These are my favorite songs of this year. I figured I had to stick them in some order, so I ordered them from the least up to the most noisy.
A new sketch-like song that was quick to execution: “Verjaardag Thuis”. You can hear my daughter in the background.
The time of year has set in where I mostly just stop listening to new records and start revisiting records from the last eleven months. So if you want to get in my year-end list, releasing your album in December means you’re out of luck.
I always thought that liking the earliest Rainer Maria records was kind of a guilty pleasure, but my favorite album of theirs got the Pitchfork Seal of Approval, so yeah.
God said give ’em drum machines.
I’m obsessed with Cat Power’s gorgeous song “Woman”.
I made another song. It’s a short one, called “Huis te Landelaan”.
YOWLER’s new album is just astonishing.
Went to see the Beths in my hometown – their album is one my personal favorites this year, and their show was awesome. If you’re into Death Cab For Cutie, you can catch the Beths again as support during their European tour. On a much bigger stage, and well-deserved.
I finished a new song today, it’s called “Sevastopol”.
Stuck in my head song of today: Speedy Ortiz – “Villain”
Issue #5 of Incredible Doom is finished.
Get your gorgeous Kim Gordon-drawn Carrie Brownstein t-shirt. In doing so, a girl in Togo can attend school for a full year.
I just finished another track and called it “The Bowery”.
I know I’m starting to sound like some dude constantly harping on his old favorites, but the reissue of Bikini Kill’s singles compilation couldn’t not be mentioned. 25-some years in, these songs still are such a monumental triumph, calling patriarchy, harassment and prejudice towards women to order, before ripping right through it. It was awesome […]
Loud And Quiet did an interview with Lala Lala.
Stereolab’s “Switched On”, “Refried Ectoplasm” and “Aluminium Tunes” have been reissued on LP. Pitchfork did an extensive review. These are among my favorite albums in the world.
I revisited a song I started four years ago and finished it today. It’s called “Lindelaan”.
Lala Lala’s album is one of the highlights of this year. She’s (supposedly) playing at Vera Groningen on February 23rd, and at the Paradiso on February 25th. Her song “Destroyer” reminds me of Pavement – in a good way.
Pitchfork reviews “3 Feet High and Rising”. When I was a kid, I bought a number of records that in hindsight turned out to be quite terrible, but De La Soul’s first album is still amazing.