Black Gum & Vertical Winds

Posted by admin on Sep 1st, 2012


Milk, Brooklyn, 2012.

We are now transmitting as well as getting sweaty in all of the wrong places in Brooklyn, or what I like to think of as the San Francisco of the east coast. It seems that the packaging and the story have all been repackaged nicely in terms of location and food.  Here’s the new of our old.

 

Animal Collective – Applesauce – I found out that a bunch of these guys went to a high school near my high school in Baltimore. It was known as a progressive school, and maybe it did it’s job because these guys are making some of the most forward pop music today, and it’s not just for the retro 90’s set.

Fiona Apple – Valentine – The Nina Simone of our time ? Each of her last two albums work greatly as an album, and not just singles. It seems that she takes the less expected route musically which makes the music more interesting as well as more enjoyable especially after repeated visits.

Four Tet – Pyramid – This is probably the most straight forward track from Kieran Hebden. A four four techno hit that has a robotic voice intro that sounds like a New Order sample from either Blue Monday or one of their other tracks.

Micachu & The Shapes – Slick – More disjointed, bizarrely awkward pop music that somehow works in the same way that family members don’t always makes sense from a genetic, or environmental standpoint.

The xx – Unfold – Taking over the mantle for The Cure, in terms of moody, lighter driven music. It seems like this track and another one on their new album has a bit of what I call the “switch-blade” sound that Burial is known for.

Diplo – Butters Theme feat. Billy The Gent & Long Jawns – If I was somehow transported to a preposterously high DJ booth, and given instructions that my life would be permanently relocated to the suburbs where my only choices of dining had taglines that included, multiple locations to serve you and unlimited refills with purchase of, unless I was able to make a group of disinterested teenagers dance, I would play this song, maybe.

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

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

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The XX – XX (Young Turks)
Basic Space

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Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote/Loyaute) Girlfriend

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Matias Aguayo - Ay Ay Ay (Kompakt)
Rollerskate

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

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Beach House – Devotion (Carpark)
Heart Of Chambers

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Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (Domino)
No Intention

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Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

Summertime Clothes

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Micahu & The Shapes – Jewellery (Rough Trade)
Vulture

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

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


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

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

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

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

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