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and I'll do the same. Bringing back some early 2000s Myspace timekillers.
One of my favourite grime tracks from last year. Don't call it a comeback
My headphones are exceptionally quiet even with my ipod on maximum so some of the effect of MBV is lost. Still exceptionally beautiful in a woozy way that's making me feel a little ill.
The Microphones - Preamp
Never heard this one before. I fucking love it! Anthropomorphising studio equipment is a very Microphones/Mount Eerie thing to do. Just got a Mount Eerie-themed tattoo too so now I can look down at it and smile like it's an advert.
Oneohtrix Point Never - Sleep Dealer
So excellent! Favourite OPN track by a large margin. I don't know what it is about it but I could listen to that skipping bouncy sample that sounds a little like a tom for hours.
Barn Owl - Road to Bardo
This is from 'From Our Mouths a Perpetual Light' which isn't my favourite BO record but is now the only one I have after losing all my digital music (am away from my physical records too) - can't find downloads for love nor money and am positively aching to listen to the rest of their stuff.
Do you really want digi copies of all barn owls' albums?
I have actually paid money for nearly all of their discography in the past, I just didn't back my stuff up before coming to Mexico...
You like 'ambient music'? You like 'noise'? Superstorms combines them both to great effect (less so on this EP than on the stellar self-titled record he put out in 2012.
FUCK putting this record on in full immediately. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.
'invocation for strength' by the soft pink truth
SxPxT is drew daniel from matmos' solo thing, this is from the album of black metal / house covers he released last year and it's the opening track which his him and antony hegarty reading out an old AIDS activist poem. it's cool. "a triumph of faggot witches" yes yes yes
'WHIP' by dean blunt
from his 'SKIN FADE' album he gave away from last year. bouncy little instrumental track thing. lots of xylophone (i think) samples. do people know about that release?
'don't let them in' by perfume genius
everyone who cares about this one has heard it already i guess. i think the last PG album was like 60% successful. it felt like more of a transitional album, about developing his artistry and personal brand than the perfect masterpiece people claimed. idk about these journalistic narratives. this song sounds more old perfume genius i guess. i like it a lot
'belomancie' by sun araw
just heard about 8 seconds of this and then the battery ran out
I need to listen to that Soft Pink Truth album - remember really really wanting to hear it but just haven't done it.
Buried by Time and Dust and Let There be Ebola Frost are especially good/funny/sharp. it's quite a serious thing he's done with that album, despite how ridiculous it sounds.
Love that track when they drop into snap's 'I've got the power'. Shouldn't, but does really work.
Can't help but feel it's one of these things that's easier to admire rather than listen to. Has some fantastic moments though.
that's not what i said at all
my problem with is that there's no momentum at all. like half of it is just the old piano style songs (like don't let them in) and then the rest of them are just a bunch of different other styles (the glam song; the ambient song; the suicide song) that don't really hang together or work as a set. certainly not a difficult listen
How She Does It - Allison Moorer
Off a Transatlantic Session compilation, skewed towards the American end rather than the Celtic, pretty pleasant track, some nice fiddle, just about manages not to overdo the pedal steel guitar.
Let Me Think About It by Ida Corr Vs Fedde Le Grand
We're in compilation mode it seems. This is fairly middling as dance anthem compilation stuff goes, nice vocal hook but apart from that a bit on the bland side for my liking.
It Must Be Love - Madness
Could be my least favourite Madness song, certainly my least favourite famous Madness song. Skipped it.
Hedley Verityesque - Half Man Half Biscuit
Always makes me smile because of the Caves of Drach reference in the opening lines (I've been there, so I have). Features one of the best HMHB guitar solos. And I could well do without the hand-clapping sequence at the end of Blockbusters.
Xasthur - Soul Abduction
for a time back there in the 2000's this guy was untouchable and almost (*almost*) single-handedly birthed Depressive Suicidal Black Metal. This is considered movements of atmospheric washes of sound. Barely a song. When it riffs, it's a thick fizzing mist and when it's picking out melancholic notes it's just.....a feeling, maaan. and those tortured strangulated vocals. like nothing else.
