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An inside Out Sock continues (and ends) his list: 20 – 1

7 January 2010

I’m gonna keep it as short as the previous ones, just because it’s already the 7th of January. I should be listening to 500 2010 records right now! I promised myself I’d provide more regular updates, maybe in a different form than I used to. Oh, and I’ll finish my unknown bands from last decade list. Eventually.

20. La Strada – La Strada (EP) (Ernest Jenning Recording Company)

What? The New New Folk movement, 2011 (mark my words)

La Strada – The Sun Song

19. Bowerbirds – Upper Air (Dead Oceans)

What? Woman + Man = Music with a Romantic Folk-feel

Bowerbirds – Teeth

18.  Adam Lipman – From Your Mouth To God’s Ears (Shrimper Records)

What? Mumble like a singer and make the best mumble-record of the year. Thanksgiving, anyone? (Does Shrimper Records even have a website?)

Adam Lipman – Both Sundays

17. Adrian Crowley – Season Of The Sparks (Chemikal Underground)

What? No Leonard Cohen for me, I want Adrian Crowley! (that rhymes!)

Damn, his songs aren’t on my hard disk. Soooooo, you’ll have to do with a movieclip for now (maybe I’ll replace it later this week)

16. Le Loup – Family (Hardly Art)

What? Little Brothey of Animal Collective goes from childhood to puberty and get high on tranquilizers.

SONG REMOVED BY REQUEST

15. Alela Diane – To Be Still (Rough Trade)

What? Folk singer girl sings girl folk songs.

Alela Diane – White As Diamonds

14. Timber Timbre – Timber Timbre (Arts & Crafts)

What? Finally recognition for this wooden cabin blues

Timber Timbre – Demon Host

13. Jordaan Mason & The Horse Museum – Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head (Oh! Map records)

What? What? again Wooden CAbin Blues?! God you have a boring, non-diverse taste!

Jordaan Mason & The Horse Museum – Oh Jarhead! Oh Wife!

(PS: you can download his earlier albums for free on the collective family )

12. Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun (EP) (Zero Summer Records or Self-released?)

What? The only real bastard child of Nick Drake

Alexi Murdoch – Some Day Soon

11. Dan Mangan –  Nice, Nice, Very Nice (Some Major Label?)

What? Well, we all know you love singer-songwriters, but why another one? answer: because this one goes straight to the heart.

Dan Mangan – Robots

10. Chris Garneau – El Radio (Absolutely Kosher Records)

What? Cry-baby makes cry-babyalbum. We’re emotional kids. And we love songs about pirates.

Chris Garneau – No More Pirates

9. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino Records)

What? No number 1, but it bounces and it’s Beach Boys and it’s Funky, and it’s wooooohooee acid!

No songs, cause you can find them at mullllltiple other places. (and I’m tired of uploading songs)

8. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More ( Island Records)

What? Not as good as the EP’s – too well-produced and less intense – but still one of the big bands of 2009.

No song either, becuase big label and we hate them. booooh!

7. Knots – The Blistering Sun, The Pale Moon, Hahahahaha ( Self-released)

What? Guy makes album in his bedroom and makes emotional emotions singable

Knots – Boulder Lies

6. Stuart And Caan – The Mayfly Dance (Knw-Yr- Own Records)

What? soundtrack for the Wickerman (scary pagan folk)

Stuart And Caan – Rosemary

5. Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer (Jagjaguwar)

What? Man with weird voice does it again. (and will keep on doing it for next 23 years)

Sunset Rubdown – Black Swan

4. Sarcastic Dharma Society – Other People’s Songs, vol. 1 (Self-released, through The Collective Family and Less than  Three Records)

What? Cover album with a great feel. And you don’t have to learn the lyrics, cause you already know them!

