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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Sep 24 2012

Ben Folds Five Tonight at Stubb’s!

No school work or Monday Night Football for me tonight, guys. Tonight is all about my first Ben Folds show! And it’s with the Five! Their new album is fantastic, and the setlists have been looking awesome. Tickets are still available, kids! To gear you up for the piano-filled party, feast your eyes and ears on these classics!

Sep 7 2012

New Music: Ben Folds Five, Kanye West, The Joy Formidable

-Yeezy has dropped another banger from his G.O.O.D. Music comp, which drops later this month. This one’s a doozy, featuring Jay-Z and Big Sean, and a pretty hilarious shout-out to West’s lady of the moment, Kim Kardashian, a “superstar all from a home movie!” Listen at Pitchfork.

-Ben Folds Five just gave us a track from their new album, but they’ve already delivered two more. The Sound of the Life of the Mind will be released September 18th. Listen to “Sky High” and “Michael Praytor, Five Years Later” at Consequence of Sound.

-The Joy Formidable’s new album isn’t set to be released until January 2013, but we already have another taste called “Cholla,” which you can hear below.

-Finally, a trio of ambitious British DJs have completed what many have tried for years: discovered and compiled every sample from the Beastie Boys’ seminal album Paul’s Boutique. The hour-long mixtape is as sprawling and awesome as the original inspiration, and is aptly dedicated to the sorely missed MCA. Read more and listen at Consequence of Sound.

Sep 6 2012

New Ben Folds Five – “Erase Me”

Ben Folds Five’s first album in 13 years, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, drops September 18th. We’ve already heard “Do It Anyway,” and now we have another taste, “Erase Me.” Listen at SPIN. Can’t wait to hear the new material, as well as old favorites, at Stubb’s on September 24th!

Aug 31 2012

Ten Anticipated Albums of the Rest of 2012

Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears (September 18)

Listen to “Heart Like Mine,” co-produced by Beck.

Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind (September 18)

Ringo Deathstarr – Mauve (September 24)

Green Day Trilogy

Uno! (September 25)
Dos! (November 13)
Tre! (January 15)

Tame Impala – Lonerism (October 9)

Pinback – Information Retrieved (October 16)

Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d. city (October 22)

Major Lazer – Free the Universe (November 6)

Deftones – Koi No Yokan (November 13)

Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (November 13)

May 9 2012

New Ben Folds Five – “Do It Anyway”

On Monday, Ben Folds and his reunited Five (who are actually a trio in total) dropped an un-mixed sneak peek into their first album in 13 years. “Do It Anyway” is a quirky sendup to taking risks and reaching new highs, delivered in Folds’ trademark casual piano pop style. Some things never change, and for this fan, that’s a wonderful, wonderful thing.