Dan Deacon is releasing a new album properly titled America on August 28 via Domino Records. He celebrated the announcement with the free download of “Lots” an epic track that only Dan Deacon could produce.
It’s a raw electronic jam that combines all the styles that make Dan Deacon the unique artist that he is.
[mp3]: Dan Deacon – Lots
The tracklisting for America is posted below. Deacon will be playing NYC’s Pier 84 with John Maus on July 12.
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Dan Deacon is set to return with his new album “Bromst” the follow up to his acclaimed 2007 album ‘Spiderman of the Rings’. A track off of the album has surfaced and it is nothing short of great. Deacon continues to produce some really cool electronic music. The song is an explosion of various noises, drums, computerized vocals all resulting in over 6 minutes of musical ecstasy. Like all good electronic music this song sounds that much better blasted on a good set of speakers. I am intrigued to see how the whole album pans out.
[mp3] : Dan Deacon – Get Older
“Bromst” is out on March 24th.
I know I’m late on this, but talking to some people at Firefly over the weekend I realized not everyone heard the news. The Unicorns (who hinted at a possibly reunion earlier in the year), are officially reuniting for a few live shows.
The band will play 5 live shows opening for Arcade Fire at their shows in New York and L.A. in August. They also now have a twitter and a soundcloud page, which bodes well for future happenings. The shows will also include Dan Deacon.
If you hadn’t already purchased your tickets for Arcade Fire’s shows, here’s even more reason to do so.
Find the 5 show dates posted below.
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According to Exclaim, Owen Pallett has been added to both Arcade Fire shows at Madison Square Garden in August. Spoon is playing both as well. I paid around 50 bucks for my GA ticket. I’d say it was well worth it with just Spoon as the opener. Now, it’s close to a bargain.
You can also grab a free Lewis Takes Off His Shirt EP from Domino for the price of an e-mail address. It features 5 various remixes, including one by Dan Deacon. “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” was #17 on my list for best songs of the year so far.
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I would like to take a moment to introduce you to a brand new band fresh out of Brooklyn called Woody Danger. They just gave me a taste of their first release, a song called “Young Love”. It’s an incredible wonder of song that is far from amateur. It features an enthralling guitar riff that perfectly coincides with electronic effects that fall somewhere between Dan Deacon and Animal Collective.
It isn’t a straightforward pop song, but its pretty clear that these guys know how to pen music that radiates fantastic pop sensabilites. This is one of the coolest things I have heard all year. This is only their first song too. It will be included on their debut album, The Serious Kids, which they say is coming out soon.
I have a good feeling about Woody Danger. We will be hearing a lot more about them soon.
[mp3]: Woody Danger – Young Love
Head over to their myspace, add them, bookmark them. Keep an eye out!
NOTE: I didn’t include singles for 2010 albums like “Cousins” and “Norway” because in my mind they are 2010 songs. So that’s why they are not in the list. Also, I considered Local Natives a 2009 release since I was following them since last year and heard their album via the UK release. Similarly, that is why an album like the Rural Alberta Advantage has no songs on here. Because I included them in my list last year!
Without further a do, here are my favorite (or the best!) songs of 2009 in my mind! :
- The (newly) ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist delivers a gorgeous ballad with his cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren”. What a voice he has! The Chili’s never let him shine like this, but looking back he always did provide great backup vocals. Everyone ignored this album, but here’s to hoping that I get someone else hooked! He takes Tim’s song and gives it his own special touch, and what a touch it is!
- The song shares the name of the Island 3rd album, and just like the album, it is the Islands letting lose having fun. Nick Thorburn and company sound like they had fun making this song. It resonates through his votes, and through a true “island’ sound. This song is easy to listen to listen to with it’s funky bass groove, and savvy chorus. Total fun!
- Many people were not too fond of The Decemberists new “heavy-metal (ish)” sound that they took on with The Hazards Of Love. However, they find a middle ground with “The Rake’s Song” where they successfully incorporate their folky chorus over a catchy guitar riff and brutal drums. This song slays!
- Cymbals Eat Guitars are an interesting band that makes music that is emotional, raw, and sonically interesting. Don’t believe me? Listen to “Wind Phoenix” five times, then sit down, and shut up! Your welcome.
