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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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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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Monday’s Suggestion (11-29-10)

In Monday's Suggestion,Music,Rich,Uncategorized on November 29, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Fences

If you’re currently in your mid to late 20s and were labeled an “emo kid” at some point in your younger days, chances are Fences, the recording alias of 27-year-old songwriter Chris Mansfield, captured your current mindset on his debut album.

Don’t know if this applies to you?  Let me provide a little more background.

Music: When you were young(er) you found solace in bands like Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day and Thursday.  You thought the “Blue Album” was awesome, but Pinkerton was Weezer’s classic.

Books: You love Kerouac and Bukowski, Plath and Hemingway and there was a period of time where you obsessed over the idea of existentialism.

Film: With regards to film you had two dynamic duos you lived by (Wes Anderson/Jason Schwartzman and Tim Burton/Johnny Depp).  You made it your goal to find the happy medium between these two personas…and then marry Zooey Deschanel.  This is why you’re now incredibly jealous of Ben Gibbard (if you’re a girl replace Zooey Deschanel with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ben Gibbard with whoever he’s dating).

If any of this sound familiar you’re probably going to relate to Fences.   If not there is still an aspect of your youth that could tie you in…you drove around aimlessly, often for entire nights.  You’d drink in parking lots and go to basement shows and house parties, but mostly you’d just drive around and listen to music, ending up at a diner in the waning hours of the night.

If you’re still reading this probably rings a bell to some degree, and the questions you strung yourself out on while staring out the passenger window of your friend’s 92 Volvo are the same ones you examined in your head as you stared out the subway window on your way to work this morning.  Questions like “where is my life going?” or “what did I do wrong to him/her?”.  These may be the same questions you had back then, but you definitely don’t approach them the same way.

Fences encapsulates this more mature approach.  You aren’t screaming anymore, you’re reflecting quietly.  Where Chris Carraba crafted Dashboard Confessional out of a refusal to move past his high school heartaches as he entered his late twenties, Chris Mansfield has constructed Fences out of a desperate need to get past that time in his life.

Fences self-titled debut album is full of the shoe-gazing self-reflection that so many of us have adapted as our comfort zone.  It’s the soundtrack to a late night drive or a long night at a dive bar.  In fact, I find something fitting about the fact that this album was conceived in Seattle.  Probably because it gives me the same feeling I used to get when watching the cult classic “Reality Bites”.

The bottom line is this album is as therapeutic to the listener as it likely was for Mansfield to write.  If you don’t have your life figured out yet, give it a listen.  You probably won’t figure out anything by doing so, but trust me you’ll still feel a little better afterwards.

Recommended if you like: Cassino, An Horse, Tegan & Sara

– Rich