Brill Bruisers is probably the album I’m most excited about this year. Neko Case, A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder and friends are the band The New Pornographers – one of those bands that I want to tell everyone about. I don’t know what it is about Canadian musicians but I just dig em the most! The title track to this album sounds FLIPPING PHENOMENAL and I’m dying to hear more:
The album comes out in August!
The New Pornographers
1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
2. Willy Mason – Carry On
3. Lucius – Wildewoman
4. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow
5. Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle
6. Paul McCartney – New
7. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…
8. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
9. The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay
10. The Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still
These were my favorites of a really solid year of music! It was tough to pick this top 10.
Vampire Weekend in the #1 spot is likely no surprise to you if you know me or read this blog. To me, there was no competition there. If you haven’t heard Modern Vampires of the City, try sitting down for a listen sometime, with an open mind. It saddens me that hype or reputation can sometimes turn people off of a band altogether, without a single note of the music being heard.
A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads this blog, leaves comments, likes posts, etc.
I really appreciate you! I hope I helped you discover something new in 2013…here’s to another year of great music!
Happy New Year!
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Aside from having one of the most epic album titles of the year, Neko Case has continued to floor me with The Worse Things Get… Her emotional, twisted lyrics and one of a kind sound make for an incredible album that’s sure to be in my top ten of the year.
She pretty much had me with the line: “If I puked up some sonnets, would you call me a miracle?”
“Night Still Comes”
Here’s another track from the new Neko Case album (officially released yesterday). Love the sound of this one…and the lyrics, as always, are deep, twisted, and beautiful:
Have you heard this new Neko Case single? When I first heard it, I thought it was really strange. Not the lyrics (that’s a whole other story), but the sound of the track. It sounded frantic to me. The other day, I said to my boss – “We’re playing the new Neko Case single? I think it’s weird!” and his response was “Neko Case IS weird!”
Jakob Dylan – “Nothing But The Whole Wide World”
I really like this single from Jakob Dylan’s new solo album, Women And Country. My co-worker thinks it’s pretty boring… and I’ll admit, not much goes on in the tune, but I just enjoy it for some reason. It’s sort of calming. Here’s a live version of the tune from Rolling Stone with Kelly Hogan and Neko Case on backing vocals: