3 Nov 2014, 23:09 by supersmashsteve
22 Dec 2012, 07:14 by davygrohlIt's that magical time of year: List Season! I get all warm and fuzzy inside reading different website's end of year music lists, and I figured I better get on with making my own. Once again I've kept a list of all the new music I've added in 2012 in a list in my iTunes library. Last year's experience was great, but it's a credit to this year when I say I think this list is better than my first one. Overall, from songs to albums to concerts it's been a superb year. Like I said last year, I hardly claim this is a "Best Of" list, seeing as I dislike entire genres of music, and don't have enough time to listen to a great many releases from the genres I do like. Therefore, this is a list of MY favorite music from 2012. Enjoy!
Top 25 Albums
25. Fang Island - Major
I like each and every song on this album. Genuinely, I think the guys in Fang Island wrote some great jams. Seek It Out, Never Understand, and Asunder immediately jump to mind. …
2 Jan 2011, 06:59 by lassaucepanThe title says it. Every day i'm going to pick a song I think represents that day the best and I'll even give a little explanation why.
Reasons I may pick a song:
I listened to it a lot.
I had it in my head.
I was blown away by it.
I discovered it.
I rediscovered it.
I heard it somewhere special.
I listened to the lyrics in a new way.
I learned something about it.
I cried to it.
I saw it performed.
It's a really fucking good song.
Saturday, Jan. 1: Animal Collective - Bluish - Packing all my stuff to leave the place where everyone I love is and used to be, and listening to this song as I do so.
Sunday, Jan. 2: Hockey - Song Away - How ironic would it be if you played this song at 11:59 p.m.? Oh wait...
Monday, Jan. 3: Athlete - Superhuman Touch - Smooth indie rock, put me to sleep while I try to block out all this incessant noise.
Tuesday, Jan. 4: Explosions in the Sky - So Long, Lonesome - I'm going to have to agree with those who say song titles don't matter. …
2 Jan 2011, 02:07 by Incognito64To keep with the tradition of logging my listening habits in a given calendar, here are my most played artists, songs and albums of 2010:
10 Most Played Artists:
1. The Dillinger Escape Plan - 292 (292 overall, #46)
2. Sleigh Bells - 242 (247 overall, #58)
T-3. Gorillaz - 178 (597 overall, #13)
T-3. Flying Lotus - 178 (178 overall, #83)
T-3. Crystal Castles - 178 (388 overall, #26)
T-6. Brand New - 177 (239 overall, #60)
T-6. Vampire Weekend - 177 (430 overall, #22)
8. The xx - 163 (270 overall, #55)
9. Wavves - 157 (358 overall, #32)
T-10. LCD Soundsystem - 149 (374 overall, #29)
T-10. Deerhunter - 149 (304 overall, T-#41)
As usual, most of the artists also had an album released in 2010 (except for Brand New and The xx, whom I gave plenty of carryover love to their 2009 albums.) I downloaded Dillinger's discography in early January and haven't looked back since, as I am now obsessed with their highly technical mathcore. …
1 Jan 2011, 18:26 by supersmashsteveAlbums
Joint #1 (really could not pick between the two, so they're below presented alphabetically,)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West - 10/10
Treats - Sleigh Bells - 10/10
3 - The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monáe - 8/10
4 - Contra - Vampire Weekend - 8/10
5 - Flesh Tone - Kelis - 8/10
6 - The Suburbs - Arcade Fire - 7.5/10
7 - Nothing Hurts - Male Bonding - 7/10
17 Dec 2010, 05:37 by BackBayBrouhahaAfter reading a million top album lists, I've finally decided to make my own. I've gone with 10.
 Congratulations - MGMT
I'm one of those people who likes MGMT's first album better, but I can't deny the quality of Congratulations.Flash Delerium was a perfect, and chaotic, hit off the album. Brian Eno was amazing as well, especially live. Congratulations is beautiful as a title track. I love the album as a whole - it feels very cohesive, and in a world of iTunes downloads it's pretty refreshing to hear an album that functions as more than a collection of downloadable singles.
Best song: Congratulations
 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
I haven't given this album too much listen, but I have given it enough to know it's worthy of my top 10. It's catchy as all hell, which I believe is a key part of the hip hop genre. …
17 Dec 2010, 02:10 by likecrocodilesOK, 2010 isn't quite over yet. If anything particularly amazing happens in the next two weeks, I'll have to edit it in, I guess.
First off, 2010 was a pretty disappointing year for post-rock. 2009 saw the release of great albums by Do Make Say Think and Years (the side project of DMST's Ohad Benchetrit), as well an excellent debut from And So I Watch You from Afar, a pretty good album by Maybeshewill, and a superb album by Mono. This year, Efterklang ditched their post-rock sound to make pop music, with largely disappointing results. Jónsi's solo album was also pretty far removed from a post-rock aesthetic, but at least it was an enjoyable album, with some of the most exuberant songs in recent memory (plus some vestiges of post-rock, most notably on Tornado. Kaki King's work is also less post-rockish than it has been, but her new album has a couple of nice tracks (especially Communist Friends). The new Red Sparowes album was also somewhat disappointing.
22 Sep 2010, 03:16 by joshblalock
30 May 2010, 10:15 by japieeehttp://www.dnkrs.nl/sleighbells.png
Photo by Jorge Chantre
When writing about music, I usually like to start off with some sort of backstory to acquaint the reader with the band I'm discussing. But in this case I don’t really see the point. So much has already been written and blogged and tweeted about Sleigh Bells since they exploded after CMJ last year, that any insight into their sound or origin is redundant at this point. Yes, their songs are uncommonly loud. Yes, the guy used to be in Poison the Well. Yes, their band formed after a chance encounter in a restaurant. They are the out-of-nowhere underdogs who rode a tidal hypewave all the way to the New York Times. All that backstory is behind is now. Today, Sleigh Bells are an actual band, with an actual record on an actual label.
This puts the band in a tricky place. The distortion no longer baffles us, the songs are kind of familiar, their live shows have been widely documented. They’ve been on ABC news, for god’s sake. The element of surprise is pretty much gone. …
19 May 2010, 05:38 by gil08On the surface, it is easy to dismiss this band as just the "band of the week", you know, the kind of act bloggers go crazy about during a few days, then forget about it. When you learn more about this band, the feeling of having seen this before becomes stronger: they are from Brooklyn, they make "noise pop" (whatever that means), they are a girl and a guy, obviously the girl sings and the guy does all the rest, etc.
But I really think there's something special about this one. And I'm not writing here because their songs are annoying and repetitive enough to prevent them from becoming Lady Gaga type famous, and thus uncool, or because Pitchfork and M.I.A love them. To be honest, their songs are at times too distorted to my ears, and most bands hyped by Pitchfork do, well, suck.
I'm writing here because, despite its flaws, Treats it the best album of the year so far, and because I've never been so impressed with a debut album since MGMT took over the indie world in 2008.