Drip - Learning About Manners Demo (1992?)


Disregard the tracklist on the album art, here's the actual list:
1.Are You Holding
2.Mainline'n K4's
3.On The Nod
4.Smoke On The Water
5.Take Another Valium
6.Worship The Needle


Here's some pre-Eyehategod work from Mike Williams and company, this is supposedly based on random things that Mike has read out of magazines. Good for a listen and/or a laugh.

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Aus - Lang Remixed (2008)

Inspired by the beat-tastic majesty of Aus' original album, some other great electronic artists saw fit to remix it. In large part a lot more ambient than Lang itself, this remix album includes reimaginings by Kettel, Dosh, Isan, Epic45, and The Remote Viewer, among others.

Recommended tracks: Beyond The Curve (Dosh Remix) , Double Talk (Kettel Remix) , New Look (Manual Remix)

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Aus - Lang (2006)

More fucking top-notch electronic from Aus. Mellow, mellifluous melodies; great percussion, as usual; and slow, chilled out tracks ass well. Apparently some inspirational electronic ideas, because it served as the muse for a remix album.

Recommended tracks: Beyond the Curve, Headphone Girl, Double Talk

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Jeru The Damaja - The Sun Rises In The East (1994)


Someone recommended this album to me recently, so I downloaded it and I was very impressed at first listen. Now, after having listened to it a few times I love it. If you like underground hip-hop, you'll love this.

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Oxbow - The Narcotic Story (2007)

Like a David Lynch film, Oxbow takes the listener through a potent show of skillfully rendered beauty, grisly hellishness and shameless flexing of the avant-garde imagination from both sides. While it's all the rage to be as heavy as lead and chugga-chugging like rusty machinery, The Narcotic Story retains all the grisliness any modern hardcore or metal act could possibly offer—maybe more actually—but at the same time it's sparse and almost tuneful.

Earthless - Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky (2007)


Three cool dudes jamming up a storm of old-school psychedelia and stardust. Now, whether the latter element floated in from the outer reaches of space or was purchased from that guy who loiters behind the auto repair shop, I can't say. But what I am sure of is that this album is 46 minutes of tasty riffs, delightfully overblown solos, and fucking RAWK (of the space variety, of course. The band wouldn't be called "Earthless" if they wanted you to be planted firmly in terra firma).

Cave In - Planets of Old (2009)

After abandoning their post as one of the upper echelon of Boston based 1990's metalcore bands to head in a more rock oriented direction in the beginning years of the decade, 2005's Perfect Pitch Black saw Cave In partially returning to the heavier sound which they were known for. Now some 4 years and numerous side projects later, Cave In are back with a new EP that manages to be heavier, spacier, and just as kick ass as anything they've ever done.

These Arms Are Snakes - This was Meant to Hurt You (2006)

These Arms Are Snakes - This was Meant to Hurt You (2006)

The Pastels - Sittin' Pretty (1989)



A classic in the indie pop/alternative genre. A great mix of catchy guitar riffs with a raw sound to most of the songs. Reminds me a lot of The Replacements. There's 1-2 weaker songs on the album, but I believe they're more than made up for by the gems. Check it out, a solid release.


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Totalt Jävla Mörker - Människans Ringa Värde (2004)


The earlier TJM album I posted received a fairly warm reception so here I am posting another one. There's really not much to say about this album, it sounds like the self titled except there is a small difference in style (positive or negative depending on your ear for music) due to the progression of the band through the years, most artists are subject to this effect as you may have noticed. The name of the album means "Man Making Value" if you were curious.

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Failure - Fantastic Planet (1996)


Failure plays a supernal, gaseous offshoot of alternative rock aptly named space rock. Their sound could is likened to other alt. rock bands of the 90s (Nirvana, Bush, etc) yet carries a distinct inclination of being less conventional and more experimental in the crafting of their music. I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoy this album; suffice to say, it's one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

Similar Artists (that you should also check out): Hum, Castor, Year Of the Rabbit

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By the End of Tonight - Solo EP Set (2006)

By the End of Tonight is an amazingly enjoyable instrumental band. In 2006 they released a four-part EP set of solo efforts by each of their (ex-)members, and it's about damn time I posted them here.

