Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane

Definetly my favorite Go-betweens record, maybe even one of my favorite records of all time. I have been trying to write about how wonderful this album is, but I can top all music's review:

"16 Lovers Lane is simply breathtaking; it is a deeply moving, aurally sensual collection of songs about relationships and the broken side of love that never lapses into cheap sentimentality or cynicism. Songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan had always been visionary when it came to charting personal and relational melancholy and heartbreak, but here, their resolve focused on charting the depths of the romantic's soul when it has been disillusioned or crestfallen, is simply and convincingly taut. While it's true that the group was going through its own version of a soap opera-styled romantic saga, that emotional quagmire seemingly fueled its energies and focus, resulting in an album so texturally rich, lyrically sharp, and musically honest, its effect is nothing less than searing on an any listener who doesn't have sawdust instead of blood in his or her veins."

This album is an example of pop perfection. Download it here.
Sorry for the rapidshare, linked from blogdoedmilson

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ceiling Cat Papercraft!!1!

ZOMG! I love papercraft (It's the only way I can craft at work), and this has to be one of the cutest Papercraft cut-outs I have ever seen! Fun blog Tubbypaws designed this. Now we can keep caturday as lazy as ever
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Oh, Yeah...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tiger Trap - Tiger Trap

Innocent and awesome indie-pop from K records. Cute like Beat Happening but a bit more pop influenced. Rose Melberg's first band before she went on to do the Softies and Go Sailor. really fun and exciting indie-pop. This is the type of music I meant to post all along - cute, right? OK, download it and dance around your room in your socks. Hopefully I will get back to posting on some cute things soon and not just music. Nothing has been catching my eye lately.

Link from Take The Pills

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Orange Juice - The Glasgow School

Orange Juice was one of those bands that really took me a long time to get into, and I really don't know why. Of course I always really like the song "Rip It Up" but their early stuff rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it was Edwyn Collins voice, or maybe the weird way they where recorded. I don't know, I just know that I love them now and you should too. Here is a breif description of this compilation from allmusic:

"The Glasgow School, released in 2005 by Domino, contains the band's four singles for Postcard, the bulk of Ostrich Churchyard (a disc released in 1992, containing early versions of what would become 1982's You Can't Hide Your Love Forever), a Stars on 45-style version of "Simply Thrilled Honey," and a crude cover of the Ramones' "I Don't Care." For a lot of people, the material here (dating no later than 1981) is where Orange Juice begins and ends."

Ok, download the album here...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Hit Parade

If you know me you know i love the bourgeois, snobs, new money. Not pretentious per se (i'll save that for another post... oh! it'll be good) but just good old fashioned bourgeois. Which leads me to todays musical posting; The Hit Parade. There is something very innocent and honest to there music. Something that reveals a very basic love for fun pop melodies. I think there is something about the fun they have found that reminds me of the modern bourgeois. Its the adult party kind of fun. (not adult like naked but mature) A type of fun that is refined, the type of fun you can find in a good aged cheese!

Alright, it's a little ridiculous comparing pop music to cheese, but if you listen to these two album, you will find a level of maturity and class that does not exist in pop music these days. I know I'm throwing using a lot of terminology that would make most people cringe, (the adjective "mature" to describe music usually puts up a red flag for me) but embrace it, let the melodies take you away... To a cocktail party at a private beach on a warm summers day, eating foie gras and watching the sunset. doesn't that sounds rad!

The Hit Parade - "With Love From The Hit Parde"

This is a collection of singles origonaly released in 1988 and then re-issued in 1990. My favorite of theirs. Guest vocals by Cath Carroll. click to download

The Hit Parade - "More Pop Songs"

First real LP by the Hit Parade. A very good album! click to download

Check out their Myspace to listen to more songs (might I recommend the "Queen Of Mousehole")

Links taken from Take The Pills