December 06, 2008

The War On Drugs - Wagonwheel Blues (2008)



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Super Minerals - The Pelagics (2008)



This has been posted everywhere, but it bears repeating.
Best ambient album of the year.

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Panda Bear - Live at The Ottobar (2007)



Tracklisting:

01 Take Pills (Pt. 1)
02 Song For Ariel
03 Take Pills (Pt. 2)
04 Good Girl
05 Laughed For A World Filled With Fantasy
06 Carrots (Pt. 1)
07 Comfy In Nautica
08 Berserker
09 Bros
10 #1
11 Carrots (Pt. 2)
12 Chores

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Xiu Xiu - La Foret (2005)


There was a request, so here ya go!

EDIT: Hmm, that was a bit odd. I re-uploaded it, lets hope it works.

EDIT EDIT: Of course right now their servers are down, haha.

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December 01, 2008

The Black Dahlia Murder


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This is my favorite metal band, and one of my favorite bands in general. They are usually considered melodic death metal, and I see many influences from older thrash bands, black metal bands, and grind bands. Their lyrics focus on things like horror, zombies, monsters, etc. they all love horror movies so that obviously plays through. Start off with Nocturnal, their newest, it is probably their best release and is most appealing upon a first listen. Not to say each other recording doesn't kick ass, though...

Demos + EPs
What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse (2001)
A Cold-Blooded Epitaph (2002)
LPs
Unhallowed (2003)
Miasma (2005)
Nocturnal (2007)

November 30, 2008

Elsiane - Hybrid (2007)


Her voice is odd. Their music is eclectic with a blend of electronic, jazz, trip-hop, and even some classical. They are a duo that hails from Canada. My friend and I get a Bjork feel sometimes. Check them out!

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November 29, 2008

The Fall Of Troy - Phantom On The Horizon (2008)



Four years in the making. This sounds just how I've always wanted it to sound.

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Sun Araw



Information about Sun Araw and his projects is sparse. I feel some of this like the last notes of Person Pitch escaping from Earth and traveling through Space Forever.

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Beach Head (2008)
The Phynx (2008)

See You Next Tuesday



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I feel 17 again. This shit is so tech, it's practically calc.

Parasite (2007)
Intervals (2008)

November 17, 2008

Recommendations

In lieu of actually posting anything new, I'd like to call your attention to some other blogs that I've been stealing from lately. There must be something wrong with me, because I just typed "bean sleeting" several times. Uh. Onward.

The following blogs are lovely, visit them. I've also listed several artists (and some specific albums) from the pages of each that I'd recommend. I haven't linked directly to the posts that contain their albums, of course, because that would require effort. And I am lazy enough to be doing this instead of writing an essay.

Sunflower Chakra Milk - (Pocahaunted - Chains; Barn Owl; Wet Hair; Natural Snow Buildings)
Ill-Formed - (Religious Knives; Christina Carter - Original Darkness; Krallice; Wavves)
Experimental Etc. - (Albert Alyer; Ornette Coleman; Eric Dolphy; Black Dice; Jackie-O Motherfucker)
Aerophones and Aeroplanes - (Raccoo-oo-oon; a whole bunch of shit, I dunno man, just found this blog yesterday.)

Disclaimer - Some of this stuff, I haven't actually listened to yet.

November 15, 2008

By The End of Tonight - The Fireworks On Ice EP (2004)


Got introduced to these guys today, really enjoy them. Good post-metal, math-rocky feel. All instrumental.

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November 13, 2008

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons




If there was a nuclear apocalypse going on at this very moment this album would be it's soundtrack. It would blare over loudspeakers, boom over radios, and be on every television channel. I would dance along without a care in the world. In case you haven't noticed, I love this album in all of it's epicness.

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November 11, 2008

Eric Copeland - Alien in a Garbage Dump (2008)

EDIT: If for some reason google or someone else brought you here, know that this is only half of the full-length that was released almost a year after I originally posted this. That album can be found HERE.



The Black Dice member's recent solo release sticks close to the formula he perfected on his previous full-length, Hermaphrodite. Who am I kidding, loolllz. Anyone who has heard Black Dice knows it's their lack of any conceivable structure that really keeps their unique brand of noise interesting. This feels like another evolution, just on schedule. Worth downloading for the last half of the title track (Stream it here) but the rest is pretty killer as well.

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Storm And Stress x2

EDIT: THESE LINKS ARE DOWN. They'll probably never go back up, because Touch And Go Records is on top of things. Same goes for Don Cab links. Sorry.

However, if you're reading this, please don't give up hope. These are my two of my favorite records of all time, and I implore you to continue your search. You won't regret it. This message has been approved by Bradford Cox.

