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 [...]

MP3: Patrick Wolf – Time Of My Life

Date January 17, 2011

Patrick Wolf‘s new single “Time Of My Life” somehow slipped under my radar when it premiered on the web a couple months ago. Now that I’ve heard it, I’m eagerly anticipating his follow-up/part-two to 2009′s The Bachelor, which is to be titled Lupercalia. If this sweeping orchestral tune is any indication, it will be a [...]

Newsflashes (Hold Steady / New P’s / Buffetlibre / LOST)

Date January 21, 2010

The Hold Steady have sadly parted ways with their keyboardist / accordionist Franz Nicolay. We will all miss his awesome mustache and vaudevillian fashion sense, and I hope the band gets someone else to play those sweet piano licks very soon. Looking forward though, on the last leg of the Stay Positive tour, the band [...]

50 Songs of 2009 (1 of 2)

Date December 15, 2009

(photo by Johannes G.) As I did last year, I’ve decided to cap off 2009 by offering my top 50 songs of the year (in two parts). These are the tried-and-true songs that have stuck with me throughout this past year filling my days with joy and my mix CDs with, uh… songs. These are [...]

Favorite Albums of 2009 (so far)

Date July 1, 2009

Whether it’s from phenomenal debut albums or continued greatness from reliable favorites, one thing is for certain, 2009 has already been a very exciting year for music. This is my annual mid-year recap of what I believe to be the best albums of 2009 so far. As I’ve done from this site’s inception, I’m including 12 and [...]

The Sun Is Often Out

Date June 9, 2009

If after The Magic Position, you thought that Patrick Wolf‘s theatricality and grandiose romanticism had been pushed to its limit his new album, The Bachelor, is here to prove you dead wrong.  This album pushes the English art-pop singer sonic landscape all over the map from industrial club music to traditional Celtic folk and just [...]