January 27, 2010

Two albums tomorrow

Ok guys, I won't have time to post an album today, so I'll just go ahead and post two tomorrow instead.
Sorry about that.
In the meantime, you can check out some of my older posts or something.

January 26, 2010

Gorillaz - Stylo (Single)

Pictured: Gorillaz during studio recording

Hey guys, too lazy to post an album today, so I'll just post the latest Gorillaz single.
It's really good, definitely check it out if you haven't heard already.
It's got a nice 80's feel to it, and it features both Bobby Womack and Mos Def laying down some awesome vocals.
So yeah, check it out while you're waiting for the album to be released (going to be awesome).
I'll probably post another album tomorrow, so stay tuned and peace out!

January 25, 2010

Fall Of Efrafa - Inlé

Well hello everybody, I'm back once again. Today's album was recommended to me in the blog's CBox (which you can see on yout right) by a very nice person who goes by the name of "flex".
I'd heard of these guys before and I'd been meaning to check them out, but I'd never gotten around to it.
Now I wish I'd listened to them earlier, because this is one amazing album. Absolutely stunning.
Probably my favorite album of 2009, but they're not in the AOTY-list because at the time of its writing, I had not yet listened to "Inlé".
Inlé is a sludge masterpiece. I don't want to constrict it to a single genre, but overall it's sludge. It reminds me strongly of bands like Neurosis and Cult of Luna with their epic, post-rockish build-ups, soul-crushingly heavy doom riffs and agonized, screamed vocals.
This album is 80 minutes long, but it feels like it's over in no time. That's how good it is. Every song is great, beautiful and well-performed.
Fall of Efrafa broke up last year, so Inlé was their last album. But the members have moved on to other project and hopefully we'll soon hear something as grand as this.
Awesome album, download NOW.


You can find FREE and LEGAL downloads of all their albums on their website.

January 20, 2010

Black Uhuru - The Dub Factor

Hello everyone. Got something a little bit different today, namely some dub.
Now, I'm not a big fan of dub (in fact, this is the first dub I've ever listened to), but recently I got a bunch of vinyls from my uncle and this was one of them. It looked interesting, so I decided to check it out. It turned to be pretty awesome.
If you don't know what dub is, it's pretty much just reggae with a fuckton of delay, reverb and stuff like that.
This album is actually a remix album containing dub remixes of various Black Uhuru reggae songs. The songs are almost entirely instrumental too, with the occasional vocals.
I haven't heard any of Black Uhuru's material besides this, so I can't really give a comparison, but at least I can that it's good.
I don't really know what more to say, if you like reggae, dub or maybe even dubstep you'll probably like this. It's a good album.

January 19, 2010

Algernon Cadwallader - Some Kind Of Cadwallader

Hello. Time for some more good music. I hope you enjoyed the last album I posted, I sure did.
Now, if you've been following the blog for a little while you probably know that I'm a sucker for emo (especially 90's) and screamo, and so it is time for some more emo.
This is a good album. Very good. But unfortunately I just recently discovered this and so it's too late to put it on my aoty 2009 list. But what the hell, I'm posting it now.
What I love about these guys are that they sound just like Cap'n Jazz, and since Cap'n Jazz split-up quite early they didn't have time release a lot of material. So this kind of like a reunion in a way, I guess.
And when I say they sound like Cap'n Jazz, I really mean they sound like Cap'n Jazz. I actually checked their MySpace to make sure that it wasn't in fact Tim Kinsella doing the vocals, because they sound scarily similar. Same goes for the instrumentals; nice 90's emo revival guitar work, very "twinkly" and melodic, kind of like a mix between Cap'n Jazz and American Football (minus the sad/depressing stuff). It's really upbeat and happy sounding stuff, so none of that gloomy American Football-esque kind of emo. These guys are Cap'n Jazz 2.0.

They've got a new 7" coming out soon with an included CD containing 6 previously unreleased tracks. I'm thinking about pre-ordering it, and if I do and you like this album, I could rip itfor ya and upload it in flac or v0 mp3 or whatever. Here's a link if you're interested in ordering:

Honestly, the first tiem I listened to this I didn't really like it, it just felt kinda "meh", you know? But the second time I guess you could say it was love at....umm....second listen?
Anyway, check it out, amazing stuff.

Oh, and I almost forgot; it's awesome.

January 18, 2010

The Sound - Jeopardy

Hey everybody, I'm back! Hooray!
No, but seriously, I decided to keep blogging (obviously) so today I'll have another album for you to enjoy.
As for the "albums of the decade"-list; I probably won't be making one any time soon because it's just too much work and I don't have time for that.

