quinta-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2016


TOP 50 ALBUNS 2015



1 – “Bang The Drum” – THE MAUREENS

2 – “Nummer Zwei” – COKE BELDA

3 – “Crayons & Angels” – BRANDON SCHOTT

4 – “Summer Rain” – THE WELLGREEN

5 – “Jealous Tides” – BILL SIMPSON

6 – “When Sheryl Crow Was Young” – ROGER SINCERO & JAVIER DE TORRES

7 – “Songs About Girls And Other Disasters” – YORKTOWN LADS

8 – “The Big Radio” – MICHAEL CARPENTER

9 – “Stray Comets” – THE POWER CORDS

10 – “Star Trip” – STAR TRIP



11 – “We Let Go” – SUNDAY SUN

12 – “Pop 3!” – DANA COUNTRYMAN

13 – “The Dark Beautiful Sun” – WILLIAM DUKE

14 – “Mark II” – MARK POUNTNEY

15 – “Espacio Abierto” – THE GURUS

16 – “Record Collection” – CLOUD ELEVEN

17 – “Kool As A Kat” – TORBJöRN PETERSSON

18 – “The Wild Wolf” – PAUL STARLING

19 – “Skyway Blvd” – FEEDBACKS

20 – “Lessons For A Shooting Star” – RENO BO



21 – “Beyond The Static” – NICK PIUNTI

22 – “Play It Cool” – KURT BAKER

23 – “Labor Of Love” – THE CONNECTION

24 – “Fanboy” – GREG POPE

25 – “Matilda Effect” – THE CORNER LAUGHERS

26 – “Second Nature” – THE SURF SCHOOL DROPOUTS

27 – “Last Laugh” – MICHAEL COLLINS

28 – “The Valley Of The Kilowatt Hour” – ELVYN

29 – “Giving Up” – SAM VICARI

30 – “Wallpaper Music” – MARCO REA



31 - “Beyond The Silver Sea” – Dr. Cosmo’s Tape Lab

32 – “Now You’re Really Done It” – THE WEBSTIRS

33 – “Masterpiece” – MOONER

34 – “Summer” – POP4

35 – “Action And Heroes” – THREE HOUR TOUR

36 – “Wasting Away And Wondering” – THE SCHOOL

37 – “The Better End” – CADDY

38 – “El Fin Del Mundo” – COLA JET SET

39 – “Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) – PUGWASH

40 – “Mouseland” – OCTUBRE



41 – “Buscando El Sol” – THE SEASONGS

42 –“Gotham Te Necesita” – AIRBAG

43 – “Apollo” – THE LUNAR LAUGH

44 – “Fan, Fan, Fan” – BABY SCREAM

45 – “Detour” – KYLE VINCENT

46 – “Welp.” – CAMERON LEW

47 – “Pop Art” – DC CARDWELL

48 – “Symbolic Dream” – WARM SODA

49 – “Heart String Soul” – RYAN ALLEN & HIS EXTRAS ARMS

50 – “Presents…” – THE SUNCHYMES

segunda-feira, 5 de janeiro de 2015

TOP 50 ALBUNS/EPS 2014


1 – “Sing Along Until You Feel Better” – PHIL AJJARAPU
2 – “All In A Dream” – BALDUIN
3 – “6” – SECRET POWERS
4 – “Something Good” – LINUS OF HOLLYWOOD
5 – “Coke Belda I” – COKE BELDA
6 – “Bipolar Love” – GREG IERONIMO
7 – “Ever Evolving Lounge” – DR. COSMO’S TAPE LAB
8 – “S/T” – SINTÓNICOS
9 – “3D” – EL INQUIETO ROQUE
10 – “S/T” – FAUNA FLORA
 
11 –“We Let Go” – SUNDAY SUN
12 – “Why Don’t They Teach Heartbreak At School?” – AERIAL
13 – “All In Time” – LEWIS WILSON
14 – “Blank Check” – THE SOLICITORS
15 – “Un Cruel Manque de Tendresse” – TOMMY LORENTE
16 – “Pop 2! The Exploding Musical Mind Of Dana Countryman” – DANA COUNTRYMAN
17 – “Vanishing Act” – EDWARD O’CONELL
18 – “Song Machine” – CLIFF HILLIS
19 – “S/T” – THE LEGAL MATTERS
20 – “And The Etceteras” – MARSHALL HOLLAND
 
21 – “Echoes In The Glass” – MONOGROOVE
22 – “Toy Plane II” – DAVID GRAHAME
23 – “Pop/Art” – ADRIAN BOURGEOIS  
24 – “How’s Life On Earth?” – THE LONG PLAYER ORCHESTRA  
25 – “The Magic Line” – MAGIC BROTHERS
26 – “Get Young” – THE TRIPWIRES
27 – “Suit Of Armor” – PAUL STARLING
28 – “S/T” – WE ARE CATCHERS
29 – “If We Never Came Down” – MYLITTLEBROTHER
30 – “And Then … The Unthinkable Happened” – THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR
 
31 - “People All Over The World” – SMITH & HAYES
32 – “The Intercontinental” – THE RIP OFF ARTISTS
33 – “Dangerous Games” – THE CRY!
34 – “Lightours” – AMERICAN SUITCASE
35 – “Inner Sunset” – THE PAUL & JOHN
36 – “Beyond Time” – BUBBLE GUM ORCHESTRA
37 – “Schlock Star” – JOE SULLIVAN
38 – “Look How Fast A Heart Can Break” – THE SINGLES
39 – “S/T” – VICENTE PRATS
40 – “The Summer Of Our Lives” – THE SHIPS
 
41 – “Phonograph Vol. 1” – PHONOGRAPH
42 – “Homeward” – DROPKICK
43 – “Ship Of Theseus” – THE MAYFLOWERS
44 – “S/T” – THE SQUIRES OF THE SUBTERRAIN
45 – “The Wilderness Inside” – ARMY NAVY
46 – “Youngstown Tune-Up” – THE JELLYBRICKS
47 – “Hold Your Applause” – BRACKET
48 – “High Tea” – THE BRITANNICAS
49 – “EPS 1,2,3,4” – EVIL ARROWS
50 – “For Love & Spite” – LATVIAN RADIO
 

quinta-feira, 2 de janeiro de 2014

TOP 50 ÁLBUNS 2013


1 – “The Maureens” – THE MAUREENS
2 – “Something My Heart Understands” – THE PINE HOLLOWS
3 – “False Ties And Nice Hoods” – PETER FEDOFSKY
4 – “Throw Money” – GLENN CASE
5 – “Soft Will” – SMITH WESTERNS
6 – “Novel And Profane” – WYATT FUNDERBURCK
7 – “Gleeson II” - GLEESON
8 – “Pop Motion Animation” – GREG POPE
9 – “The Maze” – DAVID BROOKINGS
10 – “Someone For You” – WARM SODA

11 – “Get Some Action” – RADIO DAYS
12 – “Everything Changes” – EYTAN AND THE EMBASSY
13 – “Elephants Into Swans” – THE SUN SAWED IN 1/2
14 – “New Lion Terraces” – CORIN ASHLEY
15 – “Above, Beyond And In Between” – LISA MYCHOLS
16 – “Heart Vs Mind” – BRYAN ESTEPA
17 – “Super De Luxe” – ATTIC LIGHTS
18 – “Eric Barao” – ERIC BARAO
19 – “Life & Rhymes” – PHIL ANGOTTI
20 – “…Play Good Music!” – THE YUM YUMS

21 – “The Golden Age” – JOEL SARAKULA
22 – “Lots Of The Pops Vol. 1: Caught In A Sweet Refrain” – THE TOR GUIDES
23 – “Familiar Stranger” – BOB EVANS
24 – “The Discovery” – BUBBLEGUM ORCHESTRA
25 – “The Name Of These Girls” – GOODFELLOWS
26 – “13 In My Head” – NICK PIUNTI
27 – “Homesick” – CHRIS PRICE
28 – “Don’t Know What Happiness Is” – LIVINGSTONE DAISIES
29 – “Get Up” – WIRETREE
30 – “Four” – ANDREA PERRY

