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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 (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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Vital Information (07-28-10)

In Music,Rich,Vital Information on August 26, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , ,

Eminem – Recovery

For a large portion of Generation Y, Eminem played a huge roll in our childhood.  His maniacal, cartoonish delivery was unlike anything we had ever heard: and his blatantly pissed off lyrics hooked our teenage angst, making him seem like a kindred spirit.  From his JT Leroy meets Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd in Who Framed Roger Rabbit) debut Slim Shady LP to the raw frustration ofThe Marshall Mathers LP, the stages of our teenage life seemed to be synched with his growth as an artist.  Gradually, as we hit our 20s, Em’s verbal assaults seemed to come off as watered down or culturally irrelevant (at least on his studio albums).  At the same time, the generation that grew up rallying behind his middle finger anthems were beginning to take on the less rabble-rousing mindset of adulthood.

Fast forward to 2010, and the release of Em’s 7th Studio album Recovery.  What a coincidence that this outstanding album would follow an album that by his own admission…sucked.  Why is it a coincidence?  Because that same generation that he taught to flip the bird is also in its own shitty situation.  With over 10% of people between the ages of 25-34 unemployed, many for over a year, a comeback story is exactly what we need, and who better to star in this comeback than the man who we went to for consolation when we were teenagers?

Eminem’s new album is reassuring.  It settles a lot of those gnawing questions about whether our generation is past the point of a comeback and shows the rebellious voice of our youth is still strong.  But most importantly it’s progressive.  Had he recreated one of his classic albums, it would be hard to find it inspiring.  Much the same way telling ‘remember the days?’ stories can only offer temporary relief from the knowledge that we’re getting older. Eminem, needed to raise from the muck of albums like Relapse and Encore and deliver us a more mature way to say ‘fuck you’.  Recovery did just that, hopefully signifying a long lasting return to form for the man that is perhaps most credibly christened with the title of the voice of Generation Y.

Eminem’s new album Recovery is available now.  Cop it here.