I imagine begin in a band with only one other person can be difficult at times. You have only one person to share it with, and you end up spending an extreme amount of time with that person. I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up feeling like a marriage. Anyway, today we're going to talk about some of my favorite, and some of the most well known. This isn't a long post, but hopefully you have heard of some of these, or at least can check out some new acts for your listening pleasure.
BEST ALBUM: Celebration Rock
These Canadians have only released two albums so far, but even the leap in quality between records have been impressive. They have intensity, spirit, and the ability to make you feel young and invincible again. Since releasing their first album “Post-Nothing,” they've begun to get bigger and have steadily moved up on festival posters. The show I witnessed at Bonnaroo 2013 was one of the better sets that weekend, and I really can't wait to see what the next album sounds like.
Simon & Garfunkel
BEST ALBUM: The Graduate soundtrack
So I'm a casual fan of the band, but by no means would I say I'm well versed in the world they've created with their gorgeous songs. Having said that though, you can't really discuss two member bands without at least mentioning them. “Sound of Silence” and the excellent “Graduate” soundtrack are some of the most loved pieces of music from that time period, and for good reason. Seriously though, one of the biggest bands of all time, and they deserved to be recognized for their massive contributions.
BEST ALBUM: Silent Shout
This band, who sadly just broke up, is one of the reasons I'm so into forward thinking electronica. Over the course of four proper studio albums, and two other very strange concept records, they shaped a sound that is both extremely interesting but also distantly cold. Their breakout album, “Silent Shout” remains one of my favorite all time albums, and while the last record. “Shaking the Habitual,” was a little bit out there for me, it was still a very thought provoking album. I wished more bands took their art and stance more seriously.
Run the Jewels
BEST ALBUM: Run the Jewels 2
Unless you've been under a rock this year, you've probably heard of the relatively new, but simply amazing super group consisting of El-P and Killer Mike. Both have been known for really great rap albums over the years, but together it's a little ridiculous. Seriously these guys are about to blow up big time, and it's much deserved. They've both been well known in underground hip hop circles, but I think it's finally time the conquer the big circles of the genre. They both have the skills to do so with ease, as long as they keep making awesome collaborative albums.
BEST ALBUM: Discovery
One of the most important bands of the last two decades. Since the 90's this act has been slowly releasing music as it sees fit, and never compromising for anything. At this point it's a bit silly how well known and popular they are. This is a band that will likely never tour again, but everyone continually wants them to do only that. Lucky for me I was able to see them three times, but it's likely to stay at that number. They have amazing beats, really cool visuals to add to the music, and the level at which they operate to get their precise goal is extremely high. In short, and for better or worse, this is the band that has changed electronic music for the forthcoming decades.
the White Stripes
BEST ALBUM: Elephant
Basically Jack White is a super prolific player, involved in a variety of things all the time, but it's hard to say if he would have been this way if things hadn't taken off with the White Stripes. Those albums with his ex wife Meg are some of the best rock n roll albums of the late 90's and early aughts, and the style they brought to the table helped to shape a sort of new rock revival. Sure the Strokes helped that too, but no way are the Strokes even half as good as White is by himself. The band may be over, but at least he's still making awesome music and we have all the great White Stripes albums to fall back on.
BEST ALBUM: Watch the Throne
Two of the biggest rappers in the world join forces to make an album. Both Jay and Kanye have been well known for years, and while Jay have slid in quality somewhat over the years,, Kanye is just getting better with each album. Having said that, the lone album so fair by the group is an example of just how great they are, not only at rapping, but also at production value. Hopefully the rumors of a beef aren't true and these guys get back together for round two, because I'm sure it would be just as fun and wild as the first go round.
Thanks for reading, see you Wednesday!
Landon Murray is a published writer and an avid lover of music, books and films. He's also a lover of the New Orleans Saints. He was born in 1982 and has a chainsaw tattoo on his arm.
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