Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 | Year End Favorites

Favorite Albums (alphabetical)
Alvvays – Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
The Black Angels – Death Song (Partisan)
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness (Ba Da Bing!)
Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound (Carpark)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers (Constellation)
Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet (Dead Oceans)
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound (Southeastern)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO Records)
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (DFA/Columbia)
Thurston Moore - Rock N Roll Consciousness (Caroline)
The National – Sleep Well Beast (4AD)
Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon)
The Shins – Heartworms (Columbia/Aural Apothecary)
Slowdive – Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
Spoon – Hot Thoughts (Matador)
Sylvan Esso – What Now (Loma Vista)
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic Records)
Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm (Merge)
The Xx – I See You (Young Turks)

Also of note, the Hüsker Dü, Savage Young Dü box set by Numero Group

Favorite Shows of 2017
Arcade Fire @ Excel Energy Center (St. Paul)
The Black Angels @ The Majestic Theater (Madison)
Cloud Nothings @ High Noon Saloon (Madison)                    
King Crimson @ The Riverside Theater (Milwaukee)
Midnight Oil @ First Avenue (Minneapolis)
Jon Mueller @ Arts & Literature Lab (Madison)
Slowdive @ The Barrymore Theater (Madison)
Thee Oh Sees @ Turner Hall (Milwaukee)
Tweedy @ Eaux Claires Festival (Eau Claire)
Roger Waters @ BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee)
The Xx @ The Rave (Milwaukee)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 | Year End Favorites

Favorite Albums of 2016 (alphabetical)
Black Mountain - IV (Jagjaguwar)
Bon Iver - 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)
Charles Bradley - Changes (Daptone/Dunham)
David Bowie - Blackstar (Columbia)
DIIV - Is the Is Are (Captured Tracks)
Drive By Truckers – American Band (ATO Records)
James Blake – The Colour of Anything (Universal)
Jon Mueller – Tongues (Rhythmplex)
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd.)
Parquet Courts - Human Performance (Rough Trade)
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings)
Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)
Savages – Adore Life (Matador)
Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines (Matador)
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic)
The Comet is Coming – Channel the Spirit (The Leaf Label)
The Goon Sax – Up For Anything (Chapter Music)
Thee Oh Sees – Weird Exits / Odd Entrances (Castle Face)
Wire – Nocturnal Koreans (Pink Flag)

Favorite Concerts of 2016 (alphabetical)
Bob Mould @ Majestic Theater (Madison, WI)
Bon Iver @ Eaux Claires Fest (Eau Claire, WI)
Descendents @ First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN)
Iggy Pop with QOTSA @ Northrup Theater (St. Paul, MN)
Savages @ The Rave (Milwaukee, WI)
The Cure @ Excel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN)
Wilco & Kurt Vile @ Breeze Field (Madison, WI)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

2015 | Year End Favorites

Favorite Albums
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color [ATO Records]
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars/Depression Cherry [Sub Pop]
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Style [Matador]
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think... [Mom + Pop]
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier [4AD]
Faith No More - Sol Invictus [Ipecac]
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear [Sub Pop]
Health - Death Magic [Loma Vista]
Helen - Original Faces [Kranky]
Jamie xx - In Colour [Young Turks/XL]
Killing Joke - Pylon [Killing Joke/Spinefarm]
Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin’ Down [Matador]
Low - Ones and Sixes  [Sub Pop]
Mikal Cronin - MCIII [Merge]
My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall [ATO/Capitol]
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green [Dead Oceans]
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love [Sub Pop]
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell [Asthmatic Kitty]
Tame Impala - Currents [Interscope]
Viet Cong - Viet Cong [Jagjaguwar]

