Friday, January 29, 2010

Did you hear? Shipwreck - Origin

Champaign, to me, is not a good town for music. I'm free to speak on the subject because I lived there for four years. It's where good touring bands (Asobi Seksu, Spitalfield) play to 10-15 people while bad bands (moe., Sufjan Stevens, of montreal) play to sold-out crowds. Better get a female keyboardist/ vocalist!

The first set I saw in Champaign was by Shipwreck, and they turned out to be way better than 99% of the other acts coming from the area. Look at the cover of Origin. Big buildings shrouded by fog photographed from a low angle. That's pretty much what it's like to walk around town during the school year. Why do so many bands from C-U make sunshiny, folky crap? I dunno, man! As a reaction to Braid?

'Sub-aquatic astro-pop' is how Shipwreck was described on their poster, and it kind of makes sense. On Origin, you'll hear a lot of effects pedals and cool guitar, and the effect it will have on you is that you'll feel like you're both underwater and in outer space. They have two singers, and they know all about making each part of the song sound unique in relation to the other parts. 

If you dig the National, Interpol, and Deerhunter you will want to have this record.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Read my story!

I'll be back soon with a real post about real music.  In the meantime, head over to the Fiction 500 blog to read my story, "The Cleaning Lady."  It's about records and paranoia and Polish people and materialism and all sorts of other good stuff.  Short too: < 500 words.  While you're there, subscribe, comment, and maybe even submit some of your own work.  Read John's stuff too!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Did you hear? Saves the Day - Lisa's Birthday Tape

When I first got into Saves the Day, finding Lisa's Birthday Tape was difficult.  I probably tracked it down on Soulseek or through their old message board.  Now that the internet is more powerful, I can offer it to you so that you can listen to it and love it like I do.  There is a backstory to this tape that I've long since forgotten, and so I'll only comment on the music.  On this tape, we have Chris Conley performing five lo-fi acoustic tracks.  You'll like them if you like I'm Sorry I'm Leaving.  If you don't like I'm Sorry I'm Leaving, you're worthless.  Seriously, these could be some of the only songs from the Through Being Cool era you haven't heard.  Get on it.

Get it here!