Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Amanda Woodward - La Décadencede De La Décadence

Band: Amanda Woodward
Album: La Décadencede De La Décadence
Genre: Screamo
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2004

Track Listing:
  1. La Décadence De La Décadence
  2. Binaire Et Lisible
  3. "On" Est Un Con
  4. Le Temps Du Deuil
  5. Sous Le Feu Nourri
  6. Dans Le Cas Où Les Flammes
  7. Mise À Sac
  8. Massacre À La Poinconneuse
French Screamo.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Murder By Death - Finch

Artist: Murder By Death
Album: Finch
Year: 2009

A book with an official soundtrack? A bit odd. But having it composed and performed entirely by Murder By Death? A bit awesome. Having 7 instrumental tracks inspired by the book 'Finch', "a sci-fi novel along the lines of BladeRunner" (note that Blade Runner is a movie, not the book Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?), Finch is quite the pleasure to listen to. Full of tension and a distinctly cinematic feel I can't help but wish MBD would do a OST for everything I do in life.

I'm also coping out a bit by linking to a blog I've recently run across. Some good stuff there, so dig around a bit.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hella- Acoustics EP

Artist: Hella
Album: Acoustic EP
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2006
Genre: Math Rock
Hella is a Math Rock group comprised of an *insane* drummer, Zack Hill, and guitarist, Spencer Seim. This release is quite interesting as the guitars are strictly acoustic (electric amplified acoustics). The result is a really neat, and different, effort from Hella. If you liked Marnie Stern, Hella is a pretty big influence on her work, and Zach Hill did drumming on her most recent release. Check it out if you're looking for something fast paced and, more than likely, a little different than what you listen to frequently.
Check it out.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nouvelle Vague

Artist: Nouvelle Vague
Album: Nouvelle Vague
Year: 2004
Country: France
1. Love Will Tear Us Apart
2. Just Can't Get Enough
3. In A Manner Of Speaking
4. Guns Of Brixton
5. This Is Not A Love Song
6. Too Drunk To Fuck
7. Marian
8. Making Plans For Nigel
9. A Forest
10. I Melt With You
11. Teenage Kicks
12. Psyche
13. Friday Night Saturday Morning

I could have sworn I've uploaded this already, but apparently not. My hard drive filled up last night and in the midst of the chaos I re-found this album. What say you to bossa nova covers of punk rock, post punk, and new wave? Anything with a dedicated whistle solo instantly gets my respect.
Whistle whistle whistle

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mother Mother- O My Heart

Artist: Mother Mother
Album: O My Heart
Year: 2008
Genre: Indie, Alternative, Rock
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
This is Mother Mother's second and most recent album; it's significantly different than their previous release, Touch Up. I think they're moving in a great direction; this album is a lot heavier than their last. I wouldn't be able to tell you which one I like more, however. Anyway, check this out along with their previous release.

Mother Mother- Touch Up

Arist: Mother Mother
Album: Touch Up
Year: 2007
Genre: Rock, Indie, Alternative
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
Mother Mother has been at the top of my charts since I started listening to them a while ago and in honour of seeing them live, I'm going to upload their albums. This is their first album, it's quite heavily acoustic, but more than likely quite a bit different than the acoustic music you usually listen to. To me, Mother Mother is this decade's answer to the Pixies (even though the Pixies are still *really* popular and prevalent). Ryan Guldemond's singing voice reminds me so much of Frank Black that I find it uncanny and their use of harmonies is quite similar. If you're looking for something awesome that I'm sure will be *huge* in a couple years, check this out. They're already getting quite a bit of airplay on CBC.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Butch Cassidy Sound System

Artist: Butch Cassidy Sound System
Album: Butches Brew
Genre: Dub Funk

I up'd this album for a friend and figured, hey, might as well post it here. Well, a lazy post at least. Here's the track that introduced me to them (and also on the Late Night Tales: Belle & Sebastion mix). It's got some dub, it's got some funk. What's not to love?

