Lord Huron @ The Loft (UCSD), 5/11

Lord Huron

On May 11th, Lord Huron, the brainchild of Michigan-born troubadour Ben Schneider, comes to The Loft on the campus of UC San Diego. It’s hard to think of a more fitting locale for the tropical-tinged folk sounds of Schneider and his band than that of a eucalyptus forest on the cusp of the Pacific Ocean. With equal parts emotive sway and buoyant bounce, Lord Huron take the pluck and strum of acoustic guitars and append them with the kind of rhythmic and propellant drum work that could only be inspired by the music of an island.

It’s sure to be a fun show and you can grab tickets right now over at The Loft website. Or, if you’d rather avoid those Ticketmaster fees (who wouldn’t?) you can pick up tickets at the UCSD Price Center box office (Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm). Hope to see ya’ll there!

Recently I’ve been a somewhat enamored with this remix of “When Will I see You Again” by White Sea (aka Morgan Kibby of M83), which you can stream and download below, via RCRD LBL. You can also stream a track from Lord Huron’s Mighty EP over here.

For the Record… My Top 25 Albums of 2010

Chickens Don't Clap: Top 25 Records of 2010

Check out my twenty five favorite records in the concluding segment of my two-part “Oh hey I never posted these, I probably should have done that” series. Though not that relevant anymore, how could I pass up a chance to post that sweet header image from Portland artist Ilan Schraer? But seriously, the above piece is awesome and so are these records. Definitely check out the ones you might have missed.

Tomorrow we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming…

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Rafter - Animal Feelings

25. Rafter – Animal Feelings

[Buy] [Listen]

The Roots - How I Got Over

24. The Roots – How I Got Over

[Buy] [Listen]

Glasser - Ring

23. Glasser – Ring

[Buy] [Listen]

Vampire Weekend - Contra

22. Vampire Weekend – Contra

[Buy] [Listen]

Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

21. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

[Buy] [Listen]

Earl Sweatshirt - EARL

20. Earl Sweatshirt – EARL

[Download] [Listen]

Onra - Long Distance

19. Onra – Long Distance

[Buy] [Listen]

Tyler, the Creator - Bastard

18. Tyler, the Creator – Bastard

[Download] [Listen]

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead

17. Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead

[Buy] [Listen]

Field Music - Measure

16. Field Music – Measure

[Buy] [Listen]

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)

15. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)

[Buy] [Listen]

Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

14. Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me

[Buy] [Listen]

Curren$y - Pilot Talk

13. Curren$y – Pilot Talk

[Buy] [Listen]

Menomena - Mines

12. Menomena – Mines

[Buy] [Listen]

Teebs - Ardour

11. Teebs – Ardour

[Buy] [Listen]

Four Tet - There Is Love In You

10. Four Tet – There Is Love in You

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Download: Four Tet – Angel Echoes
Buy: Order There Is Love in You directly from Domino Records.

Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

09. Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner

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Download: Gold Panda – You
Buy: Get Lucky Shiner over at the Ghostly International Store.

Caribou - Swim

08. Caribou – Swim

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Download: Caribou – Odessa
Buy: Buy Swim directly from Merge Records.

Curren$y - Pilot Talk

07. Curren$y – Pilot Talk II

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Download: Curren$y – Hold On (Feat. Young Roddy & Trademark)
Buy: Order Pilot Talk II from Amazon.

Toro y Moi - Casuers of This

06. Toro y Moi – Causers of This

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Download: Toro y Moi – Low Shoulder
Buy: Causers of This is available via Carpark Records.

Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

05. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

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Download: Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty)
Buy: Order Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty from Amazon.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

04. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

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Download: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
Buy: Grab Before Today over at Insound.

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

03. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Download: Kanye West – Monster (Feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, & Bon Iver)
Buy: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is available at Insound.

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

02. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

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Download: LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
Buy: Get This Is Happening from any of these vendors.

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

01. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

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Download: Flying Lotus – Zodiac Shit
Buy: Pick up Cosmogramma over at BLEEP.

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Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):

Abe Vigoda – Crush
Avey Tare – Down There
Baths – Cerulean
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
The-Dream – Love King
Maps & Atlases –  Perch Patchwork
Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers

Pantha du Prince – Black Noise
Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
Teengirl Fantasy – 7AM
Tera Melos – Patagonian Rats
Women – Public Strain

Chickens Don't Clap: Top 25 Records of 2010 (End)

For the Record… My Top 5 EPs of 2010

So… uhh… I never posted these lists. I had grand illusions of actually completing blurbs for all of them, but as time passed and they became less and less relevant it started to feel a little superfluous. After all, a week is a year on the internet, etc. But back in real life these are all still good albums that deserved to get their due here and elsewhere. In consideration of that, listen below and go buy some. Albums next.

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Kingdom - That Mystic

5. Kingdom –That Mystic

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Download: Kingdom – Fogs
Buy: Pick up That Mystic at BLEEP.

Freddie Gibbs - Str8 Killa

4. Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa

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Download: Freddie Gibbs – Live By the Game
Buy: Download Str8 Killa from eMusic.

Flying Lotus - Pattern + Grid World

3. Flying Lotus – Pattern+Grid World

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Download: Flying Lotus – Camera Day
Buy: Buy Pattern+Grid World over at BLEEP.

Games - That We Can Play

2. Games – That We Can Play

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Download: Games – Strawberry Skies (Feat. Laurel Halo)
Buy: Pick up That We Can Play at BLEEP.
Watch: Check out Franck Deron’s rad found footage video for Games’ remix of CFCF’s “It Was Never Meant to Be”.

James Blake - Klavierwerke

1. James Blake – The Bells Sketch / CMYK / Klavierwerke

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Download: James Blake – CMYK
Buy: Grab all three EPs over here.

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Honorable Mentions:

Botany – Feeling Today [Listen] [Buy]
Dom – Sun Bronzed Greek Gods [Listen] [Buy]
Girls – Broken Dreams Club [Listen] [Buy]
Letherette – Letherette [Listen] [Buy]
Tropics – Soft Vision [Listen] [Buy]
The War on Drugs – Future Weather [Listen] [Buy]
Wild Nothing – Evertide [Listen] [Buy]