Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sweet Apple - "Do You Remember?"


"Sweet Apple is a new group that features J. Mascis (drums/guitar/vocals), Cobra Verde's Tim Parnin (guitar) and John Petkovic (vocals/guitar), and Witch's Dave Sweetapple (bass/vocals)." (Brooklyn Vegan)

No one brings the rock quite like Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis. The legend, who put out one of my favorite albums of last year, returns in 2010 with a new group called Sweet Apple. Their debut album Love and Desperation hits stores March 30th and if the rest of the album packs the same punch as the first single "Do You Remember?" then I think we are all in for quite the treat.

mp3: Sweet Apple - "Do You Remember?"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Julian Casablancas played Terminal 5


It seemed very appropriate that the first live show of 2010 I attended was by the man who fronted the band responsible for my second favorite album of the past decade. It has now been four years since the last Strokes album and the fourth is feeling like the next Chinese Democracy, which I am desperately hoping is not true, so when Julian announced that he was releasing a solo album and touring I felt it necessary to attend. For his solo debut Phrazes for the Young Julian ditched the Television sounds of the Strokes and picked up some Blondie inspired new wave vibes, a fitting progression of New York music. Despite some negative hype calling his album space-prog-pop, his recent L.A. residency not living up to his expectations, and full leather attire which finally seemed fitting in a venue called Terminal 5 he point out, this show was nothing short of awesome. From the opening of "Ludlow Street" the crowd was instantly hooked and praised Julian for his long waited return to his hometown. His synthpop hits sounded even better live and there was nothing better then seeing him return to his microphone stand and croon the night away. The show was packed with energy and after he admitted to getting over his nerves Julian actually looked as if he was having a good time, something I never could say about when he played with the Strokes. While everyone continues to hold their breath for the next Strokes album, Julian still had the crowd in the palm of his hand throughout the show. Everyone was hanging on his every word and girls swooned as he sang the B-side "I'll Try Anything Once". When the Strokes return to the stage this summer, there is no doubt that they will appease their beloved fans and bring back the rock and roll once again, yet in the mean time Julian is showing no signs of retiring as the Prince of New York cool.

Setlist:
1. Ludlow St.
2. River of Brakelights
3. 11th Dimension
4. 30 Minute Boyfriend
5. Out of the Blue
6. new song
7. Glass
8. Left & Right in the Dark
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9. I'll Try Anything Once (The Strokes cover)
10. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse
11. Tourist

Saturday, January 09, 2010

A Decade Under the Influence Pt. 2 Albums


As I said with my songs of the decade, this list could be ever changing. However I really wanted to recognize the albums I have loved over the past ten years. I tried to include as many genres as possible and be as true to myself as I could. My taste in music has certainly changed throughout these years, but I think this list does some justice. Once again #78 might be better then #73 on some days, however I did the best I could. I chose to only include one album from each band/artist in order to include as much variety and as many genres as possible. I know, I need to listen to more hip-hop.

100 The One AM Radio | A Name Writ in Water
099 Jens Lekman | Night Falls Over Kortedala
098 Dizzee Rascal | Boy in da Corner
097 Shellac | 1000 Hurts
096 Be Your Own Pet | Be Your Own Pet
095 Hot Chip | Made in the Dark
094 Andrew WK | I Get Wet
093 Thursday | Full Collapse
092 Justice |
091 Death Cab for Cutie | Transatlanticism 

090 Fuck Buttons | Tarot Sport
089 Santogold | Santogold
088 A Sunny Day in Glasgow | Ashes Grammar
087 The Wind-Up Bird | Whips
086 The Low Frequency in Stereo | Futuro
085 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
084 Jimmy Eat World | Bleed American
083 Japandroids | Post Nothing
082 of Montreal | Hiss Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
081 Mogwai | Happy Songs for Happy People

080 Clipse | Hell Hath No Fury
079 The Good The Bad and the Queen | The Good The Bad and the Queen
078 Phoenix | Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
077 the xx | xx
076 Sonic Youth | Murray Street
075 The Books | The Lemon of Pink
074 At the Drive-In | Relation of Command
073 Explosions in the Sky | Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever
072 AirTalkie Walkie
071 Wolf Parade | Apologies to the Queen Mary

