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Jam of the Day | Desaparecidos – City on the Hill

As a blog that features the saddest of sad-bastards more frequently than occasionally, Conor Oberst has been a staple for us over the years, mainly through his non-side-project Bright Eyes. But with the revival of his other project, the refreshingly upbeat Desaparecidos, we’re happy to bring you “City on the Hill” as our Jam of … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas

I don’t know if anyone else’s house looks like Santa went on a three day heroin bender that culminated in a drug-induced decorating party with his elf-homies — but mine certainly does. This list is endless, and includes but is not limited to: holiday rugs, towels, figurines, lights, wreaths, dog collars, decorations for lighting fixtures, table runners, table cloths, soap, garland, fire-scented … Read more

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Album Review | First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

The Lion’s Roar album art courtesy of Wichita Recordings Speakers Rating: 85/100 Sisters Söderberg, Johanna and Klara of Sweden’s First Aid Kit, bowled over critics, music lovers, and esteemed colleagues alike with the release of their folkie debut LP, The Big Black and The Blue, back in 2010. The effort was easily one of our … Read more

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10 to Spin | Elizabeth & the Catapult

When Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult responded back with her 10 to Spin playlist, our first one of 2012, her theme of “Awesome Broken Voices” intrigued me. I started listening to Ziman’s voice back in 2010 when we featured “Go Away My Lover,” taken from her 2010 album, The Other Side of Zero, … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2011 | 75 – 51

Check out songs 100-76. And keep up with the list on Spotify here. 75 The Kill Van Kulls – Lost and Found [buy the single] [more Kill Van Kulls on Speakers] 74 WILD FLAG – Boom [buy the album] [more WILD FLAG on Speakers] 73 Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. [buy the album] 72 Gauntlet Hair … Read more

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Our Most Anticipated Albums of 2011 (Quarter 1)

Welp, it’s 2011. And today, we’re proud to say, we’re celebrating our first birthday. It’s been a very fun year for us at Speakers in Code, but we’re extremely excited about what’s in store – musically, especially – for 2011. Here are the 25 upcoming albums we’re, like, totally psyched about, coming your way in … Read more

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Bright Eyes to Release ‘The People’s Key’ in February

Bright Eyes will release their seventh album, The People’s Key, on February 15th via Saddle Creek. They’ll celebrate the release at Radio City Music Hall on March 9th and London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 23rd. Full track list for The People’s Key:  1 Firewall           2 Shell Games    3 Jejune Stars    4 Approximate Sunlight   5 Haile … Read more