• Top 13 Albums of 2013

    21 jan. 2014, 17h10m

    Here is my 2013 – in music - boiled down into one arbitrary blog post. For nostalgia when I’m 30 – to remind myself I used to be pretty hip/’in the know’ – to keep with tradition – all of the above.

    Let’s start with the bad so we can get it out of the way? Gogol Bordello and Franz Ferdinand are two of my favorite artists… ever. Check the charts – they’re up there. But both of their 2013 releases were pretty lackluster. There are a couple songs on Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions that I enjoyed – but like the title, it ends up being mostly filler.

    Now to the golden 13! That’s right – I’m getting older, more picky, no more top 25. Try harder guys…

    1.Arctic Monkeys – AM
    There’s no denying this record belongs in my #1 spot – despite how little I have cared for these guys in the past. It’s great lyrics, catchy beats, great production, and it’s dynamic from start to finish. Mr. Turner & Mr. Helders have really grown up; there’s no way a record of this magnitude could have come any sooner in their career.

    2.Warm Soda – Someone for You
    Sugary indie-pop that is even better live. Matthew Melton was born to lead. Also, this is another record that made it to the prime spots because I’ve listened to it from start to finish, countless times throughout the year.

    3.Mikal Cronin – MC II
    I think MCII is 10x better than his s/t debut. What you might deem “hipster” music - I wouldn’t blame you. He sings about fleeting youth and nostalgia and I’m a sucker. It sounds good too. And comforting. Like your grandmother’s den, filled with sunshine and fresh madeleines and tea.

    4.Valleys – Are You Going to Stand There and Talk Weird All Night
    This is one of those albums I kind of ignored upon release, then decided to check out randomly, then fell in love with after first listen, and now hate everyone who doesn’t appreciate how good this is – especially for a debut! Montreal always has the best music. I can’t even put my finger on what makes this so good – each track is so different and just hits the right spots. I also love the snarky title / I would totally say that.

    5.Deafheaven – Sunbather
    2013 has been a year where I’ve let metal into my life. In part due to a certain acquaintance, in part due to this album. I’ve always loved post-rock. It has this sweeping beauty to it but unlike a Jeff Buckley song – it comes in crashes instead of whispers. Majestic as fuck, per se? Now add metal to it. Genius. Honestly Deafheaven’s earlier stuff – not that impressed, but they really hit it out of the ballpark with this release. And who doesn’t love the beachy coral-pink sunset cover – it’s like a big fuck you/gotcha to what you’ve come to expect.

    6.Chvrches – The Bones of What We Believe
    I’ve had mixed feelings about these guys. I loved “Recover” from the first listen, months before the actual album came out – but I didn’t really get the hype surrounding previous singles. After a few forced listens in the office from coworkers who apparently suffer from binge-listening – I came around. There are way too many tracks on here that I enjoy for me to not acknowledge them. Will I pay $50 to see them at Terminal 5 – fuck no but I will be revisiting this release well into 2014.

    7.Pissed Jeans – Honeys
    Apparently this is the album I have listened to most this past year – color me a little surprised because I mostly like Pissed Jeans for their live shows. In any case, this album is a lot of fun. Beer-spilling, yelling, angry at everything, fun. I read that the guys in the band all have full-time jobs, so no one in the band depends on the music for their livelihood – which could be misconstrued to mean they have no reason to give it their all – but in actuality gives them a lot more freedom.

    8.Primitive Hearts – High and Tight
    I like these guys for the same reason I like Warm Soda. It’s upbeat, lo-fi, indie-pop. Garage pop? Fuzzy line between those two, but it’s always fun to hear and the album literally flies by. These guys are on FDH Records which is the first label I can really say I trust with any release.

    9.Cyanide Pills – Still Bored
    Re: Warm Soda & Primitive Hearts, fun, tongue-in-cheek, power pop. Not as sugary sweet as Warm Soda, in fact it’s a little bit reminiscent of Ramones stuff. They also have a song titled, “Can’t Get it Up” – which I find amusing, and obviously starred on Spotify.

