• albums I loved in 2009

    Dic 31 2009, 1:34

    Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
    Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
    The xx - XX
    Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
    White Denim - Fits
    Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
    Julie Doiron - I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day
    Metric - Fantasies (initially)
    Apostle of Hustle - Eats Darkness
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
    HEALTH - Get Color
    Peaches - I Feel Cream
    Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    Sleigh Bells - Hellwu
    St. Vincent - Actor
    Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre
    YACHT - See Mystery Lights
  • best performances I saw in 2009

    Ott 19 2009, 7:41

    Remaining planned concerts for the year are Amy Milan, Metric, Mum, Dinosaur Jr, dd/mm/yyyy and Thunderheist. Maybe they'll make a difference but I don't think so. Will edit accordingly.

    20. Monotonix @ Tubby Dog, June 26
    This was a different experience in comparison to most of what I saw. Monotonix were one of the more ridiculously hyped artists at Sled Island due to a crazy live show. The crazy live show often follows a similar formula but Monotonix really captivated me because the tiny venue was packed and we were stuck outside. They came outside and played on the side, the singer standing on a large mailbox. Just thought it was awesome they cared enough to come out and from looking at the guy you could see he truly did not give a shit about restraint or his own safety.

    19. Crystal Castles @ Sasquatch, May 23
    Crystal Castles are not a fantastic live act. The crowd was insane, the volume was excruciating and the venue was a tiny crammed tent in a record hot Washington evening. Crowdsurfing and moshing were just about equal to the dancing going on. I was caught off guard completely and just had a blast trying not to die while the synths sirened and the beats blasted. Plus I got to boost the hot kid in the pyjamas for a crowd surf which was a treat after spotting him and giggling so many times.

    18. The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Central United Church, June 24
    Opening for Final Fantasy, The RAA were a band I'd been hearing about but predicted a mellow folksy set. The skill of the musicians and the seamless blend of folk with pop guitar, rock drums and warm synthesizers was exciting and the endless waiting for the headliner became forgetting everything but the performers in front of me. I was most impressed by the drummer.

    17. Metric (Acoustic) @ The Grand Theatre, April 22
    After frantic and dedicated calls to a radio station I hated, I secured the tickets to the winners only show. Most of the songs on Fantasies work equally well in an acoustic format and several were vast improvements. I've seen Broken Social Scene 5 times but this was the only time I caught Emily Haines on vocals for Anthems. Ended up in the first row. Got a little snubbed by the band after the show when we waited an hour or so for their exit but it was a very intimate and unique offering from a band I've long loved.

    16. Fleet Foxes @ Sasquatch, May 25
    Only listened to a bit of Fleet Foxes beforehand but the mainstage was stacked on this particular day so I wanted to check them out. Very pretty, captivating and managed to be mellow without being boring. Just very enjoyable and relaxing after dancing to Santigold and being crushed for Gogol Bordello.

    15. The SSRIs @ Tubby Dog, June 23
    The Sled Island warm up day held little of interest for me but The SSRIs were a very pleasant surprise. A nice blend of 90s style emo and experimental indie rock is something I rarely see (or seek out). A surprise and nice jolt out of my comfort zone was incredibly refreshing.

    14. DeVotchKa @ Sasquatch, May 24
    Gypsy indie buzz whatever that isn't the brash Gogol Bordello or the lush Beirut hits the mark more than either sometimes. I'd seen them once before and had a reasonable time. This was just one of the most pleasant times of the festival to experience music. It had finally cooled down, there was some much needed wind and the sun was just threatening to set. DeVotchKa had the right balance of beauty and exhiliration for their 45 minute set and I barely noticed changing from dancing to reflecting.

    13. Thunderheist @ The Warehouse, I forget
    I got very drunk and danced to Thunderheist soon after turning the legal age. It was at the peak of my interest in them and I got to dance on stage. Just a lot of fun with a friend that tops most of the partying I did this year.

    12. Ghostkeeper @ Royal Canadian Legion #1, May 16
    The evening was stacked with bands I like: Chad VanGaalen, Women, Azeda Booth and Julie Doiron. Ghostkeeper were new to me and such a cool blend of spooky roots and funky rock and roll. Ghostkeeper tell the kind of ghost stories you can believe and play the guitar riffs and basslines that keep you bumping along dying to know what happens next. Featured a few Calgary musicians known for work in several bands that are all at the top of their game.

    11. Julie Doiron @ Royal Canadian legion #1, May 16
    The only one to top Ghost Keeper at the show was my familiar, heartbreaking Julie Doiron. Miss Doiron recently switched from her solo electric guitar set-up to a band format. She was a guest of Chad's at the show and came out with just electric in the style I had missed. She performed the (for me) definitive version of Spill Yer Lungs with some other tracks off her latest album as well as some new and old tracks with Chad's band. The new ones were written that day and super fun! The live take on Dark Horse was so much more alive and upbeat. Mostly I was impressed with the dynamic she can create with the contrast of her gentle strums and unexpectedly gritty rock manouevres which come cheap easy with a band but impressively on their own. As always she was funny and charming and probably the most energetic I've seen her.

    10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Osheaga, August 2
    It was tough to beat the never-thought-I'd-see-it sunset performance at Saquatch but 50% more time and a much better spot with great friends I hadn't seen in ages, the YYYs were better the second time. Karen wore a mask out for the first song and the setlist was much beefier. There was Y shaped confetti and time for them to play more than just singles. Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the only major thrill at Osheaga this year and a band I've liked a lot for a long time with a surprise best record this late in their career really delivered.

    9. Liars @ Sled Island, June 26
    After feeling a bit let down by Holy Fuck on the mainstage, Liars gave way more intensity than I expected and blew me away with songs I'd never heard before. I have their last two records but the song selection was unexpected and more manic than I could have imagined. Angus is a brilliant frontman who played mostly to lame, bored mid afternooners and seemed not to notice. Their (mostly) one guitar set-up was so unbelievably thick and rich. The tribal drumming is incredibly hypnotic in a live setting. Their set the next day (with a larger time slot as the headliner) would have taken the cake if it weren't for a headache and a drunken frat crowd, but I have no complaints. It was irritating that they didn't have more time but it was also nice to be left wanting more.

    8. Broken Social Scene @ The Orpheum Theatre, February 6
    BSS are my favourite band and it was my 5th time seeing them. Instead of gushing and giving the same compliments I do for their every show I'll do a list of notable points.
    -Fairly well chosen setlist
    -Lisa Lobsinger, K-OS
    -Too short timeslot (a common misfortune I've experienced)
    -Had a terrible seat until someone gave me a front row ticket out of nowhere
    -Tegan and Sara suck
    -Met Brendan and Kevin

    7. The Wrens @ Sasquatch, May 24
    Shock highlight of the festival. Old guys, intense, powerful, mistifying energy and anthemic songs with no cheese factor. Had given a passive listen beforehand and was not prepared. The Wrens are a band that thrive on the stage.

    6. Animal Collective @ Sasquatch, May 23
    I'm not shy to admit that My Girls is my favourite AC song. I hated this band until shortly before MPP came out. My Girls is one of their worst songs but the show I expected from the MPP material did not matter at all in comparison to what they did. I'm not a person who goes to see music for a thoughtful, cerebral experience. I like some form of directness but Animal Collective refused to let you in easy. Other favourites Brothersport and Summertime Clothes were exactly as good and in the vein I had hoped for. Jams on What Would I Want Sky and Fireworks were what clinched it. WWIWS had me enjoying zoning out, uncommon for me. Fireworks was more or less the opposite which had me paying attention to each twist and turn for about 15 minutes. I don't know what song they use in the extended jam but it was spectacular. Merriweather Post Pavilion was one of my favourite albums this year, which I still listen to as much as when it first leaked, and the live experience is totally seperate but equally thrilling. Though it was the middle of the day, the intense heat helped the delusional quality of the music.

    5. Grizzly Bear @ Sasquatch, May 24
    I saw Grizzly Bear twice the previous summer, with acoustics on their side in a church and acoustics raging against them opening for Radiohead. Veckatimest is their live strong suit and they have improved greatly as performers between Yellow House and said album. Full rich dreamy sound which was also a catchy pop delight. Spot on vocals, excellent set choices and just fantastic song writers in their prime. I love Grizzly Bear and expected lots from them but they exceeded my expectations

    4. Chromeo @ Sasquatch, May 25
    You may have noticed that Sasquatch was the highlight of my year. This is the final entry of artists who were on the bill. I was disappointed to see Chromeo were DJing after being blow away with their live act a year beforehand. Their DJ skills are somehow equal to their live skills. Amazing tweaks on bizarre source material including hockey themes with a plenty of their own material and some crowd pleasing blog house. Probably the most fun I've had dancing, ever.

    3. HEALTH @ Broken City, June 26
    Health were the best of Sled Island this year and perhaps ever. Intense doesn't even begin to cover it. My love for noise or heavy music is quite limited but HEALTH was my testosterone outlet. Incredibly brash guitar, relentless drums (drummers were breathing like they'd run a triathalon) and electronic noise sampling. Dancing, thrashing, talking to the band and getting an amazing t-shirt. IT WAS SO LOUD.

    2. Dirty Projectors @ Macewan Hall, May 28
    I went to see TV On The Radio for my third time. I almost passed until I saw Dirty Projectors were opening who I'd heard a lot about and was reading more about than ever. I had not listened to any of their music before. The complexity of their instrumentation and bizarre vocals was so wrongly accessible. I had never heard anyone sing like Amber Coffman on Stillness is the Move or seen anyone play guitar the way Dave Longstreth does. I have never been so appreciative of skill until I saw Dirty Projectors. These guys upstaged TVOTR by a million miles and played one of the best shows I've ever seen. The awe didn't let up the entire time and the difficulty of keeping up with the complexity of the rhythm and melody was nearly equal to the fun I had dancing awkwardly along.

    1. Final Fantasy @ Knox United Church, September 28
    8th time seeing Owen Pallett play was the best. This was the first time I'd seen him with an accompanying musician which exposed a fascinating element of his music but it was really the strength of his new material and finally seeing his This Modern Love cover that made me nearly jump from the pew with joy. His looping is mesmerizing and never gets old, ever. The intricate keyboard riffs and textures are such a welcome turn in his music. I truly believe Heartland, due in January, will be my favourite album of next year. I just don't know what to say.

    Final Fantasy
    Dirty Projectors
    Grizzly Bear
    Animal Collective
    The Wrens
    Broken Social Scene
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Julie Doiron
    The SSRIs
    Fleet Foxes
    The Rural Alberta Advantage
    Crystal Castles
  • the best albums released in 2008 were

    Feb 5 2009, 6:40

    Dear Science, - TV On The Radio - 10
    Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer - 8
    Women - Women - 9
    Azeda Booth - In Flesh Tones - 10
    Crystal Stilts - Alight of the Night - 9
    Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours - 9
    Portishead - Third - 9
    Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires - 8
    Ghost Bees - Tasseomancy - 8
    Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes - 10
    Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue - 8
  • Monthly Top Tracks

    Feb 4 2009, 4:23

    Monthly Top Tracks

    Jul-2006 The Mars Volta : Meccamputechture (29 plays)
    Aug-2006 Broken Social Scene : Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day) (25 plays)
    Sep-2006 Shiny Toy Guns : Don't Cry Out (16 plays)
    Oct-2006 Broken Social Scene : Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix) (22 plays)
    Nov-2006 Final Fantasy : The CN Tower Belongs To The Dead (20 plays)
    Dec-2006 Arcade Fire : Black Wave/Bad Vibrations (15 plays)
    Jan-2007 Arcade Fire : Intervention (34 plays)
    Feb-2007 Arcade Fire : Intervention (23 plays)
    Mar-2007 Arcade Fire : Intervention (10 plays)
    Apr-2007 Modest Mouse : We've Got Everything (5 plays)
    May-2007 Björk : Earth Intruders (21 plays)
    Jun-2007 Destroyer : An Actor's Revenge (9 plays)
    Jul-2007 Destroyer : An Actor's Revenge (13 plays)
    Aug-2007 M.I.A. : Bucky Done Gun (18 plays)
    Sep-2007 M.I.A. : Paper Planes (12 plays)
    Oct-2007 Feist : Gatekeeper (10 plays)
    Nov-2007 50 Cent : I Get Money (11 plays)
    Dec-2007 Chromatics : In The City (9 plays)
    Jan-2008 The Death Set : Once You Know You Know (20 plays)
    Feb-2008 A-TRAK : Control (Kid Sister) (10 plays)
    Mar-2008 Tokyo Police Club : In a Cave (13 plays)
    Apr-2008 The Kills : U.R.A. Fever (14 plays)
    May-2008 Broken Social Scene : Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl (18 plays)
    Jun-2008 Broken Social Scene : Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl (15 plays)
    Jul-2008 Air France : Collapsing at Your Doorstep (8 plays)
    Aug-2008 Broken Social Scene : Handjobs for the Holidays (2 plays)
    Sep-2008 TV on the Radio : Golden Age (12 plays)
    Oct-2008 Broken Social Scene : Superconnected (16 plays)
    Nov-2008 Broken Social Scene : Cause = Time (8 plays)
    Dec-2008 Broken Social Scene : Almost Crimes (9 plays)
    Jan-2009 Animal Collective : My Girls (21 plays)
  • Monthly Top Artists

    Feb 4 2009, 4:20

    Monthly Top Artists

    Jul-2006 Broken Social Scene (267 plays)
    Aug-2006 Broken Social Scene (398 plays)
    Sep-2006 Metric (158 plays)
    Oct-2006 Broken Social Scene (289 plays)
    Nov-2006 Broken Social Scene (282 plays)
    Dec-2006 The Beatles (130 plays)

    Jan-2007 Arcade Fire (320 plays)
    Feb-2007 Arcade Fire (225 plays)
    Mar-2007 Air (125 plays)
    Apr-2007 Modest Mouse (49 plays)
    May-2007 Björk (223 plays)
    Jun-2007 Tokyo Police Club (66 plays)
    Jul-2007 Le Shok (117 plays)
    Aug-2007 M.I.A. (240 plays)
    Sep-2007 M.I.A. (148 plays)
    Oct-2007 Final Fantasy (68 plays)
    Nov-2007 Stars (196 plays)
    Dec-2007 Radiohead (71 plays)

    Jan-2008 Radiohead (108 plays)
    Feb-2008 Radiohead (75 plays)
    Mar-2008 Tokyo Police Club (128 plays)
    Apr-2008 The Kills (76 plays)
    May-2008 Broken Social Scene (266 plays)
    Jun-2008 Broken Social Scene (306 plays)
    Jul-2008 of Montreal (126 plays)
    Aug-2008 Broken Social Scene (22 plays)
    Sep-2008 TV on the Radio (158 plays)
    Oct-2008 Broken Social Scene (220 plays)
    Nov-2008 Broken Social Scene (103 plays)
    Dec-2008 Broken Social Scene (88 plays)

    Jan-2009 Broken Social Scene (191 plays)

    The undisputed champion is Broken Social Scene with 11 months of the 31 I have had last.fm. The rest:

    (you may want to note that Metric and Stars share members with Broken Social Scene)
    Radiohead - 3

    Arcade Fire - 2
    Tokyo Police Club - 2
    M.I.A. - 2

    Metric - 1
    Stars - 1
    The Beatles - 1
    Air - 1
    Modest Mouse - 1
    Bjork - 1
    Le Shok - 1
    Final Fantasy - 1
    The Kills - 1
    of Montreal - 1
    TV On The Radio - 1

    I like facts and statistics so I thought I'd include how many of the overall tracks these monthly champions made up. With percentages, I'll only include decimals that excede .4.

    Broken Social Scene: 73.045% of 3298 plays (#1 overall)
    July 06 - 267/3298 (8%)
    August 06 - 398/3298 (12%) This is first for most plays in a month.
    October 06 - 289/3298 (8.7%)
    November 06 - 282/3298 (8.55)
    Gap of almost TWO YEARS where I didn't want to have one favourite band.
    May 08 - 266/3298 (8%)
    June 08 - 306/3298 (9%) Month I saw them twice.
    August 08 - 22/3298 (0.667%) I was away for all but a week of august. Month I saw them as well.
    October 08 - 220/3298 (6.67%)
    November 08 - 103/3298 (3%)
    December 08 - 88/3298 (2.668%) December is a busy month!
    January 09 - 191/3298 (5.79%)

    Radiohead: 21% of 1178 plays (#4 overall)
    December 07 - 71/1178 (6%)
    January 08 - 108/1178 (9%)
    February 08 - 75/1178 (6%)

    Arcade Fire: 32.77% of 1625 plays (#2 overall)
    January 07 - 320/1625 (19.69%) This is second highest for most plays in a month. Huge percent for an artist with over 1000 plays too.
    February 07 - 225/1625 (13.8%)

    Tokyo Police Club: 33% of 574 plays (#10 overall)
    June 07 - 66/574 (11%) at this time TPC had about 10 recorded songs.
    Mar 08 - 128/574 (22%) at this time TPC had about 20 recorded songs.
    This is the winner for biggest gap between months of chart topping of all artists with 2 (or 3 for that matter) months at the top.

    M.I.A.: 48.5% of 799 plays (#8 overall)
    August 07 - 240/799 (30%) Highest percentage of plays accumulate in one month by an artist with 2 or more months at the top.
    September 07 - 148/799 (18.5%)

    Metric: (#5 overall)
    September 06 - 158/1025 (15%) Wow. That was the definite peak of my Metric fandom. I all but stopped listening to them until 2008.

    Stars: (#3 overall)
    November 2007 - 196/1191 (16%) I saw Stars this month.

    The Beatles: (#13 overall)
    December 2006 - 130/509 (25%)

    Air: (#30 overall)
    March 07 - 125/343 (36%)

    Modest Mouse: (#22 overall)
    April 07 - 49/390 (12.56%)

    Bjork: (#11 overall)
    May 07 - 223/551 (40%!!!!!!)

    Le Shok: (#51 overall)
    July 07 - 117/206 (56.796%) My Le Shok phase proved to be short lived.

    Final Fantasy: (#7 overall)
    October 07 - 68/833 (7.7%)

    The Kills: (#32 overall)
    April 08 - 76/335 (22.686567%) I saw The Kills this month.

    of Montreal: (#17 overall)
    July 08 - 126/417 (30%) Saw of Montreal the month before.

    TV On The Radio: (#18 overall)
    September 08 - 158/446 (35%) I saw TVOTR this month.

    That was fun.
  • 50 most played albums

    Nov 12 2008, 3:31

    nuvahk's top albums
    1. Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene (759)
    2. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People (687)
    3. Stars - Set Yourself on Fire (486)
    4. The Arcade Fire - Funeral (481)
    5. Girl Talk - Night Ripper (410)
    6. Final Fantasy - Has A Good Home (304)
    7. Feist - Let It Die (298)
    8. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights (270)
    9. Metric - Live It Out (252)
    10. Handsome Furs - Plague Park (251)
    11. TV on the Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain (247)
    12. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (242)
    13. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (234)
    14. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary (228)
    15. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (226)
    16. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (224)
    17. Julie Doiron - Goodnight Nobody (214)
    18. M.I.A. - Arular (212)
    19. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News (209)
    20. Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (194)
    21. Radiohead - In Rainbows (193)
    22. Radiohead - Kid A (191)
    23. Xiu Xiu - The Air Force (191)
    24. Death from Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine (183)
    25. Le Shok - We Are Electrocution (180)
    26. CSS - Cansei De Ser Sexy (180)
    27. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere (177)
    28. Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds (176)
    29. Thom Yorke - The Eraser (169)
    30. Björk - Post (166)
    31. Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson In Crime (157)
    32. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours (152)
    33. Jason Collett - Idols of Exile (151)
    34. of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins (147)
    35. The Bicycles - The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly (147)
    36. The White Stripes - Elephant (146)
    37. Sigur Rós - Takk... (146)
    38. The Blood Brothers - Crimes (142)
    39. Frog Eyes - Tears Of The Valedictorian (140)
    40. TV on the Radio - Dear Science, (138)
    41. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy (134)
    42. Björk - Volta (132)
    43. Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block (131)
    44. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (126)
    45. The Beatles - Rubber Soul (126)
    46. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (125)
    47. Air - Moon Safari (125)
    48. Metric - Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (123)
    49. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (118)
    50. Radiohead - OK Computer (118)

    figured I'd reflect on this a little. lots of surprises here! not entirely sure how this works to be honest.
    so for each album I'm going to rundown first song heard, favourite song, least favourite song, any changes I'd make, song to check out from another of their releases.

    1. Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
    First: 7/4 (Shoreline)
    Favourite: 7/4.. Windsurfing Nation.. It's All Gonna Break.. Handjobs
    Least: interlude things
    Changes: bandwitch, our faces split the coast in half and the interludes do nothing for the album, they're barely even songs.
    Other: I Slept With Bonhomme at the CBC

    2. You Forgot It In People - Broken Social Scene
    First: Cause=Time
    Favourite: This is one I don't have a favourite for! Maybe Anthems.
    Least: The ambient intro/outro maybe, not a bad song on it.
    Changes: None. Maybe would have used the Feist version of Lover's Spit.
    Other: Backyards

    3. Set Yourself On Fire - Stars
    First: Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
    Favourite: Ex-Lover, What I'm Trying to Say, Reunion, SYOF
    Least: He Lied About Death
    Changes: Cut ^, I thought it could be a little more concise, but I dunno what else is skippable.
    Other: Midnight Coward

    4. Funeral - The Arcade Fire
    First: Rebellion (Lies)
    Favourite: Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels), Haiti
    Least: Neighbourhood #4 (Kettels)
    Changes: None. Even #4 has it's place. I don't condone single digit pop albums!
    Other: No Cars Go, PRE Neon Bible

    5. Night Ripper - Girl Talk
    First: The first song
    Favourite: moments: my humps, bittersweet syphony, face down ass up, hnic
    Least: the part where the bitch goes ONE TWO THREE FOUR like 10 times
    Changes: can't fuck with that
    Other: I dunno!

    6. Has A Good Home - Final Fantasy
    First: CN Tower or This Is The Dream
    Favourite: That's When The Audience Died, This Is The Dream of Win & Regine,
    Least: Library
    Changes: Too many tracks. Skip reverse, Library and at least one other song.
    Other: The EP version of This is The Dream

    7. Let It Die - Feist
    First: Mushaboom, maybe Gatekeeper
    Favourite: Inside and Out and Let it Die
    Least: Tout Doucement
    Changes: I don't think this is even a great album. This is a work with several great and good songs, but it mashes covers that often bore, with Feist's exciting originals and sometimes the production gets a little lost. Can't change it now though, it is what it is!
    Other: the original version of The Water

    8. Turn On The Bright Lights - Interpol
    First: Untitled
    Favourite: GAH, maybe NYC or PDA.
    Least: The New
    Changes: The New failed as a closer! IT FAILED.
    Other: Evil or more importantly Song Seven.

    9. Live it Out - Metric
    First: Monster Hospital
    Favourite: Empty, Ending Start, Poster of a Girl, Patriarch on a Vespa
    Least: Too Little Too late
    Changes: I would use the live version of Live It Out
    Other: Help, I'm Alive

    10. Plague Park - Handsome Furs
    First: Hearts of Iron or Handsome Furs Hate This City
    Favourite: Handsome Furs Hate This City
    Least: mehhh I wouldn't even bother to single one out
    Changes: More!!!
    Other: Couldn't say.

    11. Return To Cookie Mountain - TV On The Radio
    First: I Was A Lover or maaybe Wolf Like me
    Favourite: Province, Tonight, A Method
    Least: Hours
    Changes: None!
    Other: Golden Age. So much better than Wolf Like Me.

    12. Silent Alarm - Bloc Party
    First: Helicopter
    Favourite: So Here We Are
    Least: She's Hearing Voices
    Changes: Might cut ^, I like the version that includes Two More Years.
    Other: Flux

    13. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
    First: Intervention.. I think
    Favourite: Neon Bible
    Least: Black Mirror
    Changes: Only half of this album is very good, that's all I'll say.
    Other: Go to Funeral, go to Us Kids Know, just skip this one.

    14. Apologies To The Queen Mary - Wolf Parade
    First: You Are A Runner and I Am My Father's Son
    Favourite: The Sons And Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
    Least: You Are A Runner....
    Changes: Nah
    Other: Disco Sheets

    15. Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? - of Montreal
    First: Suffer for Fashion
    Favourite: The Past Is A Grotesque Animal, She's a Rejector, it changes
    Least: last song
    Changes: Hard one to change! I'd like to see what they would have done with a little less time
    Other: The Actors Aporojhlidl dunno the word

    16. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
    First: When The Sun Goes Down
    Favourite: Maybe that or Vampires, Dancefloor, Romance, Dancing Shoes.
    Least: None
    Changes: None
    Other: Just get it all.

    17. Goodnight Nobody - Julie Doiron
    First: Snowfalls In November
    Favourite: ^, Dance All Night, The Songwriter
    Least: Banjo, Goodnight
    Changes: skip the last two tracjs
    Other: all all all of it, check eric's trip

    18. Arular - M.I.A.
    First: Bucky Done Gun
    Favourite: Galang, probably. $10.
    Least: Fire Fire
    Changes: None, no point.
    Other: Scotty B remix of Paper Planes

    19. Good News For People Who Love Bad News - Modest Mouse
    First: Float On prob
    Favourite: Almost every song. This is really quite close to perfect.
    Least: The first 3 full length tracks are the weaked. Not bad, just not AS good.
    Changes: I'm starting to get boring with this one, but NONE. Can't mess with vision this great.
    Other: Big hit single; Dashboard

    20. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
    First: Brianstorm
    Favourite: Do Me A Favour, 505
    Least: Teddy Picker, D for Dangerous
    Changes: Skip those two
    Other: see above

    21. In Rainbows - Radiohead
    First: 15 Step
    Favourite: Videotape, 15 Step, Jigsaw
    Least: ummmmm Faust Arp
    Changes: I wanted to fuck around with changing songs from the bonus disc over but I never settled on anything.
    Other: It's Radiohead.

    22. Kid A - Radiohead
    First: ideoteque
    Favourite: ^, Morning Bell
    Least: Treefingers, Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Changes: it only has 10 tracks, i couldn't bear to let one go
    Other: it's Radiohead

    23. The Air Force - Xiu Xiu
    First: Buzz Saw
    Least: Hello From Eau Claire
    Changes: Well I don't think the album is flawless but at 11 tracks it's really gonna suffer from cuts. Maybe if they turned up the guitar and percusssion here and there.
    Other: I Do What I Want When I Want / Fast Car

    24. You're A Woman, I'm A Machine - Death From Above 1979
    First: Blood On Our hands
    Favourite: Little Girl
    Least: none
    Changes: none haha
    Other: remixes! the ep!

    25. We Are Electrocution - Le Shok
    First: I
    Favourite: don't
    Least: know
    Changes: at
    Other: all

    26. CSS - CSS
    First: Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above
    Favourite: Off The Hook, This Month Day 10, ^, Alcohol
    Least: Music is my hot hot sex
    Changes: maybe kill that one, maybe not

    27. St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley
    First: Crazy
    Favourite: Crazy, Feng Shui, Transformer
    Least: I don't remember, I don't even know the tracklisting anymore
    Changes: nnnh
    Other: I don't know, I haven't heard their new one (DOES THAT MAKE ME CRAZY?)

    28. He Poos Clouds - Final Fantasy
    First: This Lamb Sells Condos
    Favourite: Do You Love, Song Song Song, This Lamb, Many Lives
    Least: If I Were A Carp, I'm Afraid of Japan, The Pooka Sings
    Changes: I would just make one album out of this and has a good home
    Other: See him live

    29. The Eraser - Thom Yorke
    First: The Eraser
    Favourite: ^, Harrowdown Hill, Analyse, Cymbal Rush
    Least: Atoms For Peace
    Changes: none
    Other: Spitting Feathers EP

    30. Post - Bjork
    First: Army of Me
    Favourite: ^, Hyper-ballad, Enjoy, I Miss You
    Least: Headphones, Cover Me
    Changes: ditch those two
    Other: Volta is underrated!

    31. A Lesson In Crime - Tokyo Police Club
    First: Cheer it On
    Favourite: be Good
    Least: Cheer it On
    Changes: MORE SONGS!
    Other: Tesselate, that's about it. Make sure your version has Cut Cut Paste.

    32. In Ghost Colours - Cut Copy
    First: Feel The Love
    Favourite: Midnight Runner, So Haunted
    Least: Last third or so
    Changes: would cut most of the last third out
    Other: their fabric live has a good tracklist

    33. Idols of Exile - Jason Collett
    First: Fire
    Favourite: Fire, I'll Bring The Sun, These Are The Days, Pink Night
    Least: somewhere in the first three songs, of the last 5 songs
    Changes: Wouldn't bother, THIS is a classic.
    Other: Not Over You, These Are The Days w/Broken Social Scene

    34. The Sunlandic Twins - of Montreal (w/bonus tracks)
    First: Requiem for OMM2
    Favourite: The Party's Crashing Us, So Begins Our Alabee, The Actor's Approbrium, Keep Sending Me Black Fireworks (LOADED album)
    Least: October Is Eternal
    Changes: This album is 16 songs long with bonus tracks. It's 16 pop songs. It just do well in a shorter format I think. I'd skip October Is Eternal, the 2 interludes and maybe Everyday Feels Like Sunday. 12 songs is so much easier than 16.
    Other: I love the song Femine Effects.

    35. The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly - The Bicycles (fucking fantastic band)
    First: B-B-Bicycles
    Favourite: Gotta Get Out, Cuddy Toy, Longjohns and Toques
    Least: Pomp and Circumstance and I Will Appear For You
    Changes: Skip the above 2. This section may have been unneccesary.
    Other: Got nothin here. Go see em live!

    36. Elephant - The White Stripes
    First: Seven Nation Army
    Favourite: Black Math
    Least: I don't know.. I don't even remembering listening to this one all that much.
    Changes: Really don't care.
    Other: Blue Orchid

    37. Takk... - Sigur Ros
    First: Takk...
    Favourite: Hoppipola
    Least: I don't know
    Changes: I don't know.. again I don't recall that much of this one.
    Other: Gobbledigook or whatever is pretty good.

    38. Crimes - The Blood Brothers
    First: Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck
    Favourite: Peacock, Trash Flavoured Trash
    Least: Don't remember! This was a junior high album for me hah.
    Changes: I don't know
    Other: Cecilia whatever is a great song, so is Ambulance vs Ambulance

    39. Tears of the Valedictorian - Frog Eyes
    First: Idle Songs
    Favourite: I'm just gonna rank these ones! 1. Caravan Breakers 2.Bushels 3. Idle Songs 4. Evil Energy, The Ill Twin of...
    Least: 5. Stockades (close between 4 and 5) 6. "Stockades" 7. ...Eagle Energy 8. The Policy Merchant, The Silver Bay 9. My Boats They Go
    Changes: Not a fan of The Policy Merchant and this could use a few more songs.
    Other: Their collab with Destroyer and Swan Lake

    40. Dear Science, - TV On The Radio
    First: Golden Age
    Favourite: Ranking is too fun. 1. Golden Age 2. Lover's Day 3. Shout Me Out 4.Crying 5. Stork And Owl 6. Love Dog 7. Halfway Home 8. Red Dress 9. DLZ 10. Dancing Choose 11. Family Tree
    Changes: I like that both this and Return to Cookie Mountain have 11 tracks, and even my least faves on this are pretty good. I would get rid of the ba ba ba's on Halfway Home and nix the intro to Red Dress.

