Monday, December 31, 2007

Albums Coming Out In 2008

Happy New Year friends. As the new year quickly approaches there is much to look forward to. Here are some albums coming out in 2008 that I am looking forward to.

Anathallo - TBA
Apollo Sunshine - Mysteries Of The Old Soul
Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling (2/5 via Rough Trade)
Beach House - Devotion (2/26 via Carpark)
Black Mountain - Into The Future (1/15 via Jagjaguwar)
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (2/19 via Jagjaguwar)
Cat Power - Jukebox (1/22 via Matador)
Chris Walla - Field Manual (1/29 via Barsuk)
Coldplay - TBA (May/June)
Colin Meloy - Skulls, Ship, Sheep (4/8 via Kill Rock Stars)
The Cotton Jones Basket Ride – Paranoid Cocoon
David Bazan - TBA
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs (5/13 via Atlantic)
Destroyer - Trouble In Dreams (3/11 via Merge)
Final Fantasy - TBA
Franz Ferdinand - TBA
Girl Talk - TBA
Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple (4/8 via Downtown/Atlantic)
Handsome Furs - TBA
Headlights - Some Racing, Some Stopping (2/19 via Polyvinyl)
Hot Chip - Made In The Dark (2/5 via DFA/Astralwerks)
Jamie Lidell - Jim (4/29 via Warp)
Jason Collett - Here's To Being Here (2/5 via Arts & Crafts)
Joshua James - TBA
Kate Nash - Made Of Bricks (1/8 via Fiction)
Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off The Lavender Bridge (2/5 via Domino)
Lisa Hannigan - TBA
Magnetic Fields - Distortion (1/15 via Nonesuch)
Margot & The Nuclear So And So's - Animal (June via Epic)
Matt Costa - Unfamiliar Faces (1/15 via Brushfire)
Menomena - TBA
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular (1/22 via Columbia)
Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride (2/19 via 4AD)
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges (6/10 via ATO)
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping (October via Polyvinyl)
Panic At The Disco - Pretty.Odd. (3/25 via Fueled By Ramen/Decaydance)
Rue Royale - Rue Royale (February/March)
She & Him - Volume One (3/18 via Merge)
Sun Kil Moon - April (4/1 via Caldo Verde)
Thao Nguyen - We Brave Bee Stings And All (1/29 via Kill Rock Stars)
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (1/29 via XL)
Weezer - TBA
Wolf Parade - TBA
Xiu Xiu - Women As Lovers (1/29 via Kill Rock Stars)

(Thanks to Stereogum for some heads up)

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Kimya Dawson "Loose Lips"

I just got back from seeing the movie Juno and the music of Kimya Dawson was a main feature. I've known of Kimya for awhile now and she basically reminds me of a female version of Jeffrey Lewis, which is not a bad thing. I have trouble describing music, but I'd say it is just very raw artistic storytelling that is slightly different from the norm. Anyway, have a listen, it's good.

[MP3] Kimya Dawson – Loose Lips

[Myspace] Kimya Dawson
[Website] Kimya Dawson

Friday, December 28, 2007

Once The Movie

I finally watched the movie Once last night, which was just released on DVD last week. The film features two musicians as actors, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who are in The Swell Season. Glen is also in the Irish rock band The Frames. Overall, the movie is a very simple story about two people in Ireland, a Dublin busker and an immigrant street vendor, that have instant chemistry and hint at falling in love. I highly recommend this flick.

[MP3] The Swell Season - Falling Slowly

[Myspace] The Swell Season

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fionn Regan "Be Good Or Be Gone"

When I first heard Fionn Regan's record, The End Of History, a few months ago, I was instantly impressed. The first tune on the record is "Be Good Or Be Gone" and it is splendid. If you like simple folk music, along the lines of Damien Rice, then you will definitely enjoy this. I also just came across the video for this song and found it very interesting. Please take a look and have a listen.

