• 150,000+ plays and some musings

    1 mar 2015, 22:36 av garynotrashcoug

    The other night, quietly and with very little fanfare I passed 150,000 plays on Last.fm. Pretty much one year from the day that I passed my 100,000 milestone. It's amazing to me to think that I listened to 50,000 tracks in a year, but that's only half the story. That's not including stuff I heard on the radio, live performances, friends playing music when visiting their houses, watching something on youtube which I didn't scrobble, things I heard then deleted from my scrobble history because I hated them so much.... It's amazing how much music fills your life without really trying, much less when you're like me and have music going almost around the clock.

    I love Last.fm and as I've said in the past, it's sort of like "my facebook". Other people let facebook occupy much of their time and it becomes a big part of their lives. Last.fm is like that for me and the very ephemeral nature of the internet makes me worry about what I'll do if it ever disappears. I'll live, certainly and there are far worse things which can go wrong in life, but I suppose it is a dear hobby of mine and a great resource for discovering new music and connecting with other music fans. It also satisfies my oddly exhibitionist nature when it comes to my music collection and listening habits. I can't really explain it, much less understand it but I've always been this way. Music has been a big part of my life since I was very young and I suppose that, combined with whatever twisted miasma lies deep in my psyche causes it to manifest that way.

    I also mull over the fate of Last.fm since it seems like so many longstanding third party developers and website are disappearing. Tools I used to enjoy and often employee in these journal entries such as McKillaboy's badges and lastlabs. These are additonal tools which utilize Last.fm's API and it seems like they just aren't interested or are jumping ship for other reasons. Sure, it costs money to re-register a domain every year, maintain a server, etc, but the fact that they aren't even trying anymore leads me to believe that they may have succumbed to their consensus that Last.fm is dying. There still are a lot of people using this site and a lot of people supporting it (despite all the other users who do nothing but complain). This post in particular hints that Last.fm's developers have "big things" in store on the horizon. Fingers crossed, ever hopeful. I am grateful for the few third party developers who have stuck around, like Last.fm Tools (see below).

    Thank you for reading all of that (if you actually did) and now that I got that off my chest, it's time for some stats! You love stats as much as I do right?

    What I've (mostly) been listening to for the past 12 months:





    Top artists for the past 12 months:
    1. The Legendary Pink Dots
    2. Ween
    3. Beck
    4. David Byrne
    5. UB40
    6. Talking Heads
    7. Spiritualized
    8. 新居昭乃 (Akino Arai)
    9. 大谷幸 (Kow Otani)
    10. Herbie Hancock

    Top tracks for the past 12 months:
    1. The ByrdsYou Ain't Going Nowhere
    2. Bob DylanKnockin' on Heaven's Door
    3. Brian Eno & David ByrneEverything That Happens
    4. Chelsea WolfeWe Hit a Wall
    5. RideDreams Burn Down
    6. RideDecay
    7. The Stone RosesMade of Stone
    8. I Break HorsesDenial
    9. The Stone RosesI Wanna Be Adored
    10. Talking HeadsWarning Sign

    garynotrashcoug's top albums (year) 1. Joy Division - Heart and Soul (235)
    2. Killing Joke - Singles Collection 1979 - 2012 (132)
    3. Ride - Waves (102)
    4. Oingo Boingo - Best O' Boingo (94)
    5. Spacemen 3 - Recurring (90)
    6. Doves - Lost Souls (90)
    7. The Raveonettes - Pretty in Black (90)
    8. Cymande - Cymande (85)
    9. Spiritualized - Pure Phase (84)
    10. Blue Man Group - Audio (84)


    I suppose this type of journal entry is more for my own records, to go back and look at a snapshot from a previous year and see what my listening tastes were like at the time, more than anything else. Thanks for reading and to group leaders still present for letting me spam your journal feed and hey.....at least there's one McKillaboy badge which still works....
  • Albums of the Week (Neeshcast segment for 2015)

    22 feb 2015, 13:37 av neesh

    Each week I pick a different album, either from 1995 or 2005, for myself and listeners of Neeshcast to lend an ear to. It could be a first listen, or it could be the first in quite some time. Some truly groundbreaking albums came out 10 and 20 years ago. It’s nice to push them back into focus, and reflect on their influence.



    The Album of the Week from Wednesday, February 18, 2015 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (week 7) is the third dredg album, Catch Without Arms.

    I've put together a handy Spotify playlist including all of our Albums of the Week to date, with the exception of Cage’s Hell’s Winter, which is not in Spotify’s library.


    I encourage you to lend an ear to the Albums of the Week and share your thoughts! A new album is announced every Wednesday night during the Neeshcast between 7-11pm Central on Radio Xenu.
  • 2015 - Releases

    21 feb 2015, 02:16 av XfnSnow

    Wasn't sure if this was going to happen, but not having a scrappy journal I forget to update regularly has left me feeling slightly 'without'. So just about 2 months in and already a plethora of insanely good albums to imbibe your senses with. One thing I'm doing this time, is linking things in more useful ways. Adding Bandcamp links where I can and at least 1 link in the review to the band's facebook page (so you can make a habit of "liking" the stuff for further updates).

    2014 JOURNAL

    2013 JOURNAL

    2012 JOURNAL

    2011 JOURNAL


    My own DIY project:
    Courtsleet - Facebook | SoundCloud | bandcamp |



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    The Body & Thou - You, Whom I Have Always Hated
    (97%)

    I had heard the news of this collaboration last year and was sort of reticent about the implications of this amalgamation of sonic forces (really, because it seemed far too good to be true). Prior to the release of 'You, Whom I Have Always Hated', I'd only indulged some (admittedly totally awesome) DIY live footage of the two bands simultaneously converging upon some basic but utterly crushing ideas. What makes this collaboration a truly special event is the fact that Thou and The Body (fb links) are both totally distinctive in their realm... it's not as if 2 generic doom bands have just decided to play at the same time. There's elements to each band's sound that are brought in and actually play out simultaneously in a cacophony I can honestly describe as being one of the very heaviest dins I have ever subjected myself to. The Side A on this album is from the EP that was only released on vinyl last year, and hence this is my first time hearing those songs. Although the collaboration feels like it's in its infancy in this first half, this only exacerbates a primal ferine element which most sludge bands would sell appendages to acquire. Come the 2nd half of this LP, it feels like the super band have become completely aware of the devastating tools at their collective disposal, and what follows is nothing short of disorientating. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity (official video) is the first of the "new" tracks and It contains everything that makes each band unique and brilliant in their own rite with even some new ground being covered in the 2nd half of the track which breaks down into huge slack pulses of bass which build until the cymbals crash back in simultaneously with Chip King's completely terrifying wails, which at the best of times give the amygdala a traumatizing workout. This moment just erupts in my system, sending paralyzing waves over me. It's quite widely available on CD and vinyl, but here's a link to Thrill Jockey Records' stock:
    buy.


