I have a new blog. It's here. Thanks for the memories.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
As the decade draws to an end, I have decided to complete this blog's run as well. 640 or so posts is a lot of material. I think I've said enough at this URL.
No, I am not cowering to my detractors. Though they have criticized the content and premise of my blog with little or no original thought of their own, they are not the sole reason to end living in misery. I have probably posted longer than I intended just to spite them.
I will continue to blog elsewhere. Right now I am deciding which of my blogs are worth keeping and which should be digitally burned forever. Plus, I have an idea for a new blog that is more thoughtful and universal in it's message. A link will be posted here in a few days once it's up and running.
Thank you for reading, commenting, and participating in this little experiment. It's been fun. I love you all.
Leave any good byes, pleasant memories, or good riddance in the comments. I probably won't respond, but I'll read every one.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Here's my list of the year's best songs. I won't say much about any of these songs and just let the music speak for itself. Also, I put them in no order as this list is even more fluid than an albums list. Not all of these tracks were released as singles, but they are all good, taking up residence in my head at various times this year.
Animal Collective - "My Girls"
Matt & Kim - "Lessons Learned"
Phoenix - "Lizstomania" / "1901"
Pomplamoose - "Single Ladies" (Beyonce' cover)
The Thermals - "Now We Can See"
Wavves - "No Hope Kids"
St. Vincent - "Actor out of Work"
Antony and the Johnsons - "Aeon"
Yo La Tengo - "Here to Fall"
White Rabbits - "Percussion Gun"
Dirty Projectors & David Byrne - "Knotty Pine" (Sorry about the video. All the other choices were low-quality live performances with the intro cut out.)
Atlas Sound - "Walkabout"
Bon Iver - "Blood Bank"
Japandroids - "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
Girls - "Lust for Life"
Grizzly Bear - "Two Weeks"
Dirty Projectors - "Stillness Is the Move"
Camera Obscura - "French Navy"
The Flaming Lips - "Convinced of the Hex"
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tina appeared on my radar a while back with some comments here and there. I finally followed the hyperlinked trail to her blog, A Ravenous Horde. She's done what I would have liked to do with this blog which was to make it a full-fledged local music blog. Between previews and reviews of local shows, Tina fits in regular commentary on current music trends as well as some free MP3's. It's good stuff. Go read it now.
This is the part where I give you a disclaimer. I do not support blogging over lunch. You'll get crumbs between all the keys. That and I do not agree that Tina half-asses her blogging. Oh, and I'm not sold on the Andrew Bird record.
As a lunchtime blogger, I’m usually throwing a daily post up while throwing a sandwich down. This half-assedness extends, unfortunately, to my album listening—I never buy whole albums these days, which is why people who continue to take the time to purchase vinyl impress me. I am not so ambitious, cool, or artistically supportive. While lacking time, attention, and money, I also happen to love music. This doesn’t mean I know how to write about it, but I do my best. I started A Ravenous Horde (http://hungryhorde.blogspot.
If I had purchased 10 albums in 2009, they would probably have been these:
- Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest
- Le Loup, Family
- The Antlers, Hospice
- We Were Promised Jetpacks, These Four Walls
- Portland Cello Project, The Thao and Justin Power Sessions
- Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels
- Andrew Bird, Noble Beast
- Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence
- Blind Pilot, 3 Rounds and a Sound
- Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
I was hoping Rogue Wave had released something in 2009, but no dice. For the record, making lists makes me cranky. The second I make one, I wish I could add or remove something. I’m already slightly dissatisfied with this one, which is why I’m wrapping it up before I change my mind again.
Brief bio: Tina Roselle, thirtysomething educational editor/media designer, former Chicagoan, wannabe cellist/runner/cyclist about town.
Friday, December 25, 2009
- Monsters of Folk
- Camera Obscura
- Matt and Kim
- Dinosaur Jr.
- Swan Lake
- Grizzly Bear
Thursday, December 24, 2009
John-Paul provided me his Last FM profile for his biographical information. So, I'll let it do the talking for me.
In Dark Trees is American experimental ambient and post-rock artist, John-Paul McFarland. The moniker is taken from a Brian Eno song. IDT also features Logan Epps and Michael Hopkins live.
IDT joined the mid-western co-op arts label, Yards and Gods in 2008. Y&G also features Nonreturner, Ursus Arctos, Prize Wolf, Ptarmigan, Burger Kingdom, Cpt. Captain and The Makeouts/The Pale Family.
McFarland also played bass and guitar in fellow Y&G band, Nonreturner, from 2007 to 2009, and recorded on the band’s self-titled LP.
All albums are available for free download @ the Y&G website (yardsandgods.com), or you can download songs for free individually here at last.fm.
Now, on to the albums. I will provide no disclaimer as John-Paul gives little opinion besides his picks which are solid and say enough without commentary. Now, on with the music...
Best Albums 1999-2009 (in chronological order)
Labradford – E Luxo So (1999)
Godspeed You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)
Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself inside-Out (2000)
Radiohead – Kid A (2001)
A Silver Mt. Zion – Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward (2001)
Eluvium – Lambent Material (2004)
Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped (2006)
Do Make Say Think – You, You’re a History in Rust (2007)
Deerhunter – Microcastle (2008)