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Top 10 Albums of 2012

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PASSIONPIT_GOSSAMER

   10) Passion Pit “Gossamer”

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9) Mumford & Sons “Babel”

DeathGripsTheMoneyStore

8) Death Grips “The Money Store”

Crystal-Castles-III

7) Crystal Castles “III”

CloudNothings

6) Cloud Nothing’s “Attack On Memory”

2chainz

5) 2 Chainz “Based On A T.R.U. Story”

David Crowder_Band - DCB_GiveUsRest_COVER

4) David Crowder Band “Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the

happiest of all keys])”

BaronessYellow

3) Baroness “Yellow & Green”

CruelSummer

2) Kanye West “Cruel Summer”

Deftones

1) Deftones “Koi No Yokan”

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Top Ten Albums of 2011

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10) Pusha T – “Fear of God II: Let Us Pray”

 

Pusha T continues to elevate the hip-hop game here with a truly fantastic release. Hard hitting and heavy from start to finish each song if full of signature beats combined with Pusha’s rapid fire lyrics. Mixed well and combined with some eclectic guest spots – 50 Cent and Rick Ross, lend to a suburb LP.

 

 

 

9) Neon Indian – “Era Extrana”

 

Trippy, spacey, airy, spooky, juicy; just pick your adjective to describe the Austin, Texas bred electro band. This third offering is chock-full of fun beats and crazy sounds that entertain. Soothing yet unsettling, “Era Extrana” shows a distinct growth for the band.

 

 

 

8 ) The Decemberists – “The King is Dead”

 

One might think that the Decemberists style may grow old like Arcade Fire. However, this album came as quite a surprise. Still the Decemberists to a “T,” “The King is Dead” provides some new depth to this band and delivers both crooning ballads and smooth rock.

 

 

 

7) TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light”

 

TV on the Radio has always been good, but with their fourth album the band seems to have found a groove. This album is filled with one catchy song after another that lead the listener through a journey that is unlike any the band has presented before.

 

 

 

6) Sbtrkt – “SBTRKT”

 

This London-based dubstep came out of the gates hot this year with this blistering debut album. Think Burial on acid. This album spread like”Wildfire” as even Drake remixed the hit song. The ethereal sound combined with infectious beats, makes for a great first effort from this group. Innovative and experimental in nature, it will be interesting to see where Aaron Jerome, the DJ, will go from here.

 

 

5) Kayne West & Jay Z – “Watch the Throne”

 

This album got a lot of press, but all the hype aside this is an epic album. Combining the talents of Jay-Z and Kanye West could very well be considered a PR stunt, but the combined talents of these two hip-hop moguls is unparallel. The sprawling epic songs defy conventional verse, chorus, verse styles creating an amazing mix of lyrics and beats.

 

 

4) Adele – “21”

 

After “21” came out Adele was launched into a whole new league, especially in the UK where it’s the bestselling album of the century. Her soulful pop music is carried by her amazing voice. This is just one of those albums that seems timeless. Adele saved the best for last on this album with “Someone Like You.” It is a breathtaking song that encompasses all of what Adele can do.

 

 

3) Radiohead – “King of Limbs”

 

This album is a bit of a departure from Radiohead’s traditional sound. Diving deeper into more dub and ambient territory, “King of Limbs” adds some texture to latent beats that build across the album. It is innovative, provocative, subtle, sweet and basically phenomenal music.

 

 

2) Mastodon – “The Hunter”

From the first track this album hits hard. Heavy bass and straight forward power chords make for a sound reminiscent of classic Queens of the Stone Age. However, the album harkens back to classic heavy hard rock. Songs like“Curl of the Burl” comprise the blistering album.

 

 

 

 

1) Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”

 

This album is unreal start to finish. When it came out it was all I listened to for a month solid. Forget that it was nominated for four Grammy’s, just listen to “Holocene,” it is hauntingly good. A sonic soundscape that is sparse yet dense, quiet yet loud and sad yet enduring. However Justin Vernon does it, this takes album of the year by a mile.

 

 

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Written by David Young

December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

Beastie Boys star-studded short film

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When “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” came out last month I checked it out not expecting much.

The album had been a long time coming, and their recent work has been subpar at best. Admittedly, I was never a big Beastie Boys fan anyway, so I was pleasantly surprised by this effort.

