Today I’ve been mostly obsessed with this simple but somehow really captivating song by Cusack. Kind of like Elliot Smith meets Simon & Garfunkel (or some other equally pointless comparison that this blogger of yours who can’t describe music throws at you). Anyway, it is a great song and I probably should check out what else Cusack has done.
That time of the year again. What are the best albums and songs of the year? These lists are blissfully pointless, but in some silly way I love making them. I didn’t spend ages on this song list though and I might have forgetten something important. It was still pretty difficult to choose just ten, but I know the album list will be ridicilously long, so I thought that I force myself to choose just ten songs this time around. Albums of the year countdown starts within a week or two.
FAVOURITE SONGS OF THE YEAR:
10. Nopat: Yksinäisten tiet
9. Have Gun, Will Travel: Salad Days
8. The Posies: The Glitter Prize
7. Elvyn: Lotta Lies
6. The Genuine Fakes: I Don’t Want It
5. Penniless: The Missing
4. Teenage Fanclub: When I Still Have Thee
3. Two Cow Garage: Lydia
2. The Fox Hunt: Lower Than I Should Be
and the song of the year award goes to…
1. Darren Hanlon: Scenes From a Separation
Only Darren can make such a heartbreaking moment sound so heartwarming. A beautiful well-written story that makes you both cry and smile. This is a live video of the song made by Shoot The Player.
My relationship with Langhorne Slim has had some ups and down. I love the self-titled album and it was also One Chord To Another’s album of the year 200(?), but the previous album was a huge disappointment because of the horrible production. This new video by Crackerfarm again shows the kind of Langhorne Slim that I do love.
Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans: The Falcon Lake Incident (Maple Music, 2010)
Jim Bryson is a canadian folk singer-songwriter who has teamed up with one of the best bands in the world, The Weakerthans. Last winter they packed their gear and and travelled to Falcon Lake, Manitoba and spent six days in a cottage recording this beautiful album. Based on the press photos, the weather was extremely cold, but the end result of these recordings still sounds quite warm and very comfortable. Even so comfortable that I’m smiling also during the heartbreaking moments. I’m just in love with the overall feel of the record. It sounds very down-to-earth, but still has a lot of depth & detail. The song material is mostly amazing as well. Beautiful folk songs are the centerpoints, but Jim Bryson also has a good pop sense. For example Metal Girls is just a great folky pop song. Only minor issue that I have is that the quality of the material drops a tiny bit during the last third of the album and especially Up All Night and Decidedly seem “only good” to me. Of course, It’s mostly because I got too used to the almost perfect quality of the first half of this extremely lovely record.
Let’s add another one tonight, because I just found this and I really like this. Summer Fiction comes from Philadelphia it’s Bill Ricchini’s project. This single is entitled Chandeliers and it’s a certainly a wonderful 60’s influenced pop song. The album also just came out. It’s also on spotify, so I need to check it out properly tomorrow. I’m liking it a lot so far, but it’s 3 am and I got to sleep now.