[VIDEO] Fionn Regan - Be Good Or Be Gone

[MP3] Fionn Regan - Be Good Or Be Gone

[Myspace] Fionn Regan
[Website] Fionn Regan

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Favorite Albums Of 2007

First off, Merry Christmas to all and I hope everyone is doing well. 2007 was filled with a large sum of quality albums. I think this year has been my largest album quantity yet (~320) and I still have more to download/listen to. Yes, this list may eventually change because I probably haven't listened as much as I would have liked, however with the time that I did listen, these are what I have enjoyed the most and or caught my attention. Enjoy and please feel free to leave comments.

50. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
49. Colleen - Les Ondes Silencieuses
48. The Sea And Cake - Everybody
47. Sean Hayes - Flowering Spade
46. Field Music - Tones Of Town
45. Bill Callahan - Woke On A Whaleheart
44. Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
43. Elvis Perkins - Ash Wednesday
42. Luke Temple - Snowbeast
41. Battles - Mirrored
40. Deerhunter - Cryptograms
39. Nicole Atkins - Neptune City
38. Sondre Lerche - Phantom Punch
37. Eluvium - Copia
36. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
35. Menomena - Friend And Foe
34. The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
33. Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals
32. Caribou - Andorra
31. José González - In Our Nature
30. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
29. Fionn Regan - The End Of History
28. Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up
27. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter
26. Dr. Dog - We All Belong
25. Miracle Fortress - Five Roses
24. Handsome Furs - Plague Park
23. Phosphorescent - Pride
22. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
21. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
20. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
19. Julie Doiron - Woke Myself Up
18. Feist - The Reminder
17. Willy Mason - If The Ocean Gets Rough
16. St. Vincent - Marry Me
15. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
14. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
13. J. Tillman - Cancer And Delirium
12. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
11. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse

10. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

09. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

08. The National - Boxer

07. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

06. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

05. Ferraby Lionheart - Catch The Brass Ring

04. Bowerbirds - Hymns For A Dark Horse

03. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

02. Radiohead - In Rainbows

01. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

!!! - Myth Takes
The 1900s - Cold & Kind
Apostle Of Hustle - The National Anthem Of Nowhere
The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
Bishop Allen - The Broken String
The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
Do Make Say Think - You, You're A History In Rust
Figurines - When The Deer Wore Blue
Georgie James - Places
Johnathan Rice - Further North
Joshua James - The Sun Is Always Brighter
Kings Of Leon - Because Of The Times
Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers
Limbeck - Limbeck
M.I.A. - Kala
Mother Mother - Touch Up
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Santogold - I Believe In Santogold
The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
White Rabbits - Fort Nightly

[Count Me Out] Favorite Albums Of 2006
[Count Me Out] Favorite Albums Of 2005

Monday, December 24, 2007

Favorite Songs Of 2007

In preparation for my Favorite Albums Of 2007 list, I give you my Favorite Songs Of 2007. Yes, many will coincide with that list, but there are some others as well. To be honest, I feel like there may be some slight bias because I haven't given everything a fair listen and I think it is hard to officially rank these songs, but here's what I have come up with.

50. Luke TempleSerious
49. Crowded HouseDon't Stop Now
48. CaribouMelody Day
47. Paul McCartneyEver Present Past
46. Johnathan RiceEnd Of The Affair
45. Panda BearI'm Not
44. J. TillmanRibbons Of Glass
43. Willy MasonGotta Keep Walking
42. The 1900sGeorgia
41. Miracle FortressMaybe Lately
40. Bishop AllenRain
39. The Besnard LakesDisaster
38. St. VincentJesus Saves, I Spend
37. FeistIntuition
36. José GonzálezDown The Line
35. Kanye WestEverything I Am
34. Josh RitterMind's Eye
33. WilcoSky Blue Sky
32. Arcade FireNeon Bible
31. BeirutNantes
30. Iron & WineLovesong Of The Buzzard
29. BattlesAtlas
28. Page FranceWhat I Have Done
27. Arcade FireAntichrist Television Blues
26. Bon IverSkinny Love
25. BeirutElephant Gun
24. SpoonDon't You Evah
23. Vampire WeekendWalcott
22. Grizzly BearDeep Blue Sea
21. WilcoHate It Here
20. Fionn ReganBe Good Or Be Gone
19. Apostle Of HustleThe National Anthem Of Nowhere
18. The Cotton Jones Basket RideHad Not A Body
17. LCD SoundsystemAll My Friends
16. Vampire WeekendMansard Roof
15. Julie DoironThe Wrong Guy
14. Andrew BirdSimple X
13. LimbeckWake Up
12. Sondre LerchePhantom Punch
11. Willy MasonSave Myself
10. Richard HawleySerious
09. Modest MouseFlorida
08. Kings Of LeonMcFearless
07. FeistI Feel It All
06. Dr. DogHeart It Races (Architecture In Helsinki Cover)
05. Ferraby LionheartVermont Avenue
04. Arcade FireKeep The Car Running
03. Department Of EaglesNo One Does It Like You
02. RadioheadJigsaw Falling Into Place
01. The ShinsSleeping Lessons

