Sunday, 21 December 2008
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
And this shows that he still needs a shoe to the head.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Top Five Albums of the Year (in no particular order):
- Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
- TV on the Radio - Dear Science
- Santogold - Santogold
- Portishead - Third (I know its just more of the same, but i reckon its still pretty good)
- Bloc Party - Intimacy
Album that made me (for a fleeting moment) not hate hip hop for the uncreative, self-contratulatory wank-fest that it has become :
- Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain (I know, its old, but it still sounds fresh)
Albums that got me all excited with the first few listens, but then aged like a Hypercolor t-shirt (badly) :
- The Kills - Midnight Boom
- Yeasayer - All hour cymbals
- MGMT - Oracle Spectacular (apparently this was releasd last year actually)
Albums that dont deserve to have ever been distributed this year, perhaps ever (even on CD, and i hate CD's!)
- The Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing or whatever stupid hipster name they gave it
- Any song ever ruined by Mark Ronson (have you heard that guy speak? Ugh!)
Albums that i havent heard enough of to love yet, but will love in due course :
- Hercules and Love Affair
Full 'best of' list coming soon...
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Here are the 20 tracks I've listened to the most in the past 12 months per Last.FM
1 Alaska In Winter – The Homeless and the Hummingbirds 16
2 Bon Iver – Skinny Love 14
3 Bon Iver – The Wolves (Act I and II) 13
4 Bon Iver – Blindsided 12
4 Tobacco – Dirt (featuring Aesop Rock) 12
6 Bon Iver – Team 11
6 Bon Iver – Lump Sum 11
6 Bon Iver – Creature Fear 11
6 Bat For Lashes – I'm on Fire 11
6 Tokyo Police Club – Tessellate (Remix By Tom Campesinos!) 11
11 Bon Iver – For Emma 10
11 Bon Iver – Flume 10
11 Yeasayer – 2080 10
14 Thurston Moore – Honest James 9
14 M. Ward – Post-War 9
14 Okkervil River – Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe 9
14 M. Ward – Chinese Translation 9
14 The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 9
14 LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum 9
20 Dr. Dog – The Ark
1 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago 100
2 Tobacco – Fucked Up Friends 74
3 Eagles of Death Metal – Peace Love Death Metal 70
4 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones 66
5 Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life 65
6 TV on the Radio – Dear Science 63
7 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 54
7 The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely 54
9 Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals 53
10 The Dø – A Mouthful 51
But that's not quite an accurate reflection, as they don't show what I've been listeneing to on CD. My favorites this year:
1. Nick Cave - Dig Lazarus Dig!!
2. Bon Iver - From Emma, for ever ago
3. Tobacco - Fucked up friends
4. The Kills - Midnight Boom
5. TVOTR - Dear Science
6. Stax Records - 50th Anniversary Compilation
7. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
8. Mojo's New sound of blues and soul (just a cheap freebie with a mag, but damn it's good)
9. Calexico - Carried to Dust
10. Joan as a policewoman - Honor my wishes
These are 2007 records which I only discovered this year and have been sufficiently overplaying:
Thurston Moore - Trees outside the acadamy
Bill Callahan - Woke on a whaleheart
Tinarawen - Aman Iman
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
So once again here's Time's list of best albums. They really are not a mag who I would expect to come up with good music recommendations, but I think that makes me more interested in their choices. Lil Wayne takes top spot (is this album really that good and why haven't i heard it?) beating TVOTR (taken me a while but I'm loving the new album). Strange inclusions from Metallica (wtf!?) and Girl Talk (it's just 2manydjs using american frat party music). Portishead is in their as well, but i still don't get the attraction of the latest album.
Also this article under the most underreported stories is amusing, and there are some great inclusions in teh best photos of the year.
For a more credible and extensive list on the music side, the amazon's editors top 100 is pretty good, although obviously very american.
On a completely different note, here's a random story that I think may interest some of you on how the consumer downturn in america has affected the price of recyclables just as it has done other commodities.
Friday, 5 December 2008
So now I have a chance to blog, and as always share some random articles that I've come across.
Some of you may have heard that in a couple of years you're gonna need a set top box (basically a decoder) to watch any tv (even SABC) in South Africa. This is because in line with the direction the rest of the world is taking, we're moving to a complete digital format. There are many reasons including greater language coverage, freeing up of spectrum for telecoms services and developing the electronic manufacturing sector. There's also a lot of critisism for the project. Basically it's an ambitious project that will affect most people in SA, so if you're interested read more here
In the global financial world there are more and more people predicting that the US is gonna have to take on too much debt to fund all these rescue packages, and ultimately the economy will falter. See here.
Following on Phil's article on Pitchfork, I was reading this review for Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit. Sounds interesting, there's a BLK JKS collaboration, and the album is a free download.
When I get home I expect these albums to be waiting for me in the post:
And finally a shameless plug. For those living in Jozi my sister has just opened a gift store with some rad xmas gifts. See the article in the times. It's in the Park centre on Jan Smuts in Parkwood. Park cafe next to them also serves great coffee.
The Findi's up but the Alsi's down. The world is not coming to an end, only the mining sector and a couple of hedge funds.
Have a great weekend y'all
You prolly saw on Pitchfork already, but this year's Grammy nominees are actually worth taking an interest in...
Like the article says: "Yes, Lil Wayne and Radiohead are competing for Album of the Year. Please dear god, let those two pair up for one of those collaborative medley things that the Grammys always do. Please!".
Thursday, 4 December 2008
...and Crystal Stilts.
I can't get onto MySpace at work to link you to their pages. So go do it yourself.