NEW SERIES

I’m starting a new series of posts listing my top 15 bands or artists that I have only recently heard of. These posts will highlight the artists and include an example of their work along with reasons as to why you should listen to them carefully crafted by yours truly.

This will be great.


SUPER POST: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 – A Prelude

:deep breath:

Holy fucking shit.

Ahem. At long last, after many painful months filled with speculation and innocent hope, the complete lineup for this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest has been released. And in quite a creative way, too.

A room was created on the new music-nerd haven-site Turntable.fm a few days ago and with each new song on the founders’ playlists, a new name on the lineup was revealed. This idea reminds me a lot of the relationship listeners used to have with the radio before the Internet existed. That is, if you wanted to learn something regarding any kind of promotion or contest, you would have to tune in at the right minute to hear the news. Oh, the anticipation! The suspense! Unfortunately, I was not in the room to witness this grand event. However, I was able to check the festival’s website and a string of gasps and “WHAT THE FUCK!?”s followed. Much to the dismay of my fellow coffee shop patrons’ eardrums, of course.

And now, here is what I’m looking forward to at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Please keep in mind that quite a few of these acts’ set times will probably overlap and I won’t be able to see them all. This is more or less what I would try to see if I could clone myself into at least three people.

SPOKEN WORD/STAND-UP (in alphabetical order)

SPOKEN WORD/STAND-UP (in alphabetical order)

SPOKEN WORD/STAND-UP (in alphabetical order)


Donald Glover


Brian Posehn


Henry Rollins

BANDS (in alphabetical order)

BANDS (in alphabetical order)

BANDS (in alphabetical order)


Asobi Seksu
“Walk On The Moon”


Austra
“Beat and the Pulse”


Big Freedia
“Azz Everywhere”
http://soundcloud.com/brooklynvegan/big-freedia-azz-everywhere/download


Blonde Redhead
“23”


Boris
“Pink”


Cloud Nothings
“Hey Cool Kid”


Cold Cave
“Life Magazine”
http://www.indieball.com/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=490


Dan Deacon
“Snookered”


Danzig Legacy‘ (Danzig, Samhain, Danzig & Doyle playing Misfits)
“Where Eagles Dare”


Davila 666
“Mala”


Del the Funky Homosapien
“Make No Sense”


Dengue Fever
“Cement Slippers”


Flying Lotus
“Tea Leaf Dancers”


Girls
“Vomit”


Joe Lally (of Fugazi)
“What Makes You”


Keep Shelly In Athens
“Running Out Of You”


Kid Dynamite
“Shiner”


Major Lazer
“Pon De Floor”


Mind
Spiders

“No Romance”


Neon Indian
“Polish Girl”


No Bunny
“I Am A Girlfriend”


Okkervil River
“Wake and Be Fine”


Public Enemy
“Bring the Noise”


Purity Ring
“Lofticries”


The Radio Dept
“Pulling Our Weight”


Slayer
“Angel of Death”


Thee Oh Sees


Tinariwen
“Imidiwan Afrik Temdam”


Tune-Yards
“Bizness”


We Were Promised Jetpacks
“Quiet Little Voices”


Yacht
“See A Penny, Pick It Up”

Time to get excited.


The Photon God’s 2010: LPs & EPs

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 HouseTeen Dream
Arcade FireThe Suburbs
Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today
Les Savy FavRoot For Ruin
Here We Go MagicPigeons
The Flaming LipsEmbryonic
DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
Magic KidsMemphis
Las RobertasLas Robertas
Dum Dum GirlsI Will Be
Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinLet It Sway
Janelle MonaeThe ArchAndroid
Owen PallettHeartland
Julian LynchMare
Surfer BloodAstro Coast
Lower DensTwin-Hand Movement
No AgeEverything In Between
The Soft PackThe Soft Pack
SpoonTransference
Twin ShadowForget
JonsiGo
MedicationsCompletely Removed
Dr. DogShame, Shame
HarlemHippies
EmeraldsDoes It Look Like I’m Here?
Best CoastCrazy For You
EelsEnd Times
We Are ScientistsBarbara
Vampire WeekendContra
WomenPublic Strain (Get back together, assholes)
The BooksThe Way Out
Beach FossilsBeach Fossils
WavvesKing of the Beach
WeekendSports
DevoSomething For Everybody
Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Xiu XiuDear God, I Hate Myself
Coma CinemaStoned Alone
The WalkmenLisbon
El GuinchoPop Negro
WoodsAt Echo Lake
The NationalHigh Violet
Frankie Rose & The OutsFrankie Rose & The Outs
Thee Oh SeesWarm Slime
Jeff The BrotherhoodHeavy Days
Lord HuronMighty
Foxes In FictionAlberto (Really recent, but really good)
GirlsBroken Dreams Club
Twin SisterColor Your Life
WarpaintThe 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!

