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Top 20 Albums of 2015

# Artist Album Label
1. Grimes Art Angels 4AD |Listen|Buy|
2. Wilco Star Wars Anti/Epitaph |Listen|Buy|
3. Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Universal |Listen|Buy|
4. Laura Marling Short Movie Ribbon Music |Listen|Buy|
5. Low Ones and Sixes Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
6. Wavves V Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
7. Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People Bella Union |Listen|Buy|
8. Best Coast California Nights Harvest |Listen|Buy|
9. Desaparecidos Payola Epitaph |Listen|Buy|
10. Chvrches Every Open Eye Glassnote |Listen|Buy|
11. Beach House Depression Cherry Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
12. Joanna Newsome Divers Drag City |Listen|Buy|
13. Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Lou Barlow Brace The Wave Joyful Noise |Listen|Buy|
15. Hop Along Painted Shut Saddle Creek |Listen|Buy|
16. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
17. Built To Spill Untethered Moon Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
18. Tame Impala Currents Modular/Interscope |Listen|Buy|
19. My Morning Jacket The Waterfall ATO/Capitol |Listen|Buy|
20. Purity Ring Another Eternity 4AD |Listen|Buy|

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen to them directly from the source at Youtube or Spotify.

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Top 20 Albums of 2013

# Artist Album Label
1. CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe Glassnote |Listen|Buy|
2. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City XL |Listen|Buy|
3. National Trouble Will Find Me 4AD |Listen|Buy|
4. Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse Canvasback/Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
5. Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record Merge |Listen|Buy|
6. Sebadoh Defend Yourself Joyful Noise |Listen|Buy|
7. London Suede Bloodsports Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
8. Club 8 Above the City Labrador/Universal |Listen|Buy|
9. Charli XCX True Romance Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
10. Superchunk I Hate Music Merge |Listen|Buy|
11. Laura Veirs Warp & Weft Raven Marching Band |Listen|Buy|
12. Low The Invisible Way Subpop |Listen|Buy|
13. Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace
& Magic
Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
14. Head And The Heart Let’s Be Still Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
15. Tegan & Sara Heartthrob Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
16. Strokes Comedown Machine RCA |Listen|Buy|
17. Iron & Wine Ghost on Ghost Nonesuch |Listen|Buy|
18. Kanye West Yeezus Def Jam |Listen|Buy|
19. Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
20. Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Domino |Listen|Buy|

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen to them directly from the source at Youtube or Spotify.

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Low – You May Need A Murderer (DVD)

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Today’s feature is the 2008 film documentary by dutch director David Kleijwegt about one of my favorite Minnesota bands – Low.  This 70 minute document is a multimedia portrait of an unique American family and band.  The film focuses on the two core members of the band; Alan Sparhawk and his wife Mimi Parker.  Throughout the film you are treated to interviews with both members (although it focuses on Sparhawk), along with snapshots of their daily life (along with their two children), with ample time for live performances.  The locale of the film was mainly Low’s home town of Duluth Minnesota which I found a little peculiar considering I had just vacationed there a week before viewing the film.

Sparhawk is an odd interview subject as he hardly ever makes eye contact with the director or looks into the camera unless he is singing.  Most of his time is spent looking off into the distance obviously caught up in what is going on inside his head.  The film surprisingly tackles the two hot-buttoned issues (if there can be such thing) that surround the band, those being the fact that the two core members are devout Mormons, and Sparhawk’s emotional breakdown in 2005.  The film covers the two issues delicately and both Alan and Mimi answer questions honestly and bravely.  I still was left a little confused by some of Alan’s explanations about his breakdown as he was really unable to answer clearly – but I can imagine that the experience would be the least clear to him.

Considering I grew up in Minnesota, and I have been a huge fan of Low since the late 1990s I may be a little biased on this film.  Overall I thought the film was a perfect companion to their music, having the same emotional properties of their songs – chilling, pensive, minimal, and starkly beautiful.  So obviously if you are a fan of the music this film is a must see.  The film may be a little too quiet and slow for most music fans, so unless you are at least a little familiar with their music I would start with some of their early releases.  If you like that, then you will most likely enjoy the film.  Personally I dream of a world in which everyone is a Low fan, it would be a much better place.

There is also another Low documentary out there called Low In Europe which was released on DVD in 2005.

The DVD also features 6 audio tracks that were especially recorded during the filming of the documentary as a special feature titled “At Home with Low”.  Preview them below… (click here if you do not see the playlist)

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Playlist: Songs To Be Obsessed With – Volume 1

Note:  The playlist was lost when I migrated my site…  No worries, it will be back soon.

Songs To Be Obsessed With – Volume 1

1 ) “Disappear” by Blake Babies (2:48)
2 ) “Loro” by Pinback (3:33)
3 ) “20 Years” by Idaho (3:41)
4 ) “Failure” by Kings Of Convenience (3:32)
5 ) “In The Drugs” by Low (4:25)
6 ) “Second Story” by Hang Ups (5:42)
7 ) “Ray Ray Rain” by Bettie Serveert (4:22)
8 ) “Homework for Sale” by Chitlin’ Fooks (3:27)
9 ) “Still Waiting” by Four Storeys (4:07)
10 ) “When Mute Tongues Can Speak” by Posies (3:31)
11 ) “Down” by Sarah Shannon (1:54)
12 ) “To Accompany” by Centro-matic (3:49)
13 ) “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” by Neil Young (2:57)
14 ) “Lowdown” by My Morning Jacket (3:53)
15 ) “I Will Dare” by Replacements (3:18)
16 ) “Laughter” by Josh Rouse (4:43)
17 ) “Gravity Decides” by Folk Implosion (3:33)
18 ) “The Best Thing For Me” by Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars (4:16)
19 ) “Run” by Silver Scooter (4:31)

This playlist was originally put together as a mix CD in 2003 which I have now resurrected in digital format.  Enjoy.

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