Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block

March 28th, 2007

Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's BlockPeter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Erikkson are the three men from Northern Sweden who began making music in 1999 under the name Peter, Bjorn and John.

One of the year's most misleadingly titled releases, Writer's Block is by far the most studiously crafted of Peter Bjorn and John's three full-lengths. Channeling romanticized 60s U.S. pop through the D.I.Y. filter of 80s New Zealand indie rock, the Stockholm trio's songs are more charmingly inventive here than ever: "Young Folks" fashions bongos and whistling into an elastic groove that's simultaneously soaring and navel-gazing; "Start to Melt" lays guitars and distortion like brick and mortar; "Let's Call It Off" shuffles on a floor tom/handclap beat and a goofily catchy chorus; and every last note sounds basted in liberal doses of reverb. So PB&J aren't fooling anyone with that title: Writer's Block evokes a sense of crippled creativity without falling victim to it, capturing the feeling of being uncomfortable in your own skin and wanting to be anywhere but wherever you are.
--Stephen M. Deusner
PitchforkMedia's Top 50 Albums of 2006 (#24)

01. Writer's Block I still do not understand the need for an Intro track. At least this one is short and quiet, unlike many.

02. Objects of My Affection The music on this track has a very righteous, hold-your-head-high feel to it. It is nice when someone comes into our life and makes a positive impact. If you're looking for a song to reflect that, look no further.

03. Young Folks Young Folks is probably the best-known single from the trio. Featuring Victoria Bergsman (until recently of The Concretes), this song is regarded as one of the best of 2006 (Pitchfork #5). The lyrics on most of the album are incredibly charming and profound. This song is an excellent example of that.

04. Amsterdam "Baby went to Amsterdam..." I can't help it; I love this song. It is admittedly not as good as Young Folks, but it is my guilty pleasure track on this cd. For some reason I enjoy the non-challance of the song as it is sung very matter-of-factly.

05. Start to Melt I am not a huge fan of the noisy, screechy feel of this one. It is hard to understand, and not my favorite track, but at least it is short at just over 2 minutes.

06. Up Against the Wall I love the duality of this song. The pleading lyrics against the upbeat percussion gives you two ways to listen to this song. You can opt for the drums and bob your head or for the lyrics, but be careful you might find yourself singing along unexpectedly.

07. Paris 2004 This is a simple little song which chronicles the end of a trip and its immediate aftermath for two lovers. Not a lot happens, but they certainly emphasize the feelings they have for each other. If it were a little less repetitive I would really enjoy this song.

08. Let's Call It Off With such a wide variety of musical influences on the album, this is the song that I feel is most closely linked to Young Folks from an instrumental perspective. Lyrically they take us down a different path as they turn the page to a relationship that just didn't work out. This is a good song which works well on this album, but with this subject matter it might be hard to find a place for it on a mixtape.

09. The Chills There is a bizarrely psychadelic cloud hanging over this song that makes it almost ridiculous to listen to. I like how they added the echo element to the vocals, though. Somehow I still kind of like this song.

10. Roll the Credits This song weighs in at nearly 7 minutes long and has an instrumental intro that goes for almost one minute. With such drawn out feel, I would expect this song to actually end the disc. All of the fun and enthusiasm that went into the rest of the album was left out of this song. Place it at the end of the album so I can turn it off missing other tracks in the exchange.

11. Poor Cow This isn't the best song on the album, but it definitely doesn't deserve to be buried behind the track before it. I can't imagine that I would ever go to this song directly, but if it came on shuffle, I probable would not turn it off, unless I was doing anything that required any energy.

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March 28th, 2007
Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City - Waiting for the 7.18

If I could do it all again,
I'd make more mistakes
Not be so scared of falling,

If I could do it again,
I would climb more trees
I'd pick and I'd eat more wild blackberries

February 23rd, 2007
Larrikin Love - The Freedom Spark - Downing St. KindlingWho says there has to be a beach to wear a bathing suit?

OK Go - Here It Goes Again

February 21st, 2007

OK Go - Here It Goes Again

This song is probably more well known for the genius of its video than for the song's own merits, but at least for OK Go the song is well known. I like the song a good deal and enjoy turning up the volume if only for this one track (but secretly I LOVE the video just like everyone else). Either way you choose to enjoy the song, I hope you do enjoy it.

