Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One EskimO

London's One EskimO comes to Madison Friday, on tour with paisanos Gomez and supporting their own debut album, All Balloons. Their and icy music showcases vocalist Kristian Leontiou's lyrics and vocals. Leontiou channels Michael Stipe as much as Dave Matthews (don't hold it against him), Damien Rice and Gomez's Ben Ottewell-- which is to say, his vocals are quite nice. But perhaps more than that, it's the creativity surrounding the band.

First, there is no shortage of writing in this band's resumé-- first clue is their blog. But it doesn't stop there. The Adventures of One EskimO, a visual album as the band calls it, is an animated set to Balloons.

Check this space over the next few days for an exclusive interview with the band as well as a ticket giveaway to see them at the Majestic opening for Gomez. In the meantime, check out EskimoSpace or their website to stream some tunes. Check WB for more info about the visual album.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Now Writing for

Howdee all....

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Hopefully writing for them will mean the slow demise of this here masterpiece, OHWNT, will be staved off a little. Only time will tell. I still like giving my opinion, which I'm not supposed to be doing over there, so.... yeah.


If you are in PR or representing a band in some manner or another and are coming to Madison, please email me @ MadisonMusicExaminer[at]gmail[dot]com so I can report on it!

Have a great day.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FaveSongs2009 is coming! In the meantime.... a Teiam Player mix

I'll be finally finishing up my FaveSongs2009 list over the weekend, so check back soon. But in the meantime, enjoy another part in my series of mixes which is sort of a Best of 2009 series anyway.

Below, both streamable and downloadable from my SoundCloud [listen at work! put it on your iPod!] is Taking Off Heads vol 3 [vol two exists and will be along shortly; I like being unpredictable].

This one starts off in about the same vein, with some chill MillionYoung [you'll hear more of the Floridian in 2010], works through some good chill tunes before eventually picking up pace with some Dan Deacon, finally rounding out with some Major Lazer and melodic but grimy dubstep of a Doorly remix.


MillionYoung - Chlorophyl
Beach House - Lover of Mine
Toro Y Moi - Blessa
Tune-Yards - Hatari
Animal Collective - I Think I Can
White Denim - Regina Holding Hands
Gold Panda - Quitter's Raga
Dan Deacon - Surprise Stefani
Yeasayer - Tightrope
Major Lazer feat Santigold - Hold the Line [LehtMoJoe remix]
Calvin Harris - Not Alone [Doorly remix]

If you missed the first one, you need to check it out. I'm egotistical and like all the work I do, but vol 1 was one of my favorites. Lots of good chill music there.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

FaveAlbums2009 part 3: 10-2

Here it is! The top 10 [except for the #1 which of course I already mentioned here].
Find 11-25 here and 26-50 here.

Without further....

10 - Akron Family Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free

So many times this fall when I'd get sick of listening to everything else I'd put this on. "River" has long been a favorite, but it was "They Will Appear" and its imploding from the inside-out halfway through, a lá the Annuals' "Brother", that first blew me away. The scattered sound of the album opener "Everyone is Guilty" and the way it bursts in and then breaks down is a perfect introduction to the album. Every song isn't a 10 like the three I just mentioned, but that's probably why it didn't get much higher on my list.

9 - Ramona Falls Intuit

I'm not sure [and sorta ashamed] of two things about this album: how I hadn't heard about a Menomena side project until after hearing this and how I didn't recognize Brent Knopf's distinctive delivery, voice and vision until I read it was him. "Duh!" my ears exclaimed, and then I couldn't believe how I didn't hear it before. As with several albums on this list, Intuit has a couple of my favorite songs of the year, "Clover" and “Going Once, Going Twice”.

Sometimes I judge good lyric writing by my ability to understand what the writer is talking about-- and often times the same result can mean two completely different things. With Knopf, I can never say I'm quite sure. Sure, a lot of the same themes are covered as in half the other indie albums released this year [umm, right?]. But I don't care what it all means. It's emotional music, and that's what I love about it. It makes me feel something really good inside, like I want to identify whatever it is he's singing about so intently. And maybe that's it—maybe it's all about introspect. As I type that sentence Knopf cries out pleadingly "my heart wants just to know that it exists." Well played, Sir.

