• The Best Albums of 2008

    22 Dec 2008, 03:57 by spectre1982

    The Best Albums of 2008

    Here is my take on the best albums released this year. It felt like the real gems were a little bit harder to find in 2008. It seems like there's someone saying that every year, but in 2008 I couldn't help but wonder if there was some truth to it. It has been a year with more than its fair share of disapointments and let-downs, but it also had plenty of slow-growers, pleasant surprises, and new discoveries. In fact, most of my favorite albums from this year were hardly on my radar before hearing them, and the most gratifying albums to fall in love with are the ones you never saw coming. So what were my favorite albums of 2008?

    The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

    Song Highlights: Salute Your Solution, Old Enough, Many Shades of Black

    Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty

  • Oh, no!

    8 Nov 2008, 03:10 by dturgentbyrne

    It's a mindless "YR TOP " survey to keep me amused for a few minutes!

    1. How did you get into 30? (The Onion)
    I find the weekly publication somewhat amusing, so I began listening to the podcast.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? (John Vanderslice)
    Time Travel Is Lonely

    3. What's your favorite lyric by 7? (Ok City Ok)
    Either "She gets mad and makes that Kabuki face," or "Navigating by parallel lines that intersect in incoherent lives." It depends on my mood.

    4. What is your favorite album by 9? (Modest Mouse)
    The Lonesome Crowded West.

    5. How many albums do you own by number 13? (Spacehog)
    The three officially released ones, plus one promo of their second album (it's different than the officially released one), and another promo EP, plus various singles.

    6. What is your favorite song by 28? (Ghostland Observatory)
    Silver City

    7. Is there a song by 12 that makes you sad? (Toadies)
    Not really. Maybe Away, kinda.

    8. What is your favorite song by 15? (Gorillaz)
  • "B" bands

    22 Apr 2008, 18:44 by dturgentbyrne

    I'm going to see a lot of "B" bands this weekend!

    ...No, I do not mean "sub-par bands" (as in "b-movies"), I mean bands that start with the letter "B."

    Friday, here in Austin, I'm going to see The Black and White Years and Belaire at Mohawk.

    Saturday, I'm going to San Antonio to see Big Soy and Blowing Trees.

    Yay, it's going to be fun!
  • [14.03.08] Today's Discovery: Aiden + Blowing Trees

    14 Mar 2008, 20:05 by kupomir

    Aiden - Conviction (ADVANCE) 2007

    Artist: Aiden
    Album: Conviction
    Date: 2007
    Bitrate: 129 Kbit/s
    Channels: stereo
    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Codec: WMA (V2)

    01. Aiden - The Opening Depature [2:02 min/1.88 MB]
    02. Aiden - She Will Love You [4:21 min/4.01 MB]
    03. Aiden - Teenage Queen [3:29 min/3.21 MB]
    04. Aiden - Hurt Me [3:28 min/3.20 MB]
    05. Aiden - One Love [3:30 min/3.22 MB]
    06. Aiden - Moment [3:49 min/3.51 MB]
    07. Aiden - Darkness [3:54 min/3.59 MB]
    08. Aiden - Son of Lies [3:24 min/3.14 MB]
    09. Aiden - Believe [3:11 min/2.94 MB]
    10. Aiden - Bliss [3:23 min/3.11 MB]
    11. Aiden - The Sky is Falling [3:08 min/2.88 MB]
    (Total: 11 tracks [37:37])

    rating: 5/10


    Artist: Blowing Trees
    Album: Blowing Trees
    Date: 2008
    Bitrate: 200 Kbit/s
    Channels: stereo
    Samplerate: 44100 Hz
    Codec: MP3 (VBR V2)

  • I'm sure no-one cares because these bands are "obscure"

    19 Jan 2006, 19:12 by dturgentbyrne

    I've been listening to 13th Floor Elevators a lot in my car lately. I first came to know about them through Spoon's live cover of "Rollercoaster," and then one of my classmates insisted that I listen to their whole CD... They are pretty good. Very different from what I usually listen to, but good none the less. Some of the stuff that Los #3 Dinners (who I'll be seeing again Saturday night) do reminds me of 13th Floor Elevators (I believe there exists a connection between the two bands through a roadie and a previous incarnation of the Dinners...)

    Right now I'm listening to Blowing Trees, a band from San Antonio. They are actually good, also. I know I'm stereotyping here, but I'm shocked that good, non-metal bands exist in San Antonio. (I'm not saying all metal bands are bad... I just don't like a vast number of the metal bands here in San Antonio.) Big Soy is another local non-metal band that I need to see live.

    I should be getting my Dewato CD soon. …