• New Life

    13. Mär. 2012, 8:53 von Doorchaser

    On february 17 I became father of my daughter Joni.

    The birth of a child brings inspiration. For musicians it is the most obvious thing to make music with it. So here you see a live-looping experiment, with my first steps in video editing and with contributions by my girlfriend and my daughter.

    On my bandcamp page you can find a free download link for the track:

    Cheers and I hope this brings luck to my daughter!


  • Dylebient 2011

    17. Mär. 2011, 14:19 von Doorchaser

    Like the Dyle (Dijle) meandering through a broad spectrum of landscapes. Dylebient tries to let you float into a wide and interesting range of - artists.

    In this first edition we try to investigate if the concept is strong enough to make it an annual happening. The main concept behind the venue is that all the profits (if there are any) will be equally divided between the artists.

    Doors: 19h30


    Distant Fires Burning
    Mashta Uirtu
    Premonition Factory
    For Greater Good

    Entrance 5 euro


    JC Metteko (name will soon be changed in Club Kamikaze)
    Zakstraat 1
    2800 Mechelen

    Drinks at fair prices
  • Top 100 Songs Of The Noughties

    19. Aug. 2009, 17:17 von nalwor

    This is it. My top 100 songs of the decade.

    Spotify Playist here:

    Also, some of my fav vids.


    2.New SlangThe Shins
    3.I’d Rather Dance With YouKings of Convenience

    4.Wolf Like MeTV on the Radio

    5.Jesus, ETCWilco

    7.Too YoungPhoenix

    9.Wake UpArcade Fire

    10.Witness (1 Hope)Roots Manuva

    11.Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)Beyoncé

    13.DecaturSufjan Stevens

    14.HoppípollaSigur Rós
    15.Elephant GunBeirut

    16.You and I Are a Gang of LosersThe Dears
    17.BanquetBloc Party
    18.The RatThe Walkmen
    19.The Art TeacherRufus Wainwright

    20.No I in ThreesomeInterpol

    21.Hard to ExplainThe Strokes

    22.Winter’s LoveAnimal Collective
    23.You Could Easily Have MeMetronomy
    24.Canadian GirlThe Walkmen

    25.B.Y.O.BSystem of a Down
    26.Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

    27.Water HereBodies of Water
    28.Long Distance CallPhoenix

    29.Short Skirt, Long JacketCake

    30.Impossible GermanyWilco

    31.Pyramid SongRadiohead
    32.10 A.M. AutomaticThe Black Keys

    35.Here We GoJon Brion
    36.Hope There’s SomeoneAntony and the Johnsons
    37.Le Long De La Riviere TendreSébastien Tellier
    38.MapsYeah Yeah Yeahs

    40.Postcards From ItalyBeirut
    41.Hearts On FireCut Copy
    42.These Are The EyesBodies of Water
    44.White Winter HymnalFleet Foxes
    45.Two WeeksGrizzly Bear
    46.No One Does It Like YouDepartment of Eagles

    47.Soldier GirlThe Polyphonic Spree

    48.Face To FaceDaft Punk
    49.Strawberry SwingColdplay

    50.Playground LoveAir
    51.One Pure ThoughtHot Chip
    52.My GirlsAnimal Collective

    53.No Cars GoArcade Fire
    54.HurtJohnny Cash
    55.Grace Under Pressure - Elbow

    56.Darling, Be HereBodies of Water
    57.First Day of My LifeBright Eyes

    58.Kim & JessieM83
    60.Someone GreatLCD Soundsystem
    61.She Is BeautifulAndrew W.K.
    62.All The King's Men - Wild Beasts

    63.Hide And SeekImogen Heap
    64.Over and OverHot Chip

    67.Underneath The Weeping WillowGrandaddy
    68.I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)Eagles of Death Metal
    69.Kidz Are So SmallDeerhoof
    70.Woozy With CiderJames Yorkston
    71.KnifeGrizzly Bear

    72.West CoastCoconut Records
    74.I Want Love - Elton John
    75.Decent Days And NightsFutureheads

    76.Chicken PaybackThe Bees
    77.MoviesAlien Ant Farm

    78.Getting UpQ-Tip
    79.FlumeBon Iver

    80.FlakesMystery Jets

    81.Whoo! Alright-Yeah...Uh HuhThe Rapture
    83.Bathroom GurgleLate of the Pier

    84.Untitled 4Sigur Rós
    85.ChicagoSufjan Stevens
    86.Fake EmpireThe National
    87.Just Got To Be - The Black Keys

    89.ProvinceTV on the Radio
    90.Ringing in My Ear - Adem

    91.I Understand What You Want But I Just Don't AgreeThe Sleepy Jackson
    92.Step by Step (feat. Hot Chip)Wiley
    94.There Goes The FearDoves
    95.Must Be The Moon - !!!

    96.Myriad HarbourThe New Pornographers
    97.The Pills Won’t Help You KnowThe Chemical Brothers
    98.If I Ever Feel BetterPhoenix
    99.In The New YearThe Walkmen

    100. Dear LordJoseph Arthur
  • 2010 Recapitulation - My Choice: Top 100 Albums

    27. Dez. 2010, 20:29 von Heliosphaner

    My Top 70 Tracks Of The Year

    It's time to close another great year in music, so see the result of my musical trip since the very first day of the year:

    Fan Death
    Womb Of Dreams
    Genre: disco, synth-pop

    [Wierd Records]
    Genre: synth-pop

    Cloudland Canyon
    Fin Eaves
    [Holy Mountain]
    Genre: experrimental, krautrock, ambient, noise

    Infinite Body
    Carve Out The Face Of My God
    [Post Present Medium]
    Genre: noise ambient, abstract

    Teengirl Fantasy
    7 AM
    [True Panther Sounds / Merok Records]
    Genre: house, synth-pop, leftfield

