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Juliet, you're not afraid anymore [16 Jul 2008|10:52am]
Album Review: Funplex
Artist: The B-52s



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There's always the worry that when a band releases a new album, their sound will have drastically changed. Some fans become alienated, some roll with the punches.

Withstanding the needs of a band to explore all of the avenues that they can, it's sometimes understandable to branch out into another genre. However, the results are so often disappointing to fans that I've become apprehensive of BUYING new albums. I need a first listen to make sure the album is actually good.

Thus, I was cautious about this new B-52s album. I was worried that they might have teamed up with rap artists (like so many musicians) to reach the "modern audience." Or, since the hipsters say that Indie is out and Electronica is in, that they might have over-synthed themselves to fit a dance beat.

But the B-52s surprised me... and kept their 80s pop sound. Funplex could have just as easily been released in the late 80s and you wouldn't know the difference.

"Juliet of the Spirits" was an instant hit with me. I've had it on repeat for a few days now. It's catchy, pop-y, and the true kick-off for the album.

The first three tracks, "Pump," "Hot Corner," and "Ultraviolet" are midling. But the album peaks at "Juliet of the Spirits" and then keeps rolling forward.

"Funplex," the title track, is essentially the 2008 version of 1989's "Love Shack." I am particularly amused by the line "Panic at the Funplex" I hope it's a jab at the modern band Panic! At the Disco. But who knows. As far as title tracks go... it's right on track (pun moderately intended).

"Eyes Wide Open" was a second-listen favorite. The chorus being the main cause: "I don't wanna clash, I don't want to rehash the past, I just want release." Otherwise, the song errs on the edge of over techno-ing itself.

"Love in the Year 3000" is perhaps the most amusing track of the album with its talks about bootybots and erotobots. As they sing "you turn them on, they turn you on."

"Deviant Ingredient" and "Dancing Now" are two other tasty pop songs. Whereby, overall, I find the album to be a well-needed dose of upbeat tracks to sing along to. A refreshing album for the summer, despite its March release.

In short, the B-52s have still got it.
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Let's raise up a song in unrest, I think that would be best [04 Jul 2008|12:41pm]
Album Review: Field Manual
Artists: Chris Walla



download [94.6MB, 12 tracks, MP3 zip]



Ben Gibbard may get most of the spotlight from Death Cab for Cutie, but make no mistakes: Chris Walla is equally as talented.

Though it may be mildly sacreligious to say, I think I'm enjoying Chris Walla's solo effort more than Death Cab's recent release.

It's a little more catchy indie pop and little less "Ben is singing another ballad about sad lovers." Nevertheless, it's easy to see the sound that Chris brought to Death Cab, which, when added to Ben's sound, became the awesomeness of Death Cab.

"Sing Again" came to me on a free compilation CD from the Nuart Theatre here in L.A. and I thought to myself "Chris Walla is doing solo work too? Hmm... wonder how it sounds." Answer being: it sounds catchy. The song got stuck in my head almost instantly. I found myself humming it without even realizing. It hadn't really stuck out to me when I listened to the compilation. But apparently it made an impression anyway. And now I can't stop listening.

I tracked down the rest of the album, and it's equally as good.

Chris falls back on more of a traditional rock underscore which, when added to his sort of whispy vocals, comes out in beautiful songs.

Should be a big hit with Death Cab fans. Though, sadly, I haven't heard much of anything about the album from anyone else. I'll pass it on in hopes that my fellow Death Cab fans will share with a few other people.

Favorite tracks so far: Sing Again, Archer V. Light, St. Modesto
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You've gotta spend some time, love [26 Jun 2008|11:05pm]
Death Cab for Cutie: Narrow Stairs Tour
Nokia Theatre Live,
Los Angeles, CA
6.23.08


