The Horrors

A terrific show from the UK band at the Wonder Ballroom, playing a mixture of music from all their albums. I was surprised and a tad disappointed in Portland for not packing the house more, it’s rare they’re touring here. But, more room for me!

V was my top album of 2017, so glad I could finally see them live. Even got a signed CD, I’m a sucker for signed merchandise.


Top Albums of 2016

1) Bob Mould – Patch The Sky

2) Poliça – United Crushers

3) Kaytranada – 99.9%

4) Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid

5) Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

6) A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

7) St Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise

8) Run The Jewels – RTJ3

9) Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are

10) Steve Mason – Meet The Humans

11) DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

12) Lush – Blind Spot EP

13) Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

14) Rogue Wave – Delusions Of Grand Fur

15) Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

16) Samaris – Black Lights

17) Martin Courtney – Many Moons

18) Band Of Horses – Why Are You OK

19) Rolling Stones – Blue And Lonesome (2016)

20) De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody…

The Best Holiday Gift

VMPI was recently given a supremely interesting gift, an invitation to a record club.  “Record club” brings back memories of the Colombia House 12 CDs for a penny era, but this one is quite a bit cooler and is truly just records, er, LPs.

Vinyl Me Please produces an album each month it deems as a must own.  They’re pressed just for them (and me) so it’s not something you can just go out and buy.  It contains additional inserts or artwork, vinyl is custom colored, and comes with a cocktail recipe to be had while listening.

VMP (2)Genre wise, it’s all over the board, which it should be.  Check out the past albums here.  I wish I would have gotten in on that Sylvan Esso limited edition, I just have the dumb ‘ol standard vinyl, heh.  My 1st arrival was Youth Lagoon’s The Year of Hibernation, which is an example of the discriminating choices VMP makes, because it came out in 2011.  It’s great.  And although I’d heard a song from it here and there, I find that it’s really an album that needs to be listened to in its entirety.  It’s also a bright blue, which is nifty.

There’s New Beer In Astoria

buoyAs the East Coast is about to get smacked with a crippling snow storm, weather in the NW this January has been amazing.  I seized on this by hitting the beach this weekend.  After the beach I was thirsty and figured Astoria was only 15 minutes away so I searched for “brewpubs”.  I’ve been to Fort George, which I enjoy, but saw a new one that I needed to try, Buoy Beer Co.

Didn’t get too much food because I hit Camp 18 for breakfast earlier in the day.  But what was had was really good.  The shrimp cocktail had the cutest little Oregon shrimp, with great texture and flavor.  Fried cheese curds were quite good but the Romesco sauce bumped it up to great.  The Lager Lomito was a beer braised pork sandwich and had great savory flavors (although the contents kept trying to slide out).  Loved the beer, I tried the Czech Pils and the Coffee Brown.  They’re from opposite ends of the spectrum but both were flavorful, and highly enjoyable.

The space is really cool though, it’s on the Columbia river in an old cannery, so yes, it’s ON the Columbia.  You can even see it underneath via the glass peek-through.  The main draw for me were the floor to ceiling windows, where you lose yourself gazing at the river and the cargo ships slowly moving by.  Glad I was thirsty.

Top Albums Of 2014

2014albumsWhat a great year for music.  The 1st 7 picks could really be in any order, they’re all amazing and my order seems to change daily.  If I had to recommend one to everyone, it would be Real Estate, so damn pretty and catchy.  If you’re looking for an album to play late at night, I can’t say enough about HTRK.  My favorite of course is Sylvan Esso, fell in love with them after seeing them on KEXP.  Bob Mould continues to amaze so many decades on, and I really should have worn earplugs to his show.

  1. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
  2. Real Estate – Atlas
  3. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
  4. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  5. TV on the Radio – Seeds
  6. Caribou – Our Love
  7. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
  8. Pixies – Indie Cindy
  9. HTRK – 9-5 Club
  10. Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  11. Nada Surf – B-Sides
  12. Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
  13. Beck – Morning Phase
  14. Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
  15. Tricky – Adrian Thaws
  16. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
  17. Royksopp – The Inevitable End
  18. White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent
  19. Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings – Give The People What They Want
  20. Interpol – El Pintor
  21. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  22. Neil Young – A Letter Home
  23. St Paul & The Broken Bones – Half the City
  24. Liars – Mess