Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #28 - Grass Widow

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: Grass Widow

WHAT: Internal Logic

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: HLR

WHY: I must confess, it took a little time to fall in love with Grass Widow's Internal Logic. But the more I listened to them, the more I realized they were speaking my language. Theirs is a witchy, wonderful noise, pulling in the darker menace of the hallowed Glasgow School and vintage Flying Nun and adding some good old psych wizadry and heavenly vocals. It's rather enchanting, I must say, and I like this record more and more with every listen. At it's best, it's impossible to ignore.

MY JAMS: "Under The Atmosphere" "Disappearing Industries" "Advice"

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #29 - Race Horses

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: Race Horses

WHAT: Furniture

WHEN: September 2012

WHERE: Stolen Recordings

WHY: It's very bittersweet to post this, seeing as how Race Horses recently parted ways. Alas! Furniture was my first foray into the world of Welsh scamps Race Horses, and our time together was so very brief, but beautiful. An album laden with the influence of their 80s forefathers, ghosts of Dexy's Midnight Runners and Soft Cell lurk just out of sight, but not out of earshot. Furniture is a charming record, whimsical and rather smart, not to mention full of promise. While the songs aren't nearly as fluffy as some of them might initially appear, Race Horses also managed to create one hell of an earworm in the form of irresistible gem "Mates," a song drunk and dizzy with giddy indiepop glee. I'll be crossing my fingers for a reuniting of the band, but until that happens, I'm glad to have this record.

MY JAMS: "Furniture" "Mates" "Bad Blood" "See New Green"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #30 - The Cherry Wave

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 Cherry Wave

WHAT: The Cherry Wave EP

WHEN: July 2012

WHERE: Good Grief Records

WHY: Any band that calls themselves "fuzzed-out shoegaze from Glasgow, Scotland" is already steps ahead of the competition in my book. Add to the fact that The Cherry Wave kinda sounds a lot like Weekend, and I'm sold. Songs crackle with fiery fuzz, and alternate between keeping the gloom at bay and turning it to their advantage. Heady and messy, the 'weejies create layers of cacophonous, beautiful noise, and in doing so have shown themselves a force to be reckoned with in the shoegaze stakes.

MY JAMS: "Doe Eyes" "Indian Summer" "Dropped"




Monday, March 4, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #31 - Sleepy Sun

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: Sleepy Sun

WHAT: Spine Hits

WHEN: April 2012

WHERE: The End Records

WHY: It's almost as though, when recording Spine Hits, Sleepy Sun set about to making a record I would totally fall in love with. At its' best, the record is transcendently expansive, prismatically reflecting all sorts of Willy Wonka wonderful sonic insanity and opening doors to parallel universes right and left. It's a big record, and at times I could swear to you that I hear shade of Led Zeppelin in the bombast and outlandishness in certain corners of certain songs. Monsters of psychedlic rock, for darned sure. Listen loud, listen often.  

MY JAMS: "She Rex" "V. O. G." "Lioness (Requiem)"

mp3: V. O. G. (Sleepy Sun from Spine Hits)

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #32 - Ringo Deathstarr


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.

WHAT: Shadow EP

WHEN: March 2012

WHERE: Sonic Unyon

WHY: Spoiler alert: This isn't the last time Ringo Deathstarr shows up in my Top 50. The Shadow EP, released earlyish in 2012, served to tide over impatient folks like yours truly who were dying/chomping at the bit/ready to maim someone for their LP Mauve. Seriously, y'all. I am not a patient girl. Veruca Salt had the right idea. But I digress. The four songs here perfectly capture the essence of Ringo Deathstarr, from just like honey drone to sweetness and light vocals to incredibly, beautifully noise to a slow jam that's just a bit off, the kind of song that might make a nice prom song in Twin Peaks. A nice little appetizer it proved to be, indeed.

MY JAMS: "Shadow" "Just You"

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #33 - Bear In Heaven

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: Bear In Heaven

WHAT: I Love You, It's Cool

WHEN: April 2012

WHERE: Dead Oceans

WHY: I don't know what it is about Bear In Heaven, but there's something just inherently cool about their music. Hints of 80s iciness seep in here and there for sure, and damned if it doesn't totally work, all the while sounding totally on point. Slinky and snythy, their latest LP is pure night music, a bit lighter than I was expecting but still swank and sexy and super smooth.  

MY JAMS: "Sinful Nature" "Cool Light" "Kiss Me Crazy" "Sweetness and Sickness"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #34 - Calvin Harris

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: Calvin Harris

WHAT: 18 Months

WHEN: October 2012

WHERE: Sony

WHY: Y'all know I tend to steer clear of stuff that's super "clubby" or stuff that might be popular amongst the masses. However, when it comes to Calvin Harris, I've been powerless to resist the cheeky chappy since I first was introduced years back. His beaty bravado and sonic swagger haven't changed, only now he's reeled in big names like Rihanna and Florence Welch to help spread his message of good times and dancefloor cheer. While I definitely miss some of the camp that hallmarked earlier Harris jams, 18 Months has a certain appeal. What can I say, y'all? I'm a sucker for Scots. 

MY JAMS: "Mansion" "Sweet Nothing" "Thinking About You"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #35 - Sun Airway

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: Sun Airway

WHAT: Soft Fall

WHEN: September 2012

WHERE: Dead Oceans

WHY: It took me all of approximately 45 seconds to decide I was in smit with Sun Airway's Soft Fall. The record is ethereal, beautiful, mesmerizing, seductive, and elegant, to say the least; eleven rose-colored kaleidoscopic songs full of wonder and radiance. Pulsating with energy, but still velvet soft, the LP is a treat to listen to.

MY JAMS: "Wild Palms" "Laketop Swimmers" "Soft Fall" "Black Noise" "Over My Head"

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #36 - Merchandise

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: Merchandise

WHAT: Children of Desire

WHEN: February 2012

WHERE: Katorga Works

WHY: Confession time, y'all. Before last year, I'd never heard of Merchandise. Better late than never, I'd say. These Tampanians have made six songs that sound less like Florida and more like golden era Manchester. Children of Desire is brooding, throbbing, and definitely dark, a wonderful cacophony of noise from gleeful bleeps to delightful distortion to churning fuzz and just about everything in between. And heck, the vocals even sound a bit Manc at times. Definitely one of last year's most wonderful surprises, it's a grower that hasn't yet stopped getting under my skin, and there's not a weak song to be had. Visit the band's site for tons of music, an added bonus. 

MY JAMS: "Time" "Become What You Are" "Roser Park"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #37 - The Irrepressibles

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 Irrepressibles

WHAT: NUDE

WHEN: October 2012 (UK)

WHERE: Of Naked Design

WHY: When I first stumbled upon The Irrepressibles, I was tremendously impressed with the Jamie McDermott-led outfit and the eccentricities of their baroque, glam rock-meets-chamber pop with a dash of camp. A few years later, and the above qualities are all present and accounted for, just done up with a perfectly-produced gloss, and the occasional inclination to get a little dancey. Latest output NUDE is luscious, full of theatrics and sweeping gestures, made startlingly lovely with McDermott's breathy, distinctive vocals. Grandiose and delightfully over the top, the band is in full stride, and with a bit more accessibility in the record, there's never been a better time to give NUDE a listen.

MY JAMS: "Pale Sweet Healing" "To Be" "Ship"

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #38 - Trailer Trash Tracys

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: Trailer Trash Tracys

WHAT: Ester

WHEN: February 2012

WHERE: Domino

WHY: I'm not totally sure what it is Trailer Trash Tracys is doing on this here record, but what I can tell you is that I like it. Toeing the skewed, dizzy line between experimental noiseand early 60s pop, Ester is a mess. But in the best way possible, of course. With breathy, chanteuse vocals seducing against an ever-evolving soundscape, Ester is quite a shapeshifting record. Amongst last year's releases, it absolutely stands out.  

MY JAMS: "You Wish You Were Red" "Engelhardt's Arizona" "Candy Girl"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #39 - The Maccabees

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 Maccabees

WHAT: Given To the Wild

WHEN: April 2012

WHERE: Fiction/Cooperative

WHY: I haven't listened to The Maccabees in many a year, and my how they've grown! They've come far, from cheeky indie scamps with heaps of promise to seasoned and polished professionals. This latest music outpouring is lush and positively alive with all manner of beautiful noise. Named for one of those secret societies, if you've not yet listened to them, don't let The Maccabees stay in the dark for long.   

MY JAMS: "Ayla" "Heave" "Went Away"