Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Some Actual Stereotyping

Flavorwire posted an interesting article which stereotyped people by their music tastes. We are all guilty of doing this at some point or another but it can be a fun little exercise in perception. It was impossible not to contribute some of my own for obvious reasons. If you don't get it, refer to the title banner on this blog and the tag below it. The original article can be found here and I encourage you to leave a few of your own in the comments. Here are a few that I came up with:

Review: Harvey Milk - Harvey Milk (The Bob Weston Sessions)

My take on the new album Harvey Milk by Harvey Milk from Decoy Music:

Review: Spoon - Transference

My take on the new album Transference by Spoon from Decoy Music:

Monday, February 22, 2010

We Were Promised Valentine’s Day

There's no sappy Valentine's Day drivel here. Instead of spending money on some girl by purchasing questionable gifts that most likely give no indication as to how I feel, I bought a ticket to see We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. While everyone wanted me to sulk in the vast vortex of loneliness that is my life (damn you media/Hallmark holiday/co-workers/friends!), I spent my February 14, 2010 seeing some great bands and having fun. Take that corporations who don't want me to be single because I only spend money on beer and concerts!

New Track Rundown

This week I am cutting to get right to the chase because there is a boatload of tracks that I have been digging that just came out. Since Mtv is no longer about music videos, I have plenty of them here too. I'm trying something new and putting some editorial notes/comments for each one. Let's get a discussion going, shall we? The image above is the cover to Paul's Tomb: A Triumph, the new album by Frog Eyes to be released on April 27, 2010. The band recorded all the album's tracks live and from the sound of the epic nine minute opener below, this one is going to be incredible.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Delta Spirit Soars at the Middle East

Typically, Mondays aren't too kind to me. I usually spend my weekends gallivanting around Boston instead of catching up on sleep and I always feel that I need more time to settle back into the work week. I knew I had a decent workload ahead of me and I was running on fumes but somehow my Monday turned out quite well on February 1, 2010.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Praise for Retribution Gospel Choir

For those who aren't aware, Retribution Gospel Choir is a group comprised of Alan Sparhawk (guitar, vocals) and Steve Garrington (bass) of slowcore legends Low. They are joined by Eric Pollard (drums, vocals) to complete their decidedly different rock and roll trio. I made a last minute decision to catch their set at Great Scott in Allston, MA on January 28, 2010 and it turned out to be quite the experience. The awesome photo featured above comes courtesy of fellow Boston blogger Brad of Bradley's Almanac.

2009: A Top Ten Too Late

We are well into 2010 but people are still asking me about my top 10 of 2009. Apparently, everyone missed it the first time around when it was posted on Decoy Music along with their aggregated top 20 of 2009 which also has some of my write-ups. Either way, here it is in its faultless glory along with links to stream all of the albums on the always reliable Lala.

Most people don't realize that each year gets progressively better for music. 2009 was arguably the best year for music yet. It offered more diverse styles as well as solid albums and myriad ways to listen to them. People who are disenfranchised with current offerings focus too hard on what is the most visible. There is plenty of great music out there that rivals the classics; however, you just need to take some time to find it. The music that will make a true lasting impact won't be shoved down your throat like mainstream music but it's still out there. These are the albums that left an indubitable impression on me.