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13Mar/090

Upcoming Shows

Hi everyone, upcoming shows:

3/17 Morissey at Carnegie Music Hall

3/28 AC Newman at the Warhol

3/29 Gaslight Anthem at Mr Small's

3/29 Josh Ritter at Diesel <-- I won't be in town, but go see this!

4/7 Andrew Bird at Carnegie Music Hall

4/7 Mt St Helens Vietnam Band at Brillo

4/11 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at Brillo

4/12 Cloud Cult and Margot and the Nuclear So Sos at Mr. Small's

4/16 Diplo at Diesel

4/19 Headlights at Brillo

4/29 Dr. Dog at Mr. Small's <-- I've seen these guys a few times. Highly recommended.

5/11 TV on the Radio at Mr. Small's  <-- Get your tickets meow.

1Feb/090

Best Albums of ’08

Friends,
I know this is a month late, I've been too busy to throw together something like this until now. Maybe I'll manage to get album art up after the Super Bowl.

Album of the year:
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Far and away the best album of 08. My infatuation with it rivals Jason's with lesbian bartenders.

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Honorable mentions:
Los Campesinos - Hold On Now, Youngster
This one wins Rookie of the Year, but We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, also released this year, is a classic Sophomore Slump

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Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Amazing, amazing album, but loses points for hippies.

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Everyone loves it, why can't I too?
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
This is on heavy rotation on my mp3 player and I think I might be getting into it.

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Deerhunter - Microcastle
This is the only song on the album I like.

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The Coldplay Award (previously Radiohead, U2), for mediocre music that otherwise intelligent people go crazy over:
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
This was catchy the first 2 or 3 times I heard it. It doesn't hold up, and its non-stop play everywhere isn't doing it any favors.

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Most disappointing album of the year:
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
This showed up in the top 10, 5, 1 of lists of many people I respect. I'm not sure why; it's the worst thing Kevin Barnes has ever done. I'm going to chalk this one up to Blooming Onion Narcosis and pretend they never released it.

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Decent Albums that I wanted to like so much more:
She and Him - Volume One
This is actually a pretty ok record. But I want to love it so much more because, well... Zooey Deschanel. It's just not there.

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Islands - Arm's Way
This is a good record to be sure, but it's no Return to the Sea. It must have been tough to follow up the best album of '06 after losing half the band.

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Other great albums this year: (in no particular order)
Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords

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Dr. Dog - Fate
Not as good as previous efforts, but if you're looking for records the Beatles never made, look here.

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Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins

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Why? - Alopecia
Maybe #4 on my list.

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Girl Talk - Feed the Animals

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash

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The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

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Thao - We Brave Bee Stings and All

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Cut Copy - In Ghost Colors

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Beach House - Devotion

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