Wednesday, December 31

The Ice Of Boston By Dismemberment Plan

It will be 2009 soon, what are you doing reading mp3 blogs? You should probably be listening to "The Ice Of Boston" (box.net mp3) by The Dismemberment Plan.

Myspace page is here.
Southern page is here
Desoto Records page is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Dismemberment Plan

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The End O' The Year Dump 2008

Welcome to the Second Annual End O' The Year Dump where I post a bunch of good stuff I meant to post but didn't get around to. Enjoy!

"Party On The Death Star" (box.net mp3) by Beta Satan

Beta Satan

"I'll Never Let You Go" (box.net mp3) by Teenage Prayers

Teenage Prayers

"Whirlwind" (strange attractors mp3) by Landing

landing

"Machine" (home tapes mp3) by Slaraffenland

Slaraffenland

"Chapels" (lp mp3) by Genghis Tron

i assure you... that is Genghis Tron

If you liked this Swan Fungus post, then you'll love The Crust Brothers, Listen: "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (comedy minus one mp3)

The Crust Brothers

Elizabeth Sharp (of New Radiant Storm King and Skinner Pilot) = Ill Ease. Listen: "Too Much Sucky (I Hate Drum Machines)" (box.net mp3)

ill ease

"Basement Life" (ernest jennings mp3) by Disband

Disband

Old Fucked Up? "Baiting The Public" (jade tree mp3)

fucked up

Three Mystery Of Two zips for further examination:
"01sheheldtheshovel" (zip)
"03pitfallsandbrokenboards" (zip)
"04_demons" (zip)



"Downstairs" (ecstatic peace mp3) by religi0us knives

religious knives

"Fly On The Window" (mp3) by Numbers

numbers

"Victory" (skin graft mp3) by Zeek Sheck

Zeek Sheck

"You're Shit" by The Squad

The Squad

"Run Through" by Oneida

Oneida

"Bury A Flower" (troubleman unlimited mp3) by Meneguar

meneguar

"Telephone Attack (Secret History)" (jeff conlin mp3) by Baby Asprin

baby asprin

"Kill Yourself (Demo)" (mp3) by SOD

S.O.D.

Ex-Dead Milkman Joe Jack Talcum performs in The Low Budgets. Listen: "50 Cents" (mp3), also a video... FNI!

low budgets

BONUS myspace pages to check out (clicky clicky):
Awesome New Republic
Blue Ribbon Glee Club
Delmar
Full Of Fancy
Holy Hail

Last Year's Dump is here.

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Tuesday, December 30

Top 51 Downloadables Of 2008

I know you've been waiting. It's almost freakin' New Years here. I am hoping you have not developed year end list fatigue a/k/a YELF syndrome. Every song you download here can go to help prevent YELF. It can be a rather debilitating condition. The afflicted wander around and try to argue with people about who is better Fleet Foxes or Cut Copy. Sad. Annnyway, the methodology here: (a look through stuff I posted + a look through my last.fm charts) / 51 tracks.

I won't keep you any longer. Without any further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen... Here they are in alphabetical order, the Top 51 Downloadables Of 2008.

"Abandon" (box.net mp3) by French Kicks
Award: Song that sounds the most like the band playing it of the year

"Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood" (beggars mp3) by Future Of The Left
Award: Best awesomeness of the year

"Bad Blood" (mp3) by The Big Sleep
Award: Best bedroom metal of the year

"Balloons" (sub pop mp3) by Foals
Award: Best misheard lyrics of the year

"Bang On" (4ad mp3) by The Breeders
Award: Best comeback of the year

"Bats Over The Pacific Ocean" (box.net mp3) by Jaguar Love
Award: Best song to listen to while all your shit is out on the lawn of the year

"Beach Demon" (box.net mp3) by Wavves
Award: Best "double v" band name of the year

"Beg Waves" (box.net mp3) by Ponytail
Award: Best unformed vocal expressions of the year

"Black Rice" (flemish eye mp3) by Women
Award: Best 50's song to come out in 2008 of the year

"Boredom Is The Feeling That Everything Is A Waste Of Time" (box.net mp3) by Shooting At Unarmed Men
Award: Best song that took for fucking ever to be released in the states of the year

"Bright And Shining" (terrorbird mp3) by Koushik
Award: Best downbeat track of the year

"Broke Calculator" (box.net mp3) by Royal Bangs
Award: Best bleeps (but not bloops) of the year

"Cappo" (box.net mp3) by No Age
Award: Best guitar and drums combo of the year

"Catalogs" (box.net mp3) by Double Dagger
Award: Best bass and drums combo of the year

"Cat Swallow" (pirate mp3) by Royal Bangs
Award: Best catchy ass track of the year

"Chromes On It" (box.net mp3) by Telepathe
Award: Best song that made me feel like I am living in the future of the year

"Cooker" (mp3) by Made Out Of Babies
Award: Best HEAVY of the year

"Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs. David Wolf)" (box.net mp3) by Health
Award: Best bleeps and bloops of the year

"Dickshakers Union" (box.net mp3) by Surf City
Award: Best song by a piece of a Barbed Wire Kisses reference of the year

"Eatchyo Samwich" (box.net mp3) by Yea Big And Kid Static
Award: Best song about a sandwich... hands down... of the year

"ELECTRIC ARC" (box.net mp3) by Oxford Collapse
Award: Best song about not remembering shit of the year

"Everything With You" (box.net mp3) by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Award: Best late 80's/early 90's retro of the year

"Extinction" (box.net mp3) by The Soft Pack (formerly The Muslims)
Award: Best not "pussy" song of the year

"Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians" (box.net mp3) by The Sword
Award: Best riffage of the year

"Graveyard Drug Party" (box.net mp3) by Thee Oh Sees
Award: Best song name of the year

"Hairvest" (box.net mp3) by When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth
Award: Best sludge of the year

"Head Spins (Extended Version)" (box.net mp3) by High Places
Award: Best tweedub of the year

"Hibernation" (box.net mp3) by Blood On The Wall
Award: Best song by a Brooklyn, NY via Lawrence, KS band of the year

"In Dead Sleep (I Snore ZZZZ)" (box.net mp3) by The Night Marchers
Award: Best song that make you feel that (maybe) it was a good idea for Hot Snakes to break up of the year

"I Sold My Organs" (better looking mp3) by Meho Plaza
Award: Best noisy synth of the year

"Joset Of Nazareth's Blues" (box.net mp3) by Titus Andronicus
Award: Best reason to "kiss her where it smells, take her to NJ" (R.I.P. George) of the year

"Kalise" (box.net mp3) by El Guincho
Award: Best trance inducer of the year

"KA$H" (box.net mp3) by James Pants
Award: Best whiteboy space funk jamz of the year

"Kicking Machine" (box.net mp3) by The Melvins
Award: Best 1970's rock with two drummers of the year

"Lock And Key" (dovecote mp3) by Mason Proper
Award: Best major producer of textiles of the year

"Love Your Spaceman" (mp3) by Robert Pollard
Award: Best dug up instrumental track that finally got vocals over it of the year

"The McLaughlin Group" (box.net mp3) (may also be called "The McLaughlin Groove") by Andrew W.K.
Award: Best astonishment of the year

"Misfit (Daytrotter Session)" (box.net mp3) by The Thermals
Award: Best cover of the year

"No One Does It Like You" (beggars mp3) by Dept. Of Eagles
Award: Best Grizzly Bear-related track of the year

"Nothing Ever Happened" (box.net mp3) by Deerhunter
Award: Best leaked song of the year

"Nowheres Nigh" (box.net mp3) by Parts & Labor
Award: Best noisepunk turned artrock of the year

"Play Your Part (Pt. 1)" (box.net mp3) (box.net mp3) by Girl Talk
Award: Best mashup of the year

"Promises, Promises" (box.net mp3) by Die! Die! Die!
Award: Best NZ rock of the year

"Puerto Rican Jukebox" (krs mp3) by Panther
Award: Best Portland funk of the year

"Run To Your Grave" (box.net mp3) by The Mae Shi
Award: Best RUN! of the year

"See/Saw" (matador mp3) by Jay Reatard
Award: Best single of the year (OK, best Jay Reatard single of the year)

"Shove It (Feat. Spank Rock) (Switch Remix)" (box.net mp3) by Santogold
Award: Best dubby-ass remix of the year

"Top Drawer" (box.net mp3) by Man Man
Award: Best multiple POV dating song of the year

"Where Do You Run To" (box.net mp3) by Vivian Girls
Award: Best Tiger Trap song of the year

"xxzxcuzx me" (box.net mp3) by Crystal Castles
Award: Best glitch of the year

"88th Precinct" (box.net mp3) by Team Robespierre
Award: Best Brooklyn song of the year (sorry Jay-Z)

Consider CLICKing
- Best Of 2008: Check out some Favorite Netaudio Moments in 2008 @ Phlow Magazine... here.

- Best Of 2008: Fingertips Favorites Top (20) Free and Legal MP3s.... here.

- Best Of 2008: The Best Audible Vitamins... Part One (here) and Part Two (here).

- Dig on some noisy noiserock from Dr. Powerful with a little help from BOAWS... here.

- Gorilla Vs. Bear expects big things from Here We Go Magic in th eyear 2009. Find out why... here.

Top 51 Downloadables Of 2008

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Sunday, December 28

YOUTUBE: Cherry Lips (Live) By Archie Bronson Outfit

One thing to look forward to in the new year... a new new new Archie Bronson Outfit LP. They reported (back in July)" "Our new album is taking shape. DFA guru Tim Goldsworthy in the producers chair - we've completed two recording sessions in Michigan, U.S. and the album is currently being mixed over in NYC also by Mr TG. More updates to come!" Since then, no updates. On the other hand, there has been no news of the band breaking up. So, I assume Domino is sitting on the record for release in '09 (or is the Outfit possibly gonna jump over to DFA?). That's just pure speculation right there. In the meantime, I bring you some streams. The live "Cherry Lips" is pretty kickass.

Streamable: "Cherry Lips (Live On London Live)" (youtube)


Here is the Ohh-ffical Ohh-bjectifing vid: "Cherry Lips" (youtube) (Possibly NSFW)


Here's their Domino Player:


Myspace page is here.
Domino page is here
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

BONUS mp3: "Cherry Lips" (box.net mp3)

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- Check out a big ass list of (potentially) exciting upcoming releases @ non-My Bloody Valentine fansite MBV... here. NOTE: Archie Bronson? Not on the list.

- New Old Arcade Fire/Miroir Noir plug @ s'gum... here.

- Best Of 2008: Jay Reatard's year end list... here (no mp3s).

- Best Of 2008: Sound Bites' Best Albums... here.

- Best Of 2008: Surviving The Golden Age's Top Songs Part 2... here.

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Saturday, December 27

7 Albums From 2007 That Rocked In 2008

Just because a year ends doesn't mean you have to stop listening to albums from the past year (right?). I wanted to give some props to the following albums from 2007 that had some real staying power, well, on my ipod at least. Check 'em (and if you like buy 'em).

7 Albums From 2007 That Rocked In 2008

7 Albums From 2007 That Rocked In 2008:

The Forms
The Forms by The Forms
Comment: This whole album is awesome. Every single track. Do you realize how hard it was to choose one track to post?
Listen: "Bones" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Love Of Diagrams
Mosaic by Love Of Diagrams
Comment: I don't know why this track was not included on the original release. Hopefully, the demos that were on the internet this year will make for another great album in 2009.
Listen: "Big Chord Champion" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here (without bonus tracks).
eMusic page is here (with bonus tracks).

The National Anthem Of Nowhere
The National Anthem Of Nowhere by Apostle Of Hustle
Comment: Andrew Whiteman (of Broken Social Scene) does it again. He should get his own "Broken Social Scene Presents..." album next, yo.
Listen: "My Sword Hand's Anger" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.


Ragged Rubble by Double Dagger
Comment: While I (unfortunately) missed every opportunity to see Double Dagger live this year, I am certain this will be rectified in the coming year. Plus, they should have a new LP out soon on Thrill Jockey. I mean, come on... look at them, how can you not love this?
Double Dagger
Listen: "The Psychic" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.


Security by Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Comment: This track really helped me get through the last year of the Bush regime.
Listen: "Filibuster XXX" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here (older material).


Weirdo Rippers of No Age
Comment: I had to listen to something while waiting and waiting for Nouns to leak, err, I mean get officially released by the nice people at Sub Pop.
Listen: "Boy Void" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.


You Are Beautiful At All Times by Yppah
Comment: Great music for walking around the city in a daze. Try it sometime.
Listen: "I'll Hit The Breaks" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.
NOTE: This album was originally released in 2006, but when I first came up with this post I did not know that. I have decided to include it anyway.

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- Three. Count 'em. Three new Le Loup tracks have been recorded and are available @ Daytrotter... here. Awesome.

- FYI: Frisk Frugt is Anders from Kirsten Ketsjer. Indie encoding phenom PUKEKOS recommends you take a listen... here.

- Social Registry BONUS: "Hibernation/Ditch (Live @ SXSW 2008)" By Blood On The Wall

- Best Of 2008: BIGSTEREO's big best of post... here.

- Best Of 2008: Not your usual best of list. Clouds In The Head has four end of year mixes... here.

- Best Of 2008: Transmissions From Wintermute' Years Best New (for me) Music... here.

- Best Of 2008: Wow, that's it no more. Here are the rest of the Pop Tart Suck Toasted best ofs (unless there is like a best PTST videos post or something like that in the works)... Albums #1-2 (here) #3-4 (here) #5-6 (here) and Singles #1-10 (here) #11-20 (here) #21-30 (here).

- Best Of 2008: Tullycraft's Top Ten Songs... #5 (here) #6 (here) #7 (here).

- Best Of 2008: Surviving The Golden Age's Top Songs Part 1... here.

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Thursday, December 25

Off My Radar 2008, Part 3

If you are looking for something Christmasy or Hanukkahlicious I refer you to this post. Also, Kindercore has a free holiday EP... here.

Let's get to another installment of Off My Radar.

Off My Radar 2008

"Solemn Solon" (box.net mp3) by Knife the Symphony
"You Don't Have To (If You Don't Want To)" (box.net mp3) by Gentleman Jesse And His Men
"Knapp (Feat. Lars Wiik)" (box.net mp3) by Dokkemand

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- Ok, Ok... "It's Christmas Time in Hollis, Queens..." @ Spinner (here) and The Smudge (here).

- Also, get some handcuffs for the holidays (plus an awesome xmas mix) @ SUCKAPANTS... here.

- MBV posts a new new new Bob Pollard track... here.

- One more mp3... the "I knew this was coming out, but I didn't actually hear it until I saw it on Pitckfork's Best 100 Tracks of 2008" BONUS: "Ribbons" (box.net mp3) by Four Tet

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Wednesday, December 24

Starting Over By The Black Lips

Flowerpunkers The Black Lips have a new album coming soon-ish (Feb 24th). It is called 200 Million Thousand. They decided to drop this mp3...

Downloadable: "Starting Over" (box.net mp3)

I am definitely not the first to post on this one. And does it seems like they are mellowing out a lil' bit??

AND they decided to run a video contest for said song. Upload your vid to vimeo.com starting Jan 12th. Contest ends Feb 15th.

Myspace page is here.
Vice page is here.
In The Red page is here.
Bomp page is here.

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- Marathonpacks posts a vid of Women live in Amsterdam... here. Also, in best of 2008 news, Marathonpacks end of year mixes are here.

- The Lymbyc Systym postrocks it up at Daytrotter... here.

- Best Of 2008: The 16 Most Awesomest Society-Rific Albums Of 2008 with Accompanying Mixtape!!! @ TSURURADIO... here.

