Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Please Mr Postman

I get a lot of promos in the mail. I think my mailman hates me because of this. But that’s beside the point. The point is that while all the music is great – I’m not complaining – it takes up a lot of space. Like A LOT. I also end up with a lot of padded mailers – you know, the manila envelopes with the bubble wrap inside – that I feel bad about tossing if they’re in good shape. So I save those. For what specific purpose, I know not, but again – they take up a lot of room as well. This is an ongoing problem, but one to which I have come up with a solution.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, I am conducting the first maybe-annual Chromewaves “Let Your Mailbox Live Like A Blogger’s” Giveaway & Reader’s Poll. That’s right, I am giving your mailbox a chance to live like mine for a day and get crammed full of stuff you’ve never heard of and may not want. I am giving away the following:

5 large and 5 medium padded mailers, filled with CDs, CD-Rs, stickers, pins, coasters (really). Maybe even a DVD. I think I have some. Hell, maybe I’ll even cram some press releases in there.1

But that’s not all! I have had a stack of t-shirts sitting here for who knows how long and I’m not entirely sure where they came from. But what I do know is they’re brand new and have gots to go. I’ve got the following:

1) Wolfmother – this one. That’s gold foil ink, yo! Men’s American Apparel medium.
2) Oranger – black with band name in light blue and “New Comes And Goes” on front. Men’s American Apparel large.
3) World Leader Pretend2this one. Men’s Fruit Of The Loom large.
4) Dungen – this one. Men’s American Apparel medium.
5) Metric – this one. Men’s Alstyle Apparel (?), medium.

I have some autographed CDs from the class of 2005. Autographed by the band – not just some guy off the street:

1) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club / Howl
2) Giant Drag / Hearts And Unicorns
3) Joy Zipper / American Whip
4) Garbage / Bleed Like Me
5) World Leader Pretend2 / Punches

That’s a grand total of twenty prizes. Ho ho ho. For your part, I want you to leave a comment telling me three things:

1) Your top five records of 2006, in order of preference.
2) Your personal taste in music, written in as many expansive, over-hyphenated subgenre descriptors as you can muster. Like, “retro-cosmic-garage-Balkan-hardcore”. Besides amusing me, this will assist me in putting together your prize pack. Just because I get stuff I have no interest in, doesn’t mean you do as well. Though obviously I make no promises that you will enjoy anything I send. And hopefully I’ve got something in the piles of stuff that will suit your tastes.
3) What prize you want – you wanna the t-shirt, you no get the mailer grab bag. You wanna the grab bag, you no get the autographed CD. Just tell me which you’d like the most.

But otherwise, that’s it. This is open to anyone in the world so long as you adhere to requirements 1 and 2. Oh, and use an email address that you’ll actually check – if you’re worried about spambots then write it in the comment all broken up but indentifiable-like. I need to be able to contact you – if I don’t hear back from you within, say, 72 hours, I’ll pick a new winner. Prizes will be awarded by random selection from all qualifying entrants and when something is gone, it’s gone. Large bags go first, then the mediums. But if you want, say, the Metric shirt and it’s gone when you’re selected as a winner but there’s still grab bags available, you’ll get one of those. Trust me, this all makes sense in my head and hopefully it will all pan out hassle-free. This contest will run until midnight, December 8 – I’d hope that I could get everyone’s prizes out to them by the holidays but we’ll have to see.

As for the reader’s poll portion of the contest, I will tally up all the entrants and post the results at a later date. Wholly unscientific and with no bearing on my own list, it should still be interesting to see the tastes of folks who visit here.

And no, I didn’t really feel like writing a proper post for today.

1 – If you are one of the labels or promo companies who sent me these CDs and wish to invoke the old, “this CD is the property of the label and must be returned at their request”, please just send me an SASE and it’s en route back to you.
2 – No, I’ve no idea who these guys are either. But it’s a nice shirt.

np – Trespassers William / Having

By : Frank Yang at 8:48 am
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  1. palpable says:

    Oops email embedded in this one. Er … <blush>

  2. Vince says:

    Always up for free stuff!

