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Best of 2012 | Albums

December 28, 2012

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2012 was a great year for music and for my iTunes library.  There were some great projects across genres that made compiling a top ten fairly difficult.  I’m going to avoid ranking them as assembling the top 10 was arduous enough.  Here’s the list though with a brief breakdown of what made each project (album, EP or mixtape) special.  I hope you found them as delightful as I did and if you haven’t heard one of the listed, here’s hoping you check it out.  Happy holidays!

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
No stranger to ambitious album titles, Fiona Apple resurfaced in 2012 and with this album reminded us just how perfectly paired the pen is with that roaring voice.

Jessie Ware – Devotion
R&B synth paired with a bit of Lisa Stansfield and Sade inspired delivery make digesting “Devotion” quite yummy.

Brandy – Two Eleven
Some found Ms. Norwood’s enlisting of every go-to producer of 2012 to be overly ambitious but I found it to be refreshing.  SN:  “Do You Know What You Have?” may be one of my favorite tracks of the year.

Passion Pit – Gossamer
Sometimes the actual music was so happy, I never realized the lyrics were so sad.

The Yes Ma’ams – Taste Test
Pop sassiness.  Any group who channels Vanity 6 successfully gets my vote.  Plus the EP was free.  Doesn’t get much better than that, right?

Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
This album is so well crafted and the collaborations feel too good to be true sometimes.  Though often labeled a jazz musician, “Black Radio” actually ends up reminding us that R&B isn’t dead yet.

Solange – True
It ain’t for everyone but it surely is for me.  When Solange slows it down (see “Bad Girls”), I completely forgive the 4 year gap between albums.

Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
It’s peppy, it’s rhythmic, it’s fun.  This was the perfect sonic transition from spring to summer.

Iman Omari – Energy
Easily the most chill project of my picks.  Omari’s strength lies in just how laid back his music makes you feel.

Syleena Johnson – Acoustic Soul Sessions
This woman sings.  I’m not sure if she can read, write, drive, cook or jump rope but she can sing every part of body off.  Plus, she enlists Tweet on “Angry Girl” and reminds us how angry we are that we didn’t get an album in 2012 from the Southern Hummingbird.


Paint It Black

November 28, 2011

I’m back.  🙂  I’ve been grinding away in graduate school.  Just did this motion typography assignment set to the great, late Gil Scott-Heron’s “Paint It Black”.  More updates to come.


Winter Supplies

December 11, 2010

I’ve been a bum the entire weekend and the cold wintry weather has only kept me indoors.  What’s a guy to do during these winter weekends?  Here’s a little supply guide for all that you need for a great day indoors.

1)  A soft blanket to relax under.  Cheap microplush ones can be found at Walmart for $10 or so.

2) Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea is perfect for cold days.  Add a little honey for sweetness and you are set.  I’ve gone through a full box in 3-4 days.

3)  You favorite show’s complete DVD box set will ALWAYS make a lazy day enjoyable.  I typically go for the “comfort” shows.  Much like comfort food, some television shows never get old and will always have you satisfied.  My reliable shows are “Will & Grace” and “Law & Order: SVU”.  You could pick up a book but a true lazy weekend means you want to consume something you really don’t have to completely pay attention to.

4)  You have to tell someone you are sedentary.  The only way you can really feel good about being a bum is to tell the world that you aren’t doing a damn thing and wait for someone to retweet it or #cosign on your laziness.  If there is a good trending topic being talked about, you are set.

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