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    1 jan 2012, 05:58

    Death Cab for Cutie - We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
    (Barsuk)
    Death Cab for Cutie have everything it takes to be the next universally appreciated pop band in indie rock, following groups like Pavement, Superchunk, and Built to Spill. If they release more records like We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, they no doubt will be. Unlike all of those bands, though, Death Cab for Cutie is not interested in becoming guitar heroes, stepping through their songs at a snail's pace to best fit the general sorrow of the vocals.

    Like Malkmus and MacCaughan, Death Cab for Cutie's lyrics are poetic and appear nonsensical, singer Benjamin Gibbard turning almost every verse into a metaphor. However, unlike those two bands (give or take an album about a breakup), much is hidden under Gibbard's colorful, cryptic prose. The album turns out to be, although it takes much inspection and time to figure it out, a concept album, each song detailing a different part of a relationship not meant to be.

    "Title Track" opens the album with a muffled guitar and drum sound paralleling the muffled thinking of the singer as he shares an evening and a cigarette with a female friend. As the muffle is removed from the sound, a clangy guitar sound bursts out, while "call response overturns convictions every time" and the night of conversation turns physical. Before the moment has even started, Gibbard is already into regret, but he retains some hope.

    That hope is quickly killed two songs later in "For What Reason." The song takes a nimble bass line, harsh guitars, and lots of noise to add to the bitterness of Gibbard lashing out at the woman for being "so slick with that sarcastic slew of phrases like 'I thought you knew,' while keeping me in hot pursuit." Maybe he did know, but hearing her say it doesn't make him feel any better

    Hopes and desires crushed, the story takes a detour as Gibbard takes to the road for the songs "Lowell, MA" (named after Jack Kerouac's hometown for obvious reasons), "405," and "Little Fury Bugs," using the free time for introspection.

    The climax of the story happens over the pair "Company Calls" and "Company Calls Epilogue," when the listener finds out why this relationship was doomed from the start: the woman is engaged to be married. "Company Calls" is the most buoyant pop song on the album, Gibbard knowing what he wants to say, shouting "Set your sights to sink this partyline, 'cause it's so tired." The metaphor of political parties links back to the "Title Track," when the affair was seen as forming a splinter group. Now the singer continues the thread, pleading for the woman to "destroy this mock shrine." However, Gibbard isn't able to convey these thoughts, or, rather, he decides he cannot. "The figures on your wedding cake" do not represent him so he decides he must keep his distance, "mail(ing) a postcard sending greetings from the Eastern Block" instead of crashing the wedding.

    In the "...Epilogue," the guitar sound becomes almost mournful as Gibbard shows up at the wedding, merely a guest at the celebration for the death of his dreams. He wishes he could drunkenly crash the festivities and let his feelings be known, but he can't and won't "spit it out when the date's been set. The white routine to be ingested inaccurately."

    The music Death Cab for Cutie creates is catchy and pure, and the story it weaves is touching and honest, the two working in tandem to a heightened degree of expressiveness that words alone cannot attain. If the band has a flaw, it's that with all those other bands that have achieved such widespread adoration in indie rock which they may or may not be following in the footsteps of, Death Cab's music may also be following too closely. However, sometimes you must forgive any lack of expansion in the genre and just admire skilled craftsmanship as art. For ...We're Voting Yes, Death Cab for Cutie has expertly assembled and finely tuned ten pop machines to form one great pop album.
  • New "Greetings From the 8th Floor"

    2 dec 2010, 05:07

    This is my first album whose masters I havent lost to hard drive failure. And I'm doing what I consider my 5th album. At least I ended up getting it right this time, haha. But its a thrill to get to come back to this stuff after having listened to it a while. And there was a lot that I cleaned up in the recordings. Usually when I "release" something, its after I put together the tracklist and finish the cover. But not until last month it did I really look back at the tracks themselves. I guess it took time to see what it was as whole. It also totally flows better without that self-indulgent piece of crap I called Wall :P ... Though admittedly at first I didnt think this was my "best" album when I recorded it, I was on chemo during recording so in the playiing was a little sloppy. But its a really solid album. Anyway, I'd prefer you download from my website because its 320 as opposed to 128 kpbs... here are the links:

    my website

    The Grenaders
    Greetings From the 8th Floor
    Dear Emma
    Say Goodbye
    Spare
    Lost Without You
    Greetings From the Eighth Floor
    Temporary Memory Lapse Pt. 2
    Something Random
    Alphabet Soup
    Labored
    Rock Candy


