Contrast Podcast: My First Download

You can hear Muruch couple Victoria & Brendan in the new episode of Contrast Podcast. The theme is “My First Download,” so we introduced “I Will Love You” from Fisher’s True North album.

Contrast Podcast – My First Download (mp3)

Fisher – I Will Love You (mp3)*

*mp3 is hosted by & offered as free, legal download on Fisher’s site

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Contrast Podcast: Best of 2010 (So Far)

You can hear my voice in the new edition of Contrast Podcast, which has the theme “Best of 2010 (So Far).” My pick was Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown album (click title for my review) and I submitted the 100% legal, label-authorized mp3 “Flowers (Eurydice Song).” Hadestown will almost certainly still be my #1 album of 2010 at the end of the year.

Contrast Podcast – Best of 2010 (So Far)
Anaïs Mitchell – Flowers (Eurydice Song) (mp3) *

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep on behalf of label

Muruch Hadestown Review

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Anaïs Mitchell Official Site

Contrast Podcast: Festive Fifty (34-50)

You can hear the voices of both Muruch writers Brendan and Vic in the first installment of Contrast Podcast’s Festive Fifty.

Brendan introduces “King of the Dogs” from Iggy Pop’s Préliminaires and Vic intros “Nice Very Nice” by Kurt Vonnegut & Dave Soldier from Ice-9 Ballads, which is on both her 2009 Top Albums and Best Albums of the Decade lists. Click the link below to download the podcast…

Contrast Podcast – Festive Fifty (mp3) *

*mp3 hosted by & link provided by Contrast Podcast

Vote on the Contrast Podcast Festive 50 Shortlist!

Contrast Podcast recently asked music bloggers like myself to submit our favorite 50 songs of the year for their annual “Festive 50” podcast. Our selections were then compiled into a shortlist and now we’ve been asked to recruit votes to narrow it down.

For the curious, I’ve bolded the 10 songs I personally voted for. I really, really want “Nice Very Nice” by Kurt Vonnegut & Dave Soldier (from their album Ice-9 Ballads) to make the final list. Not only because it’s my favorite song of the year, from my favorite album of the year, inspired by my favorite book of all time, featuring my favorite author of all time, but also because if it makes the list, there’s a good chance yours truly will introduce it. 🙂

So please follow the instructions below to submit your top 10 from the list, and feel free to vote for the Vonnegut song if you agree with me!

Select your favourite 10 songs from the shortlist of 155 below and rank them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 and send the list to You may also (if you are feeling evil) give a negative vote to any single song of your choice! The deadline is Monday, November 23rd. Please ask your friends, family, blog readers, and anyone else you know to send in their votes, too!

Last year quite a few people said that they hadn’t heard many of the songs, so this year Tim setup a handy player with (almost) all of the tracks on it:

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Here’s the list …

A.A. Bondy – When The Devil’s Loose
Aidan Moffat & the Best Ofs – Big Blonde
Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun
Alice In Chains – Check My Brain
Andrew Bird – Fitz & dizzyspells
Andrew Bird – Nomenclature
Andrew Bird – Not a Robot, but a Ghost
Animal Collective – My Girls
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
Antlers (The) – Two
Art Brut – DC Comics And Chocolate Milkshake
Asobi Seksu – Transparence
At The Stars – Oxygen & Rust
Atlas Sound – Walkabout
Auld Lang Syne – Where My Fortune Lies
Avett Brothers (The) – I And Love And You
Bat for Lashes – Daniel
Beirut – The Akara
Bell X1 – The Great Defector
Big Pink (The) – Dominos
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Get Yo’ Shit
Bob Dylan – Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Bombadil – Sad Birthday
Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Builders and The Butchers (The) – Barcelona
Butcher Boy – Carve A Pattern
Buzz Aldrin – You and I
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Camera Obscura – Honey In The Sun
Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – White Corolla
Cats On Fire – Horoscope
Cats On Fire – Letters From A Voyage To Sweden
Cats On Fire – Tears In Your Cup
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse with Wayne Coyne – Revenge
Das Racist & Wallpaper – Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell (Wallpaper. RMX)
Dave Matthews Band – Why I Am
David Bazan – Bless This Mess
David Gedge And The BBC Big Band – My Favourite Dress (live at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 29 April 2009)
Death Cab for Cutie – Little Bribes
Decemberists (The) – Annan Water
Decemberists (The) – The Hazards of Love Part 4 (The Drowned)
Decemberists (The) – The Rake’s Song
Decemberists (The) – The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid
Decemberists (The) – Won’t Want for Love
Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden – Bonkers
Doves – Jetstream
Doves – Kingdom Of Rust
Drums (The) – I Felt Stupid
Editors – Papillon
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – 40 Day Dream
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Eels – Fresh Blood
Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Shampoo
Fanfarlo – I’m A Pilot
Faunts (The) – It Hurts Me All The Time
Flight of the Conchords – Carol Brown
Flight Of the Conchords – Sugarlumps
Florence & The Machine – Cosmic Love
Florence & The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Florence & The Machine – Kiss With a Fist
Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls
Franz Ferdinand – Twilight Omens
Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses
Future Of The Left – Arming Eritrea
Girls – Hellhole Ratrace
Gong – Dance with the Pixies
Grand Archives – Oslo Novelist
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Guggenheim Grotto (The) – Fee Da Da Dee
HEALTH – Die Slow
Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
Here We Go Magic – Fangela
Horrors (The) – Sea Within A Sea
I Like Trains – Sea Of Regrets
Iggy Pop – King Of The Dogs
Jarvis Cocker – Angela
Jarvis Cocker – I Never Said I Was Deep
Jarvis Cocker – Leftovers
Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter
Jason Mraz – Traveler/Make it Mine (live)
Kasabian – Fire
Kurt Vonnegut & Dave Soldier – Nice Very Nice
Langhorne Slim – I Love You, But Goodbye
Leisure Society (The) – A Matter Of Time
Leisure Society (The) – The Darkest Place I Know
Leisure Society (The) – The Last Of The Melting Snow
Lily Allen – The Fear
Low Anthem (The) – Champion Angel
Madness – We are London
Memory Tapes – Bicycle
Metric – Gimme sympathy
Metric – Sick Muse
Meursault – Love Or Limb
Meursault – Nothing broke
Meursault – William Henry Miller Pt. 2
Meursault – William Henry Miller Pt. 1
Mew – New Terrain
Middle East (The) – Blood
Morrissey – I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Morrissey – Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Mountain Goats (The) – 1 John 4:16
Mumford & Sons – Roll Away Your Stone
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page
Muse – Uprising
National (The) – So Far Around The Bend
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve
NOFX – My Orphan Year
Owl City – Fireflies
Pains of Being Pure At Heart (The) – Come Saturday
Pains of Being Pure At Heart (The) – Higher than the stars
Pains of Being Pure At Heart (The) – This Love Is Fucking Right
Pains of Being Pure At Heart (The) – Young Adult Friction
Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings
Passion Pit – The Reeling
Paul Haig – Relive
Pet Shop Boys – Love etc.
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Relator
Phoenix – 1901
Phoenix – Lisztomania
PJ Harvey & John Parish – Black Hearted Love
Prefab Sprout – Earth, The Story So Far
Prefab Sprout – Let There Be Music
Prefab Sprout – Music Is A Princess
Raveonettes (The) – Suicide
Regina Spektor – Folding Chair
Regina Spektor – One More Time With Feeling
Richard Hawley – As The Dawn Breaks
Saint Etienne – Method of modern love
Sam Bisbee – Never Fall In Love
Spoon – Got nuffin’
Temper Trap (The) – Sweet Disposition
Thom Yorke – Hearing damage
Throw Me The Statue – Hi-Fi Goon
Twilight Sad (The) – I became a Prostitute
U2 – No Line on the Horizon
Very Best (The) – Warm Heart Of Africa
Wave Machines – The Greatest Escape We Ever Made
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Roll Up Your Sleeves
White Lies – To Lose My Life
Wilco – Wilco (The Song)
Wilco – You And I
Wilco – You Never Know
Wild Beasts – All the Kings Men
Withered Hand – Love in the Time of Ecstasy
Withered Hand – Religious Song
Wye Oak – That I Do
XX (The) – Crystallized
XX (The) – Intro
XX (The) – VCR
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero