Wednesday, November 22, 2006

How To Open Doors with Just A Smile!

I'm starting to plow through the demo CD's I've been getting. The first I've got to share with you is the debut from New York based Lipstik pleasantly entitled Everything is Good. Upon reading the title, I was reminded of the fictional Simpsons band 'Hooray for Everything,' but that says way more about me than them. This album carries the familiar New Yorker feeling of misplaced identity and a need for a place in the world, but has a fresh way of expression. The obvious Tom Petty influences are always a plus, and I love the extreme bitterness of The Fuck Off. Plus, the ambition of undertaking an Eagles cover on a debut is something to be admired. Take a listen, drop 'em a line.

Lipstik Home Page

Lipstik - Everything is Good

Lipstik - One More Time
Lipstik - The Fuck Off
Lipstik - Lyin' Eyes

Damn the Man! Save the Empire! My homework for you is to re-watch Empire Records and remind yourself that it's the f-ing shiz.
That is all.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Time Ahead is all You've Got

Well, although I've been the worst blogger in the history of the world as of late, I felt the need to celebrate. Lost On Purpose is one year old today! Awwww, it's still one cute baby, I know. Still unsure if I have anyone still out there, but dammit, I'll still celebrate. *throws confetti in the air*

For this very special of occasions, here's a little something for everybody.

Those who know me know I'm very much in love with Ted Leo. Age difference, schmage difference. I saw him open for Death Cab for Cutie last month and was extremely close to kidnapping him and keeping him in my house against his will. If you're not convinced after listening to Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone, I will be at a complete loss. Plus, The Anointed One may be a possible Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference. Maybe I'm just a nerd.

TL+RX - Hearts of Oak
Track List:
1. Building Skyscrapers in the Basement
2. Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
3. I'm A Ghost
4. The High Party
5. Hearts of Oak
6. The Ballad of the Sin Eater
7. Dead Voices
8. The Anointed One
9. Bridges, Squares
10. Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead
11. 2nd Ave, 11AM
12. First to Finish, Last to Start
13. The Crane Takes Flight

You can't make a sound from six feet underground

Other Ted awesomeness:
TL+RX - Since U Been Gone/Maps
TL+RX - Timorous Me

Canadian punk cuties the Flatliners have to be the most adorable guys to ever play their genre (call it what you may) of music. I attended a performance of theirs in the dirtiest, grittiest tiniest basement for a punk show ever and had a fantastic time, minus the claustrophobia. I'm sure they'll forgive me for giving you a little sample:

The Flatliners - Destroy to Create
The Flatliners - Fred's Got Slacks
The Flatliners - Bad News

I'm pretty sure I've posted about The Dears before, but I've been on a recent Dears kick because of the performance I attended last Tuesday evening, that I absolutely loved. And, as I've often mentioned, Montreal bands are a weakness of mine. Plus, they're just so darn cute.
The Dears - No Cities Left
Track List:
1. We Can Have It
2. Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
3. Lost in the Plot
4. The Second Part
5. Don't Lose the Faith
6. Expect the Worst/'Cos She's a Tourist
7. Pinned Together, Falling Apart
8. Never Destroy Us
9. Warm and Sunny Days
10. 22: The Death of All the Romance
11. Postcard from Purgatory
12. No Cities Left

I Shall Avenge the Death of All the Romance Until I'm Gone

I obtained this CD simply on the strength of The Boat Song, but the entire album is worth checking out. Garbage Day and Whatever Happened to the Girl in Me are also some favourites. I have an inkling that Ike Reilly would put on a great live show (can anyone verify?) so I have fingers crossed that he will someday make it to Ottawa.

The Ike Reilly Assassination - Sparkle in the Finish
Track List:
1. I Don't Want What You Got (Goin' On)
2. Holiday in NY
3. It's Alright to Die
4. Whatever Happened to the Girl in Me?
5. The Boat Song (We're Getting Loaded)
6. Garbage Day
7. Our Lady of Arturo
8. Ballad of the Choir Boy Robber
9. Waitin' for Daddy
10. St. Joe's Band
11. The Ex-Americans

With your open smiles and your open throttles

I am still open for requests, suggestions, whatever. Insomnia can be a powerful motivator.

Cheers all. Rock on! (too cliche?)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

You’re the piece of gold that flushes all my soul

I apologize for my recent hiatus, I've been a lot busier in Ottawa than I thought I would be. I am not dead or vanished, although it is unlikely I will be able to keep posting at a regular pace. So whenever I think there's something you really need to hear, this place'll be updated. Assuming I have any readers left at all. *Gropes blindly into the darkness* Now, you may or may not already have this album, but I finally picked up a puchased copy of the debut EP from the delightfully Canadian Controller.Controller.

Controller.Controller - History
Track List:
1. .......
2. History
3. Silent Seven
4. Sleep Over It
5. Bruised Broken Beaten
6. Disco Blackout
7. Watch

You're in for mass distraction

I am and will remain at for requests, suggestions, general hate mail, etc.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

That's Just An Observation

I was fortunate to hear this little EP from Saskatchewan indie darlings Despistado early last year and fell in love immediately. Though I believe they have since disbanded due to creative differences, it was a good ride while it lasted.

Despistado - The Emergency Response EP
Track List:
1. A Stirstick's Prediction
2. Can I Please Have An Order of Girl With A Side of Confused
3. Taste This Picture
4. Bubbles
5. Hi/Fi Stereo
6. Lipstick

That's very anti-patriarchal of you

I've got lots of things to take care of before the move at the end of the month, so I shall do my best to post things, but if I'm delayed, don't be mad.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I Woke Up Thirsty on an Island in the Sea

I'm pretty sure anybody who's heard The Unicorns already know how great Islands are, so I won't hype them up any more. But by request, here is Return to the Sea. Obvious highlights include Humans, Rough Gem and Volcanoes.

