• Listened Albums of 2005

    11 Dec 2005, 10:12 by Le_THieN

    Heh, heh. I've been looking forward to this for like, a week. Totally.

    I ran into a few problems when I started compiling this list. Firstly, my apartment complex’s wireless internet service is an absolute piece of shit – so you can imagine what kind of hell it was to spend close to an hour just inputting all these artist tags and waiting for each damn picture to load before I could start typing again. Secondly, my one “best of” splintered off into a bunch of other lists, so I’m going to have to post these in sections for the sake of everyone’s bandwidth and the preservation of what’s left of my patience. But here's the first, unnecessarily long entry in a round of lists.

    Listened Albums in 2005:

    1. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
    2. Audio Bullys - Generation
    3. Audioslave - Out of Exile
    4. Beck - Guero
    5. Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer - Music for Two
    6. Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business
    7. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    8. British Sea Power - Open Season
  • an update an update

    1 Dec 2005, 22:18 by pgiampi1

    my final paper for my analysis of popular music class will be titled:

    Finding Meaning in Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

    what I want to do is find the ways, both through the music and other means (packaging, field recordings, interviews (or lack thereof), etc.) that this group makes such an impact as a politically fueled band without lyrics and such. should be fun.

    top five artists/albums/pieces i'm listening to right now:

    5. Nas - Illmatic
    discovering "the world is yours" for the first time was an incredible revelation

    4. John Mayer Trio - Try!
    i was surprised at how good this was...finally john gets a chance to show that he's quite the musician. it's a kicking band and a great live performance too.

    3. Bjork - any and all
    just amazing, as always.

    2. Deathcab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
    another shocker...i think this album is a little too long and a little thick but i've still come back to it a few times
  • Jason Mraz - Mr. A-Z

    15 Sep 2005, 01:17 by Le_THieN

    ♫ Jason Mraz
    ♫ Mr. A-Z
    ♫ Elektra
    ♫ 2005

    Methinks most people will remember that "The Remedy" by Jason Mraz was one of 2003's most rampant summer pop singles in just about every retail clothing store they shopped in for more than ten minutes. I wanted so badly to hate the song with every fiber of my being, but there would be those days I'd be working a morbid 4-hour shift at the local GUESS? Jeans factory outlet where I just simply couldn't resist the sheer catchiness of the song. The motherfucker was pretty proficient at writing an infectious headworm.

    It also didn't help that he demonstrated tolerable syncopated lyrical prowess on some other tunes off of his not-so-clever-at-all titled debut, Waiting for My Rocket to Come. Nor was he a bad guitarist. And he may have had an unmistakable boy band-esque delivery, yeah, but it was unique. Sort of.

    Enter Mraz's ridiculously narcissistic sophomore set, Mr. A-Z. …