Fervor For

Posted by admin on Dec 12th, 2012

Chelsea Piers NYC, 2012.

Today, 12-12-12, is the concert for Hurricane Sandy here in NYC, and it seems that all of the relics of rock will be represented including a rumored reuniting of Nirvana with Paul McCartney in Kurt Cobain’s place. Since Eddie Vedder is on the bill, he would probably be the better fill-in choice, since they came up around the same time, and it would be completely ironic, not iconic. I don’t truly understand all of the fervor surrounding Nirvana. I had a chance to see them in college, and yes, they were good, and I’ve never seen such incredible mayhem for a band, but the artist that I am truly grateful of seeing while alive, and who I believe will have an ever greater lasting impact on music is Jeff Buckley. This guy was influenced by Bad Brains, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Cocteau Twins, The Pixies, Miles Davis and literally everything in between. His music shows/showed all of these influences. It was more complex, not as easily digestible as Nirvana which was essentially a pop band masked with distortion and Courtney Love.

This will probably be the last post for the year. No end of the year list, as I couldn’t come up with a list. I guess you can just go through my posts to figure out what I liked this year. Due to Hurricane Sandy, we missed the Grimes show which was one of the best albums of the year, but we have Jamie Lidell, and Sigur Ros coming up. Have a great end of the year and hopefully 2013 will be even better than 2012.

Liars – The Exact Colour of Doubt  – Classics haze-filled Liars. The best song on their album WIXIW . When I’m dreaming, I believe this is the song to best accompany my journey.

Tame Impala – Be Above It – Seriously, it sounds like the Beatles, right ?

Dirty Projectors – About To Die – The melodies and the poly rhythms make this song great. Everything seems to be pushed up front in terms of the production.

Flying Lotus – Tiny Tortures – One of the more understated pieces from Until The Quiet Comes but it still has the multiple layers of strangeness that make him great.

Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built – A great pop/rock song and one I would have held my emotive balance on if I were still in college. I can still appreciate this song, but my angst is now expressed in other ways than music.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – They Can’t Take That Away From Me – A great combo that produced a few albums. Two legends in jazz that would seem like an unlikely pair, but work great on the ears.

Reflective Candidates: 2009 Best Albums

Posted by admin on Dec 23rd, 2009

As another year approaches it’s finale, I find it harder to reflect on such a length of time, or actually remember the time during the year that an event actually took place.  A week, or two may work for me, but months are getting tougher to remember without some type of visual aid.  Every year, even though I do enjoy lists, I tell myself that I will not do a year end list, especially this year when I barely could find 10 albums worth listing, but in the last few weeks I’ve found a few more candidates that have found itself burned onto CD’s and in my car.  This list is what I discovered in 2009, so the bulk of it was released this year, but some were released in 2008, or even earlier.

The shows that I attended this year, according to my computer’s calendar: Lykke Li, Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Doves, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Wighonomy Bros, Micachu, Tune-Yards (4times), Bon Iver, Flight of the Conchords, The Jesus Lizard, McCoy Tyner.

Have a great holiday season, and remember to share music, always !!! Also, our good friends at Red Choo Choo have extended their holiday coupon for our readers.  Please enter FOEWEEL at check out for a 10% off coupon until the end of the year.

2009 Best Albums (in no particular order)

Bibio-Ambivalence Avenue (Warp) Lover’s Carving

Fever Ray – Fever Ray (Mute)
If I Had A Heart

The XX – XX (Young Turks)
Basic Space

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote/Loyaute) Girlfriend

Matias Aguayo - Ay Ay Ay (Kompakt)

St. Vincent – Actor (4AD)
Save Me From What I Want

Beach House – Devotion (Carpark)
Heart Of Chambers

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (Domino)
No Intention

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

Summertime Clothes

Micahu & The Shapes – Jewellery (Rough Trade)

Tune-Yards – Bird Brains (4AD/Marriage)

Mix of the Year:
Richie Hawtin – Tsugi 100th Podcast (Big Outside Festival 2009 Live Mix)

Reissue of the Year:
Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Sony)
Cop Shoot Cop (Demo)

Compilation of the Year:
5: 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub)
Burial – Fostercare

Live Recording of the Year:
Jeff Buckley – Live @ King Theater, Seattle May 7th 1995 (Sony)
What Will You Say

Box Set, Old but New Release of the Year:
Ella Fitzgerald – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Hip-O Select)
Angel Eyes

Said The Lady To The Man

Posted by admin on Apr 23rd, 2009

Bubble Porch, 2009

Dirty Projectors – Useful Chamber – Off of their latest release, Bitte Orca, a truly remarkable and original album. Along with Micachu & The Shapes‘ Jewellery, one of the most unique compositions I’ve heard in quite a long time. Beatlesque in the different parts with sudden tempo changes that make this a standout track on an album packed with highlights .

Siriusmo – The Door – From frequent Modeselektor contributor and now the first official release on their new record label, Monkeytown.

Wavves – So Bored – This is Nathan Williams. Is this hipster new school DIY punk? Maybe. I still won’t buy a pair of Wayfarers.

The Pixies – Hey (Live) – I heard this song a few months back when I saw Kevin Smith’s Zach and Miri Make A Porno and it once again reminded me of the genius of this group. This on again, off again Boston band makes, or made music that is beyond the normal understanding of words with music. They make movies in which you need to provide the visuals while they supply your inner thoughts that are perfectly soundtracked with their music.

Fake Caps of Wisdom from your Teeth

Posted by admin on Apr 6th, 2009

X-Ray of Sara’s Mouth

I have learned that a good night’s sleep greatly improves one’s outlook, as well as output for the day.

It seems that as though in a 10 day span in late May I have tickets for Doves, Moderat, Flight Of The Conchords, Animal Collective, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and a few weeks earlier Iron & Wine.

A new game for you Scrabble peeps out there:  DeepLeap

I dig the Big Thrill Clock.

Now, here’s my propaganda:

Lali Puna – I Like Rain (Jean Paul Sartre Experience) – from the Not Given Lightly compilation which are covers of New Zealand’s rich pop history. A Morr records collection highlighted by some new material by the always mood enlightening Lali Puna.

Grizzly Bear – Alligator – Off of the 2004 release, Horn Of Plenty. It sounds like it should be played in a crib telling the child the basics of life in a sweet lullabye.

Dirty Projectors – I Will Truck – This track from 2005 cautions “don’t trust the axis, or the allies”.  I don’t trust anything , or anyone that’s first letter is an “A”.

Adam Beyer – A Walking Contradiction III – The first two installments were released on the Plus label, and this b-side continues the thumpy dig that Beyer is famous for by adding that extra step to keep you from falling asleep.

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