• Aesthete's Top 20 of 2013

    26. Dez. 2013, 21:06 von Aesthete24

    20. The Range - Nonfiction

    19. Sepalcure - Make You EP

    18. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

    17. Disclosure - Settle

    16. Local Natives - Hummingbird

    15. Bonobo - The North Borders

    14. Blue Hawaii - Untogether

    13. TOKiMONSTA - Half Shadows

    12. Widowspeak - Almanac

    11. Lapalux - Nostalchic

    10. Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back

    9. Daedelus - Drown Out

    8. Cuushe - Butterfly Case

    7. My Bloody Valentine - MBV

    6. Indians - Somewhere Else

    5. Brazos - Saltwater

    4. The Belle Game - Ritual Tradition Habit

    3. Hebronix - Unreal

    2. Mister Lies - Mowgli

    1. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

    Song of the Year:
    Hebronix - Unliving
  • Aesthete's Top 20 of 2012

    22. Dez. 2012, 8:47 von Aesthete24

    20. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
    Honestly a bit disappointing after the masterpiece Cosmogramma, but it still delivers here and there.

    19. Death Grips - The Money Store
    Had a hard time deciding which of the two albums this year to include. The Money Store has some better singles but as an album is less consistently good than No Love Deep Web, but for obvious reasons I like this album cover better..

    18. Black Dice - Mr. Impossible
    Like any Black Dice record, really -- off-kilter beats, strange samples, lots of negative space.

    17. Young Magic - Melt
    Album Cover of the Year, that's gorgeous! This psych band melts a plethora of styles into a weird, complex, textured cohesive whole. This is a band to watch in the coming years.

    16. Clams Casino - Instrumental Mixtape 2
    Beats beats beats. Good beats.

    15. The Bowerbirds - The Clearing
    A return to form for this awesome folk band.

    14. Whirr - Pipe Dreams
    True to it's name, dreamy creamy shoegaze.

    This beat maker is totally worth the hype. Had me singing "No, I don't want no scrub" in the shower.

    12. Grizzly Bear - Shields
    They're songwriting is getting a bit sloppy here and there, but for the most part the sounds are as good as they always have been. The guitars somewhat keep in the vein of Veckatimest, but it goes a bit more atmospheric and ambient for a lot of it as well.

    11. DIIV - Oshin
    Chilled out shoegaze -- this album has some unmissable classics for the genre, like How Long Have You Known and Doused.

    10. TOY - TOY
    Shoegaze krautrock rock'n'roll on an absolutely higher plane of existence than most.

    9. Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship
    Quite different from their debut, this psych band is going places.

    8. Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
    When I heard the guitars on this album, I immediately thought, "Shit, this sounds like something Albini could be behind..." Turns out it was.

    7. Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile EP
    Really showcases his songwriting in a way that Grizzly Bear cannot.

    6. Bear In Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
    Dance music of a dark future. Great atmospheres, such a unique sound.

    5. Two People Playing Music - For People
    Unheard of indie jazz jam band. They're pretty much the best thing without a Pitchfork review this year.

    4. Purity Ring - Shrines
    Very awesome beats, very awesome vocals.

    3. Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
    The poetry this guy comes up with is heart-shattering.

    2. Young Man - Vol. 1
    Just gorgeous, gorgeous songwriting. He didn't get much recognition, as far as I could tell

    1. Grimes - Visions
    If this is a sign of what's to come, I'm very excited for the future. Absolutely amazing sounds and melodies.

    And song of the year:
    Two People Playing Music - Movies Without Sound
  • Aesthete's Top 20 of 2011

    3. Jan. 2012, 12:41 von Aesthete24

    20. Clams Casino - Instrumentals
    Killer beats.

    19. Pepper Rabbit - Red Velvet Snow Ball
    Some strange poppy psych shit.

    18. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
    Same ol' Fleet Foxes as before.

    17. Kyst - Waterworks
    Mesmerizing folky post-rock.

    16. Arms and Sleepers - The Organ Hearts
    Really awesome trip-hop beats.

    15. Seekae - +DOME
    Hypnotic electronic shoegaze.

    14. Starfucker - Reptilians
    Hazy, bouncy, futurish electronic indie-pop.

    13. Gauntlet Hair - Gauntlet Hair
    I missed this album in 2011, but last.fm kept recommending it to me late 2012. It's really brilliant, amazing guitar sounds and vocals.

    12. Conquering Animal Sound - Kammerspiel
    Absolutely gorgeous electronic pop.

    11. Battles - Gloss Drop
    Less math, but more weird. Full of absolutely amazingly strange rhythms. The extraordinary list of collaborators whose voices just fit in perfectly really clinches the deal.

    10. Africa HiTech - 93 Million Miles
    Some strange grooves. Easy to get lost in this album.

    9. Radiohead - King of Limbs
    A little less polished than the usual Radiohead, and a little less exciting, but quite good nonetheless.

    8. Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation
    A soft voice on a bed of dreamy, catchy melodies.

    7. Skeletons - PEOPLE
    Jazzy, funky, experimental pop.

    6. Braids - Native Speaker
    It probably took me under 3 minutes after pressing play for the first time to realize that this was undoubtedly going to be one of the best albums of 2011.

    5. James Blake - James Blake
    The SOUL is just so powerful!

    4. Yuck - Yuck
    This album reeks of late 90s alt and indie rock. Sometimes I'm reminded of Pavement, sometimes Modest Mouse, sometimes Albini seems to be poking his head in.

    3. Seefeel - Seefeel
    Did you notice that 3 albums in a row are self-titled? I did.
    Anyway, this album is, from start to finish, composed of the most gorgeous sound textures I've heard since Loveless.

    2. Wye Oak - Civilian
    They've remained vaguely folky, but have brought more of a dream pop element into the mix. Some absolutely stunning, breathtaking vocals on this one.

    1. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
    This is the only rap album I've ever rated 10/10. Most rap albums I can't even listen to from start to finish, but this one...it's fucking perfect. The beats have a really intriguing kind of darkness to them. One thing that generally turns me off to rap is the corny-as-fuck choruses, but this duo skillfully avoids those. Many songs are devoid of a chorus at all, something that I personally appreciate, and when there is a chorus, it's done right. Some great poetry in here in here as well. Without a doubt my Album of the Year.

    And song of the year:
    Skeletons - More Than The One Thing
  • SD's TOP 25 ALBUMS of 2011

    30. Dez. 2011, 18:29 von ZacMagnum

  • Escape/Revolution by The Mothers Anger's is full of punch-to-the-gut wall-of-sound…

    22. Nov. 2011, 18:38 von Groovemine

    Artist: The Mothers Anger
    Album: Escape/REVOLUTION
    Label: Nest Music / Dionysus Records

    [Excerpt From our review on Groovemine]

    The Mothers Anger sound is difficult to pinpoint and is most likely the result of innovation out of necessity. Rapaport’s vocals meander between punk, Spanish folk and doom wails in between intense melodies that straddle all of those aforementioned styles while also touching on indie roots. This is what would happen if you mixed the idea behind Gogol Bordello with the sound of Fugazi, The Melvins and Minor Threat. It’s gale-force intensity focused into a perfectly listenable collection of dramatic aural set-pieces for the plot that the band has devised for Escape/Revolution, an obviously political sentiment that is echoed by its literary counterpart, a book written by Rapaport to be published later in the year (and the sets of two just keep coming...). The story and music are crafted carefully together and neither one becomes too overwhelming over the other. Each song flows into the next, which furthers the effect of the conceptual nature of the album, but tends...

    Entire review on Groovemine HERE

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  • Butthole Surfers at Emo's Eastside grand opening

    12. Sep. 2011, 6:06 von jwayc

    Sun 11 Sep – Butthole Surfers, 400 Blows, Bodytronix

    The Butthole Surfers did a fine job of breaking in this shiny new venue (Emo's Eastside grand opening) just down the street from my apartment, lucky me. Dazzling and disturbing psychedelic visuals pulsated throughout the sold out show. Got rocked the f-ck out

    This place feels like the IMAX of indoor venues. Huge stage, huge sound.
  • SMOD self-titled release displays the plasticity of hip hop

    4. Jul. 2011, 2:03 von Groovemine

    Artist: Smod
    Album: Smod
    Label: Nacional Records

    [Excerpt from our review on Groovemine]

    The result is a crisp, fresh sound, glittering in its ecstatic simplicity: a guitar, a couple of voices, and the subtle craft of Chao’s polishing production evoke the sultry African nights spent on the roof. SMOD’s sound is remarkably robust and, even in its minimalism, the album doesn’t become stale. Compare the vibrant, rapid diction on “Tidjidja” to the plaintive, tactile strum of “Les Jeunes Filles du Maliba,” a song about the ladies, which is immediately followed by the rollicking distortion of “J’ai Pas Peur Du Micro.” Frankly, this last song is a sore spot on the album, if not simply for sounding entirely out of place, though I do appreciate the attempt at variation, as well as Kenny Arkana’s guest verse.

    Besides this misstep, the album is excellent all the way through. It’s a fairly obvious concept, and perhaps that’s why it works so well: Malian guitar and singing combined with French rapping, along with some more Westernized strumming styles. But we all know that the ideas with the most brilliance and import are those which, after their inception, seem obvious. “We couldn’t beat the Americans at their own game,” says....

