vampire weekend

  • Thu
    Dec 26
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 29
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the best of 2013

janelle monae

 

what was the best song or album of 2013? no one can say, and no one should even try. the music that gives your body bliss is too subjective to rate on a scale and then try to make other people agree with you. all i can say is that last year was full of creative sounds, fun sounds, powerful sounds, beautiful sounds...

this week i'll play some of all that, and more.

the year 2013 was a year of great harmonies (vampire weekend, yeah yeah yeahs), new twists on old sounds (janelle monae, right), great lyrics and deep voices (the national), new forms for old voices (snoop dogg n/k/a snoop lion), great dancing (daft punk, robin thicke, avicii), and the uncategorizable (broken bells, arctic monkeys, kacey musgraves).

it'll be an hour packed with a little of everything.

the songs

  • Thu
    Oct 17
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 20
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

new music

the best music from 2013: new arcade firesongs from everyone's favorite, former grammy winning, nerd savants, arcade fire (pictured), brilliant pop melodies and fascinating arrangements from vampire weekend, new music from david bowiepaul mccartney, snoop lion, atoms for peace, and a lovely duet from ravi shankar's daughter's norah jones and anoushka shankar.

and speaking of surprising duet's: my favorite this week might be snoop lion and miley cyrus's "ashtrays and heartbreaks."

these songs were all released this year.

  • Thu
    May 16
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 19
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

snoop's reincarnation and the great gatsby

snoop dogg says he was led by spirit to immerse himself in the spiritual culture of snoop lionjamaica, and he was reincarnated as snoop lion. the result: a creative, melodic, reggae cd; with nary an r-rated word. i feature several songs from the cd--released last week--and they are wonderful. you'll espcially love "fruit juice," "rebel way," and the surprisingly sweet: "the good good." miley cyrus joins snoop on "ashtrays and heartbreaks." but beware: snoop's not some born-again milk toast; he still has an edge, but he's added lots of love.

also released last week was the soundtrack to "the great gatsby," featuring artists like will.i.am, beyonce, andre 3000, and the xx.

i'll also play 2 tracks from the new cd by vampire weekend: "step" and "diane young" (ie, dying young).

here's a list of all the songs you'll hear.

  • Thu
    Jan 13
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 16
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

2010 in review

I continue to review last year's music, and there's a lot of good stuff. This week you'll hear tracks from RJD2, Vampire Weekend, and Gorillaz. gorillazThey're real but they look like cartoons; Snoop Dog performs with them (he's somewhat more real, but barely).

My surprise discovery for 2010 is Emancipator. You'll appreciate their smooth, ambient style, but with more sophisticated arrangements and melodies than most ambient artists.

The surprise new artist of 2010 was Jimi Hendrix, whose long forgotten "Valleys of Neptune" was finally released.

  • 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.