Saturday, December 2, 2006

2006 The Albums- League of Their Own

When Radiohead released Kid A back in the fall of 2000, one reviewer said it best..."The Greatest Things In Life Cannot Be Talked About, They Must Be Experienced." That sums up Kid A and some music to come out after. Kid A, much like their previous effort Ok Computer, were albums ahead of their time and generation. Still to this day I cannot even describe the genius quality of these discs. So with that, and as mentioned in a previous post, at the end of each year on "All Things Rock," I would give away a special award to a band that has released an album light years ahead of anything we are ready for now, or has resurrect a new genre much like what The Strokes did with their debut Is This It, and something that is far greater for any list and needs it own category. That is "The League of Their Own." In the past I have given it to the following:

2003-The White Stripes- Elephant
2004-The Killers- Hot Fuss
2005- The Mars Volta- Francis the Mute

and now for 2006, it goes to a stellar band and a group I am proud to say is from New York (Brooklyn Make Some Noise!) TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain.

TV on the Radio, a favorite amongst the indie, ambient, music nerd crowd (much like myself), broke out onto the scene in 2004 with their critically acclaimed debut Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. Their sophomore effort, this years recipient of "The League of Their Own," delivers a sound so unpolished, so futuristic and so dope words cannot describe. Its a record mixed with Bjork style beats, hip-hop inspired ryhthems and garage rock agression. It is an album that needs to be listened to by all and will take a very long time to understand and figure out what is going on, because lets face it, its music for the next generation, we may not comprehend it now, but our children and our childrens children will eat it up down the line.
Key Tracks: Wolf Like Me, I Was A Lover.