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Audio Recommendations

So my resolution this year is to listen to more music. Yes, I realize this is like a heroin addict resolving to shoot up twice as much as he did the previous wasted year. However… I’m also resolving to listen to more NEW music, which is something I really slacked off on in 2010.

Here is where I tell the world about it…

For the most part, I’m not going to write reviews about this stuff. I’ll just point you guys in the right direction. If I post it, that means I think it’s good. Give it a listen and tell me I’m wrong. I dare you!

First off, I’m already falling behind on the new music thing. The only new album I’ve listened to is Bright Eyes’ new album, “The People’s Key”. This album isn’t out yet (it’s scheduled for release 2/15). Whoops! But you can hear it for free, and in it’s entirety, on NPR, so don’t feel bad.

Okay… so here’s the first track, “Firewall”. Like on most Bright Eyes albums (if not all?) it begins with some spoken word nonsense. This time, the atmospheric composition behind the vocal sample begs for these boys to attempt an entire ambient album. Maybe I’ll suggest that.

Oh yes… and any song that references a Macaw named Jules Verne might automatically end up in my favorites pile.

Next up… Nocturama, the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 2003 release.

It really digs its claws in. Here’s “He Wants You”:

Another one that I’ve been listening to for WEEKS now is Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks Soundtrack.

So mysterious! I was going to just post the theme, since it’s so good, but I decided to put “Audrey’s Dance (Instrumental)” up instead.

And finally… you guys should listen to The Gorillaz latest album, Plastic Beach. It’s the best Gorillaz album so far.

It was hard to pick which song would represent the album the best. So I just chose my current favorite, “White Flag”, featuring Bashy, Kano, and the Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music.

-Scott

ps- for other recommendations, check out the features: Canon Sonique and Stuck on Repeat.

My Eleven Favorite Albums of 2010

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – III/IV


Belle & Sebastian – Belle & Sebastian Write About Love


Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles


Gorillaz – Plastic Beach


Interpol – Interpol


Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man


Massive Attack – Heligoland


Spoon – Transference


The Walkmen – Lisbon


Paul Weller – Wake Up The Nation


Yeasayer – Odd Blood


Honorable Mentions

The Fall – Your Future, Our Clutter

Gorillaz – The Fall

LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

Robyn – Body Talk

Weezer – Hurley/Death To False Metal

Wolf Parade – Expo 86

Albums That Are Supposed To Be Really Good, But That I Didn’t Listen To But Would Like To At Some Point In The Future:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Beach House – Teen Dream

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

2011 promises new albums from The Strokes, British Sea Power, Asobi Seksu, Beady Eye, R.E.M., The Fall, Death Cab For Cutie, Aphex Twin, U2 and Beastie Boys, among many many many many more. C U then!!!!!!!!!

– Greg

Noising Machine Videos: 1

Right, new feature!

Noising Machine Videos will be a series I’ll periodically post featuring recent videos (and some classics) and brief write-ups on them from me. To meet the criteria for appearing as part of Noising Machine Videos, a video must

1. Be a good video

2. Be a good song

Sometimes I might think a video is great, but not the song. Or vice versa. So I have to like both. That’s it! So here we go…

GORILLAZ – “ON MELANCHOLY HILL”

Dir: Jamie Hewlett

Gorillaz’ co-founder Jamie Hewlett directs this nautically-inclined clip for the second single from the band’s excellent Plastic Beach record. Features animated appearances from Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys, Snoop Dogg and others.

YEASAYER – “MADDER RED”

Dir: Andreas Nilsson

Yeasayer’s videos for their sophomore album Odd Blood have thus far been great, and the latest is no exception. Starring the lovely Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as an aspiring actress with an unconventional pet, “Madder Rose” deftly mixes surreality and sentimentality.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS – “(IT’S NOT WAR) JUST THE END OF LOVE”

Dir: Alex Smith

The video for the first single from the Manics’ new album Postcards From A Young Man features actors Michael Sheen (The Queen, 30 Rock) and Anna Friel (Land Of The Lost, Pushing Daisies)  as rival chess champions in this one-take wonder. The band cameo as the judging panel.

– Greg