And now, Part 2 of the best albums of 2010: Continue reading
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Tagged 2010, albums, Arcade Fire, best of, Joanna Newsom, Kanye West, Local Natives, Neil Young, Sleigh Bells, The Black Keys, The Morning Benders, The National, The Tallest Man On Earth
In this musical day and age, the single has once again become the most important item to further an artist’s career. It started off as the single, in the 60s when bands were forced by their record companies to put out a new single every few weeks. Then we moved to the golden age of the album, where bands were allowed the creativity and given the time to properly craft entire musical theses, instead of mere thoughts. Then we moved to the music video, and now, in the age of the internet, mixtapes, and iTunes downloads – the single is the most powerful musical item once again.
While I prefer albums, I must admit that as a blogger, singles are my bread and butter. Leaked albums are few and far between these days, so single releases or leaks are what I’m able to hear, share, and write about the most. And so, I present to you my favorite
10 11 singles of 2010: Continue reading
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Tagged 2010, best of, Cee Lo Green, Dr. Dre, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Local Natives, singles, Sleigh Bells, The Black Keys, The Morning Benders, The National, The Tallest Man On Earth
We’ve just about reached the halfway point of the year, and with it comes the time for us to take a gander back at all the amazing new albums released this year. We had some great debut albums and myriad later releases, in a year that has so far released few of the albums I was excited about (Radiohead, The Strokes, Arcade Fire) but still has managed to keep me highly entertained.
So here it is: my list of the best, the most interesting, the quirkiest, and the stuff I just love to listen to; all combined into a no-order-necessary and no-nonsense list. Check out the tracks, buy the albums, and as always – enjoy the music.
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Tagged Band Of Horses, Ben Sollee, Crystal Castles, Daniel Martin Moore, Gil Scot-Heron, Joanna Newsom, LCD Soundsystem, Local Natives, Owen Pallet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, The Black Keys, The Morning Benders, The National, The Roots, The Tallest Man On Earth
Maybe it’s the musician in me, but this band’s sound has a sense of urgency in it. I’m pretty sure what I’m hearing is an amplifier just past the point of being safely overdriven, where the speaker sounds like it’s about to explode. But this harsh noise is somehow ear piercingly melodic and when coupled with a sweet (though not always) female voice, the music stands out as something unique and brilliant. Continue reading