Oct 22 2012

Quarterly Review – July-September 2012

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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Jul 16 2012

Quarterly Review – April-June 2012

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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May 10 2012

New Toadies – “Summer of the Strange”

Take a listen to the first single from the upcoming full-length from Texas rock veterans The Toadies. The album, PLAY.ROCK.MUSIC will be released on July 31st. Frenchie Smith, best known for his work with the Meat Puppets and Built to Spill, produced it, and it’s sure to be a fine soundtrack to the sweltering Texas heat we experience around here, like most Toadies albums are.


Mar 21 2011

My Top 300 Songs of the 2000s – 40-31

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

40. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet

Lost to the forgotten one-hit wonder ether that is the early 2000’s indie world, Junior Senior’s most memorable track is one of the decade’s best, and definitely one of the danciest.  The duo was a profile-worthy pairing – a skinny little straight guy and an overweight, flamboyantly gay guy.  The spirit was one of fun-loving shimmying and partying, and “Move Your Feet” is the highlight.

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Jan 13 2011

Top 50 Albums of 2010 – 20-11

20. Vampire Weekend – Contra

      1. Vampire Weekend - Cousins

19. Jeff the Brotherhood – Heavy Days

      2. Jeff the Brotherhood - Bone Jam

18. Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts

      3. Male Bonding - Year's Not Long

17. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

      4. Deerhunter - Desire Lines

16. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt

      5. The Tallest Man On Earth - King of Spain

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Jan 7 2011

Top 200 Tracks of 2010 – The Top Twenty

20.

      1. The Hold Steady - Hurricane J

Craig Finn, while less belligerent, is still plenty drunk and emotional and frank on Heaven Is Whenever, and the group delivers one of their poppiest efforts thus far.  “Hurricane J” is a plea to a lost soul he may be care a little too much about, spoken plainly and perfectly alongside a perfect tropical storm metaphor.  We’ve all known someone like the person Finn describes, and we’ve all said the exact same things.

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Jan 5 2011

Top 200 Tracks of 2010 – 100-51

100.

      1. Vampire Weekend - White Sky

99.

      2. The National - Lemonworld

98.

      3. Magic Kids - Superball

97.

      4. Drake - Up All Night (feat. Nicki Minaj)

96.

      5. Free Energy - Bang Pop

95.

      6. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

94.

      7. Evan Voytas - Our Thing

93.

      8. DOM - Burn Bridges

92.

      9. Games - Strawberry Skies

91.

      10. Dominique Young Unique - Show My Ass

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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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Dec 11 2010

My Top 300 Songs of the 2000s – 90-81

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

90. AC Newman – Drink to Me Babe Then

The head writer for the New Pornographers had an impressive first solo outing – The Slow Wonder combines the melodic superiority with a mellow, easygoing feel.  “Drink to Me Babe Then,” introduced to me by my dear friend Kim way back when we were still on college radio, is a gem and the highlight from the album.  Adding an acoustic sway to the sweet pop Newman is known for, the song easily peaks with a sweet whistling interlude.

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