Electric Guitar Car Crash

Written by Chelsea Marie Hicks

Nails lengthening
in accordance with lunar waxing,
I ply strings to create booms and vibrations,
to tingle toes and tongues,
a tidal wave of hot sound comes crashing,
feeling less like water,
more like the assemblage of factory thumbs splintering,
Sheets of metal and glass shatter,
the noise overtakes us.
All we can do is sit there
and listen—
and wait for the wails to drown.


Get some…Winter Sounds No. 3

Tracklist : : Winter Sounds No. 3

1. The Cardigans : : Do You Believe
2. Gold Panda : : You
3. OMD : : Of All the Things We’ve Made
4. Lykke Li : : Love Out of Lust
5. Leonard Cohen : : Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
6. Destroyer : : Your Blood
7. Belle and Sebastian : : She’s Losing It
8. The Decemberists : : Calamity Song
9. Beulah : : The Rise and Fall of Our Hero’s Reward
10. Broken Social Scene : : Major Label Debut
11. Kurt Vile : : Smoke Ring for My Halo
12. Pj Harvey : : The Words That Maketh Murder
13. Johnny Cash : : Wildwood in the Pines
14. Bowerbirds : : Dark Horse
15. Radiohead : : Codex

Another month brings yet another playlist and this shall mark the last of the winter jams as Spring Sounds are soon to come. Though this will likely come off as quite coy, this particular playlist is dedicated to a special fellow (you, yeaaah you know who you are) that has warmed my winter and has come to be the conqueror of my every thought. These songs make me think of you, even the one about lesbians, oddly enough, because truth be told I’m losing it with you constantly dominating my days and the dreams I fail to remember. All right, so some songs don’t exactly fit (we could be clapping our hands or stomping while rocking out to Pj Harvey?), but even so this is especially for/to you and your undeniable influence in what brought me to piece this playlist together.

Get some…Winter Sounds No. 2

Tracklist : : Winter Sounds No. 2

1. Gang Gang Dance : : House Jam
2. Glasser : : T
3. Cut Copy : : Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat
4. Grizzly Bear : : Foreground
5. James Blake : : Willhelms Scream
6. Emeralds : : Now You See Me
7. Lykke Li : : I Follow Rivers (Dave Sitek Remix)
8. New Order : : Your Silent Face
9. Guided By Voices : : Don’t Stop Now
10. Destroyer : : Suicide Demo For Kara Walker
11. Javelin : : Shadow Heart
12. Rain Machine : : Hold You Holy
13. Prince : : Forever in My Life
14. The Replacements : : Answering Machine

Get some…Winter Sounds No.1

Tracklist : : Winter Sounds No. 1

1. Pictureplane : : Cyclical Cyclical (Atlantis)
2. Caribou : : Odessa
3. Basment Jaxx : : Lights Go Down
4. Matthew Dear : : Slowdance
5. jj : : Pressure is a Previlege
6. Theophilus London : : Humdrum Town
7. Adele : : Rolling in the Deep
8. Crystal Castles : : Not in Love
9. James Blake : : I Only Know (What I Know Now)
10. Joanna Newsom : : ’81
11. Bright Eyes : : Shell Games
12. Bruce Peninsula : : Shutters
13. Dark Dark Dark : : Celebrate
14. Lykke Li : : Time Flies
15. A Sunny Day in Glasgow : : 100/0 (Snowdays Forever)

List season : : My Top 20 Albums of 2010

20. Gil Scott-Heron : : I’m New Here
Standout tracks: “Me and the Devil” and “New York is Killing Me”

19. Four Tet : : There is Love In You
Standout tracks: “Angel Echoes” and “She Just Likes to Fight”

18. Panthu Du Prince : : Black Noise
Standout tracks: “A Nomads Retreat” and “Stick to My Side”

17. Massive Attack : : Heligoland
Standout tracks: “Paradise Circus” and “Saturday Come Slow”

16. Das Racist : : Sit Down, Man
Standout tracks: “Return to Innocence” and “Rapping 2 U”

15. Crystal Castles : : Crystal Castles [2010]
Standout tracks: “Empathy” and “Not In Love”

14. Jonsi : : Go
Standout tracks: “Hengilas” and “Animal Arithmetic”

13. Foals : : Total Life Forever
Standout tracks: “Spanish Sahara” and “Blue Blood”

12. Nicki Minaj : : Pink Friday
Standout tracks: “Superbass” and “I’m the Best”

11. The National : : High Violet
Standout tracks: “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” “Lemonworld” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”

10. Sufjan Stevens : : The Age of Adz
Standout tracks: “Vesuvius,” “All For Myself” and “Impossible Soul”

9. Beach House : : Teen Dream
Standout tracks: “Walk In The Park” and “Silver Soul”

8. Sleigh Bells : : Treats
Standout tracks: this whole album, for real (my absolute favorite track, if I had to pick one, is probably “Crown on the Ground”)

7. Robyn : : Body Talk Pt. 1
Standout tracks: “Cry When You Get Older” and “Hang With Me (acoustic)”

6. The Black Keys : : Brothers
Standout tracks: These boys can basically do no wrong in my eyes, I unconditionally love them and every sound they produce, so I’d say just listen to the whole darn thing and everything else they’ve made for that matter.