    Michael Santos
    Memory Maker
    [Home Normal]
    Genre: ambient, drone

    Genre: abstract, minimal

    Federico Durant
    La Siesta Del Ciprés
    Genre: ambient, modern classical

    Casino Versus Japan
    Night On Tape
    [Attack 9]
    Genre: idm, downtempo, ambient

    BJ Nilsen
    The Invisible City
    Genre: field recording, abstract, experimenta


    Murralin Lane
    Our House Is On The Wall
    Genre: ambient

    [Werk Discs]
    Genre: instrumental, abstract, dubstep

    The Knife In Collaboration With Mt. Sims And Planningtorock
    Tomorrow, In A Year
    [Brille Records / Rabid Records]
    Genre: musical, experimental

    Best Coast
    Crazy For You
    [Mexican Summer]
    Genre: lo-fi, indie rock

    A Sufi And A Killer
    [Warp Records]
    Genre: psychedelic, disco, abstract, lo-fi

    Andrea Ferraris & Matteo Uggeri
    Autumn Is Coming, We're All In Slow Motion
    Genre: ambient

    Chihei Hatakeyama
    Ghostly Garden
    [Own Records]
    Genre: ambient

    [Unseen Records]
    Genre: ambient, downtempo

    Akira Rabelais
    Genre: avangarde, abstract, noise

    Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek
    Bird, Lake, Objects
    Genre: experimental, ambient


    Flying Lotus
    [Warp Records]
    Genre: instrumental hip-hop, disco, experimental, future jazz

    Loop Over Latitudes
    Genre: ambient, modern classical, idm

    Genre: dub techno

    Emerald Fantasy Tracks
    [Magic Wire Recordings]
    Genre: house, lo-fi

    Aidan Baker
    Liminoid / Lifeforms
    [Alien8 Recordings]
    Genre: abstract, drone, ambient

    On Bach
    [Creaked Records]
    Genre: minimal, abstract, techno

    LCD Soundsystem
    This Is Happening
    Genre: leftfield, disco, indie rock

    Marcell Dettmann
    [Ostgut Ton]
    Genre: techno, minimal

    Xela & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
    Love Is A Dream
    Genre: abstract, ambient

    Peter Van Hoesen
    Entropic City
    [Time To Express]
    Genre: techno


    Morgan Packard
    Moment Again Elsewhere
    [Anticipate Recordings]
    Genre: minimal, abstract

    Maxmillion Dunbar
    Cool Water
    [Ramp Recordings]
    Genre: downtempo, disco

    They Call It Edit
    [It's A Small World Disco]
    Genre: disco

    Long Distance
    [All City Records]
    Genre: disco, nu soul

    Matthew Dear
    Black City
    [Ghostly International]
    Genre: house, downtempo, electronic

    Jonas Reinhardt
    Powers Of Audition
    Genre: space rock, experimental

    Gold Panda
    Lucky Shiner
    [Ghostly International]
    Genre: leftfield, idm ,downtempo, wonky

    Clem Leek
    Holly Lane
    Genre: ambient

    Genre: electroni, tech house

    Four Tet
    There Is Love In You
    Genre: minimal, house, experimental


    Wild Nothing
    [Captured Tracks]
    Genre: idie rock, shoegaze, synth-pop

    Future Islands
    In Evening AIr
    [Thrill Jockey]
    Genre: indie rock

    Nils Frahm & Anne Müller
    [Hush Records]
    Genre: modern classical, glitch

    Arcade Fire
    The Suburbs
    [City Slang]
    Genre: indie rock

    Forest Swords
    Dagger Paths
    [No Pain In Pop / Olde English Spelling Bee]
    Genre: experimental, psychedelic

    The Traveller
    [Ostgut Ton]
    Genre: techno

    Roof Light
    Kirkwood Gaps
    [Highpoint Lowlife]
    Genre: dubstep, experimental

    Genre: house, dub techno, minimal

    Night & Day
    [Planet Mu]
    Genre: disco, downtempo, lo-fi

    Oneohtrix Point Never
    [Editions Mego]
    Genre: ambient, experimental


    High Places
    High Places Vs Mankind
    [Thrill Jockey]
    Genre: experimental

    Warning Light
    Further On
    [Stickfigure Records]
    Genre: ambient, experimental

    Philip Jeck
    An Ark For The Listener
    Genre: ambient, experimental

    Endless Falls
    Genre: ambient

    Marcus Fischer
    Genre: ambient, experimental

    Yellow Swans
    Going Places
    Genre: noise ambient

    Indignant Senility
    Plays Wagner
    Genre: dark ambient

    Jasper TX
    A Voice From Dead Radio
    [Under The Spire]
    Genre: ambient

    Brian Eno
    Small Craft On A Milk Sea
    [Warp Records]
    Genre: ambient, downtempo, abstract

    Jim Ferraro
    On Air
    [Muscleworks Inc.]
    Genre: abstract, lo-fi, radioplay


    Mount Kimbie
    Crooks & Lovers
    [Hotflush Recordings]
    Genre: dubstep, downtempo, experimental

    Concert Silence
    Genre: modern classical, ambient

    [Warp Records]
    Genre: idm, experimental

    Static Nocturne
    [Watership Sounds]
    Genre: ambient, modern classical

    Jamie Lidell
    [Warp Records
    Genre: soul, funk, electronic

    The Soft Wave
    [Smalltown Supersound]
    Genre: kratrock, ambient, experimental

    [Smalltown Supersound]
    Genre: downtempo, trip hop

    LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus
    LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus
    [Not Not Fun Records]
    Genre: experimental, lo-fi, psychedelic

    Zola Jesus
    Stridulum II
    [Souterrain Transmissions]
    Genre: experimental

