December 7th, 2010

DJ Spinna and BBE Back At It

DJ Spinna - Strange Games Vol 5

DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem Strange Games & Funky Things Volume 5 – Smoking ’70s Soul and Rare Grooves (BBE) 2010 Purchase: Amazon Back on the hunt for the forgotten gems of 1970s soul, DJ Spinna and BBE craft another compelling exploration of hip-hop and R&B’s roots. Best known for the Beat Generation LPs by […]

July 12th, 2010

So This Happened

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening (DFA) 2010 Purchase: Amazon So many great new albums have come out since my last post I barely know where to start, but a good place would probably be This Is Happening, the new LCD Soundsystem album that came out May 17.  If you don’t have a copy yet, that’s […]

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 […]

April 6th, 2010

Das Racist – Shut Up Dude

Das Racist - Shut Up Dude

Even if you’ve never heard of Das Racist, you might be familiar with “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” their ridiculous novelty track that hit the web in late 2008.  “I’m at the Pizza Hut” “I’m at the Taco Bell” “I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” While mildly amusing, I’d rank it […]

April 2nd, 2010

Odd Blood and the Great 80’s Debate

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian) 2010 Purchase: Lala | Amazon I was disappointed when SNL fired Michaela Watkins at the end of last season, the main reason being that Angie Tempura, her snarky blogger character, was so dead on.  There are a lot of people who write in a cynical tone and concentrate on trashing […]

March 21st, 2010

Transference – Spoon’s Newest Classic

Spoon - Transference

Spoon Transference (Merge) 2010 Purchase: Lala | Amazon In the nineties, before the industry was completely in the toilet, major labels made it a habit to sign rising indie bands and drop them shortly thereafter due to lackluster sales.  Many bands didn’t live to tell the tale.  Some bands returned to the indie realm with […]

March 16th, 2010

Danger Mouse + The Shins = Broken Bells

Broken Bells - Broken Bells

Broken Bells Broken Bells (Columbia) 2010 Purchase: Lala | Amazon Last fall, Paste Magazine named Danger Mouse the “Producer of the Decade,” and with a resume that includes Gnarls Barkley, The Grey Album, Gorillaz, and Danger Doom, I’m inclined to agree. From that resume, it’s clear that he has a penchant for collaboration, and Broken […]

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 […]

February 19th, 2010

Four Tet – On Record and In Concert

Four Tet - There Is Love In You

Four Tet There Is Love In You (Domino) 2010 Purchase: Lala | Amazon By the time the hypnotic female vocal sample crept into the mix about 30 seconds into “Angel Echoes,” the appropriately titled opening track of There Is Love In You, I was totally sold on Four Tet.  Despite releasing four albums and several EPs under […]

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 Williamsburg. Sarcasm. Cynicism. Irony. Meta-humor. Anti-pretentiousness. […]