    Best of 2006 IMO:

    Mogwai – Mr. Beast
    My Brightest Diamond – Bring Me the Workhorse
    Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
    Cat Power – The Greatest
    Mono – You Are There

    As for my taste:

    Post rocked-out folk-a-licious hip’n’trip’n’hop’n’soulish metal spiked heavy electronic beats styled with danced-up, jazzed-up, lo-fied high-fi ambient alternative ambient shoegazing.

    I’d like the grab bag, then comes any cd… and the shirts at the very end.

  3. Blair says:

    Top five:
    1. Califone–Roots & Crowns
    2. Fleeting Joys–Despondent Transponder (the closest thing to Loveless that I know of…)
    3. Film School–Film School
    4. Yo La Tengo–…Beat Your Ass
    5. Gob Iron–Death Songs for the Living

    Musical taste: shoegazing-slacker-indie-rock-mostofthetime-jazz-someofthetime-beats-wheni’mwithher-finger-picked-guitar-wheni’malone

    And if my name is pulled, a grab bag for sure. I’m always up for something new.

    Thanks for this, and thanks for this site.

  4. Dave says:

    Can this really be it?

    1. Sodastream – Reservations
    2. Mastodon – Blood Mountain
    3. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
    4. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat
    5. Manilow – Smudge (re-release, I know)


    Not the shirts, if you please, they’re too big for me.

  5. eric says:

    1. thom yorke – the eraser
    2. decemberists – crane wife
    3. brand new – devil and god…
    4. wolfmother – self-titled
    5. beck – information

    musical taste:

    wolfmother t-shirt.

  6. JDS says:

    Top Five:

    1. Jane Weaver – Seven Day Smile
    2. Asobi Seksu – Citrus
    3. Cat Power – The Greatest
    4. Mojave 3 – Puzzles
    5. Mobius Band – The Loving Sounds of Static

    Fave Music:

    Ethereal-spacerock-shoegaze crossed infused with Americana

    Gimme: BRMC Howl cd

  7. Devin says:

    Top Five
    1. The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine
    2. My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
    3. Built to Spill – You In Reverse
    4. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
    5. Islands – Return to the Sea

    Fave Music
    post-hardcore-shoe gazing-gobbly gook-meets-canadiania pop beauty with a bit of heart on your sleeve intimacy

    BRMC – Howl or

  8. Gary says:

    Singer-songwriter-contemporary-folkie-(not-neo-country)-expose-your-innermost-insecurities-and-then-give -you-emotional-support-because-it’s-alright-to-be-different feel good or bad, it’s up to you, they’re your feelings Americana.

    1. Folk is the New Black – Janis Ian
    2. The Life Pursuit – Belle & Sebastian
    3. Refugee Blues – Chris Volpe
    4. Cat Power – The Greatest
    5. Tom Waits – Orphans

    A grap bag would be interesting.

  9. Cliff says:

    1. Band of Horses – Everything All The Time
    2. Califone – Roots & Crowns
    3. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
    4. Calexico – Garden Ruin
    5. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood


    Grab bag, Wolfmother shirt, or Howl would be amazing.

  10. Travis Thomas says:

    My taste in music – drinking-by-yourself-at-the-bar-listening-to-john-k.-samson-singing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-during-the-quiet-parts,-feel-good-music-even-though-the -songs-are-meant-to-be-depressing music.

    this’ll change, im sure:

    1. the Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
    2. Shearwater – Palo Santo
    3. the Format – Dog Problems
    4. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Etiquette
    5. Some by Sea – On Fire! (Igloo)

    Suprised to Shearwater didn’t make more of the lists. Interesting.

