There were some real humdingers dropped this year, so it was tough to widdle down, but here they are in a very loose order starting with our favourite:
Ryan Driver – Everything Must Spin Construction & Destruction – The Oracle Born Ruffians – What to Say Brasstronaut – Lo Hi Hopes The Mohawk Lodge – Cold Hearts Diamond Rings – All Yr Songs Zeus – Kindergarten Yeasayer – O.N.E. Hooded Fang – Highway Steam The Sojourners – Nobody Can Turn Me Around Winter Gloves – Plastic Slides Rich Aucoin – Brian Wilson Is A.L.I.V.E. Broken Bells – The High Road Boxer the Horse – Mary Meets the Pilot The Beauties – Fashion Blues Belle and Sebastian – Come On Sister Spoon – Got Nuffin Sufjan Stevens – Vesuvius The Abramson Singers – Take A Camera Owen Pallett – Scandal At The Parkade The Gertrudes – Warm Wind from the South
There you have it. These tunes all killed it this year. Go hunt them down and support the bands.
Picking up where we left off earlier this week, here are the rest of our favourite moments of the year (in chronological order). Oddly enough, these all take place in the final stretch of 2010…
5. Going Analog
This one may sound like a vague hippie sentiment, but it’s not. Digital is great—we sometimes just like to get away from the computer. Case in point, this year we started demoing on an old cassette 4-track, but then came across a great setup including an 8-track Fostex R8 reel to reel recorder with tons of tape and a huge matching 812 mixer. A bit of crazy glue later and we had an entire reel of new demos, including the live demo of our new song, “Tortoise.” Most of this is probably gibberish to you non-gearheads (like Laura), but I assure you, it’s awesome.
I never really understood musicians who don’t listen to music. We listen to a lot of it. Hell, one of the reasons why Laura and I are so jazzed to make music of our own is that we’re always so inspired by the great stuff coming out of our speakers.
In that regard, and in keeping with this week’s Favourite Band Moments of 2010 recap (the second half is coming soon), here’s a look at a dozen albums we couldn’t get enough of this year in very rough order:
Boxer the Horse – Would You Please Zeus – Say Us Born Ruffians – Say It Brasstronaut – Mt. Chimaera Hooded Fang – Hooded Fang Spoon – Transference Broken Bells – Broken Bells Yeasayer – Odd Blood Winter Gloves – All Red The Acorn – No Ghost Forest City Lovers – Carriage The Gertrudes – Dawn Time Riot
I’m sure we forgot a few, but definitely check these albums out—you won’t be disappointed! Stay tuned for our favourite songs of the year later this week.
It’s always a fun year when you’re in a band. Being the season of year end lists, we’ve put together our favourite moments of 2010. I should preface this by saying that our definition of “Favourite” is a bit odd, as some of our most-revered shows have been the worst ones—the sort that if you can get through and still want to play another the next day then you know you can hack it. Keeping that in mind, here are Dog Is Blue’s top moments of the year in chronological order:
1. OndaRock Compilation
The year started off with a bang as, after writing a great review of our debut album …Makes Ghost Noises, Italian music magazine, OndaRock, asked us to send a brand new song to be part of a sort of “bands to watch” compilation. “Hot Air Balloons (and Submarines)” was born. The compilation was a great collection of music and it lit the fire under our butts to start the next item on the list…