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July 17, 2006

Largehearted List - July 17, 2006

Arranged alphabetically by blog title, here are the eleven music blog posts I found most interesting in the past week:

Absolut Noise offered a bilingual profile of the Swedish band composed of two thirteen year-olds, Dräp en Hund.

Alva and Gabi are 13 years old. 13, no kidding. In August 2005, they formed Dräp en Hund ("kill a dog"). I think no one ever mentioned them in the audioblogosphere. Too bad. This is the kind of band you are not used to discover. Two teenage Swedish girls rawer than The White Stripes, wilder than PJ Harvey and more punk than Sonic Youth. What is so great in their music is that even if it remains really simple and basic, it manages to sound very powerful.

B(oot)log offered Sarah Harmer and the Weakerthans covering each other.

In November Sarah Harmer and the Weakerthans performed were brought together in concert by the CBC. I was able to get most of the show in a rebroadcast but they cut out a few amazing tracks.

Good Hodgkins whipped up a spreadsheet of bloggers' mid-year album lists.

Using the midway-point lists from 26 music blogs, I’ve compiled an Excel spreadsheet to examine whether or not the blogosphere collectively reached some kind of consensus.

Herohill reviewed Eric Bachmann's solo album, To the Races.

Although this record let's Eric step out and record music for him, when he adds the backing vocals of Miranda Brown and the violin of Devotchka's Tom Hagerman to songs, he adds the subtle touches needed to make this more than just one man's journey to find himself. He lets us all make the journey with him.

Kwaya Na Kisser shared a shoegaze mix.

Wanna get lost in some swirling sheets of sound? Wanna be embraced by entrancing vocals and crunchy effects pedals? I thought you might, so I decided to revist a music genre that has kind of faded into obscurity with the revival of the pseudo 80's emo/"punk" bands of late. I decided to compile a chronological list of music from one of my favorite musical areas: shoegazing.

Marathonpacks discussed two "fake Beatles" songs.

The Residents "Beyond the Valley of A Day in the Life" (mp3). The aural equivalent of strolling through an abandoned house containing everything relating to the Beatles, ever. Or up to 1977 at least, when it was released as a single from the San Francisco headquarters of the group's "Cryptic Corporation."

Parking Lot Cities reviewed the new Mountain Goats' new album, get Lonely.

This could well be the album of the year, and maybe of the Darnielle’s career. Never before has Darnielle been so clearly in control of an album, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find an album that comes this close to being flawless.

rbally shared a Sleater-Kinney performance.

Anyway, listening to this performance yesterday afternoon I realized how much I am going to miss this band. Seriously, in a year with few new albums or bands that have caught my attention, I realize how fortunate I've been to listen to a band that was consistently great. And thankfully the end came with SK leaving at the peak of their creative powers, and we did not have to witness the band fade into mediocrity because they tried to force the issue.

Rewriteable Content reviewed a recent Radiohead show.

What's up with all the Thom Yorke cat calls during every quiet song? Everyone thinks they are on a first name basis with him, and their tone is always has a hint of condescension. "We love you, THOM," "Marry me, THOM." He's singing this gorgeous version of "You and Whose Army?", and these people are trying to perfect their comedic timing. It blows my mind. The me-generation doesn't get that yelling "Free Bird" is basically the worst idea EVER. Will that awful, awful joke ever end?

ryspace shared Okkervil River's July 13th show.

If you weren’t at Castle Clinton I hope that these recordings encourage you to pick up an Okkervil River album or get tickets for their next show. If you don’t want to listen to everything, I’d start with Black, A Stone, The War Criminal…, Black Sheep Boy/For Real and The President’s Dead.

Singer-songwriter TW Walsh examines the devaluation of music from a personal perspective.

To produce a 10 song CD and press a couple thousand copies of it costs a minimum of $12,000…that ignores the intrinsic value of the material and any other costs associated with arranging and hiring musicians, etc. If you were an independent band in today’s culture would this sound good to you knowing that you’d have to keep your day job in order to pay your rent, which would prohibit touring(the traditional way to promote your music), all the while understanding that most people who’d end up listening to this thing that you labored for months or years over would have gotten it for free on a filesharing service? Why bother???

I’m not bitter about this personally - although this has affected my life and my career… but I am worried about the future of music and what this means for the talented people to come.


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