This Town Needs Guns - Animals (2008)

This Town Needs Guns - Animals (2008)

Yeah, they've already been posted, but look, that was then, this is now. Guess what? Their album is still wonderful, and they made some nice tracks before their album too! consider this a prequel if you will.

They make nice videos
, and they're great live. If you just got paid like I did, you could even buy the album on their bandcamp.

Animals makes most sense to me when I think of the drums and bass as laying out the rhythmic structure. The guitar fits in like a puzzle piece, filling the cracks between the drums, chiming and writhing. I think of them as having macro and micro rhythmic structures. They play in 23 for a while, but they'll subdivide and phrase it different ways, all of which are held together by the soaring vocals, which tie the macro units together with phrasing, lyrics, and excellent melodic sense. In addition, the way the drums phrase the subdivisions masks the prime-number time signatures. The interplay of the guitar and drums (they're brothers) alternates between a game of complex rhythmic counterpoint and powerful moments of unity. Tim Collis has really upped the bar for anyone doing twiddly fingerpicked textures to support vocals, a la victor v and owls/every other joan of arc-pantheon band. His tone is full, bright, and clear, and his repetitive, cascading lines weave an uneasy backdrop for the vocals. The fact that many phrases have an odd number of beats is masked by the consumate melodic quality of the parts, until you start trying to count along and can't. Maybe I'm just trying to say that they make the complex sound simple, one of my favorite feats a band can pull off.

The Bubbles - Daydreaming in Technicolor (2010)

I don't have a lot to say about this record. What it is will become evident if you listen.

In their own words:
This album is about the feeling you get when you have the summer in your heart but you can't walk outside without three layers on.

This album is about rediscovering the youthful innocence of falling in love, and letting yourself dissolve into it.

This album is about psychedelic noise pop radiating through you.

This album is about the struggle of trying to learn to live in modern times, with modern problems.

This album is kind of about taking drugs, but not entirely.

This album is about being an album with no particular intention.

Name your price on their bandcamp.

BK One - Radio Do Canibal (2009)

"debut" from Rhymesayers beat maestro BK One - hard to call it a debut when dude's been dropping sick mixtapes for the better part of a decade. hip-hop grooves with heavy Brazilian influences, and featuring solid rhymes from a who's who of underground emcees (Slug, Bro Ali, Acey, Ab Rude, Grouch, Bl Thought, P.O.S., Murs, Scarface, etc).


Nobody - Soulmates (2000)

album from back when Nobody was making a name for himself slanging a la carte beats to west coast emcees. a jazzy, futuristic, organic journey through dusty vinyl, peppered judiciously with guests (2Mex, Medusa, Freestyle Fellowship). on a par with beatcraftsman classics like Endtroducing and Blow Your Headphones; not too shabby for a first LP.

"pivotal digital nature, if you fidget or are not original then i hate you"

V/A - Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked (2005)

remixes of jazz tracks from the vaults of Impulse Records by a random cross-section of producers and DJs. worth the download for Rza's ridiculous re-working of a Mingus cut. groovy, funky, good.


Otis Redding - Tell The Truth (1970)

This album had me from its first track, 'Demonstration'. Starting with piano and drums laying down a tight beat, it's only seconds before a guitar and a full horn section jump in... and a few seconds later, Otis himself. His voice is raspy, soft, but carries an undeniable edge. The band is quiet, but still supremely dynamic. Funky as shit.

Aptly titled, this track 'demonstrates' what one can expect throughout the album: both instrument and voice have a certain soft, laid-back quality but, in their tight timing and perfect harmonies, they retain an edge, a punch, a grab. This is an album you can put on softly in the background, but if you get listening closely, you'll surely get caught in the groove.

It's not bad sex music, either.

Osvaldo Golijov - La Pasión según San Marcos (2010)


this was super-hyped a couple of years ago, so i went to see it live and bought the cd and... blah. unimpressed. i was the unenthusiastic asshole at parties dissing your favorite album - "yeah it's ok, i guess." threw it on a few days ago on a whim, and it fucked my whole shit up. deep Latin grooves, manic hand percussion, soul-stirring hymns, sultry Spanish ballads, rich vocal harmonies? Argentina, Cuba, Africa, Germany, Israel, Spain, Italy, Broadway?? flamenco, samba, chorale, aria, tango, rumba, cha-cha-cha, pasodoble, calypso, Passion??? i mean, sometimes you can say an album grows on you, and sometimes... well, sometimes you just fucking whiff.

try tracks 6, 8, 9, and 19

ESG - Come Away with ESG (1983)

if you like 80s and 90s hip-hop, then you probably want this - it's had the crap sampled out of it. besides that, it's an all out R&B dance party record, like the fastest 10% of the Motown catalog mated with an early punk disc.