Islands - Return to the Sea
Track List:
1. Swans (Life After Death)
2. Humans
3. Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby
4. Rough Gem
5. Tsuxiit
6. Where There's A Will, There's A Whalebone
7. Jogging Gorgeous Summer
8. Volcanoes
9. If
10. Ones
11. Bucky Little Wing

With wings, things would be far, even if they are near

And to answer a very new question about a very old post, the lyric 'I want to be forgotten and I don't want to be reminded' comes from the Strokes song 'What Ever Happened?'

Monday, July 24, 2006

Don't Turn Your Head, It's Easy to Forget How We Were

I don't know about you, but this heat wave we've been getting everywhere has made me just want to sit and do absolutely nothing. So in that spirit, here's a little EP from ambience masters The Album Leaf.

The Album Leaf - In An Off White Room EP

Track List:
1. Project Loop
2. Glisten
3. Six A.M.
4. Off White Room

It comes in waves...

I also got a request for a re-post of Har Mar Superstar in Sendspace form.
That's all for today. Islands coming soon.

Friday, July 21, 2006

We Move Like Caged Tigers

How to trick my grandmother into listening to good music by cleverly disguising it:

Paul Anka - Rock Swings

1. It's My Life (Bon Jovi Cover)
2. True (Spandau Ballet Cover)
3. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor Cover)
4. Everybody Hurts (R.E.M. Cover)
5. Wonderwall (Oasis Cover)
6. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden Cover)
7. It's A Sin (Pet Shop Boys Cover)
8. Jump (Van Halen Cover)
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana Cover)
10. Hello (Lionel Richie Cover)
11. Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol Cover)
12. Lovecats (The Cure Cover)
13. The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson Cover)
14. Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton Cover)

Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

Things to hear:
The You - I'm Going To Kill Myself
Liberation Prophecy - Passage

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Well I Hope That You're Happy...

OK, say what you will, but I love the All American Rejects. They're very catchy and it's my blog so I can post whatever I want. I also admit to having a teenage girl crush on Tyson Ritter. Anyways, I caught their show in London on Thursday night with opening acts Damone from Boston (Noelle on lead vocals sure can scream) and the surprisingly good semi-local alt-rockers illScarlett from Missasauga. Despite a few unexplainable 14-year-olds in need of Ritalin, there was good energy all the way through, although I would have liked the sets to be longer. But I got Tyson to sign my CD, so all was worth it.

All American RejectsillScarlett

illScarlett - Pacino
illScarlett - Mary Jane

Damone - Out Here All Night
Damone - What We Came Here For

All American Rejects - Stab My Back
All American Rejects - Can't Take It

P.S. I lament the recent remaks by one lyrical genius, the recently married Rivers Cuomo proclaiming that as of now, one of my favourite bands, Weezer, is "done." However, we all recall the band's last hiatus follwing the end of the Pinkerton tour in 1997 and lasting until the release of the Green Album in 2001. So fear not people, all hope is not lost, if there is any justice.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me...

I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest yesterday (and still managed to get in free although it sold out all night) and I just have to say, even if you're not a scary Johnny Depp obsessive like myself, everyone will love this movie. Although not quite on par with the first, the action is amped up, the stakes are a great deal higher and the story has a much more sinister undertone. Look forward to the fantastic Johnny/Orlando Bloom/Jack Davenport sword fight. I won't reveal the ending, but I just have to say, I was blown away. I'm no movie critic, but if you saw the first one, POTC:2 is worth checking out.

5 Davy Jones tentacles out of 5

Feel free to post opinions about the flick.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

By the Desperate 'n Confused Emotion of the Youth...

I vaguely remember someone asking for some Gogol and if not, I've finally cracked and you get some anyway. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical of Gogol Bordello at first, but he grew on me and now this is one of my most played albums. I personally love when different genres fuse together and this mixes traces of latin, punk and reggae, with Eugene Hutz's fantastic voice and a lot of accordion. You won't find gypsy punk anywhere else. Highlights include 60 Revolutions, Start Wearing Purple and Mishto!

Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
Track List:
1. Sally
2. I Would Never Wanna Be Young Again
3. Not a Crime
4. Immigrant Punk
5. 60 Revolutions
6. Avenue B
7. Dogs Were Barking
8. Oh No
9. Start Wearing Purple
10. Think Locally, Fuck Globally
11. Underdog World Strike
12. Illumination
13. Santa Marinella
14. Undestructable
15. Mishto!

All your sanity and wits will vanish, I promise

Happy 4th of July to all you Americans out there and happy belated Canada Day to my fellow Canucks.

Friday, June 30, 2006

A messed up state of the world, of late

I'm very sorry about the lack of posting lately, I've been extremely busy lately. I hope this makes up for it. I got a request for this album a little while ago. Elk-Lake Serenade is full of gorgeous acoustic guitars to back of lyrics you actually want to listen to.

Hayden - Elk-Lake Serenade
Track List:
1. Wide Eyes
2. Home By Saturday
3. Woody
4. This Summer
5. Hollywood Ending
6. Robbed Blind
7. Killbear
8. Through the Rads
9. Starting Over
10. Don't Get Down
11. Roll Down That Wave
12. My Wife
13. 1939
14. Elk-Lake Serenade
15. Looking Back to Me

All the old ones don't mean a thing if you don't sing

On another note, it's my dad's birthday, so here is his favourite song:
Simon & Garfunkel - I Am A Rock

Cheers all!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I came as advice, I came to shore

Once upon a Thursday, a girl was doing her bi-weekly hunt through the local music store, searching for all that's new and not crappy, a difficult task this was. Upon reaching the M section, the girl came across a discovery, there was a copy of The Moon and Antarctica for a very, very low price indeed. Having only a burned copy of this album before, this made the girl very happy. She then immediately purchased the album for the very, very low price indeed and all was well in the kingdom.

