10) Passion Pit “Gossamer”
9) Mumford & Sons “Babel”
8) Death Grips “The Money Store”
7) Crystal Castles “III”
6) Cloud Nothing’s “Attack On Memory”
5) 2 Chainz “Based On A T.R.U. Story”
4) David Crowder Band “Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the
happiest of all keys])”
3) Baroness “Yellow & Green”
2) Kanye West “Cruel Summer”
1) Deftones “Koi No Yokan”
Sorry for the hiatus. I have been busy seeing some really good music this year.
The more bands I see live the less I want to see live.
When I was in high school I would shell out money for virtually any band, regardless of if I had heard of them or not.
Some shows were good, most were not. Regardless, as I have aged my appetite for live music has narrowed.
Today the number of band’s I am willing to pay top billing for I can count on one hand. They are Beck and Radiohead.
For my birthday my wife managed to score two floor tickets to Radiohead’s Broomfield date at the First Bank Center. Needless to say I was thrilled.
We showed up for the show about an hour in advance in hopes of getting a good spot on the floor. It was clear I was not alone. The line was already wrapping around the building.
We hopped in line and enjoyed the sunny evening. By the time the doors opened an hour later the line have tripled in size looping around the facility and stretching back towards the parking lot.
As soon as we got in I booked it towards the floor and secured a spot about 20 feet back from the stage on right side of the auditorium. The First Bank Center is a smaller facility as it is and tickets for the event had sold out in minutes.
Other Lives opened and were really good. I had not heard of them before the show, but am a fan now. They are out of Oklahoma and are on par with Radiohead’s laid back melodic style of music.
Then came the main event.
Radiohead took what turned out to be a highly elaborate stage complete with rotating giant video monitors that hovered above our heads. I was actually too close to fully appreciate the stage presentation because some of the projectors were above or even slightly behind us.
Thom Yorke took center stage belting out a varied mix of hits. They started off with “Bloom” and “Little By Little” off of King of Limbs before getting into a rendition of “The National Anthem.”
The show was heavy on the new material between King of Limbs and In Rainbows. While to be expected they mixed in some classics such as “Karma Police,” “True Love Waits,” and “Everything in it’s Right Place.”
I was disappointed they didn’t play “Videotape,” but an encore that included a fantastic version of “True Love Waits/Everything In It’s Right Place” was great.
The truth is you can’t really be picky with Radiohead because every song is a hit and delivered with meticulous precision. You could see the effort the group put into the 23-song set that included two encores. All while making it look truly effortless.
Even while watching it, I knew it was one of my top five shows of all time.
Radiohead’s Broomfield’s setlist for March 13, 2012
The show started at 11:01pm EST.
- Little by Little
- The National Anthem
- The Gloaming
- Morning Mr. Magpie
- Karma Police
- The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy
- Lotus Flower
- Street Spirit (Fade Out)
- Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (Encore #1)
- There There
- True Love Waits/Everything In It’s Right Place
- Give Up The Ghost (Encore #2)
The show ended around 1:00am EST
10) Pusha T – “Fear of God II: Let Us Pray”
Pusha T continues to elevate the hip-hop game here with a truly fantastic release. Hard hitting and heavy from start to finish each song if full of signature beats combined with Pusha’s rapid fire lyrics. Mixed well and combined with some eclectic guest spots – 50 Cent and Rick Ross, lend to a suburb LP.
9) Neon Indian – “Era Extrana”
Trippy, spacey, airy, spooky, juicy; just pick your adjective to describe the Austin, Texas bred electro band. This third offering is chock-full of fun beats and crazy sounds that entertain. Soothing yet unsettling, “Era Extrana” shows a distinct growth for the band.
8 ) The Decemberists – “The King is Dead”
One might think that the Decemberists style may grow old like Arcade Fire. However, this album came as quite a surprise. Still the Decemberists to a “T,” “The King is Dead” provides some new depth to this band and delivers both crooning ballads and smooth rock.
7) TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light”
TV on the Radio has always been good, but with their fourth album the band seems to have found a groove. This album is filled with one catchy song after another that lead the listener through a journey that is unlike any the band has presented before.
6) Sbtrkt – “SBTRKT”
This London-based dubstep came out of the gates hot this year with this blistering debut album. Think Burial on acid. This album spread like”Wildfire” as even Drake remixed the hit song. The ethereal sound combined with infectious beats, makes for a great first effort from this group. Innovative and experimental in nature, it will be interesting to see where Aaron Jerome, the DJ, will go from here.
5) Kayne West & Jay Z – “Watch the Throne”
This album got a lot of press, but all the hype aside this is an epic album. Combining the talents of Jay-Z and Kanye West could very well be considered a PR stunt, but the combined talents of these two hip-hop moguls is unparallel. The sprawling epic songs defy conventional verse, chorus, verse styles creating an amazing mix of lyrics and beats.
4) Adele – “21”
After “21” came out Adele was launched into a whole new league, especially in the UK where it’s the bestselling album of the century. Her soulful pop music is carried by her amazing voice. This is just one of those albums that seems timeless. Adele saved the best for last on this album with “Someone Like You.” It is a breathtaking song that encompasses all of what Adele can do.
3) Radiohead – “King of Limbs”
This album is a bit of a departure from Radiohead’s traditional sound. Diving deeper into more dub and ambient territory, “King of Limbs” adds some texture to latent beats that build across the album. It is innovative, provocative, subtle, sweet and basically phenomenal music.
2) Mastodon – “The Hunter”
From the first track this album hits hard. Heavy bass and straight forward power chords make for a sound reminiscent of classic Queens of the Stone Age. However, the album harkens back to classic heavy hard rock. Songs like“Curl of the Burl” comprise the blistering album.
1) Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”
This album is unreal start to finish. When it came out it was all I listened to for a month solid. Forget that it was nominated for four Grammy’s, just listen to “Holocene,” it is hauntingly good. A sonic soundscape that is sparse yet dense, quiet yet loud and sad yet enduring. However Justin Vernon does it, this takes album of the year by a mile.
Top 10 albums of 2010
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Straight out of the 90’s, I will always have a soft spot for all three of these bands, but Bush especially.
It was 17 years ago when I went first saw Bush in Denver at Fiddler’s Green as part of their “Sixteen Stone” tour.
It was my first concert, and when we showed up to buy tickets the day of they were sold out. However as we were standing at the ticket window they opened up five more rows of seats that just happened to be in the front. I got first row tickets and experienced the show of a lifetime.
A lot of time and shows have passed since then. To give you some perspective Veruca Salt opened for them. So when I scored some free tickets to this show I thought it would be fun to come full circle and see Bush again.
The show was in Broomfield at the First Bank Center. Filter, the only one of these three bands I had not seen before, and they were one of the most enthusiastic opening opening bands I have seen. They played all their hits such as “Take a Picture.”
Gavin Rossdale has improved his stage presence and his voice is still as powerful as ever. They opened with the new song “Mirror of signs” before jumping straight into the classic “Little Things.”
While the new material is good, the older hits were still the crowd favorites. Highlights included “Everything Zen,” “The Chemicals between us,” “Machinehead,” and “The Afterlife” where Rossdale ran around the entire stadium though the crowd.
Nearly three hours long, the highlight of the show was a three-song encore that included a cover of “Come Together” by the Beatles and “Glycerine”
A lot has changed since Bush first burst onto the scene. When I first saw them there weren’t iPhones everywhere recording the show from hundreds of angles. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the fantastic force that Bush brings to the stage with each song.
1) Mirror of Signs
2) Little Things
3) I Believe in You
4) Greedy Fly
5) Everything Zen
6) The Chemicals between us
7) Sound of winter
8 ) Speed kills
9) The heart of the matter
10) All night doctors
14) Come together (Beatles cover)
*Setlist courtesy of Eric Young
Fall is in the air and that means that the time for 2011 new releases is drawing to an end. With that in mind here is a look, in no particular order, of contenders for this year’s best albums. Weigh in and vote for yourself.
Adele – “21”
Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”
Death Cab for Cutie – “Codes and Keys”
The Decemberists – “The King is Dead”
Neon Indian – “Era Extrana”
Fucked Up – “David Comes to Life”
Kayne West & Jay Z – “Watch the Throne”
PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”
Beady Eye – “Different Gear, Still Speading”
Radiohead – “King of Limbs”
TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light”
Shabazz Palaces “Black Up”
Paul Simon – “So Beautiful or So What”
Primus – “Green Naugahyde”
Beastie Boys – “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2”
White Denim – “D”
Kasabian – “Velociraptor!”
Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV”
Music is about to get a bit more “social” with a new move by Facebook to integrate a range of streaming music services into the social media site.
The concept is simple. Users of music streaming sites such as MOG and Spotify have the option to link their accounts to Facebook which will then post what they are listening to in a ticker. Their Facebook friends can see what they are listening to in real time, and if they subscribe to the same service, stream the same song right there on Facebook.
The service is still rolling out, but right off the bat it looks interesting, but has its flaws. The ability to see what friends are listening to is great when they are discovering awesome new bands, but can be embarrassing if they go into a three hour long Brittany Spears session.
Then there is the problem of having to subscribe to the same streaming music service that friends use. Right off the bat Spotify, being free, seems to be dominating, but it is a pain to have to open your respective music site and manually play the song. It defeats the entire purpose of integration.
The whole concept is sharing music on a bigger level, and provides the social aspect that many of these services are now lacking.
The idea, in theory, is great but will it work in reality? Time will tell, but this is another nail in the coffin for not just compact discs, but downloading music. Clearly streaming, most likely from a social centralized site such as Facebook, with various companies is the future – music on demand is a digital buffet.