Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Stump’

Near/Far 2011: The “Bonus Disc”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In case you missed it: Near/Far is The Bulletin’s free, legal, two-disc compilation of some of the best songs of the year. The 2011 version — all 36 tracks of it, including Fleet Foxes, Yuck, Washed Out, Other Lives, The War on Drugs, Shabazz Palaces, Larry and His Flask, Laurel Brauns, Empty Space Orchestra, Erin Cole-Baker, Anastacia and more — can be downloaded by clicking here.

We’ve been doing Near/Far annually for the past five years, and you can still grab 2007 and 2008 here and 2009 here and 2010 here. That’s 174 awesome songs … for free. Get ’em.

But that’s not enough! Each year, there are inevitably tracks I can’t use on the official Near/Far, either because I run out of space, or I can’t get permission to use them. So I’ve put together a “bonus disc” of great songs that didn’t make it onto the 2011 comp, and by “bonus disc” I mean YouTube playlist for super easy streaming.

Click here to listen. (Please note that some tracks — and one band name — may include coarse language.)

Here are the artists in this mix: The Decemberists, Frank Ocean, Wilco, Patrick Stump, The Vaccines, Big K.R.I.T., Robin Pecknold, F–ked Up, Givers, Kendrick Lamar, Pistol Annies, Clams Casino, Wavves, Purity Ring, Purling Hiss, Archers, Peaking Lights and Jovontaes. Again, you can hear all this right here.

Also, sorry if you run into an advertisement. I tried to avoid them. Ditched Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more because of ’em. But they’re sneaky little dudes.

What I’m listening to / prepping for “best of 2011″ / Patrick Stump

Monday, November 7th, 2011

I get more requests for album reviews, I think, than anything else.

I’d love to do them. I’d love to do a ton of them, both in print and here on Frequency. I’ve been wanting to do them since I took this job.

There have been a few different obstacles over the years, but right now, the main one is time. To review albums properly would take some time, and extra time is not something that I have available to me.

I say this to point out the “Frequent spins” section of the sidebar over there on the right. I just switched out the album covers this weekend, so it really reflects what I’m listening to a lot right now. Consider that an endorsement and go check ’em out. (I am also going to try to keep that section more up to date going forward, FYI.)

All six of the covers over there are 2011 releases, and that’s because I’m deep into my process for determining my favorite albums of the year, so that’s about all I’m listening to. To that end, I’ll have actual thoughts and words on each of those albums in my “best of 2011″ coverage that’ll run in GO! Magazine at some point in the next several weeks. So keep an eye out for that. I’m tentatively planning something similar to previous years, which means the best albums of the year, best shows of the year, and a compilation of the year’s best songs available for free download on this here blog, dog.

Patrick Stump / Soul Punk

I will say one thing, though: The biggest surprise of 2011, for me, is “Soul Punk,” the new solo album from former Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. If you’re familiar with his previous band, put that stuff completely out of your head. There is no mall-punk emo to be found on this thing. Instead, it’s highly potent, punchy club-pop music that’s just exuberant and dynamic and lots of fun. Think Michael Jackson if he’d remained as awesome as he was in the early 1980s, but stuck around until 2011 and modernized a bit. That’s very high praise, and maybe it’s a tiny bit of an overstatement, but seriously, the MJ influence is strong here, and I can’t stop spinning this record. It’s terrific and will finish high on my 2011 list.

I don’t know how long this link will work, but for now, you can stream all of “Soul Punk” by clicking here.

Last but not least: I do tend to talk more about nationally released, non-local albums on Facebook and Twitter, so if you’re not already snuggling up to Frequency in the social media sphere, you should be.