Yo so its been a while anyone who might read this…
But we’re nearing the half mark in the year and boy do I have a lot of music to share with everyone. Hope fellow WHCL bloggers will contribute their midyear favorites as well.
Alright. Here we go
Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Hats off to these guys, reforming with a new name, new harmonies, great percussion and overall my current favorite album. From the energetic Sun Hands and Camera Talk to the gorgeous Who Knows, Who cares, these guys have chops. Seeing them next week.
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Alt Nation (sirius xm) DJs warn you to turn your stereo down for this loud, experimental band who is so out there, you want to float with them in space.
The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
Heaven’s On Fire is my current pick for song of the year, call me crazy. With a mini lecture on youth culture and the catchiest synth beat ever, the Radio Dept. have created quite the sleeper hit.
Delorean - Subiza
A peak into the future of pop music. What is Balearic music? Good old Wiki tells you its the beach rave sound, specifically of the island Ibiza. Subiza is clearly a nod to that beautiful Spanish locale. These guys make uplifting party tunes that are just sick.
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
Revitalizing Punk. From a Pseudo-Cover of Springsteen’s Born to Run to some of the most ruckus music to hit my ears in years, I have hope for a genre that fell to Fall Out Boy and that whole pop-punk-emo scene in early 2000’s. These guys are Rebels.
The National - High Violet
What do you expect. They are the National. They swing for the fences, and never miss. They are a band free of genre tags in a world of hipster snobbish stereotypes (Vamp Weekend cough) yet at the same time, they are leaders in the indie world with another great album that will appease new and old fans alike.
LCD Soundsytem - This is Happenning
Yo, for real, James Murphy is the Fucking Man. Hate to quote p4k but they say it so well. “At first, Murphy showed how to let loose without losing your cool; now he’s figuring out how to break down without cracking up.” yeah, He’s the man.
The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
If you enjoy all that is beautiful in the World, including beautiful music, you will like this album, simple as that.
Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
DAYUM. Girl’s got some pipes. seriously, biggest surprise of the year for me, this album hit me outta no where, then turned me over and made me it’s bitch, it is that powerful and precisely executed. Diddy actually has some talent on his label now.
Chiddy Bang - Air Swell EP
Hey London is my rap song of the year. By far. This little EP is a great follow up to the man who brought us “The Opposite of Adults”. With a remix of Stylo, a feature by Ms. Kate Nash” Chiddy Bang has shown he means business, and business is good.
Wait What - The Notorious XX
British trippy indie with 90’s rap? not the first time (The Grey album). This time it’s actually good and not just a good idea. The mashups work well and they incorporate more xx lyrics than Dangermouse did for the Beatles. Shit is real…. wait what? yeah.
I told you there was a lot.
Stuff from Q1 that still sticks
Yeasayer - Odd Blood
Broken Bells - S/T
Morning Benders - Big Echo
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Beach House - Teen Dream
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Looking forward to more music. The economy still sucks, but this year has certainly been a good year for music so far. Much more to come, Arcade Fire and Matt & Kim headlining my looking forward to list.
I’m hesitant to post this because today has had more than its fair share of posts and i don’t want to step on other people, but i just found this on a message board and thought it needed to be shared:
from BTX, a Springsteen board that i occasionally read, in regards to The Hold Steady’s new release Heaven is Whenever:
Holly is the main character of pretty much every album and there are people on The Hold Steady fan board making the case that Holly and Jessie (of Hurricane J and several other songs) are actually the same character in many ways. Now, they’re assuming that Holly died in this album of her drug abusing and partying (from the final song, whose name escapes me) and we know that she died at the age of 33 (from Stevie Nix), therefore 2010-33, means she was born in 1977. Because it’s very early in the year, it means she was probably conceived in fall of 1976. There’s a line in Hurricane J that says “they didn’t name you after the saint, they named you for a storm.” Now, would anyone want to look at the list of Hurricane list of 1976? Well, the last storm that year was, in fact, Hurricane Holly.
Now believe that or not, its pretty damn awesome.