It’s often that you don’t get the same experience from listening to a single song that you do when you listen to an entire album. There’s a story being told that you miss out on when you listen to one or two random songs. If I like an album, I listen to it over and over until I digest it as best as I can. Each of these albums was there for me through thick and thin, through any kind of weather, through road trips, through heartbreak, through life, death, what have you. However, I’m tired of putting things in a numbered order. It doesn’t matter. Each of these records is amazing. I thought “this is the best record I’ve ever heard” while listening to each one of these albums. Putting them in a numbered list seems fucking ridiculous now. In no particular order:
The Photon God’s Top 50 Albums of 2010
Beach House – Teen Dream
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Les Savy Fav – Root For Ruin
Here We Go Magic – Pigeons
The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Magic Kids – Memphis
Las Robertas – Las Robertas
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Julian Lynch – Mare
Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement
No Age – Everything In Between
The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack
Spoon – Transference
Twin Shadow – Forget
Jonsi – Go
Medications – Completely Removed
Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
Harlem – Hippies
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Eels – End Times
We Are Scientists – Barbara
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Women – Public Strain (Get back together, assholes)
The Books – The Way Out
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Wavves – King of the Beach
Weekend – Sports
Devo – Something For Everybody
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself
Coma Cinema – Stoned Alone
The Walkmen – Lisbon
El Guincho – Pop Negro
Woods – At Echo Lake
The National – High Violet
Frankie Rose & The Outs – Frankie Rose & The Outs
Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime
Jeff The Brotherhood – Heavy Days
Lord Huron – Mighty
Foxes In Fiction – Alberto (Really recent, but really good)
Girls – Broken Dreams Club
Twin Sister – Color Your Life
Warpaint – The Fool
This is my last list for LISTS WEEK. I am announcing here and now that I will be taking a break from the blog to regain whatever hours I’ve managed to shave off of my life from not sleeping. Call it a period of hibernation. I will be back sometime in January. Until then, if I don’t see you tonight or tomorrow, Happy Holidays!
I listened to a lot of songs this year. I’m talking A LOT. A few stuck with me, a few didn’t. This list was hard to pin down. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked each and every one of my friends’ heads off about at least one of the songs on this list. I have a habit of going “HEY EVERYBODY, LISTEN TO THIS” when I hear something I really like. Sometimes my exclamations are met with indifference, sometimes they’re met with “Yeah, we know”s. Other times they’re met with “QUIT YELLING”s. Just the same, I love these songs. Feast your ears on
The Photon God’s Top 50 Songs of 2010
50. The Babies – Meet Me In The City
49. La Sera – Never Come Around
48. Kanye West – Monster [feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver]
47. Ba Babes – Holy Ghost
46. The Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself
45. Panda Bear – You Can Count On Me
44. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
43. Lower Dens – Completely Golden
42. Cee Lo Green – Fuck You
41. Magic Kids – Superball
40. Girls – Heartbreaker
39. Big Surr – Alright
38. El Guincho – Bombay
37. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Get Out Of Here
36. Janelle Monae – Tightrope [Feat. Big Boi]
35. The Books – The Story Of Hip-Hop
34. Women – Eyesore
33. Devo – Fresh
32. Jeff the Brotherhood – U Got The Look
31. Xiu Xiu – Chocolate Makes You Happy
30. Surfer Blood – Fast Jabroni
29. Active Child – I’m In Your Church at Night
28. Weekend – Coma Summer
27. Perfume Genius – Mr Petersen
26. Wavves – Green Eyes
25. Vulpes – Ghost Dance
24. Woods – Suffering Season
23. No Age – Fever Dreaming
22. The Young Maths – Hospitals
21. Medications – Long Day
20. Dr. Dog – Shadow People
19. Arcade Fire – Empty Room
18. The Young – Bird in the Bush
17. Best Coast – When I’m With You
16. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
15. Twin Shadow – I Can’t Wait
14. Las Robertas – Ghost Lover
13. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let it Sway
12. The Tallest Man On Earth – Love Is All
11. Local Natives – Camera Talk
10. Twin Sister – Milk & Honey 9. Reading Rainbow – Wasting Time8. Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La7. Beach Fossils – Youth6. The Vaccines – If You Wanna5. Here We Go Magic – Collector4. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo3. The Morning Benders – Excuses2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round1. Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied
You could say I ‘joined’ my local scene back in 2005. A good friend of mine started taking me to his band’s shows, most of which were of the ‘hardcore’ persuasion seeing as how that’s what was ‘in’ back then. I met a lot of the other bands and befriended a few of the guys. Eventually, my friend’s band broke up, I stopped seeing people, and stopped talking to them as a whole. (MySpace didn’t count.) Fast forward a year or three and I re-meet a guy named Steven Salazar who I met when he played in a band called My Final Farewell a while back. Fast forward to today, and Steven’s now known as Lumberjack, one of the Rio Grande Valley’s blossoming electronica artists and a close compatriot of Jeff the Smith. He was kind enough to contribute today’s first list of his
Top 10 Albums of 2010
10. Com Truise – Cyanide Sisters EPLumberjack: Com Truise is something new to chillwave that will be setting standards. That bass drum sound and those synth parts are unforgettable.