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Track List:
1. 3rd Planet
2. Gravity Rides Everything
3. Dark Center of the Universe
4. Perfect Disguise
5. Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
6. A Different City
7. The Cold Part
8. Alone Down There
9. The Stars are Projectors
10. Wild Packs of Family Dogs
11. Paper Thin Walls
12. I Came as a Rat
13. Lives
14. Life Like Weeds
15. What People are Made Of

These walls are paper thin and everyone hears every little sound

Elk-Lake Serenade coming soon.

Friday, June 09, 2006

You're in self-destruct mode, I'm self destructing

Yay, I knew you were out there. Request the first, from Dominic. Wonderful band, wonderful album, I loves me my Montreal bands. And yes I believe it is still available to be purchased, I got mine from MapleMusic. I cannot sing enough praise for this album, particularly the 10-minute long There Is No Such Thing As Love. Mark my words, if justice exists, The Dears are headed for much success and glory.

The Dears - End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
Track List:
1. C'etait Pour La Passion
2. Jazz Waltz No. 3 In B-Flat
3. This Is A Broadcast
4. Where The World Begins And Ends
5. Heartless Romantic
6. End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story
7. There Is No Such Thing As Love
8. Partir, Par Terre

I know that's awful cynical to say

P.S. Metric are at this year's MuchMusic video awards. They make good an otherwise unwatchable program. I may tune in this year.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground

It may just be me, but I think my feedback has been declining as of late. Come on guys, tell me I'm awesome, tell me I suck, just tell me. Plus, I know you guys have requests.

This is one of the first albums I ever bought. Classic, simply classic.

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Track List:
1. Bone Machine
2. Break My Body
3. Something Against You
4. Broken Face
5. Gigantic
6. River Euphrates
7. Where is my Mind?
8. Cactus
9. Tony's Theme
10. Oh My Golly
11. Vamos
12. I'm Amazed
13. Brick is Red

You're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me

On a completely unrelated note, at the end of August, I will be moving to the nation's capital, Ottawa. Which means concerts will come to be instead of the other way around. Which means happy!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

If I suddenly went blind, would you still look in my eyes?

Dallas Green is the guitarist for Canadian screamsters, Alexisonfire. Deciding to depart as far away as he could from the angry yelling and maniacal jumping, City and Colour he became. Since you can't go anywhere in this country without hearing 'Save Your Scissors' at least 40 times daily, here's the rest.

City and Colour - Sometimes
Track List:
1. ...Off By Heart
2. Like Knives
3. Hello, I'm In Delaware
4. Save Your Scissors
5. In the Water I Am Beautiful
6. Day Old Hate
7. Sam Malone
8. Comin' Home
9. Casey's Song
10. Sometimes (I Wish)

Your words are like knives

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hyper-colour tells me where my baby is hot

I received a request for a Har Mar Superstar album, likely due to him being in the Road Trip mix and since I always try to meet my requests, particularly for those that I love myself, here you go. I absolutely adore this album, it's my favourite to blare in my car. No, I have not as of yet seen him live, but it is a goal of mine, as he's supposed to be phenomenal. His antics alone would be worth the ticket.

Har Mar Superstar

Track List:
1. Baby, Do you Like My Clothes?
2. I Can't Take It
3. I Admit
4. R-E-S-P-He-Sees-Me
5. Brand New Day
6. Girl, You're Stupid
7. Cry 4 Help
8. Let Me Use Your Ride
9. The Honorable Judge Har Mar
10. You Are the Sunshine in my Soul

Maybe If I Was Brain-Dead Too

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

They're nice and precise, each one begins and ends

Well here it is, the first ever Lost on Purpose mix. Thanks a bunch to everyone who sent things in, you guys are the bees knees and to everyone who didn't....for shame.

Road Trippin' songs:

Annie - Chewing Gum
Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey (Whoever sent this, I love you)
The Faint - Southern Belles in London Sing
Arctic Monkeys - Choo Choo
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Shuffle Your Feet
Bjork - Army of Me
The Sounds - Much Too Long
The Kills - Dead Road 7
The Ike Reilly Assassination - The Boat Song (We're Getting Loaded)
Bright Eyes - Another Travelin' Song
Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel
Blur - He Thought Of Cars
Spoon - I Turn My Camera On (Isn't this in Ferrari commercials?)
Therapy? - Loose
Solar Twins - Rock the Casbah
Wolf Parade - I'll Believe In Anything
The Kooks - Ooh La
Evergreen Terrace - Sunday Bloody Sunday
XTC - Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
Har Mar Superstar - Let Me Use Your Ride
Minus The Bear - Pony Up
Fleetwood Mac - Over My Head (Single Version)
AFI - Head Like A Hole
The D4 - Come On
The Field Mice - This Love Is Not Wrong
Buzzcocks - Fast Cars
L7 - Pretend We're Dead
Jude - Out of L.A.
The Like Young - Worry A Lot

Road Trip Mix 1
Road Trip Mix 2

I hope this makes driving anywhere much more enjoyable. In case you were wondering, my contribution is the Har Mar track.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Your mojo witchcraft, honey, it's working on me

I still need a few more songs for my road trip mix, so if you love me, get your asses in gear.

Meet little known Canadian alt-rockers Armchair Cynics. Now are they groundbreaking? Original? Anything special? No. No they are not. But they sure are catchy, I had 'Bang' stuck in my head for a good three days.

