Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Singles Club: John Newman

There is catchy, there is addictive, and then there is "Love Me Again."

The baby-faced crooner with the completely unpretentious name, John Newman, defies his youthfulness and delivers a fabulous modernized take on good old UK Northern Soul, perfectly-produced and just poppy enough to enjoy mass appeal (yet swanky enough to warrant serious consideration from the more discerning musicos).  It's a song fit for dancing, to put it mildly.

Newman also earns serious bonus points for the accompanying video, starring a Romeo and Juliet for modern times (unhappy ending, sure, but those dancers!). I've been listening to this all weekend, and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. 

That this song is destined to be huge isn't even up for discussion, really. It's only a matter of time.
 



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Meet Estrangers

Oh, North Carolina. You do move in mysterious ways. It's time to talk about another band from the great musical hotbed of Carolina del Norte, this time hailing from the Winston-Salem area. Estrangers, they are called, and I like them quite a bit.

Theirs is a glorious noise, friends, one that brings together darkness and light in shades of Scotland and New Zealand and even their very own Research Triangle. Perfectly fuzzy, fizzy pop, with hints of the olden days about it. Definitely very promising indeed, and I'm looking forward to hearing more out of Estrangers.
  
mp3: Cape Fear (Estrangers from the forthcoming Season of 1000 Colors)

Video Vixens: Chase and Status

If I had to venture a guess, I'd say this is probably the first time I've written about dubstep (or something approaching dubstep, anyway) since Fuzzy Logic launched two years ago. But having been introduced to the following jam by a rather special fellow, I found myself feeling compelled to share the sweet, sweet love and sweet, sweet beats with y'all. 

Chase & Status is a pair of Brits (Saul and Will, respectively) with a penchant for knob-twiddling. One such song, "Blind Faith," has engrained itself into my brain, so addictive is this little firecracker. The video for the clip is sheer early 90s nostalgia, following a group of friends as they move from pregame to pub to "warehouse party," and then on to the morning after. The haircuts! The dance moves! The huge cell phones! A blast from the past backed by a seriously killer tune. I'm all for it, my lovelies. And you might just be, too.
    

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Good Ship Recovery: The Zutons - Who Killed The Zutons

We all forget about the older stuff from time to time, in our quest to stay up to speed with the latest and greatest. But one should always respect their elders. So don’t forget about them, y’hear?

It's hard to believe this record is approaching it's tenth birthday, really. A collection of wonderfully quirky, deliciously eccentric songs by Liverpool oddballs The Zutons, Who Killed The Zutons goes here, there, and everywhere, leaping from genre to genre in a single bound. It's a ridiculously fun record, mad as a hatter and not taking itself at all seriously.

Witness opener "Zuton Fever," a spaghetti western-meets sea shanty-meets 60s British Invasion number, madcap and whimsical all at once, full of frantic brass and a kicky little beat. Gears immediately shift to "Pressure Point," Northern soul reworked into a silly, funky jam. "Confusion" is a favorite, gentle strumming and a slightly more serious tone. A bit Small Faces/Kinksian, in its way.

The rollicking "Havana Gang Brawl" is a gem, infectiously lively and more than a little over the top. Shades of "The Monster Mash" flitter about in the brass, and reckless abandon prevails. That, friends, is quality. As, too, is my very favorite of all, "Moons and Horror Shows," a dreamy, kitsch, folksy ditty, lovely and romantic yet utterly Zutonian. 

All told, this one's definitely worth checking out if you missed it back in 2004, back when Liverpool was It for a moment and when it was hip to be obtuse.
       

Newsflash!: Fire & The Wheel Minidoc & Show!

Ever wondered what it's like to be a band in the studio, getting your recording on? Wonder no more, my little lambs. Yours truly had the pleasure of sitting in on a session with local favorites and amigos (and purveyors of high quality concept albums) Fire & The Wheel as they worked on new jam "Blow Darts" at The Bastille, and it was quite an enjoyable outing.


Fire and the Wheel - Recording Blow Darts from Hi.Go. on Vimeo.

As the song plays tantalizingly in the background, the video montages from band member closeups to group interview snippets to candid recording shots, retaining a somewhat gleeful air as the band talks us through the recording and songwriting process. Quite a snazzy clip, if you ask me, not to mention one heck of a catchy little "upbeat pop" ditty.

And as for "Blow Darts," you might get the chance to hear it live and in person this coming Friday, May 24th, at the Velvet Lounge. Another promising DC band, Brenda, is also on the bill, so you are highly encouraged to attend. And maybe buy me a beer.
  


Video Vixens: Secret Colours

If there's one thing I love, y'all, it's a good mindfuck. Enter Secret Colours, Chicago's psych rock upstarts, and their video for new jam "Blackhole."

The unknowns of the video are many; Who is the blonde girl? Why is she so terrifying to the dark-haired girl? What's with the gas mask? It's definitely got that late 60s avant garde thing going for it, and the song is certainly steeped in enough hazy psych to cause quite an aural experience. And the swirls...so many swirls...
 

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #1a - DIIV

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: DIIV

WHAT: Oshin

WHEN: June 2012

WHERE: Captured Tracks

WHY: It's quite rare that a record will so immediately grab me by the heart as quickly as did DIIV's Oshin. I was only about ten seconds into my first listen when I realized that resistance was futile. This was a record that would not be ignored. I was ever so taken with the ice cold chill, the beautiful noise (like a more romanticized, less fuzzy Beach Fossils), the simple hazy splendor of it all. Oshin is like an endless sonic dream, billowy and soft and sun-dappled, with darker shadows lurking tantalizingly just out of sight (but appearing more and more as the record spins along). With this impossibly pretty, perpetually summer music, DIIV has, for a brief moment, thawed my cold black heart. 

MY JAMS: "Past Lives" "Human" "Air Conditioning" "How Long Have You Known" "(Druun Pt. II)" "Follow" "Sometime" "Oshin (Subsume)" "Home"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #1b - The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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 Brian Jonestown Massacre

WHAT: Aufheben

WHEN: April 2012

WHERE: 'a' Records

WHY: To say that there is Anton Newcombe and then there is everyone else probably sounds a bit overly dramatic, but sometimes I don't wonder if it's true. What begins with the trippy Eastern promise of "Panic In Babylon" soon shows itself to be what you'd expect from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, that is to say lots of amazing, intricate sounds swirled together into one hazy smoke puff of sexy nouveau psych rock noise. "Aufheben" might mean a whole lot of different things, and Aufheben might bring together a whole lot of different sounds, but both are pure Anton Newcombe, most definitely in rare form. Over 20 years on, and he's still more than got it. This is absolutely turning into a favorite of the BJM's catalog for me, and I can't urge you enough to drop what you're doing and have a listen.  

MY JAMS: "Vihollseni Maalla" "Gaz Hilarant" "I Want To Hold Your Other Hand" "The Clouds Are Lies" "Stairway To The Best Party In The Universe" "Waking Up To Hand Grenades" "Blue Order / New Monday"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Singles Club: Tashaki Miyaki

Father John Misty is in town this fine evening, so it felt only right to share this here cover of one of my favorite FJM songs. 

"Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" is given a spooky, slinky, sludgy and rather sexy treatment by Los Angelinos Tashaki Miyaki. With ghostly, pouty lady vocals and just a touch of fuzz adding an overall haunting, almost forlorn vibe to an already great song, this one's definitely more than worth your time.
 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #1c - A Place To Bury Strangers

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: A Place To Bury Strangers

WHAT: Worship

WHEN: June 2012

WHERE: Dead Oceans

WHY: If you like your music rough, fuzzy, and unapologetically loud, odds are you're already a fan of A Place To Bury Strangers. Latest long player Worship sees the band doing what they do best, that of course being spitting forth dark, provocatively pummeling, ferocious juggernauts of songs designed to assault your senses until you've no choice but to surrender. At times there's a fleeting, vulnerable tenderness to the onslaught of furiosity, adding the Achilles heel to an otherwise impenetrable hard edge. Completely mesmerizing, you could say that Worship is worthy of, well, worship.  

