Now, my little blog is certainly no Pitchfork, but at the end of each year, I like to look back at all my playlists from past 12 months and cobble together my top 25 or so favorite tunes. You can find them ranked worst to first below, and you can listen to the whole thing over on Spotify. Also, in case you care, my favorite album from 2013 was Foxygen's We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, it wasn't even that close, so...go get that.
Grandman's Best of 2013 on Spotify
25 / I'll Be Around / YO LA TENGO
24 / Rewrite Our Lives / HA HA TONKA
23 / Hello Sunshine / DAMIEN JURADO & RICHARD SWIFT
22 / Comrade / VOLCANO CHOIR
21 / Advanced Falconry / MUTUAL BENEFIT
20 / A New Life / JIM JAMES
19 / Varsity / SMITH WESTERNS
18 / Keep Your Head Up / CULTS
17 / You've Got Me Wonderin' Now / PARQUET COURTS
16 / The Wire / HAIM
15 / The Bear & The Maiden Fair / THE HOLD STEADY
14 / No Destruction / FOXYGEN
13 / Metatron / DARKSIDE
12 / Here Comes The Night Time / ARCADE FIRE
11 / Ya Hey / VAMPIRE WEEKEND
10 / Tennis Court / LORDE
9 / Instant Crush / DAFT PUNK
8 / The Mother We Share / CHVRCHES
7 / KV Crimes / KURT VILE
6 / Sea of Love / THE NATIONAL
5 / Green Blood / SONNY & THE SUNSETS
4 / Avant Gardner / COURTNEY BARNETT
3 / In The Darkness / FOXYGEN
2 / Step / VAMPIRE WEEKEND
1 / Song For Zula / PHOSPHORESCENT
Over the past 5 years, I've been involved in one way or another with the Midpoint Music Festival. I completed a full rebrand of the indie-rock event in 2009 and have lent my talents in varying capacities each year. Having relocated north to Columbus, I was a little removed from this year's fest. However, I was luckily able to work with my Queen City Project compatriots to create a full-on QCP feature as well as the Midpoint Sessions. These intimate performances –from bands hand-picked by The Ridges– took place over Midpoint weekend in the Art Academy of Cincinnati. You can check out the feature above, Molly Sullivan's awesome performance below, and the rest of the performances over on the QCP MPMF post.
Grandman's Best of 2012 on Spotify
33 / Gun-Shy / GRIZZLY BEAR
32 / Chicken / WUSSY
31 / The Nights of Wine and Roses / JAPANDROIDS
30 / This Head I Hold / ELECTRIC GUEST
29 / Why I Cry / BEST COAST
28 / Feels Like We Only Go Backwards / TAME IMPALA
27 / Sixpack / JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
26 / Mercy / KANYE WEST
25 / Heaven / THE WALKEMEN
24 / Changing World / NEW MULTITUDES
23 / Give it Away / ANDREW BIRD
22 / Yes Way / TANLINES
21 / About to Die / DIRTY PROJECTORS
20 / Time to Run / LORD HURON
19 / Parted Ways / HEARTLESS BASTARDS
18 / Yet Again / GRIZZLY BEAR
17 / Know Til Now / JIM JAMES
16 / Crush / SLEIGH BELLS
15 / Only Son of the Ladiesman / FATHER JOHN MISTY
14 / Dried Blood / SONNY & THE SUNSETS
13 / Terrified Eyes / CRAIG FINN
12 / Ungirthed / PURITY RING
11 / Losing You / SOLANGE
10 / Lonesome / DR. DOG
9 / Super Rich Kids / FRANK OCEAN
8 / Other People / BEACH HOUSE
7 / Still Life with Hot Deuce on Silver Platter / TITUS ANDRONICUS
6 / Is That Clear / NICK WATERHOUSE
5 / Bad Religion / FRANK OCEAN
4 / Oblivion / GRIMES
3 / Unto Caesar / DIRTY PROJECTORS
2 / The House that Heaven Built / JAPANDROIDS
1 / Make it Known / FOXYGEN
A fun video I had the pleasure of putting together as a member of the Queen City Project. As always, amazing photos by Alias Imaging (and a few of my own) and our Framester-powered QCP boxtruck photo-booth. I think theis sums up the MPMF weekend experience pretty well: hectic, chaotic, well soundtracked and fun as hell. Can't wait for next year.
Day one of MPMF.12 is in the books. The Dirty Projectors put on a transcendent show at the historic Emory Theatre and Andrew Bird played a rousing set in the spectacular Washington Park. I was on hand with my camera, snapping photos on behalf of the Queen City Project. Round 2 tonight.
Crispy new mixtape for you. Should help you ride out the remaining dog-days, get it right here (.ZIP file).
