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Top 10 Albums of 2013

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10) Pusha T “My Name is My Name”

 

 

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9) Phosphorescent “Muchacho” 

 

 

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8) A$AP Rocky “Long.LiveA$AP”

 

 

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7) Portugal The Man “Evil Friends”

 

 

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6) Junip “Junip”

 

 

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5) Blitzen Trapper “VII”

 

 

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4) Arctic Monkeys “AM”

 

 

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3) Atoms for Peace “AMOK”

 

 

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2) Death Grips “Government Plates”

 

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1) Kanye West “Yeezus”

 

 

Written by David Young

December 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Top 10 Albums of 2012

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PASSIONPIT_GOSSAMER

   10) Passion Pit “Gossamer”

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9) Mumford & Sons “Babel”

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8) Death Grips “The Money Store”

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7) Crystal Castles “III”

CloudNothings

6) Cloud Nothing’s “Attack On Memory”

2chainz

5) 2 Chainz “Based On A T.R.U. Story”

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

happiest of all keys])”

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3) Baroness “Yellow & Green”

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2) Kanye West “Cruel Summer”

Deftones

1) Deftones “Koi No Yokan”

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

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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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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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