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  • Most-listened-to 2010 to 2014

    4 Jan 2015, 10:27 by furlongthedog

  • Yeasayer - April 27, 2010, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

    30 Apr 2010, 23:21 by clivestaples2

    Yeasayer is a group of rock stars. I think the band is finally coming to terms with this. I'd seen them a few times, with the common thread being that they were extremely adept musicians doing everything they could to translate their talent to a live venue. This time around, I became convinced they finally found their sound, and because of it, the group is having a little more fun enjoying their earned status. Yeasayer needn't have been nervous to play a sold-out show at First Avenue, but they did have a lot of expectations to live up to. It's the first major tour to support the sophomore album, so I was eager to hear the balance between the old and new. The beauty is that onstage, they create one thematic sound and bend their catalog ever so slightly around it. The tinny tunes from All Hour Cymbals get amped up, and the new dance hits are not relied upon as pillars of the set, but are rather parts of the whole.

    The band comes onto a stage with four lighted squares for…
  • Revised 2007 albums

    26 Dec 2008, 02:14 by pecusita

    It’s just impossible to get to know what an entire year has to offer in music. There will always be that artist you just got into that happens to have a wide discography, other albums you may become interested in but don’t get them because you feel swamped by all that you are listening at the moment; many factors can contribute to an album getting 'late into the game'.

    Last year I made a list of 15 albums and ranked them based on average play count, which it’s a convenient and easy way to get pass the torture of comparison but it’s also unfair to any album released after October. Unless there’s a complete take over of my ears, it’s highly unlikely that any of them could ever make it into a list of that sort.

    Taking all of this into consideration, I decided to recognize all the 2007 albums that either got added to my library in the final stretch of said year or were acquired during this year. And also reflect on the list I posted last year, am I still listening to those albums?
  • Yeasayer's Welsh Connection

    4 Jul 2008, 09:47 by brownStick

    Most people worth their salt will know that the longest place-name in the world is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. You know it. I know it. Some recite it to ourselves in moments of boredom to lift our moods. Others accidentally utter it whilst ejecting half-digested foodstuffs from their guts.

    But! Has anyone noticed the startling similarity of Red Cave's lyrics and the translation of said longest place name in the world?

    Yeasayer - Red Cave:
    Mary's house in the hollow of the
    White hazel rapid whirlpool
    And the church of hurricane

    Translation of the longest place name in the world:
    St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave(!!)

    Startling. Welshness. Yeasayer. Vomit. All subjects that feature greatly in my life of late. Isn't it?

    bStick.