musicforants.com’s Best Albums of 2012

Date December 20, 2012

(photo by cubagallery) We’re quickly approaching the end of 2012 and/or the world depending on your interpretation of Mayan prophecy, and that can only mean it’s time to reflect on the best albums of the year. For me, one record stood head and shoulders above the rest in 2012, so album of the year was [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Songs of 2012

Date December 18, 2012

(photo by cubagallery) These are 50 tracks that delighted, inspired and fascinated us in 2012 and that we think are worthy of remembering long after the year is over. We present them here 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 [...]

Favorite Live Shows of 2012

Date December 12, 2012

As a result of certain life events due to transpire next year, I may not be going to concerts / festivals at the same rate I used to, so it’s a good thing that I went all out this year. This was my first year I went to Bonnaroo in addition to my usual Pitchfork [...]

Pygmalion Festival – Day Two (Dirty Projectors / Best Coast / Lord Huron / Tennis / Hospitality / Hundred Waters)

Date October 5, 2012

One of the great things about this year of Pygmalion Music Festival is that since it was condensed to three days instead of the normal four days (or five, the case of ’10), the festival organizers were able to fit a ton more of amazing bands into one night, all killer no filler if you [...]

Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork Music Festival (6/13)

Date July 18, 2012

It took a few attempts, but I can now say I’m a full-fledged fan of Brooklyn art-rockers Dirty Projectors, and full credit to their wonderful live show and excellent new album, Swing Lo Magellan for finally converting me over. The set kept the band’s most appealing qualities, David Longstreth’s angular, interweaving guitar and the girl’s alluring harmonies, [...]

Cover: Painted Palms – I Will Truck (Dirty Projectors)

Date May 26, 2011

Every since I heard of San Francisco’s Painted Palms a few months back, I’ve been itching for them to release some new material. Their Canopy EP (out 6/27) continues to get tons of spins for me and with their recent signing to Secretly Canadian they will hopefully get around to releasing a full-length by the [...]