well damn!

Polaris Suggestions?

polarisWith eligibility ending this Sunday, I’ve been thinking about Polaris nominations lately. I haven’t been quite on the up and up on music this year, so I’m throwing this out there, any releases between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009 that I’m overlooking? Here are the front runners on my list

AC NewmanGet Guilty
Carl Newman writes the catchiest of melodies as the lead man of The New Pornographers, and his solo is no exception.

ArkellsJackson Square
I’ve already expressed my love for this album, a strong debut from a hardworking band.

Attack in BlackYears (By One Thousand Fingertips)
Another album that has already received my stamp of approval.

Elliott BroodMountain Meadows
A cohesive folk-death-country album that shares a story.

Hey Rosetta!Into Your Lungs
Like you really need me to once again pump this album

Joel PlaskettThree
Another cohesive album. Plaskett shows off a lot of songwriting chops on this (or is it these) album(s).

Land of TalkSome Are Lakes
Strong songwriting, good flow. Oh I already told you that

Mother MotherO My Heart
One of the finest pop albums to come out last year. Amazing harmonies supporting catchy melodies.

And before you mention Fantasies, been there, heard that, wasn’t impressed.

Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes
November 20, 2008, 1:35 am
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I don’t think that it’s been established, but I’m a huge fan of Saddle Creek Records. They put out music by a plethora of great bands and have created a great musical community. Recently Saddle Creek has started signing artists outside of Omaha, including quite a few up and coming Canadian artists, like Tokyo Police Club and Land of Talk

Land of Talk I’ll admit that it took a few listens to get into this record, but now I’m knee deep. Elizabeth Powell does a great job of fitting her voice in with her music. Her voice evokes the emotions that she’s trying to express in her songs, and it creates a great feeling for the album on the whole. My one qualm? Annunciation. It’s probably the pretentious choir brat in me, but there are times when I think “What on earth is she singing about?”, lucky for her as I mentioned, her voice is very evocative. Oh and one more small complaint. Can we get actual liner notes, with lyrics? Though, this is more of a rant for albums on a whole as of late.

Some Are Lakes starts with the steady drum driven Yuppy Flu. I’m not sure if this is actually in a minor key (heck, the majority of this album might be in a minor key), but there are enough chromatic runs to convince me. The next track, Death by Fire has one of my (many) favourite lyric deliveries off of this record, “One poison, two poison, three boys”, so dark but meaningful. I’ve also mentioned my affinity for Powell’s melodies. These are prevalent in the title track, Some Are Lakes and the closer Troubled, easily my favourite song on the album. Don’t let the sweet melodies mislead you, this band knows how to rock out, just listen to Corner Phone and you too will be convinced.

First listen: 7/10
Flow: 8/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 9/10
Length: 5/5
Album Art: 4/5
Total: 41/50

Thanks for living up to my expectations Saddle Creek

Music I Bought That I Like
November 12, 2008, 1:59 am
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I have the sudden urge to blog about music, but I don’t really have the time so here is a short list of music I’ve recently bought and become acquainted with:

Arkells – Jackson Square
I’ve only given this one a few listens, but I love it. They’ve got this great blue-collar punk sound going on, and they put on a mean live show. This is a great debut from a fairly young band.

Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
(and around in your heart and on through your blood). Have I mentioned I’m a huge sucker for concept albums? This one is fantastic, I can’t get enough of it. The instrumentation itself is outstanding and the lyrics are quite thought provoking. Easily one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.

Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes
I picked this one up because LoT are Saddle Creek’s latest Canadian pick up. It took a few listens but I’m just getting into it. I love Elizabeth Powell’s voice, it’s so modest and she writes the most beautiful melodies.