Best Of/ Albums of 2010

•December 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This has been one insane year. While music has played less of a role than previously, there are still albums and singles that remind me of certain moments, good and bad. This year’s title references a song that I really liked last year, “Embrace” by PNAU, because I think that best defines 2010 for me. Anyway, enough of the heartfelt introduction, time to start off the albums (both LPs and EPs are allowed) list!

cat who farts and hiccups at the same time presents

So I gave these albums an actual shot but my perception could not meet the actual talent that was presented.

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Best Of/ Singles of 2010

•December 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

brought to you by a saint or the most boring action figure you have ever seen

41. Blur – “Fool’s Day”
Blur = Awesome. I don’t know what else to say, other than that this song was a nice surprise.
42. Chemical Brothers – “Swoon”
Chemical Brothers are always a delight to listen to.
43. Best Coast – “When I’m with You”
The world is lazy but you and me, we’re just crazy. This song just makes me feel good, haha.
44. Matt & Kim – “Cameras”*
I almost had a chance to see them… and yet I failed
45. Steel Train – “Turnpike Ghost”*
I got to see them but I didn’t appreciate them as much as I should have.
46. Wildbirds & Peacedrums – “The Drop”*
Also another artist that is great and better live.
47. Beach House – “Zebra”
Surprisingly, Gossip Girl had this and it was just a nice feeling song.
48. The Walkmen – “Woe is Me”*
I know this is not a single but this was my favorite song from them, so I had to include it.
49. Uffie ft. Pharrell Williams – “ADD SUV”
This is probably the only song I heard a lot by Uffie that I actually did like a lot.
50. Real Estate – “Beach Comber”*
Thanks to someone’s obsession, I came to appreciate this.
The Pipettes – Call Me
I’m so glad I knew they had newer stuff out but other stuff overpowered them.
52. Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love
Horrible ringback since it gets stuck in my head after each call. The accordion is beautiful though.
53. Sade – Soldier of Love
I like whenever I heard this randomly but that’s about it. Never could get into it on my own.
54. Toro Y Moi – Talamak
This made me think of Passion Pit and Animal Collective.
55. Pharrell Williams – Despicable Me*
Great movie with a very interesting/creative song that may or may not be a single.
56. B.o.B. ft. Rivers Cuomo – Magic
It’s magic, magic, maaggiic!
57. Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull – I Like it
The club is on fire. I like it. Tonight (I’m Loving You) should have came out sooner.
58. Gucci Mane – Lemonade
Oh man, so many memories associated with this song. This song/video worries me. GUCCI!
59. Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake – Carry Out
I wish Justin would stop collaborating for other artists and make another album!
60. Sam Adams – Driving me Crazy
Super catchy, that’s really about it.
Cake – “Sick Of You”
I meant to check out the actual album but I checked out this song a bit too late.
62. New Young Pony Club – “Chaos!”
I had no idea NYPC had new material when I heard this… then I forgot about their new material.
63. Corinne Bailey Rae – “I’d Do It All Again”
As would I, Corinne.
64. Oliver North Boy Choir – “Teenage Lust”*
I’m not sure if this was a single but I loved this too much from Gossip Girl.
65. Christian Rich – “Hello Virgin”
Oh, my, goodness. Creepy/WTF song and video. I’m slightly annoyed but intrigued.
66. Hot Hot Heat – “21@12”
It’s pretty much the same deal as NYPC, except I was less excited here.
67. Broken Social Scene – “Texico Bitches”
Texico bitches, i hope you stick around.
68. Leighton Meester ft. Robin Thicke – “Somebody to Love”
I wish I heard more from Leighton Meester, outside of Gossip Girl.
69. Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
I’d take grenades for yaaaa! My friend first heard “fuck yeah” instead. Hilarious.
70. Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
I was so close to being able to shove my way through a group screaming “I came to move, move, move!”
71. Kisses – “Bermuda”
72. TOBACCO ft. Beck – “Fresh Hex”
73. Wild Nothing – “Chinatown”
74. Frightened Rabbit – “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”
75. Band of Horses – “Laredo”
76. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
77. Local Natives – “Airplanes”
78. Samuel – “I Heart NY”
79. Maroon 5 – “Misery”
80. Sky Ferreira – “One”

Note: An asterisk (*) could signify a song that may have not been a single.

102710: Metric w/ Muse at John Paul Jones Arena (and other bits)

•November 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s somewhat weird to think that I never wrote about my experience seeing Nine Inch Nails at JPJ two years ago. They were pretty much incredible live, with Health opening for them. They were the only concert where I experienced the actual crazy moshing, but that’s probably because they are the only outlying artist (other than Deftones) that I have seen live. It could also be because of the venue.

When looking at the venue, I got to visit it again for Metric with Muse. Just a few days before the concert in Charlottesville, I got to see Metric on their own (with an opening band from Richmond) at the National and that was quite a treat. Not only was their set longer, obviously, but they ended their encore with acoustic Combat Baby.

Enough about that though, since this entry is more about Muse and Metric, making it a very special concert. Last year, around the same time actually, Muse came to Charlottesville to open for U2. My friend and I went to that mostly because it was Muse and because it was Muse and U2 so close to us. Well, we ended up taking a very long unintended detour which cost us not being able to actually see Muse perform. While we were getting there, we heard the music, but when we got into our seats, that’s when they went off stage. It was quite sad, seeing U2 was able to have 3 amazing encores (not complaining at all about that, just wish we could have seen Muse do their songs at some point too). So, when we heard they were coming back, we knew we had to go.

With the fact that I saw Metric earlier that week and heard (and wanted to see) Muse the previous year, this was going to be one exciting concert… and it was! Metric did most of the same songs, in almost the same order but much like with both concerts, they had more energy in their songs than actually trying to have a conversation with the audience. That might be the only thing I wanted more out of their performances, more things said by them. Still, they were both great as a main act and as an opening band.

Muse, on the other hand, was amazing. I remember somewhat seeing how their performance was last year, and how great it was, but it was truly nice to see how they set the stage this year. They definitely made the most of JPJ, much like Nine Inch Nails did two years ago, and it somewhat reminded me of how crazy U2 had their set up. All-in-all, all the essential senses were thought of when it came to this concert.

Live Concerts

•October 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This year has been pretty good when it comes to live concerts that I have been able to catch. It started off with Drake, who was not completely worth the money but still good to catch, and then Tegan and Sara with Holly Miranda, who was absolutely adorable. After a summer of silence, came another storm of concerts.

Chino Moreno


Last month (September 1st), I was able to catch Deftones, who were way better than I expected. The crowd was actually tame, since after seeing Nine Inch Nails, I had come to expect a lot of moshing. I assume the venue here just does not allow moshing, haha. Either way, they had Baroness open for them, who were actually pretty good. When Deftones came out, they started with Diamond Eyes. Some of the songs from their setlist included: My Own Summer (Shove It), Be Quiet and Drive Away (Far Away), CMND/CTRL, and Nosebleed. Of course, there was an encore but they only did two songs: Engine #9 and 7 Words. I think my favorite performances were Change (In The House of Flies) and 7 Words. Seriously great way to end the show.

Tokyo Police Club

Opener for New Pronographers

Earlier this week, I was able to catch Tokyo Police Club and New Pornographers. Talk about an amazing tour! The opening band was Tokyo Police Club and they definitely brought energy to the concert. They exceeded whatever expectations I had for them. They actually made me think of the energy I had seen from Kaiser Chiefs at the Weezer/Foo Fighters tour, which definitely had me psyched for the rest of the concert. They were also pretty interactive. They actually incorporated clapping in 1/3 of their songs (Citizens of Tomorrow, Wait Up (Boots of Danger), Bambi), which made me really get into the mood. There was also some singing done along to “Wait Up”! I’d honestly love to see them again, but they’ll be in DC (October 30) when I won’t be! I also wish I got their autographs but I wasn’t thinking after the concert. It’s fine though, the experience was well worth it.