    I hope you have as much fun listening as I did putting it together.
  • regarding The Grenaders

    28 dec 2009, 19:17

    http://grenaders.info

    i do all the instruments, and i encourage everyone to record they're own music and distribute it for free in an effort to take down the music industry. the reality is that music is going to be distributed anywhere it wants to go. capitalists hate this system because no many can be made from a system that promotes sharing. but that's the problem itself, music should not be made for money, music should be made with the intentions of creating a masterful musical work like the musicians of every era before us have done. In essence, music is an art that should not be poisoned by the well of profiteering.

    if one can create & distribute free content in a marketplace that is as good as or close to as good as paid content, then when one wants to support one's favorite artists, instead of a distribution company making the money, the artist would recieve a much high percentage of the profit. also, even in if no consumer wished to support the artist financially, money can be much easier made in the traffic, which comes in no cost to the consumer itself. that's how google make's it's money - what does it "sell"? - adspace.

    i can't change the system myself. but what i can do is create my own work and promote sharing of everyone's own creative work

    give it a listen, hey you might like it. why not, its free

    The Grenaders
    Here, There and Everywhere
    Sleep, Long Shot, Lost Without You, Regret and Turn To Dust are some of my favorites.
  • ok fine because this is so old...

    27 jan 2009, 06:09

    first, because i am truly shameless in musical self-promotion:
    http://mike.freedomofknowledge.org/Music/hte/

    anyway, moving on.
    oh man i love the beatles, and floyd to the byrds and mgmt. they all seem to take me dream when i am listening to music. its quite something. thats why i love psychadelica. it's the most pleasant feeling to dream while awake.

    and yes i am crazy. i'm not narcicisstic enough to think anyone but rachel (she knows who she is) might read this but i want her to read something i've written recently.

    night.
  • about my music

    20 jun 2006, 16:24

    Top artists as of 6/20/06 (i had to move tbs cause it hadnt recorded it)

    Taking Back Sunday
    The Academy Is...
    Fall Out Boy
    Queen
    The Grenaders
    Green Day
    Gavin DeGraw
    Motion City Soundtrack
    The Beatles
    Jimi Hendrix



    1.What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    Minority - that was 2 years ago


    2.What is your favourite album of 2?
    Almost Here, therye only full album

    3.What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung?
    ahh that my band lol, i'd have to say "pick myseld up off the floor to go ahead and try once more"
    (ethan's great)

    4.How many times have you seen 4 live?
    i wasnt alive when the were touring!

    5.What is your favourite song by 7?
    Belief - such a sweet song

    6.What is a good memory you have involving 10?
    uhh hmm, listeing to jimi with my dad in his car when i was like 4 and singing along

    7.Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    XO - definitely

    8.What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung?
    "get me out of the rain, get me out of my clothes hope i dont make a sound"

    9.What is your favourite song by 9?
    soo hard... ahh at the moment i like "She Loves You"

    10.How did you get into 3?
    Ricki told me to listen to sugar were going down last summer.. thatks ricki

    11. What was the first song you heard by 1?
    i popped louder now into my cd player and it was... Whats it feel like to be a ghost?

    12.What is your favourite song by 4?
    Bohemian Rhapsody

    13.How many time have you seen 9 live?
    Im not THAT old c'mon!!

    14. What is a good memory you have involving 2?
    Katie giving me the damn cd...

    15.Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    Hold Me Down - sad sad song

    16.What is your favourite album of 5?
    By The Grenaders? Leaving Shelby Forever EP - i was so young...!

    17.What is your favourite lyric that 3 has sung?
    "and when it all goes to hell will you be able to tell me youre sorry with a straight face?