The rhythm rhymes and beats are a throwback to the classic “License to Ill” and “Hello Nasty.” The sound is the signature Beastie Boys, but it’s hard not to bounce your head to these beats and admire the lyrical juggernauts.

Songs like “Nonstop Disco Powerpack,” “OK” and “Funky Donkey” are enough to bring the Beastie Boys back to the table of relevant rap artists.

Perhaps the icing on the cake here is the 30 minute video that accompanies the album.  The video titled “Fight For Your Right Revisited” features Seth Rogan as Mike D, Elijah Wood as Ad-Rock and Danny McBride as MCA. It is a bit eerie how much the trio resembles the real rappers.

The short film follows the boys through the streets of Brooklyn as they unleash a beer-fueled party that peaks with a dance off with their counterparts from the future played by Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly.

Other cameos include: Will Arnett, Susan Sarandon, Ted Danson, Will Arnett, Rainn Willson, Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi , Amy Poehler, Alica Silverstone, Jason Swartzman and Kristen Dunst.

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Peter Bjorn & John new album streaming on NPR

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NPR’s First Listen offered up Peter Bjorn & John’s new album “Gimmie Some” a week before the official release. First listens indicated it is one of the best albums of the year so far.

The album is the best effort by the Swedish trio since “Writer’s Block” in 2006. The poppy snappy hooks sound comfortably familiar while braving some new ground here.

The best track by far is the cowbell laden “Second Chance” complete with transcendental lyrics and a syrupy guitar solo. Other  songs such as “(Don’t Let Them) Cool Off” have a more traditional rock sound to them driven by deep guitar riffs and simple drum beats.

In all PB&J have recaptured some glory here while managing to raise the bar at the same time, it’s a great album well worth a listen.

Tracklist:

1. Tomorrow Has To Wait
2. Dig A Little Deeper
3. Second Chance
4. Eyes
5. Breaker Breaker
6. May Seem Macabre
7. (Don’t Let Them) Cool Off
8. Black Book
9. Down Like Me
10. Lies
11. I Know You Don’t Love Me

 

 


Written by David Young

March 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

New Radiohead album available today for download

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Radiohead made available its new album – “The King of Limbs” – today online.

Unlike its previous endeavor into the digital album with “In Rainbows,” this album is not a pay what you want model. King of Limbs is $9 for MP3 files or $14 for WAV.

There will be a physical release called the “Newspaper Album” at a later date. It is available for preorder at $48 (with MPS) or $53 (with WAV).

The Newspaper Album includes:

  • Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
  • A compact disc.
  • Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
  • The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
  • The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011. You can, however, enjoy the download now.
  • Shipping is included in the prices shown.
  • One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl.

The new music is exactly what you would expect from such a seminal band: innovative, provocative, subtle, sweet and basically phenomenal.

But don’t take my word for it. Check it out now and let us know what you think.

Written by David Young

February 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Top 10 albums of 2010

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When it was all said and done 2010 was a good year for music. There was a lot of growth in the industry and creativity with musicians and albums. For the first time in a few years I struggled to narrow the list of albums that could make this list rather than build one’s that could qualify. Those below are what made the cut from a bountiful year in music.

10) I Am Not A Human Being by Lil Wayne


 

 

 

 

It was a big year for Weezy F Baby. While in prison he released a No. 1 hit record here and justly so. I Am Not A Human Being picks up where Tha Carter III left off. Standout beats, twisted rhymes and Wayne’s lyrical acrobats make for an entertaining listen.

 

9) Sea of Cowards by The Dead Weather


 

 

 

 

Jack White wasted little time with this follow to the band’s debut Horehound. This time the result was a harder, dirtier stripped down Dead Weather, if that was even considered possible. Growling guitar riffs and thick bass are the backdrop to White’s scathing vocals. Crossing between several genres – blues, rock – this is a fantastic album.

 

8 ) Broken Bells by Broken Bells


 

 

 

 

When James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, of Gnarls Barkley teamed up for this side project no one really knew what to expect. The result was nothing like either’s respective bands. Instead it delivered a mellow quirky journey with Burton’s beats and Mercer’s expanded vocals. Funky, funk and easy to listen to, the Broken Bells broke new ground with this collaboration.