MY JAMS: "Alone" "You Are The One" "Mind Control" "Worship" "Dissolved" "Revenge" "Slide"

mp3: You Are The One (A Place To Bury Strangers from Worship)

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #1d - Beach House

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: Beach House

WHAT: Bloom

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: Sub Pop

WHY: There is magic in the music of Beach House, it's as simple as that. What these Baltimoreans do on record is nothing short of casting spells. As beautiful, haunting, sparkling, and ethereal as ever, Bloom sees the band continuing on in the pursuit of fluid, textured, velvet perfection. You'd think by now they'd be bored with being flawless, but evidently not.   

MY JAMS: "Myth" "Wild" "Lazuli" "Other People" "New Year" "Wishes" "On The Sea" 

mp3: Myth (Beach House from Bloom)

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #1e - Lower Dens

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: Lower Dens

WHAT: Nootropics

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: Ribbon Music

WHY: I'm a staunch Lower Dens supporter, so it was only a matter of time before Nootropics popped up. It is, as expected, a beautiful record sonically. Filled to the brim with a cacophony of all manner of sounds, swelling and crashing all over the place, Nootropics is a beautiful animal, never standing still and constantly changing its' stripes. And as an aside, not to take away from the artistic merit of the record, but since I've commented on this before when it comes to Lower Dens, yes, friends, it also happens to make for some serious mood music. Trust me. 

MY JAMS: "Alphabet Song" "Stem" "Propogation" "Lamb" "Nova Anthem"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #6 - Moon Duo

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: Moon Duo

WHAT: Circles

WHEN: October 2012

WHERE: Sacred Bones Records

WHY: We already know I adore Wooden Shjips. It should logically follow that anything Shjips honcho Ripley Johnson is involved in, I will more than likely be more than a little into. Enter Moon Duo's 2012 effort Circles. Definitely in the same vein as Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo takes the hazy, crazy, skillfully scattered psych rock that is a Wooden Shjips hallmark and flips it on its head, speeding things up, adding in traces of poppiness and throwing in beats that you can almost, dare I even say it, cut a rug to. Pretty much masterful.  

MY JAMS: "Sleepwalker" "I Been Gone" "Sparks" "Dance Pt. 3" "Free Action" "Rolling Out"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #7a - Father John Misty

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: Father John Misty

WHAT: Fear Fun

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: Sub Pop

WHY: Another record for whom I must credit others for having fallen in love with (thanks, Donny), Fear Fun grew on me quite a bit over the course of last year. Mister Josh Tillman, very sexily I might add, cavorts his way through the ghosts of faded, idyllic Hollywood, channeling at times shades of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Lee Hazelwood, and even Jerry Reed (yes, really). Tales are told with humor, but ever so bittersweetly, Tillman's croon at times angelic and at others deadpan ("My reality is realer than yours"). At the best bits, Fear Fun is untouchably good. And did I mention the sexiness of Mister Tillman? Just checking.

MY JAMS: "Funtimes In Babylon" "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" "I'm Writing A Novel" "Misty's Nightmares 1 & 2" "Only Son of the Ladiesman" "This Is Sally Hatchet" "Tee Pees 1-12"

mp3: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Father John Misty from Fear Fun)

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #7b - Tame Impala

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: Tame Impala

WHAT: Lonerism

WHEN: October 2012

WHERE: Modular

WHY: Sometimes even music writers need a little nudge. Thankfully, when it comes to Tame Impala, I had not one but two nudges (thanks, Brandi and Matt). If not for them, I might have missed out on the fluorescent, psychedelic dreamsicle space oddity fantasy that is Lonerism. Possessing one of my jams of the year, the powerfully pulsatingly sexy stardust groove machine that is "Elephant," Lonerism proves itself to be more than worthy of frequent listens.

MY JAMS: "Enders Toi" "Mind Mischief" "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" "Elephant" "Nothing Has Happened"

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #8 - Young Prisms

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 Prisms

WHAT: In Between

WHEN: March 2012

WHERE: Kanine Records

WHY: When I first listed to In Between, I was a bit surprised by what I heard. I had expected more of that delicious, heavy darkness Young Prisms had so recently offered up, the heady aggression wrapped in layers of gorgeous fuzz. But In Between is a totally different animal. The fuzz is still there, mind, but in a lighter, floatier way. It's as if the midnight of Friends For Now gave way to the dawn, and even if bittersweet, it's going to be a beautiful day indeed.

