Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 7

We're here at last! Somehow the year has come and gone. I haven't done nearly as many awesome things as I would have liked, but there were a few highlights. Silent disco at FollyFest was great, the weekend in TO, and I had all kinds of fancy new craft beers. I'm guessing this coming year will be a little more eventful, if only because there's so much I didn't get done this time.

Only one EP ended up getting finished this year, which is slightly annoying considering I've got a few that are really close to done. Think I'm just gonna sneak them out instead of promising dates that don't happen. Some changes in store for the blog as well, nothing revolutionary but it might make it a little more interesting to random observers.

Anyway here's my top 3 albums of the year, all loads of fun, and a great EP worth digging into. Hope your evening is swell, I'm sure mine will be hazy. 

#3
Mariachi El Bronx
III


Is it really that hard to pick a name for an album? Come one guys. Seriously. Urgh. So this one had a bit of hype behind it, or maybe just from me, because I love these guys, I think even more than their hardcore identity, The Bronx, but I'll probably change my mind again tomorrow. 

So this is actually what it should be. Mariachi rock. At its best. The first album from 2009 was great, the second three years ago wasn't quite as flash, this one takes the cake. Every song stands on its own, with a dash of epic tossed around liberally. It's upbeat and cynical at the same time, but a total blast throughout its 37 minutes, which is really my only complaint. I want more. Hell ya!

Wildfires


High Tide


New Beat


#2
Jungle
Jungle


I give up. Album titles are out. Disco is in. Remember their EP? It was my runaway favorite of last year. Soon as this album was announced I knew it would be the business. I've read complaints that they're just rehashed Bee-Gee's. And...? Who cares, they've done it so, so well, how can you complain? Their videos are the best of the year, and they've done a very commendable job on their live show. Needs a little work, but it's a great start.

It was a little disappointing to see all four tracks from the EP on this album, but they're all killer tracks so I guess it was inevitable. For me the most pleasing aspect was that the songs that aren't dance floor smashers are also great, if not my favorites. I can't say enough good things about this record. Go check it out and have yourself a good time.

Busy Earnin'


Julia


Crumbler


#1
La Roux
Trouble In Paradise


Finally! A proper album title, and with it go the spoils. Yesterday I said that any of the top 6 or so albums could be put in any order, and I stand by that, sorta. To be fair this was definitely my favorite of the year, even against stiff competition. It wasn't mind blowing, but it was really, really good. The whole disc has an unmistakably 80's feel to it, but in a good way, with just enough edge to keep it fresh. I loved the first single, "Let Me Down Slowly", and the opening track, "Uptight Downtown", is surely the best dance track of the year. How is there no video to that song?

That's really the gist of it. Eight tracks are just the type you want to play over, and over, and over. It's flighty and vibrant without sounding too pretentious. I also like that Elly has put substance in her songs, they're not 3-minute radio buzzer beaters. My biggest complaint is that the 9th track sounds like it was just thrown on, like it's not finished. It just doesn't belong, but the first 8 are so good it doesn't matter. Discounting that final letdown, it's 38 of the most engaging minutes of audio you'll find anywhere from the last 12 months. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Cruel Sexuality


Kiss And Not Tell


Tropical Chancer


EP #1
Black Milk
Glitches In The Break


Thought it would be something bouncy, didn't you? Nope, gotta hand it to one of the best hip hop artists in the biz. Curtis Cross kills it every time, and this EP is right up there with his best work. Phat beats, dope lyrics, and one of my favorites of the year, "Cold Day". Good one to end with.

G


1 For Dam


Cold Day


Catch ya on the flipside.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 6

A slight spoiler: for me there was no runaway winner this year, so at this point I feel like the order of the last few albums could be jumbled up and justified in any fashion. They're all really good, and basically I just picked albums I liked a little more to come up with the final order. Anyway let's get down to business, here is the beginning of the very best albums of 2014.

