Posted by TurboMan (7551 posts) -

 
 Please reply and tell me if you liked this or not.. it's really important for me to know if stuff like this is useful to anyone... tell me about some music you've heard, etc... :) 
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Things That I've Missed:  

There hasn't been any albums this month that  I feel that I might have missed out on. Kanye West's VH1 Storytellers is the only thing of interest to me that I've missed out on. The  Los Campesinos album sounds good also from what I've heard.

Best Songs:  

The way I want to format this is to make it more of a playlist than a "Top 5" kind of deal. For now, these may seem like their just songs out of the best albums.. I'll try to get better at finding just singles from all over as the months go on if I feel like doing this again. 
   
       

 "Before Destructions"  by Spoon  
"Heaven Can Wait" by Charlotte Gainsbourg 
  "Used To Be" by Beach House
"Cousins" by Vampire Weekend 
"Out Go The Lights" by Spoon
"Trick Pony" by Charlotte Gainsbourg 
 "Silver Soul" by Beach House 
 "Norway" by Beach House  
"California English" by Vampire Weekend 
 "Who Makes Your Money?" by Spoon 
"Giving Up The Gun" by Vampire Weekend 
   
 
 

Best Albums:    

 
4. "IRM" by Charlotte Gainsbourg 
Chances are, you've probably seen Charlotte before, and didn't know she was a singer on the side. Charlotte is an amazing French actress that I'm sure is going to be in many great movies in the future(her resume for now includes Antichrist, 21 Grams, and The Science of Sleep). She has a pretty voice, but the album interests me a bit more due to the production being led by Beck. Beck contributes many things throughout the album from backup singing to playing various instruments. It's a bit hit and miss throughout for me, but there are a good handful of songs that stand up with some of Beck's better songs from the past decade.  
 
  
 
3. "Contra" by Vampire Weekend 
Contra was not the album I wanted Vampire Weekend to follow up the self-titled album with. After hearing it, I'm about half and half with enjoying and not enjoying it. I respect the need of the band moving forward from just being fun pop-rock, but making lyrically retarded songs like "Horchata" isn't the way to move forward. Still, this album is very nicely produced, and there are another handful of great Vampire Weekend songs to be found here. I know I didn't rank the songs, but "Giving Up The Gun" is my personal favorite song so far this year.  
 
  
 
2. "Transference" by Spoon 
Three years ago, Spoon's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" was my favorite album of the year in 2007, and I've stuck with that CD for a long time after then. Spoon is one of the few formulaic bands(think ACDC), where they don't stray away too far from what makes them work. Transference is the furthest they've ventured out, and it works for the most part. This is Spoon at their most reserved, no where close to as "YOU'VE GOT TO HEAR THIS" as Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but it doesn't have to be all the time. (Side note: I might be fine with that because of them touring in my area with Deerhunter.. can't wait for the live show) 
 
     
 
1. "Teen Dream" by Beach House 
Ok, I've had this album since November. It leaked onto the internet way before it's time to get a proper release, but none if this is really important. I saw Beach House live when they toured with Grizzly Bear, and thought that they were just a nice band that were pretty mellow and cool. Then they played "Norway" of their upcoming CD, and in my book they went from mellow to the real deal. Now that their CD is out, I've listened to it just about every morning on my drive to school. It's a great way to gather all your thoughts after your sleep and truly appreciate the beauty of "Teen Dream". Yes, it does take a fair amount of patience to listen to, but once you understand how great the guitar, keyboards, and soft drums mix Victoria Legrand's voice, you should be on board with Beach House.       
 
  
   
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Please reply and tell me if you liked this or not.. it's really important for me to know if stuff like this is useful to anyone... tell me about some music you've heard, etc... :)
#1 Edited by TurboMan (7551 posts) -

 
 Please reply and tell me if you liked this or not.. it's really important for me to know if stuff like this is useful to anyone... tell me about some music you've heard, etc... :) 
------------

Things That I've Missed:  

There hasn't been any albums this month that  I feel that I might have missed out on. Kanye West's VH1 Storytellers is the only thing of interest to me that I've missed out on. The  Los Campesinos album sounds good also from what I've heard.

Best Songs:  

The way I want to format this is to make it more of a playlist than a "Top 5" kind of deal. For now, these may seem like their just songs out of the best albums.. I'll try to get better at finding just singles from all over as the months go on if I feel like doing this again. 
   
