Totes Magotes: Pitchfork’s Best Albums of the Decade So Far…

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Random thoughts on what I’m listening to or thinking about lately
The venerable bastion of music snobbery, Pitchfork.com, recently published their “Best Albums of the Decade So Far.” I perused the list, and saw a handful of albums that would also be on my list. Yet, the overwhelming majority of the list was music that everyone has said we are “supposed to like,” music they have been gushing about, but that I just find either A. uninteresting; or B. absolutely horrible.  So, thanks but no thanks Pitchfork. I’m not intentionally trying to be a music snob here, I just guess that I don’t like what much of the music blog scene says I’m supposed to.
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Totes Magotes: Bahamas and the Challenge of Meeting Expectations

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Random thoughts on what I’m listening to or thinking about lately
My #1 album of the year in 2012 was by Toronto-based musician, Bahamas. Barchords was an unexpected hit for me. Stylistically it wasn’t really like anything else I was listening to, but for some reason I couldn’t turn it off.  The song, Lost in the Light, got particularly heavy airplay.
So, I was excited a few weeks ago when I heard that Bahamas was returning with a new LP, Bahamas is Afie. Big expectations. This, of course, creates a problem. On my first listens of the new album, my brain is constantly checking it against his previous Barchords. So, I wonder if I am not giving it a fair listen. There are some good tracks, but I sense myself feeling a little let down. I am hopeful that after a few more listens I will be able to appreciate for what it is – instead of judging it for what it isn’t (Barchords, v. 2.0).
 
In any case, here’s a standout track – All the Time
 
 
 
 
 

Totes Magotes: Spoon – They Want My Soul

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Random thoughts on what I’m listening to or thinking about lately

Ah Spoon. I didn’t really like their first albums, really liked a few songs off of Gimme Fiction and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and didn’t like Transference at all. But now you’re back with They Want My Soul and I’m completely sold on this one. So good. Front to back, I love it.  I have listened to it while running (opening of Rent I Pay is perfect for starting a run), while mowing the lawn, while driving, while cooking…what can’t this album do?!
Go get it.
Some samples: