• Bowery Electric

    4. Jan. 2006, 22:59 von schmeep

    I love shoegaze.
    I love post-rock.
    I love trip-hop.
    I love Bowery Electric.
    I always feel happiest recently when I am listening to this band (which must be why they have moved up 5 places on my chart in the space of less than a day). I am a bit scared that I will never grow tired of Freedom Fighter, I really am. All I have to say is, if you haven't checked out this band yet, and you like one or more of the forementioned genres, give them a listen.
    Other stuff I've been listening to quite a lot recently is Kate Bush, M83 (which sounds like the soundtrack to heaven), Mono and of course, more of one of my very favourite bands, Morcheeba. Oh, and Panic! at the Disco I am really enjoying, thanks to my friend Stazzles who introduced them to me =D.
    Have been discovering A LOT of new music recently which means I have not left the house properly for a few days. School starts again tomorrow so that will have to change. Heh.
    Oh and I gotta say, The KLF's album 'Chill Out' is a true ambient classic and is really worth a listen.
  • another mix cd

    3. Jan. 2006, 5:08 von erhodes

    1.Bang Theory - World Leader Pretend

    2.Alive With Pleasure – Viva Voce

    3.Declaration of Purpose – Brilliant Red Lights

    4.Half Light – Athlete

    5.Leisure Suite – Feist

    6.To The Ones You Haunted – Minus Story

    7.The Sea – Morcheeba

    8.L.S.F. – Kasabian

    9.Hello? Is This Thing On? - !!! Chk Chik Chick

    10.I Want None of This – Radiohead

    11.Bright Ideas – Portastatic

    12.Reckless – Tilly and the Wall

    13.Carrion – British Sea Power

    14.Rabbit in Your Headlights – UNKLE

    15.Waiting Room – Fugazi

    16.Before We Begin – Broadcast

    17.There is Always Madness – April March

    18.Odd Man Out (Odd Man Remix) – Red Snapper
  • 2005, in band form

    2. Jan. 2006, 16:08 von HenryR

    Goldfrapp, Brendan Benson, The Frames, The Dears, Alabama 3, Rufus Wainwright, Morcheeba, The Mountain Goats, Emma Pollock, OK Go, British Sea Power, Martha Wainwright, Idlewild, The Cat Empire, KT Tunstall, The Pogues, The White Stripes, Immaculate Machine, The New Pornographers, The Zutons, Ladytron, R.E.M., Hayseed Dixie, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Bills, The Earlies.

    oh yeah, and Horace X.

    should have gone to Sleater-Kinney, Ben Folds and Kristin Hersh but didn't for a variety of reasons.

    This year's already shaping up to be a good one with Death Cab for Cutie, Graham Coxon, Lou Rhodes, Beth Orton, Nick Cave and Belle and Sebastian on the radar. (B+S's the life pursuit is absolutely storming, and a very early contender for album of 2006). Plus ATP coming up in April, which should allow me to make up for missing Sleater-Kinney if anyone will go with me.
  • The State of the iTunes Address

    31. Dez. 2005, 19:48 von Anrky

    Total Number of Tracks: 39,481
    Total Play Time: 126.5 Days
    Total Size: 253.62GB
    Total Plays: 131,683

    Generes: 47
    Albums: 2450
    Artists (not including compilations): 800
    Artists (including compilations): 7689

    Five Star Songs: 271
    Four Star Songs: 1287
    Three Star Songs: 2396

    Top 10 Most Played Artists:
    01) Hooverphonic
    02) Morcheeba
    03) Sarah McLachlan
    04) Delerium
    05) Garbage
    06) Olive
    07) Kosheen
    08) Portishead
    09) Goldfrapp
    10) Enigma

    Top 10 Most Played Songs:
    01) Push - Olive
    02) Smile - Olive
    03) Killing - Olive
    04) Wasting My Time - Kosheen
    05) I'm Not In Love - Olive
    06) Suzy May - Kosheen
    07) Liberty - Olive
    08) Wish - Kosheen
    09) Creature of Comfort - Olive
    10) Strict Machine - Goldfrapp

    Top 10 Most played Albums:
    01) Trickle
    02) Presents Jackie Cane
    03) Extra Virgin
    04) Resist
    05) Kosheen - Kokopelli
    06) Charango
    07) The Magnificent Tree
    08) Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
    09) Dahlia - Emotion Cycles
    10) Conjure One

  • favorite albums I got this year - part one

    29. Dez. 2005, 23:28 von ellocina

    Well, 2006 is almost upon us. As I will be away in Connecticut tomorrow and Saturday, now is the only time I can reflect on my favorite albums I got this year. The albums I received for Christmas will not be included in this, since I haven't had enough time to listen to them yet. This is part one, as this is taking me a while to complete.

    Here they are, listed in no particular order:

    1. Air - Talkie Walkie - I love this album since it can be used as both background noise when I'm reading or just for listening. It's booth soothing and melodic. Biological must be one of the best sex songs ever written.

    2. Bjork - Vespertine - I love this album because it exhibits the same listening versatility to me as Talkie Walkie. I love the instrumentation on the album and the fact that it can be dreamy and whimsical at times without being overdone.

