Jan 2 2012

Quarterly Review – October-December 2011

Once every three months I list the best of what I heard in albums/songs/remixes for the quarter. I do this to personally keep up with all the awesome music I hear, as it ultimately helps me at the end of the year when I do my overall listing for the previous twelve months. I also do it to introduce you cool cats to tunes you may have missed independently.

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Dec 22 2011

The Top 200 Songs of 2011 – 50-21

50. Surfer Blood – Miranda

To whet our appetite in between LPs, Surfer Blood released a rocking little EP featuring this excellent little tune.

49. Starsmith – Lesson One

Another band I know little about, but this played nonstop in my car last spring. A great ode to the unrequited and the ones that got away.

48. Cloud Nothings – Understand At All

Another catchy lo-fi power pop rocker from this group’s self-titled debut. Enjoy it while you can, because the follow-up promises to be darker and more ambitious.

47. Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci

This Internet sensation crept onto FM radio with this undeniable, absolutely fun track. Bonus points for rhyming “over me” with “ovaries.”

46. Born Gold – Decimate Everything

My first introduction to the newly named Born Gold, and I was immediately hooked. There is a remarkable gift here in making the unorganized sound so irresistible.

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Aug 10 2011

Five Cool Album Covers From Five Upcoming Albums

Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics EP (out October 25)

Mastodon – The Hunter (out September 27)

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (out October 18)

Hella – Tripper (out August 30)

Feist – Metals (out October 4)


Jan 10 2011

Top 50 Albums of 2010 – 50-41

50. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

      1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round

49. OFF! – First Four EPs

      2. OFF! - Panic Attack

48. Marnie Stern – S/T

      3. Marnie Stern - For Ash

47. Crystal Castles – S/T

      4. Crystal Castles - Baptism

46. The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights

      5. The White Stripes - Black Math (Live)

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Jan 8 2011

Top 20 Remixes of 2010

20.

      1. A-Trak - Twerk That Driver

19.

      2. Small Black - Photojournalist (Star Slinger Remix)

18.

      3. Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn Flexin' It (Passion Pit Remix)

17.

      4. The Hood Internet - Someday We'll Find Your Love (Drake x Grum)

16.

      5. Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid With You (Future Rock Remix)

15.

      6. Coolrunnings - I Am You (Star Slinger Remix)

14.

      7. The-Dream - Nikki (Gobble Gobble Remix)

13.

      8. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Le Chev Remix)

12.

      9. Deerhunter - Helicopter (Star Slinger Remix)

11.

      10. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round & Round (Little Loud Remix)

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Jan 4 2011

Top 200 Tracks of 2010 – 150-101

150.

      1. Toro y Moi - Causers Of This

149.

      2. Toadies - Pink

148.

      3. Surfer Blood - Take It Easy

147.

      4. Local Natives - Warning Sign

146.

      5. Dominque Young Unique - War Talk

145.

      6. Magic Kids - Good To Be

144.

      7. Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)

143.

      8. Deftones - Royal

142.

      9. Wavves - Super Soaker

141.

      10. Thrift Store Cowboys - One Gentle Inch To Nine Violent Miles

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Dec 15 2010

My Year In Live Music – 2010

This year I made the big move from Lubbock to Austin, and the transformation has done wonders for my live music fix.  I should have been writing down all the awesome bands I saw this year (and the years before, for that matter) but alas, hindsight, she is 20/20 once again.  I think this post covers the highlights more or less, however.  There’s plenty of great live music I saw this year that I’m leaving out, but after the jump, in no particular order, are twelve of the best shows I witnessed in 2010, eleven of them right here in the Live Music Capital of the World.

And for the record, I wanted to put the Sleigh Bells show on here, as fun as it was once they finally started playing, but everyone who attended knows Beauty Bar is at fault for that show’s omission.  What a disaster.

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Oct 29 2010

My Top 300 Songs of the 2000s – 130-121

Today I continue my ongoing feature showcasing my personal picks for the best songs of the past decade, posting ten songs at a time.

130. Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?

Just a couple of days ago, I talked about how awesome this song is, but as fate would have it, the list compels me to elaborate.  In three-and-a-half glorious minutes, Wayne Coyne sums up our life….or at least it feels like he does.  With a simple question, he gives the most personal compliment to everyone listening, then continues to examine the beauty we take for granted – the sun, our friendships, our life.  It’s a sweet call for a simple enjoyment of who we are and what we’re doing, in this very moment of our fleeting lives.  Because it’s hard to make the good things last….

      1. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?

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Sep 12 2010

Sunday Night Videos 9/12/10

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Apr 1 2010

Quarterly Review: January-March 2010

Today I begin a new feature at Culture Greyhound.  Once every three months I will be listing the best of what I heard in albums/songs/remixes for the quarter.  I do this to personally keep up with all the awesome music I hear, as it ultimately helps me at the end of the year when I do my overall listing for the previous twelve months.  I also do it to introduce you cool cats to tunes you may have missed independently.

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