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GW: Favorite Albums Of 2013

Posted by Matt on Saturday, January 11th, 2014

On time as always! Happy New Year.

20.  Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City:  Ok kids, we get it. Good work.

19.  Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Any Port In A Storm

18.  Charlie Parr – Barnswallow

17. My Bloody Valentine – MBV:  Per usual, I can’t understand a fucking word, but still pretty cool.

16. The National -  Trouble Will Find Me

15. Rilo Kiley – rkives:  Hi!

14.  Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob:  I went there.

13.  Jason Isbell – Southeastern

12. Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

11. Yo La Tengo – Ohm:  So good it’s ranked twice.

10. Clinic – Free Reign II:  I’ll keep a spot reserved for The Black Angels, but they need to step their game up.  Clinic Drone+

9.  Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze:  Maybe it’s really good or maybe the relentless ad campaign succeeded.

8.  The Field – Cupid’s Head:  You can have your Daft Punk hype.  I’ll lay back w/ Cupid’s Head.

7.  Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends

6. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors…

5. Junip – Junip: Good album anchored by “Line of Fire” – possibly the best the song of the decade, or at least since “Sprawl II.”  Or maybe “Buriedfed.” Hell, I don’t know. Amazing tune w/ plus points for Breaking Bad cameo.

4.  Arcade Fire – Reflektor:  Great stuff. not their greatest stuff.

3.  Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You:  Took me a while but I’m so happy I took the while.

2.  Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels:  No hiphop aficionado, but you can have Yeezus and all the other false idols. Killer Mike + EL-P reign.

1.  Phosphorescent – Muchacho:  This is just some beautiful stuff. Mercy.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Fitz And The Tantrums

Posted by Matt on Saturday, June 8th, 2013

fitzFitz and The Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream

A little one-dimensional, and exhibiting different qualities than its predecessors, perhaps due to sought to excessive use of new oak.

Grade:  C+

Listen to this while:  Subject of a montage that shows you getting a lot accomplished at work.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Posted by Matt on Friday, June 7th, 2013


BRMCBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter At The Feast

The album balances honeyed freshness with plenty of rich, ripe fruit and supple tannins.

Grade: B+

Listen to this while: watering your houseplants while wearing an eyepatch.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Wild Belle

Posted by Matt on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Wild BelleWild Belle – Isles

decent but reluctant combination of dark fruits, herbs & spice on the nose.

Grade: B-

Listen to this while:  drunk beachcombing.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

UncleAcidAndTheDeadbeats-MindControlUncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Mind Control

With continuous themes of mild flavours of near-bitter currants it lingers beyond authentic leafiness and gives way to an aggressive finish.

Grade:  C-

Listen to this while:  making jorts.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Kurt Vile

Posted by Matt on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

 

vileKurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

Dominated by floral notes, the album’s slightly acidic taste is very refreshing and is completed with hints of citrus.

Grade:  B+

Listen to this while:  examining why the hell there are so many “Wakin On A Pretty Daze” internet advertisements and where did they come from and what does it all mean…?

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – The Black Angels

Posted by Matt on Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Indigo-Meadow-frontThe Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

While the tannic structure is painfully ordinary and fails to rise to the classically tempered albums of yore, at times it evokes faint juicy acidity and an assertive finish.

Grade:  B-

Listen to this while:  deciding whether or not to toss that homemade birthday card into the garbage.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Daft Punk

Posted by Matt on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

daft punk  Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

My palate may be unrefined as most at the table gushed about the album’s devilish range of fruity and earthy flavors that were persistently harmonious.

Grade: B+

Listen to this while:  bubble-wrapping a toddler.

 

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Phosphorescent

Posted by Matt on Sunday, April 28th, 2013

phosphorescentPhosphorescent – Muchacho

Complex, persistent and juicy, with vivid blackberry flavors that have a floral edge and tangy acidity.

Grade:  A-

Listen to this while:  feeling good about your upgraded lawn furniture.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – The Spinto Band

Posted by Matt on Friday, March 1st, 2013

The Spinto Band – Cool Cocoon

While not characterless, the light citrus and grapefruit notes leave an unfilled vacuum of texture.

Grade: C

Listen to this while: trying to update your LinkedIn page before asking yourself, “Why?”

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