Stefan Mach, one of the group's founders and guitarists, starts the set with The Gunslinger EP. Fast, hard guitar jumping between different styles, programmed drums, and some electronic interludes.

A completely different style than anything under the BtEoT name, My Mom Caught Me... is an EP filled with glitchy sounds, brief moments of guitar, and a great ambient track, from James Templeton, the seriously talented bassist. His other solo act is damn good too.

My favorite of the EPs and the most original, He's Home With Bones... is all over the place. Noise, manic screams, spirited drums, electronic, snippets of different styles of music, and confusing lyrics (if you can make out any of the words). In the absolutely badass drummer Jeff Wilson's own words, just an EP of "nasty sounds."

The final and most melodic of the bunch, The Imaginary EP is mostly in the style of ex-guitarist-for-the-band Josh Smith's own solo material, The Ghost Machine. Acoustic and electric guitar, mostly electronic beats, and quite simply just a collection of pleasing sounds.

Burzum - Filosofem (1996)

this was the last album varg recorded before he went to jail. this is my favorite burzum album and everyone should have it in their libraries. this is the german version, it's the same as the norwegian but the song titles are in german (don't worry this is the popular version).

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Anaal Nathrakh - In The Constellation Of The Black Widow (2009)

anaal nathrakh is back with another album. released a month ago, in the constellation of the black widow is faster, more aggressive, more brutal and full of hate than any of their previous albums. i'm too tired to talk more about this right now so i'll just tell you this band makes any other metal band ever look like pussies.

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(TL: Anaal Nathrakh means "serpent's breath".)

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Why? - Eskimo Snow (2009)



Earrrly leak of the new Why? album. Haven't had a chance to listen yet, but Alopecia was one of my favourites from last year, and these tracks were recorded at the same time, so should be good shit.
download Re-upped, and on mediafire rather than RS. Also, upon listening to it, it is really good, more songy and soft and less hip-hoppy, but still totally badass.

Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics (1990)

Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics (1990)


The (arguably) best album by what I consider to be the best experimental band of all time, Sun City Girls. A majority of the music is very weird, but this album is actually their most accessible. Lyrics are yelled/sung in made up languages and several different genres are blended together to create some of the best music I've ever heard.

From lastfm:

A melting pot of music styles — demented surf, Indian Rāgas, free-form noise, gamelan percussion, fractured folk, you name it — with doses of kabuki theater, shadow puppetry, and maverick guerilla stagecraft thrown in, the avant-everything Sun City Girls were a fiercely independent and experimental trio whose only credo seemed to be to continually stretch boundaries while remaining amazingly inclusive, a process that led to a dizzying array of vinyl, cassette, and CD releases over a period stretching nearly 20 years.

Highlights include "Space Prophet Dogon" and "The Shining Path"


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The Octopus Project - Golden Beds (2009)

The Octopus Project - Golden Beds (2009)
The first new material from The Octopus Project in two years, finally in a decent (V0) quality. I don't really know what to say about this little oddity. There are startlingly beautiful moments on the EP, and the song structure is better than ever before. But then they go and put a track with four minutes of rambling introduction on a nineteen minute record, and I have to ask what in God's name they were thinking. I guess I should stop expecting to "get" what this band does and just enjoy the five new tracks. It's all O.P. through and through. If you like all the acoustic-electronic interplay and cyclical hooks they do so well, you'll love this.

Kind of like: Early Black Moth Super Rainbow, Instrumental cuts from Amnesiac but much better

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Chaos Royale - Chaos All-Stars v1.3 (2009)

chaos royale is the project of luke chaos, a brit living in tokyo performing with 2 former gymnast dancers. this EP/mini-album (i don't exactly know what it is) is some of the most fucked up music i've listened in a while. noise, breakcore, industrial, reggaeton, hip-hop, r&b, it all comes together on these songs and it's fucking awesome, shit will blow your mind. DAT BASS.