Andres


The Photon God’s 2010: Songs

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 BabiesMeet Me In The City
49. La SeraNever Come Around
48. Kanye WestMonster [feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver]
47. Ba BabesHoly Ghost
46. The Soft PackAnswer To Yourself
45. Panda BearYou Can Count On Me
44. Owen PallettLewis Takes Off His Shirt
43. Lower DensCompletely Golden
42. Cee Lo GreenFuck You
41. Magic KidsSuperball
40. GirlsHeartbreaker
39. Big SurrAlright
38. El GuinchoBombay
37. Les Savy FavLet’s Get Out Of Here
36. Janelle MonaeTightrope [Feat. Big Boi]
35. The BooksThe Story Of Hip-Hop
34. WomenEyesore
33. DevoFresh
32. Jeff the BrotherhoodU Got The Look
31. Xiu XiuChocolate Makes You Happy
30. Surfer BloodFast Jabroni
29. Active ChildI’m In Your Church at Night
28. WeekendComa Summer
27. Perfume GeniusMr Petersen
26. WavvesGreen Eyes
25. VulpesGhost Dance
24. WoodsSuffering Season
23. No AgeFever Dreaming
22. The Young MathsHospitals
21. MedicationsLong Day
20. Dr. DogShadow People
19. Arcade FireEmpty Room
18. The YoungBird in the Bush
17. Best CoastWhen I’m With You
16. DeerhunterDesire Lines
15. Twin ShadowI Can’t Wait
14. Las RobertasGhost Lover
13. Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinSink/Let it Sway
12. The Tallest Man On EarthLove Is All
11. Local NativesCamera Talk
10. Twin SisterMilk & Honey9. Reading RainbowWasting Time8. Dum Dum GirlsJail La La7. Beach FossilsYouth6. The VaccinesIf You Wanna5. Here We Go MagicCollector4. Beach House10 Mile Stereo3. The Morning BendersExcuses2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiRound and Round1. Thee Oh SeesI Was Denied


Feature: Dignan’s Top 10 Albums of 2010

McAllen’s Dignan one of the hardest working bands I know. I mean, they practically live on the road. Luckily, they recently came home to relax for the holidays and start working on their follow-up to 2009’s Cheaters & Thieves EP. They were kind enough to contribute today’s second list. Here are their

Top 10 Albums of 2010

10. St. VincentActorDignan: Though this was released in 2009 we couldn’t stop listening to it in 2010. Layered with so many interesting textures, I always find myself hearing new sounds with every listen. If this were released in 2010 it would be no. 1 for sure.

9. Sufjan StevensAll Delighted People EPDignan: Have always been a fan of Sufjan, so naturally couldn’t wait to hear his new stuff. Though Age of Adz is very good, I personally liked the more acoustic instrument approach to All Delighted People.

8. Jason CollettRat A Tat TatDignan: I’d never really been a fan of Jason Collett besides his Broken Social Scene stuff, but after seeing him showcase Rat A Tat Tat at SXSW I fell in love with this CD.

7. The NationalHigh VioletDignan: Some of the simplest songs done right! Although not a huge fan of some of the lyrics, the music itself is so tasteful.

6. DeerhunterHalcyon DigestDignan: Bradford Cox makes some of the best pop songs! I really love the recording quality of Halcyon Digest, it’s very diy but still refined.

5. Dr. DogShame, ShameDignan: Had always heard their name from everyone, but never really gave them a chance until this last tour. Our drummer showed them to me and I couldn’t stop listening to this album.

4. ZeusSay UsDignan: Saw these guys at SXSW by accident and loved their live performance,
I couldn’t stop telling everyone about this CD afterward! And they turned out to be Jason Collett’s backing band.

3. The Morning BendersBig EchoDignan: I listened to this CD on repeat for about two months straight! They write some very dense, deep songs on this album, and really blow their previous releases out of the water.

2. Arcade FireThe SuburbsDignan: Arcade Fire never does anything wrong, this album is put together so well! Enough said.

1. Beach HouseTeen DreamDignan: This cd made it to the no. 1 spot on so many people’s lists, and for good reason. It’s easily the best album of the year. With a style all their own they craft some great dreamy, dark, pop songs, that you can’t get out of your head. And they’re talented enough to do it flawlessly live too!