Monday, December 24, 2018

GLW 006: Erik Kristjanson


GLW 007: Gina Uriarte
GLW 008: Jamie Pfeifer
GLW 009: Mike Brand
GLW 010: Saskia Warwick

Childish Gambino – "This is America"

Lots has been said about this one. I can’t remember a song/video that hit our culture harder than this. So good on so many levels.

Janelle Monae – "Make Me Feel"

Great album, this was a stand out. Heavy on the Prince influence. 

Mitski – "Nobody"

This sounds like it could be a hugely popular song from a different time. Kind of makes it timeless?  

Parquet Courts – "Wide Awake"

Damn I love this album! Who knew Danger Mouse working with a punk rock band would make such a brilliant thing. 

The 1975 – "Love It If We Made It"

Just a very good song all around, topical lyrics and polished production. 

Pusha T – "If You Know You Know"

I know it’s cliché but I miss the old Kanye. If he would just open his mouth less and do crazy-good production like this more, the world would be better. Oh, and Pusha T is a boss.

Amen Dunes – "Believe"

This guy’s voice is so distinctive and the way he sings makes it sound important. Maybe it is?

Lucy Dacus – "Night Shift"

Powerful stuff here, her voice is moving. The flip at the 4:10 mark really does it for me.

Ty Segall – "Class War" 

So what if this is a cover? When I saw him perform this in Big Sur under the towering redwoods, people were ready to mobilize then and there! And it was an acoustic show! So what if I was on mushrooms? 

Wye Oak – "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs"

This band seems to experiment with different sounds but it’s consistently good. I think this is one of their best. 

Dirty Projectors – "Break-Thru"

Good to see Dirty Projectors come back with a solid album. Great to see them at the Chapel too, one of my favorite shows of the year. 

Drake – "Nice for What"

I don’t necessarily want to like Drake or his songs but this is pure bounce rap here and it’s hard for me to say no to that (and that Lauryn Hill sample).

Tirzah – "Holding On"

Infectious beat and dreamy voice is a helluva combo

Young Fathers – "In My View"

Cocoa Sugar is a great album (I'd say a breakout album?) Saw these guys at The Independent and it was so damn unique and so good, hard to put a box around them. 

Post Animal – "Ralphie"

Some sweet pop punk ear candy, anyone? At the Cafe du Nord show, I learned I can still hang in a real life mosh pit so life isn't all that bad after all. 

Deerhunter – "Death in Midsummer" 

I heard this for the first time leaving work after a long day and as I walked through FiDi, the song seemed to build masterfully in step, and it just really worked. Sounds Beatles-esque.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – "Talking Straight"

Great little catchy rock song here, plus I have a soft spot for any bands from Melbourne. 

Beach House – "Drunk in LA"

Beach House doesn’t ever change, they just dial in their formula and it works for me. I’m not sure this song was better than 3 – 4 other songs on the album but you gotta pick one! 

The Nude Party – "Water on Mars"

Seems like there are more garage rocky bands out with this sound, or maybe I just like it more than I used to. Either way, good song and good album.  

Anemone – "Bout De Toi"

Doesn’t matter that I don’t understand a word of this song, could listen to it over and over. I imagine this playing at a Parisian rooftop party where everyone is bouncing around drinking champagne. 

Cautious Clay – "French Riviera"

Cautious Clay is a great name. This is a great song. Look forward to a full album. 

An even 21, my list can legally drink! 

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