    41. Psychocandy - The Jesus And Mary Chain
    First: Just Like Honey
    Favourite: Just Like Honey, Some Candy Talking, In A Hole, Never Understand
    Least: The Living End
    Changes: Nah, it's a classic with all it's flaws.
    Other: Far Gone And Out

    42. Volta - Bjork
    First: Earth Intruders
    Favourite: Earth Intruders, Wanderlust and The Dull Flame of Desire is one of the best 3 track runs I know.
    Least: Maybe Hope, I See Who You Are or Pneumonia.
    Changes: None really, I'm not crazy about every track though.
    Other: It's In Our Hands

    43. Writer's Block - Peter, Bjorn and John
    First: Young Folks
    Favourite: Objects of My Affection
    Least: Poor Cow, Roll The Credits
    Changes: ditch Poor Cow
    Other: I don't know

    44. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - Spoon
    First: Don't Make Me A Target
    Favourite: The Ghost Of You Lingers, My Little Japanese Cigarette Case, Finer Feelings
    Least: The Underdog
    Changes: Wouldn't bother.
    Other: All of it

    45. Rubber Soul - The Beatles
    First: Drive My Car
    Favourite: Norweigan Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    Least: I don't know
    Changes: None
    Other: It's The Beatles, figure it out

    46. We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank - Modest Mouse
    First: Dashboard
    Favourite: Gotta go with Dashboard, Fire It Up and We've Got Everything
    Least: Little Motel
    Changes: I'd take out a couple songs, don't really remember which ones I didn't like.
    Other: Don't convince yourself the new material is worthless!

    47. Moon Safari - Air
    First: Sexy Boy
    Favourite: La Femme D'argent, Talisman
    Least: The last four or so kinda fade off
    Changes: None worth implementing
    Other: Run

    48. Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? - Metric (should be higher)
    First: Dead Disco or Combat Baby or Succexy, I can't recall!
    Favourite: Combat Baby, Hustle Rose, On A Slow Night
    Least: The List, Calculation Theme
    Changes: None, it makes sense as it is.
    Other: The Twist doesn't get enough love.

    49. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
    First: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    Favourite: A Day In The Life, When I'm 64, Lovely Rita, Getting Better
    Least: Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite
    Changes: Would be sacrilege
    Other: The Beatles
  • fitty

    Nov 3 2008, 17:35

    1. What's your favorite song by 14?
    Bjork - Not sure really. Maybe Wanderlust or It's In Our Hands or Joga.

    2. How did you get into 20?
    Death From Above 1979 - They were playing a show in my city.

    3. Who is your favorite member in 8?
    M.I.A. is just M.I.A.

    4. Whats your favorite lyric bit by 29?
    Gooooooodnight, another bad morning.

    5. Have you ever seen 22 live?
    Modest Mouse - Yep.

    6. What's your favorite album from 10?
    Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson In Crime EP

    7. Do you own any merchandise from 3?
    Stars - YES!

    8. What is a good memory you have of 7?
    Feist - Seeing her, watching her on youtube for hours.

    9. Is there a member of the same age as you in 2?
    Arcade Fire - No

    10. When did you first get into 1?
    Broken Social Scene - Grade Nine

    11. Who likes 4 along with you?
    Radiohead - Almost every person on earth, yet few people who I go to school with.

    12. Which song did you first hear from 15?
    of Montreal - the first song on hissing fauna.. Suffer for Fasion. WAIT it was actually disconnect the dots.

    13. What song made you fall in love with 5?
    Metric - Combat Baby

    14. Which song do you not like by 18?
    Arctic Monkeys - not that into Fluorescent Adolescent. A few others on that half of the record.

    15. Why do you like 14's songs?
    Bjork has an incredibly unqiue voice and production style.

    16. Where did you first hear 6?
    Final Fantasy - On myspace.

    17. How long was 19 a singer before you liked them?
    Bloc Party - I don't know. It was probably about a year after Silent Alarm.

    18. Does 13 have a song that gives you a bad memory?
    Girl Talk? No. There is one part on Night Ripper that really annoys me though

    19. When did you get into 17?
    TVOTR - Right after Return to Cookie Mountain came out.

    20. How long have you been into 11?
    Emily Haines. Since I was in grade 10.

    21. If 9 had a concert 300 miles away, would you drive there to see them?
    The Mars Volta. No.

    22. How many CDs do you own of 12?
    The Beatles.. NONE ahaha.

    23. Does 21 have a song that makes you cry?
    Interpol. Hell nah.

    24. Does 27 have a song that makes you happy?
    Air - Yep. Kelly Watch The Stars is an example.

    25. Does 23 have a song that makes you smile?
    The Blood Brothers - It all makes me smile because it reminds me of junior high

    26. What's the last song you've listened to from 28?
    I have no idea. I just heard Nattura which he's featured on. It's by Bjork.

    27. Is there a song by 32 that you've listened to more than 30 times?
    Absolutely. The whole album. At the very least Handsome Furs Hate This City

    28. What is a song from 50 that you've only listened to once?
    Apostle of Hustle - Anything off U King.

    29. Is there a song you are sick of hearing by 24?
    The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army, a bit.

    30. What song got you into 40?
    Grizzly Bear - Knife

    31. What is your favorite single by 25?
    Wolf Parade - I dunno what their singles are. Probably I'll Believe in Anything

    32. If 49 hated you, what would you do?
    Gnarls Barkley - I wouldn't much care.

    33. What would you say if 42 or one of the members from 42 asked you out?
    A-Trak - Maybe.

    34. Would you care if 41 had a boyfriend/girlfriend?
    David Bowie is married. I am happy for him.

    35. Who has the best voice in 46?
    Dinosaur Jr. - I haven't heard Lou Barlow sing but J isn't exactly melodic.

    36. Do you think 26 is/are good looking?
    Xiu Xiu - No, creepy.

    37. How many times have you listened to your favorite song by 36?
    1 000 000 000 000 000 000 times (CSS)

    38. How many CDs do you own of 30?
    The Bicycles - None

    39. Is there a song from 38 that makes you mad?
    New Order - No

    40. Which member from 31 do you want to see go solo? If 31 is only one artist, what would you do if they joined a group?
    Crystal Castles - Ethan.