Key Song: “Slowpeels”
9. Arch M – Land HuxtLumberjack: A very short and simple EP but amazing at the same time because it gets to the point with very well set samples and transitions.
Key Song: “Highest Plains”
8. Dum Dum Girls – I Will BeLumberjack: I caught the Dum Dum Girls at SXSW and really enjoyed the sound. Then this album came out and I was in awe. This album is fun and raw and keeps playing on and on.
Key Song: “Jail La La”
7. Small Black – New ChainLumberjack: Do I have to say anything? I mean, holy shit, Small black knows how to write amazing music. Chillest album I have heard yet.
Key Song: “Patterns”
6. Starslinger – Volume 1Lumberjack: Groove and bob your head is what this album should have been called. Amazing hooks and samples; I couldn’t get enough of this album!
Key Song: “Extra Time”
5. oOoOO – oOoOOLumberjack: R&B-style influenced and hard bass, this album goes well for drives and just chilling.
Key Song: “Hearts”
4. Active Child – Curtis LaneLumberjack: Haunting vocals and harps put together make Active Child’s EP just amazing. It feels like I’m in a dream of some sort.
Key Song: “I’m In Your Church At Night”
3. Keep Shelly In Athens – In Love With DuskLumberjack: Amazing key parts and wonderful vocal parts, this EP just makes me remember the good days.
Key Song: “In Love With Dusk”
2. Best Coast – Crazy For YouLumberjack: Songs about weed and love are the best; perfect soundtrack for the summer of 2010.
Key Song: “Bratty B”
1. Twin Shadow – ForgetLumberjack: Reverb and singing about heart-ache always goes well together in a album. It also has killer bass parts.
Key Song: “Forget”
(in no particular order: Frankie Rose, Kate Ryan, Margot Bianca, and Caroline Yes!)
:droooool: –ahem. Yes.
Frankie Rose (ex-Vivian Girl, ex-Crystal Stilts, ex-Dum Dum Girl) and her band The Outs finally have a full-length LP ready for release.
It is self-titled and will be put out on Slumberland Records September 21st.
YEEES. I have been waiting for this band to have a full-length since I first heard the “Thee Only One” single last year. This kind of atmospheric, dreamy, straightforward pop just drives me crazy. This album is going to be a more ‘hi-fi’ approach to the kind of music Rose has worked with in the past so it would seem that Wavves isn’t the only one polishing their sound with flying colors this year.
Oh, and this new single, “Little Brown Haired Girls”? Incredible. Listen below.
Frankie Rose & The Outs – “Thee Only One”
Frankie Rose & The Outs – Little Brown Haired Girls
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! I LOVE FEMALE MUSICIANS!
I should have posted about this band a long time ago but decided for one reason or another not to post about them…or her…no, them. ‘Them’ is correct.
(From L-R: Dee Dee, Bambi, Frankie Rose, and Jules)
The four lovely women above you are the most recent form of Dum Dum Girls, one of the best bands I’ve heard in a long time, period. Originally the solo project of the woman you see below:
Now, the project has grown to be a four-piece (including the stunning ex-Vivian Girl, Frankie Rose) and come March 30th they will be releasing their first full-length album on Sub Pop.
The album is called I Will Be and is looking to be one of my favorite albums of the year.
The first single off of the album, “Jail La La” is an absolutely brilliant pop song. If you can, find the rest of their catalog somewhere and listen to it. It’s some of the best lo-fi pop music that I’ve heard in the past couple of months. Hear the track for yourself below.
Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La
The 7″ for the track will be out on Sub Pop February 16th.