An update on updates; AOY’s aggregate year-end list; new Desaparecidos video; The Queers tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:49 pm December 8, 2015
Desapare-pilgrams in a still from their latest video.

Desapare-pilgrims in a still from their latest video.

by Tim McMahan,

It’s not as if I’m avoiding updates, it’s just that there’s virtually nothing going on music-wise lately.

Moreso than past holidays, there aren’t that many shows scheduled, especially involving touring indie bands. And we don’t even have any major “reunion” shows this holiday (Last year it was Ritual Device, remember?). Things will pick up… next year. Or at least next February, when Godspeed and Eleanor Friedberger come to town.

Actually, there’s a decent punk rock show tonight at Lookout Lounge. The Queers return to Omaha for a full night of punk that includes The Kennicks, DSM-5 and The Pee Cats. $10, 8 p.m. start time.

And Lookout Lounge has one of the hotter indie acts playing Sunday night — Car Seat Headrest. Way to step up, Lookout!

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In the meantime, every online publication is putting out their 2015 “Best of” lists. Sure you can try to find them all by clicking around, or you can simply go to the Album of the Year website, where they not only list all the “best of” lists, but they’ve developed a handy “year end list aggregate” that ranks the albums based on how all the other websites ranked them in their lists.

So far, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly is the clear No. 1, with Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell in a distant second place. Hop Along’s Painted Shut, which was released by Saddle Creek Records, comes in at a respectable No. 42, with three top-10 and one top-25 placements.

Missing from the list of 32 publications is Pitchfork, and maybe the most important list of all, the Lazy-i Top 15 or 20. You’ll just have to keep waiting for both of those…

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Let me leave you with this just-released new video by Desaparecidos for the tune “Golden Parachutes.” Get a quick history lesson and watch Landon meets his maker at the Boston Tea Party. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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