    18.What is your favourite song of 10?
    hmm... between Angel and all along the watchtower

    19.How many times have you seen 8 live?
    was gonna see them in may but coldn't

    20.What is a great memory you have considering 9?
    hmm. their music is timeless... i dont know

    21.What was the first song you heard by 8?
    Make Out Kids - the song that made me love that band

    22.What is your favourite cover by 2?
    I don't think they have any covers

    23.What is your favorite song and album by 1?
    ...slowdance On The Inside or Little Devotional for song and Where You Want to Be for album.
  • favbands+their songs

    23 apr 2006, 23:23

    1. Green Day
    first: when i come around
    love: when i come around/jesus of suburbia
    current: waiting

    2. Queen
    first: We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions
    love: Bohemian Rapsody
    current: Fat Bottommed Girls

    3. Motion City Soundtrack
    first: Make Out Kids
    love: Make Out Kids
    current: My favorite accident

    4. Fall Out Boy
    first: Sugar were goin down
    love: sophomore slump/calm before the storm
    current: the patron sain of liars and faked

    5. Led Zeppelin
    first: Stairway to heaven
    love: Stairway to heaven
    current: rock n roll/black dog

    6. Panic at the disco
    first: the only difference
    love: lying is the most fun
    current: camisado

    7. Jimi Hendrix
    first: all along the watchtower
    love: all along the watchtower
    current: angel

    8. ACDC
    first: back in black
    love: tnt
    current: highway to hell

    9. Gavin De Graw
    first: Follow Through
    love: Chariot
    current: Belief

    10. the grenaders (haha)
    first: forever
    love: chapstick sabotage
    current: the race
  • A-Z Fav. Songs

    22 apr 2006, 00:41

    A- All Along the Watchtower / Angel - Jimi Hendrix / All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
    B- Big Balls - ACDC / Basket Case - GD / Black Dog - LZ / Bohemian Rapsody - Queen / Belief - Gavin / Beast of Burden - Stones / Break On Through (To the Other Side) - The Doors
    C- Camisado - Panic! / Calm Before the Storm - Fob / Chariot - Gavin
    D- (Dont Fear) the Reaper - B0C / Dry Ice - GD
    E- Everything Is Alright - MCS
    F- Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen / Follow You Down - Gin Blossoms
    G- Good Times Bad Times-LZ / Good Riddance - GD / Grenade Jumper - Fob
    H- Highway to Hell - ACDC / Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
    I- I Am the Walrus - Johnny Boy / I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! / I Was There - GD / I Fought the Law - The Clash / Interstate Love Song - STP
    J- Just Like I Remember - Bleed The Dream
    K- King For a Day - GD / Killer Queen - Queen
    L- Let it Be - The Beatles / Lg Fuad - MCS / Longview - GD / Letterbomb - GD
    M- Mr. Brightside - The Killers / Muffin Man - FZ / My Favorite Accident - MCS
    N- Not The Same - Ben Folds (Live)
    O- Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued - Fob
    P- Play The Game - Queen
    Q- im drawing a blank here
    R- Rocketman - Elton / Resolution - MCS / Redundant - GD / Red House -Jimi
    S- Stairway to Heaven - LZ/ She - GD / Saturday - Fob / She Loves You - The Beatles / Somebody to Love - Queen / Still Remains - STP / Scattered - GD / Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
    T- TNT - ACDC / Taxi Driver - GCH / Take Me As I Am - Seven Wiser
    U- Under Pressure - Queen
    V- Vaseline - STP
    W- We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You - Queen / Waiting / Warning / When I Come Around / Welcome to Paradise - GD / When You're Around - MCS
    X- XO - Fob
    Y- Your Move / I've Seen All Good People - Yes
    Z- no songs
  • A-Z fav. bands

    22 apr 2006, 00:05

    A- ACDC
    B- The Beatles
    C- The Clash
    D- The Doors
    E- uhh Elton
    F- Fall out Boy
    G- Green Day/Gavin/Gym Class Heroes
    H- Hades Cannibals
    I- I dont know
    J- Jimi
    K- The Killers
    L- Led Zep
    M- Motion City Soundtrack
    N- Nirvana
    O- Ok Go
    P- Panic!
    Q- Queen
    R- Rolling Stones
    S- Stone Temple Pliots
    T- Tempations! (woo!)
    U- Used
    V- Van Halen
    W- The Who
    X- no idea
    Y- Yes
    Z- Zeppelin, Led