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posted by Patrick Sat Mar 29, 2008
Im going to see Leonard Cohen. Most of my friends have idea how amazing that is. I figured this place would understand...
posted by Patrick Sun Dec 16, 2007

Here is the list. It was much harder this year than in years past, which i guess means it was a good year for music. The stuff that i left off is still really good. 

30. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
29. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
28. Richard Swift - Dressed up for the Letdown
27. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
26. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
25. Eisley - Combinations
24. Straylight Run - The Needles The Space
23. Vic Chesnutt - North Star Deserter
22. Broken Social Scene Presents: Keven Drew - Spirit If...
21. Feist - The Reminder
20. Do Make Say Think - You, You're a History in Rust
19. Keren Ann - Keren Ann
18. St Vincent - Marry Me
17. Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
16. Emma Pollack - Watch The Fireworks
15. Tess Wiley - Super Fast RockNRoll Played Slow
14. Lovedrug - Everything Starts Where it Ends
13. Over The Rhine - The Trumpet Child
12. Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim
11. The National - Boxer
10. Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
9. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are The Dark Horse
8. The New Pornographers - Challengers
7. Menomena - Friend or Foe
6. Magnolia Electric Co - Sojourner
5. Pela - Anytown Graffiti
4. Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards
3. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
1. Matthew Good - Hospital Music

That Matthew Good Album is amazing musically and lyrically. I highly recommend it. On his website there is the story of how the album came to be. Its pretty vulnerable stuff that he shares and it makes the album that much more engrossing (at least to me).

Great stuff that didnt make the cut includes albums by Bjork, Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Monarch, Blonde Redhead, Andrew Bird, Bright Eyes, Low, Maserati, Twilight Sad.... Tons of good stuff this year. 

posted by Patrick Wed May 23, 2007
I felt this needed to be on Has everyone heard Tarantula? The pumpkins are back!

From Billboard:

The Smashing Pumpkins have completed their first show since Dec. 2, 2000, held tonight (May 22) at Paris' 2,200-capacity Grand Rex. The three-hour, 29-song set introduced new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Ginger Reyes and keyboardist Lisa Harriton into the Pumpkins' lineup, which now includes lone original members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin.

The gig opened with the track "United States," from the band's impending comeback album, "Zeitgeist," due July 10 via Martha's Music/Reprise. A host of other new songs were played, including first single "Tarantula," "Doomsday Clock," "Starz" and "Orchid."

There was also a sizable chunk of vintage Pumpkins material, including "Today," "Hummer," "Cherub Rock," "Disarm" and "Silverfu*k." An acoustic set was sandwiched into the middle of the gig, featuring tracks like "33," "Winterlong" and "To Sheila."

The Pumpkins will take a few days off before hitting Holland's Pink Pop Festival next Monday and will be on the road through late summer. As previously reported, the group will also play residences this summer in Asheville, N.C., and San Francisco.

Here is the Smashing Pumpkins' set list:

"United States"
"Stand Inside Your Love"
"Doomsday Clock"
"God and Country"
"To Sheila"
"Glass and the Ghost"
"Cherub Rock"
"That's the Way"

Encore 1:

Encore 2:
"Annie Dog"

posted by Patrick Sun Dec 24, 2006
These are just the albums that impacted me personally the most this year. If you hate any of these discs, or adore any that i left off, let me know. 

1. Anathallo - Floating World

2. The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine

3. Magnolia Electric Co - Fading Trails

4. David Bazan - Fewer Moving Pieces

5. Rainer Maria - Catastrophe Keeps Us Together

6. Fair - The Best Worst-Case Scenario

7. Rosie Thomas - These Friends of Mine

8. Tool - 10,000 days

9. Woven Hand - Mosaic

10. Cracker - Greenland

11. Cat Power - The Greatest

12. Now its Overhead - Dark Light Daybreak

13. Over The Rhine - Snow Angels

14. Viva Voce - Get Yr Blood Sucked Out

15. Jeff Martin - Exile in the Kingdom

16. Jason Molina - Let Me Go, Let me Go, Let Me Go

17. Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton - Knives Don’t Have your Back

18. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

19. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

20. The Twilight Singers - Powder Burns/A stitch in time EP

21. Leonard Cohen/Various - Im Your Man Soundtrack

22. Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche

23. Sufjan Stevens - Songs For Christmas

24. Danielson - Ships

25. Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines toward the Red Sun

26. The Lemonheads - Self Titled

27. The Violet Burning - Drop Dead

28. Snowden - Anti-Anti

29. Mogwai - Mr. Beast

30. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations

posted by Patrick Sun May 14, 2006
Just wanted everyone to know i got a chance to see Mike Ford play again last night. He was stellar as always. Had Murray backing him up on bass for a bunch of the set. There was a full 1/2 Fruvous on stage.

Speaking of half fruvouses, Murray and Dave are both playing in a band called "The Great Atomic Power". They are playing next month, i might go check it out.

Dave also plays in a band called "Betty and The Bobs", and Murray plays bass for Great Big Sea when they tour.

Jian is still doing stuff for the CBC as far as i know.

End Fruvous News....
posted by Patrick Sun Dec 25, 2005
My apologies for not having the time this year to write in depth about my favorite 10 cds of the year. Less time and much less access to computers forced me to change a bit. Here is (in my opinion) the best 30 cds of 2005.

I will say a few things.

Everyone should own a Sufjan Stevens album, and Illiniose is great. Cant say enough wonderful things about his music.

Magnolia Electric Co is amazing. Trails and Errors may be the best live cd released by any band. If you find a copy, grab it. It's already out of print.

It's great to have a new Luxury album.

Here is the list. If i am able, i might pop back in and explain why the top 10 discs are so great....

1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
2. Magnolia Electric Co. - Trials and Errors
3. Luxury - Health and Sport
4. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
5. Denison Witmer - Are You a Dreamer?
6. Gorillaz - Demon Days
7. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
8. Andy Stochansky - 100
9. Magnolia Electric Co. - What Comes After The Blues
10. Depeche Mode - Playing The Angel
11. Over The Rhine - Drunkard's Prayer
12. Wilco - Kicking Television
13. Jimmy Eat World - Stay on My Side Tonight
14. The Choir - O How The Mighty Have Fallen
15. The Violet Burning - The Loudest Sound in My Heart
16. Interpol - Antics
17. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
18. Weezer - Make Believe
19. Sigur Ros - Takk
20. Mike Ford - Canada Needs You Volume 1
21. Audioslave - Out of Exile
22. Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
23. Headphones - Self Titled
24. Nada Surf - The Weight is a Gift
25. Coldplay - X & Y
26. The Juliana Theory - Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat
27. Magnolia Electric Co. - Hard to Love a Man
28. Queens of The Stone Age - Over the Years and Through the Woods
29. The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
30. Broken Social Scene - Self Titled
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