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Scale the Summit - Carving Desert Canyons (2009)


Gorgeous instrumental prog metal. When I listen to this album, I feel like I'm flying. The songs fucking soar, with little to no wankery to weigh them down. The riffs, while rather complicated at times, are triumphantly melodic and uplifting. This is one of those prog albums that makes you feel bad about your own guitar/bass/drum playing abilities, but you're too busy grinning to notice.

Onna - Cortigiana Dal Velo / Enfolding Your Breasts (1983)

One of those 7" singles like Teenage Jesus' Orphans that sparked a whole minor movement. This pair of heavy-ass psychedelic tracks seem to stretch on forever, probably aided by the slurring, falsetto vocalist. Sadly, this single is the only material Onna released in their era, but since 2007 hours of archived recordings have been finding their way on to CD. These tracks come from an eponymous compilation released this year, which also collects some session material from which these two seven minute green-outs were cut.

Get if you like: Spacemen 3, Iron Butterfly, Acid Mothers Temple And The Cosmic Inferno

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Anata - The Conductor's Departure (2006)


Tech death that isn't a Necrophagist clone? Great Scott! Anata is a Swedish death metal band that forsakes the typical faux-Middle Eastern and neoclassical noodling of its contemporaries in favor of actual riffs. It's hard to use the word "beautiful" to describe death metal, but the guitarists make it possible by crafting intricate interlocking melodies that put Gothenburg to shame.

Another distinguishing feature is the pacing of the songs. Rather than damning the torpedoes and charging full speed ahead (or taking a break halfway for a cup of extremely moody and introspective tea), Anata keeps a fairly steady groove throughout. The vocalist never sounds like he's rapping (a death metal pet peeve of mine), and the blastbeats, while still present, do not dominate the album. A very well rounded tech death offering with melody and style.

mc chris - knowing is half the hassle (2003)

mc chris - knowing is half the hassle (2003)

I've been in hiatus for a bit this summer, and I do apologize about that. I will be having more free time again, so I plan to post much more often.

Anyhow, I saw the new Mc Chris album Part Six, Part Two was posted, so I fiqured I'd post his second album - Knowing is Half the Hassle. Some real good songs on this one. Be sure to check it out.

Similar Artists: MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Beefy, OptimusRhyme, MC Hawking

Dead Times - Midnight Glass (2009)

from last.fm: "Dead Times is a band from Tempe, Arizona. It is made up of two members: Travis Bunn & Calvin Markus......“Midnight Glass” started to fine tune a unique and forward thinking sound they created, a mesh of electronica/hip hop/punk/ambient."

thanks to the bro who recommended this to me on last.fm, pretty cool album get it if you like good music or if you want to be a hip bro, this has only 134 listeners on last.fm so far.

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Totalt Jävla Mörker - Totalt Jävla Mörker (2006)


Totalt Jävla Mörker (translates to Total Fucking Darkness) is a crust punk/grindcore band from some country that isn't the United States (go look it up if you want to know). Their music is very aggressive and fast-paced (like most grindcore derp derp). Every time I listen to this album I want to go out and break things whilst bellowing unintelligible lyrics. Some times it's melodic, but most of the time it's not. However, it kicks ass all the time. So get it. Unless you're a pussy or pregnant.

PROTIP: For maximum enjoyment, get hammered with your friends before/while listening to this album.

Similar: Martyrdöd, Nasum

Sune Rose Wagner - Sune Rose Wagner (2008)

get it if you like: the raveonettes.

sune rose wagner is one half of danish band the raveonettes, this is his solo album (which i think was recorded while sharin foo took a break from the band to have a baby) released late last year. a nice dream pop album very similar to some of the raveonettes' more mellow tracks. all lyrics on this album are in danish, how this is important i don't know but they mention this everywhere so i thought i'd do it too.

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Bathyscaphe - -11034m (2004)


Ummmmm, where to begin. Right. Well, it's like this. I'm sitting in a chair. I'm plucking the very string of existence from which I manifest. Thoughts akin to a pinball. I'm sweating my balls off. I open up my library in foobar. I begin browsing through every single artist in my library, in hope that I should find something to beckon my addled mind into a state of stability. A band named Bathyscaphe catches my eye. I think to myself, "0h, there's a presentable album." Recognizing the name from previous musical enterprises I ruminate upon what the band sounds like. Eventually I say fuck it, and send it to the current playlist. What I heard was more or less in line with that of which was committed to memory when I had first discovered this band (imagine that!). And it's not bad. So here I am, posting this album. Here is a brief description from last.fm. It's kind of a shitty description...but I can't be bothered.

