Au contraire. I loved the first VW record when it came out, but it got to the point that I just wanted to slap Ezra Koenig so bad that I couldn't listen to him anymore. I was all primed to despise 'Contra', and then I just couldn't do it. I resisted it right up until the moment they did 'California English' at Squatch last year, and then I was like fuck it. These guys are great.
I wish I could dose Koenig so we could find out if he's got a 'Fear of Music' or 'Remain in Light' in him.
I have rarely seen a crowd more involved than I saw for VW last year at Sasquatch. It was a awesome, energy-filled set.
Post by interstateeight on Dec 23, 2010 9:23:27 GMT -8
So how disappointing was 2010? In, I don't know, April or May, there was a string of releases by established bands I was absolutely amped for - Band of Horses, Black Keys, BSS, New Pornos, Hold Steady, etc. They weren't band, and Forgiveness Rock Record has some great songs, and I permanently enjoy Band of Horses, but... a few letdowns. I wanted to love the Tim Kasher album, but I can't. Belle & Sebastian is fine but not memorable.
Anyway, shit I loved, no rankings:
Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring The National - High Violet The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs Cloud Cult - Light Chasers Dangers - Messy, Isn't It? Envy - Recitation The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang Girls - Broken Dreams Club Los Campesinos! - All's Well That Ends Ugly Casanova songs on the 180 (degree sign) South soundtrack, but not the other stuff. Wolf Parade - Expo 86 And yeah Contra is pretty good.
I have. It was called the crowd for LCD last year.
I cannot dispute that. I was one of the 8 people watching Girls set (which I enjoyed by the way) whilst LCD was kicking ass.
I really wanted to see Girls, so I saw about a song and a half before I realized that they were really flat and boring, which was a huge disappointment, and then I went and saw LCD Soundsystem. This incredibly boring narrative brought to you by how much I wanted to love Girls and how bummed I am that they were lame.
Also, I need to throw in a couple late additions to my list.
Matt & Kim - Sidewalks. Went out on a limb and bought this album without ever hearing them and I absolutely love it. I've since dug into their back-catalog and consider myself an all around fan now. Great band!
Diamond Rings - Special Affections. Saw his song "All Yr Songs" on The Needle Drop's top 50 songs of 2010 so I decided to check it out. Quite a flamboyant character and his music is really really good. Picked up the album this week and have had in in heavy rotation since.