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(31) Days of Good: 12.26.12

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Philly hip hop duo Chiddy Bang released their debut LP this year (Breakfast) and with it continue to produce some of the most fun and original hip hop out there.

♩Chiddy Bang – Mind Your Manners (feat. Icona Pop) [from Breakfast]

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Collaborations with the likes of RZA, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, Beck, and even Tina Fey, have made Childish Gambino’s (aka Donald Glover) latest mixtape yet another favorite of mine.  Download the entire mixtape for free here.  And see him live if you get the chance, one of my favorite shows of 2012.

♩Childish Gambino – R.I.P. (feat. Bun B) [from ROYALTY]

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Jaime Meline, aka El-P, released his fourth studio album this year and continues to push the envelope of hip hop.

♩El-P – The Full Retard [from Cancer4Cure]

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Hoodie Allen is one of hip hop’s rising stars.  He works’s super hard and deserves a proper listen, especially if you’re a fan of “alt-hip hop”.

♩Hoodie Allen – No Interruption [from All American]

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Sore Losers’ “Letter to My Competition” reminds me of good 90s hip hop (the album cover definitely fits the description).

♩Sore Losers – Letter to My Competition [from We Are Sore Losers]

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Favorite Albums of 2012 (so far): Part 1

I hadn’t really thought this post would have multiple parts, but it seems my intentions became much more ambitious as I sat down to finally write this.  In my defense, 2012 has been another fantastic year of music.  We’ve had new releases from the likes of Sigur Rós, Beach House, Air, and Sleigh Bells, as well as some really exciting debuts, including those from Alabama Shakes, Porcelain Raft, Clock Opera, and Kishi Bashi.  On top of all that, we still have new stuff from The xx, Passion Pit, Yeasayer, and Animal Collective on the horizon.  Needless to say, I’m in love with a lot of music right now and it’s gonna be super hard for me to narrow down my favorites come December.

So as we wait for the “best of” season, I’m gonna showcase my 40 favorite albums of the year so far.  To make things a bit easier on my end, they’ll be in alphabetical order.  Like I said earlier, narrowing this list down and picking favorites among favorites will be no easy task and I only want to do it once this year.  So without further ado, I present my Favorite Albums of 2012 (so far): Part I.  Enjoy.

 

Air//Le voyage dans la lune

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Alabama Shakes//Boys & Girls

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Beach House//Bloom

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Bright Moments//Natives

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Chiddy Bang//Breakfast

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Clock Opera//Ways To Forget

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Cloud Nothings//Attack On Memory

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Craft Spells//Gallery

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros//Here

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Exitmusic//Passage

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Part 2 coming soon.  Stay tuned.

[new music roundup] 2/28/12

 

A few of my favorite new releases this week, including the latest from Fanfarlo, the Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius side-project/experiment WZRD, and The Cranberries’ first studio album in 10 (long) years .  As always, you’ll definitely want to check out the much more comprehensive list of this week’s releases over at Largehearted Boy.  Enjoy.

 

Chiddy Bang//Breakfast
♩ Handclaps & Guitars
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The Cranberries//Roses
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Erin Passmore//Downtown EP
♩ Downtown
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Fanfarlo//Rooms Filled With Light
♩ Replicate
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Memoryhouse//The Slideshow Effect
Walk With Me
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Plants and Animals//The End of That
Lightshow
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School of Seven Bells//GHOSTORY
The Night
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WZRD//WZRD
♩ Teleport 2 Me, Jamie (feat. Desire)
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(1) Day of Anticipation: 2012

Now that 2011 is officially a thing of the past, it’s time to look ahead at what this brand new year has to offer us music fans.  2011 will be tough to top, but with a handful of my favorites all set to release new material, 2012 is shaping up to be a another great year.  So without further ado, here’s some of the music I’m most excited for in 2012…and please let me know who i’ve overlooked.

[p.s. apologies are in order. this post was originally planned for New Year’s Day, but between recovering from NYE festivities and holiday travels, it’s out a bit later than expected.]

 

Animal Collective

Title: TBA
Release: TBA

 

Azealia Banks

Title: Broke With Expensive Taste
Release: TBA
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Blackbird Blackbird

Title: Boracay Planet EP
Release: TBA [expected early 2012]
Tear

 

Chairlift

Title: Something
Release: 1/24/12
Met Before [via soundcloud]

 

Grizzly Bear

Title: TBA
Release: TBA

 

Islands

Title: A Sleep & A Forgetting
Release: 2/14/12
This Is Not A Song

 

Sharon Van Etten

Title: Tramp
Release: 2/14/12
Serpents

 

Shearwater

Title: Tramp
Release: 2/14/12
Breaking the Yearlings [via Sub Pop]

 

Sleigh Bells

Title: Reign of Terror
Release: 2/14/12
Born To Lose

 

The xx

 

Title: TBA
Release: TBA
Open Eyes (Demo)

 

Yeasayer

Title: TBA
Release: TBA
Swallowing The Decibels

 

