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    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    Ah! Someone else likes Anamanaguchi - I was thinking of looking when their new album was supposed to come out. And about My Brightest Diamond sucking live - I saw her live - and she wasn't terrible - She did great at least on her hit songs - the rest may have been meh.
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
    So far, my favorite release of the year has to be Sliversun Pickups' SWOON. The first 5 tracks just blow me away, time after time, having lush layering without ever feeling 'overproduced'. It's definately a significant step forward from Carnavas, and has been on repeat in the car for weeks now.
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    Well despite what others may think I am really enjoying Animal Collective's "Merriweather Post Pavilion" and think that the opening "In Flowers" and the ending "Sports Brother" alone make it worthwhile. SFA's "Dark Days Light Years" is a grower and yes Mastodon continue on top form. Apart from that most of the stuff I've been listening to this year was released prior to 1976 so none of it counts no matter how good it is.
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009 edited
    I'd like to second Old Moon Face's mention of Memory by Animal Hospital.

    I'm very taken with the latest Peter Broderick release Ten Duets, which is a tape only affair. Actually playing a tape brought back all kinds of starange memories, and it panders to my love of 'physical format' music. Still can't get my head round buying mp3s.

    Looking forward to the new SOISONG album when that arrives in the post. Anything with Peter Christopherson involved is generally worth it's weight in gold, which it should be given the price of the album! Needless to say the packaging looks quite quite beautiful.
  2.  (5645.45)
    I'm very taken with the latest Peter Broderick release Ten Duets, which is a tape only affair. Actually playing a tape brought back all kinds of starange memories, and it panders to my love of 'physical format' music. Still can't get my head round buying mp3s.

    It's interesting. Also perhaps interesting is that I have it as an mp3 rip...!
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
    Well, it was ridiculously limited, 300 copies I think... so I'm glad to hear its surfaced as an mp3 rip. At least that way, everyone will get to hear it. The tape stuck me as a nice balance between his 'Float' and 'Home' material.
  3.  (5645.47)
    theres a shitload of tape only releases that show up on the internet right around the same time. most of them limited to 500 or less as well...
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
    So far this year;

    Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP. - Not as good as For Emma... but still good stuff.
    Chotto Ghetto - Walk is Godlike. - Fun Glassjaw-ey agro-punk.
    Dananananakroyd - Hey Everyone! - It's so bouncy.
    Death Cab for Cutie - The Open Door EP - "Little Bribes" sounds happy! Happy!
    Future of the Left - Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires. - One of the best live bands I've seen doing a decent live album, and the banter is worth the price of the cd on it's own.
    DOOM - Born Like This. - I suppose this only really makes it half on to the list. It's good. It's just not as good as I'd hoped. But "Gazzillion Ear" is one of DOOM's best songs in recent times.
    • CommentAuthorESCgoat
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009 edited
    I'm currently blown away by Metric's Fantasies

    And the self-titled debut album by Beast (released late '08 in Canada, but I'm unsure of everywhere else) has been pretty impressive as well. I'm counting it since I only discovered it 2 weeks ago.
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009 edited
    from '09 so far I'm into:

    Death To Analog - Julien-K
    but I've been waiting for this record for almost 4 years though. A good mix of new wave, techno, and industrial

    Today We Are All Demons - Combichrist
    speaking of industrial...some songs have more of a traditional structure to them, but there's still that driving Combi sound.

    To me the new Depeche Mode sounds a lot like their album Exicter. It's more of the mellow, trance, bluesy sounding DM like Songs of Faith and Devotion than the dancey uptempo of Some Great Reward or even Playing the Angel. I haven't heard the bonus tracks or the demos from the deluxe edition yet though.

    And since I don't see a weekly listening thread, my current joy right now is MOTOR - Death Rave
  4.  (5645.51)
    For those of us still waiting for Jones/DapKings to make a proper follow-up to Naturally:

    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!


    Also, The Lonely Island - Incredibad. I listened to this actually a lot. Surprised it hasn't been listed yet. Fuck trees I climb bouys motherfucker? Promote synergy (LIKE A BOSS)? Pretty much brilliant.

    Nothing else to report. Lot of nice songs this year, only one great album I've got my holds on so far.

    Weekly listening is now perpetual 8tracks, people. Get hip.
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    Word to the Who Killed Amanda Palmer. Also,

    Janelle Monae - I'm not actually sure about the date, but definitely sure about the awesomeness.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
    Right now I'm listening to Dead Weather and haven't formed an opinion yet, other than it doesn't fill the hole left in my heart by the loss of Boss Hog, but it's not dissimilar in sound.

    The new P.O.S may be my favorite Hip-Hop album of the year.
      CommentAuthorMild Maynyrd
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009 edited

    P.O.S. - Never Better
    Dan Deacon - Bromst
    Prairie Cartel - EP 2
    Obits - I Blame You
    DOOM - Born Like This
    Mac Lethal - The Original 11:11
    Mastodon - Crack The Skye
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
    St Vincent - 'Actor'

    it's far from being metal or noise or anything really aggressive, but this record slays. there are bits that make me think of Downward Spiral era NIN in terms of production and tone choices, but this is far from industrial. just go listen to some fer crissakes.

    also, Animal Collective reminds me of the Beach Boys, which automatically disqualifies them for me. sorry indiepop nerds.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
    oh yeah...BAT FOR LASHES and DOOM also dropped pretty good new records.

    i am, however, still awaiting something that will blow my head out of my ass in 2009.
    • CommentAuthorjimchud
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
    not much amazing stuff from this year though the enemy's new track (No Time For Tears) the enemy's new track (No Time For Tears) is pretty good and reminds me alot of primal scream so gives me a smile :)

    new stuff for me this year has to be beast.
    Beast - Microcyte
    Beast - Finger Prints

    or Ludovico Einaudi. the le onde or devinere albums are pretty good plus one or two others.
    • CommentAuthorESCgoat
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009 edited
    Hey Jim

    If there's anything from Beast that should get shared with the masses, then it's their video for Mr Hurricane...

    The Bee Man is just facinating to watch.

    Beast - Mr Hurricane

    Ugh ..trying to figure out how to link only to the YouTube site...embedding's not allowed with this video. I'm trying to do it without the video/mp3 link button, but my link-fu is weak this morning....

    AH! Just realized you just need to click on the title to go to the YouTube site...enough of my mumbel jumble
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    Fucked Up's Chemistry of Common Life
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    Seeing as the self-titled Fever Ray album has exactly the kind of glossy ubernoir production beloved by preclub wine bars, is blasting out of indie record shops and has received rave reviews by the haircuts in the fashionista media , its amazing that I like it so much. It's like Low and Spacemen 3 fed through deep house via Kate Bush's sample library.