#6
Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels 2


Killer Mike! El-P! Run The Jewels! Yaaaa sucka! This record is just hype personified. I liked the first album, I loved this one. The production, as expected, is fuggin awezum. Kind of sounds like Death Grips, only less manic. This is the new wave gangsta shit.

I should of course mention that the lyrics are seriously PG-13, or maybe more appropriately rated R for some less-than-savoury tracks, which is most of them. Ha. Don't look for radio hits, there are none. It's just badass hip hop ground up with dirty electro grime and fried in a dope step pancake. So far ahead of the curve. Keep runnin' fellas.

Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)


Blockbuster Night Part 1


Early


#5
FKA Twigs
LP1


What good is an album title anyway? I guess when you're busy writing tunes you can't be bothered about with unimportant things like that. So this is the new R&B. Or so I've been told. I have no idea where this fits in the traditional genre spectrum, and to be honest I don't care. Downtempo, a bit glitchy, trippy and intense. Tahliah's voice just kind of floats around in the background, far far away from the over-the-top self indulgence of today's bloated pop divas.

FKA stands for 'formerly known as'. Good to know. I saw the video for "Two Weeks" and did my best impression of Keanu Reeves. Totally awesome. Thankfully it wasn't a one-off, the whole album is great. Just the right mix of weird and catchy. Very excited to see where she takes this in the future. Let's hope that means sooner rather than later.

Hide


Video Girl


Lights On


#4
The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream


I have to admit I really didn't want to bother with this album. I hate the band name, and just about everything about them exudes hipster in the worst possible ways. After some prodding I gave in and donated an hour of my time to give it a shot. I tried not to like it. I tried, and failed. I couldn't help it, it's actually really good. That's just the worst, when you want something to be terrible and fit exactly in the stereotype of mediocrity that you have it pegged for, and then it turns out to be something genuinely enjoyable, so much you have to write about it. Damnit.

So there are certainly arguments to be made that's it's not particularly original. Repackaged oldies, a mix of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, a little Neil Young. Yup, it certainly sounds like it, but somehow it still sounds fresh. It doesn't seem to be heavily burdened with the knowledge that it's a continuation, not a beginning, and the songs just kind of flow together. Don't worry, I'm not prepared to give up the ghost just yet, but I'll concede this one. For now...

Under The Pressure


Red Eyes


An Ocean In Between The Waves


EP #2
Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Winter


Now this must be the easiest comparison I've ever heard. It's basically Justin Vernon over some drum tracks. Considering the last Bon Iver album was a masterpiece, it's not a bad formula. In actuality this is the work of Tim Bettinson, an Australian, which is somewhat upsetting considering the name of the city he's chosen to use in his alias. Couldn't he have been the Brisbane Sleep Clinic? Melbourne? Toowoomba? Anyway, lousy name, good music. The most chilled out EP of the year. 

Collapse


Flaws


Vapour


Monday, December 29, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 5


#9
Big Wreck
Ghosts


I was super excited when I heard a new album from these guys was on the way, and it delivered in spades. For me this is their best work, in either incarnation (i.e. Thornley), since their first album way back in '97. The crunchy guitars, soaring choruses, and epic harmonies are all over this release. Ian's singing sounds great, the song writing is there, and don't forget his signature guitar solos. 

Thankfully they've eschewed radio hits for longer, more meaty songs, with only one clocking in under four minutes, and only two others under five. There are some truly memorable moments on this record, not least in the terrific album closer, "War Baby". It's crazy that these guys still aren't bigger than they are. In a world full of indie alternative experimental glitch step, decent rock bands are fewer and farther between. Here's to one of the very best.

Hey Mama


Come What May


Ghosts


#8
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Give The People What They Want


So what do you do when you get bile duct cancer, have half your digestive system removed, and lose all your hair from god-awful chemo treatments? Well, you kick cancer's ass and get back on the damn road pronto, of course. At least that's what Sharon Jones did. She delayed the release of this album until she got better so she could tour properly, and man did she do it right.

