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Monday’s Suggestion (01-03-11)

In Monday's Suggestion,Music,New York City,Rich,Uncategorized on January 3, 2011 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , ,

Asobi Seksu Release New Single “Trails”

Asobi Seksu

 

“Trails”, the first single off of Asobi Seksu’s upcoming fourth release starts off in a wall of dissonant, bagpipe-esque noise.  If this were to continue another ten seconds it would be annoying, but in its current incarnation it creates a ‘come hither’ allure that begs you to keep listening.

From there the song opens up into the sort of dream pop that has come to characterize the band’s sound.  Lead singer Yuki Chikudate sings and coos over carefully layered synth and a rolling drum beat heavy on tom work and accented with single shakes of a tambourine.

Overall, there is a sort of hope and wonder to the song that recalls Metricthe XX and Chairlift.  If the new record Fluorescence is full of this breed of expansive shoe-gaze, look for this album to finally push Asobi Seksu from darlings of the underground to mainstream contenders in 2011, similarly to how “Crystalised” did for the XX last year.

Asobi Seksu’s full length LP Fluorescence will be out February 15th on Polyvinyl Records, and the band will be supporting the release with a North American tour.  You can download Trails for free here and check out their tour dates on the band’s myspace.

Recommended If You Like: The XX, Metric, Chairlift

– Rich

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Vital Information (12-29-10)

In Music,Rich,Top Albums of 2010 List,Vital Information on December 29, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 20 Albums of 2010 Summarized

Here is a summary of my 2010 Albums of the year along with all the ways you can check out each band.

  1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs –website / iTunes
  2. Minus the Bear – OMNI – website / iTunes
  3. The Black Keys – Brothers – website / iTunes
  4. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown website / iTunes
  5. Glasser – The Ring –website / iTunes
  6. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager – website / iTunes
  7. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise – website / iTunes
  8. Foals – Total Life Forever – website / iTunes
  9. Freelance Whales – Weathervanes – website / iTunes
  10. Kele Okereke – The Boxer – website / iTunes
  11. MGMT – Congratulations – website / iTunes
  12. Angie Mattson – Skeleton Arm – website / iTunes
  13. Fences – Fences – website / iTunes
  14. Rogue Wave – Permalight website / iTunes
  15. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang – website / iTunes
  16. Yeasayer – ODD blood – website / iTunes
  17. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone –website / iTunes
  18. The Naked And Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You – website / Bandcamp
  19. Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard – website / iTunes
  20. [The] Slowest Runner In All The World – We, Burning Giraffes website / Bandcamp

Honorable Mention

  1. All Grown Up – I’m Over Here – website / bandcamp
  2. Bear Hands – Burning Bush Supper Clubwebsite / iTunes
  3. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – website / iTunes
  4. Eminem – Recovery – website / iTunes

2010 Albums of The Year Part IV (albums 1-5)

2010 Albums of The Year Part III (albums 10-6)

2010 Albums of The Year Part II (albums 11-15)

2010 Albums of The Year Part 1 (Albums 20-16)

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Monday Suggestion (12-27-10)

In Monday's Suggestion,Rich on December 27, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , ,

MAD MEN

So I’ve been sick in bed for the past two days, what a way to end the year right?  As a result I haven’t really had the chance to write this blog.  However, in light of this I’m going to suggest what I’ve been doing with my time while sick (other than watching the Giants break my heart).

Mad Men is an AMC original program based on the Advertising Industry in the 1960’s, specifically the firm Sterling Cooper and it’s ace Creative Director turned partner Don Draper.  This show is full of sexual harassment, whiskey, cigarettes and all those other descriptors that can be applied to the good ol’ American way of life in the 60s.  Its captivating, funny, sexy and makes you want a drink and a smoke.  What else do you need in a TV show?

I just finished Season 1 on Netflix, and other than Modern Family, this might be the most addictive show I’ve seen in a really long time.  I’m late to the game (the show started in 2007), but luckily I’ve been able to get a fresh start as I haven’t watched a single episode prior to starting Season 1 in November.

I’m going to leave this post brief, as I’m going to take a nice hot shower and try to steam the crap that’s chilling in my sinuses out before I leave for first night of recording with Dussel Has Friends.

Here’s two videos that I think summarize the show well.  Seriously, go get into it…

Rich

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Vital Information (12-22-10)

In Music,Rich,Top Albums of 2010 List on December 22, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 20 Albums of 2010 (Part 3: Albums 6-10)

(10) Kele Okereke – The Boxer – The genius behind one of my favorite bands of all time (Bloc Party) used his solo debut to completely reverse the BP format.  Where BP was post punk indie rock filled with a touch of electro house, this album was electro house with a touch of post punk indie rock.  Even flipping styles around Okereke can do no wrong.

