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|Mo' Recent Purchases|
Pretty self-explanatory. I haven't listened to quite a few of these yet, but I'm working on it.
|1|| ||Eric Clapton|
I've been meaning to get this for years, and when I saw it was half price at Best Buy, I couldn't resist. It's a very thorough, dense collection, but somehow isn't cumbersome.
|2||The Receiving End of Sirens|
The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
I've only listened to this twice, but the great steps forward these guys have taken since Between the Heart and the Synapse (an already excellent release) are obvious. Pale Blue Dot is simply incredible.
|3||Iron and Wine|
Between this, the Passing Afternoon single, and the free Shepherd's Dog downloads, I've been drowning in Sam Beam lately. Literally drowning. Who knew it was so much fun? Anyways, there isn't a skippable song on this disc -- granted, it is an EP -- and it's a great bridge between the acoustic ruminations of Our Endless Numbered Days and the eclectic glory of The Shepherd's Dog.
|4||Blue Sky Black Death|
Slow Burning Lights
Haven't listened to this yet, but if it's anything like Late Night Cinema, it should be very good.
|5|| ||The Dear Hunter|
The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
Casey Crescenzo's former side- and now full-time project has, much like The Receiving End of Sirens, only gotten better with each release. Honestly, though, there's so much going on here that 15 songs-worth (and over 75 minutes) of music can be an exhausting listen. That's a good complaint to have, though. It also might have something to do with the fact that I was also scrambling to catch up on Lost season 4 at the time. Maybe. Just a little bit.
In the mail, on its way. For Emma, Forever Ago was brilliant, and if this is at least half as good as that was, I'm in for a treat.
All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
Surprisingly clean-sounding from the talk that surrounded it, and not as far removed from their more recent dalliances with post-rock as I was led to believe. These are good things, though, and Envy is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands.
Meat is Murder
Though not as resonant as The Queen is Dead (or even possibly Strangeways, Here We Come), The Smiths' sophomore full-length is still pretty solid, with songs like The Headmaster Ritual and That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (not to mention the seminal How Soon Is Now?) compensating for missteps like Rushholme Ruffians (it just doesn't appeal to me) and the preachy, melodramatic title track.
Feed the Animals
It's just plain fun. Nothing else to say, really.
|10||Sunny Day Real Estate|
Haven't listened to the whole thing yet. So far so good, though. A little rough around the edges, but that only adds to its visceral power.
In the mail, on its way. Bearing and Distance was superb, and these guys have an all-too-rare sense of humor about what they do.
Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
Truth be told, I've had this for awhile in torrent form, but I finally decided that it was good enough to warrant an actual physical purchase. Call me old-fashioned, but to me that's the true sign of an album's worth.
Resent and the April Sunshine Shed
I ordered this along with it. Haven't listened to it yet, but The Flashbulb hasn't steered me wrong so far.
|14||Death Cab for Cutie|
Something About Airplanes
I much prefer old school Death Cab releases like The Photo Album and We Have the Facts... to their more recent output, and this proves to be no exception to the rule. Bend to Squares rocks my socks.
Haven't listened to this yet. Dial-in Sounds and Hello, Control are both pretty decent, and Send Us a Signal is one of my favorite albums of all time, though, so this has quite a precedent to meet.
|16|| ||Damien Rice|
Live at Fingerprints: Warts and All
Nothing too fancy, just a brief live set from good ol' Mr. Rice. I don't know what it is, but he always seems better live than in the studio.
|17|| ||The Honorary Title|
Untouched & Intact EP
Haven't listened to this yet, but this band has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and Scream and Light Up the Sky came *this* close to making them a legitimate pleasure.
|18|| ||Volta Do Mar + Murder By Death|
Konrad Friedrich Wilhelm Zimmer (Split EP)
In the mail, on its way. I love both of these bands, so I can't imagine this being disappointing.
|19||Sun Kil Moon|
Ghosts of the Great Highway is stunning, and the Modest Mouse and AC/DC covers I've heard by Mr. Kozelek have all been pretty fantastic in their own right (as well as the band's take on Neil Diamond's Kentucky Woman), so I feel like I've got a lot to look forward to here.
In the mail, on its way. I'm getting this on your recommendation, sputnik. Don't let me down.
|21||This Runs Through|
Until Forever Finds Me
In the mail, on its way. I've been meaning to get this for a pretty long time, too. I hear it isn't quite as strong as Underoath would become, but I guess that's forgivable, since they've really become one of the best of their breed.
The Moon is a Dead World
In the mail, on its way. Anything that is credited with mixing Slint with King Crimson is worth looking into in my book.
In the mail, on its way. I've already come across many of this songs in an...ahem...slightly less than legal manner (including the remix of Stiff Kittens on the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans soundtrack, which I'm still debating actually buying...). What I've heard has been intriguing, albeit largely derivative of Depeche Mode. But hey, if they can do it well, more power to them.
Summers Kiss EP
In the mail, on its way. Yet another guilty pleasure of mine, but somewhat justified, since this goes way back to the days before the band became a hollow parody of itself and Chris Carrabba...well, kind of a douchebag. In any case, this should be good.
|25||Volta Do Mar|
At the Speed of Light or Day
In the mail, on its way. I've already downloaded most of these songs, too, and decided to strike while the iron was hot and get the album. I'll never understand why these guys haven't gotten more recognition.
|22 is fucking boss. I agree with you about DCFC as well. 'The Photo Album' & '..Airplanes' are worlds better than anything they've release since. 7,9 &12 are all good too. Nice list man, I'm curious about that other Flashbulb release. |
|just got 5 as well.|
planaria have never answered my three mails about buying the Extra Life album from them, so I still have it only as mp3s.
a lot of good stuff here anyway.
|Yeti - Yeah, in my opinion Transatlanticism is the last Death Cab album worth having. I had Plans, and I thought it was one of those things where it would grow on me, but it never did, and I'm still leery of Narrow Stairs.|
Mendigo - Hmph. That's pretty whack of them. I know that I put off buying it for awhile, because it was like 50 bucks from an outside seller through amazon.com, but then all of a sudden it seemed like they got a bunch in for less than $10 (once again from outside sellers), so I was all over that. It actually just arrived today, and I just ordered it this past Saturday. I'm pretty sure there's still a fair amount left if you're still interested.
|Where did you get Soundtrack to a Vacant Life? I've been looking everywhere for that.|
|I got it from Alphabasic's website, after snooping around based on the text attachment to the torrent. I believe it should be the first result when you Google Alphabasic.|
|Awesome dude. Thanks.|
|I don't recall commenting on this... but whatever sputnik. 6 is great.|