    [City Slang / Merge Records]
    Genre: synth-pop, techno, experimental


    Flying Object
    Genre: deep house, experimental

    Genre: instrumental, experimental, wonky

    Andrew Thomas
    Between Buildings And Trees
    Genre: ambient

    Scott Cortez
    Twin Radiant Flux
    Genre: drone, ambient

    Brian McBride
    The Effective Disconnect
    Genre: modern classical, ambient

    Ólafur Arnalds
    ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
    [Erased Tapes Records]
    Genre: modern classical

    Tobias Hellkvist
    [Home Normal]
    Genre: ambient

    How To Dress Well
    Love Remains
    [Lefse Records]
    Genre: lo-fi, experimental, soul

    Olan Mill
    Genre: ambient, modern classical

    Does It Look Like I'm Here?
    [Editions Mego]
    Genre: krautrock, experimental


    Pantha Du Prince
    Black Noise
    [Rough Trade]
    Genre: minimal, techno, experimental

    Thomas Fehlmann
    Gute Luft
    Genre: dub techno, ambient

    The Black Dog
    Music For Real Airports
    [Soma Quality Recordings]
    Genre: ambient

    Fabric 55
    Genre: tribal, dubstep, techno, minimal, abstract

    Move Of Ten
    [Warp Records]
    Genre: idm, experimental, abstract

    Taylor Deupree
    Genre: ambient

    Famous Places
    [Western Vinyl]
    Genre: modern classical

    Demdike Stare
    Liberation Through Hearing / Forest Of Evil
    [Modern Love]
    Genre: experimental, dark ambient, dub techno

    Demdike Stare
    Voices Of Dust
    [Modern Love]
    Genre: experimental, dark ambient, dub techno

    The Sight Below
    It Falls Apart
    [Ghostly International]
    Genre: ambient, techno


    [Barge Recordings]
    Genre: modern classical, ambient

    Genre: deep house, house

    Rafael Anton Irrisari
    The North Bend
    Genre: ambient, modern classical

    [Cold Spring]
    Genre: ambient, modern classical

    Small Black
    New Chain
    Genre: leftfield, lo-fi, synth-pop

    Samo Milagro
    Genre: noise, lo-fi, experimental

    [Honest Jon's Records]
    Genre: experimental, house, wonky, dubstep

    [Temporary Residence Limited]
    Genre: modern classical, ambient

    my discovery of the year:

    Autre Ne Veut
    Autre Ne Veut
    [Olde English Spelling Bee]
    Genre: synth-pop, nu RnB, experimental

    and the winner is:

    DeepChord Present Echospace
    Liumin / Liumin Reduced
    [Modern Love]
    Genre: dub techno, ambient, field recordings

    So, Happy New Year! :)
    DeepChord presents Echospace
    Autre Ne Veut
    Small Black
    rafael anton irrisari
    The Sight Below
    Demdike Stare
    Taylor Deupree
    The Black Dog
    Thomas Fehlmann
    Pantha du Prince
    Olan Mill
    How to Dress Well
    Tobias Hellkvist
    ólafur arnalds
    Brian McBride
    Scott Cortez
    Andrew Thomas
    Zola Jesus
    LA Vampires meets Zola Jesus
    Jamie Lidell
    Concert Silence
    Mount Kimbie
    Jim Ferraro
    Brian Eno
    Jasper TX
    Indignant Senility
    Yellow Swans
    Marcus Fischer
    Philip Jeck
    Warning Light
    High Places
    Oneohtrix Point Never
    Roof Light
    Forest Swords
    Arcade Fire
    Nils Frahm & Anne Müller
    Future Islands
    Wild Nothing
    Four Tet
    Clem Leek
    Gold Panda
    Jonas Reinhardt
    Matthew Dear
    Maxmillion Dunbar
    Morgan Packard
    Peter van Hoesen
    Xela & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
    Marcell Dettmann
    LCD Soundsystem
    Aidan Baker
    Flying Lotus
    Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek
    Akira Rabelais
    Chihei Hatakeyama
    Andrea Ferraris & Matteo Uggeri
    Best Coast
    The Knife
    Murralin Lane
    BJ Nilsen
    Casino Versus Japan
    Federico Durand
    Michael Santos
    Teengirl Fantasy
    Infinite Body
    Cloudland Canyon
    Fan Death
  • A collection of several lists about music in 2010

    15. Dez. 2010, 1:42 von cedarpoint13

    I love lists. I love free time. I'm putting those two things together for your enjoyment.

    Some of these lists are silly, others well-organized, but all of them convey some sort of emotion I had toward that album/track when I listened to it.

    I'll start off with some easy lists and work my way up to more specific ones. Some of them will be in order (all descending), some will be without order. If you must, this generally follows the same list format as Pitchfork's readers poll with variations thrown in. (That's why I count OFWGKTA and others towards 2011, not 2010.)

    Top 5 Most Underrated Albums of 2010:

    5. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
    4. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
    3. Mark McGuire - Living With Yourself
    2. Women - Public Strain
    1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

    Top 5 Most Overrated Albums of 2010:

    5. Any witch house release not by Salem
    4. Gonjasufi - A Sufi and a Killer
    3. Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
    2. Sleigh Bells - Treats
    1. Best Coast - Crazy for You

    The 5 Worst Albums of 2010:

    5. oOoOO - NoSummr4U EP
    4. Blank Dogs - Phrases
    3. ///▲▲▲\\\ - CDR
    2. M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\
    1. jj - jj n° 3

    The 5 Best Remixes of 2010:

    5. Pantha du Prince - Stick to My Side (Four Tet Remix)
    4. Blackbird Blackbird - Hawaii (Sunvisor Remix)
    3. Dan Deacon - Woof Woof (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
    2. Tyler, the Creator - Inside Of Clouds (remix)
    1. Star Slinger - Deerhunter - Helicopter (Star Slinger Remix)

    The 5 Best New Artists of 2010:

    For an artist to be considered, their first major release (basically, an LP) must have been released in 2010. Oneohtrix Point Never, while releasing Rifts in 2009, did not release Returnal until 2010.