Standout Track: Unholy Thoughts, The New Rules

Recommended If You Like: Bloc Party, Boxer Rebellion

Purchase ‘The Boxer’ by Kele Okereke on iTunes – Download

(9) Freelance Whales – Weathervanes – Quirky indie rock with sugar based synth and melodies so innocent and poppy, Justin Bieber would probably call it soft.  Nevertheless the song Hannah was my most played song on iTunes for the past three months.

Standout Track: Hannah, Starring

Recommended If You Like: The Postal Service, The Limousines

Purchase ‘Weathervanes’ by Freelance Whales on iTunes – Download

(8) Foals- Total Life Forever – Foals is like a happy-go-lucky version of Yeasayer.  They’re indie and experimental but something in the vocals reminds me of the Fleet Foxes.  Either way, it’s a shame this album was slept on so hard this year.  Hopefully they’ll pull a Mumford & Sons and be able to find more success with it in its second year.

Standout Track: Blue Blood, Total Life Forever, Spanish Sahara

Recommended If You Like: Yeasayer, Bear Hands

Purchase ‘Total Life Forever’ by Foals on iTunes – Download

(7) Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise – ‘Juturna’ blew my mind when it came out.  ‘On Letting Go’ did not.  ‘Blue Sky Noise’ is probably the most poppy out of the three, but it’s also the best.  I highly recommend checking these guys out live, Anthony Green is about as true to form of a front man as you’re going to find and somehow manages to be on point with that high-pitched growl even live (no easy task).

Standout Track: Imaginary Enemy, I Felt Free, Spirit of the Stairwell

Recommended If You Like: Saves The Day, Saosin, Coheed & Cambria

Purchase ‘Blue Sky Noise’ by Circa Survive on iTunes – Download

(6) Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon II: Legend of Mr. Rager – Don’t let the shittiness of the title dissuade you, this album is amazing.  I don’t care what anyone says Kudi is the most innovative mind in Hip Hop right now.

Standout Track: Maniac, Ashin Kusher

Recommended If You Like: Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli

Purchase ‘Man on the Moon II’ by KId Cudi on iTunes – Download

Honorable Mention: Eminem – Recovery – for reasoning please see my previous post on why this album was so important here.

2010 Albums of The Year Part II (albums 11-15)

2010 Albums of The Year Part 1 (Albums 20-16)

EMINEM – NOT AFRAID

– Rich

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday’s Article (12-21-10)

In Music,Rich,Tuesday's Article on December 21, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , ,

All Grown Up release new E.P. “I’m Over Here”

Springsteen Sting, the third track off of All Grown Up‘s new E.P. “I’m Over Here” starts off with one of my favorite lyrics I’ve heard in a while:

“I woke up bleeding from my hands again, I guess I’m working in my sleep.”

This line epitomizes the decade plus DIY career of this family.  I say family rather than band because All Grown Up has become so much more than just four guys playing music.  The “AGUnit” is a group of friends that have become the foundation on which All Grown Up stands, and the band is fully aware and appreciative of this.  Anybody who has seen the way they offer every ounce of themselves onstage would be able to support that statement with unwavering certainty.

Since the first AGU show I checked out in 2004, between my various bands playing shows with them and just going as a fan, I’ve probably seen All Grown Up 30 or 40 times.  Usually that would put me in fanboy territory, but the truth is it still leaves me a lightweight in terms of their fan-base.  Yes, I’ve seen over a hundred people come out to see them and they’re reputation is spreading everyday, but no matter if it’s Gramercy Theatre or Mr. Beery’s in Bethpage, you can count on the same 40 or so friends being in the front of the audience singing every word to every song.  This is where the family aspect comes in.

We aren’t talking Jonas Brothers fans here, we’re talking the friends the band grew up with and all the stragglers (such as myself) that they picked up along the way.  These are the same guys and girls that the AGU crew Beer-B-Q’s with in the summer and closes down the bar with every weekend all year-long.  It’s a crew that invented Friendship Friday as an excuse to have a good time together, and that I’ve seen the majority of at every Minus The Bear Show since 2005.  They’re great people who support the hell out of their friends, and I consider it an honor to count a lot of them among my own.

I sat down to write about the new E.P., but I don’t think I could have without the article digressing into what the All Grown Up family is all about.  At the end of the day “I’m Over Here” is five raw, emotive punk influenced tracks that exemplify every good friendship.  Every track is a house party in MP3 format, but also touches on those conversation topics everyone in their 20’s have had with their best friend at some point.  This is a really tough thing to accomplish and very few bands (The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, The June Spirit) have been able to accomplish it with any sort of sincerity in the past few decades, All Grown Up is among them.  Then again, when you get a band who are as talented as these guys are, and who’s biggest influence is legitimately their friends and family, it’s really not that surprising.

