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My Favorite Albums of 2010

Saturday, 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!

Tuesday, 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!



Yo Gabba Gabba at Coachella!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Here’s what I did a couple weekends ago.

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

GOGO13 – “Down In A Barrel”

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

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Hey look! It’s finally done!

Mr Breadanbutterman

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I made a little silly movie last night. Enjoy!

Mr. Breadandbutterman from Tyler Jacobs on Vimeo.

I Directed a Music Video!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

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So last week (Thursday and Friday), I got to direct my first music video for my brother Parker’s famous band, GOGO13. It’s for a new song called “Down in a Barrel” and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. I’ll edit it over the next couple of days and I’ll post it as soon as I’m done. woo woo!

Huge thanks to my buddy Will for helping me out with so much stuff!

Top Albums of 2009

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Is it too late for my year-end lists for 2009? I don’t care. It was a tough year for music for me. My iPod broke back in April right before I left Jersey, so I didn’t consume nearly as much music as I did in ’08. But whatever. Here you go – my favorite albums that were released last year.

10. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
So right out of the gates, I’m breaking my own rules. This album really came out early 2010 (is it even out yet?) but I listened to it solid through the month of December. If this were really an ’09 album, it would probably be in my top two. And yes, I reserve the right to keep this album in the running for next year’s list. In any case, “Odd Blood” totally melted my brain. Here’s a weird video:

9. Beirut – March of the Zapotec / Holland Real People
This is a double EP album (is that a thing?) with the first disc being more traditional sounding Beirut (european or mexican traditional folk music with tubas and violins and whatnot). But the second disc is what I really like. It sounds like head the old “Real People” demos – which is basically Zach crooning over his own digital beats. “No Dice” and “My Night With a Prostitute from Merseilles” are my favorites.

8. The Very Best – The Warm Heart of Africa
This is a great fun record with a lot of fun African beats. I wish I knew more about it, but I don’t. They did a song with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend which is fantastic. Check it out and see if it doesn’t make you just a bit happier.

7. Discovery – LP
Did someone say Vampire Weekend? This is an experimental electronic type of project with one guy from VW and another guy from Ra Ra Riot (sorry, I’m too lazy to look up the names.). Similar to Postal Service I guess if Postal Service cheered up a bit and wasn’t afraid to get silly. Sorry no video, but you can listen to a song:

6. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Great album from a great Frenchy band. You’ve probably heard this song on a car commercial, and I have too. It’s an amazing tune and the whole record is equally good. Buster gets all happy when I play this in the car and says “Hey! I know this song!” When you’re done with the video for 1901 below, check out this amazing fan video for “Listzomania” featuring Brat Pack kids rocking out. so fun.

5. Moneybrother – Real Control
I’m really glad Moneybrother came back with this record after being disappointed with their last one. “Real Control” is catchy all the way through. If you’re not in the loop Moneybrother the unkown (at least in the US) solo project of Anders Wendin (ex-Monster). I’m a major geek for this guys’ music. He’s awesome. A lot of classic soul, rock, whatever. This song below has a bit more of a late 70′s reggae / ska vibe (which is about as Jamaican as I got all year).

4. New Moon Soundtrack
Ok, before you judge me as a 13 year old girl (or 20-something housewife) for this, hear me out. I’m not a Twilight fan. I don’t feel like that’s even necessary to state. But, this album is amazing. If this soundtrack were a compilation under a different name, it would receive a lot more credibility. Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Lykke Li, Death Cab, etc. Great all the way through and not a track I don’t like. Don’t judge me.

3. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Karin from the Knife’s solo project that is even darker and creepier. I totally love this record. And I gotta say, seeing her live was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

2. Passion Pit – Manners
I love this record all over the place. At first I thought it was electro-dancey then I thought it was more indie-rocky, then I stopped worrying and just loved it for what it was. Lots of layers going on here. Great lyrics, great melodies… Sure you could say it’s over-produced, but that doesn’t bother me at all. It sounds fantastic. I was disappointed watching some live clips of them, as the vocals are so stacked on the album, it just didn’t hold up live. Well, I’ll find out at Coachella. :)

1. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
A favorite of many is also a favorite of mine. Lots of moods and textures and stuff. Definitely not the most accessible album of the year (nor the least accessible for that matter), but it sure grew on me pretty quick. You know it. You love it. I don’t need to say anything else. Here it is.

Mad Men / The Office Mashup

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Hungry for a new post? Here’s a little mash-up I made using the first episode Mad Men with The Office intro. It looks like an funny, awkward comedy now!

Pop Music

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

So I met the guy that made this video yesterday:

Cool, huh? It’s cool to be surrounded by creative people again. I’m really enjoying creating new stuff, coming up with cool ideas and inspring others who inspire me. Magic Store / Yo Gabba Gabba is a place where magic happens. Believe that!

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

I saw this a while ago, yet I felt that it’s needed now more than ever.

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