Burzum - Burzum (1992)

Burzum - Burzum (1992)

I'm not a particularly evil dude. But there's something about Norweigen Black Metal that grabs me, and the evil-er the better. Varg Vikernes is convicted of murder, arson, and continues to espouse all sorts of rascist beliefs. But goddamn, he makes some great noises.
With track titles that would come off as tacky if they weren't so sincere ("Channeling the Power of Souls Into A New God", "Black Spell of Destruction"), this whole album is just pounding brutality, save for an ambient interlude or two.

(Bonus fun fact: the guitar solo on "War" was played by Euronymous, the man that Varg later went to jail for murdering).

Simon Bookish - Everything Everything (2008)

Simon Bookish - Everything Everything (2008)

First post.

Howdy, y'all.

This album's been one of my favorites recently--there's a new wavey rhythm section, surreal lyrics ("...and he says run from fear/fun from rear"), and a horn section playing minimalist polyrhythmic lines that would make Philip Glass proud.

All this adds up to pop music with some incredible density and replayability.

Lemme know what kinda sounds y'all wanna be hearing from me.


some stuff that never got posted because of whatever.

Adult. - Anxiety Always (2003)

debut album from Crystal Castles.

Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts (2011)

chill, Beck-produced, mostly acoustic album from the Sonic Youth frontman. features Sea Change-ish chamber arrangements.

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010)

long overdue record 14 years in the making from Michael Gira's flagship post/art/noise-punk group. your move, Kevin Shields.

V/A - The Good Thief OST (2003)

oscar-winner Elliot Goldenthal's elegant score to Neil Jordan's 2002 Bob le flambeur remake also includes tracks from Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg, Bono (covering Sinatra), and some N. African shit. don't believe this is available elsewhere.

Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (1913)

3 essential recordings of Le Sacre du printemps: Stravinsky conducting the Columbia Symphony (1960), Claudio Abbado and the LSO ('70s), and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Phil (2006).

Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On (2011)

A beautiful follow-up to their self-titled, this record is heavy on providing it's title's promise - creep factor.

A lone and unusual male voice croons over especially sparse arrangements, mixed and mastered in such a way that it sounds unlike anything else I've listened to as of late. Couple this with unidentifiable sound effects - creaks, drones, thumps - and you've got the makings of seriously eerie ambiance. Tracks like the opening 'Bad Ritual' retain enough catch to get in your head, where others as 'Obelisk' depart from songwriting entirely and sound like old horror soundtracks, there only to enhance the scary atmosphere of the work. Eerie, spooky, chilling, scary, awesome.

I've listened and listened, you should too. It's a great lead up to all hallows eve.

Elliot - Found Sounds (2011)

Elliot - Found Sounds (2011)

This is Elliot, the electronic beat artist from Australia that no one's heard of. Found Sounds is his debut album and honestly, it's quite good. To get a quick idea, think DEM HUNGER, Teebs and Matthewdavid... The beats are abstract, cinematic, full of fuzz, melodic and dripping with bass-y goodness. One of 2011's most underrated instrumental electronic albums.

This morning, I was sent a copy of Fancy Mike's remix for "Thundering Plants" (track #3) and frankly, the remix alone is the reason I absolutely had to make this post. While the original release is solid, Fancy Mike's remix is stunning! Stripping the original track of its elements and relying solely on the vocals that were nearly lost in the original, Fancy Mike creates a slowed (dare-I-say-it?) post-Burial/dubstep sputter of a track. James Blake, Mount Kimbie, Hyetal, Balam Acab and just about every other forward-thinking electronic musician would be proud right now. Tip!

Kone - Tractatus (2011)

you'd think an album that namechecks/quotes Wittgenstein's most famous work would be an insufferably pompous undertaking. instead, it's a rather casual and easy-going affair, as Kone effortlessly synthesizes a wide range beat-making techniques - here some slinky g-funk, there a wobble, a breakbeat. but always present are the funky bass and the incredible percussion work, which really drives the record and makes it unique among the hordes of instrumental beat releases that are the norm these days. one of my favorite releases of the year, for sure.

"motherfucker, did you just quote Nietzsche?"

Das Racist - Relax (2011)

Das Racist - Relax (2011)

debut 'real' album from alt hip-hop's hottest new stars. retains the hilarity and art-flows of the mixtapes while generally having a more traditional hip hop song structure. props to leaktwt.
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John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (2011)

i'm a sucker for strange new wave revival records anyways, but when they veer into vaguely Devo-ish territory i really can't help myself. the warm, pulsating quadra synths and 8-bit arpeggiators used here are offset by the driving bass and the excellent process-heavy baritone vocals, but what really stands out are the fantastic, eminently hummable melodies. love the way Maus uses textures to delineate song sections instead of relying on cadential chord progression tropes. clocking in at under 30 min., the songs rarely overstay their welcome and, though they get progressively grander and dystopian on side B, manage to never quite jump the shark.

let's kill every cop in sight

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network OST (2010)

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network OST (2010)

Film soundtracks today are usually shit. If you browse the internet for a short while, you'll find dozens of blogs dedicated to the fantastic scores of yesteryear. Think back to the John Carpenter/Bernard Hermann/Ennio Morricone/John Williams days. Yeah. Today, film scores sound canned and generic; which is a shame, truly. Enter The Social Network OST, a score you can actually enjoy, all on its own, which is a "testament to its power and visceral nature." Please don't overlook this one. It deserves to be heard (especially if you haven't seen the film yet.)

Hallowe'en - Hallowe'en (2011)

Hallowe'en - Hallowe'en (2011)
latest project from prolific "auckland scene" musician reuben winter and all-around gay boy lliam powell. taking cues equally from wavves, early 90's grunge and marijuana; the hallowe'en experience is a unique one. christening themselves as the first "bukiecore 666pop" artists, we may be witnessing the birth of a new genre.

Grant Green - Green Street (1961)

One of the greatest jazz guitarists ever on one of his tightest albums. Over a barely-there foundation of bass and drums, Green flexes his talent and explores the entirety of his skills - quick runs, tasteful licks, subtle melodic departures, thoughtful arrangements. A must-have for jazz enthusiasts and musicians, especially guitarists - I've lifted some of my favorite licks from this album.

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Glasser - Apply (2011)

An interesting three-song EP - though this is some deluxe deal, and has a bunch of remix tracks included as well. (IMO they aren't as strong.)

Really eclectic production value, mixing very low-fidelity sounds with clean electronics. Worth it for the album's namesake track, which starts with a heavy tribal drum loop, drops a simple two-note synth pattern, and introduces a plaintive female voice, who alternates between singing cleanly and screaming strangely. The other tracks are more low-key, but pretty interesting. Kinda Fever Ray, Bat for Lashes-esque.