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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAnimal Collective FeelsBomb the Music Industry! VacationBomb the Music Industry! ScramblesBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeYou know how BallstotheWall always seemed like he was about to lose it on previous sputnikmusic soundoffs? Well, now he's lost it.Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In PeopleBurial UntrueBurial Kindredbe honest, who saw this coming? Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo8 songs of ridiculously charged emotion and passion blended into epic beauty and terrible ugliness to make the perfect amalgamation of the human experience known as life. cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEADEric Whitacre Whitacre: CloudburstA perfect match to The Complete A Capella Works, Polyphony's take on the choral work of Eric Whitacre proves equally as gorgeous as the LDS choir's. Sometimes doing this with fuller arrangements (the climax of the title piece is absolutely breathtaking, whereas the LDS version was somewhat lacking), Polyphony have performed the composer's work beautifully. Their sopranos tend to be slightly overpowering of the lower sections, something the LDS choir avoids, but their interpretations of "When David Heard" and "Sleep" are just breathtaking. Superb stuff.Flying Lotus CosmogrammaGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to HeavenGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)A concept album, F#A# (infinity) is one of my favorite album for several reasons. Number 1: Nothing chills me more than the guitar/violin backing to the beginning of Dead Flag Blues. Number 2: Nothing makes me shake more than the climax of East Hastings. And Number 3: Nothing is as refreshing as Providence. From start to finish, Godspeed create such a hypnotizing atmosphere, it's hard to remember you're not in some apocalyptic futuristic state and actually in your room or the backseat of your car. No album has made me feel the feelings F#A# Infinity has made me feel, and though it may be musically behind Slow Riot and Lift Your Skinny Fists, it's so conceptually astounding, I find it impossible to grow tired of this record and it's intricacies.Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A#(Infinity) [Vinyl]GZA Liquid SwordsInterpol Turn on the Bright LightsYou'll be hard pressed to find a much better album than this one. Interpol's debut is both dark and bright, cleanly produced, and one of the most well-rounded albums around. It can have dance songs, dark songs, and instrumentals, all very emotion-invoking. The highlights are on the second half of the album, from epics "Stella Was A Diver..." and "The New". Paul Banks voice is like a forlorn traveler wandering the streets, and you can hear that distance in every song. The instrumentation is excellent, as Sam Fogarino proves himself as a percussionist, and Carlos D brings it on "Obstacle 1", "Untitled", and anything else on the album. Keep listening for "Leif Erikson", the best song on the album. A classic in every aspect, Turn On The Bright Lights is one of the greatest albums of all time.Kayo Dot Choirs of the EyeLes Rallizes Denudes '77 LiveMacintosh Plus FLORAL SHOPPEthis is probably the best album of the modern age mewithoutYou Brother, SisterMiles Davis Kind of BlueNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaListen here you tenacious little bugs, this album is pretty much the defenition of awesome. An undoubted grower, I myself found this album inane and boring save the first two tracks until suddenly it all made perfect sense, making one of my favorite albums of all time. Jeff Mangum's voice is initially difficult to stomach, as is his standard folk chord progressions, but his lyrical profoundness and gift for writing beautiful songs make him the indie icon we know him as. The highlights here include "Two Headed Boy Part 2, King Of Carrot Flowers part 1, Ghost, Holland 1945," and nearly every other song on the album. If you don't like it now, that's because you need to listen to it more.Pg. 99 Document #8Pop Winds Earth To Friendyeah sorry i sat on this for a year and didnt tell anyone but this is pretty fuckin goodRadiohead OK ComputerRadiohead Kid AWhether it's the best Radiohead album or not is irrelevant because it's one of the best albums of the decade, so like it or elseRadiohead AmnesiacSonic Youth SisterSunny Day Real Estate DiaryTalk Talk Laughing StockGenius isn't enough to describe this album. Undoubtedly one of the greatest albums ever assembled by mankind. The atmospheric quality of this record, mixed with the devlings into jazz, dissonance, and general avant-garde beauty make it one of the greatest things to listen to in any mood (except to get pumped up.) There's a nigh a thing on here to find fault in, as everything is crafted to perfection, including the beautiful voice of Mark Hollis, which is capable of sounding fragile and angry at the same time. The songs here are actual pieces of art as oppose to songs, which are formulaic. Each song here is at least 5 minutes of pure well thought out emotion. There are no highlights; everything is brilliant.Talking Heads Remain in LightThe Dismemberment Plan Emergency & IThe Microphones The Glow Pt. 2This Heat DeceitTitus Andronicus The Monitorreminds me of what its like to believe in punk rock Weezer PinkertonWomen Public Strain4.8 classicSwans The Seer4.8? psh, sputnik hype train blowin its load again, bet this is like a 3.5 at best lol lets try this shit holy mother of godThe Wrens The Meadowlands4.7 superbDisasterpeace FEZi want to live in this game and soundtrack Kayo Dot Hubardothank fucking christ i was so sick of them sucking 4.6 superbAnimal Collective Strawberry JamAnimal Collective Here Comes the IndianArcade Fire Funeral4.5 superbAnimal Collective Sung TongsUnlike Vampire Weekend, the tracks here rarely have a saving grace. Animal Collective Spirit They're Gone...Animal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionDon't look now, but Merriweather Post Pavilion might just be Animal Collective's best album. MPP finds Animal Collective exercising the perfect amount of restraint in making their most consistent, easily accessible album. Grumpy fusspot purists who listened to (and actually enjoyed!) Sung Tongs and considered themselves Animal Collective experts might try to tell you that this is a bad thing, but they'd be wrong because the fact is: this album is fucking fun. In a way, Animal Collective has been heading towards this album ever since their rise in popularity. On MPP, they take the best parts of their last few albums- the duality of Sung Tongs, the heart of Feels, and the catchiness of Strawberry Jam- and combine them into a ridiculously fun 50 or so minutes. It's impossible to not get taken in by the glorious harmonies of "My Girls" (the part where it goes "OOHHHHH" might just be the best moment in music) or the beautiful purity of "Bluish." I could ramble on every track's merits, but to keep a long story short, Merriweather Post Pavilion is arguably the best record from a band with an already astounding catalogue. Let the argument for best band of the 00s begin.Animal Collective Fall Be KindAt the Drive-In Relationship of CommandBark Psychosis HexBeyonce BeyonceBig Boi Sir Lucious Left FootBlink-182 Blink-182Bomb the Music Industry! Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!!!Brand New Deja EntenduBrand New DaisyYou know how Jesse Lacey always seemed like he was about to lose it on previous Brand New albums? Well, now he's lost it. Daisy, the latest (and final?) studio album from the band neatly packages everything the band does well in a wonderfully new and different aesthetic. The sheen of Deja Entendu and The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me is replaced with messiness and danger. Daisy finds the group expanding into genres unfamiliar to them and potentially offputting to their fans (The first song is skramz influenced for fuck's sake), but Brand New remains artistically intact. The power and impressive ability to turn a simple song into an emotional ride is still there. The first wave of connections links Daisy to In Utero, and while stylistically the albums are generally different, the aura around each record feels similar. Daisy is purposefully alienating- dissonant when it could be harmonic, abrasive where it could be smooth, yet those looking for the emotional resonance that Jesse Lacey can deliver with an unhinged shout of a startingly immediate hook will not be disappointed. "Vices," "At the Bottom," "You Stole," "Sink," all feature some of Jesse's best vocal performances. rIn short, Brand New are still so c-c-c-controversial, but that's precisely why Daisy is the album you need to be listening to right now.Buddy Peace Wolf Diesel MountainBurial Rival DealerChance the Rapper Acid RapCursive The Ugly OrganDeath Cab for Cutie TransatlanticismDJ Shadow Endtroducing.....DJ Sprinkles Midtown 120 Bluesdredg El CieloElliott Smith Either/OrEluvium CopiaEminem The Marshall Mathers LPEric Whitacre The Complete A Capella Works, 1991-2001Glassjaw Worship and TributeGospel The Moon Is a Dead WorldGrouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a HillHenryk Gorecki Symphony No. 3, Op. 36Hop Along Get DisownedHow to Dress Well Love RemainsHow To Dress Well's Tom Krell warns us at the beginning: "There's nothing to really worry about, aside from being a little run down." He?s probably speaking ironically, since all of Love Remains carries the weight of being immensely run down, but what is Love Remains if not completely run down itself? It crackles and clips, pushing its lo-fi aesthetic to its alienating extreme, and yet it emerges vulnerable, like its collage of sound is held together by tape and Krell could effervesce into nothingness at any moment. It's not inviting, sporadically catchy, and technically a compilation of several How To Dress Well EPs released earlier this year, but it's vital listening. Because despite its defenses, despite its unwavering loneliness, there?s nothing to really worry about. Love Remains is an incredibly beautiful album.Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du printempsJaga Jazzist What We MustJanelle Monae The ArchAndroidJapandroids Post-NothingJapandroids Celebration RockJessie Ware DevotionJohn Coltrane A Love SupremeJoy Division CloserJoyce Manor Joyce ManorJustin Timberlake The 20/20 Experiencehow dare justin timberlake write pop songs longer than 4 minutes just who exactly does he think he is entitled little bitch Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityLights Out Asia Eyes Like BrontideWhen Chris Schafer cries "Where is your God now? He isn't here..." on "Psiu! Puxa!" Lights Out Asia cements its position as one of 2008's most intriguing acts. The first three songs off their third studio album Eyes Like Brontide are all beautifully orchestrated electronica/post rock pieces in their own right, but that brief, glorious climax in the fourth announces their presence with a deafening resonance. On Eyes Like Bromtide, Lights Out Asia envelops their listeners in a cold dead place, and doesn't release until the final crescendo of "Six Points of Fire." You can't get more gay post rock descriptions, people. Seriously though, all homosexual metaphors aside, Eyes Like Brontide is an extremely entertaining, mesmerizing record. It very much plays to a specific atmosphere, isolating the listener in Lights Out Asia's reverb heavy drum machines and gorgeous piano lines. Chris Schafer's voice, when present, is incredibly strong and always heartbreaking, such as on the album's first full track, "Radars Over the Ghosts of Cherynobl," when one can feel the dejected cynicism in his voice. He alone makes Eyes Like Brontide an impressive release, but Lights Out Asia's consistency propels the record to the top of 2008's post rock heap. In Eyes Like Brontide, Lights Out Asia have created one of the most intense, beautiful, and dare-I-say epic post rock albums of the year. And with song titles like "If I Die, I Wish You A Horrible Death," how can you resist?M83 Hurry Up, We're DreamingMadvillain Madvillainymaudlin of the Well BathMax Richter The Blue NotebooksMiles Davis Bitches BrewMiles Davis Sketches of SpainMono Hymn to the Immortal WindIf You Are There didn't convince you that Mono deserve a spot among post rock's upper echelon, Hymn to the Immortal Wind certainly will. In pretty much the pulverizing record released so far in 2009, Mono deliver seven gorgeously orchestrated gems bookended by the two best songs of their career, "Ashes in the Snow" and "Everlasting Light." It's sometimes dragged out by the sheer hugeness of it all, but Hymn To the Immortal Wind consistently amazes with beauty and heaviness while staying on the good side of pretentious.
Panda Bear Person PitchRaekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt IIRed House Painters Red House Painters ISed Non Satiata Le Ciel De Notre EnfanceShabazz Palaces Black UpSigur Ros ( )Sigur Ros Heima (DVD)Sonic Youth Daydream NationSonic Youth EVOLSteve Reich Music for 18 MusiciansSteve Reich Different Trains/Electric CounterpointTalk Talk Spirit of EdenI am convinced that if the career of Talk Talk was parallel to the life of a human, Spirit of Eden would be the adolescence. Sandwiched between the simple pop rock of their early years and the arty maturity of their final record, Spirit of Eden shows Talk Talk's transition into the group that would make that legendary post rock album Laughing Stock. And it is a transition. On Spirit of Eden, Talk Talk explores the genre that would come to be known as post rock, with some admirable periods of ambience and dabbles in the deeper side of electronics, yet they're also unwilling to completely abandon their poppy sound, and the portions when they attempt to conserve their mainstream appeal come off sounding clumsy rather than listenable. Spirit of Eden is a strong effort from Talk Talk, but like teenagers, they at times sound awkward as they grow from childish pop to cultivated adult music.rTalk Talk The Colour of SpringThe Antlers HospiceThe Dismemberment Plan ChangeThe Dodos CarrierThe Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant LifeFor me, the first word that comes to mind when listening to The Flashbulb's Soundtrack to a Vacant Life is Immense. Thirty some odd tracks of music ranging from hard rock, abrasive electronica, ambient soundscapes, drum solos, gorgeous piano ballads, spanish guitar suites, and whatever else The Flashbulb (aka Benn Jordan) decides to incorporate, Vacant Life commands attention, respect, and above all, admiration. As a bipolar individual, Jordan's album varies in emotions from dark to euphoric to frantic, all the while maintaining a feeling of fluidity. It helps that Jordan's musicianship is ace in all forays from percussion to guitar to electronics, as his expertise is apparent in tracks like "Steel for Pappa", "That Missing Week", and pretty much any other track off the record. Also, the amount of intricacies on this album is mind boggling. Jordan uses samples throughout Soundtrack to provide the key atmospheric element to several points in the record, the most obvious being the death-pondering theory in "Kirlian Voyager". From start to finish, Jordan delivers a record that needs to be heard, and since he pretty much asks you to pirate it (he torrented it himself), what's stopping you from picking it up? Soundtrack to a Vacant Life is an essential release for anyone who likes music. The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is ThereThe Knife Tomorrow, In a YearThe Men Leave HomeThe Men Open Your Hearttl;dr version: it is less noisy
but it is also goodThe Men New MoonThe Microphones Mount EerieThe National High VioletThe fact that this isn't a disappointment in any way shape or form is amazing considering how astronomical my expectations were for this. Just saying.The National AlligatorThe Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with GodThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThe Zombies Odessey and OracleTitus Andronicus The Airing of Grievancesyour life is over your life is over your life is over your life is overUnwound Leaves Turn Inside YouWilco Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWomen WomenWU LYF Go Tell Fire to the Mountain4.3 superbChop God Beyonce (chopped and screwed)Dead Bugs Of a FeatherFlying Lotus You're Dead!Nirvana In UteroNmesh Dream Sequins4.2 excellentFuture Islands In Evening AirJanelle Monae The Electric LadyRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRATKING So It GoesSaint Pepsi Hit Vibesit turns all your bad feelings into good feelings trust me you dont want no part of itThe Paper Chase Someday This Could All Be Yours Vol.14.1 excellentAgainst Me! Transgender Dysphoria BluesJames Blake OvergrownSigur Ros Kveikuri was listening to something but then the new sigur ros leaked and i forgotThe Flaming Lips The TerrorYo La Tengo Fade4.0 excellent*shels Plains Of The Purple BuffaloMountainous climaxes
