I have never done year end accolades, but I have never had a music blog before. These days purchasing an album in it’s entirety seems almost archaic. I feel there are two types of albums now…those that are concept albums and kind of need to be listened to in whole and those gems that have a bunch of really good singles. For this list, I have considered good EP’s too, because it seems a more expedited way, with more rapid turnover to feed our A.D.D. (at least mine) need for new music. In no particular order….
Viva La Vida/Prospekts March EP - Coldplay So Coldplay and Brian Eno nuff said. The late year add on EP showed a different side of Coldplay. BTW, they have rescinded there retirement threat.
Turning Down Water For Air - James Yuill Folktronica fans rejoice. This guy is great. Blips and bleeps and scratches can be warm and fuzzy. One of my favorite new artists in a long time.
Youth Novels- Lykke Li Thank you 90210. Lykke is vulnerable, yet demands your attention.
Emergence- Trifonic Organic electronica with guitar riffs and everyday sounds, from proteges of BT.
Random Album Title – Deadmau5 This Canadian musician has changed the landscape of dance music. Really!!!
Down to Earth- Jem Jem invokes gospel, rap and folktronica in spite of poor record label relations. Thankfully they didn’t ruin it for everybody.
Eyes Wide Open – Olivia Broadfield Just love her. Accessibly. Female best new artist of the year for me. This years “TV made me” winner.
Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart – Rachel Yamagata Usually a little toasted on stage she is raw and powerful and makes Chicago proud.
Robyn – Robyn Sugary pop that took 3 years to make it to our shores. Can you handle her?
Elevate- Morgan Page Tasty originals and remixes including personal favorite Jenny Owen Youngs.
Last Night – Moby Returning to his roots…no glow sticks necessary.
Strobelite Seduction – Kaskade His Chicago connection won him resident of the year at Smart Bar. Accessible and always evolving…enter collaboration with Deadmau5
We Sing, We Dance. We Steal Things – Jason Mraz Hello – Tristan Prettyman Cute, fun, poignant and Left Coast love.
Feed The Animals – Girltalk This is my internal monologue after just one cup of coffee. How anyone cannot have fun listening to this is beyond me.
posted by : cooper