Now, someone has asked how is it possible to compile such a list. Well, actually, it is not that difficult though it is a bit time consuming. Copy the names and artists from your iTunes onto a word document and then delete out those you know definitely will not make it. Then you are left with a list of contenders. Choose between the first and the second, then the third and the fourth, then the fifth and the sixth and so on, on your list. Then repeat – A/B: D/E = DABE and so on. Sure it takes time, and it is fun to go back to the songs and play them, one compared with the other, when you get stuck for choice.
After an intense start to 2013, MC Johnny Richter wraps up his year on a high note with the release of FreeKING Out, dropping today. Obviously, you might recognize him as a former member of platinum selling Orange County based group, Kottonmouth Kings. Breaking ties, channeling storied pasts, potential accusations and personal strife, Johnny focused his energy positively in response and connected with Souls Assassins producer G-Rocka to create his first solo EP in Cypress Hill member DJ Muggs’ studio. Approaching almost 20 years in the business, he faces this next phase of his career with a significant supportive fanbase and a larger than life persona and image that’s unforgettable. Read more…
These are the albums, which provided the best listening experiences of the year. It’s hard to find more than one so-so cut on any of these.
1. Savages-Silence Yourself
This record has dazzled like no other. It’s great post-punk. The energy is intoxicating throughout. This is the one album, which grabbed me right away and didn’t let go. I can’t get enough of it.
2. Vampire Weekend-Modern Vampires of the City
The third entry for this amazing group isn’t quite up to the level of their first two discs, but it came close enough. This is one I had to give an extra listen or two before I made a decision, and it’s a winner for me.
But if I had to say what the single most important factor for inclusion in this list was, it would inevitably be that the piece of music in question had established a personal connection with me. All the songs which remind me of a particular person, a place or event are included in the list. All of them have that special significance. In some cases, fondness for a song otherwise atypical of my musical taste would be considered as a kind of guilty pleasure. To someone else there may seem no logical reason why such a track should be included. If anyone looks at what they regard as their favourite songs, it is almost certain, I would suggest, that among them will be songs which fit this description.
The year 2013 had plenty of high points in music. There were a lot of good albums, and there were plenty of good songs.
Like my selections for all-time favorites these songs stand up to repeated listenings. I haven’t gotten tired of any of these yet. And I’ve listened to all of them a lot.
In the case of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs the track marks a return to a style, which suits them well. The album itself wasn’t as successful as the album itself. The band scored higher marks with a previous album, featuring a different style. Sometimes the familiar is welcome even if it doesn’t thrive as much in large doses.
I’m not sold on all of these artists. British Sea Power doesn’t dazzle me, but they came up with a good rocker in “K Hole.” It must have something going for it if it can dazzle my sister, who doesn’t even like much indie music out there today.
There are acts like Black Angels (who gave the best concert performance I saw this year) and MGMT, who I like listening to even though I find myself wishing they were more consistent. Both bands came up with songs, which at least keep me listening with contentment. Read more…
When San Diegan punk and alt-rock vets Sprung Monkey released their fifth album ,Dead is Dead on November 26th, it marked a welcome comeback and the next chapter to the group’s whirlwind careers. Starting the band through putting an ad in a local newspaper and selling CDs from trunks, they’re legendary among the surf, skate and snowboard communities, had songs distributed all over the world and played on MTV as well as featured in movies and were viewed by millions on Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night” show. On the road with Suicidal Tendencies, they’ve resurfaced with renewed energy and we couldn’t be happier. Read more…