8 - Passion Pit Manners

I definitely anticipated this full length debut more than I anticipated Merriweather Post Pavilion. Their 2008 EP Chunk of Change totally blew me away--"Sleepyhead" was constantly in my head and on my phone [I made at least two different ringtones from the song]. So delighted was I when Manners it dropped and it actually lived up to the hype! It's a pure pop party, and was perfect to welcome the flower buds and sunshine and pastels of early Spring, when it arrived.

Some people hate Michael Angelakos's falsetooey oozey coo about relationships--I can't get enough. The year-old repeat "Sleepyhead" was even a welcome inclusion, even if it didn't change a lick since the home-produced EP release.

7 - The Decemberists Hazards of Love

Last year I hadn't even really considered TV on the Radio's Dear Science one of my favorite, or the best, albums of 2008 because it hadn't lived up to expectations I had of them. But when removed from the earth shattering Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes and Return to Cookie Mountain, it's a stellar piece of work in its own right. The same thing happened this year with the Decemberists.

Hazards of Love is an astounding rock opera. Period. Taking a page from their own book, they have done it again and again. Rock operas, that is. First there was The Tain, then the The Crane Wife, and now this. I came to love Colin Meloy and his league of extraordinary musicians after only their second album, but I have loved everything ever since.

When I first listened to Crane Wife I could instantly hear it filling a theatre, just as I had heard them fill a theatre three times before. I had the same feeling when the Love opera reached the third part of the medley “The Rake's Song”//”The Abduction of Margaret”//”The Queen’s Rebuke/The Crossing”. My Brightest Diamond Shara Worden guests as the Queen and she totally steals the show. Well, if it were a show [and it were a show, really, as Colin & Co toured this past summer playing the album/opera in its entirety. And here I was in Cyprus, missing my second straight Decemberists visit to Madison]. Awesome song, awesome album.

6 – Japandroids Post-nothing

Finding this album on my top 10 list is as much a shock to me as it may be for anyone who knows me. But then again, maybe not. Afterall, I was once a teenager just like [it seems] these boys sing about. I was in love. I love fuzzy guitars. I love pre- Green Album Weezer and Hum. And I sometimes love to wear my heart on my sleeve. This is what Post-nothing is all about. I consider “The Boys Are Leaving Town” to be great first for keeping my mind from wandering anywhere near the Thin Lizzy classic of a similar name. This album isn’t groundbreaking. It’s not complex. It’s just catchy as hell and it rocks and I can’t stop listening to it.

5 – White Denim Fits

So MPP dominated myTunes the first couple months of 2009, Miike Snow the next couple, Manners the middle couple. Fits dominated my iPod once I arrived to Cyprus. If you came into my office any time between 5pm and 11pm in July/August/September, chances are you heard the bluesy garage rock coming from the unfit Altec Lansing computer speakers we’re tortured with. It’s sort of fitting, however, that a stripped down album like Fits [is that feedback I hear? Aw, who cares] would be rocked so much on such a stripped down stereo experience. Like Post-nothing, there isn’t a whole lot of complexity here, however I’d wager it’s still about six times as complex as Post-nothing.

Halfway through we’re give a break with the instrumental dream sequence jam session interlude “Sex Prayer”. “Say What You Want”, “El Heart-Attack DCWYW” and opener “Radio Milk How Can You Stand It” rock the most, while “Regina Holding Hands” and my personal favorite “Syncn” close out the album perfectly with its slow build. I got into this album so much that I tried desperately to find anything else like it—Black Lips, Black Keys, The King Khan & BBQ Show, Almighty Defenders…. While those are all pretty good in their own right, nothing was ever nearly as good as Fits.

4 – The xx xx

I don’t know how these kids did it. But I imagine it may have gone something like this: “Fuck it, let’s just make an album already. It’ll have a drum machine, a bass, your voice, my voice, the twinkling of a piano, only we’ll use a guitar instead of a piano, and.. we’re missing something…. Oh, I got it—complete fucking crisp dead black silence every second an instrument or voice isn’t heard. Fuck it.”

And holy hell if that equation didn’t work. These are kids making this music?! The Japandroids are late twentysomethings writing teeniebopper love songs and early twentysomethings xx write songs that give the impression they learned from Leonard Cohen.