Track List:
1. Lost Control
2. Bang
3. Coal Mine
4. Surprise Ending
5. Swallow
6. Sharks
7. Smile

Killing the Romance EP

Monday, April 24, 2006

Everything about it makes your pretty head spin...

Keep those road trip songs coming, people. Blogs are about input as much as output.

A very good friend of mine, Mr. Finian McKean, has been getting enough buzz around here that his first solo release, Shades are Drawn has been re-released in shiny new format. He's finally getting some well deserved attention, and I think everyone who hasn't already should hear this album. So I provide you with is a refresher course in Finn, who can be heard on college radios all over. Here are some samples, in case you missed it the first time.

Finian McKean - Shades are Drawn
Finian McKean - Oh My Heart is Heavy
Finian McKean - Black Hole

Pick up "Shades Are Drawn"

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lord knows it would be the first time...

Well, here I am at my landmark 50th post.
I shall now throw confetti in the air and reflect while singing 'Memories.'
And now that that's over

I'ma gonna be doing a lot of driving in the near future and have devised a master plan that's gonna require some audience participation. (I know how difficult it is, but do your best)
I shall put together the first ever Lost on Purpose Road Trip Mix!!!
I'm enthralled, aren't you? So think of your favourite song to drive anywhere to, whether it's to the store or to the other side of the country. Anything that makes the speedometer go up. I shall then post for all to see.
Send all entries to (Please send through YouSendIt)

You can do it, I believe in you.

As promised, here are some Smiths.
The Smiths - Please Please Please...Let Me Get What I Want
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sorry about my lack of posting lately, I know it makes baby Jesus cry. I've been extremely busy as of late, but once the smoke clears I'll get back at it. I'm still reeling from a comment I heard a few minutes ago ("Who are the Smiths?") so I'll probably post something from Morrissey and the gang once I get home, just to verify the awesomeness of them and the stupidity of people I know.

Until then...

Friday, April 07, 2006

Mama says a pistol is the devil's right hand...

Now, the way everybody and their friends love this movie, I'm pretty sure I am the only person in this hemisphere that thought it was way too over-rated. Groundbreaking maybe, but just too damn long and draggy. Regardless of my boredom while watching the movie, the brilliant film score certainly held my attention. Acoustic guitar slays me every time. And I love Rufus Wainwright. S'got some pretty fantastic country acts on there too.

Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack
Track List:
1. Gustavo Santaolalla - Opening
2. Willie Nelson - He Was A Friend of Mine
3. Gustavo Santaolalla - Brokeback Mountain Score 1
4. Emmylou Harris - A Love That Will Never Grow Old
5. Teddy Thompson & Rufus Wainwright - King of the Road
6. Gustavo Santaolalla - Snow
7. Steve Earle - The Devil's Right Hand
8. Mary McBride - No One's Gonna Love You Like Me
9. Gustavo Santaolalla - Brokeback Mountain Score 2
10. Teddy Thompson - I Don't Want to Say Goodbye
11. Jackie Green - I Will Never Let You Go
12. Gustavo Santaolalla - Riding Horses
13. The Gas Band - An Angel Went Up In Flames
14. Linda Ronstadt - It's So Easy
15. Gustavo Santaolalla - Brokeback Mountain Score 3
16. Rufus Wainwright - The Maker Makes
17. Gustavo Santaolalla - The Wings (Closing)

If You Can't Fix It, You Gotta Stand It

Now here's a movie I'd love to see...

Now that that classic movie has been ruined for you forever, I take my leave.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Take the Night by the Hands, Set It On Fire

I got this in my Inbox awhile back, but havn't had the time to really listen until now. The following is an acoustic album from Pete Doherty(Baby Shambles, The Libertines) sometimes known as Kate Moss's cocaine-hoarding former boyfriend. Since he's fresh off his recent drug trial complete with his usual wacky antics, here's what he should be famous for. Very bare-bones and very intriguing.

Track List:
1. My Darling Clementine
2. Back From The Dead
3. Lady Don't Fall Backwards / Bollywood to Battersea
4. The Whole World Is Our Playground
5. Hooray For The 21st Century
6. Curtain Call
7. There Is A Light / 32nd Of December
8. Conversation Diva
9. Never Never
10. East Of Eden
11. My Darling Clementine
12. There She Goes (A. L. H.)
13. Can't Stand Me Now
14. Ha Ha Wall
15. The Ballad Of Grimaldi
16. Stix And Stones

Shaking and Withdrawn Megamix

P.S. In a few days, I am getting the fantastic new album from Morrissey, Ringleader of the Tormentors. I suggest you do the same.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Initiating Shut Down Sequence...

Welcome to the story of The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium. This is one of those albums it's impossible to categorize, so listen for yourself. A love letter to late musician Julio Venegas (who committed suicide by jumping onto an Interstate from an overpass in El Paso back in '96), who is the influence for the character "Cerpin Taxt" who tries to commit suicide by overdosing on morphine. Fantastic vocals, epic lengthy songs, Flea from the Chili Peppers playing on 9 of the 10 tracks (though you would never tell) and some of my favourite album designs ever are all reasons to get this album. Highlights include This Apparatus must be Unearthed, Inertiatic Esp and Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of).

The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
Track List:
1. Son et Lumiere
2. Inertiatic Esp
3. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
4. Tira Me a las AraƱas
5. Drunkship of Lanterns
6. Eriatarka
7. Cicatriz Esp
8. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed
9. Televators
10. Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt

My chalk outline will stalk these grounds...just as they have stalked me

Here are a few more offerings from the Mars Volta. I highly suggest their entire catalog. Go pick up Frances the Mute NOW!! I'm timing you.
The Mars Volta - Concertina
The Mars Volta - Cut That City

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

All around me are familiar faces, worn out places...