  11. James Patrick Pina says:

    1. The Letting Go – Bonnie Prince Billy
    2. Gulag Orkestar – Beirut
    3. The Information – Beck
    4. The Eraser – Thom Yorke
    5. The Life Persuit – Belle & Sebastian

    my musical taste? acousto-folk-lofi-hifi-analog-synthesizer-offbeat-upbeat-avantepop-selfmade-happilysad-yetsadlyhappy

    Autographed B.R.M.C. Howl! YES! either that or a grab bag. This contest is bombastic.

  12. Zoë Martin says:

    my top 5 albums of 2006 are….Drum roll please!

    1)Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise
    2)Arctic Monkeys, Whatever people say I am that’s what I’m not
    3)Knives Don’t have your back, Emily Haines
    4)Return to the sea, Islands
    5) The Back Room, Editors

    My taste in music? First of all, impeccable. haha
    I would say alternative-dark-and-broody-acoustic-folkyish-music-that-you-can-dance-to-and-you-just-can’t-keep-yourseld-from-playing-drums-on-the-pots-and-pans-of-you-kitchen-happy-yet-not-too-happy-mindblowindgly-energetic.

    I’d like pretty much anything!!! The Autographed CD’s are prefered though.

  13. Mitch says:

    1) Neko Case, Fox confessor….
    2) Belle and Sebastian, the life pursuit
    3) Niyaz, Niyaz
    4) Destroyer, Destroyer’s Rubies
    5) Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Dust of Retreat

    musical taste: jangly-shoegazey-worldy-folky-electronical-shimmery-toe tappiney-singalongy-pomo-angular-polyrythmic-quirky -what was I talking about again?

    Grab bags are funnest, signed cd’s are fun

  14. VXN says:

    My Top Five:
    1. Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
    2. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeletons – Knives Don’t Have Your Back
    3. The Decemberists – Crane Wife
    4. Tegan & Sara – So Jealous
    5. Lapko – The Arms

    Music Preference:
    Music-you-can-rockthefuckoutto-with-a-catchy-melody-and-good-lyrics-bit-o-metal/punk/alternative/instrumental/prettyvoice/electro/folksy/foreign language/alternativerock-always-has-a-good-beat!!

    Would love a T-shirt, Grab-Bag for sure or anything, really!
    Thanks dood. ("vxn" on last.fm for a better idea.)

  15. sharon says:

    Top 5:
    1. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
    2. Mogwai – Mr Beast
    3. Yo La Tengo – I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
    4. Malajube – Tromp O’Loeil
    5. Mountain Goats – Get Lonely

    post-rock-highs&lows-with-melody-in-between, sometimes twee, sometimes angry but always smart

  16. sharon says:

    sorry forgot my email: it’s scornfate@[yahoo].com

  17. Ty says:

    Top 5:
    1. Cat Power – The Greatest
    2. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
    3. Sunset Rubdown – Shut Up I Am Dreaming
    4. Bob Dylan – Modern Times
    5. Spank Rock – YoYoYoYoYo

    Gimme some of that folkrock-yodel-lazy-sweaty-hiphop-handclapping-whistlealong-sexinears-instrumental-experimental-futuristic-bliss

  18. Ty says:

    *COUGH* grab bag

  19. Kevin says:

    In no order….
    Hope Of The States -Left
    Silversun Pickups -Carnavas
    Editors -The Back Room
    Hard Fi -Hard Fi
    The Sleepy Jackson -Personality
    Muse -Revelations
    Deftones -Sat Night Wrist
    Pet Shop Boys -Fundamental
    The Divine Comedy -Victory

    A good grab bag or the autographed Garbage cd please!
    My tastes? Shoe-gazing, smart, metalish alterna-rock, w/ a good beat, on occasion.

