2010

  • Thu
    Nov 15
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 18
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

maybe 2010 was music's best year

it was only 2 years ago, so the nostalgia factor is nil, but the music in 2010 was pretty good. maybe very good. hell, it was excellent, and this week i make the case for 2010 being the best musical year of all time.

arcade firehere's what stood out to me: the semi-indie band arcade fire [right] came out of the semi-indie closet with a well-deserved grammy for "the suburbs." less pretentious than most, they showed creative nerds can make great music too.

another band just coming into its own in 2010 was the semi-classical e s posthumus, whose pretentious but musically brilliant "makara," was inspired by vedic dieties and beethoven. tragically one of its leaders died, so this may have been their peak, and their name takes on new meaning. read more...

  • Thu
    Jun 30
    10:00 am -
    11:00 am
  • Sun
    Jul 03
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

2010 mas

2010 was a very good year. And musically it was a great year.

Thursday and Sunday feature new music from Damian Marley (yes, Bob's son) and Jakob Dylan (yes, Bob's son), as well as brilliant newcomer old-schooler Janelle Monae. janelle monaeBe sure to check out her video of "Tightrope" on Youtube. Classic R& B vibe, but ultra modern, there's something exciting going on with her.

Ex Talking Head David Byrne teamed up with techno producer Fatboy Slim to (get ready for this) tell the musical story of Imelda Marcos. I'm not sure why. And the music isn't much help in explaining. But the songs are great (most have guest female vocalists), and Byrne's weird, stringy melodies have a great production and sound. It's a double CD; I play 3 of the best tracks.

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  • Thu
    Jan 20
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 23
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

2010 in review

In case you were too busy looking back or forward, this week's shows will remind you that some excellent music was released in 2010.

black keysI start the show with the raw sound of the Black Keys [pictured], mixed with more refined music of Of Montreal (that's not a typo), Local Natives, and Flying Lotus.

I found a radio-friendly version of Cee Lo's song "FU" and a track from one of the few progressive rock bands still alive, Karnivool. Then there's the hard to categorize double CD from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim--spinning the life story of ... (get ready for this) Imhelda Marcos (well, David Byrne has done stranger things I'm sure).

  • Thu
    Jun 30
    10:00 am -
    11:00 am
  • Sun
    Jul 03
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

2010 mas

2010 was a very good year. And musically it was a great year.

Thursday and Sunday feature new music from Damian Marley (yes, Bob's son) and Jakob Dylan (yes, Bob's son), as well as brilliant newcomer old-schooler Janelle Monae. janelle monaeBe sure to check out her video of "Tightrope" on Youtube. Classic R& B vibe, but ultra modern, there's something exciting going on with her.

Ex Talking Head David Byrne teamed up with techno producer Fatboy Slim to (get ready for this) tell the musical story of Imelda Marcos. I'm not sure why. And the music isn't much help in explaining. But the songs are great (most have guest female vocalists), and Byrne's weird, stringy melodies have a great production and sound. It's a double CD; I play 3 of the best tracks.

[click READ MORE below]

  • Thu
    Mar 18
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

2010 is here now

Andy Mac's "Intercranial, etc" has already premiered the latest discovery of new/old Jimi Hendrix tracks from Jimi's 1969 Electric Ladyland recording session that are (for logistical and legal reasons) just now being heard in the light of day. The album features some new versions of old songs and a few that have never been heard. Warning: these are rough demos of final versions that would never be made, so understand that the vocals are more than rough and the arrangements are sketchy. Nonetheless, you will nvampire weekendot have heard these sounds before.

But new music has also been released in 2010 that is new in every sense of the word.

The second CD from Vampire Weekend (left) called "Contra" is more consistent--though with perhaps fewer highs--than their premiere 2008 self-titled CD. This release shows that they have much to say musically and lyrically. Hailing from NYC, they show a Paul Simon-like depth to their lyrics, a similar sparce (but stronger) vocal style, and a freshness to their performance and arrangements. "Horchata" is a gem.