I’m digging everything from this new album so far - Kids In LA out next month.
New album out May 20.
Computer Magic - “A Million Years”
…and my Computer Magic/Danielle Johnson crush continues…
31 Days, 31 LPs of 2012: #24 Grimes - Visions
Arguably one of the most hyped artists of the year, Grimes latest LP stands apart from all the other indie & electro pop out there. Maybe it’s her blend of electronic, pop, and dance music or possibly her unique, intriguing sense of style, but I’d be lying if I didn’t get a little caught up in the hype.
31 Days, 31 LPs of 2012: #25 Vacationer - Gone
This album was definitely better suited for the summer. Not that it’s any less enjoyable now, but this album was the perfect groove for a hot, lazy summer afternoon. With song titles like “Trip”, “Gone” & “Summer End”, I’m pretty sure that’s what frontman Kenny Vasoli was aiming for. But don’t let the time of year prevent you from checking this album out if you haven’t already.
31 Days, 31 LPs of 2012: #26 King Tuff - King Tuff
Garage rock at its finest. Kyle Thomas, the driving force behind King Tuff (and Happy Birthday, for that matter), crafts a stellar sophomore LP that’s loaded with rockin’ pop songs. I couldn’t really ask for more.
31 Days, 31 LPs of 2012: #27 Fergus & Geronimo - Funky Was the State of Affairs
Is quirk-rock a genre? The hard-to-classify duo of Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly caught my attention with their first LP Unlearn last year and delivered another excellent album that’s filled with plenty of funk, 60’s rock ‘n’ roll and, of course, humanistic-aliens marking the horrific state of future existence.
31 Days, 31 LPs of 2012: #28 Delicate Steve - Positive Force
I admittedly did not get into this album right when it came out and I have a feeling that if I were to revisit this list in the near future it would rank much higher. From the opening track, Delicate Steve’s guitar stares you down and brings you into its world. With sharp, catchy melodies and just the right amount of appropriately placed vocals, this predominantly instrumental album is perfect for just about any mood you are in.
31 Days, 31 LPs of 2012: #29 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
The second album as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes is filled with Ariel Pink’s usual brand of off-kilter, slightly crazy psych-rock. Though not ground-breaking by any means, if you’re looking for a fun listen that keeps the most inane lyrics stuck to your neurons (i.e. the chorus from “Schnitzel Boogie”), then this album is definitely worth your time.
31 Days, 31 LPs of 2012: #30 Django Django - Django Django
Arguably one of the most under-rated and least talked-about albums of the year this side of the pond, Scottish indie rock group Django Django’s debut release brings back memories of my college days when I first discovered The Beta Band. The similarities go further than the same brand of psychedelic-infused, jangly indie rock with layered vocals and subtle electronic instrumentation - David Maclean, drummer and producer for Django Django, so happens to be the brother of John Maclean, DJ, keyboardist, and producer for The Beta Band.
But comparisons aside, Django Django deliver a solid debut that keeps the listener entertained throughout the whole listen. Each song is a new adventure with its own separate influences…much like The Beta Band. Dammit I tried not to bring them up again. I swear this is not an alter ego for The Beta Band, even though they very well could be. Even if you think of them as The Beta Band cover band, they do it just as well as the original band. Hmmm… I think I shall start a Beta Band cover band and call it The Al Sharps. Anyone want to join me?