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    Dynfari - Vegferð Tímans
    (94%)

    Dynfari (fb link) are a two piece atmospheric black metal band from Iceland playing with the sort of seminal, spirit accruing epic musical visions one expects from a nation largely made up of ancient glaciers and eerie barren, lunar landscapes. At the moment there are plenty of rumblings about Misþyrming, a fellow Icelandic collective with an epic and devastatingly sinister edge. I'm feeling really in my element with these 2 releases right now and am sincerely hoping the combination of the two records will draw more eyes to this emergence of sheer quality from Iceland's extreme music scene. The young duo are tapping into the same emotional dream world as Alcest and Les Discrets, with progressive arrangements and a massive sounding production, a morose nautical perspective is reflected. Hafsjór, A song containing some of my favourite moments on Vegferð Tímans is currently being streamed on Metal Hammer (direct link). Also, the label is hoping to use 'crowd funding' to release this on Vinyl. If my opinion means anything to you, this would be an extremely worthy addition to anyone's music collection.


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    Devouring Star - Through Lung And Heart
    (92%)

    Devouring Star (fb link) is a newly evolved project from Finland, playing exactly the sort of galvanizing black metal you don't quite dare to hope you'll find right at the dawn of a new calendar year. The musical ideas are built around expansive dissonant riffs, with glorious clashes creating gleaming and monolithic girth in the bands maliciously execrable, yet grandiose and honed sonic palate. Bands I would say are perfectly healthy reference points here would be Kreigsmaschine, Aosoth and Carpe Noctem. It's pretty much thanks to the feeling of discovery related to this band that I felt the urge/inspiration to keep up to this years best releases and start another journal of the same ilk to previous ones. 3 of the tracks are available to stream over on Daemon Worships Prod's bandcamp - bc.


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    Sea Bastard & Keeper - Split LP
    (90%)

    This split was specially chosen to adorn my new setup. I'm just not the type of person this kind of shit happens to... that one day I receive a call from a very close friend/ex band mate who is obsessed with hifi gear, offering me his rebuilt/reconditioned Wharfedale E-50s for the cost of nothing but love... he was desperate to know they were going to a good home (every time I've seen him since, I've given him an expensive bottle of vodka). So this split arrived shortly after I'd assembled this audiophile's mecca in my room. I think My eye balls have been an inch further apart ever since. I had never heard of or heard anything by Keeper (fb link) until I stumbled on a special preview of '777'. I'm quite shocked this band isn't making more ripples right now, although they are both very new and seemingly in their embryonic stage, which is a terrifying prospect, given how veteran they sound already. I predict their next full length, whenever that will be, is going to be absolutely huge. Sea Bastard (fb link), I am already a little more acquainted with. Their contribution is a slightly longer track. It's every bit as awesome and has a similar pristine, organic and bone crushingly vast production. From what i can make out, both bands brought their 'A game' here, which is what I really want out of a split, because it shows the bands are honouring one another enough to put a piece of their soul onto the record, instead of just chucking in some song that didn't fit on the last full length etc. Anyway, although I am totally ritualistically listening to this exclusively at my new shrine to sound, here's the bandcamp to get acquainted.
    bc.


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    Kalmankantaja - Metsänkulkija
    (88%)

    So it was 13 days into the new year, and I was starting to feel edgy. I quickly scanned my body for where this unease was emanating from, and it was my black metal gland, weeping out for something new, harsh and more than just half-decent. I had a dig around and this was one of the first things that came up. Kalmankantaja (fb link) is Finnish black metal. It is perfectly rough, and actually for something so awash with noise, it sits gloriously in my ears. It's not what you call a good a production, it's what you call an appropriate production... which is far more important. The only band from my repertoire I'd liken this to in the response it elicits is one of my very favourite black metal acts Finster. Despite the fuel for this project seeming to be the primal energies drawing truly from an absolute black essence, the riffs are all abundantly packed with harrowing and emotively imprisoning melodies, all carrying the genuine prestige of the best 'second wave' black metal. Go and enjoy probably the 'truest' thing that will appear on this years list:
    bc.


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    Kalpa - Sequences*


    bc.
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    Wells Valley - Matter As Regent


    bc.
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    Inquinamentum - Void


    bc.
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    Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu


    bc.
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    Ethereal Shroud - They Became the Falling Ash


    bc.
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    Imperial Triumphant - Abyssal Gods


    Preorder.
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    Grimoire - L'aorasie des spectres rêveurs


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    Hypnologica - Quantum


    bc.
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    Addaura - ...and the lamps expire.


    bc.
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    Agos - Irkalla Transcendence


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    Ecferus - Prehistory


    bc.
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    Exgenesis - Aphotic Veil


    bc.
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    Urfaust - Apparitions


    bc.
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    Of Modern Architecture - Wilderness


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    Vivus Humare - Einkehr


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    Pyramids - A Northern Meadow


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    Leviathan - Scar Sighted


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    Ghost Bath - Moonlover


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  • melodic DIRT album review experimental rock 2015

    16 feb 2015, 13:43 av fabrykamagazine

    melodic DIRT - melodic DIRT |self-released, 2015| 4/5 experimental rock

    1. Another Day In The Life, 2. I'd Like To Fly, 3. Sounding For Me, 4. Out Of This World, 5. Away From My, 6. Falling, 7. From The Ground

    Here's the debut solo album of multi-instrumentalist Joe. His compositions are inspired by various music styles ranging from rock, grunge, metal and jazz, including bands like Deftones, Korn, Soundgarden, Nirvana, but also great instrumentalists such as Jimi Hendrix, Jackie McLean, Theloniuos Monk, John Coltrane or Miles Davis. Some of you may catch a few melodic and vocal lines comparable to The Young Gods' tunes as well. This interesting mix results in music that by no means makes for easy-listening, but remains original and intriguing, despite the multitude of influences.

    The material has undoubtedly been written for vocals and moods, actually one specific mood I'll elaborate below on. The instrumental parts played on drums, guitar and bass were added in the background, fitting between compositional parts very well. The lyrics are uttered in a spoken, languid manner rather than sung. If you however, imagined Joe as an opera singer and his tracks as classical, emotional compositions, you'd also picture him singing aloud rather than seemingly reciting poetry. Joe's rough voice is unmistakable and therefore, it is a large part of his potential. Just after a few tracks it will imprint itself into your mind, dominating the compositions along with dirty guitar vibrations.

    There are a lot of unclean tunes here, interspersed with melodies. The atmosphere brought by down-tuned bass and guitars is ponderous, lethargic. There's very little life, almost no energy, dynamics, or power on this album, but these songs were not written for such purpose at all. If you listen closely to the vocals, they do push their own melody into heavy compositions. This happens already in the two opening tracks - "Another Day In The Life" and "I'd Like To Fly".

    Most of the tracks on melodic DIRT last a bit over 3 minutes, which normally could be perceived as short. Here though, since the same arrangements repeat often and the overall mood is heavy, these songs sound as if they were prolonged. The guitar is sometimes employed to introduce a lighter, vibrating and memorable motif between all the other instruments, as it is in "Sounding For Me".

    When you get to "Out Of This World", you may have an impression that Joe was loosely improvising here, but there are a few specific, repetitive lines within the composition. The vocals are raspy and almost resonating. While listening to "Away From My", you'll notice a neurotic bass line which dominates the vocals at first. Joe doesn't use the typical intro-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus-outro structure. He uses a lot of verses with occasional bridges. This track is a good example of his creativity in that respect.

    When it comes to "Falling", this is indeed a free fall yet based on wisely planned arrangements. An initially annoying, high-pitched synth brings a looped melody thanks to which your ear will mainly focus on the melody instead of the grungy tunes introduced by the guitar-and-vocals combo. This follows the technique already used in "Sounding For Me", but expressed through a guitar there.

    The last track on the list, "From The Ground", sounds the heaviest and most apathetic at the same time. One could say that it describes the process of slitting veins and observing the dripping blood and escaping life, but make sure your reading of this track is not so dramatic. The drumbeats are arrhythmic, while the guitar only marks stops and makes another line of rhythm. There are many asynchronous, atonal sounds and little harmonious arrangements. Trust me, though - everything done on purpose.

    To sum up, not everyone expects music to be cheerful, swift or pleasant for the ear. Despite of its quite chaotic, slow and extended song structures, the individual formula of traditional industrial or drone metal music presented by bands such as Einstürzende Neubauten, SPK, Godflesh, Earth or Sun O))) has turned out to be inspirational for many listeners and performers. It is all about understanding the sound. If you're looking for a tune which a commercial radio station may not play, then melodic DIRT album is what you need. And here's exactly what Joe is winning you over with - not virtuosity but originality, because not many of you will be able to admit that they'd heard identical tunes before.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, February 15th, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=551

    Free official download: http://melodicdirt.com/
    https://soundcloud.com/melodicdirt/sets/debut-album

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  • Indie/Rock Playlist: February (2015)

    16 feb 2015, 08:43 av Criznittle



    Torrent download: https://kickass.to/various-artists-indie-rock-playlist-february-2015-t10227858.html
    Alternate torrent download: http://www.btstorrent.so/various-artists-indie-rock-playlist-february-tf4520102.html
    Direct download: http://theindierockplaylist.com
    Stream: https://play.spotify.com/user/margjakob/playlist/0ltnLC9fwvlTG4kOXq7h0q

