• 12-21-2010, 09:49 AM
    noddin0ff
    Noddin's Best of 2010: Attempt no landings there
    Season’s Greetings, ARers,

    Time for me to call it and to put up my year ender. In 2010, I found a lot of tracks I liked but there weren’t too many albums I really dug. Maybe I just didn’t hear the right ones or maybe they just need time. Of the albums in my list, the winners would be

    #1 Brothers: The Black Keys.
    This was the clear winner of the year for me.
    #2 The Way Out: The Books.
    A bit corny, but I found myself listening to it many times and enjoying it.
    #3 Primitive: Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3.
    Although I’m a fan, this album took a while to grow on me.
    #4 Your Future Our Clutter: The Fall.
    Good noise. Track 2 bothers me though; the first half of the track is so lo-fi it takes me out of the album. Other than that, good stuff.
    #5 God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise: Ray LaMontagne
    #6 Transference: Spoon.

    The rest get some form of honorable mention. Fleece on Brain was a track from a recent compilation release (We’ll Never Stop Living This Way), so not really an album. Admiral Radley I didn’t care for much but I really liked the track.

    Tobacco’s album is actually pretty fun--a total sonic assault that sounds like the audio from Nintendo’s classic Pole Position warped into…well…I dunno… “fuzzy grimey techno sleaze” to quote nobody.

    I had some tracks from The National, Arcade Fire and The Bells in earlier drafts. But, they just seemed like filler really. As is, this weighs in at a respectable 69 minutes. I tried to select in favor of a cohesive sound overall. It works for me. I recommend adding a 1-2 second gap between tracks if you burn it. I think it sounds better with some space.

    Noddin’s Best of 2010: Attempt no landings there

    01. It Don't Come Easy ~ Bettye LaVette
    02. Dark Water ~ Galactic (feat. John Boutte)
    03. Last Time ~ Black Dub
    04. Tighten Up ~ The Black Keys
    05. Mexico Wax Solvent~ The Fall
    06. Fresh Hex ~ Tobacco (feat. Beck)
    07. Cineramascope ~ Galactic (feat. Trombone Shorty & Corey Henry)
    08. High Chair ~ Autolux
    09. Sometimes in This Country ~ Crooked Still
    10. Whispering Light ~ Jesca Hoop (*note the files are still tagged wrong)
    11. Blue Blocks ~ Jason Moran
    12. Beg Steal or Borrow ~ Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
    13. Before Destruction ~ Spoon
    14. Fleece On Brain ~ Matthew Dear
    15. Primitive ~ Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
    16. The Thread ~ Admiral Radley
    17. All You Need Is a Wall ~ The Books
    18. Thirty Incoming ~ The Books

    Pick your format.

    iTune’s Apple Lossless
    FLAC
    MP3 (256 VBR)

    And for kicks, if you enjoy the inflexibility of vinyl but want something digital, I offer my special long-playing, single file,tag-free MP3 format.

    LP-MP3

    or the mono version. ;-)

    Mono LP-MP3

    And, finally, the jewel case art

    The lossless formats are on dropbox. They won't be up forever. The others are on mediafire. If you want hard copy or special request, PM me.

    Give it a listen and come back and report. I made the poll to lower the energy barrier, but written comments are always enjoyed.
  • 12-21-2010, 03:03 PM
    3LB
    looks awesome - very little overlap with what I've purchased this year
  • 12-21-2010, 03:11 PM
    3LB
    what, no mono?
  • 12-21-2010, 06:45 PM
    3LB
    Ain't it Jesca Hoop? I really like her. I thought that song was from her '09 release...no matter. She's a talent that deserves to be heard. I like her '07 release Kismet as well.
  • 12-22-2010, 06:06 AM
    noddin0ff
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 3LB
    Ain't it Jesca Hoop? I really like her. I thought that song was from her '09 release...no matter. She's a talent that deserves to be heard. I like her '07 release Kismet as well.

    Well, I'll be danged... it is Jesca. I remember ripping the CD + bonus CD and one of them came up Jessica and the other Jesca. I figured I'd correct the obvious mistake. Silly me.

    However, the copyright on the disk is 2010. Its the first of her that I've heard. Maybe she released or performed the single earlier, before the CD?

    Kismet, eh? I thought Jesca had a great voice and an interesting collection of styles and ideas. I'd certainly chase down recommendations. I'll look into Kimset. Thanks!
  • 12-22-2010, 06:39 AM
    noddin0ff
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 3LB
    what, no mono?

    done.:lol:
  • 12-22-2010, 06:43 AM
    Mr MidFi
    I'm d/l-ing it right now. Thanks, noddin'... new tunes is exactly what I wanted for Festivus!
  • 12-22-2010, 10:01 AM
    Troy
    Grabbing it now, thanks!
  • 12-22-2010, 12:31 PM
    3LB
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Troy
    Grabbing it now, thanks!

    the comp?
  • 12-22-2010, 12:33 PM
    Rae
    Can't it be both?

    ~Rae
  • 12-22-2010, 12:40 PM
    Stone
    He has two?
  • 12-22-2010, 12:42 PM
    Rae
    Two of the biggest in the American Southwest!

    ~Rae
  • 12-22-2010, 12:48 PM
    Finch Platte
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 3LB
    the comp?

    Ok, that made me elloell.
  • 01-04-2011, 06:37 AM
    noddin0ff
    So... no Arthur C Clarke fans? Just wondering.

    Also, wondering where the other comps might be?

    bump.
  • 01-04-2011, 08:28 AM
    noddin0ff
    Taking the files off of my Dropbox. For the next 60 days you can grab the flac version here

    http://www.fileserve.com/file/hbMnGve
  • 01-04-2011, 08:37 AM
    3LB
    I been diggin this one Noddin. Great flow and tunage. Makes me remember that there is a subtle art to assembling songs for a long play comp, something that always eluded the labels and tastemakers. This is a good one.