This is a super album, comparable to her excellent 2010 release "I Learned The Hard Way", absolutely stuffed with modern Motown masterpieces. Of course it helps that she has the best backing band in the business, but why not? The music suits them to a tee. Check out these clips, and this video, and tell me you wouldn't love to see their live show. Two thumbs way up.

Stranger To My Happiness


Now I See


Get Up And Get Out


#7
Todd Terje
It's Album Time


It's been a long time coming, and well worth the wait. Terje Olsen has been around the disco house scene for the best part of a decade, and this is his first full length release. It's hardly a surprise that he knocked it out of the park. Every note in every song seems charted to perfection, and his crazy keyboard licks keep it just that little bit unpredictable.

Upbeat, fresh, funky, bouncy, mesmerising. It makes you want to get up and go for a jog in the middle of the night. Or dance down the cheese aisle at the supermarket. Vocal samples are used fleetingly, mostly indiscernible from the other blips and bloops, and only one song features actual singing of any kind. Amazingly Terje has found a way to take his act to the live stage, and the performance of "Inspector Norse" seen below is just awesome. 

Delorean Dynamite


Inspector Norse


Leisure Suit Preben


EP #3
Vulfpeck
Fugue State


What a refreshingly bright sound these cats have. It's just so much funk, so much jazz. I'm sure you're familiar with their big hit by now. If not, you should be. I mean it's physically impossible to listen to this stuff without a smile on your face and your head nod on. Got a classy house gathering coming up? Here's yer guys. FollyFest? Hey... you know what... now we're on to something!

First Place


Sky Mall


Fugue State


Hot diggity, just two days to go in 2014!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 4

Slept in today. Still tired. Soldiering on. 

#12
Brock Berrigan
Four Walls And An Amplifier


36 minutes of the dopest beats you've heard all year, no doubt. This guy is arguably the most prolific basement dweller of the modern age. He describes himself as "beat maker, music enthusiast, multi instrumentalist, sample hunter, town drunk". He forgot inspirational guru. 

Old school soul samples and old blaxploitation clips sliced over the phattest hip hop grooves on the east coast. Apparently he's got hordes of unreleased material he doesn't want to release, occasionally dropping one on his SoundCloud page. Put this guy in the ring with any of the world's best lyricists and you've got yourself a chune. I wonder if he wears that chicken mask at home?

Reading Rambo


Clockwork


Why The Funk Not


#11
Beck
Morning Phase


Is the old Beck gone? The funky dude who thought he was a loser? If he is, we'll understand, but hopefully he's just on hiatus. In the meantime, we have a return to the "Sea Change" sound, only this time it's more ethereal and, frankly, much better.

He's definitely not breaking any new ground on this one, but it doesn't seem like he's pretending to. It just sounds like he wanted to chill out for a while, and we've been let in on a few minutes of his thoughts. It's an easy listen, one you'll likely repeat several times once you give it a shot. I'm not really sure it gets better with time, because it's good on the first go. Thumbs up from me.

Say Goodbye


Heart Is A Drum


Blue Moon


#10
Wild Beasts
Present Tense


As soon as I heard the opening track on this one I knew it would be a winner. I haven't really given them much time before, but they got plenty of it this year. It's kind of hard to put a finger on why it's such an engrossing album. It's largely a synth-heavy melancholy sound, but the production is really well done, it's nice and crisp but at the same time buttery smooth.

They all seem to be talented multi-instrumentalists, with Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming adding the lyrics in an interesting, kind of semi-falsetto muddy-tenor mix that has a nice contrast. The songwriting is pretty good, a step up from their older stuff, and it sounds like they have higher places to reach for in the future. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Daughters


Sweet Spot


Mecca


EP #4
Wigbert
This And That


Minimal tech house leaning more towards techno than house, this is the best of that genre I've heard all year. It's not overly complicated, pretty straight forward stuff, but subtle and really, really tight. This isn't big-room blast your ears off, it's late night vampire keep that brain moving and those toes tapping. The lost art of simplicity done right. 

Okapi

This And That


Head Machine


Into the best of the best, starting tomorrow!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 3

Running a little late-ish today, but have no fear, I am here! Let's just take a quick minute to assess the final Hobbit movie, The Battle Of The Five Armies, that I watched last night. Quick summary: disappointing. Probably my least favorite of the six Peter Jackson Middle Earth films. It was entertaining, went by fast, but to me it felt sloppy, rushed, just a bit too messy. I liked the Lord of the Rings films. For me the pacing of the Hobbit trilogy was way off. It's a shame. The visuals were stunning as always, but didn't make up for the mediocre writing. Anyway go see it for yourself, at least there's some really cool action scenes. Dain's dwarves were pretty cool.

Music time.

#15
Pharoahe Monch
PTSD


Hip-hop is getting ever more divisive. People pulling in all kinds of different directions, both in terms of production and lyricism, and lots of different sorts getting into it. Even white Australian girls are into it, maybe I'll give it a try some day. My preference is more old-school classic styles. Tight lyrics, solid beats, nothing too whack. A little gangster, but never over the top.  

This album fills all the requirements and more. The Pharoahe is one of those few who can stand with the old school kings. Of course it makes sense since he's been around for more than 20 years, and yet only four solo albums are on his discography. This one might be his best. The production sounds like a Roots album (some of them were in on it) and the lyrics are unmistakably Monch. It's versatile with both big heavy grungy tracks and slower more thoughtful offerings. For me it's one of the best hip hop records of the last five years. 

Broken Again


Damage


Rapid Eye Movement


#14
Swans
To Be Kind


They`ve done it again. Why, god, why? Two years ago these deranged individuals put out a record that I described as "slow torture, a creeping dread, a shrouded evil", and I loved it. In my opinion this one isn't quite as good, but some have argued that it is in fact better. Either way, it's another astonishing adventure into introspective anarchy. You can't listen to this every day, or even once a week, unless your therapist really needs the money.

So why is this here? Look, the world isn't smiles and chocolates. You can't listen to Backstreet Boys all day. If that's you, fine, carry on living the lie. I moved out of the cave a long time ago (the allegory, not necessarily the place). Sometimes you need to expand your mind beyond its comfort zone, and this is the kind of record that does it. In fact let's take that a bit further. There is no other band on the planet who takes you through the metaphysical gauntlet like Swans. Nobody.

Just A Little Boy


Oxygen


To Be Kind


#13
Hey Rosetta!
Second Sight


Close to as completely opposite as it gets from that darkness is the gleaming light of these superb rockers from Newfoundland. It's been three years since their last record and it seems the years have been kind. I liked that last one, but this one is a significant step up in their evolution. The signature strings have largely been set aside for more guitars and a more expansive percussion section, and the rest is a more mature sound and some of their best song writing since "Plan Your Escape".

The first single sounded different at first, and by the time of writing this it's become one of my favorite tracks of the year. There are unmistakable hints of Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon throughout the album, and maybe even a little of The Drones, which is never a bad thing. Pedals and effects have never been overly prevalent, and again they're used sparsely, but they really enhance the ambiance on tracks like "Neon Beyond". It's an excellent album, and again one that could well rank higher on the list after a few more months of reflective absorption.

Kintsukuroi


What Arrows


Harriet


EP #5
Lusine
Arterial


I very nearly moved this up the list at the last second, but I'm going to live with my choices and move on. After hearing the first single from this one I had a feeling it would be there or thereabouts on my list, and sure enough it was a keeper. Jeff McIlwain is an accomplished and industrious producer who has kind of ghosted (pun intended) under the eyes of the mainstream for a while, and though this release is unlikely to change that, it's possibly his most refined work to date. This is more thinking music, glitch-hop IDM at its best. Highly recommended.

