Your Friday Five: 2010 Gems
November 12, 2010
There’s nothing to fix/With one pair of dice/you could roll 66/and make trouble/big trouble
5 releases from 2010 that may have flown under your radar:
- Sam Phillips – Magic For Everybody. I went looking for a song from Sam Phillips’ fantastic 1994 release, Martinis and Bikinis, and found this EP had been released quietly to little fanfare. Which is a shame, because it’s a tasty little bite of smart, bittersweet, pop music. Yes, Sam’s “I Need Love” was the theme song to the twee (but sometimes great) Gilmore Girls (which she also spent 7 years scoring), but if you weren’t a fan of the show, don’t hold it against her. Sam has a way of taking the maudlin, and sharpening it. The lyrics, “Don’t let perfect make you blind/To this beautiful world” would crumble under lesser songwriters and crappier singers. You can download the 5 song EP from EMusic, or buy that shiz the old school way. At a record shop!
- Sonny and the Sunsets – “Too Young To Burn” Man, I have listened to this song a lot this year. The album is pretty good and all, but this is the song I keep coming back to. It rolls along with no cares, slightly slack, bare feet, and unwashed hair. Here’s his blog. I kinda hate most musician blogs, but there it is.
- Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts. Three young dudes from Australia (or is it the UK, goddamn it, internet) make a sweet racket that you can bounce along to. Honestly, their name made me skim over them every time I saw it in print, but a co-worker pal of mine insisted I give ’em a try, and I’m glad. I can not get enough noisy pop. They killed it live at Musicfest Northwest at a showcase that had a weird, difficult, mixed crowd. Catchy songs, you know?
- The Flips – “I Just Don’t Know Where I Stand Anymore” Bummed that the Pipettes splintered off, got confused, watered down? Here’s a little candy for you. Don’t get down little buddy, put this on repeat and ride your bike to the comic shop.
- Aloe Blacc – Good Things. Damn, did Aloe’s voice just melt all the chocolate in your house? Ever since I got this album, I can’t keep any candy bars in the house. Howsabout a little tribute to MJ?
What are your under the radar gems from this year?