5. The-Dream : : Love King
Standout tracks: LISTEN TO THIS ENTIRE ALBUM. NOWWW! The-Dream rocks my world in ways that few modern day hit-makers can and you know what, he has probably rocked your world too and you didn’t even realize it (see ‘Single Ladies’…composed by Terius Nash AKA The-Dream).

4. Big Boi : : Sir Lucious Left Foot

3. Deerhunter : : Halcyon Digest

2. The Arcade Fire : : The Suburbs

1. Kanye West : : My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Standout tracks: If you haven’t listened to this album in its entirety on repeat then we probably aren’t friends and shouldn’t waste time trying to be. Basically everyone is voting it number one and for me, to be honest, any of my top 10 could have been my number one and definitely was at some point during the past year. With that said, MBDTF is an incredible piece of music that was clearly obsessively executed and is an absolute pleasure to listen to. This album really did hit me heavy and I’m sure I’ll continue to be excited about it in the years to come.

Get some…Fall Sounds No. 1

Tracklist : : Fall Sounds No. 1

1. The Avalanches : : Electricity
2. Girl Talk : : Make Me Wanna
3. Robyn : : Call Your Girlfriend
4. Chromeo (feat. La Roux) : : Hot Mess
5. Tanlines : : Real Life
6. Cee Lo Green : : Satisfied
7. Kanye West (feat. Kid Cudi and Raekwon) : : Gorgeous
8. Das Racist (feat. lakutis) : : rapping 2 u
9. Crystal Castles : : Empathy
10. Delorean : : Real Love
There is something to be said of the experience of music sharing and the evolution the gesture has undergone. As a child, I grew up stoked on recording radio hits onto tapes in my bedroom and feeling some sort of naughty success from the free loophole. I can recall trading CD’s with friends and the sweet obsession I had with the first mixtape a boy ever made me. The Internet has obviously changed the game a bit and in recent years I’ve grown particularly dependent on music sharing over the Internet (most likely you have too). Generally though, I’ve been a taker and not so much a giver. I certainly share and exchange music with my friends, but I’ve never been one to give a whole lot back over the Interwebs, I figured I’d leave that to somebody else. Well, say hello to ‘Get Some…,’ the new section of my blog dedicated to sharing hot tracks and playlists packed with jamz.

Though most of what I’ll share here will still be with my friends, seeing as y’all are the ones usually digesting this seafaringwoman’s non-sense, the playlists found on this here blog are to be sugar for the ears of any and all that want to get some.

This first playlist is pretty representative of what I’ve been blasting lately (mostly hip hop, pop and electronic) as a result of the absurdly great albums that have dropped recently (I’m thinking especially of Kanye’s Fantasy and Girl Talk’s All Day).

I have an interview with Paste…

and to commemorate this special occasion I’m going to paste some music lists in this here blog of mine.

Top 5 songs played in iTunes:

1. The Mistress Witch From McClure- Sufjan Stevens

2. Plasticities- Andrew Bird

3. I Will Light You on Fire- Golden Shoulders

4. Intervention- The Arcade Fire

5. Here it Comes- Modest Mouse

Top 5 songs played on Catalina (old ipod):

1. I Know, I Know, I Know- Tegan and Sara

2. On the Radio- Regina Spektor

3. Champagne High- Sister Hazel

4. Aaron and Maria- American Analog Set

5. I Will Follow You Into the Dark- Death Cab for Cutie

Top 5 songs on Carlos (Catalina’s lover):

1. Hide and Seek- Imogen Heap

2. Trouble- Elliott Smith

3. Kids- MGMT

4. High and Dry- Radiohead

5. Wild Horses- The Rolling Stones

My Personal Favorites  (in no particular order!)

1. After the Curtain- Beirut

2. For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti- Sufjan Stevens

3. Mambo Sun- T.Rex

4. The Mistress Witch From McClure- Sufjan Stevens

5. A Comet Appears- The Shins

6. Consequence of Sound- Regina Spektor

7. Let Down- Radiohead

8. Island in the Sun- Weezer

9. Some Kinda Love- The Velvet Underground

10. Look Up- Stars

11. A Sunday Smile- Beirut

12. Gigantic and Where is My Mind- Pixies

13. Ceremony- New Order

14. Lit Up- The National

15. Woke Up New- The Mountain Goats

16. For the Actor- Mates of State

17. Intervention- The Arcade Fire

18. Hold on I’m Comin’- Sam and Dave

19. Blowin’ in the Wind- Bob Dylan

20. Transatlanticism- Death Cab for Cutie

21. Red Right Ankle- The Decemberists

22. 2:45 am- Elliott Smith

23. Petals- The Honorary Title

24. Jezebel- Iron and Wine

25. Born Secular- Jenny Lewis