Talking Music: Reflections & Recommendations by Admohr

Favorite Albums of 2012

Posted in The Year's Best, Year Retrospective by admohr on December 29, 2012

This year in the interest of avoiding the capitalist enterprise of ranking I’ve worked my Albums of the Year into groups of similar influence or sound*. Some of these groups I’ve assembled work better than others, but the emphasis is on a more direct achievement of the intended product of list-making season: spurring discovery. As every year, this collection represents merely a fraction of the music that moved me most this year. This year in particular thanks to endless streaming and availability, I feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of incredible records, songs, or even just sounds by artists that I’ve been fortunate enough to hear. It’s never been easier to discover and engage such an array of life-altering artists and yet artists desperately need support now just as they did in the eras where this music was so much harder to obtain. Endless streaming as a discovery tool is miraculous for the underground yet an existence with streaming as the only medium threatens to further devalue artists’ work to practically nothing and support of the physical product or live performances is as critical towards keeping this art alive today as it was ever needed in the past. 

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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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