31 – “Let It Rock!” – THE CONNECTION
32 - “Namaste” – SAM’S INSTANT BAND
33 – “The Color Of Day” – LAMAR HOLLEY
34 – “Heal The Earth” – THE TIME TRAVELLERS
35 – “Azalea’s Room” – 8X8
36 – “Vaudeville” – CHASE HAMBLIN & THE ROUSTABOUTS
37 – “Hot Dogs On Tuesday” – PAINT 31
38 – “Cinnamon” – AGONY AUNTS
39 – “Rings Around The Sun” – VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH
40 – “The Nines” – THE NINES

41 – “We Are You” – ANY VERSION OF ME
42 – “Poplar Music” – DYNAMO BLISS
43 – “Hi-Flying Dreams” – BANG 74
44 – “Welcome Sucker To Candyland” – GRU
45 – “Pop, Baby” – ADAM DANIEL
46 – “A Break In The Weather” – THE CHARLIE WATTS RIOTS
47 – “Obscuriosity” – STEPHEN LAWRENSON
48 – “Drake, Near The Alley” – GARY RITCHIE
49 – “You Should Be Happy” – THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
50 – “Together We’ll Get Through” – SHANE LAMB

quarta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2013

Top 50 Álbuns 2012


1 – “New Songs Old Stories” – LANNIE FLOWERS
2 – “All That Is The Judes” – THE JUDES
3 – “Throwback Pop” – KEVIN MARTIN
4 – “Pinstripes, The Sky” – RYAN LERMAN
5 – “Daffy’s Elixir” – BRYAN SCARY
6 – “Cabin Fever Songs” – JUSTIN KLINE
7 – “Dream Good” – CLIFF HILLIS
8 – “Strawberries & Chocolates” – THE TOR GUIDES
9 – “Summer Holiday” – MARTY GRAVEYARD
10 – “Charm” – SITCOM NEIGHBOR

11 – “The Anatomy Of An Apricot” – 8x8
12 – “Mess Of Happiness” – JAY GONZALEZ
13 – “Soundshine” – DAVID MYHR
14 – “Pictures From The Past” – ANGEL KAPLAN
15 – “s/t” – GRAHAME STEINBERG
16 – “Wunjo” – OBERON ROSE
17 – “Plymouth Rock” – THE MAYFLOWERS
18 – “Olympus Sound” – PUGWASH
19 – “More Songs About Her” – SECRET POWERS
20 – “On High” – GAVIN GUSS

21 – “I, II, III” – SUNDAY SUN
22 – “Ignition” – SHOES
23 – “Strange Heaven” – MRS. MAGICIAN
24 – “Researching The Blues” – REDD KROSS
25 – “Shot Glass Souvenir” – THROWBACK SUBURBIA
26 – “Shipwrecked Commotion” – PAUL STARLING
27 – “Nuevo Plan” – DESCONOCIDOS
28 – “Go Fly A Kite” – BEN KWELLER
29 – “Moonlighting” – THE HONEYMOON STALLIONS
30 – “Calidad De Vida” – LUKAH BOO

31 – “Brand New Beat” – KURT BAKER
32 - “Springlevend” – THE KIK
33 – “Touchy/Feely” – FRANK BANGO
34 – “A Matter Of Time” – ANY VERSION OF ME
35 – “Próxima Estação” – VOLVER
36 – “Summer Wilderness Program” – JON LINDSAY
37 – “Outside” – JEFF LITMAN
38 – “Hollows And Rounds” – WHITEJACKET
39 – “BGO II” – BUBBLEGUM ORCHESTRA
40 – “Shrink” – THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR

41 – “Grand Hotel” – THE EXPLORERS CLUB
42 – “Paper Trails” – DROPKICK
43 – “Now Is The Time” – THE LEMON CLOCKS
44 – “Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything” – THE SCHOOL
45 – “Out Of The City” – THE SEASONGS
46 – “Elba” – JP CREGAN
47 – “Martha” – THE MIKE BENIGN COMPULSION
48 – “Let Your Free Flag Fly” – THE SUNCHYMES
49 – “Get Yer La La’s Out” – CHRIS RICHARDS & THE SUBTRACTIONS
50 – “Big Adventure” – PEELGREENS

segunda-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2012

Top 50 Álbuns 2011

1 – “After Nights Without Sleep” – CURTAINS FOR YOU
2 – “Uplands Park Road” – CIRRONE
3 – “Nada Pasará” – ROGER SINCERO
4 – “What Every Rose Grower Should Know” – SECRET POWERS
5 – “Vessels” – BRYAN ESTEPA
6 – “Always On The Run” – AN AMERICAN UNDERDOG
7 – “How Strange It Seems” – BRENT CASH
8 – “Time Cuts The Ties” – DROPKICK
9 – “As Far As Yesterday Goes” – THE RED BUTTON
10 – “Give A Tree Your Name” – FEEDBACKS

11 – “Playing Into Your Hands” – KELLY’S HEELS
12 – “Tomorrow Never Knows” – PETER BALDRACHI
13 – “Dudes” – DAVID MEAD
14 – “Hum, Sing… Repeat” – GARY RITCHIE
15 – “Hidden Symphonies” – MARCO JOACHIM
16 – “Longplayer” – LONGPLAYER
17 – “Volume II” – SMITH & HAYES
18 – “In Transit” – THE WELLINGTONS
19 – “Rockin’ For A Living” – KURT BAKER
20 – “People And Places” – PHIL ANGOTTI

21 – “World-Class Faker” – JOHN LAPRADE
22 – “Ocean Blue Sky” – GREG POPE
23 – “Illustrated Bird” – THE HANGABOUTS
24 – “Pretty Escape” – DELETED WAVEFORM GATHERINGS
25 – “On The Way” – TONY COX
26 – “Beatlesque Three” – ALAN BERNHOFT
27 – “S.O.S. Songs From Outter Space” – THE BRASS BUTTONS
28 – “Electro De Perfecto” – MIKE VIOLA
29 – “Make Up” – WIRETREE
30 – “Better Here” – SHANE LAMB

31 – “October House” – JODEE PURKEYPILE
32- “Thirty People Away” – TAMAS WELLS
33 – “Above The Blue” – VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH
34 – “A Life In Letters” – THE FIRE APES
35 – “Mi Universo” – COOPER
36 – “The Last Place” – ARMY NAVY
37 – “Sky Full Of Holes” – FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE
38 – “Wellgreens” – THE WELLGREEN
39 – “The Kids Don’t Wanna Bop Anymore” – THE BREAKDOWNS
40 – “Soundtrack” – DWIGHT TWILLEY

41 – “Bigger Than This” – MIKE BARNETT
42 – “Out Of This World” – BUBBLE GUM ORCHESTRA
43 – “Some Hope” – DC CARDWELL
44 – “A Moment Away” – THE BEAGLE RANCH
45 – “Noises From The Cat Room” – VIE
46 – “Yin & Yanxiety” – MICHAEL OLIVER & THE SACRED BAND
47 – “Secret Place” – BABY SCREAM
48 – “Peace City West” – STEVE CRADOCK
49 – “Who Do You Think You Are?” – MEYERMAN
50 – “Things That Shine And Glow” – TROLLEY

quinta-feira, 28 de julho de 2011

"Time Cuts The Ties": DROPKICK!

E os meninos da Bretanha do norte continuam sonhando... imaginando que suas melodias podem atravessar o Atlântico, impregnar o mundo, e porque não, levar algo de alento a quem precisa. No seu nono álbum, os escoceses do Dropkick voltam inspirados e inspiradores, embebidos na sua doçura habitual e confirmando uma capacidade impressionante para produzir belas canções. Ainda mais se considerarmos que o trio lança, religiosamente, um CD por ano.