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bon Iver "Lump Sum"

Wow, so I just listened to Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago for the first time and all I have to say is "Wow". This record is so good. Apparently it came out this year, but will officially be re-released on 2/19 via Jagjaguwar. According to Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver (Pronounced: bohn eevair; French for "Good Winter"), this record wasn't planned, as he spent last winter in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin. To read a full bio, please go here.

[MP3] Bon Iver - Lump Sum

[Myspace] Bon Iver

Andrew Kettering aka [...] Your Eyes Darling "Strange Animals"

I'd like to consider Andrew Kettering a friend, since he grew up a town over from me, but to be honest we only know eachother through myspace. Over the past few years Andrew has recorded/released a ton of material, which has inspired my own musical endeavors a lot this year. Originally, Andrew was recording under the name Fold Your Eyes Darling, but as of late, has taken on some new names like: Deny, Try, Sold, and Provide Your Eyes Darling. I highly suggest that you head over to to download 58 songs of Andrew's for free. I personally am a huge fan and enjoy just about every song. For some time now Andrew has been sporadically posting newer material on his myspace and I was lucky enough to be following along. However, if you'd like him to send you the file or a hard copy, he seems to be more than willing to send it your way. Please have a listen.

[MP3] Fold Your Eyes Darling - Strange Animals
[MP3] Try Your Eyes Darling - Strange Animals (Full Band)

[Myspace] Andrew Kettering

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Favorite Albums Of 2005 (Revisited/Revised)

While we still wait for my Favorite Albums Of 2007 list, which will come on Christmas Day, I thought I'd go back and revisit/revise my Favorite Albums Of 2005.

50. Against Me! – Searching For A Former Clarity
49. Stereophonics – Language, Sex, Silence, Other?
48. Gang Gang Dance – God's Money
47. Beck – Guero
46. Cartel – Chroma
45. Eisley – Room Noises
44. Colleen – The Golden Morning Breaks
43. Akron/Family – Akron/Family
42. Of Montreal – The Sunlandic Twins
41. Ryan Adams – 29
40. Rogue Wave – Descended Like Vultures
39. Brazilian Girls – Brazilian Girls
38. Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better
37. Bright Eyes – I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
36. Iron & Wine and Calexico – In The Reins
35. The Decemberists – Picaresque
34. Davendra Banhart – Cripple Crow
33. The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike
32. The Redwalls – De Nova
31. Great Lake Swimmers – Great Lake Swimmers
30. Imogen Heap – Speak For Yourself
29. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Cold Roses
28. Paul Duncan – Be Careful What You Call Home
27. Nickel Creek – Why Should The Fire Die?
26. The Books – Lost And Safe
25. Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman
24. Jamie Lidell – Multiply
23. Sun Kil Moon – Tiny Cities
22. Spoon – Gimme Fiction
21. Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
20. M. Ward – Transistor Radio
19. New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
18. Stars – Set Yourself On Fire
17. Apollo Sunshine – Apollo Sunshine
16. Panic! At The Disco – A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
15. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy
14. Death Cab For Cutie – Plans
13. Coldplay – X & Y
12. Jason Collett – Idols Of Exile
11. Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch

10. José González – Veneer

09. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

08. Sigur Rós – Takk...

07. Feist – Let It Die

06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

05. My Morning Jacket – Z

04. Page France – Hello, Dear Wind

03. Wolf Parade – Apologies To The Queen Mary

02. Andrew Bird – The Mysterious Production Of Eggs

01. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

The 88 – Over And Over
Ben Folds – Songs For Silverman
The Boy Least Likely To – The Best Party Ever
Circa Survive – Juturna
The Cloud Room – The Cloud Room
Gatsbys American Dream – Volcano
Hot Hot Heat – Elevator
Kanye West – Late Registration
Koufax – Hard Times Are In Fashion
Limbeck – Let Me Come Home
Motion City Sountrack – Commit This To Memory
The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree
The Rocket Summer – Hello, Good Friend
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Jacksonville City Nights
Spitalfield – Stop Doing Bad Things

Miracle Fortress "Maybe Lately"

To be honest, I didn't start listening to Miracle Fortress until a few days ago and now that I have, I cannot stop. Their album, Five Roses, is a gem and will definitely be on my Favorite Albums of 2007 list. Graham Van Pelt, a Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, is the main man behind Miracle Fortress. One can definitely hint that there is a Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) influence/resemblance, which isn't a bad thing, however is it just me or has there been a lot of that lately. Anyway, please take a listen because it is definitely pleasing to the ears.

[MP3] Miracle Fortress – Maybe Lately

[Myspace] Miracle Fortress

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Making This Blog A Little More Exciting

I have made a goal for myself in the new, coming year to make this blog a little more exciting/unique. Hopefully most of you know that I am a singer/songwriter and that's my number one passion. Over the past year I have written/recorded a bunch of new songs and hope to continue that in the forthcoming year. A way that I thought of definitely being able to keep it going is to post a brand new song on this blog once a week. What do you think? I like the idea. More to come soon.

I originally was going to make a post about myself and make a sleepy mix because I do listen to a lot of my music as I fall asleep every night. However, I thought that might be too many songs, so you're better off just going here to download any song you want.

[Myspace] Brendan Losch
[Website] Brendan Losch

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Julie Odell "Swiftly Sweep My Deep Sleep"

I came across Julie Odell's music today and enjoy it very much. She is a singer/pianist from Louisiana, but currently resides in Memphis. Her music kind of reminds me of a Regina Spektor meets a soft Eisley. I don't know, basically it's good and you should have a listen.

[MP3] Julie Odell - Swiftly Sweep My Deep Sleep

[Myspace] Julie Odell

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International at Martyrs'

I first heard of the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International last year when I saw them open for Andrew Bird. I saw them again Friday night at Martyrs' and they are still fantastic. Their sound is a jazz meets traditional African music and if you like to dance, then this band is definitely for you.

[MP3] Occidental Brothers Dance Band International - Masanga

[Myspace] Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
[Website] Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

Friday, December 14, 2007

Favorite Albums Of 2006 (Revisited/Revised)

While we all wait for my Favorite Albums Of 2007 list, I thought I'd post my list from last year, taken from my old personal blog. Enjoy and feel free to share thoughts.

50. Destroyer – Destroyer's Rubies
49. Amos Lee – Supply & Demand
48. The Mountain Goats – Get Lonely
47. Mason Jennings – Bone Clouds
46. Gotan Project – Lunatico
45. Greg Laswell – Through Toledo
44. Guster – Ganging Up On The Sun
43. Brazilian Girls – Talk To La Bomb
42. Califone – Roots & Crowns
41. Sunset Rubdown – Shut Up I Am Dreaming
40. Calexico – Garden Ruin
39. The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America
38. TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
37. Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae
36. Tapes 'N Tapes – The Loon
35. Thom Yorke – The Eraser
34. Joanna Newsom – Ys
33. Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat
32. Phoenix – It's Never Been Like That
31. Hot Chip – The Waiting
30. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
29. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
28. Josh Ritter – Animal Years
27. David Bazan – Fewer Moving Parts [EP]
26. Sufjan Stevens – The Avalanche
25. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
24. Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time
23. Peter Bjorn & John – Writer's Block
22. Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope
21. M. Ward – Post War
20. The Black Keys – Magic Potion
19. Girl Talk – Night Ripper
18. Silversun Pickups – Carnavas
17. The Stills – Without Feathers
16. Josh Rouse – Subtitulo
15. Ray LaMontagne – Till The Sun Turns Black
14. Rocky Votolato – Makers
13. French Kicks – Two Thousand
12. The Format – Dog Problems
11. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife

10. As Tall As Lions – As Tall As Lions

09. Damien Rice – 9

08. Anathallo – Floating World

07. Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards

06. Page France – Hello, Dear Wind [Re-Release]

05. Brightblack Morning Light – Brightblack Morning Light

04. Beach House – Beach House

03. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar

02. Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther

01. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

Annuals – Be He Me
Brand New – The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
The Hush Sound – Like Vines
Keane – Under The Iron Sea
Lily Allen – Alright, Still
Loose Fur – Born Again In The USA
Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World
Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – The Dust Of Retreat
Matt Costa – Songs We Sing
Muse – Black Holes And Revelations
Mute Math – Mute Math
The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
Saves The Day – Sound The Alarm
Sound Team – Movie Monster
Wax On Radio – Exposition [Re-Release]

[Count Me Out] Favorite Albums Of 2005

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Favorite Live Shows Of 2006 (Revisited)

I felt like posting this as well, if anyone cares. As I said in the last post I wasn't as able to attend as many shows while away at school due to location and lack of a car. In 2006 I only attended around 10 shows and here were the top 5:

05. Silversun Pickups + Page France at Schubas (08.13.06)

Was my first time seeing Page France, a band I've been obsessed with for some time. Great show indeed. Silversun Pickups were good too, but probably one of the loudest bands I've ever experienced. Honestly left early because they were so loud.

04. Anathallo + Page France + Ben And Bruno at Schubas (10.27.06)

Three solid bands and three solid sets.

03. Calexico + Jason Collett at the Metro (06.23.06)

Went for Jason Collett, but ended up seeing probably one of the most flawless performances ever, from Calexico.

02. Andrew Bird + Occidental Brothers at Logan Square Auditorium (11.25.06)

First time seeing Bird and it was as amazing as I had expected.

01. Wilco + Detholz at the Auditorium Theater (11.24.06)

Can't go wrong with seeing one of your favorites bands, especially from the second row.

Favorite Live Shows Of 2007

I attended around 25 shows this year, mostly by myself, which is more than usual because in years past I've been away at school. Now that I am done with school, I am more able to attend these shows, however I'm sure most of the other music bloggers out there attend a much larger number. Anyway, here is a list of my Favorite Shows of 2007:

15. Page France + Bishop Allen at Subterranean (08.09.07)

An overall good show.

14. St. Vincent + Jolie Holland at Schubas (01.23.07)

This was my first time seeing St. Vincent and Annie just blew me away. She's so good live. Although she was sick, Jolie was great, but seemed to play somewhat of an overly long set.

13. the 1900's + Drug Rug at the Empty Bottle (10.12.07)

This was the record release show for the 1900's new album Cold & Kind and it was definitely a fun show.

12. Page France + Margot & The Nuclear So & So's at Beat Kitchen (03.09.07)

This was my third time seeing Page France and first time as a 6 piece. Mike Nau and gang rocked it. Margot's set was great too, although everyone was about to pass out from heat exhaustion.

11. Great Lake Swimmers + Sean Hayes at Schubas (06.29.07)

Sean Hayes really impressed me and the Great Lake Swimmers set was lovely.

10. Ferraby Lionheart + the Brunettes + the Lucksmiths at Schubas (09.26.07)

I'd been listening to a lot of Ferraby over the summer and it was great to finally see him live. the Brunettes were fun and the Lucksmiths standing singer/drummer was pretty neat.

09. Broken Social Scene Present Kevin Drew’s Spirit If... at the Metro (11.03.07)

This was my first time seeing Broken Social Scene and it was great to see/hear them play for 2.5 hours, but to be honest, the dragged out banter was a little weird/unnecessary.

08. Okkervil River + Damien Jurado at Logan Square Auditorium (09.18.07)

Finally got to see Okkervil live and they were great. Damien was great too.