    41. What does your favorite song from 48 remind you of?
    Jason Collett - All his songs remind me of alcoholism.

    42. Did you hate 43 at first?
    TMSR. No.

    43. Does your best friend also listen to 33?
    ATrak - yeah somewhat

    44. Do you think your parents would like 37?
    Kanye West - My mom makes jokes about his dead mother so no, I don't think she is a fan.

    45. Does 47 have a song that makes you want to dance?
    My Chemical Romance - Somewhat.. I dunno which. Dead.

    46. Have you ever seen 34 in person?
    k-os, yep

    47. Do you like 44's name?
    Le Shok - Yea that's sweet.

    48. Is there someone in 45 that you want to go out with?
    Joy Division. Well Ian Curtis is dead and the rest are now old. Ian was kinda aight though.

    49. Do you know anyone that hates 39?
    Brendan Canning. Sorta.

    50. Have you ever danced to a song from 35?
    Daft Punk - YESSSSSSs
  • live show round-up, september - october 19

    Ott 20 2008, 5:09

    I didn't finish my 2 part best shows I've seen, and now I think I'm going to wait a little while to check out some more shows or at least to reflect a little more. Right now I thought I'd just run through what I've seen from September till now. I do have another show to go check out, maybe, but all the major ones are out of the way and there is not a whole lot to look forward to.

    September 9th - TV On The Radio @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
    w/Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

    Went with some people from school I basically just met. They ended up being pretty cool. I was the only one who had an advance ticket.. and we found out the show was sold out. I went in alone but I was sent with $$ for merch. When I brought it back, they were holding up tickets, bought em from someone for less than cost. That was pretty cool. We went in, got a pretty sweet spot right by the front, it ended up being just right of Tunde and directly in front of Dave Sitek! MBAR, as amusingly as they are acronym-ed, were pretty darn good! Simple but original arrangements with some passionate guitar freakout and one song had a great catchy key riff. A longer set might have been less interesting, but they held my attention and got me even more psyched, exactly what an opener should accomplish! TVOTR didn't take too long to come on stage, which scored big with me. Opened with Young Liars, the only track off the EP of the same name to sound better live. I Was A Lover followed, which was a cool transgression. They played the beat on a drum set... it's so thick and bassy and digital on record. If it wasn't the start of their set I might not have been as forgiving. Order gets hazy here but Wolf Like Me was early on, was only decent really. Province was soon after, and was increddddddddddible despite fairly inaudible bass. Province was the song I was most psyched on and it paid off. Golden Age was the other song I was dying for and the fact they played it at all distracted me from it's inferior live version -- possibly due to the fact it's so new, to have a lot of fun. Dancing Choose sounded a lot better live. Wash The Day was pretty great. Shout Me Out was KILLER! They closed the main set with Satellite.. was way too fast and the shitty venue sound didn't let it be as big as it should have been. Encore was a 4 songs! Stork And Owl, beautiful. Love Dog, beeeeeaautiful! A Method, fucking highlight right there!!! Most fun song of the night by far, very sing songy and light up until the percussion starts blasting, what a genius song. They finished with Staring At The Sun, which was slightly blah for me but A Method was satisfactory enough.
    I couldn't decide on a rating out of ten so I decided on 4/5, despite flaws, I was happy just to see songs I loved come to life and there were some very high highs.

    September 10 - Bloc Party @ MacEwan Hall.
    w/Shout Out Out Out Out.
    Crowd was iffy, Shout..' were terrrrrrrible. Bloc Party fucking killed it 3/4 of the time. Some of their new songs fell a little flat, like Trojan Horse and Ion Square which sounded a little dead. Ares was great and Mercury was good. I think it was only 3 or 4 songs from AWITC played, but they sounded great! Song For Clay and Hunting For Witches especially, The Prayer was good. Silent Alarm was obviously the most in demand release and they delivered! Something like 8 tracks from it. No So Here We Are was the only large problem with the set, plus I would have like Waiting for the 7.18 and Signs. This Modern Love, Luno, Banquet, Hunting For Witches and Like Eating Glass were the highlights. Me and my friends met up with a 14 year old, who we assumed was by himself, he and I had more in common musically than me and my friends. There was an embarassing moment in relation to that which I will omit from this.
    Bloc Party were definitely 4.5/5 for delivering BIG when they delivered and only fucking it all up a few times.

    October 14 - Gogol Bordello @ MacEwan Hall.
    Bad opening band. Weeeeeeeird crowd. Gogol, like the Bloc, KILLED it! This was slightly more impressive though, because I couldn't pick out bad songs and I'd hardly even listened to them before the show. You have to really see what goes on on that stage for yourself to get it. Pure passion and energy, they are never relaxed, calm or indifferent. All the songs were danceable, even amongst moshing. Only bad things worth mentioning were that I couldn't sing along with the large numbers who were because I didn't know the words, we were right in front of a speaker that was feeding pretty bad and the encore went too long. The last song was 20 minutes and I think it's fair to say the crowd was exhausted and the song ran out of ideas at about 10 minutes. Had a lot of fun!
    This was kind of just another high energy show with lots of disposable fun, which sounds like I'm making it negative but it's just to justify my rating not matching my enthusiasm. 4/5.

    October 18 - Feist @ Saddledome

    The Saddledome is the last place I would want to see a concert. For Feist, I will live with it. Hayden was a great opener, with members of Cuff The Duke backing him up, they really rocked out a lot more than I expected. Feist didn't take too long to come on stage, a quality I love in an artist. Started with a new song, done intirely with vocal loops, super cool. Launched into NINETEEN more songs after than. Insanity! Every song sounded great, but highlights were The Limit To Your Love, Intuition, Let It Die, Secret Heart, Gatekeeper and When I Was A Young Girl. The crowd was a bit unwilling to stand.. I was even asked to sit. That much was lame, but expected. I got a great shirt and a cool poster, the entire price of which went to charity. Feist just has a great catalogue of material. I only wish she had played The Park and few of her BSS covers.. even just one!
  • Cancon

