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Don’t Call it a Comeback…and Paper Route June 29, 2009

What up friends,

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I’ll not waste much time making an excuse for the unforgivable gap between posts because I assure it would be a ridiculous lie that no one would ever believe. So I’ll just show up unannounced on my own blog and hope my absence has gone unnoticed.

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Paper Route AbsenceSpeaking of the word “absence”, I have for many years held with deep conviction the belief that if an electronic rock album was ever released with the aforementioned word as the title, it would be incredible. Imagine my excitement a couple months ago upon finding out that all these years I have been correct.

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Paper Route, my very dear friends from college and Nashville, after a couple ep’s, released their first full length album on Universal Motown Records entitled…you guessed it… Absence. The album was released during my blogging hiatus so at this point isn’t fresh news, but the live stream of their performance tonight at Grantland Studio is. It starts 9pmEst tonight and is going to blow minds all over the planet.

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J.T., Andy, Chad & Gavin

J.T., Andy, Chad & Gavin

Chad, J.T., Gavin & Andy (in order of tallest to shortest) are as sexy, gifted and classy a group of guys as you’re likely to come across, and I’ve been extremely proud and excited to see that all their hard work and development is paying off.

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Check out their captivating Oscar-worthy promo of tonight’s festivities starring Andy Smith as “Guy riding a bike down the hall”.

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As I always knew it would, their album Absence is seriously one of the top 5 albums I’ve heard this year, and I assure you I say that not just as a friend but as a music fan and internationally-known blogger. (It’s true, someone from Canada visited once.) Please buy hundreds of copies, check them out on tour right now and tune in for their live stream tonight on their Myspace

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Here is the Video for their first single from Absence – “Carousel”

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Peace, David

Paper Route Online

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Winning the Battle, Losing the War March 6, 2009

So WordPress is the worst ever because it doesn’t allow embedding. So all of the songs I post have to be crappy sounding videos from you tube. Ridiculous. 

download1Quiet is the New Loud, the debut album by Norwegian indie folk duo Kings of Convenience, started a small movement among the European underground. The duo consists of childhood friends Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye who is also the frontman of The Whitest Boy Alive. Winning the Battle, Losing the War is a perfect example of the subtle beauty of their approach to songwriting and performance.

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“Winning A Battle, Losing The War”Even though I’ll never need her, 
even though she’s only giving me pain, 
I’ll be on my knees to feed her, 
spend a day to make her smile again Even though I’ll never need her, 
even though she’s only giving me pain 
As the world is soft around her, 
leaving me with nothing to disdain. 

Even though I’m not her minder, 
even though she doesn’t want me around, 
I am on my feet to find her, 
to make sure that she is safe and sound. 

Even though I’m not her minder, 
even though she doesn’t want me around, 
I am on my feet to find her, 
to make sure that she is safe from harm. 

The sun sets on the war, 
the day breaks and everything is new…

 

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As a bonus free of charge I’ve also posted The Whitest Boy Alive’s infectious indie pop track – Burning. Please let me know what you think…Enjoy!

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New Release Tuesday January 20, 2009

What’s happenin’ everyone? Awesome…I’m going to start a new ongoing weekly category of the notable CD’s & DVD’s that are released every Tuesday.

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And if there are any that I overlook I’d love for people to post others…Thanks for reading! Peace

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CD’s – Greatest day ever! Several great new album releases and a new president all before lunch!!! (I had lunch at 1pm ET so I did eat it under the new and current administration…If you had lunch at say-11:45 am then that statement was not true for you. Sorry…It may also not be the “greatest day ever” if you don’t share my political affiliations in which case I am also sorry and would recommend finding someone and requesting a hug or perhaps a frozen treat such as a milkshake or a banana that has been left in the freezer. Hugs and frozen treats usually brighten my day.) Anywho…Here you go:

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blood-bank-epBon Iver – Blood Bank e.p.

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I am ridiculously excited about this one and am listening to it right now. For those unfamiliar, Bon Iver (pronounced – Bonnie Vare…French for “good winter”) is the brain child of Wisconsin’s Justin Vernon. He recorded his stunning 2008 debut For Emma, Forever Ago alone in a secluded cabin over the course of 3 months and in the midst of a breakup and serious illness. He released it independently in late 2007 and was re-released to a wider audience by indie label Jagjaguwar several months later.

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There has been some concern among fans that new recordings produced in a polished environment won’t produce the same raw magic and emotion of Emma. I had the same hesitation, but even though Blood Bank is fuller and more polished, it in no way detracts from the quality or power of the songs and performances. I will warn that there will be an initial knee jerk reaction to the Imogen Heap, Hide & Seek inspired vocoder and auto-tune drenched track Woods. Great start for 2009. Hope we see a full length later in the year.

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noble-beastAndrew Bird – Noble Beast

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This is Bird’s follow-up to his 2007 excellent Armchair Apocrypha album. He stated in an interview that “the record I want to make here and now – the one I wish I could find in my local record store, is a gentle, lulling, polyrhythmic, minimalist yet warm tapestry of acoustic instruments. No solos, just interlocking parts.” If he’s looking for that album I would recommend he go purchase his previous release that accomplished that objective quite well. I’m looking forward to hear how well he’s able to build on his past successes.

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Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Challenging, experimental set from Baltimore-based Indie rock super group.

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antonyaAntony & the Johnsons – The Crying Light

One of the most unique and intimate singers around today.

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getguilty1A.C. Newman – Get Guilty

Pop rock craftsman behind The New Pornographers

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Remixes of Thom Yorke’s- as good as it needs to be- solo record

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Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band – The Mountain

Reissue of 1999’s classic collaboration between two country music legends.

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DVD’s
Nothing too exciting that struck me for this week with the possible exception of The Express which is the story of Ernie Davis-the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner for those of you into inspirational sports movies. Several great DVD releases the next several weeks.