music / hobby box / top 100 albums / top 100 singles / year-end lists

E-mail comments to music[at]thelarrypage.com


Last.fm




Archive


LATEST POSTS

April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
August 2007
September 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
May 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
December 2009



Blog Links

Best Week Ever Blog
Brooklyn Vegan
Chromewaves
elbo.ws
fluxblog
gorilla vs. bear
Idolator
Kofi's hat
largehearted boy
The Modern Age
music (for robots)
My Old Kentucky Blog
Said the Gramophone
Stereogum
3Hive
Tiny Mix Tapes
Torr
The Yellow Stereo
You Ain't No Picasso



Regular Resources

acclaimedmusic.net
Accuradio
All Music Guide
betterPropaganda
Billboard
Download.com
East Village Radio
Filter Magazine
Google Video
insound
last.fm
MySpace Music
Pitchfork
Pop Matters
Prefix Magazine
Rate Your Music
woxy.com
Yahoo! Music
Youtube


The LARRY Page's
Albums & Singles of the Year: 2009



So it shouldn't be a big surprise that Animal Collective has topped both my albums and singles lists this year. I guess primarily because their music had the highest rankings of any 2009 releases on my decade-end lists. But also because they've dominated just about all the year-end critic and blogger lists that have come out so far.

For me, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which was released in January, set the bar impossibly high for all other albums this year. This will probably sound like an exaggeration, but the album -- with its standout track "My Girls" -- was one of those rare first-listens that really felt like hearing an instant classic. And I place my bets that in ten years Animal Collective's greatest album to date will sound just as fresh and impressive.

Top 50 Singles of 2009
Top 50 Albums of 2009

posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009 | [permalink] | 0 comments




The LARRY Page's
Top 100 Albums of the 2000s




Considering the number of albums that came out in the 2000s, narrowing down a list of my top 100 albums of the last ten years was surprisingly easy. It really forced me to select albums that truly got me excited about music. And while there were hundreds of other albums that I really enjoyed this decade, these albums are the main reason I read so many music websites and blogs and magazines. The ones that I wouldn't want to imagine having never reached my ears.

Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

posted on Monday, December 21, 2009 | [permalink] | 0 comments




The LARRY Page's
Top 200 Singles of the 2000s



As a lifelong listmaker, I have long been excited about the challenge of coming up with my 200 favorite singles from my first full decade as an adult. So after a lot of shifting through old lists and a bunch of resources to make sure I didn't leave a single song behind, here's what I picked as the 200 songs that defined my decade.

Top 200 Singles of the 2000s

posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 | [permalink] | 0 comments




Top 25 Albums of 2008

So, here's my long mulled over list of favorite albums of the year.

Just a couple notes before you read on:

You may notice that in my intro to last year's list I mention feeling bad that I couldn't find room for Bon Iver's debut disc. Well, after a year of satisfying listens (and an official label release), I thought it deserved a spot on the 2008 list.

Secondly, if you've been looking at a lot of year-end best albums lists, it seems like a lot people agree with my #1 choice. I hate being so predictable, but honestly no other album even came close.

50. THE BUG / London Zoo
49. HIGH PLACES / High Places
48. LINDSTROM / Where You Go I Go Too
47. EL GUINCHO / Alegranza
46. WOLF PARADE / At Mount Zoomer
45. DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES / In Ear Park
44. Q-TIP / The Renaissance
43. MAE SHI / Hlllyh
42. ELBOW / Seldom Seen Kid
41. BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY / Lie Down in the Light
40. CRYSTAL CASTLES / Crystal Castles
39. SIGUR ROS / Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
38. SPIRITUALIZED / Songs in A & E
37. WHY? / Alopecia
36. BUN B / II Trill
35. HORSE FEATHERS / House with No Name
34. CRYSTAL STILTS / Alight of Night
33. VAMPIRE WEEKEND / Vampire Weekend
32. ERYKAH BADU / New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War
31. HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR / Hercules and Love Affair
30. CALEXICO / Carried to Dust
29. FUCK BUTTONS / Street Horrrsing
28. SANTOGOLD / Santogold
27. CUT COPY / In Ghost Colours
26. THE DODOS / Visiter


25. PORTISHEAD / Third


24. KANYE WEST / 808s and Heartbreak


23. M83 / Saturdays = Youth


22. MY MORNING JACKET / Evil Urges


21. THE WEEK THAT WAS / The Week That Was


20. SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS / Alpinisms


19. BLACK KIDS / Partie Traumatic


18. MAN MAN / Rabbit Habits


17. BON IVER / For Emma, Forever Ago


16. THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE / She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke


15. LIL' WAYNE / Tha Carter III


14. DEERHOOF / Offend Maggie


13. AMADOU & MARIAM / Welcome to Mali


12. JAMIE LIDELL / Jim


11. DEERHUNTER / Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.


10. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS / Dig! Lazarus Dig!


9. QUIET VILLAGE / Silent Movie


8. BLACK KEYS / Attack and Release


7. FOALS / Antidotes


6. SHUGO TOKUMARU / Exit


5. BLITZER TRAPPER / Furr


4. LYKKE LI / Youth Novels


3. NEON NEON / Stainless Style


2. FLEET FOXES / Fleet Foxes


1. TV ON THE RADIO / Dear Science

--

Top 50 Singles of 2008

Top 50 Albums of 2007
Top 50 Albums of 2006
Top 50 Albums of 2005, Part 1 | Part 2
All Year-End Lists Back to 1995

Labels: , ,


posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




TOP 50 SINGLES OF 2008

It became very clear to me when I began compiling this list that I spent much of 2008 seeking out good dance music. Luckily, the year was full of great electronic acts and energetic indie bands that I didn't have to search too hard. Dance cuts all but dominated this year's list. But you won't get to #1 without hearing a fair share of dramatic guitar riffs and undeniably catchy pop hooks.

As usual, I've done my best to limit these choices to songs that were actually released as singles, even if that meant axing some really great tracks like Erykah Badu's "The Healer" and Santogold's "You'll Find a Way".

I'll have my Top 50 Albums posted in a couple weeks.

50. TV ON THE RADIO / "Dancing Choose"
(video) (stream)


49. CHRIS BROWN / "Forever"
(video) (stream)


48. THE HELIO SEQUENCE / "Keep Your Eyes Ahead"
(video) (mp3)


47. GNARLS BARKLEY / "Run"
(video)


46. THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS / "The Age of the Understatement"
(video)


45. KARDINAL OFFISHALL featuring AKON / "Dangerous"
(video) (stream)


44. FRANZ FERDINAND / "Lucid Dreams"
(stream)


43. ISLANDS / "Creeper"
(video)


42. SANTOGOLD / "L.E.S. Artistes"
(video)


41. GLASVEGAS / "Geraldine"
(video) (stream)


40. HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR / "You Belong"
(video) (stream)


39. ELBOW / "Grounds for Divorce"
(video)


38. WOLF PARADE / "Call It a Ritual"
(mp3)


37. DUFFY / "Mercy"
(video) (stream)


36. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE / "I Will Possess Your Heart"
(video)


35. DAN LE SAC VS. SCROOBIUS PIP / "Look for the Woman"
(video)


34. LEONA LEWIS / "Bleeding Love"
(video) (stream)


33. LYKKE LI / "I'm Good, I'm Gone"
(video)


32. ANNIE / "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me"
(youtube)


31. BLACK KIDS / "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
(video)


30. ATMOSPHERE / "You"
(video)


29. BECK / "Chemtrails"
(stream)


28. TING TINGS / "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
(video) (stream)


27. FLEET FOXES / "White Winter Hymnal"
(video)


26. JAMIE LIDELL / "A Little Bit of Feel Good"
(video)


25. HOT CHIP / "One Pure Thought"
(video) (stream)


24. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS / "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!"
(video)


23. NEON NEON featuring CATE LE BON / "I Lust U"
(video)


22. CUT COPY / "Lights and Music"
(video) (stream)


21. MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE/ "4 Minutes"
(video)


20. BASIA BULAT / "In the Night"
(video)


19. FOALS / "Balloons"
(video)


18. PNAU featuring LADYHAWKE / "Embrace"
(video)


17. T.I. / "Whatever You Like"
(video) (stream)


16. ESTELLE featuring KANYE WEST / "American Boy"
(video)


15. SAM SPARRO / "Black and Gold"
(video) (stream)


14. SEBASTIEN TELLIER / "Divine"
(video)


13. HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR / "Blind"
(video) (stream)


12. THE FUTUREHEADS / "The Beginning of the Twist"
(video) (stream)


11. RIHANNA / "Don't Stop the Music"
(video) (stream)


--


10. LADYHAWKE / "Paris is Burning"
(video) (stream)



9. CRYSTAL CASTLES vs. HEALTH / "Crimewave"
(video) (stream)



8. CSS / "Move"
(video)



7. ROBIN THICKE / "Magic"
(video) (stream)



6. KANYE WEST featuring DWELE / "Flashing Lights"
(video) (stream)



5. MGMT / "Electric Feel"
(video) (stream)



4. LYKKE LI / "Breaking It Up"
(video)



3. M83 / "Kim and Jessie"
(video) (stream)



2. HOT CHIP / "Ready for the Floor"
(video) (stream)



1. MGMT / "Kids"
(stream)


--

Top 50 Singles of 2007
Top 50 Singles of 2006
Top 25 Singles of 2005

Labels: , , , , , ,


posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 | [permalink] | 1 comments




FULL MP3 ALBUM: VICE GIVES YOU THE GIFT OF GOOD MUSIC



Vice Gives You The Gift Of Good Music
It's not a holiday album. It's a compilation of tracks (downloadable via Amazon.com) from artists on the Vice Records roster, including Chromeo, Japanese Motors, King Khan & The Shrines, and The Streets. A couple of these had already been available for free download on the label's mp3 blog, but I believe most of these are first time freebies.