Bathyscaphe are part of the new breed of post-rock band atmospheric instrumentalists like Godspeed You Black Emperor !, Tortoise and Set Fire To Flames, promoting a musical aesthetic that focuses more on actual performance than cute programming tricks.

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The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin [DEMASTERED] (2006)

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin [DEMASTERED] (2006)


I found this on the Indie Rock boards on IGN. This was originally posted by the user siQness. This is his writing, not mine.

"I remember hearing that the record company (Warner Bros.) was unhappy with the way Soft Bulletin had turned out..and had "remixed" a lot of songs on the record. What I didn't know is that they also messed with the original tracklisting. Did you know the classic "Spiderbite Song" isn't even on the U.K. release of Soft Bulletin? Another track "Slow Motion" isn't on the US version. Who made that call? Not The Flaming Lips."

"In 2006 The Lips re-released The Soft Bulletin original studio tracks as they were meant to be heard, put them in the order they were meant to be listed, and thankfully took off all the extra tracks that were completely unnecessary."

You've all most likely heard this album, but this is the definitive version. "Buggin'" sounds a lot different, and across all songs the drums seem to be louder and more apparent.

Check it out. This renewed my love for this classic.

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Blitzen Trapper - Furr (2008)

Blitzen Trapper - Furr (2008)

These guys are a bit hard to describe, but lemme try: an indie alt-country jam-band that sounds consummately old and new all at once. Their lyrics are intelligible and tell stories, which is refreshing in this decade, but they have obviously heard a lot of new music too. Every riff and every verse is essential on this album. Also, if you are at pitchfork, you are hearing them RIGHT NOW. lucky you. Also, here's a sweet video for one of the tracks.

Macha - Forget Tomorrow (2004)


I like last.fm's description, so I'm going to use it.

Macha is an experimental post-rock band from Athens, Georgia comprised of brothers Joshua McKay (main song writer/multi-instrumentalist), Mischo McKay (drums/percussion), Kai Reidl (multi-instrumentalist), & Wes Martin (multi-instrumentalist& ex-Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians guitarist). Macha’s music combines the precision tension-and-release post-punk of Mogwai with the lush, hypnotic grind of My Bloody Valentine, along with bits of new wave and Indonesian Gamelan.

Recommended.

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Naikaku - Shell (2006)


Jazz fusion/prog rock from Japan. Naikaku is like a more modern, heavier, less meandering Mahavishnu Orchestra, with a flutist instead of a violinist. The opening to the song "Lethe" wouldn't be out of place on "Inner Mounting Flame." The aforementioned flutist is one badass chick with lungs of steel, the guitarist absolutely shreds, and the bass and percussion, while playing third and fourth fiddle, maintain steady grooves as well in addition to providing the necessary insanity in the several jazz freak-outs peppered throughout the album.

Aus - Antwarps (2008)

Electronic with chopped up, blood-soaked beats; sweet melodies; and airy ambience; in short: pretty badass. Includes some remixes from Geskia and The Boats. One of the stand out releases from last year.

Vaguely similar sounds: a-fei , Xploding Plastix , Minotaur Shock , Flutterspot

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Angra - Temple of Shadows (2004)


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This is one of the better power metal albums in existence. Fundamentally, this is a power metal album, but there are some nice proggy sections and latin grooves backed by a really well-arranged orchestra. (not monophonic synth-strings a la most other power metal ever) Moreover, the concept behind this album is complex beyond belief. It has something to do with a 12th-century crusader knight becoming disillusioned with the church's expansionist tendencies, or something like that. More importantly for a power metal album, it has some great guitar solos and crazy falsetto. Enjoy.

Harry Lookofsky - Stringsville (1958)



This is the greatest jazz violin album of all time. It is a flabbergastingly complex exercise in one-man overdubbing almost before the concept existed. Harry Lookofsky wanted a big band of strings, so he orchestrated and performed it all himself. However, the solos were written out as well, which was a distinctly un-hip thing to do in the '50s bop scene, so this album never got the recognition it deserved.

