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    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2009
    Fire on Fire - The Orchard : psychedelic, bluegrassy folk, or something, on Young God Records.
    Black Math Horseman - Wyllt : doom, on Tee Pee Records.
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    I haven't done enough musical exploring this year to be of much help, which means I need to start putting all these recommendations to the test.

    With that said I am very surprised that only one person has mentioned Telefon Tel Aviv's Immolate Yourself. Fantastic, moody electronica.
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    The new Patrick Wolf album, The Bachelor, is on the internet and it is brilliant, obviously. It's frightening how talented that young man is.
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    I'll fifteenth the mention of Mastodon. Plus, their tour-opening show here was well worth three days of ringing ears...

    It's not officially out yet, but the new Devin Townsend project Ki has some moments of absolute brilliance. Ditto the new OSI disc, Blood (I think Europeans have access to the latter as of last week, if not both).

    Steven Wilson's Insurgentes is pure awesometastica.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
    Mastodon's Crack the Skye is brilliant. I think what appeals to me most about it is that it is a very dense record yet clocks in at under an hour. And the songs work well together rather than one or two standout tracks.
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    Seconded on Yeah Yeah Yeah's "It's Blitz" and Neko Case's "Middle Cyclone" (though even if the album sucked, I'd still like to marry that cover).

    I'd also put in for AC Newman's "Get Guilty," which really grows on you after a few listens.

    But M. Ward's new one has been pretty disappointing. Good background music, but once you put it in the foreground, it's pretty repetitive.
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    But M. Ward's new one has been pretty disappointing. Good background music, but once you put it in the foreground, it's pretty repetitive.

    Yeah. Not sure where the wheels came off, there, but I doubt I'll be paying attention to his next release.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
    a few of my favs so far are:

    William Basinski - 92982
    Blank Dogs - Under and under
    Bardo Pond - Peri
    Wooden Shjips - Dos
    Our Love Will Destroy the World - Stillborn Plague Angels (Campbell Kneale's new project. stunning.)
    Up-Tight - The Beginning of the End
    Natural Snow Buildings - Daughter of Darkness (i can't get over how good this monumental release is. NSB never failed me.)
    Zu - Carboniferous (HOLY SHIT this redefines heavy.)
    The Hunches - Exit Dreams (In The Red is having a great year)
    • CommentAuthorChristianW
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
    Shit, I hadn't even realised yet that records are being released in '09...
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    Right now, I'm going to agree with the choice of JG Thirlwell's Venture Bros.

    The Decemberists... funny, I liked the new one a lot for exactly two listens. Now I have no desire to listen to it again. Had about the same reaction to Crane Wife.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
    Ida Maria's "Fortress 'round my heart" is excellent. I heard the one song, "I like you so much better when you're naked" on the radio and it got stuck in my brain. Found the CD the other day at the pre-owned CD store for $6.00 and figured it was worth the investment. I am totally digging every track.
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    Agree with the new Silversun Pickups. Also like the new Doves, Decemberists & still can't make up my mind about Dan Deacon (some days I like/some not).
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    Hmm… let me see

    — Akira Tikeshi: Pinball/No Glitch
    — Thunderheist: Thunderheist
    — Bar 9: Shaolin Style
    — Starkey: Starkbass
    — Death Before Distemper 3: A Fistful Of Ferrets
    — Harmonic 313: When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
    — Qemists: Stompbox
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    So far the only albums this year:

    P.O.S. - Never Better
    Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
    and maybe
    MeWithoutYou - It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright (Yes I've only heard the leak version, but its damn good)

    The Decemberists new album would be on here if it wasn't such a hard thing to listen to casually.
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
    I cracked out the Dan Deacon today - very different from SotR but very, very good. Written at the same time, apparently.

    Also listened to Dananananaykroyd (bouncy, punky, fun), Akron/Family (very strong psych rock), Max Tundra's Some Best Friend You TurnedOut To Be (2008, but new to me), and Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the 4th album by the French MORstars - a return to form after a slightly disappointing 3rd.
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    2009's shaping up well. Stuff that's been on high rotation from me so far:

    Zu - Carboniferous (how the hell had I not heard these guys before this album?)
    Kylesa - Static Tensions
    Throbbing Gristle - The Third Mind Movements
    the Earth & Richard Bishop split
    Dan Deacon - Bromst
    Mono - Hymn to the Immortal Wind
    Graf Orlock - Destination Time Today
    Venetian Snares - Filth
    Thirwell's Venture Bros
    ...and the obligatory Crack The Skye mention.

    Haven't heard the new Natural Snow Buildings yet. I expect good things.
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    You people have blown my tiny mind. Living in Japan I keep forgetting to check what's come out, I have to set up some feeds or something to keep up with releases.
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2009
    Hey, I was just wondering:

    Everyone who lists their albums, could you put a small description of what they are? I'm far to lazy to check out all of them without a soundbite of their style.

    Since I have a terrible shift based job with long hours and a child (yeah, I know like lots of you here), I'm soooooooooo out of touch with music. Betweent this and the Weekly Listening thread, I'd still be listening to whatever I bought three years ago.

    Ta, Whitechapellers.

    (Please don't shout at me for being lazzzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeeeeeee)
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2009 edited
    The new Dylan album is as solid as you'd expect. It's better than Modern Life, in that it seems a little more, I dunno, upbeat. Anyway, I recomend that.
    Also "A Bear - Some of Our Friends are Animals." - Good friends of mine. Damn fine ep. Angular-Experimental-Alterna-Pop in the vein of old Biffy Clyro.
    "Kaki King - Mexican Teenagers" - Surprising, nothing at all like the previous album(s), it has grooves and riffs that you wouldn't expect from a tiny acoustic-playing lass, 'tis tres gut.

    Am I the only one who didn't like Crack the Skye? It just seemed a little "meh," but each to their own.

    (Edited for spelling).