SETLIST:
Bixby Canyon Bridge (Narrow Stairs)
The New Year (Transatlanticism)
Why You'd Want to Live Here (The Photo Album)
Photobooth (Forbidden Love E.P.)
Crooked Teeth (Plans)
Long Division (Narrow Stairs)
Grapevine Fires (Narrow Stairs)
Move Script Ending (The Photo Album)
Company Calls (We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes)
Company Calls Epilogue (We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes)
Soul Meets Body (Plans)
I Will Follow You Into the Dark (acoustic) (Plans)
I Will Possess Your Heart (Narrow Stairs)
Cath... (Narrow Stairs)
Styrofoam Plates (The Photo Album)
Encore
The Sound of Settling (Transatlanticism)
Marching Bands of Manhattan (Plans)
Title and Registration (Transatlanticism)
Wait (You Can Play These Songs with Chords)
405 (We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes)
Your Heart is an Empty Room (Plans)
Transatlanticism (Transatlanticism)


I've finally seen one of my favorite bands! And at the bargain price of $60! (:-S that's really not a bargain) Okay... so I wish the show had been WORTH that much.

I'm not sure who Death Cab hired to do their lighting, but it was AWFUL. They kept turning these blinding lights out onto the audience so that it was impossible to see the band. I felt like I was being interrogated. And I swear, officer, I didn't have anything to drink!

I would have blamed the venue, but the lighting was song-specific and they only did the blinding bit during the fast-paced sections. I don't know if anybody bothered to inform them... but Death Cab fans aren't really ravers.... i.e. blinding them is a BAD IDEA. The people sitting next to me actually left mid-way into the show because they were tired of having bright lights in their eyes.

To make matters worse, these two stoned chicks sitting behind us kept screaming in the middle of songs. "I love you, Ben Gibbard!" *loud piercing scream* I could MAYBE understand doing this if we had been close to the stage... but we were in the raised seating several feet back. So there was NO WAY the band would have heard them. Not to mention that it is RUDE to scream in the MIDDLE of a song. Thankfully, they stopped half-way into the show. If they had screamed during one more ballad I was about to turn around and say "listen, they don't hear you. But I can and you're ruining the show. Shut the f*** up"

And now that I have vented all of THAT.

DEATH CAB WAS AWESOME!!! Ben Gibbard sounds exactly the same live as he does recorded. Which, I have to say, is amazing. He can't stop bouncing when he's on stage either. Back and forth, the whole time. Like if he stopped, the song would die. I don't even know how it's possible to play guitar while you're doing that, but he did anyway.

And the drummer, Jason McGerr, is more noticeable and awesome when he plays live.

They didn't play We Looked Like Giants, and I was sad about that because it's my favorite Death Cab song, but such is life.

They also played a lot more of their older stuff than I expected them to. It was bothering some people. At one point this dude way behind us yelled "Play something we f***ing know!" Because the sad truth is, no one particularly KNOWS the older albums... Most people started catching on around Photo Album. But even at that, a lot of people were lost during those songs.

Sad.
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Dreams may be deceiving like faces are to hearts [07 Feb 2008|01:25pm]
Chelsea made Shmexy; I made Schmexy. [the "c" makes it schmeepy]

I find it difficult to isolate songs that put me in a sexy mood. Because sometimes there's just a refrain or a series of chords that turns me into a puddle of goo... But the song itself isn't necessarily sexy. So, to the best of my ability, this is the mix of songs that ACTUALLY turn me on.

Full zip here: Zippy (66MB)

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She wanted more than meat and potatoes [07 Feb 2008|01:22pm]
The Fun Sex Mix

This mix started while I was suggesting songs to Chelsea for her Shmexy mix. I realized how many amusing songs that I had about/relating-to sex. [And there are plenty more... but these are some favorites.] So, please do enjoy.

Full zip here: Zippy (77MB)

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Ain't no love in the sad sad city [14 Dec 2007|12:14pm]
For Lizzy [Part 1]











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Winter Mix Part 2: In the Snow [06 Dec 2007|07:08am]
Part deux! For your musical palate. [in a handy zip: here.]

