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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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Special Vital Information (12-23-10)

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 20 Albums of 2010 (Part 4: Albums 1-5)

(5) Glasser – The Ring – My single greatest regret as a music fan this year was sleeping on this album up until about three weeks ago.  If I got this in time for the summer, it would probably have been even higher on this list.  This is one of the most talented groups I’ve listened to in a while and if you aren’t stoked to go see them after watching the video at the bottom of this post we probably can’t be friends…

Standout Track: Plane Temp, Tremel, Apply

Recommended If You Like: Bat For Lashes, The XX, Bjork, Felili

Purchase ‘Ring’ by Glasser on iTunes – Download

(4) Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown – I said it before and I’ll say it again, anyone who downplays Kings of Leon’s songwriting ability saying they are just a pop rock machine with a country twang needs to listen to “The End” and reevaluate.  There is so much soul and depth to this song it’s amazing, right down to the old-time back porch piano outro…

Standout Track: The End, Radioactive, Back Down South, Pickup Truck

Recommended If You Like: My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, Mumford & Sons

Purchase ‘Come Around Sundown’ by Kings of Leon on iTunes – Download

(3) The Black Keys – Brothers – Unless you’ve been on an extended heroin binge or spiritual expedition for this entire year you’ve heard this record and know exactly why it’s up here.  It’s good to see these guys finally get the credit they deserve, they’ve been killing it on a smaller scale for almost a decade now.

Standout Track: Next Girl, Tighten Up, Ten Cent Pistol

Recommended If You Like: Kings of Leon, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs

Purchase ‘Brothers’ by The Black Keys on iTunes – Download

(2) Minus The  Bear – OMNI – I’ve seen these guys live more than any other band not from New York in the past five years.  This album is their best.  It’s dance-y, it’s technically savvy, and Dave Knudson is my all time favorite guitar man crush.

Standout Track: Broken China, My Time, Animal Backwards

Recommended If You Like: I really don’t know who to compare these guys to, just get the friggin’ album and all their others for that matter.

Purchase ‘Omni’ by Minus the Bear on iTunes – Download

(1) Arcade Fire – Suburbs – Surprise, surprise right? These guys have been top 2 in pretty much every ‘best of’ list I’ve seen this year.  Guess what, there’s a reason for it.  The Arcade Fire is the best band out there not called Radiohead.  They’re music is earthy and natural, yet still progressive and unconventional.  These guys manage to take vagabond gypsy rock and make it sound U2-esque.  Win Butler and crew could be the best band to come out of the 00’s….true story.

Standout Track: The Suburbs, Ready To Start, Month of May, Wasted Hours

Recommended If You Like: U2, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket

Purchase ‘The Suburbs’ by Arcade Fire on iTunes – Download

Honorable Mention: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – okay, soI admit this one deserved to make the actual list.  I just couldn’t bring myself to do it though, he’s just such a douche.  Oh well, I guess if Bon Iver can get over that and work with him on this record, I should be able to give him an honorable mention slot. He gets no purchase link though!

The Rest of My Rankings

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)

Glasser – The Treasury of We

– Rich

 

 

 

 

 

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This Week’s Article (11-16-10)

In Music,Rich,Tuesday's Article on November 16, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Beatles Catalog Released To iTunes: Why It Doesn’t Matter

Up until today the Beatles were the most famous holdout from Apple’s iTunes.  For the seven years the service has existed, the Fab Four have refused to let their music be included.  The reasoning apparently had little to do with them being anti-download service, and more to do with issues of a business nature.  Namely they were unhappy about the payout structures, and were consumed with their ongoing legal disputes over Steve Jobs’ use of the name “Apple” as it’s also the name of the Beatles publishing company.

It’s my opinion that this resolution is of little or no consequence to the legacy of the Beatles or Apple and will have very little effect on either one’s respective industries.

Here’s why…

Why The Beatles Have Nothing To Gain Here

The Beatles are already one of the top-selling acts in history, so it’s not like they need iTunes as a sales avenue.  They just released a critically acclaimed remastering of their entire catalog last year on CD which is largely regarded as the best way to listen to the Beatles on record, period.  So there is little chance of the special iTunes Beatles Box Set with it’s “extended liner notes” and “making of footage” being worth the fortune they will charge for it.  Finally, any sort of mystery that the Beatles kept by not being available digitally is totally lost due to the prevalency of file-sharing and the fact they agreed to do a “Beatles Rock Band” video game.  As a result they’re not doing anything here that will affect their image.

Why Apple Gains Nothing

iTunes is already far and away the biggest name in legal music downloads.  The majority of their sales come from impulsively purchased singles.  They undoubtedly sell more Taylor Swift and Taio Cruz than they do Rolling Stones or The Who.

Classic albums (which I’m pretty sure the Beatles have a few of) are either purchased on CD or Vinyl and dubbed to people’s computer or downloaded from sites like mediafire or zshare.  Obviously there will be resulting sales from this deal, but nothing monumental that would justify the sort of hoopla that is surrounding the situation today.

Conclusion

We are dealing with two titans.  This may bring an almost decade long argument between the biggest name in technology and the biggest name in rock and roll to an end, but it’s an argument that affects very few people.

There is no surprise this deal generated the sort of headlines that it did.  But the bottom line is while it may have generated a lot of attention today, it will have very little effect on anything in either the music of technology industries tomorrow.

-Rich