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New Music Mondays: Young Minds

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Although the clock just recently struck midnight, Monday is still Monday so I hope that you are all ready for some new music. Young Minds (the musical alter ego of Jim Hewitt) hails from Allston, MA and recorded an EP in his bedroom as well as in his car. Its lo-fi feel reminds me a bit of Ed Droste’s first experimentations as Grizzly Bear as well as a bit of that “dream pop” feel that Beach House does so well. …

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #7

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#7. Arcade Fire- “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” Of all the tracks on Arcade Fire’s third release The Suburbs, “Sprawl II” hammers home the suburban theme the most. Regine Chassagne’s vocals team perfectly with the synth-pop melody to create an undeniable hit in the vein of 80s dance music. With lines like “They heard me singing and they told me to stop/Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock,” Chassagne is able to deliver a vivid picture of the suburban …

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #8

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#8. Dom- “Living in America” Worcester, Massachusetts based band Dom burst onto the scene in 2010 with their Sun Bronzed Greek Gods EP. This EP featured our #8 track of the year, “Living in America.” This track is a summer anthem for the ages, one of those songs that you just want to crank all the way up with the windows all the way down. I was turned onto this song by my roommate who played it constantly and we …

M&T Top Albums of 2010: #9

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#9. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West is practically ubiquitous these days whether it be his music, his interviews, or clips of him stealing the spotlight from Taylor Swift. Some may think that he’s egotistical, inconsiderate or put more bluntly– an asshole. Although the opinions of West’s personality vary, one thing is for sure, he doesn’t care what you think. This is apparent in his most recent release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which is certainly his most …

M&T Best Albums of 2010: #10

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#10. Yeasayer- Odd Blood “Harry! I’ve reached the top!” Top ten that it is. We have finally reached #10 for our albums of the year, who is excited? Coming in at #10 is a familiar face from our songs countdown– Yeasayer. When Chris Keating, Anand Wilder, and Ira Wolf Tuton came together to record Odd Blood there must have been something in the water because this album has a totally new sound in comparison to 2007’s All Hour Cymbals. One …

M&T Best Albums of 2010: #12

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#12. Black Keys- Brothers Akron based rockers Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, better known as the Black Keys, have hit our top 15 albums at #12 with their 2010 release Brothers. The huge radio success of lead single “Tighten Up” definitely opened up a lot of people to what they have been missing for the last eight years. With the Keys’ sixth release (seven if you count their Blakroc disc) they bring something for everyone. From the bluesy jams like “Ten …

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #12

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#12. Yeasayer- “ONE” When asked in an interview why they chose to create more of a pop album the second time around, Yeasayer frontman Chris Keating replied, “What does that mean? What’s the definition of pop?” Here at M&T we’re not quite sure how to define pop music either, but we know what good music is and Yeasayer’s “ONE” definitely falls into that category. This song, like the rest of Yeasayer’s sophomore release Odd Blood, just makes you want to …

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #14

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#14. Laura Veirs-“I Can See Your Tracks” I’m not sure if it is her angelic voice, the simple guitar riff or Jim James’ perfect backing vocals, but whatever it may be Laura Veirs’ “I Can See Your Tracks” is one of the most beautiful songs of the year. A song of longing and love lost, “I Can See Your Tracks” finds its place at #14 on our top tracks of the year. 2010’s July Flame was Veirs’ seventh album and …

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #16

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#16. Kite Club-“Very Necessary” The #16 track of the year is the ridiculously catchy (as well as dance-able) “Very Necessary” from Nicholas Futcher aka Kite Club. Futcher is a one man Australian wrecking crew who also had a self-professed obsession with Hanson in his younger years. Needless to say, that obsession rubbed off in Futcher’s music (in a good way) as both tracks off of his Goodtime Tea Show EP are undeniably catchy. You can download the Goodtime Tea Show EP …

M&T 20 Best Tracks of 2010: #18

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#18. Generationals-“Victim of Trap” For our #18 song of the year we chose “Victim of Trap” by the Generationals. For those fans of M&T’s New Music Mondays out there you are familiar with the New Orleans trio and their Trust EP. The EP which came out in November is the second effort by the Generationals after their debut full-length album Con Law was released in 2009. “Victim of Trap” features a pulsing bass line and swirling effects throughout which creates an …