You should get the record here.

Then join the AGU family here.

And to top it all off, be here next Thursday.

-Rich

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Vital Information Part Deux (12-16-10)

In Rich,Top Albums of 2010 List on December 16, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 20 Albums of 2010 (Part II: Albums 15-11)

In lieu of a ‘What To Do This Weekend’ post, I’ve decided to press on with my best albums of 2010 list.  I tend to suffer from blogger procrastination so if I don’t keep it going I might end up finishing the list in 2011, at which point we all know I should have started preparing for the ‘Best of 2011’ list by then…

Sit back pour some hot cocoa or eggnog or a white russian if that’s how you get down, and start looking into these records!

(15) Gaslight Anthem – American Slang – Sounds like Bruce Springsteen fronting the Bouncing Souls.  What a surprise they’re from jersey!

Standout Track: The Boxer, We Did It When We Were Young, Stay Lucky

Recommended If You Like: New Jersey, Bouncing Souls, Bruce Springsteen, Airborne Toxic Event

Purchase ‘American Slang’ by Gaslight Anthem on iTunes – Download

(14) Rogue Wave – Permalight – Peppy indie shoe-gaze.  Recently signed to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records.  It’s got more bounce to the ounce than your average indie band.  The best part is they avoid the current trend of sounding like they’re playing to the hipster ‘tweens set.

Standout Track: Solitary Gun, Permalight

Recommended If You Like: Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, Spoon

Purchase ‘Permalight’ by Rogue Wave on iTunes – Download

(13) Fences – Self-Titled – Thoughtful singer/songwriter with a clear punk background.  Best comparison would be to Chris Carrabba finally accepting high school is over and starting to tackle actual big kid problems.

Standout Track: The Same Tattoos, Girls With Accents, From Russia With Love

Recommended If You Like: Death Cab For Cutie, Elliott Smith, Dashboard Confessional

Purchase ‘Fences’ by Fences on iTunes – Download

(12) Angie Mattson – Skeleton Arm – Hauntingly ethereal down home blues.  Surprisingly un-L.A. sounding.  I had the honor of playing with her in Philadelphia this past October and the record has been on repeat ever since.  If you like the theme song to “True Blood” and the female singer/songwriter aesthetic this is for you.

Standout Track: Cool Water, Mississippi

Recommended If You Like: Glasser, Bat For Lashes, Fiona Apple

Purchase ‘Skeleton Arm’ by Angie Mattson on iTunes – Download

(11) MGMT – Congratulations – A lot of people hated on this album and said it wasn’t as good as ‘Oracular Spectacular’…I disagree.  Oracular Spectacular may have been poppier but this album shows a lot of growth in terms of musicianship…and its druggier.

Standout Tracks: It’s Working, Flash Delirium, Siberian Breaks

Recommended If You Like: Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, LSD

Purchase ‘Congratulations’ by MGMT on iTunes – Download

(Honorable Mention) Bear Hands – Burning Bush Supper Club – This was a hard album to leave off the list.  I’ve been a big fan of these Brooklyn boys for about two years.  I think the reason it didn’t make my actual list is because I got the album late in the game and I think I still like their “Golden EP” more.  However, I can definitely see that changing as I get more familiar with BBSC.

Standout Tracks: Crime Pays, What A Drag, Can’t Stick Em

Recommended If You Like: Yeasayer, MGMT, Passion Pit

Purchase ‘Burning Bush Supper Club’ by Bear Hands on iTunes – Download

10 Down 10 to go!

Here’s the link to Albums 20-16

– Rich


 


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Vital Information (12-15-10)

In Rich,Top Albums of 2010 List,Vital Information on December 15, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 20 Albums of 2010 (Part 1: Albums 16-20)

It’s that time again.  You know what I’m talking about, when every two-bit music nerd with a blog and an inferiority complex still lingering from high school makes their top albums of the year list that looks remarkably like every other ‘top albums of the year’ list you find on the internet.

Clearly, I’m not above this ego-stroking so without further delay, here’s the first installment of what topped my playlist for 2010.  Oh and if it looks like a bunch of other lists you’ve seen so far this year, it’s because these albums kick serious ass and belong there, just sayin’…

(20) [The] Slowest Runner in All The World – We, Burning Giraffes – Brooklyn instrumental art rockers.  Sounds like Explosions in the Sky were locked in a room listening to Johnny Greenwood lecturing them on how daft the world is (in a British accent obviously) and how to spread the message via instruments.

Standout Track: Zoe Machete Control

Recommended If You Like: Explosions In The Sky, Johnny Greenwood, Sigur Ros

Purchase ‘We, Burning Giraffes’ by [The] Slowest Runner in all the World on bandcamp – Download

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