in honor of today being the last tunesday of the year, i have the results for your favorite albums of 2009!
the two albums that got the most votes were black joe lewis & the honeybears – tell ‘em what your name is and edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros – up from below…those were two of my favorites so i definitely agree!
next up are several albums that each got the same number of votes, and those are:
animal collective – merriweather post pavilion
fruit bats – the ruminant band
phoenix – wolfgang amadeus phoenix
avett brothers – i and love and you
passion pit – manners
grizzly bear – veckatimest
and finally some honorable mentions that each had a couple of votes:
monsters of folk – monsters of folk
fanfarlo – reservoir
wolfmother – cosmic egg
the swell season – strict joy
pink mountaintops – outside love
yeah yeah yeahs – it’s blitz
the xx – xx
now for your listening pleasure, here’s a playlist of songs from the albums above!
One EskimO is a london band, who have actually been around for a few years, but are just getting noticed here in the US thanks to the single “kandi” off their debut album! what’s interesting though, is that the band has teamed up with warner premiere to create a “visual album” consisting of ten videos in a series called “the adventures of One eskimO.” they are available for download on itunes.
if the animation looks familiar, its because the videos are produced by passion pictures, which also animated the gorillaz music videos. each band member in One eskimO takes on a character — the singer is the eskimo, the drummer is a giraffe, the guitar player is a penguin and the bass player is a monkey. i’m sorry, but that penguin is so cute! check out a chapter in the animated series below, for the song “kandi.” what do you think about the idea of making “visual albums?”
for more on One eskimO check out their myspace page!
good morning! happy tunesday…just wanted to remind you all to send me your picks for the best albums and songs of the year! i’m making a list and i’ll share the results with you next week along with a playlist of your choices.
leave your picks in comments section or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
remember the hilarious saturday night live skit featuring horatio sanz, jimmy fallon, chris kattan and tracy morgan playing the song “i wish it was christmas today?” if not, you’ve gotta watch the video below. anyway, julian casablancas (strokes singer) has done a remake of the song and it’s got all edge and energy you’d expect from him. take a listen!
this album came out a couple of months ago but i felt compelled to write about it now, since the timing is appropriate. in a career spanning roughly 50 years (!!!) and 47 albums, bob dylan has finally recorded a christmas album, which comes as a surprise to some of his loyal fans. first of all, he was raised in a jewish family, second of all, people assume something like this, coming from him, is meant to be ironic and not taken seriously. but he is serious, and his straightforward approach to recording the songs (with background singers and traditional arrangements) is a measure of his appreciation for the music. the album might not be for everyone but if you’re a fan of either christmas music or bob dylan, or both, definitely give it a shot. plus, all proceeds from the album sales in the u.s. will be donated, now and in perpetuity, to feeding america, which guarantees that over 1.4 million families will be provided with meals this holiday season. proceeds from sales in the u.k. and worldwide will go to the charities crisis and the world food programme, respectively.
check out this really cute video, by painter/animator jeff scher, for bob dylan’s “little drummer boy”:
when edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, who i’ve posted about a couple of times, released their album up from below this year, they held a release party to raise money to help the gulu widows group of uganda so that they could start a farm to sustain their community. this group of incredible women have been widowed, abducted and abused as a result of the continuing warfare in northern uganda, southern sudan and eastern congo.
to thank the band, the women sang part of their song “home” after the first harvest on the farm…watch:
if i had a christmas tree, these are the kind of ornaments i’d put on it. i saw these on pitchfork and I think they’re so cool – they’re recycled christmas tree ornaments made by the glass casters union in oregon, and proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go towards helping homeless and low-income families in oregon. this year’s designs include modest mouse, blizen trapper and the decemberists (shown above). i also like some of the ones they’ve done in previous years:
with today being “tunesday” and all, i thought it was a good time to ask everyone out there…what were your favorite songs and albums of the year? it’s been an awesome year in music, in my opinion, so there’s lots of great stuff to choose from. animal collective, black joe lewis & the honeybears, edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros and grizzly bear released four of my favorite albums this year.
send me your choices for the best songs and albums…i’ll compile a list and reveal the top ten at the end of the year!
you can leave them in the comments section or email me, email@example.com.
today’s tunesday album is a new compilation of old songs, but good songs… the kind that you can still listen to today and enjoy as if they’re brand new. dreamin’ man live ’92 is a collection of songs that make up neil young’s harvest moon album, taken from various acoustic performances in 1992 (the year the album was released). it’s hard to believe harvest moon came out twenty years after the amazing harvest album, and to listen to him sing these songs you wouldn’t think he’d aged a day, if it weren’t for the lyrics, which take on the tone of someone older and wiser. regardless, songs like “dreamin’ man” “harvest moon” “unknown legend” and “you and me” are as beautiful and poignant as ever, especially in this stripped down acoustic form.
take a listen to the song “unknown legend,” one of my faves…