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Other Top Drops: Cover Me Bad

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Worst Album CoversContinuing in my further neglect of actual album review lists for 2009, I choose to propagate badness. As in album artwork. Which never ceases to produce laughter year after year. That moment when someone said “yes, that’s EXACTLY what I want” to bird nest on there forehead will always remind me that artists are a rare breed . My personal favorite happens to be the very first one on the list. Diana, I had to stick it to The Boss. Simply ludacrous. No one’s working on that dream.

How did Adam Lambert not make this list???

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December 13th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

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New Issue: Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly BearGrizzly Bear, Vekatimist – Part II of MMC donations to the charity of my music library. OK, I get it. I get that this is an important album. If Animal Collective hadn’t ruined everyone’s year, Grizzly would have stolen top spot. The composition is there. The lyrics are good. The vocals are impeccable. But I can’t (try as I might) fall in love with this album. I’ve been racking my brain as to why this doesn’t work for me to no avail. I’ve put it on repeat for the last 48 hours and still no lightning rod moment of clarity has come. I think this is the beauty and curse of music. Even when you know that the technical brilliance is there, it’s simply a personal matter of taste. I would never discourage anyone from not getting this album (if you were hoping Fleet Foxes would muscle up and start eating meat, you will surely be happy with Vekatimist) but I can’t give a solid case for loving it. There will be many others to do this in the coming weeks, so I will leave my lukewarm regard at this. But wait.  One last quick dig. You know, I think I prefer Menomena to this stuff. It’s weird and schizophrenic, but it was polarizing. I guess my intuition was right way back then.

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December 13th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

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New Issue: Royksopp

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RoyksoppRoyksopp, Junior – This is why long distance relationships work. Yet another golden recommendation from the MMC (much love to Mike B in particular) that has stayed with me for months. Sidenote – if you are inclined to pay attention to my ramblings, you will soon see a flurry of reviews from the 2009 bounty of albums sent with love from Minneapolis (or Philly, Berkeley, and anywhere else our association has expanded to).

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December 7th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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Drop Kick: Ninja on the Brain

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As if it’s not enough to have a totally absurd movie that purports everything wrong with the American pension for mashups (read: cutting corners, being lazy, and other silliness), I had to go and get this stuck in my head. Luckily, I used this as an opportunity to share my culture with Guillermo. This is my youth.

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December 7th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

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Back to the Future

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Stereogum LogoAround this time of year, everyone starts recapping their favs of the year/decade/any other irrelevant time period that can be discussed ad nauseum on the blogosphere and over leftover turkey. The fine folks at Stereogum are taking things a step in the other (and frankly more exciting) direction by recapping a basic human instinct: anticipation.  A present to the future. Why not indulge in the speculation of greatness, particularly when it seems like so much can go right in 2010. With an early lineup of some youngins (Panda Bear, MGMT, Yeasayer) and some vintage inspirations (Massive Attack!, Avalanches) we are sure to have a resurgence of great music. Finally, Animal Collective will not be the de facto leader (although they are coming out with some hotness too) for best of the year.

Start smacking your lips and getting your eMusic downloads in order

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December 2nd, 2009 at 11:31 pm

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New Issue: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Yeah Yeah Yeah's Album Cover It's BlitzYeah Yeah Yeahs,It’s Blitz! I KNOW! How many years ago did I get this album? Less than one, I promise you. As most music reports are readying their best of lists, I’m still working on getting out reviews from early releases from 2009. At least I’m not as bad as last year. Anywho, I am particularly satisfied by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s re-emergence as the crowned leaders of rock. I really did underestimate Karen O. A superstar in all facets – boundless energy matched with striking lyrics and timely subtleties. Not only are their live performance unbeatable by most standards, they still manage to crank out excitement on an album. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 1st, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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Resurrection

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Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to Bone, Thugs, and Harmony’s Crossroads and it hit me. No, I don’t need to start preaching to friends in the hood about ending senseless gang violence. Yes, I need to start acting swiftly, particularly with getting this blog back on track. So here I am, inspired by a Grammy Award winning song and ready to bring my fledgling insights on music back to my (fictitious) fan base.

A quick note: A big thank you to all who have pushed, prodded, nagged, and generally questioned me on when I was going to get back into the swing of this blog thing. The renewed focus will hopefully be apparent and I’m excited by the adventure of WordPress 🙂

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December 1st, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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