    1. (00:00:22) Red Cabin – (IRP) Intro
    2. (00:02:00) Trevor Morris – A World Torn Asunder
    3. (00:02:22) Rabbit! – A Year In The Life
    4. (00:04:35) Incubus – Absolution Calling
    5. (00:03:19) We Are Z – Airbrush
    6. (00:02:43) Saint Rich – Am I Wrong
    7. (00:03:56) of Montreal – Apollyon Of Blue Room
    8. (00:02:47) Team Me – Are You Still In Love
    9. (00:03:25) Eaves – As Old As The Grave
    10. (00:04:23) The New Pornographers – Backstairs
    11. (00:02:58) St. Vincent – Bad Believer
    12. (00:02:57) Animal Noise – Bag of Bones
    13. (00:02:12) Rachel Goodrich – Bananas
    14. (00:03:27) Red Cabin – Barricade
    15. (00:05:09) Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – Billions Of Eyes
    16. (00:04:46) Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
    17. (00:02:05) King Creosote – Bluebell, Cockleshell, 123
    18. (00:02:24) Pretty Mery K – Boredom
    19. (00:03:26) Kishi Bashi – Brandenberg Stomp
    20. (00:03:08) Kero Kero Bonito – Build It Up
    21. (00:03:49) My Brightest Diamond – Ceci Est Ma Main
    22. (00:03:41) Adebisi Shank – Chaos Emeralds
    23. (00:02:57) The Yearning – Chasing Shadows
    24. (00:03:58) Ghastly Menace – Closing
    25. (00:03:47) Spirit Faces – Cloudplay
    26. (00:05:50) Frontier Ruckus – Crabapples In The Century’s Storm
    27. (00:02:03) Tacocat – Crimson Wave
    28. (00:03:20) Halcyon Drive – Crusoe
    29. (00:02:50) Trust Fund – Cut Me Out
    30. (00:04:01) Fort Lean – Cut To the Chase
    31. (00:02:57) Oscar – Daffodil Days
    32. (00:02:24) Sunbeam Sound Machine – Daibutsu
    33. (00:03:36) Agent Fresco – Dark Water
    34. (00:02:50) Bent Knee – Dead Horse
    35. (00:04:41) Siskiyou – Deserter
    36. (00:03:24) Diagrams – Dirty Broken Bliss
    37. (00:04:26) Absofacto – Dissolve
    38. (00:02:57) mewithoutYou – East Enders Wives
    39. (00:05:01) Fire-Works – Elephants
    40. (00:03:24) Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
    41. (00:04:18) The Wombats – Emoticons
    42. (00:03:30) Ropoporose – Empty-Headed
    43. (00:02:21) Wilhelm – Erin’s Song
    44. (00:03:55) Admiral Fallow – Evangeline
    45. (00:03:55) Her Magic Wand – Everything at Once
    46. (00:01:20) Tall Juan – Falling Down
    47. (00:03:50) Irontom – Feel Good Inc
    48. (00:04:50) Dan Deacon – Feel The Lightning
    49. (00:02:45) Wulf – Fire
    50. (00:04:48) Django Django – First Light
    51. (00:04:35) Mitski – First Love, Late Spring
    52. (00:03:50) C Duncan – For
    53. (00:03:43) Evil Arrows – For Love Instead
    54. (00:03:38) Rival Boys – Fortune
    55. (00:04:29) Mini Mansions – Freakout!
    56. (00:02:35) Hands and Knees – Freakshow
    57. (00:04:36) Xu Xu Fang – Friend To The Unknown
    58. (00:03:29) Edda Magnason – Game Of Gain
    59. (00:02:59) Panic is Perfect – Go Go Go
    60. (00:03:45) French For Rabbits – Goat
    61. (00:04:31) Broken Social Scene – Golden Facelift
    62. (00:02:10) The Vaccines – Handsome
    63. (00:04:06) The Miserable Rich – Hey Ma
    64. (00:03:37) Peter Kernel – High Fever
    65. (00:05:29) Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
    66. (00:02:25) Julian Cubillos – I Explode The Bully With My Mind
    67. (00:03:33) Saint Saviour – I Remember
    68. (00:02:13) Minx – I Want A War
    69. (00:03:51) Reptar – Ice Black Sand
    70. (00:03:55) My Double, My Brother – I’ll Die
    71. (00:03:17) The Belligerents – In My Way
    72. (00:04:08) Alberta Cross – Isolation
    73. (00:04:19) No Monster Club – I’ve Retired
    74. (00:03:14) Electric Six – I’ve Seen Rio In Flames
    75. (00:03:22) Cold Weather Company – Jasmine
    76. (00:03:24) Twin Hidden – Join Hands
    77. (00:04:13) Moulettes – Keep It As A Memory
    78. (00:03:06) Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
    79. (00:03:52) Jose Gonzalez – Leaf Off, The Cave
    80. (00:02:55) Sidney York – Lily’s Kitchen
    81. (00:03:03) Mumm-ra – Lizzy Lu
    82. (00:03:50) Rusty Maples – Long Walk Home
    83. (00:04:16) Pompeii – Loom
    84. (00:03:09) To Kill A King – Love Is Not Control
    85. (00:02:27) Sea Parade – Meant For This
    86. (00:03:37) September Girls – Melatonin
    87. (00:03:01) Dorsal Fins – Mind Renovation
    88. (00:04:28) The Do – Miracles (Back In Time)
    89. (00:04:08) Hannah & The Heartbreak – Moon Dune
    90. (00:03:11) H. Hawkline – Moons In My Mirror
    91. (00:03:38) Felicity Groom – Move Your Muscles
    92. (00:04:09) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
    93. (00:03:47) Rubblebucket – My Life
    94. (00:03:58) Logan Hyde – My Only Friend
    95. (00:02:39) Broncho – NC-17
    96. (00:05:06) Belle and Sebastian – Nobody’s Empire
    97. (00:04:23) Musee Mecanique – O, Astoria!
    98. (00:04:08) Carnival Youth – Octopus
    99. (00:04:24) Faded Paper Figures – On The Line
    100. (00:03:44) Vita Bergen – On The Run
    101. (00:02:37) Sigmatropic – Onion Rock
    102. (00:04:07) San Fermin – Parasites
    103. (00:03:51) Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
    104. (00:02:29) The Primitives – Petals
    105. (00:03:02) The Decemberists – Philomena
    106. (00:01:16) Quarterbacks – Pool
    107. (00:06:06) Old Wave – Riddles
    108. (00:03:22) The Mispers – Rio
    109. (00:03:56) Mr. Gnome – Rise And Shine
    110. (00:03:24) Work Drugs – Runaways
    111. (00:05:25) The Soil & The Sun – Samyaza
    112. (00:06:04) Mew – Satellites
    113. (00:04:06) Kids – Second Star On The Right
    114. (00:03:50) Ha The Unclear – Secret Lives of Furniture
    115. (00:01:43) Elizaveta – Sera Was Never
    116. (00:03:44) Moses Gunn Collective – Shalala
    117. (00:03:01) Mother Mother – Shout If You Know
    118. (00:03:41) Tiny Hazard – Silhouette
    119. (00:03:42) Radical Face – Sisters
    120. (00:03:05) The Elwins – So Down Low
    121. (00:03:26) Stereoshores – Somewhere Warm
    122. (00:03:26) Boss Moxi – Song of Joan
    123. (00:02:52) Hollerado – Sorry You’re Alright
    124. (00:03:14) Murder By Death – Strange Eyes
    125. (00:02:05) Quantum Keys – Strong People
    126. (00:03:37) Springtime Carnivore – Sun Went Black
    127. (00:03:04) Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
    128. (00:04:01) Cosmo Sheldrake – Tardigrade Song
    129. (00:03:13) Purple – Target
    130. (00:03:05) Royal Tongues – The Balance
    131. (00:04:25) The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy
    132. (00:02:58) The Mountain Goats – The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
    133. (00:02:14) Velociraptor – The Right To Call You
    134. (00:03:15) Stornoway – The Road You Didn’t Take
    135. (00:03:48) The Go! Team – The Scene Between
    136. (00:03:24) Born Gold – The Song Condemns Itself
    137. (00:03:46) Stars in Coma – The Value of Young Andre
    138. (00:03:59) Hollow Coves – The Woods
    139. (00:01:59) The Garden – This Could Build Us a Home
    140. (00:02:52) Mesita – Together
    141. (00:02:48) San Cisco – Too Much Time Together
    142. (00:03:53) Manchester Orchestra – Top Notch
    143. (00:02:47) The Meligrove Band – Tortaruga
    144. (00:04:14) Day Wave – Total Zombie
    145. (00:03:42) Trey Frey – Tres Frais
    146. (00:04:32) Deers – Trippy Gum
    147. (00:05:00) Syvia – Two Homes
    148. (00:04:59) Black Rivers – Voyager 1
    149. (00:02:20) Lunatics On Pogosticks – Waiting For You In Room 202
    150. (00:03:50) Them Bruins – Walk a Line
    151. (00:02:49) Imagine Dragons – Warriors
    152. (00:03:00) Tom Rosenthal – Watermelon
    153. (00:02:22) Ex Cops – Weird With You
    154. (00:03:35) Florence & The Machine – What Kind Of Man
    155. (00:03:20) The Raveonettes – When Night Is Almost Done
    156. (00:03:02) Soko – Who Wears The Pants
    157. (00:03:51) Firewoodisland – Winter is coming
    158. (00:03:10) Johanna Glaza – Winter Song
    159. (00:02:39) Rich Aucoin – Yelling In Sleep
    160. (00:03:15) OK Go – You’re a Fucking Nerd And No One Likes You

    Playing Time………: 09:20:41
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  • Non Rock/Metal Albums I Got In 2015

    14 feb 2015, 23:39 av metalhead61484

    Kid Ink - Full Speed

    Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction

    Sisqo - Last Dragon

    Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

    Twitzid - The Darkness

    Hardwell - United We Are
  • Rock/Metal Albums I Got In 2015

    14 feb 2015, 23:29 av metalhead61484

    Battle Beast - Unholy Savior

    Napalm Death - Apex Predator – Easy Meat

    Papa Roach - F.E.A.R

    Periphery - Juggernaut: Alpha/Juggernaut: Omega

    Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror
  • Not-so-great Albums of 2014

    27 jan 2015, 14:21 av sabberworm

    As always, I’ll try to keep these even more terse than the best-of list.

