We here at Funny Ha Ha are counting on 2011 reasons that this brand new year will be even better than the last, musically speaking, but it’s still fun to look back. The A.V. Club recently posted its Top 25 albums of the year and yours truly wrote on two greats hailing from (usually) sunny Southern California — Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma, and Wavves’ King of the Beach. Dig into the entire list here, and when you’re done, you can check out my full ballot (which contributed to the democratically derived rankings of the main list), including blurbs on Warpaint, Glasser and Tyler the Creator.
Had the pleasure of witnessing the Gorillaz circus when it came to town back in October and among what must be close to a thousand concerts witnessed, this one is now permanently lodged in my personal top five. No joke. Damon Albarn has done something magical with music (and a huge effing budget). I had the added pleasure of speaking with him and his Gorillaz cohort Jamie Hewlett for Spin’s year-end cov’g. Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s like a juggernaut once it starts,” says Damon Albarn. The peculiar pop project he and illustrator Jamie Hewlett founded 12 years ago in a shared London flat has grown from a virtual band of comic-book characters to a traveling spectacle of Barnumesque proportions. “There’s no stopping it,” says Albarn. “The magic is in the way it mesmerizes, brings you into its world.
Party jam of the year, bar none, even if it hasn’t had the opportunity to soundtrack many parties yet. (The free song dropped earlier this month, and Four Loko references aren’t really the stuff of holiday galas.) That didn’t stop me from spilling some ink on it though, via my ballot for The A.V. Club’s year-end music coverage. You can click here and scroll down to “My Effing Jam,” or just listen, read and download below:
It’s that time of year, folks. Bestolium 2010. Fill in the holes in yr collection before stuff yr mama buys you for the holidaze duz. You can read Spin’s entire top 40 best albums of the year, and you can also jump straight to my pieces if you’re so inclined: Ted Leo, Glasser, and Crystal Castles.
My 14th favorite record of 2010.
“Approaching a new Matt & Kim album is like driving up to the gates of a Christian summer camp — the blithe, loving embrace that awaits is, to a nonbeliever, as creepy as it is alluring. But since 2009’s Grand …”
Go through the gates. Read the whole thing at Spin.