And, if you happen to be in search for some actually holiday music. Vice is offering up "Come On, Santa" for the taking. The track is from The Raveonettes new Christmas EP.

Labels: , , ,


posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




LIST: LAST.FM BEST OF 2008



Last.fm Best of 2008
If you've been poking around through music blogs lately, you've surely already experienced the glut of year-end lists touting the best of the year. (And yes, I'll be adding to the mess soon enough.) One year-in-review I was particularly fascinated by was the one at Last.fm, which ranks the year's top tracks, albums, and new artists by total number of listeners on the site. The countdown of tracks is dominated by Coldplay and MGMT, but the other two lists include interesting jumbles that just cry for analysis. Katy Perry wedged between Foals and Fleet Foxes? The Kooks have the sixth most listened to album of the year? Statistics hounds, let your reasoning begin.

Labels: , , ,


posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2008 | [permalink] | 1 comments




VIDEO: LOW

It might not be a typical holiday album, but Low's 1999 holiday record Christmas was actually quite hauntingly beautiful. This year, they cross the line from haunting to just plain creepy on their new yuletide single "Santa's Coming Over". And check out those kids in the video. Truly frightening.

LOW
"Santa's Coming Over"


See also:
subpop.com

tags: | | | |

posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




MP3: A.C. NEWMAN



"There are Maybe Ten or Twelve"
(ACNewman.net)
This track from A.C. Newman's upcoming album Get Guilty is a simple and pretty pop song. It feels very much like some of the ballads from Challengers, but I think we'll have to wait until we hear the album before we can judge how much of a departure it is from his previous work with and without The New Pornographers.

tags: | | |

posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




VIDEO: MGMT

I'm not sure I would have guessed that MGMT would make "The Youth" a single, but I suppose the most obvious dance-floor-ready tracks from Oracular Spectacular have already been released. Whether you love the track or not, you'll at least be amused by the video, which was directed by Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!.

MGMT
"The Youth"


Other MGMT music videos:
"Time to Pretend"
"Electric Feel"
"Kids"

See also:
whoismgmt.com

tags: | | |

posted on Monday, October 13, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




MP3: FRIDA HYVONEN



"Enemy Within"
(Secretly Canadian)
Swedish songstress Frida Hyvonen has a voice that's both haunting and tender, And it's hard to ignore its power on "Enemy Within", which will appear on her upcoming sophomore album Silence is Wild. Musically, Hyvonen appeals to lovers of traditional singer-songwriters, yet she constintent dares to move boldy out of the girl-at-a-piano comfort zone.

See also:
fridahyvonen.com

tags: | | |

posted on Saturday, October 11, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




MP3: +/- {PLUS MINUS}



"Snowblind"
(Absolutely Kosher)
A new track from search engine stumpers +/-, who'll be releasing their latest album entitled Xs on Your Eyes on Oct. 21.

See also:
plusmin.us

tags: | | |

posted on Monday, October 06, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




MP3: JENNY LEWIS



"Acid Tongue"
(Toolshed)
I'm not sure anyone succeeds at freshening up a traditional storytelling country-folk song quite like Jenny Lewis. The Rilo Kiley singer releases her new solo album Acid Tongue on Sept. 23 -- this time without the Watson Twins but with help from collaborators like Elvis Costello, Zooey Deschanel, and Chris Robinson. Just one listen to this title track and I'm yearning to hear all those harmonies.

See also:
Jenny Lewis

tags: | | | |

posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




MP3: BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT



"Hologram Buffalo"
"Oppressions Each"
(Matador)
With these two spacey selections, psychedelic folk band Brightblack Morning Light blaze the trail toward their forthcoming release Motion to Rejoin, which may make even the most straight-laced of fellows want to dress like a hippie and pop some pills.

See also:
thebrightblackmorninglight.com
myspace.com/brightblackmorninglight

tags: | | | |

posted on Monday, September 08, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments




MP3: HORSE FEATHERS



"Curs in the Weed"
(Kill Rock Stars)
Frontman Justin Ringle styles his voice after Nick Drake on this new track. Despite a roster of multi-instrument-playing band members, the Oregon-based outfit finds beauty in the simple and sparse. Horse Feathers' new album House with No Name is available on Sept. 9.

See also:
myspace.com/horsefeathersmusic

tags: | | | |

posted on Friday, September 05, 2008 | [permalink] | 0 comments