The Joup Friday Album – Seventh Edition – Metronomy ‘The English Riviera’

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As I said in my previous entry in this series, I feel a responsibility to my lineage to wax sycophantically about some of the underrated or overlooked gems my fellow countrymen have proffered for your aural delectation over the decades. Many a minstrel from this spinach green and soggy land, this sceptic isle, has fallen on deaf American ears over the years, and I for one can sympathise.

Joup’s Friday Album – Fourth Edition – Manic Street Preachers ‘The Holy Bible’

manix460I feel I’d be remiss in my responsibilities as Cultural Correspondent for the Divided Queendom if I didn’t represent some of the misunderstood (or externally ignored) classics this country has produced. I’m at a loss to think of too many that aren’t globally renowned on at least a cult level, but there is one that’s never far from my mind as deserving of greater recognition across the Atlantic.

Grez’ Top 10 Albums of 2013: Remember…regardless of Release Date

So last year, I reviewed my Top 12 albums of 2012. If you’ll remember it was my preferential form to disregard the release dates and aim for what moved me during that year, regardless of origin. What I ended up with was a collection of albums to which I first listened within that calendar year, and which defined that year for me. I’d like to keep that idea for this year but bolster the list to 10 albums, because I think I have a killer ten. Most choices this year are recent, perhaps even within ’13, but one is a bit of an outside throwback and another three (yes 3!) belong to one band. Although they are listed this way, there is no particular order to the albums. However, I do note my Album of The Year, as well as my Group of The Year (and again, for the Group nomination they may not have released anything this year).
2013 has been great for me musically for many reason that will come to fruition soon. I’d like to think these artists had a hand in influencing me. So without adieu, my Top Albums of 2013.

The Phenomenom of The 1975 & Concert Review @ The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

Preshow portal of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Preshow portal of The 1975 (photo: joe grez/sesame)

Bob Van Persie, ‘One Man – Full House’ Exhibition Private View, Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester England, September 12th 2013

The thinking behind bringing Bob Van Persie to Manchester for his first show in the UK was presumably motivated by little more than the fact that his son Robin is presently this City’s most celebrated adopted son, after Manchester United’s number 20 unarguably singlehandedly thrust them their 20th League title. This connection is exploited further still tonight as revealed by the restrictions on this private view, tightened to the extent that every VIP invitee is admitted under a couple of strict conditions:

“1. No photography,
2. Don’t ask Robin Van Persie for his autograph.”

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L.S. Lowry ‘Going To The Match’

Why Coachella 2013 and YouTube got it Right

Coachella and YouTube team up to bring music to the world. (Courtesy of Coachella Music + Arts Festival)

Coachella and YouTube team up to bring music to the world. (Courtesy of Coachella Music + Arts Festival)

“Wow, just Wow.” I keep telling myself as I watch the French band Phoenix performing live at the Coachella Music Festival on a channel created specific to stream the entire weekend. As a matter of fact, Coachella worked with YouTube creating THREE channels! Streaming live performance of nearly 75 artist through 3 days. Such acts include the aforementioned Phoenix, Blur, Teagan and Sara, Ginderman, Spiritulaized, Vampire Weekend, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the first performance in some years of The Postal Service.

Grez Top Albums of 2012 : First Listen Regardless of Initial Release Date

As music in general progressed over the past 10 years, more and more musicians are recording and releasing more and more quality material. Couple that with how easily available many of these artists are due to online presence and it’s difficult to have time to keep up. There truly is an overwhelming amount of music to which to listen. So the thought came to my head to review material that is NEW to ME regardless of when the artist released the said recording. Upon compiling the list of 12 recordings (10 was not enough, plus it is 2012), I’ve noticed I still have 4 releases from this year and 9 releases total debuting within the last 3 years. So relatively speaking much of the list is quite modern. I make no concessions nor apologizes. After consulting Shawn Baker about compling such a list he proclaimed: “Do it! It’s your list!” So keep in mind that mine may not be as “up-to-date” as all other critiques.
As well, there is no stipulation as to where or how I came across the releases on this list since the release year does not bind them. Some were recommendations, some loose tips from a night at the bar and some were results of my own research. All though are releases that I’ve listened to at least a few times in 2012 and now have as part of my permanent collection.
Enjoy and responses are welcomed and encouraged. Here is to a year of great music. Hopefully you had one as well, if not there is little but still time. ;)

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