May 5th, 2010

Jay Electronica Channels Biggie Smalls

jayelectronica

If you’ve read a music magazine any time in the last two years, you’re probably aware that Drake is the hottest new rapper in the game right now.  If you’ve read a music blog any time in that period, you may also be aware that the man pictured above, the elusive Jay Electronica, is the hottest new [...]

May 3rd, 2010

The Best Album of the Year So Far

Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House
Teen Dream
(Sub Pop) 2010
Purchase: Amazon

Merriweather Post Pavilion was released on January 6, 2009.  The year wasn’t even a week old and people were already calling it the best album of 2009.  It seemed crazy, but sure enough, come December the bigger question was where to put it on your  Best of the Decade [...]

March 10th, 2010

Pavement Reunion, or Malkmus is God

Pavement

Malkmus is God.
With all due respect to Clapton and Lemmy, it’s 2010 and bluesy guitar rock and speed metal aren’t exactly in vogue. Meanwhile, indie rock, if we can even call it that anymore, is the hottest thing on the interwebs since LOLcats, and men’s v-neck t-shirts are so ubiquitous that hipsters have replaced [...]

March 2nd, 2010

Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later

Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Ghostface Killah
Supreme Clientele
(Razor Sharp/Epic) 2000
Purchase: Lala | Amazon

Last month marked the tenth anniversary of Supreme Clientele by Ghostface Killah, a landmark hip-hop record and #5 on my list of the best albums from 2000-2009.
“I’m the inventor, ’86 rhyming at the center, debut, ’93 LP, told you to enter”
Arriving in stores on January 25, 2000, [...]

February 18th, 2010

A Thin Line Between MGMT and Hate

MGMT - Congratulations

The above image is the cover art for Congratulations, the new MGMT album due in stores on April 13th.  If you pre-order now you can get a limited edition CD or vinyl with a “scratch off front cover” and “custom metal coin.”  I’m not kidding.  As for a first single, the group said in a [...]

February 8th, 2010

The Best Album of the Decade – Sound of Silver

James Murphy

Sometimes there’s a man… I won’t say a hero, ‘cause, what’s a hero? But sometimes, there’s a man. And I’m talking about the Murph here. Sometimes there’s a man, and well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s James Murphy, in [...]

February 7th, 2010

My Top 50 Albums of the 2000’s

The Horrors - Primary Colours

No. 50
The Horrors
Primary Colours
(XL) 2009

No. 49
Nas
God’s Son
(Columbia) 2002

No. 48
Midlake
The Trials Of Van Occupanther
(Bella Union) 2006

December 31st, 2009

My Top 10 Albums of 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

No. 10
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
(Slumberland)
Purchase: Amazon

No. 09
Raekwon
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
(Ice H2O/EMI)
Purchase: Lala | Amazon

No. 08
The xx
xx
(Young Turks)
Purchase: Lala | Amazon

December 24th, 2009

My Top 20 Tracks of 2009

Animal Collective - Brother Sport

No. 20
Animal Collective
“Brother Sport”
(Domino)

No. 19
Washed Out
“Feel It All Around”
(Mexican Summer)

No. 18
Peter Bjorn and John
“Nothing To Worry About”
(Almost Gold/Wichita)

December 18th, 2009

A Beginner’s Guide to Animal Collective

Animal Collective

The web has been inundated with Best of 2009 lists the last few weeks, and before that, we got previews of these lists from the placement of 2009’s music on Best of the Decade lists, which have been coming out steadily since October.  And now finally, over the next few weeks, the print editions of [...]