(is there anyone who can tell me who Meyercord is? Very curious to the original)

Sarcastic Dharma Society – Shit on My Heart

The Album is free to download on Collective Family

3. Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Drag City)

What? Break-up albums tend to be the beginning of the end. Let’s hope not (though this puts the standard quite high)

Bill Callahan – Jim Cain

2. Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard – Em Are I (Rough Trade)

What? The album that gave me the best summer feel this year, and made me singalong the most

Jeffrey Lewis – Broken, Broken, Broken Heart

1.  Navigator – Bad Children (Magic Goat Music)

What? Neutral Milk Hotel, No Age and Chad Vangaalen made a baby, and the baby was butt-ugly and totally free.

Navigator – Blood

The Emotional Record of the year. In 2009 we got hit by 100.000 of indie noise pop things, and quite franktly we grew tired of it. But then there was Bradne J. McKenna. He happened to be on my hard drive for a couple of years, but this stuff is muchos grandos compared to the early songs I have. This hit me in the stomach, left me bleeding to death and then reanimated me. You can download Navigator’s album totally for free through their label, which makes this year the total fuck you to major labels. Thank you Braden J. McKenna.

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End of 2009: 50 – 41

22 December 2009

There are so many lists out there, that I don’t have the pretention that mine will be anymore outstanding than all those others. Still, for personal benefit and glory, and for you people who can’t get enough of lists or are constantly looking for new musical tips, I present you my list. It’s got probably some obscure names, so you can brag about it with friends.

50. Boat – Setting The Paces (Magic Marker Records)

What? More of the same  poppy madness

If I would be a poet, I’d say that Boat is the ship to party island, where we would dance with monkeys on wheels, and drink liquor with coconut flavour. Their previous album ended way higher in my list, but I think that their 50 spot (which is still good knowing that there was A lot of competition) mainly has to do with the surprise element missing. Still, the album is like confetti canons blown in your face. Awesome!

Boat – Lately (I’ve been on my Back)

49. Vetiver – Tight Knit (Sub Pop)

What? Slowly turning into the great wise uncle of the modern indie folk movement

Now that  Devendra Banhart is turning into something we didn’t really ask for (at least I didn’t), his buddy Andy Cabic is almost the only one left from the indie folk bands that appeared a couple of years ago en masse, that keeps making albums on a high level. Is it surprising music? No, it’s not. Is it good? It is. Heartwarming is actually the word that applies best to this wonderful folky pop tunes. We hear a lot of albums like these in a year, but most of them miss the glue. Vetiver however is superglue. It sticks and won’t let go, not even after surgery.

Vetiver – Everyday

48. Built To Spill – There is No Enemy (Warner Bros Records)

What? Why is this on a major label?

I’m constantly striving for the total annihilation of all the major labels, so I hope that Built To Spill will soon make the jump to a smaller label. I guess they’re still there because no one knows they have been making the guitar rock-based indie pop in which they excell. The suits who run the business will be surprised the day they find out that this band is still on their roster, thinking ‘Built To Spill’ was just a marketing expression they used among each others. Anyway, Doug Martsch and hsi band have been on a constant high level – even though the first three times I ever heard them (somewhere around 2004 I guess) I wasn’t that convinced. But since then, they’ve been slowly creeping up my veins.

Still, to show I have principles: no mp3 (they don’t offer one on their site, so I can’t link to that one) and no link to the label. Fuck them.

47. The Leisure Society – The Sleeper (Full Time Hobby)

What? Britain’s answer to the Shins

The Shins ‘Chutes Too Narrow’ is probably number one on my list of ‘Albums which i can singalong with from A to Z, though I have no idea what the lyrics are all about’ and also on the list of most played albums ever. (though it doesn’t beat Nick Drake). The Leisure Society reminds me a bit of James Mercer’s project, although it fits the new upcoming folky pop movement in Great Britain perfectly too (think of Mumford And Sons, Noah & The Whale, and all those banjo & Ukelele-playing bands).  It never gets really up-up-tempo or rock-slashy-fuck-raaaahww!, but it’s that mellowness I can really enjoy at times. 