- Best Of 2008: You mean there are more Pop Tarts Suck Toasted best of posts? I thought that must have ended. Nope. Top #21-30 Singles (here) and Top #7 & 8 Albums (here).

- Best Of 2008: WOXY's Best Of Lounge Act Year end mixes... here.

- Best Of 2008: EAR FARM's Top Albums of 2008... here.

- Best Of 2008: Badical Beats presents Mikey's Top 10 Albums... here.

- RANDOM REPOST: "Here's Your Future" (sub pop mp3) by The Thermals

Can you see the face?
The Black Lips

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Tuesday, December 23

Wrangler For Higher By Male

Male is Ben Mjolsness and Jonathan Krohn (do not confuse them with MEN). Together, they arranged "a series of recording sessions to document their take on improvisation." The sessions featured contributions from members of Exploding Star Orchestra, Pan American, and Joan of Arc. The resulting album, All Are Welcome is coming out on Other Electricities in Februray and is filled with postrock/experimental/jazzy goodness.

Listen: "Wrangler For Higher" (box.net mp3)

Other Electricities is here.
Other Electricities eMusic page is here.

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- The Best Of 2008: Part 2 of The Contrast Podcast "Festive 50"... here.

- The Best Of 2008: The #1 download from Stereogum for 2008 if ??Marnie Stern?? Whaa? I know she shreds and that THIS IS IT AND I AM IT AND YOU ARE IT AND SO IS THAT AND HE IS IT AND SHE IS IT AND IT IS IT AND THAT IS THAT, but really? OK. Listen: "Transformer" (krs mp3). More of Stereogum's top downloads (plus a zip and a torrent)... here.

- The Best Of 2008: 20 Jazz Funk Greats Best Of... here.

- The Best Of 2008: PTST!!!! Top 50 Albums #9&10... here, PLUS new list alert... Top 50 Singles #41-50... here.

- The Best Of 2008: cover art = (1000 words * image resolution), the Covert Curiosity top 25 of 2008... here.

- Alright then, are you ready for some 2006 nostalgia?? "Cowbell" (mp3) by Tapes 'n Tapes

Male

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Monday, December 22

ALBUM STREAM: Power + Light By 50 Foot Wave

Streamable: Power + Light (cash music) by 50 Foot Wave

Downloads and more info coming soon.

Myspace page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Power + Light By 50 Foot Wave

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African Rhythms By Mi Ami

The SF drum punk trio Mi Ami (with two members of Black Eyes) is filled with "spastic energy."

Get pysched... their new single, Echoonecho will be out Jan 27 and full length Watersports will be released Feb 17. They will be touring A LOT in the coming year. They have two NYC-centric shows coming up with Thank You... Feb 11 @ Cake Shop and Feb 12 DEATH BY AUDIO.

Downloadable: "African Rhythms" (box.net mp3)

Quarterstick Records page is here.
Insound query is here.
Black Eye's eMusic page is here.
Touch & GO's eMusic page is here.

BONUS Anthem DJ MIX!: "One's & Two's: Mi Ami" (anthem magazine mp3)

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- Best Of 2008: You Ain't No Picasso's favorite songs... here. Also, check out the songs picked by D. Crane of BOAT's class for YANP's 12 days of Mixmas... here.

- Best Of 2008: The Smudge Of Ashen Fluff's Top 10 Albums... here (no mp3s).

- Best Of 2008: hearsay's best of mixwit and opentape... here.

- Best Of 2008: Cable & Tweed's favorite albums... here.

- Best Of 2008: Built On A Weak Spot's Top 20 Records... here.

- Best Of 2008: Tullycraft's songs of the year... #8 (here) and #9 (here).

- Best Of 2008: EARFARM's Top Songs... here.

- Jape remixed by Tapedeck... "I Was A Man (Tapedeck Remix)" (box.net mp3)

Mi Ami

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Saturday, December 20

Green Flag By Growing

Today I have Music For Walking Through Slush And Ice...

Listen: "Green Flag" (social registry m4a) By Growing

Growing is playing the Santos Party House on Monday night.

Myspace page is here.
The Social Registry is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

BONUS Embed: "Wrong Ride" (mov)

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- Speaking The Social Registry, check out their year end mixtape @ Gorilla Vs. Bear... here.

- When Peter Gabriel sings "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" you realize not that Vampire Weekend is bad (per se), but rather Peter Gabriel is awesome. Plus, he has Hot Chip backing him up @ Pretty Much Amazing... here.

- Best Of 2008: When You Awake's 2008 In Review is... here (no mp3s, but check out the Mixtape section of the website)

- Best Of 2008: I Rock Cleveland's Year End Extravaganza posts 40 items that were excellent this past year... here.

- Best Of 2008: Raven Sings The Blues' Year in 7"... here.

- Best Of 2008: Check out Can You See The Sunset From The Southside's Year End Lists... here.

- Best Of 2008: Life's Bathroom's "not a good year for music" Top 15 Albums... here.

- Best Of 2008: Oh, Warfair & Therapy's Favorite Songs of 2008 (in parts)... here (uno), here (dos), here (tres), here (cuatro), here (cinco), here (seis), here (siete)

- Best Of 2008: captain's dead's Top 12 Songs... here.

- Best Of 2009? Stereogum looks forward to albums coming out next year... here.

- RANDOM (RE)POST: "Copper" (t&g mp3) by Shellac Of North America who "will have a new LP anytime between now and the future" (ha!).

Growing

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Thursday, December 18

Off My Radar 2008, Part 2

And now the next installment of Off My Radar, where I post killer tracks I had not heard until reading other people's best of 2008 lists.

Off My Radar 2008

Downloadables:
"Harper Lewis" (box.net mp3) by Russian Circles

"Un Día" (box.net mp3) by Juana Molina

"Daily I Will Calculate The Distance" (box.net mp3) by ((Sounder))

"Hole In My Head" (box.net mp3) by Box Elders

Check out Part 1 of Off My Radar... here.

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- Holy Crap... I just noticed the fourth release from Staggering Statistics, I'm Thinking About Changing is available on their website for freees... here. Listen: "Learned Quarry" (mp3)

- Best Of 2008: Pretty Much Amazing's pretty amazing 212 best songs... here.

- Best Of 2008: Pop Tart Suck Toasted is getting closer to #1... here (19-22).

- Best Of 2008: The Consequence Of Sound Year End Report: The Top 100 Albums... here.

- Best Of 2008: Tullycraft's Tullyblog is doing a piecemeal Top Ten Songs listing. Check out #10... here.

- Best Of 2008: Two more staff member's lists are up at The Tape (is not sticky)... here and here.

- Best Of 2008: Pitchfork posts The 50 Best Albums... here.

- Best of B00M!!: Did you ever wonder what would happen if you put a butane lighter in a blender? Find out (in slo-mo)... here.

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Wednesday, December 17

The Job Flavored Minimix

Today I have another minimix inspired by the Contrast Podcast...

The Job Flavored Minimix
"A&R Job" (box.net mp3) by The Oranges Band
"Rush Job" (box.net mp3) by Shellac
"Loosen This Job" (box.net mp3) by No Age
"Hatchet Job" (box.net mp3) by Hot Snakes
"We Drink On The Job" (box.net mp3) by Earlimart

Be sure to check out the latest Contrast Podcast... here.

BONUS Job mp3: "God Damn Job" (ysi mp3) by The Replacements

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- The latest annual mashup MySplice from Team9 is available at Stereogum... here.

- The Best Of 2008: Another Top 10 is up at The Tape... here.

- The Best Of 2008: Covert Curiosity has the year's Best Videos... here.

- Gorilla Vs Bear posts a Phaseone remix of the shoegazey goodness of Grouper... here.