Seasonal Ingredients 005 :: Bronze Medal Grand Champion
1. the Mohawks // Champ Reggae
2. Gary Clark Jr. // Don't Owe You a Thang
3. The Shadows // Scotch on the Socks
4. Iggy Pop // The Passenger
5. the Ramones // Rockaway Beach
6. Dirty Projectors // Unto Caesar
7. Richard Swift // Lady Luck
8. Abner Jay // Depression
9. the Walkmen // the Old Revolution (Leanord Cohen)
10. Nick Waterhouse // Is That Clear?
11. Johnny + the Attractions // I'm Moving On
12. Sonny + the Sunsets // Pretend You Love Me
13. June Gardner // It's Gonna Rain
14. Surfer Blood // Drinking Problem
15. Françoise Hardy // Le Temps de l'Amour
16. Dr. Dog // Turning the Century
17. Mouse // A Public Execution (Bob Dylan)
18. Eels // Love of the Loveless
Grandman favorites, and Ohio indie rock heroes the Ridges reached out to collaborate on a very cool promotion for Record Store Day. 50 of these LP-sized beauties (printed by the fine folks at Southpaw in OTR) have been scattered throughout record stores in the region. Along with the poster, you get a unique link to download a special live recording of the bands' "Insomniac's Song" performed with a massive chorus comprised of various Cincinnati-indie-scene mainstays. Get one while you can.
Well, winter's just about here. This mixtape will keep you warm inside when the whisky can't (not really. but it's good for that, like whisky). If anything, download this to hear the Alabama Shake's "You Aint Alone" which is alone indeed in first place for song of the year.
1 :: Intro
2 :: the Alabama Shakes / You Aint Alone
3 :: Nick Waterhouse / That Place
4 :: Cults / Go Outside (Menahan Street Band Remix)
5 :: Dr. Dog / Heart, It Races
6 :: Richard Swift / Whitman (from the awesomely named EP Walt Wolfman)
7:: Beach House / Gila (iTunes Session)
8 :: Slim Smith / Hip Hug
9 :: Metronomy / The Look
10 :: Wilco / Whole Love
11 :: Deerhunter / Coronado
12 :: Kurt Vile / Freeway
13 :: Bon Iver / Holocene
14 :: The Walkmen / In the New Year
15 :: Outro
MPMF.11 proper got down in Cincinnati over the past weekend and, while I didn't get to see as much music as I normally would, I was honored to participate in the first Midpoint Midway. The midway was a series of art installations built into standard box-trucks. Lots of interesting and talented folks like Able, Losantiville and Soapbox were in on the action as well. I participated, as a member of Libre, in the Poster Expo which was currated by the creative team at Powerhouse Factories. Ourselves, Powerhouse, Southpaw, Keith Neltner and Rob Warnick all pitched in to build rock poster galleries in the back of our two trucks, and slung some special posters on the premesis.
If you didn't make it down to the Expo, you can purchase most of the stuff we had available at our shop.
You can see photos from the Expo, my Cut Copy Print, and a video I put together that was projected on the wall at the Expo. I also got some good shots of Cut Copy's amazing performance at Grammer's.
1 :: Dr. Dog / The Breeze
2 :: The Truants / Sunset Surf
3 :: S.E. Rogie / Please Go Easy With Me
4 :: Ramsay Midwood / Spinning on this Rock
5 :: Dandy Livingstone / Rudy, A Message to You
6:: Vampire Weekend / Holiday (iTunes Session Version)
7:: the Budos Band / Unbroken, Unshaven
8 :: Pisces / Motley Mary Ann
9 :: The Newday / Wait a Minute
10 :: Funkadelic / Can You Get to That?
11 :: Beastie Boys & Santigod / Don't Play No Game that I Can't Win
12 :: Animal Collective / Summertime Clothes
13 :: Washed Out / Feel It All Around
14 :: Broken Bells / Your Head Is On Fire
15 :: Cults / Most Wanted
16 :: Cut Chemist / The Garden
17 :: Johan Blomgren / California Sundown
18 :: Terry Melcher / Beverly Hills
19 :: Beach House / Better Times
20 :: Otis Wright / It's Soon Be Done
Lots and lots going on, so I finally got around to sorting my photos from the stellar Maps & Atlases show a couple of weeks back on the square. MPMF put the show on and there was a great turnout, Libre was even able to sell some prints. There's a couple left so come see us on the square Friday nights.
The first two MPMF Indie Summer shows went down over the past two Fridays. You, You're Awesome and Javelin kicked things off in week one with fun sets. And Neon Indian fought off the crazy storms last week and brought the chillwaves to downtown. MPMF Indie Summer takes place every Friday night through the summer on Fountain Square. It's free and there's beer and Libre is selling prints and stuff.
As we continue to settle in to the new Libre spot on Main St, we're not letting a silly thing like unpacking get in the way of our productivity. We've knocked out three sharp posters over the past week, which you have no doubt noticed above. The Smith Westerns poster is currently hanging proudly at MOTR anticipating the sure to bonkers show on Saturday. The Javelin and MPMF Indie Summer prints were finished off last night, and will make their debut on the square tonight (Friday 6/3 for the You, You're Awesome (CD Release!) & Javelin show.
Tonight's festivities kick-off the summer long MPMF Indie Summer Series which bring high quality rock & roll to Fountain Square every Friday night. Libre plans on having a strong presence on the Square, with a new print each week, with a smattering of t-shirts and other hand-printed goods for your consumption.
As reward for getting yourself down to the Square and supporting the excellent MPMF.11 we'll be selling posters at a discounted price than you'll find at our shop (launching next week). See you on the square (and at MOTR).