    10.Arcade Fire – Reflektor
    Not including this on my top 10 would be lying by omission. I would hardly consider myself a fan of Arcade Fire but they do make solid albums. And they do put on a good show. And I fully understand why they can easily fill stadiums. That being sad, “Porno,” “Normal Person,” and “Reflektor” are the standout tracks.

    11.Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
    This is a band I wrote off because of how stupid the name is. My bad, but come on. I ended up seeing them live before having heard the record, and I enjoyed their set more than the band I originally went to see. So reluctantly, I have come around. I’m already planning on seeing them a second time, and have looped several of their tracks. “Lite Dream” and “Field of Dreams” are my favorites, but I wouldn’t mind hearing the whole thing at any given time.

    12.Savages – Silence Yourself
    These guys have intrigued me since last year but I never went to see them at CMJ and Husbands quickly lost its novelty. I’m still on the fence between really loving their conviction and almost theatricality (absolutely admirable) but I also can’t shake the feeling of kitsch that comes along with it. They were great when I caught the end of their set in Iceland but it all seemed very, rehearsed. Which is disappointing since the thing I like most about them is that everything out of Jehnny Beth’s mouth sounds like it’s meant solely for you, and delivered with begging eyes and urgency – once you lose that, it loses the appeal.

    13.The Lovely Bad Things – The Late Great Whatever
    This is the band I went to see when I decided I liked Diarrhea Planet more. They’re fun, and it’s a good record, same vein as the other power-pop bands I listed, the only difference is this one has female vocals.

    Turf War – Years of Living Dangerously and FIDLAR – FIDLAR are two more albums I thoroughly enjoyed (and would have placed in the top 10) but I associate them more with 2012, despite official release dates for physical copies.

    And for a list of songs that almost made me include the albums on my top list but then I realized I was just playing this one track from each release:
    Son Lux – “Lost it to Trying”
    Chelsea Wolfe – “The Warden”, “Lone”
    Beyonce – “XO”, “Jealous”
    Twin Shadow – “Old Love/New Love”
    Skaters – “I Wanna Dance (But I don’t know how)”
    The National – “Don’t Swallow the Cap”
    Minks – ‘Painted Indian”, “Hold Me Now”
    Rhye – “The Fall”, “3 Days”
    Tough Age – “We’re Both to Blame”
    Twin Peaks – “Fast Eddie”
    Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
    Haim – “The Wire”
    Weekend – “Mirror”, “Adelaide”
    Kvelertak – “Kvelertak”
  • Top 25 Albums // Top 100 Tracks of 2012

    2 jan. 2013, 5h00m

    You know what I hate? People who publish their end of year lists the first week of December. Can you guys relax?*

    With that off my chest - here's this year's top 25. Along with a link to 100 of my favorite tracks of 2012 - on Spotify. These are definitely 25 albums I've played the most / loved the most - but the actual rankings are fairly fluid. #2 could be #7, and vice versa. No strong feelings and based solely on how i feel today. (which is great, thanks for asking!)

    *this rant may or may not have a little to do with my own procrastination / need to validate the 2013 posting date of a 2012 list. Oops.

    Favorite tracks of 2012 - handy dandy Spotify playlist

    (25) Cold Showers - Love and Regret
    Fave Tracks: BC, Alight

    (24) Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
    Fave Tracks: So Long You Pretty Thing, Hey Jane

    (23) Arrange - New Memory
    Fave Tracks: Caves, North

    (22) Grasscut - Unearth
    Fave Tracks: Impossible Windows, Trading

    (21) The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
    Fave Tracks: Biloxi Parish, Blue Dahlia

    (20) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
    Fave Tracks: Neon Cathedral,

    (19) Merchandise - Children of Desire
    Fave Tracks: Become What You Are, Time

    (18) White Laces - Moves
    Fave Tracks: Impossible Windows, Trading

    (17) She Does Is Magic - Her Height in Heels
    Fave Tracks: Means Nothing, You'll Miss Me

    (16) Floating Action - Fake Blood
    Fave Tracks: Matador, Seized, Complete the Myth

    (15) The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
    Fave Tracks: Nice Things, Gates, The Obituaries

    (14) DIIV - Oshin
    Fave Tracks: Follow, Doused

    (13) Mrs. Magician - Strange Heaven
    Fave Tracks: There is no God, Dead 80s

    (12) Breton - Other People's Problems
    Fave Tracks: Wood and Plastic, Jostle

    (11) The xx - Coexist
    Fave Tracks: Missing, Reunion, Sunset

    (10) Tanlines - Mixed Emotions
    Fave Tracks: Not The Same, Nonesuch

    (9) Chromatics - Kill for Love
    Fave Tracks: Birds of Paradise, Back from the Grave

    (8) Miike Snow - Happy To You
    Fave Tracks: The Wave, Devil's Work, Say You WIll

    (7) The Babies - Our House on the Hill
    Fave Tracks: Get Lost, Alligator

    (6) Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal
    (Technically released in 2011... US release was this year)
    Fave Tracks: Little Talks, From Finner

    (5) Kindness - World, You Need a Change of Mind
    Fave Tracks: Swinging Party, House

    (4) Twin Shadow - Confess
    Fave Tracks: Run My Heart, Golden Light

    (3) Mumford And Sons - Babel
    Fave Tracks: Broken Crown, Hopeless Wanderer

    (2) Japandroids - Celebration Rock
    Fave Tracks: Continuous Thunder, The House that Heaven Built

    (1) Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
    Fave Tracks: Wasted Days, Stay Useless
  • Top 30 Albums of 2011

    3 jan. 2012, 2h00m

    Listen, I could have done 25. But if I did, then I would also have to make a separate Top Songs of 2011 list, and I just can't keep making these sort of commitments.

    Also, I'm aware I'm missing some "big players" (hey Panda Bear!) but I just didn't get around to listening to a whole bunch of stuff - Mumford and Sons ain't gonna loop itself... geez.

    Without further adieu... from FAVES (top) to the ones i kinda just felt sad about leaving out (bottom).

    (1) The Antlers - Burst Apart
    Fave Tracks: Putting the Dog to Sleep, I Don’t Want Love, French Exit (aka. french doors, when i fuck up.)

    (2) Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
    Fave Tracks: 17, Cannons, Daydream

    (3) Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
    Fave Tracks: Icons of Summer, Pacing Around the Church, Alchemy and You

    (4) We Were Promised Jetpacks - In the Pit of the Stomach
    Fave tracks: Hard to Remember, Pear Tree, Circles and Squares

    (5) The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
    Fave Tracks: Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now, Belong, Heart in Your Heartbreak

    (6) Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
    Fave Tracks: Hold On, Slow Motion, Hold My Breath

    (7) Bon Iver - Bon Iver
    Fave Tracks: Holocene, Towers, Perth

    (8) The Kills - Blood Pressures
    Fave Tracks: Future Starts Slow, Baby Says, Pots and Pans

    (9) The Head and the Heart - The Head and The Heart
    Fave Tracks - Down in the Valley, Rivers and Roads, Lost in My Mind

    (10) Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx - We’re New Here
    Fave Tracks: I’ll Take Care of U, NY is Killing Me, I'm New Here, Running

    (11) Beirut - The Rip Tide
    Fave Tracks: East Harlem, Santa Fe, The Rip Tide

    (12) Hurricane Bells - Tides and Tales
    Fave Tracks: Possibilities, I’ve Got a Second Chance, The Hunger Moon

    (13) Future Islands - On the Water
    Fave Tracks: Balance, Where I Found You

    (14) The Drums - Portamento
    Fave Tracks: What You Were, I Don’t Know How to Love, Money

    (15) Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    Fave Tracks: Honey Bunny, Die, Vomit

    (16) Yuck - Yuck
    Fave Tracks: The Wall, Georgia, Coconut Bible

    (17) Givers - In Light
    Fave Tracks: Up up up, Saw You First, Noche Nada

    (18) SBTRKT - SBTRKT
    Fave Tracks: Right Thing To Do, Wildfire, Hold On

    (19) Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
    Fave Tracks: Repatriated, What About Us?, Serve the People

    (20) M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
    (honestly, if it wasn’t for the existence of disc 2 this would’ve easily moved to the top 10)
    Fave Tracks: Midnight City, Intro, Raconte-Moi Une Histoire

    (21) Beat Radio - Golden Age
    Fave Tracks: Cold War, The Best and the Brightest, Everything Follows

    (22) Lady Gaga - Born This Way
    Fave Tracks: Heavy Metal Lover, Judas, Born This Way, Americano

    (23) yawn - Open Season
    Fave Tracks: Keep Up, YumYum, Never Knew

    (24) We Are Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships
    Fave Tracks: Chapel Song, Book of James, New Drink for the Old Drunk

    (25) Blood Orange - Coastal Grooves
    Fave Tracks: Sutphin Boulevard, Forget It

    (26) Caged Animals - Eat Their Own
    Fave Tracks: Somebody to Use, Teflon Heart, NJ Turnpike

    (27) Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal
    Fave Tracks: Little Talks, Dirty Paws

    (28) Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin’ On
    Fave Tracks: Black Water, Ritual, Woman

    (29) Yellow Ostrich - The Mistress
    Fave tracks: Campaign, Hold On, Hate Me Soon

    (30) Little Dragon - Ritual Union
    Fave Tracks: Ritual Union, Shuffle A Dream
  • Top 25 Albums of 2009

    21 déc. 2009, 2h24m

    Note: Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear are both omitted bc i don't think they're as epic as everyone is making them out to be, well as lacking a high 'songs i like:songs i could do without' ratio. Besides Brother Sport and Two Weeks (which would prob both be in my top 10 songs of 2009), i really wasn't all that impressed. Or maybe it's just Angelina Jolie syndrome..

    Also, this list only includes LPs.. if it were to include EPs, Modest Mouse & Bon Iver would def be included in the top 10.

    Without further adieu...

    (25) Wavves - Wavves
    Fave Tracks: No Hope Kids, Cool Jumper

    (24) Tiësto - Kaleidoscope
    Fave Tracks: Escape Me, Feel it in my Bones, Knock You Out

    (23) Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
    Fave Tracks: Crying Lightning, Secret Door

    (22) Florence and The Machine - Lungs
    Fave tracks: Cosmic Love, My Boy Builds Coffins

    (21) Harlem Shakes - Technicolor Health
    Fave Tracks: Strictly Game, Nothing but Change, Pt.1

    (20) Japandroids - Post-Nothing
    Fave Tracks: Young Hearts Spark Fire, Wet Hair

    (19) Telekinesis - Telekinesis!
    Fave Tracks: Coast of Carolina, Look to the East

    (18) The Mountain Goats - The Life of the World to Come
    Fave Tracks: Philippians 3:20-21, Psalms 40:2

    (17) Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
    Fave Tracks - Hello Rats, The Trees Grew Emotions and Died

    (16) Meth Teeth - Everything Went Wrong
    Fave Tracks: Never Been to Church, This Is Not My Home

    (15) Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
    Fave Tracks: You Go On Ahead, Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!

    (14) Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Fave Tracks: 1901, Lasso

    (13) Passion Pit - Manners
    Fave Tracks: Little Secrets, Moth's Wings, The Reeling, To Kingdom Come

    (12) Miike Snow - Miike Snow
    Fave Tracks: Animal, Burial, Song for No One

    (11) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
    Fave Tracks: Heads Will Roll, Runaway, Skeletons, Dull Life

    (10) Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Elvis Perkins in Dearland
    Fave Tracks: Shampoo, Doomsday, Chains, Chains, Chains

    (9) Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
    Fave Tracks: After the Storm, White Blank Page, Little Lion Man

    (8) Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
    Fave Tracks: Hooting & Howling, All The King's Men, The Fun Powder Plot

    (7) Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
    Fave Tracks: Die on The Floor, No You Girls, Ulysses, What She Came For

    (6) Beat Radio - Safe Inside the Sound
    Fave Tracks: Hard Times For Dreamers, Closing Scene, Sleepwalking

    (5) Noah and the Whale - First Days Of Spring
    Fave Tracks: Stranger, The First Days of Spring, Our Window, Blue Skies, Love of An Orchestra

    (4) Hurricane Bells - Tonight Is The Ghost
    Fave Tracks: Tonight I'm going to be Like A Shooting Star, Tenterhooks, Freezing Rain, The Winters in NY, Darkness is so Deep

    (3) The xx - xx
    Fave Tracks: Crystalised, Intro, Islands, Stars

    (2) The Antlers - Hospice
    Fave Tracks: Bear, Wake, Two, Shiva

    (1) The Decemberists - Hazards Of Love
    Fave Tracks: The Rake's Song, The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid, Won't Want For Love (Margaret in the Taiga), Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle The Thistles Undone)

    Most anticipated albums of 2010:

    Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring, because i love the direction that the first single is going in. The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future

    Scanners - <unknown>, same reason as above.. Salvation is pretty good.