More noteworthy 2012 releases:
Air
Title: Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Release: 2/6/12

Andrew Bird
Title: Break It Yourself
Release: 3/6/12

The Beach Boys
Title: TBA
Release: TBA

The Big Pink
Title: Future This
Release: 1/17/12

Cat Power
Title: TBA
Release: TBA

Chiddy Bang
Title: Breakfast
Release: 2/28/12
Ray Charles [via soundcloud]

Delta Spirit
Title: Delta Spirit
Release: 3/13/12

Dr. Dog
Title: Be The Void
Release: 2/7/12

First Aid Kit
Title: The Lion’s Roar
Release: 1/23/12
♪ The Lion’s Roar [via soundcloud]

Imperial Teen
Title: Feel The Sound
Release: 1/31/12

Lana Del Rey
Title: Born To Die
Release: 1/31/12
Born To Die

The Long Winters
Title: TBA
Release: TBA

Lost in the Trees
Title: A Church that Fits Our Needs
Release: 3/20/12

The Lumineers
Title: The Lumineers
Release: March 2012

The Magnetic Fields
Title: Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
Release: 3/6/12

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
Title: Rot Gut, Domestic
Release: TBA (expect March 2012)

Miike Snow
Title: Happy To You
Release: 3/26/12
♪ Devil’s Work [via soundcloud]

Miniature Tigers
Title: Mia Pharaoh
Release: TBA
Boomerang

Nada Surf
Title: The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy
Release: 1/14/12

of Montreal
Title: Paralytic Stalks
Release: 2/7/12
Dour Percentage [via soundcloud]

Phenomenal Handclap Band
Title: Form & Control
Release: TBA (expected early 2012)

Santigold
Title: Master of My Make Believe
Release: TBA (expected spring 2012)

School of Seven Bells
Title: Ghostory
Release: 2/28/12
The Night

The Shins
Title: Port of Morrow
Release: TBA (expected March 2012)

Sigur Rós
Title: TBA
Release: TBA

Spiritualized
Title: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Release: TBA (expected March 2012)

The Temper Trap
Album Title: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Tennis
Title: Young and Old
Release: 2/14/12
♪ Origins [via soundcloud]

(31) Days of Good: Day 18

About a week ago, Brendan did a day of hip hop (Day 11) and it got me thinking about my favorite hip hop tracks this past year.  I’m actually a pretty big hip hop fan, just really picky when it comes to what hip hop artists and tracks I like.  But honestly, if there’s solid production and beats, and I can skate/snowboard and/or dance to it, chances are I will like it.  So without further ado, i’m pleased to present some of my favorite hip hop tracks of 2011.

 

I’ve never really considered myself a fan of The Roots.  I don’t really have a reason not to be, other than I’ve never given them a proper listen.  Now not much has changed, I still haven’t give them the listen they deserve, but I heard this track not too long ago and it was an instant favorite.

♪ The Roots – The OtherSide (feat. Bilal Oliver & Greg Porn) (from Undun) [stream only]

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2011 saw the release of Hoodie Allen’s third mixtape, Leap Year.  Now I must say, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as 2010’s Pep Rally, but it was still a good outing and worth checking out if you’re a fan of alt-hip hop.

♪ Hoodie Allen – Dreams Up (from Leap Year)

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Philly hip hop duo Chiddy Bang released their third mixtape this year (and preview of their debut LP, Breakfast, due Feb. 2012).  Similar to how I felt about Hoodie Allen’s Leap Year, I enjoyed Peanut Butter and Swelly, just not as much as previous releases.  With that said, the entire mixtape is worth checking out as there are a handful of really good tracks.

♪ Chiddy Bang – Cameras (from Peanut Butter and Swelly)

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About a week, Lupe Fiasco dropped a brand new track — “American Terrorist III”.  The track samples the Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx song “Nightcall”, which was featured on the soundtrack “Drive” and has turned into the remix/mashup sample of choice (I found Biggie and Childish Gambino remixes sampling it a mere 30 minutes ago).  This track is rumored to be off of Fiasco’s forthcoming record, Food & Liquor Part 2.  I hope that’s the case.  Food & Liquor (part 1) is one of my favorite hip hop albums and this track is much more reminiscent of Fiasco’s earlier work (particularly  “Kick, Push II” and “Daydreamin”…probably my favorite Fiasco tracks).  I’m looking forward to what Lupe has in store for us.

♪ Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist III (from Food & Liquor Part 2 ??)

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If you’ve followed this here blog in the slightest, you know that i’m a huge fan of actor/comedian/writer Donald Glover’s hip hop, alter ego Childish Gambino.  After numerous mixtapes and EPs, Gambino released his debut LP this year.  Camp ended up being #10 on my favorite albums of 2011, but I was also a big fan of the EP he dropped earlier this year, so i’m including one track from each.  I don’t think you’ll mind much.

♪ Childish Gambino – Not Going Back (from EP)

♪ Childish Gambino – Heartbeat (from Camp)

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