I'm back, and before you ask, I had a wonderful time. There is no place in the world like Costa Rica and I sure as hell can't go back to regular Canadian coffee now. Just in case you care, the song played on my Ipod the most throughout my little excursion was 'Freebird' for some reason. I was very sad to leave, and just to prove that life is never short of it's poetic moments, some guy was playing 'Dust in the Wind' on an acoustic guitar as I boarded the plane in the terminal in San Jose. Crazyness. Upon my return, they had killed off my favourite TV character.(Grrr, yes, I care immensely, make fun of me later.) However, on the flip side, I see things are looking up, as Kristi has set up shop again. Hopefully, things work out better for her the second time around and I wish her all the best, as always. That being said, I hope I didn't lose my loyal readers, if any, to far greater bloggers than I. I'm still here, I promise. Okay, on to the music.

Since I've been back, my head has been in a weird place and the best thing that I can take is your token, trippy, mellow, floaty stuff usually done by a British band. So here is one of my favourite prime examples. Who can deny the catchiness of Wires? Don't tell me you don't love it.

Athlete - Tourist
Track List:
1. Chances
2. Half Light
3. Tourist
4. Trading Air
5. Wires
6. If I Found Out
7. Yesterday Threw Everything At Me
8. Street Map
9. Modern Mafia
10. Twenty Four Hours
11. I Love

It's time to tell you honestly, so we can alter history

Bear with me, until I get back to simulated normalcy.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to Go

Well kids, I'm off to Costa Rica, so I hope you all have a lovely week-and-a-half. I'm very excited, no matter how pissed off I am that I'm going to miss the Stills at Blue Mountain on the 11th (grrrr). I'll be back soon, and remember email for any requests. In the meantime, feel free to check out any of the other fabulous blogs on my sidebar.



Tuesday, February 28, 2006

You Could Never Publish My Love...

I leave for a little excursion to Costa Rica in 9 days, so I'm really busy right now. I believe I'm returning on either March 18th or 19th, so I'm not leaving forever, just to clarify.

While digging through my Inbox, I found this little EP in the mail. I think Eric did a post of this a little while back, but what the hell. I must say, I (like pretty much every other blogger I read) am usually drawn to music that isn't conventional, and this certainly fits the mold. You can just kick back and space out for a good ten minutes. Although this isn't the best that Stationary Odyssey has come up with, (that being More or Less is More) this is certainly worth a listen.
Perpetual of the Retired Evermore EP
1. Perpetual of the Retired Evermore
2. Aiming at the Blur
3. Song 6 (Unreleased)
4. Uh (Rehearsal)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Don't Think About It, It's Only Pretend

To those interested: Kristi informed me that she has cancelled her blog because it had become something that she didn't want it to be. However, if she finds things that she really wants posted, she will send it my way. Just remember people, we keep and maintain these blogs for ourselves, not just for you. So far, I have not encountered the same problems that she did, and hopefully that's the way it stays.

I feel substantially less guilty than normal for posting this album because I know how very hard it is to find, but if you like Make Me Pretty, I highly recommend buying Darby and Joan, the latest fantastic release from Gentleman Reg.

Gentleman Reg - Make Me Pretty
Track List:
1. Statement
2. Give Me the Chance to Fall
3. Make Me Pretty
4. You're So Alone
5. Two Boys in Love
6. Heat
7. Trust Your Love
8. Brother How
9. Hard to Speak
10. The Three Most Important Girls
11. Telling You is Something
12. Bless this Heart
13. Anthem for Self-Confidence

Just sit in my bedroom and admire the view

Now here is possibly the most lucrative and completely unnecessary live covers ever. Possibly the two most un-disco-ish people ever covering the Bee Gees. Dynamite!
Ozzy Osbourne & Dweezil Zappa - Stayin' Alive

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

I'm Beginning to Know Things...

So, I finally have some time, and I remember there being a request for this wonderful album, but I forget by whom. The Cansecos were played in my car during Canadian music week, though I never got around to posting it on here.
They hail from Toronto and as far as I know, this album dropped in 2002 is their only offering. I heard somewhere that they have a follow-up due for release sometime this year, but I don't know how accurate those rumours are. It's damn difficult to find now, so I hope you like it.

The Cansecos
Track List:
1. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
2. In Bloom
3. Faster Than You Go
4. The Shore
5. This Small Disaster
6. This Girl and This Boy
7. What It Was You Said
8. Common State of Being
9. Blue Whale
10. Another Ordinary Day
11. Sawtooth
12. Stop, Breathe, Repeat

You Chose to Sputter On

Kristi, where art thou? Gentleman Reg album coming soon! If you love me, there are some ads there for your convenience.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Get It All Now, Cause I'm On The Prowl

If you're one of the zero people who has not checked out the leak for At War with the Mystics, get out from under your rock and head here.
At War With the Mystics
I was on a drugless high (and likely still am) for many many hours upon first hearing, and you should be too. I can die happy now.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone whos paired up out there. If however, you're like me and alone on this day, go out and get your favourite movie and curl up on the couch. Or hit the bars. Either one.
Here's a V-Day treat for you: another album that continues to be in my rotation despite being released in 2003 because it's just that darn good.

