Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Music is Black and White

There are three new albums slated to be released in the next few months from some of my favorite bands. I noticed that each features an album cover in simple black and white.

Sometimes life seems gray but hear it is...
Beach House "Bloom" due May 15th

The House That Heaven Built  PRE-ORDER
Japandroids "Celebration Rock" due June 5th

The Walkmen "Heaven" due June 5th

Monday, December 5, 2011

Favorites of 2011

I know I haven't posted anything in a few months but I wanted to let you all know that I have been listening to a lot of good music!
So here are my favorites of the year 2011. Two categories, albums and songs. Plus some extras. In no particular order...


Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
-Truly Amazing!

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
-Anglophilia? Not what I was expecting but sooo good.

Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
-Catchy as hell garage punk!

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
-Good, fun rock!

Honorable Mentions:

Cymbals Eat Guitar - Lenses Alien
-Just about everything good about 90's alt/indie on one album.

Pains of Being Pure in Heart - Belong
-Another 90's throwback, think Smashing Pumpkins.

Kurt Vile - Smoke Rings for My Halo
-A batch of really good songs.

Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania, Carrion Crawler/The Dream
-Quantity and quality.


Low - "Try to Sleep"
-If anyone challenges Fleet Foxes for vocals/harmonies it's this band.

My Morning Jacket - " Circuital"
-Fantastic guitar solo.

Surfer Blood - "Miranda"
-Power POP!

The Mountain Goats - "For Charles Bronson"

St. Vincent - "Cruel"
-Oh, she's only channelling like disco, the Sound of Music and Robert Fripp!

Cass McCombs - "County Line"
-Sad, driving reeeaallly slow at night song.

Battles - "Ice Cream"

The Strokes - "Under Cover of Darkness"
-Hello 2002 (in a good way)!

Girls - "Vomit"

*#cked Up - "Queen of Hearts"
-Pure energy!

Black Lips - "Modern Art"
-Modern art makes me want to rock out!

Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
-Maybe the best song of the year?

Fleet Foxes - "Grown Ocean"
-Also pretty good.

Crystal Stilts - "Through the Floor"
-Vintage echoey rock 'n' roll.

Wilco - "I Might"
-They've still got it.

Junior Boys - "Banana Ripple"
-Good song, then the organ kicks in and it's great song.

Little Dragon - "Ritual Union"
-Sexy Cool.

Toro Y Moi - "How I Know"
-see below

Toro Y Moi - "New Beat"
-2 really good but really different songs from the same album.

M83 - "Midnight City"
-Epic sax solo.

Bill Callahan - "Riding for the Feeling"
-Simple and beautiful.

Bright Eyes - "Shell Games"

tUnE-yArDs - "Bizness"
-Most unique.

Poor Lily - "Head of Flames"
-Punk is not dead.

Favorite Hip Hop Songs:

Big K.R.I.T. - "Dreamin'"
-Old school jamz.

Shabazz Palaces - "An Echo from the Hosts that Profess Infinitum"
-Let's talk about time travelin' rhyme javelin somethin' mind unravelin' get down!

Favorite Metal Song:

Liturgy - "High Gold"
-Face Melting!

Favorite Live Shows:

Fleet Foxes in Salt Lake City
-They sound even better live!

Broken Social Scene in Seattle
-Great indie band on possibly their last tour.

Thee Oh Sees in Seattle
-Loudness + 2 drummers + mic swallowing = insanity.

Toro Y Moi in Seattle
-I danced my butt off!

also i haven't listened to the Ryan Adams album yet

and yes i realize there's is no Bon Iver on this list... sorry


Monday, August 29, 2011

Best Album Openers

In response to Zach Gibson's list

1. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
2. Teenage Riot - Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
3. 3rd Planet - Modest Mouse, Moon & Antarctica
4. Summer Babe - Pavement, Slanted & Enchanted
5. Biomusicology - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
6. Everything Hits at Once - Spoon, Girls Can Tell
7. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground - The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
8. Wordless Chorus - My Morning Jacket, Z
9. Everything in It's Right Place - Radiohead, Kid A
10. Disorder - Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures

Honorable Mentions

The Queen is Dead - The Smiths, The Queen is Dead
Taxman - The Beatles, Revolver
Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
Baba O'Riley - The Who, Who's Next
Lots more...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

T Rex Radio

I recently participated in an online radio show hosted by my friends Drew and Austin! Check it out.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Words about music

Writing about music, what a novel idea.

Some of these books are very intriguing to me. A few I have read and a few do not interest me at all, example Motley Crue. Maybe you can find a good read in the bunch!