1. What The Snowman Learned About Love by Stars
2. Plainsong by The Cure
3. Winter by Tori Amos
4. We Looked Like Giants by Death Cab for Cutie
5. Coming In from the Cold by The Delgados
6. Ran Into a Coroner by Built Like Alaska
7. Junk Bond Trader by Elliott Smith
8. Snow by Jennifer Trynin
9. My Darling by Wilco
10. Whatever Happened to Christmas by Aimee Mann
11. Fox in the Snow by Belle and Sebastian
12. Christmastime by Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
13. Angel in the Snow by Elliott Smith
14. The Biggest Lie by Elliott Smith
15. The Snow Melted, It Was Goodnight by Talk Demonic

Bonus
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Poe
Please Come Home for Christmas by Fiona Apple
River, Stay Away from My Door by Fiona Apple

Notes:
Track 1 has this annoying 1 minute intro of low quality recordings of people saying "I am ____ and this is my heart." I am unsure why Stars included it ON the Snowman track as opposed to making it its own track. So, please disregard that crappyness. The rest of the song totally redeems it.
Track 5 is by the Delgados, a band that you SHOULD know and probably don't. They sadly disbanded in 2005. But their work is awesome. So, you know, try to find more of them [or ask me for some].
Track 8 features Aimee Mann as a back-up vocalist.
Track 9 is one of the sweetest songs ever.
Track 12 is the Just Say Noel Aimee Mann-Michael Penn Christmas release. a.k.a. NOT the solo recording featured on Aimee's One More Drifter in the Snow.
Track 13 was previously unreleased Elliott Smith, recently remastered and included on the New Moon two disc release.
Track 14 rocks my socks and is, thus far, the only thing I sort of know how to play on guitar.
Bonus tracks are:
-an unreleased track by Poe [who is awesome]. Sadly, due to contract/production mumbo-jumbo, she may never release a third album :-( If you're into her, ask me for her unreleased stuff. I've got about 12 songs.
-live recordings of Fiona Apple who, seriously, if you HAVEN'T seen perform live... I just pity you. And you should ask me to take you to Largo in order to experience her brilliance. The end.
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Winter Mix Part 1: For Kids from 1 to 92 [03 Dec 2007|12:17pm]
1. Ice Storm by The Go! Team
2. River by Aimee Mann
3. Calling On Mary by Aimee Mann
4. One More Song the Radio Won't Like by Kathleen Edwards
5. Winter in the Hamptons by Josh Rouse
6. Nightmare Girl by Aimee Mann
7. Invisible Ink by Aimee Mann
8. The Wind by Cat Stevens
9. Moon Shadow by Cat Stevens
10. Harvest Moon by Neil Young
11. Fire and Rain by James Taylor
12. Autumn Sweater by Yo La Tengo
13. When I Fall Away by The Elms
14. True Love by Elliott Smith
15. Angeles by Elliott Smith
16. Somebody That I Used to Know by Elliott Smith
17. Eastern Glow by The Album Leaf
18. Which Will by Nick Drake
19. The Christmas Song by Aimee Mann
20. Jimmy Hoffa Jokes by Aimee Mann
21. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis by Neko Case


Bonus.
Displaced by Azure Ray
Between the Bars by Elliott Smith

Notes:
- Track 2 is Aimee Mann's cover of Joni Mitchell's River. The song was featured on Aimee's Christmas 2005 EP [which is no longer available on iTunes].
- Track 3 was written by Aimee & her lead guitarist Paul Bryan [who will hopefully release an album of his own sometime soon]. The title of Aimee's Christmas album One More Drifter in the Snow comes from this song.
- Track 4 was Kathleen Edwards' headlining song when she opened for Aimee @ a Seattle concert Cat and I attended. Kathleen was sick at the time and STILL gave an excellent performance.
- Track 6 is a B-side of Aimee's Humpty Dumpty single. It is, without question, one of my favorite songs from her. Sorry that it didn't make it onto a major release.
- Tracks 8-11 are a nice chunk of songs I grew up listening to.
- Track 14 is a demo for Elliott Smith's From a Basement on a Hill which did not make it to the final release. [sad]
- Track 20 is a B-side from Aimee's single That's Just What You Are. [we're not funny anymore]
- Track 21 is Neko Case's cover of Tom Waits' Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis. An awesome song, to say the least.
- Bonus Tracks - Azure Ray is awesome. I am also in eternal mourning for Elliott Smith... and Between the Bars is a fucking AMAZING, heart-wrenchingly sad song. I love it to pieces and so should you.

