• woxy.com boarders' 97 best of 2010

    Mar 5 2011, 8:14

    1 The National - High Violet
    2 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    3 LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
    4 Yeasayer - Odd Blood
    5 Beach House - Teen Dream
    6 The Black Keys - Brothers
    7 Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
    8 Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
    9 Best Coast - Crazy for You
    10 Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
    11 Sleigh Bells - Treats
    12 Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
    13 The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
    14 The Walkmen - Lisbon
    15 Spoon - Transference
    16 jónsi - Go
    17 Wolf Parade - Expo 86
    18 Vampire Weekend - Contra
    19 Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
    20 Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
    21 Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
    22 Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
    23 Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
    24 Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
    25 Menomena - Mines
    26 The New Pornographers - Together
    27 Holy Fuck - Latin
    28 Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    29 Warpaint - The Fool
    30 Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
    31 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devil's Tattoo
    32 Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
    33 Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
    34 The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
    35 Foals - Total Life Forever
    36 Stars - The Five Ghosts
    37 Broken Bells - s/t
    38 Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
    39 Caribou - Swim
    40 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way
    41 The Soft Pack - s/t
    42 Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
    43 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
    44 Girl Talk - All Day
    45 Free Energy - Stuck on Nothing
    46 The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
    47 Four Tet - There Is Love In You
    48 School of Seven Bells - Disconnect from Desire
    49 Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
    50 The Thermals - Personal Life
    51 Cloud Cult - Light chasers
    52 Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
    53 Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
    54 Wild Nothing - Gemini
    55 Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
    56 Midlake - The Courage of Others
    57 Massive Attack - Heligoland
    58 The Roots - How I Got Over
    59 Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring
    60 Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
    61 The Morning Benders - Big Echo
    62 Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
    63 No Age - Everything in Between
    64 Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
    65 Twin Shadow - Forget
    66 Robyn - Body Talk
    67 Hot Chip - One Life Stand
    68 Underworld - Barking
    69 Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation
    70 Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy (soundtrack)
    71 The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
    72 Delorean - Subiza
    73 65daysofstatic - we were exploding anyway
    74 Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do
    75 Goldfrapp - Head First
    76 Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement
    77 Jukebox the Ghost - Everything Under the Sun
    78 The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
    79 Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
    80 Zola Jesus - Stridulum II
    81 Matt Pond PA - The Dark Leaves
    82 The Chemical Brothers - Further
    83 You, You're Awesome - You're Getting Old
    84 Manic Street Preachers - Postcards from a Young Man
    85 Crocodiles - Sleep Forever
    86 The Joy Formidable - A Balloon Called Moaning
    87 The Books - The Way Out
    88 Matt & Kim - Sidewalks
    89 The Love Language - Libraries
    90 Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
    91 Tamaryn - The Waves
    92 Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
    93 harlem - Hippies
    94 Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
    95 Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II
    96 Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin
    97 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Hawk
  • My albums of 2005...

    Dic 4 2009, 15:49

    1)The Decemberists- Picaresque
    2)Troubled Hubble- Making Beds In A Burning House
    3)Constantines- Tournament of Hearts
    4)Bloc Party- Silent Alarm
    5)British Sea Power- Open Season
    6)Super Furry Animals- Love Kraft
    7)Rogue Wave- Descended Like Vultures
    8)BRMC- Howl
    9)Wolf Parade- Apologies to the Queen Mary
    10)Maximo Park- A Certain Trigger

    other albums I have enjoyed a lot over the course of the year:

    Dios(malos)- Dios(malos)
    Elbow- Leaders of the Free World
    Eels- Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
    Hot Hot Heat- Elevator
    Modey Lemon- The Curious City
    The Mars Volta- Frances The Mute
    The New Pornographers- Twin Cinema
    QOTSA- Lullabies to Paralyze
    Royksopp- The Understanding
    Sigur Ros- Takk
  • My albums of 2006...

