It’s mid-October, cold weather is a-comin’ and I am unprepared mentally, physically, spiritually, etc. Surprise, surprise. As a means of blocking out the coming winter and ignoring other pressing matters, today I’ve decided to write about 15 songs – my 2015 Favorite Song Nominees, for lack of a better phrase – that will certainly factor prominently on my year-end list.
Songs are listed in alphabetical order according to title. With one notable exception I elected to limit myself to one song per artist Below,. I’ve included my Faves 2015 Spotify playlist, featuring these 15 songs and many, many others. Enjoy!
I am going to step out on a limb and say 2012 will be a better year for recorded music than 2011, based on the albums that have released and those scheduled to be released. I’m referring to upcoming albums from Animal Collective, Big Boi, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Purity Ring, and Twin Shadow, among others. It’s clear everyone wants to drop an album before the Mayan Apocalypse, and we the listening public are the beneficiaries.
A lot of shuffling could happen between now and the end of December, with respect to my favorite albums of 2012. Here in alphabetical order are my favorite albums of 2012 (so far).
PS: Also, check out my favorite albums of 2011 lists Part One and Part Two.
Bowerbirds' Beth Tacular at One Eyed Jacks.
Spring is here and life is beginning to thaw. So I am told. That’s not the case in the Pacific Northwest where life remains chill(y).
In honor of spring and in defiance of the wintery conditions in the Pacific Northwest, here are my favorite songs so far this year. I compiled the list using Grooveshark, meaning some songs were omitted because they were not available (i.e., Beach House’s “Myth”).
Enjoy and let me know which songs you think I omitted!
Take away Grimes’ futuristic aesthetic often expressed in pictures, whether album art or magazine spreads, and you have a shy, if not talented, 23-year-old woman. I discovered this recently when I caught her sold-out Holocene show in Portland.
Claire Boucher, aka Montreal-based Grimes, kept her ponytail to the left side of her head like a girl at a slumber party, her hyperactive dance moves recalled spacemen bouncing on the moon, and her dialogue with the crowd barely registered beyond “I’m shy.”
And yet, her Feb. 21 performance was pleasing, in that it made me dance (in place), and perhaps dream about what she could be if she lets a little light in or embraces some kind of video production to bolster her set. Or any onstage production, for that matter.
The great Kendrick Lamar
The Mayan Year of Apocalypse is seven weeks in, and has yet to produce its first GREAT album. No worries. There are still 300 days until the world goes kablooey.
What is a GREAT album? The kind of album that makes me shun all other albums for a week straight or more.
Absent a GREAT album to obsess over, I have listened to several new and new-ish songs on repeat to pass the time in these dreary Portland winter months.
I encourage you to check out the songs below, as they hold something different for everyone.