• Enjoyed in 2012

    Giu 23 2014, 21:55

    Bear in Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
    Japandroids - Celebration Rock
    Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
    The Cribs - In The Belly of a Brazen Bull
    Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile EP
    Death Grips - The Money Store
    The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
    The Men - Open Your Heart
    Cerce - Tour Sampler CD-R
    Trust - TRST
    Turing Machine - What is the Meaning of What
    Rosenkopf - Rosenkopf
    Liars - WIXIW
    Yeasayer - Fragrant World
    The xx - Coexist
    Bloc Party - Four
    Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
    DIIV - Oshin
    Martyrdod - Paranoia
    A Place to Bury Strangers - Onwards to the Wall EP
    Sick/Tired - Sick/Tired EP
    Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
    Jack White - Blunderbuss
    No Joy - Negaverse EP
    Menomena - Moms
    Deerhoof - Breakup Song
    El-P - Cancer For Cure
    Grizzly Bear - Shields
    Tame Impala - Lonerism
    G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
    Cult of Youth - Love Will Prevail
    Holy Other - Held
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
    Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
    Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
    Royal Headache - Royal Headache
    Grimes - Visions
    Evian Christ - Kings and Them
    Paul Banks - Banks
    Wild Nothing - Nocturne
    Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
    Deftones - Koi No Yokan
    Metz - Metz
    Merchandise - Children of Desire
    Daphni - Jiaolong
    Light Asylum - Light Asylum
    Whirr - Pipe Dreams
    Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
    Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
    Purity Ring - Shrines
    The Chariot - One Wing
  • Enjoyed in 2013

    Giu 23 2014, 21:55

    Toro y Moi - Anything in Return
    Yo La Tengo - Fade
    Indians - Somewhere Else
    Low - The Invisible Way
    This Town Needs Guns -
    Pissed Jeans - Honeys
    Iceage - You're Nothing
    My Bloody Valentine - m b v
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
    Suuns - Images du Futur
    Atoms for Peace - Amok
    Circle Takes the Square - Decompositions Vol 1
    The Men - New Moon
    Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
    The Strokes - Comedown Machine
    Autre ve Neut - Anxiety
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
    A$AP Rocky - LONG.LIVE.A$AP
    Merchandise - Totale Nite
    Deerhunter - Monomania
    James Blake - Overgrown
    No Joy - Wait To Pleasure
    Savages - Silence Yourself
    Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us is the Killer
    Palms - Palms
    Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
    These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
    Baths - Obsidian
    Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
    Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
    Kanye West - Yeezus
    Sigur Ros - Kveikur
    Smith Westerns - Soft Will
    Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
    Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
    No Age - An Object
    Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    Holograms - Forever
    Arctic Monkeys - AM
    Yuck - Glow & Behold
    Of Montreal - Lousy With Sylvianbriar
    Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
    Dance Gavin Dance - Acceptance Speech
    Lorde - Pure Heroine
    Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady
    Bars of Gold - Wheels
  • 2013 Favourites

    Dic 31 2013, 18:34

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    Favourite Albums

    1. Deerhunter - Monomania
    2. James Blake - Overgrown
    3. Kanye West - Yeezus
    4. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
    5. M.I.A. - Matangi
    6. My Bloody Valentine - mbv
    7. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
    8. Braids - Flourish // Perish
    9. Suuns - Images du Futur
    10. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    11. Death Grips - Government Plates
    12. Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
    13. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
    14. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
    15. Savages - Silence Yourself

    Also loved:

    Pissed Jeans - Honeys
    Fuzz - FUZZ
    Iceage - You're Nothing
    The Strokes - Comedown Machine
    Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    Sigur Ros - Kveikur
    Forest Swords - Engravings
    Yuck - Glow & Behold
    of Montreal - Lousy With Sylvianbriar
    Lorde - Pure Heroine
    Danny Brown - Old
    Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind
    Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    Toro y Moi - Anything in Return
    Baths - Obsidian
    TTNG -
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
    The Men - New Moon

    Bands/Artists I heard for the first time in 2013 and loved:

    Speedy Ortiz
    Bars of Gold
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    Perfect Pussy
    Viet Cong

    Favourite Live Act


    Favourite Album Cover


  • Recommendations

    Gen 8 2012, 20:12

    I'm going to be updating this every once in a while with albums I feel like more people need to hear. I'll supply a link for download.

    January 8, 2012
    Team Sleep - Team Sleep
    Released: May 10, 2005

    A side-project of Deftones frontman, Chino Moreno, which expanded to include DJ Crooks, Guitarist Todd Wilkinson, (ridiculous) drummer Zach Hill, as well as guest vocals from Pinback's Rob Crowe, and Helium's Mary Timony.

    I often feel that as soon as people see the name Deftones, they immediately think of 1999's Deftones who often, unfortunately, appeared alongside many nu-metal bands that were relevant for a whole 3 minutes such as Limp Bizkit, Korn, Sevendust, etc. They're not wrong, but it is misleading. Unlike many of their peers, Deftones were able to grow and branch out, probably largely due to the member's taste in music which has never been anchored solely to one genre. Deftones have shown a truly beautiful, more melodic side in recent years, and Team Sleep is perhaps a better avenue to showcase Chino's vocal talents.

    The sound on Team Sleep's debut album is catchy and cathartic. You'll probably find yourself bobbing your head to the beats. There are shoegaze elements, as well as electronic, and trip-hop. The 3 vocalists featured on the album work very well together.

    This album was released in 2005 and it's a damn shame that it is really all we have from the project so far. Although the album was met with glowing reviews, there hasn't been much activity for some time aside from a tour or two. In the meantime, enjoy this one.

    Favourite tracks: Blvd Nights, Elizabeth, Ever Since WW1

  • Favourite Albums of 2011

    Dic 30 2011, 21:07

    15. Glassjaw - Our Color Green (The Singles) EP / Coloring Book EP

    This probably could've been higher. At the beginning of 2011, Glassjaw graced us with two EP's spread a month apart. The first was Our Color Green, which was a collection of singles they released in 2010. Our Color Green felt like a mirage to fans of the band who had been kept waiting for over 8 years for new material. The songs on OCG sound familiar, as they retain the heavy qualities from previous years (I actually think OCG is the heaviest material they've ever released), but the big surprise came with Coloring Book. This EP features fat fucking grooves and soaring vocal melodies that sound kind of reminiscent of Deftones (maybe that isn't normally a good thing, but now it's clear that it's perfectly ok if you are a) Deftones or b) Glassjaw). The songs are a little softer in terms of structure, but there is still plenty of buzzing guitar strings and the transitions from verse to chorus are often enough to give you chills. I strongly believe Glassjaw is currently the best they've ever been.

    Check out 'Stars' and 'Gold'

    "Jesus Glue"

    14. The Drums - Portamento

    The Drums know what they're doing. That's all you can really say about it. They're not re-inventing anything, but they are taking heavy influences from bands they admire. Personally, I get a lot of Joy Division vibes from this album (of course much cheerier than Joy Division ever was). They didn't wander too far from their first album, but that's ok with me.


    13. Chad VanGaalen - Diaper Island

    I kind of want to see how Chad Vangaalen records his stuff. There is something so distinct about everything he's produced, including labelmates Women's two albums. The guitars have a very lonely sound to them, clanking away over beautiful melodies. Diaper Island is a solid follow-up to 2008's Soft Airplane, a record I thought was pretty close to perfect. 'Burning Photographs' got a lot of plays from me.

    "Peace on the Rise"

    12. Thursday - No Devolucion

    So, this turned out to be my beloved Thursday's final release. I'm perfectly ok with that. No Devolucion is a truly unexpected, beautiful work. The band decidedly took a turn away from the post-hardcore staples that made them who they are, and instead offered a new atmospheric soundscape. That being said, I still hear Thursday on this album. They're all still there. And in fact, there are some songs that sound like some of the heaviest stuff Thursday's ever written (see the end of "Past and Future Ruins"). No Devolucion is a nice final gift from the guys in Thursday.