    Dic 4 2009, 15:39

    1. The Apparitions- As This Is Futuristic
    2. TV On The Radio- Return To Cookie Mountain
    3. Islands- Return To The Sea
    4. Gomez- How We Operate
    5. The Dears- Gang Of Losers
    6. The Decemberists- The Crane Wife
    7. Mew- And The Glass Handed Kites
    8. The Walkmen- A Hundred Miles Off
    9. Muse- Black Holes & Revelations
    10. We Are Scientists- With Love & Squalor
    11.The Sleepy Jackson- Personality (One Was A Spider, One Was A Bird)
    12. Hope Of The States- Left
    13. Mystery Jets- Making Dens
    14. Crystal Skulls- Outgoing Behavior
    15. Apollo Up!- Chariots Of Fire
    16. Band Of Horses- Everything All The Time
    17. Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family- Show Me How The Spectres Dance
    18. Mission Of Burma- The Obliterati
    19. The Mars Volta- Amputechture
    20. Danielson- Ships
    21. Sunset Rubdown- Shut Up I'm Dreaming
    22. Guillemots- Through The Window Pane
    23. Built To Spill- You In Reverse
    24. Grizzly Bear- Yellow House
    25. The Black Keys- Magic Potion
    26. The Elected- Sun,Sun,Sun
    27. Joseph Arthur- Nuclear Daydream
    28. Eagles Of Death Metal- Death By Sexy
    29. Secret Machines- Ten Silver Drops
    30. …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead- So Divided
    31. The Young Knives- Voices Of Animals And Men
    32. Blackbud- From The Sky
    33. The Flaming Lips- At War With The Mystics
  • My albums of 2007...

    Dic 4 2009, 15:34

    1. The National- Boxer
    2. Super Furry Animals- Hey Venus!
    3. BRMC- Baby 81
    4.The Shins- Wincing The Night Away
    5. Sloan- Never Hear The End Of It
    6. Okkervil River- The Stage Names
    7. Kings Of Leon- Because Of The Times
    8. Menomena- Friend & Foe
    9. The Avett Brothers- Emotionalism
    10. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists- Living With The Living
    11. Gruff Rhys- Candylion
    12. Les Savy Fav- Let's Stay Friends
    13. Radiohead- In Rainbows
    14. The Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
    15. The Broken West- I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
    16. Of Montreal- Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
    17. QOTSA- Era Vulgaris
    18. Vandaveer- Grace & Speed
    19. !!!- Myth Takes
    20. The Electric Soft Parade- No Need To Be Downhearted
    21. Dungen- Tio Bitar
    22. Maximo Park- Our Earthly Pleasures
    23. 31 Knots- Days & Nights of Everything Anywhere
    24. Ian Ball- Who Goes There
    25. Interpol- Our Love To Admire
  • My albums of 2008...

    Dic 4 2009, 15:31

    1. TV On The Radio- Dear Science,
    2. Why?- Alopecia
    3. Wolf Parade- At Mount Zoomer
    4. The Black Keys- Attack & Release
    5. Fleet Foxes- s/t
    6. Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts- Temporary People
    7. Calexico- Return to Dust
    8. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
    9. Cut/Copy- In Ghost Colours
    10. Black Mountain- In The Future

    11. Okkervil River- The Stand-Ins
    12. Eagles of Death Metal- Heart On
    13. Foals- Antidotes
    14. Constantines- Kensington Heights
    15. The Walkmen- You & Me
    16. British Sea Power- Do You Like Rock Music?
    17. The Week That Was- s/t
    18. Islands- Arm's Way
    19. Elbow- The Seldom Seen Kid
    20. Department of Eagles- In Ear Park

    21. The Absentee- Victory Shorts
    22. Vampire Weekend- s/t
    23. My Morning Jacket- Evil Urges
    24. Friendly Fires- s/t
    25. Sloan- Parallel Play
    26. Dungen- 4
    27. Peter Broderick- Home
    28. Late Of The Pier- Fantasy Black Channel
    29. Mystery Jets- 21
    30. The Night Marchers- See You In Magic
  • My albums of 2009...

    Dic 4 2009, 15:26

    1. Wild Beasts- Two Dancers
    2. Mew- No More Stories
    3. Super Furry Animals- Dark Days/Light Years
    4. Manic Street Preachers- Journal For Plague Lovers
    5. Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion
    6. Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
    7. Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    8. The xx- The xx
    9. Monsters of Folk- s/t
    10. Andrew Bird- Noble Beast
    11. Handsome Furs- Face Control
    12. White Denim- Fits
    13. The Duke & The King- Nothing Gold Can Stay
    14. Alela Diane- To Be Still
    15. The Felice Brothers- Yonder Is The Clock
    16. Royal Bangs- Let It Beep
    17. Fever Ray- s/t
    18. The Decemberists- The Hazards of Love
    19. Dan Auerbach- Keep It Hid
    20. ...Trail of Dead- Century of Self
    21. Phantom Band- Checkmate Savage
    22. Future of the Left- Travels With Myself And Another
    23. Golden Silvers- True Romance
    24. Gomez- A New Tide
    25. Arctic Monkeys- Humbug
    26. Jason Lytle- Yours Truly, The Commuter
    27. Miike Snow- s/t
    28. Eels- Hombre Lobo
    29. Islands- Vapours
    30. Royksopp- Junior
  • My top 10 albums and 25 songs from the decade so far...