Now, the main feature of this post… New Pornographers! I’ve always liked them when I randomly heard them but I never completely got into them. I finally got around to getting some albums this year and I’ve still mostly had to be in the mood to listen to them. Well, this concert changed them. They were AMAZING live. It actually made me like them a lot more! Much like Tokyo Police Club, they tried to be interactive and were pretty funny with their stories. They reminded me a tad of Tegan and Sara in that respect… not too crazy but something adorable is said whenever they do talk. I originally heard of them when I heard Sing Me Spanish Techno on (which they performed live in this concert too!). The reason this concert is what got me more into them was being able to see how much was involved in their music. They had so many glorious instruments used and such catchy hooks… you could actually see the excitement and fun they had while they performed the music. It was an amazing experience I will never forget.

New Pornographers

Soundtrack of the Moment: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

•August 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Inception had a great score but Scott Pilgrim may have had the best soundtrack of the year. It had a pretty good score too but the soundtrack featured Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric! I mean, this has to beat the (more awesome than should be) Twilight soundtrack. The movie was fantastic and the music played along with it well and I can’t say the same for anything else that’s out. One of the songs that stood out was initially performed by Metric but was said to be by The Clash at Demonhead, which had Brie Larson who plays Scott’s Ex. She actually did the vocals to this song!

Beck’s film name was The Sex Bob-Ombs, which was a band that included Scott and his friends. Heck, the movie has a battle of the bands, literally, and for that alone it should be worth checking out! For some reason, this movie did not do so well in the box offices for opening weekend. It could have been due to the other popular movies coming out the same weekend, or it could have been the free screenings. It’s not very certain but one thing is for sure, more people need to see it! Change that now?

Bonus: Soundtrack Featurette with small interviews and a nice trailer

Limelight/ Mark Ronson & The Business INTL – Bang Bang Bang

•August 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This song is genius! “Bang Bang Bang” gives tribute to an old French nursery rhyme called Alouette in a fun way. We’ve got Amanda Warner and Q-Tip contributing their fantastic vocals. Now I never new the nursery rhyme as much as I knew Frère Jacques but this still created an interesting concept for the song verses and video. The video started off with a cute commercial (with a little girl singing the Alouette nursery rhyme), an introduction-based interview of some sort, and then an almost futuristic action-related video.  It’s clearly better to see this for yourselves:

Much like last year’s Flosstradamus – Big Bills introducing me to Caroline Polachek from Chairlift, this song introduces us to Amanda Warner from MNDR. Some of you may have already heard of MNDR but until this song but I had no idea who they were! At first I thought it was just Amanda on her own but she works with Peter Wade to form an electronc duo. I highly recommend checking them out. One of their more known songs on hype machine seems to be I Go Away, which is almost too good for the end of the summer.

Limelight/ Marina & The Diamonds

•June 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been slacking when it comes to supporting my favorite female vocals. The last album I bought was perhaps late last year, when I got Lights – The Listening, which is still one of my top favorites of last year. It took me forever to appreciate Little Boots (even though I loved Dead Disco?) and then it took forever to appreciate Fol Chen (even though Cable TV was automatically one of my favorite love songs after first listen). Ladyhawke and Florence + The Machine had it the worst last year, when I rediscovered them very late last year and they somehow barely made it. Well, it seems I took my sweet time with these artists but I’m not too far behind!

This year, more female artists are in the spotlight. Kate Nash came back with a whole new album, and joining her have been artists like La Roux, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, and Marina & The Diamonds. While I immediately loved Ellie Goulding’s amazing pop sound, it took me a while to appreciate Kate Nash’s new album and I definitely had to grow used to Marina’s interesting style. La Roux’s interest was pretty normal in the sense that I was obsessed with a song or two every now and then but somehow mainstream radio sort of killed it with the overplaying. Marina & The Diamonds, however, just keeps getting better and better. Oh my gosh, the new video for “Oh No!” is awesome and a must-see!

If her voice is not your cup of tea, try Ellie Goulding’s adorable voice, but be warned, Ellie’s lyrics cannot compare to what Marina has to offer in her debut album :p

Bonus: Marina & The Diamonds – Girls