Little Clouds


it’s been a school year…a love note
April 7, 2009, 1:36 am
Filed under: love, music attahced

don't be alarmed my sweet love! i love you!

don't be alarmed my sweet love! i love you!

i love you, johnny. we’ve together for 9 months! as we know from being babies that’s a pretty long time! I love you more and more each day. I don’t know what i would do with out you.

-marissa

in honor of all this love here is one of my favorite love songs!

the love song!

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bonnie “prince” billy :(
oh prince of all this shit.

oh prince of all this shit.

I forgot da prince was last night. how dumb can you be? I realized when it was too late. ah well. I’m not going act like i’m will oldham’s biggest fan, I have friends who like him much more. but I enjoy him and am sorry i missed it.

here are my favies:
Bonnie “Prince” Billy-Hard Life
Bonnie “Prince” Billy-Wolf Among Woves
Bonnie “Prince” Billy-For Every Field There’s A Mole
Bonnie “Prince” Billy-Grand Dark Feeling of Emptiness
Bonnie “Prince” Billy-You Remind Me of Somethine(The Glory Goes)

my favie song about da prince:
jack Lewis/Jeffrey Lewis-Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror

-marissa malouff



violinist.
April 2, 2009, 8:06 pm
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today for soundbite there was a violinist. soundbite, if you don’t know, is the program i book bands for in the umc. the violin is such a dramatic, sad, beautiful instrument. when songs use violins it’s like cheating because they automatically are pretty and good in my book. except for yellowcard, but that’s a given.

for today’s post i am sharing my favorite songs that feature a violin/other pretty string instruments.

Carissa’s Weird-Farewell to All these Rotten Teeth
if you’ve heard carissa’s weird, which hopefully you have, you know that they made beautiful, beautiful music.

Espers-Black is the Color
I like the idea that there are certain folk songs that like everyone covers, “black is the color” being one of those, this is a really pretty version of it.

Final Fantasy-Many Lives-_49mp
The violin part in this song hurts me, it’s so pretty. it’s like too much.

Head of Femur-Curve That Byrd
Head of Femur is good. this is my favorite song of theirs. that’s all i have to say about it.

Bob Dylan-One More Cup of Coffee
This is my favie b.d. song.

-marissa



mr. elvrum
March 30, 2009, 12:02 am
Filed under: music attahced, rant | Tags: , ,
the elv.

the elv.

Tonight I organized my music, or attempted to. my computer is going to explode, literally. Like every two seconds I get a pop up that’s like “Start up disc full. start saving your shit”. it’s terrifying really. and annoying. So I went through and tried to delete all duplicates in my itunes. This was hard because full discographies often have the duplicate songs on multiple records and I don’t want to mess up a discography. It was a very tedious process to say the least, and I got fed up when I got to T and just gave up.

Mr. Elvrum didn’t make this task any easier, i mean the album “window” is like all songs named window. Luckily all of my music made it out alive and in the process I listened to the microphones and other great phil elvrum incarnations. I love the elv, and feel so much love for him right now that I am dedicating this blog to him.

here are some of my favies

The Microphones-Florida Beach
I love the beach boys part.
The Microphones-Monsters
This song always makes me laugh. I think it’s silly.
Mount Eerie-Moon Sequel
This is probably my favorite Mount Eerie song. it’s eem, so ofcourse I love it. but really, it’s a really good song.
Mount Eerie-Voice in Headphones
This is an earlier version then the one with julie doiron on “Lost Wisdom”. For some reason I like it more, it’s slower. Both are really pretty and good though.
Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron and Fred Squire-What?
It was hard to pick a favorite off “Lost Wisdom”, but I really like this song.

Enjoy!

-marissa



yeah yeah yeahs-it’s blitz! review and more
March 27, 2009, 3:10 pm
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its blitz! is a really good name for an album

it's blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-It’s Blitz!
My grade: C+

I had really low expectations for “It’s Blitz”, for the most part the album met them and at points exceeded them. From the get go, when I heard “Head’s Roll”, I was skeptical, or rather negative, about the synths and disco beats saturating this release. I was right, the disco songs on the album, “Head’s Will Roll”, “Dragon Queen”, “Dull Life” and “shame and fortune” are the worst songs on the album. “Zero”, the album’s opening track, also falls under the mediocore dance song category. “Runaway” begins nice enough but ends up too dramatic, and then kind of just sounds like “Lover I Don’t have to love” or something.

They’re trying to be something they’re are not, and while synth dance may be in, and the YYYs may be a good band, they fail at making interesting synth dance music. It’s like they’re trying to be glass candy- but ending up as the killers. When really, we just wanted the yeah yeah yeahs.

However, this album isn’t all horrible. There are some really great tracks. I like every ballad on the album. “Skeletons” is beautiful, and Karen O’s voice sounds great on it. “Soft Shock” is also really, really good. “Soft Shock” and “Skeletons” are both performed acoustic as the album’s bonus tracks, and in my opinion, thats how they sound their best.

All around, this album has high points and low ones. And it’s no worse then the Yeah Yeah Yeahs last record. In general, for me, with the YYYs they have about two or three really great songs on their LPs and the rest are take it or leave it. The bonus tracks alone make this album a worthwhile listen.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Soft Shock (Acoustic Version)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Skeletons (Acoustic Version)

Conor Oberst- Slowly (oh so slowly) song review
My Grade: D-

This new song, from Oberst’s May 5th release “Outer South”, is streaming on his website.

stream of new song

It’s really bad. that’s all I have to say about it.

-marissa



the blizzard..
March 26, 2009, 1:25 pm
Filed under: listy-poo, music attahced

i guess my kidney infection is over. thank god. or at least I don’t need to keep taking medicine. Today there will be a blizzard I guess. Or something like a foot of snow. It’s weird. It never snows in Pueblo. Boulder, yes, definitely, but pueblo is usually pretty dry. It will be like the old days though, seeing pueblo all snowy, I’m kinda excited.

so it looks like the first day I can go have fun after being in bed for a week I will be cooped up inside. oh well. I still hope my sister comes and tomorrow, and that I can go antiquing with my mom.

Even though it’s technically spring, I thought I’d post some snowy songs. I guess I may be overdoing this whole snow thing, but you would be surprised how little snow we’ve seen all year.

Neil Young-Little Wing
I love this song, it’s one of my favorite neil young songs. I have a fall connotation with it, because it reminds me of moving in my house. But it also reminds me of a snowy day, at my house in boulder. Maybe like the first snow or something. It’s such a good winter song, I probably think that because of the lyric “winter is the best time of them all”.

Final Fantasy-Your Light is Spent
Final Fantasy always reminds me of when I first moved into my house too. I would always listen to “He Poos Clouds” when I was cleaning or something on the record player. This song (off “Has a Good Home”) always reminded me of a like a light pretty snow..and once again being inside. But I guess that’s a given.

Josh Ritter-Girl in the War
This was the first song on a mix a friend made me at the beginning of my freshmen year of college. It reminds me of walking through campus in the snow. It seems like everytime it would be snowing, which it snowed a lot that year, I would put this on to walk to wherever I needed to go. I was always going through a hard time that winter, and this song always comforted me.

Sondre Lerche-Modern Nature
This song makes me happy it’s snowing, which is a feat, because I usually hate the snow. I saw Sondre Lerche play this live and it was adorable. First of all, he is adorable. Second of all, this is the cutesiest song ever. Third, there were windows behind the stage and it was snowing. perfect.

Okkervil River- Listening to Otis Redding at Home during Christmas
This is a given, based on name alone. And I’m going to regret putting it here during Christmas when I want to use it for some other purpose. But it is all based on home and comfort. Plus, this song is really really great.

-marissa



Kidney Infection Day 6…Angry at Conor Oberst
March 24, 2009, 6:22 pm
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A nice cover for an album, I suppose.

A nice cover for an album, I suppose.

I saw the cover to the new Conor Oberst album last night. I think it’s okay. Johnny and I were talking about how we like when bands have a mystique surrounding their albums. I think Conor has lost that, most definitley. What I mean is some interconnectedness between the E.P.s surrounding it, the lyrics, the imagery and the album art.

Like when Lifted came out, there was this whole feeling about the album. I can’t really explain it, but it was there, or at least it was for me. “There’s no beginning to the story EP” came out soon before lifted. The title of the EP itself gave way to Lifted, the first lyrics of “Method Acting” are “There’s no beginning to the story”. The word “lifted” is first used on the EP at the end of “We are free men.” And the beginning of “Loose Leaves” is “the story is in the soil” ( part of the full name of the LP). Even the artwork is fluid with Lifted, and the video for “Bowl of Oranges” follows this certain feeling too. I guess I feel like that’s missing now. It’s just a bunch of songs thrown on a record. No real purpose, whereas with an album like lifted it was like everything about the release had some purpose.

Clearly, that’s not my biggest gripe about Conor’s new music. My biggest gripe is that it sucks. It’s all the same. It’s just shitty alt-country with generic lyrics. I find myself not even wanting to buy “Outer South”, although ofcourse I will. I have no expectations though. And for me it’s sad, because when I was younger albums like “Lifted” or “I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning” were the best records ever. Not to mention that I loved “Everyday and Everynight EP” and “Fevers and Mirrors” because I was an eem 15 year old. When I was in high school no musician was as good, as interesting or related as much to me as bright eyes. Obviously, that had to blow over, I wasn’t going to stay eem forever. And it’s hard for someone to keep producing good records. But I thought that maybe it could grow with me. I don’t know, I guess it’s lame that I’m so sad about this. But it’s hard to see you’re childhood heros become total tools, even if that’s what they really were the whole time.

So anyway, my kidney infection and benadryl use had me asleep until five. way to go self. in between thinking about doing the hollywood juice diet and blowing my nose, I came across a Bright Eyes cover of “Papa was a rodeo”. I just can’t get into condor’s version at all. I really like the magnetic fields version. ugh. It seems like a song conor might be able to do, but I just don’t like it all.

This cover came on that awesome package called like 20 years of Merge! or something. If you guys don’t remember, this was that amazing thing that merge was selling during christmas time where you got like a million albums in the mail and album artwork books and other awesome things. It was like $200 : ( . Anyway, this is Oberst’s tribute to the magnetic fields.

Bright Eyes-Papa Was a Rodeo