Sunday, December 30, 2012
So without further ado here's #'s 1-5 of my 'Top Albums of 2012' list.
#5 FIELD REPORT (SELF TITLED)
favorite track: "Incommunicado" (listen)
other standouts: "Evergreen" "Fergus Falls" & "Chico the American"
#4 OF MONSTERS & MEN- MY HEAD IS AN ANIMAL
favorite track: "Six Weeks" (watch)
other standouts: "Mountain Sound" "Dirty Paws" & "Slow & Steady"
#3 JBM- STRAY ASHES
favorite track:"Only Now"(listen)
other standouts: "Thames" "Ferry" & "On Fire On a Tightrope"
#2 LORD HURON- LONESOME DREAMS
favorite track: "She Lit a Fire" (watch)
other standouts: "The Man Who Lives Forever" "Lonesome Dreams" & "Setting Sun"
#1 DAMIEN JURADO- MARAQOPA
favorite track: "Working Titles" (listen)
other standouts: "Life Away From the Garden" "Reel to Reel" & "Museum of Flight"
Friday, December 28, 2012
Personally it's been a year of a lot of ups and downs, and major changes in my life, which culminated in December with a move from the NY/NJ area to Austin, Tx.
As always I just want to say a big thanks to all that stopped by, left a comment, re-blogged, or got in touch in some shape or form. Hope you all had a great year and that even bigger & better things are out there for everyone in 2013.
#12 ALABAMA SHAKES- BOYS & GIRLS
Favorite track: "I Found You" (listen)
other standouts: "Hold On" "I Ain't the Same" & "Heartbreaker"
#11 DAVID RAMIREZ- APOLOGIES
Favorite track: "Stick Around"(watch)
other standouts: "Chapter II" "Goodbye" & "Find the Light"
#10 COLD SPECKS- I PREDICT A GRACEFUL EXPLOSION
Favorite track: "Blank Maps" (listen)
other standouts: "Holland" "Winter Solstice" & "The Mark"
# 9 TENNIS- YOUNG & OLD
favorite track: "Origins" (watch)
other standouts: "Never to Part" "Traveling" & "Take Me to Heaven"
#8 EVENING HYMS- SPECTRAL DUSK
favorite track: "Asleep in the Pews" (listen)
other standouts: "Arrows" "Spirit in the Sky" & "Cabin in the Burn"
#7 ALT-J - AN AWESOME WAVE
favorite track: "Tessellate" (watch)
other standouts: "Breezeblocks" "Matilda" & "Something Good"
#6 THE WOODEN SKY- EVERY CHILD A DAUGHTER EVERY MOON A SUN
favorite track: "It Gets Old to Be Alone" (listen)
Other standouts: "Child of the Valley" "Bald Naked & Red" & "Malibu Rum"
....stay tuned for #'s 1-5 coming soon.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
I have to admit I've been down on Ryan Adams and the last few records he's put out. So much so that I apparently completely slept on his most recent release Ashes & Fire. Long story short, I went to see the new Judd Apatow movie, 'This Is 40' the other night and I found myself completely falling in love with Adams' music all over again thanks to their placement. The film & soundtrack feature two tracks from Adams, "Lucky Now" off of Ashes... which closes out the film, and "Shining Through the Dark" a reworked track that appeared before on a charity compilation. Catch him playing the latter track on a recent appearance on Conan O'Brien last week.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Give it a spin below.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
You can grab their self titled disc out now via Chop Shop.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
He said in an interview with the Boston Globe ... “I think the basis of it all is a folk and country core. That’s the stuff I grew up listening to, and it influenced me a lot,” ... “I approached them like they’re frontier songs telling these stories from the West,” he says. “That theme and aesthetic guided the record. I was really focused on storytelling, not just lyrically but also with the sonic choices. I tried to do stuff that was evocative of movie soundtracks and spaces and places. I was trying to create those environments and then tell a story with the lyrics.”
Give a listen to the lead track that sets the stage of this great Western, "Ends of the Earth Below."