Monday, January 4, 2010

MP3 blog 2010/01/04



Did you miss us?  Did you think we'd let you settle in to 2010 without the constant reminder at how wonderful music is?
Of course you didn't!  That'd be silly.  And if there's one thing you are not, it's silly.

But we come bearing one important bit of preamble.   Stated firmly for the big 2010...


"This MP3 blog will exist to provide my friends with much of the best new music they will need to live.
It will keep them abreast of the latest quality cutting-edge sounds, and will only require them to add new songs once or twice per week.
The songs will be easily sorted via basic genres that focus more on the where and how you will be using the song.
My friends love music, but they are very busy people and shouldn't waste their lives doing the research.  I will do the grunt work for them."

To that effect, there will be a major change.
To speed up the process of sifting through the songs, all tracks will be tagged with a genre.  When you import a new update in to your mp3 library, you will be able to browse by the genres you are currently interested in.
The genres used will be broad swathes, but should greatly speed up your experience.  They are:
  Hiphop:  self explanatory.  The rhymes and the beats.
  Dance:  Tracks for the DJs, bedroom dance parties, and gym bunnies.
  Beats:  Any other beats, like dubstep, IDM, downtempo.  Great music for chilling at your computer.
  Pop:  The largest and broadest category, anything radio-friendly for lunch-making boogies.  Play anywhere.
  Folk:  The quieter and delicate aspects of pop.  Music that can be listened to without bouncing.
  Experimental:  The ambient, the drone, the noise, the freakouts.  For late-night adventurous types.
  Harder:  For anything that doesn't fall in to the above categories, I'll just dump the harder stuff here.  Like punk, metal, prog, etc.
  Lighter:  The catch-all for lighter stuff that doesn't fit in the above categories, like some jazz, classical, etc.

Other new changes:
 - I will not regularly include URLs for artists in the updates.  You all know how to google.  If you have a hard time finding music to purchase by any artist,  I'll be happy to help you.
 - 50% more sass for the regular price!
 - Not a change, but I will restate my pledge that all updates will come in under 80 minutes in case you ever wanted to burn it to a CD.

If you can think of other ways this blog could be more useful, please reply or message me directly.
It should be easy as pie (pie!) to just dump in the new songs and enjoy.


Beach House - 10 Mile Stereo:  Beach House!  They were the first 2010 album I heard and what a way to start.
Beach House - Norway:  Their album Teen Dreams is ethereal, slightly beachy, slightly dreamy, and totally poppy.
Beach House - Take Care:  Recommended for fans of other Beach House, Panda Bear, Grizzly Bear, and uhhh...  Koala Bears.  Who doesn't love koala bears?

Beck - Sisters Of Mercy:  Beck continues his sessions of covering entire albums.  The results remain mixed, but since the original material is so good, so inevitable gems shine through.
Beck - So Long, Marianne:  The "Songs of Leonard Cohen" is of course for diehards of Cohen or Hansen, and probably won't convert fans of neither.

Byob - My Best Shoes (Qemists Mix):  DJ K sent this my way.  Kind of Pendulum-y in execution, Qemists are quite the goodness.

Danny Norbury - This Night Is For You And For Me:  Light in August is a stunning classical work that evokes readily accessible comparisons like Kronos Quartet as easily as it does Yo-Yo Ma. 

Faux Hoax - Your Friends Will Carry You Home:  Simply epic.  If you only get pathetically wasted with friends to one song this holiday season, turn off Green Day's Time of Your Life and listen to Your Friends Will Carry You Home instead.

Hossein Alizadeh & Djivan Gasparyan - Sari Galin:  This incredibly stirring piece comes from The Rough Guide To The Music Of Iran, a remarkable little overview compilation and a must-have for fans of contemporary composition.

The Apples In Stereo - Can You Feel It:  While never having a traditional 'HIT', these songs are all pop gems that easily could have raced up any roller-disco dance chart.  "#1 Hits Explosion" delivers the poppy goods.
The Apples In Stereo - Energy:  The Apples In Stereo sound like an incarnation of They Might Be Giants that tries to endlessly ressurrect The Beatles, with occassional forays in to sounding a bit like Odelay era Beck.  If that sounds good to you, dive in.

Vampire Weekend - Cousins:  New Vampire Weekend!  Short and sweet, still waiting for the album to drop.

Wordburglar - Showtime In 09 ft Timbuktu, Manalive, Jesse Dangerously, Choke, Mc Frank Deluxe, Psybo/More Or Les, Thesis Sahib, Ghettosocks:  Holy shit, what a major posse track.  Dropping this in here for the Jesse Dangerously appearance that just kills it.

Wu-Tang Clan - Do It Big (Baobinga & I'd Remix):  The future is awesome.  The future gives us releases like "Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture Vol. 2: Enter The Dubstep", and the future is good.
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang (DZ Remix):  I highly recommend this album for any Wu-Tang fan.  Also for any dubstep fan, but really, who doesn't like Wu-Tang?  You can even skip over the bullshit in their lyrics and just ride the bass.

Yeasayer - Ambling Alp:  HOLY SHIT!  What a way to start the year.  First Beach House kills it, and then Yeasayer puts out an album that is already gunning for a spot on the "best of 2010" lists.
Yeasayer - One:  Just go buy this album.  It's as good as Phoenix, good as Grizzly Bear, good as Animal Collective.  It's good.


Beach House - 10 Mile Stereo
Beach House - Norway
Beach House - Take Care
Beck - Sisters Of Mercy
Beck - So Long, Marianne
Byob - My Best Shoes (Qemists Mix)
Danny Norbury - This Night Is For You And For Me
Faux Hoax - Your Friends Will Carry You Home
Hossein Alizadeh & Djivan Gasparyan - Sari Galin
The Apples In Stereo - Can You Feel It
The Apples In Stereo - Energy
Vampire Weekend - Cousins
Wordburglar - Showtime In 09 ft Timbuktu, Manalive, Jesse Dangerously, ...
Wu-Tang Clan - Do It Big (Baobinga & I'd Remix)
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang (DZ Remix)
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Yeasayer - One

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