Epic cymbal crashes
You know this shit is
Fuckin' lugubrious .L.W.H. The Tape Hiss Hooligan90 Day Men To EverybodyA City Safe From Sea Throw Me Through WallsIf we still had staff picks, I'd be picking this shit all day. Awesome, catchy as fuuuck post hardcore that John Hanson might review but probably won't. So much goodness here. Solid 4, required listening, etc. Don't you kids all go nuts over bands you only find on sputnikmusic? A Sunny Day in Glasgow Ashes GrammarA Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When AbsentA Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the SullenAkercocke Words That Go Unspoken...Alcest Ecailles De LuneAlgernon Cadwallader Parrot FliesAlvin Band Rainbow RoadAlvvays AlvvaysAndy Stott Passed Me ByDark atmosphere! Accessibility! Beats that go BSHHHHHHHHHHH BM KAH AHAHAHAHAH and samples that occasionally pop up to add the ever important human element. Strong listen straight through, highly recommended, blah blah blah just listen to "Execution" if you don't believe me.Andy Stott Luxury ProblemsAnimal Collective Prospect HummerAnimal Collective ODDSACAriana Grande Yours TrulyAtlas Sound LogosSo Bradford Cox made a pretty damn good album then approached Channing Freeman to be on the coverBeau Navire HoursBelle and Sebastian If You're Feeling SinisterBen Folds Rockin' The SuburbsBjork BiophiliaBlink-182 Enema of the StateBoards of Canada Music Has the Right to ChildrenBon Iver Blood BankBraids Native SpeakerBrand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For AirportsBuffalo Blackfoot I Don't MindBurial and Four Tet Moth/Wolf ClubCake Fashion NuggetCaptain Murphy DualityCarissa's Wierd Songs About Leavingfor fuck's sake, somebody throw a pie Chad VanGaalen Diaper IslandCharizma and Peanut Butter Wolf Big ShotsChuck Person Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1BE REEEEEEAL IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAAAAAAAAAAAAAY Circle Takes the Square Rites of InitiationCity of Caterpillar City of CaterpillarClint Mansell, Kronos Quartet and Mogwai The FountainColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsEveryone's guilty pleasure got a lot less embarrassing to like on this, their fourth and best record, but now Chris Martin wants to go and fuck it all up. Months after the release of the beautiful, inferably celebratory Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, Martin commented that the band should break up after they turn 33. If that were to happen, the world would lose a band finally hitting its stride. The Brian Eno-produced Viva La Vida is a powerful, ballad-less tour de force from Coldplay, complete with exuberance, charm, and the heart they?ve been feigning for years.Converge Jane DoeConverge Axe to FallCousin Brian FirstCursive DomesticaCymbals Eat Guitars Lenses AlienDaft Punk Tron: LegacyDaitro Laisser Vivre Les SquelettesDaitro YDaitro / Sed Non Satiata Split2008's best split LP comes from an unsurprising source. As Sputnikmusic critic Ryan Flatley put it, Daitro and Sed Non Satiata are two of France's most respected emo acts, and they like to do splits. So not only was the existence of this eight song split from les hommes de France expected, its high quality was expected as well. Both Daitro and Sed Non Satiata are in top form here, both working to their respective strengths. Sed Non Satiata's side proves the more consistent, with slow burning post rock tinged epics, while Daitro bring their fair share of highlights with Nous Ne Participons Pas Tous ?a M? Utopie and Un Fl? Pour Un Autre. Two awesome bands just keep doing their thang, and 2008's top split earns its title.Dangers Messy, Isn't It?Only kingsoby1 would think this is average. Don't be like him.Das Racist RelaxDead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting VegetablesDeath From Above 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a MachineDeerhunter MicrocastleDeerhunter Halcyon DigestDeltron 3030 Deltron 3030Do Make Say Think Other TruthsDr. Octagon Dr. OctagonecologystEarl Sweatshirt EARLElder (USA-PA) ReflectEminem The Slim Shady LPFarewell Republic Burn the BoatsFarrah Abraham My Teenage Dream EndedFilm School alwaysneverFleet Foxes Helplessness BluesFountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate ManagersFour Tet There is Love in YouFrank Ocean Nostalgia, UltraFrank Ocean Channel OrangeGlassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...Glassjaw Coloring BookGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Gonjasufi A Sufi and a KillerGorillaz Plastic BeachGreen Day American IdiotTo be quite honest, this album wasn't terrible. I listened to this album when American Idiot was the only single, and to be honest, I loved the album after that. I got sick of Boulevard like the rest of you, but for the love of God, the unwarranted flack this album carries along with it. It's rarely political, there's a loose storyline, but most importantly the songs are good. Letterbomb, Homecoming, Whatsername, and the title track each stand out as very good songs. While it may not be complicated, as it stands, which is an album of punky pop songs, it serves it's purpose perfectly.Green Day InsomniacGreen Day DookieHave a Nice Life DeathconsciousnessFor all the jocking Deathconsciousness has gotten here at sputnik, you'd be forgiven if you went into it expecting the perfect album. It's not; the middle simply goes on too long with a few very uninteresting parts. But there are four moments on Deathconsciousness that make it worth every minute: when the vocals come up at the end of "A Quick One...", the dejected sigh of "Arrowheads" on "Bloodhail," when the bass floods "I Don't Love," and all of "Earthmover." Deathconsciousness is remarkably well put-together conceptually, and this is coming from someone who doesn't know jack about Antiochus or whatever. The aura of this album is one of fuzzy, repressed isolation, and Have A Nice play to it with outstanding results. Epic, occasionally beautiful, and overlong, Deathconsciousness is admittedly a mixed bag, but it rewards the patient listener. So curl up in the backseat, close your eyes, and lose yourself in one of 2008's most awe-inspiring releases.Hieroglyphics Full CircleIceage New BrigadeGo to an Iceage show, get beat up, email them a photograph of the evidence, and theyll put your bloody face online. Nice reward of sorts for supporting their furious, fuck-all skronk. Same kind of ethos on record; New Brigade is confrontational, violent, with vocals delivered like swear words, guitars choked, made to shriek, drums punching like boxers fists, on repeat to smiles marred by bleeding gums. Not the temperament that promises jams, but New Brigade bursts with them. Albums defined by its sawblade hooks; Remember, Broken Bone, Eyes, Never Return come to mind but theyre all good, interchangeable even. Not in a boring way either; 24 minutes is not long enough to earn complaints. This is monochromaticism in the best way; a changeup track would be bullshit. Iceage get in, kill it before it dies of natural causes, and move on to the next song, similarly fated. But White Rune is the big one, 2:30 of a pulsating bass drum that goes from bludgeon to full anthem around its third eight. Song really has no right to be as catchy as it is- its just fast and loud, no real melody to the thing- but its your microcosm for New Brigade: no tricks, no shit, just twelve fuck yes uppercuts to the face. And youll wanna dance, occasionally.Interpol AnticsJames Blake James BlakeJeff Mangum Live at Jittery Joe'sReleased a year before Mangum's masterpiece In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Live at Jittery Joe's shows Jeff Mangum at his most lovable, and that's saying something. His inimitable voice carries naively on his studio records, with a child-like simplicity so innocent, that many times I've just wanted to hunt him down and hug him (no homo, naturally). Live, Jeff performs with even more cuddly initmacy, nervously noodling on his guitar, stuttering through personal stories between songs, and asking for requests. Despite his apparent lack of confidence in his work, Live At Jittery Joe's is a killer performance from Mangum, flipping between past, present, and future Neutral Milk Hotel tracks (and a bitchin' Phil Spector cover) seamlessly, en route to a disc essential for anyone enamored with the legendary indie-folk icon.
