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  • My Top Albums of 2013

    19. Dez. 2013, 4:11 von StankDank

    15. Deerhunter - Monomania

    14. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

    13. Porcelain Raft - Permanent Signal

    12. Atoms For Peace - AMOK

    11. Wild Nothing - Empty Estate

    10. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

    09. Sigur Rós - Kveikur

    08. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends

    07. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

    06. Arcade Fire - Reflecktor

    05. Elton John - The Diving Board

    04. Washed Out - Paracosm

    03. The Strokes - Comedown Machine

    02. The National - Trouble Will Find Me


    01. British Sea Power - From The Sea To The Land Beyond


    You can see EVERYTHING I've listened to in the last year here: http://www.last.fm/user/StankDank

    You can see how I rate albums here: http://rateyourmusic.com/~Stickman

    I'm not a fan of people who say there isn't any good music being made anymore. I can't keep up with all the great albums that come out. I try, but I feel that I only scratch the surface. It is tough to rate these albums, and my ratings certainly morph and evolve over time. I must state that this is just how I feel about these albums and this year now. I also must state that that while I have listened to every album featured in this particular post, I didn't get a chance listen to every single album released by every artist in 2013. Thus, I invite you to post comments, or albums I might have missed. Or post a link to your 'Best Of' list.

    2013 was yet another great year for music. Below are some of the extra categories I like to throw in:

    Best Comedy albums of 2013:
    Bo Burnham – what.
    Eugene Mirman - An Evening of Comedy, In a Fake, Underground Laboratory
    Maria Bamford – Ask Me About My New God!

    Best Reissue of 2013:
    Elvis Presley - Elvis At Stax Records

    Albums I Still Stand By / Honorable Mentions for 2013:
    The 1975 - Music For Cars (EP)
    Anthony Green - Young Legs
    Arctic Monkeys - AM
    Bastille - Bad Blood
    Baths - Obsidian
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Specter At The Feast
    Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
    Bonobo - The North Borders
    CHRVCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
    City and Colour - The Hurry and the Harm
    Cloud Control - Dream Cave
    Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - The Speed Of Things
    David Bowie - The Next Day
    Disclosure - Settle
    Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
    The Flaming Lips - The Terror
    Foals - Holy Fire
    Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
    Free The Robots - The Balance
    Gem Club - Breakers
    James Blake - Overgrown
    Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
    Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
    Kanye West - Yeezus
    Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
    Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    Local Natives - Hummingbird
    MS MR - Secondhand Rapture
    Pan American - Cloud Room, Glass Room
    Phoenix - Bankrupt!
    The Polyphonic Spree - Yes, It's True
    Powerglove - Blood Dragon
    The Residents - Mush-Room
    Rogue Wave - Nightingale Floors
    Royal Canoe - Today We're Believers
    Rhye - Woman
    The Sadies - Internal Sounds
    Saint Rich - Beyond The Drone
    Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals
    Smith Westerns - Soft Will
    STRFKR - Miracle Mile
    Tindersticks - Across Six Leap Years
    Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return
    Work Drugs - Delta
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito

    Awesome Albums I discovered this year, but were not released in 2013:
    Balmorhea - River Arms
    Big Star - #1 Record
    Kevin Hart - Laugh At My Pain
    The Rolling Stones - Undercover

    And lastly, here are some other albums I liked from 2013, or I need to listen to them more to fully judge them:
    Au Revoir Simone - Move In Spectrums
    Cage The Elephant - Melophobia
    Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty
    Dr. Dog - B-Room
    Haim - Days Are Gone
    St. Lucia - When The Night
    Tim Kasher - Adult Film
    Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
    Slut - Alienation
    Yuck - Glow And Behold

    Best Concert of the Year:

    The National - Asheville, NC (September 12th, 2013)
  • My Top Albums of 2012

    18. Dez. 2012, 18:50 von StankDank

    15. Sigur Rós - Valtari

    14. Lambchop - Mr. M

    13. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

    12. The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

    11. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

    10. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

    09. Minus the Bear - Infinity Overhead

    08. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

    07. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

    06. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

    05. Menomena - Moms

    04. The Helio Sequence - Negotiations

    03. The Antlers - Undersea (EP)

    02. Tindersticks - The Something Rain



    01. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals - The Lion The Beast The Beat





