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12.19.08 Top 40 Albums Of 200811.30.08 Ten Best Albums Of Fall Quarter (plus 2
09.10.08 Ten Best Albums Of Summer Quarter06.11.08 The Best Albums Of Spring Quarter
05.14.08 My Favorite Seattle Bands03.24.08 The Best Albums Of Winter Quarter
01.21.08 My Favorite Polyrythms01.03.08 Favorite Post-rock Albums
12.31.07 My Favorite Singer-songwriter Albums12.17.07 Top 25 Albums Of 2007

My Favorite Polyrythms
1Tool
Lateralus


Laturalus: A masterpiece in polyrhythm, the bridge blows my mind when the bass plays in 6, the drums in 5, and the guitar in 4.
2Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti


Kashmir: The classic polyrhythm 3/4 over 4/4 in a classic song.
3Thrice
The Artist In The Ambulance


Blood Clots and Black Holes: I adore the opening riff of this song. It's even better when it's played under a syncopated riff that adds a beat after each break in the rhythm.
4Sigur Ros
( )


Untitled 3: Beautiful melody in 3 that is kept fresh by the chord changes in 4.
5Dream Theater
Train of Thought


Honor Thy Father: When I saw Dream Theater a couple years ago, they played each part so effortlessly that they looked bored. However, during this song when they came out of a jam in the bridge, each instrument falls into its own time signature and it was the only time that night that they actually looked like they had difficulty playing. Ironically on the cd it doesn't really sound that hard.
6Mudvayne
L.D. 50


(K)now F(orever): There's a specific point in the song where the band does descending hits in the pattern of 4 hits, 3 hits, 2 hits, and 1 hit. After a couple of repeats, the band goes into a jam with the drummer following with his hands while he repeats the descending hits with his feet. It's amazing.
7 Stravinsky
Rite of Spring


The birth of the polyrhythm.
8Dillinger Escape Plan
Miss Machine


Phone Home: The ghost notes on the snare give a haunting rhythmic beat a signature that I have yet to figure out played over a syncopated 4 beat on the ride cymbal.
9Battles
Mirrored


Atlas: The funky guitar riff which never seems to find the pocket in the steady percussive 4 beat is mesmerizing.
10Porcupine Tree
Deadwing


Deadwing: The drumbeat dances around by having the snare hit in 4 but the kick drum in 7 during the bridge.
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