MP3: 20 South Florida Tracks From 2010
Over the course of a year, County Grind offers up a lot of music at the affordable price of free. Much of this tuneage is home-grown, and reflects the boundless interests of the local freelance corps contributing to the blog. Area hip-hop, goth, electronica, punk, folk, and ska all got their shine in 2010.
Here's a mixtape's worth of the impressive gems we foisted upon readers as we get ready to do it all again in 2011. Keep listening, South Florida!
Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Inc.
TicketsSun., Dec. 11, 8:00pm
Ms. Lauryn Hill - The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series
TicketsSun., Dec. 11, 8:30pm
Gold Coast Jazz: Jon Faddis Quartet
TicketsWed., Dec. 14, 7:45pm
TicketsThu., Dec. 15, 7:30pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presented by Hallmark Channel
TicketsFri., Dec. 16, 3:30pm
3. Lavola - "The Queen is Dead"
What we said about it: "'The Queen Is Dead' shows the still-young band coming steadily closer to matching its live complexity and power on record." Need some more? Cop a live version of the track here.
4. The Methodaires - "High Grade"
What we said about it: "We are pretty excited to hear that a recorded effort by Fort Lauderdale's happening roots reggae/ska outfit The Methodaires will soon be spinning in our homes."
5. Kill Miss Pretty - "Judy Garland (Mozart & Friends Remix)"
What we said about it: "The already menacing 'Judy Garland' gets some more thuds and post-industrial scrape behind it."
6. Totem Pole - "Stained Glass On"
What we said about it: "Set against Middle Eastern strings, there are points in this song when
the listener will feel like they are in throes of an Ambien-induced
7. Guy Harvey - "Closest Thing (Sumsun Remix)"
What we said about it: "Once a melancholy track suitable to showcase the band's jangly pop at
its catchiest and most heartachey, the overall sadness of the song has
become starry-eyed and pulsating."
8. Young Jeezy - "And Then What (Sumsun Remix)"
What we said about it: "The result is something almost sicker than, or as ill as, before. Jay Jenkins would be so proud."
9. J-O - "My Smoke Song"
What we said about it: "This is warm-weather music following the weed-friendly lineage of the
Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief up through Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa."
10. Orion - "Ambush" featuring Manifesto, Serum, Sweet Jesus, LMS, SoloMan Spectrum and Thousand
What we said about it: "This is dark because these seven guys are merely mirroring their South Florida environs."
12. The Dewars - "Pedophile Pete"
What we said about it: "The Dewars are a magical set of twins who make hazy songs that are so dreamy and good."
13. Alexander - "I Am Barabbas (I Live Like You're Gone)"
What we said about it: "Alexander scales down the Death Cab for Cutie admiration here, opting instead for a visceral feel."
14. Lil Daggers - "Hungry"
What we said about it: "It's all so dirtily clean, perfectly busted, brutally good."
15. Plains - "Team Radio"
What we said about it: "'Team Radio' has all the fuzz and swagger of umpteen bands who use "Super" as a prefix."
16. Surfer Blood - "Box Elder (Pavement Cover)"
What we said about it: "Taking on an early Pavement track is likely to rustle up more high-brow plaudits."
17. The New - "Whoa Whoa"
What we said about it: "This is catchy rock 'n' roll in its purest form with a bit of 'bitch' thrown in for good measure."
18. The Band in Heaven "Dreams (Cranberries Cover)"
What we said about it: "The Band In Heaven
do it the best way they know how: with fuzzy, shoegaze guitars, and oh
19. Pretty Please - "Sugarcane"
What we said about it: "They turn the
sexy on high with some punk cabaret that borders on the baroque and
gypsy and with the gentle coos of "pretty please" comes off being a
little more hard-on inducing than danceable, lest of course, you are
comfortable dancing with that going on."
20. ANR - "Stay Kids"
What we said about it: "The titular song from the group's upcoming release rises from sweet falsetto and echoing keys to a crushing refrain that has us ransacking the house for our copy of The Outsiders."
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