The Leisure Society –  A Short Weekend Begins With Longing

46.  Aidan Moffat & The Best-Offs – How to Get to Heaven From Scotland (Chemikal Underground)

What? Hear Ye, Hear Ye! World’s Worst Singer makes Best Of List! … Or: Scottish Man Drinks himself to Dead and makes album about it.

Scotland is a land. Scotland is a land with people. Scotland is a land with people that drink. Scotland is a land with people that drink and sing. Scotland is a land with people that drink and sing as if they’re drunk. Scotland is a land with people that drink and sing as if they’re drunk, like e.g. Arab strap. Arab strap was Malcolm Middleton and Aidan John Moffat. Arab STrap is dead. Malcolm Middleton is a man that drinks and sings. Aidan John Moffat is a man that drinks and sings as if he’s drunk. Scotland is Aidan John Moffat.

Aidan John Moffat & The Best-Offs – Oh Men!

45. Dead Man’s Bones – S/T (Anti-records)

What? a bit heavy on the halloween theme, even using children choirs.

Let’s scare the hell out of people, that’s what Ryan Gosling (the actor that I had to look up on IMDB) and Zach Shields must have thought when they teamed up as Dead Man’s Bones and made this halloweeny album. They hired a children’s choir (that can sometimes turn out to be scary as hell), and managed to make an album that’s about death and whatever, but can be listened to everytime throughout the year. It’s indie music basically, a bit surfing on the waves of other indie drama queens like the Arcade Fire. Not sure if this will survive the years to come, but for now it turned out to be one of the nicest albums of the year.

Dead Man’s Bones -Dead Man’s Bones

44. The Dodos – Time To Die (French Kiss Records)

What? Keep up the rhythm guys

Ok, I must admit that the new Dodos album wasn’t nearly as catchy as the previous one, but still. It’s good.  I think the main point of concern is that the unique interaction between drums and acoustic guitar is being replaced by a more adult sound, and adults are boring. Adults are children who everyone hates. But anyway, on this album it’s still good (otherwise they wouldn’t have made the list). STill, Watch the future guys. The Minimalism of ‘Visiter’ is what made you stand out.

The Dodos –  The STrums

43. Woods – Songs of Shame (Woodsist Records)

What? What did the campfire smoke that day?

‘At Rear House’ was my number one record in 2007. Back then, no one had heard of Woods, but the sheer energy with which they made this weird psychedelic folk album absolutely mesmerized me. In the meanwhile they’ve climbed the letter of fame a little, though they still keep sounding like the campfire band you don’t want to have at your lounge party with campfire because vice Magazine said that was trendy. Their sound has become a bit more standard – you can recognize more songs – but the extreme falsetto is still not something you give to your parents for Christmas. the band is by the way responsible for the weirdest concert of the year.

Woods – Rain On

42. Wavves – Wavvves (Fat Possum)

What? Prototype for a Noise pop-revival that I’m getting tired of already

Wavves was on my Young Talent-list last year, and surely filled in expectations, but I must say I’ve quite had enough of it. The Noise pop explosion that followed in his tracks, with millions of bands popping up, and all doing the same shit. Okay, so you’re lo-fi and you rock, but stop it. LEt’s try something else next year. STill, The debut album by Wavves was the perfect soundtrack for a sunday morning waking up in your own vomit.

Wavves – Gun In The Sun

41. The Avett Brothers – i And Love And You (Columbia)

What? Major label doesn’t completely spoil the alt.country fun.

Aaargh, another major label relase. How stupid. Oh well, that means no mp3-linking (their own fault). Anyway, The Avett Brothers make fun bluegrass-styled music, but get a bit more mainstream on this album. But because they were a lot of fun, they are still a lot of fun, only slightly less. I’m not gonna say much more, cause major labels don’t like blogs merchandising their stuff (otherwise they would provide mp3’s or not sue people). So  all I can say is that the album is good, but that if you want to check it out, it’s at your own risk. I’m also happy to annoucne that I got this shit illegally. Ha!