Posts tagged "The Killers"

(Not Another) Christmas in LA

What do you get when you throw Owen Wilson, Harry Dean Stanton, Dawes, and The Killers into an animated Warren Zevon-shaped (eggnog) blender? You get “Christmas in LA”, this year’s Christmas single from The Killers, and another entry in their immaculate seasonal catalog. As great as the song is–the perfect mix of the Vegas band’s wonderfully overblown Pet Shop Boys-meets-Springsteen sugar rush and Dawes’ Asylum Records-meets-Big Pink-isms–the video makes it even better, especially Harry Dean Stanton’s opening salvo. “Kind of takes the pressure off,” indeed:

P.S. Mbird is in the midst of sending out our year-end newsletter/appeal. If you’d like to receive one, be sure to sign up for our mailing list! Bill Watterson’s beloved creations may or may not make an appearance.

Top Ten Albums of 2012

In 2012, I easily listened to more new music than I have in the past 3 or 4 years combined, due in large part to my writing music reviews for Mockingbird (although not as many as I would have liked—curse you grad school!) as well as my newfound Spotify addiction. The variety and scope of my listening this year made creating this list somewhat difficult, but I’ve been able to narrow down my list and I’m thrilled to share it with you. Of course, a number of my choices have found their way onto lists across the internet, but there…

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Another Week Ends: Advent Mudballs, Freaks and Geeks, Christian Pariahs, Yiddish Petraeus, Hitchcock Communion, Scott Walker and Super Wolf

1. Not sure exactly what The American Interest is, but Walter Russell Mead’s reflection on the meaning of Advent is the most moving and poetic thing I’ve read on the subject this season, ht TH:

As a kid I could never understand why Advent was a season of fasting and solemnity in the church rather than a time of feasting and dancing. What better way to prepare for a really big celebration than to have a lot of little celebrations as you approach it? What better way to get into the mood?…

But as I’ve reflected on the holiday over the years,…

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There Is a Hand Guiding The Killers

A little collaboration with DZ:

When last we checked in with The Killers, they were misappropriating Hunter S. Thompson (to great effect), wearing feathers on their shoulders, and continuing to split the surprisingly potent difference between Bruce Springsteen and The Pet Shop Boys–albeit with choruses that, one has to admit, frequently out-hooked those of their influences. Of course, Day and Age did nothing to help their standing with critics–they’ve been a punching bag since their second single–but it didn’t really matter. Everyone fell in love with the record anyway. I know I did. Perhaps because The Killers are so clearly…

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Brandon Flowers Is Right Behind You

Or is it… someone else? Dash the haters, I love this guy:

“[My religion] always comes out, it’s inevitable. There’s a lot of imagery in the songs… I don’t think about it, it’s not a real conscious decisive thing that I’m trying to get into the songs; it just creeps its way in. Being a religious person living in Las Vegas, I definitely have been caught in that crossfire.”

2009 Christmas Playlist (And Presents)

A little on the late side, but nonetheless yule-rific!

1. The Christmas Song – The Raveonettes
2. Just Like Christmas – Low
3. O Holy Night – Duvall
4. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones
5. Child’s Christmas In Wales – John Cale
6. Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
7. Christmas Party – The Walkmen
8. Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance! – Sufjan Stevens
9. Season’s Greetings – Robbers On High Street
10. A Great Big Sled – The Killers
11. A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas
12. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love/Phil Spector
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September Playlist

1. Old White Lincoln – The Gaslight Anthem
2. It’s All True – The Lemonheads
3. Don’t Go Away – Oasis
4. Hey Bulldog [mono] – The Beatles
5. Psalms 40:2 – The Mountain Goats
6. Bless This Mess – David Bazan
7. Jena & Jimmy – Derek Webb
8. True Love 1980 – Ash
9. Got The Hots – Michael Jackson
10. Do It Again – Steely Dan
11. Come Undone – Duran Duran
12. Wake Up – Teddy Thompson
13. For Your Lover, Give Some Time – Richard Hawley
14. Jesus Is Waiting – Al Green
15. All Things Must Pass – Billy Preston
16. Why Do I Keep Counting – The Killers
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4.5 B-Side Albums for the Holiday Weekend

Filling in for DZ this weekend…

Typically, b-sides are b-sides for a reason. An artist writes 15, 20, or even 70 songs, and keeps the 11 or 12 best. Because of this, it’s pretty rare to find a b-side album worth what you paid for it (IF you paid for it), particularly not one that is solid, cohesive, and inspired from end to end. Sparked by the Green Day post a few days ago, I thought I would list my five favorite b-side albums in no particular order.

1.) Green Day – Shenanigans

Compiling some great vintage material that tracks discarded songs from…

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Belated March Playlist

1. Wake Up (acoustic) – Arcade Fire
2. You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone – The Beach Boys
3. Breakdown – GNR
4. Back in ’72 – Bob Seger
5. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
6. Miracle Cure – Blank + Jones feat. Bernard Sumner
7. Give Some Love – JAZ
8. Just the Past – Peter, Bjorn & John
9. Moment Of Surrender – U2
10. By Thy Mercy – High Street Hymns
11. The Man – Pete Yorn and Natalie Maines
12. This Tornado Loves You – Neko Case
13. Through The Looking Glass – Peter Doherty
14. Read My Mind [Friday Night Lights mix]…

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January Playlist

Mostly new stuff this time. The Scott Weiland hymn is not be believed…

1. Closer – Kings of Leon
2. The ’59 Sound – The Gaslight Anthem
3. Strange Overtones – David Byrne and Brian Eno
4. Til The End Of Time – Devotchka
5. Family Tree – TV on the Radio
6. Cold Wind – Arcade Fire
7. People Got A Lotta Nerve – Neko Case
8. Idly Drifting Down The Ebb – Sam Bush
9. I Have Forgiven Jesus – Morrissey
10. Half A Person – The Welcome Wagon
11. Singer Songwriter – Okkervil River
12. Lord, I’m Discouraged – The Hold Steady
13. Joseph, Better You Than Me – The…

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