Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

miles benjamin anthony robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is playing at Schubas this Friday, January 16th and we’ve got a pair of tickets to givaway.‚  He’s on the bill with All the Saints, Colourmusic, and Cursive, all of which I’m completely unfamiliar with, but‚  I’m still loving Miles’ debut album from last year and am looking forward to seeing him in person.

If you want the tix, just email us at with “Miles” in the subject line. If you win, you’ll get your name on the guest list with a +1 at the door.

MBAR is also performing in-store at Reckless Records on 3161 N. Broadway on 1/17 at 1pm in case you can’t make the Schubas show. And if you miss that, we’ve got you covered with an upcoming live session.

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – The Debtor

Video: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed


Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 21-30]

by oz on December 17, 2008

We’re knee deep into the top 25 albums of 2008 and this batch features two bands from Alive Records – Left Lane Cruiser and Hacienda. The Rural Alberta Advantage was arguably our biggest surprise of the year, building buzz with nothing more than their music – no label, no publicist.‚ ‚  The Morning Benders and Sam Champion were both in our live session studio, so make sure to check out those tracks if you have a few extra seconds.

21. The Morning Benders – Talking Through Tin Cans (our review)

The Morning Benders

The Bay Area quartet have hints of The Beatles, a dash of Pet Sounds sound, and a little Zombies tossed in for good measure. Thankfully they don’t come off as cheap imitators and instead put forth an excellent effort. A good shot of melodic California pop.

The Morning Benders – Damnit Anna (Hear Ya Live Session version)

The Morning Benders – Waiting on a War (Hear Ya Live Session version)

Hear more from our live session with The Morning Benders.

22. Left Lane Cruiser – Bring Yo’ Ass To The Table (our review)

Left Lane Cruiser

Its filthy, but underneath the bluesy grime are two extraordinarily talented musicians.

Left Lane Cruiser – Wash It

23. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins

Okkervil River

A step down from The Stage Names, but that was to be expected. You’ll find a few gems – just not the transcendent album that its predecessor was. Okkervil’s b-sides are still good enough to land in the top 25.

Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines

24. Hacienda – Loud Is The Night (our review)


Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced this album and is preparing his solo tour with Hacienda as his backing band. Dr. Dog performs backing vocals on the album. It’s safe to say that they have the seal of approval from some of music’s finest.

Hacienda – She’s Got A Hold On Me

25. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns (our review)

Rural Alberta Advantage

Imagine Neutral Milk Hotel with the drummer from The National. Yes, its that good.

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt This Place

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Frank AB

26. Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

silver jews

David Berman continues to put wry, smart, and often humorous lyrics into his most musically ambitious and tightest effort to date.

Silver Jews – Strange Victory, Strange Defeat

27. Black Crowes – War Paint

Black Crowes Warpaint

The Robinson boys deliver their best album since Amorica. Maxim can fuck themselves.

Video: The Black Crowes – “Wounded Bird” on Letterman

28. Sam Champion – Heavenly Bender (our review)

Sam Champion Heavenly Bender

Rolling Stone described Sam Champion’s sound like Ryan Adams covering Pavement’s Wowee Zowee. Need I say more?

Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone

Hear more tracks at our live session with Sam Champion.

29. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Self Titled (our review)

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

MBAR was homeless and strung out on drugs before cleaning up and focusing on music. The result is folk album with his signature lazy, organic vocal delivery.

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – The Debtor

30. Black Mountain – In The Future (our review)

Black Mountain

Best appreciated in a live setting, Black Mountain perform amazingly good psychedelic rock songs that either punch you in the face or get you in a slow groove.

Black Mountain – Tyrants


My Dad always says “never trust a man with two first names.” He never said anything about three first names. I guess Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is either a gentleman or Satan in flesh.

I’ve been in and out of following baseball this year, but the story of Josh Hamilton is astonishing. The guy was homeless, hooked on crack and down about 90 pounds off his playing weight before turning his life around and finding his way back into major league baseball. Now he’s batting over .300 with 32 home runs and a .543 slugging percentage. Oh, and he leads the league in RBI’s.

Why, Oz, are you talking baseball? Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson was in a similar situation before clawing his way out of addiction. He’s only 24 years old, but was homeless and sleeping on park benches in Coney Island. Thankfully, he got clean enough to put out this folk inspired album that now has me addicted.

The tracks below will give you a good sense of the entire body of work. MBAR’s sound is not clean and tidy.‚  His delivery is lazy and organic, like the old guy at the end of the bar that mutters somewhat incoherently to himself after 6 or 7 brown colored cocktails. The more you listen, however, the more sense he makes. “Buriedfed” leads off and it’s one of those tracks that make it difficult to move through the rest of the album. Eventually you will and you’ll find yourself craving its imperfections. I’m already regretting writing this review because two weeks from now, I’ll see the full beauty of the album and know that I didn’t do it justice.

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – The Debtor

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – “Buriedfed” Video