I know Christmas is coming so I feel the urge to post festive music, but I think Brian Gossett has that covered with his Hey Guys! It’s Christmas playlist that you can download from the link. I’ve been listening to that on the regular since he uploaded it, and I can’t really compete with all the obscure/indie music he found and compiled, so I’m happy to just share it !
As far as recent music I’ve been listening to– this Geographer song, Life of Crime, has been getting some non-holiday related play on my iPod so I figured I would share that as well. I’ve also made a playlist of some of my favourite songs of 2012, so let’s see how productive I can be in getting that up for everyone before the 31st and hope you all have an awesome Holiday!!!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a downloadable playlist, so I finally fought off my laziness long enough to put some songs together and get one up on the blog— and now I feel like I’ve had a pretty productive day and it’s only noon, which is dangerous, because I may spend the rest of the afternoon watching terrible reality TV or napping with the dog to keep me in check. It’s my day off and these are my life decisions…
Travelling has always been a pretty fun and relaxing thing for me, because you’re usually going somewhere new and exciting so it’s always worth the sore neck from awkward napping positions and germs from the recycled air, plus, making a playlist for the airport/flight just adds extra excitement to the whole process. So here are 15 songs inspired by travelling and the places that make me want to go to them, that hopefully you can enjoy next time you take off.
01 You Only Live Once - the Strokes
02 Gangster Tripping - Fatboy Slim
03 Archipelago - Miike Snow
04 Leave House - Caribou
05 Eighth Avenue - Hospitality
06 Trip - Vacationer
07 Canada vs. America - Broken Social Scene
08 Mexico - The Soft Pack
09 Verona - Geographer
08 Zimbabwe - Bob Marley
10 Paris 2004 - Peter, Bjorn & John
11 Summer - Tiger Waves
13 Desert Island - Architecture in Helsinki
14 The Harrowing Adventures Of - Tokyo Police Club
15 Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand
The following 10 albums round out my all-time favourites to listen to over the past year in ascending order. Enjoy, and please comment with your favourites of the year, I’m really interested since I am not able to listen to every single album that was released in 2010!
#10 - Causers of This – Toro Y Moi
This album made for great travel music; despite whether I was driving, forcing a driver to listen to it, or on the GO/subway. I like the tone of Chad Bundick’s voice and his lyrics are really sweet. Watching them perform live was a bonus and only made me like the album more. Take a listen to Imprint After, Blessa, and Talamak.
Talamak – Toro y Moi
#9 – Eyelid Movies – Phantogram I have a crush on these songs, because they seem so effortless and sweet but still have this funky side to them. As Far As I Can See has a bit of a motown vibe, and When I’m Small and Mouthful of Diamonds (the most popular of the album) are upbeat and dancey. Then it has songs like 10 000 Claps and All Dried Up that hit you in the gut when you pair their lyrics with Sarah Barthel’s voice. Yet another musical front-woman that makes me envy her talent.
When I’m Small- Phantogram
#8 - Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager – Kid Cudi
Even though this album was just released, I am constantly listening to it. I go from start to finish without skipping over songs (something I don’t do often with albums that have over 13 tracks, since I suffer from musical ADD…). Plus, blasting these songs in my car and pretending I can rap is incredibly fun. My favourites: Mojo So Dope, We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up), MANIAC, and REVOFEV.
REVOFEV – Kid Cudi
#7 – Animal Shapes – Geographer
I like that Geographer has this synth-y sound to its songs and how it also pops some of the ol’ cello in there. Kites is the stand out of this trios EP, but Night Winds, Verona and Paris are just as awesome to me. There’s something special about Michael Deni’s voice, who started up the band after the tragic death of his sister and father; it’s almost angelic. Especially when he hits those high notes.
Kites – Geographer
#6 – Forgiveness Rock Record – Broken Social Scene
I pretty much just wrote a love letter to Broken Social Scene in my last post so I’m not going to say why this album made my list.
Romance to the Grave – Broken Social Scene
#5 - Say It – Born Ruffians & Champ – Tokyo Police Club (TIE)
Trying to figure out which one of these bands I like more would be like picking a favourite sibling. I only have one sibling, so I never have to choose in that scenario. I don’t want to choose in this one so I made them tie. Both have adorable frontmen who write geeky romantic lyrics that make you feel like you’re reading their diaries, sorry, jooournals… and I’ve probably seen them maybe a dozen times combined? So clearly I’m a fan.
What to Say - Born Ruffians
Favourite Food - Tokyo Police Club
#4 – This is Happening – LCD Soundsystem
I love this album. Two of my favourites are Dance Yrself Clean and Home. I love how they build (and build up) a song – it’s like James Murphy has it to a science. Just wait for the 2:55 mark of Dance Yrself Clean and hopefully you will get what I mean. Other songs I love: All I Want and Pow Pow.
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
#3 – Swim – Caribou Making my top three was easy, and putting them in order wasn’t all that hard either. Swim will no doubt be several people’s favourite album of the year. Take a listen to Odessa (a mega hit this year) off of Swim and you will understand why this band is so special. Because you will no longer be sitting reading this post. You will be up. Out of your seat. Dancing.
Odessa – Caribou
#2 – The Suburbs – Arcade Fire I must admit I was late on the Arcade Fire bandwaggon, and I don’t harness a personal love or awe of talent for its members (most likely because I’ve never seen them live). All I know is I really like the music they make. I even had a weird moment of making awkward head shakes when thinking of what to write about this album because I like it so much. And the whole idea of urban decay and the feeling of emptiness in suburbia isn’t lost on me. My favourites from this album: Rococo, Modern Man, Ready to Start, and City With No Children, but my all time favourite was the continued version of Suburbs (insert weird and awkward head movements again from me just thinking about that song).
We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire
#1 – Teen Dream – Beach House I saved the best for last (because that’s the point of these lists…). I have easily heard this album start to finish over a hundred times since it has been out. The dreamy and sad tone in Victoria Legrand’s voice, the easy listening quality of it without being boring. It’s just a solid album. If that wasn’t enough, they also sound just as perfect live as they do on the album.
Welcome to August everyone! Warm weather, long weekends, and (for me at least) birthdays. I intentionally put a song with some birthday lyrics in there just for me, but the rest of the songs are a mix of older and new. It’s basically a mash-up of what I wanted to listen to in the car/at work for the rest of this glorious month — so I hope that you’ll like it too. Enjoy.
01 Wires - Coconut Records
02 Turtles Have Short Legs - Can
03 Sheila - Atlas Sound
04 Yellow Wings - Keepaway
05 Swift Coin - Land of Talk
06 Hey - Pixies
07 Black Sheep - Metric
08 My Heart Rate Rapid - Metronomy
09 Kites - Geographer
10 Polygons - Magic Man
11 New Country (live) - Broken Social Scene
12 Come Back - Born Ruffians
13 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire
14 Frankenstein - Tokyo Police Club