#1 Douglas Dare - Whelm (Erased Tapes)
There are always a couple of albums like this every year. And I always just patiently wait for them. I just never know where they are gonna come from. I loved this album after the first listen. This album would clearly end up on the top of my most listened to albums of the year. Which naturally makes it my favorite. It is one of those albums that I prefer to listen to by myself since I am never sure if anyone is gonna like it as much as I do. Your favorite albums are the ones you keep going back to. The ones you want to start over as soon as they end. This is that album for me. An album I will always have close to my heart. This album is basically just Douglas stripped down bare with his songs and his piano. It is beautiful and heartbreaking. A fantastic debut album.
#2 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
Mac DeMarco's second album was one of my favorites of 2012. Here he is again with his fantastic third album. I am still not exactly sure why I can't stop loving this dude. I actually will forget how much I love him until I go and put on his albums again and then fall in love all over again. This new album is another perfect mellow pop album. Perfect for a lazy day. It gets under your skin and becomes part of you. There is just no denying the talent of this dude. I can't help but feeling sometimes that he has somehow tricked my into liking him. You seriously can't help but love this album. There is nothing upbeat about this album. However it still manages to make me so happy every time I listen to it.
#1 Douglas Dare - Whelm (Erased Tapes)
Our favorite time of year is here once again. The Oscar nominations come out on this Thursday January 16th. The Golden Globes ceremony took place on this last Sunday. The Oscars will take place on Sunday March 2nd. So if you have not seen some of the movies we will be listing here you still have some time to see them before the Oscars. I really think that 12 Years A Slave is the best made movie of the year. It is a beautiful film to look at. It might be a difficult movie for some to watch. But I found American Hustle much more difficult to sit through. I am still not fully sure why the Academy loves David O. Russell so much. I will admit that I was worried going in because of how much I disliked Silver Linings Playbook last year. But American Hustle is a much better film, I will admit. I just wanted it to be better than it was. I really think it should be between Nebraska and 12 Years A Slave for the big award this year. I enjoyed watching Gravity, but I just don't think it holds up against the other movies out this year. But you really need to see all these movies to make up your own mind. Her, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, Nebraska, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club & Blue Jasmine are the movies you absolutely must watch if you like movies. And if you want to prepare yourself for the Oscars.
I am not really expecting any big shocks this year in the nominations, but I always hope that there will be. I hope that this year David O. Russell will be left off the Director list like Ben Affleck was last year. Or that a movie like Lone Survivor or The Spectacular Now sneaks into the best picture race. Her was another one of my favorites of the year. I was so happy it won Best Screenplay at the Globes. I think it has a good chance at the Oscar for that category. And I hope it sneaks into the Director and Acting categories.
NEBRASKA Alexander Payne
IN A WORLD...LAKE BELL
Her Spike Jonze
12 Years A Slave Steve McQueen
#1 Tropic Of Cancer - Restless Idylls (Blackest Ever Black)
A coworker of mine basically just told me that I would love this album before I even knew what it was. I didn't know at the time just how much time I would be spending with this album. It reminds me of the dark wave gothy vocals of Zola Jesus. It also reminds me of the darker moments of an album by This Mortal Coil or even Slowdive. I might also just love this album because it reminds me of the album With Sympathy by Ministry. This is an album you need to experience on your own. There are a couple songs on this record that I honestly can't listen to enough. This is an album that will stay with me forever.
Listen to "More Alone" by Tropic Of Cancer...
#2 Weekend - Jinx (Slumberland)
Jinx is the third album from Weekend. Sports & Red came out in 2010 and 2011 but this is the album that made me their #1 fan. It is a beautiful post punk shoe gaze sort of album. Reminiscent of the great For Against. I am still very much enjoying the albums that Slumberland is giving us every year. And this is their best of the year. This is one of the albums that I can easily lose myself in and listen to on repeat. Like the best albums it just keeps getting better the more I listen to it.
So here it is. My top ten albums of 1994...