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27 Oct 2009, 17:32 by amodelofcontrolToday marks the last part of my rundown of the decade's music. Next week will be the usual rundown of the month's best tracks, and then I'll be starting at some point after that with a rundown of the 90s in a similar style - after all, this autumn marks twenty years since I first got into/was exposed to "alternative" music, and this is a good time to do this, I feel. Anyway, on with the show.
My top 100 tracks 2000-09 Pt.01: 100 to 81
My top 100 tracks 2000-09 Pt.02: 80 to 61
My top 100 tracks 2000-09 Pt.03: 60 to 41
My top 100 tracks 2000-09 Pt.04: 40 to 21
My top 100 tracks 2000-09 Pt.05: 20 to 01
My top 50 albums 2000-09 Pt.01: 50 to 26
The Axis of Perdition
The Ichneumon Method (And Other Less Welcome Techniques)
"Industrial Black Metal from Middlesborough" is perhaps not the way to sell yourself as a band. But if you are looking for something extreme, heavy, and most of all dark, you've come to the right place. …
23 Jun 2009, 05:40 by andtigersOh right, the last bit. WHOOPS.
15. "I've Got Your Number" by Passion Pit
When a band's mythology overshadows their actual music, it can be hard to know how to listen to them. This is how: spontaneously, put this track in a mix with whatever else. Drive somewhere. Eventually this track will come on and you won't have time to unravel the adorable mythos that surrounds it, you will have to submit to its prettiness and catchiness.
14. "Guitar Hero by Amanda Palmer
I continue to be confused about how I love Amanda Palmer so much yet remain ambivalent about the Dresden Dolls. Oh well. Who Killed Amanda Palmer? is full of wonder and delight, far closer to the "Brechtian punk cabaret" thing than her old band's work. On the other hand, Brecht reminds us to bare the device of our artform, and Amanda seems to do the opposite: "Guitar Hero," like much of the album, is seamless, beautiful, almost transcending pop music to be a statement of pure art eroticism. …
22 Feb 2009, 23:01 by elvorBecause it is a boring Sunday evening, I thought I'd write something. So today I bring you my Top 11 Artists You Might Don't Know, a list of some of my favourite musical artists you probably haven't heard of. Why Top 11? Because I like to go one step beyond. So, let's get started.
(And yes, the title and top 11 thing are shamelessly stolen from thatguywiththeglasses.com. Very funny site, check it out. Also these really don't have any order, just as they come into my head)
11. Animal Alpha
A Norwegian rock band, with a very impressive female singer (who happens to dress as a clown, so yeah.) Her vocal performance on Catch Me is amazing, and a little scary. Instrumentally, a pretty solid band, with some catchy tunes, especially Trøbbel, which you should YouTube straight away
10. The Darkest of The Hillside Thickets
Cultists On Board
Ride The Flying Polyp
1 Jan 2009, 06:34 by PassioneerFor referential/comparative/archival/what have you purposes. I am just a statistics freak basically and like to compare how my tastes change over time. So kindly ignore this unsubstantial post.
1. Lydia (920)
2. Rilo Kiley (659)
3. Los Campesinos! (618)
4. Now It's Overhead (599)
5. The Anniversary (550)
6. Tilly and the Wall (541)
7. The Dresden Dolls (524)
8. Mates of State (456)
9. Okkervil River (447)
10. 1997 (444)
11. Straylight Run (424)
12. Copeland (423)
13. Amanda Palmer (422)
13. Stars (422)
15. The Hush Sound (412)
16. Sleater-Kinney (405)
17. Sarah Slean (392)
18. She & Him (359)
19. Jenny Lewis (351)
20. Eisley (328)
21. No Doubt (306)
22. Asobi Seksu (300)
23. Tori Amos (295)
24. Tegan and Sara (238)
25. My Brightest Diamond (237)
26. Veda Hille (236)
27. One For The Team (214)
28. Bright Eyes (205)
29. Yeah Yeah Yeahs (202)
30. Johnny Foreigner (199)
31. Kristin Hersh (196)
32. Shannon Wright (190)
16 Dec 2008, 19:12 by amodelofcontrolRight, time for week three of my rundown of the best music of 2008. This week it's the best albums of 2008 as I see it. 2008 is the first year in a while where I didn't have a particular album in mind for the top spot for some months before the list - although that isn't to say that there hasn't been a lot of good releases this year. In fact there have been quite a few, and this list was a lot harder to compile than I thought it might be! Obviously, not everyone will agree with my list - feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.
After a near-inpenetrable album (Catch Thirty-Three) and 20 minute single (I), my hopes initially for the new Meshuggah album were not all that high, fearing that they were going to go further down the prog-wank route that those releases were taking them. So I was stunned to hear obZen - instead of said prog-wank were nine tracks with an almost laser-like focus and despite having some long, long tracks it doesn't waste a second. …
20 Oct 2008, 23:17 by TomG88Fri 10 Oct – Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Zoë Keating
Wow. Where to start with this one? I think the beginning. This was one of the very few shows I've ever got to before (stated) door opening time, and still there were tonnes of people there. Amanda Palmer tends to attract dedicated fans. They also happen to be rather well dressed fans, and as I had come straight from lectures without going home, I felt rather underdressed in t-shirt and jeans. No matter! It is all about the music! Or in Amanda Palmer's case, the music and the incredible stage show. Whatever, it's great.
Doors opened on time (this has now happened to me something like twice in the same month. I worry this may be a sign of the impending apocalypse) and after obsessing that we wouldn't be able to get in (ticketweb hadn't sent me the tickets, but all credit to them I phoned up and they changed them to box office collection), by the time we reached the already crowded front of the stage the atmosphere was already being…
4 Aug 2007, 14:56 by tippex79Fri 3 Aug – Amanda Palmer, Christian Silva
OK, so last night I went to see Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) do a solo show. It was pretty awesome. Amanda started the show by wandering through the crowd wearing a tutu and playing Radiohead's Creep on the ukulele. So at one point Amanda is basically standing right next to me playing and singing this. I was more than a little excited.
The set proper kicked off with Ampersand and mostly consisted of Amanda's solo stuff, including a couple of new songs like Leeds United (which includes the immortal line "who needs love when there's Dukes of Hazard"), and a couple of Dolls songs, Colorblind and Half Jack, as well as a great cover of Material Girl, accompanied by The Rohan Theatre Band (which is in fact one man) on violin (he also played a couple of his songs before Amanda came on - Nobody Buried The Undertaker and Big Shot).
During Another Year, some people at the front were blowing bubbles…