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Friday, January 22, 2010
Ganglians Top Bands & Music
Here's some year end lists we made, we really put a lot of thought into these, you should really check some of this music out. .... Anyways, here's some things for now while i get some other stuff together.
Ryan of Ganglians Top 10 Songs Listened to in 2009. (not necessarily from this year)
1. "The Bublight"- Joe Meek I've been listening to this song at least weekly for years. I'm an extreme sucker for slide guitar and when its doubled then tripled towards the end with a Hawaiian slide guitar it's too much, the dams break in my head and my soul overflows, lapping up on the dark shores of islands across the sea of time.
2, "The Samba"- Vichy Water I live with these guys and girls, they also have another great band they're all in called Ggreen who i would have included on here to if their record had been released yet. Vichy water has some of the catchiest guitar/bass ensloughts and they churn em out like it aint no thing. And everyone can sing/shout along. "Rip a strip!"
3. "Lulu's Lips"- Grass Widow Some of the best girl group harmonies to come out in years. Very nice people to and a very concise, tight group of musicians.
4. "Look At Merri" - Rain Parade This song MUST be listened to on vinyl over loud speakers. Very pyschedelic, warm, and encompossing; like an ethereal down comforter.
6. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"- The Walker Brothers "Emptiness is a cloak you wear" Scott Walker croons before said cloak opens and dispells all the sadness with a chorus so heartbreakingly genuine and questionably hopeful that you're reminded of every time you saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
7. "Scan the Floor for Food"- The Hospitals The whole Hairdryer Peace album is one big razor edged nightmare of a dream (psychotic, paranoid, in a constant state of confusion, things flying at you from every angle) but when it all slows down to a simmering boil towards the end this song reminds you of all the good times you had getting there, thinking you're insane all the way trying to hold on to what reality once was. We're lucky enough to have Adam recording the next Ganglians 7", he's a true mastermind with tape machines and we couldn't be more terrified.
8. "Tonight Again"- Twinkeyz When I first heard this band not too long ago I couldn't believe they weren't an early influence of ours. They have all the same aesthetics; aliens, mystery, cartoons, space, outcasts; only 30 years earlier. Donnie Jupiter is now a comic book artist and animator after some really tragic events. And the kicker is they're also from Sacramento! It may be too late but it's time this band gets the attention it deserves.
9. "We Are Too Young"- Reading Rainbow This band makes there own amazing art to match their amazing anthemic songs, and they have a beautiful home with antique furniture, where as all my friends can't remember to take out their garbage and pizza boxes.
10. "Tenebrae"- John Maus An epic, masonic masterpiece that manages to erect the massive hallowed halls of the intergalactic gods of space and time right in the mind's eye. Best listened to barreling down a country road on a starry night clutching Aliester Crowley's Book Of Lies.
5 Things remembered off the top of our heads from 2009
1. Toronto, and Treasure Cove in Montreal: Oh, Canada: You were so cool, even after we ended up having to come back from the border and get an hour of sleep in the entry way of the venue before being woken by an irate landlord after an hour of sleep. Gravy fries and sleeping in the amanita woods was something else to. 2. SMMR BMMR and Woodsist/ Captured Tracks Festivals: It was kinda like summer camp for bands. 3. Peaking on the peak of Bell Rock in Sedona, AZ: We made sure to find the strongest vortex point in this new age town in the red rock canyons of Arizona for our trip and the whole process of climbing up this steeply sloped spiral mountain with twisted trees, alien monuments, and epic views was resplendent with metaphors and strange things i still can't manage to explain.
4. Kyle Ganglian getting lost in San Francisco while our friends in the Hospitals drove around in a taxi and blew on whistles trying to find him. We found him the next morning at a hotel after getting mugged at 7 a.m. just in time for him to go to work.
5. Recording with Andy Morin: I don't know if Monster Head Room would have been finished without him. He put up with every one of our idiot ideas and helped us make something we were really proud of.
Thank you Ryan for this Post!
Special thanks to Ryan Grubbs from the Ganglians for this A-List of bands and music! (got the tunes in my head now... rafting down the river...smiles at the club kids...)