Joanna Newsom Have One on MeJonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood OSTJoyce Manor Never Hungover AgainJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsK-S.H.E. Routes Not RootsKanye West Late RegistrationKayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper TongueKerouac Cold and Distant, Not LovingKidcrash JokesKing Crimson RedKing Krule 6 Feet Beneath the MoonKiss Kiss Reality Vs. The OptimistKiss Kiss The Meek Shall Inherit What's LeftKow Otani Shadow of the Colossus: Roar of the EarthKreng L'Autopsie Phenomenale De DieuThere's something really, really unnerving about Kreng. His first official release, L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu, can be considered a masterpiece, a chore, or just creepy as all hell. The most likely reactions will probably be the first and third choices. Kreng is an ambient artist who experiments in jazz and classical while interspersing devastatingly unsettling samples between tense and dark music. Kreng's willingness to allow silence and static to create a definitive atmosphere recalls Godspeed You! Black Emperor circa F#A# (Infinity), and Kreng's expert use of melodies and dissonance is as impressive as it is disturbing. It's a record that needs to be heard for itself, preferably while alone in a dark, quiet room. For one of those "transport-you-to-another-place" records, L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu should fit the bill perfectly.La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...Laura Radio Swan is DownLCD Soundsystem This Is HappeningLCD Soundsystem Sound of SilverLetlive. Fake HistoryLovelock Burning FeelingLow Long DivisionMark Northfield AscendantEver wondered what a Sondheim musical from his darker years would sound like if it was recorded by an indie pianist and some buds? Well, wait no longer! An album thats almost unsettling in its classical bend, Ascendant features some terrific vocal performances from a variety of singers and some marvelously crafted tunes, with arguably the most beautiful of the year in Zero. This albums stark, sparse, and a little flat, but Northfields gift for composition makes it all work in the end. At its conclusion, Ascendant leaves a distinct feeling of
what? But figuring out that confusion makes it worth the while. maudlin of the Well Part the SecondMax Richter MemoryhouseMax Richter InfraMew No More StoriesmewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allmewithoutYou A to B: LifeMichael Jackson ThrillerMono You Are ThereMono / World's End Girlfriend Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder RefrainMount Eerie Ocean RoarMoving Mountains PneumaBut this time it's different
I swear to god
The sun's exploding within my arms
And it's getting warmer
And I can see that the sun
Is truly in love with me
if you don't think this is awesome yet, you need to listen againMy Bloody Valentine LovelessNeutral Bling Hotel In My G4 Over Da SeaTHIS IS SO FUCKING AWESOME EAT MY DICK 50 CHARACTERSNirvana MTV Unplugged in New YorkNmesh Nu.wav HallucinationsOFWGKTA RadicalOutKast AqueminiOutKast StankoniaOwen Pallett HeartlandPanda Bear TomboyPantha Du Prince Black NoisePavement Crooked Rain, Crooked RainPg. 99 Document #5pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!Philip Glass GlassworksMy introduction to Philip Glass was a snippet of the score from the wildly influential film Koyaaniqatsi (I think that's how you spell it). After that I was intrigued. The album I found in a shop in Brattleboro, Vermont, was Glassworks. As far as music I've heard goes, this isn't like anything. It sounds very much like a film score in some parts, a la The Illusionist. The style is very repetetive, deeply rooted in minimalism; the genre he helped to create. The opening song ("Opening", lol) is a brilliant acoustic piano pattern that repeats for 6 minutes, yet subtley remains interesting throughout. This isn't the case for all the songs, as one song refuses to do anything ("Facades"), while another, "Floe", insists on doing too much. However, both songs have a counterpart ("Islands" and "Rubric", respectively) that achieves beautifully what the other couldn't. You gotta have the patience of a Venus Flytrap to sit through the epic repetition, but if you do, the payoff's worth it.Phosphorescent PridePop Winds The TurquoisePop. 1280 The HorrorPower Animal ExorcismRadiohead The BendsRicky Eat Acid Three Love SongsRise Against Siren Song of the Counter CultureMainstream punk at it's finest, Rise Against's 3rd album Siren Song Of The Counterculture could easily be considered a modern punk classic. Edgy, hard, unrelentingly, unabashedly loud music. The vocals are harsh and delivered with ridiculously intense, as if every word sung by Tim is cutting his vocal chords and he's proud of it. Songs such as "Give It All" and "State of the Union" are fantastic anthemic protests, and the unexpectedly touching Swing Life Away is awesome. No song is truly weak, and the unrelenting speed of the album makes for some of the best mosh music this side of Metal.Rufus Wainwright Want OneS. Carey All We GrowSed Non Satiata Sed Non SatiataSepalcure SepalcureShuggie Otis Inspiration InformationSlint SpiderlandSlowdive SouvlakiSpires (USA) Flowers And FireworksFor all intents and purposes, Flowers and Fireworks is the type of record sputnik should eat up. It's magnificent entry into skramz, longer than the average record, but just as consistent and solid. On Flowers and Fireworks, Spires are exciting, methodical, and mesmerizing all at once. Sure, a general homogeneity hangs over the record, but if that is the records most egregious flaw, then Flowers and Fireworks must be heralded as a success, for it takes a band in a stagnant genre offering something mostly unoriginal, and yet on almost every level, it works. Heres to hoping Spires stick around, because if theres one thing emo doesnt need, its another promising act calling it quits after their first record.
Spokes People Like People Like YouBefore this year started, if you were to ask me "What do you think will be your favorite post rock album of 2008?" I never would have thought that my answer would be Spokes' People Like People Like You. Why should it be? 2008 promised albums from post rock staples like Mogwai and A Silver Mount Zion. Even after I'd heard the album and the year progressed, I didn't think Spokes would hold it's place against the epic grandeur of Pg. Lost or the chilled, fresh vibe of My Education. Yet here I am, 9 months into the year, and still People Like People Like You continues to impress. It's not all that different from its contemporaries: cymbals swell, most of the tracks are instrumental (with two beautiful exceptions), but what sets it apart is how invariably warm this record is. People Like People Like You seeps with blissful contentment through sweeping violins, charmingly sweet melodies, and occasionally, achingly wistful vocals. It's refreshingly short and masterfully executed, with the production getting everything it can out of such expertly crafted songs. It's criminal how little hype this has received from sputnik when it's a record that truly deserves it.St. Vincent St. VincentStag Hare Black Medicine MusicDrums, synths, and happiness join together to make Black Medicine Music, an addictive entry from Arizona based solo artist Stag Hare. Awash in the type of warmth consistent with Panda Bear, Black Medicine Music is remarkably catchy and simple; each song hypnotizes with a pulsing rhythm and trance-inducing drone while enveloping the listener in a blanket of subtle melodies and effects. The charm on this record can come from sources as out there as wild harmonica and incoherent mumbling to something as beautifully simple as fuzzy electric guitar, but nothing feels out of place. In fact, despite intimidating song lengths, Black Medicine Music never feels drawn out or "freaky." The album's mesmerizing quality is masterfully executed, and on tracks like "Oz," twelve minutes of gorgeous fuzzy guitar lines and drone still leaves a craving for more. Black Medicine Music has so far been a buried gem that deserves a chance, so whip out the awesome headphones, crank the bass, and get taken away by this ambient triumph.Stag Hare SandpaintingsStag Hare Spirit Canoes'nother stag hare album, 'nother 4 Stag Hare Angel TechSteinski What Does It All Mean?Sufjan Stevens IllinoisSufjan Stevens All Delighted PeopleSufjan Stevens The Age of AdzGDandBlinkfan76: if i see one more perosn say something about sufjan stevens not fucking aroundri am going to stop posting foreverSufjan Stevens Seven SwansSunny Day Real Estate How It Feels To Be Something OnSurfer Blood Astro CoastSwarms Old Raves EndThe Ascent of Everest How Lonely Sits the CityHow Lonely Sits the City is one of those albums where the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Spoken word samples and doomtastic strings of Godspeed? Check. Sweet vocals reminiscent of Do Make Say Think and Sigur Ros? Check. Disgustingly long novellas for song titles? Unfortunately, yes. But while all these things are fine and dandy, The Ascent of Everest sounds just a bit too latched on to their contemporaries to say anything of real relevance. This isn't to say the album isn't a great post rock record. There's chill-inducing crescendos and cymbal smashing all around, and each of How Lonely's five tracks has some element to give it merit. The absolute standout is "A Threnody," which poignantly uses an excerpt from Mario Cuomo's speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention to devastating effect.
