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In 2011, why bother with a midyear music list? Look at what’s to come

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Everyone who writes about music loves compiling best-of lists. No exception here. I spent early July musing over a first-half Top 5 (in no particular order: Reptilians, Kaputt, w h o k i l l, Nine Types of Light, Within and Without) then lamenting the slew of other releases I like but would have to exclude.

Some really big guns released solid albums (The Strokes, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Lupe Fiasco, Peter Bjorn & John, Foo Fighters, The Decemberists, The Cars, Paul Simon, Danger Mouse).  Some growing or lesser known entities produced worthy listens I wanted to champion (Cut Copy, Yuck, Telekinesis, Cults, Tennis, Eleanor Friedberger, Lykke Li, Noah and The Whale) and some acts I don’t care for, despite recognizing their ability and success, continued to perform (Panda Bear, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver). Virtually any combination from the albums listed above could be justified as a compelling, valid list and my running first-half tally likely overlooks a number of underrated gems.

Despite all that, it’s entirely possible no album from the first half of the year will end up in a 2011-ending Top 10. Consider the following 10 albums slated for fall in light of their most recent releases (and corresponding Metacritic scores): Continue reading

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Another failed Kickstarter inspires and scares

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Written by Nathan Mattise

I received the following e-mail in my inbox last week:

It’s nothing new. I’ve donated to Kickstarter projects that have sadly failed before: R.I.P. The Mountain Man Fest in Saratoga or the MLAB Renovations for a NYC trip here in ‘Cuse. This one for one reason or another just  hit a little close to home.

Call the folks who wanted to make the All My Friends documentary pretentious if you will (though I’d opt for misguided or over-ambitious perhaps? More on this below…) but they had a musical focus I liked and a D.I.Y. approach I want to one day emulate. Not to mention, their pedigree in multimedia production and storytelling seemed almost attainable (it’s on the Kickstarter bio), making their effort much more inspiring than the latest work from someone like Wes Anderson or Spielberg.

So what does their failure say? Continue reading

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Rock the Vote: Ra Ra Riot needs to speak

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Written by Nathan Mattise

There’s a lot of attention on the recent announcement of Kid Cudi as SU’s Block Party 2011 headliner. The most interesting part of all the news however is University Union released some statistics from their infamous campus surveys and Cudi is supposedly in line with this results.

It’s good news for both pro- and anti- Cudi booking individuals. If you’re happy this week, rejoice in the fact that your own opinion was heard. If you’re pissed, make sure to take larger action next time a survey opportunity is presented. For both camps, the time is now. The UU Speakers/Comedians survey is live and there is one idea that needs everyone’s support.

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WFOETYLs #3: Twenty-five songs for 25-year-olds

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Written by Nathan Mattise

I turned 25 in 2010. It’s an age you see as a landmark growing up…then it lacks a bit when you finally reach it and don’t really feel like you’ve moved on to some semblance of adulthood just yet. No matter what your perceptions of a quarter of life are, it at least gives you an ample amount of experience to look back on.

Music has been major interest and part of my life since I was young (first instrument at 6, recorder pride). To honor my relationship with music at 25, I decided a playlist was in order:  twenty-five songs for 25-years-old – one from each year I’ve been alive. As usual when I compile a list, here are the guidelines used to narrow things down: Continue reading

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WFOETYLs #2: Ten live sets from ’10

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Written by Nathan Mattise

If you thought the top albums of 2010 were solid, the top shows really gave you reason to find a downloading means and put your funds towards tickets. Tons of big names came through CNY’s preverbial back yard (give it a 2.5hr driving radius) and I’m not even including Justin Bieber at the State Fair.

A few guidelines to start: Continue reading

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WFOETYLs #1: Five Underrated Albums for ’10

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Why has year-end list season become a December staple rather than a January one? With all of the holiday shopping including plenty of  gift cards with music distribution capabilities (Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, iTunes, etc.), wouldn’t these lists be more helpful when you’re stuck deciding what album your $10 can buy you?

Some of the list making around here has already begun. A playlist of my top songs is circulating over at Songza (Note: I wanted the Ted Leo cover of Tears for Fears in there but it’s not available). Over at The NewsHouse you can find the 2nd Annual Syracuse Year in Music List as well as some Top 5s from notable music folks around campus.  I compiled but did not participate in that second project, but if I was asked I had a topic in mind… Underrated Albums of ’10. Continue reading

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Laying out the excus..er, articles and posts… from the most recent hiatus

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Written by Nathan Mattise

This isn’t the first time blogging has had an unintentional off spell here at In Pursuit of the Trivial. However, rather than spout off the reasons (cgh… travel, work… cgh) let’s simply share some of the other projects that have been happening since the last bit of posting.

(And, oh yeah, we’ll resume posting again soon [ish])

  • Finally, Pop Candy hosted another round of guest bloggers while Whitney Matheson took a vacation. The guests included: an international recording artist, a NYT best selling author and… me? Read about the only potato rapper in ‘Cuse (and the world?).

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