Taylor - The Butterfly Boucher discography: Flutterby (2003) and Scary Fragile (2009) + contributions to the Nashville supergroup Ten Out Of Tenn.
She's been featured on seemingly every prime time TV show in recent history, she's done a duet with David Bowie, and she's got killer talent. Someone please explain to me why she isn't uber famous... I am so stoked for her third album drop in April.
- Youth Lagoon
, The Year of Hibernation
(2011); and Icebird
, The Abandoned Lullaby
Pleasant psyche-electro pop from the bedroom project of 22-year-old Trevor Powers; his vocals are echoing earnest prettiness against dreamy washes of sound and gentle melodies that are sometimes accompanied by a mid-temp beat. This album made Pitchfork.com's top 50 of 2011, and I like it, but I'm not sure I'm quite sold yet. Icebird is a collaboration between producer/musician RJD2 and singer Aaron Livingston — indie electro-funk hop with a whole lotta '70s soul appeal. As with anything RJD2 does, this album has the potential to grow on me, hard.
Gabe - Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter, Old Records Never Die: The Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter Anthology (2008)
Since getting the fabulous documentary film The Ballad of Mott for Christmas, I’ve been on a serious Mott the Hoople kick. The British powerhouse rock band rose to prominence in the early 1970s thanks to the Bowie-penned glam rock anthem "All The Young Dudes." Their story is a quite interesting indeed, but the music they produced throughout their tenure is the real star of the show. Thundering blues-based rock n' roll that was supposed to be a blend of "Dylan and the Stones" as is mentioned in the doc. The band released a string of outstanding albums and the highlights are collected on disc one of this superb 2-CD anthology. The second disc is comprised solely of lead singer Ian Hunter's solo work from his post-Mott days. To compile a list of bands that were influenced by Mott and by Hunter’s vocal style would be an endless task; listen here to a band and a man that contributed immeasurably to the musical landscape they so brilliantly helped to design.
- Action Bronson
, Dr. Lecter
Upscale NYC chef-turned-smoked out underground rapper, Action Bronson absolutely slays on this debut LP. The production is littered with smoky, jazz club samples and upbeat rhythms harking back to the brighter production values of mid-90's hip hop. Bronson never takes himself too seriously, gets pretty absurd, and raps about food a lot, which kinda rules: "Damn I'm living reckless / Smoking all day just like the brisket / Every day I'm thinking I should risk it / Add another number to statistics / Or use the breast milk to eat my Crispix." Favorite tracks - "The Madness," "Larry Csonka" and "Jerk Chicken."
Mike - The Shins, "Simple Song" (2012)
First single off Port of Morrow, listen and prepare for another amazing album (LP available March 20).
Julie - Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong (2011)
Dawes' sun-kissed folk pop eclipses other bands in the Americana genre with lovely dynamics and more crossover appeal on their third outing. Note: Got to this late. If I'd received it sooner, I would have included it in my Top 10. Last week I had mentioned on Facebook that singer Taylor Goldsmith reminded me of Jackson Browne, and, boy, people really hate JB. Disclaimer: No disrespect was meant to Darryl Hannah in the writing of that comparison.