For a post rock novice, this is a great starting point for the genre, as it's less (musically) pretentious than Godspeed and less intimidating than Sigur Ros circa ( ), but to the post rock aficionado, How Lonely Sits The City is fairly ho hum. I still recommend it though, because all in all, this is a pretty damn solid record.The Avalanches Since I Left YouThe Beach Boys Pet SoundsThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles RevolverThe Cranberries No Need to ArgueThe Dodos VisiterThe Dodos No ColorThe Front Bottoms The Front BottomsThe Knife Silent ShoutThe Knife Shaking the HabitualThe Men ImmaculadaThe Roots Rising DownThe Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe State Lottery When the Night ComesThe Strokes Is This ItThe Walkmen LisbonThe Weeknd House of BalloonsThe Who TommyThee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather and SingOn This Is Our Punk Rock, A Silver Mount Zion create an epic album led by the raw vocals of Efrim Menuck. Each song has it's moments that make it stellar, from the choir introduction to the opening track to the "Everybody Hurts" spinoff that closes the record. In a genre that is supposedly dying, ASMZ put a fresh spin on post rock, with this album being an original, enjoyable listen.Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly UpwardThird Eye Blind Third Eye BlindTigers Jaw Tigers JawToby Driver In the L..L..Library LoftTodd Terje It's Album TimeTouche Amore/La Dispute Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the WorldTrophy Scars Bad LuckTrophy Scars Never Born, Never DeadTV on the Radio Dear ScienceTyler the Creator BastardVessels White Fields and Open DevicesPost rock with beautiful vocals and asymmetrical time signatures? Count me in! Vessels' White Fields and Open Devices is an impressive debut from the british quintet, boasting ten tracks of scorching instrumentals, pop songs, and piano ballads. No song on the album is weak, and no two songs on the record find their merit with the same tricks, making White Fields an extremely well rounded and rewarding listen. It's chock full of gems: "A Hundred Times in Every Direction" and "Yuki" use the delicately gorgeous voice of Tom Evans to create heartwrenching tracks, whereas instrumental burners "Altered Beast" and "An Idle Brain and the Devil's Workshop" are excellently crafted post rock tunes that cut the crap and get to the point for 7 minutes. White Fields and Open Devices is a long record, but it's definitely worth it, so just get it. I mean, how often do you come across a ten song post rock record with no skippable tracks?Wait What the notorious xxWeezer WeezerWhy? AlopeciaWolves in the Throne Room Two HuntersWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)Yamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//STYndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss EPYou Blew It! Grow Up, Dude3.9 excellentIceage You're NothingNam Le Nam Lemight be the only post-hardcore i listen to from 2013 and I'm totally okay with that http://namle.bandcamp.com/releasesSwans To Be Kind3.8 excellentDeafheaven SunbatherFactory Floor Factory FloorFriendzone DXRadiohead In RainbowsWith In Rainbows, Radiohead have accomplished an atmosphere that many have never thought possible for them: Fun. Starting with three straight tracks that genuinely rock- The jovial bounce of "15 Step", the low-fi distortion of "Bodysnatchers", and the slow groove of "Nude"-, In Rainbows makes Radiohead sound almost playful. Radiohead's sound here is far smaller than on any record they've put out before; The quiet feel found on tracks like "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" or "Faust Arp" dominates the whole of the album. This works most of the time, but on songs like "House of Cards" and "Reckoner", the minimalism leads to loose bolts on the otherwise tightly constructed In Rainbows. The second disc (or is it bonus disc?) is stronger than the wandering first, flipping between the hardest rockers ("Up on the Ladder", "Down is the New Up") and the softest ballads ("Last Flowers", "Go Slowly") seamlessly. It's unfortunate they didn't release the second disc at the same time as the first, as the lovely "4 Minute Warning" sums up In Rainbows better than the loopily aimless "Videotape": Relaxed, occasionally powerful, and above all, accessible. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the revolutionary "pay your own price" distribution tactic that Radiohead used that turned the music industry on its side, but that doesn't mean Radiohead put any less effort into the record. In Rainbows is a solid, human sounding album from a band that hasn't sounded human in over a decade. rRadiohead The King of LimbsSun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway3.7 greatDIIV OshinHaim Days Are GoneSuperchunk I Hate MusicThe Men Tomorrow's HitsTyler the Creator Wolfthis is way more fun to listen to than goblin, if less trainwreck-style compelling3.6 greatKayo Dot Gamma KnifeNothing Guilty of Everything3.5 greatAnimal Collective Water CursesAnimal Collective PeopleAnimal Collective Campfire SongsAnimal Collective Centipede Hzlistening to this as it was streaming was special fuckin experienceAnimalsound In the Forests of the United StatesWith production heavy on reverb and a passionate howl that echoes earnestly at every chorus, Jones creates an atmosphere perfectly in tune with his record's title. Nothing but guitar and tambourine accompany Jones, and he places himself utterly alone, singing his soul for only the surrounding wildlife to hear. Not to say he sounds particularly happy about this; on the contrary, the setting of In the Forests of the United States suggests complete and total isolation. From this context, Jones delivers an album of songs directly from his comfort zone, and though Jones never deviates from his beaten path musically, his In the Forests of the United States is a pretty darn good record.Arcade Fire Neon BibleAs Tall As Lions You Can't Take It With YouAvey Tare Down ThereBalam Acab Wander/WonderBaths Ceruleanso close to a 5, this shit's gettin perilousBlink-182 Dude RanchBlue Sky Black Death Late Night CinemaBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver2011's been full of pretty, good albums from yesterday's heroes. But who's gonna step up, rmake good on their name, and release the masterpiece? Not Bon Iver; goregeous, even moving rat times, but I suspect there's a reason they (note the 'they;' did you know people other rthan Justin Vernon are in the band? I forgot) released the lyrics early. I'm trying to find rsomething to latch on to, and I get these pretty melodies that make me want to love this, rtruly, but I don't. Throw me a bone here, Justin. What are you saying?Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock RecordBrother/Ghost Black IceCirca Survive Blue Sky NoiseClint Mansell and Kronos Quartet Requiem for a DreamClipping CLPPNGCloud Nothings Attack on MemoryCults CultsCunninLynguists OneirologyCursive Mama, I'm SwollenCymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are MountainsCynic Traced in AirDaft Punk Random Access MemoriesDan Deacon BromstGood. Even Nick Greer likes it. It'd be better if he hated it though. Danny Brown XXXDark Time Sunshine VesselDeath Cab for Cutie Narrow StairsDo Make Say Think You, You're a History in RustEminem The Eminem ShowExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceThis album is the most post rock of all the post rock albums ever created which is both good and badFang Island Fang Islandit's a good thing there are whoa-ohs in this it definitely would not be as good without the whoa-ohsFar At Night We Livefun. Aim and IgniteIt's pretty obvious that I think this is the worst thing ever and no one should listen to it 3.5/5Future Islands On the WaterFuture Islands SinglesGallows Grey BritainGhastly City Sleep Ghastly City SleepGlassjaw Our Color Green (The Singles)Gold Panda Lucky ShinerGreen Day NimrodGreen Day International SuperhitsGreen Day KerplunkGregor Samsa 55:12Gregor Samsa RestGrizzly Bear VeckatimestHercules and Love Affair Hercules and Love AffairNot so much disco for the modern era as it is disco in the modern era, Hercules and Love Affair is Andrew Butler pretty much having a blast creating some of the catchiest music around. Sure to incite the occasional spasmodic Caucasian hump-dance, Hercules and Love Affair runs from start to finish unabashedly in groove-heaven, pimped out with horns, octave hopping bass-lines, and uhn-tiss-kaht-tiss beats out the wazoo. Featuring the more than capable voices of Antony (of "& the Johnsons" fame), solo siren Nomi, and seductive Kim Ann, Butler's record sports ten consistently charming tracks that prove monstrously entertaining. The opening quintet is absolutely dynamite, with tracks like "Hercules' Theme" and "Blind" providing quality dance music with more hooks than you can shake a stick at, and though the second half drags a bit, it doesn't lessen the overall value of the record. An extremely enjoyable effort.hitide.lotide The ForestHoly Other With UHRVRD The Inevitable And IIselia Life From Dead LimbsJaga Jazzist One-Armed BanditJeff Buckley GraceJimmy Eat World Bleed AmericanJonny Greenwood BodysongJonsi GoKanye West 808s and HeartbreakKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKids and Explosions Shit ComputerLady Gaga The Fame Monsterhow the fuck can anyone classify this as avant-gardeLana Del Rey Ultraviolencewait a minute this might be everything she should've been from the beginningLaura Stevenson Sit Resistand the Zooey Deschanel Award for Convincing Scores of Lovesick Post-Adolescents that They
