Entries from December 2010

Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2010

December 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2010

Mr. Wall is a writer, editor and Doctor Zoidberg enthusiast from Columbia, S.C. He is the music editor of Free Times, contributes to Shuffle magazine and blogs infrequently at WeekendsOfSound. He is a founding member of the Meatsweats, whose sloppy post-punk has pleased nary a critic. Also, Mr. Wall is kind of an asshole. KNEE […]

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Tug Baker’s Top Albums of 2010

December 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Tug Baker is the proprietor of one of our more frequently referenced music blogs, About Today. He also has a loose definition of victuals, as evidenced by this cover piece he wrote for Free Times. He even made downloadable mixes out of his favorites this year because he loves you like that. Here are his […]

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K’s Top Albums of 2010

December 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Looking back at my list from 2009, I find I still listen to the majority of those records to this day. To be quite honest, I seriously doubt I’ll be listening to the bulk of my Top 10 of 2010 come next year. That’s not to say I don’t love these records; I do. Many […]

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Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2010

December 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

1. Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest (4AD) Some songs are so good they make you pull over to the side of the road to let them sink in. “Helicopter” is one such song. I’m talking goose bumps on your arms good. And it speaks microcosmically to Halcyon Digest’s effect as a whole. As Carrie Brownstein wrote of […]

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Robert J. Howell’s Top Albums of 2010

December 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off on Robert J. Howell’s Top Albums of 2010

Robert J. Howell probably spent more on his turntable than you did on food for the last year. He is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southern Methodist University and co-wrote a book about the problem of explaining consciousness. Dollars to donuts, he’s smarter than you are. Here are his Top Albums of 2010:

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Logan K. Young’s Top Albums of 2010

December 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Logan K. Young’s Top Albums of 2010

Renaissance man of all that is unholy, Logan K. Young is master manipulator of ringtones, turns of phrase, and the sexually undecided. He has once again graced Drawer B with his top ten albums of the year:

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STREAM: New Music from The Cars

December 17th, 2010 · Comments Off on STREAM: New Music from The Cars

So, not only have The Cars reunited with Ric Ocasek, but the newly reformed group (minus bassist Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer back in 2000) has even posted clips of a few new tunes. I’m somewhat surprised given the debacle that was The New Cars, a lame attempt by three remaining Cars to […]

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STREAM: PJ Harvey “Written on the Forehead”

December 17th, 2010 · Comments Off on STREAM: PJ Harvey “Written on the Forehead”

Written On The Forehead by pjharvey PJ Harvey’s new record, Let England Shake, is out February 15, 2011 on Vagrant here in the US. A label known for its pop-punk tendencies, Vagrant is an odd home for Harvey, whose entire catalog up to this point has been financed by Island, but given the murky waters […]

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Peter Hook and Perry Farrell Play Joy Division’s “Transmission” Live in L.A.

December 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I’m still a bit weirded out by the fact that Peter Hook is touring his former band’s debut album with a group of unknowns. That former band being Joy Division, whose legacy has remained untarnished all these years. It’s a questionable “tribute” to say the least. One can’t help but take the cynical view on […]

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Crystal Castles Perform “Baptism” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

December 10th, 2010 · Comments Off on Crystal Castles Perform “Baptism” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

There’s something off-putting about seeing Crystal Castles on Jimmy Kimmel Live with giant Bud Light banners visible from every angle. But Alice Glass’ performance more than makes up for the overly prominent corporate shilling. I was secretly hoping that they might have performed “Not in Love” with Robert Smith, but no such luck. This will […]

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VIDEO: Poly Styrene “Black Christmas”

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Poly Styrene “Black Christmas”

Highly revered for her time in the short-lived X-Ray Spex, Poly Styrene has flown way under the radar since her teenage punk days. Known for her brash banshee wail, Styrene sang on one of the finest punk rock records of all time, Germ Free Adolescents. After suffering a nervous breakdown from constant gigging by age […]

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Deerhunter performs “Helicopter” on Conan

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Deerhunter performs “Helicopter” on Conan

I’ve liked everything I’ve ever heard by Deerhunter, so it’s embarrassing how long it took me actually to purchase a record. And Halcyon Digest is easily my favorite album of the year. This performance of “Helicopter” is outstanding. This song is mesmerizing. Can’t get enough.

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Walmart *hearts* Jim O’Rourke?

December 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

If you went back in time to any college radio station in the US in the mid ’90s and said “Walmart is going to use a Jim O’Rourke track in a commercial” I dare say you would have been laughed at. Not sure who’s laughing now. Is there anyone who hasn’t had their music used […]

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A Rock ‘n Roll Map of Manhattan

December 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on A Rock ‘n Roll Map of Manhattan

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Retro Remix: OMD w/ Marsheaux – She’s Leaving (2008)

December 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Retro Remix: OMD w/ Marsheaux – She’s Leaving (2008)

Somehow, I missed this back in 2008. Doesn’t come close to the brilliance of the original.

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oOoOO

December 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on oOoOO

Released in early October, the oOoOO EP released on Tri Angle Records has been rocking my world as of late. See also the previously released NoSummr4U.

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