Boy, I can be a procrastinator. I’ve been mulling over my year in music and watching everyone else’s picks and now here we are, the last day of 2010 and I haven’t posted squat. Hell, it might even be 2011 in some parts of the world.
I’m not a fan of long lists. So rather than rank everything, I’m just going to toss out a bunch of fun n’ random highlights from this amazing year in music. I’ll be tagging ‘em 2010 Faves and you can see all the posts as they roll out here. Forgive me if the posts creep into the weekend - it happens.
2010 will go down for me as a year that shit got real. My blog surpassed some radical milestones, some buds and I started a record label, compiled a bunch of mixtapes, I went to a ton of amazing shows, met a plethora of incredible kindred bloggers and musicians…
But the biggest thanks I have is to you, faithful readers. You guys have made this year awesome. I love the enthusiasm you share with me for my total obsession with music. Let’s keep geekin’ out hard core in 2k11, y’all! You with me?
This Seattle band’s been blippin’ on my radar a while since their solid set of early demos and self titled EP. Their indie rock sound has a flair of tropical garage and sing-along harmonies in the vein of The Shins. Not sure if they got the name from the quaint silver mining-cum-tourist town in the mountains outside Mexico City (I’ve been there, it’s gorgeous), but I can imagine sitting in a cafe there, across from the zocalo, reading my paper over an espresso and tapping my foot to the beat.
The band’s got a full length debut, SANPAKU, coming out in late February and from what I’ve heard so far, it’s fantastic (click thru for a couple more singles).
I will be launching a tiny 7” label in the new year. It will only release Australian artists on 7” vinyl. In a lot of ways its a way for me to discover new Australian artists and give a bit back to the music world.
When bloggers I know and trust post about bands from my area that I’ve never heard of, I make a point of investigating. Such is the case when Jimmy posted a sweet vid by this Philly slash New Jersey artist Brian Lee McClendon. Lo and behold he’s super prolific - got half a dozen self-produced lo-fi EPs for free sharing. I downloaded the latest one, Syncopated Peach, which just kills it. This song just popped out at me among several gems. Over all he’s going for a kind of tripped out Neutral Milk Hotel meets Pavement sound, and nailing it. Jump on this train, kids!
A couple fellas from Georgia (now in Oakland) made this Magnetic Fields-inspired song with lyrics like ‘vacuum of your love’ and ‘cavern of your heart’. Forrest Lewinger and Lucas Noah don’t leave it with morose lines, but add the shuffle-shoe swing that gets those shrugged shoulders swaying, and inject it with just the right amount of the MGMT pop hooks. Download their 5-song demo EP here.
I’ve been digging on this new project Wanda and Wonder for the past couple of days now and it’s really starting to grow on me. I saw this video for their track ”Best Coast” on the lovely blog smokeDON’Tsmoke and was immediately sold.
It’s about the time of year when everyone starts listening to ‘winter music’. Not sure what that means exactly, but it’s hard to argue against the palpable notion of cold nights, snuggling blankets, wintery fields of white written into song. Example: this Belle and Sebastian-inspired chillgaze from Berlin.