Posts tagged ‘The National’

December 30, 2013

Abbytron’s top 25 albums of 2013

Well, you haven’t heard much from me this year at hearingade, but I’ve still heard plenty of music worth talking about. For my music-obsessed heart and soul, the end-of-year list dies hard. As is the nature of lists, not all of what I loved will be able to make the cut, but I think I’ve managed to pick out the albums I’d be most likely to offer up as recommendations if so prompted. And isn’t that basically the purpose behind these things anyway? I just wanna do my part in making sure that this remarkable music gets the love it deserves, for whatever my part is good for.

1. Lady Lamb the BeekeeperRipely Pine
Often albums that come out early in the year have the misfortune of being played out by the time we start writing these lists. A lot of albums I loved last winter aren’t making the cut because they don’t excite me like they did in the beginning. However, Aly Spaltro’s latest has not lost any appeal over the months. She has a wonderful approach to the guitar rock genre and a palpable passion behind the coarse words she spits forth.

2. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
For the most part, I avoid including albums that are all over mainstream media’s year-end lists, because I like to give exposure to the things people aren’t as likely to have heard yet. But I have to be honest and include The National here because my 2013 was full of this album. Matt Berninger’s signature somber vocal delivery, with its elegant use of accompaniment, is complete with emotionally smart lyrics that continue to prove he’s a guy keenly aware of the universe.

3. Samantha CrainKid Face
I’ve long been a fan of Samantha Crain’s, but she’s outdone herself with Kid Face. Produced by John Vanderslice at his Tiny Telephone studio in California, it’s the most refined she’s ever sounded as her songs marry guitar, piano, violin, banjo and percussion like they were blood.

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October 23, 2011

October (Bonus) Mix: Scary Monsters And Nice Frights

Hot damn, do I love me some monsters! If I thought I had a lot of ghost-themed songs, imagine my surprise to discover I have almost twice as many monster-themed songs. Holycrapfingers! But I really wanted to make you another super sweet mix for the upcoming Halloween holiday, because one just didn’t seem like enough, so I gathered all the monster songs I had and pared them down to an easy-to-handle 15-song collection ranging from your run-of-the-mill werewolves to the exotic science-project-gone-wrong, and even some humans who are responsible for our favorite fictional creatures.

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex

Attack of the 60 FT Lesbian Octopus – Does It Offend You Yeah?

Dracula’s Wedding – Outkast

Cannibal – Ke$ha

Devils – Say Hi

George Romero – Sprites

Blue Sunny Day – Jonathan Coulton

Witches Dream – Mason Jennings

Astaroth – Black Francis

The Thing That Only Eats Hippies – Dead Milkmen

The Howling – Hobosexual

Old Moon Madness – Thin Lizzy

Youngest Frankenstein – Ferraby Lionheart

Conversation 16 – The National

Lon Chaney – Vetiver