    3. Various Artists - Garden State - Probably the best soundtrack ever made. Each song strikes an emotional chord. …
  • the limitations of Internet radio

    29. Dez. 2005, 4:21 von ellocina

    Ok, so in one of my last posts I went on about issues with regular radio, so today I decided to take on some of my issues with Internet radio.

    Before I go any further, I would like to say that I LOVE Internet radio. I LOVE last.fm . If it wasn't for sites like the ones listed above as well as launch and accuradio, I'd be forced to listen to the same stale crap that get's overplayed on radio stations due to the record industry and clever marketing. Most of this stuff, like Ashlee Simpson etc., I feel is overmarketed because it's not good enough on it's own to spread in popularity.

    While Internet radio has improved my life immensely in terms of exposure to new bands (better living through science), it does has some limitations which I'd like to discuss.

    One of them is the fact that not all artists are playable due to, you guessed it!, the record industry. Surprise, surprise. For example, even though you can hear millions of artists on launch, you can't hear any songs performed by The Beatles. …
  • Consumismo navideño

    26. Dez. 2005, 21:30 von str0b0s

    Hablando de compras, mañana tengo que aprovechar para ir a la fnac.es.
    Me gusta apelotonarme con el resto de los urbanitas madrileños paseando por la plaza de Callao hasta llegar a la fnac. Es curioso, en la fnac a pesar de que por los alrededores todo el mundo está histérico porque no llega para comprar todos los regalos, la gente está extrañamente tranquila, deben echar algo por el aire acondicionado para tranquilizarnos, no hay demasiados empujones, la gente tiene una expresión vagamente feliz durante todo el año aunque no sea Navidad. Me voy a llevar puestos los discos de Morcheeba en mi zen, me parece la música más apropiada para pasear por el centro.
  • Best albums of 1996

    26. Dez. 2005, 8:40 von smog|curling

    With all the "Best of 2005" posts, I wanted to make a list of albums from a different (probably better) year: 1996. For many reasons, 1996 was important for my life as a whole, and also for shaping my musical tastes. I still listen to many of the albums I bought back then, and even the ones I don't listen to often anymore left a huge impression on my current life. What follows is a list of the albums from 1996 which I still love. I'm sure there were many more at the time, but these are the ones that stuck with me. Oh, I should also mention that I was much cooler in 1996 than I am now. Much, much cooler.

    Lungfish - Sound In Time (12 Feb)
    Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island (26 Mar)
    The Sonora Pine - The Sonora Pine (26 Mar)
    Local H - As Good As Dead (16 Apr)
    Man or Astro-Man? - Experiment Zero (16 Apr)
    Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire (16 Apr)
    The Crownhate Ruin - Until the Eagle Grins (29 Apr)
    Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hot (4 Jun)
    Beck - Odelay (18 Jun)
    June of 44 - Tropics and Meridians (18 Jun)
  • Top 10 Worst Albums of 2005

    11. Dez. 2005, 12:10 von Le_THieN

    In a lot of ways, making this list was indescribably more rapturous than making my Top 25 list. Here we go!

    Top 10 Worst Albums of 2005:

    10. Coldplay – X&Y
    I’m not gonna lie. These guys almost dodged being in this category all together. I dog on them a lot, yeah, but that’s because they’re so representative of everything that’s so absolutely fucked up with mainstream music. And honestly, I really enjoyed their previous two albums; but as I said before, it feels as if each album has gotten worse since Parachutes. I still bust out certain tracks off of X&Y every once in awhile, because some of them are actually pretty good. Unfortunately, the bad (Chris Martin’s frail falsetto delivery, his lack of vocal conviction to match and/or sell the intensity of certain climaxes of tracks, and his often kindergarten couplets and overall childlike lyricism) far outweighs anything that I might consider redeemable about the album.
    Notable Train Wreck: “What If”

    9. The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
    Being a former percussionist, I just found something really pretentious about the arbitrary employ of the marimba throughout this record. I can also understand that there’s art in giving songs an “incomplete” feel, but most of them just flat out sound like they were half-assed in the studio once and never touched again. I’ll stick to White Blood Cells.
    Notable Train Wreck: “White Moon”

  • Listened Albums of 2005

    11. Dez. 2005, 10:12 von Le_THieN

    Heh, heh. I've been looking forward to this for like, a week. Totally.

    I ran into a few problems when I started compiling this list. Firstly, my apartment complex’s wireless internet service is an absolute piece of shit – so you can imagine what kind of hell it was to spend close to an hour just inputting all these artist tags and waiting for each damn picture to load before I could start typing again. Secondly, my one “best of” splintered off into a bunch of other lists, so I’m going to have to post these in sections for the sake of everyone’s bandwidth and the preservation of what’s left of my patience. But here's the first, unnecessarily long entry in a round of lists.

    Listened Albums in 2005:

    1. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
    2. Audio Bullys - Generation
    3. Audioslave - Out of Exile
    4. Beck - Guero
    5. Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer - Music for Two
    6. Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business
    7. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    8. British Sea Power - Open Season