Surgeon General’s warning: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix contains as much wake-from-your-early-morning-stupor, get-you-drumming-on-your-steering-wheel pick me up as a quadruple espresso.
The core of this Los Angeles band, boyfriend and girlfriend Solon Bixler and Rachel Stolte, create beautiful, hook-filled dark dream-pop.
I’ve given this disc the most rotations of any on this list.
These New Jersey boys are quite simply an absolutely kic-ass rock quintet who truly know how to blow the roof off of a club.
1. Serge Gainsbourg | Histoire de Melody Nelson (Light in the Attic)
2009 finds the Lips exploring fresh sonic terrain by wandering way, way off the well-worn trail.
Without a doubt, seeing Matthew Good was my concert experience of the year, and very near to the top of the decade.
1. Doves | Lost Souls (Astralwerks, 2000)
Anything Matthew Good releases goes straight to the top of my favorites list.