Come Away

Toshio Hosokawa - Deep Silence (2004)

a strange album i picked up - the odd numbered tracks are modern performances of gagaku, or traditional Japanese court music, and the evens are new compositions. the only 2 instruments used are the sho (a free reed) and the accordion (yeah, that one). old pieces or new, they all sound incredibly avant-garde. but a warning - it moves glacially and is more about sound and texture than harmony. the range of sounds moves from pure tones and deep groans to bagpipe-esque wheezes and shrieks. very challenging.


Rob Dougan - Furious Angels (2003)

Rob Dougan - Furious Angels (2003)
For the uninitiated, Rob Dougan was fucking popular back in 1999, around the same time the Matrix film was released. This is because Rob is responsible for creating that 'Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation)' track (and no, kurayamino doesn't mean anything fancy, just abridged or shortened). So once he became famous, he provided tracks for each of the Matrix films and soon after, almost all his songs began to appear in various European car commercials, ads for banks and other films. It's been almost a decade and nothing new has been released (aside for new music composed for this 2009 short film directed by Laurence Dunmore.)

It's a good thing that even now, in 2011, this music still manages to not sound dated. And Rob, who not only composes but also sings to his own tracks, shows us that with such limited releases, he really cares about what he releases and I highly doubt that he's strapped for much cash, especially after the Matrix. Enjoy some cinematic-like electronic-type classically-nurtured trip-hop.

The Gaslamp Killer - Death Gate (2010)

quickie EP from LA beatmaker savant The Motherfucking Gaslamp Killer. i'm sure a lot of you dubstep cognoscenti already have this, but if not it's a great introduction to a west coast favorite, hitting that sweet spot between Ras G bluntedness and FlyLo psychedelia.


Modern Witch - Disaro (2010)

80s horror soundtrack synths borrowing from electronic OST pioneers John Carpenter and Jon Hopkins. Cassette sounds and VHS-sampling guaranteed. Embrace the hiss.

Ornette Coleman/Eric Dolpy Octet - Free Jazz (1961)

if you don't like free jazz, this album probably won't change your mind. BUT it's an unique sound experiment - two quartets, one led by Ornette Coleman and the other by Eric Dolphy, each playing in separate booths but improv-ing together, if that makes sense. it's mixed with Ornette in the left channel and Dolphy in the right, so you can hear hooks and themes being passed between players on either side. disorienting, sure, but a rewarding listen; don't even bother without headphones.


Forest Swords - Dagger Paths (2010)

Musique concrète with a dose of Spaghetti-western infused post-dubstep ambient electronics...or something like that. This is Matt Barnes' one-man project. Bask in the spatial-awareness of the tracks and drown yourself in the heavily-reverberated vocals and quasi-drone-like ambiance. Barnes doesn't like playing chords on his guitar ('cause anyone can play a C# to Am an A to Am, honestly) so he's borrowed from the likes of Morricone and Burial to create a sound that has been described as "like nothing else out there." Lauded by many big-name blogs and music critics as a "best of 2010" release so here's to not feeling left out anymore.

Little Joy - Little Joy (2008)

Melodic shades of surf and folk rock, great male and female vocal parts... just songs reverberating with simple enjoyment and love. Smacks of a more mellow, tropical The Strokes at times, but very much their own beautiful, exotic animal.

Be joyous.

Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms (2008)

excellent album from prolific noise mavens Hair Police. one of my favorite albums of 2008, which turned out to be a pretty fucking good year for new music, in retrospect. besides the pure aggro cuts, some solid ambient noise/drone tracks fill out the disc, all clocking in at a lean 40 min of ear scorching madness. just what i need to hear after the Pats shit the fucking bed so spectacularly.

go Clippers?

Broadcast - Haha Sound (2003)

In memory of Trish Keenan, celebrate her life by enjoying her band's second album.

Haha Sound's title sums up its effect brilliantly - listening to this record is lots of fun. In it, Broadcast writes thoughtful lyrics and infectious melodies, but subsequently sets them loose within a swirl of electronics, glitches, and generally awesome effects. It's like taking your ears to the playground. Also, it's tough to pick favorites here, but its third track 'Before You Begin' is sheer magic and one of my top played of all time.

Rest in peace, have some fun!

David Lynch - Good Day Today 7"

this seemingly got a lot less publicity than i would have expected, i don't know i don't really read music blogs maybe it got loads, but i didn't hear it until the boyz noize remix so i figure it might be worth posting. really nice electro pop tracks by david lynch, slight feelings of foreboding colour the title track, while the b side feels kinda electropopabilly or something to me.

V/A - Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons (1965)

Some of these tracks are songs, acapella chants whose notes travel a sad scale; others are spoken word, which show range and roughness in a different way. All of the tracks are narratives, and the voices who sing them groan, throb and roar in deeply powerful ways. This is a really special recording.

The two Johnny Jackson recordings are my favorites, but why not pick your own? Political incorrectness acknowledged, please be moved by the Beautiful Voices from Texas State Prisons.

White Car - No Better EP (2010)

White Car - No Better EP (2010)

Everything is getting a comeback and receiving a full 2010/1 makeover: 80s electro, italo-disco, RnB, funk, sludge-metal, etc... Now it's time for industrial music, a-la 21st century from Chicago. Imagine Trent Reznor 20 years younger and just coming up with NIN. It might sound a bit like White Car. With a full-on 80s industrial feel, the Roland 909 synth has never sounded so sexy. For fans of GATEKEEPER, Ministry and Lorn.

Ben Frost - Theory of Machines (2006)

The opening track is 9:30. There are only 5 tracks. The closing track is 11:13. Let it build, no skipping forward on this one. People have lauded the opening track (Theory of Machines) as a best of the decade (2000-2010) track. It's gorgeous, yeah. Each track builds its own sound-world, gets to a giant build-up and then... silence. A simple trick but done beautifully. Seriously. Sound design made to sound like music. Do yourself a service and keep from missing out on a pivotal/quintessential release for the experimental/electronic/drone genre.

Porn On Vinyl - Old Folks' Home (2011)

it's odd, but it's so addicting. folk-experimental somewhat-psychedelic lo-fi(the good kind) music. very hook-filled. sounds like the music tapes, which is not saying this is an attempt at that, but music like this has not been made a lot.

Mane Mane - Skin Fox EP (2011)

Mane Mane - Skin Fox EP (2011)
Skin Fox EP Cover Art

Our first 2011 release. We truly have no idea who this Mane Mane fellow is but we suspect that he is linked to the Triple You Tapes collective. For those of you not in the know, that's a place associated with Friendship Bracelet yo. These dudes specialize in that lofi tape sound (I'm sure we all love) and even offer limited 100-count quantity sets of their releases. Lush aural dreamscapes and buttery chopped vocal snippets pit this release somewhere between the abstract hip hop and future funk/ghettotech aisle. What really gets me though is the fact that Mane Mane has actually brought back the "single" format. Just one original track on this release, followed by 7 remixes (from fantastic artists) and that, ladies and gentlemen, truly is a treat!

V/A - Oh Graveyard, You Can't Hold Me Always (2009)

Mississippi Records specializes in re-releases and compilations of extremely rare and out-of-print American recordings, from random punk to lost Little Richard 7"s. this collection features extremely gritty and raw gospel tunes in many styles - girl group, R&B, blues, early R&R, a capella, country folk, soul - all from performers whom i've never heard of. not much else to say, i really love this album and the performances range from holy footstompers to emotional suckerpunches.

"Sinner's Crossroads" is the shit

Steve Reich - Phases (2006)

5-disc Nonesuch retrospective of indie cred-booster/minimalist HNIC Steve Reich's major releases. propulsive, overlapping beat and melody patterns, twinklyshimmery textures - if you enjoy Tortoise's TNT or Animal Collective then this is your shit. highlights are Music for 18 Musicians [disc 1], Triple Quartet [3], Desert Music [4], and Drumming [5]. we get it, bro, you like marimbas.

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
Disc 5

Konono N°1 - Congotronics (2004)

This is pretty neat. Some hip Congolese dudes electrified a few thumb pianos, and came up with something sweet.

Per the label's site, the band consists of "three electric likembés (bass, medium and treble), equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. There’s also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a peculiar sound system including megaphones dating from the colonial period, which they call “lance-voix” (‘voice-throwers’)."

Enjoy, and if anyone has a lossless copy please holla.