  20. justin says:

    I guess since you said top five records of 2006, I’ll interpret that my own way into the records I listened to the most in 2006:

    1. Wolf Parade – "APTTQM" Didn’t get around to listening to it in 2005, wow. Awesome.
    2. The Exploding Hearts – "Guitar Romantic" I think these guys would be huge right now, if they weren’t killed senselessly.
    3. Band of Horses – "Everything All The Time"
    4. The Plastic Constellations – "Crusades" They’re on the best label out there, Frenchkiss.
    5. Ride – "Going Blank Again" – checked it out after the Chromewaves origin post. Had "Nowhere" and "Tarantula" and they didn’t even come close to hitting me like this one.

    I’ve decided that my musical preference can be summed up with nasaly, higher-pitched male voices. I just tend to gravitate to weird sounding vocals. Hated the Hold Steady until he started singing on BAGIM…..weird.

    Grab Bag
    Wolfmother T
    BRMC Album

  21. karen says:

    1. TV on the Radio-Return to Cookie Mountain
    2. The Gossip- Standing in the Way of Control
    3. Girl Talk- Night Ripper
    4. Band of Horses- Everything all the Time
    5. Regina Spektor- Begin to Hope


    I want that Dungen shirt wicked bad.

  22. Kenn Forbes says:

    I only have 1690 CD’s, so obviously I need the mailer grab bag.

    2006 favourites.
    1. In Concert, Vol. 1- Sadies
    2. Fox Confessor… – Neko Case
    3. Bottoms of Barrels – Tilly & the Wall
    4. Lucky 13 – Fiona Boyes
    5. No So Fired – Susan File

    I Like everything from Ambient to Zydeco but if I had to pick one type of music, it would be Blues.

  23. Adamm...Mmmm says:

    1.TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
    2.A Hawk and A Hacksaw – The Way The Wind Blows
    3.David & The Citizens – Untill The Sadness Is Gone
    4.Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
    5.Detektivbyrån – Hemvägen EP

    cerebral enlightening-scandinavian-folkloric-enthustiacticly-heart pounding-melodically challenging-schizophrenia inducing-pop!

    grab bag plain and simple

  24. hoang says:

    1. Mastodon – Blood Mountain
    2. Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies
    3. The Black Heart Procession – The Spell
    4. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
    5. These Arms Are Snakes – Easter

    for my personal taste…

    post-motown-hardcore-mathematically enhanced-metallic-symphonic-electronically induced-experimental

    the grab bag would be awesome, I’d love to hear random obscure music that I would never have stumbled upon otherwise, or really just whatever you put in there

  25. Dilys says:

    Top 5 of 2006
    1) Birds of my Neighbourhood (The Innocence Mission)
    2) Gang of Losers (The Dears)
    3) Avalanche (Sufjan Stevens)
    4) The Greatest (Cat Power)
    5) Blue Horse (The Be Good Tanyas)


    Grab Bag, please and thank you.

  26. Kip! says:

    The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America
    Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
    The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
    Sparklehorse – Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain
    Band of Horses- Everything All The Time

    I cut my teeth on the sounds of the British Invasion. Came of age with the late 70s scenes of New York and London…anything influenced by
    these periods in any form, shape, or way will probably please my ears.

    A grab bag would be my preference.

  27. Bob says:

    1. Gang Of Losers – The Dears
    2. Destroyer’s Rubies – Destroyer
    3. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood – Neko Case
    4. Orphans:Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards – Tom Waits
    5. Writer’s Block – Peter, Bjorn and John

    I really dig anything with a 60’s vibe and I also like ultra-spasmodic-psychedlia-tinged-folk-with-a-touch-of-nouveau-new-wave-indie-style-shoegaze.

    I’d love a grab bag but I’ll take anything you got left…

  28. Tim says:

    1) The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
    2) Cat Power – The Greatest
    3) Josh Ritter – Animal Years
    4) The Mountain Goats – Get Lonely
    5) Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, & Bastards

    I like hooky-melodies-like-the-decemberists, soulful-crooning-like-chan, americana-lyrics-like-Ritter, honest-well-written-songs-like-the-mountain-goats, and visceral-vocals-like-Waits.

