A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

Favorite Music of 2011

Filed Under: Standout Tracks, Wicked Good Music
Written by Brendan
Monday February 6, 2012

Obviously this is a little late as we’re now well into 2012. Just ignore that, and check out the wonderful music below.

2011 was a strange year for me in terms of music consumption. Due to work overload and a rapidly evolving landscape of music sources, I didn’t buy nearly as much music as I did the previous year (nor did I see nearly as many shows, nor really did I keep up with this blog as much as I’d like to). That being said, while I was slacking on the listening, there were many bands out there really getting at it. This is a compilation of my favorite tunes among the really fantastic releases of 2011.

If you “like” this site on Facebook, and want a copy of this year’s CD, just send me an email using the link in the upper right of this site, and include your mailing address. If you dig any of the music featured, please support the artists making it by going to their shows, buying their albums, and letting your friends know they should give a listen as well.

Listen to this playlist on Spotify (partial playlist).

2010
Artist Song Album
Wye Oak Civilian Civilian
The Antlers Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out Burst Apart
Milagres Here To Stay Glowing Mouth
Akron/Family Light Emerges S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT
Fleet Foxes Blue Spotted Tail Helplessness Blues
The Generationals You Say It Too Actor-Caster
Fort Lean Beach Holiday Fort Lean EP
The Rural Alberta Advantage Tornado ’87 Departing
The Cave Singers No Prosecution If We Bail No Witch
East River Pipe Tommy Made A Movie We Live In Rented Rooms
Apex Manor Teenage Blood The Year Of Magical Drinking
Ty Segall Where Your Head Goes Goodbye Bread
Girls Honey Bunny Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Iron & Wine Big Burned Hand Kiss Each Other Clean
The Thoughts Orange Sky I Won’t Keep You Here
Thao & Mirah Eleven Thao & Mirah
WATERS For The One Out In The Light
Youth Lagoon 17 The Year Of Hibernation
The Head and the Heart Rivers and Roads The Head And The Heart
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons I Killed Myself But I Didn’t Die Mysterious Power
Darwin Deez Radar Detector Darwin Deez
The Middle East Jesus Came To My Birthday Party I Want That You Are Always Happy
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Tasty new track from (David) Vandervelde

Filed Under: Standout Tracks
Written by Brendan
Tuesday April 26, 2011

I’m generally not one for singles – in fact I usually find myself pretty irritated every time a band pushes some “exclusive” single on me through Facebook/Twitter. I like listening to music like musicians like making it – by the album. I know that artists and labels, in an effort to make any money at all, are probably responding to the way the general populace is now consuming music, but I kinda wish artists would fight against it a little bit more by laying off the release of digital singles a bit.

Anyhow, that being said, I just stumbled across a wonderful song by one of my favorite songwriters, David Vandervelde (who is going by just his last name for this release?). I think I was tricked into clicking, because nothing mentioned a “single” or a “track”, but once I was on the page, I decided to give a listen, and I loved the song so much I had to share it here, against my own advice.

You can download the mp3 if you’d like it here. If you want more than just one track, I highly recommend his 2006 Daytrotter Session (free download) or his 2008 album Waiting For The Sunrise.

Vandervelde is currently touring, with upcoming stops in Chicago, D.C. (well, Virginia really) and Philly, New York and Boston (but sadly, not Burlington or Montreal).

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Standout track: Okkervil River’s “Wake and Be Fine”

Filed Under: Standout Tracks
Written by Brendan
Friday April 1, 2011

While eating lunch and trying to get all my daily distractions out of the way, I stumbled across the recently released video for “Wake and Be Fine,” a single off of the upcoming release I Am Very Far (Due out May 10). When it was done, I immediately pre-ordered the album. The lyrics are, as usual, incredibly literate and poetic, and the music behind them is a lot richer and quite a bit more “rock-y” than anything else I’ve heard from Okkervil River. I’m really, really excited about hearing the rest of the album.

Check out the video below.

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Listen to this: Tumi And The Volume

Filed Under: Standout Tracks
Written by Brendan
Wednesday January 26, 2011

Don’t ask questions. Just listen to this song, because it will make you feel good. It’s called “Tine Blues” and is a hidden track on Tumi And The Volume’s 2010 release “Pick A Dream.”

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Cee-Lo Green tells it straight

Filed Under: Standout Tracks
Written by Brendan
Thursday October 7, 2010

There’s a very good chance you’ve seen this video (or the newer official video), as it’s been out for about a month. But I can’t get the song out of my head, so I wanted you to suffer the same fate. So go ahead, hit play on the video below.

The song, aptly named “Fuck You,” is as straightforward as it sounds. It’s a message to the women who have wronged Cee-Lo set over a Motown beat, and is as catchy as “Crazy,” from the Cee-Lo/Danger Mouse collaboration Gnarls Barkley. I still throw on their 2006 release St. Elsewhere every now and again, and am looking forward to what else Cee-Lo has to offer on his upcoming album Lady Killer.

p.s. apologies to my mom (a regular reader) for the language. you probably want to skip this one.

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I made it

Filed Under: Music for a Mood, Standout Tracks
Written by Brendan
Monday August 23, 2010

I spent the last 10 days in Rome and Tel Aviv, and while I’m glad to be back, I’m also exhausted.  I’ll get back to real writing soon, and have a new friend who I hope you’ll see writing on this blog in the near future.  But in the meantime, here’s Rococo from Arcade Fire (from their recent release The Suburbs), the song I listened to most while away.

p.s. Thanks to Aaron for filling in for me and sharing some quality posts.

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Standout Tracks: “Right On” by The Roots

Filed Under: Guest Post, Standout Tracks, Track Reviews
Written by Eric
Friday July 9, 2010

Ed. Note: I’ll be filling in for Brendan for a few days.  Our musical taste arc has followed the same hip-hop to indie music (with some hip-hop interspersed) progression, so I hope to do this blog’s theme justice.

“Right On” by The Roots is the 9th track off of their latest release, “How I Got Over.”  While I highly recommend the entire album, I want to focus on this particular track.

A rework of “The Book of Right-On” by Joanna Newsom, this track immediately hit me with its haunting and mesmerizing hooks and break beats.  Newsom’s harp and voice combined with Questlove’s drums create a backdrop for this song that leaves the listener yearning for more.  An aside: you can read more about Joanna Newsom’s unique journey through indie music at NYTimes.com.

Black Thought deftly maneuvers through his verse. Like the rest of the album, his level-headed but strong flow drives the track with a sense of purpose.  On this occasion though, the lyrical gem of the track belongs to the other guest.  STS aka Sugar Tongue Slim, the Philly by way of Atlanta rapper, comes out of nowhere to steal the track with his verse. He quickly burns through his 45 seconds, dropping several scientific references and finishing with a sports analogy.  That combination is a key to my rap-loving heart. It’s the type of performance that makes you do a double-take and rewind to the beginning of it.

Sure, the track’s message is a bit shallow; it’s equal parts ego boasting and city repping.  But it certainly left an impression on me for days.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think:


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