Archive for December, 2007

Monday, December 31st, 2007

My favorite albums of 2007


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My music research & acquisition has seen better years. Regardless, here are some albums that grabbed my attention in 2007 (in no particular order):

The Twilight Sad: Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
Man — these kids. Powerful. Thoughtful. Loud. Beautiful.

Battles: Mirrored
In a recent interview, frontman, Tyondai Braxton, said that the band doesn’t like the term “math rock.” He alluded to the fact that people use that term to describe music that they don’t easily understand — their music. This album is that — not for the faint-of-heart. If you want to be invigorated musically, buy this record.

!!!: Myth Takes
!!! took their unique style to a new level; forming more mature, more succinct compositions that will make you dance your ass off.

Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam
Animal Collective has been a continual breath of fresh air for me since Sung Tongs. This album continues to bring it.

Panda Bear: Person Pitch
I’ll spare you the “Pet Sounds” comparisons. If you enjoy any bit of psychedelia, go buy this record.

Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger
I’ve never really been a Ryan Adams fan. This album changed my mind; songwriting at its finest.

Mark Ronson: Version
OMG — this guy can write some arrangements!!!! Cover songs laden with Motown/Stax flavor; I never thought I could enjoy Amy Winehouse.

Runners up (in no particular order):

No Age: Weirdo Rippers
VietNam: VietNam
Simian Mobile Disco: Attack Decay Sustain Release
Underworld: Oblivion with Bells
Modeselektor: Happy Birthday!
The Good, The Bad & The Queen: The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Radiohead: In Rainbows
Menomena: Friend and Foe

Please don’t write me about (in no particular order):

Justice, Fiest, Of Montreal, LCD Soundsystem, Okkervil River, etc …

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Happy Holidays, guys


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Thanks for making it a good year.


Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

I have been slacking, people


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I’m supposed to know about something this incredible when PR and Management of the respective parties are on the phone with each other, arranging a meeting. I’ll try and be better — I promise.

(Via: Boing Boing)

Also:

Dear Radiohead,

Can you make “Bodysnatchers” 48 minutes long please. I’m sure I’m not the only one out here who craves that version.

Thanks.

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Prepare to die


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of laughter.

Really — you will cry.

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Making the Case for Music Fanboyism


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Music critic, Orr Shtuhl, wrote a wonderful op-ed piece for The Morning News in which he speaks to a couple of things that I hold dear: the discourse that follows an album release and Radiohead.