-They are extremely talented kids who have a knock for writing beautiful songs epic enough to swoon a club, with the possibility to rock out an arena someday. I have really high hopes for these guys for this new decade!
- Basement Jaxx dropped out of the sky like a Raindrop splashing in onto the blog scene with a huge splash on blogs, just like they would have 10 years ago on the radio. Different decade, different medium of exposure, same result.
- A Kid Cudi song guest featuring the trippy guitar work of Ratatat and a chorus sung by MGMT? A strange combination at first glance, but it works perfectly. Epic!
- James Allen’s thick Scottish accent flourishes with this powerful mega tune that is strong enough to make a grown man cry. It is a display of a guilty mans conscience that will make anyone whose ever cheated, fell like absolute shit. Pretty powerful Glasvegas, I tip my hat to you!
- The Rocketboys deliver a beauitful and haunting song with “Like Ice In Water” that is well written, well constructed, and memorable. This is the type of song that deserves to be played during a dramatic end to a romantic movie. It sounds like a rush of love, collapsing at the foot of a sunrise. With a tune like this, you would have expected Grey Anatomy to pick up on it already!
- Although MaxÃ¯mo Park’s new album was disappointing for the most part, there were gems like “The Kids Are Sick Again” to save the day. I discover something new about it every time I listen, and it secretly builds up to a pretty powerful chorus. When MaxÃ¯mo Park are on, they are on. Most people missed this song, but I hope you don’t second guess this band anymore. They still got it!
- It may be the fact that this was the Yankees World Series victory song, or that I am from New York. But this Jay-Z song was just on fire for months, and it just rocked. Every time it was on, I was singing alone, proud to be a New Yorker. Alicia Keys kills it. This song is the closest thing I have to a hometown anthem, so I will take it! Plus, every time I hear this I am reminded of the glorious 2009 New York Yankees. Good enough for me!
- My girlfriend introduced this song to me as a way to describe the pain of being away from one another for an extended period of time. Vetiver perfectly convey the feelings of what makes a person special to you. This is love.
- Everyone from Ed Droste to Sufjan Stevens pimped this guy. You don’t get recommended by guys like that for ill reasons. Tunnelvision is a great track where Luke Temple shows of his magical voice and keen ear for uncharted melody.
- Say what you want about this kid, but this song is good. The lo-fi does infact help make the song what it is, so back off. This song wouldn’t sound the same all shined up and glassy. This is a real slackers, slacker anthem!
- Sufjan Stevens pulls a KID A on us? Could this be a sign of what the new Sufjan Stevens sounds like in the new decade? I’m all for experimental avant garde music from Sufjan. He basically melts the mind with this exceptionally good cover of The Castanets song. It doesn’t take it to a different level, rather, a different dimension.
- The Whitest Boy Alive are the epitome of cool. The ideal listening setting for “Island” would be on a beach, wearing cool shades, sipping on a Corona. This song just makes summer come alive!
- I don’t care about anyone’s hatrid for U2, so don’t bother with me. “Moment Of Surrender” is one of U2′s finest moments in a long time. Very beautiful, very passionate, and very U2. The song builds and builds to an ecstasy filled high brought to you by 4 genius irish-men.
- Sleep Whale deliver a dense track filled with beautiful instrumentals, vocals drenched in reverb, which result in a real beauty.
- A song that deserves it’s place in the chillwave genre. An irrestistable piece that shines and colors your speakers with its delightful electronic sounds.
- All that I have to say is : heartbreaking.
- Japandroids sure do make a lot of noise for just two dudes. It’s raw garage rock fueled by passionate men who are having fun doing what they love!
- Dan Deacon amazes me with what he can do with live instruments, and electronic effects. This is eight minutes of awesome!
- Lily delevers a pretty straightforward message through her glamorous pop that we can’t get enough of!
77. Muse – Uprising
- Muse deliver a rocking track featuring a big chorus, a riff ready to fill 5 Wembleys, and plenty of reasons to continue to call Muse one of the biggest bands in the world.
- The Thermals continue to do their thing with one of their catchiest tunes ever. It shares the same title as the album, and rightfully so, as it is the best song on the album by a mile!
- Washed Out came out of nowhere and caught the attention of many people with his delicious EP full of chill electronic songs such as “Belong”. He is able to create a dirty sound while still sounding fresh.
