It seems as the years go on, more critics are becoming increasingly cynical about the classic “year-end” lists everyone tends to put out.
Top 10 free non-commerical Soundcloud only releases of 2012, Top 25 rap mixtapes not including Rick Ross or Gucci Mane, Top 5 non-Dubstep EDM DJ albums released from April 17th to October 27th, The 3 most influential Eastern European female pop singers…blah blah blah. There are a lot of complaints. Ex: “They are all the same”, blah blah, whatever Thom York/Radiohead put out, some new indie band with only one release out that hasn’t even gone on tour yet, Grimes, the new Kendrick Lamar album, Animal Collective, The XX, Some weird rapper, …Well fuck, I actually like these lists a lot. I enjoy looking back and reviewing the year, seeing what new songs, artists, and albums I spent most my time listening to and discovering. At the same time I can see what other people spent their time listening to and I can find great new tunes as well.
With that little rant behind me. I give thee…my 2012 list of favorite songs, EPs, albums, mixtapes, and overall new music related…things. This is basically a collection of the music that shaped my year. I’ll try and keep it somewhat concise and organized in some sort of manner but we’ll see how that goes.
I finally got to catch Canada’sTeen Daze“live” this past week during one of his many DJ sets for New York City’s CMJ festival. His set was a lot more upbeat-elctro than I had anticipated, considering the lush, more atmospheric, dancey vibes that his own music embodies. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it, as you know we are all already big fans of his over here at What’s Protocol and write about him pretty frequently.
Just the other day homie put out this new hour-long mix via Hard Candy; which includes a bunch of tracks that have inspired his upcoming album “Inner Mansions” (which drops November 6th). It’s enjoyable to hear some of the styles that inspired the new album on this mix, with songs from Four Tet, How to Dress Well, and Brian Eno to name a few. I’m definitely excited to hear the final album in its entirety.
Check out the mix below and pre-order el album-o YONDER.
of it, available for stream before the official release. Falling in love with a piece of work before it’s publicly available only makes me want it more as a consumer. That’s why I sincerely love what Teen Daze has been doing – teasing our ears for the drop of upcoming, TheInner Mansions.
Electronic master-musician, Teen Daze, has made available a few more songs since the last time I posted about him. “The Heart of God” is incredibly ambient in nature, taking its time floating on vocal loops and hazy synths, slightly building up and delicately fading out. “Discipleship” carries more instrumentation, bringing back his previous beatsmith qualities we’ve heard before.
I’ve been tracking Canada’s Teen Daze for quite some time now. His evolution as an artist has been fun to listen to and never the least bit disappointing, even now as he slowly slips away from his earliest sounds.
Inner Mansions is the musician’s second full length, and if you’ve been counting, his second release this year. As a collection being hailed as his “most captivating songs” yet, I really enjoy the more experimental foray he takes us, the listeners, on. There’s plenty more vocal play, yet still that hint of electronic expertise that seems to pour from his fingertips.
I guess I’l hop into the Christmas song sharing spirit too. Tiz the season!
I’ve actually been saving this one for about a month or so until the time was right. Here’s a little (actually it’s really long) number from TeenDaze off of the Ho Ho Canada Deux compilation that came out last year. Very different from his other work, has a very “cold” wintery orchestral kind of feel to it. Makes me want to warm up by a nice fire and drink cocoa or something.
About two weeks ago I applied for a position with Brooklyn, NY based full service social media agency Carrot Creative. I created a fancy mix for them with cute and witty cover art but sadly, I got turned down BUT! I did at least get their attention and I am not giving up just yet. They posted up a new job opportunity as a “Community Manager” and I’m shooting for it.
HEY CARROTS I’M CALLING YOU OUT ! (again)
Hire me! Or At least give me an opportunity to talk to you guys! I think my fellow What’s Protocol-ers(and many other people) can vouch that I’m a good dude, a hard worker, personable, rad, hip, cool… I swear!
“Echoes” – Washed Out
“Gone For The Summer” – Teen Daze
“California Zephyr” – Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard
“Photosynthesis” – Frank Turner
“Heatstroke” – Brick+Mortar
“Mary Won’t You Call My Name” – Morphine
“Mickey Mouse” – Wavves
“Dystopia” – Yacht
“Neu Chicago” – Clive Tanaka y su orquesta
“Friends” – Sneaky Sound System
“Fokionos Negri Street” – Keep Shelly In Athens
“Fools” – Supreme Cuts
“Livin’ 4″ – Lapti
“Ties” – Ra Cailum
“I Keep Holding On” – Kodak to Graph
“A Case of You” (Joni Mitchell) – James Blake
“A Lion’s Heart” – The Tallest Man on Earth
“Going Up The Country” – Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
“Luckiest Man” – The Wood Brothers