Tuesday, December 26, 2006

His Heart was Stronger Than a Heavy Metal Bullet, That's Why I Dedicate This Song

Time for top 10 of the year, random notes of things I learned about music this year, The Hollywood Bowl is the sh*t, SXSW is in a league of its own, and this was the first year I got to check it out in style, and the grassroots sh*t going on in Austin with music is stellar.

As for albums, opinions are like a$$holes, everyones got em', here's my opinions.

Wincing the Night Away - Shins - They are the unsung heroes for 2007, with the album being 'leaked' months earlier. Come January 24th, I'm gonna click my heels get the devils in line, go down to my local record store and buy 2 copies, hell maybe three. Hell maybe if we all did that it would make Freakonomics.

Regina Specktor - Well, yes, It may be a bit cheesy, call me a sucker for that kinda voice, but this is an album of simple truths. It's an album I could have picked up with I was 15 and understood what was going on. Being old as the hills, I can listen to the album and abstract the content into what amounts to just a feel good album about love and the human element.

Racounters - BB and Jack Black at it with some killer guitars, one of those albums crafted by hanging out, chillin', no pressure, no tortured artists here, just a few dudes that like to chill with each other and make music.

Mando Diao - Ode to Ochrasy - Happyland (Ochrasy), that's what this CD is all about. Sad about something, pop it in. Better than strokes, mouses, chiefs and killers, legible lyrics of sentimental nostalgia, focus on the music and not trying so hard on the image thing.

Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit - Yea, blah, blah, blah -- I like that Stuart sings about the abandoned tube station, and the song about him not being able to get his clothes washed correctly.

Tenacious D - How can one who gets The D not put this gem in the list. It's great JB is coming a 'mainstream' actor, yet talks about slashing dragon 'cockles' and things like this. Best part of the album is when the devil takes KG down to the depths of hell, and yes, the government does f*ckin' suck.

Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation - A throwback from end of 05. Paul did turn 64, and album-wise put out the best in his career. Kudos to Nigel Godrich for giving the album 'that feel.' Too Much Rain, English Tea, holy sh*t, fantastic album, fantastic sound.

The Divine Comedy - Fanfare for Coming Muse - Neil often speaks of truth that is stranger than fiction, more often then not puts taboo subjects to song, and the more money he makes, the more instruments he adds to the band. Caught them in Berlin this year, spine tingling instrumentation and togetherness...yea, this isn't your typical indie rock act. And of course one can't forget to mention the tribute to mom.

Rhett Miller - The Believer - Is talking to your girl like long division? Do you have a rogue rat hand that moves over the borderline? Do you have some fireflies in your life? Nice little 'gave it a shot, gave it up left the cruel world to us' tribute to Elliot, and the question is when are the people on this planet going to demand more from their music, and acknowledge this Esquire Magazine heart throb of the year is the real mutha fuckin' deal.

Number One - M Ward - Post War - One, remember making the mix tapes, and trying to figure out the proper sequence, well, the album is in perfect sequence. Maybe he DID just climb the hill and talked to an old old man on the hill. Magic tricks, post war, requiems, and people who are right in the head, it's all there, and it's all abso-fuckin-lutely-fantastic!


Ashton said...

Um yea...the ONLY one i know is Tenacious D and they ROCK!!! :-)
p.s. i got a new camera, it's AWESOME!!!!!

Ashton said...

Oh...i know Paul also! lol