    5. Kisses
    4. Oneohtrix Point Never
    3. Mark McGuire
    2. Surfer Blood
    1. Toro y Moi

    5 Artists to Look Out For in 2011:

    Yeah, I know OFWGKTA has had releases dating back to 2008, but they're becoming more popular by the day. Sun Airway released an album late this year, but I'm expecting a lot more from those two in 2011.

    5. Sun Airway
    4. Teen Daze
    3. Games
    2. MillionYoung
    1. OFWGKTA

    5 Most Surprisingly Likable Albums of 2010:

    Most of these were by artists I hadn't listened to before or by an artist who's previous work I didn't like but ended up liking their 2010 release. Ranked in descending order of how surprised I was.

    5. Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1
    4. The Bitters - East General
    3. The Books - The Way Out
    2. Beach House - Teen Dream
    1 (tie). Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here? and Mark McGuire - Living With Yourself

    5 Songs I Embarrassingly Will Admit to Liking:

    5. Gucci Mane - Lemonade
    4. Cee-Lo Green - Fuck You
    3. Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam of Vampire Weekend - All Summer
    2. Free Energy - Free Energy
    1. Waka Flocka Flame - Hard In Da Paint

    The Best Lyrics of 2010:

    Get sick and then I won't have to
    Go to school today, tomorrow, the day after
    Sit in bed write a bunch of raps up....(ugggh)
    Then I won't be lying when I say I'm a sick rapper

    -Tyler, the Creator in Inside Of Clouds (remix)

    It's just a rock in the cooler
    Not a day off but I'm still Ferris Bueller
    Winners never lose so how dare you confuse us
    They quote what I spit like Confucius

    -Big K.R.I.T. in Hometown Hero

    Trying too hard
    I know you're trying too hard
    You're trying too hard
    To be what you already are

    -Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti in Menopause Man (not as impressive as the others, but it's the most "real" lyric I've seen because you could use this expression for many people you've met)

    Though we knew this day would come
    Still it took us by surprise
    In this town where I was born
    I now see through a dead man's eyes

    -Arcade Fire in Half Light II (No Celebration)

    Best New Discoveries of 2010

    This doesn't count as 2010 only; any artist who I had never heard a song by before January 1st, 2010 is eligible.

    5. Big K.R.I.T.
    4. Kisses
    3. The Trashmen and several other 1960s surf rock groups
    2. Oneohtrix Point Never
    1. The Sandals due to seeing the Endless Summer for the first time in February

    5 Albums I Wish Had Taken Me Less Time to Understand/Enjoy:

    5. The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
    4. TOKiMONSTA - Midnight Menu
    3. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
    2. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
    1. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?

    5 Albums That Took a Sharp Decline in Quality Upon Repeated Listens:

    5. Wavves - King Of The Beach
    4. Gayngs - Relayted
    3. Sleigh Bells - Treats (I was in love with this album at first. After a few more listens, though, I can barely listen to it outside of a few tracks)
    2. Kate Nash - My Best Friend Is You
    1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

    5 Songs With Exceptional Music Videos

    5. Zooniversity - Teach Me How To Bucky

    4. Oneohtrix Point Never - Pelham Island Road (unfortunately, it appears the Vimeo link is down. In the meantime, go to YT and look for some of his works on the Memory Vague DVD under the YT handle "sunsetcorp")
    3. Health - We Are Water (NSFW)

    2. Das Racist - Who's That? Brooown!

    1. Arcade Fire - We Used to Wait

    5 Albums For Each Season:


    Woods - At Echo Lake
    Mountain Man - Made The Harbor
    Sleigh Bells - Treats
    Rangers - Suburban tours
    Four Tet - There Is Love in You


    Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
    Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
    Kisses - The Heart of the Nightlife
    Wavves - King Of The Beach
    Sun Araw - On Patrol


    Mark McGuire - Living With Yourself
    Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    The National - High Violet
    The Bitters - East General
    The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme


    Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
    Women - Public Strain
    Julian Lynch - Mare
    Twin Shadow - Forget
    Pantha du Prince - Black Noise

    5 Artists Who Deserve More Attention:

    Beach Fossils

    5 Albums I Never Listened To That I Probably Should've Listened To

    Liars - Sisterworld
    Jonsi - Go
    Menomena - Mines
    Ratatat - LP4
    Broken Bells - Broken Bells

    And, finally...

    5 Artists Who Didn't Release an Album in 2010 That Need to Release One in 2011 For the Good of the World (and My Health)

    Real Estate
    Animal Collective
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor (one can hope!)
    Panda Bear
    Nodzzz (one 16-minute album is NOT ENOUGH)

    Thanks for reading this unnecessarily long post; if you're up for leaving me a comment or a question, you're free to do so.

    This was a good waste of three hours.
  • new Tears Run Rings music video - Divided

    24. Sep. 2010, 17:30 von beams

  • new Tears Run Rings music video - Divided

    24. Sep. 2010, 17:31 von beams

  • Tears Run Rings - Forgotten - mp3 & video

    22. Jul. 2010, 20:41 von beams

    Tears Run Rings have released the downloadable single Forgotten in anticipation of their new album Distance which will arrive on Clairecords August 24th 2010.

    The mp3 can be downloaded on their Facebook Page.

    * * *

    For fans of...[
    Beach House, Radio Dept, New Order, Pia Fraus, The Fauns, Air Formation, Pale Saints, Moose, Wild Nothing, The Emerald Down, The Daysleepers, Auburn Lull, Ride, Airiel, Secret Shine, Felt, The Jasmine Minks
  • Top 10 Songs of All-Time w/ commentary

    29. Jan. 2010, 14:00 von NickGerli

    10. “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” by Brand New

    “The Quiet Things…” sowed the seeds of my affinity for intensely emotional music, “emo” if you will. Maybe it’s the heartfelt verse, or the gang shouting in the chorus, or the intense bridge build-up that sees Lacey affirm “I lie for only you / I lie well, halleluh”, or possibly the nostalgia and adolescent angst associated with this song, but for whatever the reason “The Quiet Things…” simply appeals to me on a very emotional level. There’s no Dillinger-esque technicality, M83-like ethereal appeal, or even inventive song structure, however the implicit emotional significance of music doesn’t need to be justified through critical means.

