Acrobat Music: Something for Everyone, But Save Most of it for Me

I like a challenge, so I’ve tried to find one thing in the Acrobat catalogue that I don’t love, and after 24 hours and 12 bags of popcorn, I’ve discovered it’s impossible. Every album that this niche label has ever put out has singularly distinguished itself in its genre, whether it be blues, jazz, country, doowop, soul, or gospel, to name a few. With artists such as Lefty Frizell, Mario Lanza, Billlie Holliday, Willie Nelson, and Duke Ellington, Acrobat has consistently aligned itself with some of the most esteemed artists ranging from your household names to your music collectors’ hard-to-find gems. You really can’t miss with Acrobat: listen to any random album in their catalogue and you probably will be converted into a new die-hard fan. Here are a few of my favorites, which are all completely unrelated in style, but still bound by their mutual awesomeness.

John Barry: The Music of John Barry BUY

With the new spate of James Bond films coming out recently, what better album to listen to on the way to the cinema than The Music of John Barry, the man who scored all of the James Bond films up until 1985’s Dressed to Kill. Thanks to his telltale swinging guitars and swooping horns, John Barry can transport anyone from taking a boring walk to the corner store for milk to a spy on a top secret mission to secure a gallon of priceless white mercury.

Our Favorites Are Your Favorites Too – Part V – Vivian Girls

After originally printing only 500 copies of their self-titled debut, an 8.5 review on Pitchfork catapulted the Vivian Girls from the Brooklyn apartment the trio shares onto stages nationwide with Deerhunter, Jay Reatard, King Khan & the BBQ Show, Japanther and more in 2008.

It’s no surprise then that the Girls landed at #19 in Pitchfork’s Top Tracks of 2008, as previously noted on The ‘Rind, and were namechecked by Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox as one of his faves of 08 in XLR8R. But they ended up making more than a handful of year-end lists on top of that.

Aquarium Drunkard, Gorilla vs. Bear, All Music, and Baltimore’s City Paper all sang the Vivian Girls’ praises this year. The Windy City showed love with writers Greg Kot at The Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun Times each placing the band in their #3 spots.

We’re glad that we’re not the only ones who’ve been spinning this record constantly!

Hello, 2009. Goodbye, Dubya.

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Good Riddance, George W. Bush / Selector Series / BUY

The dawn of the new year has us looking forward to Inauguration Day more excitedly than we ever have before.  No matter how you voted in the 2008 election, 2009 marks the end of an era.  (Okay maybe it was only eight years, but it felt like a lifetime.)  Now it’s finally time for one of the most fiendish White House inhabitants this country has seen to pack his bags and move on – none other than the Grand Poobah himself, Dick Cheney..  er, I mean, George W. Bush.

In the spirit of bidding our fair President farewell, Selector Series brings you Good Riddance, George W. Bush, which features tracks from such vocal Dubya supporters as Immortal Technique, Ministry and Mr. Lif.  Check out the full tracklist after the jump, and join us in offering Mr. Bush a “good riddance” salute!


Our Favorites Are Your Favorites Too – Part IV – Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of 2008

When Pitchfork posted their favorite songs from last year (man it feels good to say that), we weren’t the least bit surprised that Vivian Girls’ “Where Do You Run To,” (off of their self-titled In The Red gem) scored high marks, coming in at #19.  As they so aptly put it, “[when] the song’s rumbling thunder starts sucking face with the girls’ intermingled voices, it becomes pretty clear that these ladies are taking what’s not necessarily theirs, and making it their own.”

Another big hit of 2008 was The Walkmen’s “In The New Year,” off of their brilliant fifth LP, You & Me.  At #26, this is the perfect track to ring in 2009, while offering just the slightest tinge of nostalgia for the year that gave us this amazing Gigantic debut.

Finally, we have a couple of Frenchkiss dudes who are very near and dear to our hearts here at the Rind.  Weighing in at #59 with “Fools,” The Dodos won over the folks at Pitchfork enough to receive an honorable mention for Best Albums of 2008 as well.  The rousing track off of their debut Visiter is fittingly described as “one of the most subtle and accomplished integrations of a global folk style in a year seemingly more indie bands than ever looked abroad for inspiration.”