    You can see EVERYTHING I've listened to in the last year here: http://www.last.fm/user/StankDank



    You can see how I rate albums here: http://www.http://rateyourmusic.com/~Stickman



    As usual, it was a tough decision to complete the list of above. A lot of factors come into play, including how many times I 'come back' to an album. One disclaimer I must point out: While I have listened to every album featured in this particular post, I didn't listen to every single album released by every artist in 2012. It's true. That's why I invite you to post comments, or albums I might have missed. Or post a link to your Best Of 2012 list.



    2012 was another great year for music. Below are some extra categories I had to throw in:



    Best Comedy albums of 2012:

    Aziz Ansari - Dangerously Delicious

    Jim Gaffigan - Mr. Universe

    Louis C.K. - Live At The Beacon Theater





    Best Reissues of 2012:

    Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

    Pink Floyd - The Wall: Immersion Edition

    The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico





    Honorable Mentions for Best Album of 2012:

    Aaron Freeman - Marvelous Clouds

    Abandoned Pools - Sublime Currency

    Admiral Fallow - Tree Bursts in Snow

    AIR - Le voyage dans la lune

    Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

    Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

    The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

    Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

    Baroness - Yellow & Green

    Bob Dylan - Tempest

    Circa Survive - Violent Waves

    Crystal Castles - (III)

    DIIV - Oshin

    Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

    Elbow - Dead in the Boot

    Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning to the Night

    Emeralds - Just To Feel Anything

    Four Tet - Pink

    Grimes - Visions

    Grizzly Bear - Shields

    Horse Feathers - Cynic's New Year

    Hot Chip - In Our Heads

    Japandroids - Celebration Rock

    Katatonia - Dead End Kings

    Keane - Strangeland

    The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

    Mumford & Sons - Babel

    Neon Trees - Picture Show

    Passion Pit - Gossamer

    Purity Ring - Shrines

    Rush - Clockwork Angels

    Saint Motel - Voyeur

    The Shins - Port of Morrow

    Swans - The Seer

    Tori Amos - Gold Dust

    Twin Shadow - Confess

    Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon

    The Wallflowers - Glad All Over

    Wild Nothing - Nocturne

    The xx - Coexist

    Yeasayer - Fragrant World



    Awesome Albums I discovered this year, but were not released in 2012:

    Another Cynthia - Another Cynthia

    Atlas Sound - Parallax

    The Beach Boys - The Smiles Sessions

    Bonobo - Black Sands

    How to Dress Well - Just Once

    King Creosote - Thrawn

    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions of the Emerald Beyond

    Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime

    Pearl and the Beard - Killing The Darlings

    Rush - Hemispheres





    And lastly, here are some other albums I liked from 2012, or I need to listen to them more to fully judge them:

    Buckethead - Electric Sea

    Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory

    Cursive - I Am Gemini

    Galactic - Carnivale Electricos

    The Flashbulb - Opus at the End of Everything

    The Magnetic Fields - Love at the Bottom of the Sea

    Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 52





    Best Concert of the Year:

    Willie Nelson - Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC (December 8th, 2012)
  • Res Band - bandcamp album

    11. Feb. 2012, 19:15 von teelahead

  • New Res Band Album - Cod

    26. Jan. 2012, 19:43 von teelahead

  • My Top Albums of 2011

    18. Dez. 2011, 16:18 von StankDank

    15. Cake - Showroom of Compassion

    14. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

    13. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

    12. The Strokes - Angles

    11. Destroyer - Kaputt

    10. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys

    09. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome

    08. TV on the Radio - Nine Types Of Light

    07. Thursday - No Devolución

    06. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

    05. MuteMath - Odd Soul

    04. The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum (The Complete Collection)

    03. Washed Out - Within and Without

    02. Jack's Mannequin - People and Things


    01. The Antlers - Burst Apart


    You can see EVERYTHING I've listened to in the last year here: http://www.last.fm/user/StankDank



    As usual, it was a tough decision to complete the list of above. A lot of factors come into play. One disclaimer I must point out: I didn't listen to every single album released by every artist in 2011. It's true. That's why I invite you to post comments, or albums I might have missed. Or post a link to your Best Of 2011 list.


