My favorite albums that came out in 2011. In no particular order:
The King of Limbs by Radiohead
Rise Ye Sunken Ships by We Are Augustines
The People's Key by Bright Eyes
Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine
The King is Dead by The Decemberists
Arrows by The Lonely Forest
Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio
Bon Iver by Bon Iver
Bad As Me by Tom Waits
Biophilia by Bjork
Additionally, the following are albums that didn't come out this year, but were a big chunk of my listening in 2011 nonetheless:
The Year of Getting By by Kill County
Never Better by POS
Forever and Counting by Hot Water Music
The Story of the Clash by The Clash
VS. by Pearl Jam
Various Random Stuff by Macklemore
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
Finally, big props to the KEXP Song of the Day. Much love.
When I first heard about this Wugazi mash-up I was skeptical. I've been a huge fan of Fugazi since I was 12 years old and, while I'm nowhere close to a Wu-Tang aficionado, I consider myself an admirer. More specifically I'm a lover of Ghostface Killah and ODB. So when I first saw this Wugazi project popping up, it made me nervous. Nervous because I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to things like tidiness. Not in the sense of cleanliness, but more in the sense of leaving an untainted legacy. Basically, I wondered if this would add to the artists' story or be an unfortunate anecdote to their otherwise fruitful contributions to our collective musical culture. In other words, would it be memorable because its a great and respectful re-imagining of their work, or because its clever and... funny?
Then I thought to myself, "Who gives a shit?" And cranked the volume. I encourage you to do the same.
Wugazi • 13 Chambers by WUGAZI
And for the record, props to Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy for the care they took in putting this together. After many, many listens, their skill and effort is undeniable.
From the Wugazi site - "Wugazi is a labor of love by Cecil Otter & Swiss Andy. A year’s worth of cutting up every imaginable Fugazi record and trying out every Wu-Tang acapella they could get their hands on, resulted in Wugazi: 13 Chambers (a must listen for anyone who even looked at a skateboard in the 90’s)."
It is Saturday in San Francisco and that can mean only one thing. Its time for me to open the windows, make some breakfast and catch up with my favorite internet radio show Chances With Wolves. The show is described by East Village Radio as "repping hard for haunting beauty, magic, and the weird." I assert that to be true and it always puts a smile on my face. Perfect weekend music.
The fellas behind Chances With Wolves were profiled in a video by Coolhunting awhile back. Watch the video below.
TMF started out as a place for doers, dreamers, sketchers, crafters and mess-makers to congregate, get inspired and create. This current incarnation is a simple extension of that intent. A pathway from what is now, to what could be tomorrow. Onward!