Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Every year during January and February, I end up playing catch up on most of the best-of movies from the year before, and 2007/2008 has been no different. Recently I caught Into the Wild, a film I had meant to see when it was first released but never quite made it. Rather than going into specifics of the film, I'll just say that I thought it was one of my favorites from last year and that it is worth seeing. There are some great themes throughout and the ending is striking.
I will say that I wish I had seen the film earlier for one other reason- the soundtrack, which features Eddie Vedder, would most likely have been in my top 10 albums of 2007 had I heard it a few months back. It is terrific, and below is one of the highlights (which features Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney) - a cover of the song "Hard Sun." Although the album is only a bit over a half-hour long, it is worth the price of purchase. Check out the movie first, though, and the soundtrack will only sound better.
Mp3: Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
and as a bonus, here is another Into the Wild track, in demo version [courtesy Gremmie.net]:
Mp3: Eddie Vedder - No Ceiling (Demo)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Myspace Music: An Evaluation
-Introductions to great new artists that you've never heard of before. Immediate access to some of their music.
-Incessant friend requests from terrible bands. Pop-punk garbage piles have a tangible recording of their number of friends that can serve as a reminder of the unfairness of the music world.
With the way that information travels these days, it can be difficult to truly discover new music on your own - it seems much easier to be sick of hearing a band's name before you've even heard one of their songs. A little while back, I was looking for something new to listen to, and came across RickoLus' site through a local band's myspace page. It's great stuff, and most of it is available for free download on his website. If you like it, there is an area where you can donate to the cause of more music. Enjoy-
Mp3: RickoLus - Dear Projectionist
Monday, February 18, 2008
Very excited to share this one. After 2005's great "The Loon," Tapes 'n Tapes had a lot to live up to for their next release. All things point towards awesome with this new single, which toes the ever-difficult line of pushing things forward while keeping a good thing together. Below is a high-quality Mp3 of the song, but for a super-high quality file, head over to the band's site. While you're at it, send the Minnesota-ens some dollars. "Walk it Off," the forthcoming record, is due April 8.
Mp3: Tapes 'n Tapes - Hang Them All
Monday, February 11, 2008
So several of my friends (mainly just you, Jacqueline) have reminded me of their pumped-ness for the 2008 Westminster Dog Show (now underway). As such, I have selected two songs that I claim to be at least as cute as the puppy above, in a good way. Sorry for anyone looking for a nu-metal track. Not today.
Mp3: Simone White - Beep Beep Song
Mp3: Rosie Thomas ft. Sufjan Stevens - Say Hello