Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #40 - Paul Banks

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Paul Banks

WHAT: Banks

WHEN: October 2012

WHERE: Matador

WHY: Yours truly is definitely guilty of a little crush on Mister Paul Banks. But my favorite Interpol-er is not only a fox, but a rather gifted musician type as well. A bit quirkier than Interpol records, Banks is eccentric and varied, though still retaining that slick sex appeal and multitudinous sonic layers that you'd expect from an Interpol side project. And o, that voice...

MY JAMS: "Over My Shoulder" "I'll Sue You" "No Mistakes"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #41 - Crocodiles

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Crocodiles

WHAT: Endless Flowers

WHEN: June 2012

WHERE: Frenchkiss

WHY: I'm not sure what happened, but Crocodiles has gone positively lovey dovey...well, at least, a little anyway. But I tell y'all what, those purveyors of beautiful noise still make a ferocious wall of fuzzy, scuzzy sound, the occasional burst of sunshine and hearts or no. Endless Flowers doesn't quite have that edge that made me love predecessor Sleep Forever as much as I did, but turn that volume up and it's still a mighty fine little listen.

MY JAMS: "Dark Alleys" "My Surfing Lucifer" "Welcome Trouble"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #42 - Fire And The Wheel

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Fire and the Wheel

WHAT: Fire and the Wheel

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: When some of my favorite people around get together and make music, the results are probably going to turn out pretty well. But I wasn't prepared for what these boys did with their self-titled LP, going all concept album and totally un-DC, and in doing so made your humble blogstress extremely daggum proud.

MY JAM: "Long Way Down" "Horticulture is Not For Everyone" "The Wheel"


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #43 - Males

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Males

WHAT: MalesMalesMales

WHEN: July 2012

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: I do believe it's about time for some Kiwis. Lively, silly, bouncy, and ridiculously catchy jams are what you'll find on the four-track MalesMalesMales EP. Poppy with that New Zealand indie pedigree noticeably present, Males has made me happy with this here EP. Love it and then some.

MY JAM: "All Up From Here"



The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #44 - Plume Giant

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Plume Giant

WHAT: Callithump

WHEN: August 2012

WHERE: Self-released


WHY: Cozy and inviting, Callithump is homespun warmth and a daggum good ole time. Rustic, honest songs and a great spin on urban folk. Looks like Brooklyn kids can still do a good folksy record, and have fun doing it.

MY JAMS: "November" "Wait It Out "Back Porch"


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #45 - Young Man

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Young Man

WHAT: Vol. 1

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: Frenchkiss

WHY: There's a wonderful weightlessness to the songs on Vol. 1, airy and dreamlike and frothy. What began as Colin Caulfield's bedroom project has evolved into something truly special. Pretty and soft, but hardly a retiring violet of a record. 

MY JAMS: "Thoughts" "Fate" "21"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #46 - Michael The Blind

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Michael The Blind

WHAT: Are's & Els

WHEN: June 2012

WHERE: Alder Street Records

WHY: Rowdy, rich pop with wit and more than a little bite. The vocals are delivered with frenzied impatience, almost out of breath at times, and contribute to the record's quick pulse. I also hear a smidge of Stipe in them there vocals. Are's & Els is a big ball of energy, and it improves with each and every listen. 

MY JAMS: "Who Is She" "Have It Out" 


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #47 - Band Of Skulls

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Band Of Skulls

WHAT: Sweet Sour

WHEN: February 2012

WHERE: Vagrant

WHY: Sass and a half, y'all, is what Band Of Skulls brings to the table. Their feisty record Sweet Sour is definitely diving into stadium rock territory with brash, but cool, bravado. Not the record to listen to when you're in the mood for something subtle, the English noisesmiths make music for the rock & roll crowd, and are completely unapologetic about it. And during those rare moments they take a breather, they're just as fine.  

MY JAMS: "Navigate" "The Devil Takes Care of His Own" "Close To Nowhere"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #48 - The Spring Standards

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: The Spring Standards

WHAT: Yellow//Gold

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: Parachute Shooter

WHY: I'm totally a sentimental girl at heart. The boys and girl of The Spring Standards capture layers of sentiment and earnestness on Yellow//Gold, and the down home, yet pop-tinged songs with splendid boy-girl vocals sound nothing but appealing. 

MY JAMS: "Rusty Wheels" "Here We Go" "Only Skin"

mp3: Only Skin (The Spring Standards from Yellow//Gold)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #49 - Holy Other

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year. 

WHO: Holy Other

WHAT: Held

WHEN: August 2012

WHERE: Tri Angle

WHY: Massive Attack taught us that inertia creeps, and so too does Holy Other's Held. In a very, very sexy and spooky kind of way. To listen to this record is to enter a new reality, beautiful and frightening at once - electronic love songs for the pre-apocalypse. And Holy Other's fiercely-guarded identity adds to the appeal.  

MY JAMS: "(W)here" "Tense Past"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #50 - The Big Pink

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year. And now, away we go!

WHO: The Big Pink

WHAT: Future This

WHEN: January 2012

WHERE: 4AD

WHY: There's something about sexy synths I find hard to resist. Anthemic and pretty darn sweeping in scale, The Big Pink leaves it all on the table. Not nearly as dark as I had expected, Future This is almost uplifting at times. 

MY JAMS: "Stay Gold" "77" 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day, Y'all!

Y'all, here's the thing. I really, really don't like Valentine's Day. However, I am a fan of Valentine candy, little cherubs, and the colors red and pink, so I'm going to pretend I don't hate today and post a little special somethin' for you.

One of the most super cool bands around this here city, America Hearts, has released their latest, as of yet untitled little jam, which just so happens to be a quirky, adorable little love song. Reminding me a smidge of a twangier Magnetic Fields, I do believe you'll like this one. I know I sure do. 

Enjoy. And sloppy kisses to all of you.