On a related but not directly relevant note, I was thinking just today that of all genres, the revisionists have far exceeded the originals in Black Metal. Bathory, Mayhem, Burzum - they are all completely arresting in what they created but - for me at least - a lot of the bands doing exactly the same thing nowadays are doing it much better: Wolves in the Throne Room, Ash Borer, Deathspell Omega...even the bands who were there in the beginning like Inquisition, pissing about with Thrash in the 90's have produced some of the best BM albums of the last few years.
New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra - Old New Orleans Blues
Small group from the 70's/80's playing ragtime, swing, jazz and blues from people like Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Dave Van Ronk. They do it real nicely.
Nocht The Only Gouls - Reverie
This one is on a brilliant label - Vwyrd Wurd- putting out weird (or should that be 'wyrd') lo-fi post-anything stuff by mostly solo performers. The name of this guy sounds liek he should be DSBM or something, but it;s not. It is very ambient, atmospheic. This track is a piano-led piece of slowly moving haunted (yeah, still a bit gothy) ambience. synthy swells in the background, elegant keys up front. Lovely stuff.
Of Montreal - Faberge Falls For Shuggie
This is probably my least favourite track off my 2006 album of the year - Hissing Fauna, You are the Destroyer. It still gets an 8/10 though.
Drum Eyes - Hana B
That's my daughters name! Hana Bea, not Drum Eyes. I'm, not that cruel. Assume they named this track after the Beat Takeshi film. As did we name our girl. This track follows the film's mood in being slow burning and tense. My girl takes her name more literally - Japanese for 'Fireworks', as she's an absolute frenetic lunatic.
need to relisten to that and Ak'chamel, giver of illness (I think that's the name) - noticed you picked up one of their records on bandcamp the other day too.
I've got Old Norse Mara, Pyramids Of Amnesia and Lowlands Of Hteklum, but that recent one was the first I bought off Bandcamp.
It's my kind of thing entirely. Like a Californian hippy version of Dead Reptile Shrine.
Bizarre music suits bizarre reference.
one of those many bands from New York in the early 00's that got more NME column inches off the back of their infatuation with the Strokes.
they were probably more like the 2nd wave of 00s Nyc bands such as The Rapture tho.
Pelotons - Leave Room. Beautiful acoustic americana number with boy-girl harmonies and a shit tonne of reverb. Side project of the singer from Co-Pilgrim who are also excellent.
Flying Lotus - Never Catch Me (feat. Kendick Lamar). Actual space jazz with rapping, the stuff of Noel Gallagher's nightmares.
Literature - Tie Dye (Your Life). Indie pop / power pop hybrid. Luckily the power pop counteracts the annoyingness of the indie pop. Not the strongest on the recent album but still good fun.
Calahen Morrison & Eli West - Heartland Sea. Olde sounding percussionless country folk song from their awesome Dad-friendly album 'Our Lady of the Tall Trees'.
Tartufi - Furnace of Fortune. Not sure what genre this falls under but there are elements of post rock and folk. Lots of stylistic shifts and a huge multi-harmony mid-section.
Daffy Duck - Animal Collective. One of the more relaxing tracks on the excellent overly-hyperactive "Feels". I've had "The Purple Bottle" related insomnia on at least three occasions. Lying in bed at 4am, begging my brain to shut up with the "crush high get that WOOOO!" nonsense.
Know (Cut My Friend Down) - Julian Cope. Fantastic result - my favourite song on the all-time classic that is "Jehovahkill". Wonderfully passionate, deranged, drug-addled vocals and lyrics from the Drude here. "I WAS BEATING ON THE DOORS, I WAS DRAGGING HIM OUT OF THERE SCREAMING SCREAMING"
Dislocated - The League of Gentlemen. A typically twiddly, hyper-complex, bouncy and utterly addictive instrumental from Robert Fripp's short-lived group before resurrecting King Crimson for the eighties.
Susan's House - Eels. An all time classic. Everybody knows this song. "And I'm thinking, that must be her sister. That MUST be her sister. Right?"
