My Favorite Tracks of 2010

December 19, 2010

Much as I’ve embraced the running joke about the piss-poor state of indie rock music in 2010, I will say that there have been a handful of songs that I’ve really, really liked.

Here are my favorite 10, all released in 2010. Going back through my Last.fm profile, it’s clear that The Rural Alberta Advantage and LCD Soundsystem are the two artists that I’ve added to my regular personal rotation this year though the albums I’ve listened to most are from ’09 or earlier.

Here are my top ten (with a couple of honorable mentions), and a couple of thoughts on each:

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Contrary to Popular Belief, I Am Not Dead…

March 28, 2009

I’ve merely been trying really hard to keep up with the job, and subsequently trying to find another one. In the meantime, trying to teach myself enough coding to throw my own domain up and start marketing myself a little bit. Anyway, I’ve been spending the last few days pondering Softer Power, and there are a few posts due in the pipeline. I’ve got some things to share RE: social media, public diplomacy (including the imminent nomination of Judith McHale and the delay in nominating her), and the possible end of newspapers.

There’s a lot to write, and much to share.

In the meantime, check out this video by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the band I’ve declared my new favorite.


Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance

January 31, 2009

Oren Lavie, an Israeli artistic jack-of-all-trades by his own account, has put together what I think is one of the most fascinating, relaxing, and enjoyable music videos I’ve seen in some time. The video itself is here:

I couldn’t understand how it was made, mostly because I refused to believe that someone would painstakingly shoot each photo required for a three and a half music video. Unbelievably, that’s exactly what he, directors Yuval and Merav Nathan, photographer Eyal Landesman, and actress Shir Shomron did. From the description of the video:

* The video was shot all stills – roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video, using one camera, hanging from the ceiling for the main body of the movie.

Unbelievable work. You can check out all the details on the video here, and while you’re at it, check out Lavie’s myspace page for more details on his music.


Hello 2009 (Goodbye 2008): Music

January 4, 2009

I’ve never specialized in being ahead of the times or even remotely near them. As a result, perhaps my list of the best music of the year is kind of irrelevant. Every album and just about every single I reference in my top 10 lists has been around for a long time. Just remember, they were new for me, and I bet they’ll be new for somebody…

To make the 2008 list, the album had to be more than good, it had to be right for the moment in my life. For whatever reason, these ten albums and ten singles just were.  The sound of each album has some vastly different properties, but they worked. Read the rest of this entry »


Say what you will about DMB

December 11, 2008

I know I’ve jumped off the bandwagon for the most part, but was just listening to a bunch of Bob Dylan, and the Dave Matthews Band cover of “All Along the Watchtower” is a knock-out.

Time for the GRE, look forward to the end of next week. Means graduation, and time to really start blogging for real. I’m going to try to get a post up per day just to make sure I don’t drop off the face of the earth on this.