Category Archives: Top 10

Melissa’s Top Albums of 2012

I have been sitting on ranking these albums for quite some time and now it’s a year late!  Oh well.  It’s not like the music of 2012 just disappears and is forgotten.  So these are my top albums of [last] year that still remain relevant a day into 2013.  Happy New Year!

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Nicole’s 10 Albums You Missed Out On This Year

Since I’ve already posted my ‘Best Albums of 2012′ list on my own website, here’s something different; a list of albums from my ‘best of 2012′ list that no one else has played on WCDB (albums that one or two other people have played are denoted with a *). These are albums I thought were really great, but never saw any airplay at WCDB because we never got the physical CDs into the station. Maybe some of these albums you haven’t yet heard either? Listen below..
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Kyle’s Favorite 25 Albums of 2012

Hey there everyone, my name’s Kyle and I’m the Alternative Rock director over here at WCDB Albany. I’d like to preface this list by saying that I’m by no means a qualified music critic, I’m solely a college kid who loves music and has a lot of access to it. This being said I’ve been looking forward to making this list forever because comparing albums to each other is an amazingly fun process for me. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to high five me or question if I have ears in the comments below!
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2011: The Year of Escapism

Conjuring up motifs and noises of the past, these ten artists have put their spin on nostalgia and have created a sound unique to each of them.  Music as always is a testament of the times, somehow it seems we’re being catapulted backwards. In some cases the artist deals head on with the current turmoil lyrically, but even when the content is irrelevant we’re sucked into a simpler time. Although it’s hard to remain hopeful when the skies look so dark and gloomy, there’s always “Watch The Thrown.”
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Melissa’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

It’s been a pretty decent year for new alternative albums.  I’ve managed to pick just enough of them after dismissing a lot of the indie garbage that dominated the CD releases these past 12 months.  I believe this list embodies my tastes fairly well and I have conviction in my choices and their order.  So now that the year is rapidly coming to an end, let’s recap some music!
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The Best of Electronic Dance Music in 2011

I feel bad for artists in December. What with deadlines and expectations and the weight of eleven months on the backs of every critic, it seems that otherwise relevant releases get lost in the shuffle. So yes, it’s December 4th and I’m writing a best of 2011 list that would more appropriately be composed in January – mea culpa.

This was an interesting year, as “EDM” (Christ I hate that acronym) cemented a footing in the mainstream consciousness – especially here in Albany, be it Dayglow, Deadmau5 or Foam Fest (ahem, Electric Flurry…). So, as the director of the electronic music department here at WCDB (somewhat confusingly titled RPM) I feel as if it is my duty to sift through all of the roughage, and somehow – in a year where Skrillex colloborated with the doors and Rihanna with Calvin Harris – present an accurate, unbiased snapshot of the scene’s state.

What follows is a top 20 list, the opinion of one man plain and simple. And while the pretentious, alt-rock kid inside of me wants to exclude every song known to more than ___ listeners, I have to admit: sometimes things get popular for a very good reason. And in case seeking out and giving attention to each of these songs individually is a daunting task, I’ve also included a mix (~45 minutes) that, I hope, captures the year:

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F29591644 WCDB Top 20 by mr.kissner

It’s been a long one…
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General Kornwalis’ Top Ten of 2011

Sorry, no M83 here. If I wanted to review pretentious musicians who tried too hard I would have just asked Jason Kushner for some of his CD’s. As a DJ who finds himself most at home at weekend basement raves and bro bars, I have a bit of a bias in my list. However, this fact does not deter from my musical tastes as most would believe. Therefore, without further ado, I present you with my top ten albums/singles/producers/mixtapes for the year.
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B-fargz top ten of 2010

2010 blew. For real. I graduated, had to go back to a job I hated four
years ago when I started it, could not longer be a WCDB DJ, and did I
mention I graduated? Anyway, 2010 was a pretty awesome year for music.
Here’s my favorites. So here’s to you 2011, because if it sucks anymore
than 2010, it’s Snooki at the Superbowl.

1. Iron Chic – Not Like This: This album took the top spot from Titus kind
of unexpectedly. There’s a raw honestly, and positivity to this band that
just isn’t seen anymore. Lyrically they’re fantastic and they’re fun live.
Great, great band.

2. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor: So, hey, let’s make a concept record
about the civil war happening today in New Jersey! What? Really? That was
my reaction to the idea, but it ended up being a pretty good idea. This
album is awesome. The singer is clearly wasted on some tracks, and the
passion this band conveys is literally unreal. I’m still kicking myself
for missing them at Valentine’s.

3. The Gaslight Anthem –  American Slang: Anyone who followed my WCDB
Career knows how much I love this band. This record was no disappointment.
The guys are maturing and making their own headway now, and I couldn’t be
happier for them. Radio City Music hall was literally PACKED with fans.
They rule. Awesome dudes.

4. Off With Their Heads –  In Desolation: People complain that this record
is too polished. Fuck you. If it sounded dirty you’d say it wasn’t
authentic because they get a huge budget from Epitaph. So yeah. Really
depressing lyrics, with up tempo pop-punk akin to D4. I love it. You
probably don’t.

5. Make Do and Mend – End Measured Mile: So Small Brown Bike broke up a
while ago and I was sad. Hot Water Music also broke up and I was sad. If
these bands didn’t get back together this band would have almost filled
the void. These guys tour relentlessly and are a real gem. Check this shit
out

6. Crime In Stereo – I Was Trying to Describe You To Someone: This is
radically different from anything these guys had done, and it’s wonderful.
There are no synthesizers on the entire record, and everyone sound and
tone is made through effects and whatnot, but no pre-recorded nonsense.
It’s a terrible shame they broke up—it’s an even bigger shame that I
wasn’t let into the last show even though I had a ticket. Still waiting
for that make up show, guys.

7. End of a Year – You Are Beneath Me: Albany’s take on dischord era
nonsense. This band is criminally underrated and this record solidified
that to me. Awesome shows, awesome record, and Pat’s advice blog is funny.

8. RVIVR – LP: It has ex-members of Latterman and female vox. Get into it!

9. Rocky Votilato – True Devotion: I loved falling asleep to this album. I
wish Rocky wasn’t so sad though. Wompwompwaaaah

10. Sister Kisser – Vipers: Gruff melodic pop-punk from long island. There
must be something in the water down here, because the scene’s coming back
(kind of).

What almost certainly would have made this list if I didn’t hear it so late:
Deerhunter – Halcyon Daze
Defiance, Ohio – Midwestern Minutes

Honorable Mention:

The State Lottery – When the night comes
Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise
Wax Phantom –  Don’t Fool With A Phantom

Bands that will be huge next year:
Captain, We’re Sinking
Make Do and Mend
Touche Amore
Daytrader

EPs:
Rvivr – dirty water
iAttention!
Captain, We’re Sinking
All Pigs Must Die

Biggest Let Down:
Broken Social Scene – When the last record came out I literally couldn’t
stop listening to it. This record couldn’t have been more forgettable

Record Label:
Panic Records

Band I Can’t Figure out if I like:
The Wonder Years

Band I still Don’t Get:
The Arcade Fire – their albums aren’t bad, I just don’t see the second
coming of Christ in them.

Saddest Break up:
Crime in Stereo

Best show:
Rvivr/SIster Kisser
The Gaslight Anthem at Radio City
Crime In Stereo in Brooklyn / Troubled Stateside show on Long Island

Most Anticipated Releases:
The Agent
Rivivr
Radiohead (?)
The Lawrence Arms
Touche Amore
Bane
Owen
Lemuria
Japandroids

Many of these albums are available for free at ifyoumakeit.com. You should
check that site out. Seriously. There’s a lot of good shit on there. Why
are you still reading this? GO!

Jared’s Top Ten Albums of 2010

So it’s that time of year again, when all the blogs are buzzing with their picks for the best albums of the year.  I figured it was only right for me to get in on it!  I had quite a tough time deciding what albums to pick.  I can think of at least 20-25 albums I had in heavy rotation all year, and there are a bunch of albums I never really got a chance to fully listen to that I know I would really enjoy (The National, anyone?).  I was able to come up with a list though, as well some some honorable mentions.  So without any further ado, here it is!  My top ten of 2010.

  1. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (XL)
  2. Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught on Tape (SideOneDummy)
  3. Superchunk – Majesty Shredding (Merge)
  4. Make Do and Mend – End Measured Mile (Paper + Plastick/Panic)
  5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks (Matador)
  6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Merge)
  7. The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits (Red Scare)
  8. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Kollaps Tradixionales (Constellation)
  9. Envy – Recitation (Temporary Residence Limited)
  10. Crime in Stereo – I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone (Bridge 9)

Honorable Mention

  • Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man (Epitaph)
  • The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang (SideOneDummy)
  • Free Energy – Stuck on Nothing (DFA)
  • LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening (DFA/Virgin)
  • The Magnetic Fields – Realism (Nonesuch)
  • Grinderman – Grinderman 2 (Mute/Anti-)
  • Trash Talk – Eyes and Nines (Trash Talk Collective)

Albums That Probably Would Be on This List If I Listened to Them More

  • The National – High Violet (4AD)
  • Iron Chic – Not Like This (Dead Broke)
  • Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
  • Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Young Livers – Of Misery and Toil (No Idea)

Albums That Are Kind of Mediocre But Have a Few Awesome Songs

  • Against Me! – White Crosses (Sire)

Well, there it is.  My top lists of 2010.  Hopefully you enjoyed reading it!  I certainly enjoyed making it.  I urge you to check out all the records listed.  Go out and buy them if you can!  See y’all in 2011!

Jared

WCDB Rock Director