Look for Part 2 soon.
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I thought of you and where you'd gone [29 Aug 2007|11:22am]
World Spins Madly On by The Weepies


Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
I thought of you and where you'd gone
and let the world spin madly on

Everything that I said I'd do
Like make the world brand new
And take the time for you
I just got lost and slept right through the dawn
And the world spins madly on

I let the day go by
I always say goodbye
I watch the stars from my window sill
The whole world is moving and I'm standing still

Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
The night is here and the day is gone
And the world spins madly on

I thought of you and where you'd gone
And the world spins madly on.
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I feel you in my heart, and I don't even know you [29 May 2007|10:52pm]
The Three New Faves from The Con by Tegan and Sara

Nineteen
I felt you in my legs before I even met you
And when I layed beside you for the first time I told you
"I feel you in my heart and I don't even know you"
And now we're saying bye bye, bye
Now we're saying bye bye, bye
I was nineteen...
Come in

I felt you in my life before I ever thought to
Feel the need to lay down beside you and tell you
"I feel you in my heart and I don't even know you"
Now we're saying bye bye, bye
Now we're saying bye bye, bye
I was nineteen
Call me
I was nineteen
Call me

Through home back to where we met
Stayed inside I was so upset
I cooked up a plan
Felt good except
I was all alone
You were all I had
Love you
You were all mine
Love me
I was yours, right
I was yours, right
I was nineteen
Call me
I was nineteen
Call me
Bye Bye, Bye


Like O, Like H
When I was eight I was sure I was growning nerves
Like steel in my palm
Make a map of what you see
Direct pain effectively
I was eight I was sure I was growing pains
Like lead in my feet
S.O.S. to my mother, take the hinges off the door
S.O.S. to my mother, take the hinges off the door
Oh, Oh, sugar spell it out
Like oh, oh, sugar spell it out
Like oh, oh, sugar spell it out
Like O, like H in your gut
Like O, like H in your gut
Like O, like H in your gut
In your gut
In your
S.O.S
S.O.S

When I was four plus a ten I was swinging fists
Like nails in a board
Pull your hands inside of you
Six years 'til I'll be through
I was four plus a ten I was swinging fast
I was swinging back like a race to be sure
S.O.S. to my mother, take the hinges off the door
S.O.S. to my mother, take the hinges off the door
Oh, oh, Sugar spell it out
Like oh, oh, sugar spell it out
Like oh, oh, sugar spell it out
Like oh,
Like O, Like H in your gut
Like O, Like H in your gut
S.O.S.
Like O, Like H in your gut
S.O.S
In your gut
S.O.S.
In your gut
S.O.S
In your

Soil, Soil
Oh and I'm feeling directionless, yes
But that's to be expected and I know that best
In creeps the morning and another day's lost
You've just written wondering
And I reply fast
All you need to save me
All you need to save me
Call
Call
And I'll be content on the floor
Hiding out from it all
All
And I won't take any other call

I feel like a fool
So I'm going to stop troubling you
Buried in my yard a letter to send to you
And if I forget or god forbid die too soon
Hope that you'll hear me
Know that I wrote to you
All you need to say to me
All you need to say to me
Is Call
Call
And I'll be content on the floor
hiding out from it all
All
And I won't take any other call.
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We don't care about the young folks, talkin' 'bout the young style [31 Jan 2007|03:35pm]
Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John
(Feat. Victoria Bergsman)

If I told you things I did before
Told you how I used to be
Would you go along with someone like me
If you knew my story word for word
Had all of my history
Would you go along with someone like me

I did before and had my share
It didn't lead nowhere
I would go along with someone like you
It doesn't matter what you did
Who you were hanging with
We could stick around and see this night through

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about our own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

Usually when things has gone this far
People tend to disappear
Now it won't surprise me unless you do

I can tell there's something goin' on
Hours seems to disappear
Everyone is leaving I'm still with you

It doesn't matter what we do
Where we are going to
We can stick around and see this night through

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about our own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about our own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you
Talking only me and you

Talking only me and you
Talking only me and you

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What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart? [18 Jan 2007|03:29pm]
Chinese Translation by M. Ward

I sailed a wild, wild sea
climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met a old, old man
beneath a weeping willow tree
He said now if you got some questions
go and lay them at my feet
but my time here is brief
so you'll have to pick just three