Favorite Shows
Chris Porterfield (solo acoustic) / Andie & Mike’s living room [Madison]
Death Cab For Cutie / The Riverside Theater [Milwaukee]      
Deerhunter / Majestic Theater [Madison]        
Kraftwerk / Northrup Auditorium [St. Paul]
Morrissey / Fitzgerald Theater [St. Paul]
My Morning Jacket (two nights) / The Riverside Theater [Milwaukee]
Strand of Oaks / Shitty Barn [Spring Green]
Sufjan Stevens / Eaux Claires Fest [Eau Claire]
Tame Impala / The Riverside Theater [Milwaukee]
The Church / Turner Hall [Milwaukee]
The Melvins / High Noon Saloon [Madison]
Thurston Moore & Mikal Cronin / High Noon Saloon [Madison]

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 | Year End Favorites

Favorites Albums of 2014 (Alphabetical Order)
Aphex Twin :: Syro Warp
Courtney Barnett :: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas Marathon Artists/Mom+Pop
Cloud Nothings :: Here and Nowhere Else Carpark/Mom+Pop
Ex Hex :: Rips Merge
Field Report :: Marigolden Partisan
Curtis Harding :: Soul Power Burger Records
Mogwai :: Rave Tapes Sub Pop
Thurston Moore :: The Best Day Matador
Kevin Morby :: Still Life With Rejects From the Land of Misfit Toys Woodsist
Bob Mould :: Beauty & Rain Merge
Parquet Courts :: Sunbathing Animals What's Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop
Real Estate :: Atlas Domino
St. Vincent :: St. Vincent Loma Vista/Republic
Ty Segall :: Manipulator Drag City
Sturgill Simpson :: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music High Top Mountain
Spoon :: They Want My Soul Loma Vista/Republic
Strand of Oaks :: Heal Dead Oceans
Sharon Van Etten :: Are We There Jagjaguwar
The War on Drugs :: Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian
Jack White :: Lazaretto Third Man Records

Favorites Concerts of 2014 (Chronological Order)
Superchunk @ High Noon Saloon Madison
Bob Mould @ Onion AV Backyard Party (SXSW) Austin
Gary Numan @ Hype Machine Showcase (SXSW) Austin
St. Vincent @ Turner Hall Milwaukee
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ State Theater Minneapolis
Spoon / Guided By Voices / Kurt Vile @ Walker Art Center Minneapolis
New Order @ BMO Harris Pavilion (Summerfest) Milwaukee
Ryan Adams @ Riverside Theater Milwaukee
Johnny Marr @ Vic Theater Chicago
Wilco @ Riverside Theater Milwaukee

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 | Year End Favorites

Alphabetical list of Album favorites for 2013

Arcade Fire – Reflektor Merge Records
Atoms For Peace – AMOK XL Records
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe Glassnote Records
Fidlar - Fidlar Mom + Pop Records
Forest Swords – Engravings Tri Angler Records
Fuzz – Fuzz In The Red Records
Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities Trouble In Mind Records
Jagwar Ma – Howlin Mom + Pop Records
Jason Isbell – Southeastern Southeastern Records
Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound ATO Records
The National - Trouble Will Find Me Beggars Banquet Records
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away Anti Records
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks Null Corporation / Columbia Records
Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork Matador Records
Savages - Silence Yourself Matador Records
Sigur Ros – Kveikur XL Records
Superchunk – I Hate Music Merge Records
Surf City – We Knew It Was Going To Be Like This Fire Records
Volcano Choir - Repave Jagjaguwar Records
Wavves - Afraid of Heights Mom + Pop Records

