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