    Keep in mind: these are not necessarily bad albums (unless explicitly noted), just underwhelming ones or ones that did not make a big impression on me. And for some artists I just have such impossibly high standards that the album would easily land on the other list if someone else had made it…

    Gaba KulkaThe Escapist

    ()

    I’ve listened to this album lots of times but would be lost if I had to recall a single song. Never a good sign.

    Rating: 53/100
    Best tracks


    Lykke LiI Never Learn

    ()

    Has a lot of songs that seem to drag on without going anywhere.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    KelisFood



    As a vegan, hearing someone sing about something as gross as jerk ribs just pisses me off.

    Rating: 40/100
    Best tracks


    Selena GomezFor You



    Four very catchy songs but the other ones are downright annoying to listen to.

    Rating: 35/100
    Best tracks


    Kylie MinogueKiss Me Once



    It seems like not only the songs on this album but all the really annoying songs in this year’s “Not-so-great songs” list are similar in that they feature a failed attempt to be catchy when all they manage is to get on the listener’s nerves.

    Rating: 44/100
    Best tracks


    Annie LennoxNostalgia



    I love her voice but am not big on the idea of reworking standards.

    Rating: 48/100
    Best tracks


    FKA twigsLP1

    ()

    Lots of hype for this album but way too experimental for me. It’s like the neon version of Right from Real.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    Mariah CareyMe. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse



    Oh, how I wish she was more elusive. Why do people with great voices always ruin it by overproducing the tracks?

    Rating: 36/100
    Best tracks


    Pixie LottPixie Lott



    Heavy (as in much bass, many hooks) pop songs. Not very memorable, sometimes a bit annoying.

    Rating: 42/100
    Best tracks


    Judith HolofernesEin leichtes Schwert



    Witty lyrics but musically this leaves a lot to be desired when compared to Wir sind Helden tracks.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Miranda LambertPlatinum



    Miranda Lambert’s songs border on sugary-cheesy (much Like her musical siblings’ Shania Twain and Faith Hill) but when they don’t they’re the right amount of catchy.

    Rating: 44/100
    Best tracks


    La RouxTrouble in Paradise



    Actually not a bad record but I just had such incredibly high expectations after La Roux. That being said, the album is more even than its predecessor.

    Rating: 53/100
    Best tracks


    PixiesIndie Cindy



    While I like to listen to these songs for the lyrics and the novelty of something that’s not typically my taste, I can’t get myself to really like them.

    Rating: 38/100
    Best tracks


    PrincePLECTRUMELECTRUM



    Not as good as the other Prince album this year. Sounds like stuff I’ve heard before but then forgot about.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    Guano ApesOffline



    I’m sure I would have loved this when I was thirteen, which was when the first Guano Apes record came out but now I hear their songs as more noise than music. I sure have changed. At least it’s a lot better than Bel Air.

    Rating: 43/100
    Best tracks


    ErasureThe Violet Flame



    I remember enjoying listening to this record but actually I don’t remember it much. Surely good enough for the dancefloor.

    Rating: 46/100
    Best tracks


    Stevie Nicks24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault



    Most of these songs probably should have stayed in the vault. The high rating is mostly due to the fact that I just love her voice.

    Rating: 60/100
    Best tracks


    Neon TreesPop Psychology



    Just not very memorable. But fun.

    Rating: 48/100
    Best tracks


    St. VincentSt. Vincent

    ()

    I really want to like St. Vincent because she’s an amazing person but I have difficulty adjusting to the ever-changing musical concepts in each song. I think I’d need to give these songs a LOT more space to grow on me.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    Mary Chapin CarpenterSongs From The Movie

    ()

    The sound reminds me a lot of Joni Mitchell’s orchestral versions of her songs (on Both Sides Now and Travelogue), which I liked. Still, I would probably like this album more (or maybe less?) if I knew the original versions of these songs.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    Bryan AdamsTracks Of My Years



    Another collection of “standards” (even though less standard than Bette Midler’s, Annie Lennox’ or Barbra Streisand’s). I’d rather hear new material.

    Rating: 44/100
    Best tracks


    Meshell NdegeocelloComet, Come To Me

    ()

    The mellow songs on this album I like a lot. What I can’t stand is having to concentrate on different textures that don’t have a commonality. Maybe I’m special that way, but it’s extremely unnerving to me not knowing what direction the music is taking. May be some form of ADHD.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    Cher LloydSorry I’m Late



    I should just un-buy this record. There’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

    Rating: 32/100
    Best tracks


    Lea MicheleLouder



    So apparently I only like Lea Michele when someone else chooses songs for her, like on Glee.

    Rating: 42/100
    Best tracks


    Katy BLittle Red



    I like concentrating on music but if I try to do that with this, it’ll just get on my nerves. If I can fade it into the background, fine.

    Rating: 44/100
    Best tracks


    Lana Del ReyUltraviolence

    ()

    Very dark and moody and in dire need of a little bit of catchy melodies.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    Joan as Police WomanThe Classic

    ()

    The album seems to drag on forever.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    ColdplayGhost Stories



    It’s like the new Damien Rice record meets the Damon Albarn record… and it ends badly.

    Rating: 46/100
    Best tracks


    Pink FloydThe Endless River



    I love The Division Bell but to me the vocals do make a huge difference and they’re sorely lacking here. Hell, they could have used the computerized voice from Keep Talking on all tracks and I would have been happy.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    Tori AmosUnrepentant Geraldines

    ()

    I’m on the fence with this one. I recall enjoying listening to Unrepentant Geraldines but I can’t think of another Tori Amos record that has left so few impressions here in my head after having been out for almost a year.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    PentatonixPTX, Vol. III



    These seem like covers for the sake of recognition, not covers because a new aspect could be added.

    Rating: 42/100
    Best tracks


    Enrique IglesiasSex and Love



    This really was dreadful to listen to. It seems this year many established artists took the easy route and released bland pop albums. Enrique Iglesias is one of the worst.

    Rating: 35/100
    Best tracks
    ()

    Imogen HeapSparks



    The new songs are a tad too experimental for me. And the others have been out for years now.

    Rating: 61/100
    Best tracks


    First Aid KitStay Gold

    ()

    Good album but pales in comparison to The Lion’s Roar.

