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Friday, June 14, 2013

Lantern: "Evil Eye"

It's summertime, so maybe I'll start posting more. Just maybe. Anyways, what made me think about this is that Il Buono-approved, Philadelphia-based Lantern have a new song and an album to follow, and I think that deserves words on this here internet web page. The song is called "Evil Eye," the album: Rock N Roll Rorschach. The song-- comparatively clean in terms of production but pretty dirty nevertheless, a real scuzzed-out glam-punk stomp-- is below, and the album's out July 9 on Sophomore Lounge.

Friday, June 7, 2013

2013: Pre-Birthday Favorites

Counter Intuits. Pretty good band name.

People (blogs) are putting together lists of their favorite releases of the year thus far, "thus far" being roughly the halfway point. As a list enthusiast—and a music enthusiast as well, I suppose...—I couldn't help but think about my own favorite releases of this year; however, rather than cut the year in half per se, I'm cutting it into pre-Birthday (my birthday, that is) and post-. My birthday's June 14, so it works out pretty good—and it adds weight, for me and not for you, to think of these releases as relating to my twenty year-old self and then, presumably, to relate the releases of the next few months to my twenty-one year-old self. While it's cool and important and stuff to think about music in its own specific temporal context—i.e. the year in which it was recorded and/or released—it's cool and important and stuff for each person (especially those with ~blogs~) to think about music in the context of his or her own life, a la my main man, John Cusack. Anyways, lots of good stuff so far this year—not as much great stuff, but definitely a lot of good stuff. Below are thirty of my favorite LPs, EPs, and singles listed in alphabetical order. (My top five, sort of, are bolded.)

Ausmuteants—Ah… What An Ugly Face Every Face Is (Heinous Anus)
Bad Noids—Everything From Soup to Dessert (Katorga Works)
BBJr—How To Fuck All Your Co-Workers In One Sitting (Captcha)
Bitchin Bajas—Krausened (Permanent)
The Black Twig Pickers—Rough Carpenters (Thrill Jockey)

Case Studies—Case Studies (Sweet Rot)
CCR Headcleaner—CCR Headcleaner (Caesar Cuts)
Counter Intuits—Counter Intuits (Pyramid Scheme)
DJ Rashad—Rollin’ (Hyperdub)
Ex Con—Ex Con (Bon Voyage)

The Funs—The Funs (Manic Static)
Glenn Jones—My Garden State (Thrill Jockey)
Good Throb—Culture Vulture (Muscle Horse)
Grouper—The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Hair Police—Mercurial Rites (Type)

The Knife—Shaking The Habitual (Rabid)
Linea Aspera—Linea Aspera II (Self-Released)
Main—Ablation (Editions Mego)
Mines—Just Another Thing That Got Ruined (Lake Paradise)
My Bloody Valentine—mbv (Self-Released)

Obnox—A Ragin In The Sun (Anyway)
Pete Swanson—Punk Authority (Software)
Purling Hiss—Water On Mars (Drag City)
Raw Prawn—Raw Prawn (R.I.P. Society)
Ryley Walker—Clear The Sky b/w Joni’s Tune (Addenda)

Tony Molina—Dissed and Dismissed (Melters)
Toupee—Dinner Parties (Rotted Tooth)
Various—The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville (Mississippi)
Wolf Eyes—No Answer: Lower Floors (De Stijl)
Yo La Tengo—Fade (Matador)

As an addendum, I'll include ten releases from 2013 that I haven't listened to that I'd probably like. (These are just off the top of my head; there are certainly many more.) This is just so if you're about to be like, "How could Joe not like ________?" you can see here that I don't not like ________, I just haven't heard it. If ________ isn't listed above or below, rest assured: I hate it and it sucks.

The Body—Master, We Perish (At A Loss)
Charlie Parr—Barnswallow (Tin Angel)
Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt—The Raw and The Cooked (Palilalia)
Dean Blunt—The Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks)
Eleanor Friedberger—Personal Record (Merge)

Mordecai—College Rock (Richie)
Sam Amidon—Bright Sunny South (Nonesuch)
Violent Change—Violent Change (Catholic Guilt)
William Tyler—The Impossible Truth (Merge)
Zs—Grain (Northern Spy)

See you in year-end-list season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012: This is a list of music from this year.

Scott wishes you a nurturing, compassionate, caring holiday season!

Come December, I just can't help but be bit by the year-end-list-making bug. This bug - a spider, if you will - weaves its way across the world wide web, and... I can't keep up this awful metaphor (is it a metaphor? Whatever...). Anyhow, let's just say that year-end lists are ubiquitous, and it's fun, albeit in a moderately narcissistic way, to make your own. I encourage you to do so, too. So keep on reading - assuming I haven't turned you off already - to find my favorite albums (fifty of 'em), songs (seventy-five!), EPs (twenty-five), and reissues/compilations (ditto) of 2012. Ah, 2012! Ah, humanity!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Re-ordered Some Lists

I was less into list-making for a bit there, a ghost of my former obsessive-compulsive self. Well, I'm back. And I've re-ordered my top albums of the 2010 and 2011 lists because, when I looked back on them, they didn't really feel right to me any more. Beyond new acquisitions from those years deserving spots, some of my choices just didn't reflect my tastes - for example, Kanye topping 2010's list, as great as that album is. So here are my top 30 albums of both 2010 and 2011, just in time for... nothing. These are irrelevant, aren't they?

30. The Books - The Way Out
29. No Age - Everything In Between
28. Rangers - Suburban Tours
27. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
26. Black Twig Pickers - Ironto Special
25. Beach House - Teen Dream
24. Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show Of The World
23. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
22. Coma Cinema - Stoned Alone
21. Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi

20. Pocahaunted - Make It Real
19. Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday
18. Antony & The Johnsons - Swanlights
17. Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
16. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
15. The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
14. Sam Amidon - I See The Sign
13. Gonjasufi - A Sufi and A Killer
12. Perfume Genius - Learning
11. Actress - Splazsh

10. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
9. Jack Rose - Luck In The Valley
8. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
7. Caribou - Swim
6. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
5. Sun Araw - On Patrol
4. Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
3. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happenning
2. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
1. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me

30. Sandwell District - Feed-Forward
29. Arrington De Dionyso's Malaikat Dan Singa - Suara Naga
28. Alvarius B. - Baroque Primitiva
27. The Men - Leave Home
26. Sean McCann - The Capital
25. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
24. Fat History Month - Fucking Despair
23. Locrian - The Clearing
22. Liturgy - Aesthethica
21. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler / The Dream

20. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
19. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
18. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
17. Michael Chapman - The Resurrection and Revenge of The Clayton Peacock
16. Telebossa - Telebossa
15. Sun Araw - Ancient Romans
14. Destroyer - Kaputt
13. The UV Race - Homo
12. James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual
11. Julia Holter - Tragedy

10. Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania
9. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
8. James Blake - James Blake
7. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
6. Grouper - A I A
5. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
4. Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres
3. Iceage - New Brigade
2. John Maus - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
1. Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Para Vista Social Club

There it is. Hot dog.

Monday, October 1, 2012

2012... Later on in the Year...

This blog has changed. In past years, it was a place for the frequent posting of great music. Now, I awake from hibernation, every so often (a.k.a. very rarely), to make a dumb little list of my favorite things, devoid of any academia or insight. But that's how I like it lol!

A few months ago, I gave you my twenty favorite albums of 2012's first half. And now that we're through the ninth month of the year, here are my thirty favorite albums of the first three-quarters of 2012!

Actress - R.I.P.
Angel Olsen - Half Way Home
Bits of Shit - Cut Sleeves
Blanche Blanche Blanche - Wink With Both Eyes
Carter Tutti Void - Transverse

Chromatics - Kill For Love
Constant Mongrel - Everything Goes Wrong
Creem - Creem
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
K-Holes - Dismania
King Tuff - King Tuff
Liars - Wixiw
Looks Like Miaou - Looks Like Miaou

The Men - Open Your Heart
Merchandise - Children of Desire
Mount Eerie - Clear Moon / Ocean Roar
Running - Asshole Savant
Spacin' - Deep Thuds

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Sun Araw - The Inner Treaty
Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, The Congos - Icon Give Thank
Super Minotaur - Super Minotaur
Swans - The Seer

Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
Whatever Brains - Whatever Brains
White Suns - Sinews

There. Music.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I'm bored. I haven't posted in a minute. Blogger changed their layout. ""Modern"". Ooh. Whatever. Here are my twenty favorite albums of 2012 so far, I think. (Note that I've got a lot of catch-up-listening to do.)

Actress - R.I.P
Black Dice - Mr. Impossible
Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
Ceremony - Zoo
Chromatics - Kill For Love

Death Grips - The Money Store
Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Jason Urick - I Love You
Julia Holter - Ekstasis

The Men - Open Your Heart
Merchandise - Children Of Desire
Moonface - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Sean McCann & Matthew Sullivan - Vanity Fair

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras meet The Congos - Icon Give Thank
Super Minotaur - Super Minotaur
White Fence - Family Perfume
Zammuto - Zammuto

This is a semi-boring list. I'm sorry. Blame it on 2012. The world is ending.