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Beck’s regular style of music and lyricism was replaced for a more simpler one with this album.  The lyrics are sadder, the music is more melancholy, and that’s what I like about it.  Sea Change is definitely my favorite Beck album (of the ones I’ve listened to so far) and it’s a nice album to have in your collection, and a great listen.  Also, I apologize for not posting this past week or so.  Blame computer trouble and my recent addiction to AMC’s “Breaking Bad”.

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The first time I heard this album, I almost immediately fell in love with it.  Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, has one of the prettiest voices I have ever heard (and a very pretty face on top of that).  From more rock-based songs like “Actor Out of Work” to the slower and more vocal-based songs like “The Party”, the album covers most of Annie’s different musical talents.  If you enjoy female vocalists, I suggest you download this album as soon as possible.  If your tastes are anything like mine, you won’t be disappointed.

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I’ve been listening to this album a lot over the past two weeks or so.  VERY good.  The combination of her piano and singing (and the fact that I’m a total sucker for a woman singing in French) is heavenly.  Really easy to just sit down and enjoy, whether you speak French or not (I don’t, and I love it).  She’s a great singer and her songs flow really well.  Definitely worth a try.

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Singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton is going to be opening for They Might Be Giants for a few shows this tour. I’m lucky enough to get to see him here in Birmingham. Coulton is known for his “geek-rock” qualities, but in all reality the man is a very talented musician who has a great voice. For the most part, this project (his attempt to write a new song every week for a year or something like that) features more folk-y singer-songwriting mixed in with some alternative rock TMBG-esque songs. Also, an amazing cover of “I Will”, the song that was on the show “Code Monkeys”, and one of his most popular and loved, “Re: Your Brains”. In all honestly I would recommend this to anyone who just enjoys music, it’s that good.

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If you have seen the documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” good job! It’s a great documentary that everyone should see. Secondly, you should recall the women Kathy McCarty who was prominent member of the Austin, TX music scene during the Eighties, and Daniel Johnston’s first girlfriend. If you recall her then you should also recall her talking about a tribute album she did to take away the lo-fi noiseyness that are Daniel Johnston albums and to make them more accessible. Well, this is that tribute album! These songs span from just about every early Johnston album/tape (I think), and are indeed more accessible and well recorded. They span from orchestrated strings to garage-rock to MIDI keyboard goodness. This is a must for anyone who has heard Johnston, and for those who haven’t….go listen to him please.

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First off, I’d like to apologize that this upload is in m4a format at 256kbps.  But, it IS a leak, so that’s to be expected.  This album differs greatly from his first album, which was primarily acoustic songs with just him and his guitar.  “Shadow of an Empire” is all about electric guitars, drums, bluesy-sounding riffs, but the same old folksy songwriting.  Great album.  I suggest you pick it up if you’ve heard his first album.  As with the Midlake leak, I’ll re-upload and repost this when the album is officially released, with a better format and bitrate.

EDIT: The download link has been removed by request of Fionn’s label.  If you click the album art, you’re going to be taken to his myspace where you can listen to some of the new singles.  It really is a fantastic album, and I suggest you buy it as soon as it comes out.  Sorry for the inconvenience to anyone who didn’t get a chance to download.

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For those not in the know, Mike Doughty was once the leader of alternative funk super group Soul Coughing. Doughty busted out absurd rhymes behind a thumping bass while samples belted out. Soul Coughing broke up and Doughty disappeared for a few years most likely due to drug use. A few years later he returned clean onto the scene, and came out with a singer-songwriter acoustic album and has basically done that and adult-alternative rock since. His solo career, unlike Soul Coughing, is up and down with the critics; some absolutely love him while others think he’s washed up. However, this album will change everyone’s minds. Doughty takes everything good about Soul Coughing and his acoustic singer-songwriter years and morphs it into an amazing album. That’s right I’m talking about the rapping, sarcastic and absurd lyrics, and funk that came from Soul Coughing, and the catchiness, melody, and soul that came from his singer-songwriter years. This album mixes all of those into thirteen just plain awesome songs. I promise you when you listen to this you will like at least one song.

P.S. when he overlays his vocals I actually cry tears of joy. True story.

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