    Final Fantasy - Heartland, i want to like everything Owen Pallet does more than i actually do.

    The National - <unknown> YESSSSSS i hope it actually comes out in 2010

    Broken Bells - lead singer of The Shins' other band

    Yeasayer - Odd Blood, apparently won't sound anything like All Hour Cymbals. I wasn't a huuuge fan of that album, and I like "Ambling Alp" so... high hopes..

    Hot Chip - One Life Stand, i could not feel more eh.. about Hot Chip. but i'm seeing them in April with The XX so I hope their new album at least has some fun dance tracks.

    Arcade Fire, from stories/articles, i hear that they're the kanye west of the indie world... and i was sorely disappointed with Neon Bible.. so let's just say I'm curious...
  • Top Albums of 2008

    27 déc. 2008, 19h57m

    Top 20 Albums of 2008
    This is obviously a very subjective list. I welcome any disagreement on your part.
    Just remember that it’s my list and therefore I will win any argument regarding the contents. ^_^

    20. of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
    Favorite Songs: Nonpareil of Favor, An Eluardian Instance

    19. Chris Walla - Field Manual
    Favorite Songs: Sing Again, Everyone Needs a Home

    18. E-603 - Something For Everyone
    Favorite Songs: The Sweet Years, Bumpin’ Mandy, Knuck All Alone

    17. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    Favorite Songs: Lump Sum, Skinny Love

    16. She and Him - Volume One
    Favorite Songs: I Was Made for You, Sentimental Heart

    15. Cloud Cult - Feel Good Ghosts (Tea Partying through Tornadoes)
    Favorite Songs: Hurricane and Fire Survival Guide, Journey of the Featherless
    I left you a love poem, the best that I’ve written
    My favorite words, were the one’s I couldn’t spell
    They say that I’m a lunatic, they say that I am full of it
    I say that its worth dreaming, just for the dream of it

    14. Why? - Alopecia
    Favorite Songs: The Hollows, Fatalist Palmistry
    In Berlin I saw, two men fuck in a dark corner of a basketball court.
    Just the slight jingle of pocket change pulsing.

    13. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
    Favorite Songs: Bixby Canyon Bridge, You Can Do Better Than Me, Your New Twin Sized Bed
    I’m starting to feel.
    We stay together out of fear. Of dying alone.
    I’ve been slipping through the years.
    My old clothes don’t fit like they once did.
    So they hang like ghosts of the people I’ve been.

    12. Noah and the Whale - Peaceful The World Lays Me Down
    Favorite Songs: Shape of My Heart, 5 Years Time, Mary
    And in that perfect moment,
    I nearly ruined it,
    by saying I love you,
    and nearly meaning it.
    But you know, I would never waste those words.

    11. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
    Favorite Songs: DLZ, Family Tree, Lover’s Day
    Give me the keys to your hiding place.
    I’m not gonna tear it apart.
    I’m gonna keep you weak in the knees, try to unlock your heart.

    10. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
    Favorite Songs: Time to Pretend, The Youth
    This is our decision, to live fast and die young.
    We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun.
    Yeah, it’s overwhelming.
    But what else can we do?
    Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?

    9. Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s - Animal!
    Favorite Song: Cold Kind and Lemon Eyes, As Tall as Cliffs
    But I can’t talk to you, the way I’ve wanted to.
    I’ve been telling lies. But I’ll tell you the truth.
    Darling Im tired, and I should be leaving. You know I’m tired, and I should be leaving.

    8. Semi Precious Weapons - We Love You
    Favorite Song: Magnetic Baby, Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Looked So Beautiful
    I can’t pay my rent but I’m fucking gorgeous.

