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Your recommendations please.
and a short description of what you are recommending and why would be appreciated as well. thnx
THese are just a few of my favourite picks of recent times:
Yo La Tengo - THey've got pretty much the whole YLT back catalogue. If you haven't already got 'I can hear the heart beating' then get it now! (beautiful laid back indie like warm summer sunshine for yr ears)
William Basinski - 'THe River'. WB is a must for all emusic subscribers as his long minimialist compositions are a) soothing and meditative and b) come in at about an hour's worth of music for one download credit
Why? - Alopecia - Great fun hip hop of sorts
Rolo Tomassi - Hysterics. Awesome album, mashing up post-harcore, indie and all sorts of other fun and games
Right Away, Great CAptain - The Bitter End. Acoustic songs that tell the story of a man whose wife slept with his brother while he was out at sea.
Sun Kil Moon - TIny Cities made of ashes. Mark THingumy from Red House Painters does an album of stripped down Modest Mouse covers. Does it get any better than this? No, no it doesn't.
as I don't like downloading, but I can recommend Jeff Mangum's Orange Twin Field Works vol. 1, odd sounding recordings from a Bulgarian festival, 30+ mins of music for 1 download credit, so good value!
but Emusic is the best service I've used, by far. Thanks for the recommendation, I like the good value approach. :)
Physical copies are hard to get hold of. Or they will be until the anthology comes out later this year.
Lifter Puller = Art Rock Pre-Hold Steady Hold Steady. Very good.
American Football - s/t
If you like music which is soft, reflective and engaging then it doesn't get much better than this.
Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievance
Totally the opposite to the above.
Frustration - everyone could do with letting it all out occasionally, and if you're going to do it - make it loud, very loud!
Arovane - Tides
Interesting German electronic stuff.
Six Organs of Admittance - Dark Noontide
Moody, atmospheric - but also quite uplifting - intricate, fuzzy, folky guitar stuff.
Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks
Wonderful piano/string arrangements, with Tilda Swinton acting as a sort of concept narrator in places. Weird but good.
This Heat - This Heat
Unwound - Repetition
This one grew on me. Some catchy melodies hidden underneath the noise. Very good.
Rivulets - You Are My Home
'Slowcore' dude on Low's Chairkickers label. Very nice.
Surf City - Surf City EP
Noisy and fun.
Lungfish - Love is Love
Brilliant bass lines and grooves. 'Fearfully and Wonderfully' is a fantastic song.
Any of Marissa Nadler's albums.
I've yet to listen to her new one, but it's on there. 'The Saga Of Mayflower May' and 'Bird on the Water' are good albums. She has a lovely voice.
Oneida - 'Preteen Weaponry'
Instrumental, layers of sound, experimental but with a fantastic 'groove' (the bass sounds a bit 'wooden shijpsish' to me)
Maths/Throats - S/T
A split EP from 2 of the UK's best new hardcore bands. Amazingly good
THe Angelic Process 'Weighing souls with sand'
Aidan baker from Nadja but more subtle and varied. Amazing.
Burning Star Core 'Operator Dead'
If you like 'noise' then you need this. THe sound of an abandoned deep space station falling apart as it is sucked inexorably into a black hole.
Of Montreal 'Skeletal Lamping'
Perhaps the best album released last year. Psycho-glam sex-pop.
The Wave Pictures 'Instant Coffee Baby'
The closest this country has come to producing The Mountain Goats style songwriting.
Marnie Stern 'This is it'
Or was that the best album of last year? Best guitarist of her generation? This album says YES.
Mount Eerie / Julie Dorian/ Fred Someone ' Lost Wisdom'
Phil Everum with some quality control? Like a 'best of' of Mount Eerie given wonderful harmonies with Julie Dorion. 10/10
Oh and Circle Takes the Squares' 'As the Roots Undo' is on there I believe but... you need to get the actual CD/LP because a) the artwork is immense and b) it's the greatest album ever written.
That'll do you for now.