    09. “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie

    “Under Pressure” is quite simply amazing, the fruit of two artists who were at their imaginative peaks and collaborated to pen one of the most commercially successful songs of all time. The track is synonymous with the smooth opening bass line, but the androgynous vocal performances from Freddy Mercury and David Bowie steal the show. The lyrical content of the song deals with the notion of universal love, with Bowie eventually surmising that “Love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night / And love dares you to change the way of caring about ourselves.”

    08. “Frequency Ass Bandit” by Botch

    Botch’s “Frequency Ass Bandit”, initially titled “Frequenting Mass Transit”, was my first foray into the wonderful world of math-core; a genre rooted as much in technicality and musicianship as brutality. The first half of “Frequency Ass Bandit” is good albeit unspectacular; however the auditory beatdown really begins at the 2:30 mark when guitarist Dave Knudsen (now in Minus the Bear) busts out a torrent of creative riffs before finishing with a breakdown that would make the likes of Ivan Drago quiver in fear.

    07. “Planning a Prison Break” by The Receiving End of Sirens

    Although they disbanded in early 2008, The Receiving End of Sirens left an indelible mark on the alternative/post-hardcore scene with their 2005 debut ‘Between The Heart and the Synapse.’ “Planning a Prison Break”, the second track on the album, clocks in at over five minutes (although the music video release is shorter) and elicits thoughts of genre giants Thursday and Brand New, but distances itself by displaying an artistic ingenuity that those bands lack. “Planning a Prison Break” exhibits no identifiable structure, instead choosing to meander between different genres and arrangements before eventually concluding with an arresting chorus of voices belting “This is the last night in my body, yeah…” on seemingly infinite loop.

    06. “Ode We Will Bury Ourselves” by Moving Mountains

    Westchester, NY-based Moving Mountains combine elements from Brand New and Explosions in the Sky to craft “post-emo” that tugs at the heart strings.” “Ode We Will Bury Ourselves” follows this formula and unites grandiose guitars, horn parts, and Gregory Dunn’s rangy vocals to shape one of the most epic songs of all-time. Dunn’s lyrics are evocative yet mysterious, as we’re left to wonder whether he’s referring to a lost lover, God, or a deceased friend through lines like “And I am in the earth and you’re in the sky / And nothing will change what you are.” The song concludes in dramatic fashion with a harmonized a cappella rendition of the above lyrics before fading out to nothingness.

    05. “43% Burnt” by The Dillinger Escape Plan

    “43% Burnt”, the second track from 1999’s ‘Calculating Infinity’, is the most brutal, frenetic, and dynamic song of all time. The track opens at break-neck pace, immediately introducing the listener to The Dillinger Escape Plan’s use of mind-numbingly complex time signatures and guitar arrangements. Dmitri Minakakis’ patented bark complements the haphazard instrumentation very well and pushes the brutality meter to unprecedented levels. Everything before the three minute mark of “43% Burnt” is just gravy though, since the minute-long breakdown that closes the song serves as the apex of hardcore music.

    04. “Nerdy” by Poison the Well

    Poison the Well’s milestone 1999 release ‘Opposite of December…A Season of Separation’ all but created the post-hardcore genre with its inclusion of timeless songs that juxtapose melodic and screaming vocals with ample guitar breakdowns and double-bass rolls. Admittedly, “Slice Paper Wrists” was the song off ‘Opposite of December…’ that first drew me in, however “Nerdy” has stood the test of time. The last minute of the song is pure hardcore bliss, interspersing one of the most brutal breakdowns of all time with the romantic yearning of singer Jeffrey Moreira: “Time slows down when / you look at me / I’m infatuated with this / Infatuated with you.”

    03. “The Canyon Behind Her” by dredg

    Anyone who has seen Salvador Dali’s famous painting “Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening” inadvertently knows the inspiration behind dredg’s 2002 land-mark album ‘El Cielo.’ The first minute of “The Canyon Behind Her” contains a sparse slide guitar amid Japanese whispers that instruct the listener to view Dali’s painting while listening to the song. From there the track utilizes a sonic wall of guitars to lay the foundation for Gavin Hayes’ incredibly emotional vocal performance. Hayes eventually croons “Though half of me gone / the lonesome part is there / I cannot find the other half” before yielding to a chorus of chants that slowly dissipate upon the song’s conclusion.

    02. “Run into Flowers” by M83

    “Run Into Flowers”, in contrast to songs like “43% Burnt”, garners its magnificence from subtlety and nuance rather than bombastic technicality. The third track off 2003’s ‘Dead Cities, Read Seas & Lost Ghosts’, “Run Into Flowers” is awash in multiple layers of warm synthesizers and digital strings. The track evolves seamlessly from beginning to end, managing to lull the listener into a transcendental state. A knee-buckling build-up around the two minute mark is the song’s high point as M83 brainchild Anthony Gonzalez murmurs “Give me peace and chemicals, I want to run into you” below the pulsating synthesizers and swooning electric violin.

    01. “3 Libras” by A Perfect Circle

    Perhaps the most moving and utterly emotional song of all-time, A Perfect Circle’s “3 Libras” completely changed my perspective on music. A Perfect Circle was my “bridge band”, providing sophisticated yet accessible songs that opened the floodgates for my interest in progressive music. Off 2000’s ‘Mer De Noms’, “3 Libras” capitalizes on vocalist Maynard James Keenan’s earnest and vulnerable delivery as well as a beautiful strings section to create a truly tear-inducing experience. The last minute of the song, in which Maynard repetitiously belts “You don’t, you don’t, you don’t see me” above a swell of hazed out guitar licks and orchestral ensembles, is the most cathartic moment in the history of music.
  • Top 20 Albums of 2009 w/ Reviews!

