Various, sundry, etc., etc.

As you notice, posting has shrunk quite a bit. I have lost most of the time I had to search through my huge rss list and try songs out; so I haven’t had much to write about lately. Plus it seems like everything I hear is kind of meh these days. And I haven’t listened to ‘Neon Bible’ because I’m afraid of it. The hype is so big and the expectations so high — call it the anxiety of confluence (that’s a lit theory joke, ba dum ching), but I just can’t bring myself to see if it’s as good as it’s supposed to be.

Here are some musics that I found to be quite good:

01. Au Revoir Simone — fun, catchy, and interesting. Whoever you were, Simone, thanks for leaving. New album forthcoming in May — look for it. You can download their song “Through the Backyards” at their site.

02. LA locals The Broken West were getting a lot of buzz just before I lost all my reading time — their album “I Can’t Go On I’ll Go On” starts out pretty average but when it reaches “Down In the Valley,” it becomes very fun in a way that reminds me of The Format. And I’d rather my bands were fun like The Format than serious and white-rock like, oh, Nickelback or something. *shudder* You can hear “Down In the Valley” at their Myspace.

03. Eric James & the New Century — Do I just like Eric James because he’s cute? Mayyyyybe. It surely doesn’t hurt. The band’s kind of like the Killers, you know, if they were good, and really wrote songs like Springsteen. And played the piano all pretty-like, and now that I think about it, it’s not really like the Killers. It’s much much better. Plus the drummer is from Cake. Check out the song “Daylight” at his site, along with a ton of other songs.

If you asked for a song in comments, please check your email (and your junk mail box :D) — I sent out some songs today.

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  1. John’s avatar

    don’t be scared of the new arcade fire…there’s no way they could ever live up to the hype, so just accept it and put it on. no…it’s not as good as funeral, but it’s still nice to listen to.

  2. Ron’s avatar

    its nice to see you back :)

  3. zara’s avatar

    John — You are a braver person than I. I can’t even unzip the file! I’m paralyzed. Perhaps in a couple years :D

    Ron — Just keep sending me those guilt-inducing emails, ha ha. :)

  4. Matthew’s avatar

    Hi Zara – good to see you back. I am going to see Au Revoir Simone tonight, funnily enough. I am also dragging along a mate who’s never heard of them (and is a bit of a serious Dylan/folkie type at heart) and my wife who is utterly indifferent to all music bar Madonna and Kylie (when she wants to dance) or The Clash and Nirvana (when she wants to leap around like a nutter) so god knows what the two of them are going to make of it. I will be happy though!

  5. Icka’s avatar

    I really like Au Revoir Simone, they remind me of Immoor, the band that you posted about a little while ago, only with girls. It’s interesting that more bands are using electronica as their background music these days, and nice that they can provide a fun, poppy sound without losing their songwriting abilities.

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