Get in da choppah

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WHY? - Alopecia

A spectacular psychedelic hip-hop album from Yoni Wolf, the master of the genre. One of my all-time favorite albums.

  1. "The Vowels, Pt. 2" – 4:04
  2. "Good Friday" – 3:50
  3. "These Few Presidents" – 3:04
  4. "The Hollows" – 3:55
  5. "Song of the Sad Assassin" – 4:13
  6. "Gnashville" – 3:49
  7. "Fatalist Palmistry" – 3:53
  8. "The Fall of Mr. Fifths" – 3:16
  9. "Brook & Waxing" – 2:35
  10. "A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under" – 2:29
  11. "Twenty Eight" – 0:44
  12. "Simeon's Dilemma" – 3:33
  13. "By Torpedo or Crohn's" – 4:04
  14. "Exegesis" – 1:37

Get it here
(no pass)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

D+- On Purpose

Artist: D+
Album: On Purpose
Country of Origin: USA/Cascadia
Genre: Indie, Alternative
Year: 2008
D+ are almost a pacific northwestern supergroup; D+ is comprised of Bret Lunsford, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum. They were on K records for most of their releases thus far. On Purpose is a compilation of sorts with re-done songs from earlier albums. If you like the Microphones, Mount Eerie, Thanksgiving, Beat Happening, Calm Down It's Monday, or any of the well-known K records/pacific northwestern artists connected to these, then I can almost guarantee you'll like it.

Tiny Vipers- Life on Earth

Artist: Tiny Vipers
Album: Life on Earth
Country of Origin: USA/Cascadia
Genre: Minimalist, Folk
Year: 2009
This is pacific-northwest folk at its finest. Tiny Vipers, the stage-name of Jesy Fortino, while minimalist in sound, leaves a profound impact. The sheer amount of genuine feeling is apparent in her vocals as well as her music, which is droney and atmospheric despite its minimalistic elements. If you're looking for some easy listening along the lines of Jolie Holland or Julie Doiron, give this a shot. I was definitely very impressed.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Spiral Stairs- The Real Feel

Artist: Spiral Stairs
Album: The Real Feel
Genre: Indie, Alternative, Classic Rock
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2009 (Advance)
So just after announcing a Pavement reuinion world tour, yes, a Pavement reunion world tour, I found that Spiral Stairs (Pavement's lesser known co-songwriter and guitarist who also formed a post-Pavement band called Preston School of Industry) was releasing a solo album. I searched for an advance copy and I luckily found one. It's really good; a lot of the guitar tone is reminscent of Pavement's heyday, but is significantly more refined. Overall, the album has a really classic rock feel to it; if I'm not mistaken Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys did some work with him on it. Check it out if you're looking for some legitimate rock and roll.

this one'll get sheriff'd i'm sure so get it while it's hot and working.

Jeffrey Lewis- 12 Crass Songs

Artist: Jeffrey Lewis
Album: 12 Crass Songs
Genre: Anarcho-Folk, Alternative
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2007
Not too much explanation needed, this is a folk album of Crass covers. I figured a lot of people here would be interested in it, or at the very least a few. It's good for the novelty of folk Crass covers, but is a pretty good standalone album. So even if you aren't into Crass, but are feeling a little adventurous on this Friday, give it a try.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

cave in - jupiter

Hey kids! It's been a while since i posted anything for you, so here's an album by the late, great Cave In.

Early in their career, the band played crushing hardcore with crunchy guitars and occasional rocking melodies. Somewhere along the way, they decided to drop the hardcore thing and make spaced out rock with heavy guitars and some metal undercurrents.

Jupiter is probably my favorite of their un-hardcore days, this release containing demo versions of "Stained Silver" and "Rubber and Glue" (titled "Bigger Riff" here) from the follow-up album Antenna. These versions are better than the ones that made it to Antenna, in my opinion.

ANYWAYS, just check it out. It's a solid album from a solid band.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Ajattara - Noitumaa

Everyone who knows Finlands Ajattara knows of hateful metal about whores, hell and sin. well. this album is a bit different. Still the same old hateful Ajattara but.... acoustic. and with a Didgeridoo no less. And the bass parts played on a Nylon String acoustic. I had my doubts and they were squashed. Its nothing less of amazing. This is quite a huge departure from previous albums and it turned out very well. Good on them for taking a chance like this. Ikuisen Aamun Sara has even been described by some as "Tribal Rape Music"

1. keuhkosi
2. massat
3. mitä kuolema parantaa?
4. saatana palvoo meitä
5. saveen saarnattu
6. ikuisen aamun sara
7. kielletyn sanat
8. säkeitä riippuneesta lihasta
9. lammas

Heres a little preview in the form of the video for the single

Album Download

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Circulatory System - Self Titled

Artist: Circulatory System
Album: ^
Year: 2001
Genre: Psych Rock/Pop

Debut album from the great Elephant 6 band. Saw them live this past Thursday, spectacular. Kinda sounds like a psychedelic love child of the Beach Boys.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Built to Spill "Hindsight"/New Single

If you're anything like me, you're a *huge* Built to Spill fan. You love everything from "Ultimate Alternative Wavers" to "You In Reverse"; in fact, you even like "Ancient Melodies of the Future". I've been anxiously awaiting not only the release of their newest album, "There is No Enemy", scheduled for release on October 6th, but the leak as well. I search for it every morning before class/work and have been consistently dissappointed. However, today (yesterday), they leaked a track from the album, titled "Hindsight". The track itself is solid; there's no epic guitarwork, but rather, more "sophisticated" guitars. The content and melody hearkens the "Keep it Like a Secret" days, which is by no means a bad thing.
Anyway, here's the track and I hope at least some people dig it.


Friday, September 4, 2009

The Babys - Paradise Kiss OST CD2

Track Listing:
1. Prologue
2. Kibun ga Yokute Nani ga Warui
3. No No Future
4. Fumenshou no Debu
5. Extra Dialogue #1
6. Alien
7. My Little Girl
8. Shounen Knife
9. MC
10. Kikoenai Uta
11. RRPP
12. Extra Dialogue #2
13. Anarchy in Kobayashi
14. Fujirokku
15. Kimi no Yoru, Boku ni Dake Kurenai ka
16. Extra Dialogue #3
17. Romantic na Speed de
18. Epilogue

This is the second CD packed in with the OST for the anime series Paradise Kiss. It is comprised of singles from the Japanese indie band The Babys over the years, since Paradise Kiss used these as background music during some scenes in the show (and the vocalist is a voice actor for one of the main characters).

If you're into softer J-rock at least give a few tracks a listen like Alien, My Little Girl, RRPP, Kimi no Yoru, and Romantic na Speed de.

Download link

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Eikichi Yazawa - Loser

Track Listing:
1. Loser

This is Eikichi Yazawa's (矢沢永吉) latest single that was released earlier in the year. It was the theme song used for SEGA's newest installment in their Ryu ga Gotoku series (or Yakuza, as it's renamed in the United States and Europe). It's more upbeat then rock, though. But still a great single from the legendary Yazawa.

Download link.

Monday, August 31, 2009


Single to the second opening theme song of Persona -Trinity Soul-

Track Listing:
3. Always
4. WORD OF THE VOICE -Instrumental-

Download link.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Dear Hunter - Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

Continues the surreal story of The Dear Hunter, begun with Act 1 (posted below).

This is my personal favorite of the 3 albums released by The Dear Hunter thus far, as well as their first with a full line-up (the first album was essentially a solo effort).

Track Listing

1. The Death and the Berth
2. The Procession
3. The Lake and the River
4. The Oracles on the Delphi Express
5. The Church and the Dime
6. The Bitter Suite 1 & 2
7. The Bitter Suite 3
8. Smiling Swine
9. Evicted
10. Blood of the Rose
11. Red Hands
12. Where the Road Parts
13. Dear Ms. Leading
14. Black Sandy Beaches
15. Vital Vessle Vindicates

Get it fo' free

RIYL: The Mars Volta, The Receiving End of Sirens, The Sound of Animals Fighting

Leviathan - A Silhouette in Splinters

Band: Leviathan
Album: A Silhouette in Splinters
Genre: Dark Ambient
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Traveling Over The Ocean's Skull
  2. It Comes In Whispers (Part II)
  3. Particular Dis-ease
  4. Shimmering With Horn Of Woe
  5. A Silhouette In Splinters
  6. Blood Red And True Part II (A Spell To Vanquish Sea Serpents)
On this 44 minute long EP, Wrest takes Leviathan out of the project's usual raw Black Metal and explores a similar aesthetic with Dark Ambient. Much of the music is created with guitar strains and feedback, lending an almost Drone feel to it.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Movits! - Äppelknyckarjazz

Band: Movits!
Album: Äppelknyckarjazz
Genre: Hip-Hop/Jazz/Swing
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. Ta på Dig Dansskorna
  2. Lite Som...
  3. Swing för Hyresgästföreningen
  4. ...Fast Tvärtom
  5. A-kasseblues
  6. Fel Del Av Gården
  7. Epistel N:o 1
  8. Tom Jones
  9. Äppelknyckarjazz
  10. Stick Iväg Jack Del II
  11. 2 Dollar på Fickan
  12. Det Vete Fan
  13. Har du Soul?
  14. Vals på Vinkelgränd
Swedish Hip-Hop group that heavily mixes Swing and Jazz into their music. It sounds amazing and the album is full of great beats and catchy music, and most importantly, rapping in Swedish.


The Dear Hunter - Act 1: The Lake South, The River North

The Dear Hunter's debut. Layered and complex instrumentals make up the musical heart of the album, primarily in the style of progressive rock but also incorporating elements of orchestral music, blues-rock, jazz, ragtime, and ambient, sometimes several times in the space of a single song. The vocals are similarly varied, with pop-ballad sections giving way to dense harmonization that would shame a barbershop quartet.

The album is also a concept album, the first in a set of 6 telling the surreal story of the titular character The Dear Hunter.

I like this one a lot, but Act II (The second album) is better in my opinion.

Get it!

RIYL: The Mars Volta, The Receiving End of Sirens, Portugal. The Man, The Sound of Animals Fighting

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sune Rose Wagner

artist: sune rose wagner
album: self titled
year: 2008

like the raveonettes? wondering how you didn't hear about this album? well don't feel bad, apparently no one really did. and sune seemed to be pretty okay with that, as the release of this album was about as low key as the album itself. maintaining his lo-fi sound from the raveonettes, but presented in a more shoe-gaze fashion, this is some norweigian goodness that sounds a bit like sigur ros having a love affair with the 60's.

linkity lou

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cymbals Eat Guitars- Why There Are Mountains

Artist: Cymbals Eat Guitars
Album: Why There Are Mountains
Genre: Indie, Alternative, Post-Punk
Year: 2009
Country of Origin: USA

I don't remember how I stumbled upon these guys (it might have even been through last.fm), but they are amazing. I love their sound, which is reminiscent of Modest Mouse as well as Colour Revolt. They do, as well, have a slight shoegaze sound to them. If you're looking for something that is destined to become one of the next big(ger) indie bands, Cymbals Eat Guitars are who you're looking for.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Beck- One Foot in the Grave (Deluxe Edition)

Artist: Beck
Album: One Foot in the Grave
Genre: Folk, Alternative, Indie
Year: 1994, 2009 remaster
Country of Origin: Pacific Northwest, USA

Beck is fairly well known, even internationally, from his album "Odelay!" and songs like "Loser" and "Devil's Haircut". His newer releases, however, have found him going back to his roots, so to speak. This album, "One Foot in the Grave", is much more folk driven and was originally released on K Records in colaboration with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, the Halo Benders +. This year, Beck chose to re-release this album with 13 previously unreleased tracks that were recorded around the same time. This is that album.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oingo Boingo - The Anthology

If you don't listen to this, you'll find yourself missing your teeth. It has Danny Elfman. That is all you need to know.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Moon Hips + Spoon Lips

Artist: Big Old Eyes
Album: Moon Hips + Spoon Lips
Genre: Alternative, Rock, Indie
Year: 2005
Country: Canada

The Pecker EP

Artist: Big Old Eyes
Album: The Pecker EP
Year: 2005
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Country: Canada

The first release from Prince George's own Big Old Eyes, essentially known as the greatest band to come out of PG. It's only two songs, but it certainly showcases the talent that the band was only just beginning to discover.

More to come! I plan on uploading their discography, as well as frontman Rob Dunlop's solo material.

riyl: The Beatles, Pavement, Halo Benders

Monday, July 6, 2009

The (International) Noise Conspiracy- A New Morning, Changing Weather

Band: The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Album: A New Morning, Changing Weather
Genre: Punk Rock
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2001
  1. "A Northwest Passage" – 3:55
  2. "Up for Sale" – 3:27
  3. "Bigger Cages, Longer Chains" – 4:21
  4. "Breakout 2001" – 3:43
  5. "A Body Treatise" – 3:24
  6. "Born into a Mess" – 5:21
  7. "New Empire Blues" – 3:19
  8. "Capitalism Stole My Virginity" – 3:38
  9. "Last Century Promise" – 6:10
  10. "Dead Language of Love" – 4:24
  11. "A New Morning, Changing Weather" – 4:27
As a former teenager who listened to punk almost exclusively for a couple years (aside from some classic Pink Floyd and artists like Nick Cave), I find myself currently very particular in the punk music that I listen to now, which mainly consists of bands that I used to listen to. The (International) Noise Conspiracy is a band formed as a result of the dissipation of the Refused and do sound reasonably similar. I, however, am not a *huge* fan of the Refused; I think they're a cool band with a good sound, but for some reason I never really got too into them. If you're looking some new(er) Punk to sink your teeth into, definitely give this a try. I really dig their anti-capitalist agenda (a characteristic of a lot of punk bands granted, but some fail pretty pretty epic-ly), but I have a leftist bias. ;)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Radio Moscow- Radio Moscow

Artist: Radio Moscow
Album: Self-Titled
Country of Origin: USA
Genre: Indie, Blues-Rock, Psychedelic
Year: 2007
Radio Moscow is a relatively new blues-rock band from the States; they are often cited as being Psychedelic, but I slightly disagree with a label, at least in this respect. This album is their first release and is produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (I think I posted his album on the blog and some people dug it). Radio Moscow do sound quite a bit like the Black Keys, but I find myself more attatched to Radio Moscow. All-in-all, I think their album art visually encapsulates their sound and I figure a lot of people here will dig it quite a bit. They sound very genuine and, while not necessarily outstandingly unique, are quite refreshing. These guys are legit.