    Rating: 61/100
    Best tracks


    Barbra StreisandPartners



    Yet another collection of standards. Well-done but again, not really my taste.

    Rating: 51/100
    Best tracks


    Sia1000 Forms of Fear



    I really wanted to like this but it just feels so devoid of emotion that I have a hard time connecting.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    Lisa StansfieldSeven



    Lovely voice but cheesy renditions. Ask me for a more informed opinion when I’m in the mood for cheesy.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    Jan DelayHammer & Michel



    Abgelatschte statt spitzfindige Texte.

    Rating: 41/100
    Best tracks


    Mike OldfieldMan On The Rocks



    As is the case with many other albums on this list, I actually liked listening to this. But when I stop it, I forget about it immediately. So I’d say it’s me, not you, dear Mike. Then again, I’ve always liked your sister more than you.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    Jennifer LopezA.K.A.



    Most of the songs feel very cheap and aren’t even the least bit dance-able.

    Rating: 40/100
    Best tracks


    The BaseballsGame Day



    Good idea, good execution, questionable song choices. Sometimes it pays off to showcase a song not everybody and their grandmother knows. Also they could have cut the number of songs in half.

    Rating: 37/100
    Best tracks


    Robin Gibb50 St. Catherine’s Drive



    Posthumously released album, not quite polished.

    Rating: 35/100
    Best tracks


    Heidi HappyGolden Heart



    Heidi Happy releases seem to get incrementally better but I’ve heard a lot of this already and would prefer a more radical innovation.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Jessie JSweet Talker



    Incremental updates here as well. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but it’s just not especially interesting.

    Rating: 43/100
    Best tracks


    Pharrell WilliamsG I R L



    Just boring misogynist shit. Feminist my ass.

    Rating: 35/100
    Best tracks


    Bruce SpringsteenHigh Hopes



    Some songs have this earthly quality I so much love with male vocalists. But then again, the majority of songs just sounds like a big indistinct pudding.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    ShakiraShakira.



    A cool pop album but, sadly, not much more.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    Jack WhiteLazaretto



    I get that the guy is an amazing guitar player but what I miss is the part where his riffs don’t annoy me. I did like the James Bond track he did with Alicia Keys.

    Rating: 48/100
    Best tracks


    Bette MidlerIt’s The Girls



    Bette Midler does the standards-thing a little bit better than Annie Lennox but not well enough that it doesn’t sound like songs you’ve heard a thousand times before.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    Macy GrayThe Way



    Solid Macy Gray record but the songs seem a bit bland.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    Tony Bennett & Lady GagaCheek to Cheek



    As I’ve now said a few times, I think classics have been done every which way and I don’t know why we need yet another version of Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye. But as renditions go, these are fine.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    EelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett



    Way too many songs on this album. The sheer volume of Eels output in the recent years is mind-boggling. The failure to concentrate on the good ideas shows a bit. Like with my reviews. I should really cut down the number of albums I review and only include the ones worth mentioning.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    Willie NelsonBand of Brothers



    I like Willie Nelson but listening to his songs can become very monotonous. Also most songs tend to be derogatory towards women (whom he calls “girls”).

    Rating: 51/100
    Best tracks


    Christina PerriHead or Heart



    Just sounds very bland and forgettable.

    Rating: 46/100
    Best tracks


    Ani DiFrancoAllergic to Water

    ()

    Woe Be Gone is an amazing song but the rest of the album, sadly, seems rather uneven.

    Rating: 53/100
    Best tracks
  • Great Albums of 2014

    27 jan 2015, 11:14 av sabberworm

    I have a new rating system I should explain. It has mostly arisen because I’ve felt the need to have more playing field when it comes to good ratings while I don’t need that many variations of “bad” for songs I don’t like. This leads to the ratings being lower than usual and, more importantly, more clumped together at about three stars. I tried to compensate for this by revealing the true average values instead of rounding to the nearest half-star as I used to do. Maybe next year I’ll find a representation that exposes more granularity without sacrificing presentation.

    • Songs without any music are excluded from the average.
    • The top and bottom 10% of songs are excluded from the average.
    • 20 (★): Unlistenable
    • 40 (★★): Average
    • 60 (★★★): Good
    • 80 (★★★★): Very good
    • 100 (★★★★★): Excellent


    “Weird Al” YankovicMandatory Fun



    Who doesn’t love Weird Al cranking out funny lines and making fun of the pop industry at the same time?

    Rating: 59/100
    Best tracks


    LissieCryin’ To You

    ()

    Lissie could sing about dog poop for all I care, I’d still want to listen to that voice.

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    Neneh CherryBlank Project

    ()

    Lots of raves for this on the ecto mailing list. I’m not so sure I agree when it comes to the whole album; it feels much too unfinished for me but I love some of the songs.

    Rating: 46/100
    Best tracks


    You + MeRose Ave.



    Not the P!nk solo record I hoped for but an interesting teamup nonetheless. Very soft (but not mellow) songs.

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    WeezerEverything Will Be Alright in the End



    I’m not really sure I understand this band or know anything about it (are they related to all these other “w” bands like Wheatus, Wilco and the like?) but I thoroughly enjoy this record. And it seems witty.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Sarah McLachlanShine On

    ()

    Cheesier than classic Sarah McLachlan records but nevertheless a lot more appealing than I would have expected.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots



    Minimalist songs, sampling and noises very effectively replace most instrumentation. A bit depressing, maybe not for every day.

    Rating: 48/100
    Best tracks


    Rachael SageBlue Roses

    ()

    One of the better of the recent Rachael Sage records but not as memorable as anything on her first three releases.

    Rating: 55/100
    Best tracks


    Sinéad O'ConnorI’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

    ()

    Not as great as her previous record but one can tell that she had a lot of fun recording this.

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    Adam CohenWe Go Home



    Sounds just like his father (and that is a good thing) but with a distinctive songwriting style.

    Rating: 53/100
    Best tracks


    AlizéeBlonde



    The nicest example of danceable pop this year.

    Rating: 55/100
    Best tracks


    London GrammarIf You Wait

    ()

    Strong focus on the vocals, songs ranging from outgoing to introspective. Not a bad song on the album.

    Rating: 64/100
    Best tracks


    Toni Braxton & BabyfaceLove, Marriage‎ & Divorce



    These two talents work incredibly well together in this song cycle about, well, love, marriage and divorce.

    Rating: 57/100
    Best tracks


    Lydia LovelessSomewhere Else

    ()

    One of the most amazing records this past year, intensely mesmerizing. The quality of Lydia Loveless’ voice reminds me of a lot of other powerful vocalists while still being distinctly unique. At first I was a bit taken aback by the prevalence of loud guitars here but it’s grown on me. A lot. I guess, mostly because there’s a lot of Brandi-Carlile-style belting going on.