February 13th, 2007 is my latest obsessive project. It is, on the surface, a run-of-the-mill steaming audio site. What it offers, however, is much more robust. The majority of sites that feature streaming audio allow you to choose and rate artists and songs that are played. The site which I would imagine has market share is and rightfully so since they let users rate artist, song and album on a 6-point scale. only uses essentially a 3-point scale. You may "love" a song, "ban" it or simply let it play through. If you let it play through it is added to your music profile and future songs are catered to you based on it and others. If you "love" it, the same thing applies, though you have an option to select a radio station comprised of those tracks alone. If you "ban" the song, it will, in theory, never be played for you again.

This is not as accurate as I know that is what you are grumbling about now. And it isn't, but where differentiates itself is in "scrobbling."

What is Scrobbling?

Scrobbling a song means that when you listen to it, the name of the song is sent to and added to your music profile.

Once you've signed up and downloaded, you can scrobble songs you listen to on your computer or iPod automatically. Start scrobbling yourself, and see what artists you really listen to the most. Songs you listen to will also appear on your profile page for others to see.

Millions of songs are scrobbled every day. This data helps to organise and recommend music to people; we use it to create personalised radio stations, and a lot more besides.

You download -- what I have noticed to be relatively benign -- software from which you may play streaming audio or run passively while you listen to music from your hard drive. While the software runs, each song scrobbled contributes to your online profile for future recommendations.

What I like most about the service, however, is that you may make recommendations to other registered users. Hypothetically say that you and I are friends and I know a decent amount about your music tastes and I listen to something (either on the internet or from my computer) that I think you will like, I can click "recommend" and type in your username and you receive an invitation to listen to that song on my suggestion.

Neat, huh?

My profile, under the name privatjokr (big surprise there, right?) is located here. Let's be friends...

(Edit: To listen to the Loved Tracks Radio and make customized personal radio stations you have to subscribe which turns out to be $3.00/month, sorry.)

December 27th, 2006
matt pond pa - Several Arrows Later - HalloweenIf you don't know or care, you'll be all right. I heard it's modern to be stupid. You don't need to talk to look good.

Outwork - Elektro

December 18th, 2006

Outwork - Elektro ft. Mr Gee

Even though the video leaves much to be desired, I like this song a lot. I guess you could always watch this version instead; it may hold your interest better. I happened upon the song using my most-likely-not-to-be-renewed free subscription to a satelite radio service. While I only dabble in the electronic genres, I am surely a sucker for a fun dance song. And no, that doesn't mean I will dance for you. I think the proper remix would have a room full of party-goers bouncing off each other excitedly. This is a fun track you may enjoy if you like to turn the volume up and let the music pulse through your body.

December 5th, 2006
The Fray - How To Save A Life - All At OnceSometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.

Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms)

December 4th, 2006

Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms)

We may have found another track to add to the cd we wanted to build around Beating Heart Baby. Alas, I think I am sufficiently over the desire I once had to put "BHB" on a cd, so my timing could have been better. Regardless, Hellogoodbye gives us a fun song about a girl. Unlike many songs about girls, "Here" is complete with strange electronic music and a video set at a summer camp that featured a bully who lords over the camp because of his prowess with Pogs (you expected something else, maybe?). Anyway, the song is a good way. I dig it. Check it out.

J. Xavier

November 21st, 2006
J. Xavier
01.Camp Lo - Luchini
02.Master P - Ooohhhwee
03.Mr. Cheeks - Lights, Camera, Action
04.Philly's Most Wanted - Cross the Border
05.Cam'Ron - Hey Ma
06.Trick Daddy - I'm a Thug
07.Ali ft Murphy Lee - Boughetto
08.Benzino - Rock the Party
09.B Rich - Whoa Now
10.Shyne - Bonnie & Shyne
11.Ruff Ryders - Down Bottom
12.504 Boyz - I Can Tell
13.Nas - You Know My Style
14.N.O.R.E. - Nothin'
15.Ghostface Killah - Cherchez LaGhost
16.Silk - Freak Me
17.Trina - Pull Over
18.Big Tymers - Still Fly
19.Alkaline Trio - My Friend Peter