Friday, December 30, 2011

Vol.2 Episode 50.5

Here is my list of favorite albums from 2011 that I have purchased. There are a few albums from this past fall that I have not yet purchased but still plan on getting. Because I don't have them yet they are not included in this list. I will list those albums at the end of this post. I will hopefully get them soon and will also review them next year.

Here is the list of my favorites in no particular order:

Yuck - Yuck
Wierd Al Yancovic - Alpocalypse
Weekend - Red EP
Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
Tapes N' Tapes - Outside
Surfer Blood - Tarot Classics
Silversun Pickups - Seasick
She & Him - A very She & Him Christmas
Saves The Day - Daybreak
Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
Radiohead - TKOL RMX
Radiohead - Live From The Basement-The King Of Limbs
Philip Selway - Running Blind
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
Owl City - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
Jonsi - Go Out EP
Jonsi - We Bought A Zoo
Jill Scott - Light of the Sun
Incubus - If Not Now, When?
Gorillaz - The Fall
Gold-Bears - Are You Falling In Love?
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Falling Up - Your Sparkling Death Cometh
Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
The Dodos - No Color
Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys
Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
The Black Keys - El Camino
Big Troubles - Romantic Comedy

Here is the list of albums that I have missed but want to have:
Justice - Audio Video Disco
Death Cab For Cutie - Keys & Codes Remix EP
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Family Force 5 - III
Switchfoot - Vice Verses

I hope that you enjoyed these albums as much as I did or that I at least prompted you to look into these groups and albums.

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope to be starting Vol.3 sooner than later! That is all for now...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Vol. 2 Episode 50

Here it is, number 50. It is not exciting but there is still some interesting things written about. Enjoy!

This is the second EP from Weekend. It was released in early fall of 2011. The only single released from this five track EP is called Hazel. The song is a super catchy Shoegazer song with Progressive tendencies. The rest of the EP is standard Weekend fair. It is excessive noise pop that will make your ears ring. It is a great EP though. It is just enough music from the group to not be numb in the ears because of the noise that the group can produce. The EP was released on CD and standard black vinyl to start with. It was later released on clear red vinyl with an even later limited release, because of production issues, on clear vinyl with gold splatter. The latter record came in a red plastic sleeve.

This is the first album from Lipps Inc.  It was released in 1979. There was a single from this album that I have been after since I was a kid called Funkytown. I loved this song as a kid and couldn’t get enough of the track. The robotic vocals that were used in parts of the song reminded me of the Cylons vocals from the TV show Battle Star Galactica. I finally tracked down the album and found out that the group originated from Minnesota. This is a very short album with only four tracks. I was lucky to find a copy still sealed for just a few bucks. 

This is the debut mini album from MBV. It was released in 1985. There are seven tracks on the mini album. This album sounds nothing like the groups future releases. There are heavy gothic and post-punk sounds that happen all over this album. The album bears next to no resemblance to the genre that they would become famous for in the future, shoegaze. There was no official single released from this mini album. This is one of those albums that you don’t need unless you are a completist for the group. does in house live studio sessions now and again. Veronica Falls happened to stop by their studio reciently to record a three song set with them. They recorded two album tracks and a new track that has not been heard before. The three track are Beachy Head, Come On Over and the new track Burry Me Alive. All three tracks sound fantastic and it is always to hear new music from any artist. I just hope that they put out this new track on a single. It is a pretty good song.

Big Troubles recently visited the Daytrotter studio for a recording session. They recorded four tracks during the session and only one track I had heard previously. This session is free if you are interested in hearing what they sound like. They did put out an album before the most recent album, Romantic Comedy, so some of the tracks could be from there.

Vol. 3 will be starting up near the middle of January with lots of new and old music. 
That's all for now...