    Rating: 62/100
    Best tracks


    MorrisseyWorld Peace Is None of Your Business



    I don’t really know Morrissey (I know he was in some band) but I did enjoy listening to this album.

    Rating: 48/100
    Best tracks


    Anna AaronNeuro

    ()

    A lot of computerized, glitchy effects give this album a very dark but rewarding edge.

    Rating: 60/100
    Best tracks


    Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues



    Again, musically not really my cup of tea but cool lyrics and devoted vocals.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Lily AllenSheezus



    Like this a little bit less than previous records but I don’t think the problem’s with the lyrics.

    Rating: 55/100
    Best tracks


    Various ArtistsThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 OST



    Once again, the hunger games soundtrack has managed to assemble an impressive cast of songwriting and songmaking talent.

    Rating: 49/100
    Best tracks


    Tove LoQueen of the Clouds



    Amazing pop record that takes on other contenders in its category by going beyond their superficiality, both musically and lyrically.

    Rating: 62/100
    Best tracks


    MetronomyLove Letters



    Mellow synth-pop. Perfect for dreamy, half-sentimental afternoons.

    Rating: 55/100
    Best tracks


    Annett LouisanZu viel Information



    If you liked her previous record, you’ll like this. Sometimes I don’t know if I should scold artists for not innovating or commend them for staying true to what’s great about them. Both lines of reasoning are valid.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Mary J. BligeThe London Sessions



    Less overblown than her usual records, The London Sessions is testament to Mary J. Blige’s great voice and occasional wit. If only someone had warned her not to put the really trashy techno tracks like My Loving and Pick Me Up on there.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    ZazParis



    Nice rendition of some of the finest chansons about Paris.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Carol KeoghMongrel City



    Séan from katebushnews.com wrote about this album’s fundraiser and I thought I should try it. I do like the album but I don’t really see the Kate Bush connection.

    Rating: 54/100
    Best tracks


    Jenny LewisThe Voyager

    ()

    The album gets a bit repetitive but shows a lot of potential.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    Róisín MurphyMi Senti



    People who know Italian can’t stand to listen to this but I found it surprisingly fitting. But still, I’m sorely missing the studio album we’d been promised for this year.

    Rating: 63/100
    Best tracks


    Aimee MannThe Both



    Interesting project. I’m not entirely convinced that this duo works but I’ll take any Aimee Mann album.

    Rating: 55/100
    Best tracks


    Charlotte MartinWater Breaks Stone

    ()

    The most amazing Charlotte Martin album since Stromata. The melodies are engaging and fun without becoming overbearing, especially on the first half of the album.

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    No Mythologies to Follow

    ()

    Even better than last year’s EP. Hardly a bad song on there. Lady Gaga stripped of kitsch meets Lana Del Rey stripped of gloom.

    Rating: 60/100
    Best tracks


    Shirley BasseyHello Like Before



    The cover says “Dame Shirley Bassey” and indeed, this record comes across as being very royal; like a grown-up look at the songs, some of which are her younger self’s signature songs.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    Leonard CohenPopular Problems



    I already liked Cohen’s previous release but this is much, much improved; the backing vocals are more confined to the back and it’s more musically challenging.

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    LaibachSpectre



    Not my usual genre, very dark and gritty, but oddly compelling, lyrically, too. Reminds me of Rammstein at times but always that more willing to experiment.

    Rating: 43/100
    Best tracks


    TennisRitual In Repeat



    Like London Grammar but with less synthesizer.

    Rating: 55/100
    Best tracks


    Suzanne VegaTales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles

    ()

    I’ve been to a Suzanne Vega concert recently and she performed some of her new songs, which I happened to like a lot. When the album came, I was a bit disappointed at first as the studio versions were not as good as I had remembered the live songs, but they have since grown on me, especially I Never Wear White and Portrait of the King of Wands.

    Rating: 63/100
    Best tracks


    Robbie WilliamsUnder the Radar Vol. 1



    A collection of less conventional Robbie Williams songs. What failed miserably with Rudebox a few years ago was well worth a second try. This is probably the most fun Robbie Williams record of all.

    Rating: 43/100
    Best tracks


    Rosanne CashThe River & The Thread

    ()

    This reminds me a lot of Aimee Mann, even though the melodies are a little bit more mellow. I recommend listening to the [link url=http://soundopinions.org/show/452]Sound Opinions episode[/link] where Rosanne Cash explains a lot about the history of these songs.

    Rating: 60/100
    Best tracks


    HaertsHAERTS



    Wall-of-sound-y pop songs with distorted vocals, a bit like CHVRCHES or Poliça.

    Rating: 57/100
    Best tracks


    RöyksoppThe Inevitable End



    I was not prepared for how much I would like this: usually Röyksopp records are good for background listening but I really dig this.

    Rating: 46/100
    Best tracks


    Sophie Ellis-BextorWanderlust

    ()

    Sophie Ellis-Bextor has parted ways with electronic dance music and, for her fifth album, has created a truly unique sound that’s difficult to categorize (so I suggest you simply give it a listen).

    Rating: 61/100
    Best tracks


    Miss Shevaughn & Yuma WrayLean Into the Wind



    I tried this because someone said the one voice sounded like Joan Baez’. I don’t quite agree but I get where it comes from. Still, most songs are not mellow enough for me.

    Rating: 42/100
    Best tracks


    U2Songs of Innocence



    You’ll probably know all the stories surrounding this album so I’ll just add that for the most part I’ve enjoyed listening to it and found it to be very welcoming to someone like me (who is not a big – or at all – fan of U2).

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    KimbraThe Golden Echo



    Kimbra tries to experiment within the confines of a pop record, which I find interesting.

    Rating: 42/100
    Best tracks


    FoxesGlorious



    Another pop album that borders on the more experimental.

    Rating: 47/100
    Best tracks


    Ryan AdamsRyan Adams



    Can’t listen to too much of this but I quite like his voice.

    Rating: 51/100
    Best tracks


    LulucPasserby

    ()

    Having been first mentioned on the ecto mailing list just a few weeks ago, this is a late contender the the best album of the year award but it might well be.

    Rating: 61/100
    Best tracks


    Uh Huh HerFuture Souls



    Lots of synthesizer sounds here.

    Rating: 51/100
    Best tracks


    Lydia AinsworthRight from Real

    ()

    A combination of two EPs, the first of which I like a lot but the second one is a bit bland.

