Top 100 Albums of 2018

Honorable Mention Bernice – Puff: In the Air Without a Shape; Don Diablo – Future; Tory Lanez – MEMORIES DON’T DIE; What So Not – Not All The Beautiful Things; Jagwar Twin – Subject to Flooding; Derek Minor – The Trap; Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love; Neko Case – Hell-On; Low – Double Negative; Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending; OMB Peezy – Loyalty Over Love; Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed; Snow Patrol – Wildness; Gustavo Bertoni – Where Light Pours In; Thirty Seconds to Mars – AMERICA;…

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REVIEW: Hurry Up and Wait [2013]

“They’ll go on tour for 40 days and end up playing 42 shows” Remember when Atlanta, Georgia based rock band Gringo Star was on everyone’s lips and selling out shows throughout the USA back in 2011? Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. Listening to their albums—Count Yer Lucky Stars and All Yall—right now on Spotify as I write, I’ll admit this quartet has the potential to make a mark in the music industry. At times reminiscent of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s lo-fi sound while at others finding an…

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REVIEW: Dig! [2004]

“We’ve got a full-scale revolution going on” The mid to late 90s introduced both The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre—two buzzed bands touted to take the world by storm. Their pop culture reference-laden monikers united to form a two-headed rock and roll Renaissance beast of pure post-modern musicianship and set them onto the path towards fame and fortune. Well, that was the plan at least. Firm friends and colleagues with the utmost mutual respect, the passing years would see Courtney Taylor (now with a repeated last name hyphenate,…

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DESIGN: 2010 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Sins of My Youth” — Neon Trees 3:39 | from Habits; Mercury Records2. “The High Road” — Broken Bells 3:51 | from Broken Bells; Columbia Records3. “I Won’t Kneel” — Groove Armada 4:35 | from Black Light; Cooking Vinyl4. “Breathe” — Ryan Star 3:49 | from 11:59; Atlantic5. “ILU” — School of Seven Bells 4:40 | from Disconnect From Desire; Ghostly International/Vagrant Records6. “Madder Red” — Yeasayer 4:06 | from Odd Blood; Secretly Canadian7. “Conversation 16” — The National 4:19 | from High Violet; 4AD8. “Lights” — Interpol…

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Top 100 Albums of 2010

(short and sweet and to the point; culled from listening to 502 releases—at time of publishing—from 2010. ask me tomorrow and the list will probably be drastically different, but you have to lock ’em in sometime. click album cover for website) #100: I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling #99: LP4 by Ratatat #98: Wilderness Heart by Black Mountain #97: Libraries by The Love Language #96: To The Sea by Jack Johnson #95: Star Tiger, Star Ariel by Delays #94: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise by Ray…

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REVIEW: 9 Songs [2004]

“Now she’s gone and love burns inside me” Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. That pretty much epitomizes the film 9 Songs. Michael Winterbottom is a director that has never shied away from genre hopping or controversy, doing both with this explicit romance consisting of concert footage and sexual intercourse, with a little story thrown in for good measure. More an art film than anything that should be given a theatrical release, it is only 71-minutes in length, but that is enough for what is being portrayed. One can only…

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