeless.
Yours Tru.ly has a great video of Holly Miranda performing ‘Lover You Shouldve Come Over’.
-Speaking of videos, kill some time this afternoon watching Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good‘s best videos of 2009. I think they’ll be a bunch of those making my year end videos list, hang tight for that one.
-And speaking of videos again, check out the video for ‘Kisses Over Babylon’, the second installment of SALVO!, a 12-part music video series from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Kisses picks up in the same desert wasteland world, ravaged by drought. Edward is arrested by two Minors (police from Ursa Minor) for the murder of his own father, and taken to a water-labor prison. There he reunites with Brother, his long-ago friend, and rallies the prisoners to a frenzied prison break.
Part one (Desert Song) is at the bottom, might make sense to watch that one first.
Maybe I should just call them our favourite songs of 2009??
These were the ones that kept spinning and outlasted everything else. Listed in alphbetical order by song, you can listen to this whole mix by clicking on the player below.
Also, I decided to just list them, instead of talk about each individual song. If it made the list, chances are I posted something on the site earlier in the year about it.
Have had to take a couple of these down, I apologize for the inconvenience.
-Blogspot by Paul And The Patients
-Bode by Julianna Barwick
-Crystalised by The XX
-Easy To Love by Ivan & Alyosha
-Feel It All Around by Washed Out
-Golden by Sister Suvi
-40 Day Dream by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
-Lullaby by Dark Mean
-Out Of Time by Newislands
-Quiet Little Voices by We Were Promised Jetpacks
-Symphonies by Dan Black
-Temple Pressure by Alvin Band
-Vermillion Plaza by Deastro
-Walkabout by Atlas Sound/Panda Bear
-Walking on a Dream by Empire Of The Sun
-Whats Worse by Bahamas
-Young Hearts Spark Fire by Japandroids
-You’ve Got The Love by Florence And The Machine (XX remix)
Who: The Go Find from Belgium.
What: Even though this band is set to release their third album (Everybody Knows Its Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight, February 2010 Morr Music), theyre completely new to me. Led by Dieter Sermeus, the band channels a charmingly dreamy indie pop sound shaped around swirling synths, acoustic guitars and Dieters distinct vocals. The album was recorded over a period of six months in Brussels and Antwerp, each song built on a base of acoustic guitars and drums with the production loaded with warm and melodic instrumentation. Definitely recommended for American Analog Set fans.