    Ott 13 2008, 6:21

    Today I was thinking about .Cancon. For those that don't know, it means Canadian Content, and in Canada it is a LAW that states 40% of music played on radio and television (I believe it's restricted to channels that are music based) must be Canadian in origin. Sure, Canadian music is great, but it's just silly and trite to require that all music in radio and television* make up 40% of the total. It's not fair to artists having exposure stolen from them AND it makes a joke out of Canadian music. Making a law about playing Canadian music might as well say the music is not good enough to be chosen on it's own or that it can't speak for itself.
    I didn't plan on an extended rant, it's just something I think about from time to time, and I think it's what breeds nickelbackcore, cash grab bands that figure out that 40% is sales and figure out what comformities they can make to fit what is chosen for that bracket (mostly thoughtless tunes that can stick in someone's head long enough for them to buy an album).
    Normally this would not warrant anything other than a "duh!", but I just looked at my last.fm top 10 and it's seventy(!!) per cent Canadian artists. Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Stars, Metric, Final Fantasy, Feist and Tokyo Police Club. Granted, these artists don't make up even close to 70% of my current listening(except maybe BSS!), but at the time I was most into them it likely made up more than twice what Cancon requires me to be force fed. Another side of the coin is that I first discovered Metric and Arcade Fire on television. I also saw a Stars video before I began listening to them, but it didn't contribute to me becoming a fan at all. Maybe without Cancon I wouldn't have found these artists when I did. It's unthinkable that I would have never stumbled on the hyper-popular Arcade Fire or reached the myspace/14 year old girl staple Metric, but who knows how I would have reacted to them if I had reached them at a different point in my life.
    Perhaps some good does come out of this quota, but can say I wouldn't have seen a video by a great American or English band in place of those two artists if it weren't for the requirement of them being played based simply on nationality. Maybe having Canadian music prominently displayed has influenced people to go out and start a band, maybe without it we would have less talent around than we do today. Now I think maybe if I had heard a different band I liked at the time I heard Metric or Arcade Fire, my music taste may have grown differently. Cancon can affect sales, fans, taste, reputation or even maybe inspiration. Think of how much more money stays in Canada as a result of this law. I still don't think any of those benefits are worth sacrificing part of our artistic integrity through a law dictating what it is worth showing and what people should have access to.
    Just for fun, let's have a look at the percentage of my top 100 that is Canadian. I counted 33 artists, with bands with half or more Canadian members counting. Just under 40. Weird. Maybe I am just a slave to the Cancon stigma, despite very few of these artists picking up even moderate radio/television attention. That thought hardly comforts me when the number is so eerily close to 40 and the amount of time I invested in listening to these artists. Should I really even have to be considering that enjoyed them, in a way, falsely? Should I have to wonder that maybe I didn't choose them at all? Of course I should. Whether Cancon exists or not, you can't expect to be lead to everything by chance. Not even considering the monetary aspect of music (boy would that be an essay), there is always an invisible hand guiding us for goals we may not understand or be immediately aware of. Through writing this I came to realize it may be less important to fight it than it is to do our best to be aware of it, or at least the nature of it, so we can be informed a little more than a slave or a sheep.
  • Silent Alarm, track by track

    Set 14 2008, 4:19

    Like Eating Glass +10/10
    Helicopter 9.5/10
    Positive Tension 8/10
    Banquet 10/10
    Blue Light 8/10
    She's Hearing Voices 8.5/10
    This Modern Love 10/10
    Pioneers 8.5/10
    Price of Gasoline 9.5/10
    So Here We Are +10/10
    Luno 10/10
    Plans 10/10
    Compliments 8.5/10
    120.5/130 (92.69%)

    Like Eating Glass is one of two of my favourite songs on this album. I really feel there is nothing wrong with this song, no way to improve on it. Perfect shoutable lyrics and just thrilling rock.

    Helicopter has one of my favourite riffs of all time but the song wears thin after a while and you notice more and more predictable elements. Still, this song blew my mind when I first heard it and is a success for rock music. If I hadn't overplayed it so much I would feel differently, I think.

    Positive Tension is such a polarized song. The first half is AWFUL! The lyrics and the just the vocal delivery annoy the hell out of me. The second half is some of their best work in terms of their trademark skills; ripping guitar, blasting drums and shoutable climaxes. I wish I could listen to it all the way through without cringing.

    Banquet is one of the finest on the album. I'm on fire... there is no touching that. Great lyrics and great instrumentation. I find it's missing the depth that makes Like Eating Glass so engaging, a diversity that strengthens it's power. Banquet is jusssssst a little too straight ahead to make it an absolute favourite but still a 10/10 for sure.

    Blue Light works so well as medium ferocity ballad. It's really easy to get attached to it's prettyness and it's lyrics with some very Bloc Party excllerations in tempo. Just a nice song that isn't quite forgettable and isn't quite memorable alongside the rest of the album.

    She's Hearing Voices falls a little shorter than epics Like Eating Glass, Banquet and Luno but still has really jagged aggression. The second half is superior to the first, building into a tense mess of guitars and that spaces out into great vocal tangents and comes ripping back in.

    This Modern Love is one of my favourite love songs of all time. The lyrics are quite cute and feel so genuinely infatuated. The delivery back-and-forth is a liiiittle bit of a misstep in my opinion as well one or two of the lines but it's such a warm and soaring song. if not a favourite, it embodies some of my favourite aspects of Bloc Party.

    Pioneers is a decent rock track but falls short of the perfection of Luno, Like Eating Glass and Banquet. It isn't even quite as good as the second half of Positive Tension. There's nothing bad about it, just not enough good. If it wasn't a Bloc Party song I would feel differently, but they've proved they can do better.

    Price of Gasoline has the 2nd best bass line on Silent Alarm. The lyrics are a little too topical and the guitar sometimes a little too forced but I think it is still a big asset for this album and brings a lot of groove.

    So Here We Are is my other favourite track off Silent Alarm. It's untouchable. It's one of the most cathartic songs I know. I love every single note of this song and overwhelms me with emotion. Hard to get specific but I would most likely rank it my favourite Bloc Party song ever.

    Luno was the first song I ever heard by Bloc Party and I immediately fell in love. The lyrics are perfect most of the time (mom/dad/shaving parts are detractors) and it has the best bass on the whole album as well as some of the best solos in their entire catalogue. I think it's a great choice to be the last full on aggressive rock song trailing out into the double closer. One of the three best rock songs on Silent Alarm.

    Plans is good foray into some mildly surreal ambient textures paired to a nice searing guitar climax and ethereal flowing melody. This song shows what down-tempo Bloc Party is capable of.

    Compliments has good ideas and impliments them well enough until it gets a bit draggy. Uses a lot of the inspiration for plans but doesn't execute it as satisfyingly. it is a song I enjoy fairly well and doesn't annoy or detract from the consistency of the album.