Like they say, if you want it done right, do it yourself...

The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method (2009)

The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method (2009)
A very good album in which each of the tracks vary stylistically, which makes for an interesting listen. This will be in my top albums of the year. But that's kinda obvious, I wouldn't be posting it if not.

Starting with this post, you will find my download links by clicking the album cover.

The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows (2004)

An expanse of their style from their first album, Bows + Arrows has more forceful sounds and faster tempos (The Rat , Little House of Savages , Thinking of a Dream I Had ), sooths more with waves of soft guitar (What's in it For Me? , No Christmas While I'm Talking), and seems to have more focused songs all around. Recommended.

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Anathallo - Canopy Glow (2008)

Anathallo - Canopy Glow (2008)


For me, Anathallo pretty much represent what chamber pop should be. They sound a little like sufjan if he were 10 people at once. This video is a pretty good primer. This is wonderful, joyful music about... the midwest. and stuff. get it.

P.S. it's nice to be back... was on the road for a month at fiddle camps.

P.P.S. how would everybody feel about some really good bluegrass and/or fiddling on here? I'll be picky, I promise.

sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus (2008)


Over the next few days, I'm going to post some instrumental albums that I've been digging lately. The first is this lovely album by sgt. It's Japanese post rock (or maybe instrumental prog rock, since the crescendos are kept to a minimum) with dead sexy violin, groovy bass, precision percussion, and the occasional guitar and sax. Stylish and fantastic.

The Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone (2002)

A beloved band to me, The Walkmen are basically drawling, heartfelt and stylish wails over a mostly chilled, night-out-in-the-city kind of sound. Worth checking out for "We've Been Had" if nothing else. Tags taken from last.fm.

Recommended tracks: We've Been Had , The Blizzard of '96 , They're Winning

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The Sonics - Here Are The Sonics (1965)

The Sonics - Here Are The Sonics (1965)



An influential album in the development on Punk Rock, and one of the best albums of the 60's, imo. The vocals are powerful, and the guitar and drums are catchy. It sounds like something you'd hear in Grease, but better. This one of the few albums that I consider essential, so check it out.

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Blakfish - See You In Another City (2008)

Thanks to l'harry for the upload

Blakfish is a dangerously catchy post-hardcore group that seems to had been influenced by bands such as This Town Needs Guns, and Drive Like Jehu. The drum work is phenominal, the guitars are clean and technical, and the vocals will be remembered. Check it out.

August Burns Red - Constellations (2009).rar

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Although their sophomore album 'Messengers' was repetitive, many people were quick to praise the album. Instead of chugging their hearts out, August Burns Red has matured their sound quite a bit and moved on to jazz-ish interludes, and major-scale arpeggios. If you heard their previous album, download this and hear the difference.
Constellations will be released on July 14th.

Reccommended tracks: Paradox, The Escape Artist

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Duster - Contemporary Movement (2000)


Have you ever taken a lot of Benadryl? Have you ever imagined what it's like to be a zombie? If you've answered no to both of these questions I should begin to wonder what you're doing on this blog. Nevertheless, Duster - Contemporary Movement is one piece of music apt to the previous inquiries. Slow, rolling tunes is the name of the game. This music is the embodiment of nonchalance. Download this album, sucka.

Just figured I'd drop some tunes on y'all tricks before I go camping at the highland games. Enjoy.

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Workers - Workers (2009)

Workers are the latest in a long stream of little bands with Google-proof names to come out of nowhere and cause a minor blogosphere hernia. I guess they are the reincarnates of some band called Your Black Star, but that means nothing to me. Some good stuff here though if you like that "indie sound".

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Kind of like Fleet Foxes, Women (See? See?), The Decemberists

Telepathe - Chrome's On It (2008)

get it if you like: the knife, gang gang dance, new young pony club.

i've been mentioning telepathe a lot lately so i thought i'd post something by them other than their album (which you can get here). chrome's on it includes 4 remixes and the album version of the song. great band definitely worth checking out.

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