    16. Jan. 2010, 20:21 von NickGerli

    20. Harvard - The Inevitable and I

    The most underground selection on this list, Harvard is a band based out of Charlotte, North Carolina that sports a sound eerily reminiscent to Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria. Vocalist Jesse Clasen belts out effeminate vocals akin to Rush's Geddy Lee while guitarists Jason Shaw and Lee Herrera play atmospheric and effects laden riffs that would elicit a smile from Circa axeman Colin Frangicetto. "Deliverance" is the strongest song on the album and packs a punch while the title track "Inevitable and I" is a soft acoustic arrangement that ends the record with a mellow feeling. Harvard's debut was produced by Brian Mcternan, the man behind Circa Survive, Thrice, Senses Fail, and Cave-In, which is only appropriate considering fans of the aforementioned will surely adore Harvard.

    19. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

    A bit overrated? Yeah, definitely. However, there is no denying that ‘Merriweather Pavilion’ is a truly experimental effort worthy of plenty of praise. Already their 8th LP, Animal Collective have really come into their own on ‘MPP” by creating an original selection of dream pop tracks that flow seamlessly in and out of each other. “My Girls”, the album’s most popular song, typifies what you can expect from ‘MPP’ – five minute long tracks that straddle the line between keyboard-infused pop and whacked out psychedelia. “Bluish” is the strongest song on the album and features the lyrics “I'm getting lost in your curls/I'm drawing pictures on your skin, so soft it twirls”, an apt analogy for it albums imagery-laden and dreamy instrumentation.

    18. Closure in Moscow - First Temple

    The Aussie quintet's debut 'First Temple' is one of the most original and interesting albums of the year due to its fusion of music that is both progressive and accessible. Best described as The Mars Volta on downers (i.e., not as retarded), Closure In Moscow have normal song structures but manage to spice things up with amazing guitar work and melodic vocal harmonies. "Sweet#hart", despite the extraneous pound sign, is the catchiest song on the album and a good starting point for most. "A Night At The Spleen" is my personal favorite and upholds The Mars Volta comparison as vocalist Christopher DeCinque attempts his best Cedric Bixler impression. On the whole if you're looking for a progressive record that is sophisticated yet accessible with a pinch of post-hardcore check out 'First Temple' and you won't be disappointed.

    17. Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself

    Telefon Tel Aviv's third LP, 'Immolate Yourself', builds upon the electronic/IDM influence purported by 'Map of What Is Effortless' and 'Fahrenheit Far Enough', however the emotional, gloomy nature of their music is more apparent than ever because of the unfortunate death of band member Charles Cooper. "The Birds" opens the album and is without a doubt Telefon Tel Aviv's magnum opus, a 6:38 second affair that features hypnotic rhythms, ethereal synths, and the repeated lyrics "The birds remind me of what we made/The birds remind me of what remains." The first minute of the song also includes a mumbled whisper that can't help but inspire thoughts of Cooper and his death: "The science of your days is laid bare, boiling in the sun, for all the world to see." The rest of 'Immolate Yourself' struggles to measure up to the brilliance of "The Birds", however "M", "Mostly Transculent", and the album's title track are all solid efforts as well.

    16. Russian Circles - Geneva

    Russian Circles first garnered my attention in May 2008 with the post-metal sound of their sophomore release 'Station'. Their follow-up, 'Geneva', is an album that improves on its predecessor in every way and packs a notable punch. Album openers "Fathom" and "Geneva" represent two of the most brutal tracks by the band to date, while "Melee" starts off slow but eventually gives way to a crescendo of guitar and percussion by songs end. Bassist Brian Cook especially shines on the first three tracks (most notably on "Geneva") by weeving heavy, low-tuned grooves between Mike Sullivan's guitar melodies and Dave Turncrantz's drum rhythms. "Hexed All" marks the turning point of 'Geneva' as the band abandons metal for more traditional post-rock stylings. "When The Mountain Comes to Muhammad" is the star of the second half of the album and wouldn't be out of place on a Mogwai record.

    15. Converge - Axe To Fall

    Listening to Converge's 'Axe To Fall' is like taking a brick to the face - and man does it hurt so good. The Massachusetts-based mathcore band continues to cement themselves as the preeminent act in the genre with the 7th LP since their inception in 1990. Be warned, 'Axe To Fall' is not for the faint of heart as it pumps ferocious instrumentation, grating vocals, and morbid lyrics into a thirteen track adrenaline-fueled frenzy. The album opens up at break-neck pace, with "Dark Horse", "Reap What You Sow", "Axe To Fall", and "Effigy" each containing the technical guitar meedling, spastic time signatures, and patented Jacob Bannon bark that lend Converge their identity. Some of the most rewarding tracks on the album come in the way of "Worms Will Feed", "Cruel Bloom", and "Wretched World", longer works that ditch high-speed proficiency and Bannon's typical scream for slower, more epic build-ups and toned down vocals. 'Axe To Fall' features numerous guest appearances, including contributions from members of Genghis Tron, The Red Chord, Hatebreed, and Cave In. All told, 'Axe To Fall' is another terrific installment in Converge's catalog and a must-listen for any fan of hardcore music.