MY JAMS: "Floating In Blue" "Runner" "Midnight's When" "Better Days" "Sunshine"



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bands on Film #39: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ 9:30 Club, 5/6/13




















Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

[photos copyright Megan Petty]


Monday, May 6, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #9 - Pond

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: Pond

WHAT: Beard, Wives, Denim

WHEN: March 2012

WHERE: Modular Records

WHY: Is there an Australian equivalent of peyote? If so, that might partially explain Pond's Beard, Wives, Denim. A bit of a magical mystery tour, Pond gets a bit jammy, a bit glammy, a bit expansive, a bit celestial, and more than a bit out there. Sunshine supermen with a 70s slant, this band of Aussie space cadets comes across blissfully dazed and confused, daydream believers for the modern age. 

MY JAMS: "When It Explodes" "Sorry I Was Under The Sky" "Allergies" "You Broke My Cool" "Leisure Pony"


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #10 - The Snowy Owls

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 Snowy Owls

WHAT: Within Yr Reach EP

WHEN: November 2012

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: Let's talk about a pretty mess by this one band. I've been following The Snowy Owls for quite some time, and they never cease to impress me. Recently expanded to a quartet, the Richmonders wear shoegaze/dream pop/post punk influences on their collective sleeve, all the while casting a spell with their intelligent, utterly charming noise. Within Yr Reach is teeming with longing, joy, contemplation, and sheer delight. A pretty mess, indeed.   

MY JAMS: "Fortunate Isles" "Josef & Anni" "Cloud" "Falling"


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #11 - Broken Water

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: Broken Water

WHAT: Tempest

WHEN: May 2012

WHERE: Hardly Art

WHY: Sometimes yours truly likes it a little down and dirty. Naturally, I'm referring to my music. Broken Water, of the left coast, brings the scuzz and then some on the most excellent Tempest. It's a muddy, rough record, full of jaggedly eviscerating riffs and slightly off, slightly bored, and nearly confrontational vocals. Seriously, y'all, this is one hell of a record. If you missed it last year, now's your chance to right that wrong. 

MY JAMS: "Drown" "Orange Blossom Stains" "Underground" "River Under The River" "Chantal Seder"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #12 - 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.

WHO: Ringo Deathstarr

WHAT: Mauve

WHEN: September 2012

WHERE: Sonic Unyon

WHY: When it comes to Ringo Deathstarr, I frequently cry "more, more, more" (apologies to Billy Idol). The Austinian trio is so very much in my wheelhouse, and Mauve is another no apologies romp through scuzzgaze, fuzzgaze, and shoegaze that leaves me a happy girl indeed. Whether it's Alex doing her finest ingenue vocals, or that overpowering wall of succulent, shattering guitar shenanigans, Mauve shows Ringo Deathstarr to be in fine fettle indeed.

MY JAMS: "Rip" "Burn" "Drag" "Girls We Know" "Nap Time" 


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #13 - Echo Lake

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: Echo Lake

WHAT: Wild Peace

WHEN: June 2012

WHERE: Slumberland Records

WHY: There is an effortless ethereal aura to Wild Peace, as if the members of Echo Lake just woke up one day and made the beautiful magic happen by chance. Languid and liquid, the icy lady vocals and slow motionscapes create enchantment at every turn, while proving incredibly atmospheric. Wild Peace is a gem amongst records, and a must for anyone with an ear for the prettiest of sounds. 

MY JAMS: "Another Day" "Even The Blind" "In Dreams" "Swimmers" "Just Kids"


Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #14 - Ttotals

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: Ttotals

WHAT: Silver on Black

WHEN: August 2012

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: Somewhere there exists a parallel universe, where there is only light and love and loud, loud music. Ttotals has come from this universe, temporarily residing in Nashville to spread their "Outer Blues" to the discerning listeners who understand. Controlled, fuzzy chaos ebbs and flows, a guitar churns mercilessly, and drums are pounded with cool, loving ferocity. And seriously, y'all, "Flowers Follow" is one of my favorite songs of the whole dang year. Dig in. Believe the truth.     

MY JAMS:
"Special A" "Flowers Follow" "Over The Years"