- Jeff Tweedy duets with the wonderful Feist on this heartbreaking beauty. Wilco has a knack for delivering some of the most earnest moments, and it was only proper that they ended the decade with another one.
- This is what you would get if you mixed Animal Collective with MGMT. Trippy beyond belief.
- This is not the only Discovery song on this list. This song is just pop/r&b done right. The electronic work is true bliss. So much fun to listen to! They captured the sound of summer and poured it right into our ears.
- Camera Obscura have a knack for making retro-sounding indie rock that is simply irresistible. You can’t help but smile when you hear a Camera Obscura song like “French Navy”. It’s too good to do anything else!
- “Stillness Is The Move” features an odd time signature that only the Dirty Projectors could make. It is not like anything else out there, and that is why I love it!
- Harlem Shakes devliver an excellent opener to their excellent debut album. The band sings “This Will Be A Better Year”. I guess they knew what was coming.
- The song title says it all, this song just makes you sound fucking happy in the head. Musical ecstasy! Hit play, and try not to smile!
- Try not to cry. This song is just emotionally crushing. Totally beautiful. The tears will start to fall. Just you wait!
- A tropical cover of one of the best songs of the year. Her voice is sexy as hell too! A total winner!
- Miike Snow showed their ability to write incredible pop songs with their debut album, and this was just one of my favorites!
- Bon Iver is one of a kind. He followed up one of the decades finest albums with a great EP that delivered this spine tingling song. God bless Bon Iver!
63. Woods – Rain On
- A beautiful song that may draw many comparisons to artists like Neil Young. And for good reason, this song is well written, and has a nice message. I adore this song!
- Sounds like it was taken right from the 50′s/60′s. It just has a really redeeming quality about it, making you want to find your true love and hold onto her tighter than ever!
- St. Vincent finds a middle ground between beautiful earnest songs, and rock n’ roll guitar riffs, and she chooses the latter here. With that said, her lovely vocals still grace the song and make it very St. Vincent.
- I am not sure if you should call this a remix of Florence + The Machine, or a cover by The XX. Either way, this remix/cover came out of nowhere and became one of my favorite songs of the year. They give the song their dark, subtle kiss allowing it to become sexier than any r&b artists that is on the radio today.
- Julian channels his inner-Stroke and delivers the best track that the Strokes never did! A perfect opening song that act as a transition from The Strokes to his solo record.
- If two doves could make a sound, it would probably sound like this. Alright maybe not, but you get the idea. This is one of the most restrained Dirty Projecters song on Bitte Orca, and it moved me with it’s natural beauty and warmth. You begin to understand that the female vocalists in Dirty Projecters play such a crucial role in their sound. One of 2009′s most genuine beauty’s.
- Real Estate created a song that really lives by it’s name. “Beach Comber” sounds like a perfect summer song. Everything sounds appropriate, and I don’t think that they could have written a better song.
- One of the best acts in the UK, that deserve Coldplay like acclaim. Don’t believe me? Try not to get moved by “Kingdom Of Rust”. Truly outstanding vocals, precise percussion, and guitar/bass work that speaks to each other. It all adds up a mighty tune that deserves a proper stadium singalong. The U.S. needs to hop on the Doves already.
- A really personal song. The Antlers use the thrashing rocking 2nd half to further display the feelings at hand. What a powerful song.
54. JJ – Ecstasy
- JJ came out of no where and got noticed by doing an outer worldly cover of Lil Wayne smash hit “Lilipop”. So ethereal and mystical! Lil Wayne would have no idea what is going on!
- This is top notch songwriting. Luke creates a lo-fi beauty that is equally as catchy as it is sophisticated. When they opened for Grizzly Bear at Town Hall, this song got all the hipsters moving!
- Back in 2008, Vampire Weekend were able to take African/World music influences and blend it effortlessly into energetic indie rock to create a juggernaut of an album. It is no surprise, then, that African music influenced bands have risen since. Vampire Weekend made it a lot easier for bands such as The Very Best to have a very good 2009. Songs like â€œWarm Heart Of Africaâ€ are unlike anything we have ever heard before, yet they manage to stay perfectly accessible at the same time. It helps to have Ezra Koenig, the face of Vampire Weekend, as the featured vocalist. Ezra is able to deliver his warm familiar vocals over the smooth tropical beat, bringing two worlds together. This is the type of song that is meant for the summer, but it is great enough to sound just as good as we are bundled up in our winter coats. â€œWarm Heart Of Africaâ€ is undoubtedly one of 2009â€™s finest moments that both indie fans, and world music fans can smile about.
- God damn the Swedes really know how to make addictive pop songs! I was just talking about this with my friend Alex over a cup of coffee at dunkin donuts last night. They always produce the finest pop music. Add The Sweet Serenades to that list. For some reason they didn’t blow up in 2009, which is mind boggling after listening to how good “Mona Lee” is. From start to finish, this song is just pop rock done right!
As a bonus, here is a zip of #100-51 of my best songs of 2009 : ZIP
44 of you faithful readers were cool enough to take some time and vote for your favorite albums of the year!! 44 may not seem like that much, but considering that most people (including myself!) are lazy, and that this is a personal music blog, I am beyond thankful for the 44 of you guys that did vote! That is 44 more than I would ever thought I would ever have! So thank you to you 44!
The results as a whole weren’t that surprisng. The ordering was, I think you guys will be surprised at the ordering of the top 10! No, Arctic Monkeys didn’t win number one, which should stop all claims that we are a “Arctic Monkey fan blog”! There is a lot more to me than that, I think any daily reader of my blog will back me up on that one!
You guys proved that my readers are not strictly “indie” fans, because Gaga made the top 40, and Muse made the top 10! The list has a lot of my top albums (which is coming soon, I promise!), which just proves that you guys read this blog for a reason!
No one’s list was higher than 20 albums, so I did a 20 point system. The #1 album got 20 points, the #2 got 19, etc. It took some time to count them all, but it was worth it to see the results! A grand total of 200 diverse albums were mentioned, which just goes to show you how much good music is out there. It says a lot about the over abundance of music, and how it is impossible to give everything an equal shot!
Without further ado, here are the top 40 albums as chosen by the We All Want Someone To Shout For’s readers a.k.a. YOU:
40. fun. – Aim and Ignite: 40 points, 3 votes
39. Lady Gaga â€“ The Fame Monster : 41 points, 3 votes
38. Freelance Whales â€“ Weathervanes : 42 points, 3 votes
37. The Dodos – Time to Die : 43 points, 3 votes
36. Real Estate â€“ Real Estate : 44 points, 4 votes, 1 #1 vote
35. Washed Out â€“ High Times: 46 points , 3 votes
34. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm : 48 points, 3 votes
33. Wilco – Wilco (The album) : 50 points, 4 votes
32. The Horrors â€“ Primary Colours : 51 points, 3 votes
31. Kid Cudi â€“ Man On The Moon : End Of Day : 55 points, 4 votes
30. The Dead Weather â€“ Horehound : 56 points, 4 votes
29. Metric â€“ Fantasies: 57 points, 4 votes
28. Mos Def – The Ecstatic: 58 points, 3 votes, 2 #1 votes
27. White Lies â€“ To Lose My Life : 60 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote
26. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart : 62 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote
25. Monsters of Folk â€“ Monsters Of Folk : 65 points, 4 votes
24. Dark Was The Night : 65 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote
23. Dan Deacon â€“ Bromst : 66 points, 5 votes
22. Camera Obscura â€“ My Maudlin Career : 67 points, 4 votes
21. Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand : 70 points, 6 votes
20. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures : 73 points, 5 votes
19. Julian Casablancas â€“ Phrazes For The Young : 76 points, 5 votes
18. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic : 77 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote
17. Florence + The Machine â€“ Lungs : 81 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote
16. St. Vincent â€“ Actor : 87 points, 6 votes, 2 #1 votes
15. Andrew Bird â€“ Noble Beast : 88 points, 5 votes , 1 #1 vote
14. Fever Ray – Fever Ray : 89 points, 7 votes, 1 #1 vote
13. Passion Pit â€“ Manners : 90 points, 6 votes
12. Girls â€“ Album: 92 points, 6 votes
11. White Rabbits – It’s Frightening : 98 points, 6 votes
10. Miike Snow â€“ Miike Snow : 117 points, 8 votes, 1 #1 vote
9. The Antlers â€“ Hospice: 119 points, 7 votes, 2 #1 votes
8. Muse â€“ The Resistance : 122 points, 8 votes, 2 #1 votes
7. Dirty Projectors â€“ Britte Orca : 155 points, 10 Votes
6. The XX â€“ XX : 207 points, 15 votes, 2 #1 votes
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahâ€™s â€“ Itâ€™s Blitz : 208 points, 15 votes, 2 #1 votes
4. Animal Collective – MPP: 253 points 14 votes, 7 #1 votes
3. Arctic Monkeys- Humbug : 275 points 17 votes 3 #1 votes
2. Grizzly Bear â€“ Veckatimest 315 points, 19 votes, 1 #1 vote
1. Phoenix â€“ Wolfgang Amedeus Phoenix 349 points, 21 votes, 2 #1 votes
To those of you who still head record shops and purchase CDs on Tuesdays I applaud you. It seems like almost no one buys them anymore. Damn shame. Anyway I figured I would do a Tuesday feature on what releases look interesting on Tuesdays. They won’t neccesarily be albums that I think will be good but rather be the releases that I think everyone should know about. Maybe it will remind you to check something out or enlighten you on a cool new album.
