Archive for December, 2009

That Sound - Best of the Aughts Vol 1 - Elliot Smith, Belle & Sebastian, Air, Shins, more!!!

Saturday, December 19th, 2009
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A whole decade come and gone. At the start of the decade, most of us (well, me anyway) were relying on word-of-mouth, calling the college radio DJ to ask what song they just played, a magazine subscription, or good luck at a record store listening station.

While those things are still part of our (or my) music discovery process, the Internet is predominantly the means by which I find new artists, and new albums from artists I’ve liked previously. Through the rise of mp3 blogs, podcasts & online radio, myspace and other social media, I personally find at least 20 times more music than I used to.

To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about that. While it’s great to discover so much new music, it also crowds out the ability to really bond with the music I already have. And I can discover a ton of new bands in a week, but if someone asks me if I’ve heard of so-and-so, and I haven’t, I still can feel out of the loop. There’s got to be some equilibrium, but I just haven’t it yet.

This has also come into play as I’ve been putting together these Best of the Aughts shows. I found that it was actually easier to think of more songs from the earlier part of the decade, when I knew fewer bands, than the later years.

This is Volume 1, covering the year 2000 and most of 2001 (more in Volume 2). In all of these volumes, I’ve not always selected music that I considered the “best,” though I like all the songs, or “important,” as in, songs or artists that you’re supposed to like. It’s the music that’s most memorable and enjoyable to me, and/or was my first introduction to an artist I really like, and/or a song that sums up their work. I hope you enjoy them!

(artist - song - album + purchase link :: extra info)

The New Pornographers - Letter From an Occupant - Mass Romantic
Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining - The Hour of Bewilderbeast
Elliott Smith - Color Bars - Figure 8
The Apples in Stereo - The Rainbow - The Discover of a World Inside the Moone
Dressy Bessy - I Saw Cinnamon - Sound Go Round
Ballboy - Public Park - Club Anthems
Björk - In the Musicals - Selmasongs
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Airline to Heaven - Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
Belle & Sebastian - I Fought in a War - Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
Jonathan Richman - Tonight - Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow
Superchunk - Late Century Dream - Here’s to Shutting Up
Built To Spill - Strange - Ancient Melodies of the Future
Death Cab for Cutie - A Movie Script Ending - The Photo Album
Figurine - [bonus untitled track] - The Heartfelt
Gary Jules & Michael Andrews - Mad World - Donnie Darko
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control  - Quality Control
The Beta Band - Squares - Hot Shots II
Air - Radio #1 - 10,000 Hz Legend
The Shins - Know Your Onion! - Oh, Inverted World
They Might Be Giants - Man, It’s So Loud in Here - Mink Car

That Sound #79 - Hot Chip, Basia Bulat, Vampire Weekend, Tycho, more!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
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This is probably the last show of new, non-seasonal music I’ll be doing until after the new year. Because of that, I’ve included a lot of forthcoming releases. Still to come this month, we’ll have Christmas music, as well as best of both 2009, and the entire decade.

(artist - song - album + purchase link :: extra info)

Two Hours Traffic - Territory - Territory
Laura Veirs - July Flame [making-of video] - July Flame :: out January 12
You Say Party! We Say Die! - Laura Palmer’s Prom - XXXX
Faded Paper Figures - New Medium - new album, title TBA
Surfer Blood - Swim - Astro Coast, out January 19
Hot Chip - Take it In - One Life Stand :: out February 8
Sally Seltmann - Harmony to my Heartbeat - Heart That’s Pounding :: formerly called New Buffalo, album out next spring
Yo La Tengo - Nothing to Hide - Popular Songs
The Sound of Arrows - Into the Clouds [video] - Into the Clouds single
Basia Bulat - Gold Rush [video] - Heart of My Own :: out Jan 25
Hayden - Let’s Break Up - The Place Where We Lived
Vampire Weekend - Horchata - Contra :: out January 12
Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM [teaser video] - IRM :: out January 26, produced by Beck
Beach House - Norway - Teen Dream :: out January 26
Tycho - Coastal Brake - Coastal Brake single
The Shout Out Louds - Walls - Work, out February 23
Parlour Steps - Little Pieces - The Hidden Names
Orenda Fink - That Certain-Something Spring [video] - Ask the Night
Asobi Seksu - Transparence [video] - Hush & Transparance 10″
Au - Ida Walked Away - Versions


Two Hours Traffic - Territory
Laura Veirs - Two Free Tracks from July Flame
Faded Paper Figures - New Medium (.zip file)
Surfer Blood - Swim
Sally Seltmann - Harmony to my Heartbeat
Yo La Tengo - Nothing to Hide
The Sound of Arrows - Into the Clouds
Basia Bulat - Gold Rush
Hayden – Let’s Break Up (via AWmusic)
Vampire Weekend - Horchata (via their site)
Charlotte Gainsborg - IRM (via The Music Slut)
Beach House - Norway
Tycho - Coastal Brake (via Pitchfork)
The Shout Out Louds - Walls
Parlour Steps - Little Pieces
Orenda Fink - That Certain-Something Spring
Asobi Seksu - Transparence
Au - Ida Walked Away