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2012, The year the world ended.

2012 Record of the Year

So some of you may have seen my list of ten albums of 2012 on our new blog Four North Men of the Rockpocalypse.  If you are one of those who hasn’t yet, go check out the three other North Men and see what they thought the top albums of the year were.  Remember we are four completely different guys with four greatly varying opinions, so the lists should be pretty interesting.  You should also be careful, you may just discover something new…

Here, I will get into a little bit more details on to what I liked so much about some of the albums I chose for my version of the list.  I will be very interested in seeing if any albums I picked even make it onto any of my counterparts lists. Anyway, here I go…

1.  Fionna Apple – The Idler Wheel – This albums was one of my biggest surprises this years, although most of that was probably self inflicted.  I may have had a unfair bias against Miss Apple from my youth.  (a misguided one at that)  I have since discovered that she has an amazing catalog of albums.  Like much of the music I like I need to contain substance.  This album was both passionate and even abstract at times.

2.  Jack White – Blunderbuss – Does anything Jack White touches not amazing?   Mr. White has an incredible way of taking classic american sound and taking modern spin on the sound.  He is constantly stealing from the past while creating something new and fresh.

3. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant – I did love this giant!  I couldn’t stop playing this album for a while.  I even frequently would start this one right from the beginning after listening to once. It’s funny, I didn’t even know who David Bryne was before this, so this album opened the door to the Talking Heads. It is now one that I am happy to have passed though this door.  The music has so many layers, and it makes me want to get up and dance.  Not much I listen to does that.  Now I finally see why so many artists love them.  

4.  First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar – I was in love with these young ladies even before this record came out.  These ladies have such beautiful harmonies!  I love the modern Folk movement.  I still find the lyrics so mature for such young song writers though. 

5.  Grizzly Bear – Shields  – At the beginning of 2012 I  thought for sure that this would be #1 on my year end list.  As you can see it isn’t, and I actually wonder if their previous album Veckatimist may hurt them.  Veckatimist is certainly one of my favorite albums of all time and it may have made it hard for this one to live up to.  All together, I obviously did like this album if it is here, but it just wasn’t as cohesive as Grizzly Bears previous album.  

6.  The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter – These brothers are so good.  They much like Mumford (and the Lumineers) bring that old time country sounds a modern feel.  These albums just make me feel warm and fuzzy and I do like me some bluegrass.

7.  Heartless Bastards – Arrow – This is the only album in my top 10 that I did not discover on my own.  A special thanks to Andrea Civello for introducing me to this blues group from Ohio.  It is a very soulful album, and is somewhat is the realm of the older Black Keys albums.

8.  Mumford & Sons – Babel – See both 5 & 6, that pretty much sums up this one.

9.  Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill – I have always been fond of Neil Young.  Despite varying opinions of his more recent albums,  I have been quite a fan of everything he releases.  You really never know what your going to hear out of him next.  The first track on this album alone is worth giving this one a listen.

10.  Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror  – This on just rips.  If you put this one on, be sure to turn it way up!

Honorable mentions: The xx – Coexist, Cat Power – Sun, The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet, Poor Moon – Poor Moon, The Shins – Port of Morrow, Lisa Marie Presley – Storm & Grace, Muse – The 2nd Law, The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Biggest suprise by far is Lisa Marie Presley.  She has always just been a pop artist until now.  Storm & Grace actually had a lot of substance, and was nothing like you would expect!  The Lumineers came to me from another blog I follow,  You Hear that?.  I was instantly in love.  Then this band blew up!  It’s amazing the trend of great music in the mainstream realm at present.  Last one I’ll mention is Poor Moon.  Another great folk record coming from former members of the Fleet Foxes.  I just missed seeing these guy this past summer.  Poor me!

If you would like to listen to these on Spotify here is the link…

So what do you think?  Am I crazy? Amazing? Crying? Living on the Edge?  Tell me what you think!  And share your top albums with me too!


It’s Only Rock N’ Roll But I Like It!

So if you read my earlier post I’m sure you could guess how this weeks mixtape was going be themed.  So at the urging of Brian and his doubt that recent artist have forgotten how to “plug in”, the theme will be  Modern Songs That Rocked.  Yes we are talking about modern music here, I know it would be easier to come up with hold songs, but we have to prove to Brian that modern musicians have not ALL gone soft.  So let’s try to keep this to a 5 year window, 2008 until today.  All songs must not be unplugged!  We are looking for band that use instruments that need electricity.

All songs should be posted to the comments section of this post and should include Song, Artist, and Original Artist.  Feel free to comment why you love or hate the songs too.  Again you can post 2-3 songs per play list if you can’t narrow it down.

The Spotify playlists is here: All Mixed Up in 2012, Vol. 1 – Well It’s an Oldie Where I Came From

I’ll make a YouTube playlist that can be found here: All Mixed Up in 2012, Vol. 1 – Well It’s an Oldie Where I Came From  (will add later)

The following is the playlists we have created:

  1. It’s a Drag by Tommy Stinson from the album One Man Mutiny (2011) posted by Brian K.
  2. Brick By Brick by the Arctic Monkeys from the album Suck It and See (2011) posted by KidAJoe
  3. The Salesman (Tramp Life) by the White Rabbits from the album It’s Frighting (2009) posted by KidAJoe
  4. Force of Nature by Pearl Jam from the album Backspacer (2009) posted by KidAJoe
  5. Hang you From the Heavens by The Dead Weather from the album Horehound (2009) posted by Elroy
  6. Don’t Deserve You by Tommy Stinson from the album One Man Mutiny posted by Brian K.
  7. No Words by Make Do & Mend from the album Bodies of Water posted by Erik G.
  8. Where Two Bodies Lie by Moving Mountains from the album Waves posted by Erik G.

Reign of Terror

Now begins my Reign of Terror, a weekend dedicated to good old Rock N' Roll.  Brian K. recently posted a comment to my last blog post asking "anyone remember Rock and Roll? "Electric" Guitars?"  So he is the major influence in this rock themed weekend.  I am, for once, going to shy away from my folk music and return to my headbanging roots.  (or atleast my fist in the air roots)

So the first song I want you to check out definitely makes me want to bang my head and throw a fist in the air.  It really slays, that must be why it is the first single from Sleigh Bells upcoming release Reign of Terror titled Born to Lose. I really like these guys because they play some really loud and driven music.  The best way to listen to them is with the volume knob turned up to 11.  If you ears aren't bleeding after listening to them you didn't have them loud enough. 

Took me a little work trying to figure out how to get a soundcloud link to post here, but finally figured it out.  Enjoy!

Juliette Lewis – 2010-08-19 – Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME

I don’t go to enough concerts anymore.  I already posted about the last concert I went to (The Decemberists).  Juliette Lewis was one of the last three concerts I’ve been to and that was more than a year ago.  Pretty sad really!  I used to go to one a week when I was in college.  Ah…to be young again with no responsibilities!  So I went to the show with my friend, Krista, she hadn’t really heard much of Juliette Lewis but was excited to see her based on the little she had heard.   I actually bought my ticket the day they had gone on sale and was super excited to go see her.

Anyway, this was an amazing show!  First a band called the Dearly Beloved opened the show.  They are a indie rock band from Toronto and were really good.  They played a half hour (or so) set that the crowd seemed to be into.  They were a great warm up band getting the crowd primed for Juliette.  Krista liked them enough to buy one of there albums titled Make It Bleed at the merch table  at the end of the show.  I also thought they were really good, and I’ve now gotten a copy of the album and listen to it pretty frequently.

Juliette took the stage rocked all hell!  She is a phenomenal performer, you can certainly tell she takes her music seriously and has a lot of fun.  We got right up front and had a great view of the show.  I think I was one of the few who knew just about every lyric to every song and Juliette took notice, at one point winking at me, and at another point leaning down in front of me so I could big her a bog wet kiss!  All around I was definitely one of the best shows I’d been to in a while.   At the end I even got a copy of the setlist which you can see below.  I ended up buying a t-shirt from the merch table.  I do hope to get to see her again in the future!

You can click on both the crowd shot and t-shirt pictures below to get a bigger view.


Dearly Beloved Links:

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Juliette Lewis Links:

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Any of you fricking pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherfricking last one of ya!

It’s a shame I feel it necessary to edit the title of this post.  It is only a word.  Oh well, didn’t want to offend, guess that means I’m growing up?

So this post comes at the urging of my friend, Jessica.  She knows about one of my other great loves, the movies!  She thought it was only fitting that I comment on music in film.

For me, the first thing that come to mind is Star Wars.  I’m sure this come to quite a surprise to all my friends, since as a kid I collected thousands of dollars worth of Star Wars collectables.  I have “grown up” and moved on from that fetish, unlike some of my friends!  (sorry Butter)  The music of Star Wars was amazing!  All original music composed by John Williams.  I would imagine most people know of John Williams, but I’ll give a brief history just in case.  Mr. Williams has composed soundtracks for films such as Jaws, Indiana Jones, E.T., Superman (Christoper Reeves version) and more recently for the Harry Potter series.  As you can see he is responsible for some of the most recognizable themes in movies.  The Star Wars Main Theme is certainly his most recognizable, but I am going to post the music of the Catina Band (with the help of some video from Family Guy) from the scene in Mos Eisley Catina during A New Hope.

Obviously music on film goes well beyond orchestrated pieces.  Some of the greatest sound tracks are made from music already out in the world.   Film with great musical soundtracks include The Graduate, O Brother Where art Though, Juno, Garden State, Baz Lurman’s Romeo and Juliet and Dazed and Confused (just to name a few random ones).  As the title of this post indicates, I have a great love for the sound tracks that Quentin Tarantino puts in his films.  The first Tarantino film I saw was Pulp Fiction.  From the very opening credits you are treated with Dick Dale’s surf rendition of the Greek song Misirlou.   Can any of us here Misirlou and think of anything but Pulp FictionPulp Fiction also contains what I think is one of the best covers ever.  I am speaking of Urge Overkill‘s cover of Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon originally done by Neil Diamond.  In my eyes Tarantino film have some of the most interesting and eclectic music of any films.  Here is a video by Stealers Wheel doing Stuck in Middle with You which is part of the torture/ear cut scene in Reservoir Dogs.

The last form of music in film of coarse is from the musical itself.   There are hundreds of musicals out there, but a few of my favorites include Cabaret, Chicago, the Sound of Music, Aladin, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady Phantom of the Opera, and RENT.  I could actually mention so many more but it seems ridiculous to list them all.  One of my most favorites is a rock musical written by John Cameron Mitchell title Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  It is the story of a fictitious band fronted by a transgendered individual named Hedwig, who is searching for love.  Obviously this will be a little controversial to some because of content of the film, but it really is a great movie about love and acceptance.    The song I’ll post for this is called the Origin of Love.

What music moves you?

KidAJoe’s Music Challenge – A song by the first band you saw in concert.

A little while ago I did a post about my first concert, ZZ Tops.  If you would like to read more about it go here.  As a result this post will be really short.

ZZ Tops wasn’t really a band I ever considered myself a huge fan of.  I did how ever like a bunch of there songs enough to download them illegally during my college days.  I did also buy the Album Rhythameen when I was in high school, but that was more a result of them being my first concert.  So here is probably my favorite song by them.

ZZ Tops Links:

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