    7. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
    Favorite Song: White Winter Hymnal, In the Hot Hot Rays, Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (because it reminds me of Gray’s Elegy in a Country Churchyard)
    Through the forest, down to your grave
    Where the birds wait, and the tall grasses wave
    They do not
    Know you anymore

    Dear shadow alive and well
    How can the body die
    You tell me everything, anything, true.

    6. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
    Favorite Song: Keep Yourself Warm, The Modern Leper, My Backwards Walk
    It takes more than fucking someone you don’t know to keep warm.
    Do you really think that for a house-beat, you’ll find love in a hole?

    5. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
    Favorite Song(s): Still Here, Give me a Beat, Hands in the Air
    I know this is the second mash-up album I have on the list, what can I say? I’m a fan of the technique. This was also probably my most played album all year. In the morning, as background music, pre-gaming music... it’s everything great, master crafted into one cohesive whole: pretty versatile for listening. Gregg Gillis is a genius for turning technology into his best friend and then feeding it back to the sweaty throngs of teenagers that surround him on every stage. He may be using the work of other talented musicians but HE is the entertainment. And that’s a talent in and of itself. My favorite part of the album is definitely the 90210 theme song, did anyone else notice it?!

    4. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
    Favorite Song(s): Oxford Comma, M79, A-Punk
    For some reason I always drew more similarities between Vampire Weekend and MGMT than there really were. I guess I got into their music around the same time. In the end, Vampire Weekend with their significantly better live shows, and consistent quality of songs won. I can’t point out the “afro-beat” influence in their music, I just know it works. They have a slew of upbeat songs, which I wouldn’t say inspire or enlighten in any way, but they’re fun. Sometimes, you need music that’s simply catchy, and fun - and Vampire Weekend do it best at the moment. (I’m just a little wary of their staying power. They sort of remind me of the American, Ivy version, of Arctic Monkeys. Does anyone remember them? Yeah, when was the last time you heard their music?)

    3. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
    Favorite Songs: Stay Positive, Sequestered in Memphis, Constructive Summer
    In bar light she looked alright.
    In daylight, she looked desperate.
    That’s alright I was desperate too.

    This entire album reminds me of summer and going to concerts and festivals (probably because of Bonnaroo and that McCarren pool party?). Either way between the great songs and the energy of their live shows The Hold Steady are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. If you only sort of like their music, I don’t think you’ve given them enough of a chance and they definitely deserve it. Their title track is the only song that fills me with the urge to jump around my room singing and dancing (sorry Lil Wayne/Britney); but I’m still not sure if I like this more than their previous effort, Boys and Girls in America.

    2. Bloc Party - Intimacy
    Favorite Song(s): Ion Square, One Month Off, Talons, Your Visits Are Getting Shorter
    I can see it in your eyes now. You have come to resent me.
    Condescension. In the silence.
    Your fingers are tired. How they falter against my thigh.
    Your kisses are pining. For the lips of someone else.

    Their first album is, hands down, my favorite. Their second album, I’m a bit hot and cold on. But “Intimacy” is the album that restores my faith in them - completely. It appears that by their third album they managed to combine the best things about the previous two: Silent Alarm had great beats and catchy hooks while A Weekend in the City seemed to focus on the lyrics. “Intimacy” brings together high energy tracks like Ares and One Month Off, laces them with lyrical genius then provides ballads like Ion Square and Signs, though more down-tempo, still offer plenty to appreciate musically. The only skip-worthy track of the album is their first single, “Mercury.” I respect that they’re trying out new techniques and sounds but, ... just not for me.