 

7) Infinite Arms by Band of Horses


 

 

 

 

Airy, moody, mellow, all those are things one would expect from a Band of Horses album, and they are thick through and through these 12 tracks. Yet, somewhere the group found a deeper truth in their songs present here. The melodies are classic and catchy, but more than that the band has matured and the end result is truly grand.

 

6) Transference by Spoon


 

 

 

 

Spoon has a distinct sound. Fans are sure to lock onto their trademark sound and Britt Daniel’s signature voice in the matter of a chord or two. This album is no exception; however there is something special here. It is hard to define, which is what makes it so good, but even for Spoon this is an exceptional album, and that is really saying something.

 

5) High Violet by The National


 

 

 

 

Stark and striking and it is beautiful this is the first time The National has really shaken their indie sound to make a truly solid album from start to finish. It drags, at points, but in all this is a spectacular collection of songs, best enjoyed in the company of a lightning storm miles from civilization.

 

4) Mojo by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


 

 

 

 

Petty has been making hit records longer than many people who attend his shows have been alive. He’s got it down. So how does a bonafide rockstar like Petty keep things interesting? Take the gloves off. Petty recorded this album straight off the studio floor with all instruments recorded simultaneously and few overdubs. The result is a range of bluesy deep tracks that reflect Petty raw.

 

3) My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West


 

 

 

 

Love him or hate him for his on and off stage antics, West has an uncanny ability to make hit records. With this tortured gem, West throws a little bit of everything into the pot and then adds his anger, hostility and a large dose of ego and viola something that has never been heard before. Good in spots and great in others, this album has a little bit of everything.

 

2) This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem


 

 

 

 

While The Sound Of Silver is still the standard for James Murphy, This is Happening was a breakout this year for the pop scene with unparallel beats and lyrics. Songs such as “Dance Yrself Clean” and “You Wanted a Hit” are instant classics with an air of familiarity, yet uniqueness, that only Murphy’s master craft can provide.

 

1) Plastic Beach by Gorillaz


 

 

 

 

Innovative, creative, groundbreaking and damn catchy just begin to scratch the surface of Plastic Beach. The Gorillaz not only braved new ground on this album, they built a whole new island forming collaborations with some of the best musicians around the globe. The end result is a kinetic masterpiece that will only be truly appreciated with time.

 

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Written by David Young

December 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Merry Christmas from the Gorillaz

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To celebrate Christmas the Gorillaz have released a free album today online.

The album titled “The Fall” was recorded entirely on the road over the course of the band’s recent tour on an iPad.

Funky stuff here, enjoy.

Tracklist:

  1. PHONER TO ARIZONA
    Recorded in Montreal on 3rd October
  2. REVOLVING DOORS
    Recorded in Boston on 5th October
  3. HILLBILLY MAN
    Recorded in New Jersey and Virginia on 10th and 11th October
    Additional Guitar: Mick Jones
  4. DETROIT
    Recorded in Detroit on 13th October
  5. SHY-TOWN
    Recorded in Chicago on 15th October
  6. LITTLE PINK PLASTIC BAGS
    Recorded in Chicago on 16th October
    Additional Keyboards: Jesse Hackett
  7. THE JOPLIN SPIDER
    Recorded in Joplin on 18th October
    Additional conversations with: Darren ‘Smoggy’ Evans
  8. THE PARISH OF SPACE DUST
    Recorded in Houston on 19th October
  9. THE SNAKE IN DALLAS
    Recorded in Dallas on 20th October
  10. AMARILLO
    Recorded in Amarillo on 23rd October
  11. THE SPEAK IT MOUNTAINS
    Recorded in Denver on 24th October
    Stream and forest recorded in Santa Fe on 25th October by Mike Smith
  12. ASPEN FOREST
    Recorded in Santa Fe on 25th October and in Vancouver on 3rd November
    Additional Bass: Paul Simonon
    Additional Qanun: James R Grippo
  13. BOBBY IN PHOENIX
    Recorded in Phoenix on 26th October
    Vocals and Guitar: Bobby Womack
  14. CALIFORNIA AND THE SLIPPING OF THE SUN
    Recorded in Oakland on 30th October
    Train station announcement recorded at LA Train Station.

 

Written by David Young

December 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

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