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Top 10 of 2010: Jesseca’s Picks

23 Dec

Spoiler alert ...

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of making these lists. In fact, I despise them. But, as a music journalist (well, a blogger with a journalism degree, at least), I am more or less obligated to write at least one.

Now, I could make a list of the albums I think are the “best” or “most important”. I could list the ten most popular albums in indie music. But I decided not to. I didn’t come close to listening to all of the new albums that 2010 had to offer, which is one reason I hate making these types of lists. I’m sure when I hear more releases from this year, my list will change quite a bit.

Anyway, my list is purely made of the new releases that I listened to the most this year. Most of them are artists I’ve loved for years, but a few are new favorites, including a couple I never thought I’d like. (Note: I provided individual downloads for tracks from most of the albums on the list, but you can download all of them here.) Continue reading

Track of the Day: Blonde Redhead–Here Sometimes

1 Dec

Today’s track of the day is also a mini review of last night’s Blonde Redhead show at the Granada.

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Having seen Blonde Redhead at the Granada in 2007, I knew I should expect a beautiful show. I started the 2007 show with in the balcony with a friend, but we were soon drawn to the stage by the band’s charisma.

See, there’s an intangible element to a Blonde Redhead show. They have an aura about them that extends beyond the stage and sweeps through the audience. And I felt that same energy at last night’s show. Much of that comes from the lovely, adorable and cool Kazu Makino, but twins Simone and Amedeo Pace have their share of charm as well. The only thing they were missing was an avant-garde white plastic mask with long tusks of white hair (which Makino wore for the opening and closing songs).

And last night topped the previous show because they added an element of spectacle that I don’t recall being there before. The lighting setup, with lighting umbrellas covering the walls and providing a gorgeous backdrop, flickering bulbs surrounding the band, and colorful lights playing across their white clothing.

If you weren’t lucky enough to have been at the show, you can get an idea of what it was like from a live session presented by 4AD, the label that released Penny Sparkle. The songs I chose is “Here Sometimes”, which is my pick from the album (probably because it reminds me of Björk). And since I know you love free mp3’s, a download of the song is below the video.

Blonde Redhead–Here Sometimes

Rundown: 11/30/10

30 Nov

I decided to take over the Rundown today because I’m extremely excited about Blonde Redhead. I saw them at The Granada three years ago and it was nothing short of magical. Until that point, I’d never seen the venue so packed.

There’s other stuff going on, sort of, but if you can make it to Dallas/you live in Dallas, then that’s the show to catch. Tickets are between $24 and $39, and well worth the cost.

Blonde Redhead / Olof Arnalds @ The Granada

Andrew Tinker / Paul Slavens @ Dan’s

It’s been a long time since Paul Slavens has played a show at our most beloved Denton venue, and apparently this show will be on Charter Access 25 for all the shut-ins and cheapskates who won’t pony up the $5. I won’t make a comment on Andrew Tinker because I think Jaime said enough a few months back …