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.

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