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2012 Preview: The Return of the Indomitable Field Music and Then Some

December 21, 2011

Memphis Industries

After years of documenting 365-day periods of music releases and listening to anything I can get my hands on, it is starting to become apparent when a good music year is on the horizon. For instance, 2011 started very mildly, and it took me a few months to find a handful of albums to which I could wholeheartedly commit. Twenty-ten wasn’t like that at all, though – right off the bat in January, there were three or four records I adored, a couple of which ended up making my top 10 for that year. As of now, 2012 is looking even more exciting than that.

Almost a month ago, the new Field Music record, Plumb, leaked to the internet, and I nearly shit myself. Not to gross anyone out, but I really love this band and can’t help but revert back to 2-month-old excitation whenever they release something. (more…)

The Top 25 Songs of 2010

December 31, 2010

25. Weezer “All My Friends Are Insects” (part of bonus material from Hurley)

People are consistently disappointed by Weezer, so I was really hoping Hurley would be at least good enough to shut people up for awhile (myself included). It wasn’t, but I was happy to see it was at least better than the band’s worst album to date, the offensively bad Raditude. With that said, my favorite Weezer song of the year was not featured on Hurley, but was an outtake featured on the expanded edition. (more…)

The Top 25 Albums of 2010

December 30, 2010

Matador Records

25. The New PornographersTogether
The New Porns have always brought some good things to the table, but it can be difficult for me to get through a whole album. Together has made that task a bit less difficult, as it may be the best album from this band yet.  It’s definitely the most group-oriented of their efforts, as the title would suggest – four lead singers span the albums songs, and the contributions from Destroyer’s Dan Bejar are some of his best to date.  (more…)

Listening Log: February 23rd 2010

February 24, 2010

Rockville 1994

2/23/10

Album of the Day: Erik Voeks Sandbox

I really don’t know much about this guy, and I would like to thank my friend Randall Paske for introducing me to this wonderful album and providing me with most of the following info–thanks, Randy!

Voeks lived in St. Louis for awhile, which may explain why this album features the late, great Jay Bennett (formerly of Wilco). He still plays music occasionally, but apparently has “gotten out of the Erik Voeks business” and doesn’t really play his own material anymore. After listening to “Sandbox” about four times in the last two days, I have come to the conclusion that this is an absolute tragedy, my friends. These songs are amazingly crafted little slices of power pop, charming as they are whimsical, and insightful without being too pretentious. I say “too” because there is one lyric about “sleeping with Santa Claus” that always helps that big question mark to form over my head. But any reaching as far as lyrics go is instantly forgivable when drenched in melodies as beautifully realized as these. More people need to hear this record, end of story. (more…)

Record Geek Heaven’s Top 50 Albums of the Decade (part 1)

January 2, 2010

Note: The original plan was to do a list of 100, but with how whirlwind this last month has been for me, there was just no way to write about that many records. Plus, no one wants to read that much, and in that regard, even 50 is pushing it. So without further adieu, here they are.

50. Brendan BensonThe Alternative to Love (2005)

This enigmatic power-pop songsmith has consistently put out great albums since 1996, and this third in the series is no exception. Though Benson hasn’t really broken through to huge mainstream success, I would bet money you have heard at least two of his songs and don’t even realize it. (more…)


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