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Monday’s Music

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on April 26, 2010

Music Monday has been sparse but I’ve got some new discs rotating that I thought I would share with you. Also, if Kevin and Ty are reading this, consider this your cue to start thinking about that road trip playlist you want to hear on the way to Niagara next weekend. Hopefully some of these tunes carry me through today because it is going to be a battle.

Caribou – Swim
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Wiz Khalifa – Kush and OJ Mixtape
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Brahms – Brahms EP
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Sleigh Bells – hell 4wu EP
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The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
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Grimes – Geidi Primes
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Fang Island – Fang Island
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Small Black – Small Black EP
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March’s First Music Monday

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on March 8, 2010

Most of the last two weeks were commanded by fuzzy, lo-fi and then this weekend hit and anything you can imagine was fair game on the iPod as we made multiple Kelly Drive trips into the city. Windows down and the radio up, spring was hitting in full force and this trip along the river remains to be one of my favorite parts of the city. I also finally got to see the Philadelphia Art Museum on Sunday, as you can pay whatever you feel like for admission (I gave them $2).

Best Coast – Make You Mine 7″
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Best Coast – Best Coast 7″
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Justin Townes Earle – The Good Life
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Pearl Harbor – Something About the Chaparrals
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Freelance Whales – Weathervanes
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The Drums – Summertime EP
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The Bitters – East General
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Fugazi – In On the Kill Taker
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Another 2000

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on February 22, 2010

Music Monday has turned into a periodic posting of what I have been listening to over the course of the past couple weeks or so, or however long since the last Music Monday. Every other week seems like a good time frame going forward. You’ll notice a trend with about half of the albums, and the next couple posts will follow in the same pipeline…

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From Sunday Goons to Monday Tunes

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on February 1, 2010

A sampling of what I have been rotating on my commute, in the kitchen and in my room as of late. Fueling the fire.

Toro Y Moi – Causers of This
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
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A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
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KISS – Destroyer
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Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
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Beach House – Teen Dream
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Brother Reade – The Illustrated Guide to: 9 to 5
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Lee Fields & The Expressions – My World

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on January 11, 2010
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Lee Fields & The Expressions sound like a band who were plucked from another decade and dropped into the present. Luckily, they kept playing the music they knew best, and it is classic soul, which Lee Fields has been doing since the ’70s. Fields vocals are drenched in soul, hearkening back to legends like Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. My World is a collection of smoky ballads and fervent jams, from the sensual “Honey Dove” (my personal favorite) to their cover of Diana Ross and the Supremes’ “My World is Empty Without You”; this is a instant throwback, soul classic. “The Expressions Theme” was created for weekends, whether that be a sunny Saturday in the park, strolling through the city streets on a cool summer night, or driving top down with your lady at your side. Mondays are rough, get some soul today.

Japandroids – Post-Nothing

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on January 4, 2010
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A diluted Music Monday, I’ve had this album for months now and finally got around to listen to it last night. Post Nothing, is caustic, fuzzy and comforting. Japandroids make you want to grab a skateboard and bomb a hill, or steal a six pack from your Dad’s fridge and drink it in the basement, or start a band with your friend and make some noise for the hell of it. This will certainly be on repeat for a while (forcing Clipse – Til the Casket Drops out of rotation finally). From the first distorted note of The Boys Are Leaving Town to the last hanging chord of I Quit Girls, I am digging this certainly. Sorry for being so late on it.

Washed Out – Life of Leisure EP

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on December 14, 2009
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An aptly titled musical offering, you can hear the sun-bleached, surf-soaked, radiation-treated decay in every note and beat of this six song EP from Washed Out. Earnest Greene is the man behind the music and Life of Leisure is an engaging combination of driving synth rhythms, crackling beats and sprinkled with his spacey vocals. Hold Out boasts an intro that sounds like the opening credit montage from a cult 80’s pop classic that was recorded on a VCR and rewatched until the film’s tape started to wear thin, then subsequently layer Greene’s vocals, which were recorded on an orbiting space shuttle, over the instrumentation. It all comes together on the EP’s best track, Feel It All Around, is a hazy, dreamy sunset that meanders down until it’s gone below the horizon as you’re left coming down from the punch-drunk high.

There is a plethora of lo-fi, throwback rock and synthpop permeating the world right now and Washed Out is at the top of the class. The EP format is perfect because it leaves you longing for more and it’s impossible start all over again. Check out the full length High Times as well for more pleasure.

Music Monday Montage

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on November 30, 2009

Since I missed last Music Monday, this week I would give you a taste of what has been rotating pretty heavily in my car/computer/iPod/iHome/tape deck for the past two weeks, in no particular order.

Mike Posner – One Foot Out the Door
Best Track: I Don’t Trust Myself
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Beirut – Realpeople Holland EP
Best Track: Venice
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Baroness – Blue Album
Best Track: A Horse Called Golgotha
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Atlas Sound – Logos
Best Track: Walkabout feat. Noah Lennox
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(This album cover will never stop freaking me out)

Lupe Fiasco – Enemy of the State: A Love Story
Best Track: Say Somethin’
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Volcano Choir – Unmap
Best Track: Island, IS
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Isis – Panopticon
Best Track: Altered Course
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Eclecticism at it’s finest.

Tegan and Sara – Sainthood

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on November 16, 2009

You would be hard pressed to find a band with a bigger buzz than the precocious tandem of Canadian sisters, Tegan and Sara. I know I was not alone in feeling the excitement and anticipation leading up to the release of their newest album, Sainthood, and thankfully they brought forth another fantastic offering.

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Listen to Northshore

Laced with a brooding pop sensibility throughout, Sainthood seems to take a slightly more serious tone than the duo’s previous releases. The consistent synth presence give the album a more melodic 80’s, new wave vibe, which actually compliments the poignancy of the Quin twins quite well, especially on tracks like On Directing and Don’t Rush. From the straight forward rock of Northshore, to the mellow and subtle intricacy of The Ocean (my current personal favorite) to the quirkiness of Alligator, Sainthood is dynamic, emotional and relentlessly addictive. Short and sweet today. Go get this album.

Donnis – Diary of an ATL Brave

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on November 9, 2009

I want to do more hip-hop albums here, but I never find myself taking to the time to spotlight them on Mondays.

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10 Deep knows how to pick their players well. On their 3rd sponsored mixtape, they’ve tapped Atlanta’s Donnis to go in and as hard as it may have been to follow Kid Cudi and Wale, the kid steps up pretty well. Diary of an ATL Brave kicks off with an 808s and Heartbreaks sounding beat as Donnis gets into his introduction about being a hipster but not wanting to be labeled one, etc etc but a solid opener nonetheless. Underdog really gets the album going with a soulful sample for the hook and an energetic horn section. Lyrically Donnis is on point, clever punchlines and wordplay, definitely on par with his 10 Deep predecessors but also bringing his own southern ATL flair to the table. You can feel the southern inflection in his voice, more prevalent on some tracks than others, that is reminiscent of David Banner mixed with B.O.B.

“Roadrunner tryna run it like a track meet. I’m the bomb bitch, ACME.”

Listen to Underdog

The first half of the album is filled with some solid bangers. Booming beats courtesy of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (who do the majority of the album’s tracks) and Bun-B’s velvet vocals fire on Country Cool. Colin Munroe guests on the chorus of I Am Me, which hits in the middle of a string of songs with an R&B-ish chorus and mellower flow and Donnis hits a little lull here in the middle of the album. 10 Deep produces a signature T-shirt for each of artists’ release and on this time around they opt to use the track Sexytime for the theme, which is a mildly entertaining song with a few cheeky rhymes, but overall comes off a little cheesy. Diary of an ATL Brave comes to a close after only eleven tracks with Ticket to the Moon, but you can feel the potential oozing out of this kid on the release as a whole. The album is easily worth the listen even if only for the first half and another solid 10 Deep drop as well.