Week In Review: (1/16/15)

Natalie Prass – “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

She paid her dues from playing in Jenny Lewis’s backing band, but this year she’s making a name for herself. It’s folk-pop with a orchestra touch similar to Sufjan Stevens (who happens to have a new album coming out this year). Be on the lookout for her to make some big moves this year.

 Laura Groves Is Actually What You’re Thinking Of When People Compare HAIM to Fleetwood Mac

Or maybe this is just straight up Stevie Nicks. Either way, this song is great.

You Blew It! Had A Great 2014, And 2015 Is Looking Good Too

The band’s new EP Pioneer of Nothing comes out Jan. 27th.

Claremont – “Dindi”

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Read more about this up and coming musician via Pigeons & Planes.

Want Your Next Song To Get Lots Of Buzz? Film Your Next Music Video At Target

And pretend to be a Target employee like Nedelle Torrisi did.

Fear Of Men Filmed Themselves On Their Last American Tour And It’s Oddly Beautiful To Watch

Makes you think of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” in a strange way.

Speaking Of Bands Filming Themselves, Thea & The Wild Takes You Behind The Scenes Before, During, And After A Show

This band is already huge in Norway and is just now getting good buzz in the UK, so make sure to keep an eye on these guys when they (hopefully) make it big state-side. This came to me via Cultured Vultures.

If Art-Punk Is Still A Thing, Than Krill Is My Favorite Art-Punk Band Of 2015 So Far

It reminds me of Sonic Youth and Yes, but AT THE SAME TIME YES!

Fort Lean – “I Don’t Mind”

New album Quiet Days comes out this Spring.

Mocky – “Sweet Things”

This producer, who originates from Berlin but now lives in L.A., is able to repeat one line (“Keep giving me sweet things”) over and over but makes it engaging and soulful each time with his nice 70’s throwback touch.

Day Wave Is The Sound Of Mac DeMarco If He Were A Surfer Bro

I mean, this track is so totally laid back, man.

The Juliana Hatfield Three, Your Favorite 90’s Band That You Haven’t Heard Yet, Is Reuniting!

Check out the killer “Ordinary Guy” and get excited.

Empty Houses – “Far Away”

Empty Houses is a new jangle-pop-with-a-hint-of-Motown band that includes Fireworks frontman David Mackinder.

Watch All Of Sleater-Kinney’s Famous Friends Sing Along To Their New Song “No Cities To Love”

Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Gerard Way, Connie Britton, Miranda July, Fred Armisen, J Mascis, Vanessa Bayer, Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, and more audition for Portlandia.

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One Sentence Reviews Of Headphone Nation’s 40 Favorite Albums Of The Decade (So Far): 2010 – 2014

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Congratulations – you made it halfway through the decade. How does it feel? Did you come up with a good nickname for this decade yet? Is it as catchy as “The Noughties”? What were the highlights?

It’s easy to get caught up looking back at a particular year (or years) and try to pick out the few highlights that defined the year out of all the countless events. For any pop culture publication, it’s a cheap, bias way to get more hits, and it usually doesn’t do the year justice to what it was actually like.

But hey, we all love to make these lists, and we all love to read these lists.

One of the ways to define a decade is by the most popular (i.e. the easiest to define) musical trends of the time: the 60s were the age of Psychedelia, the 70s saw the height of Big Hair Music (heavy rock and disco), the 80s were the dawn of Indie and MTV, the 90s the mass takeover of Pop music (Grunge-Pop, Britpop, Rap-Pop, Noise-Pop, Trip-Pop, Boy Band-Pop, Riot Grrrl-Pop, it goes on), and the last decade saw the boom of the streaming revolution that we’re still in the middle of. Obviously there were more to these decades than those broad themes, but it gets the job done.

So what is the trend that will define this decade? Is this the age of Doomsday Disco (EDM, Reflektor), Mumblecore (what much of “Indie Rock” has become), or Black Stadium Rock (Kanye West and the realization of his Thriller-sized ego)? Or will we just clump together all this music, much of it angry and noisy, and call it “Great Recession Music”?

It’s too early to tell – we’re only halfway through this decade. There’s no telling to what we’ll be listening to within the next five years and what albums will come to define this decade. So to try and find any sort of pattern in the beginning of 2015 is challenging and probably not necessary.

But like I said, we all love these lists – so let’s have a little fun.

Below is a list of my 40 favorite albums released between 2010 and 2014 and the albums that have defined this decade for me so far. I tried to make things more interesting by describing each album using only one sentence. Of course you cannot properly sum up an entire album in one sentence – but it’s fun to try to anyways!

Please note – this is NOT a list of the GREATEST albums of the decade. This is just a list of my personal favorites, and I hope I introduce you to some great albums that you might have missed in this decade. If this were a GREATEST list, then there would be some albums that I wouldn’t have omitted and some that I would have taken off. For example, Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 good kid, m.A.A.d city is without a doubt one of the best quality albums of the decade, but I have no personal attachment to it – I just like it because it’s good.

There are also lots of albums that I’ve heard are great but I’ve never sat down with and listened to all the way through (Frank Ocean, Grimes, Tame Impala, etc). When I do my inevitable End-Of-Decade list at the end of 2019, some of those albums might appear after I listen to them more.

Also, some of these albums on this list aren’t necessarily “good”, but there’s something about them that I absolutely love or can relate to. Maybe it’s because it’s from a favorite artist, or maybe I have a strong association with that album and where I first heard it or who/what it reminds me of. No matter the reason, these are the albums that I loved the most in this decade so far.

And yes, there’s a good chance that I left out one of your favorite albums. Please forgive me.

This list is in alphabetical order, and click on each album cover for a link to a song from the album.

 

Alright, let’s begin.

Brady is the founder of Headphone Nation. He’s responsible for all this mess. Sorry about that. He’s also on Twitter @BradyWGerber

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Playlist: 20 Songs For December 2014

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This month’s playlist comes a little earlier than usual, since I will be away from my computer from Christmas till New Years.

Here are my 20 songs for December 2014:

1. Mad Season – “River Of Deceit”

2. J Mascis – “Me Again”

3. Galaxie 500 – “Decomposing Trees”

4. Eels – “It’s A Motherfucker”

5. Jake Bugg – “Broken”

6. Elliott Smith – “Everything Reminds Me Of Her”

7. Buena Vista Social Club – “Chan Chan”

8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Into My Arms”

9. Bikespeed Champion – “Overgrown”

10. Intimate Stranger – “Imaginary Conversation #1”

11. Ryan Adams – “By The Way”

12. Sunny Day Real Estate – “Seven”

13. Beyoncé – “Blow”

14. Vulfpeck – “Fugue State”

15. Goldfrapp – “Strict Machine”

16. Spoon – “Out Go the Lights”

17. The Libertines – “Can’t Stand Me Now”

18. D-Angelo & The Vanguard – “The Charade”

19. Guillemots – “Little Bear”

20. Aimee Mann – “Wise Up”

Brady is the founder of Headphone Nation. He’s responsible for all this mess. Sorry about that. He’s also on Twitter @BradyWGerber

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