    14. James Yuill - Turning Down Water For Air

    London-based James Yuill began the year in obscurity but ascended to relative popularity thanks to plugs from and most recently Starbucks. His debut 'Turning Down Water For Air', released in May of this year, caught my eye thanks to its catchy, albeit sparse mix of folk rock and electronica (folktronica?). Fans of Phoenix and The Postal Service will immediately resonate with Yuill and are sure to love tracks such as "No Pins Allowed" and "This Sweet Love", two of the album's best. 'Turning Down Water For Air' emphasizes Yuill's vocals, which are subdued yet emotional. His lyrics don't try to solve world hunger but are instead poignant love ballads that any adolescent or young adult will find relatable. "No Surprises" is certainly no exception, as Yuill sings "If you want me, I will be right here/And if you love me you will notice me here." 'Turning Down Water For Air' was one of the best surprises of 2009 and an effort that most, especially fans of the hybrid indie/pop/electronic craze, will enjoy.

    13. Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light

    If there was a winner for most striking album artwork of the year, ‘The Crying Light’ and its black and white depiction of 1970s butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno would take first prize. It stands alone on its musical merits as well though. Antony and the Johnsons is comprised of singer Antony Hegarty and his backing musicians, both of whom collaborate to fashion what has been described as “baroque pop”, a vocal-intensive style of music with delicate strings and orchestral samplings in the background. And make no mistake, Hegarty is what makes ‘The Crying Light’ great. “Epilepsy is Dancing” makes full use of Hegarty’s glorious voice in its discussion of the inexplicable pain and aural wonder (if you can believe it) caused by epileptic seizures: “Cut me in quadrants/Leave me in the corner/Oh now it’s passing/Oh now I’m dancing.” Hegarty’s vocal crescendo on the album finale “Everglade” is near tear-inducing and leaves the listener with a sense of wonder and amazement about how emotional the human voice can be.

    12. Thrice – Beggars

    Thrice has come a long way from their 2001 debut ‘Identity Crisis.’ At the time they were a generic post-hardcore band trying to make a name for themselves, however with ‘Beggars’ Thrice, much like Brand New, has cemented themselves as one of the elite alternative bands around today. Upon listening to ‘Beggars’ it is easy to notice stylistic similarities to the ‘Earth’ and ‘Air’ sections of 2008’s ‘The Alchemy Index’, particularly on tracks such as “Circles”, “Wood & Wire”, and “Beggars” that sound like something off a Radiohead album. “All The World is Mad” and “At the Last”, while good songs, are the only remnants of circa-2003 Thrice to be found on ‘Beggars’ and serve as telling evidence of the band’s progression.

    11. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

    Grizzly Bear’s ‘Veckatimest’ was one of the few albums of 2009 that deserved its critical reception and hype, promoting what I can best describe as minimalistic foggy folk rock. Tracks like “Ready, Able” and “While You Wait for the Others” put the listener into trance, tricking us into believing there’s more to it than vocal harmonies and a guitar strums. Perhaps that’s what makes Grizzly Bear so good though – they don’t overextend themselves, and instead stick to a ‘Pet Sounds’ style folk rock that is intensely satisfying. The album’s best and most accessible is probably “Two Weeks”, which opens up with a piano lick that sounds very similar to Jay-Z’s “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” ‘Veckatimest’ isn’t recommended for all audiences; however those appreciative of a little nuance and subtlety with a dash of pop will come away satisfied.

    10. Passion Pit - Manners

    To put it succinctly: Passion Pit’s ‘Manners’ is probably the most addicting album of the year. The Massachusetts-based electro-pop quintet managed to create an album that, unlike MGMT’s ‘Oracular Spectacular’, provides a full listening experience rather than just a couple catchy singles. There isn’t one skippable track on ‘Manners’, every one managing to meld Michael Angelakos’ unich-esque bellow betwixt catchy synth pop melodies. My personal favorite is in a perpetual state of flux; however “Sleepyhead” and “The Reeling”, the album’s first single, are a great starting point for potential listeners. I can’t honestly conceive of someone disliking ‘Manners’, so if you’re not short of hearing please check this album out.

    09. Future of the Left – Travels With Myself and Another

    Look up a definition of the word “badass” in the dictionary and you’ll be sure to see mention of Future of the Left, a sometimes brutal, often times catchy, yet consistently hilarious punk band from Cardiff, Wales. I’d be hard-pressed to describe what ‘Travels With Myself and Another’ actually sounds like ( has “noise rock” as the top genre recommendation) – I don’t think I’ve heard anything like it before. Instead, I’ll offer this bit of advice: turn the volume up to 11 and rock out to the gravelly vocals, heavy as fuck bass lines, and driving keyboard arrangements. “You Need Satan More Than He Needs You” has ridiculously heavy synth beats and pummels the shit out of you. “Throwing Bricks at Trains” is a bit easier on the sensibilities and is also inexplicably hilarious: “Slight/Bowl movements/Preceded/the bloodless coup/But no one/must know it/I am at fault.” Overall, if you like a band that is heavy, catchy, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, check out Future of the Left and their new record ‘Travels With Myself and Another.’

    08. Paper Route - Absence

    Paper Route, fresh off a world tour with Paramore, combine musical elements from Mute Math, Coldplay, and M83 to form a rare brand of ambient-electro-rock that propels their full length debut 'Absence' to #8 status in 2009. Perhaps the most impressive thing about 'Absence' is its diversity. "Last Time" sounds like a B-side off Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida...', "Carousel" channels 'Frengers'-era Mew, while "Gutter" opens with a distorted beat that could be confused for TV on the Radio's "I Was a Lover". The strongest tracks on the record include "Good Intentions", "Last Time", and the finale "Dance On Our Graves", which closes the album with an electric violin solo that is arguably the best minute of music in 2009. Any fan of the abovementioned comparisons will find something they like in ‘Absence.’

