Friday, December 30, 2005

Look Bits, Ageless Bits, Elevator Bits

UPDATE: January 03, 2006 - This is the 25th and final Big Bad Bit post. I've had a lot of fun sharing some of the music I've found on the internet over the last couple of months. I've discovered a ton of really good music, some incredibly nice people (check out the folks on the Big Bad Bit Map in the sidebar), as well as some absolute a**holes (you know who you are). But the time has come to move on and so it must be. I'll turn off the Comments feature in a few days - so if you've got anything pleasant to say or some mud to sling, cough it up now or forever hold your peace. Thanks for visiting!

Stars - Look Up
Stars - Ageless Beauty
Stars - Elevator Love Letter

Meet my newest obsession. I recently discovered
Stars, who hail from Montreal, and I’m hooked. They just released their third album, Set Yourself On Fire, which features Ageless Beauty. I’m also posting Look Up (my absolute favorite) and Elevator Love Letter, both from their second album, Heart. You can watch the Elevator Love Letter video at MuchMusic. I really like Amy Millan’s voice, especially when it is layered in harmony, and I like the band’s extremely tasteful use of different instruments such as reeds and brass (including French horn). How cool is that? I’m going to have to buy all three of their albums (the first being Nightsongs) or I will die.

Odeon Beatclub - Something Perfect, Something Beautiful

Meet my other newest obsession. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland but that has nothing to do with my recent infatuation with Glasgow’s Odeon Beatclub. I hear some musical similarities between Stars and Odeon Beatclub, don’t you? Odeon Beatclub is a little sharper around the edges than Stars but I like that about them. Download another one of their songs, Take It Off, and listen to samples of other great tracks at the band’s web site. The EP that features Something Perfect, Something Beautiful appears to be sold out at present - I hope more become available soon.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Wry Bits, Velvet Bits, Xmas Bits

I closed my car door on several of my fingers yesterday morning. Nothing broken but it hurt about as much as you would expect. Typing is a little uncomfortable so remarks will be kept to a minimum in this post.

Fleckfumie – From The Morning

This song was the only one I downloaded this week that really impressed me.

Mew – Am I Wry? No

Another example of a great band I never would have heard of without the internet.

New London Fire – I Sing The Body Holographic

I don’t know a thing about New London Fire but if I had more fingers functioning I’d Google them within an inch of their lives.

Becky Sharp – Beach Ball

These boys are sharp but not one of them is named Becky. They rock though.

Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties

I snagged this tune from
Hug Robot Radio last month and I’m grateful to Scott for posting it. Velvet Underground first released it in the US as a single in 1966. I’m not terribly familiar with what Velvet Underground created beyond Sweet Jane so I’m happy to have found something that broadens my knowledge of the band. All Tomorrow’s Parties quickly grew on me and I found myself listening to it a lot at work. I like the jangly guitars, the droning piano, and Nico’s delightfully bad vocals.

Morningwood – Nth Degree

I’m reposting this one for two reasons: 1. A lot of people have visited my blog only because they were looking for Nth Degree and the file in my original post of October 7 expired a long time ago. 2. I like this song a lot.

That’s enough typing for tonight. I’ll be back in two weeks.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, OK?