The act of forgiveness — true forgiveness from the heart — must be one of the most empowering actions that one can undertake. You can aim to forgive, but you can’t force it. Sometimes it takes time. Sometimes it takes emotional expenditure. Although I am not a person of faith, I admire the central understanding in Judeo-Christian faiths of the personal empowerment that the act of forgiveness affords us in releasing malice and ill-will. We forgive not for the forgiven, but to find balance in ourselves.
Forgiveness is the central concept of The Avett Brothers‘ “No Hard Feelings,” and it should come as no surprise that it’s lyrics are speckled with religious overtones. It’s a particularly calming and heartwarming song – whether used as reinforcement for finding forgiveness of others, or as mantra to help find forgiveness.
The last two months were some good summer, poppy mixes, and I suspect that the friends who liked them may be let down by this one. Fair enough, you have to have contrast in order to make an impact. There are a few electronic acts in this one: Larytta is a cool experimental act that a friend turned me on to; Dimlite I know from arguably my 2nd favorite beat from Finale‘s A Pipe Dream And A Promise; and then there is Guidance Counselor, who piqued my interest with the Talking Heads-sounding “Creature” on their recent Demolisten appearance.
Up until the time that we started this site, I used to do yearly mixes with a selection of my favorite tracks. It didn’t really fall into listmania, because the mixes were more organically selected than a top 10 or so. I would normally post this at the end of the month (year), but Mixwit is shutting down, which presumably means the mix won’t work in a week or so. In which case, HERE‘s an opentape (muxtape-like) version that doesn’t embed as well as Mixwit does. Too bad the RIAA didn’t realize earlier what they realized yesterday and just leave these streaming mix sites be… it was a way for us all to share music without explicitly doling out mp3s.
Are you kidding me? Out of nowhere, a duet of “Lost Coastlines” by Will Sheff with Carl Newman The New Pornographers. Will has performed a couple acoustic versions of this song recently, first on WOXY and then on NRK P3 (live from Norway), but I really think that having the second vocalist is half of what makes the song. I’m still a bit partial for their Motown-style bass and drums from the album version, but I dig the back and forth, and that Will switched places this time around. The original is below… How amazing is Jonathan Meiburg’s voice when he chimes in with that baritone “sit down?” The Stand-Ins, the appendix to last year’s The Stage Names, is out on September 9th.
Because I use this site more to recommend upstart bands and forgotten favorites, I’ve spoken more in private than on here about my affinity for Okkervil River. I was excited when Pitchfork reported that, just as Black Sheep Boy merited an Appendix of excellent tracks that were brushed aside in crafting the album, The Stage Names leftovers will take the form of The Stand Ins. The first hint at the new album came in their recent session for WOXY, which was kicked off with “Lost Coastlines.”
best albums 2007: 01. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible [topo: #1, zoviet: #1, freed: #1] video The fact that they somehow managed to meet the exceed the impossible expectations we had for them is commendable. That they are getting better in the process has us salivating for more. – topomodesto 02. Okkervil River – The […]
topomodesto: 01. Okkervil River – Unless It’s Kicks 02. Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running 03. Grizzly Bear – Knife (Girl Talk Remix) 04. The National – Apartment Story 05. Deer Tick – Art Isn’t Real (City Of Sin) 06. Les Savy Fav – Slugs In The Shrubs 07. Ghostface Killah – Mighty Healthy […]
topomodesto: (LA) 01. Girl Talk/Dan Deacon : Echoplex : 28 September 02. Arcade Fire : Greek Theater : 29 May 03. of Montreal : The Glass House : 11 November 04. TV On The Radio : Henry Fonda : 30 March 05. Neko Case : Henry Fonda : 17 February 06. Tokyo Police Club : […]
Favorite Videos 2007:
01. Bat For Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do?
02. Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
03. Arcade Fire – My Body Is A Cage
04. Menomena – Rotten Hell
05. Les Savy Fav feat. Bunny – The Equestrian
06. Kanye West feat. Zach Galifianakis & Will Oldham – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
07. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
08. Beirut – Nantes (Take Away Show Session)
09. Girl Talk – Bounce That
10. Escort – All Through The Night
01. Feist – KCRW, 10 May
02. Frightened Rabbit – eMusic, 16 March
03. Fionn Regan – BBC Radio One, 12 February
04. The New Pornographers – KCRW, 20 September
05. Okkervil River – Daytrotter, 12 November
06. Andrew Bird – Daytrotter, 29 October
08. The Twilight Sad – KEXP, 4 November
09. Band of Horses – KCRW, 6 September
10. Beirut – KEXP, 3 October