It took me a while to get into this album—when I first listened to it, I always wanted something more. But the adage/cliché is true—sometimes less is more. Everything is so stripped down and crisp, and their voices seem to just be hanging out there on threads. Sometimes, as in “Infinity” the voices face each other, and other times I imagine vocalists Romy and Oliver standing back to back as they sort of call and respond in “Crystalized”. Superb. Give this album to a love interest.

3 – Grizzly Bear Veckatimest

Another GB album and more Beach Boys and Beatles comparisons. More wonderful, warming choruses to sing along to. More melodic indie anthems to play over and over and over. What more could we ask for?

While I still consider Department of Eagles’ In Ear Park to be better, you can’t ignore any of this. The Iron & Wine-alike opening of southern nod of “Southern Point”. The smile-inducing power of “Two Weeks”. The all-around near perfection of “While You Wait for Others”. Or the building suspense of pre-chorus “All I Ask” and the singalong that ensues. “I can’t get out of what I’m into with you”, Grizzly Bear. And I love every minute of this relationship.

2 – Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca

Whew. How do you write about an album like this? It wasn’t difficult at all to realize this was one of my top favorites of the year. You’ve read it a couple times already that this and that dominated my speakers, but I just didn’t want to spoil the surprise—Bitte Orca was there all along. This album wasn’t officially released until June, but it leaked months before—as early as February or March if I remember correctly. I had actually just barely gotten my feet wet with DP’s Rise Above for some reason [I don’t know how I hadn’t fallen for it back in 2007] shortly before I nabbed the leaked Orca.

And it’s better! Rise Above is brilliant, but Orca is just about as perfect a merging of pop and experimental [whatever the hell that really means anymore] music you can get these days. Is MPP pop music? Just because it’s more mainstream than it’s ever been before doesn’t make it pop. I called Miike Snow’s debut pop, and I stand by that. Maybe I don’t even know what the word means anymore. And maybe I never did.

Critics have said Orca is the most accessible Projectors’ album to date. I always hated reading that sort of line, but it makes perfect sense with this. While Rise Above had the same lilting vocals, Bitte Orca wraps them up in something a little more…. poppy. Opener “Cannibal Resource” may have a scary name, but it’s quite harmless--in fact, it's extremely charming. And even though the opening chords remind me of the Jackass show/films, I get past that and swept away as David Longstreth, Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman make their way up and down the scales. I want to sing along, but of course I can’t hit most of the notes these guys can. But that doesn’t stop me from trying.

“Temecula Sunrise”, “Stillness is the Move” and “Useful Chamber” are the standouts, and I can’t decide which of the latter two I love the most—each time I listen, those two play tug of war with my heart. Longstreth and Deradoorian’s harmonizing and scatting/yodeling of “Stillness” lend a beautiful backdrop to Coffman’s r’n’b-esque vocal delivery, which makes this a contender for tune of the year. But “Useful Chamber” has that mood swing that I love so much [as recently mentioned above about Akron/Family’s “They Will Appear”, White Denim’s “Syncn”, Ramona Falls’s “ et al]. It begins with a bounce and it ends with screaming guitars, shouts and cymbal crashes, and with has everything between. It’s totally a Ry-style track—epic and rollercoasterly emotional.


So there ya have it. Take it again from the top if you haven't done so.

And stay tuned for the other two lists: FaveSongs2009 and FaveEPs2009.

The FaveEPs is a very valuable addition, if I may say myself, because it includes a lot of EPs that others have on their album lists. There were so many good EPs [and albums] this year, I decided to keep them separate. Look forward to Mesita, Washed Out, Bon Iver, Suckers, Banjo or Freakout, Colourmusic, ZAZA, Delorean, Ducktails, El Perro del Mar, Mt Kimbie.... and more!

If you were missing some downloads on this page, those will be coming soon. Rest assured the FaveSongs list will be nothing but downloads. Well, that and my silly comments of course.


FaveAlbums2009 part 2: 25-11

Alright, now it gets srrrrious. Here are my favorite albums of 2009, from 25-11. If you somehow missed my first installment, which included #1 FaveAlbum2009 as well as #s 50-26, go catch up!

25 - YACHT
See Mystery Lights // The Juan MacLean The Future Will Come

Yes, DFA holds it down completely to round off the top 25. I just couldn’t decide if it should be one or the other, or someone else completely, and so they share it. YACHT…. What can I say? Jona Bechtolt is a beat making genius. I saw him open up for Vampire Weekend early last year and he blew me away. Laptop artists are one thing, but Jona took it to another level. He’s the only artist I’ve known to rock a PowerPoint presentation. Über geeky, and über cool. On Lights, “Psychic City” was quick to make friends with me. Those who follow YACHT should know “Summer Song” from last year, released as a standalone single. What else is good.. everything! Opener “Ring the Bell” is a slow funky buildup to a rocking stomp. I critique Memory Tapes for being too stompy and 4/4—but YACHT is another story.

The Future Will Come is another dance album, with trademark Juan MacLean epically long tracks. This is a dance album you don’t dance to. Well, moments like “Happy House” you definitely dance—you shimmy, shake, bounce, hop, slide, too. And “The Simple Life” definitely makes me wanna dance. So what the hell was I talking about? Well…. It’s as much of a headphone listen as it a dancefloor record. The spacey disco is minimal enough to have on and simply listen to, drifting in and out of conscious listening mode. “Happy House” is the standout [one of my FaveSongs2008]. Other notables are “The Simple Life” and “One Day”.

24 – Memory Tapes Seek Magic

I don’t know if I got sick of listening to this or if I got swept away with other things but there was a time when I thought for sure it’d be in my top ten. I think if there were fewer 4/4 jams on here, it would have remained in the top ten. Like, more tracks like opener “Swimming Field”. Or, like…. If Mr Memory Tapes Dayve Hawk and Washed Out or Toro Y Moi made an album together, I would have never stopped listening to it.

“Bicycle” is still a contender for my very favorite song of 2009. True statement [read this space in the next few days to see if it beats out everything else in the FaveSongs2009 list]. I loved “Bicycle” so damn much that I think I may have hyped up Seek Magic a little too much for my own good. Still, tracks like “Green Knight” are great, as is aforementioned “Swimming Field”. It also bugs me that this was released as an album, but with nine tracks barely hitting over 40min, it really feels much more like an EP.

23 – Raekwon Only Built for Cuban Linx Pt II

Holy shit, he actually did it. GZA/Genius kinda did, but RZA sure as hell couldn’t. Ok, so Ghostface did, twice. Method Man wasn’t ever close. And I won’t even bother with ODB. Nobody else even really tried. And who the hell thought Raekwon could? But he did. He followed up one of the best hip hop albums, ever, with another straight banger. This reminds me so much of Ghostface’s 2006 Fishscale, and with good reason—many of the same producers, like MF Doom, J Dilla and Pete Rock, and, of course, many of the same guest appearances. Those guests would of course be other members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

I’m no hip hop expert and so I won’t get into this much. Expertly used samples, and expertly versed rhymes. Period. Besides Clipse, Birdman/Weezy and Lupe Fiasco, this and Fishscale are easily the most dominant hip hop records in my collection [of albums released in the past five years, I should mention]. And until Gang Starr come back with another album, they will continue to be.

22 – Discovery LP

Come on, this album is great! Don’t deny the pure pop bliss, even if it can be cheesy as hell sometimes. They had fun with it, and so should you. I got hold of this the same time Miike Snow and Passion Pit’s records were being blasted, and I think the three together made quite the perfect dreamy springtime soundtrack. Put all three records on, select ‘random’ and you knew you’d have a ray of sunshine beaming on you for the next two hours.

And how could this not be good? Vampire Weekend piano-and-synth-man Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot vocalist Wes Miles with their respective bands have made two of the best indie rock/pop albums in recent years. They get cheeky with Autotune, steal some r’n’b ideas and even get Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian to help out! It’s wonderful. I listened to it and loved it so much it should probably be much higher than this.

21 – Girls Album

This album is marvelous. I haven’t listened to it all the way through for a few weeks, but each time I do I remember how much I actually like it. Originally, I was kinda surprised I liked it as much as I did. I found myself listening more and more. It’s a kid who grew up listening to Elvis Costello and the Smiths, and then ended up recording an album in California on which a lot of times he sounds eerily like Elvis Costello. “Hellhole Ratrace” was really once again an unlikely favorite, but I kept putting that track on repeat—which is strange because much of the track itself is a big repeat of the same lines over and over. But I loved it. “Lust for Life” and “Laura” are other strong tunes.

20 – Bibio Ambivalence Avenue

Bibio released THREE albums this year [ok, so two albums and one EP]. Who knows when the material was actually produced, as I’m certain the man has unfinished tracks lying around all over the place. Avenue is the middle album of the year, released in June. Since I liked it much more than his first, Vignetting the Compost, I’m curious if the third release, The Apple and the Tooth [that one that's really an EP], will be even better. I need to give it a few more attentive listens, but I have a feeling sometime in early 2010 I’ll decide it is just as good if not better than this.

Anyway.. Avenue is for fans of Boards of Canada, Caribou and other Warp and Mush artists, but it’s so much more than that may sound. I think it has pretty broad appeal. Sure, I’ve listened to “this sort of music” for years and so when I hear “weird” bleeps and bloops and unconventional drum patterns, it’s nothing to get all offended by. There are plenty of vocals and poppy moments on this, like “Lover’s Carvings” for instance, that should be able to hold the attention of fans of more mainstream stuff. Give it a chance.

19 – Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

It’s not that I don’t think this is a crazy good album like everyone else does—I just wasn’t blown away by it right off the bat. In fact, I still haven’t been. That’s probably why it’s #19 on this list. I need to let it soak in and hear it’s brilliance throughout. Don't get me wrong, it's damn good [everything on this list is! That's kinda the point]. It's just not.... original enough and so I've let it slip by. I'm saying right now I'm sure it's better than I've let it be.

The first two single, “Lisztomania” and “1901” totally do it for me—they got me moving and singing at the top of my lungs the same way “Napoleon Says” did three years ago. They’re good. They’re both good enough to make my FaveSongs list, I just haven’t loved the rest of the album enough yet, mainly because I haven’t given it a chance.

18 – Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport

On someone else’s blog somewhere recently I likened this record, or the tracks that make it up anyway, as being like Dan Deacon tracks, only dropped in tempo and without the chipmunk vocals. I stand by that extremely insightful and thoughtful comparison. It’s hard to pull any of the tracks fromTarot away from the others and still not hear the others humming along within. No, that doesn’t mean they all sound alike—but hey, so what if it does? Dan Deacon’s songs sound a lot alike. Much of Tarot Sport sounds like a lot more of Tarot Sport. Big deal.

If you’re into this sort of emotional build-up stuff like me, then it's not hard to fall in love with. Try to listen to “The Lisbon Maru” without losing your shit when the guitars screech in or when the drums finally come in full volume. Album closer “Flight of the Feathered Serpent”—which sounds exactly how I expect a flight of such serpent would—also sounds like they hired ex-Underworld beat programmer to supply the drums. In other words, it’s bloody brilliant.

17 – Dan Deacon Bromst

I saw Dan Deacon and his immense ensemble for the first time earlier this year, and it was intense. Seeing them live and listening to the same exact music at home are two completely different experiences, however, each of course enjoyable in their own ways. The album is great because while it’s quite obviously the same goofy-ass Dan Deacon from Spiderman of the Rings, sonically he matured. The same arpeggioed piano and xylophone [and whatever else] phrases are there, as are the same chipmunk vocals and snippets and samples—it all just sounds a little more full and put-together than Spiderman. Personal faves are opener “Build Voice” and “Surprise Stefani”, which are both strongly supported by their long builds. But hell, each individual track builds, not unlike Fuck Buttons record at all. And that's most likely one of the things I like about it the most. It should be noted neither Dan Deacon nor Fuck Buttons should be listened to be schizophrenics.

16 – Culture Reject Culture Reject

I didn’t know much about Culture Reject before, and I still don’t know much about Culture Reject, except for the fact that it’s hard to not call them Culture Rejects—a habit, which out of respect for the band, I need to quit doing. Album opener “Ain’t it on the Floor” is a sublime instrumental ease into the album, which altogether is a great summery indie pop album complete with handclap happiness [as executed perfectly on “Inside the Cinema”], acoustic guitar and piano [as on “Overflow”], horns galore and beachiness throughout.

15 – The Very Best Warm Heart of Africa

If you didn’t have last year’s mixtape from Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit’s collaboration as The Very Best, you missed out. That and this year’s Warm Heart are both sunny mixes of native East African music and western influenced pop. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koening guests on the title track and it’s a welcome addition. While Koening arguably makes that track, Esau carries himself on the bulk of the album. “Rain Dance” features MIA, which is another nice departure from the rest of the album but all in all the album would be great without guests, too.

14 – Antony & the Johnsons The Crying Light

It’s hard to imagine that this actually came out in 2009. It seems like it was so much longer ago I was stuck in the dark and silent stacks on the sixth floor of UW’s Memorial Library, with Antony’s distinct voice in my ear. Pained and heartbroken, Antony Hegarty reminds me of Elliott Smith, but without the alcohol and drug addiction and horrible affliction of depression. With Antony, there’s hope to share—he yearns for your ear as he sings achingly for a perfect world, the certainties of life and death, and the future. I join Antony in hope whereas with Elliott I empathized, slugged back some bourbon and joined in his pain.

I first heard Antony on Coco Rosie’s Noah’s Ark and I very decidedly hated his voice. It’s definitely not for everyone in the same way that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!’s Alec Ounsworth isn’t, but once you finally come around, it’s beautiful; now I absolutely adore it.

13 – Basement Jaxx Scars

Basement Jaxx are so great and timeless. Like Daft Punk, they have such a distinct style of dance that they never abandon. While Daft Punk is famously robotic and spacecraft sterile, Felix and Simon have a more organic approach. Neither is right nor wrong, of course. The opening title track “Scars” is a perfect example of the sorta off the wall Jaxx production: the affected-vocal “Baaaaaaasssse-meeeeeennnt Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaxxxxxxx” intro, the omnipresent bugs or fairies whizzing by all around [or is it just me who hears that?], the simple drum intro [not unlike Rooty's “Romeo”] and the wonderful lyrics. As with every other Jaxx record Scars contains great guest spots, but perhaps the most notable, Santigold, is actually the album’s least desirable. On the other hand, “Raindrops” is a dance pop gem, and has a solid spot on my FaveSongs list for sure.

12 – Tune-Yards Bird-Brains

Tune-Yards is Brooklynite Merrill Garbus, and she has one of the best female voices in all of the borough’s indie corners. She rivals both Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman, and all three share the same passion of using their gifted voices as a leadinstrument—in the case of the Dirty Projectors, it’s three lead vocal instruments in a band, but in lo-fi wunder-one-woman band Tune-Yards, Merrill’s voice is inarguably the only lead instrument.

Listening to this as I write, I really want to put it higher on the list, but I can’t bring myself to change this blasted thing anymore. "Lions" carries one of the most unforgettable deliveries of the year, where Merrill almost hatefully spits: "we can pretend it's Christmas while we're locked here in this box / while my brother and all his friends whip out their tiny teenage cocks / if I scream they'll hear us so let's count along with clocks". If there’s any fault of this whole album, it’s that on one of my favorites “Hatari”, right at the beginning of the big breakdown there is really clumsy editing. It’s something which lo-fi lovers may find charming, but as an editing perfectionist I find it annoying.

11 - Miike Snow Miike Snow

Nine months ago seldom was a moment when this album wasn't being blasted on my home stereo, my iPod on the way to class, or at my girlfriend's house. Six months ago I was still sure I'd claim it to be #2 or 3 on this list. But I can't remember the last time I listened to this the whole way through, and I think time is very telling about how good an album really is, or how much you even like it. Still, because it totally dominated myTunes for a good portion of the year, it's hard to ignore. Besides, it's an incredible album!

Miike Snow [it's /MEE-kuh/, people!] lead singer Andrew Wyatt is also in the great band Fires of Rome, and I'm a fan of them as well. I think I'm mostly a fan of Wyatt's voice, but the production of this is wonderful, too. It's Euro mainstream, really: it's a dancey pop album, and it doesn't sound like something that would come from America. And it isn't--production team Bloodshy and Avant are Swedes. "Sylvia", "Animal", "Burial", "A Horse is Not a Home" are all highlights--it's hard to not find a track on here that's fun to listen to.


Again, if you missed the first batch, find it here.

Be sure to check back soon for the top 10 OHWNT FaveAlbums2009.