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01. Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight
02. Wilderness – (k)no(w)here
03. The Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead
04. The War On Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues
05. Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
06. TV On The Radio – Dear Science
07. Why? – Alopecia
08. Black Milk – Tronic
09. Portishead – Third
10. M83 – Saturdays = Youth
After a trend of more and more fan-created videos on my year-end lists, this one’s pretty much all professional. And all well worth watching.
01. Invincible – Locusts [directed by Joe Namy]
02. Radiohead – All I Need [directed by Steve Rogers]
03. Why? – Looks Like A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under [directed by Ben Barnes]
04. The Mae Shi – Run To Your Grave [self-directed]
05. Yeasayer – Wait for the Summer [directed by Mixtape Club]
06. Radiohead – House Of Cards [directed by James Frost]
07. Matt & Kim – Daylight [directed by Micah Perta]
08. Arcade Fire – Black Mirror [directed by Olivier Groulx & Tracy Maurice]
09. Flight Of The Conchords – Ladies Of The World [directed by Nima Nourizadeh]
10. The New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour [directed by Mark Lomond]
Its hard to get a feel for how many people I know who listen to music actually read music reviews, or if they just check for ratings. I’ll admit that I do a bit of the latter; I mean how could you not when most sites lead with a number. I think I started to be turned off to reviews by Pitchfork. And don’t get me wrong, they deserve credit for finding a place for music reviewing in the digital internets age, and have plugged many a band that I have come to enjoy. But with the exception maybe of Ian Cohen’s excellent Nas review, their formulaic overall feel/track descriptions/final summary reviews rarely carry the depth of knowledge and insight that make Cokemachineglow reviews so engaging. CMG reviews speak with the passion of a fan and with the reserve of someone who wants to win an argument so bad they will hit you over the head if you miss a point. And they’re incredibly entertaining. Oftentimes, even hilarious.
Up until the time that we started this site, I used to do yearly mixes with a selection of my favorite tracks. It didn’t really fall into listmania, because the mixes were more organically selected than a top 10 or so. I would normally post this at the end of the month (year), but Mixwit is shutting down, which presumably means the mix won’t work in a week or so. In which case, HERE‘s an opentape (muxtape-like) version that doesn’t embed as well as Mixwit does. Too bad the RIAA didn’t realize earlier what they realized yesterday and just leave these streaming mix sites be… it was a way for us all to share music without explicitly doling out mp3s.
Oof. In some horrible news for the morning, Dirty On Purpose announced that have decided to call it quits, though, at least in their sendoff they leave the possibility open that there may be a sequel like so many Hollywood blockbusters with holes in the endings. I take some solace in the fact that they each have side-projects that they are pursuing (drummer Doug Marvin’s Purse Snatchers made this month’s mix). Other side projects include the almost-Dirty On Purpose, neckbeard telecaster (Joe & Doug), Joe and The Flying Spoons (Joe), Black Acid (Doug), and Coin Under Tongue (George).
So again, the last mix of the year has me playing catch-up with some more recent songs that I loved but didn’t find places for until now. Grey Anne and Thunder Power are unsung artists that are well worthy of the attention, Grey Anne with her sweet voice and quirky instrumentation, and Thunder Power with sweet music filled out by quirky, raspy Chan Marshall-like vocals. These Lilys and Lois tracks are throwbacks from my youth – they definitely remind me of mid-90s indie, but I feel like they could be contemporaneous with the former two.