    Entire review on Groovemine, PLUS FREE MP3: “Ca Chante" HERE

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  • Real Estate at The Parish

    11. Apr. 2011, 5:24 von jwayc

    Sun 10 Apr – Real Estate

    First time seeing these guys, did not disappoint.
  • Gayngs regrind with Doomtree; turns gaudy to infectious; Download EP for FREE

    28. Mär. 2011, 23:33 von Groovemine

    Artist: Gayngs(w/Doomtree)
    Label: Self-released

    [Excerpt from our review on Groovemine]

    Early last year, the known as Gayngs first showed up on the indie-scene with the release of their debut LP, Relayted. The group, which features Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Dessa and P.O.S. (Doomtree), and Michael Lewis (Andrew Bird)—among others—contains up to 23 members. The family-like ensemble specializes in smooth, downtempo, soft rock. With sexy songs like “The Gaudy Side Of Town”, Gayngs are a lovemaking force. One year later, the Doomtree members of Gayngs have released a “” of Gayngs’ debut LP.

    The new record, Affiliyated, is an absorbing, soulful piece. It features seven tracks of complex production. The way in which the EP was produced is called a “regrind”. As the band’s Bandcamp page states, a “regrind” is..

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    Entire review on Groovemine and FREE EP - HERE!
  • How to revive your loved tracks and personal tag radios using Tomahawk

    25. Mär. 2011, 21:08 von Tecfan

    Tomahawk is a brand new "media player"; 0.0.1 was released today. You can get it at www.gettomahawk.com.

    Basically, you add your Tomahawk-using friends via their Google/Jabber accounts, and you are then able to stream music from them. There is much, much more to Tomahawk than just reviving your loved tracks radio, but this is what I am going to cover in this tutorial.

    0. If you do not already have Tomahawk:
    After you have installed Tomahawk you have to configure it. The first window you will see is the Settings window. Enter your Jabber account name (you can use your Google account, or register at www.jabber.org) and your password. You can ignore the network settings for now - you can go back to them if you're having problems connecting to your friends.

    Next, go to the "Local music" tab and select the path where Tomahawk should search for music on your computer. Everything Tomahawk finds here will be added to your collection.

    The next tab, Last.fm, should be self-explanatory. Enter your Last.fm username and password to scrobble.

    Press OK and Tomahawk will start adding files to your collection. This can take a couple minutes.

    In the meanwhile, go to the menu bar at the top, Network --> Jabber --> Add friend and add some of your Jabber/Google friends that are also using Tomahawk. If you do not have any friends who would like to test Tomahawk with you, you can send me a message and I'll might be your friend for a couple of hours :)

    The friend will have to accept you from his favorite Jabber client (i.e. Google Talk) to show up in Tomahawk. (Note that you do not actually need friends to use Tomahawk or even get your loved tracks radio back, but it's nice to have some friends to stream from :))

    1. Add your loved tracks playlist to Tomahawk
    Go to your loved tracks page on Last.fm located here: http://www.last.fm/user/YourUserName/library/loved

    Press the "Export Loved Tracks" button to the left, and choose XSPF as format. Download the file and save it on your computer.

    Now go to Tomahawk, in the menu, press playlist --> Load XSPF... Enter the path to the file on your computer, for example "C:\Users\Pal\Desktop\Tecfan_lovedtracks.xspf".

    Larger version: http://tecfan.nitrolinken.net/tm/upload.php/541/tomahawk2.png

    The playlist is now created and can be seen under your nick in the left side of the screen (you might have to press the arrow next to your nick).

    And that's basically it. You now have all your loved tracks in a playlist. As you can see, my loved tracks playlist mostly plays songs that it has found in my own collection, but for those songs I don't have, it streams them from my friends! With enough friends, your whole loved tracks playlist should be playable from the supercollection. (With only 4 friends logged on right now, I have access to over 150 000 tracks on-demand!)

    Tracks that are not found in anybody's collections are greyed out. However, there are resolvers that can stream these songs from for example YouTube. You can find these here: http://www.tomahawk-player.org/resolvers

    You can do the same thing with any tag, personal tag and more. Download Tomahawk today and start exploring :)

    2. Finito
    If you need help or have questions, ask them here or go to #tomahawk on Freenode.

    To be able to stream from your friends, at least one of you have to be connectable. Opening ports can be a simple solution to this. Remember that this is an early version and there will be bugs and probably frequent updates, so remember to check for updates :)

    Now enjoy your loved tracks like back in the days! (After some hours of listening my profile looks like this:)

    (some songs I like)

    Knee Deep
    Giving Head To A Shotgun
    Peace Loving Man
    Heir to the Throne
    Truth Sets In
    Vato (feat. B-Real)
    Kettle's On
    All alone in the castle
    Bicycle Race
    As Far As The Mind Can See, Part 3: They Know We Know
    Mr. Blue Sky
    Sometimes They Stay, Sometimes They Go
    Generator ^ First Floor
    Almost As Cool As Stealing Prosthetic Legs
    Freak Out!
    Guns & Ammo
    When the War Ends