07. Vampire Weekend + Grand Ole Party at Schubas (12.11.07)

I'd been listening to a lot of Vampire Weekend a few weeks before this show and still can't stop listening to them. I expect big things in 2008. I was impressed with Grand Ole Party as well.

06. Regina Spektor + Arcade Fire + Spoon + Willy Mason at Austin City Limits (09.14.07)

I wasn't officially at this show, but I did watch it online. Regina's set blew me away, much better than her Coachella set. Arcade Fire & Spoon were amazing as always and Willy Mason's solo performance & duet w/ his mom was nice too.

05. Wilco + Dr. Dog at the Pritzker Pavilion (09.12.07)

Not my personal favorite Wilco show because I was pretty far back, but the weather was amazing and they played around 26 songs (a few I've never heard live). Dr. Dog's brief set was also pretty sweet.

04. Grizzly Bear + Beach House at Park West (10.10.07)

A very intimate concert with two great bands playing great music.

03. Beirut + Colleen + Alaksa In Winter at the Portage Theatre (10.04.07)

A strange, but nice venue with a packed crowd. Beirut live is amazing, go see them. Colleen was great too.

02. Feist + Grizzly Bear at the Vic (06.17.07)

You can't go wrong with Miss Leslie Feist, she's just pure amazing and although I missed most of Grizzly Bear's set, their sound in the Vic was breathtaking.

01. Midlake + St. Vincent at Schubas (02.14.07)

A well spent Valentine's Day, but would have been better if Annie Clark was my Valentine. Annie’s set unfortunately was very short, maybe 15 minutes, but it was amazing as usual. Midlake were flawless. So so good live and I loved the short films playing in the background for every song.

A Few Shows I’m Mad That I Missed

- Daniel Johnston at Lakeshore Theater
- Arcade Fire + Electrelane at the Chicago Theatre
- The Police at Wrigley Field
- Iron & Wine + The 1900s at the Pabst Theatre (Milwaukee)
- José González at Park West
- Bowerbirds + Papercuts at Schubas
- Menomena + Field Music at the Empty Bottle
- Dr. Dog + Apollo Sunshine at the Empty Bottle
- Battles + Caribou at the Metro
- Josh Ritter at Park West
- Sondre Lerche at Park West

[Count Me Out] Favorite Live Shows Of 2006

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Joshua James "Happy X-Mas War Is Over"

Joshua James has posted a free download of "Happy X-Mas War Is Over" up on his myspace page. Have a listen.

[MP3] Joshua James – Happy X-Mas War Is Over

[Myspace] Joshua James
[Website] Joshua James

Beach House "Gila"

A new track, "Gila," off the forthcoming Beach House release, Devotion, out 2/26 via Carpark has made its debut. Have a listen below, it's quite lovely.

[MP3] Beach House – Gila

[Myspace] Beach House
[Website] Beach House

Grand Ole Party "Insane"

Grand Ole Party opened for Vampire Weekend last night at Schubas and I was thoroughly impressed with their performance. I even picked up their new album, Humanimals, which apparently doesn't come out until 2/5. Kristin Gundred, the bands lead singer/drummer was definitely a sight to see, but guitarist John Paul Labno wasn't far behind with his very jazzy, melodic guitar hooks. If this band heads to your town, be sure to check them out.

[MP3] Grand Ole Party – Insane

[Myspace] Grand Ole Party

Vampire Weekend at Schubas (12.11.07)

Vampire Weekend played a sold out show tonight at Schubas and it was great. To be honest, this was the first concert in awhile that I was actually pretty pumped to see because I've been listening to Vampire Weekend a lot lately. Perfect timing to hit up Chicago and they played every song. The opening band, Grand Ole Party, were pretty great as well.


01. Mansard Roof
02. Campus
03. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
04. M79
05. Bryn
06. I Stand Corrected
07. A-Punk
08. One
09. New Untitled
10. The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance
11. Boston
12. Oxford Comma
13. Walcott

[Myspace] Vampire Weekend
[Website] Vampire Weekend

[Count Me Out] Vampire Weekend on Daytrotter