28 August 2006

EAR FARM checks in with the Elbo.ws top 10

I'm out of town in San Antonio for work all week. Therefore, things might be a bit different around EAR FARM this week. Who knows...remains to be seen. If things falls behind, keep checking back as I plan to continue with everything in a normal manner. If, for some reason, that's not possible, regular EF will resume Saturday September 2nd. Anyway, let's get on with today's (Elbo.ws) countdown conundrum.


Elbo.ws top 10 'hot' artists - 28 August 2006 @ 9am EST

Snowden - These guys are from Atlanta, right? I don't really know them (though I remember them coming to NYC), don't yet have their album that just came out, but I think "Anti-Anti" sounds pretty good. Nothing as impressive as music by the bands they've played with (such as The Unicorns, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Arcade Fire) but worth a listen no less.

The Mountain Goats - More than a few people with excellent taste in music have said this new album from John Darnielle is more than worth buying. But come on, more than a few musicians with excellent songwriting skills have written broken heart albums. Do we need another? We do? Okay, well I'm not ready to listen to it just yet.The Lemonheads - Watch out! What's that pointless music I hear? It's aged shit coming at you with a new album this September! Let me tell you how I REALLY feel. I hate The Lemonheads. Always have, always will. At least, I'll continue to hate them as long as they write shit-awfully bland "alterna" rock for eunuchs. Fuck them. This time not even a barely above average Simon & Garfunkel cover will make me listen to them.Annuals - What can I say? They're from my hometown, I already posted about them a while back, and I'm looking forward to being DJ at the Friction show they're playing in NYC in September. Yes yes a thousand times YES!Mew - A math problem for you: JJ72 + Coldplay = x. What is "x"?DJ NeverForget - I don't know this DJ (do I?) but this here mix isn't half bad...timely too considering it's Monday and all.The Thermals - Good Pitchfork reviews launch careers. Can't say I believe in the potential/goodness of this band as much as they do... Hmm, maybe that's why they didn't react favorably to my review submission a few years ago. Yes, let's pretend that's what it was.Cursive - Because I fell in love with The Faint such a long time ago, for some silly reason, I never listened to other Saddle Creek bands like Bright Eyes or Cursive. I'm talking about back in...like...1999. It was as if I'd allow only one Saddle Creek band to blow my mind at a time. Years later I finally gave in and started listening to Bright Eyes and with this new Cursive record I think it's about time for me to be listening to them too. "Dorothy At Forty" is one heck of a song.Ratatat - Let's review (rerun alert): You won't find me saying they're the best thing going in terms of dancey tunes but I will tell you they scratch this very particular itch of mine. That is, I REALLY think the song posted below sounds like it should've been the end credit song for a late '80s Konami game called Wildcatslevania. Check it out right around the 1:55 mark, that's the exact moment when you say to yourself "okay, I beat the game, can I just hit start and skip the rest of these credits or should I wait in case there's some cheat, or code, at the end...? Oh snap! The music just got way groovy! I think I'll wait and rock out a bit..."Tv on the Radio - I loved, LOVED, Tv on the Radio's debut EP. Then Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes left me wondering how much longer the band was going to be able to hold my interest. Well they killed all that noise real quick. The new album kicks as much ass as you've heard and is an early candidate for album of the year in more than one list I'll betcha. "Wolf Like Me" is a good taste, so listen and then buy the album when it is finally released Stateside.

10 comments:

gloria said...

"wolf like me" kicks ass. because i'm an idiot i've never really given much thought to tv on the radio. that's about to change. thanks for the introduction...

odette said...

this feature is my favorite yet. don't stop... don't ever stop.

Anonymous said...

fuck u. lemonheads r good, u r not.

kathy b. said...

my feelings about tv on the radio were very similar to yours. i saw them about 2.5 years ago and they were great, then i wondered how long it would last...and now! well, let's just say i agree with gloria. gloria? gurrrl, u know it!

Anonymous said...

How did the Lemonheads crack elbo.ws top ten? They sucked the first time around. Who's next? The Smithereens, Dramarama, Spin Doctors?

Anonymous said...

SPIN DOCTORS!!!

Eric said...

Thanks for the shout out. Cursive is sooo good. Harsh words for the Lemonheads though. Ouch.

Artifact said...

TV On The Radio have a Cursive/Saddle Creek connection,
The very talented Mike Mogis/recording engineer/producer/mixer and a member of Bright Eyes.
Artifact
obsessioncollection.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

ratatat all up on myspace home now too.
i've been listening to that song on my way to work all week. and by "work" i mean...you know what i mean.

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