July 10, 2009

Tex's late-ass summer short list...

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz (specifically the first 2 tracks)

So far this year, my cups of coffee (which have been more numerous and stronger) have been accompanied by motivational doses of "Zero" and "Heads will Roll". Nothing makes me garden harder.

2. Dark Was The Night Comp

So much F'n relevent talent, it makes me feel bloated with rainbows. My favorites right now are the tracks by Yeasayer, Dave Sitek, Antony +Bryce Dressner, Riceboy Sleeps (who the fuck are THEY? awesome.) and Spoon (I didn't think I cared for them.).

3. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Best non-ironic/semi ironic hip hop to come out in the last 3 years, at least. "Quiet Dog Bite Hard" is another great cold cup of coffee, splashed in the face.

4. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Perhaps the best deserved hype in quite some time. I'd been reading about this album for about 3 months before NPR did their whole "Stream-it-for-the-week-before-it-comes-out" brilliant scheme they've been doing this year. The one and only review I've written for Quickcrit! I can ALMOST guarantee this will be #1 on my end of the year list.

5. Away We Go

Saw this movie last weekend. Enjoyable beyond anything I've seen in the last few years. Funny, touching, thought provoking. But what brings me to mention it here is the soundtrack, predominantly featuring (according to the wikis) "reclusive, scottish songwriter" Alexi Murdoch. His songs set the tone for the journey.....melencholy, hopeful, lonesome.


ancientindianwizard said...

I was wondering who did the songs in "Away We Go". Thank you for googling that for me! Good stuff!

awmercy said...

"Knotty Pine", off Dark Was The Night was the song that got me into the Dirty Projectors. After that, I liked the album.