Archive | December, 2010

Looking Forward

29 Dec

2011 – doesn’t roll the same as 2010, but maybe that’s good: a new year is approaching.

Aside from the excitement of other possibilities this presents; drinking and camaraderie, pressure and pestering, love and learning; comes the one thing you are here for: music.

So here is an aggregated list of the albums I am most looking forward to in 2011. At a level set not too high, as to avoid disappointment (see New Years post). To create contagion of my elation, I’ve linked a few past favorites.

P.S. Remember that some of these may not make their way out for various reasons.

    Cake – Showroom of Compassion (January 11)
    Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean (January 25)
    Cut Copy – Zonoscope (February 8 )
    Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys! (March 7)
    Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch the Throne (TBA)
    Death Cab For Cutie – TBA
    Fleet Foxes – TBA
    Coldplay – TBA
    Radiohead – TBA
    The Shins – TBA
    Bon Iver – TBA
    The Strokes – TBA
    Gorillaz – TBA

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal:

Bon Iver – Blindsided:

Death Cab For Cutie – Title and Registration:

Coldplay – The Scientist:

The Strokes – Someday:

Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place:

Wow. Excited.

New Years, Frosty Beers

27 Dec

New Years seems to embody the very exhibition of false spectacle. It is meant to be an occasion of pure fulfillment; a moment of pure rejoice – yet it is always a function of vacancy and disappointment.

It seems that when you build something up, in an attempt to solidify its worth, you just deprive that something of its true articulation of meaning. New years is no exception; as it never seems to fulfill you of your expectations.

It is presented as a momentous change in both the character of the world and character of you – when in reality, it is no different from the change of the day before. I would love to hear otherwise, but I don’t think I will… So set your expectations low and set your hopes high, for a New Years worth remembering.

This music isn’t anything new – but hopefully it is something exciting. Here are a few gems that will be played for my new years ball drop.

Hopefully you can find something of worth.

Stars – Dead Hearts (LightsoverLA remix):

Christoph Andersson – Capital:

Everything Everything – MY KZ, UR BF (Grum Remix):

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves remix):

Aeroplane vs Friendly Fires vs Flight Facilities – I Crave Paris:

Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl (Gemini Club remix):

Bag Raiders – Sunlight:

Delorean – Real Love (LightoverLA remix):

Christmas Breaks

24 Dec

The Christmas holiday has suffocated my life; and so I haven’t had much time to be a dedicated blogger. For that I’m sorry.

These next few weeks will be pretty quiet, but I will do my best to post new music, and at the very least respond to e-mails.

Merry Christmas – see you in the New Year!

Andrew Belle – Static Waves:

Little Light – Blue Impossible Moon:

Discovery – So Insane (thx M Bizzle):

LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean:

Kanye West – Christmas in Harlem:

Mise en scène, 2010

19 Dec

Country Roads, Dusty Tracks

16 Dec

If you haven’t already, check out my best of 2010.

It’s time to head home for Christmas break – which means old friends and older family. For some the proposition sounds forlorn, invoking feelings dreary ardor; to an extent, I fall into this category (but to an extent I couldn’t be happier).

There is a certain ambivalence to going home – nothing beats the feeling of refuge the house you’ve grown up in provides, but sometimes the sense of belonging and comfort can be overshadowed by an inexplicable haunting state of lack. There seems to be a certain nostalgic constraint placed on your emotions when returning home, restricting your pleasure within a bubble; teasing you with an unreachable abode of completeness.

Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m just messed up, and maybe I’m wrong. Either way, I’m going, and I need some music to be my accompaniment.

Anyways, without further ado, here is (part of) my playlist for the train ride home:

Friendly Fires – Paris:

Local Natives – Who Knows Who Cares:

Coldplay – Strawberry Swing:

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma:

David Bowie – Life On Mars:

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos:

The National – Fake Empire:

Steely Dan – Only A Fool Would Say That:

Empire of the Sun – Half Mast:

Bon Iver – Re: Stacks:

The XX – Basic Space:

Elbow – Grounds for Divorce:

Blur – Sing:

Animal Collective – Daily Routine:

Bloc Party – This Modern Love:

Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body:

Oasis – She’s Electric:

The Beatles – A Day in the Life:

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