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captains dead’s favorite records of 2013 4 of 4 parts: 16 – 20

Posted by gregor on Monday, December 16th, 2013

neko

16. neko casethe worse things get….

mincer

17. mincer raya magnates reach

Wooden Wand - Blood Oaths Of The New Blues

18. wooden wandblood oaths of the new blues

Night-Beds-Country-Sleep1

19. night bedscountry sleep
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TrophiesOfYouthCover

20. kent goolsbytrophies of youth

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captainsdead top 9 records of the year, way past the midway point

Posted by gregor on Saturday, September 14th, 2013

i usually do a mid-year point list, but this year time has gotten away from me. anyway, i’ve actually had more than a few folks ask/email me what were my favorite records of the year, thus, far, and well here they are. no particular order…

austin lucasstay reckless

bufallo gospelwe can be horses
mule

hiss golden messengerhaw

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mount moriah live on kdhx, 2.10.12

Posted by gregor on Saturday, February 11th, 2012

top of the evening. still trying to push this mount moriah record, cause its fan-fucking-tastic. so here they are playing on kdhx which is out of st. louis. buy it via
amazon

Mount Moriah: Live at KDHX 2/11/12 by KDHX (43)

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captains dead's best of the rest for 2011

Posted by gregor on Sunday, December 11th, 2011

after taking some time to listen to about 20-30 records over the past 2/3 days, i decided that there was still a bunch of great stuff that i didnt mention in my top 14.5 of the year. so, i came up with another 11 records that i think are more than deserving of more attention. i could have actually come up with another ten but felt that a solid 25.5 records was good enough. although, i may get bored an post the other ten records, but i doubt it. one thing that continues to sadden me is that lack of wilco on my lists seemingly the past 5 years… oh well. maybe next year or the year after?

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captains dead's favorite song of the year

Posted by gregor on Thursday, December 8th, 2011

i attempted to come up with a top ten songs of the year list, but the problem with that is that a lot of shit is not postable. now, if you know anything about this site or me, i have rarely cared about the legalities or ramifications of posting questionable material. luckily, knock on wood, other than that one dick taper with the shitty westerberg bootleg i posted a few years back, i have not been asked to take anything down. still, to post ten songs that are off new records, and by bands/artists i know and respect, i just didnt want to go there. so, i am going to post just one song, which is my favorite of the year. i know a lot of you are going to be like “what the fuck is this?”

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captains dead's top 14 records of the year – an addendum

Posted by gregor on Thursday, December 8th, 2011

now, normally i wouldnt make a change to my top records of the year, but while i was compiling it, i made a grave oversight. the sad thing is, is that i listened to the record in question the morning i made my top 14 of the year list. that record is, as if you havent guessed, the deep dark woods’ the place i left behind, which in my opinion is a minor sad bastard masterpiece. i use the term “sad bastard” very loosely, keep in mind. so, without interrupting the continuity too much of my list, i am putting it in at the 3.5 place. unusual i know, but i am no mood to rearrange everything, i think it fills the gap nicely tween the roadside graves’ we can take care of ourselves and richomond fontaine’s the high country. as i stated in my premature top 10 of 2011, pretty much anything in my top 5 or 6 could be my favorite of the year, and this record is no exception.

the place i left behind (44)

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captains dead's top 14 records of 2011

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

well, here it is the unofficial captains dead top 14 of the year list. i say unofficial because as there are a few more contributors lurking about, they may have their own top whatever list, and i hope they share said list with the class. not much has changed since i did my premature list back a few months ago. at least in the top 5/6 department. i went through the site and re-listened to everything i had tagged as “best of 2011″ and after listening to these records, some changes definitely needed to be made. most notably the inclusion of wooden wand’s briarwood, southeast engine’s canary and chris bathgate’s salt year, all of which are phenomenal pieces of work. so with nothing left to say, here it is…

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revisiting: roadside graves' we can take care of ourselves

Posted by gregor on Saturday, November 26th, 2011

2009 was my first foray into the musical world of the roadside graves. i had a brief affair with their if shacking up is all you want to do, but maybe i just wasnt ready for em? i maybe listened to it a half a dozen times, then just stopped. 2009 brought me their minor classic and my favorite record from that year, my sons home. a sprawling 18 track opus comprised of familiar themes, but set in situations/stories that probably arent for everyone, but they touch a nerve/heartstring nonetheless. that is if you let em, but you have to an open mind and put yourself in the shoes of the characters they created. 18 songs is a lot of songs and its quite an undertaking especially if you want keep the attention of the listener. suffice it to say, my sons home is as the saying goes “all killer, no filler.” wilco barely pulled it off, roadside graves did with flying colours.

this year they put out we can take care of ourselves, which is a concept record based on s.e. hinton’s 1965 novel “the outsiders.” yes, they also made it into a movie starring every 80′s actor you could imagine, or at least it seems that way. a record based off a novel originally published 40+ years ago which revolves around two sets of socioeconomically opposed white “gangs” and their dealings with each other and themselves? not an easy sell, but the beauty of we can take care of ourselves is that you dont have to know anything about the story to appreciate the tale – this is of course a concept record after all. shit, you dont even have to listen to it as a whole, although thats the way it should be listened to. the songs are so freakin strong that they can stand on their own and in a perfect world there would be 6 or 7 singles that should be blazing up some perfect world chart. much like my sons home, everything seems in its right place and the ebb and flow of the record is damn near perfect. i cant name another band out there, or at least that i have heard, that have mastered this art as well as roadside graves. if there are only two records you listen to based on my recommendations this year, let this be one and the mount moriah record. this is not to take away from any other records i have in my top 10 or other shit i have dug, but me thinks these two need the most help and need to be heard.

buy we can take care of ourselves via amazon or via autumntone on vinyl with a digital download.

glory
love me more
work itself out – off my sons home one of my favorite songs of the past 10 years (34)

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captains dead's premature top 10 of 2011

Posted by gregor on Monday, September 26th, 2011

as i laid on the couch last night, cause thats where i have been relegated to the past month or so, but thats another story – nothing bad, i was listening to a record that shall remain anonymous. even though its still 85+ degrees here in new orleans, its almost the october, and the end of the year. so i gots to thinkin, at this point what are my top ten records of the year? so i started rattling off records, in my head of course, and came to the conclusion that this year, 2011, has been the best year in music, at least shit i like, in a long time. coming up w/ a definitive top ten has been almost impossible, real world problems, but especially the top 5 or 6 cause i love them for very different reasons. every one of could be end up being my favorite of the year, or can i just have favorite 1a, 1b, 1c, etc? the one thing i struggled with was differentiating between what i have enjoyed the most, and what has made the biggest impact? they dont go hand in had, all the time, but this year it seems be the exception to the loose rule. strangely enough, there are two concept records in the top ten. roadside graves’ take on the s.e. hinton classic “the outsiders,” and richmond fontaine’s fucked up tale of lost souls all taking place in a logging town. surprise record of the year? has to go to the decemberists the king is dead, considering i wrote them off about 3 record ago, but i guess you bring peter buck in and it makes everything better. so as it stands, right now, here is my top ten of 2011, prematurely. btw, i highly recommend not “googling” premature unless you want to endure infinite sadness.

1. centro-maticonly in my double mind off candidate waltz

2. jason isbell and the 400 unitcodeine off here we rest

3. roadside graveslove me more off we can take care of ourselves

4. richmond fontainelost in the trees off the high country

5. mount moriahonly way out off self titled

6. glossarythe flood off long live all of us

7. william elliott whitmorebury your burdens in the ground off field songs

8. the decemberists – down by the water off the king is dead

9. austin lucas – darkness out of me off a new home in the old world

10. jill andrews the mirror off the mirror (69)

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