Posts Tagged ‘Throw Me the Statue’

The Top Ten Record Makers of Today

April 5, 2010

As we enter this new decade, it is already apparent that in the rock production world, a changing of the guard is at hand. There is a whole new batch of producers, engineers, songwriters and arrangers that are setting a new standard for music today, and thanks to them, it seems we’ll have many more years of memorable tune-age to expect. This list compiles the people who, in my mind, currently stand out as the ones to watch, for their future potential as much as their already impressive achievements. (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…)

Listening Log: February 18th 2010

February 24, 2010

Spin Art 2001

2/18/10

Album of the Day: Jason Falkner Necessity: The 4-Track Years

This is one of those rare releases that could work either as an introduction to the artist or a compilation of unreleased goods for rabid fans. “Necessity” has this distinction because it contains some of the best previously released songs from Falkner (namely some of the standout tracks from his first album, “Presents Author Unknown”) as well as some notable outtakes and unused tracks. And even though all the songs here are in their 4-track, lo-fi versions, Falkner was already an engineering whiz by the time he recorded them, and he makes the best possible use of the equipment he had at his disposal. For instance, each recording has some pretty obvious tape hiss, but other than that, they are pretty immaculate for four-tracked goods. (more…)

The Top 20 Albums of 2009

January 4, 2010

Honorable mentions: Noisettes “Wild Young Hearts”, Grizzly Bear “Veckatimest”, The Horrors “Primary Colours”, The Flaming Lips “Embryonic”, Atlas Sound “Logos”, Arctic Monkeys “Humbug”, M. Ward “Hold Time”, Yeah Yeah Yeahs “It’s Blitz!”, The Maccabees “Wall of Arms”, Fruit Bats “The Ruminant Band”, Tegan & Sara “Sainthood”, A.C. Newman “Get Guilty”, Passion Pit “Manners”, Regina Spektor “Far”, Sonic Youth “The Eternal”, Mastodon “Crack the Skye”, Circulatory System “Signal Morning”, Japandroids “Post-Nothing”, Lake “Let’s Build a Roof”, Manic Street Preachers “Journal for Plague Lovers”.

20. Future of the LeftTravels with Myself and Another

The most exciting punk rock band to emerge for quite some time, Future of the Left take the heavy, sludgy rhythm section assault of bands like The Jesus Lizard and combine it with their completely original, conversational lyrical delivery. (more…)


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