    07. dredg – the Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion

    I owe my entire musical taste to dredg. They’re the band that grasped me from the throngs of generic radio rock and unveiled the beneficent world of progressive music. Needless to say, I was freaking excited for June’s release of ‘the Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion’, and thankfully the Bay-area prog rockers didn’t disappoint. “Pariah” opens the record in epic fashion and conjures thoughts of 2002’s ‘El Cielo’, while tracks such as “Saviour”, “Information”, and “I Don’t Know” could easily pass as top forty singles. The second half of the album features a bit more experimentation, especially “Long Days and Vague Clues”, a 1:53 funhouse thrill ride complete with bombastic cellos and violins. The versatility of ‘the Pariah…’ is its strength, but also its downfall, as the album seems to lack continuity at times. dredg’s brand of progressive pop rock on ‘the Pariah…’ should sit well with fans of Circa Survive, A Perfect Circle, and U2.

    06. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

    I was a little late to the Phoenix party so it’s likely that ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’, with a little more time for absorption, could have been as high as 2 or 3. “1901” and “Lisztomania” are their two big singles and serve as extremely catchy electro-pop tunes; however I would struggle to call them the album’s best since their isn’t one throw-away track on ‘Wolfgang…’. “Fences”, “Rome”, and “Lasso” are all great and stick to the formula of the two singles, however “Love Like a Sunset” stands out as the album’s best, a seven-minute instrumental epic that rises and falls like the tide. Fans of Passion Pit, MGMT, and Empire of the Sun will definitely love ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ and should give it a listen.

    05. Brand New - Daisy

    Make no mistake, Brand New's 'Daisy' is a dark and uncomfortable album, one that lulls the listener into a false sense of security before delivering a jarring helping of angsty Jesse Lacey screams and distorted guitar riffs. The CD's first track, "Vices", encapsulates this notion perfectly, opening with a vocal track reminiscent of Edith Piaf before eventually segueing into a veritable torrent of dissonance. The progression to 'Daisy' further confirms the reality that 'Your Favorite Weapon' era Brand New is gone, dead in the past. They have distanced themselves from the ubiquitous emo scene and established themselves as true progressive artists, deserving a place right next to the Radiohead's of the world thanks to their originality and creativity. "You Stole", one of the best tracks on the album, confirms that Lacey is still a champion of deep and cryptic lyrics, as he yearns "So if I'm a liar and you're a thief/At least we both know where the other one sleeps/So let's end this tonight." “Noro” is one of the best album closers you’re going to find, eventually closing with the same Piaf-like intro that lead into “Vices”.

    04. Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic

    What happens when you combine math metal, southern rock, and hardcore influences into one nice little 37-minute package? Everytime I Die's 'New Junk Aesthetic' of course, a sonic assault that bludgeons the listener with tight, heavy riffs and Keith Buckley's perfect scream and genius lyrics (which cannot be emphasized enough). Tracks like "Who Invited the Russian Solider?" and "White Smoke" precipitate a sense of alarm and urgency thanks to Buckley's wonderful delivery. "For the Record" is the album's best and features Buckley's exclamation, "Lord have mercy on my soul/I've had a good run but can't run anymore/Just put me down", amidst one of the band's most brutal breakdowns to date. "White Smoke" and "Goddamn Kids These Days" follow a similar thread while "The Marvelous Slut" is a short number that features Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape plan on guest vocals.

    03. Portugal The. Man - The Satanic Satanist

    The quarter from Wasilla, Alaska must be bionic or something. July's release of 'The Satanic Satanist' makes four LP's and one EP in a meager four years. "People Say", album opener and lead single, is an anti-war anthem that harkens images of 1960s Vietnam protests and college campus sit-ins. The song is catchy and well-written but does not over stay its welcome, a consistent theme among all eleven tracks on 'The Satanic Satanist'. "Work All Day", Guns & Dogs", and "Everyone Is Golden" are all very accessible and contribute to the Beatles-type classic rock vibe present throughout. "The Home" is my personal favorite and an ode to the soul-infused numbers on 'Censored Colors' and 'Church Mouth'. Singer John Baldwin Gourley stands out as much as ever with his effeminate and helplessly melodic croon, especially on tracks such as "The Sun". Portugal. The man does not attempt to reinvent the wheel with 'The Satanic Satanist', but instead provides extremely catchy and light-hearted pop tunes that any person would enjoy.

    02. Mew - No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away

    An extremely long and pretentious album title is the only fault evident in Mew's 'No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away.' The Danish rock trio's most recent release is a natural progression from 2006's 'And The Glass Handed Kites', combining pop and shoegaze elements to craft an album that would be equally suitable for a late-night listening session or a car ride with some friends. 'No More Stories...' remains remarkably consistent throughout and is bolstered by a whimsical, almost child-like pop/ambient sound that is extremely difficult to categorize. "Repeaterbeater", the band's most recent single and a good place to start for those unfamiliar with Mew, is a pragmatic if not depressing track about lost love that has lead vocalist Jonas Bjerre emote, "Sometimes I've got nothing to do/Nothing to signal out when I can't be with you." "Silas The Magic Car", "Hawaii", and "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" also round out the album's best.

    01. The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun

    The unequivocal zenith of 2009, 'Reach for the Sun' is a once in a life time record that is heartfelt, sincere, and evocative. The album's foundation is Jared Palermo's lyrical content and intensely emotional vocal delivery which resonates increasingly with each listen. The instrumentation is catchy, rife with hazy guitar licks that serve as an admirable supplement to Palermo's vocals. The band initially comes off as “pop punk”, however several songs in it becomes obvious that ‘Reach of the Sun’ is something more. "Where I Want To Be" deals with introspection and a lost lover and concludes with Palermo's realization that "I'm learning now that I was wrong in everything/And that's the reason why I think that I can grow." "The Permanent Rain" has more weighty subject matter as Palermo discusses his deceased grandmother and her effect on his music career with "You know I've lost a lot/But I won't let this die/You know I've got this friend up in the atmosphere/Another reason not to fear the sky." 'Reach for the Sun' is quite simply one of the best vocal and lyrical records of all-time. The album is very accessible and a must listen for everyone.