Is This How Your Heart Is Wired?

Honest to god, it doesn't take much to make me as giddy as a schoolgirl. I realize I shouldn't admit such things, but hey it's a lot more fun being excitable than being intentionally drab, as is the way many people are these days.

This week, I'm excited about Noah's Arkweld and Bell X1.

Noah's Arkweld is the brainchild of Noah Mintz. Wikipedia tells us he is a mastering engineer who has worked on albums by Broken Social Scene, Death from Above 1979, The Marble Index, Danko Jones, Rheostatics, The Dears, Len, Hayden, Uncle Seth and Stars... but I've been a fan of his work since his days fronting a Canadian band called hHead (that's not a typo, just in case you're wondering). His new CD is also his first in 12 years. It's called "Names For Shapes That Don't Exist" and it's available on iTunes (though I get the feeling he earns more if you buy it here. You can hear the whole thing on his website, here. His 1997 album "Fun!" is one of my all time favorites.

Bell X1 is a phenomenal Irish band that's finally beginning to cross over the pond, so to speak. Their 2nd and 3rd CDs are on iTunes, but they weren't when I found them, so I bought the imports on Amazon. I'm glad I did. Their U.S. record label released a screwy version of their last CD here in the U.S., which bugs me (rant!). "How Your Heart Is Wired" is the first single from their 4th CD "Blue Lights on the Runway" which is due here in March. That bugs me too! Come on... if it goes on sale in Ireland in February, why not put it on iTunes here in Feb too? Grumble grumble!

Last but not least, a fun quote from Rico by Matthew Good:

He's gonna buy a parrot that speaks her language, but all it'll say is:
"What are you doing with him?
Let's take off,
take off,
take off,
take off."

Oh, and just in case you're curious... Frightened Rabbit's CD is superb too. Get it on iTunes or eMusic.

::::: | Monday, Jan 26 2009 at 12:01 AM
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Amy K said:

This is perhaps the greatest playlist of all time... AND there's something really wonky with my computer that has all your playlists (and pretty much any web-based music I listen to other than through iTunes or MySpace) sound like they're being filtered through a hot tub filled with broken glass... wicked distortion... do you know anything about this phenomenon?

::::: | January 26, 2009 9:49 PM

Amy K said:

P.S. I liked your joke... I'm not sure I'm hip enough to get it, but I liked it. Thanks!

::::: | January 26, 2009 9:50 PM

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