    2011 was such a great year for music. Below are some extra catagories I had to throw in...

    Best Comedy albums of 2011:

    Louis C.K. - Hilarious

    Patton Oswalt - Finest Hour

    The Lonely Island - Turtle Neck and Chain



    Best Reissues of 2011:

    Pink Floyd - THEIR ENTIRE CATALOG

    Smashing Pumpkins - Gish

    Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream



    Honorable Mentions for Best Album of 2011:

    Active Child - You Are All I See

    Al Di Meola - Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody

    Blind Pilot - We Are The Tide

    Bon Iver - Bon Iver (self-titled)

    Boy And Bear - Moonfire

    City And Colour - Little Hell

    Cults - Cults (self-titled)

    Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

    Feist - Metals

    Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

    Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

    Hank Williams III - Ghost to a Ghost

    Incubus - If Not Now, When?

    Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

    Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place

    Lady GaGa - Born This Way

    Lil Wayne - The Carter IV

    M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

    Mastodon - The Hunter

    Plaid - Scintilli

    PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

    Primus - Green Naugahyde

    Puscifer - Conditions Of My Parole

    Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

    Real Estate - Days

    St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

    Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Rare Bird Alert

    Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear

    Thrice - Major/Minor

    Tori Amos - Night Of Hunters

    Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

    tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L

    When Saints Go Machine - Konkylie

    Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation

    Awesome Albums I discovered this year, but were not released in 2011:

    Archers Of Loaf - Icky Mettle

    Beats Antique - Tribal Derivations

    Chinawoman - Show Me The Face

    Darwin Deez - Darwin Deez (self-titled)

    David Bowie - Hunky Dory

    Delphic - Acolyte

    Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True

    Freelance Whales - Weathervanes

    Four Tet - There Is Love In You

    Hank Williams III - Lovesick, Broke & Driftin'

    Harry Nilsson - The Point

    Infantree - Would Work

    Interpol - Interpol (self-titled)

    Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (self-titled)

    Memory Tapes - Seek Magic

    Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor

    Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise

    Plaid - Double Figure

    Rachel Grimes - Book of Leaves

    Reverend Horton Heat - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

    Richard Skelton - Landings

    Slint - Spiderland

    Slut - Nothing Will Go Wrong

    Thenewno2 - You Are Here

    Unknown Hinson - The Future Is Unknown



    And lastly, here are some other albums I liked from 2011, or I need to listen to them more to fully judge them:


    Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under

    The Black Keys - El Camino

    Bright Eyes - The People's Key

    Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields EP

    The Cars - Move Like This

    Cut Copy - Zonoscope

    Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!

    Foster the People - Torches

    Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

    Grouper - A I A : Alien Observer

    Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu

    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong

    Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some

    Phish - Hampton/Winston-Salem '97

    Tyler, The Creator - Goblin

    The Unthanks - Last

    Yuck - Yuck (self-titled)




    *Of course, I'm sure I forgot to put down your favorite album of the year. I probably did listen to it, unless it was some very obscure record. Forgive me for not listing it. I do intend on updating this list until the beginning of 2012. Please feel free to comment/message me a suggestion, or provide a link to your Best Of list.
  • The Wreck Up

    27. Nov. 2011, 10:54 von teelahead

  • ...and finally

    28. Sep. 2011, 18:38 von teelahead

  • Who Is Webcasting Legal Music And Who Is Not?

