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Albums of the year, 2014

Well look at that – it’s album of the year time again already.  My full discussion of these picks will soon be up at our podcast website, but here’s a quick look at my list.

10.  Grouper – Ruins

9. Beck – Morning Phase

8. Ex Hex – Rips

7. Jeremy Messersmith – Heart Murmurs

6. Alvvays – Alvvays

5.  St. Vincent – St. Vincent

4.  Wye Oak – Shriek

3.  Real Estate – Atlas

2. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

1. Ty Segall – Manipulator

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Podcast: Our Favorite Albums of 2012

Naturally, our favorite podcast of every year is the one where we reveal our “Top 10” albums of the year.  Here’s my list for this year:

1. The Men – Open Your Heart

2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleluljah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

3. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

4. Best Coast – The Only Place

5. Mount Carmel – Real Women

6. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse

7. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

8. Hospitality

9. Sonny & the Sunsets – Longtime Companion

10. Tennis – Young & Old

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As you can see above, The Men’s “Open Your Heart” topped my list.  Here’s a live performance of theirs from Seattle earlier this year:

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Podcast: Thurston Moore, The Midwest Beat, and More

On this week’s podcast, there’s a lot of random talk about online music programs, iPhones, and collapsing stages, while I cackle in the background.  We also discuss some concerts Will went to and review the new album by Wisconsin’s own Midwest Beat.

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Podcast: National Review’s Rich Lowry on the Wisconsin Controversy

On March 1, Rich Lowry of the National Review published an article called “Wisconsin is About Breaking Up the Union Racket.”  He joins me for a quick talk about the national perception of the Wisconsin controversy, the inherent conflict of interest in public employee unions, and the 2012 presidential field.

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Podcast: The Go! Team and Deerhoof

On this week’s podcast, we bemoan the lack of love songs in indie music, and discuss new albums by The Go! Team and Deerhoof.

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Here’s the Probot song featuring Lemmy from Motorhead:

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Podcast: The Decemberists and Tennis

On this week’s podcast, we discuss new albums by the Decemberists and Tennis, and discuss lyric interpretation.

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Podcast: White Wires, Josh T. Pearson and TOBACCO

On this week’s podcast, we discuss new albums by Canadian pop-rockers the White Wires, sad country performer Josh T. Pearson, and possibly insane electro-dance artist TOBACCO.

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And here’s a bonus song to get everyone ready for Packers/Bears this Sunday:

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Best Albums of the Year 2010 Podcast

Our new podcast is up – we were able to get our best albums of 2010 lists online before Julian Assange leaked them.

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My list, with song clips:

10.  Peasant – Shady Retreat

9.  Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

8.  Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

7.  Joush Rouse – El Turista

6.  Jeremy Messersmith – The Reluctant Graveyard

5.  The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack

4.  Sleigh Bells – Treats

3.  Heligoats – Goodness Gracious

2.  Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

1.  Wavves – King of the Beach

Podcast: Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Jukebox the Ghost

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This week, Will and Chris discuss Chris’ visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Will’s attendance at a live performance by The National, and the new album by Jukebox the Ghost.

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Neumann’s Novel Fundraising Strategy

Fundraising for a statewide campaign is always tough. The same group of donors is asked to give, and give, and give again – all to help candidates that likely don’t have a chance of winning.

But Mark Neumann has changed all that with a novel new fundraising appeal.

On Friday, Neumann, who has turned his once-promising gubernatorial campaign into a longshot candidacy worthy of a Fellini movie, debated primary frontrunner Scott Walker. The interview took place on radio talk show host Jeff Wagner’s show and was broadcast from the Wisconsin State Fair grounds.

Shortly after the debate, I received an e-mail from Neumann’s campaign, with the subject simply saying “Neumann Wins Debate.”

(I always get a kick out of these debate “victory” declarations. As I have said a hundred times, we should do debates more like WWE wrestling, where the moderator picks a winner, hands them the belt, then they get to hit the loser with a folding chair.)

The e-mail was addressed as follows:

Press,

Mark Neumann won today’s debate with Scott Walker at the Wisconsin State Fair! The debate was aired on radio 620 WTMJ and hosted by Jeff Wagner. It proved three important points, heading into these final weeks before the September 14 primary.

And off it went, explaining how Neumann supposedly destroyed Scott Walker in the debate. (I actually listened to the debate, and it was a bit of a snoozer. Needless to say, I think Scott Walker will be able to show his face again in public.)

But after all the talking points, Neumann’s press release ended up with this line:

P.S. Mark Neumann is a successful businessman who has a conservative plan to cut spending and cut taxes to create jobs. If you like to, please help us continue the momentum from today’s debate victory and donate $5, $15, $25, or $50 by clicking here.

There it is – a novel new approach to fundraising; don’t just ask the “press” to cover your campaign, go ahead and ask them for cash. Hey – reporters and newsrooms seem to be doing pretty well financially these days, why not just throw a casual fundraising appeal on the end of your press releases, too?

I’d love it if Neumann showed up on Mike Gousha’s show on Sunday morning, and after his interview, the on-air closing goes like this:

Gousha: “Mark Neumann, candidate for governor, thank you for joining us this morning.”

Neumann: “Pleasure to be here, Mike – and oh, while I have you here, can I maybe get 50 bucks? And do you validate parking?”

Gousha: “Please get off my set.”

Podcast: Favorite Intros, Stars

On this week’s podcast, we discuss our favorite-ever song intros, bemoan the death of Lilith Fair, and review the new album by Stars, “The Five Ghosts.”

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Some of the song intros I listed:

Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock:

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Fugazi – Waiting Room:

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Velocity Girl – Sorry Again:

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Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole (although this is different than the album version):

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Flaming Lips – The Gash:

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Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name:

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(Incidentally, I stole a bunch of these off this post I did a couple years ago, when I was prompted by Dan Walsh to come up with a list.)

Podcast: Favorite Singers, album by Woods

On this week’s podcast, we picked our favorite singers and reviewed the new album from Woods, “At Echo Lake.”

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For reference purposes, here’s “Shimmer” by Throwing Muses:

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Podcast: The Mega Grab-Bag

This week’s podcast is a MEGA GRAB BAG (and not in the Al Gore sense.)  We discuss what exactly “lesbian music” is, and review music from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Brandi Carlile, Wilson Kilmer, Joe Jackson, Tokyo Police Club, Hutch and Kathy, The Jam, and Echo & the Bunnymen.

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Podcast: Tame Impala and Nada Surf

On this week’s podcast, we discuss the Summerfest lineup and how disappointing it is that cats and dogs can get along, and we review the new albums from Tame Impala and Nada Surf.  In response to our question about who the most famous person from Perth, Australia is, the answer is Heath Ledger.

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Here’s Tame Impala’s \”Solitude is Bliss:”

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Podcast: New MEGA GRAB BAG Podcast

On this week\’s MEGA GRAB BAG podcast, we play selected songs from bands we\’re currently listening to, and wonder why all beer doesn\’t come with twist off caps.  Bands mentioned include The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Laura Marling, Male Bonding, Phosphorescent, Curtis Mayfield, Band of Horses, and Roy Orbison.

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