    "Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart"

    11. Das Racist - Relax

    Das Racist are probably my favourite current hip-hop artists right now. I was a big fan of their two previous mixtapes so I was looking forward to this debut. Alright, here's the thing about Das Racist. You have to be along for the ride. Their rhymes work on many levels and you'll probably catch things on the 3rd and 4th listens that didn't even occur to you the first two times. I will say this. They didn't really try on Relax, and it is still one of the better albums I heard this year. Michael Jackson, a million dollars.. ya feel me?

    "Michael Jackson"

    10. tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L

    I was expecting this to be obnoxious and I was wrong. W H O K I L L is a fun and often touching record that feels very percussive. I'm charmed by Merrill Garbus and her vocals.


    9. Death Grips - Exmilitary

    Loved this from the second I heard it. Loud, shouty hip-hop, and apparently Zach Hill has something to do with it. Exmilitary was a breath of fresh air. Throw on 'Takyon (Death Yon)' and yell things in your room

    "Spread Eagle Cross the Block"

    8. Deafheaven - Roads to Judah

    Transcendental? Sure whatever. Who cares. Listen to this shit. Roads to Judah is atmospheric, emotional, heavy, cathartic and beautiful. 'Unrequited' was one of my favourite songs of the year. I dare you to not be taken by it.


    7. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne

    I have no idea why, but I thought this was going to suck. I wasn't terribly excited for it and when they released H.A.M. I actually stupidly thought I might be right. I wasn't, this is a fantastic album and a ton of fun. I love the soulful production on a lot of the tracks


    6. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

    Admittedly, I wasn't crazy about this new LP by Mogwai when it dropped. I listened to it once and was a little bummed by the lack of variety. I found it to be driven a little too much by guitar. But then I grew some balls and this became one of my most played albums of the year. 'San Pedro' is one of my favourite songs this year, it kills.

    "San Pedro"

    5. Danny Brown - XXX

    One of the most exciting records I heard this year. Danny Brown has a style that's eccentric, captivating, and at first probably a little abrasive. He's also funny as shit. This tape gets pretty heavy and personal, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

    "Pac Blood"

    4. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me

    Every once in a while I go through a phase where all I want to listen to is country music. This year, Jessica Lea Mayfield filled that spot with Tell Me. I'll admit it leans a little closer to pop than country (moreso than her previous album, too), but nevertheless it's a great album mostly dealing with the loss of love. Mayfield's voice has a ghostly quality to it and combined with her subtle bite found in her lyrics, it gives the impression that she's a girl who's completely fed up with being in love ("I'd rather die young and be forgotten than live to grow old lovin' you").

    "I'll Be the One You Want Someday"

    3. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

    The Weeknd is without a doubt my favourite new artist this year. When this mixtape dropped, everyone lost their shit, and with good reason. Truly talented vocalist with good taste (sampling Beach House and Siouxsie). Perfect night time record. Also worth mentioning, the other two tapes he released in this trilogy are also fantastic. Thursday took a little while for me to get into, but he dropped Echoes of Silence last week and it made an immediate impact. When was the last time such a talented artist released so much great music for free, within a year? Ridiculous. Plus, he's Canadian.

    "The Party & the After Party"

    2. James Blake - James Blake

    I really had no idea what to think when I first heard this. My first reaction was that it was horribly sparse. I actually thought it was kind of a joke. From the first listen though, I was into James Blake's voice. Yeah, it may be aided by effects, but it still works. When I decided to give it another chance and embrace the minimalism, I became hooked. Great album.

    "The Wilhelm Scream"

    1. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

    I am a sucker for this band. I love everything they do. I crave their sunny southern California aesthetic, and maybe it makes my harsh Canadian winters a little easier. As far as I'm concerned, there aren't any other bands right now who are so skilled at conveying the emotions having to do with love as well as Girls do. Whether it be heart ache or the bliss of being in love, they make it sound great and let you know they've been there too.