    25. Sep. 2011, 17:57 von CrybKeeper

    There seems to be some confusion, as to which webcast radio, music hosting and on demand radio services are actually legal on the web. Many listeners may not realize, these services must ascribe to specific broadcast and performance licenses. Much of these licenses require individual aquisitions of said licenses for each and every country on Earth. Some music licenses are very relaxed, while others are bogged down in multiple restrictions and costly aquisition fees. After much research, this is what I have discovered to be the facts, concerning ten of our presently available music services, thrice in the USA, Canada and in Europe.

    Grooveshark: Legal or illegal? 90% illegal and currently dealing with lawsuits from EMI records and many others. Grooveshark is in complete violation in all European countries, as well as Canada. They have some legal permissions in the USA, but this is very little and only covers two major record labels, out of the dozens that are somehow available on Grooveshark. Grooveshark calls itself a radio streaming service, of course, it's not. It's an on-demand service, which makes it more like Spotify than Pandora.

    Spotify: Legal or illegal? Spotify are 100% legal and have been so, since their very beginnings. Spotify carry an "On Demand" streaming license. This is a costly venture and is the main reason for so much advertising support on Spotify - they must have it, or otherwise would go bankrupt. Although Spotify kept costs down, by limiting legal service to the United Kingdom, they have recently became available legally, in the USA.

    Pandora: Legal or illegal? Again 100% legal, but only available in the USA, as this is the cheapest licensing and royalty percentage on Earth, for random streaming radio services like Pandora. Pandora allows us to create up to 100 unique radio stations, that will randomly play our selected favorite tunes. Pandora is not an On Demand service and also put limits on track skipping monthly, to keep licensing costs down. Pandora has been forced to limit users’ free streaming capabilities to 40 hours per month, after which users have to pay $0.99 monthly for unlimited access to song streaming.

    Jango: Legal or illegal? 100% legal random radio streaming service. Jango is completely advertising supported and have a global blanket license. This means anyone on Earth should be able to use Jango Radio, barring dictatorial government intrusions in some countries. We can skip tracks as much as we like with Jango, while every so many skips will cause some advertising to interupt your listening experience. Jango recently stated in an e-mail to me, they have no plans for offering an ad free streaming service at the present time.

    Playofday: Legal or illegal? Hosting our playlists, this site is new and may be legal, as they are only part responsible for users hosting content. They are protected in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). Not only can the site itself be sued or taken down indefinitely, if they do not comply with the DMCA and police their own site regularly, performance rights groups and the RIAA can come after them, as well as the sites users in kind.

    Jampri: Legal or illegal? Jampri is exactly the same as Playofday site(immediately above), so be careful with using these type hosting sites.

    Jamendo: Legal or illegal? Jamendo is 100% legal. We can build playlists of the sites avialable music artist and tracks. You won't find mainstream or major artists on Jamendo, as this site hosts tracks/albums from mostly DIY and independant artists who choose to offer their material for free streaming and even free downloading on Jamendo. Jamendo is a great site for discovering new and obscure music artists from around the world.

    Lastfm: Legal or illegal? 100% legal and one of the cheapest subscription radio streaming services in the world. Lastfm is an excellent music discovery engine, offering a wide variety of free downloads, full stream sampling, direct from the artists, major music acts and unsigned artists alike, plus so much more. Lastfm is the largest music catalog on Earth for free or for a very small monthly subscription, of only $3.00 USD. They are licensed globally in all countries. Lastfm are also a music data collection service and music wikipedia, where listeners can help build the site, adding artists images, videos, biographies and their own personal listening statistics. Lastfm is also open source, so members can develop their own aps and offer those to other members of Lastfm. The various ways to stream personal radios on Lastfm, are quite vast and more varacious than any other music site on the web.

    Reverb Nation: Legal or illegal? 100% legal, Reverb Nation hosts content, biographies and track streams, that are uploaded strictly by the music artists themselves. RN also offers helpful tools for the musicians to publicize themselves in the music market and to help find new fans, such as press kits, fan club and street team registrations.

    Fizy: Legal or illegal? 50% illegal. Similar to the now defunct Seeqpod, Fizy is an extremely bare bones approach to streaming music with a simple search bar. Like Seeqpod, the site offers speedy music video results and audio results, and unfortunately, legally questionable content, so beware!

    Top Five Legal Music Download Sites:

    #1 - SuperPass
    #2 - eMusic
    #3 - Napster
    #4 - Amazon MP3
    #5 - iTunes
  • Similar Artist Radio vs. Custom Tag Artist Radios

    6. Jul. 2011, 20:43 von CrybKeeper

    The music artists and myself are creating Custom Artist Tag Radios and then getting their fans to listen to those, instead of the not very similar, Similar Artist Radios on their music profiles. It does take alot of work and more than one person must use the same tag, in order to make it a Global tag and streamable within the website.

    If you click one of these custom artist titled tags and stream that instead of Similar Artist Radio buttons, this will actually propagate the correct similar artists to the music artists profiles. This is mainly a priority for new music artists and not very well known yet.

    I have a few more to create and wait for them to go global, which can take up to two weeks on LastFM, ugh! However, the artists are liking this creative work around, because it does work fairly well. I thought of doing it several months back and have been spreading the word around.

    If you're a musician and think your Similar Artists on your LFM music profile are completely wrong, send me a PM and we will create a custom artist tag radio to fix that =)

    What you need to do?

    First, you want to tag your own artist page with the title of your band/artist and then tag each individual track with exactly the same tag. An example would be tag on the band Metallica. You will want to tag your artist and every one of your tracks with genre tags - as many as are appropriate and possible. So a band named Metallica would be tagged everywhere possible with <--(Insert your band name here), , , and , at the very least.

    Next, you will need to decide what other music artists, you feel are very similar to your artist. Go to their profile page and tag them with <--(Insert your band name here), , , and , at the very least. You should do this to at least 3 of these music artists tracks that are available for streaming on LastFM and also do this on/at the very least, 30 other similar music artists in total. This will give your new Artist Title Tag around 90 streamable tracks in it, plus all of yours you have available.

    Third, you must find at least one other person, who can tag every single one of these same artists and their streamable tracks with <--(Insert your band name here), , , and , at the very least.

    Finally, you can wait one to two weeks for this your new Artist Title Tag to go Global and be playable as a radio through the LastFM web page, Flash radio. However, you can play this immediately, if you install the LastFM Scrobbler Desktop Client and play tags directly through that from your desktop.

    The more you, your friends and fans play this Artist Title Tag Radio, the faster your Similar Artists Radio will fill in with the music artists you really want to be there. This will also aid in adding your music artist to those other artists Similar artist radios and over time, this will get your music artist more and more royalty streams on radios at LastFM.

    Here are some examples, that will take you to playable custom built Artist Title Tag Radio pages, which include some very nice artist stats as well:

    Please click on these name tags and browse around ;-)

    @ Lastfm (industrial, electronic rock, piano rock),

    @ Lastfm (gothic metal, metal)

    @ Lastfm (gothic, darkwave)

    @ Lastfm (rapcore, crossover)

    @ Lastfm (folk, acoustic, singer-songwriter)

    @ Lastfm (techno, electronic)

  • Ellsbeth Are #1 In Gothic Metal

    1. Mai. 2011, 11:19 von CrybKeeper

    Ellsbeth are female fronted gothic metal, with a slightly Evanescence similarity, but a heavier metal sound. Ellsbeth have 20,000,000 tracks played on My Space and many millions more all over the web. My Space Records chose Ellsbeth as #1 gothic metal band on My Space, 3 years in a row! They have also been in the top 10 listeners favorites on California FM radio and in rotation at radio stations in Canada and all over the USA, from Huntington, West Virginia to New York and Ohio.

    For some reason, Ellsbeth have not caught on as well at LastFM. Most likely due to limited ability to promote through this website.

    As just one of their publicists, through Adrock Media and Selective Image inc., I have copy distribution rights for their music. I give away free downloads to top listeners on LastFM, so if you honestly like Ellsbeths sound, keep listening and I may send you a surprise gift, or even one month gift subscription to LastFM.

    Cheers and hears,
    CrybKeeper