Good Records From 2013
In no particular order:
Connections: Private Airplane
Connections: Body Language
Tony Molina: Dissed & Dismissed
Yo La Tengo: Fade
Superchunk: I Hate Music
Dick Diver: Calendar Days
Joanna Gruesome: Weird Sister
Eat Skull: III
Iceage: You're Nothing
Kurt Vile: Wakin' on a Pretty Daze
Toy Love: s/t
William Onyeabor: Who Is William Onyeabor?
that Unwound box set
why is everything so different now?
I don't like this future.
Where did all of your comments go?
This is sad.
BOB BEERS TOP 10 for 2011!
Bob Beers is a waterproofer and occasional contributor to Mezzy.
10. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
I'll admit I bought into the hype a bit on this one. I couldn't stop listening to this album for at least a month or two after it came out. Upon revisiting the album a few months later, it wasn't quite as good as I remembered, but it was still pretty good. Haters gonna hate.
Best Song – Holocene
9. Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves
I gotta thank Rippy for this one. After following a link Rip tweeted (twat?) early last year to the pre-album single "Dinner", I was hooked on this band's sound. Think 80's inflected indie-pop through an R&B filter with a little Prince thrown in for good measure.
Best Song – Sutphin Boulevard (unfortunately "Dinner" didn't appear on the album, but if it had it would easily have been the best)
8. Atlas Sound – Parallax
Didn't pick this album up until late last year, but I've been listening to it non-stop ever since. Man, does this guy know how to craft a song.
Best Song – Te Amo
7. Akron/Family – S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Hippie Psychedelic Freak Folk. Or Indie Folk Trance Fusion. Or Post Indie Folk Experimental Psych Rock. Not exactly sure how to classify these guys, but I am sure that this album had me entranced for most of the year. Also, the best live show I saw last year. Insane.
Best Song – Another Sky
6. Neon Indian – Era Extraña
When I first heard Pyschic Chasms back in 2009 it felt like lightning in a bottle – an amazing album but almost no chance they'd release anything that good again. Era Extraña is damn close. It's certainly more polished and quite possibly more mature – in a good way.
Best Song – Polish Girl
5. Destroyer – Kaputt
I never really got into the New Pornographers, but oddly enough I have picked up a few of their solo/side project records over the years. And dammit if those cooky Canucks don't know how to write a song or two. The best lounge music I heard all year.
Best Song – Blue Eyes
4. Masters of the Hemisphere – Maybe These Are the Breaks
Maybe this is their best album. Seriously. This is not the obligatory put-your-friend's-band-on-your-year-end-best-of-list entry either. This is some sincere shit right here. These guys have always known how to write great pop songs, but this is by far their most polished effort.
Best Song – Watch It Go Away
3. Battles – Gloss Drop
Wow. This album came out of nowhere for me. I happened to catch the video for the first single "Ice Cream" on the interwebs and I could not get that song out of my head. Been jamming the entire album ever since. Mostly instrumental tracks with guest vocalists on a few songs.
Best Song – Wall Street
2. M83 – Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
While this album doesn't quite reach the heights of Saturdays = Youth, it is still a damn fine album. It's also a bit of a slow-burner, revealing more and more with repeated listens. This dude will be creating great music for years to come.
Best Song – Midnight City
1. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
What balls these dudes have – releasing an album of self-described "luxury rap" in the midst of a global recession! Kanye gets a lot of the credit here for creating music that sonically defies simple categorization while raising the bar for not just hip-hop, but music in general.
Best Song – Ni**as in Paris
My Favorite 2011s
1. Dominant Legs - Hoop Of Love
2. Cut/Copy - Take Me Over
3. Summer Camp - Better Off Without You
4. Cass McCombs - County Line
5. The Drums - Days
6. Ladybug Transistor - Life Less True
7. Papercuts - Do You Really Wanna Know?
8. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
9. AIH - Yr Go To
10. Panda Bear - Last Night At The Jetty
11. Twerps - Who Are You
12. Real Estate - Wonder Years
13. Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes
14. Real Estate - It's Real
15. Still Corners - Wish
16. Deerhoof - Super Duper Rescue Heads
17. Cut/Copy - Need You Now
18. AIH - Contact High
19. J Mascis - Not Enough
20. Supermelody - I Want Your Blood
1 Cut/Copy - Zonoscope
2 Twerps - s/t
3 Darren Sylvester - tour cdr
4 Panda Bear - Tomboy
5 The Drums - Portamento
6 John Maus - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
7 J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why
8 Papercuts - Fading Parade
9 Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
10 Real Estate - Days
11 Dominant Legs - Invitation
12 Destroyer - Kaputt
13 AIH - Moment Bends
14 Folklore - Home Church Road
15 Slow Club - Paradise
16 Still Corners - Creatures of An Hour
17 Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil
18 Ladybug Transistor - Clutching Stems
19 Supermelody - Destination Unknown
20 Summer Camp - Welcome To Condale
the good music of 2011
In alphabetical order...
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
Twerps - s/t
Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion; Radiant Door
Total Control - Henge Beat
Fucked Up - David's Town: 11 Original Hits From Byrdesdale Spa, UK!
Kitchen's Floor - Look Forward To Nothing
Life Partners - Music Is Hard
UV Race - Homo
Iceage - New Brigade
Wounded Lion - IVXLCDM
Reports - Dinamo Cambridge
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo / So Outta Reach
Oneida - Absolute II
Masters of the Hemisphere - Maybe These Are The Breaks
Comet Gain - Howl of the Lonely Crowd
The Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler / The Dream; Castlemania
Je Suis France - Let's Give 'Em Something To Talk About
Big Troubles - Romantic Comedy
Gold Bears - Are You Falling In Love?
google 'em if you want
ABBY's BEST OF LIST
Yo, my lil' sis wanted to post her year end list. There is a spotify link to a mix of the best jams on her list at the bottom! GREAT LIST AB!
1. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Best Track: Little Man
2. Active Child – You Are All I See
Best Track: See Thru Eyes or Houses’ remix of Playing House
3. Washed Out – Within and Without
Best Track: Soft
4. Austra – Fee it Break
Best Track: Beat and Pulse
5. City and Colour – Little Hell
Best Track: Natural Disasters
6. Wye Oak – Civilian
Best Track: Civilian
7. Jay Z – Watch the Throne
After listening to this album I dreamt that I had Beyonce’s babies. That is all.
Best Track: N**as in Paris, y’all
8. Youth Lagoon – Year of Hibernation
Best Track: Cannons
9. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
Best Track: Lucky Now
10. Metronomy – The English Riveria
Best Track: The Look
11. Sbtrkt – SBTRKT
Best Track: Trials of the Past (ft. Sampha)
If you happen to belong to Spotify, you can listen to my best of 2011 mix:http://open.spotify.com/user/abbyhammond/playlist/2gQg7k1dxJaRwhiwFAwysC
OJ's 11 for '011
I haven't written or posted here in forever. I make up for that here. Here are my top albums this year. Hope you enjoy the read.11. Atlas Sound - Parallax
Less heavy than a Deerhunter record but just as heady. Somewhat of a different approach to this record...very clean, acoustic and bright but its trippy in its own great way. Some really complex and intricate arrangements fit into these straightforward frameworks. Its kind of refreshing that you dont have to quite work as hard to jam this thing. Lets be clear - the dude is a spewing fountain of great fucking songs and thats the root of it all. He then just smears a buncha awesome shit on top of those great foundations. Great fuckin jammer.