Raveonettes - Chain Gang of Love
Track List:
1. Remember
2. That Great Love Sound
3. Noisy Summer
4. The Love Gang
5. Let's Rave On
6. Dirty Eyes (Sex Don't Sell)
7. Love Can Destroy Everything
8. Heartbreak Stroll
9. Little Animal
10. Untamed Girls
11. Chain Gang Of Love
12. The Truth About Johnny
13. New York Was Great

This Is Whiplash Rock N' Roll

Since I have every faith in the world in French-Canadian bands, particularly from Montreal and if you take the time to send me a sonewhat lengthy email, as vocalist Patrick Pleau did, your songs will get heard. Plus, I'm happy to give anyone an audience, as long as they don't suck or make my ears bleed. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I really like Plajia, anything that reminds me of Pink Floyd and Radiohead gets a thumbs up in my books. Here are the songs recommended to me by Mr. Pleau:
Plajia - Sleeping
Plajia - The Party
Plajia - Am I A Magician?(Flaming Lips-esque title+Good Song=Solid!)

Cheers All!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

We've Got a Winner!

Rapidshare seems to have sent up the white flag to me, so you may have noticed more albums being posted. This may be because of my general lazyness or you guys just like 'em so much. Who knows.

Since I gather this didn't post well the first time, here's a repost.

Requiem for a Dream:Remixed

Track List:
1. Clint Mansell - Tappy's Intro (Film Score)
2. Plant - In the End It's All Nice
3. Psilonaut - Ghosts in the Machine
4. Paul Oakenfold - Aeternal
5. Clint Mansell - Seacoast Towers (Film Score)
6. Jagz Kooner - Coney Island Express
7. Clint Mansell - Seacoast Alarm (Film Score)
8. Wish FM - Haunted Dreams
9. Kronos Quartet - Tense
10. Josh Wink - Full Tense
11. Clint Mansell - Food (Film Score)
12. Delirium - Deluxed
13. Clint Mansell - Island (Film Score)
14. A Guy Called Gerald - Body and Fear
15. Clint Mansell - 112 (Film Score)
16. Ils - Overturned
17. Clint Mansell - Sara (Film Score)
18. Hive - Hand Jive
19. Clint Mansell - Arnold (Film Score)
20. Clint Mansell - Ghosts (Vocal Version)

Techno-tastic Take Two!
Let me know if there are any problems this time around...

The Cansecos album coming as soon as I can find it...

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I Wouldn't Need a Hero If I Wasn't Such a Zero

Since I've had a lot of unexpected free time lately, I was diggin' through the ol' CD library (finding some very interesting and sometimes very scary things by the way) and I found this forgotten little gem to post. It's hard to find a story sadder than that of Elliott Smith(unfortunately known to some as "that Good Will Hunting guy"). He was actually named Steve but he deemed that too "jockish." How rock and roll is that?

Track List:
1. Needle In The Hay
2. Christian Brothers
3. Clementine
4. Southern Belle
5. Single File
6. Coming Up Roses
7. Satellite
8. Alphabet Town
9. St. Ides Heaven
10. Good To Go
11. The White Lady Loves You More
12. The Biggest Lie

Need a Metal Man Just to Pick Up Your Feet

In case you get too depressed, here's the Chronicles of Narnia rap from a recent SNL.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Well It's Good to Know That You'll Be OK

Edit(11.00 A.M) - Looks like Saturday's post of The Age of Electric's Make a Pest a Pet album didn't publish. I'm too lazy to post it again, so email me if you want it.

To round off my all Canadian music week, I leave you with an album that is very special to me. This is the first album that I ever really fell in love with. I was about 12 when I first heard it, a very good friend of mine used to play Superman's Dead on his guitar and have me sing for him. This album showed me that music is more than what's on the radio, and it can be Canadian too. I'll admit, I am disappointed with the new OLP album, but this classic holds a special place in my heart.

Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
Track List:
1. Superman's Dead
2. Automatic Flowers
3. Carnival
4. Big Dumb Rocket
5. 4am
6. Shaking
7. Clumsy
8. Hello Oskar
9. Let You Down
10. The Story Of 100 Aisles
11. Car Crash

I hope to God I Figure Out What's Wrong

Controller.Controller - Disco Blackout
Metric - Raw Sugar
Crash Test Dummies - Afternoons and Coffeespoons
Rufus Wainwright - Beautiful Child (So what if he was born in New York, he was raised here, so we're keepin' him)
Tegan and Sara - Welcome Home
Bif Naked - Rich and Filthy
Hawksley Workman - Striptease
Magneta Lane - Ugly Socialite

I hope you enjoyed my Canuck week. Send any comments to
Hopefully this gives you a few new favourites from the great white north, none of which say "eh."
Aaaand, I'm spent. (temporarily)

Friday, February 03, 2006

Seventeen and Half Alive...

Here's one I know you'll like. I don't know what it is about the so-called Montreal scene, a fair number of my posts this week come from this gorgeous city. Perhaps there's something in the water.

Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
Track List:
1. Your Ex-Lover is Dead
2. Set Yourself on Fire
3. Ageless Beauty
4. Reunion
5. The Big Fight
6. What I'm Trying to Say
7. One More Night
8. Sleep Tonight
9. The First Five Times
10. He Lied About Death
11. Celebration Guns
12. Soft Revolution
13. Calendar Girl

Keep Watching the Sky, Cause You Might Get Lucky Again

Big Sugar - Nicotina
Sloan - Rest of My Life
The Constantines - Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)
FemBots - A Million Dead End Jobs
Matt Mays & El Torpedo - Stand Down at Sundown
Limblifter - Wake Up to the Sun
Crash Test Dummies - Keep a Lid on Things

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Let our hatred and affection march in the same line...

