WTUL went back on the air Friday! They lost the building they were housed in on the Tulane campus so Rue de la Course owner Jerry Roppolo is allowing them to broadcast from the Carrollton Rue until they can move into their new building.
This is great news. The music programming of WTUL during the late 80's and early 90's shaped my musical tastes and interests more than anything else growing up. It's really nice to have them back.
I've decided to change things up with a different approach to this year's "best of" music list. Instead of just listing the 10 best albums of the year I decided to compose a "mixtape" of the songs that were most important to me this year. (Contains lots of links to the iTunes music store)
side a 1. M83 – Don’t Save Us From the Flames This was the first track of the year that I truly loved. My Bloody Valentine + JG Ballard + 1994-era Weedeater
2. M.I.A. - Sunshowers “Like P.L.O. I don’t surrender!”
3. Bloc Party – Like Eating Glass This is great, anthemic pop music. This song was trapped in my head every time I rode my bike through the city this spring.
4. Beck – Missing Lonely, handclappingly good BossaNova off of Beck’s comeback album, Guero
5. The Fiery Furnaces – Here Comes Summer A really catchy pop tune with great analog backing synths
6. Mia Doi Todd – The Last Night of Winter Mellow folk-pop as heard on KCRW, a major listening obsession of mine this year
7. Bright Eyes – First Day of my Life Another single I picked up on via KCRW. This is my favorite single off of the only Bright Eyes album I've ever enjoyed.
8. LCD Soundsytem – Tribulations Self-deprecation and loathing in the form of a catchy dance song, what?
9. Gorrilaz – Feel Good Inc. De La Soul’s rhymes and Albarn’s spooky melodies make a nice combination.
11. Kings of Leon – Milk The strangeness of Caleb Followill’s vocal on this song is compounded by its bizarre subject matter. “She saw my comb over, her hourglass body, she had problems with drinking milk and being school tardy, she’ll loan you her toothbrush, she’ll bartend your party” WTF?
side b 1. Boards of Canada – Chromakey Dreamcoat The Campfire Headphase is my favorite BoC production since Music Has the Right to Children. The guitar is such a nice touch and as always BoC are the ultimate curators of organic analog synth tones.
2. Broadcast – America’s Boy The most beautiful track off of the rather disappointing Tender Buttons LP
3. Vitalic – Polkamatic Drug fueled 1970’s Eastern Bloc electro
4. Madonna – Hung Up Lu Cont! ABBA! 50ish Madonna in a leotard! Hung Up is my favorite dance song of the year.
6. Three 6 Mafia – Stay Fly The only Rap or Hip Hop track that I loved all year long
7. Moussa Douimbia – Keleya The grooviest song off of World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s a Real Thing, a celebration of West African pop of the 60’s and 70’s.
8. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone I first heard the Ted Leo cover version of this song and didn’t really see what all the fuss was about. Then I listened to the original and was immediately addicted.
9. Deerhoof – Running Thoughts A gorgeous track that revels in retro J-pop, dissonant indie rock and synth music.
10. Animal Collective – Grass This is the Animal Collective song I’ve been waiting for. Singularly weird and catchy at the same time. The more I listen to it, the more I love it.
11. Devendra Banhart - Heard Somebody Say This is a great song off of a pretty good album.
12. Antony & The Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone I’ve never heard anyone that sounds like Antony. The intense sadness and isolation encoded in these four minutes are some of the most powerful emotions I’ve heard in a long, long time.
Keys to my new place that haven’t been used enough yet New Work Reality = Challenges/Opportunities The honor of working on a project for BNOBC Brooklyn Pizzeria Leftover Halloween Candy Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase Son of a Witch Ciggies (I love them what can I say?) Preparing for a furniture run The worst is over, I just need to get over these last little bumps
This weekend promises great things. First of all several great friends are coming in town including Chris & Rose, Heather and long lost Jaime who has been hanging out in NYC for the past two months. Next there are a ton of shows including Voodoo Music Fest, Rebirth at Tipitina's and Kermit at Fat Harry's. Then there's the Molly's Halloween Parade and the subsequent Decatur street costuming/drinking party. Finally Shanna and I will be cleaning and preparing our new home and then moving in throughout next week. It's homecoming time in New Orleans and I couldn't be more happy or proud that I am returning home so soon.
Today I'm wishing I was in a forward thinking Nordic metropolis and wishing I wasn't here. Here's an afternoon mix that's transporting me to chilly, clean streets filled with pretty hipsters instead of warm, dirty, muddy streets filled with redneck carpetbaggers: