We Feel Alone, We Feel Alright

26 Aug

I’m starting to believe  I may have the plague; 30 hrs straight in bed with no end in sight. At least I know who the douche was to give me this little gift of death, if someone sees that Shane Sweeting punch him in the face.

Most people load themselves up on Nyquil and vitamin C, I on the the other hand take advantage of my situation. So far today I’ve nearly drank three pots of coffee and have downloaded two gigs of music:) if my internet goes down then I’ll start complaining.

Hopefully by the middle of next week I’ll have the coveted Fall Playlist up. I’ve got the songs gathered I’ve just got to find a way of narrowing the four hundred songs in my own personal fall mix down to twenty-five to pass along. It’s coming  I promise.

So here are the download worthy songs I’ve compiled this week:

Model Worker – “Modern Luxury [mp3]

The title track off of their self-titled EP  from this unsigned band out of Chicago who I’ve yet to see live. Hopefully they’ll stop by Indy in the near future so i can change that.

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Jhameel – “The Human Condition[mp3]

By now it’s not much of secret how impressed I have been by “Shut-Up.”  I’m not sure what else I could do to promote that track (Heycoolkid.net, Listen Before You Buy) but I’m trying.  “The Human Condition,” the title track off of Jhameel’s self-released EP,  shows again how well he uses his vocals to carry and shift the rhythm of a song.  His range is incredible, I can’t remember ever even caring about someone’s “range” that’s how much he impresses me, it has something to do with how his vocals are merely part of the song rather than the focal point. How everything blends so well amongst itself is what capture me the most about this track. That and we get a vibe from the song that is quite askew from what should be given off if we were only to take in the content of the lyrics. If you want more head over to his website and pick the EP up for free yourself.

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Born Gold – “Alabaster Bodyworlds [mp3]

It’s taken me a minute but I’m adjusting to Gobble Gobble’s new name. I still prefer the original and think that the change wasn’t necessary. They make great music though so it really doesn’t make much of a difference, Born Gold just seems so pretentious.  This is the single they’re pushing off of the upcoming Bodysongs album coming out on Sept 9 which will include Heycoolkid! favorites Lawn Knives and Boring Horror, I’m yet to find if the re-release will be new versions or not, I do know that they are working on the Lawn Knives Video as I type which I am stoked about so you can be sure I’ll put it up on the facebook page the second it touches the internet.

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.Handsome Furs – “Memories Of The Future” [mp3]

This is my favorite track from Sound Kapital. The day where simple yet embracing lyrics like  “I feel alone, I feel Alright” don’t connect will probably be the end of my love for music and the things it helps me get through. Handsome Furs just continue doing what they do best, which is prove why I hate Canadian music…because it’s so damn good.

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Active Child – “Hanging On” [mp3]

Pat Grossi first came onto the scene last year with his highly praised “Curtis Lane EP” that bloggers couldn’t get enough of, myself included. Active Child’s debut album “You Are All I See” came out on Monday and perpetuates what he started a year ago.  This is how good Chillwave can be and indie at it’s finest.

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.Air Review – “America’s Son” [mp3]

I’ve had this song slated to add on a playlist for weeks but have been waiting for the video to go viral before doing so. They started leaking photos from the shoot and two things immediately hit me; one this video could be amazing and two I’ve never been annoyed more by a slow leak. So today the “America’s Son” video has officially been released and I’m instantly in love. I didn’t think it would hold up to my own hype but it exceeds it. Honestly it makes the song better and that is a rare thing indeed. The video actually chokes me up, i could try to explain why but I think once you’ve watched it yourself you’ll completely understand and if not it probably wouldn’t be worth the effort to try.

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.Youth Lagoon – “Montana” [mp3]

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Audio milk described the Youth Lagoon debut album as “…lush arrangements that travel through his nostalgia while capturing a deep sense of yearning…” which is completely fitting (I think I want something similar as my epitaph).  “Montana” drifts and drifts and draws you in slowly then explodes into an unresolved mass of emotion.  Hope you dig it as much as I do.

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.The Traveling Band – “Battlescars” [mp3]

I stumbled upon The Traveling Band a few weeks ago when I caught a live video of them performing “Sundial.”I’ve been getting more and more into them each day since. This is my second favorite song thus far, sundial still remaining numero uno for the time being.

Conrad Plymouth – “I Am Not Waiting Anymore”[mp3]

Conrad Plymouth  put out an EP earlier today of b-sides that didn’t make the upcoming album. Really? If these songs aren’t good enough to make the cut how incredible is the LP going to be? It’s a name your price thing so if you want it for free you can have it for that but if you want to show how much the songs are truly worth you may have to hold a kickstarter to raise the funds.  Once again this was brought to my attention by Tim Showalter on his Strand Of Oaks page who refuses let anything Conrad Plymouth go unnoticed.  That dude is nearly as good at noticing great bands before everyone else does as he is at creating music.

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.Pomegranates – “Softness” [mp3]

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How it has happened I’m not sure but this is the first time I’ve featured a song from Pomegranates. I caught these guys  at Locals Only a few years ago and have kept my ear in their direction ever since. They were so subtle live and passive, letting the songs breathe and be themselves so each song came across immensely impressive.  This song showed up on My Old Kentucky Blog last week and reminded me how I’ve neglected one of my Midwestern favorites.

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.Mad Atlantic – “Take A Minute And Just Dance” [mp3]

I’m rather new to Mad Atlantic. Kaelin Bougneit obviously has been influenced by Ben Gibbard and probably the whole year of 2005 and some neutral milk or more likely some band that was influenced by neutral milk. What I’m getting at is there are underlying influences that come across on “Take A Minute And Just Dance” that are far from obvious yet familiar enough that you know instantly whether it’s something you enjoy or not, i definitely enjoy it.

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.Jhameel – “Cafe Du Monde” [mp3]

I really couldn’t decide between “The Human Condition” or “Cafe Du Monde” and why should I have to?

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.Lana De Rey – “Video Games” [mp3]

If this song touches radio, which inevitably it will, each and every one of us promoting Lana Del Rey are going to regret how great this song is. If you want to enjoy this song with like-minded people who appreciate music for the artistic aspect you better get to an LDR show soon because next year expect to hear conversations about “America’s Next Top Model” and “Jersey Shore” being shouted over her other songs and then watch those same kids go nuts when this one comes on. It’s a horrible tangent about great music like this, it’s so good we can’t keep it to ourselves and eventually we have to either leave it or appear amongst mainstream followers. I’m going to enjoy it while I can.

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.Stornoway – “On the Rocks” [mp3]

This is me attempting to make up for being late to the party with Stornoway. There isn’t a single song from them that I haven’t fallen in love with. Not a single one! If you haven’t given them a chance I can’t help but ask why not.

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Lia Ices – “Love is Won” [mp3]

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.In Media Res – “Hollis” [mp3]

I’m closing this weeks’ playlist by letting the song speak for itself. IMR make great emotion driven music, “hollis” is a good example. I’ll leave it at that.

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All songs are for promotion purposes only. If you like what  you hear make the effort to get a physical copy or at least go to see the band when they are in town which is even more important. If you are/represent an artist on this page and would like it removed, all you have to do is ask. I honestly believe the art is more important than the artists and will make sure to let everyone know that you disagree with that philosophy.

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