It’s sometime in March and we’re feeling good about ourselves, listening to the best the current year has offered so far and still loving last year’s albums and then BAM! our world spins out of control and we find out there was good, no wait, incredible records we completely missed. Sometimes they are over-hyped, sometimes they just have bad names or boring cover art (sorry, design is important) & sometimes we just weren’t cool enough to hear about them but we missed them. This happens to us every year, so we can’t be the only ones, but here we’ll get to some of the best that we missed.
We will be the first and maybe only to admit we weren’t the coolest all year so here follows a list of things we missed the boat on. Throw us a few life vests ok?
Dancey, South African rap, nouveau grime dubbed Township Tech. No one is to miss his cover of Joy Division (featured here).
Lo-fi, delicate, noise act Women are on Chad VanGaalen’s Flemish Eye and released “Public Strain” before they broke-up and then got back together and broke-up again, we can’t keep up.
It took us a few listens to really get into it, but we’re glad we did. It’s really fun bar rock. from Jersey, duh.
Neo-psychedelia from Australia in it’s purest form and greatest display.
“Castles in the Snow” on repeat.
Smoothest album for love-making of 2010. Soft-rock & R & B plus Bon Iver is a member. Gayngs is about 15 plus deep and worth every member’s contribution.
The Cure in the present with an Inland Empire sense of solitude.
Big, beautiful and full baroque pop, it’s quite an amazing sound.
Psychedelic pop beautifully executed by this band.