Friday, February 26, 2016

The Best of 2015

My final list of the top 10 songs and top album of the year, as determined by me. One song per artist limit.

Top 10 Songs (in alphabetical order past number one):
 


Best Song
Grimes - REALiTi

The Rest of the Best
Blanck Mass - Atrophies
Colleen Green - TV
Holly Herndon - Chorus
iLoveMakonnen - Whip It (Remix) (feat. Migos & Rich The Kid)
Ought - Beautiful Blue Sky
Thundercat - Them Changes
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - The World Is Crowded
Ryley Walker - Hide In The Roses
Wavves X Cloud Nothings - Nervous

Top Album:

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Best of 2014

My final list of the top 25 songs and top 5 albums of the year, as determined by me. Mostly by gut feeling, although factors such as longevity and sentimental value are factors in addition to overall personal enjoyment. One song per artist limit.
 
Top 25 Songs:

  1. Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite
  2. Ought - Habit
  3. Grimes - Go (feat. Blood Diamonds)
  4. EMA - Satellites
  5. Sun Kil Moon - Dogs
  6. Rustie - Raptor
  7. Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
  8. FKA twigs - Two Weeks
  9. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Thuggin'
  10. Ex Hex - How You Got That Girl
  11. Alex G - Promise
  12. Fatima - Underwater
  13. Sharon Van Etten - Your Love Is Killing Me
  14. Mac DeMarco - Chamber of Reflection
  15. Spider Bags - Summer Of '79
  16. Parquet Courts - Bodies Made Of
  17. Parkay Quarts - Pretty Machines
  18. Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma
  19. The Men - Another Night
  20. St. Vincent - Birth in Reverse
  21. Childbirth - I Only Fucked You As a Joke
  22. Shellac - Riding Bikes
  23. Perfume Genius - Queen
  24. Owen Pallett - The Riverbed
  25. Aphex Twin - aisatsana [102]
Top 5 Albums:

1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
2. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
3. Ought - More Than Any Other Day
4. Fatima - Yellow Memories
5. Alex G - DSU

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best of 2013


My final list of the top 25 songs and top 5 albums of the year, as determined by me. Mostly by gut feeling, although factors such as longevity and sentimental value are factors in addition to overall personal enjoyment. One song per artist limit.
 

Top 25 Songs:

1. Fuck Buttons - The Red Wing
2. Daft Punk - Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
3. Bored Nothing - Shit For Brains
4. Milk Music - Cruising With God
5. Run the Jewels - No Come Down
6. Oneohtrix Point Never
- Americans 

7. Pusha T - Nosetalgia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
8. The Knife - Full of Fire
9. The Analog Session - April
10. Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Day
11. Deerhunter - Monomania
12. The Men - I Saw Her Face
13. The Dismemberment Plan - Let's Just Go to the Dogs Tonight 

14. James Blake - Voyeur 
15. Speedy Ortiz - No Below
16. Danny Brown - Kush Coma (feat. A$AP Rocky & Zelooperz)
17. Anna Meredith - ALR
18. Pissed Jeans - Cafeteria Food
19. FKA twigs - Water Me
20. Future Of The Left - Why Aren't I Going To Hell
21. The Handsome Family - Octopus
22. Wooden Shjips - Everybody Knows
23. Mikal Cronin - Change
24. Planningtorock - Public Love
25. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams) 


Top 5 Albums:


1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
2. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
3. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
4. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
5. Mikal Cronin - MCII




Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Best of 2012

My final list of the top 25 songs and top 5 albums of the year, as determined by me. Mostly by gut feeling, although factors such as longevity and sentimental value are factors in addition to overall personal enjoyment. One song per artist limit.
Top 25 Songs 


1. Grimes - Oblivion
2. Cloud Nothings - Wasted Days
3. Kendrick Lamar - Backstreet Freestyle

4. Lower Dens - Brains
5. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
6. James Blackshaw - The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone
7. Bat For Lashes - All Your Gold
8. John Talabot - So Will Be Now...
9. Freddie Gibbs - Kush Cloud (feat. Krayzie Bone & SpaceGhostPurrp)
10. Spider Bags - I'll Go Crazy
11. Four Tet - Pyramid
12. Mac Demarco - Freaking Out the Neighborhood
13. Future of the Left - Polymers Are Forever
14. Crystal Castles - Telepath
15. King Tuff - Alone & Stoned
16. Ty Segall - You're the Doctor
17. Oren Ambarchi & Robin Fox - Trios
18. Cat Power - Ruin
19. David Byrne & St. Vincent - I Should Watch TV
20. The Futureheads - Meet Me Halfway
21. Frank Ocean - Pyramids
22. Frankie Rose - Interstellar
23. Japandroids - Fire's Highway
24. Moon Duo - I Can See
25. Dan Deacon - True Thrush

Top 5 Albums

1. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
2. Grimes - Visions
3. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
4. John Talabot - ƒIN
5. Spider Bags - Shake My Head

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Record Store Hauls (San Diego and Portland)

SAN DIEGO:

Nickelodeon Records:
Beginning the Folk Guitar (an instructional record with sheet music/tabs)
John Fahey - Christmas with John Fahey Vol. II
First Man on the Moon (a documentary record on the moon landing)
Public Image Ltd. - 9

Great little record store run by two older women. Lots of idiosyncratic sections like "Space", "College" (full of university fight song and band recordings--in particular the motherlode for an Ohio State Buckeyes fan ), "Smoking" (records with people smoking on them), "Advertising," etc.