“Let Down Again”, que abre o disco, parece uma encarnação do finado e saudoso Elliott Smith: de beleza estonteante, tem a maciez questionada pelo ataque das guitarras. Os irmãos Andrew e Alastair Taylor e Ian Grier, como bons escoceses que são, gostam da lapidação perfeita do seu arsenal de canções pop. Capricham nas melodias e entregam refrãos memoráveis como em “Everything Changes” e, na acetinada balada acústica “Home”, os vocais angelicais acalmam corações.

“Nowhere Land” vai na batida dos violões, pontuada por notas de piano e aeradas harmonias vocais. É clara a influência dos conterrâneos do Teenage Fanclub, e, na dúvida, só conferir a perfeição pop de “Hold On” ou “Two Of Clubs”. “It’s Time” imprime pegada power pop e a belíssima canção título nem consegue destaque em meio a profusão de beldades sonoras.

E, como dizem, se sonhar não custa, os ventos sopraram e as melodias do Dropkick sobrevoaram um oceano para, suavemente, aportar por aqui.

http://www.dropkickmusic.co.uk/

quarta-feira, 22 de junho de 2011

"Beatlesque Three" - ALAN BERNHOFT!

Não que o título esteja querendo um abrigo para justificar a semelhança; ele é deliberado e apenas deixa claro que preza a homenagem. Você pode dizer que os Beatles não precisam de mais uma prova de admiração, mas eu te digo que a força de um legado é irrefreável. Beatlesque Three, algo como “À La Beatles Volume 3”, emula sim os quatro de Liverpool, parece sim o som que faziam... mas, e daí? Alan Bernhoft gosta de compor inspirado pela cartilha beatle e nós adoramos ouvi-lo. Ponto.

No terceiro disco da série Beatlesque, o músico de Los Angeles – que toca todos os instrumentos e grava tudo no A.I.M Studios (que fica no... seu quarto!) - continua dando de ombros para a crítica mainstream (que o chamaria de ‘pastiche’), para os puritanos (que o chamaria de ‘copista’), e, sinceramente, eu faço trancinhas virtuais com minhas rugas de preocupação. O que importa aqui não é medir relevância artística, grau de ousadia ou as doses de inovação. Simplesmente sentir o quanto as melodias podem dizer algo a você.

E não se importe com a qualidade da gravação, porque o registro é caseiro, sem grandes produções. Procure o quanto os raios de “Sunny Sky” – faixa que abre o álbum – podem iluminar seu dia entediante: a simplicidade de seus coros vocais, a ingenuidade saudável da sua melodia e o estalar de dedos ritmado, podem colocar as coisas no lugar. Já “Everybody Smiles” eleva o tom emocional com uma certa graça: é o que seria a faixa de Ringo Starr do disco.

Em “Civilization” baixa a incrível força melódica e emocionante de John Lennon, a modo de “Mind Games”, com a diferença que o mundo a se mudar é do tamanho da sua sala de estar. “Miss Vonnie” vem macia na batida do piano, na voz doce de Bernhoft e, de repente, encaixa um refrão adorável e irresistível no meio do seu queixo. Jogos de vocais vindos diretos dos anos sessenta exercem o poder de ficar ecoando algumas horas no seu cérebro em “So Shine Away”.

Um terno vibrafone traz a balada - quase uma canção de ninar - chamada “Chun Li” (a versão chinesa de Yoko Ono?) antes do piano de Alan mostrar outra linda canção inspirada em Lennon: “Colliding Circles”. Podem dizer que simula “Imagine”, mas eu não estou interessado, conheço muito bem a obra dos Beatles e de John Lennon solo.

Estou bem mais preocupado em deixar que estes acordes e melodias - descidos dos céus - preencham algumas lacunas emocionais que estão lá, só esperando por isso. Ah, e antes que eu me esqueça, o álbum se encerra com “Honey Love” que sim, parece com “Honey Pie”. E daí?

http://www.alanbernhoft.com/