This week is a pretty busy day for releases. Got a lot of big indie names. Lets get started eh?
March 24th, 2009:
1990′s – Kicks
A new album from the fun rock group from Glasgow that has a pretty appropriate album title. Their brand of rock gives you images of them kicking just like the other Glasgow rockers Franz Ferdinand.
[mp3] : 1990′s – The Box
Amadou & Mariam – Welcome To Mali
- The critically acclaimed album from the blind Mali couple was released elsewhere last year. The US finally gets the album today. I still have to check this out. The only song I heard is “Sabali” and it is outstanding.
[mp3] : Amadou & Mariam – Sabali
Dan Deacon – Bromst
Dan Deacon’s new album “Bromst” got the best new music tag from the good ol’ pitchy. I have heard the album once and it is another album full of fun electronic beats that only Dan could make. Check it out. Here is a highlight off the track:
[mp3] : Dan Deacon – Snookered
The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love
The Decemberists are back, but it may not be quite the same sounding Decemberists that you remember making “The Engine Driver”. The band has a harder sound going on this time around, almost sounding metal at some points! This album is going to get polarizing opinions from fans/critics but I can say that I think it is a pretty powerful work. The Decemberists never let people down. Why start now?
DOOM – Born Like This
This album came out pretty quietly if you ask me. I only read about it a few times on blogs and didn’t even realize it came out today. Anything from Doom is pretty much top notch so I’d say this is a worthy listen!
[mp3] : DOOM – Rap Ambush
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Fever Ray is Karin Dreijer Andersson, who is one half of the awesome band The Knife. I have not gotten around to listening to this yet but I have read pretty positive things. It is supposed to be a lot of sad/lonely of an electronic album than we are used to getting from The Knife. My guess is to put this album on late at night when your in a sadder mood. Tell me how that goes!
[mp3] : Fever Ray – When I Grow Up
Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health
Harlem Shakes debut album “Technicolor Health” is pretty much the perfect spring/summer album. It is upbeat, catchy, fun, and most of all has all the replay value in the world. This is one of the best of 2009 so far, grab a copy!
[mp3] : Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game
Mastodon – Crack The Skye
The new one from Mastodon is called “Crack The Skye”. I have not given them a listen yet but everyone keeps raving them as the best american metal band today. I’d say they deserve a listen!
[mp3] : Mastodon – Crack The Skye
Pete Doherty – Grace/Wastelands
Pete Doherty is off the drugs and released a solo album. Good for him! I’ve heard bits and pieces and I believe it is a lot better than what critics are saying/anticipated. Give the boy a second chance!
RÃ¶yksopp – Junior
I’ve only read great things about Norway’s RÃ¶yksopp. The electronic duo’s new album is out and making a pretty big splash on blogs. I am halfway through the album and really enjoying it. Everyone is saying their older releases are better so if anything I got more cool electronic tunes to look forward to!
[mp3] : RÃ¶yksopp – Happy Up Here
Swan Lake – Enemy Mine
Most of you guys know that I love Wolf Parade. You may be surprised that I haven’t dug my teeth into Swan Lake yet. It is the supergroup of the very busy Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade), Dan Bejar (New Pornographers/Destroyer) and Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes).
[mp3] : Swan Lake – Spanish Gold, 2044