    1. Longwave - Secrets Are Sinister
    Favorite songs: Every. Single. One. It’s ridiculous.
    There’s no use
    The language you’re speaking
    It doesn’t make sense

    Simply superb, without a doubt number one. These guys never cease to amaze me, recorded or live. I don’t know what it is about their music (or them) but my admiration for the band reduces me to pure awe every time. If you haven’t heard of them (and from other end of the year lists, apparently STILL not many people have), do yourself a favor and start with this album. I’d describe them as indie-shoegaze-alt-rock, with an overtone of amazing. Well written, lots of distortion, great guitar work, and Steve’s voice tops it off. The icing on the cake (at least for me, as a fan) is that they’re actually genuinely nice and down to earth guys. Also, they’re from Brooklyn - support the local scene!
  • Set List for Bloc Party - August 7, 2008 - Webster Hall

    8 août 2008, 4h39m

    Thu 7 Aug – Bloc Party, Longwave

    Waiting for the 7.18
    Like Eating Glass
    Hunting for Witches
    Two More Years
    The Prayer
    This Modern Love
    Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
    NEW SONG: One Month Off
    Positive Tension
    Price of Gas
    She's Hearing Voices

    Review: One of the best shows I've ever been too. Mostly because it started off fantastic (more than fantastic!) with Longwave, and just continued on an orgasmically high note 'til the end of Bloc Party's encore. Webster Hall is a pretty sweet venue. And Kele's last words, 'We'll be back in NY sooner than you think!'... !!!!!!!!!!
  • Gogol Bordello, June 20 2008, McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY

    21 juin 2008, 17h54m

    Fri 20 Jun – Gogol Bordello, Murder by Death, State Radio, Manhattan Samba

    This was the fourth time I was seeing Gogol live. (The second time this week due to Bonnaroo.) I knew they were good. But last night they just brought it ALL.

    I've definitely seen over 100 different artists live. Different genres, different settings, etc. Last night would absolutely have to top that list, stealing the honor away from a fantastic Girl Talk performance at Bonnaroo 07. (In comparison, Gogol live makes that Girl Talk show look really sad.)

    I started off the show near the front, dancing my little heart out. I somehow always end up being on the edge of a moshpit at Gogol shows, which I don't mind as I'd have to say my dancing can get rather energetic as well. The downside of this is that sans water... 6 songs later you will absolutely need to break for some air (even though it's an outside venue..) and rehydration. After skipping out of the crowd to Start Wearing Purple, we stayed on the outskirts for the rest of the show - still dancing. I was absolutely loving how long their set was, and the entire show is just an energetic climb to the climax that is Baro Foro/Undestructable. At which point I had foregone any social norms of dancing in public and resorted to a combination of skanking and native polish dances done with my companion.

    In conclusion, Gogol Bordello is amazing. Eugene Hutz is my lover. McCarren Park Pool is a great venue. And I will have some really shoddy (but good for reminiscing) videos up on youtube soon.

    Some of the songs I remember prominently... If anyone has the actual setlist or can add to this list I'd really appreciate it!
    Immigrant Punk
    Not a Crime
    Think Locally, Fuck Globally
    Zina-Marina (no wig this time!)
    Harem in Tuscany
    Oh No
    Start Wearing Purple
    Forces of VIctory
    60 revolutions
    supertheory of supereverything
    American Wedding
    Baro Foro/Undestructable
  • My Favorite Albums of 2007

    22 déc. 2007, 4h42m

    After many sleepless nights...
    (originally posted 21 Dec 2007, 23:42)

    (25) The Bravery - The Sun and the Moon

    (24) Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

    (23) Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs

    (22) James Blunt - All the Lost Souls

    (21) Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob

    (20) Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

    (19) Editors - An End Has a Start

    (18) Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War

    (17) Travis - The Boy With No Name

    (16) The Shins - Winching the Night Away

    (15) !!! - Myth Takes

    (14) Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light

    (13) Kings of Leon - Because of the Time

    (12) Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival

    (11) Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

    (10) Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

    (9) Patti Smith - Twelve

    (8) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder

    (7) Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position

    (6) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is

    (5) Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

    (4) Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!

    (3) Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City

    (2) The National - Boxer

    (1) Radiohead - In Rainbows

    ** Compilation albums do not count, bc david bowie and social distortion would own it.

    Thoughts? The BraveryFoo FightersPinbackJames BluntKaiser ChiefsGogol BordelloEditorsStarsTravisBeirut!!!Jimmy Eat WorldKings of LeonGood CharlotteModest MouseBand of HorsesThe ShinsClap Your Hands Say YeahPatrick WolfPatti SmithBloc PartyYeah Yeah YeahsArctic MonkeysRadioheadThe National