Have a Chance With Her and Should Therefore Overrate Her goes too....Lights Out Asia In The Days Of JupiterManchester Orchestra Mean Everything to NothingMeanwhile, Back in Communist Russia Indian InkMesa Verde The Old RoadmewithoutYou Ten StoriesMutyumu IlyaMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet RevengeNew Found Glory Sticks and StonesNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralNirvana NevermindNirvana NirvanaOhana Dead BeatP.O.S. Never BetterPassion Pit MannersPhantom Planet Phantom PlanetPhosphorescent Here's To Taking It EasyPrawn You Can Just Leave It AllPrimus Sailing the Seas of CheeseRadiohead COM LAG (2plus2isfive)Radiohead Airbag/How Am I Driving?Regina Spektor FarAwesome stuff, but lets face it, sometimes she gets irritating. Not enough to detract too much from a light collection of songs thoughRide Nowheresgt. Stylus FantasticusShangrala This Is How We CommunicateSigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaustThe album whose name was the biggest pain in the ass to type this year also turned out to be one of the biggest surprises. Sigur Ros drop the funeral marches and pick up the acoustic guitars on this unexpected turn from a band trying to remain relevant in what's considered by many an irrelevant genre. 'Gobbledigook' announces the change triumphantly with pounding drums, hand claps and lalalas that more closely resemble Animal Collective, than say, Explosions in the Sky. The change works wonderfully for a few tracks, before Sigur Ros prove they're still among the best at what they do: epic post rock. 'Festival' and 'Ara Batur' are two of their best tracks in a long time, the latter decked out with a gloriously over-the-top orchestra and choir. It'll be interesting to see where Sigur Ros go from here. This album leaves their avenues completely open.Sigur Ros ÃgÃ¦tis byrjunSilversun Pickups CarnavasSnowman The Horse, the Rat and the SwanSoundtrack (Film) RentSoundtrack (Film) South Park (Original Soundtrack)Spokes Everyone I Ever MetStar Slinger Volume 1Straylight Run Straylight RunTaking Back Sunday Where You Want To BeTelevision Marquee MoonThe Antlers Burst ApartThe Appleseed Cast SagarmathaThe Dillinger Escape Plan Option ParalysisThe Dodos Time to DieWhile no one will consider Time to Die a bad album, it certainly is an album that will incite ponderous thoughts of what could have been. This could have been Feels to Visiter's Sung Tongs; the follow up to a breakthrough record that propels the band to superstar status by expanding on the good of the previous record while eliminating the bad. Instead we get The Dodos' cliffnotes. Time To Die is a pop rock less-freak-than-folk record that despite being consistently solid, lacks the oomph that made The Dodos a special act in the first place. Everything sounds so in-check; the melodies are generally orthodox, the drumming (while always peppy) is generally tame, and- the worst crime of all- there is no risk to the project. So while the album will give its jollies and be an impressive release and all that, it's the untapped potential that will be most memorable from Time to Die.The Envy Corps DwellDwell is a slick collection of anthems from Iowa indie-poppers Envy Corps. The hype's already begun to hit these guys, with comparisons to Radiohead and Modest Mouse already pigeon-holing them, but don't be fooled; Dwell is a record that stands on its own, taking the best work from its contemporaries and incorporating it into eleven tracks of euphoric bliss. Look out for tracks like "Story Problem" and "Sylvia (The Beekeeper)", as they're quite liable to stick in your head for days and look out for The Envy Corps, because they've made an album that should be listened to.The Flashbulb ArborealThe Gaslight Anthem The '59 SoundThe Horrible Crowes ElsieThe National BoxerThe Roots How I Got OverThe Samuel Jackson Five Goodbye Melody MountainThe Smiths The Queen Is DeadHate to be the black sheep here, but I don't see what the big deal is about this album. Is it solid? Sure. The title track is definitely rocking and one of my favorite indie rock songs. But the rest of the album, while remaining good, doesn't have anything great. "There is a Light that Never Goes Out" is beautiful, but other than that and the title track, this isn't anything special.The Soft Moon The Soft MoonThe Strokes First Impressions of EarthThe White Stripes ElephantThee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Kollaps TradixionalesIf Mono is like Waior- traditional, wordy, somewhat pretentious and divisive- and Do Make Say Think is like StreetlightRock- chill, consistent, generally solid all around- then Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra is like BallstotheWall- eccentric, loud, a little bit out there, but definitely unlike anything else you'll come in contact with in this context. Kollaps Tradixionales is another Silver Mount Zion release chock full of their idiosyncracies, including Efrim Menuck's bleating, unutterably pretentious song titles and structures, and a kind of "fuck convention, I'll do what I want" atmosphere to it that makes it fun to listen to as an alternative to what everybody else is doing in post rock.Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra 13 Blues for Thirteen MoonsWith their 5th album, A Silver Mount Zion hint that their new material will be rockier, more fun, and more bitchin than ever before. Though they don't consistently deliver on that front, 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons rocks pretty damn hard for a post rock record. Though Efrim Menuck's voice is getting worse as he thinks it's getting better, the record still serves up its fair share of moments such as the dynamite "1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound" and the gorgeous "Blindblindblind". Thanks to intricate orchestrations, choral arrangements, and some overall slick tunes, 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons might just be ASMZ's best release. Just maybe.Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on EverythingThom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern BoxesThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVThy Catafalque Roka Hasa RadioTrophy Scars Darkness, Oh HellTrophy Scars Holy Vacantsabsolutely thrilled to give this, another record from a band that has had a wonderful career releasing some of the best 3.5s you'll ever hear, a 3.5.Tyler the Creator GoblinUnited Nations United NationsVolcano Choir UnmapWeezer Everything Will Be Alright in the Endtriumphalist Yonlu A Society In Which No Tear is Shed...It?s unfortunate that a substantial amount of people will get into Yonlu primarily because he killed himself at the age of sixteen. If history is any indication, the buildup for his only record, A Society In Which No Tear Is Shed Is Incredibly Mediocre, will only be astronomically heightened with the infamous ?posthumous? tag that turns mediocre albums into intriguing ones and great albums into legends. Still, with Yonlu (aka Vinicius Gageiro Marques), it?s practically impossible to talk about A Society In Which No Tear Is Shed without mentioning his imminent suicide. The record is drenched with a stark loneliness and melancholy that defines Marques? work and foreshadows his fate. Toying with every style from Elliott Smith aping doubled-vocals folk to breakbeat techno, Yonlu creates an impressively diverse work with the kind of shit-to-the-wind mentality and experimental approach one would expect from a well-listened teenager. Cross that with his exceptional ability to articulate emotional turmoil and the results speak for themselves. A Society in which No Tear Is Shed Is Incredibly Mediocre is a sprawling and yet unmistakably unified collection of intensely personal songs by a gifted artist cut down before he even approached his prime.Yuck YuckSomething tells me this must be what growing up in the 90s was likeZelienople The World Is A House On Fire3.3 greatAlcest ShelterHave a Nice Life The Unnatural WorldI'm really glad you're all excited, that's so nice!! 3.2 goodThe Dismemberment Plan Uncanney Valley3.0 goodAmplive Rainydayz RemixesAndrew Bird Noble BeastAndrew Lloyd Webber Jesus Christ Superstar: Original CastArcade Fire The SuburbsBeach Slang Cheap Thrills On A Dead End StreetBrandi Carlile The StoryAs far as girl-with-guitar artists go, you could do a lot worse than Brandi Carlile. He second album, The Story, is pretty good quality-wise, and her songwriting, though sometimes a bit on the generic side, is above average when compared to her contemporaries. She absolutely nails harmony on songs like "Cannonball", and on more uptempo tracks like "Have You Ever", she dips into corny, but granted she brings the listener right in with her. Her voice is terrific, ranging from a songstress's weary southern hum, to flawless falsetto, to a lovely passionate, agressive vocal style. Her album doesn't match her live prowess, but it's still good to chill to when you're sick of avant garde deep music.Brian Eno Another Green WorldCamera Obscura My Maudlin CareerThere are three kinds of 3 ratings. The first is when you acknowledge an album is good but don't really listen to it (see: overrated). The second is when you think the album's ok and listen to it sometimes. The third is when the album isn't your bag at all and you'll probably get sick of it in a week but right now it's all you're listening to. This is the third.Cars & Trains The Roots, The LeavesChevelle Wonder What's NextCirca Survive JuturnaCircle Takes the Square Decompositions: Volume Number OneCocteau Twins TreasureDanny Brown Olddredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The DelusionI'm pretty sure this is not as good as everyone says it is and I hate when that happens so I will listen to this a lot and my opinion will stay the same then I will be very pissed because I wasted my time.Editors The Back RoomEl Guincho Alegranza!Despite sounding clunky on paper and getting pegged as "The Spanish Person Pitch," Alegranza! stands as a completely singular work. Somewhere between maddening and hypnotizing, El Guincho's album achieves a remarkably strong blend between being something familiar and being something unlike anything before it. Using heavily repeated grooves and minimalist composition, Alegranza! makes for an intriguing listen, at least. There are several moments on Alegranza! that invoke a Hey, that sounds kind of like (so and so), but before the similarity becomes a knockoff, El Guincho takes off in a completely different direction, making the album both heavily influenced and completely unique at the same time. With Alegranza!, El Guincho takes what could have been a disaster and forms one of the most peculiar, inimitable records of the year. Chow downEluvium SimilesEmancipator Safe In The Steep CliffsFranz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz FerdinandFriendly Fires Friendly FiresGifts From Enola From FathomsGirl Talk Feed the AnimalsLike a joke that's funny the first two times before everyone starts ruining it.Girls AlbumGlissando With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards...God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is BrightGreen Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy HoursGreen Day 39/SmoothHave a Nice Life Time of LandHer Name Is Calla The HeritageInterpol El PintorJohn Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of OurselvesJoy Division PermanentAnother posthumous Joy Division record, Permanent is fairly straightforward, the equivalent to a greatest hits, save for the fact Joy Division had one hit. That song was so popular, it appears twice on this record. "Love Will Tell Us Apart" is a pretty simple pop song fo rJoy Division, and it's a highlight, though not twice. Other highlights include Transmission, Atmosphere, Dead Souls, and Twenty Four Hours. The middle of the record is some of the better tracks off of Unknown Pleasures and the weaker ones of Closer, save for Twenty Four Hours. Overall fairly weak, but not a bad compilation. You're better off getting the albums.Joy Division Unknown PleasuresKasabian KasabianKeepaway Baby StyleLady Gaga The FameLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLittle Kid Logic SongsLostprophets Start SomethingM.I.A. MayaMale Bonding Nothing HurtsMassive Attack MezzanineMoving Mountains ForewordMy Chemical Romance Life on the Murder SceneMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeMy Education Bad VibrationsNaked City Naked CityNew Rivals Fire For Effect EPNine Inch Nails The SlipNirvana BleachNirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!P.O.D. SatellitePaavoharju Laulu Laakson Kukistapg.lost In Never OutPianos Become the Teeth Old PrideProtest the Hero FortressRadiohead The Astoria London Live (DVD)Ramones Loud, Fast Ramones - Their Toughest HitsRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers Greatest HitsRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRussian Circles StationSaxon Shore The Exquisite Death of Saxon ShoreStraylight Run Prepare To Be WrongSum 41 All Killer No FillerSun Airway Soft FallSun Kil Moon AprilSunny Day Real Estate LiveSystem of a Down MezmerizeSystem of a Down ToxicityTaking Back Sunday Louder NowTaking Back Sunday Tell All Your FriendsTaking Back Sunday New AgainNew Again is an ironic title for this album considering it sounds just like everything Taking Back Sunday's put out since Where You Want to Be. Same pits, same thrills, same general consistency without being all that special save for a couple songs. Adam Lazzara still sings about girls and the songs all have that early 00s powerpop edge that's defined Taking Back Sunday for their entire careers. Is this a bad thing? No, New Again is the type of record that provides earnest enjoyment in its familiarity and wordy choruses. They might consider themselves "new again," but this current Taking Back Sunday are comfortably holding down pop punk with the same old tricks. The Afghan Whigs GentlemenThe Ascent of Everest From This VantageThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Drums Summertime!The Fratellis Costello MusicThe Lonely Island IncredibadThe National Trouble Will Find MeThe Offspring Greatest HitsThe Strokes Room on FireThe Trophy Fire A Lifetime in the Middle of the OceanThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Weeknd Echoes of Silencewell house of balloons grew on me eventually Thom Yorke The EraserThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThrice BeggarsUp-C Down-C Left-C Right-C ABC + Start EmbersWe Only Said We Only SaidWhy? Eskimo SnowYeasayer Odd BloodZola Jesus Conatus2.7 averageArcade Fire Reflektor2.5 average'N Sync No Strings AttachedAFI Sing the SorrowAndrew Jackson Jihad Knife ManBayside BaysideThis album is little more than bland pop punk. The vocals are some of the most boring performances I've ever heard, and their so called post-punk influence appears in a couple of song's vocal melodies. Overall a boring album with a few nice songs here and there (Devotion and Desire is very very good), but nothing here should make you want to buy this album.Blink-182 NeighborhoodsBlue October FoiledCanyons of Static The Disappearancecanyon-noun
a deep valley with steep sides, often with a stream flowing through it. See: Giant Hole
noting or pertaining to atmospheric electricity interfering with radar, radio, the sending and receiving of wireless messages. See: White noise.
Pretty much the problem with canyonsofstatic's debut record The Disappearance: It's big and grand and doesn't say anything of significance. There's not much to say about The Disappearance, which is perhaps its greatest flaw. I could just say "epic post rock that's not really that epic" and chances are you would know exactly what this sounds like. Canyonsofstatic have potential, and with time could flesh out into something truly remarkable, but right now, they're simply another interesting looking name in a sea of bands that sound good by themselves, average in context.
Caspian TertiaDirty Projectors Bitte OrcaDJ Gyngyvytus Skeet Spirit: A Crunk Tribute to RadioheadWhatever you're expecting from Skeet Spirit is likely exactly what you're going to get. DJ Gyngyvytus' formula to this devilish concoction runs as follows: Take some of Radiohead's greatest hits from the pre-Hail to the Thief era, put a two-step beat behind it, and add gratuitous amounts of monosyllabic questions and answers ("WHAT?" "YEAH!"), et voila: a two and a half minute bastardization of the original track that barely shares any melodic similarity to the Radiohead song said bastardization is based off of. The result? A "tribute" that's as polarizing as it is ridiculous. Hearing "We don't give a ***, y'all pussy like bitches" over something vaguely reminiscent of "Street Spirit" is enough to bring any Radiohead purist to tears, but discovering one's inner Lil' Jon to a "Paranoid Android" remix? Hell, regardless of the shoddy quality, Skeet Spirit is something that demands to be heard. Envy RecitationExtra Life Secular WorksFall Out Boy From Under the Cork TreeYou can look at From Under the Cork Tree in two ways. The good thing is that its the defenition of emo pop punk. The bad thing is that it's emo pop punk. Like Nevermind to grunge, From Under The Cork Tree is the defining album of a dying genre, but it's also quite crappy and banal. Not worth your time.Fennesz Black SeaFleet Foxes Fleet FoxesFrickin A Big Egos... No IdeasGoo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The GirlGreen Day WarningGreen Day Bullet In A BibleGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionHarvey Milk Life... The Best Game in TownInterpol Remix EPInterpol The Black EPInterpol Our Love to AdmireUnfortunately, this is another dud from one trick pony and apparently one hit wonder Interpol. As Antics was the album got them noticed by major labels, Our Love To Admire sticks to the same formula to a T. There are some fine moments, such as the orchestral and hypnotizing Pioneer to the Falls, but most of the tracks on Our Love To Admire are reminiscent of the forgettable tracks off Antics, and there's not much worth repeating. With jagged guitars, surprisingly minimal basswork, and Paul Banks' more and more sheeplike voice, Our Love To Admire is a safe record; but not a good one.Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the ThroneJonsi and Alex Riceboy SleepsKanye West YeezusKen, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If i grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Yeezus might impress me, but I didn't, so it doesn't.Kayo Dot Blue Lambency DownwardKT Tunstall Eye To The TelescopeLana Del Rey Born to Diesam feldman accusing sputnikers of being too high to like something now ive seen everythingLinkin Park MeteoraMac DeMarco Salad Days"take a nap"- this album Max Richter 24 Postcards in Full ColourMoving Mountains WavesMuse Black Holes and RevelationsNew Found Glory From the Screen to Your StereoNew Found Glory New Found GloryPharrell Williams G I R LPink M!ssundaztoodRadiohead Pablo HoneySex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks...Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshitstellastarr* CivilizedSugarcult Palm Trees And Power LinesSwitchfoot The Beautiful LetdownSystem of a Down HypnotizeThe Jesus and Mary Chain PsychocandyThe Killers Hot FussThe Menzingers On the Impossible PastThera If This is the EndThirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful LieWeezer The Red AlbumYeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones2.2 poorAriana Grande My Everything2.0 poorAce of Base The SignBlink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketCodeine Frigid StarsColdplay X & YDinosaur Feathers Fantasy MemorialSamskeyti717 (11:53:17 AM): its like if you sucked the soul out of folk music youd end up with this kitschy diluted indie-is-hip brand of pop
Samskeyti717 (12:01:31 PM): but right now i dislike it cuz it like throws so many likable things at me you know?
Samskeyti717 (12:01:34 PM): its just like
Samskeyti717 (12:01:36 PM): look
Samskeyti717 (12:01:40 PM): harmonies
Samskeyti717 (12:01:47 PM): and pleasantness
Samskeyti717 (12:01:59 PM): you have to like it
Samskeyti717 (12:02:10 PM): and i just want to be like well no
Samskeyti717 (12:02:24 PM): youre not supposed to force it this hard
Samskeyti717 (12:02:46 PM): im supposed to have to try
Samskeyti717 (12:02:51 PM): otherwise you just come off shallow
Samskeyti717 (12:03:41 PM): its like
Samskeyti717 (12:04:00 PM): i feel like nothing bad has happened to these guys ever so they have nothing to say
Samskeyti717 (12:04:22 PM): and have dissolved into imitating what bands they like
Samskeyti717 (12:07:34 PM): theyre not adding anything
Samskeyti717 (12:08:10 PM): like
Samskeyti717 (12:08:16 PM): if you compare them to fang island
Samskeyti717 (12:08:41 PM): fang island works because theyre so eccentric you fall in love with it despite yourself
Samskeyti717 (12:09:05 PM): you want to indulge in whatever apeshit thing theyre doing because they dont give a fuck about how campy it is
Samskeyti717 (12:09:21 PM): dinosaur feathers is like
Samskeyti717 (12:09:30 PM): theyve very much calculated how campy theyre going to be
Samskeyti717 (12:09:40 PM): in order to optimize elements they think people will like
Samskeyti717 (12:09:47 PM): you know?
Samskeyti717 (12:00:49 PM): maybe im overthinking thisDragonForce Inhuman RampageEminem EncoreFrom First to Last HeroineGirl Talk All DayGreen Day ShenanigansGreen Day 21st Century Breakdown21st Century Breakdown expands upon American Idiot in almost every way imaginable. It?s bigger, more ambitious, and somehow more conceptually vague/ridiculous than American Idiot (seriously). This time around, Green Day discard anything resembling subtlety, which is not to say that subtlety was ever their forte. It is to say, however, that listening to 21st Century Breakdown in its entirety is an experience comparable to masturbating multiple times in succession. Every corner of the album is laden with production gimmicks and song constructions that make it clear that Green Day wanted to make 21st Century Breakdown the most epic experience ever ever ever and to their credit, there sure are anthems abound in these eighteen tracks of driving power chords and soaring harmonies. But rhyming ?fighting for? and ?dying for? can only be inspiring so many times before sounding trite, and 21st Century Breakdown spirals out of control in its own heroic glory and never regains focus, thus ending with a product that Green Day couldn?t afford to produce: an average record. HIM Dark LightInterpol InterpolKayo Dot Coyotemore noodly bullshit at least this time there are some beatzNew Found Glory Nothing Gold Can StayPanic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat OutR. Kelly Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-12)Straylight Run Un Mas DosOh, how far Straylight Run has fallen. Since their promising albeit at-times-generic self titled debut, they've descended into obscurity, with the Un Mas Dos EP offering no hope of resurgence. The only reason to get this is to hear what the group sounds like without the dynamic Michelle Nolan, and the results aren't pretty. Minus their most interesting performer, Straylight Run sound directionless and almost comical, caught somewhere between elite indie rock and emotional pop-punk without the pros of either. The generic soft-verse, louder-chorus weighs down Un Mas Dos till it can't recover, despite the nice bridge they play in every song. John Nolan's lyrics are particularly disappointing, especially on the faux political "Ten Ton Shoes," which makes no statement of any significance. Straylight Run are circling the drain, and if a follow up of Un Mas Dos continues in the same vein, don't be surprised if you never hear from them again.Switches Lay Down the LawThe Killers Sam's TownThe Killers Day & AgeThe Smashing Pumpkins ZeitgeistThe Used In Love and DeathThe Warriors War is HellWeezer RaditudeYeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!More like It's Glitz! Karen O and those two other guys drop the acoustic folk/rock and start doing cheesey dance pop. Results are predictably bad.1.5 very poorAshlee Simpson AutobiographyBen Lee The Rebirth of VenusBritney Spears Greatest Hits: My PrerogativeCreed Human ClayEminem RecoveryJulian Plenti Julian Plenti is... SkyscraperLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightPrimitive Radio Gods RocketAn overall awful album. It has 1 terrific song in "Broken Phone Booth", but the rest is a hodgepodge of crap from the 80's and 90's. O'Connor's lyrics are awful, and his consistently angry tone holds less and less merit as his songs get worse and worse. Don't buy it, just download "Broken Phone Booth".Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just BallsSoundtrack (Film) Spider-Man: Turn Off The DarkTaking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday1.0 awfulAtreyu Suicide Notes and Butterfly KissesBlack Kids Partie TraumaticGood Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and DeathGreen Day Â¡UNO!Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and WhiteHawthorne Heights If Only You Were LonelyLindsay Lohan A Little More Personal (Raw)New Found Glory CatalystPussycat Dolls PCDSimple Plan Still Not Getting Any...Sun Kil Moon Benjifuck. this. The Click Five Greetings from Imrie HouseWeezer Make Believe
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