Eyes Give In


Quiet Day


Forks


Almost to half time... keep up!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 2

I kinda forgot, yesterday, to mention some of the albums that didn't quite make it. This year felt like the spectrum of what is 'popular' expanded just a little bit further. Flying Lotus put out a far-out album that got a lot of critical acclaim. I'm not a big fan but I can appreciate its artistic merit. Lots of 'alternative hip-hop' ended up on best-of lists, and some 'neo-soul' albums. The new D'Angelo has been making waves recently, again not really my thing, but whatever floats your boat.

Once again it felt like there were a lot of really good albums, but nothing that came off as an instant classic. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's worth considering as we venture further into the digital age where kids all over the world have virtually free exposure to, well, everything ever. Who will be the next great genre definer?

I digress. Taylor McFerrin, son of Bobby, put out a really impressive debut LP. Other stand-outs that were close, but no cigar, included (but not limited to) Glass Animals, FaltyDL, Beef Terminal, The Juan MacLean, Badbadnotgood, and Tom Petty. Special mention also to Apollo Brown who dropped an awesome collection of hip hop beats that I couldn't quite squeeze in. I enjoyed the new Joris Voorn album, and James Curd's funky house grooves on "Damage Is Done" was my favorite EP that didn't make my charts. So there you have the honorable mentions. Now back to the headliners.

#18
Smashing Pumpkins
Monument To An Elegy


This one kind of came out of nowhere for me. I wasn't expecting its arrival, particularly after the bizarro "AEGEA" vinyl that Billy Corgan put out earlier in the year, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It's fair to say that Corgan is a bit out in space these days. Well, maybe that's not fair to say, it's not like he hasn't always been there, and then again aren't we all a little bit? Anyway thankfully this album did not sound like that pre-recorded noise, it sounded like a rock album.

I might come back later on and think I rated this too highly. There's some valid criticism being throttled at it. It's real short, like barely over a half hour, and a couple tracks are a little on the synth-pop side of things, but I still dig it. The songs that rock, really f'in rock. Tiberius rips the album into life and sounds almost as good as anything the Pumpkins have ever put out. It's interesting to note that the band is basically just Corgan these days. He even brought in Tommy Lee to play drums on the record. Anyway check it out. You might not be as impressed with it as I am, and I'm perfectly ok with that. It's a free country. Not everyone was born to rock.

One And All


Anti-Hero


Tiberius


#17
Tensnake
Glow


I like disco. There. I said it. If you've been following the blog at all, or even just my year end lists, you'll be well aware of that by now. Not that this is pure disco, it's not, but there are a lot of elements that certainly feel like it. This album is sort of this year's Disclosure, only not quite as big, and maybe mixed with some Classixx. It's just a helluva lot of fun. The production is slick and bouncy, and the choice of guest vocalists sounds spot on wherever it's called for.

It's not easy to put out a dance record these days. Most people throw out EPs or singles, so I feel like you have to laud a good one when it comes around, and this one is really good. At least a half-dozen tracks are killer singles in their own right, and there isn't any jarring issues with the song order. Even though it spans genres, it flows like an album should. I give it two thumbs up. Throw it on your favored portable music device and do some dancing in the street.

Feel Of Love


58 BPM


See Right Through


#16
Ought
More Than Any Other Day


Eight tracks is all we get on this album, so savor every little bite. There's a good chance you've never heard of them, unless you've got your ear to the hipster wheel, but that's ok. Now you have. They're young fellas from Montreal who sound a great deal like the Talking Heads, and probably a little Velvet Underground mixed with Battles. It's pulsing, groovy, trippy madness and it's super fun to rock out to.

For a debut it's massively promising, but also kind of scary. They could descend further into madness, in fact they should, and who knows what they might churn out. Can they reach the heights of their esteemed forefathers, or will the flutter into obscurity? Does it even matter? Does any of this matter? Have I eaten too much turkey? Get the damn record. Thank me later.

Today More Than Any Other Day


Habit


Pleasant Heart


EP #6
Louis La Roche
Dusty Cassette


Louis, aka Brett, maintains his #6 spot on the EP charts with another French disco house special, only this time he juices that classic '80s synth soul ballad sound to maximum levels. It's got huge, ubersaturated, chunky bass goodness that just makes you want to groove. At just over 20 minutes you can get through it on the way to the grocery store, or maybe on a short bus ride. He's taken that old beat up tape deck and given it a fresh coat of dust, and it works perfectly. 

Wondering


Ghost


The Way She Makes Me Feel


Part threeeee tomorrow, but first - Hobbits!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Best of 2014 Part 1

Well, it's Christmas. I guess that means another list of my favorite releases of the year. The art of making an album seems to be slowly dying, or is it? I still think there's a place for an LP in the modern landscape, and it seems these artists at least agree. It's pretty crazy for me to think that this is now the 5th year I've done this... but why? Dunno really, though it has been fun to look back at the older years and see how my picks stack up today. So far so good, thankfully. For those who haven't seen them yet, take a quick gander:






...then buckle up, 'cause heeeeere weeeee gooooo!

#21
Lake Street Dive
Bad Self Portraits


It's been a long wait for those who have been following this fantastic group over the past couple years. This album was actually done and dusted in 2012, but contract issues with lead singer Rachael Price's previous label led to its unfortunate delay. In that sense the release suffers somewhat, as most of these songs have already been listened to and performed ad nauseam, but if you can escape that lack of freshness it's a terrific release.

For those who haven't experienced their infectious energy as of yet, I implore you to check them out. They are a tremendously talented bunch who write catchy, soulful jazz rock, and the singing... well let's just say that Ms. Price is as gifted a vocalist as there is on the planet at the moment. Lofty praise, but believe me, she's sensational. "You go down smooth", Rachael tells us in a killer track. Yes indeed, you certainly do.

You Go Down Smooth


Seventeen


Bad Self Portraits


#20
Mastodon
Once More 'Round The Sun


So really, how many other lists that you've seen follow upbeat jazz rock with sludge metal? Just throwing that out there. In fact, try listening to the two albums back to back. You might notice some surprising sonic similarities. That wouldn't always apply to Mastodon, but they've kinda reined in the sludge on this one, and is has a more progressive, almost stoner rock feel to it.

The result is a more accessible album for those not into their really heavy stuff, or maybe who haven't ever given them more than a moment's thought, which I'm guessing is the majority of non-metalheads. Really though, if you're into hard rock or grunge, give this one a listen, actually give it a few listens. It's got a lot of depth once you get past the pretty tame (but dope) single "High Road" and give it some time. I think it's a kickass record, easily my favorite metal offering of this year.

The Motherload


Once More 'Round The Sun


Chimes At Midnight


#19
Kormac
Doorsteps


This was a pleasant surprise for me. I hadn't heard any hype, or even anything at all about this ahead of time, just picked it up and gave it a whirl, and it turned out to be really cool. The Dublin-based producer has cranked out a really interesting, eclectic mix of tracks that explore hip hop, house, pop, and even some jungle beats, and a bevy of guest vocalists. It's an electronic stew that tastes great.

There's even room for Irvine Welsh (the author of Trainspotting among others) to throw down some lyrics, and yes, they did actually sit in a room together to make the track. No cross-country conference call studio drops. It's a fresh-sounding album, one I highly recommend if you want something different, the best tracks aren't even the ones below, you'll have to do some research on your own to hear those ones. Do it. Dooooo iiiiiit.

Superhero


White Noise


Drown Me


EP #7
SBTRKT
Transitions


I'm not sure what to say about this one. This is one of my favorite producers, a previous album of the year winner, and he dropped an utterly forgettable LP this year that fell so flat it was hard to understand where he was coming from. Thankfully we have this little online EP of sorts to salvage something from the year. It's glitchy and experimental and a bit spacey, what you could expect from a cutting edge artist. I won't pretend like this is his best stuff, but it's worth a listen or three, if only to serve as ear bleach for the other dross. Highs and Lows couldn't be a more apt track to start with.

