Dec 18 2011

Best Music Videos of 2011

Thirty of my favorites from this year, unranked, in alphabetical order.

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Dec 11 2011

Sunday Night Videos 12/11/11

The Weeknd – What You Need from NovStru on Vimeo.

Jul 31 2011

Sunday Night Videos 7/31/11

Jul 17 2011

Sunday Night Videos 7/17/11

Scion A/V Presents: Black Lips – New Direction from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

Big Freedia – “Excuse” from stereogum on Vimeo.

Teddybears (Feat. Cee Lo & The B-52s) – “Cho-Cha” from stereogum on Vimeo.

Apr 17 2011

Sunday Night Videos 4/17/11

Jan 9 2011

Honorable Mention Albums of 2010

Tomorrow I begin my listings of the top albums of 2010, but before I do, here are twenty great albums, listed alphabetically, that just barely missed the cut.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Avey Tare – Down There

Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here Mixtape

Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

Dr. Dog – Shame Shame

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Jan 6 2011

Top 200 Tracks of 2010 – 50-21

50. LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean

49. Dom – Living In America

48. Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait

47. The Walkmen – Victory

46. Free Energy – Free Energy

45. Deerhunter – Desire Lines

44. Delorean – Simple Graces

43. Josh Ritter – Folk Bloodbath

42. Diamond Rings – Show Me Your Stuff

41. Janelle Monae – Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)

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Jan 5 2011

Top 200 Tracks of 2010 – 100-51

100. Vampire Weekend – White Sky

99. The National – Lemonworld

98. Magic Kids – Superball

97. Drake – Up All Night (feat. Nicki Minaj)

96. Free Energy – Bang Pop

95. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

94. Evan Voytas – Our Thing

93. DOM – Burn Bridges

92. Games – Strawberry Skies

91. Dominique Young Unique – Show My Ass

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Oct 5 2010

Currently Digging: Superchunk – Majesty Shredding

The now-elder-statesmen of the Chapel Hill music scene (and the currently immensely popular indie rock machine), Superchunk have been off the radar for a while now.  Majesty Shredding is the group’s ninth album and their first in nine years.  While the band didn’t break up, they certainly have been busy with other projects (namely the cash cow Merge Records, which was founded by a portion of the group).  But while the terms previously used to describe the band’s sound -“indie,” “emo,” “power pop”- have changed since their 90’s heyday, they certainly haven’t.

And so we could surmise that time apart is, indeed, healthy – Majesty Shredding is one of the sharpest-sounding and hook-laden CDs of this year, and probably the strongest of Superchunk’s career.  It’s more energetic than anything most of Merge’s current roster could muster up, and it shows a mature, seminal 90’s band injecting a little perspective into today’s musical state.  The sound, for the most part, hasn’t changed, so how do they make it sound so fresh?  The answer is the same as it was then – no one does it like Superchunk.

Superchunk – Digging For Something

Superchunk – My Gap Feels Weird

Superchunk – Rosemarie

Oct 4 2010

Five MP3s You Must Grab 10/4/10

Matthew Dear – I Can’t Feel

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Tame Impala – Lucidity

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Teenage Fanclub – Dark Clouds

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Superchunk – Digging For Something

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Drake – Shut It Down (featuring The-Dream)

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