Posts Tagged ‘Teenage Fanclub’

Record Geek Heaven’s Top 20 of 2011

December 10, 2011

Yuck

2011 turned out to be a pretty great year for music. Though it started off a bit slow, an impressive amount of new talent as well as seasoned songwriting vets emerged with stellar releases this year. In some cases, bands and artists returned with their strongest material in years. In others, emerging artists have given us some amazing things to look forward to for the future. And in others still, bands who have been kicking ass for a few years now are, well, still kicking ass. Here are Record Geek Heaven’s Top 20 Albums of 2011: (more…)

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The Best of 2011: Part Six

November 8, 2011

Sour Mash Records

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

The breakup of Oasis led to two of 2011’s most hotly anticipated albums – the debut of vocalist Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye, and the first solo outing from his brother, Noel. However, each record was met with different sorts of anticipation. When the Beady Eye release was announced, the eagerness of fans to hear it was more of a manifestation of nervousness for Liam: Could he really make a good album without Noel? Would the remaining ex-Oasis members be enough to fill in the cracks? And for the most part – perhaps because people set their expectations pretty low – it seemed to please fans to a certain extent. But the hubbub surrounding Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was altogether different, the sort that makes artists nervous. (more…)

The Best of 2011: Part Two

August 31, 2011

Fat Possum Records

YuckYuck

Earlier this year, I wrote a pretty lukewarm review of this record. At the time, I liked it, but I couldn’t find justification for how derivative it is – it sounds like a mix tape I made when I attended high school in the mid-to-late nineties. However, I soon realized that’s not a bad thing. It might be if the songs were second-rate rip-offs, but they are not – they are top-notch, grade A rip-offs. (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…)

Here We Go Magic “Pigeons”

August 27, 2010

Secretly Canadian 2010

Every now and then I get into this mood where the “extended hook” is very pleasing to me. That’s one reason Teenage Fanclub gets me—they like to do this thing where they have one repeating chord progression at the end of a song that lasts for two minutes or more. This could be spawned out of pure laziness, but I couldn’t care less. Sometimes, it’s just what I need—one solidly repeating thing that sounds so cool, it could go on forever. This seems to be the modus operandi of Brooklyn’s dream pop darlings Here We Go Magic, and though they haven’t mastered it, they could be well on their way. (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…)

The Top 100 Albums of the Decade (part 8)

December 17, 2009

Kill Creek—Colors of Home
Second Nature, 2001

If Kill Creek’s previous album, Proving Winter Cruel, was bleak, then Colors of Home is downright dreary. To play off a popular cliché, it feels right at home on one of those days in Kansas where the sky turns yellow-green before a tornado. The fact that Kill Creek hails from Kansas may have something to do with this distinction (more…)


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