Monday, December 21, 2009

Ben's Top Five Albums of 2009

At long last, here are my top five albums for the year of 2009 along with a track from each.

5. Girls - Album

Download: Girls - Lust for Life

4. The Harlem Shakes - Technicolor Health

Download: The Harlem Shakes - Sunlight

3. Matt and Kim - Grand

Download: Matt and Kim - Daylight

2. Passion Pit - Manners

Download: Passion Pit - Little Secrets

1. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young

Download: Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension

Julian's Christmas-themed B-side.

Bonus 2:
James Mercer (The Shins) and Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Gray Album, Beck's Modern Guilt) collaborated on an album under the moniker Broken Bells due out in March. The first single, The High Road, is out now for free on their site.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Libertines & Calypso

Two garage rock bands, one new, one not so new.

The Libertines are the well-known garage rock band from England that released albums in 2002 and 2004 and subsequently broke up. I only just started listening to them and have really started to like them.
A similar style of band is Calypso from Brooklyn. They only have an EP out, but it's really promising. Look for more good material from them soon.

Download mp3's

The Libertines - Time for Heroes

Calypso - Son of a Gun

Friday, November 6, 2009

Post 3: Yeasayer

Yeasayer is a prog-rock group from Brooklyn that uses world-ish beats, but doesn't go over the experimental edge. Their new album, Odd Blood, Will be released February 9th, 2010. The first single, Ambling Alp, is almost reminiscent of Passion Pit synth-pop. The other song I'm posting, Tightrope, was featured on the Dark Was the Night compilation. Jordan says to download Sunrise because its funky fresh. Have fun with the music kids, don't get hurt dancing. 

Download Yeasayer

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Post 2: Food or Music?

Hello fellow followers! If you care, some interesting concerts are coming up in the near future. Monsters of Folk are playing this weekend at the United Palace Theatre 11/6 and at the Beacon Theatre 11/8. 101.9 RXP is sponsoring a holiday show on 12/2 at Hammerstein Ballroom featuring Phoenix, Passion Pit, Manchester Orchestra, and Jack's Mannequin (pretty killer lineup). Ghostland Observatory are playing at terminal 5 on 12/5. Arctic Monkeys are playing 12/10 and 12/11 both dates at Terminal 5. Passion Pit is headlining 3 shows at Terminal 5 from 1/8 - 1/10. Also, Cold War Kids are playing 1/29 also at Terminal 5. So whatchu waiting for, get yo tickets fools! Just right click on the song names to download them, and remember to dance! 

[New Music]
The Heavy (The House That Built Dirt)
Briggs- Its ok, nothing jumps out at me / How You Like Me Now / 2.5 / 
Anderson- English bluesy band that is almost reminiscent of the Black Keys / Sixteen / 3.5 

Monsters of Folk (Monsters of Folk) 
Briggs- Too much folk for my taste / Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F) / 2.5 / 
Anderson- Conor Oberst and Jim James in the same band together, nuff said. / Say Please / 4.5

Girls (Album)
Briggs- A solid, lo-fi emotional roller-coaster. / Lust For Life / 3.5 
Anderson- Runaway christian cult music for the heartsick. By the way, I dig his throaty voice. / Hellhole Race / 4

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Post 1: mp3 Downloads

Downloads for this week's recommended tracks:
Step 1. Right-click
Step 2. Download linked file
Step 3. Open in iTunes
Step 4. Crank the volume and commence dancing

The Generationals - Con Law

Nobody Could Change Your Mind

When They Fight, They Fight

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young

11th Dimension


Arctic Monkeys - Humbug


Post 1: Become A Follower

Benjamin Briggs and I, Jordan Anderson, will post a weekly blog on some music everyone should get their hands on. We will also pick our favorite song on the album and make it available to download free of charge. Then, we will rank the albums out of 5 and tell you a little about it, nothing boring only the juicy stuff. We aim to get straight to the point and put good music in the hands of good people. Sometimes we may post albums that came out recently, while other times I may be fed up with the modern music world and kick it 90s style. Other times we may just complain and not write about any albums. You never know, we are very unpredictable. In 5 words or less we will each describe our musical taste and our 3 favorite bands.
[Anderson- whiskey cigarettes reverb folky trash. (My Morning Jacket, all Conor Oberst projects, and Portugal. The Man) ]
[Briggs-  urban upbeat indie rock. (all Strokes and members projects, Muse, and the White Stripes)]
"if they only have one album, they aren't worthy of the top 3."

The Generationals (Con Laws)
Briggs- When They Fight, They Fight / sun-drenched, throwback, surprising, and a thorough album / 3.5
Anderson- Nobody Could Change Your Mind Knockoff 60s band with poppy horns, echoing guitars, and killer vocals / 3
Julian Casablancas (Phrazes For The Young)
Briggs- Glass /a diverse mix of musical styles tied together by layers of synths and Julian's unmistakable voice / 4.5
Anderson- 11th Dimension / Strokes lead singer gets creative with synthesizers / 3.5
Arctic Monkeys (Humbug)
Briggs- Cornerstone / Somewhere underneath this dark album is the Arctic Monkeys we know / 2.5
Anderson- Cornerstone /The Monkeys have gotten slower, darker, and more mature / 4