Trials + Tribulations


Best Albums of 2009
December 11, 2009, 10:54 am
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Here they are! You are so excited! You are not that excited. But I am. So shut up. Here’s how I graded my favorite albums of the year:

1. Repeatability
2. How many songs I skip when listening to it all the way through
3. Cover art (not really)

Buttttttt behold! The albums! I only talked about the top five, because, well, I’m lazy.

ttaoty21. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz!

I can’t get over how awesome this album is. I started off a little ambivalent about it, but quickly grew to love it. I am not one of those people who still complains about YYY’s not being “raw” enough like on Fever to Tell. That was then. They’ve matured since then and I love the maturity.

The album has it’s awesome party-starters like “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll,” but it’s ballads are what get me. Where “Maps” was filled with longing, “Hysteric” is full of pure joy of being in love. “Soft Shock” is heartbreaking, and “Skeletons” always gets me. I have this record on repeat constantly, and am not afraid to listen to it over and over.

ttaoty4 2. Tegan & Sara – Sainthood

I was also not sold on this album the first listen. But when I put it on my headphones, it was an instant love affair. Whereas parts of The Con lagged and made me want to skip tracks, Sainthood is a complete ride from start to finish. I love their melodies and lyrics, like on “On Directing” and “The Ocean.” They’re gifted girls and I’ll love them for the rest of their career.

ttaoty13. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

I attribute my love for this album to the many many road trips I’ve taken this year. Middle Cyclone has been a driving record for me, taking me halfway across the country more than a couple times. It’s such a big record for her. Her analogies to animal and nature really hit home, and each song is just so so great!

ttaoty74. Fever Ray – Fever Ray

I knew I was going to love this album as soon as “If I Had a Heart” leaked online. Solo projects have never looked so good. I still can’t believe this record was even made. It is so perfect. I love the dark, brooding tones on every track start to finish.

ttaoty6 5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Again, I knew I would love this album as soon as “1901” hit the net. I’ve liked a few songs on their other albums, but never so many great tracks on one album. “Lisztomania” and “1901” are both songs that make me dance whenever I put them on, even when driving. It’s another perfect driving record. It’s also just a perfect record, period.

ttaoty5 6. Gossip – Music for Men


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7. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

ttaoty98. HEALTH – Get Color

9. YACHT – See Mystery Lights

ttaoty810. The XX – xx



Best Videos of 2009

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (Director: Allison Schulnik)

Major Lazer – Pon de Floor (Director: Eric Wareheim)

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up (Director: Martin de Thurrah)

Girls – Lust for Life (Directors: Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell)

Cold Cave – Love Comes Close (Director: Art Boonparn)

El Perro Del Mar – Change of Heart (Director: Filip Nilsson)

Peaches – Lose You (Director: Peaches)

Matt & Kim – Lessons Learned (Directors: Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault)

Rainbow Arabia – Omar K (Director: Keith Musil)

Hecuba – Suffering (Director: Isaiah Seret)

Dan Black – Symphonies (Directors: Chic & Artistic)



June

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Aeroplane, one of the blogosphere’s hottest DJ duos put up this mix of their top 9 songs for June and thought you guys definitely need to hear it if you haven’t yet. These guys are definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with. I’m posting the whole mix and the songs I have from it.

♫ Aeroplane – June Top 9 Mix

Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Version)
♫ Doves – Jetstream (Lindstrøm Remix)
Florence And The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero Remix)
Lowbrows – Dream in The Desert (Flight Facilities Remix) (thanks Too Many Sebastians)
♫ Bent – Always (Mighty Mouse Remix)
Classixx Feat. Jeppe – I’ll Get You
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Edit)
Peaches – Lose You (Brodinski & Yuksek Remix)
♫ Joakim – Nebula Laughter



I’ll House You

Photo by Mark Weaver

Brand new week, here’s some new house-type remix tracks. Along with a lil description/opinion of each.

Friendly Fires – Jump in the Pool (Wild Geese Remix)

I actually like this remix better than the Thin White Duke one. It definitely has more of an 80’s house feel that feels more epic.

Junior Boys – Hazel (Ewan Pearson’s House Mix)

The name says it all. If the original is too soft to really dance too, this remix beefs the song up a lot.

Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge (Chicken Lips Malfunction)

We debuted the original webrip of the first single from SMD’s guest-heavy album, and here’s a remix. I like how they change up the vocals on it, also making the undertrack feel a lot meatier. I don’t know why meat/beef is attractive on a song but it is to me. Okay. I must just be fat.

Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (James Rutledge Remix)

This is the best of the three “Triangle Walks” remixes I’ve heard. It almost sounds like something Charilift would make. I love the handclaps and it fits well with her voice, which is pretty hard to do.



Mixtapemania

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This is a mix I made for some friends, and thought I’d share it with you all! Lots of breezy summer tracks.

Jens Lekman – If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Weird Tapes Version)
Phoenix – Lisztomania (A Fight for Love 25hrs a Day Remix)
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)
Vega – Well Known Pleasures
Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
Air France – Never Content (Friend’s Tropic Thunder Edit)
Fever Ray – When I Grow Up (Dan Lissvik Remix)
Neon Walrus – John Solo (Bonus Remix)
Gang Gang Dance – House Jam
Neon Indian – Should Have Taken Acid With You
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Dam Funk Remix)
The Tough Alliance – Lucky
Glasser – Lessons Learned (YACHT Remix)
The Golden Filter – Hide Me
Fleet Foxes – Your Protector



Best of 09 (So Far)

3436354587_3ffc9f7f3a_bGuys, there has been SO much good music already this year! I keep telling everyone it’s because I’m back from Mexico, so everyone decided to be cool and put out albums. Whatever the reason is, I’m lovin’ it. Here’s some of my favorite songs from my favorite albums this year (no lists). What have you enjoyed this year? Whose album are you looking forward to?

MEN – Off Our Backs

Telepathe – So Fine

♫ The Juan Maclean – One Day

Röyksopp – Miss it So Much

Junior Boys – Bits and Pieces

Fever Ray – Coconut

Animal Collective – Bluish

Bat for Lashes – Moon and Moon

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Skeletons (Acoustic version)



Come Over
April 2, 2009, 8:33 am
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Um just so you know, you should go get Tiga’s remix of Fever Ray’s track “Triangle Walks” over at LA Friendly.