Youth Lagoon @ Pitchfork Music Festival (6/14)

Date July 24, 2012

Youth Lagoon‘s palette of soft, intimate¬†keyboards and subtle electronica doesn’t always translate well to outdoor music festivals, but I doubt that deterred any fans of the band’s deeply emotional dream-pop. Trevor Powers didn’t attempt to intensify their music and spent little effort engaging the audience, letting the seeping beauty of the songs speak for themselves. [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Albums of 2011

Date December 27, 2011

(photo by cubagallery) Well, here we go again. Like last year, we voted for our favorite albums of the year and put it all together to make one definitive (not really), collaborative Best Albums list. We even all pitched in on writing some blurbs too. As can be expected, there are many albums we loved [...]

Favorite Live Shows of 2011

Date December 21, 2011

We’re still working on the Best Albums of 2011 list, but in the meantime here’s my annual recap of my favorite live shows + concert photos of the year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch as many shows in 2011 (getting old I guess?), but I still managed to see quite a bunch of bands [...]

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 [...]

Autumn (Or What It Feels Like To Fall) Vol. 2

Date October 4, 2011

If I had to–and I mean, had to–pick one Season as my favorite, it’d be Fall. Why, you ask? Well, why not? The foliage, the fashion, the faint and freckled ending of a Summer filled with love… I know it sounds silly now, but a long walk on the beach would pale in comparison to [...]

Toro y Moi / Youth Lagoon / Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Pygmalion Festival (9/22)

Date September 29, 2011

New Zealand via Portland band Unknown Mortal Orchestra (or simply UMO) released one of the best debut albums of the year a few months back and I was interested to hear how their warbly psych-pop translated live. These Kiwis stomped all over my expectations delivering a full-out jam session that downplayed the lo-fi, scratchy vibe [...]