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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…)

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…)

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…)

Record Geek Heaven’s Top 50 Albums of the Decade (part 2)

January 2, 2010

Now to finish it off!

25. BjorkSelmasongs (2000)

Like the film Dancer in the Dark did for the musical, “In the Musicals” reinvents the musical number. It has all the rising, uplifting trajectory of the best Rogers & Hammerstein tunes without being cheesy and overbearing like those were. Sure, musicals were the thing back in the forties, but it can be safely said that their popularity and credibility are slipping these days. (more…)

Top 100 Albums of the Decade (part 4)

November 25, 2009

Modest Mouse—The Moon and Antarctica
Epic, 2000

Despite the overwhelming success of 2004’s Good News for People Who Love Bad News, The Moon and Antarctica still seems to inspire the most resounding acclaim from longtime Modest Mouse fans. It highlighted a point in Modest Mouse’s storied career where, even though radio still wasn’t really playing them, they were becoming impossible to ignore. (more…)

The Top 100 Albums of the Decade (part 2)

November 20, 2009

RCA Records

The Strokes—Is This It

Julian Casablancas has said that he learned how to “sing cool” from Lou Reed. There is definitely a ton of that New York, Velvet Underground-style swagger to the music of The Strokes, but never was it more immediate and more purposeful than on their debut. (more…)

The Music Journal: Entry #7

September 4, 2009

9/3/09 

Long day at work today, but I managed to listen to tons of music.  A couple albums stood out… 

Nonesuch Records

Nonesuch Records

The big album of the day for me was Wilco (The Album), by Wilco, of course! (more…)


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