070 Vivian Girls | Vivian Girls
069 MIA | Kala
068 Four Tet | Rounds
067 Squarepusher | Go Plastic
066 Cursive | Domestica
065 Band of Horses | Everything All the Time
064 Daft Punk | Discovery
063 Boards of Canada | Geogaddi
062 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
061 Elliott Smith | Figure 8 

060 Beirut | Gulag Orkestar
059 Fever Ray | Fever Ray
058 Ghostface Killah | Fishscale
057 Caribou | Andorra
056 The Raconteurs | Broken Boy Soldiers
055 Arctic Monkeys | Whatever People Say I am, That's What I am Not
054 Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Fever to Tell
053 Liars | Liars
052 Ryan Adams | Gold
051 Feist | The Reminder

050 The Hives | Vini Vidi Vicious
049 Madvillain | Madvillainy
048 Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas Towards Heaven
047 Beach House | Devotion
046 J Dilla | Donuts
045 Vampire Weekend | Vampire Weekend
044 Death from Above 1979 | You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
043 The Flaming Lips | Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot
042 The National | Boxer
041 The Anniversary | All Things Ordinary

040 Saves the Day | Stay What You Are
039 Iron and Wine | Our Endless Numbered Days
038 Bloc Party | Silent Alarm
037 The Libertines | Up the Bracket
036 Bright Eyes | I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
035 Broken Social Scene | You Forgot It in People
034 Outkast | Stankonia
033 The Avalanches | Since I Left You
032 Beck | Sea Change
031 Lightning Bolt | Ride the Skies

030 Deerhunter | Microcastle
029 No Age | Nouns
028 Dirty Projectors | Bitte Orca
027 The Mountain Goats | All Hail West Texas
026 Burial | Untrue
025 Kanye West | Graduation
024 Interpol | Turn on the Bright Lights
023 The Microphones | The Glow, Pt. 2
022 M83 | Before the Dawn Heals Us
021 Jay-Z | The Blueprint

020 The Knife | Silent Shout
019 Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago
018 Drexel | The Inevitable is Available
017 Battles | Mirrored
016 Grizzly Bear | Veckatimest
015 Fleet Foxes | Fleet Foxes
014 Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
013 Panda Bear | Person Pitch
012 Portishead | Third
011 Joanna Newsom | Ys

010 TV on the Radio | Return to Cookie Mountain
009 Animal Collective | Sung Tongs
008 Sigur Rós | Agætis Byrjun
007 Modest Mouse | The Moon and Antarctica
006 Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
005 LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver
004 Arcade Fire | Neon Bible
003 The White Stripes | Elephant
002 The Strokes | Is This It?
001 Radiohead | Kid A

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A Decade Under the Influence Pt. 1 Songs


As the decade came to a close I realized more and more how much I was really a product of the 2000s and not really the 1990s. I was in 6th grade when the decade began and now I have one semester left of college. These have easily been some of my most impressionable years. My taste in music has grown from nu-metal butt rock to pop-punk to the list you will see below. I have been working on this list since July and it changes quite frequently, however I am publishing it. These are my 100 favorite songs of the past ten years at the present moment. I have never done a list of songs before and I know that there are many notable tracks missing, but these are the ones I have chosen to list. Sometimes #67 might be better then #66, but #1 will always be better then #100. Needless to say there is probably room for adjustment, but I do truly enjoy all of these tunes.

