• Albums i've liked recently

    20 Jun 2011, 23:06 by underpangs

    It's been far longer than it feels since I last wrote a post like this and it makes picking a small set of albums much more difficult. This ended up as a mix of what i've recently discovered and some of my favourites from the second half of last year.

    Baths - Cerulean
    Pretty much my favourite album of last year. Beautiful, lazy, summery, lo-fi, a little glitchy and all-over fuzzy. It's a warm blanket of a record that just makes me smile. It might even come under the heading of "chill wave" too.
    Lovely Bloodflow,

    Austra - Feel It Break
    Canadian electronica with seriously bad music videos. I got hooked on a couple of tracks played at a party and hunted down the album. Bits remind me of The Knife, some others The Organ
    Beat and the Pulse, Lose It

    The xx - xx
    Lastly, an album I'm very late to the party with. But, it is incredible and I wouldn't want anyone else to overlook it. The sound is so utterly precise, not a note wasted or misplaced, everything sounds taught.
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing

    9 Apr 2011, 00:59 by clivestaples2

    After touring furiously to support their debut release, The Rural Alberta Advantage finally found time to head back to the studio to record ten tight songs that make up Departing. Two Lovers starts with a slow beat, focusing on simple acoustic rhythms with subdued keys, as opposed to the more electronically focused opener from Hometowns. The song also introduces characters that show up in nearly every song on the album. It tells of a "sweet embrace" but also speaks of screams, wind, ghosts, planes, and all the ways lovers can be challenged if they step outside their warm home even once. It's a warning of doomed possibilities.

    Up a notch in tempo, The Breakup goes right to the heart of the Departing theme. The two lovers kept each other warm for the winter, but the ice breaks up in spring and sets a solid metaphor for their fates. The characters "cut a line through the snow in boots" through various Canadian place names. …
  • NS's Weekly Playlist - 12/27/09

    28 Dec 2009, 03:31 by NotShade

    NS's HOT 20 - - -
    1. (2|2|1) Night Time - The xx
    2. (1|2|1) Stood Up - A Fine Frenzy
    3. (12|2|3) Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups
    4. (-|1|4) Every Time You Go - Ellie Goulding
    5. (-|1|5) It's Not Over Yet - Klaxons
    6. (6|9|1) Guns + Horses - Ellie Goulding
    7. (17|2|7) 1901 - Phoenix
    8. (-|1|8) The Ballad of The RAA - The Rural Alberta Advantage
    9. (3|5|1) I Need You - N-Dubz
    10. (4|3|2) Wishing Well - The Airborne Toxic Event
    11. (8|6|5) Sleepyhead (Starsmith Remix) featuring Ellie Goulding - Passion Pit
    12. (11|3|11) Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
    13. (13|2|13) Swing Tree - Discovery
    14. (14|4|5) Opening Salvo - Blue Scholars
    15. (7|4|6) Map of the Problematique - Muse
    16. (9|2|9) Alive (Radio Edit) - Mondotek
    17. (15|4|14) Liztomania - Phoenix
    18. (-|1|18) Heart Skipped a Beat - The xx
    19. (-|1|19) Golden Skans - Klaxons
    20. (5|3|3) Infinity - The xx

    OUT THIS WEEK - - -
    (10|3|1) Not Following You - Ellie Goulding
  • Album Review: The Rural Alberta Advantage

    13 Jul 2009, 14:21 by JohnCa55illo

    The following appears on my blog, Animal Noises- feel free to check it out.


    Album: Hometowns
    Artist: The Rural Alberta Advantage
    Label: Saddle Creek
    Out: July 7th

    If you're a regular reader, you may be perplexed by the lack of the word "due" directly above this sentence. As part of the new and improved Animal Noises which we're always working to present you, I'm going to try and undertake two album reviews per week, one in advance of its release, and the other slightly after it comes out. For now, we'll say this is how it'll be, but things may change with time. We start this new concept with The Rural Alberta Advantage's debut album, Hometowns. You may not recognize the name-- neither did I just a week ago. Still, the fact is that this band has risen the buzz wave from virtual obscurity, and embarked on a startling and meteoric rise to notoriety. Hell, even Pitchfork gave them an 8.0, something mostly unheard of for a band's initial effort. …
  • Best of 2008

    30 Dec 2008, 12:13 by SchebbARN