    I’ll go for a grab bag.

  29. Kyle D. says:

    Okay, here goes…

    1. American V – Johnny Cash. The master’s voice comes through with more power and emotion than seems possible.

    2. The Crane Wife – The Decemberists. Far from being a departure from their previous work, TCW seems to just have taken everything good about the Decemberists and asssembled it in one place- a feat they’ve not managed before.

    3. How We Operate – Gomez. Dripping with perfect pop hooks, Gomez’s newest album isn’t their best by any means, but its certainly head and shoulders above most of the stuff out there.

    4. Pretty Little Head – Nellie McKay. If you’ve heard it, I don’t think any explanation is necessary.

    5. Chulahoma – The Black Keys. I guess it might be more of an EP than an LP, but the Ohio-based garage-blues band hit their stride perfectly on this cover album of blues master Junior Kimbrough.

    As for me, I listen to almost anything, although recently I’ve been leaning toward older style rock and roll. (I’ve been obsessed with Marah recently; if they’d released an album this year, it’d be on here.) But I also go for indie stuff, soul, blues…anything, really.

    The grab bag sounds like the best thing in there, but it all sounds pretty cool.

  30. a.f. says:

    top albums of ’06:
    phoenix: it’s never been like that
    the dears: gang of losers
    cat power: the greatest
    french kicks: two thousand
    mates of state: bring it back

    I listen to and can get into just about anything…mainly indie pop type stuff.

    my first choice for a prize would be one of the grab bags, then the metric t shirt.


  31. Mike says:

    Top 5 List:
    1.Arctic Monkey’s – Whatever you say, that’s what I’m not (the album rocks from start to finish with exciting song structures – can’t wait to hear this young band mature.)

    2.Pilate or Pilot Speed – Sell control for life’s speed (vocals and lyrics have really progressed since their last release, definitely the best concert encore (Koolhaus show) of the year)

    3.Thom York – The Eraser (this album grew on me more and more after every listen; satisfied my Radiohead need until the next album is released).

    4.Guillemots – Through the Windowpane (disappointed that this album wasn’t released in North America (had to pick it up in Paris), by far the most creative band out there right now; would love to see them tour with Arcade Fire (wouldn’t that be cool).

    5.Wax Taylor – Tales of the forgotten melodies (it’s been a long time since some good trip hop was released, very intriguing album)

    Guilty Pleasures:
    The Killers – Sam’s Town (for some reason I keep putting this cd on – actually i really like it)
    Imogen Heap – Speak for yourself (find her voice extremely sexy – massy hall show was great)

    Also liked:
    Magda – She’s a dancing Machine
    Damien Rice – 9

    My taste in music really varies depending on the mood I’m in and how cold the walk with the dog is going to be. But normally I’ll always turn to melancholic bands with build-ups in their songs and soothing vocals. Really into guitar based music, German minimal techno and piano/bass based jazz.

    Would love:
    1. Grab bag
    2. Metric T-Shirt

  32. Charles says:

    Five things I’ve enjoyed this year:
    > The Hold Steady’s Separation Sunday which I realise was last year but I’ve been late getting into them.
    > The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers – seems an obvious choice but it’s been ages since I’ve heard an album where you want to play every single track again.
    > DJ Shadow’s The Outsider – good to hear someone do something really different to what he’s done before
    > Michael Franti’s Yellfire – some rather U2-ish tracks on this one, but it also contains his best material since Hiphoprisy
    > Club NME presents Dancefloor Distortion mixed by Simian Mobile Disco – this is an odd choice as it was a freebie CD given away by (music paper) the NME but I couldn’t leave it out as I’ve been walking around on public transport with this playing on my walkman grinning from ear to ear for the past few weeks.
    > Honourable mentions to:
    > Johnny Cash’s Hundred Highways and Camera Obscura’s Let’s Get Out of the Country.
    > How do I describe myself? Well I’m a post-punk, ska, country, reggae indie kid, who secretly likes church hymns. Except on the first Saturday of each month when I only like records by The Fall recorded between 1979 and 1983.

