03.23.2011

Top 30: 3/22/11

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

Top 30 is  a weekly section of the blog where we show the 30 most played artists and albums on WOBC. Each entry links to the artist’s MySpace (or other free music player) so you can check out some of this music for yourself!

1. Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine
2. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
3. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High
4. Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence
5. Matt & Kim – Sidewalks
6. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
7. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
8. James Blake – James Blake
9. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
10. Yuck – Yuck
11. Sims – Bad Time Zoo
12. Those Darlins- Screws Get Loose *^
13. Gil Scott Heron & Jaime xx – We’re New Here
14. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers *
15. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong *^ You know, I’m not a big fan of naming your band after what your songs are about. That’s what album titles are for. Can you imagine how we’d feel about the Beatles if they’d only sang about entomology? There are exceptions to every rule (The Beach Boys come to mind), but for the most part it rubs me the wrong way. That said, I’m glad I didn’t let my own personal prejudices get in the way of checking this band out. Belong has been one of my favorite records to come across my desk in a very long time. Given the Alan Moulder and Flood production credit, comparisons to the Smashing Pumpkins are all but inevitable. But that doesn’t do this record justice. The songwriting and the sound take more cues from My Bloody Valentine’s early stuff (Ecstasy, namely), or Belle And Sebastian’s Boy With The Arab Strap. I’m a sucker for solid, honest songwriting and a razor-thin veneer of reverb and fuzz–if your tastes are like mine you’ll like Belong as much as I do.
16. Papercuts – Fading Parade
17. Teengirl Fantasy – 7am
18. Fashawn – Higher Learning vol. 2 *
19. J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
20. Royksopp – Senior *
21. Nite Jewel – It Goes Through Your Head *
22. Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings
23. Jad Fair – Beautiful Songs: The Best of Jad Fair
24. Mike Watt- Hyphenated Man
25. Kellarissa – Moon of Neptune *^
26. A Classic Education – Hey There Stranger * They’re coming to the Grog Shop on March 25 (that’s this Friday)!
27. David Lowery – The Palace Guards
28. Psychic Paramount – II
29. Carolina Chocolate Drops /Luminescent Orchestrii - Self Titled *
30. Computer Magic – Electronic Fences *^

* = New to the top 30
^ = new to WOBC

(Matt Orenstein)

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