Monday, December 31, 2012

Matt Brusky's 2012 Top Albums & Songs

Top Albums

10. Woods - Bend Beyond

 9. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

8. Burial - Kindred

7. Foxygen - Take the Kids Off Broadway

6. Nomadic Firs - Nomadic Firs  

5. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back In 2 It

 4. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
 2. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse & Ty Segall - Twins

 1. Grimes - Visions

Top Songs

20. Brains – Lower Dens
19. Cali In A Cup – Woods

18. In My Bed – The Orwells

17. Ivory Coast – Pure Bathing Culture
16. She Lit a Fire – Lord Huron
15. Rusty Chain – Perfume Genius

14. Cover Bombs – Nomadic Firs

13. Generator – Gap Dream
12. The House that Heaven Built – Japandroids

11. Get Free - Mazor Lazer (featuring Amber of Dirty Projectors)
10. You Kill – Eternal Summers
9. Loner – Burial
8. Hold On – Alabama Shakes
7. In Decay – Phedre
6. Waitin’ 4 U – Foxygen
5. Genesis – Grimes
4. Oblivion – Grimes
3. Lupine Dominus – Thee Oh Sees
2. Kids – New Division
1. Coming True - Guards


Shannon Trew's Top 10 of '12

Very bummed to hear of the lack of music listening party, but still very happy we've built a great community based on this site and the Music Sharing group on Facebook...The music that got me through this year..

10) Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellean

9) Crocodiles - Endless Flowers

8) Wild Nothing - Nocturne

7)  The xx - Coexist

6) Best Coast - The Only Place

5) The Shins - Port of Morrow

4) Beach House - Bloom

3) Divine Fits - A Thing Called the Divine Fits

2) Tame Impala - Lonerism

1) Passion Pit - Gossamer


Deftones - Koi No Yokan ---came out to late in the year/didn't hear about it til my list was pretty much decided, but a great effort if you are a fan of early Deftones ( Around the Fur, White Pony)  very reminiscent of that.

Best Live Album :

Blur - Parklive

Bring it on, 2013..Happy New Year everyone!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Jeff Tyree's Top 10 Albums of 2012 : The Year When Rap Finally Got Good Again.

10. Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile E.P.

I actually enjoy this better then the new Grizzly Bear Album. Grizzly Bear as a band is played out. The next phase is clearly their solo work and side projects.

9. Mac DeMarco - 2

This is what I would respect former PHISH fans listening too. Unfortunately that is not the case. Anyway, He's @ the Empty Bottle March 21st, 2013 and that is cool.

8. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

This groups name says it all.

7. Joey Bada$$ - 1999

This 17 year old Brooklyn Rapper has the whole world ahead of him. I am rooting for you kid. Don't make me look bad.

6. Matthew Dear - Beams

Not his best work, However his shows in Chicago @ Lincoln Hall and in San Diego @ the Casbah were amazing. Earned him a nice spot on this list.

5. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D City

"Money Tree's is the perfect place for shade and that's just how I feel..."
Dr. Dre, thank you.

4. DIIV - Oshin

Amazing Debut Album, great live show @ Empty Bottle this year...which leads into my next selection...

3. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Also great at that same Empty Bottle show. If you like 80's music the likes of; Tears for Fears, The Cure and other darker more sophisticated 80's stuff, you will like this.

2. John Talabot - fin

The culmination of dance music from every electronic sub-genre. This album is completely intoxicating.

1. Liars - WIXIW

Liars completely abandoned any signs of their previous sound and pull it off amazingly. They have come a long way from their humble beginnings as a dance/punk band from NY. They reinvent themselves on almost every album. This has been a long time coming since they have made my list with every album they have ever released. Cheers to one of my favorite bands of all time.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Top 10 2012

Howdy All- some changes on Top 10 albums this year.

moved BACK over to:

sorry about the runaround! 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Dan Meddaugh decides to post his Top 10 List

Well, so much for 2011, another year down, another large amounts of new albums listened to - and a bunch of new artists (new for me at least) crack my top 10... a Top ten that I would like to describe as "who needs a title for the album anyways".  Without further ado (and no matter what I say won't make up for the fact that today is January 8th) - but to my argument, last night my family celebrated our Christmas - so it still feels 2011.

10.  Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain In the Cloud

     This band starts my top ten as the band that received the best response from a student of mine in class.  Everyday, my Spotify is playing tunes in my classroom during passing periods / my prep time (and usually tunes that my students have no clue on the band) - and some time in December I was playing this album, and a student who was entering my class frankly asked "Mr. Meddaugh, what in the world are you listening to?" ... sorry to report that student more than likely didn't acquire the album.

9.  Cut Copy - Zonoscope

     I still have a hard time forgiving this band for being severely late to Pitchfork in '08 - since me and my friends decided that the last show we would see that night was Cut Copy... only to get a mashed up trio of musicians that played earlier in the day.  Zonoscope brings me back to why I like this band so much - poppy, psychedelic music that forces my head to bob up and down when I listen to it.

8.  Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne

     The album to prove to my students that I am hip - this collaboration between the two give me I like in hip-hop.  Kanye West's popped up hip-hop, along with Jay-Z's flow, and although some of the songs on the CD I need to skip, altogether it is an album I listened to a lot in 2011.

 7.  The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

     A new band for me in 2011, the two together have perfect voices for each other.  It makes me appreciate an album full of slow love songs, with the title track thrown in the mix, which was a song I use to hate, but this album stayed on play in my car for a full two weeks straight.

6.  James Blake - James Blake & Enough Thunder

     I think I am cheating when I mash his two albums together, but I don't think Top Ten Albums have too many rules, and so if this is a rule, I'm breaking it.  James Blake's style and made-in-the-home sound is exactly what others (example: Owl City) sucked at.  To me, his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" shows his ability as an artist, and is so depressingly good, it was placed in my Top 10.

5.  Cults - Cults

    Although I was late to the Cults party (not fully giving this album a chance until Thanksgiving Break) - it has been on regular rotation since then, and I am beginning to understand the hype behind the album.  Although I don't know how much staying power the band has... as of right now, and in 2011, this album worked very well.

4.  Beirut - The Rip Tide

     Zach Condon rarely disappoints, and the Rip Tide was a great album.  Apparently I enjoy Balkan Folk Music, if only I could go back in time and see the reaction of my 14 year old self when I told him this... would be priceless.

3.  M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

     As my brother said to my grandma when I received this vinyl for Christmas "It's what the kids are listening to these days".  And yes, it is.  Another band that I would love to inform my 14 year old self I would be listening to an electronic French Band when I am older, reaction would be priceless.  A band that I took a liking too in 2009, and Hurry Up, We're Dreaming does a fine job replacing Saturdays=Youth in my playlist.  With that being said, M83's hit song "Midnight City" is being just tossed around the marketing world these days.

2.  The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart

     When I first heard them at Turner Hall opening for Iron & Wine, I knew this band's album was going to make my list.  This is one album that Pitchfork got wrong with their 2.1 rating, Head and the Heart's album is hit after hit.  Seeing them again in the Fall at Turner Hall, it was weird seeing them 3 months later, and everyone now knew their songs.  Listening to them on Austin City Limits last night, this band has character.  This album is what I like in music, and with songs "Rivers and Roads" and "Down in the Valley"... along with "Lost in My Mind" this album is about as addicting as it gets.

1.  Bon Iver - Bon Iver

     Justin Vernon did it again, and re-created himself in the process.  Their concert in July was my show of the year (followed closely by Arcade Fire in Chicago) - this album is a work of art.  Each song has its moment, and no matter where the sound goes, I am intrigued.  Call me a Wisconsin Homer... but this band topped the charts for me in 2011.

Well there it is - onto 2012! (...we are 8 days in already).. and Go Packers.