My Favorite Albums of 2010

January 1st, 2011

Hi Blog! Remember me? Yeah I got kinda busy there for a while… maybe I’ll start updating more often, but I’m not making any promises. For now, I will commit to stepping in really quick and sharing my list of favorite albums of 2010. Now I’m not a professional music magazine or site, simply a fan. So let me reiterate (as I do every year) that these are the albums that I liked the best that came out this past year. If I was going by what I personally enjoyed the most, I’m sure the list would look different. Anyhow, whatever. Doesn’t matter. Enough of my babbling. Here’s my list already, starting at 11. Why? Because it’s now 2011, and that’s completely logical.

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11. Midlake – The Courage of Others
Midlake


This album always puts me in a mellow mood. My first thought when I heard it was that it sounded like it should have been on the soundtrack of the old animated Rankin & Bass “The Hobbit” or “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack… I still kinda hold by that, so I guess that means it reminds me of America? Whatever… I just like this record a lot, okay? Leave me alone. Check out this fan-made video to my favorite track “Acts of Man”

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10. Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
Brandon Flowers "Flamingo"


Now, I don’t like every track on this record, and I think it loses steam towards the end, but the strong tracks are REALLY strong. I really admire that he wanted to keep writing and recording music while the rest of the band decided to take a well-deserved hiatus. The lead single “Crossfire” is definitely my favorite song on here, followed by “Hard Enough”, “Magdaelena”, and “Only The Young”. Great job, Brandon!

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9. She & Him – Vol 2

She & Him "Vol. 2"


I actually liked this album better than their first, which is saying a lot. My kids know the lyrics to most of these songs – which I guess also goes for most of the other records on this list – but it’s really cute seeing Cricket singing “Driving in My Car”. Thank you Zooey for more sweetness!

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8. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Yeasayer "Odd Blood"


This was also on my list last year (thanks internet leaks!), but I still love this record so much it deserves a spot. Once you get past the first track, the album is admittedly a bit front-loaded, with such great singles as “Ambling Alp”, “O.N.E.” and “Madder Red”. The rest holds up pretty well, but those are definitely the best ones. I was sad to miss their set at Coachella, but I got to meet their singer, Chris and he was a really cool guy. So, thanks, Yeasayer!!

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7. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
LCD Soundsystem "This Is Happening"


Speaking of really cool guys at Coachella, James Murphy is a friggin’ prince. What a guy. I chatted with him for about 5-10 minutes and he was totally approachable and friendly. Name dropping aside, this album is really really good. “I Can Change” and “All I Want” are my favorite tracks by far, but the rest of the record is really solid. “Dance Yrself Clean” kinda makes my break go crazy after the music breaks in. My friend Chris didn’t like them based on their set at Coachella saying he was just ranting in all of his songs… But most of their songs are really like that and they’re kinda fun that way. Oh yeah, and this video blew my mind.

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6. The Arcade Fire – Suburbs
Arcade Fire "The Suburbs"


Well, they did it again. The Arcade Fire are still as awesome as ever. “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains” is my favorite track, but they’re all great. Especially when listened to in order. It paints a great picture of the joys and boredoms of growing up in the suburbs. It’s awesome. I really like the new directions they experimented with, from Neil Young style folk to 80′s synth.. Really cool. Can’t wait to see them in April!

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5. Vampire Weekend – Contra
Vampire Weekend "Contra"


Haters can keep on hatin’, but I still think Vampire Weekend is a great band. Sure they may be spoiled ivy-leage brats who haven’t worked a day in their lives. Sure their sound is derivative of greater bands like Bow Wow Wow, The Police, and Paul Simon (who themselves were derivative of African pop music). Sure they weren’t the warmest people I met at Coachella last year. But I’m willing to overlook all of that because when it comes down to the music none of that matters. It’s like a pitchfork review where they take in account everything except for the actual music. Well, I love this record up and down. Played it a lot in the car with the family, and the kids like it. Now if they’d just stop playing that car commercial with “Holiday” on it every five minutes…

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4. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor


This is a great debut from this local (har har) band that really took off nationally. I wouldn’t say this album breaks new ground creatively, as I’d describe it as basically “indie rock” but man it’s freaking great indie rock. So many great songs on here that really stuck with me. “Airplanes” can move me to tears if I let it. “Cubism Dream” is another favorite of mine. Great underrated album.

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3. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Gorillaz "Plastic Beach"


I had really high expectations for this record, being the big Gorillaz fan that I am, and I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed. It was a bit more difficult to swallow at first, and I must admit it took time to grow on me, especially the second half. But after a while I really REALLY got into it. And sorry to mention Coachella yet again, but yeah, they blew me away and played almost this entire record. “On Melancholy Hill” “Super Fast Jelly Fish” “Stylo” “Empire Ants”.. the hits just keep on coming!

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2. Future Islands – In Evening Air
Future Islands "Wave Like Home"


I am really, REALLY surprised this record didn’t make it on to any other year-end lists. This album has so much replay value for me, it’s crazy. For having one of the most dramatic vocalists out there, I was really surprised at how subdued a lot of this record is, as opposed to some of their faster, more intense work in the past. Sam’s vocals really make it, but musically, it’s just fantastic as well. If you’ve never heard them, I implore you to check them out.

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1. Mark Ronson & The Business INTL – Record Collection
Mark Ronson "Record Collection"


Speaking of underrated albums, I just don’t get how this amazing album flew so far under the radar. Maybe it was huge in Europe? I dunno. I first saw the video for “Bang Bang Bang” in July at my buddy Quang’s place and it blew me away – both the music and the video. Oh my gosh. Amazing. I couldn’t wait until it came out in September, and I was not disappointed at all. Following a similar formula as Gorillaz, chock full of guest appearance (Simon Le Bon, The Pipettes, Ghostface Killa, Q-Tip, Boy George and lots more), it mixes electronic pop, hip hop and synthy 80′s new wave pop. I’m really glad he progressed from his 60′s Dap King cover-fest style of his last record. Not that that was bad at all, but this one just kills it. All the songs are great and I’ve played the heck out of it with the kids on the way to school. Number one for a reason.

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Honorable mentions:


MGMT – Congratulations


Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (2010)


Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid


Devo – Something For Everybody


Fang Island – Fang Island


Broken Bells – Broken Bells


Band of Horses – Infinite Arms

*bonus*
Favorite non-2010 album this year


Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

More Yo Gabba Coachella!

June 8th, 2010

Here’s all five of the character videos at Coachella! I got to go and co-direct this with my brother Christian and watch magic happen as my buddy Jason cut it all together. Great work, everyone!



Criminal Mysteries (1989)

May 11th, 2010

My friend Ryan made a movie with our friend Evan and I got to be in it! yaaaaay!

Making an Awesome Sandwich

May 7th, 2010

I love grocery shopping for myself. Marylynn’s on a crazy diet, so I’m kinda on my own for food. (it’s too tempting for her to cook for me!) So today, Buster and I made an awesome sandwich for lunch and Marylynn had the great idea of snapping a few pictures!

Buster and Daddy in the Kitchen
Buster was my little helper and he had a lot of fun watching how the sandwich was made. Buster actually was brave enough to try his first taste of lunchmeat turkey. He liked it too! Victory! Mr. Picky Eater is slowly coming around! :)

The Awesome Sandwich!
Three slices of bread (two were toasted and buttered on both sides), Mayo, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Three kinds of meat (ham, turkey, bacon), Three kinds of cheese (swiss, provolone, colby jack). All awesomeness. I made the mistake of getting sweet bread and butter pickles (barf!), so there were no pickles this time around. And don’t get me started on that Miracle Whip disaster! ACK!

Buster, Not Sure about the Cheese
Buster had fun eating cheese and meat slices. He was making a silly face for the camera. He’s really not as grossed out as he looks here. :D

Buster, Daddy and the Awesome Sandwich
Buster, Daddy and the Awesome Sandwich!

Enjoying my Lunch
Finally enjoying my lunch. yum!

Yo Gabba Gabba at Coachella!

May 7th, 2010

Here’s what I did a couple weekends ago.

I’ll add more details if I ever feel like it.

St Patty’s Day 2010!

March 18th, 2010

As per our tradition, we had the leprechauns visit the kids and leave them with a treasure hunt!

Buster Finds Footprints!
The kids woke up to find leprechaun footprints all over the kitchen!

Click to continue reading “St Patty’s Day 2010!”

YO GABBA GABBA SEASON 3 PREMIERE WEEK!

March 7th, 2010

In case you didn’t know! Season 3 of Yo Gabba Gabba premiers this week on Nickelodeon! This is the first season I’ve been involved with since the pilot, so naturally, it’s incredible and the best one yet! :) But seriously, check out this lineup. I can tell you personally, that these episodes are all incredible!


Monday, March 8
307 CIRCUS
The characters help Weird Al the Ringmaster make a circus in Gabbaland! Brobee learns to be a clown, and everyone gets to perform. The BLACK KIDS perform “What’s Up Clown?”
Guests: Weird Al Yankovic, Sarah Silverman, the Black Kids, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Mates of State!

Tuesday, March 9
313 BUGS
Muno takes us on a bug tour of Gabbaland! Plex shrinks the characters down to follow the Oskie bugs to their underground world where we meet the Queen Oskie Bug and watch eggs hatch. WEEZER performs “All My Friends Are Insects!”
Guests: Weezer, Mark Mothersbaugh, Tim Armstrong of Rancid as Mr. Cactus, Gina Ribisi as Queen of the Oskie Bugs, Black Moth Super Rainbow and a Travis Barker Remix!

(THIS IS CRICKET’S EPISODE!! AND I DESIGNED WEEZER’S SET! MUST-WATCH!)

Wednesday, March 10
304 DOCTOR
Toodee gets sick and needs to rest. The doctor visits and everyone helps Toodee feel better. OF MONTREAL perform ” Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast”
Guests: Anthony Bourdain as Dr. Tony, Of Montreal, Biz Markie, and Swound!

(I worked on Of Montreal’s segment!)

Thursday, March 11
306 SUPERHERO
Toodee rallies up the troops to play Superheroes. We meet Mos Def as Super Mr. Superhero who helps rescue a lost monster. Devo perform “Watch Us Work it!”
Guests: Mos Def, Devo, Super Biz Markie, The Aquabats!!, and Robert Bobbert from Apples in Stereo.

So check your local listings and whatnot! It’s gonna be awesome!!

The Second Date

February 23rd, 2010

Another short film? Sure! why not?

GOGO13 – “Down In A Barrel”

February 20th, 2010

Current Mood:Esctatic emoticon Esctatic

Hey look! It’s finally done!

Mr Breadanbutterman

February 19th, 2010

I made a little silly movie last night. Enjoy!

Mr. Breadandbutterman from Tyler Jacobs on Vimeo.