Sunday, December 25, 2005
We are going to be in sunny Naples (Florida) throughout the next 2 weeks for the holidays. Hope all of you stay warm and safe and enjoy your time with family and friends! We'll miss posting and look forward to sharing pictures and anectdotes upon our return :)
Monday, December 19, 2005
Laura Veirs songs resurfaced on my iTunes player. . .
Well, Jose can tell you all about my mixed feelings toward Laura Veirs -- although she possesses all the qualities I love in a musician (being quirky yet introspective, atmospheric yet lyric driven, etc.) there just seemed to be something missing. She even messaged me on myspace and I wasn't close to being sold. Even so, I wanted to give her a fair chance and thought perhaps seeing her perform live would make me a fan. However, I think it was her complacent stage presence that left me dissatisfied despite the fact that she sounded fantastic. Fast forward several months later, to this particular evening actually, and I finally feel like I've come to terms with her music -- really, why was I so resistant?
Laura Veirs - Bedroom Eyes Highly Recommended
Laura Veirs - Galaxies (video)
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Upon our return to Cleveland, we had the opportunity to soak in some new music from the iPod. Here are some current favorites:
The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - Concerning Lessons Learned from the Aliens Love this song but still trying to memorize the band's crazy long name. Learn more about them on their website.
The Owls - Air A warm, breezy, and mellow song. . .too catchy for its own good!
Goldspot - Rewind You Aint No Picasso and Rock Insider introduced us to this band, among so many others. Download a couple other songs on YANP's post here and RI's post here.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
There has been quite a bit of hype surrounding the musicians, José González and Miguel Mendez. Although, based on their names you may be surprised with what you hear.
José González, pictured above, is from Sweden and heavily influenced by the works of Nick Drake and other forlorn troubadours. His music is lush and tender. Definitely check out his cover of Heartbeats, originally by The Knife.
José González - Heartbeats
Also, check out his trippy video -- can someone please offer some insight?
Video: Stay in the Shade
As for Miguel Mendez, he is from Brooklyn (via LA) and sounds eerily similar to David Bazan of Pedro the Lion. You may have first been introduced to his song, You've Got Me All Wrong, when performed by close friends, Dios Malos, on one of the O.C. Soundtracks.
Miguel Mendez - You've Got Me All Wrong
Check them out on myspace to stream more music:
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
And, since we're talking about snowmen, download Fiona's playful rendition of Frosty the Snowman:
Fiona Apple - Frosty the Snowman
As well as her beautiful cover of Hendrix's Angel, which I ended up finding yesterday while backing up an ancient computer:
Fiona Apple - Angel
Sunday, December 11, 2005
The first discovery being that Stanley Kubrick was a photographer prior to his career in film. His engaging photographs taken, while working at Look Magazine in the 1940's, have been compiled in Drama & Shadows by Rainer Crone. Which was recently released just in time for the holidays, providing the perfect gift for the ultimate Kubrick fan.
While checking out various Kubrick related items on Amazon, we came across Full Metal Jacket Diary by Matthew Modine. This intrigued us since we are both fans of the movie and also reminded us of Pony Up's highly entertaining song, "Matthew Modine."
Pony Up! - Matthew Modine
Pony Up! toured and released a split single with Ben Lee earlier this year, which inspired him to start covering it at his own shows, including the one we saw in April.
Ben Lee - Matthew Modine
Our last discovery is completely unrelated but equally cool. While reading the New York Times, Jose happened upon a feature about video blogs (officially referred to as vlogs). One particular vlog that was mentioned is Rocketboom, which is hosted by Amanda Congdon, and just celebrated its one year anniversary. Some of their webcast topics include: Remembering John Lennon, Internet Explorer vs. Firefox, and a trip to the Brooklyn Brewery.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Back in May, thanks to Torr, I discovered The Hourly Radio. I will admit that I enjoyed their music so much that I actually bought the EP, which can now be found on iTunes here. It may be a bold statement -- however, I feel as though this band is one of my favorites of 2005 (along with We are Scientists). The Hourly Radio has recently gained more notoriety due to opening for the likes of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Stellastarr*, and being added to woxy's rotation. While their sound isn't anything groundbreaking, there is clearly something unique that draws you in. If you tend to enjoy early U2, The Verve, early South, and Doves -- definitely check out their "Dublin via Texas" sound on myspace and below:
The Hourly Radio - Lost + Found
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
She played a long set (nearly 2 hours!) and sang most everything we wanted. . .with the exception of Never is a Promise and First Taste -- while keeping true to her original setlist outlined here.
Check out these favorite rarities:
Fiona Apple - Paper Bag (Live)
Fiona Apple - Never is a Promise (KCRW Acoustic)
PS - By some chance, if anyone reading this happens to have Fiona's (live) rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel", I would so appreciate it if you could send the mp3 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 02, 2005
Onto the music -- today felt especially Christmas-y due to the peaceful snowfall in our neck of the woods. As a result, we felt compelled to listen to Holiday music and share some unconventional favorites of ours:
Cheech and Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady Jose relates to this song b/c of the Latino in him. . .although, he is pretty white (especially in the winter!)
Soul Coughing - Suzy Snowflake Kelly thinks this sounds like Bloodhound Gang, but Jose INSISTS that it is Soul Coughing
No Doubt - Oi to the World Originally by the Vandals, but we prefer this version. . .and makes us both really hyper :)
Reindeer Section - When I Come Home For Christmas Melancholy and soothing, highly recommended
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Bonus Track: Broadcast - Pendulum
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Top 5 Movies: (although, not all were officially released in '05)
Honorable Mention: The Machinist
Top 5 Cleveland Restaurants:
Honorable Mention: Vue
Top 5 Shows:
- Sufjan Stevens/Laura Veirs @ The Beachland Ballroom (Cle, OH)
- American Analog Set/Amandine @ The Andy Warhol Museum (Pitt, PA)
- Ben Lee/Maria Taylor @ The Agora Ballroom (Cle, OH)
- Arcade Fire/Walkmen - Lollapalooza @ Grant Park (Chi, IL)
- Stars/Most Serene Republic @ The Grog Shop (Cle, OH)
Honorable Mentions: Interpol/Boom Bip @ The Agora Theater (Cle, OH) & Aqualung/Cary Bros. @ Cambridge Room (Cle, OH)
Prediction: Fiona Apple @ House of Blues (Cle, OH) this coming Monday!
Top 5 Beverages:
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Athlete - You Got the Style Selected from Kelly's first mix cd to Jose
Swearing at Motorists - Flying Pizza From Jose's first mix cd to Kelly
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Reunion - Stars One of the many fabulous songs by this Canadian band
Let the Distance Bring us Together - Bright Eyes and Brit Daniel A favorite by both of these very talented musicians
Welcome Home - Idlewild A standout from one of the best albums of 2005, Warnings/Promises
Come Together - Annie An exceptionally cool, calm, and dancy song
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Regardless of the countless films I've seen that focus on random individuals, slowly revealing their connections with one another throughout the allotted 90 minutes or so -- I just can't seem to get enough. This recurring theme of interrelated characters, if done correctly, can make for a quality film (ie - 21 Grams, You and Me and Everyone We Know). However, if done wrong, the movie risks turning out painfully boring (ie - In the Bedroom, The Safety of Objects).
The movie, Heights, centers around Isabel, a young woman experiencing change in every facet of her life -- from her relationship with her distant fiance to her unfulfilling day job. Usually sleepwalking her way through life, she is confronted with issues that cannot be ignored any longer. Taking place over a 24 hour time period, Isabel finally finds herself questioning everything.
Heights has a promising plot, great acting, and tremendous cinematography -- although, fell short of my expectations. Despite an interesting balance of irony and predictability throughout the film's development, it's conclusion was simply cliche.
Watch the Trailer here
Enjoy a few favorites:
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Il Bastardo's Sangiovese di Toscana complimented our white pizza and salad very well. Initially, the wine was slightly tart, but after a few sips it proved to be light on the tannins, having hints of black cherry.
The wine has 12.5% alc. and is a product of Rufina, Italy.
Nouvelle Vague - Friday Night Saturday Morning This smooth rendition, originally by The Specials, is a reminder of times long ago (and not so long ago!)
