Sunday, December 31, 2006

Couple of albums I enjoyed this year

I made this list a weeks back but I ran into few delays (randomly reformatted my computer, got sick, got busy, didn't think anyone would mind).

Favorite albums of 2006

1. Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
Why: I just couldn't stop listening to this album, it had too many standout tracks for me to get bored with it anytime soon.

2. Islands - Return to the Sea
Why: Catchy hooks, great songwriting and their great live show didn't hurt anything either.

3. Hot Chip - The Warning
Why: I was a really big fan of their sparse debut album Coming On Strong but this album tops the debut in every way possible.

4. The Blow - paper television
Why: As of the past week or so I've been listening to this album everyday. Dancable beats, with honest lyrics.
Pile of Gold

5. Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
Why: It has staying power, I'm still listening to this album which is a long time for me and my short attention span.

Yo La Tengo - I'm Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Why: So many good songs, it sounds like a best of compilation.
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind

Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
Why: Although it doesn't top Your Blues, Rubies launched Dan Bejar into another stratosphere which is always a good thing for such a talented songwriter.
Painter in Your Pocket

Ratatat - Classics
Why: It just my kind of music, it prominently features my two favorite rock instruments guitar and synth. I can't really

Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
Why: I really didn't give this album a chance except for The Funeral but I got sucked in after couple of causal listens.

Built to Spill - You In Reverse
Why: Doug Martsch is still the great songwriter/guitarist we all remember, actually this is pretty much the same BTS that we all remember.

Lily Allen - Alright, Still
Why: Not my usual type of music but this is an exception to the rule

The Strokes - First Impression
Why: Excellent tracks as usual with couple of sounds new to they Strokes.

Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards
Why: The vocals really sell this album.
Hang Me Up To Dry

Eagles of Death Metal - Death By Sexy
Why: The most rocking record I heard this year.

The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
Why: One of the best albums to put on during a party, dancy but not too dancy.

Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
Why: Because it the Flaming Lips. Not one of their top ranking albums but still something enjoyable and exciting.

The Knife - Silent Shout
Why: Apparently my impression that all Knife songs sounded like You Take My Breath Away from Deep Cuts was completely wrong.

Conclusion: 2007 should be a better year for music, not saying that 2006 was bad but it could of been better.

Have a great new year.

I thought I just might combine to entries into one:

Top Hip Hop Album of 2006

This list is pretty simple for the most part

The Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
Why: Those rhymes, that production. Everyone who "knows", knows about his album. I don't think this would of been so big if it wasn't for the record label bs that they had to go through. I call it the wilco effect.
7L & Esoteric - A New Dope
Why: I listened to this album so much. Everyones first impression when hearing it in my car is, "is that Jay-z" and I do hear that in Eso's voice but I would say more indie hip hop.
Nas - Hip Hop Is Dead
Why: Its a Nas album but on top of that its a good Nas album. One question though, where is that 2 million dollar beat? The N?
Ghostface - Fishscale
Why: Best thing to come out of Wu-tang, I've been following this guys solo work since Supreme Clientel and so far this is my favorite.
Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo
Why: It started with Backyard Betty and just went from there for me. I'd say it was mostly the prodution for me but it would be nothing with out MC.
Soul Position - Things Go Better With RJ & Al
Why: One of my favorite MCs and one of my favorite producers come together to give us this awesome album. Its probably more about Blueprint for me.
Oh No - Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms
Why: An improvment from his debut, this one had more put into it. Atleast thats what it seems.
The Coup - Pick A Bigger Weapon
Why: Its more of the lyrical element that placed this album. I like hip hop that engages you with lyrics, good production is a plus.
Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Why: Its has some tracks and atleast 4 great singles in it. I haven't been following his albums mostly his singles but this album is an enjoyable listen in morning traffic.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Stephin Merritt on Good Day Atlanta

Great song, funny interview.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Alvin and the Chipmunks

I pretty much made up my year end lists I just have to clean it up a little bit. ETA: Thursday. Till then...

This holiday season can't go by without the best Christmas song of all-time. Its just not Christmas without this Alvin and the Chipmunks song.

Alvin and the Chipmunks - Christmas, Don't Be Late

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Keeping busy

I can't believe the new Busdriver album isn't getting that much attention on the web. He's touring with Deerhoof right now so catch him if you can

Busdriver - Kill Your Employer (Daedelus Mix)

I've been keeping busy recently. Since last time I posted I finally fulfilled my dream of owning a mandolin and today got a new sound card for my computer. I'm right about to put in the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty. I've had bad luck with graphics cards but I'm optimistic about the sound upgrade. Let me nerd it up for you just a bit, it is THX certified and has DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX decoding. I mostly got it for the midi inputs. The mandolin was a random purchase when I couldn't find the guitar strings I wanted. Nothing fancy just a Epiphone mm-30, a beginner setup. I still need a decent snare, or fix my busted one.

Currently I'm formulating my year end top musics list, begining with hip hop. I already know the top 6 but now I'm just finding well deserved places for the other 2006 releases. Before that Clipse dropped I already had a #1 for a while, they rattled the setup.

The weather around these parts took a warm turn the past couple of days so the team and I are fitting in couple of basketball games till winter wakes up and notices Texas again then maybe we'll go back to table tennis.

I'm having fun.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Rob Crow, Living Well

Rob Crow (of Pinback, Goblin Cock, The Ladies, Optiganally Yours, Other Men, Alpha Males, Heavy Vegetable, Physics, Thingy etc...) has a new album coming out and it almost squeaked by without me knowing. Then came Stereogum to the rescue with a song posted today titled Up. Check it out, you won't regret it. I went to the record label Temporary Residence Limited site to get further information and maybe another track and bam the track I Hate You, Rob Crow is available as a download. Unfortunately its an mp4 file even though it is listed as an mp3, good stuff though. Then I made my way to his Japanese record label Human Highway Records another track Bam Bam, the song title not the lame sound effect I use way too often. Of the three, I like Up best. Bearded Rob Crows new album titled Living Well is out late January on Temporary Residence Limited.

Rob Crow - I Hate You, Rob Crow
Rob Crow - Bam Bam