Johnny + the Moon- Johnny + the Moon

Artist: Johnny + the Moon
Album: Self-Titled
Genre: Folk, Indie, Pacific Northwest
Year: 2006
  1. "Green Rocky Road" - 3:20
  2. "Kid Heaven" - 2:34
  3. "The Ballad of Scarlet Town" - 3:15
  4. "Johnny and the Devil" - 4:20
  5. "When You're All Alone" - 2:39
  6. "All Things Gonna Come Back Around" - 3:24
  7. "Little Red Cot" - 3:01
  8. "Oleanna" - 2:49
  9. "Scarlet Town, Pt. II" - 2:46
  10. "Tamed a Lion" - 2:11
  11. "When I Die" - 4:11
Johnny + the Moon are an indie folk band from British Columbia. Though they sound nothing alike, the band's frontman is Dante DeCaro from Hot Hot Heat and Wolf Parade. When I saw Handsome Furs last month, these guys were the opener, and I rather enjoyed it. I seeked their album out previously when I heard they were opening and really dug it. Though Dante is a bit of a douchebag (he backhandedly insulted everyone's- except his own- music tastes while playing), this album is definitely worth a shot if you're looking for something folk-ey, pleasant, and accesible. I figure a lot of people here will enjoy it.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Downfall of Gaia - Demo CD-R 2008

The Downfall of Gaia hail from Hanburg + Hannover Germany and all i can say is: why are they not well known?! Just imagine a bunch of Crust Punks making emo. And you've got it. Not much else to say. but if someone happens to live in this area of Germany. Hook these guys up with a drummer again. Make sure to look them up on myspace as well

1. Der letzte atemzug
2. Bild in grau
3. 1000 nadeln
4. Doomi


Friday, June 19, 2009

gavin castleton

so i'm not uploading anything here, just bringing to your attention a killer little album by singer/songwriter Gavin Castleton that you can stream for free from his website. it's a beautiful love/zombie story that's easily worth an hour of your time


be sure to read the story of the story and the 'liner notes' that come up with each song

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Nerves- The Nerves (EP)

Artist: The Nerves
Album: The Nerves (EP)
Genre: Punk, Rock and Roll, New Wave
Year: 1976
  1. One Way Ticket
  2. Paper Dolls
  3. Give Me Some Time
  4. Hanging on the Telephone
  5. When You Find Out
  6. When You Find Out (Alternate Recording)
  7. Working Too Hard
  8. Letter to G
  9. Stand Back and Take a Good Look
  10. Are You Famous
The Nerves were a rock band from the mid-70s that only had one release, this EP- though this version has extra tracks. Their sound, however, heavily influenced the yet to be established American punk rock scene and they even toured with the Ramones. They're one of my favourite groups right now and I think a lot of people here will dig it. As Dan Boeckner has said, this is punk before punk existed.

Hopefully the web sheriff isn't working for Alive records...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Nesin - Vanity

Yea. Another one. This one is by a little known Japanese noise artist. It was handed out for free and is his only non live release. Using nothing but sound samples from porn of only the most depraved kind and effects you are essentially "Ear Raped"

1. A Moment
2. Ear Raped
3. Resonance
4. Reversibility
5. Vanity


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dinosaur Jr.- Farm

Band: Dinosaur Jr.
Album: Farm
Genre: Alternative, Grunge, Indie
Release Date: 2009 (Advance)
Country of Origin: USA
  1. "Pieces" – 4:34
  2. "I Want You to Know" – 4:32
  3. "Ocean in the Way" – 4:22
  4. "Plans" – 6:43
  5. "Your Weather" (Barlow) – 3:08
  6. "Over It" – 3:49
  7. "Friends" – 4:34
  8. "Said the People" – 7:43
  9. "There's No Here" – 3:41
  10. "See You" – 5:49
  11. "I Don't Wanna Go There" – 8:45
  12. "Imagination Blind" (Barlow) – 3:21

We all know Dinosaur Jr. is amazing, there really isn't much debate over that. However, many of their albums were released without the original lineup of J., Lou Barlow, and Murph. Their first three albums- "Dinosaur", "You're Living All Over Me", and "Bug" - are the only albums created with the original lineup ... then "Beyond" came along in '07 around the same time as their reunion tour and the original lineup was back. Personally, I thought "Beyond" could have been better (my expectations were high), but it was a really awesome album regardless. Earlier on in the year I had heard that Dino was going to release a new album and since have been anxiously awaiting. Not only that, but I was also excited that they were now signed to jagjaguwar, a very prominent indie label that has signed the likes of Sunset Rubdown, Pink Mountaintops, and Julie Doiron, among others. I wasn't a big fan of Merge and was a little dissappointed when I had found out "Beyond" would be released under them.
Personally, I think everyone should download this simply on the principle that it's a new Dino album, but I recognize that not everyone may be as excited about it as I am. The album itself sounds amazing, arguably better than Beyond, and reminds me a lot of the "Where You Been" era of Dinosaur Jr. (aside from "You're Living All Over Me," my favourite Dinosaur Jr. album). Give it a try and pick yourself up a hard copy on June 23rd (along with the new Sunset Rubdown album, Dragonslayer).

Here it is, enjoy.

EDIT: since it was taken down, I'll at least link to the Daytrotter Sessions. hopefully the web sheriff doesn't rape that too.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Aushvitz/Spinal Cord - 2002-2006

Better known for his work in the band Galneryus and Animetal Syu has another project up his sleeve. Started in 2002 under the name Aushvitz it was a slow going project from the start. But the music doesn't lack in anyway. An eclectic mix of Extreme Metal, Shred, and Hard Rock. The downside? Every release is a single with no album even on the horizon. Recently the name was changed to Spinal Cord after a long hiatus with a promise to kick it into high gear. With another single late last year and no info from the bands side again it's not looking good. But for now enjoy whats out

1. Where we Go?
2. ほむらび
3. 赤涙
4. 脳拘束

1. アペカの快楽

恋破レ、水没(2003)*my fav*
1. 慟哭
2. 恋破レ、水没
3. 拷問破り、逃れる術、ありますか?

1. 背徳の祈り
2. 背徳の祈り

All of these in a nice little rar: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?znyw2j1yrjg

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

T.Rex - The Slider

Artist: T.Rex
Album: The Slider
Year: 1972
Genre: Glam Rock, Proto-Punk, Classic Rock
Country: UK

Simply put, it's summer, and what a disservice I would be doing if I didn't share an excellent album to kick start the hot months.  Not much else gives me the feeling of freedom and possibility with as much zest as a good ol' T.Rex album.  T.Rex is one of those bands that should have been/should be more popular than they are.  Marc Bolan is simply fabulous, and definitely a must on everyone's summer evening play list.

riyl: The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The New York Dolls, Freddie Mercury

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Emily Wells- The Symphonies

Artist: Emily Wells
Album: The Symphonies
Genre: Indie, Freak Folk, Trip-Hop
Year: 2008
Country of Origin: USA
  1. Symphony 1 In the Barrel of a Gun
  2. Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom
  3. Symphony 3: The Story (Featuring Count Bass D)
  4. Symphony 4: America's Mercy War
  5. Symphony 5 Was a Surprise
  6. Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix
  7. Symphony 7: Dreams Memories & Heaven
  8. Symphony 8 & the Canary's Last Take
  9. Symphony 9 & the Sunshine
  10. Symphony 10: Could This Really Be the End?
As has been stated many times, Emily Wells is an "anomoly" (a word used by many critics). She's a multi-instrumentalist that was offered a major record deal at 18, denied it, and now has released two albums on her own accord, with "The Symphonies" being her most recent. Emily Wells' voice is a cross between Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart though she often sounds like Beth Gibbons of Portishead (though the music is quite different than that of Portishead). She frequently uses violins (arguably her main instrument), looping, drum machines, and children's instruments (including toy echo mics that I definitely remember playing with as a child). In short, Emily Wells is creativity in music; she fuses genres in a very accesible way. Even fans of Post-Rock, especially you, Tim, will more than likely enjoy this. Right now, Emily is definitely the coolest artist I have came accross in a while.

