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John Bowers From Nurses Shares “Some Things I’ve Been Into In 2010″

I have a lot of things that I’ve been liking in the last year, but they don’t have a particular order…. so here’s Some Things I’ve Been Into In 2010:

-I really feel good watching the Hot New DANCE CRAZE based on the Weekend at Bernie’s star, Bernie. It’s called “Movin’ Like Bernie,” and it gives me warm chills. With all the terrible re-hashing of old movies over the last ten years, it’s nice to see the 80s influence take a turn for the best. I like relaxing my eyes and watching the people-blobs bulge around.

-I didn’t hear a record this year I liked as much as Prince’s Around the World in a Day, so I’m giving record of the year to Prince. I can be in any mood and get something out of this record- which has led to it playing about a million times in the last 2 weeks alone. Other noteworthy soul-fillin’ musical chunks lately are Wulomei and LIITAL (thanks awesometapesfromafrica!).

-Ian Ferguson is one of my favorite people and favorite artists. Check out his painting “Dueling Krysler Town and Country (Mac and Cheese Buffet Pt.2).” The explanations are key to understanding all the awesome shit going on in every painting. hydeONart.com is where you’ll find Hermtroglodites getting each other pregnant and eating too many McRibs, or fighting to get in the line of the buffet.

-I like being sad a lot, and this winter is already a big sad salad. Living in Portland in the winter, all the sadness comes inside to get warm in the winter (like spiders), and it lives in your bedroom with you and sticks to your clothes and makes everything harder to do. Feels real good to just soak it in. I went through a real awesome period walking around at night rotating 36 Chambers, the Black Album, and Steve Reich’s Four Organs. I’ll recommend that trio to anyone on earth who likes being sad.

-Man, I really love lamps and mirrors. When I was a kid, I thought that the light section in department stores and malls was what heaven looked like- overwhelming and uncomfortably bright. I was always drawn to it in a weird sickening-but-delightful way. Lately I’ve been trying to recreate that feeling, with a little bit of Susperia involved with all these mirrors and lamps in my house. The more it becomes that weird version of heaven, the less likely my friends will come over, but the more likely I’ll get to live in my sickening heaven. Every man for himself!

Top Ten Things Pietro Amato of the Luyas Put In His Mouth in 2010

1This top ten list is in no particular order.  Pietro likes to put all of these things in his mouth at any time (in 2010).

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Citay’s Ezra Feinberg Recounts The Best of 2010


Best Citay show of the year: four-way toss up between a frigid night in Chicago at Schuba’s; a rainy but lovely night at the Band Room overlooking the stunning hills of the North York Moors, UK; kids going nuts in a San Luis Obispo wreck room; and a serious party in Stockholm opening for Black Mountain.

Best venue of this or any year: The Bottletree in Birmingham, Alabama

Best song with only one lyric: “Little Brown Haired Girls” by Frankie Rose & the Outs

Best song that everyone else also thinks is the best song: “Round and Round” by Ariel Pink

Best album that hasn’t come out yet but that I’ve been listening to a lot and that will be out in very early 2011: Acrylics “Lives and Treasure”

Best border crossing maybe ever: Citay and Vetiver, US to Canada, total wait time 1 minute.

Best Citay bill: Birds of Avalon – Citay – Mitch Easter (no joke) and best song of the night: Mitch Easter’s note-for-note cover of “Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man.”

Best Epic Jam: Citay, The Fruit Bats and Vetiver 30 minute “Hurry on Sundown” at a Winery in Sonoma, California.

Best vocal: Ruth Garbus of Happy Birthday at the end of the song “Girls FM.” Radical falsetto!

Best after-show party: Major dance jammer at Chris Swanson’s in Bloomington, Indiana featuring Citay, Bon Iver, label staff, college kids, and a weird dude who lingered and then passed out sitting up. Rug tearin’ til 6am. One of those nights…

Best New Nonrequired Listening 2010

Eric Deines, Project Manager

Eric Deines, Project Manager

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch — “Take It Easy on Kathy, At Least She Can Dance”

Hard to believe that Mexican Summer’s annual output has grown so dense as to already include lost gems like this. But alas, this stunner from Columbus, OH’s Andrew Graham dropped early this spring to absolutely no avail. For shame! Young Lou Reed (Graham) is drunk and feeling punchy. He’s leading Mo and the gang through a site reading of Vince Guaraldi, dropping a low-end riff that has just as much of a Stones swagger as it does some motorik fever. He ties little, colorful yarn knots that connect honky-tonk and beach music, Smog and Sesame Street. My loosey goosey romper of 2010. Fun Fact: Kathy is also the name of my lovely copdesk buddy and the glue of this label. And yes, she can dance.

Nite Jewel — “Tonight”

LA’s Ramona Gonzalez burst into summer with guns blazing, firing off this herky-jerky, faux-slick synth-R&B digital one-off. It’s a cover of Prophet, a crate digger lost ark of sorts, and Nite Jewel gets about 25 cool things going on here at any given moment. If everything sits just behind the beat, including the beat itself, then where the hell is the beat? And how do I look so great dancing to this? Lock-n-pop bass, Casio record-scratches, new age synths. If Beck’s way-underrated Midnite Vultures predicted the future of pop, this is the Delorean within which we will/have been travel/traveling (and hotboxing). Back To the Future 2: The Ride: The Song.

Gardens & Villa — “Orange Blossom”

Pop-guru Richard Swift produced some tunes for Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa earlier this year and posted “Orange Blossom” to his blog not too long ago. What a gift! I’ve been hooked since, playing it on end around the pad with the lady. And dudes, it’s melted the snow around our house’s foundation, a four-foot perimeter of Spring, all bursting green buds and fertile animalia. The band just put out a 7″ on Cool Summer Records, and “Orange Blossom” is the b-side to the also-excellente jammer “Black Hills.” Mega-warm, big-bliss pop-hookery.

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2010 Top 30 Desktop Dumps: A Look Inside My Brain

I am not sure I bought more than 10 albums this year, and I don’t like stealing music, so I thought I’d share with you the top photos/animated gifs that I saved on my desktop this year.  My computer desktop is forever a repository of useless and important crap that is incredibly hard to sift though.  I do it for you, though.  Here are my top 30 images, for better or for less.

sun airway champagne

I bought Sun Airway some Korbel because they DESERVE IT.

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