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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mumford & Sons - The best way to spend $7.99

In the recent past, there has only been one album for which I have been willing a hands-down, recommend to any and everyone with a ironclad guaruntee that they would love the album: that was  Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut LP.

I haven't been willing to give such a strong recommendation until now.  I know I have blogged about them in the last few days, but feel the need to do so again.  Let me introduce Mumford & Sons' Sign No More.  This is folk and roll at its best!  They combine some very familiar folky (at times even Irish-ish) elements and embue them with an exuberance, bombasticity (not a word, I know) and sing-along harmonies that has me fully hooked.  I have not been this excited about a band for quite a while!

To top it off, is selling it for $7.99.

So here is my guarantee-clad recommendation (I won't do this very often, so I'm quite serious about this).

I hereby promise you that if you purchase this album, you WILL love it.

No matter what kind of music you are into, you will love this.  If you don't, well, then I will have to seriously reconsider my acumen as a self-proclaimed purveyor and connoisseur of fine music.

Here are a few samples:

Song du Jour Nr. 069

Darling Night [mp3]


J. Tillman


Minor Works

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Best Albums of 2010 (1 of 4) (amended)

This is an amendment to my previous post.  I recently have been listening to the new Mumford & Sons album, and didn't include it on this list because I saw that it had been released in October of 2009.  But, a friend (Ryan of You Look Nice Today Photography) just mentioned that October 2009 was the UK release, the US release was February 2010!!!  Hooray!  That means I can include it on this years list, and at #1 on less!

Here are my favorite albums for the first 3 months of 2010.  Rather than monthly editions, I am only doing 4 this year. 

  1. Mumford & Sons - Sign No More
  2. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
  3. Rocky Votolato - True Devotion
  4. Jonsi - Go 
  5. Vampire Weekend - Contra
  6. The Weakerthans - Live at Burton Cummings Theatre
  7. The Morning Benders - Big Echo
  8. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
  9. Beach House - Teen Dream
  10. Spoon - Transference
  11. Drew Danburry - Goodnight Gary
  12. Galactic - Ya-Ka-May
  13. Rogue Wave - Permalight

  1. Cold War Kids - Behave Yourself
  2. Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova - One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels (Reissue with new tracks)

    New National song - Bloodbuzz Ohio

    The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio [mp3]


    High Violet (out May 11, 2010)



    Bands you Should Know: Mumford & Sons

    Fans of Noah and the Whale, the Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Fanfarlo, Joshua James and the Decemberists should know this band.  They are SOOOOOO good.

    Mumford & Sons.

    New Common Market side project - RA Scion's "Victor Shade"


    Victor Shade - Soothsayer Video on Youtube

    RA Scion of Common Market will be releasing his first self titled solo project under alias Victor Shade (alter ego of Marvel Superhero The Vision).

    The 13 track LP entitled Victor Shade, will be released March 27th - with a celebration at the Jet Set inĂ‚ Capitol Club at 414 E. Pine Street.  21+ 11pm.

    The video for first single, “Soothsayer” will be the night before at the Blue Scholars/Common Market show at The Showbox Market during the Common Market  set  The video debuts new director Garrett Gibbons ( to the scene.

     The video has guest appearances by Seattle based breakers “The Flying Sneakers Crew” among others.  Created with the 1970’s superhero tv episode feel in mind, this video takes a more indie approach compared to what the group has done in the past.

    New Victor Shade website will be coming soon, so keep an eye out at and for details.

    Song du Jour Nr. 067

    Evans and Fall [mp3]


    J. Tillman


    Cancer and Delirium

    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    J. Tillman songs on their way

    For the next bit our Song du Jour mp3 series will feature J. Tillman.  Also drummer for Fleet Foxes, he has been putting out some phenomenal solo singer-songwriter material since 2005.