Off the Record:
B-52's - Wild Planet
John Fahey - Christmas Guitar Volume One
Funkadelic - The Electric Spanking of War Babies
Hunx - Hairdresser Blues
Curtis Mayfield - Curtis/Live
Prince - Dirty Mind
Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy

PORTLAND:

Jackpot Records:
Jandek - Chair Beside a Window
RJD2 - Deadringer
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread

Everyday Music:
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Fennesz - June (12")
Lindstrom and Prins Thomas - Tirsdagsjam (12")
Jack Oblivion - Saturday Night Part 2 (10")
Zola Jesus - Conatus

This store is just a behemoth. Extensive CD sections as well. I mostly mined the electronic and experimental sections.

Second Ave Records:
Big Black - Songs About Fucking
Kate Bush - Never For Ever
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (12")
Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings
Peter Gabriel - Security

Great, ramshackle store focusing on rock. Sections for punk, '60s garage/psychedelic,  '50s, rockabilly/psychobilly, etc. Lots of CDs and other goodies behind the counter in cardboard boxes that can be rooted through on request.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Best of 2011

My final list of the top 25 songs and top 5 albums of the year, as determined by me. Mostly by gut feeling, although factors such as longevity and sentimental value are factors in addition to overall personal enjoyment. Rule change this year--one song per artist.

Top 25 Songs

1. Planningtorock - The Breaks
2. Zola Jesus - Ixode
3. Let's Wrestle - I Will Not Give In
4. Kurt Vile - Runner Ups
5. James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
6. Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
7. Yuck - Operation
8. Tune-Yards - Bizness
9. St. Vincent - Cruel
10. Cut Copy - Take Me Over
11. Wild Flag - Romance
12. TV On The Radio - Will Do
13. Mind Spiders - Don't Let Her Go
14. Nicolas Jaar - Space is Only Noise if You Can See
15. Neon Indian - The Blindside Kiss
16. The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian - Is David Bowie Dying?
17. Frank Ocean - Lovecrimes
18. Sloan - Beverley Terrace
19. Freddie Gibbs - Let Ya Nuts Hang (feat. Scrilla)
20. Tyler the Creator - Yonkers
21. Jack Oblivian - Kidnapper
22. John Tejada - The Living Night
23. Moon Duo - Scars
24. Apex Manor - Teenage Blood
25. Sic Alps - Eat Happy

Top 5 Albums

1. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
2. Zola Jesus - Conatus
3. Yuck - Yuck
4. Tune-Yards - W H O K I L L
5. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Best of 2010

My final list of the top 25 songs and top 5 albums of the year, as determined by me. Mostly by gut feeling, although factors such as longevity and sentimental value are factors in addition to overall personal enjoyment.

Top 25 Songs

1. Crystal Castles - Vietnam
2. Gucci Mane - Lemonade
3. Flying Lotus - Do The Astral Plane
4. Crystal Castles - Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith)
5. Mux Mool - Enceladus
6. Massive Attack - Saturday Come Slow
7. Four Tet - Angel Echoes
8. Cee Lo Green - Fuck You
9. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
10. Big Boi - Shutterbugg (feat. Cutty)
11. Mux Mool - Get Better John
12. Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
13. Erykah Badu - Window Seat
14. Four Tet - Love Cry
15. Big Boi - You Ain't No DJ (feat. Yelawolf)
16. Liars - Scarecrows On A Killer Slant
17. Tonetta - Drugs Drugs Drugs
18. Goldfrapp - Rocket
19. Pawel - Alvin
20. Future Islands - Tin Man
21. The Soft Pack - Mexico
22. Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Lovesick
23. Erykah Badu - Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)
24. Robyn - Dancing on My Own
25. Black Francis - Cinema Star

Notes: "Lemonande" is from a album released in December 2009 but was separately released and marketed as a single in 2010. One notable "omission" is "Crown on the Ground" by Sleigh Bells, which was featured on my 2009 list because of its appearance on Sleigh Bells' 2009 demos. The song would have also been featured in the top five this year.

Top 5 Albums

1. Four Tet - There Is Love In You
2. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
3. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
4. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
5. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles