10. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective has been loaded and deleted on my iPod exactly three times since January. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s either because I can’t get past track 5 without wondering: “Hey, I need reasons to hate why every indie blog has been cyber-fellating this since it was released 10 months ago.” Or maybe it’s because I’ve been thinking: “I really wonder why Animal Collective will most likely top every critic’s list this year when every song on this record relies on a circular harpsichord melody and processed and filtered and then processed again vocals.” Seriously, I’m not sure if it’s just because I’ve been listening to crazy art collages since I was 16 (thanks, Beck) or because electronic music came in the form of individual instruments hypnotically layered over each other since 1994 (Underworld is king). Basically, if you ever wanted to know about one of the most unspecial records of the year that you probably won’t stop hearing about, Merriweather Post Pavillion is exactly that album!

But after listening to this record exactly 6 times (my iTunes count says so), there is one song that stands out, and it’s the one I have to hear each time I start the record: track one. “In the Flowers” is not only one of the more remarkable songs I’ve heard this year, it makes my top 10 because it has cool sound effects and a hook that pays off at the 2:55 mark. It’s a nutty video with absurd visuals courtesy of your local community college’s AV club (or courtesy of Beck circa Mellow Gold and Odelay, zing) that actually accents the song quite nicely.

Voila, number 10 in my countdown of the best songs of the year. It drive me nuts to wonder, especially under the cloud of 9.6 Pitchfork review, why the hell anyone would treasure this record. Probably because this song has tortured and teased me into wondering whether Animal Collective is any good.


63 Records I Liked This Year

November 21, 2009

It’s the first list I’ll post, only because it’s big. And plus because I hope to have a huge end of the year Top 10 Albums of 2009 blowout. I know you’ll be there because you totally care about music, right? And you totally want to party? Sure. There are many, many more records I listened to and liked this year but they either 1.) were from 2008 and I hoped I could add them to this but I realized they were from December 2008 or even maybe November 2008 or 2.) they were overlooked completely at an earlier time (perhaps 2006) and I grew to love them in 2009 or 3.) they were from 1978-2008. There were many other records I listened to this year that were totally overhyped – I am just glad I won’t hear about Animal Collective or Dirty Projectors next year and I can start fresh in 2010 – and just didn’t make the cut but will be most likely make the cut during Rob’s New Year’s Hard Drive Cleaning! Although maybe I can devote a later post to how much I greatly like the songs and accompanying videos for both Animal Collective’s “In the Flowers” and Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is the Move.”

In the end, it pains me a great deal that I could not include records such as Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness at the Edge of Town and Hüsker Dü’s Warehouse: Songs and Stories and also finally discovering the greatness of London Calling, but alas, they are not of 2009, and also, I am not my dad. Voila:

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Century of Self
A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head
Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love
Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer EP
Bon Iver – Blood Band EP
Brother Ali – Us
The Cribs – Ignore the Ignorant
Crocodiles – Summer of Hate
Dan Deacon – Bromst
The Dead Weather – Horehound
Death Cab for Cutie – The Open Door EP
The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
Doves – Kingdom of Rust
The Drums – Summertime! EP
The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
Florence & The Machine – Lungs
Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
The Hold Steady – A Positive Rage
The Horrors – Primary Colours
Japandroids – Post-Nothing
Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall
Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young
Jónsi & Alex – Riceboy Sleeps
Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack
Kelly Clarkson – All I Ever Wanted
The Killers – Live at Albert Hall
The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
M. Ward – Hold Time
Mary Onettes – Islands
Mastodon – Crack the Skye
Megafaun – Gather, Form & Fly
Moby – Wait for Me
Monsters of Folk
Morrissey – Years of Refusal
Nirvana – Live at Reading 1992
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than the Stars EP
Passion Pit – Manners
Pearl Jam – Backspacer
Pete Doherty – Grace/Wastelands
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
Rancid – Let the Dominoes Fall
The Raveonettes – In and Out of Control
Regina Spektor – Far
The Riverboat Gamblers – Underneath the Owl
Rob Thomas – Cradlesong
Silversun Pickups – Swoon
Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
The Swell Season – Strict Joy
Them Crooked Vultures
Thursday – Common Existence
Various Artists – New Moon Soundtrack
Various Artists – We Are the Night
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
Yim Yames – Tribute To (George Harrison)
The xx

This is my new blog

November 21, 2009

Well. Yeah. I have a blog now. And it’s only for music-related bullshit and music youtube links and album lists and album of the week and album reviews so don’t think you’ll be able to come here and see seductive pictures of me or Twilight news or recipes. Although it’s tempting to post recipes. I might actually make the occasional exception to post a recipe that actually turns out well. But again, this is only about music stuff and all sorts of other crap that anyone who knows me could probably care less about. So I’m glad you made it out here. Enjoy.