It's time for the annual collection of my favorite records of the year. Since the last blog post I wrote was 2011's Top 10 list, let's just get right to the best of 2012.
For some musical accompaniment, click here for a Spotify playlist featuring select tracks from my Top 10 Records of 2012. Or, listen to some standout songs from each album below.
10. Grimes - Visions
Grimes - Oblivion
9. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Alabama Shakes - Hold On
8. The Shins - Ports of Morrow
The Shins - Bait And Switch
7. Twin Shadow - Confess
Twin Shadow - Five Seconds
Welcome to Anthems and Atleticos Top 10 Records of 2011 list, a collection of my favorite records from the year in music.
- Washed Out- Within and Without
- The Black Keys- El Camino
- Adele- 21
- Holy Ghost!- Holy Ghost!
10. Real Estate- Days
Sun soaked and laid back, Real Estate’s Days is a fantastic reminder that bands don’t always need to resort to extremes to produce great music. This is an easy record to enjoy, giving you the sense that it was effortlessly made to perfectly accompany those windows-down, sunglasses-on, stress-free moments of summer. But don’t let the simplicity fool you, Real Estate has it all figured out on their sophomore offering- they’ve distilled a formula that’s as classic as it is refreshing. Listen to "It's Real":
9. Radiohead- King of Limbs
Radiohead is about the closest thing to an automatic qualifier as you’ll ever see on any year end list, mine included. While King of Limbs isn’t even close to being one of their best albums, Radiohead is still leading a game that most bands don’t event know how to play. Everything they do moves the needle forward, from how they record and release music to how they package it (KOL could make this list on they way it looks alone). It’s a small sample size at just over 37 minutes in total length, but that’s plenty of time for Radiohead to remind you that they’re in a league all by themselves. Listen to "Lotus Flower":
8. SBTRKT- SBTRKT
Beat-maker/producer Aaron Jerome’s sound may be as difficult to describe as his alias is to pronounce (It’s ‘subtract’, for all you vowel lovers out there). This record can be categorized as anything from post-dubstep to electronic pop, and each guest vocalist gets their own music styling to sing over. Jerome’s Young Turks label mate Sampha deftly croons on a majority of the tracks, but the standout moment here is easily the mesmerizing lurch of “Wildfire” featuring Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano. If songs this perfect are what SBTRKT is pushing out on a debut record, it’s easy to see how his sound (however defined) will be a major influence in years to come. Listen to "Wildfire":
SBTRKT - Wildfire
One of the greatest strengths of the sports industry is the willingness of its professionals to share best practices, ideas and concepts. Despite competition on the field, sports marketers are usually eager to lend a hand to a counterpart with another team. The common goal of succeeding in a heavily nuanced profession, with the same pervasive challenges and obstacles present in every game and market, bring sports minds together.
While sports marketers may be well on top of what’s going on around their league, sometime the laser focus on what will and won’t work within sports prevents a full appreciation of other industries. Maybe it’s the pressure of the season, the demands of the multiple hats that most must wear, or even a lack of desire to expand our business approach beyond the realm of what we have come to know best. Whatever the reason, it’s just as important to understand the successes and failures of companies in other trades as it is to stay current on sports business trends. The more influences you are exposed to, the more diverse your business knowledge is, the more curious you are, the more valuable you’ll be.
Tech companies are among the easiest to learn from, since their entrepreneurial philosophies often mean they aren’t afraid to push the envelope and test the boundaries of traditional business practices. Though seemingly disparate on the surface, the sports and technology industries actually have a lot in common. Both essentially aim to connect people, be it through a ballgame or a social network. Both are often entertaining diversions, making daily life more enjoyable by providing an escape or a simpler way of doing something. They are both dynamic, constantly changing industries where creativity thrives.
From Google’s renowned corporate culture to Apple’s unique ability to hype a product launch, sports teams need only look to the biggest names in the industry for inspiration. Here is a closer look at three of those companies and what can be learned from them.
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alone, users spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook in August- almost 10% of all time spent anywhere online during the month. The numbers are so ridiculous they’re almost impossible to comprehend at times. Everyone would love to have that kind of customer base, right? Well imagine what it’s like when you want to make changes when you’ve got that kind of following. Facebook just rolled out some layout alterations and announced more major profile updates that are on the way. The response was as predictable as it was immediate. People naturally resist change, but people vehemently resist changes on Facebook. No matter the irony of people complaining about Facebook via Facebook, the site has become so entrenched in our lives that even the simplest of adjustments sends folks into a tizzy. United States