Archive for March, 2007

The Shins: Wincing The Night Away Review

The Shin’s came to town last Saturday and sadly I missed them due to a friend not being able to see the show at the time and it eventually sold out pretty quickly. The Shin’s third release, Wincing the Night Away is soft, soothing but has progressed from the critically proclaimed Chutes Too Narrow and the excellent Oh! Inverted World.

*Note: Before totally ripping me and suggesting my taste in music sucks, the Shins are soft type of indie band so if you’re the type to neglect the lighter styles of music, the Shins are not the band for you.

Wincing the Night Away has many addicting songs that get you hooked after awhile. At first I couldn’t get myself to listen to these songs fully but after awhile and currently this album has been playing constantly on my laptop (looking to purchase it soon). Their songs with their softness and downright hypnotic intros that has singing and my head going to the beat. James Mercer’s singing is just incredibly soothing. If you give this album some time you will agree that it’s amazing and it does in fact trump their previous two releases.

Some songs I really liked: Phanton Limb, Red Rabbits, Australia and my favourite Turn On Me.
Overall rating: 4.5/5 -This will be in my ears for the next month!
Here is a stream of Turn On Me 🙂 Enjoy!

Album Review: Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?

Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Is currently on sale and was released on January 23. It has been on my playlist for quite some time and right now with all the craziness with March Madness, I’m going to try something new with the odd album review on my blog.

As a band I really dig Of Montreal’s music, almost every song is like crack and I eventually get addicted to them if I listen to them. When I downloaded this album (sorry, I’m going to buy it!) a lot of titles had me scared in what I was hearing and had me intimidated that I wasn’t going to understand the meaning to these songs. If you could tell me what Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse, or Gronlandic Edit would be about, you may walk over me and call me stupid…

This album is in my mind very solid with many catchy songs and I have easily developed favorites in She’s a Rejector, A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger and Gronlandic Edit.
While the songs may be too abstract for me to understand easily, the songs are just great that I make the attempt to try to find what others thing of the song.

If you’re an Of Montreal fan, you’ll love this album and if you want to be introduced into indie rock, Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna…would be a great start. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
For probably better reviews check out: Metacritic’s summary of all reviews of Hissing Fauna

More Vampire Weekend! Oxford Comma

I am really starting to get addicted to Vampire Weekend’s music. This band from New York little is known about but it’s clear that people are interested with the random Google searches I get in and I can’t blame them. I don’t know what it is, the vocals are great and musically it’s just addicting. I wish these lyrics were on-line and right now I have to guess but all I can say is that it sounds beautiful.
The latest song by them that I’ve gotten addicted to is Oxford Comma. It’s about grammar and mainly the pointless use of the Oxford comma or serial commaswhich are the extra commas before ands, ors and sometimes nors.

Here is the song, listen to it! Simply amazing:

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Feist coming to Toronto @ Massey Hall on May 26th

I feel like talking about music today and apparently this is called my world so that’s what I’m going to do.

Feist is playing in Toronto and other various Canadian dates and on Saturday May 26th she’s coming over. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 12. Now I don’t have any at this moment to go with but fuck it and I’ll force someone to go with me as a favour. Additionally, I am hoping things don’t sell out like they did with the Arcade Fire though I should be prepared for anything now.

I really want to see Feist and I have no idea what other concerts are out there but I really want my summer full of music concerts as I am still a concert virgin!

Anyway since this post is about Feist, here are some things by Feist if either you’ve never heard of her or haven’t listened to some of her stuff, it’s recommended!

One of the songs I can’t stop playing non-stop is Postal Service Remix of Mushaboom which features some of the vocal recording of Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service.

I am cursed with uploading stuff…and I tried to use another person’s link..

Also here is a YouTube video of Feist’s One Evening as I just saw this for the first time:


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