Here it is.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Coral

artist: the coral
album: the coral
genre: folk, neo-psychedelic(ish)

mixing in some olde tyme folk and neo psychedelic sounds the coral had an original hit in 2002 with their debut album. what's happened since then? well honestly nothing all that notable some four or five albums later. admitidedly after nightfreak and the sons of becker i didn't feel there was any reason to keep up to date with them. but that doesn't change what once was. genre splicing and sound blending, this album is fantastic. by all means though don't let me tell you what to think about their later albums. feel free to update me on their latest.

grab it here

Friday, May 1, 2009

Crystal Castles - Alice Practice

Artist: Crystal Castles
Genre: Electronic, Chip
Album: Alice practice (EP)

I was hyping these guys back in '06 when this came out. Yet another classic case of no one listening too me. Look where they are now!

Get that shit!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bone Thugs greatest,

Artist: Bone Thugs 'N Harmony
Album: Greatest Hits (Chopped and Screwed)
Genre: Rap, R&B, Hip-Hop

My first, and favorite Bone thugs album, even if it is the greatest hits. Chopped by Michael Watts!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Big Black - Atomizer

Artist: Big Black
Genre: noise rock
Album: Atomizer

Faulty asked me to upload it, so here it is, My favorite Big Black Album.

Get It!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fin de Siècle - Nine Barns

Band: Fin de Siècle
Album: Nine Barns
Genre: Neofolk/Ambient/Experimental
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Introduction
  2. Fearless Femme
  3. Summertime
  4. Prison
  5. Daddy
  6. Interlude
  7. Lonely
  8. Nine Barns
  9. The Feast
  10. Stranger
  11. Night Hawks
  12. Summertime 2
  13. Ashes
  14. Epilogue
I can't find any samples anywhere, Fin de Siècle weren't exactly well known. Nine Barns was their last album and is really a quite beautiful, interesting and eerie Ambient album that sometimes boarders on Neofolk in a few songs. The ambience is mostly created through wonderfully creative violin, guitar and drum work, with sound clips and backing synth in many places added to it. The wonderful, intense and eerie atmosphere the violin work of Florence Cailleux can create is especially noticeable on tracks like "Fearless Femme" and "Prison". "Daddy" is an incredibly intriguing musical adaption of Sylvia Plath's poem by the same name, with a recording of Sylvia Plath herself reading the poem placed over Ambient music. If you're interested in something experimental, interesting and absorbing, give this a listen, but skip it if you don't plan on sitting down and opening yourself up to every second of the music.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Wild Mountain Nation

Artist: Blitzen Trapper
Album: Wild Mountain Nation
Genre: Alt-Country, Folk-Rock
Year: 2007
Country: USA

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Legion Of Doom - The Horned Made Flesh

Artist: Legion Of Doom
Genre: Black Metal
Album: The Horned Made Flesh

From a genre that has been vomiting out mediocrity for quite a while comes... an actually good Old-school black metal album.

Grand in scale, Classic in sound.


The Felice Brothers- Tonight at the Arizona

Artist: The Felice Brothers
Album: Tonight at the Arizona
Genre: Folk, Acoustic, Alt-Country
Year: 2006
  1. "Roll On Arte"
  2. "Ballad Of Lou The Welterweight"
  3. "Hey Hey Revolver"
  4. "Your Belly In My Arms"
  5. "Lady Day"
  6. "T For Texas"
  7. "Rockefeller Druglaw Blues"
  8. "Mercy"
  9. "Christmas Song"
  10. "Going Going Gone"
  11. "Take This Hammer (Live)"
If you're into folk like Bob Dylan, The Band, etc. then you will definitely enjoy the Felice Brothers. It's really refreshing to hear music that is as down to earth as they are. They're definitely one of my favourite bands right now and I try to listen to them every day (I usually play this album once a day). If you're looking for something that goes well with bourbon on ice and cigarettes, this is it. If you dig them, they have two other albums out that I can upload and I think they're realeasing one for '09 too, but don't quote me on that.