And I said
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart
and how can a man like me remain in the light
and if life is really as short as they say
then why is the night so long
and then the sun went down
and he sang for me this song

See I once was a young fool like you
afraid to do the things
that I knew I had to do
So I played an escapade just like you
I played an escapade just like you
I sailed a wild, wild sea
climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met an old, old man
he sat beneath a sapling tree
He said now if you got some questions
go and lay them at my feet
but my time here is brief
so you'll have to pick just three

And I said
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart
and how can a man like me remain in the light
and if life is really as short as they say
then why is the night so long
and then the sun went down
and he played for me this song

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[15 Jan 2007|03:20pm]
The Trucks are about to be huge on the indie scene, my friends. I totally called this one early.

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I wish I could be a DJ. Cat mentioned it as an idea the other day... and man... that would be pretty freaking sweet. I'd totally be spinning some of the best indie music.

Anyway, I've meant to post in here more often. Not that anyone particularly reads it... but for my records :-)

I'm going to try like... a top 10 for last week.

1. Come Back by The Trucks
you don't have to run away
I'm gonna kill you anyway
I'll push my fist into your chest
Until these fears are laid to rest
I use my hands because I like it
guns aren't bad, they're just not quiet...
so come back, I love you.


2. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case
I kneel to the wheel of the fox confessor
on splendid heels


3. Hold On, Hold On by Neko Case
In the end I was the mean girl,
or somebody's in between girl
now it's the devil I love
and that's as funny as real love
and that's as real as true love


4. Because the Night by 10000 Maniacs
Take my hand, come under cover
They can't hurt you now
Because the night belongs to lovers


5. Irreplaceable by Beyonce
You must not know 'bout me
You must not know 'bout me
I could have another YOU by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinkin'
That you're irreplaceable


6. Soft Rock Star by Metric
"Choose the highest bidder" was my answer
when they told me I was up for sale
School yard, junior high star
Don't shine before swine


7. Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan
In a little while from now, if I'm not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself and visit a near by tower
And climbing to the top, throw myself off
In an effort to make it clear to who
Ever what it's like to be shattered


8. The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die) by Pony Up!
Give me a reason, send me a postcard
Tell me your story, why are you so far?


9. Sparring Partner by Paolo Conte
in spanish

10. Sweet Mistakes by Ellis Paul
Pop the cork, a champagne glass
Raise to the future, drink to the past
Thank the Lord for the friends he cast,
In the play he wrote for you.

And if you love the girl man, light up a torch
Blaze a trail to her front porch
Kiss her til your lips are scorched
Til the rain comes down on you

Bless your sweet mistakes,
That crumble you down to your knees.
That brought you to this place
Changing you by degrees...
When change was just what you needed...
What you needed...

So if you live your life in a three piece suit,
In a cocktail dress, or combat boots
You pick your path and you walk your truth
And the world will come round to you.

It's a long strange ride, I can't tell you why
But there's a place in your pocket where peace can abide
You pull it out, it's a compass, a guide
And it will put a little soul on you.

Bless your sweet mistakes,
That crumble you down to your knees.
That brought you to this place
Changing you by degrees...
When change was just what you needed...
What you needed...

And in this wild blue world
There is a soul weavin' fine feelin' girl
But you've got to walk in paradise to find a pearl
If you only believe,
You'll get what you need... what you needed...

Conquer your fear and you'll master the game,
Life is always and never the same.
Use a little faith to light the flame ,
And I know you'll connect to you.

Bless your sweet mistakes,
That crumble you down to your knees.
That brought you to this place
Changing you by degrees...
When change was just what you needed...
What you needed...

Pop the cork, a champagne glass
Raise to the future, drink to the past
Thank the Lord for the friends he cast,
In the play he wrote for you.
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I'm not half what I wish I was [03 Nov 2006|05:30pm]
Mixed 10-29-06 To 11-02-06

A bittersweet mix

1. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead by Stars
there's one thing I want to say, so I'll be brave
You were what I wanted, I gave what I gave
I'm not sorry I met you
I'm not sorry it's over
I'm not sorry there's nothing to save


2. A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free by Elliott Smith
You drive people like you drive a car
'til you don't know where you are
You don't impress me


3. Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes by Beck
Change your heart, look around you
Change your heart, it will astound you
And I need your loving... like the sunshine


4. Shaking Apart by The Prayers and Years of Arthur Digby Sellers
All of your leaving left me
And now I can never sleep at all
Won't you hold my hands
'Cause I'm shaking apart again


5. Playground Love (Vibraphone Version) by Air

6. Rendezvous Potrero Hill by Architecture in Helsinki

7. Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
You live your life
You go in shadows
You'll come apart and you'll go black
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what's not there.


