I will keep this short because I’m sure the internet is clogged with a bunch of BS about SXSW.
I didn’t get to see a huge number of bands, but did see (and recommend) these bands:
and The Internet
A whirlwind once again, adieu Austin.@1 month ago
In an effort to absorb as much good music as I can, I thought perhaps I’d listen to Rolling Stones’ top 500 albums of all time in 2014.
After having looked at it and really thought about it, my patience may not get me through all of these - though its a great start. We shall see!
Then I thought about what my top 10 albums of all time would be, thus far.
And so, in no particular order, here is what I will pick, end of 2013.
Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas
Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians
The Fugees, Greatest Hits (is that allowed?)
Hudson Mohawke, Butter
Daft Punk, Discovery
Jeff Buckley, Grace
James Blake, James Blake
Radiohead, The Bends (with In Rainbows an close second)
The Strokes, Is This It
Hon. mentions: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson & The Beatles just in general.
And the best albums of 2013 for me (again, no particular order):
David Bowie, The Next Day
James Blake, Overgrown (could be top 10 albums but hard to choose between the two)
Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork
Haitus Kayote, Tawk Tomahawk
Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe
Kanye West, Yeezus
Lorde, Pure Heroine
Haim, Days Are Gone
Mount Kimbie, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Hon Mention: Bonobo, North Borders & Kaytranada - everything he has released this year.
Would love to hear your fave top 10s of life/2013. Agree? Disagree? Way off?
2013 has been a strange year, but I put it down to my superstition of odd numbers. Going by that, 2014 will be awesome.@4 months ago with 1 note
Jamie Lidell’s self titled is his 5th on Warp Records, yet this album is a step in a different direction for the Brit born artist.
With a bombastic voice and killer beat boxing skills, Lidell has always had some serious mouth talent - his one man laptop band has explored a huge range of genres; mostly tinted with a raw, soul sound.
On this album he seems to have turned to slick electronic production, paying homage to Prince and the 80s with his band Super Collider. The first single, You Naked, is a great tune and surely the best track on the album. Its edgy synth bassline, popping percussive accents and unusual, soul-style melody makes for an absolute banger of a pop tune. Other standouts for me were Big Love (talk about the 80s), What A Shame (down and dirty pop with hints of dub and a whole lot of overdrive) and In Your Mind (did Michael Jackson come back to life?) An interesting addition was why_ya_why - almost sounded like a Gorillaz track.
To me, many of the songs on the album are awash with too many layers of sound, and with almost every one hitting the four minute mark I find myself wishing for an aural break every once in a while.
A seasoned player in the music scene, Lidell is embracing the possibility of a well-deserved, successful pop album. Will his old fans like this direction? For now I think this is a fun record and an interesting change for the experimental and eclectic, Jamie Lidell.
@1 year ago with 1 note