    Mar 20 2009, 11:24

    I compiled these lists for the WOXY.com boards. WOXY is a Cincinnati-based alternative radio station. If you haven't checked it out already, I seriously suggest you do: www.woxy.com


    Top 10 Albums:

    BRMC- s/t
    The Black Keys- Rubber Factory
    The National- Alligator
    The Features- Exhibit A
    Franz Ferdinand- s/t
    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead- Source Tags & Codes
    Spoon- Girls Can Tell
    The Mars Volta- De-loused in the Comatorium
    Super Furry Animals- Phantom Power
    Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf

    Top 25 Songs:

    Interpol- Evil
    Super Furry Animals- Venus & Serena
    British Sea Power- Remember Me
    Yeasayer- Forgiveness
    Okkervil River- Black Sheep Boy #4
    My Morning Jacket- It Beats For You
    The Features- There's A Million Ways To Sing The Blues
    Hot Hot Heat- This Town
    Ted Leo & The Pharmacists- Little Dawn
    The Shins- Mine's Not A High Horse
    The National- Abel
    The Flaming Lips- Do You Realize?
    Franz Ferdinand- Darts Of Pleasure
    The Rapture- House Of Jealous Lovers
    Justice- Genesis
    The Mars Volta- Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
    Hope Of The States- Enemies/Friends
    Mew- Apocalypso
    Joseph Arthur- When I Was Running Out Of Time
    Peter Broderick- Below It
    Eels- I'm Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
    The Wrens- This Boy Is Exhausted
    Wolf Parade- I'll Believe In Anything
    Modey Lemon- Sleepwalkers
    The Black Keys- Keep Me
  • The Walkmen- Fierce Panda 15th Birthday Party @ London Scala, 20th Feb 2009

    Feb 25 2009, 19:06

    Fri 20 Feb – The Walkmen, Hatcham Social, Molotovs

    The Walkmen are a prime example of indie rock's 'nearly men.' Arriving amidst the wave of New York based groups in the early part of the decade, they stood in the shadows of the likes of The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who both delivered explosive debut records. While those two acts' careers have stuttered in the recent past, with subsequent releases failing to cause the same ripples as their debuts, The Walkmen have been forming a body of work to be truly proud of.

    The last three releases, 'Bows & Arrows,' 'A Hundred Miles Off,' and 'You & Me' have demonstrated a depth and confidence which their indie peers have failed to match.

    The Walkmen arrived at the Scala for their UK record label's 15th anniversary. Support was provided by the labels' Molotovs and Hatcham Social, who were able, if not spectacular.

    The main act took to the stage at 10pm, and delivered a set which relied heavily on material from their latest release, 'You & Me.' This might have been worrying for some, as the latest record, while possibly being their most accomplished and complete record, is somewhat understated, and a record that I found to take a period to fully digest.

    For a few of the tracks, the band were joined on stage by a brass trio, which really added to the band's sound. The brass appeared mainly on the new songs, but was also used on 'Louisiana,' which was the lead-off single from 'A Hundred Miles Off.'

    Throughout the concert, the crowd was treated to the power of Hamilton Leithauser's vocals, the inventive rhythms of Matt Barrick's drumming, and the stunning guitar textures provided by lead guitarist Paul Maroon.

    While the subtler material of the 4th record, 'You & Me,' was well received by fans, the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for the heavier songs, particularly 'The Rat' and 'Thinking Of A Dream I Had,' two of the rock powerhouses from 'Bows & Arrows.' 'The Rat' is the band's 'big single,' which has graced indie discos across the land for the last five years. It translates brilliantly to the live setting, Matt Barrick's performance on the drums was spectacular. 'Thinking Of A Dream I Had' was equally impressive, another highlight from the band's back catalogue. The pounding drum beat and leading keyboard melody drove the song along, and the track proved to be a fitting end to the set.

    I'm sure there have been more rocking performances from The Walkmen (I was looking forward to jumping around to 'Tenley Town,' and 'Little House of Savages,' but alas, they did not appear!), but the combination of the older, rockier numbers, and the mature sound of their latest work produced a thoroughly enjoyable show. I entered the venue with huge expectations, and left absolutely ecstatic.