Alright, now onto the music. The album I've decided to post today is an album I stumbled across about a week ago and have benn enjoying quite a lot the last few days.
This is, in my opinion, probably one of the most underrated albums (and bands) of the 80's, maybe even one of the best.
The thing that I love most about this album is, well, everything really. The drums in the background playing all kinds of variations of that classic post-punk beat, the wonderful vocals, the wonderful, melodic yet at times dissonant guitar chops and the fat, creeping basslines.
The bass on this albums is kind of special in a way that it's just as prominent as the guitar, maybe even more. While the bass is playing just about all the time, the guitar really only "pops in" for quick chops and some short riffs here and there, mostly during the choruses. This is especially evident in the first song, which also happens to be my favorite song of the album, along with "Missiles" and the title track, "Jeopardy".
So if you like new wave, post-punk and/or other stuff like that and you haven't already heard this album, now is a damn good time.
Because this right here is fucking awesome.

January 11, 2010

Top 20 Albums of 2009! alphabetical order

Ok, I think I'm done with my list for the top 20 albums of 2009, but then I realized I couldn't really decide which one was better than the other, so I just decided to list those 20 in alphabetical order. Plus, it'll be a new, revolutionizing and interesting twist to AOTY-lists (ok, maybe not revolutionizing).

So, I've written a short description for each album, and there's a download link in each post. Just click the links below.

Absu - Absu
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse
Alpinist - Minus Mensch
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Can't Maintain
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
The Antlers - Hospice
A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
Baroness - Blue Record
Clark - Totems Flare (old post)
Converge - Axe To Fall
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Kylesa - Static Tensions
Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Mono - Hymn To The Immortal Wind
The Protomen - Act II: The Father Of Death (old post)
Regina Spektor - Far
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns (old post)
Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions
Tegan And Sara - Sainthood (old post)
TwinSisterMoon - The Hollow Mountain (old post)

And if you wondered about the AOTD-list, I most likely won't be making one.
I mean, I haven't really decided yet, so there's still a propability.
The reason why, exactly, is that I've been thinking about "quitting" the blog. Of this I am not sure yet either, we'll just have to see.
The main reason is because it's feels more like a chore most of the time than something I do for fun. It's hard to maintain a blog by myself and I just don't feel like I would want to entrust someone else with posting on my own blog.
Either way it goes, I'll make a (last) post when I've decided about everything.
But for now, just enjoy the music. After all, that's what this blog is about.

Feel free to leave comments.

January 8, 2010

Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions

Monoliths & Dimensions is the latest album of the refrigerator-duo Sunn O))) consisting of doom veterans Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson.
Jokes aside, this is by far Sunn O))) most accessible and in my opinion their greatest album.
They've nearly abandoned the strictly bass/guitar drone doom formula and incorporated other elements such as choirs and classical instrumentation.
At first this sounds like their old stuff; droning mindbendingly low drone doom riffs with Attila Csihar as their vocalist/gibberish mumbler. But as you progress through the album, you realize that they've changed their style, most notably on the last song, which has close to none of the old drone doom elements.
So check it out and be amazed.

Regina Spektor - Far

Ah! Yes, yet another wonderful album from my all-time favorite artist, Regina Spektor.
Far is (in my incredibly biased, fanboy-opinion) an incredibly good album.
It's not nearly as good as her early work (pre-Begin To Hope), but it's still amazing.
The reason why it's not as good as her early work is that these new albums are over-produced.
She should just have stuck with her piano instead of incorporating cellos, drums and electronic elements into her music. She's gone from anti-folk to indie pop.
With that said, this is still one of my many favorite albums and Regina is still my favorite artist.

Mono - Hymn To The Immortal Wind

There's nothing like a little post-rock whenever you're feeling gloomy or just want to relax.
And this right here, is a great, great post-rock album. Just amazing.
It's so fragile and beautiful, yet majestic and powerful. Not much more to say than that.
It's an awesome album. Listen to it.

Mastodon - Crack The Skye

I'll be honest with you here. At first I considered not even including this a lbum in the list.
It had gotten terribly boring and everytime I listened to it, I felt nothing. It wasn't special anymore.
But then I remembered what it was like the first times I heard it, before I'd listened to it too much.
And I recall it to be an amazing experience. The vocals twisting and intertwining with each other, the delicate, yet heavy and technical riffs that shook the world by it's foundations, the drum work by Brann Dailor that was so flawless, technical and intricate that it would make you believe that this album was descended straight from heaven and the creeping, thick basslines that would make any challengers of Mastodon's might cower in fear and shame.
This is a masterpiece. And I'll be damned if Mastodon ever makes an album that surpasses Crack The Skye's greatness. For that, ladies and gentlemen, would indeed be an admirable feat.
This album will send you to another dimension.

Kylesa - Static Tensions

There are bands that play this sort of pseudo-sludge, it sounds like sludge but has a whole lot of other stuff and it's a bit "watered down". Bands like Mastodon and Baroness play this kind of sludge.
Then there is the proper sludge, a clean fusion of crushing doom metal and furious hardcore.
Kylesa are one of these "proper sludge" bands.
And on this album they sure show it. It's a full-length of pure sludge carnage where the masterfully fuse the heavy, chugging doom riffs together with the fast paced aggressiveness of hardcore and create something amazing.
This is awesome. Download it.

