Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Top 10 Albums of 2011 (Justin)

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
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.

Wugazi

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
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)."

Chances With Wolves

Saturday, August 13th, 2011
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.