Day 4 of Canuck week: I've been pretty good on keeping up with this thing. It's called too much free time.
The insanely catchy Weakerthans hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
Track List:
1. (Manifest)
2. The Reasons
3. Reconstruction Site
4. Psalm for the Elks Lodge Last Call
5. Plea From a Cat Named Virtue
6. Our Retired Explorer
7. Time's Arrows
8. (Hospital Vespers)
9. Uncorrected Proofs
10. A New Name for Everything
11. One Great City!
12. Benediction
13. Prescience of Dawn
14. (Past-Due)

All I've Found is Dust that Moves and Shadows of the Afternoon

The Northern Pikes - Tomorrow Never Comes
Death From Above 1979 - Blood on Our Hands
The Stills - Lola Stars and Stripes
AC Newman - On the Table
Hot Hot Heat - Talk to Me, Dance With Me
Despistado - A Stirstick's Prediction
Novillero - Aptitude

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor, dream about me

I remember when I heard Broken Social Scene on the OC and I remember thinking: If this show knows to play these guys, they know music. This brilliant band hails from Toronto and this wonderful album never ceases to amaze me.

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
Track List:
1. Capture the Flag
2. KC Accidental
3. Stars and Sons
4. Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix)
5. Looks Just Like the Sun
6. Pacific Theme
7. Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl
8. Cause = Time
9. Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries
10. Shampoo Suicide
11. Lover's Spit
12. I'm Still Your Fag
14. Pitter Patter Goes my Heart

Darkness Still, It's Obvious to Everyone

Tegan and Sara - Not Tonight
Auf Der Maur - Followed the Waves
Jonas - Edge of Seventeen
The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed
Wolf Parade - Dear Sons and Daughters of Lonely Ghosts
Magneta Lane - Constant Lover

Well, I'm off.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sit On Your Hands for the New National Anthem...

Day 2 of my all Canuck music week. Hopefully you're hearing something new, otherwise this is just a waste of my precious time, so let me know how I'm doing.
I saw this next entry in concert at a club in London about a year back, and he never fails to inspire. Mr. Good always has something to say about everything. Plus, contrary to what people at my work say, Matt Good is so very much better than Nickelback is or can ever hope to possibly be. Plain and simple.

Matt Good - White Light Rock & Roll Review
Track List:
1. Put Out Your Lights
2. Poor Man's Grey
3. We're So Heavy
4. Empty Road
5. Alert Status Red
6. Little Terror
7. In Love With a Bad Idea
8. North American for Life
9. Blue Skies Over Nad Lands
10. It's Been Awhile Since I Was Your Man
11. Buffalo Seven
12. Ex-Pats of the Blue Mountain Symphony Orchestra

Way Up in that Sky, I Look Up and Wonder

Metric - The Twist
Pilate - Overrated
Gentleman Reg - The Boyfriend Song
The Arcade Fire - Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover)
Hawksley Workman - Jealous of Your Cigarette
Sam Roberts - Brother Down (Not really indie, but no one outside of Canada has heard of him)
Wintersleep - Assembly Lines

Enjoy your Canadian bacon.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Dancing Alone, To Songs From the Past

Alright kiddies, I'm doing something a bit different this week. Coming at you, every day this week (hopefully, if I don't slack off) I'm gonna be giving you 100% Grade A Canadian beef. That's right, everything I post for you will be from the great white north. *Swells with patriotic pride.* Hopefully all this maple goodness won't give you cavities.

To start off, here is an album that anyone and everyone should own. Twin Canuck cuties Tegan and Sara didn't really register with me until I heard 'Take Me Anywhere' and boy did I jump on the boat late. This is now one of my favourites. Get it, get it now.

Tegan and Sara - So Jealous
Track List:
1. You Wouldn't Like Me
2. Take Me Anywhere
3. I Bet It Stung
4. I Know I Know I Know
5. Where Does the Good Go?
6. Downtown
7. I Won't Be Left
8. Walking With a Ghost
9. So Jealous
10. Speak Slow
11. Wake Up Exhausted
12. We Didn't Do It
13. Fix You Up
14. I Can't Take It

Don't You Worry, There's Still Time

Sharp Like Knives - Holy Gaud
Melanie Doane - Adam's Rib
Hot Hot Heat - In Cairo
Bif Naked - Lucky
City & Colour - Save Your Scissors
Feist - Mushaboom
The Dears - Corduroy Boy
The Mark Inside - Carousel
Controller.Controller - Silent Seven

I'm off this week, so posting = yay!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

New York is cold, but I like where I'm living

Still patiently waiting for At War With the Mysics to leak...April can't come soon enough

I recieved an email not too long ago from Finian McKean, whom you may know from the fantastic former indie rock offering, The Push Kings, then known as Finn Moore Gerety. He has now branched out on his own and we are all the better for it. He very thoughtfully sent me a copy of his new CD in the mail, with a note telling me to "turn it up" which of course, I did and was not disappointed. "Shades are Drawn" is thoughtful, draws you in and holds your attention throughout. A little rocking, a little haunting and a sure-fire way to let your mind wander. The entire album screams New York and a longing for escape from it. My personal favourite is "Black Hole." I'm sure Mr. McKean would love to hear comments from you, so drop him a line.

Finian McKean - Shades are Drawn
Finian McKean - Oh, My Heart is Heavy
Finian McKean - Black Hole

Pick Up "Shades are Drawn"

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Arrival and the Reunion

I'm still trying to organize my life, so sorry for the delays. I promise I'll sort through each and every email when I'm less crazy. Well, still the same amount of crazy, but less stressed

Since you must be either deaf or crazy if you don't like DCD, this is for you:

Dead Can Dance - A Passage in Time
Track List:
1. Saltarello
2. Song of Sophia
3. Ullyses
4. Cantara
5. The Garden of Zephirus
6. Enigma of the the Absolute
7. Wilderness
8. The Host of Seraphim
9. Anywhere Out of the World
10. The Writing on my Father's Hand
11. Severance
12. The Song of the Sybil
13. Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book
14. In the Kingdom of the Blind, the One-Eyed are Kings
15. Bird
16. Spirit

Lost Within the Security of Our New Found Wealth

P.S. This has gotta be one of my favourite album covers ever. It's so simple and complex at the same time.

