Archive for the ‘The Submarines’ Category
I forgot to mention that these top songs are still very personal opinions despite trying to take as many suggestions of the rest of the writers. I’m not sure how people will respond to the list, numbering isn’t quite as important as inclusion. I like taking suggestions as there will be millions of tracks I likely missed. As is the goal with this list, 10-limit descriptions included.
#51 Creator by Santogold w/ Switch and Freq Nasty (myspace/video -unofficial was canceled?)
The intro is risky, brave and wildly effective.
#52 Crystal Stilts by Crystal Stilts (myspace)
A song should be good if it’s your band name.
#53 I Wish I Could Keep You by Little Pictures (myspace/live)
This song makes me wish I was a kid again.
#54 In The Kitchen by The Pomegranates (myspace/live -poor visual quality)
A song I want to play on the guitar.
#55 Never Miss A Beat by Kaiser Chiefs (homepage/video)
The kids on the street, are scary! Shiiet.
#56 Death To The Los Campesinos! By Los Campesinos! (myspace/video)
“I’ll be control-alt-deleting your face with no reservation”.
#57 Marry Me Annie by Matthew and The Arrogant Sea (myspace)
Hey Annie, I’m serious, MATAS is a great band.
#58 Whiite Fantaseee by Slim Twig (myspace)
How about an Asian fantaseee?
#59 Dance Dance Dance by Lykke Li (myspace/live with Bon Iver)
Lykke Li’s hips lie and she’s shy. I’m in love.
#60 Galaxy Of The Lost by Lightspeed Champion (myspace/video)
Emmy The Great makes this song gold. Weird video.
#61 Skinny Love by Bon Iver
Bon Iver should try BBW. Morbidly Obese Love anyone?
#62 Good Time by Brazilian Girls (myspace/video)
I just want to have a good time too.
#63 Can’t Shake It by Kate Miller-Heidke (myspace/video)
I can’t dance either though this song is danceable…
#64 New Soul by Yael Naim(homepage)
I’m a new ipod product with a new catchy song.
#65 Boneless by The Notwist (homepage)
Great song off a slightly disappointing album.
#66 Shadow Falls by Hello, Blue Roses (myspace/live)
Awesome duet, too bad they were bashed by Pitchfork.
#67 Get Better by Mates of State (myspace/video)
“Forget your politics for awhile”. 2008 was a tough year.
#68 Xavia by The Submarines (myspace)
The Submarines don’t let me down in this song.
#69 Home Sweet Home by Those Dancing Days (myspace/video)
A perfect holiday song.
#70 Not Your Savior by Peasant (myspace)
Peasant keeps it honest, leave him alone.
#71 Call It A Ritual by Wolf Parade (myspace)
I enjoy Spencer Krug’s metaphorical writing.
#72 Black Rice by Women (myspace/live)
Best Song that ends in a whimper.
#73 The Rip by Portishead (homepage/video)
#74 That’s Not My Name by The Tings Tings (myspace/video)
Wait..what is her name again?
#75 Gila by Beach House (myspace/live)
We’ve got another contest to give you some more free stuff. (It seems these contests come in bunches).
The Submarines are indie pop band featuring John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard. They completed to full studio releases, Declare A New State! back in ’06 and Honeysuckle Weeks back in April/May of this year. I gave Honeysuckle Weeks a 3.75 out of 5 citing an above average followup but not quite a stand out.
Their best track off Honeysuckle Weeks, Xavia was on the soundtrack to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. They also had one of their best tracks, Brighter Discontent lip synched in its entirety on the season 4 finale of Nip/Tuck. They are currently on tour in Europe with Aimee Mann.
Anyway we’re giving away just one prize. It does however include:
1 autographed CD of Honeysuckle Weeks by The Submarines
The Submarines’ Tote Bag
4-button pin pack
3 song download
1. Enter by commenting below
2. You must include a valid e-mail address in the appropriate field (you could include your email in the comment but it is strongly not recommend if you hate spam).
3. This contest is open to both Canadian and US citizens (sorry rest of the world but at least it just isn’t Canadian)
4. Contest ends on October 21 (I’m soo busy until then…)
5. Winner picked by random drawing
6. Winner will be e-mailed
I heard about The Submarines from some press e-mails as I’ve been following the band Headlights and found out they were in support of the Submarines. Having not heard about the Submarines, I figured it was worth a shot to check them out. I found out it was basically pop with duets between the two members. I think at this point I thought “why the f*** haven’t I heard about them before?” because they were typically the type of music I liked before I went all indie-crazy.
The story behind The Submarines seems kind of funny, they dated, broke up, wrote songs about each other and then shared these songs and got back together to make their first album Declare A New State.
The first song I instantly became enamored with was the “Xavia”, it was a gentle pop song, maybe typical and I think at face value it shows off what The Submarines are exactly, mixing in a perfect balance of male and female vocals while adding some guitar elements that enjoyable despite being “simple”. The next track I instantly liked was “You, Me & The Bourgeoisie” it’s an upbeat pop song though after some time I think the pop novelty wore off. The next track I dug was “Thorny Thicket” and soon the rest kind of followed.
While I don’t think any track has “Brighter Discontent” potential…that’s simply an awesome track the rest of the album is pretty solid and there really isn’t any disappointments. Nothing overly great unfortunately though you get the sense The Submarines are just as capable as any other bands. Some pretty nice pop elements, good singing in every song. Lyrically not as strong as I would’ve liked though.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5.
I’ve become picky with my pop it seems but generally my top of the year is some kind of independent pop.
Buy this album at: Insound