Gen 24 2013, 23:14 di ParanoidRina
Feb 17 2009, 17:56 di phrank14Yes, I know it's late but I've been busy. So sue me. I'm not a critic, nor do I claim to be. These are simply the albums I've enjoyed the most over the last year. Here they are!
10. In The Ever - Mason Jennings
I first heard him at This Tent (or was it That Tent?) at Bonnaroo '08 and remember dancing like a little boy to Soldier Boy This album showcases a great new talent that is both endearing and humorous. It's hard not to laugh along with the audience in Your New Man
9. Red Letter Year - Ani Difranco
This one is very much a departure for Ani, as she does away with much of the percussive guitar playing that has become her trademark. Instead, she incorporates a variety of instruments and textures which blend together for what is, surprisingly, one of her most cohesive album in years. Emancipated Minor is profoundly funky and Smiling Underneath is a sultry ode to mellowing with age. Interestingly enough, it works brilliantly.
8. Day and Age - The Killers
Gen 28 2009, 0:24 di mareecarrollTue 27 Jan – My Morning Jacket
(let me know if I got it wrong)
Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1
Off the Record
The Way That He Sings
Evelyn Is Not Real
Thank You Too!
Smokin From Shootin
Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2
Bermuda Highway (acoustic solo)
Look At You (acoustic solo)
One Big Holiday
(Good Intentions in there somewhere...)
Gen 2 2009, 0:19 di dove95I almost feel just as silly featuring My Morning Jacket as I did for Nine Inch Nails (back in May 08), but honestly most people that I've talked to--once I told them I was seeing MMJ (for short) for New Year's Eve--they responded with, "Who are they?"
But the reason I feel silly is because they're obviously beyond the realm of being independent or underrated. In fact, their most recent effort, Evil Urges, has been placed on many blogs' top 10 albums of the year for 2008.
So, who is MMJ? They are a band based out of Louisville, KY, and if your assumption is that they are considered southern/alt rock, then you'd be right. But with songs like Highly Suspicious and Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2 and, of course, their covers of Kool and the Gang's Celebration and Get Down on It, they let out a healthy helping of soul- and R&B-infused rock, as well.
Jim James, the singer/songwriter and guitarist of the band, is up there for my contender of one of the best modern lyricists and singers. …
Gen 1 2009, 23:09 di Incognito64Yesterday, it was my 25 favorite albums of 2008. Today, it is my 40 favorite songs of 2008. It is mostly singles to help narrow down songs to pick for an artist, and for the most part, I tried not to have two songs by the same artist, unless the songs were different enough. Random criteria. Made for a decent playlist. Here it is, in all of its hyperlinked glory:
40. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring
39. Sequestered In Memphis by The Hold Steady
38. Teenagers by Department of Eagles
37. We Are Rockstars by Does It Offend You, Yeah?
36. Eraser by No Age
35. My Medicine by Snoop Dogg
34. Glad It’s Over by Wilco
33. The ’59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem
32. Nothing Ever Happened by Deerhunter
31. Fatalist Palmistry by Why?
30. Untrust Us by Crystal Castles
29. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
28. Time to Pretend by MGMT
27. No Pause by Girl Talk
26. Sour Cherry by The Kills
25. Discipline by Nine Inch Nails
24. Mercury by Bloc Party
23. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Dic 27 2008, 11:44 di TheRealHonkyhttp://modculture.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/02/26/avirtuallandslide.jpeg
1. Pete Molinari – A Virtual Landslide
Fastna inte vid inledande “Blonde on Blonde»-pastischen “It Came Out Of The Wilderness«. Den är förvisso oemotståndligt charmig, men Molinari är så mycket mer än så. Genom albumets tolv låtar bjuds vi på en hisnande, rörande resa genom amerikansk musikhistoria. Så italiensk-egyptisk-maltesisk-brittisk han är. Vi får rockabilly, folkrock, femtiotalsdoftande ballader, blues, gammelcountry, pop, Fred Neil och Everly Brothers på ett bräde. Han har ett löst och ledigt band som klär varje låt i paradoxalt lika tidlösa som tidsenliga kläder. Bitvis är det så vackert att man måste hämta andan.
Framförallt är det ju den där rösten. En skir ljus stämma, lika skör som tydlig, med ett fjärilslätt vibrato som nonchalant barfotadansar på tonerna. Jag trodde först det var en tjej. Det visade sig vara en brittisk tjejtjusare som gjort årets tveklöst bästa album. …
Lug 26 2008, 16:16 di baxtbm0Artist development is a tricky thing for bands. By the critical cognoscenti, it’s considered a valuable and near necessary thing to do. After all, how can a band progress and keep our interest without sounding different?* However, regardless of the “obligation” for bands to develop their sound, they threaten likeability by divorcing themselves too far off from a sound that fans or critics feel they’ve sometimes come far to ascertain.
*R. Kelly has made a career out of creepo sex jams and epiphanous slow jams. Bobby Pollard has written kind of the same song like 5000 times through various names, most famously Guided by Voices. Etc., etc.]
My Morning Jacket is one such band brushing up against the backlash (i.e. Pitchfork) from developing their sound too much. Early in their career, specifically The Tennessee Fireto At Dawn, My Morning Jacket wrote songs that were wholly American and smoky midnight acoustic jams with the slight peppering in of some rockers. …
Apr 26 2008, 18:05 di trenchcoat40Highly Suspicious is one of the most ridiculously cool songs ever recorded. I start laughing as soon as the track starts, and pretty much only stop to sing along with the Gregorian robots during the chorus or to marvel at whatever is going on starting at 2:25. This is going on every mix I make for the next 6 months. I could give a shit less that it sounds NOTHING like My Morning Jacket and is probably better suited for some hidden joke track than sitting pretty as the 3rd song on the album. Release this bitch as a single, maybe it'll be a novelty hit.