Surfer Blood- Astro Coast
I love a record that hits you with a ton of bricks from its first song on. West Palm Beach’s Surfer Blood whose début Astro Coast does just that. From the opening riff of Floating Vibes to the Fast and Slow Jabroni songs there is so much depth, killer guitars and amazingly polished melodies. Each song is perfect from start to finish and they are even better on their own as singles (I swear I heard Floating Vibes on a WB show) and will be as popular with the Pitchfork crowd as the aforementioned WB crowd. The back story on these guys is that they caught some buzz playing small venues in early 2009 and then played a staggering 10 shows during CMJ later that year. 2010 looks like its going to be even bigger for the Florida band. Check it out.
Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10
Vampire Weekend- Contra
I start the blog back up again with one of 2010’s first and I must say best records thus far. Contra was released (and debuted at #1) in mid-January and it is the beginning of March as I write this. The past couple of years have been good to Vampire Weekend with the GQ/Vanity Fair and numerous other magazine spreads, not to mention the countless mentions in your favorite WB shows. This band is hot as the kids say!!! All that aside, this record is so polished, mature and astute that I can’t imagine what is left that they want to learn. They take to the streets and play such eclectically driven popular music (if that makes any sense). They lost a lot of the white-collar Northeast vernacular that made them a tad on the pompous side and traded it for music and sounds that spans from Africa to South American and bits of techno-pop. I really loved this record and it is one that will stand the length of 2010.
Rating: 9 out of 10