       

 "Before Destructions"  by Spoon  
"Heaven Can Wait" by Charlotte Gainsbourg 
  "Used To Be" by Beach House
"Cousins" by Vampire Weekend 
"Out Go The Lights" by Spoon
"Trick Pony" by Charlotte Gainsbourg 
 "Silver Soul" by Beach House 
 "Norway" by Beach House  
"California English" by Vampire Weekend 
 "Who Makes Your Money?" by Spoon 
"Giving Up The Gun" by Vampire Weekend 
   
 
 

Best Albums:    

 
4. "IRM" by Charlotte Gainsbourg 
Chances are, you've probably seen Charlotte before, and didn't know she was a singer on the side. Charlotte is an amazing French actress that I'm sure is going to be in many great movies in the future(her resume for now includes Antichrist, 21 Grams, and The Science of Sleep). She has a pretty voice, but the album interests me a bit more due to the production being led by Beck. Beck contributes many things throughout the album from backup singing to playing various instruments. It's a bit hit and miss throughout for me, but there are a good handful of songs that stand up with some of Beck's better songs from the past decade.  
 
  
 
3. "Contra" by Vampire Weekend 
Contra was not the album I wanted Vampire Weekend to follow up the self-titled album with. After hearing it, I'm about half and half with enjoying and not enjoying it. I respect the need of the band moving forward from just being fun pop-rock, but making lyrically retarded songs like "Horchata" isn't the way to move forward. Still, this album is very nicely produced, and there are another handful of great Vampire Weekend songs to be found here. I know I didn't rank the songs, but "Giving Up The Gun" is my personal favorite song so far this year.  
 
  
 
2. "Transference" by Spoon 
Three years ago, Spoon's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" was my favorite album of the year in 2007, and I've stuck with that CD for a long time after then. Spoon is one of the few formulaic bands(think ACDC), where they don't stray away too far from what makes them work. Transference is the furthest they've ventured out, and it works for the most part. This is Spoon at their most reserved, no where close to as "YOU'VE GOT TO HEAR THIS" as Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but it doesn't have to be all the time. (Side note: I might be fine with that because of them touring in my area with Deerhunter.. can't wait for the live show) 
 
     
 
1. "Teen Dream" by Beach House 
Ok, I've had this album since November. It leaked onto the internet way before it's time to get a proper release, but none if this is really important. I saw Beach House live when they toured with Grizzly Bear, and thought that they were just a nice band that were pretty mellow and cool. Then they played "Norway" of their upcoming CD, and in my book they went from mellow to the real deal. Now that their CD is out, I've listened to it just about every morning on my drive to school. It's a great way to gather all your thoughts after your sleep and truly appreciate the beauty of "Teen Dream". Yes, it does take a fair amount of patience to listen to, but once you understand how great the guitar, keyboards, and soft drums mix Victoria Legrand's voice, you should be on board with Beach House.       
 
  
   
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Please reply and tell me if you liked this or not.. it's really important for me to know if stuff like this is useful to anyone... tell me about some music you've heard, etc... :)
#2 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -

I fucking hate Spoon. They're so lame.

#3 Posted by nanikore (2740 posts) -

Oh, hey, look. It's another music thread on Giant Bomb! 
 
 
 
HOW INTERESTING

#4 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -
@nanikore:  
 
Derek is simply pointing out the best new releases of Jan. Don't be so condescending.
#5 Posted by TurboMan (7551 posts) -
@Bruce: Have you finally listened to Beach House yet?  
 
@nanikore: If you don't care about the subject, just don't read the post.
 
 
ah, put the finishing touches on it, so it looks PROFESSIONAL!!! 

#6 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -
@Bruce said:
" I fucking hate Spoon. They're so lame. "
Duder, SERIOUSLY?  Man, I LOVE Spoon. Transference is already a Best of 2010 pick for me, and we're only a month in! It's cool though, if you don't like them, that's all good. No one's forcing you to like anyone.
 
OP, I've only picked up a few albums this Jan, Contra and Transference included. While I might like Contra a bit more than you do, I can say that it's a solid album, one that hopefully won't be forgotten by the multitude of new releases this year. 
 
I'm also very much interested in Charlotte Gainsbourg now, since Beck had his hands in the production of her music.
#7 Posted by TurboMan (7551 posts) -
@VinceNotVance:
yeah, Contra's fine. I had an extremely negative reaction at first, but I'm starting to warm up on it. 
 
Spoon's a great band.. Transference is about as good as Gimme Fiction... there seems to be a Great-Good-Great-Good pattern with spoon on albums, this one's just really good to me
#8 Posted by TurboMan (7551 posts) -

Updates have been made, added a more proper video to beach house, but kept the other one cause I loved them both.

#9 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6197 posts) -

I like Ihsahn's new album. Free jazz infused extreme metal?! 
 

#10 Posted by TurboMan (7551 posts) -
@ThePhantomnaut:  
 
Not a huge fan of extreme metal 
I am a huge fan of taking trumpets and mixing with hardcore sounds 
interesting to say the least
#11 Posted by spankingaddict (2674 posts) -

ok