    Prize-wise, the padded bag sounds good to me.

  33. andrea says:

    top 5

    1. alex smoke / paradolia / soma
    2. cat power / the greatest / matador records
    3. junior boys / so this is goodbye / domino
    4. kangding ray / stabil / raster noton
    5. minisystem / madingley / noise factory

    i’m a minimal techno, experimental, indie lover of music.

    prize – i would love the padded mailers.

  34. sean wraight says:

    matmos / the rose has teeth in the mouth of a beast
    sunset rubdown / shut up i am dreaming
    angela desveaux / wandering eyes
    califone / roots and crowns
    tom ze/ estudando o pagode
    islands / return to the sea

    my musical tastes tend to influenced by meterological happenstance. Let me explain: for the grey days of early december matmos fill the bill; for the orangey autumn leafy days angela desveaux is perfect; for the icy damp watery windows days sunset rubdown are ideal; for the humid peel the paint july days tom ze is terrific; for the bluest of blue sky days the islands are it. meteropopindustrocana i suppose but i hate to pigeonhole.

    i would love one of the grab bags or an autographed cd would be lovely.


  35. mikeinabox says:

    1. TV on the Radio
    2. Raising the Fawn – The Maginot Line
    3. Down with the Butterfly – Rise
    4. Band of Horses
    5. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House

    i would love a grabbag

  36. Dawn says:

    Oh Top 5 – Ouch this was a great year…

    1) Beirut – Gulag Okestar
    2) Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
    3) Baby Dayliner – Critics Pass Away
    4) Blood Meridian – Kick Up The Dust
    5) Vetiver – To Find Me Gone

    MEW and Silversun Pickups would most certainly have to get a honorable mention as well.


    I would *ADORE* a GRABBAG! Giddy-up!

    Great site! Keep up the solid work….

  37. Thierry says:

    My top five of 2006:

    1. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
    2. Tom Zé – Estudando O Pagode (originally
    3. The Sadies – In Concert Vol. 1
    4. Jane Birkin – Fictions
    5. Pernice Brothers – Live A Little

    With many honorable mentions, including Teddybears – Soft Machine, Ghostface Killah – Fishscale, Bob Dylan – Modern Times, Hot Chip – The Warning, The Roots – Game Theory, Lily Allen – Alright, Still, Drive-By Truckers – A Blessing and A Curse, Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, J Dilla – Donuts.

    My taste? I would say Frank-like, with a touch of pure Jon-Brion-produced-gleefully-Scandinavian-electro-Franco-
    Brazilian-hip-harmony-drenched-intercontinental-sunshine-alt.country-twee-60s-garage-soft-power-pop. In a word: crunk. Or "Judee Sill".

    As for the prizes, a grab bag would be at the top, then Dungen, Metric, Wolfmother t-shirts. But I’d really prefer the grab bag

  38. Chris says:

    Twas a decent year

    Top 5:
    Calexico – Garden Ruins (although a departure from previous albums but listen to this album – it’ll hook ya from the beginning)
    Josh Ritter – Animal Years
    Califone – Roots & Crowns
    A Hawk and a Hacksaw – The Way the Wind Blows
    Josh Rouse – Subtitulo


  39. Rob Mason says:

    1) 1. Figurines-Skeleton
    2. The Thermals-The Body The Blood The Machine
    3. Islands-Return to Sea
    4. Catfish Haven-Tell Me
    5. Aberfeldy-Do Whatever Turns You On
    2) Indie-Pop-Psych-Garage-College-Synth-Rock… (maybe)

    3) I will take any prize that I may earn. I am not picky.

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