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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Best Albums of 2012: version 1.0

Best Albums of 2012
Version 1.0 (January-March)

For previous years see

  1. Shearwater - Animal Joy
  2. Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
  3. Dr. Dog - Be the Void
  4. Andrew Bird - Break it Yourself
  5. Gift of Gab - The Next Logical Progression
  6. fun. - Some Nights
  7. John K. Samson - Provincial
  8. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
  9. Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite
  10. Rocky Votolato - Television of Saints
  11. Matt Pryor - May Day 
  12. Matt Pryor - Still There's a Light 
  13. Great Lake Swimmers - New Wild Everywhere
  14. Beach House - Bloom
  15. Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes
  16. For all the Girls (Drew Danburry) - For all the Girls
  17. Lyrics Born - Lyrics Born Variety Show: Season 5
  18. Galactic - Carnivale Electricos
  19. Fanfarlo - Rooms Filled with Light

  1. RA Scion - Beg, Borrow, Steal [Free EP]
  2. Damien Jurado - Maraqopa Sessions Blue/Red/Yellow 3x7" series
  3. Rocky Votolato - The Let Go EP  
  4. Josh Ritter - Bringing in the Darlings
  5. Less than Jake - Seasons Greetings 

Singles / 7 inches / Misc
  1. Jeremy Enigk - Last Rights [Damien Jurado cover] [Free Download from Seattle Times]
  2. Andrew Bird - The Crown Salesman [single] b/t So Much Wine
  3. Bon Iver - Towers [single] b/t Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)
  4. Cold War Kids - Minimum Day [single]

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Sigur Ros Album + track

Out May 28th

Listen to the first single, Ekki Mukk, below:

Sigur Rós - Ekki múkk from Sigur Rós on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Andrew Bird does Colbert

There are musicians, and then there are musicians.  I am the former, Andrew Bird is the latter.  I can play guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele and piano.  Andrew Bird can PLAY all of those plus violin and a bunch others.  My review of his new album "Break it Yourself" on when like this:

"Wow.  It is as if Mr. Bird has no regard for the rest of our feelings!  I mean, come on!  You make the rest of us look like a bunch of hack amateurs struggling to bang out simple 3-chord songs.  Mr. Bird, you musical talent is tough to swallow.  We get it.  You are obscenely good at what you do.  Now please just stop beating us over the head with it!  Give us some time to go sulk in our rooms a bit, feel depressed about how horrible our attempts at making music are just laughable.......and sit wide-eyed listening to you new album a few hundred more times.

You songs are not always the catchiest.  They might often be ones that are skipped when listening on shuffle.  But when given proper undivided attention, they never fail to utterly amaze us.  Like I said in the beginning.  Wow."

Did I mention that he whistles too?

Wonder what I'm talking about?  Listen: