8 Jun 2006, 12:04 by placid
14 Mar 2006, 09:11 by NormalInkI've been in the mood to just zone out and just ride the music lately, so here are some selections that reflect that.
I've been listening to Alias & Ehren's Lillian at least once every couple days since I got it in December, and amazingly, it only gets better every time. It is one of the many projects of Alias, abstract hip-hop producer extraordinaire, and this time he's teamed up with his multi-instrumentalist brother Ehren for a tribute to their recently deceased grandmother, Lillian. The album comes off as more of a beautiful and subdued celebration of hazy memories past than a lament, though there is a mournful feel to it at times. Here, Alias continues his move away from the traditional hip-hop sound toward dreamy, fuzzy beats, and Ehren lends a taste of wild jazz, emerging through the all-enveloping static to demand your attention in the nicest way possible. Imagine a sax player off in the distance playing a haunting melody for no one but himself…
12 Jan 2006, 19:34 by zapbangchicoRecent artists covered in Zap! BANG! Magazine http://www.zapbang.org:
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Department of Eagles
Bonnie Prince Billy
Windy & Carl
Kill Me Tomorrow
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30 Dec 2005, 16:54 by SpirAt the end of the year it usually the time to say what was good and what was bad.
Well I think it's hard to sort the albums out in 2005 from the best to the worst. So I'll just point out the albums I love to hear.
First of all, the albums I hear a lot :
13 & God with their album 13 & God. In fact I had already hear the ep Men Of Station out in 2003 which contains the best cut of the album.
Rubin Steiner with his album Drum Major!.
General Patton vs The X-ecutioners with their album General Patton Vs. X-Ecutioners.
Daedelus with his album Exquisite Corpse.
DJ Vadim feat. dj wally with the album Lettuce Propelled Rockets. It's a nice mix, with old time breaks and hip-hop with lots of cut and scratch inserts.
Bonobo withe the small live album (6 tracks) called Live Sessions.
The Madvillian Remixes by Four Tet.
Cripple Crow by Devendra Banhart.
In Between Dreams by Jack Johnson.
The Demo Ep by Arcade Fire
The Volume One Unindian Songs by Pedestrian.
Young Dangerous Heart by Subtitle.
22 Dec 2005, 23:52 by NormalInkSo yeah. Bandwagon time! (no pun intended)
19. The Sunset Tree
17. La Foret
16. A Healthy Distrust
15. Alias & Ehren-Lillian
14. Damian Marley-Welcome to Jamrock
13. Demon Days
12. Blinking Lights and Other Revelations (disc 1)/Blinking Lights and Other Revelations (disc 2)
While Common's lyrics are decent, he's not really breaking any ground. Where this album really shines is in the marriage of Common's seasoned flow and Kanye's fantastic beats. Rarely have I heard an album opener as ear-grabbing as Be (Intro).
10. Extraordinary Machine
Took them fuckin' long enough. I still can't decide whether I prefer the Jon Brion or the Mike Elizondo version. Regardless, this is her most intersting and mature album yet.
9. The Milk of Human Kindness
Man, I want Dan Snaith and Cake to co-produce the next Gorillaz album. This album has some of the best pop hooks I've ever heard. This would rocket up my list if it had some more vocals to anchor it.
22 Dec 2005, 20:49 by cerebral_itch1
The Campfire Headphase
Vladislav Delay - The Four Quarters
Bardo Pond - Vol. 6
The Golden Oaks - Autumn Testament
Auburn Lull - Regions less Parallel
port-royal - Flares
Alias & Ehren - Lillian
Boom Bip - Blue Eyed in the Red Room
Colleen - The Golden Morning Breaks
M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us
Hood - Outside, Closer
Kammerflimmer Kollektief - Absencen
Deaf Center - Pale Ravine
Autechre - Untilted
Christ - Seeing and Doing
Julien Neto - Le Fumeur de Ciel
AGF/Delay - Explode
Koushik - Be With
Shuttle 358 - Chessa [12K] / Fenton - Pup
Odd Nosdam - Burner / Untitled Three
Moby - Hotel Ambient [V2]
The Ivy Tree / Chris Smith
Pedro - Early Pedro
Populous - Queue for Love
The London Apartments - Romanticism Aside
Deadbeat - New World Observer [~Scape]
Stephan Mathieu - The Sad Mac
Jack Rose - Kensington Blues / Pelt - Untitled
The Boats - We Made it For You
Supersilent - 7
Brian McBride - When the Detail Lost its Freedom
21 Dec 2005, 00:59 by skooks1. X&Y
2. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cold Roses
4. Between the Buried and Me - Alaska
6. Wake The Dead
7. City and Colour - Sometimes
8. 65daysofstatic - One Time for All Time
9. A Healthy Distrust
10. Thrice - Vheissu
Man that was tough, it has been an amazing musical year.
Honourable mentions go to Alias & Ehren, Every Time I Die, Beecher, The Bled, The Fall of Troy, Ed Gein, Johnny Truant, Minus the Bear, Since By Man, and Bright Eyes for their efforts this year. Booyah.
20 Dec 2005, 13:08 by zaphod280380damn! Ordering some of them was... quite impossible!! However this is my 2005 top 30 albums chart...
30 - Maritime - We, The Vehicles
29 - The Chap - Ham
28 -The Boy Least Likely To - Best Party Ever
27 -Caribou - Milk Of Human Kindness
26 -Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
25 -Rough Bunnies - Rough Bunnies Goes Pirate
24 -The Evens - The Evens
23 -Milky Wimpshake - Popshaped
22 -Black Lipstick - Sincerely, Black Lipstick
21 -Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
20 -Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak of It Again
19 -The National - Alligator
18 -Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
17 -Maximo Park - Certain Trigger
16 -Joy Zipper - The Hearthlight Set
15 -Arab Strap - The Last Romance
14 -John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolt
13 -Sam Prekop - Who's Your New Professor?
12- Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballads Of Broken Seas
11 -Alias & Ehren - Lillian
10 -Babyshambles - Down In Albion