You may now continue with your lives.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

From a Cradle to a Casket...Hold your sadness like a puppet

If you request songs of me, you'll probably get them. If you request songs of me through comments, you'll really probably get them. If you request Bright Eyes songs through comments of me, you'll most assuredly get them. (Conor Oberst is dreamy, isn't he? His brilliance holds no bounds.)

So, here are me favourite Bright Eyes songs (in no particular order, plus an anonymous request.)

Bright Eyes - The Calendar Hung Itself
Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life
Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have To Love
Bright Eyes - Don't Know When but a Day's Gonna Come
Bright Eyes - Sunrise, Sunset

Ask and you shall receive:
Bright Eyes - At the Bottom of Everything

Two albums released around the same time: a feat done by few, and accomplished by even less. Bright Eyes can do anything.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Whenever I Pull, I'm Pushing Us Further Apart

The following EP was recommended to me by Mr. Stephen Ryan, who is never short on things I havn't got yet, so thanks many times to him. Fans of the NBC show Scrubs such as myself may recognize a few of Joshua Radin's songs. Enjoy!
Joshua Radin - First Between 3rd and 4th EP
Track List:
1. Winter
2. Girlfriend in a Coma
3. Don't Look Away
4. Today
5. The One You Knew
6. Do You Wanna

I Won't Remember the Truth

Mobile - Montreal Calling
Dead Can Dance - In the Kingdom of the Blind, the One-Eyed are Kings
M. Craft - Sweets
The Departure - All Mapped Out
Mason Dixon - Soft Swollen Summer (If you don't have this one, get it)
Wide Mouth Mason - Rained Out Parade

I hope you guys will give me more feedback. I am off to bask in one of my favourite shows: 24.

P.S. - Specifically aimed at certain people who may or may not be reading this: Nickelback suck. Bad. That is all.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Get Yourself into some Self-Control

Since my best friend Jim has already posted The Woods, I'll be lazy and just direct you there. Witness my lazyness. However, I will give you this offering from the ladies too.

Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
Track List:
1. One Beat
2. Faraway
3. Oh!
4. The Remainder
5. Light-Rail Coyote
6. Step Aside
7. Combat Rock
8. O2
9. Funeral Song
10. Prisstina
11. Hollywood Ending
12. Sympathy

Hanging by a thread...

Seems Jim does everything I do like a month before. I'm not plagiarizing, I swear.

Jessi's Final Thought: Are you people all still there? At least you answered my first question.

Monday, January 09, 2006

I Keep the Ends out for the Tie that Binds...

Sorry about the delay, I'm still trying to get back on track.
Now because of my undying love for Johnny Cash and I'm seeing this movie in a few days, here is the soundtrack to his biopic. Thanks many times to whomever sent this to me, but you can't get props if I don't get your name.
Joaquin (coolest name ever, by the way) Pheonix does a pretty decent Cash impression, though nothing like the real thing. Same with Reese Witherspoon's June. Very enjoyable.
Walk the Line Soundtrack
Track List:
1. Joaquin Pheonix - Get Rhythm
2. Joaquin Pheonix - I Walk the Line
3. Reese Witherspoon - Wildwood Flower
4. Waylon Payne - Lewis Boogie Blues
5. Joaquin Pheonix - Ring of Fire
6. Johnathan Rice - You're My Baby
7. Joaquin Pheonix - Cry Cry Cry
8. Joaquin Pheonix - Folsom Prison Blues
9. Tyler Hilton - That's Alright
10. Reese Witherspoon - Jukebox Blues
11. Joaquin Pheonix & Reese Witherspoon - It Ain't Me Babe
12. Joaquin Pheonix - Home of the Blues
13. Tyler Hilton - Milkcow Blues Boogie
14. Shooter Jennings - I'm a Long Way From Home
15. Joaquin Pheonix - Cocaine Blues
16. Joaquin Pheonix & Reese Witherspoon - Jackson

He shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die

I guess since Kristi's on a temporary leave of absense, I can take her requests. I know I'm not near a worthy substitute, but I'll do my best. I'll post Sleater-Kinney when I get a few minutes.

And in the spirit of the biopic, I post Klosterman question the second:

For whatever the reason, two unauthorized movies are made about your life. The first is an independently released documentary, primarily comprised of interviews with people who know you and bootleg footage from your actual life. Critics are describing the documentary as "brutally honest and relentlessly fair." Meanwhile, Columbia Tri-Star has produced a big-budget biopic of your life, casting major Hollywood stars as you and all your acquaintances; though the movie is based on actual events, screenwriters have taken some liberties with the facts. Critics are split on the artistic merits of this fictionalized account, but audiences love it.
Which film would you be most interested in seeing?

Keep things coming to

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

These Clouds We're Seeing, They're Explosions in the Sky

So, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, hoping you all havn't forgotten me. Since I'm far too lazy to pick out individual songs right now, and since you all love full albums so much, here's one that recently made it back into my rotation.

Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts
Track List:
1. Bulletproof Cupid
2. English Summer Rain
3. This Picture
4. Sleeping With Ghosts
5. The Bitter End
6. Something Rotten
7. Plasticine
8. Special Needs
9. I'll Be Yours
10. Second Sight
11. Protect Me From What I Want
12. Centrefolds

I'm in the Basement, You're in the Sky

Sunday, January 01, 2006

So This is the New Year...

And I don't feel any different. Here's some Death Cab.

Only appropriate once a year

Cheers! Hope you all had a fantastic night! I know I did.