Here it is. The obligatory end of year list. As is the case with every year, I try to keep track of albums I love starting in January. Then all of a sudden December rolls around and I feel confident I missed a ton, or glossed over some great ones. I have lofty ambitions to revisit certain albums (Django Django, CHAPPO, Fiona Apple, etc.) and then it never happens.
Disclaimer now done, here is a list of 20 albums and 10 EPs (in no particular order) that I really enjoyed this year, and recommend checking out! (more…)
It’s been in style to dress in the garb of past eras for a while now. Sure, media attention might be paid to different fashions one at a time (Get the Betty Draper look – this Spring it’s all about floral circle skirts! ), but in reality one could pull together an outfit from any of the past four or five decades and still look hip. Or hipster.
In music though, we seem to be having a flashback to one specific decade. One could argue that the sound of the 1990s have had a resurgence with bands like Yuck and The Walkmen, but I’m going to say that I’ve been hearing more flower children out there than any others. I’m talking about the 1960s. Whether because of production value, a catchy hook, or psychedelic guitar jam breaks, every one of the bands below I could imagine at Woodstock, The Original.
There is something about Boston quartet Quilt that is strange and yet familiar. Both immediate and nostalgic. I can’t quite tell if my instant connection with their particular brand of indie folk is due to their sonic kinship with current artists, like Mountain Man or The Barr Brothers, or some borrowed yearning for an era I never experienced. The latter is more likely. (more…)