If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I'm a huge music enthusiast, I spend my time avidly listening to and reviewing new music. I have a vinyl collection of about 100 albums, and get new ones almost every week. I've always thought certain albums fit a particular season, so here are 10 albums in no particular order for summer. Really I have much more than 10, but for right now i'll stick with that number and post more later.
1. Mystery Jets "Radlands" These guys are an English, which you would never guess by the type of music play. "Radlands" is in the vein of popular alt-country bands like; Band of horses, My Morning Jacket, and The Mountain goats. The albums theme is what it's like to live in west Texas. Where the summers are; long, hot, and dry, and for those of you who have not been over to west Texas it's a pretty vast empty atmosphere. If you can find this on vinyl, or if you have a good stereo system. Turn it up as high as it will go and let "Radlands" fill you house/loft/apartment or what ever you have. ( Best tracks: Sister averrt, Lost in Austin.)
2. Noah and The Whale " Last Night on Earth": If you are familiar with these guys first two albums, than you know these guys know how to make a perfect concept album. Although it is not confirmed, I speculate that all their albums run to make a cohesive story. A folk-rock band, Noah( as I refer to them for short) steps into new territory here with an almost all electronic album. If you want to seem really cool or hip to a girl, take her and show here this album. A perfect mix of slow, fast paced and medium tempo songs combine to make the perfect album. ( Best Tracks: L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N, The Kind of Night,Old Joy, The Line.)
3.Beach Fossils "Beach Fossils": If you know anything about the independent music genre, then you know surf rock is gaining popularity again. I can't surf that well, but for people who can I suspect it is the ultimate summer activity. While on your drive to the beach, put this on the radio as you smell the salt water in the air. I've the spent the last few winters in Seattle, which have been harsh as hell. So listening to this, closing my eyes, and picturing sand, surf and fun helped out a lot.( Best Tracks: 12 roses, Golden Age.)
4.Girls "Father,son, Holy Ghost": Finding away to describe Girls is difficult, they have the intricate guitar play of a surf rock band. But they had the Fuzz and Overdrive( distortion for those who are non musicians) of a garage band. On top of all that the singer has the soft vocals of a shoe-gazing band. I was not a big fan of the first album, I felt they tired to do to many things at once. With their sophomore effort, the duo has comfortably settled into their own. ( Best Tracks: Honey Bun, Die.)
5. Of Montreal " Aldhils Arboretum": Any Of Montreal fans will know I'm going way the hell back with this one. My wife is a much bigger fan of them than I, but we both agree that "Aldhils" is a much slept on classic of the genre. Instead of the overly ambitious, orchestral albums they are known for; this album has separate songs and lyrics that make since. Kevin Barnes still has his since of humor and writing style, that make this a fun party album. Invite friends, over have a few beers maybe even in the country :D( you will get that reference if you listen to the album.) (Best Tracks: Isn'it Nice.)
6. Blue Scholars " Cinematropolis": I need to give hip-hop some love too. However this is not your normal summer Hip-hop album.This Seattle due has been making music for ten years now, and despite the many problems I had with Cinematropolis.( Which I will address in another post.) A year later it has finally grown on me, for those of you who hate "mainstream hip-hop" lyrics and production. This album is just for you guys, M.C. geo is just as conscious as ever. Sabzi builds a canvas of addictive electronic beats, that are radio friendly but able to keep the indie creditability. ( Best Tracks:Fou Lee, Seijun Suzuki, Yuri kochiyama, Tommy Chong."
7. Gaslight Anthem " 59 Sound": Bruce Springsteen ruled the summer for twenty years, his Americana songs were the soundtrack to many, many summers. Gaslight Anthem take their cues from some of his best albums, yet have their own unique sound. This album came out the year I graduated high school, and every single song on the album felt like they were written about me. 19 years old and ready for my new life, if you are a sucker for sing along choirs this is for you. Hearing this thing for the 100th time, is like hearing it for the 1st time. Stamp your feet, twist and yell. You can do it all, from the fist words singer Brian Fallon utters, to the last words. ( Best Tracks: ALL OF THEM!!.)
8. Local Natives " Gorilla Manor ": Never have a waited for a band to make a 2nd album as much as this Quartet. "Gorilla Manor" was 2nd on my best of 2009 list, Gaslight Anthem style of Americana hails form New Jersey. I would say their west coast equals are Local Natives. I had this album on when I was on tour, on the west coast. The desert of Nevada, and mountains of Colorado match the music. If you are a fan of amazing vocal work, than you are in for a treat my friend. All four of these guys harmonize better than any band out at the moment. Drummer Matt Frazier has a unique way of playing, rarely using his snare, and sticking to floor toms and cymbal crashes. So if you are a fan of great drum work, then join the people who love vocals. ( Best Tracks: Who knows Who Cares, Wide Eyes, Cubism Dream, Stick Thread."
9.Cave Singers " No Witch": I always listened to most of my folk vinyls during the winter. The emptyness of a acoustic guitar fits perfect with the cold,dark, and wet winters of Seattle. But " No Witch" finds a way to give the genre a warm and humid feel to it. It sounds like the kind of music people make on late summer nights, in the garage with a few beers. On a nice analog 4 track recorders. ( Best Tracks:, Black Leaves, Fall)
10. Little Dragon " Ritual Union": I'm not a big fan of electronic music, it just does not appeal to me. Yet the music of this Swedish band, changed my mind a little bit. Yukimis deep soul full voice, and the tight synhts breath new life into the genre. I love music so much I listen to it as I fall asleep (which my wife hates), but Yukimi comforts me like a mothers voice. Plus this is great "loving" music if you know what I mean.;)