Highs And Lows


Resolute


Hold The Line


Tomorrow, part deux!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Run-D.M.C. - Christmas In Hollis

Well, tomorrow the 5th annual best of the year countdown starts, so let's throw our festive beats out now. There's really only one worth posting. I'm sure you'll agree.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Super Flu - Volkwein

House masters meet the Dortmunder Philharmoniker. Awesome.

East Forest - 10 Laws

Great song from a pretty cool album, if you can find it.

Mark McGuire - The Instinct

A bunch of albums have jumped across my path as contenders for my best of list, and this was one of the ones that didn't quite make it. Still a good one though!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Saturday Beat

Sorry ya'll, I've been on the road! It's tricky to do some bloggin' when you're on the run. Anyway let's get this back in shape with the last bunch of beats for 2014! Why? Because my annual best of starts on Thursday! Holy moly! Guess I'd better get my list ready...



Soulful deep style driving beats.



Deep techy progressive.



Glorious percussive bounce tech.



Sexy silky smooooooth.



Nice remix of a classic.



Weird but kinda interesting tech track.



These guys are THE kings of jackin' house.



Bloody new garage!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kormac - Another Screen

I really enjoyed this album, it was kind of a random pickup and I have to say I'm impressed. There's quite a spread of different sounds, some house, all electronically influenced. This, of course, is a little Irvine Welsh speaking over some thoughtful beats.


Wildbirds & Peacedrums - The Offbeat

This is from a really different album worth checking out. Not sure it will make my best of the year list, but it's unlike anything else I've listened to, so it might yet.


Peaking Lights - Breakdown

It's been pouring rain all freakin' day. Still is. Good day for sorting through all the messy files and bookmarks kicking around. This video is great.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Red Fang - Prehistoric Dog

I don't post anywhere near enough of these guys. (sarcasm)


Fidlar - Cheap Beer

Better add some beer to this smash up.


Motörhead - Iron Fist

It's Monday. Let's do it loud. Let's do it angry.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Garrett Mason & Keith Hallett - Mojo Boogie

Two of the east coast's finest. Saw Garrett a few weeks back, he was rockin' out acoustic styles at Rock Bottom. Haven't seen Keith in a bit, but I imagine he's touring around like a superstar. Either that or locked in his bedroom practicing like a madman. 


B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone

The one and only.


Joe Bonamassa - Just Got Paid

Well after all those beats yesterday it's only right that we follow up with some classic blues guitar. I assure you that makes sense. If not, deal with it.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Saturday Beat

As promised, let's get down to beatness.



Keep it deep.



Awwww yissssss.



Tech house killer. Fugees what?



Funky tribal kicker primed for some mashing.



Sweeping progressive beauty.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk

And now to wrap up my evening of completely uninspired and unoriginal selections, here's the catchiest song in the world right now. Forgive me. Proper beats tomorrow.


Rudimental - Waiting All Night

Here's another one that's been posted a zillion times already, but not by me! Haha... I'm actually kind of ashamed to admit I didn't know about this song at all until a few months ago. Sad, I know. North America ain't really down with the d&b like the Brits are. One day maybe? Dunno. Great track anyway.


OK Go - I Won't Let You Down

To be perfectly honest I think this song is pretty weak, even for OK Go, who aren't exactly the headiest group out there. That said, you have to recognize video creativity, and these guys are definitely winning in that department. So I am now the 38,184th person to post this. Moving on...


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tom Waits - Looks Like I'm Up Shit Creek Again

No video for this, but I'm posting it anyway. This is how the American people will be feeling about their 'justice' system tomorrow. #EricGarner


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rob Cantor - Shia LaBeouf

I watched Fury last night. Good movie. This is just nuts.

Chromeo - Come Alive

So I've posted this song before, in its original version, but I had to re-post this version since it's so crazy. I mean really, a talkbox on a bed? Good enough.

Corky & The Juice Pigs - Eskimo

So I'm running late, which is no surprise, but I've just about made it in time if I type really fast. I'm frankly shocked that I've never posted this one before.