Average Rating: 3.70
Rating Variance: 0.58
Objectivity Score: 69% (Fairly Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicDJ Shadow Endtroducing.....Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Japandroids Post-NothingBeing young fucking owns.Kidcrash JokesMinus the Bear Highly Refined PiratesMogwai Young TeamMy Kappa Roots The House of St Colme Burnt DownNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaSay Anything ...Is a Real BoySay Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The DeclineTalk Talk Laughing StockThe Fun Years Baby, It's Cold InsideTitus Andronicus The Monitor4.5 superb65daysofstatic The Fall of MathAesop Rock FloatAt the Drive-In Relationship of CommandBATS Red In Tooth and ClawBlackalicious Blazing ArrowBlue Sky Black Death Late Night CinemaThere were two records this year which competed for the nightwalk spot in my iPod, and more often than not BSBD would come out trumps and Flying Lotus would have to wait another day. Late Night Cinema excels because of how natural it sounds. The beats sound like they were planted and grown straight from the earth, especially when juxtaposed with the dreamlike vocals and ethereal ambience of the rest of the record. Late Night Cinema brings a whole new dimension to walking the backstreets at 3am. Los Angeles was great, but, for me, this knocked it out of the year's top ten.Bon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBright Eyes Lifted or the Story is in the Soil...Buddy Peace Wolf Diesel MountainStop feeding the egos at the Greer Talk party and start appreciating your buddies again. Wolf Diesel Mountain may not be as loud or boisterous as the year's most popular mix, but my god does it wipe the floor with Gillis' face in terms of sincerity, longeivity and genuine personality. Thanks to Buddy's meticulous attention to detail and seamless construction, he is able to pay homage to his indie and hip hop heroes in such a way that the listener can appreciate how perfect MF Doom sounds rapping atop Jose Gonzalez' gently strummed Heartbeats, while still being struck by how much emotion the two artists can deliver when pitched with one another. The respect is blatant, and the record succeeds because of it. Don't miss out, you'll have to explain away the bruises from kicking yourself if you do.Burial UntrueBurial and Four Tet Moth/Wolf ClubCircle Takes the Square As the Roots UndoDJ Shadow The Private PressExplosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...Explosions in the Sky How Strange, InnocenceFilm School alwaysneverJoanna Newsom Have One on MeThe thing about Joanna Newsom is that she has a voice you could listen to for hours, without any instrumentation, and you'd just fall in love with it over and over again. The thing about Have One On Me is that it is so much more than that. Gorgeously sparse, beautifully composed, intelligent songwriting kept up for over two hours. A ridiculous amount of depth contained, this is a record that will surely continue to give and give and give till the years end, and then some.John K. Samson ProvincialKashiwa Daisuke Program Music ILos Campesinos! Romance Is BoringMassive Attack MezzanineMeanwhile, Back in Communist Russia Indian InkmewithoutYou A to B: LifeMinus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like ThisMinus the Bear Planet of IceModern Life Is War WitnessModest Mouse This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To..Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded WestMogwai Come On Die YoungNas IllmaticNils Frahm SpacesNujabes Metaphorical MusicNujabes Spiritual StateGorgeous. RJD2 DeadringerSaltillo Ganglionsgt. Perception of CasualtySigur Ros Agaetis byrjunSwarms Old Raves EndThe Dismemberment Plan Emergency & IThe National BoxerThe Red Paintings Walls The Samuel Jackson Five Goodbye Melody MountainAlthough the album title may indicate otherwise, SJ5's third effort sees the band experimenting with some unorthodox melodies while still maintaining the jazzy, proggy post rock sound they've become known for, and ending up with dazzling results. This is the best post rock album of the year because it dares to venture several steps forward while still having the strength and discipline to not leave its original brilliance behind and instead carry it on its shoulders for all to see. Oh, and How To Evade Your Obsessive Shadow is like insanely good.The Six Parts Seven Casually Smashed to PiecesThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntUp-C Down-C Left-C Right-C ABC + Start And The Battle Is WonWeezer WeezerWeezer Pinkerton4.0 excellentAdebisi Shank This is the AlbumAesop Rock Labor DaysAesop Rock DaylightAgainst Me! Reinventing Axl RoseAgainst Me! New WaveAnimal Hospital MemoryBersarin Quartett Bersarin QuartettBeware Of Safety It Is CurtainsBeware Of Safety dogsPhwwoooar. My first impression after hearing 'Nu Metal', the first track from BoS' first full length 'dogs'. Stop playing in the sandbox with pg.lost and start accepting sweets from the bearded strangers in blacked out cars blaring out their heavy rock music. Trust me, you'll have a lot more fun. dogs manages to succeed where It's Not Me, It's You! failed because 1. the heavy sections contain addictive, varied, and downright sledge-hammer-to-the-balls riffs and inventive instrumentation instead of wall-of-sound guitar smooshing and 2. the melodic sections actually do something, and don't make you want to tear your ears out with boredom. Beware of Safety made a warning mark on the post rock scene last year with debut EP Is It Curtains but this ten track beauty stakes a serious claim for the position of post rock's new top dog. I'd start taking them seriously.Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeBroken Social Scene You Forgot It In PeopleBuilt to Spill Perfect from Now OnBurial BurialCursive The Ugly OrganCursive DomesticaDangers Messy, Isn't It?Do Make Say Think Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is...Drake Take CareExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFall Out Boy Folie a DeuxFang Island Fang IslandFight Like Apes ...And The Mystery Of The Golden MedallionFlorence and the Machine LungsFour Tet There is Love in YouFrightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ FightGatsby's American Dream VolcanoGatsby's American Dream Ribbons and SugarGiraffes? Giraffes! More Skin With Milk-MouthGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Grizzly Bear VeckatimestGuillemots Through the WindowpaneGym Class Heroes The Papercut ChroniclesHammock KenoticHammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echohusband&wife Dark Dark WoodsJapancakes LovelessJust the idea of covering My Bloody Valentine's 1991 classic would have probably caused many elitists to drop their shoegazing monacles in scorn. So for this gutsy Georgia six-piece to go ahead and cover each and every track must have had the entire elitosphere running around like headless chickens. But no fear, Japancakes have done the impossible. They have created a tribute album which not only compliments and accentuates the original but also sounds damn good all on its own. Clinging solely onto the original melodies of MBV's Loveless, Japancakes incorporate a wholly different sound, consisting of cellos, pianos and pedal stell guitars, to unravel a piece of work which looks more than beautiful when laid out flat against its forebearer. For those who still haven't heard the original, a slap on the wrist for you, but I say get this first. It will make you appreciate the first more, while still not detracting from the tribute. Get involved, son.
Japandroids Celebration RockJon Hopkins InsidesJoshua Fit For Battle To Bring Our Own EndKings of Leon Only By The NightLights Out Asia Eyes Like BrontideLights Out Asia GarmoniaManchester Orchestra Mean Everything to NothingMax Richter The Blue NotebooksMaybeshewill Not For Want Of TryingmewithoutYou Brother, SisterMillimetrik Northwest Passage's New EraMinus the Bear Menos El OsoMinus the Bear This is What I Know About Being GiganticMogwai Mogwai EP+2Mogwai Mr. BeastMono Hymn To The Immortal WindMurder by Death In Bocca Al LupoMy Kappa Roots Old Sentry Who Saw The TransfiguringNatsumen Never Wear Out Your Summer xxx !!!An eight-piece jazz/noise rock band from Japan that likes X’s, !’s, and a whole lotta summer. Recipe for disaster? You’d think so, but no. One listen through Never Wear Out Your Summer, a six track, 45 minute live recording, and you’ll be begging for more. From the breakneck, frantic drumming that consumes ‘Newsummerboy’ to the epic, improvisational jazzy wonders of ‘Pills to Kill Ma August’ to the ridiculously infectious, anthemic rockings of ‘Natsu No Mujina’, it is clear that Natsumen have got the heat, fun and insanity of summer down to a tee. Powerful but entertaining, schizophrenic but cohesive, capricious but focused, this is truly original music to change your opinion about how much fun you can have with an instrumental band. Nick Drake Pink MoonNuggies EPNurses Hangin' Nothin' But Our Hands DownOff Minor Some BloodOff Minor The Heat Death of the UniverseOla Podrida Belly of the LionOlafur Arnalds Eulogy For EvolutionPhoenix Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixPiglet lava landPortishead ThirdRadiohead OK ComputerRocky Votolato MakersRx Bandits MandalaScraps Of Tape This Is A Copy Is This A CopySet Fire to Flames Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped insgt. Stylus FantasticusSigur Ros VonSigur Ros ( )Sleepingdog Polar LifeChantal Acda, female half and vocalist for ambient folk duo Sleepingdog, just has one of those voices. You know the ones, the type of voice you could listen to for hours on end, the type of voice that staples a permanent smile to your face. Being of Dutch origin there is a slight but cute tinge of accent which decorates her delivery, yet the sincerity she performs with never dwindles. Luckily, the music is very pretty too. Composed primarily of pianos and ambience by Adam Wiltzie (member of ambient gods Stars of the Lid (so you know you're in safe hands)), the melodies created are fragile and soft, perfectly complimenting Acda's special voice. Think if Laura Marling teamed up with Sleepingdog's labelmates Glissando. If you're feeling a little bummed out right now, or just simply want something to chill to, give this one a shot.Te' It Be The Thinking As 'the Song' Of Realistic Sound From The World WhichThe Appleseed Cast SagarmathaThe Dodos VisiterThe Field Looping State of MindThe Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant LifeThe Morning Benders Big EchoThe Tallest Man on Earth Shallow GraveThe Twilight Sad Killed My Parents and Hit the RoadTokyo Police Club Elephant ShellTokyo Police Club ChampTrophy Scars Bad LuckVarious Artists (Indie) Dark Was The NightWilliam Fitzsimmons Until When We Are GhostsWorriedaboutsatan EP02"A breath of fresh air" is a phrase which is used all too cheaply nowadays. I swear the other day I actually saw the line being used to advertise weed killer. Don't ask me how. Worriedaboutsatan, however, are one of the few that are deserving of the increasingly undervalued tag. Despite succumbing to the mysterious modern allure of shunning spaces between the words in their title (what's with that?), everything about this band is refreshing, exciting and wonderfully original. Yes, this is a blend of electronica and post rock. No, it sounds nothing like 65daysofstatic. I'm tempted to say this is better, but the two styles are so different it would be meaningless to compare. While 65dos are more on the post-rock end, pitching powerful riffs against random glitches, WAS are at the opposite end of the spectrum, using the occasional shimmering post rock guitar to accentuate and compliment tranquil yet compelling ambience. Worriedaboutsatan load their cannon with skitzy glitches, bottomless reverb, and some minimal but powerful percussion, then throw in some immersive vocals for good measure. Once the fuse is lit, they clamber into this cannon, guitars in hand, and wait for the bang. Although most of the record is spent watching the fuse go down, that's the beauty. It's a serene, consumative, at times exhilirating thing to behold. When it does though... well, you'll have to hear for yourself. Listen to 'The Last Song (First Song Remix)', around 2:38, and you'll hear this explosion first hand. One of my favourite moments of the year for music. Awesome, highly recommended stuff.Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal BlissYouth Lagoon The Year of HibernationYppah Eighty One3.5 greatAmerican Football American FootballAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionArctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst NightmareAussitot Mort MontuengaBenn Jordan Louisiana MourningBon Iver Blood BankBright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's MorningBroken Social Scene Broken Social SceneCursive Happy HollowDark Captain Miracle KickerDaughter If You LeaveDillinger Four C I V I L W A REl-P I'll Sleep When You're DeadEmancipator Safe In The Steep CliffsEnvy Insomniac DozeFake Problems It's Great to Be AliveEver wondered what would happen if Against Me!, Modest Mouse and a Big Band quartet were trapped on a plane hurtling towards a fiery death and there was only one set of parachutes? Well, I can't say who'd be the ones left in freefall, but I'm sure the fight scene would sound a little like It's Great To Be Alive. And it sure is. Chris Farren's scratchy, hoarse vocals (perhaps at time a little too reminiscent of Tom Gabel), peirce holes in a frequently changing backdrop of stabbing guitar riffs, propulsive drumming and jubilant horns. Each track sees a new take on their unique (to an extent) sound of disco folk-punk, and for the first half of the album this is definitely a plus. Anthemic ska, catchy, chorus-heavy folk pop and gritty, guileless punk take turns to carry new sets of sarcastic, memorable lyrics (for the most part) and do so with an admirable spring in their step. But as the second half trudges on it seems like the band run out of ideas slightly and their nods towards Against Me! and The Hold Steady become perhaps a little too vehement. There are a few highlights in the second half though - check out 'Tabernacle Song' and 'Heart BPM', aswell as the first half's 'Level with the Devil' and 'The Dream Team'. Although the band seem to lack that killer edge right now, an 'X-Factor', so to speak, if they can muster the effort to be a little more inventive, dynamic and focused next time around they could have a really awesome record on their hands.Fall Out Boy Take This to Your GraveFall Out Boy From Under the Cork TreeFlies Are Spies From Hell Mountain LanguageHeathers Here, Not ThereKashiwa Daisuke 5 Dec.
Daisuke has taken a few steps in a new direction with this record, searching for new sounds to add to his already impressive arsenal and, in many ways, he’s been successful. But on the other hand, 5 Dec. shows him making a sacrifice, venturing too far into the darkness in the pursuit of too many different noises and, without his original shining brilliance to light the path, getting lost along the way. There’s no denying that 5 Dec. is exhilarating, intriguing, interesting, at times even mesmerising. But the endless captivation, the rapturously hypnotizing consummation of Program Music I has all but vanished with 5 Dec., the strive for accessibility throwing it to the sky to be carried away by the wind like a choir’s chorus echoing across an empty chasm. Kashiwa Daisuke will have learned a lot from his latest exerts. Here’s hoping he can turn that experience into genuine electronic ingenuity with his next effort. Luckily for him, there’s no-one more suited to the task.Kid Down And The Noble Art Of IronyKurt Vile God is Saying This to You...Late Phantom PapersLights Out Asia Tanks And RecognizersLoose Lips Sink Ships PuptentManchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a ChildManchester Orchestra Simple MathMaroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before LongMarvins Revolt KillecmewithoutYou Catch For Us The FoxesMinus the Bear AcousticsMinus the Bear OmniModest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad NewsModest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankMogwai Bat CatMogwai Happy Songs for Happy PeopleMono You Are ThereNujabes Modal SoulOlafur Arnalds Variations of Staticpg.lost Yes I Am EPPlanets PlanetsRocky Votolato True Devotionshh... this is a library shh... this is a librarySun Kil Moon AprilTaking Back Sunday New AgainThe Decemberists PicaresqueThe Matches E. Von Dahl Killed the LocalsThe Matches DecomposerThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IITTNG AnimalsWeezer The Red AlbumWorriedaboutsatan ArrivalsYellow Ostrich The MistressYellow Ostrich Strange Land3.0 good+44 When Your Heart Stops Beating65daysofstatic The Destruction of Small IdeasAnathallo Floating WorldBe Your Own Pet Get AwkwardBen Lee Ben Lee Sings Against Me! - New WaveBroken Social Scene Feel Good LostCity and Colour SometimesCursive Mama, I'm SwollenIs it just me or is Kasher getting unbearably annoying? Sure, he may have always enjoyed swimming in his own cesspool of self-soothing self-pity, and his audience has always identified with his lyrics. They're depressingly relatable. That's his appeal; metaphysical self-loathing. Leech on him and he'll leech off you. But he needs to start spinning a new record. "I spent the best years of my life waiting on the best years of my life. So what's there to write about?" Good question, Tim. Maybe you should start by smiling every once in a while. The amount of sympathy Kasher is asking for here is just too much for this optimist to handle, which is a shame because the first half of this record is fantastic. It's just the second half which becomes suffocated under the weight of it's own misery, both lyrically and musically.Cynic Traced in AirDo Make Say Think You, You're a History in RustEnvy A Dead Sinking StoryEnvy All the Footprints You've Ever Left...Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss EveryoneFink Biscuits for BreakfastFleet Foxes Fleet FoxesGatsby's American Dream Gatsby's American DreamGhost (UK) Freedom of ThoughtGym Class Heroes As Cruel As School ChildrenMogwai The Hawk Is HowlingMogwai Rock ActionOkay Huggable DustPortugal. The Man Waiter: ''You Vultures!''PVT O Soundtrack My HeartRise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessSay Anything In Defense of the GenreSay Anything Say AnythingSigur Ros Takk...The Ascent of Everest How Lonely Sits the CityThe Graduate AnhedoniaThe Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The BondsUp-C Down-C Left-C Right-C ABC + Start EmbersYellow Ostrich Yellow OstrichYo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your AssZOX The Wait2.5 averageAesop Rock None Shall PassAnimal Collective Strawberry JamArcade Fire FuneralAt the Drive-In Acrobatic TenementBloc Party Silent AlarmBoris SmileBoys Like Girls Boys Like GirlsDaturah ReveriePortugal. The Man Censored ColorsRiding Panico Lady CobraSigur Ros Hvarf/HeimThe Decemberists The Crane WifeThe Format Dog ProblemsThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Status So This Is ProgressWolfmother Wolfmother2.0 poorCobra Starship While the City Sleeps, We Rule the StreeFuneral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell ThemselvesImmortal Technique The 3rd WorldMogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You WillUm... cos this music can put a human being in a ennui-like state, and make him all too aware
of the tedious reality of existing. Cos music could be bigger than words and wider than
pictures, but now, if someone said that Mogwai were the stars, I would whole - and heavy -
heartedly object. If the stars had a sound, they would sound like a big fuck you in the
direction of Hardcore Will Never Die. The punishment for this loss of emotion should
be hard, but my blood fails to boil such is the tepidity of the tape that I've heard. I know
one thing... on February 14th the sky will breathe another huge sigh of disappointment... or
something... and with a resigned whimper... will um... urr... mourn again over its short but
magnificent time in the cave. Panda Bear Person PitchSigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaustThe Matches A Band In Hope1.5 very poorCobra Starship ÂˇViva La Cobra!Final Days Society Noise Passes Silence RemainsHot Chip The WarningMinus the Bear Interpretaciones Del OsoThe Killers Sam's Town1.0 awfulWeezer Make Believe
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