Cults @ Pitchfork Music Festival (6/14)

Date July 23, 2012

It made sense that just before Cults began to play their sunny, throwback retro-pop, the sun came out at Union Park. The Brooklyn group certainly has grown a lot since I saw them two years ago, when they were still the mystery buzz band with just a few songs to their name but their live [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Songs of 2011

Date December 16, 2011

(photo by cubagallery) These are 50 tracks that defined 2011 for us, presented in highly unscientific ordered list form, with Matt’s songs marked with a “-MG” and my choices with a “-TJ” next to them. To better spread the love, there’s only one song per artist. Click the links next to the track to download [...]

Best Albums of 2011 (so far)

Date July 1, 2011

photo via cubagallery We’re halfway through 2011 which means it’s time for the annual mid-year recap of the best albums of the year so far. If there’s a theme for 2011 so far it’s been defying the sophomore slump with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, The Antlers, Lykke Li, STRFKR and The Rural Alberta Advantage all [...]

Summer (Or What It Sounds Like) Vol. 2

Date June 20, 2011

As they say, better late than clever. Or was it never? No, I don’t think that has ever been the case. You can blame Summer for its leisure arrival to great Northwest or the fact that a greater understanding of time management quite frankly just eludes me–this really only happens as it gets warmer, I [...]

Cults @ Coachella (4/16)

Date April 28, 2011

(Photo credit: Chrissy Mauck) I only recently began listening to Cults (after reading about them on this site—thanks Taylor!) but I quickly became obsessed. I was thrilled to see them on the lineup a few weeks ago, and forced my friends arrive at the Polo Field far earlier than they wanted to so that I [...]

Boom! Boom boom, cha! (Vol. IV)

Date April 27, 2011

Early last year, I posted a mix of songs that used the most iconic and recognizable drum beat in pop music history, the Phil Spector-penned / Ronettes-performed “Be My Baby” intro. That led to two more mixes (which we lovingly call “Boom! Boom boom, cha!” after that striking drum sound) bringing the total up to about 60 songs worth of “Be My [...]