Best-of ’10:: Half way there (LPs)

 

Apollo Ghosts :: Mount Benson - review

 

I’ve been riding Apollo Ghosts hard these last few months, including a constant barrage of tweets/posts to the Polaris jury hoping to help push them onto the short list. Mount Benson is a rough album in construction, but one that’s almost perfect in its fragmented nostalgia. Every moment is presented with vivid honesty and no embarrassment is hidden in an attempt to . The record is a highly personalized look back at a time in Adrian’s life that he couldn’t forget if he wanted to, and somehow it transfers perfectly to almost anyone willing to listen. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the incredibly detailed and tangible look back at adolescence masked by awkward baseball experiences.

 

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MP3:: Apollo Ghosts - Coka Cola Admen

 

It Kills :: It Kills - review

 

From the ashes of I See Rowboats comes a compact trio that uses classical training and Godspeed like emotions to turn their instrumental songs into crystal clear visions. Each melody triggers countless memories and transports you to whatever dark or whimsical fantasy land you want to create. It’s amazing how much can be said just with instruments and well placed vocals, but It Kills crams countless volumes of emotion into each 4-minute gem. This is a must-have record folks.

 

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MP3:: It Kills - Sailors

 

Fred Squire :: Fred Squire - review

 

I’d love to go on and on about the overlooked talent that is Fred Squire, but even I was shocked by the strength and power of his latest self-titled. After embracing the classic song book for his work with Daniel, Fred & Julie, his original composition, “Frankie & Albert”, is the type of song that songwriter’s try to create for their whole career. Fred on the other hand had it sitting on his hard drive, barely labeled, unsure if he wanted anyone to ever hear it. I think that says it all.

 

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MP3:: Fred Squire - Frankie & Albert

 

Pat Jordache :: Future Songs - review

 

To be honest, I have no idea why this record grips me so tightly, but over the last few weeks I’ve been returning to Future Songs time and time again. Pat’s baritone is somehow confident and completely exposed at the same time, riding his meticulously created electronic/organic textures perfectly. It’s an understated effort, but one that stays with you long after the final note fades and finds an artist willing to push the boundaries of comfortable listening with remarkable success.

 

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MP3:: Pat Jordache - phantom LIMB

 

The Barr Brothers :: The Barr Brothers - review

 

Music is often grown from dark spaces; overheard moments that travel through the paper thin walls of small apartments. For The Barr Brothers, that moment helped them find a harp sound that completely transforms their music into something that can;t be defined. Swampy blues, folk, rock and classical sounds are all mixed with precision, but never reworked to the point that the star of each song - the heart - is ever compromised.

 

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MP3:: The Barr Brothers - Beggar in the Morning

 

Shad :: TSOL - review

 

There’s nothing I can say about this record that Shane hasn’t already said - with more certainty and conviction. TSOL is a throw back, but one that still pushes forward and shows why Shad could have stood out in the golden age but still finds a home in an era where “true” emcee’s need big cars and shitty club beats to get noticed. If you’ve lost your faith in hip hop, look no further than the Prince.

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