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Samshine's Guide To Spring

The weather in Vancouver is finally starting to cooperate. Dare I say that rspring is here Here's a quick list to start the day of shit to bump for this rtime of year (in no particular order).
1Frank Ocean
Channel Orange


This album is topping best of lists the world over, and with good reason. Its release was highly anticipated for two reasons: the first, Ocean (born Christopher Breaux) is good. Before he even started thinking about his debut mixtape, Nostalgia ULTRA, he was busy making a name for himself through working with heavyweights such as Nas, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce. He's also the hook man for OFWGKTA. Secondly, he timed his coming out as bisexual to perfection the week beforeChannel Orange's release but I'm only going to focus on the former, as the album doesn't need to rely on social media tactics to show how good it really is.
2Plants And Animals
The End of That


The mountains in the distance look so fake I can't believe it's not real mountains; I tried your cocaine, just to know what it could do / I had to try it again, just to give it a second chance; I'm gettin' tired of the freefall / I'm lookin' forward to the spring; lyrical gems such as these are liberally sprinkled throughout, standing out like moments of revelation. As a whole, the album comes off as a spirited drive through a person?s second coming of age ? the exuberant naivety of irresponsible youth is gone, and one?s years and experiences combine to provide a richer, more thoughtful and nuanced perspective on a tomorrow that is as open and unsure as ever.
3Gang Colours
The Keychain Collection


Not many can use the grand piano like Gang Colours. Will Ozanne utilizes his skill well on his first album The Keychain Collection. Though mainly R?n'B, Garage and House-based, many of the tracks are sprinkled with beautiful piano rhythms. Out on Giles Peterson?s Brownwood and based out of Southhamton in the UK, Gang Colours has carved a niche for himself within the buzzing electronica scene, not a million miles from James Blake, but with a decidedly more dancefloor groove. On this, his debut, he illustrates exactly what he is capable of, at times expertly flexing his electronica muscle, and other times exploring his more classical side.
4Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city


Kendrick Lamar ? a man reviving hip hop, straight off them ?killa streets?, paying tribute to his educators along the way. These educators quickly became collaborators for Lamar; Dr. Dre, Warren G and Talib Kweli, three men considered hip hop gods, from back when hip hop still felt like a religion. Nas said hip hop was dead in 2006 and he was right, and was even a little late in saying so. Thankfully, a revival is in full swing thanks to young guns like Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Flying Lotus? latest project, Captain Murphy, and Lamar?s label mate Schoolboy Q. These rappers talk about things that matter to the listener, and that for me is what hip hop was built on, a cultural movement. Long may it continue.
5 David Newberry
No One Will Remember You


As a new generation falls head over heels in love with folk/roots music and anybody with a beard and a guitar is looked at as a potential star, the wheels of this bloated bandwagon begin to creak and moan. That?s of no interest to David Newberry, who?s veered off in his own musical direction, far away from the yawn-worthy, well- worn path of easy, unadventurous folk.
6Japandroids
Celebration Rock


Hailing from where other than Vancouver BC, this two-piece shot to critical acclaim with their 2009 debut Post-Nothing. Full of teenage rocker anthems, they quickly became a much loved band the world over. Being a two-piece can somewhat limit a band in terms of the songs they write/perform, but Japandroids make it look easy. They get loud, energetic and shouty a lot, similar to the way the Black Keys used to back in the early 2000s.
7The Life and Times
No One Loves You Like I Do


The marriage of ringing notes, powerfully fuzzy guitars, pensive lyrics and of drums that are excitingly unafraid of both silence and chaos makes for a tense, immersive and hard-rocking affair that is too damn good to go unnoticed.
8The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet


Long gone are the oft-lamented days of At The Drive-In and, as of the end of this year?sNoctourniquet tour, perhaps also gone are the days of the Mars Volta. he Mute? It?s a difficult question to answer, considering Mars Volta?s overall discography, which has rarely not been daring, new, and supremely creative; the Volta?s latest may be dwarfed by the greatness of its predecessors. In any case, whether it?s considered on its own or put up against the band?s previous work, Noctourniquet is a dense, spicy aural feast of experimental jazz, rock and latin sounds that should not be ignored.
9Gorillaz
Gorillaz


Just getting into these guys (I know, sometimes I am late with this sort of thing). This is their first album and the one I seem to enjoy most. I love that the musicians come from all different backgrounds to come together and create a fresh, new sound.
10Jonsi
Go


J?nsi captured some great energy on this album. Great happy, bright songs.
11Nick Drake
Bryter Layter


The somewhat, more upbeat Nick Drake album. Songs such as Hazey Jane I, Fly and Northern Sky are perfect spring songs.
12Radiohead
Pablo Honey


I know some people don?t really like Pablo Honey, but I think it has held up pretty well. It is no OK Computer or Kid A, but the band was at a different state then. There are some great fun songs on this album. I?ve have some great memories of listening to this album.
13Red House Painters
Red House Painters I


An album that reminds me of strolling through San Fransisco in springtime. Listen to Grace Cathedral Park to hear what I mean.
14P.O.S.
Never Better


The energy on this album just reminds me of spring. Talented guy and lyricist. Plus the cover art for this album is amazing.
15Washed Out
Life of Leisure


Love this LP from Washed Out. Destined to be a classic. Infusing so much mood into electronic music isn?t an easy thing, but Ernest makes it seem effortless.
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