Best Song: Lightworks
or Mona Lisa
(Hard to believe i didnt pick Te Amo
10. Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
A lot of people to huge steaming shits on this album, even some of the diehards. I couldn't believe it b/c i think this album is some of their most creative and engaging work. Extremely complex rhythms and instrument layering. It leaves you wondering how anyone can conceive shit like this. Its one of those records that you should listen to in headphones and let yourself find new parts every time. I will say average fans probably wont be into it at all but if you like the more challenging side of RH, then rip it. The payoff is huge. My only complaint is that they didnt include the song "Staircase
" on the album. It would have fit in perfectly and is such a jammer. Can't wait to see them live in a few months with the new addition of the double drummer/rhythm wrangler. Shit got so buck they had to add extra dudes. Also, Codex is one of the best songs they've EVER written. Real talk.
Best Song: Codex
9. Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers
Fuck, been a long damn time since I've heard a rap record that slays from front to end. Most complete hip hop record as a whole this entire year. Straight hooks. The other thing i love about this record is that its clear that Wiz has a lot of musical talent. These songs are well written, good example is "Get Your Shit
" & "Fly Solo
". He writes everything. When it came out I was certain this was going to be my top album of the year, its that good. Slipped a little but damn re-listening to this makes me think it needs to be HIGHer on my list. "Cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, ghb, marijuana / she can suck it if she wanna / I got tequilla, some rock, and two freaky friends / and its a Wednesday night / THIS AINT THE WEEKEND!
". FUCK. ME.
Best Song: On My Level (feat. Too $hort)
, The Race
is a distant second.
8. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
This is his "I'm a grown ass man" record. No more dickin' around like a asshole, this dude grew up. This is my first example of jammin' on some DAD ASS ROCK, SON! But fuck it, this record is really great. Perfect fall record. Read that he recorded this whole record on reel to reel and you can hear/feel it here. As soft and robust as Mandy Moore's caboose. I picture it being recorded in this GIANT room because the natural reverb adds so much. Perfectly written songs, great wordplay, and that warm sound make it hard to deny. What can i say, I fuckin' dig Dad Rock.
Best Song: Kindness
. (there are a lot of em tho)
7. The Drums - Portamento
I got to the party way ass late (and a little too drunk) on this band. Still Flyin' is label mates and played with them at SXSW and we caught a few songs and i was definitely interested, but this was the first full record i heard by them (early singles were a little too sugary for me). Hearing it you picture these fuckin scooter twits playing this stuff, and maybe they are but this record is fuckin' dynamite. Super catchy and you can definitely hear the Factory Records leanings. More early New Order than Joy Division, more upbeat than depressing. Simple sound with some killer synths. Songs get lodged in your brain and skull ("I Need A Doctor
"). Ramble around in there for weeks tryin' to have sex with the arty chick wearing the John Lennon specs.
Best Song: the hit...MONEY
6. Real Estate - Days
Fuck, these dudes did it. Made the perfect summer record. Feels like sittin on the topless beach with some friends sippin tall boys and touchin hot dog tips as your favorite band is playing on the acoustics. So. Fucking. Great. Real Estate had been flirting with excellence for a while, and in the past where they hit a bump in the road...here they finally nail it. They crafted the sound, which is lush and inviting and wrote some classic pop songs. I can safely say they've had the Go Betweens on the van stereo for the past few tours. This is going to be a record that I listen to for a long time.
Best Song: It's Real
(the best song they've ever written and one of my favorite songs of the year)5. Jay Z / Kanye West - Watch The Throne
Is this shit even hip hop, is it music? What the fuck is going on? Is this what the future fucking sounds like? Is this album coming out in 2021? Did I just get skull fucked? Jesus did it take me a long damn time to even get my head around this thing. I mean...its fucking WEIRD. I listened to it so intently for a month that I had to stop and put it down b/c I didnt want myself NOT get mindblown every time i hear it. Its truly innovative. The first thing in a long time that i think CHANGED what music means and sounds like. The album is THAT good. Seriously. I gave up on Kanye a few albums ago and when this first came out I didnt pay it any attention b/c i was like "why would i give a fuck about this?" I could not have been dumber. The funny thing is the only song I dont like is the song the label thought was the most like a single ("Otis
") and that's because its so straight up. Musically its really hard to describe because the songs morph constantly as they explode from the speakers. Dudes rapping about museums with a 90s R&B hook and a synth that hasnt even been invented yet....followed up by 1920s Parisian interludes into a movie quote from fucking Blades Of Glory
???? Are you fucking serious? PLEASE listen to this album if you haven't already. Only one thing to say..."THAT SHIT CRAY
Best Song: Niggaz In Paris
& New Day
(the RZA produced that track)
4. Masters of the Hemisphere - Maybe These Are The Breaks
What else do you need to know about this album? Its their best. It is. Perfect combination of nostalgia and new horizons. Its like finding a $100 bill and a salty dog in the pocket of your favorite jacket that you found buried in the back of your closet and you instantly remember why in the fuck you loved that fucking jacket so much. Because its perfect. The song writing got better somehow. How in the fuck does that happen? You now what else got better, the recording and overall sound of the band. That's hard for me to grasp because I hold these guys up on a high pedestal. Its hard to listen to to this album and not get a emotional. Both because the songs touch you and also because you kinda realize that the Masters found something very special here. They approached this album as one that was full of these songs that they had layin around here or there, but they put them together...gave em some sauce...and BLAM they end up with the best thing they've ever done. There isn't a single moment on this album that doesn't hit. No filler, no misses, no whiffs. All super whacks. Zoey's favorite song right now is "Half A Fool
", she can really get a good groove going to that thing. This record sounds like the album they've wanted to write since they started as a band. Sure hope its not their last, b/c they found it again. For real. "I'm leapin' from the tracks...CMON
Best Song: almost impossible to pick, but I'll let Z decide....Half a Fool3. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
I was floored by this record. It's TOO god damned good. I only got into KV a few records ago and thought he was good but he never truly wow'ed me. When I listened to this album it all clicked. That light went off in my brain that flashed "HOOOAH
". There is something about this dude that makes me feel like he uncorked my skull and fingered my brain and figured out exactly what kind of music sounds rad to me...and then wrote an album choc full of songs that are that kind of rad. Then he shows up at my door with a sixer and wants to hang. This album has a lot of 'tude too, which is somewhat tongue in cheek yet still feels macho. You keep waiting for a song to miss...but they never do.
Best Song: Puppet To The Man
or Peeping Tomboy2. War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
Ok i'll make this easy. Imagine if Bob Dylan (who i don't like), Mark Knopfler, the song Touch of Grey, and Kevin Shields got together for a hang sesh...took handfuls of acid...drank 17 cases of beer (which they ultimately dipped the tapes in)...and then jammed the fuck out. What is birthed out is a perfect fucking thing. (oh yeah Kurt Vile is in this band too
Best Song: Baby Missiles
(this must have been the day that Knopfler told them he wrote the sequel to Touch...)1. Washed Out - Within and Without
CHILL! CHILL!! CHILL!!! AND PUMP!!!! AND THRUST!!! AND THEN CHILL!!! CHILL! CHILL!!! CHILL!!! AND THEN PUMP!!!!
This album was the most perfect god damned alubm of music i heard this year. You know its a good record when the first song ends and you feel like you've listened to an entire album that was awesome as FUCK. Oh wait....i still have 8 songs left?! WELL FUCK YEAH! Things could have gone very wrong for Washed Out on this record...the Chill Wave label stuck and they were getting harshed...they could have easily laid an egg. Nope. They wrote a record that is better than it should have been. Maybe better than they are capable of. That sounds retarded, but its wise beyond its years. Mature when it should have been annoying. You wanna listen to this album on vacation...or rather...it makes you feel like you're on vacation with all your friends in the best place. Thats a hard thing to capture. Its groovy and bold and has a lot of character. The songs sound like they are 80s tinged, but throb like the islands...maaaan. I dont know what the fuck i'm talking about.
Best Song: Within and Without
(but probably its really...Amor Fati
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee part 2
Fergus & Geronimo - Unlearn
Lifeguards - Waving At The Astronauts
Turquoise Jeep - Turquoise Jeep
Wilco - The Whole Love
Wizard Smoke - the Speed of Smoke
Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain
Stephen Malkmus - Mirror Traffic
Kourosh Yaghmaei - Back From The Brink
I know im forgetting some...
