Talking Music: Reflections & Recommendations by Admohr

Top ten albums of 2006, plus ten more, and three live ones

Posted in The Year's Best, Top Ten, Year Retrospective by admohr on December 20, 2012

In 2006-2008 I posted my year-end music reviews on Facebook. I’m moving them over here for the sake of completion in their original, unaltered state (despite the overwhelming temptation to omit some of the selections, or at least edit the endless and often ill-advised rambling).

I just finished the last of my major work that had to be finished this week, and my sleep world is completely out of balance thanks to a crash nap in the afternoon, so now seems as good of time as any to compile my take on the best albums of 2006. Onward and upward. Huzzah 06.

10. Damien Jurado – And Now That I’m In Your Shadow

Jurado writes in a style completely reminiscent of Nebraska or Tom Joad era Springsteen, focusing on tragedies of loss, abandonment, and death through his perspective. The writing is effectively simple, and the performance on this one throughout completely emphasizes the pain being expressed through each tragedy. Even when you think Damien is writing a love song to his lover who is on her way home, the song ends with the couplet:
“Your mother said that you called this morning,
Tell him I love him, but I am not returning.”

Must hear: “Shannon Rhodes”
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The Best Songs and Albums of 2007

Posted in The Year's Best, Top Ten, Year Retrospective by admohr on December 20, 2012

In 2006-2008 I posted my year-end music reviews on Facebook. I’m moving them over here for the sake of completion in their original, unaltered state (despite the overwhelming temptation to omit some of the selections, or at least edit the endless and often ill-advised rambling).

Albums of the Year
10. Art Brut – It’s a Bit Complicated
Don’t Miss: “Nag Nag Nag Nag” (more…)

Adam Mohr’s 2008 Albums of the Year & Other Favs

Posted in The Year's Best, Top Ten, Year Retrospective by admohr on December 20, 2012

In 2006-2008 I posted my year-end music reviews on Facebook. I’m moving them over here for the sake of completion in their original, unaltered state (despite the overwhelming temptation to omit some of the selections, or at least edit the endless and often ill-advised rambling).

10. Horse Feathers – House With No Home
Hear for yourself: “Curs In The Weeds” http://blip.fm/~1sku2
Why It’s Here: Truth be told, this follow up LP from Horse Feathers is only half the performance that the earth-shaking In Our Blood LP is. But ultimately, I’ve never heard such power and crippling emotion from the sounds of just an acoustic guitar and complemented strings. The In Our Blood LP was always one that could just tear me apart into a sobbing mess for no good reason whatsoever, and the sound of the House With No Home album actually carries slightly uplifting moments throughout much of it – but the emotions that make Horse Feathers what they are (it is?) is without a doubt a group & sound that I think that absolutely everybody just has to hear.

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Top Albums 2011

Posted in 2011, The Year's Best, Top Ten by admohr on December 26, 2011

2011

10. Dirty BeachesBadlands
“Lord Knows Best”
An enigmatic solo LP performance by Alex Zhang Hungtai mixing thick, crazed Suicide loops of distortion with lounge serenades to a summation that creeps & charms.
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Admohr’s Top 10 Albums of 2010

Posted in 2010, The Year's Best, Top Ten by admohr on December 21, 2010

The Wild Hunt
10. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
Solo-acoustic albums are the musical equivalent of a small-font, thick dusty novel. Even if you know it’s going to be great, that doesn’t mean that it won’t still be an exhaustive effort to enjoy. Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man On Earth) has the remarkable ability of transforming the solo-acoustic album to something that feels like it is anything but. The magnitude of sound & the ease in consumption that comes out of a single man (who is actually quite short) & acoustic guitar is simply overwhelming on The Wild Hunt. (more…)

The Best Albums of 2009: No. 5 – No. 1

Posted in 2009, The Year's Best, Top Ten by admohr on December 30, 2009

Annual ‘Best of’ List exchanges have remained an effective means of exchanging views & pushing recommendations across all different sorts of media from blogs & wall posts to established magazines & newspapers. And while it is clearly  foolish to assign a numerical ranking to subjective listening experiences and even more bizarre to try to summarize the influence of a piece of art in the very moment it was released – we all enjoy engaging one another in the same meaningless practices each year. What follows is my input on the year’s best music in the form of the annual Top Ten List.

5. Morrissey Years of Refusal

The most driven & powerful rock record of 2009. (more…)

The Best Albums of 2009: No. 10 – No. 6

Posted in 2009, The Year's Best, Top Ten, Uncategorized by admohr on December 29, 2009

Annual ‘Best of’ List exchanges have remained an effective means of exchanging views & pushing recommendations across all different sorts of media from blogs & wall posts to established magazines & newspapers. And while it is clearly  foolish to assign a numerical ranking to subjective listening experiences and even more bizarre to try to summarize the influence of a piece of art in the very moment it was released – we all enjoy engaging one another in the same meaningless practices each year. What follows is my input on the year’s best music in the form of the annual Top Ten List.

10. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Listeners first met Jason Isbell as an occasionally-contributing writer of the Drive-By Truckers, writing first-person narratives on desolation & despair that could make even the characters in Darkness on the Edge of Town think that they might not have it that bad after all. (more…)