2013

It’s been a long time coming but I am finally posting another blog post for those of you who are willing to sit through the laborious doldrums of my blogging. Going to keep it short and sweet, working on a stop motion film just as a bit of fun (albeit, extremely stressful fun). It involves an alien, who is lonely, crash landing on earth. He meets an office worker, whom has huge admiration for George Clooney. They fall in love but the US government is after the monster, afraid of what he is going to do their “great” land. I am going to build the sets and do most of the voices myself, so don’t expect it to be great but expect it to be a shit storm of fun.

I missed out on the opportunity to go to Beverly Hills due to some time zone problems with an email, which would have been amazing and it was semi-related to the Oscars and the Nicholl Fellowship. I could have taken four people with me but the one time I decided not to stay up late, I get one of the most important emails ever. Wanky wank wank.

I am still dancing in my underwear every morning (see earlier post) just because it is fun, you guys all really wanted to know that right??? RIGHT!!!

Here is a list of my top ten albums of 2013 and a brief description of why they received such a prestigious honour:

10. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

They have been one of the most consistent bands ever since they arrived with afro-pop jingly jangly tunes. This is a slower album than we are used to but still rides high among the peers that came about when they did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wpvnEH0-78

9. Local Natives – Hummingbird

Another group of jangly pop songsters who came out with a darker and more honed album. Would even go so far as to say this album was better than their first and you don’t say that about many bands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_P9RBpiom8

8. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

Earl Sweatshirt, of Odd Future fame, released his second solo album this year and it didn’t disappoint. His verbal skills are rarely matched in hip-hop and his songs are without a doubt showing the signs of greatness. I have a feeling his next album will be even better as his production skills improve.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va1d_XKIeiI

7. Wise Blood – Id

He just makes bloody good music. I found out about him a couple of years ago and was eagerly anticipating his first full release. It is just full of weird sounds interspersed with strange lyrics but it just works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fv9iZXWJWA

6. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

This album was probably the most anticipated album of the year and it was full of great songs.  Great collaborations, reinvigorating the disco genre and Panda Bear doing it right on Doin’ it Right (sorry had to do that).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA5PRj7KPkE

5. Tyler Creator – Wolf

This for me is the best Odd Future spin off album to date. Tracks like Bimmer, 48 and Answer just show how talented Tyler, the Creator is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg8TD1EAZbM

4. Kanye West – Yeezus

Everyone debates Kanye West til’ the fucking cows come home and say he is arrogant. Yes he is, does it bother me, not in the slightest. He has made some good music and Yeezus is a brilliant forward step for hip-hop. Sampling Strange Fruit (the Nina Simone version) was a stroke of genius and the production for once is minimalistic. A side note though, wtf was that video for Bound 2 all about?!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6OuvGgAoJQ

3. Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

Charles Bradley used to be a James Brown impersonator but here he stands out on his own. His raspy voice lending to soulful sounds and great musicianship makes this one of the best soul albums in years. You can hear all of the emotion in his voice after going through such a hard life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnXWaBixzc

2. John Wizards – John Wizards

South African’s John Wizards have made an album, which is poppy, energetic, electronic and is forward thinking. I had only heard of them by chance when they played a live set on BBC radio 6 but have been hooked on this album ever since.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS8HHcYYWYE

1. Jai Paul – Jai Paul

Well, this is for me the album of the year. It is low in sound quality in parts, mysteriously leaked and by a man who know one knows about. You would think it would be shocking but it is far from it and sounds extremely fresh. Some of the samples used are bizarre, ranging from Tomb Raider excerpts to Yusuf Islam. The sound is incredible and the production is innovative. I hope he releases a full and proper album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r-4PKRQuIA

So thank you to whoever sat through that, I hope you weren’t bored to tears. Next week I will be doing a list of top films I had seen in 2013, not necessarily ones released in 2013.

Also, I will be starting another blog dedicated to the making of my stop motion film, so you can be bored twice as much by me.

Here is a funny clip to tide you over until then:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tfNhL_R_rI

In a bit

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