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Best of Music 2010

“You’ve probably heard or read, many times over, that the world of music is a fragmented one–all of us paying attention to our own personal scenes, streams, and cubbyholes, barely aware of what’s happening in the next one over. So when December rolls around, we have this annual problem: It’s harder and harder to say what defined the year. It depends on what music you follow, which magazines or websites you look at, whom you talk to, and how your ears work…

That said, every December, when it comes time to make these kinds of lists, it feels steadily harder to say anything authoritative about which records were the ‘most important. The best any one person can say is ‘This was my year.'”

– Nitsuh Abebe’s “The Year in Pop

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Stuff I listened to this year; aka, music of 2009

Time for an end-of-year post. In addition to the music post, which I also did last year, I’ll also be doing a drama post because…I watched a lot of dramas :Db

Favorite albums of the year:

Eternal Morning’s “Soundtrack to a Lost Film” – This album was released in 2007, but I’ve only gotten around to loving it this year. The pieces make me feel like I’m wandering around, submerged under water. Everything looks illuminated, but hazy too, so I don’t know what I’m looking at, yet I want to keep looking. This album makes me feel a jumble of things, but most importantly, it makes me wish I could set every single song to moving image so as to truly make it a soundtrack.

Kanye West’s “808 and Heartbreak” – I like this album better than anything he’s ever done. Yeah, it’s a mystery to me too. But the short of it is that I’ve always been wary of Kanye West because he samples SO much and this album is 80% refreshing and new. “Love Lockdown” is one of my favorite songs ever.

Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry” – I basically talk about this album ad nauseum in the rest of my favorite song review, so read the ramble after the jump!

The Bird and the Bee’s “Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future” – Delightful new find of the year. Their sounds are really whimsical and I love the lead singer’s voice because it sounds so clear. If The Bird and the Bee’s music were a person, it’d be a person who’s good at pushing away pangs of disappointment and loneliness when he/she has to deal with the rest of society. But hey, being sad is still being sad, and I feel the album does dip into more melancholy territory in the second half.

Epik High’s “Map the Soul” – Tablo’s writing never strikes me as pretentious even though I can see how it can come across like that to other people. He’s very sharp with his words and his music (as well as Epik High’s music) reflects that aspect of him, along with the qualities he admires in other musicians.

This is “Cipher” from the album.

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I will NEVER forget the atmosphere in Irving Plaza when Tablo jumped on stage to sing this first line. I can see is so clearly in my head: Beatbox DG does about 5 minutes of beat boxing and then he signals the start of the “Cipher” performance and the crowd goes crazy. Tablo speaks into the mic from backstage and the cheers get even louder. We were all anticipating, but even that is not enough to describe the mood of the audience. Even watching fancams now, my heart still pounds in anticipation of Tablo jumping on stage and whipping the audience with water as he raps his first line.

Favorite songs of the year:

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Kanye West for Bathing Ape

(via hypebeast)

I love talent

Song starts at 3:46. Lydia Paek covers Kanye West’s “Heartbreak.” I LOVE IT. I have an unusual amount of love for Kanye West’s much-hated “808 and Heartbreak” and thus I get excited whenever people cover any of the songs I really like. Ms. Paek rocks the hell out of the song and adds a fair amount of swag & flav (yes I did just use those terms, consecutively) that the original didn’t have. Oh and there’s no autotune. *salutes*

Hat tip to a-Tunes.

Kanye’s fondness for putting people between a rock and a hard place

If you haven’t already heard, last night at the MTV VMA’s when Taylor Swift won for Best Female Video, Kanye interrupted her during her speech on stage to proclaim that Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.

It’s taken me a while to become a full fledge fan of Kanye’s and I can still say that as a musician, Kanye’s great. He’s extremely fresh and I like that he not only dabbles in music but dabbles in other arenas as well — and he’s also pretty good in those other fields too. I didn’t love his beats until his latest 808s but I thought his past hits were influential and extremely creative.

As a celebrity, I think Kanye sucks. I admire his gall for uttering “George Bush does not care about black people” on live national TV, but his ridiculous desire to say absolutely everything and anything out loud when it comes to his mind (and ALWAYS, ALWAYS on live TV) is selfish and stupid, never moreso than last night during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. It’s fine if he makes himself look like a piece of shit, but it’s just downright mean to have to put other people in a difficult position just because he thinks he deserves, nay, he must have his say.