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

This is another "indie pop" masterpiece of 2009. Got a lot of hype, deserved most of it.
It's just insanely catchy and well-though out. Nice vocals, good instrumentation, just a great album really.
They're also a bit new weird america (and apparently quite experimental, according to all the indiefags over at, so they sound kinda like Grizzly Bear and other bands like that.
I'd write a bit more if I wasn't getting a bit tired of all this writing (I making all these AOTY posts today). Download it and fall in love.

(new megaupload is in the comment section below)

Converge - Axe To Fall

FUCK YEAH IT'S CONVERGE Y'ALL! Converge, the world's most solid (hardcore) band is back with yet another album.
And you know what? I'm not gonna waste my time by writing a long description. Just download it and once you hear THE RIFF in the first song (you'll know which one I'm talking about), you will literally shit you pants. That's how awesome it is.
This may not be as great as Jane Doe, but it's pretty, pretty, pretty fuckin' good.
Oh and there's also this awesome folky song featuring Steve Von Till that ends with a epic Neurosis-like part. Sound good enough for ya? Thought so.


Baroness - Blue Record

I can start off by saying that this is probably the best album art of 2009. It was made by Baroness' frontman (whom I can't remember the name of right now, so whatever).
Constantly I hear people complaining about how Red Album was far better and that Blue Record was a big disappointment. I firmly believe that these people are all fucked in the head.
This album is godlike. From the sweet, melodic riffs reminescent of Thin Lizzy's twin lead guitar setup to the strained, raspy hardcore-like vocals that all fall together into one big, wonderful and undiscernable mess of sludge and prog.
This album is awesome. FUKKEN DOWNLAOD IT MAYNE

A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head

80's revival, fuck yeah! This album is filled with amazing shoegaze/post-punk and VERY NOISY guitars.
It starts out with a hard-hitting and poppy (yet kind of depressing in a no wave kind of way), post-punk/industrial beat and a lot of noisy instrumentation (as is the tradition with shoegaze).
This album feels like it came straight from the eighties, but still feels new and fresh.
Every song is great and as a whole this album is just wonderful.

The Antlers - Hospice

Here's another over-hyped album. I mean, it's not bad. Far from it. It's just not as good as people made it seem. Still a fantastic album (trust me).
After a few listens it's really grown on me. The songs are incredibly gloomy and have incredibly beautiful melodies.
The singer kind of sounds like Antony from Antony and the Johnsons, which can take a while to get used (I thought they were incredibly creepy at first). But when you do, this album is awesome.
It's a pretty sad album, but not that sad, not enough to get you all depressed and shit (at least not for me).

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

HOLY SHIT IT'S MOVING (the album cover). That was pretty much everyone's initial reaction to this album. It didn't really matter if the actual music was good or not; if the cover was some sort of awesome optical illusion, it was already AOTY.
No, but seriously this album is amazing but maybe not deserving of all the hype it got.
Animal Collective are one of time's most original and innovative artists (in my opinion) and they basically sound like a modern version of the Beach Boys mixed with a whole lot of neo-psychadelia.
This is not their greatest work, but it is damn good. But you've probably heard this already. Oh well.

Andrew Jackson Jihad - Can't Maintain

Everyone's favorite folk punkers are back again with another great album! Hooray!
Ok, I should start off by saying that I'm a bit disappointed with this album. Mainly because it feels a bit bland and boring and because People Who Can Eat People....etc was a lot better.
Don't get me wrong, this is still great. Just not as catchy and punky as the first one, I guess.
You could say that they've matured their sound (for the worse). But still, you should listen to this; I mean, come on. It' s AJJ.

Alpinist - minus.mensch LP

The minus.mensch LP is by far one of my favorite releases this year, and quite surprising that an obscure band like Alpinist would put out such a well-made album.
The genre is basically crust but incorporates elements of traditional hardcore as well as screamo (most notably in the riffs).
It's hard to what makes it such a great album, besides that just about every song is amazing.
Definitely check this out.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse

Are you ready for some crazy-ass grind? You are? Good.
Because that's what this is. With Agorapocalypse, grind masters Agorapocalypse push the boundaries of grindcore further yet with unusually long song lengths, crazy (and awesome) guitar solos and insane drumming by a drum machine programmed by frontman Scott Hull himself.
This right here is a grindcore masterpiece. Check it out.

Absu - Absu

Absu is back in 2009 with their self-titled album, and what a comeback! This album punches you in the face with mindblowing black- & thrash metal riffs that have a really nice melodic feel to them.
The incredibly catchy, melodic riffs on this album coupled with excellent production and blastbeat drumming at a blistering pace (and ridiculously long song titles) make this one of the best metal releases this year.

January 1, 2010


Yo, whassup? I'll be compiling an Album of the Year & Decade list to be posted as one big "megapost" eventually, during the next 7 days or so I guess. So I probably won't be very active on the blog until it's finished. But it's going to be pretty awesome, I'm sure.
Anyway, just check out some music from my older posts in the meanwhile, I recommend the last post I made, Drive Like Jehu's Yank Crime. Awesome band, awesome album.
So, yeeaaahhh......Happy new year and peace out!


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