• quiz

    16 jui. 2007, 0h03m

    Answer these in relation to your top 25:

    1. What was the first song you ever heard by 6? Ha, The Smashing Pumpkins. I can't remember. I do remember hearing Disarm on the radio when I was little. I was aware of them even before I got into them properly.

    2. What is your favourite album by 2? Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Ease Down the Road.

    3. What is your favourite lyric that 1 has sung? The National. The lyrics to "About Today", probably. I'm too lazy to try and single out a line.

    4. How many times have you seen 11 live? Bob Dylan. Once.

    5. What is your favourite song by 7? Andrew Bird. Measuring Cups.

    6. What is a good memory you have involving 20? Billy Corgan. Well. I did like it when he held my hand and gave me his setlist at the solo show.

    7. Is there a song by 3 that makes you sad? Modest Mouse. There are a few. But not sad in an Elliott Smith sort of way.

    8. What is your favourite song by 19? Regina Spektor. Us.

    9. How did you get into 22? Mark Kozelek. A friend told me to check out the Red House Painters when I was like 15. They're one of those bands that have been there all along for me. "Retrospective" had just come out so I got it at a tiny little record store in my small town. I can't believe they even had it.

    10. What was the first song you heard by 21? Iron & Wine. I can't remember.

    11. What is your favourite song by 4? INTERPOL. Leif Erikson.

    12. How many times have you seen 10 live? Sufjan Stevens. Only once.

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 13? Tori Amos. Not quite a concrete memory, but through her I got into Neil Gaiman, and that means a lot.

    14. Is there a song by 23 that makes you sad? The Polyphonic Spree. Hardly. Maybe Days Like This Keep me Warm, depending on the occasion.

    15. What is your favourite album by 15? Wilco. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

    16. What is your favourite lyric that 9 have sung? Sufjan again.
    In the morning in the winter shade
    On the first of March on the holiday
    I thought I saw you breathing

    Could be plenty of others, really.

    17. What is your favourite song by 8? Great Lake Swimmers. Various Stages.

    18. What is your favorite song by 16? Joanna Newsom. Clam, Crac, Cockle, Cowrie.

    19. How many times have you seen 5 live? I've seen Patrick Wolf live twice.

    20. What is your favourite album by 12? The Arcade Fire. Funeral.

    21. What is a good memory you have involving 25? Rufus Wainwright. Listening to Want I on my first transatlantic plane trip.

    22. What was the first song you heard by 18? Amiina. Whatever they opened their set with when I first saw them open for Sigur Rós.

    23. What is your favorite album by 24? Smog. Supper, but then again that's the only full album I have so far.

    24. What was the first song you heard by 14? Akron/Family. I'll be on the Water.

    25. What is your favourite lyric that 17 have sung? The New Pornographers.
    Traveling at godspeed
    over the hills and trails
    I have refused my call
    pushin' my lazy sails
    Into the blue flame
    I want to crash here right now
    The hourglass spills its sand
    if only to punish you
  • I see a Darkness

    6 avr. 2007, 18h19m

    Live at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 12th of April, 2006, is the single most moving version of this song I've ever heard, and this is saying a LOT.

    I love Will Oldham because he's so movingly human, so flawed. Everything about him screams, "I've made mistakes and I'll make them again, but this is my life." And his voice, his voice fills more space than what you'd first think there was to fill. It gets inside you, all the way to the marrow of your bones.

    This part in specific has always been my favourite bit of the song:

    Well I hope that someday, buddy
    We have peace in our lives
    Together or apart
    Alone or with our wives
    That we can stop our whoring
    And pull the smiles inside
    And light it up forever
    And never go to sleep
    My best unbeaten brother
    This isn't all I see

    And in this version in particular... the emotion in his voice barely fits the song. It's a punch in the chest.

    This performance can be downloaded here, and I wholeheartedly recommend not only this song, but the whole thing. "Is This the Sea/My Home is the Sea?" is hauntingly beautiful and sad, the fiddle on "Love Comes to Me" is great and the version of "Master and Everyone" is superb.

    I saw Bonnie "Prince" Billy live just two days ago, and I cannot get his voice out of my mind.
  • There is a Light That Never Goes Out

    1 avr. 2007, 21h02m

    Ah... what The Smiths have achieved in this song is capture adolescence. They've perfectly nailed down that feeling - not the feeling you laugh at a few years down the road, but... the other one. A feeling of such intensity as you may never experience again. Huge and overly dramatic and maddening, yes, but... rightly so. Genuinely so. And it stays with you, and it makes you who you are.

    I don't at all regret the way my life as turned out, but this songs fills me with longing for things that haven't been, for chances missed, for things that used to be. And it does so in a way that makes me love it even more.
  • Neutral Milk Hotel

    31 mars 2007, 22h28m

    I've noticed that has changed the way I listen to music ever-so-slightly. I tend to go back and pick up my old favourites, because I don't like to look at my charts week after week and see they have no place in them.

    And yet, this is a mistake, because I can't really equate most-listened with favourite. Neutral Milk Hotel are one of those bands that will never rank hight on my charts, and yet they are one of my favourite bands in the world.

    The reason is simple - listening to them stirs my emotions in such a way that I can't afford to do it often. I can't have them on as background music while I do something else. When I listen to them, I just curl up into foetal position and... let myself go.

    But now, as I'm approaching a point in life in which I can afford to stir all these feelings once again, who knows... maybe they'll turn up in my charts after all.
  • The National

    31 mars 2007, 0h18m

    I've got two sets of headphones
    I miss you like hell

    Sometimes I forget how much I love a certain album, or a certain band. This song, "Friend of Mine"... I had almost forgotten it existed. But I love the pleasure of rediscovery - it's as good as falling in love with a band for the very first time.

    This album, Alligator, reminds me of being lost. It reminds me of desperate September days during which I'd play it exhaustively. But that only adds to it, really.