- I am so fucking sick of excessive Auto-Tune. At this point, it's like nails on the chalkboard. But I do admit, the technology has its uses. Listen a recent NPR story on Auto-Tune... here.

this was the #1 hit for 'job' on google images

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Monday, December 15

Top 15 Albums Of 2008

Out of the all the albums that came out this year, these here... these are the tops. This list was put together with a little help from last.fm. Also, I don't apply any number ranks to my year end lists. I use the power of the alphabet, but if you really want a #1 album of 2008, let's just say it's... HLLLYH. Ok, let's go...

Top 15 Albums Of 2008

Top 15 Albums Of 2008:
Alegranza by El Guincho
Alegranza
Comment: A trance enducing world trip
Listen: "Cuando Maavilla Fui" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "Palmitos Park" (beggars mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Crystal Castles by Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
Comment: The glitch masterpiece of the year
Listen: "Magic Spells" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Curses by Future Of The Left
Curses
Comment: Runner up for Album Of The Year... out of all these records, this is the one I listened to the most.
Listen: "Fingers Become Thumbs" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "Manchasm" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Feed The Animals by Girl Talk
Feed The Animals
Comment: Mr. Gillis makes me want to wrap my iMac in Saran Wrap. If you haven't yet, take a look at the Wikipedia dissection of Feed The Animals... here. Kind of like The Soup but with music.
Listen: "What It's All About" (box.net mp3)
Pay-What-You-Want is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

HEALTH//DISCO by Health
HEALTH DISCO
Comment: This will blow your mind. The best remix album of the year (maybe ever?)
Listen: "Heaven (Narctrax Remix)" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "Lost Time (Pictureplane Remix)" (box.net mp3)
Listen Even More: "Tabloid Sores (Nosaj Thing Remix)" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

HLLLYH by The Mae Shi
HLLLYH
Comment: Album of the year (for now).
Listen: "PWND"
Listen More: "The Melody" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Liferz by Blood On The Wall
Liferz
Comment: Like the 90's all rolled up into one album. The Pixies and Sonic Youth influences shine through, but you know what there's nothing wrong with that. This rocks.
Listen: "Rize" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "Hibernation" (box.net mp3)
eMusic page is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.

The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In by Thee Oh Sees
The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In
Comment: R-O-C-K
Listen: "Ghost In The Trees" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "The Coconut" (box.net mp3)
eMusic page is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.

Nouns by No Age
Nouns
Comment: Amazing.
Listen: "Teen Creeps" (sub pop mp3)
Listen More: "Eraser" (sub pop mp3)
Sub Pop page is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.

On Two Sides by Blank Dogs
On Two Sides, not On Both Sides
Comment: distorted vocals with instrumentals that sound like The Cure if they had been Birmingham and not West Sussex.
Listen: "Meltdown Cloud" (box.net mp3)
Sacred Bones Records page is here.
(Free) download is here.

Out My Window by Koushik
Out My Window
Comment: downbeat bliss
Listen: "Be With" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "Nothing's The Same" (box.net mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Third by Portishead
Third
Comment: a remarkable return (and the only major label artist on the list, sorry Beck)
Listen/Watch: "Machine Gun" (youtube)
Amazon MP3 page is here.

We Breed Champions by Royal Bangs
We Breed Champions
Comment: These guys crafted one of the best indie rock albums of the year even if my best friend can never remember their name. A good way to remember their name: it's a euphemism for sex with a monarch.
Listen: "Let's Get Even" (box.net mp3)
Audio Eagle page is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.

Welcome by James Pants
Welcome
Comment: The space funk album of the year
Listen: "Finger On The Knife" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "We're Through" (stones throw mp3)
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

WOMEN by Women
WOMEN
Comment: Canadian indie rock drenched in droney lofi goodness. SEE THEM LIVE. That is all.
Listen: "Lawncare" (box.net mp3)
Listen More: "Group Transport Hall" (jagjaguwar mp3)
Jagjaguwar page is here.
eMusic page is here

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- Best Of 2008: The Tape's 25 favorite songs... here.

- Best Of 2008: The Daily Growl's Top 20 albums... here.

- Best Of 2008: So Much Silence's Favorite albums... here.

- Vice Gives You The Gift Of Good Music... here.

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