And now a list of my favorite songs. I could seriously have about 100 songs on this list, but that might be a bit too much. This is a list of 20 songs that I instantly hit repeat when I heard them the first time. These are songs that got in my head and just wouldn’t leave.
1. Weed/Foxes in Fiction – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)
2. Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains – Arcade Fire
3. Hope Child – Free Energy
4. Heart To Tell – The Love Language
5. All Yr Songs – Diamond Rings
6. Carolina – Girls
7. Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells
8. Mason Jar – Morning Benders
9. It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers
10. Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives
11. Waterfall – The Fresh and The Onlys
12. Anchorage – Surfer Blood
13. Down By The Water – The Drums
14. Meet the Frownies – Twin Sister
15. Waiting on You – Sun Airway
16. Marathon – Tennis
17. Castles in the Snow – Twin Shadow
18. Moonville Tunnel – Mutual Benefit
19. To Old Friends and New – Titus Andronicus
20. It’s Not Meant to Be – Tame Impala
Up next, Internet Famous. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what that’s all about.
This is an alphabetical list (by band) of 40 albums that basically live in my headphones. I couldn’t get enough of these when they were first released and I still can’t get enough.
Crush – Abe Vigoda
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Before Today – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Teen Dream – Beach House
Magic Central – Breathe Owl Breathe
Black Teeth and Golden Tongues – Burnt Ones
Sleep Forever - Crocodiles
Halcyon Digest – Deerhunter
Silver – Eternal Summers
Stuck on Nothing – Free Energy
Play it Strange – The Fresh and The Onlys
Relayted – Gayngs
All Day – Girl Talk
Hippies – Harlem
That’s How We Burn – Jaill
Mare – Julian Lynch
This is Happening – LCD Soundsystem
Root to Ruin – Les Savy Fav
Gorilla Manor – Local Natives
Libraries – The Love Language
Memphis – Magic Kids
Nothing Hurts – Male Bonding
FORTRESS – Miniature Tigers
Big Echo – The Morning Benders
Oryx + Crake – Oryx + Crake
One of Us – Pomegrantes
Clinging to a Scheme – The Radio Dept.
Prism Eyes – Reading Rainbow
Treats – Sleigh Bells
Let It Sway – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Wild Smile – Suckers
Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier - Sun Airway
Astro Coast – Surfer Blood
Innerspeaker – Tame Impala
The Monitor – Titus Andronicus
Forget – Twin Shadow
Contra – Vampire Weekend
King of the Beach - Wavves
Sand & Lines – Venice Is Sinking
Gemini – Wild Nothing
This list is part one of my four-part post regarding my favorite music of 2010. Stay tuned for my list of favorite 7″, 10″, and 12″ EPs and singles of 2010.
The Soundmen are at it again. This time they have remixed and recreated Local Natives‘ “World News”.
These guys have taken this already incredible song and have transformed it into an 80′s dance track that you will probably play over and over again.
Always pushing their genre crossing sounds to the next level, The Soundmen have remixed Local Natives – World News into a groove heavy blend that takes the song back into the days when Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel and INXS were playlist standards.
A band like Local Natives only comes around once in awhile. I can hardly put into words how I feel about their music. From the intriguing percussion to the beautiful harmonies, this band has done nothing but amaze me every time I hear a song or see them perform live.
An encore Daytrotter session was released today. In this session, the band has reworked three of their already gorgeous tracks, “Sticky Thread”, “Wide Eyes” and “Cubism Dream”.
Go check it out here and download it for free.
Listen :: Cubism Dream (Daytrotter Session, July 26, 2010)
And if for some reason you don’t own Gorilla Manor yet, you should probably head to your local record store and pick up a copy. It’s available now on Frenchkiss.
Local Natives are also hitting the road this fall with The Love Language (west coast dates), The Union Line (east coast dates) and Ruby Suns (east coast dates). Check out their Myspace for details. I know I’ll be seeing them at the Atlanta show on October 15.
I’m not good at putting stuff in numerical order. Mainly because I can’t choose just one thing that I think is the best. So, here’s my list of favorite 2010 releases, so far.
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Julian Lynch – Mare
Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
Morning Benders – Big Echo
Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing
Beach House – Teen Dream
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Delta Spirit – History From Below
Wolf Parade – Expo 86
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Venice Is Sinking – Sand & Lines
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Wavves – King Of The Beach (Only available digitally, physical release August 3)
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Oryx + Crake – S/T
Delorean – Subiza
Golden Triangle – Double Jointer
Indian Jewelry – Totaled
Suckers – Wild Smile
Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts
Cults – Go Outside 7″ EP
Sunny Ali & The Kid – Try Harder EP
So there you have it. My list of releases I could listen to all day, everyday. And then some.
Curious about what’s to come? I anticipate Best Coast’s Crazy For You (July 27), Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs (August 3) and Les Savy Fav’s Root For Ruin (September 14) will be added to this growing list of favorites.
About a week or so ago the guys of Local Natives released stems to the songs from Gorilla Manor on a microsite they set up. For the cost of an email address you can download the stems and create something out of these incredible tunes. And the remixes are posted on the site for people to listen to. Suckers’ remix of “Wide Eyes” got the ball rolling and now there are five others to check out including this one from Teen Daze.
Here’s the remix from Suckers for you to enjoy in case you missed it.
All of these upcoming shows are Wholly Roller approved and I’ll do my best to keep you posted if they sell out. And I’ll add to this list and update it as more events are announced!
All of the shows listed are going to be amazing (obviously or they wouldn’t be on this list!), but there are some that if you miss them you should be smacked upside the head. If you see a * you should be slapped for missing it and if you see **, then you deserve a swift kick in the rear for missing it. If you see ***, don’t even bother talking to me or suffer the consequences for missing out. Seriously, DO NOT miss these amazing shows!
