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Thursday, May 26, 2011

a little mixtape vol. 5

Dedicated to my friend, Matt. 

  1. Bon Iver - Calgary
  2. Papercuts - White are the Waves
  3. Beach House - 10 Mile Stereo
  4. Ernest Ellis - Won't Grow
  5. Noah and the Whale - My Broken Heart 
  6. Guineafowl - Botanist
  7. Sparkadia - Mary
  8. Peter Bjorn And John - Objects of My Affection
  9. Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This
  10. YesYou - Half of It
  11. The Vaccines - If You Wanna
  12. Boy & Bear - Feeding Line
  13. Fleet Foxes - Battery Kinzie
  14. Bear in Heaven - You Do You
  15. Foster the People - I Would Do Anything For You
  16. The Drums - Book of Stories
  17. Born Ruffians - Nova-Leigh
  18. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round
  19. Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours
  20. The Shins - Caring is Creepy 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

artist spotlight: Georgia Fields

Since I'm on a roll with the artist spotlights, I thought I'd move a little closer to home and do one on a marvellous young lady called Georgia Fields.

Georgia is a young singer/songwriter from Melbourne who made her debut in 2007. She has a couple of releases under her belt and can be compared with the likes of Indie darlings Clare Bowditch and Sarah Blasko.

Her self titled LP, Georgia Fields has 14 tracks full of whimsy, and sees her experimenting with a multitude of sounds, all to a great effect.

 Tracks to listen out for are "All the Kings Men", "Two for Tea" with their lovely use of ukelele and the wittily titled "Sinking Relation Ship".

Perfect for listening to on a cold winter's evening (or any time for that matter), her lyrics are full of lovely tales and if you dig a little deeper you can find quite interesting stories in them.

Her tunes are available for purchase on iTunes and you can check out her myspace here, look out for the self titled LP and her EPs, "Drama on the High Seas of Emotion", "Something Borrowed, Something Blue", and "One Finger"

A delightful lady with pretty tunes, definitely worth a listen!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

artist spotlight: Fleet Foxes

It should come as no surprise to people who read my blog regularly (I don't even know if that's what happens, I may just be broadcasting this to give myself an ego boost...) that I love Fleet Foxes, so I decided to write a little post about them and gush about their latest album... here goes...

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (2008)

So many things can be said about Fleet Foxes that I barely know where to begin. I think a lot of people became affiliated with their music after the release of their first album, Fleet Foxes in 2008, however months prior to this stunning album they put out their Sun Giant EP which had a handful of delicious teasers of what was to come of their future releases.

From their first album, Fleet Foxes tracks you should listen to are "White Winter Hymnal" and "He Doesn't Know Why"as well as "Mykonos" and "Drops in the River" from  the Sun Giant EP.

I was following the,
I was following the pack,
All swallowed in their coats
With scarves of red tied 'round their throats
To keep their little heads
From fallin' in the snow
And I turned 'round and there you go.
And, Michael, you would fall,
And turn the white snow
Red as strawberries in the summertime.

They are similar to Bon Iver and bands of that ilk and have stunning lyrics that tell the most beautiful and enchanting stories - you can find them if you listen just that little bit more intently to what Robin Pecknold (vocalist+lyricist) sings so sweetly in their songs.

In the morning waking up to terrible sunlight
All diffuse like skin abuse the sun is half its size
When you talk you hardly even look in my eyes
in the morning, in the morning

In the doorway holding every letter that I wrote
in the driveway pulling away putting on your coat
in the ocean washing off my name from your throat
in the morning, in the morning

in the ocean washing off my name from your throat
in the morning, in the morning
(the shrine/an argument)

Pecknold, in an interview for Uncut magazine in May explained the meaning behind The Shrine/An Argument - "It describes four stages of a break-up - contemplation, anger, frustration and solitude." 

They have some of the most beautiful album artwork with so many intricate details they are indeed a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

One of the most delightful album releases that I've had the pleasure to listen to this year has been their second album entitled "Helplessness Blues"

Helplessness Blues (2011)

I guess it can be mentioned here that there is always a doubt as to whether a band can top such a fantastic debut with their follow-up, however, I can safely say that they managed to pull it off.

Fleet Foxes have stayed true to their roots but have still managed to make an endearing, beautiful and interesting album. Opening with the song "Montezuma" and closing with "Grown Ocean", the 12 song album is a delight from start to finish and I'm just going to put it out there that Helplessness Blues is definitely going to be in my top 10 album list of 2011... and by me saying that in May with 7 more months of music releases, that's a pretty big call!

Tunes to listen to include "The Shrine/An Argument", "Battery Kinzie", "Someone You'd Admire" and "Bedouin Dress" but singling out tracks on a special album is hard, those are just my absolute favourites!

I just can't wait until they hit my shores so I can finally hear them play live!

Farväl and happy listening!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Anticipation - Bon Iver

Hello folks,
I thought I'd write a quick post about the anticipation surrounding Bon Iver's new album and its teasingly close but oh so far release date!

I don't think I have ever been so excited for an album release and I adore music and I must admit, 2011 has been and continues to be a great year for music and new releases... ANYWAY

Since releasing his debut album,

"For Emma, Forever Ago" in 2008, and his subsequent 2009 EP, "Blood Bank", Justin Vernon's success has soared and his music has struck a chord with many, many people. His music is filled with ethereal, dreamy and at times heart wrenching and mostly accoustic tunes.

2011's "Bon Iver" is his highly anticipated sophomore album. I for one am so excited - the teaser Vernon gave us with his release of "Calgary" (available for purchase on iTunes) from the new album has left no doubt that the album will be brilliant.

"joy, it’s all founded
pincher with the skin inside
you pinned me with your black sphere eyes
you know that all the rope’s untied
I was only for to die beside

Vernon is one of the most interesting vocalists, his music envokes a certain ache in you, I mean, who could forget the delicate strains of "Skinny Love" from his debut? He has been hailed a lyrical genius and I have to admit I wholeheartedly agree.

"I told you to be patient I told you to be fine
I told you to be balanced I told you to be kind
Now all your love is wasted then who the hell was I?
Cause now I'm breaking at the britches
And at the end of all your lines."

So for my most anticipated album release, come on June 17!

What are some of your anticipated albums? Did they live up to expectations?

Farväl. Until next time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chill out mixtape

Chill out mixtape… because I’m freaking stressed.
1. Phoenix - Love Like A Sunset (Part II)
2. Beach House - Silver Soul
3. Department of Eagles - No One Does It Like You
4. Washed Out - Feel It All Around
5. Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
6. Ernest Ellis - When I Feel Like Jesus’ Son the World Will Feel Much Different
7. Air - Playground Love
8. Augie March - Asleep in Perfection
9. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
10. Bon Iver - Creature Fear
11. Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow and Blue
12. Yeasayer - I Remember
13. Whitley - More Than Life
14. Turin Brakes - Rain City
15. Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
16. The Temper Trap - Love Lost
17. The Shins - New Slang
18. The Radio Dept. - Pulling Our Weight
19. Noah & the Whale - My Broken Heart
20. The Middle East - Blood


Also, because I've been so busy with uni work I have taken a hiatus from Tuesday Treasures for a while... I should be back in action in June after the exams finish, until then there should be a few artist spotlights that I promised before.