Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
My 2012 Half Way Point Top 20 Albums
We're halfway through 2012, which seems like a good point to start trying to wrangle my music purchases and put together a list of favorite albums of the year so far. Outside of the first three, the actual ranking positions are still pretty fluid. There will be a lot jockeying for position over the next six months as I relisten to albums and reevaluate. So far this has been a strong year for new music - the quality of all 20 albums is strong enough that I'd be happy to see all of them in my final year end list.
20. CARDINAL - Hymns (Fire) - It took 18 years, but Richard Davies and Eric Matthews finally release the follow up their much loved debut album.
CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE: GUIDED BY VOICES – Let's Go Eat the Factory, the KIK - Springlevend, PAUL WELLER - Sonik Kicks, HOWLER - America Give Up and CATE LE BON - Cyrk were all in close contention for those last two spots.
JUST PICKED UP BUT HAVEN'T LISTENED ENOUGH TO YET TO COMMENT BUT HAVE A GOOD VIBE ALREADY: JD McPHERSON - Signs & Signifiers, SHOES - Ignition, DISAPPEARS - Pre Language. Based on one listen that Shoes album is pretty fantastic.
RECORDS I STILL HAVEN'T HEARD ALL THE WAY THROUGH BUT HEARD ENOUGH OF TO THINK I NEED TO GET THEM SOON: BEACHWOOD SPARKS, NELSON BRAGG, CHICHA LIBRE, GRAHAM COXON, JOHN FOXX and the MATHS, the FURIOUS SEASONS (David Steinhart of Pop Art), ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, the HOLLOWS, LAIRS, RICHARD HAWLEY, MAXIMO PARK, the SUCCESSFUL FAILURES, and SUMMER GIRLFRIENDS
Monday, July 2, 2012
One of my go-to's when doodling and I don't know what else to draw are bastardized Charlie Browns. Another go-to is the Black Flag bars logo. Both are easy to draw. Eventually they had to end up in one doodle.
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I just learned I can't draw Doc Martens. I've always known I can't draw a convincing Charlie Brown.