8. Bride of Theme form Blinking Lights by The Eels

9. Pitseleh by Elliott Smith
they say that god makes problems
just to see what you can stand
before you do as the devil pleases
give up the thing you love


I was bad news for you just because, I never meant to hurt you

10. Five Seconds To Hold You by Devics
five seconds to hold you
then you'll slowly vanish from my arms
please don't speak or break this spell


11. One More Night (Your Ex-Lover Remains Dead) by Stars
He starts with her back 'cause that's what he sees
When she's breaking his heart, she still fucks like a tease
Release to the sky, look him straight in the eye
And tell him right now that you wish he would die
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Hey, It's Me Again. Plain You see again. Please can I see you every day? [22 May 2006|11:27am]
Artist: Jon Brion

If we look at the main performers Jon Brion has collaborated with [Aimee Mann and Fiona Apple], it's almost striking that each one of them exhibits the same unusual ability to perform live almost BETTER than recorded.

Brion's live performances at Largo are an entire experience; a true performance, as opposed to a mere musical recital. He's on drums, piano, bass, guitar... he's everywhere. And he's just one man...

And all of this is to say nothing of his ability as an audiophile.

Request a song, he knows it. And, more particularly, he can play it with a style, any style. You want Billie Holiday done Nirvana style? He's on it. Vice versa? He'll do that too. And the result will just... blow you away.

I went to an Aimee Mann concert last summer, and someone requested that she play a song from one of her early 90s albums. And she stood there for about a second until she was like "gosh... I don't know if I remember the chords." I was kind of let down. You don't know your own song and you asked for requests? If Brion had been there, he would have known.

Aimee did remember the chords after a little while, and produced a decent enough version, but it was kind of disheartening. And, having more recently seen Jon perform her songs live off the top of his head -- and not even songs that he had collaborated with her on -- in retrospect, I'm more in AWE of him, than I am disappointed in Aimee.

But that's enough praise for now. He wouldn't accept much of it anyway. Genius comes with extreme self-loathing and fear of inadequacy, it seems.

And, moreover, enough blabber from me.







Buy It!
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Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields... nothing is real... [20 May 2006|04:01pm]


1. Slight Nigth Shiver by M83
2. Northern Sky by Nick Drake
3. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
4. Dawn by The Cinematic Orchestra
5. Before the Dawn by Evanescence
6. Sleep Wil Come by Bliss
7. Sleep Alone by Moby
8. I Need Some Sleep by The Eels
9. Trouble Sleeping by Corinne Bailey Rae
10. 03.45 No Sleep by The Cardigans
11. Are You Sleeping by Harry Nilsson
12. Call Me When You Get This by Corinne Bailey Rae
13. Night Owl by Dan Zanes and Aimee Mann
14. Rock me to Sleep by Jill Sobule
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The moment you know that she really wants you, I'm sure you'd come running, baby [13 Mar 2006|03:39pm]
Top 25 for the Week [as listed by last.fm]

Bullet and a Target by Citizen Cope
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
Sideways by Citizen Cope
Nature Boy by Abbey Lincoln
You Have Killed Me by Morrissey
Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks
Pink Bullets by The Shins
Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith
Waltz #1 by Elliott Smith
Sun's Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope
Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix) by Feist
I Could Hurt You Now by Aimee Mann
Lover's Day by 'Til Tuesday
Penetentiary by Citizen Cope
Nite Becomes Day by Citizen Cope
Little Girl Blue (Postal Service Remix) by Nina Simone
She Really Wants You (Live at Largo) by Aimee Mann
How Can You Laugh? by Marjorie Fair
Waterloo Sunset by Elliott Smith
Fame by Citizen Cope
Mockingbirds by Grant Lee Buffalo
Lover's Spit by Broken Social Scene
Video by Aimee Mann
I Will Not Die by Jude
I Know by Jude
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Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry and I will sing a lullabye [20 Feb 2006|02:11pm]
Top 20 Tracks for the Week

1. Ben Folds - Golden Slumbers [I Am Sam Soundtrack]
2. Amos Lee - Jails and Bombs [Colors (single)]
3. Tegan and Sara - And Darling [If It Was You]
4. Jill Sobule - Rock Me to Sleep [Pink Pearl]
5. Tegan and Sara - You Went Away [If It Was You]
6. Malcolm McLaren - About Her [Kill Bill Vol. 2 Soundtrack]
7. Shooter - Fool [And Your Point...]
8. Nellee Hooper - Slow Movement [Romeo + Juliet Vol. 2 Soundtrack]
9. Nellee Hooper - Morning Breaks [Romeo + Juliet Vol. 2 Soundtrack]
10. Citizen Cope - Sideways [The Clarence Greenwood Recordings]
11. Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home [Silver Fox]
12. Grant Lee Buffalo - Mockingbirds [Mighty Joe Moon]
13. Fiona Apple - On the Bound [When the Pawn Falls]
14. Joan Osborne - Lumina [Relish]
15. Mark Knopfler - The Trawlerman's Song [Shangri-La]
16. Royksopp - Only This Moment [The Understanding]
17. Fiona Apple - To Your Love [When the Pawn Falls]
18. Fiona Apple - Limp [When the Pawn Falls]
19. Harry Nilsson - Me and My Arrow [The Point Soundtrack]
20. Fiona Apple - Get Gone [When the Pawn Falls]


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This whole world needs an anthem, and I'm trying to put the words where they belong [30 Jan 2006|04:01pm]
This is sort of like... a public transportation mix. Essentially, I was just grouping together some of my favorite "rock" songs from my iTunes library. But, I sort of envisioned someone walking down the street/riding the subway listening to it. Dunno... essentially, it starts out upbeat and then winds down into a 4 track Brion section [if you include his collaboration on Fiona's song] and closes with Elliott's haunting piano tune.

1. Me and Mia by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
2. Polyester Meets Acetate by The Brunettes
3. Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric
4. Fighting for My Love by Nil Laura
5. Time Machine by Adult Cinema
6. Bullet by Supergrass
7. Hidden Spaces by Morning After Girls
8. Can Things Be Better? by Gustavo Santaolalla
9. Diamonds and Comforts by The Dining Rooms
10. Apply Some Pressure by Maximo Park
11. Mr. Blue Sky by The Delgados
12. Too Drunk to Fuck by Nouvelle Vague
13. I'd Love to Change the World by Ten Years Later
14. Blue Light by Bloc Party
15. Shadow by The Southland
16. Anthem by Phantom Planet
17. Elephant Parade by Jon Brion
18. Peer Pressure by Jon Brion
19. Waltz (Better than Fine) by Fiona Apple
20. Here We Go by Jon Brion
21. Bye by Elliott Smith
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I wish I had somebody to rock me to sleep [25 Jan 2006|01:52pm]
I sampled somewhere around 70 tracks for this mix before settling on these 18 [formerly 20] really great ones. It's essentially a collection of mellow music with guitar or piano as the main element. It's a mix for "chilling" to. Tentatively named "RAWR" -- undefined...

1. Us by Regina Spektor
2. Chances by Athlete
3. Run by Stephen Fretwell
4. That Says It All by Duncan Sheik
5. The Planeiac by Palomar
6. Rewind by Goldspot
7. Just Pretend by The Bens
8. What I Really Mean by Robert Earl Keen
9. How the West Was Won by Tom McRae
10. Feel Like Going Home by Charlie Rich
11. Here We Go Again by Ray Charles and Norah Jones
12. Moment in the Sun by Clem Snide
13. He Lays in the Reins by Iron & Wine and Calexico
14. Sideways by Citizen Cope
15. The Trawlerman's Song by Mark Knopfler
16. Mockingbirds by Grant Lee Buffalo
17. Lumina by Joan Osborne
18. Rock me to Sleep by Jill Sobule

Tasty and delicious.
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