Get Lucky (Niles Rogers Loop) - Daft Punk. THAT guitar riff, taken from the first SNL preview and looped for an hour. Ripped from Youtube and dumped in iTunes for background listening whilst achieving other things. Doesn't feature Pharrell in any form, and is such infinitely better than the "proper" version.
just the right amount of hyperactive. I told my then-girlfriend that The Purple Bottle made me think of her and she said "why, are the lyrics really horrible?" - relationship didn't last.
Feels is my favourite Animal Collective album, definitely. does that great thing, which i think is what all art should aim to, where they set up their own logic and then see how far they can go within that system. loooove it
BRMC – Love Burns
What a great way to start an album, got into this lot after the event, but there are some classic tunes on their debut. Shame the rate / quality of output ratio wasn’t in their favour.
Bert Jansch – The Wagoner’s Lad
Part of my late father-in-law’s cd collection which I haven’t got round to listening to (though I’ve heard of him), nice sort of bluegrassy feel to this one with some ace picking and some banjo (squeal piggy!) accompanying – I should listen to some more of his stuff.
Pixies – Tame
TAAAMMMMEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (enough said).
Orchestre Nationale des Barbes – Alaoui (remix)
From the Arabesque compilation (with the camel on the front) which we listened to a lot on our honeymoon in Jordan – great memories of sweeping landscapes, vast sprawling white cities with unintelligible road signs (to us) and overtaking deathtrap petrol tankers on Jordanian highways.
The Kills - U.R.A. Fever
Brilliant opener from Midnight Boom, which in my opinion is a modern classic album. As inventive as Royal Trux and as tuneful as The White Stripes.
The Kills are really good. I think people forget, or ignore them because they over-shot the limits of acceptable cool.
There's a fine line between what the paper press consider cool and 'try hard' and I think both The Kills and Curve (much earlier) fell prey to this, with a focus on image instead of the music. The first three Kills albums are great, though I struggled with Blood Pressures.
I didn't get into Midnight Boom because it seemed too glossy for me, but then I properly caught Hook And Line (I think that's the one) and realised they still got it, albeit in a sleeker way.
Blood Pressures is a definite dip though
Classic Eglo UK funky soulfood. G-funk never died. Eglo might be the most consistent, enjoyable UK electronic label of the past 5 years.
Hadn't listened to this in depth. Deep sounding spoken word over some classic spirit jazz beats. Like a modern Gil Scott. Can get down with this.
I love War; ever since Dylan Carlson said they are one of his favourite bands and he loved going to see them in LA with all the cholos rolling up in their low-riders.
Carnival Kids - The Futureheads
this came up first. I fucking LOVE this album. Underrated band and one of the best rockin' pop debuts I can think of.
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
another 70s rock n roll banger
Frank Zappa - Watermelon in Easter Hay
lol best concept album ever
Beautiful and lush. Such a sweet little melody too. Couldn't really get into the album as a whole though... all felt a bit boring. Might need to give it more time.
Coil - Teenage Lightening 2
I love Coil so much. This sounds like an on old drum machine playing some demonic samba whilst a vocoder falls ill on top of it.
Cardiacs - Bellyeye
What a fucking track! What a band! There are few moments more triumphant in music than when the main riff comes bursting out of the middle 8 complete with handclaps and horn section. Tingly back of the neck stuff...
Meshuggah - Corridor of Chameleons
The sound of getting your brain rinsed. When the bass comes in after about a minute and it feels like a fucking earthquake.
Autechre - qplay
Not one of their best by any means, but solid Autechre nonetheless. Little bouncy flitting melodies getting pummelled by a floor tom which sounds like it's being pulled inside out, whilst the usual clicks and bleeps move around.
Popol Vuh - Ah!
Shit yes, i'm putting this album on until the end now. That's the end of my participation.
15 minutes of screaming annihilation, starts out with a looping guitar & drum riff but devolves into beautiful noise & feedback.
Followed immediately by The Kinks "See My Friends"
Then I got bored