"Lust For Life"-Free MP3
Thursday, December 31, 2009
"Lust For Life"-Free MP3
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Like you, "Hold Time" by M. Ward is my favorite from 2009. At it's heart, "Hold Time" is still just a singer-songwriter album, but the thing that puts it over the top for me is the way its produced. I love the lead acoustic guitar played over the top and that big drum sound really adds a lot to the otherwise mellow songs. And M. Ward has the way of sounding like his softly screaming. It's hard to explain it. He puts lots of emotion in his voice but it seems as if it rarely goes above a whisper.
Top 5 songs of 09 (I'm limiting this to one per artist):
1) "The Ills" by Mayer Hawthorne
2) "Bricks" by American War
3) "For Beginners" by M. Ward
4) "Nightowl" by Communication Redlight
5) "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear (although I really couldn't get into this album but love this song)
I couldn't have agreed with him more. A big thanks to you Jesse and an ever BIGGER thanks for suggesting the incredibly uplifting and catchy song by Mayer Hawthorne, "The Ills".
The second entry comes from Jeremy Stevens, who put in his entry right at the last moment:
Hey, first off - nice blog! It's refreshing to see an Albums Of The Year list without Animal Collective at number 1. I liked your Hospice review too, that's how I found your blog. But anyway:
My favorite album of 2009 is Sound Awake by Karnivool. It's an experimental step forward for them from their debut, and even though it took a while to get used to their new style, it was just amazing once it began to grow on me. It's one of those growing albums that somehow sounds better with each listen.
My top 5 songs of 2009 were (geez this is tough):
Hilltop Hoods - Chase That Feeling
Karnivool - Set Fire To The Hive
Manchester Orchestra - I've Got Friends
Middle East, The - Blood
Phoenix - 1901
And a big thanks to you Jeremy! Really enjoyed the song "Blood" by The Middle East!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
As a comment or direct email to me...
The music does not have to be of any genre just of your taste or interest. So ANY ALBUMS will work, and ANY SONGS will work. Whoever gives the best and most heartfelt reasons why, will win and be featured on TooRoads.
I'm only giving one away.
And its only going for 3 days.
So get ready.....get set..................GO!
In celebration for their upcoming 2nd LP, we have the single "Ambling Alp" from Brooklyn band Yeasayer.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Do you have that one song, or any songs for the matter, that just give you the chills? You can't really explain why, but it just does. Well, for me, songs like this are rare and I rather enjoy them for this reason. There are SEVERAL songs on this album that deliver those skin-crawling, chilling moments. For example, at the very end of "Rave On", the Buddy Holly cover, when the band just plays out for about a minute to this immense, arena-sized sounding jam. Or take the song "Stars Of Leo", possibly one of the most solid songs on this album, that starts off with a chill, lazy intro that eventually transitions to one of the most gnarly crescendos I've ever heard.
I can't tell you the number of times I've listened to this album, from start to finish. Hell, Mr. Ward himself even collabs with Zooey Deschanel and Jason Lytle on a couple of songs. I highly recommend this album and ask, nay, beg you to give this cd a listen. And so there we have it, my #1 album of 2009.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Before I reveal my #1 album of 2009, allow me to share my top 25 tracks of 2009. Enjoy! Comment and let me know what you think.
- Generationals - "When They Fight, They Fight"
- Animal Collective - "My Girls"
- Best Coast - "When I'm With You"
- Neon Indian - "Deadbeat Summer"
- Millionyoung - "Hammock"
- The Veils - "The Letter"
- The Antlers - "Bear"
- The Antlers - "Kettering"
- Bowerbirds - "Northern Lights"
- Neko Case - "I'm An Animal"
- Jack Penate - "Pull My Hear Away"
- Real Estate - "Snow Days"
- The Thermals - "Now We Can See"
- HEALTH - "Die Slow"
- Acrylics - "All Of The Fire"
- Big Spider's Back - "Perfect Machine"
- Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - "40 Day Dream"
- Cass McCombs - "Dreams Come True Girl"
- Part Chimp - "Trad"
- Fool's Gold - "Nadine"
- Dead Man's Bones - "Werewolf Heart"
- Them Crooked Vultures - "Scumbag Blues"
- No Age - "Your A Target"
- Atlas Sound and Panda Bear - "Walkabout"
- Grizzly Bear - "Two Weeks"
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
There has been a popular genre of music rising in the year of 2009: a summer provoked, sunlit and carefree style of music. Whatever you want to call it, I'm just going to label it simply as "Beach Music", music that sparks that familiar desire to be baking in the sun with sand in you hair. Real Estate was introduced to me earlier this year with a single entitled "Black Lake", a lazy, muffled and nostalgic song about, in my belief, a lazy sunny day in the summer. I fell in love with the song and continued to keep my eye on them taking advantage of every single they put out for free (there were quite a few). Months after their first single was introduced, rumors of a full length were being thrown around and I could'nt have been more stoked. Finally a set date was established, in the polar opposite month of chilly November their cd that undeniably anticipates you for summer was dropped and found its way into my cd player very quickly. Just as their first single promised, the full-length stayed true to their style and not once is averted from the beachy feel they have formed. I am very excited and stoked to hear more from these guys.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I know, I know...... these guys put this cd out like 3 months ago and honestly I gave them a brief listen and shunned them. I've heard site after site rave about this London trio and how great their new self-titled album is. SOOO I gave them one more shot and listened to their song "Crystalised", a sexy, dark and gripping song and, instantly was hooked. So here is the S.O.T.D. The XX-"Crystalised. Enjoy.
Some changes have been made: instead of Band of the Day, I'm just going to post Song of the Day/or Single of the Day, either way you like it haha. So with that.........lets give this one more try.