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This band will more-than-satisfy you when you get tired of Ian Williams' other bands, Don Caballero and Battles. Ian locks his guitar in the basement and feeds it only yearning. He also sings to himself. The drums rumble freely and catastrophically but internally. Under Thunder also includes Eric Ehm, who played bass on the final Don Caballero album, American Don.

Storm and Stress (1997)

Under Thunder and Fluorescent Light (2000)

Dianogah x2



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Hey this band is pretty good they got two dudes that play bass so it's got a nice jazzy post-rock feel like old Tortoise ya dig???

Millions of Brazilians (2002)

qhnnl (2008)

Deerhunter - On Platts Eyott Island (2008)



This recent and limited cassette release was recorded on September 15. It was meant as a tribute to John Peel, or something. Like, all the studio equipment was old, and stuff. Six of the seven tracks are reworked versions of existing Deerhunter songs, including Spring Hall Convert, Backspace Century, and four from Microcastle.

Stream the whole thing HERE.
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Vessels - White Fields and Open Devices (2008)



Since no adjective or metaphor is better at describing music than a comparison to another band, this is like the heavier side of Mogwai mixed with Battles. If it's safe to say that any new band today is copying things their forebears have done, and if it's also safe to say that the success of the new band is based on how well they actually execute these rehashed ideas, then Vessels is undoubtedly post-rock worth hearing.

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EDIT: THIS LINK IS DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

November 07, 2008

Enon - Believo! (2000)



The debut album from NYC's Enon.

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November 03, 2008

The Specials - The Specials (1979)


The Specials are quite possibly the best ska band ever. Yeah, I said it. This is their first release, and a legendary ska masterpiece. It's upbeat and mellow. You can skank to it and you can chill to it. Every song is amazing. For real. If you have never downloaded anything I have put up here, do it now. You would be doing yourself a favor.
Official Website
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November 01, 2008

HELLA


Hold Your Horse Is (2002) 320kbps


The Devil Isn't Red (2004) V0(VBR)


Chirpin' Hard/Church Gone Wild (2005) V0(VBR)


There's No 666 in Outer Space 192kpbs

All of Hella's full lengths. If you follow this blog at all I probably shouldn't need to tell you anything about this band.

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October 25, 2008

Marnie Stern


In Advance of the Broken Arm (2007) V0(VBR), .mp3, mediafire


This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That(2008) .mp3, mediafire

ETA: KRS is really good at killing my links.

I'm not sure what to say about this woman except that she's an incredibly talented guitarist and the new album is intense. Zach Hill worked with her on the album and if you liked his solo album, you'll like her work as well. She's touring with Gang Gang Dance - go see her if she's coming to your town.

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October 17, 2008

The Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters & In God We Trust, Inc.


One of my all-time favorite punk rock albums. The album "Plastic Surgery Disasters" and the Ep "In God We Trust, Inc." were originally released separately but were re-released together with the final 8 songs on this being the EP. Every single song on this release is amazing and a staple for any fan of old-school hardcore punk rock.
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October 12, 2008

The Watery Graves of Portland - Portland (2007)



Adrian Orange does drums for this project. That's mostly why I found it. It also includes Curtis Knapp on piano and Davis Lee Hooker on bass.

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Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends (2008)


Had a chance to see Tobacco open for Why? in Chicago and I enjoyed him a bunch. He is one of the members of Black Moth Super Rainbow and his music can be best described as fucked up electronic pop. Aesop Rock also makes an appearance on one of the songs. I pre-ordered the album (it comes out in 2 days) and for some reason I received it early, so here ya go.

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October 08, 2008

This Town Needs Guns - Animals (2008)



You won't believe how good this is until you hear it.
Sounds like Look Mexico, Owls, American Football, Piglet, etc.

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An Albatross - The Family Album (2008)



Like Daughters and The Locust, these guys were formerly associated with the "grindcore" scene. And, just as both of those bands' recent albums had shattered the constraints of that rarely accurate label by making songs over a minute or two long, so have An Albatross. This is more than the genre-bending you've come to expect from them, with the help of a bit more compositional breathing room, which mostly means that there's more to enjoy.

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September 29, 2008

Ceremony - Still Nothing Moves You (2008)


Fucking great old-school hardcore band. They have some epic intros to their songs and are just fun to thrash to. Check them out.

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September 25, 2008

Listen to me on the radio!

Hey readers,

Tomorrow I'll be starting a weekly radio show for my school's student station, WIUX, at Indiana University in Bloomington. If you're in Bloomington, tune in to 99.1 FM. If you're not in Bloomington or don't have a radio, download the live stream here: http://www.wiux.org/radio/

I'll be probably be playing stuff that's a little more friendly than you usually see posted here (read: no AIDS Wolf), but it's going to be good stuff regardless.

The show starts at 7am, EST. If you're up getting ready for work, school, whatever on Fridays... tune in!

Tara

September 24, 2008

Deerhoof - Offend Maggie (2008)



I hate the cover art, but I'm impressed with the album itself. And sooo happy to hear more Japanese in the lyrics!

Kill Rock Stars keeps zapping my link. I'm not uploading it anymore, sorry. Try google.
Preorder it!

September 16, 2008

Crass

Studio Albums:


The Feeding of The 5000 (1978)


Stations of The Crass (1979)


Penis Envy (1981)


Christ, The Album (1982)
-Disk One
-Disk Two


Yes Sir, I Will (1983)


Acts of Love (1985)

Live Albums:


Christ, The Bootleg (1989)


You'll Ruin It For Everyone (1993)

Special Treat:


Merry Crassmas (1981)

Crass were a largely influential Anarcho-punk band that delved in other genres, such as Classical, Noise, and Spoken Word. Here are all of their studio albums and both their live albums. I also added the Merry Crassmas 7", which is their cheeky little satire of Christmas consumerism. Enjoy!

Exhaust - Exhaust (1998)



Exhaust is an odd band. The best way I can describe them is through their page at Constellation Records:

"Exhaust is a bass, drum and tape trio that crashed through various Montreal venues in a series of semi-controlled explosions during the mid-90s, with an early vinyl release on Constellation appearing in 1998 (issued on CD two years later). As other projects began to dominate the players’ schedules, Exhaust have played only sporadically since 1999 but re-grouped in the summer of 2001 for a short tour and month-long cabin retreat, where their second album was recorded.

Aidan Girt (drums) mashes up beats and samples with his 1-Speed Bike alter-ego, was drafted by Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 1996, and has now settled in a cabin in the woods after a couple of years spent splitting his time between Montreal and Amsterdam.

Mike Zabitsky (tapes) was a sound recordist for film and amateur brewmeister before starting his own brew pub in Montreal in 2002. He is currently renovating a building using poured-concrete molds.

Gordon Krieger is a sound artist who has worked with improvised shortwave signals in Radio Orchestra, music for Mac voice, and an ongoing erased tape project. Miraculously, he continues to work for CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves."

This is that first release they speak of. Enjoy!

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Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday (2008)



"Written and recorded over the last 18 months, Doomsdayer's Holiday delivers on the promises made by their previous albums, taking equal pride in smoky psychedelics and mountain-ascending riffs .... Doomsdayer's Holiday finds their already-broad palette continually expanding with 70s European film noir and cosmic free jazz explorations complimenting the Middle Eastern psychedelic folk-metal the group is already known for."

Nothing else can prepare you for Grails. This album is worth listening to just for the last track, "Acid Rain". It reminds me of the opener of Deerhunter's new record, "Cover Me (Slowly)", except it's eight minutes of the same bliss. Everything tastes different.

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Because Of Ghosts - This Culture of Background Noise (2008)



"The album was tape-recorded in Montreal at Hotel2Tango by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Silver Mt. Zion) with additional production work from Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Silver Mt. Zion) and guest strings from Thierry Amar and Jessica Moss."

They come from Australia. You've got a pretty killer post-rock record right here.

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Fang Island - Sky Gardens EP (2008)



Mostly-instrumental happiness reminiscent of Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine with some epic arena-metal and pop-punk thrown in. One of the guitarists is also in Daughters.

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BONUS - The Day Of The Great Leap, their full-length from last year. I couldn't find the artwork. Bummer.
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The Sound Of Animals Fighting - The Ocean And The Sun (2008)



They've gone back to the stripped-down lineup that performed on Tiger & The Duke, minus a few members. They retain a little bit of the experimentation that made Lover, The Lord Has Left Us so intolerable to some, but it is toned down. Despite similarities one may draw between the three records, they are all unique beasts. This beast is slower, at first, than one might expect. This beast builds up and breaks down and is always heavy but not always hunting. As always, worth a listen.

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September 14, 2008

Leftover Crack


Mediocre Generica (2001)


Fuck World Trade (2004)

These are their two full lengths they have released. They are a very odd anarcho-punk band with ska, death metal, and classical music influences. They might not be everyone's cup of tea, but they are worth at least a listen. There are many bands that are in some way associated with these guys, if you like what you hear let me know and I will upload some similar stuff.

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Deerhoof


The Return of the Wood M'Lady (1995) 192kbps


Dirt Pirate Creed (1996) 192kbps


The Man, The King, The Girl (1997) 192kbps


Holdypaws (1999) 192kbps


Koalamagic (2000) 320kbps


My Pal Foot Foot (2000) Single 256kbps


Halfbird (2001) 256kbps


Reveille (2002) 320kbps


Apple O' (2003) 320kbps


Milk Man (2004) V0(VBR)


Green Cosmos (2005) EP V0(VBR)


The Runners Four (2005) 320kbps


+81 (2006) EP V0(VBR)


Friend Opportunity (2007) 320kbps

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