June 17 - Thao & Mirah with The Most of All, These United States @ The EARL*
June 19 – Modern Skirts with The Features @ The EARL**
June 26 – The New Pornographers with The Dodos and The Dutchess & The Duke @ Variety Playhouse
June 26 - The Howlies, The Coathangers, Balkans, and Mermaids @ Star Bar
1 – FREE SHOW! Carnivores, Abby Go Go, and Grenadines @ Star Bar
6 – Peter Wolf Crier is opening for Heartless Bastards, The Builders & The Butcher @ Masquerade
8 - EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Gentleman Jesse & His Men, The Coathangers, and Grumpy
9 – EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Man or Astro Man? and Twin Tigers
9 – Delta Spirit @ Masquerade*
10 - (There is literally something for everyone on this night. I wish I could be in 5 places at once!) EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Man or Astro Man? and HAWKS; Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Variety Playhouse**; Rooney @ Center Stage; Sleigh Bells @ Vinyl** SOLD OUT!; Venice is Sinking @ Drunken Unicorn**
12 - Free Energy is on the Summer Crushes Tour with Mates of State @ The 40 Watt** (Go for Free Energy, I’m serious, you won’t be disappointed!)
17 - The Selmanaires @ Star Bar*
21 - Little Tybee, Mermaids, and Night Driving in Small Towns @ The EARL
23 - Noot d’ Noot (album release) with Judi Chicago, DJ Gnosis @ The EARL*
24 - Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics with Young Orchids @ The EARL*
26 – Drink Up Buttercup @ The EARL*
30 – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti with Magic Kids and Pearl Harbor @ The EARL***
1 – PurgeATL.com Launch Party Featuring The Selmanaires and Sealions @ The EARL
6 - Here We Go Magic with Beach Fossils @ The EARL**
9 - Ty Segall with The Baths and The Girls At Dawn @ The EARL*
11 – Arcade Fire with Spoon @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater***
17 – Twin Sister with Memoryhouse @ The EARL (Twin Sister will also play a free, all-ages in-store at Criminal Records at 5 pm!)**
20 – Miniature Tigers with Spinto Band and Guests @ Star Bar***
27 - Chromeo @ Masquerade
28 - Orynx & Crake (CD RELEASE PARTY!), Venice Is Sinking, Book of Colors @ The EARL***
8 - Bear In Heaven with Crystal Castles @ Masquerade**
9 - Those Darlins, Strange Boys and Gentleman Jesse & His Men @ The EARL***
10 - Best Coast with Cults @ Drunken Unicorn***
13 – Pixies @ The Fox*
19 - Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames with The Watson Twins and Led To Sea @ The EARL
20 - Titus Andronicus with Free Energy @ The EARL***
22 - Jamie Lidell @ The EARL
26 - PAVEMENT (!!!!!!!!!) @ The Tabernacle***
2 - Yeasayer @ Masquerade**
5 - The National @ The Fox***
6 - The XX with Warpaint @ The Tabernacle
8 - Born Ruffians @ The EARL***
15 - Local Natives @ Masquerade***
16 - Matt & Kim @ Masquerade***
18 - School of Seven Bells with Active Child @ The EARL**
Awesome bands, covering songs by an awesome band and guess what? It’s for a good cause. This digital-only compilation will be available on Aquarium Drunkard and proceeds from the sales will go to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
01 The Henry Clay People: “Glory”
02 Foreign Born: “Days”
03 The Happy Hollows: “Foxhole”
04 Local Natives: “Careful”
05 The Deadly Syndrome: “Carried Away
06 Imaad Wasif: “The Fire [ft. Lykke Li]“
07 Dirt Dress: “Ain’t That Nothin’”
08 Growlers: “The Dream’s Dream”
Listen. It is lovely.
Careful – Local Natives
This year already proved itself as a fantastic year for releases and shows. Something Dreamy for the Road is a list of music released in 2010 and it’s music that I am absolutely in love with. This is an on going list of awesome, so look for a part two in the fall or maybe sooner. Who knows? I may need to do a part 3. You can listen to most of the songs below, but I suggest you get out there and buy the records because those are just tastes of how awesome those albums actually are.
Camera Talk – Local Natives
Dream City [Live in Austin] – Free Energy
Their whole album, Stuck On Nothing, is a soundtrack to summer. This song is my favorite song on the album and it’s a live track because these guys sound incredible live.
Take Care – Beach House
Truth Sets In – Avi Buffalo
More or Less – The Soft Pack
Our Deal – Best Coast
Holiday – Vampire Weekend
Crown on the Ground – Sleigh Bells
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Odessa – Caribou
Stay Close – Delorean
Tugboat – Venice Is Sinking
Seriously, Venice Is Sinking is one of the greatest bands to come out of Athens in quite sometime. They are definitely Wholly Roller approved. Sand & Lines will be available on June 15 and proceeds go to rebuilding the Georgia Theatre that burned in 2009.
Life Coach – Fang Island
Let Go – jj
Dance Yrslf Clean – LCD Soundsystem
It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers
The one I chose is from the Daytrotter Session they did, its probably the best I’ve heard (besides live, of course). Wild Smile will be available on June 8 and I can tell you this, it will be awesome.
Take It Easy – Surfer Blood
Crown on the Ground – Sleigh Bells
Friday in Paris – Strange Boys
Thieves – She & Him
Cold War (Nice Clean Fight) – The Morning Benders
Deadbeat Summer – Neon Indian
BONUS song because I love you guys and this is a mix of two things I love: Suckers and Local Natives.