100 Sleater Kinney | "All Hands on the Bad One"
099 Arctic Monkeys | "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor"
098 The Microphones | "I Felt Your Shape"
097 Missy Elliott | "Work It"
096 The Hold Steady | "Stuck Between Stations"
095 Hercules and Love Affair (feat. Antony) | "Blind"
094 Mark Ronson (feat. Amy Winehouse) | "Valerie"
093 The Decemberists | "July July"
092 Shellac | "Prayer to God"
091 Hot Chip | "Boy from School"

090 Madvillan | "Meat Grinder"
089 Minus the Bear | "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse"
088 Thursday | "Understanding in a Car Crash"
087 Annuals | "Carry Around"
086 Atlas Sound (feat. Panda Bear) | "Walkabout"
085 Britney Spears | "Everytime"
084 The Good The Bad and the Queen | "Kingdom of Doom"
083 Be Your Own Pet | "Adventure"
082 The Raveonettes | "Attack of the Ghost Writers"
081 Cursive | "The Martyr"

080 the xx | "VCR"
079 Spoon | "The Underdog"
078 Dizzee Rascal | "Fix Up Look Sharp"
077 of Montreal | "Grolandic Edit"
076 Annie | "Heartbeats"
075 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | "Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth"
074 Jimmy Eat World | "The Middle"
073 Squarepusher | "My Red Hot Car"
072 Explosions in the Sky | "Greet Death"
071 Ryan Adams | "New York New York"

070 Air | "Surfing on a Rocket"
069 Four Tet | "Slow Jam"
068 Peaches | "Fuck the Pain Away"
067 The Libertines | "Horror Show"
066 Beck | "Girl"
065 Peter Bjorn and John | "Young Folks"
064 The Darkness | "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
063 R. Kelly | "Ignition" (Remix)
062 Burial | "Archangel"
061 Feist | "Mushaboom"

060 Vampire Weekend | "Walcott"
059 At the Drive-In | "One Armed Scissor"
058 The Flaming Lips | "Do You Realize??"
057 Death from Above 1979 | "Blood On Our Hands"
056 Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z) | "Umbrella"
055 The Rapture | "House of Jealous Lovers"
054 The Hives | "Hate to Say I Told You So"
053 Beirut | "Postcards from Italy"
052 Beach House | "Gila"
051 Bright Eyes | "Land Locked Blues"

050 Liars | "Houseclouds"
049 Ghostface Killah | "Kilo"
048 Band of Horses | "Funeral"
047 Caribou | "Melody Day"
046 The National | "Start a War"
045 UGK (feat. Outkast) | "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)"
044 Silversun Pickups | "Lazy Eye"
043 No Age | "Sleeper Hold"
042 The Mountain Goats | "The Mess Inside"
041 Iron and Wine | "Naked as We Came"

040 Bloc Party | "Helicopter"
039 Justice | "D.A.N.C.E."
038 The Avalanches | "Since I Left You"
037 Lightning Bolt | "13 Monsters"
036 Panda Bear | "Bros"
035 Joanna Newsom | "Peach, Plum, Pear"
034 The Anniversary | "All Things Ordinary"
033 Deerhunter | "Nothing Ever Happened"
032 Dirty Projectors | "Stillness is the Move"
031 Yeah Yeah Yeahs | "Maps

030 Saves the Day | "Freakish"
029 Drexel | "Track 5"
028 Interpol | "NYC"
027 Modest Mouse | "Gravity Rides Everything"
026 Battles | "Atlas"
025 M.I.A. | "Paper Planes"
024 Bon Iver | "Skinny Love"
023 Kanye West | "All Falls Down"
022 M83 | "Teen Angst"
021 Fleet Foxes | "Mykonos"

020 Grizzly Bear | "Two Weeks"
019 Portishead | "Machine Gun"
018 Wolf Parade | "I'll Believe in Anything"
017 Broken Social Scene | "7/4 (Shoreline)"
016 Sigur Rós | "Sven-g-Englar"
015 Daft Punk | "Digital Love"
014 The Knife | "Heartbeats"
013 Wilco | "Jesus, Etc."
012 Beyoncé | "Single Ladies"
011 Animal Collective | "Winter's Love"

010 Sufjan Stevens | "Casimir Polaski Day"
009 Kelly Clarkson | "Since U Been Gone"
008 Arcade Fire | "Intervention"
007 TV on the Radio | "Wolf Like Me"
006 The White Stripes | "Fell in Love with a Girl"
005 LCD Soundsystem | "All My Friends"
004 The Strokes | "Last Nite"
003 Radiohead | "Idioteque"
002 Jay-Z | "99 Problems"
001 Outkast | "Hey Ya"