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GROOVER CLEVELAND

chicago DJ

My Favorite Albums of 2013

Heavy Times - Fix It Alone

 

Crocodiles - Crimes of Passion

Foals - Holy Fire

Lucius - Wildewoman

Bad Rabbits - American Love

Radioactivity - Radioactivity

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Day

Washed Out - Paracosm

Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob

Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Mikal Cronin - MCII

Local Natives - Hummingbird

7 Days of Funk (Snoop Dogg & Dam-Funk) - 7 Days of Funk

The Joy Formidable - Wolf’s Law

Ducktails - The Flower Lane

Toro Y Moi - Anything in Return

Phoenix - Bankrupt!

Diarrhea Planet - I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Robbie Fulks - Gone Away Backward

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

FIDLAR - FIDLAR

Little Green Cars - Absolute Zero

CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

Ha Ha Tonka - Lessons

Bad Sports - Bras

Mount Moriah - Miracle Temple

Pity Sex - Feast of Love

Palma Violets - 180

Jamie Lidell - Jamie Lidell

Free Energy - Love Sign

Phosphorescent - Muchacho

Disclosure - Settle

I’m returning to DMK in Chicago this New Year’s Eve to DJ with my Cocaine Mortgage DJ partner Danny Lampton (Portland’s The Light & the Weight)! $75 gets you open bar all night, dinner, desert, and booty shakin’ music by yours truly, spanning classics, hip hop, EDM, indie rock, disco, and more.Last year’s party was bonkers. Don’t miss it!
Get tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/525242

I’m returning to DMK in Chicago this New Year’s Eve to DJ with my Cocaine Mortgage DJ partner Danny Lampton (Portland’s The Light & the Weight)! $75 gets you open bar all night, dinner, desert, and booty shakin’ music by yours truly, spanning classics, hip hop, EDM, indie rock, disco, and more.

Last year’s party was bonkers. Don’t miss it!

Get tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/525242

I’m DJing the CHAD VALLEY and Keep Shelly in Athens show atThe Empty Bottle on Friday October, 18th! I’ll be opening, closing, and playing in between the bands’ sets. Come hang, party, and/or dance! Info and tix here: Chad Valley / Keep Shelly In Athens / Handsome Tyrants / Groover Cleveland (DJ sets)

I’m DJing the CHAD VALLEY and Keep Shelly in Athens show atThe Empty Bottle on Friday October, 18th! I’ll be opening, closing, and playing in between the bands’ sets. Come hang, party, and/or dance! 

Info and tix here: Chad Valley / Keep Shelly In Athens / Handsome Tyrants / Groover Cleveland (DJ sets)

Pay close attention. Tonight I DJed in an arcade, and it was an awesome party. But the kicker is that I was in the presence of a signed Joe Montana jersey (see left) while playing Joy Division and Michael Jackson. Pretty sure my life is complete.

Pay close attention. Tonight I DJed in an arcade, and it was an awesome party. But the kicker is that I was in the presence of a signed Joe Montana jersey (see left) while playing Joy Division and Michael Jackson. Pretty sure my life is complete.

Returning August 29th!

I know it’s been a while, Chicago. I’ll be back in the booth August 29th with STV SLV from The Hood Internet at The Hideout for The Rock For Kids Music Quiz Show Showdown after-party! 

I reviewed Toro Y Moi’s ‘Anything in Return’ for Earmilk. Check it out.

I’m now contributing to one of my favorite music sites, Earmilk. Heres’s my first feature: http://www.earmilk.com/2013/02/01/toro-y-moi-anything-in-return-album-review/

It’s a killer record. Check it out. 

MY 25 FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012

As I’ve stated before, each year seems to have more and more great music to listen to as the ease of recording and distributing art is increasing exponentially. The industry as a whole is hurting, but listeners have a pretty sweet deal going. This year is no exception whatsoever. The amount of fantastic new releases was almost overwhelming.

These are my favorite albums of the year. This is not a list of the best albums, as, in the words of Jeff Ament, “An award for art is ridiculous.” 

You’ll also find honorable mentions, my favorite EPs from this year, and what I’m looking forward to next year at the bottom of this post.

As per usual, I do not include descriptions or reviews with my year-end lists. One reason is that I think when looking back on a list like this, it’s best to let the music speak for itself and encourage unbiased listening. Another is that it would simply be a daunting task to do so. 

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

25. P.O.S. - We Don’t Even Live Here

24. Passion Pit - Gossamer

23. The Shins - Port of Morrow

22. Breakbot - By Your Side

21. The Men - Open Your Heart

20. Macklemore - The Heist

19. First Aid Kit - The Lion’s Roar

18. Big Boi - Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors

17. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

16. Chairlift - Amanaemonesia

15. Chad Valley - Young Hunger

14. Jessie Ware - Devotion

13. DIIV - Oshin

12. California Wives - Art History

11. Purity Ring - Shrines

10. Niki & The Dove - Instinct

9. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

8. fun. - Some Nights

7. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

6. School of Seven Bells - Ghostory

5. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

4. Union - Analogtronics

3. Frank Ocean - Channel ORANGE

2. Tame Impala - Lonerism

1. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Honorable Mentions

Beach House - Bloom

Poolside - Pacific Standard Time

Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Sigur Ros - Valtari

Cody ChesnuTT - Landing on a Hundred

Jack White - Blunderbuss

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe

Birthmark - Antibodies

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble 


My Favorite EPs of 2012

The Antlers - Undersea

St. Lucia - St. Lucia

The Neighbourhood - I’m Sorry…

Wildlife Control - Spin

School of Seven Bells - Put Your Sad Down


Most Anticipated Albums for 2013

Foals, Free Energy, Ra Ra Riot, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Local Natives, Sound City Soundtrack (Dave Grohl & Friends), Sun Kil Moon+The Album Leaf

Come on…we all knew Phantogram was basically begging to produce hip hop music. This is a monumental track.

I’m DJing the 24th Annual Rock For Kids Rock & Roll Auction Next Friday!

Plain and simple: this event and cause are awesome. You need to be there. I’ll be providing the jams.

-GC

Cocaine Mortgage takeover coming soon. Brace yourselves.

Cocaine Mortgage takeover coming soon. Brace yourselves.

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