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 [...]

MP3: Twin Shadow – When The Movie’s Over

Date July 16, 2012

I’m going to get to my annual Pitchfork Festival coverage on the double, but first I want to share a song that I’ve been spinning non-stop the last couple weeks, “When The Movie’s Over” by NYC-based new wave band, Twin Shadow. Whether it’s the soaring synth-pop arrangement, George Lewis Jr.’s dramatic vocals or maybe I [...]

Leap Day Mix (Real life is for March!)

Date February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day, everyone! As you all know, leap day is the extra special bonus day we get every four years at the end of February, and where (as 30 Rock shows us) the gilled & mustachioed Leap Day William emerges from his home at the bottom of the Mariana Trench to trade children’s tears [...]

Twin Shadow @ Pitchfork (7/16)

Date July 29, 2011

Twin Shadow was one of the biggest surprises for me at this year’s Pitchfork Festival. It took a few listens for me to warm up to the synth-pop band’s debut album, Forget, but I was immediately captivated by their exuberant, albeit short performance. In contrast with earlier performers Cold Cave’s dark, grandiose take on 80′s-era new [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Albums of 2010

Date December 27, 2010

(photo by cubagallery) In a few days 2010 will come to a close and as I look back, I really must say this has been one of my favorite years to cover since I started writing about music. I don’t know how the rest of the decade will keep up the pace, because this year [...]