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 | Year End Favorites

25 Albums
Baroness :. Yellow & Green Relapse
Beach House :. Bloom Sub Pop
Bear In Heaven :. I Love You, It’s Cool Dead Oceans
Bob Mould :. Silver Age Merge
Cat Power :. Sun Matador
Chromatics :. Kill For Love Italians Do It Better
Cloud Nothings :. Attack on Memory Carpark Records
Delta Spirit :. Delta Spirit Rounder Records
Diiv :. Oshin Captured Tracks
Dirty Projectors :. Swing Lo Magellan Domino Recording Co.
Father John Misty :. Fear Fun Sub Pop
Grizzly Bear :. Shields Warp Records
Japandroids :. Celebration Rock Polyvinyl Records
Mark Lanegan Band :. Blues Funeral 4AD
Passion Pit :. Gossamer Columbia Records
Porcelain Raft :. Strange Weekend Secretly Canadian
Purity Ring :. Shrines 4AD
Spiritualized :. Sweet Heart Sweet Light Fat Possum
Tame Impala :. Lonerism Modular Records
Tennis :. Young & Old Fat Possum
Jack White :. Blunderbuss Third Man/Columbia
Wild Nothing :. Nocturne Captured Tracks
Woods :. Bend Beyond Woodsist
The Xx :. Coexist Young Turks/XL Recordings
Yeasayer :. Fragrant World Secretly Canadian

25 Songs for your Spotify Playlist
Away Frm U - Oberhoffer
Bloody Mouth (Watchtower Version) - Moons
Cheap Beer - FIDLAR
Cold Feet - Lost Lander
Default - Atoms For Peace
Elephant King - Yellow Ostrich
Fergus Falls - Field Report
Five Seconds - Twin Shadow
Get Free - Major Lazer
Hail Bop - Django Django
Heavy Metal - White Rabbits
Husbands - Savages
Hysteria - Ceremony
Keep You - Wild Belle
Landfill - Daughter
My Love is Real - Divine Fits
Oblivion - Grimes
Octopus - Bloc Party
Okay, Alright, I’m Alive - Bahamas
Serpents - Sharon Van Etten
Swingin' Party - Kindness
That Old Black Hole - Dr. Dog
The Full Retard - El-P
The Only Place - Best Coast
You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb - Ex Cops

12 Favorite Shows of 2012
Beach House :. The Pabst Theater Milwaukee

Bear In Heaven, Delta Spirit, FIDLAR, Milo Greene, Poliça, Tallest Man on Earth, Washed Out, White Rabbits
Lollapalooza/Grant Park Chicago

Best Coast, Bruce Springsteen, Cults, Delta Spirit, FIDLAR, Grimes, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Shins, The War on Drugs, Yellow Ostrich SXSW Austin

Bon Iver & Poliça | Radio City Music Hall New York

Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, Dirty Projectors, Japandroids, Lotus Plaza, Psychic Paramount, Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon
Pitchfork Music Festival/Union Park Chicago

David Byrne & St. Vincent | The Pabst Theater Milwaukee

Dirty Projectors | The Pabst Theater Milwaukee

The Lumineers The Frequency Madison
Poliça | High Noon Saloon Madison

White Rabbits | High Noon Saloon Madison

The Xx | The Pabst Theater Madison                 

Yeasayer | The Majestic Theater Madison

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011 | Year End Favorites

Tom Waits : Bad As Me Anti
My Morning Jacket : Circuital ATO
The Decemberists : The King is Dead Capitol
Tune-Yards : W H O K I L L 4AD
Washed Out : Within and Without Sub Pop
Charles Bradley : No Time for Dreaming Daptone
Handsome Furs : Sound Kapital Sub Pop
Cut Copy : Zonoscope Modular
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks : Mirror Traffic Matador
Beirut : The Rip Tide Pompeii
Bon Iver : Bon Iver Jagjaguwar
Wilco : The Whole Love dBpm
TV on the Radio : Nine Types of Light Interscope
Radiohead : The King of Limbs TBD
St Vincent : Strange Mercy 4AD
Fleet Foxes : Helplessness Blues Sub Pop
The Antlers : Burst Apart French Kiss
The War on Drugs : Slave Ambient Secretly Canadian
Destroyer : Kaputt Merge
Yuck : Yuck Fat Possum
Ryan Adams : Ashes & Fire PaxAmericana
Wire : Red Barked Tree Pinkflag