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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

Best albums of 2011 thus far

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Fall is in the air and that means that the time for 2011 new releases is drawing to an end. With that in mind here is a look, in no particular order, of contenders for this year’s best albums. Weigh in and vote for yourself.

Adele – “21”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”

 

 

 

 

 

Death Cab for Cutie – “Codes and Keys”

 

 

 

 

 

The Decemberists – “The King is Dead”

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Indian – “Era Extrana”

 

 

 

 

 

Fucked Up – “David Comes to Life”

 

 

 

 

 

Kayne West & Jay Z – “Watch the Throne”

 

 

 

 

 

PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”

 

 

 

 

 

Beady Eye – “Different Gear, Still Speading”

 

 

 

 

 

Radiohead – “King of Limbs”

 

 

 

 

 

TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light”

 

 

 

 

 

Shabazz Palaces “Black Up”

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Simon – “So Beautiful or So What”

 

 

 

 

 

Primus – “Green Naugahyde”

 

 

 

 

 

Beastie Boys – “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2”

 

 

 

 

 

White Denim – “D”

 

 

 

 

 

Kasabian – “Velociraptor!”

 

 

 

 

 

Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV”

May’s Hits

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One thing I have enjoyed with MOG, aside from streaming music 24/7, is it presents a list of everything I have listened to. It also puts those songs into categories of top songs, albums and artists that I’ve been checking out.
Here are the hits for May:

Top Songs
• Broken American by Dispatch
• Beto by Dispatch
• Sail by AWOLNATION
• Turn This Ship Around by Dispatch
• Melon Bend by Dispatch
• Mighty To Save by Laura Story
• Two Against One (Feat. Jack White) by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
• Bad Romance by Lady GaGa
• Where Them Girls At (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) by David Guetta
• The Gambling Priest by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi

Top Albums
• Rome by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
• Dispatch Ep by Dispatch
• Turtleneck & Chain (Explicit Version) by The Lonely Island
• Burst Apart by The Antlers
• D by White Denim
• Fits by White Denim
• Megalithic Symphonyby AWOLNATION
• Street Sweeper Social Club by Street Sweeper Social Club
• The Sauce by Panty Raid
• Suck It And See by Arctic Monkeys

Top Artists
• Arctic Monkeys
• Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
• White Denim
• The Lonely Island
• The Antlers
• Panty Raid
• Street Sweeper Social Club
• AWOLNATION
• MGMT
• Death Cab For Cutie

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

2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 57 posts. There were 65 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 48mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 13th with 480 views. The most popular post that day was Pearl Jam performs for Conan’s Tonight Show debut.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, search.aol.com, twitter.com, google.com, and hypem.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gorillaz, daft punk, pearl jam, noodle gorillaz, and justice.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Pearl Jam performs for Conan’s Tonight Show debut June 2009

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Justice vs. Daft Punk January 2009
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Gorillaz premier demos for upcoming album January 2009
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2010 Mojo Tour setlist from Red Rocks June 2010
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Coldplay offers free live album download May 2009

Written by David Young

January 14, 2011 at 7:02 am

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