The Clientele - Saturday A mellow KCRW recording that is a lovely song to wake up to. If you have the opportunity, see this band live -- we saw them open for Spoon last spring and they made a lasting impression.
Boards of Canada - Hey Saturday Sun Imagine listening to Air and Zero 7 in slow motion. This band's latest album, The Campfire Headphase, provides perfect background music.
Evan Goodberry - Saturday Simply beautiful. . .highly recommended
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka SAD) is right around the corner. So, in an effort to prevent those from catching this epidemic, here are some songs that are guarenteed to lift spirits:
Morningwood - Nth Degree Highly recommended! Morningwood is extremely fun, no pun intended. . .
Au Revoir Simone - Disco Song Always a sucker for hand claps and duet-y female vocals
Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away Even Jose sings along to this one ;) Hope it won't be as over played as "Take Me Out"
Of Montreal - Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games Crazy catchy -- just download it, you'll see
Jupiter One - I Turn the Radio Up All of the songs I've heard from them are infectious
Chin Up Chin Up - Virginia A hazy, dreamy, beautiful song -- Jose put this song on a mix for me waaay back. Sounds like it should be on the O.C. Soundtrack, but in a good way
Monday, November 14, 2005
Also, it was a pleasant surprise being introduced to Amandine, who's performance complimented AmAnSet's nicely. The band, who hail from Sweden, said that this particular show was their very first performance in the states. Amandine was originally called "Wichita Linemen" but they dropped that name last year when they signed with Fat Cat Records. We think they sound very similiar to Sun Volt, exhibiting a simple yet dimensional folk/americana sound. Amandine's studio recordings don't do their sound justice -- however, you should definitely check out this title track off their debut album (which comes out in the states tommorow):
Friday, November 11, 2005
So, we're going to Pittsburgh this weekend, where (among other things) we will see The American Analog Set play at the Andy Warhol Museum.
If you like ambient pop, check out a couple of their songs:
AmAnSet - The Postman (mp3)
AmAnSet - She's Half (mp3)
Buy this arty poster of theirs here.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Two of the beers we were already familiar with: Stella and Hoegaarden -- actually, Hoegaarden was one of the only beers Kelly would drink prior to this experience. . .
Our favorites, however, were the Westmalle Trapist (monks make this!) and Framboise (tastes like raspberry reduction, complimenting dark chocolate excellently).
Although, unfortunately we did taste a beer we were not particularly fond of -- Duchesse de Bourgogne (which tastes undeniably like vinegar). . .but, to humor the beer connoisseur, we told him it reminded us of cider, ha
Interestingly enough, we were introduced to a beer, Lindeman's Gueuze, that uses no yeast and has a cork like a champagne bottle's. This beer had a prominent citrus aftertaste and was very pleasant.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
Gemma Hayes - Tomorrow (mp3)
Gemma Hayes - Keep Me Here (mp3)
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Ben Lee/New Buffalo @ The Basement in C-bus (11/5/05)
New Buffalo doing her thang -- she was impressive Ben Lee rocking out (note the manly flowers on the mic)
Meanwhile, we were enjoying ourselves on a couch in the bar
Ben Lee and New Buffalo covering a Lucinda Williams song for the encore
We recently stumbled upon the new Sigur Rós tour dates -- where there is, suprisingly, lots of love for Ohio (our apologies, Chicago). With the most recent Sigur Rós tour, we were slightly devastated that they came nowhere remotely close (with the exception of Ann Arbor, MI).
However, we did have the good fortune of hearing the Sigur Rós performance at the Boston Opera House -- so generously provided by Bradley's Almanac. If you have not heard it yet, check it out.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
If you like a chardonnay light on the acidity and slightly fruit forward. There are hints of apple and pear ;) Compliment this wine with brie cheese and calamata olives.
You should pick it up at your local heinen's in the "Best Wines under $10" section or just remember this label
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Sufjan Stevens is just full of suprises. From dressing up in a cheerleader uniform at his shows to openly expressing his dream of having 10 kids. . .
Check out this Sufjan interview here and learn the true meaning of the word, "daunting."
Also, buy one of his fancy t-shirts here