    Rating: 62/100
    Best tracks


    Lucinda WilliamsDown Where The Spirit Meets The Bone



    I haven’t listened to too much of this as these songs all kinda sound like the same folk lament song but the voice is amazing.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    Michael JacksonXSCAPE



    They really did an amazing job of polishing demos and unreleased tracks, very convincing.

    Rating: 48/100
    Best tracks


    Miranda MulhollandWhipping Boy

    ()

    Absolutely recommended album, melodic folk, a voice reminiscent of Tori Amos’. What more do you want?

    Rating: 55/100
    Best tracks


    Noe VenableCascadia

    ()

    I did not know Noe Venable before but her willingness to experiment with instrumentation reminds me a lot of Ellipse-era Imogen Heap.

    Rating: 52/100
    Best tracks


    WizoPunk Gibts Nicht Umsonst (Teil III)



    We used to listen to WIZO in middle school on camping trips and hearing my only favourite punk band again with new material is just so cool.

    Rating: 53/100
    Best tracks


    AnastaciaResurrection



    This has been quite the transformation for Anastacia: from the really-really bad It’s a Man’s World to this album, which manages to take cues from her best songs.

    Rating: 51/100
    Best tracks


    PrinceArt Official Age



    This Prince album really sounds like stuff I haven’t heard before, at least not from Prince. Very EDM-y.

    Rating: 45/100
    Best tracks


    Damien RiceMy Favourite Faded Fantasy



    Some introspective songs about men. Amongst other subject.

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    Natalie MerchantNatalie Merchant

    ()

    Excellent Natalie Merchant songwriting. Her voice at its best, too. The melodies, however, have been given a little bit too little attention and stuff begins to sound repetitive as all songs are similar in style (very quiet and introspective).

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    StahlbergerDie Gschicht isch besser



    The best Stahlberger album so far. They just continued what they’ve done so well for the last two albums.

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Prader & knechtMillions of Pieces



    Another swiss album I quite like, reminds me of Caroline Lavelle (because of the cello, of course).

    Rating: 50/100
    Best tracks


    Marianne FaithfullGive My Love To London

    ()

    Easily the best Marianne Faithfull record since Before the Poison, probably even since Strange Weather. Very versatile, shows off the talents of a multitude of songwriters. The only song I could do without is, interestingly enough, the Roger Waters penned Sparrows Will Sing.

    Rating: 58/100
    Best tracks


    Kate Miller-HeidkeO Vertigo!

    ()

    The most experimental Kate Miller-Heidke album yet. Not as evenly stunning as Curiouser or Little Eve but more interesting and surprising.

    Rating: 56/100
    Best tracks


    SantanaCorazón



    Harkens back to Supernatural (that is a good thing).

    Rating: 61/100
    Best tracks


    BlondieGhosts of Download

    ()

    Why not more people talk about Blondie I don’t know. My guess is they’re underselling themselves (Panic Of Girls was given away with some magazine and Ghosts Of Download is the B-Side to their greatest hits record, giving the implicit impression of cheap music). The last two albums have been stellar and the ’90s album No Exit was great as well. I don’t know why anyone would listen to the Blondie songs from the ’70s and ’80s but not this…

    Rating: 54/100
    Best tracks


    The PiercesCreation

    ()

    Perfect combination of complementary vocals and music that is timeless and yet firmly rooted in the ’80s.

    Rating: 62/100
    Best tracks


    WarpaintWarpaint



    Lots of layered textures but without sounding like it’s just a bunch of incoherent stuff. Reminds me a lot of Poliça.

    Rating: 49/100
    Best tracks
  • In_zekT - Industrial-Scale Murder review 2015 industrial metal djent

    22 jan 2015, 11:06 av fabrykamagazine

    In_zekT - Industrial-Scale Murder |self-released, single, 2015| 5/5 industrial metal djent

    After their successful release of the Artifex album in 2013, In_Zekt had come up with another idea. The newest, over 20 minutes long extended single is made up of various compositional parts. It's an avant-garde suite, which technically could be compared to those better known from classical or progressive tracks, though In_zekT's music is definitely much more 'bratty' yet disciplined than these.

    The first five minutes of the suite is built upon all-engaging dynamics. Ferocious arrangements were written for vocals, guitars, bass, drums and synths. All sounds are digitally altered however, which gives them a cybernetic-quality. The mood is aggressive, raging yet haunting and the inclusion of an EBM-like rhythm mixed with chunky guitar riffs will easily turn you into a headbanger in this pat.

    Since it's also industrial, you should expect machines - their silent or very loud sounds such as clicking, buzzing, whizzing, hissing, humming etc. are a significant ingredient of In_zekT's music. These, along with saturated, dark ambient backgrounds become welcomed breaks between more turbulent arrangements. And so, the next few minutes of the single will turn your imagination on.

    Then again, around 11th minute of the single, hell breaks loose again with uttermost intensity. Dense arrangements are expressed through a collaboration of heavy screams, digitalized drums, bass and chopped guitars. There's no place for spontaneity here, only discipline and order. Metal/djent fans will go crazy about the ultra fast tempo, atonal rhythm and violent formula which this part of Industrial-Scale Murder is made of.
    Don't be fooled though when the follow-up comes out softer, melodious and even sentimental, thus letting the heart slightly drop its heightened beat. In_zekT knows how to shock a listener with a sound, therefore you'll definitely witness it while listening what's next.

    The final portion of the single is 'the music of a vehicle', probably a bulldozer or excavator. If you enjoy environmental sounds so called 'field recordings' which are not synchronous, harmonic or pleasant for the ear, then you won't skip this part.

    Technically speaking, the sound quality, the mastering and production of Industrial-Scale Murder are all brilliant - the bass is deep, the riffs are scalpel-sharp and omnipresent industrial samples are crystal clear. The separate parts link very smoothly. Yet, the arrival of a new arrangement is usually unexpected, so this should keep your ears and brain fully attentive.

    The band members - Kjetil Ottersen (vocals, guitars, bass, synth, programming and sampling) and Peter Vindel (lead vocals, guitars, bass, synth, programming and sampling) admit to be inspired by works of Merzbow and other extreme noise-experimental artists, as well as hybrid metal bands such as Meshuggah.
    To me, fans of djent style, or the likes of Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, and Fear Factory may find Industrial-Scale Murder a must-have release. In addition, there are scarcely any new genres being coined these days but with this single, In_zekT is undoubtedly stepping into something new. Should it become mainstream? This is up to you, the listeners, to make it more known through your support.
    Finally, according to the musicians, the concept of the single is based on a contemplation of events that unfolded throughout 2014 - a divide caused by conflicts between scarcely compatible societal models and civilizations.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, January 20th, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=525

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