I'll have some of my fav jams that didnt make the list tomorrow. Cool.
thanks for the read.
Mezzy Labor Day mix
1. Foo Fighters - Have A Cigar
2. Flower Travelling Band - Satori pt. 2
3. Red Dirt - Memories
4. Black Lips - Don't Mess With My Baby
5. Bleached - Think of You
6. Dr. Feelgood - She Does It Right
7. Blue Peter - Radio Silence
8. Christian Death - Romeo's Distress
9. Dirty Beaches - Lord knows Best
10. The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star
11. Yaz - Situation
12. Yelle - Safari Disco Club
13. SBTRKT - Wildfire
14. The Hood Internet - Feel It On The South Side (feat Birdman/Lil' Wayne/Washed Out)
15. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Who Gon Stop Me
SUMMER MIX III
This is the opposite of SA's mix from last week. Too big, too disjointed, no flow, and no theme other than "stuff I like". Not much of it is from 2011, either. But I am a noted arbiter of taste* and so you can trust me and whatever future mixes I might endeavor to make.
1. Z Factor - I am the Deejay!
2. Milk Music - Beyond Living
3. Cuffs - Archer
4. Home - My Friend Maurice
5. Mountains - Sequel
6. Crystal Stilts - Sycamore Tree
7. NRBQ - I Want You Bad
8. Reading Rainbow - Always On My Mind
9. Further - Quiet Riot Grrrl
10. Ultimate Spinach - Mind Flowers
11. Iceage - You're Blessed
12. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments - Cheater's Heaven
13. Times New Viking - Fuck Her Tears
14. Reports - Arrows
15. Cinema Red and Blue - You're Gonna Screw My Head Off
16. The Chills - Rolling Moon
17. Archers of Loaf - Telepathic Traffic
18. 18th Dye - Easy (& How We Got There 1st)
Download it here
*: noted by me, of course.
SUMMER MIX II
Sorry for the brevity - I was really limiting the sound palette. Really going for a theme. Really going for a mean cohesion. Striving for the mix.
All of these songs are from 2011.
1. Roommates - Elsie Dormer
2. Cut/Copy - Take Me Over
3. Dominant Legs - Hoop Of Love
4. Geoffrey O'Connor - Whatever Leads Me To You
5. Blue Harvest - The Follow Through
6. Melted Toys - Come On
7. Crush - I Need You
8. Summer Camp - Better Off Without You
9. Hooray For Earth & Twin Shadow - A Place We Like
Mez Summer Mixes are back!!!
Been a while...
We're gonna try and squeeze a few last drips out of this summer thang. Mixes from each of us on the way.
Here' is mine.
OJ's 2011 Mez Mix
1. The Men - Night Landing
2. Neon Indian - Polish Girl
3. Other Lives - For 12
4. White Denim - Street Joy
5. The Horrors - Still Life
6. Hills - Rise Again
7. Kurt Vile - Puppet To The Man
8. Washed Out - Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)
9. Hooray For Earth - No Love
10. So Cow - Casablanca
11. Toro Y Moi - Still Sound
12. Turf War - Summer Time Booze
13. Sic Alps - Do You Want To Give $$?
14. The Sea & Cake - Monday
15. Other Lives - Tamer Animals
Jamm these thangs poolside with some dranks.
Ben Venom is a total badass
I've been following our bro Ben (B) Venom for a while on his website and I gotta say, he's really outdone himself with some of his latest stuff. His latest quilt (like most all of his stuff) is made completely from metal band shirts.
Look at this shit...
Ski-ezy F. Baby
places I wish I had been when I learned of Osama bin Laden's death
1. on an airplane
2. at WrestleMania
3. at a piano bar
4. Reno, Nevada
5. right at the cusp of the first drop at Space Mountain