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The Music Year That Was: The Best Albums of 2011

The Music Year That Was: The Best Albums of 2011

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The usual disclaimers about my year-end music lists still apply. I'm only one man and only have so much time to listen to new albums. So even if I hear an album and it's really good, if nothing about it grabs me right away I may end up forgetting it. Also, naturally I'm going to gravitate toward music either from acts I already know and like or that's recommended by friends and writers/critics I respect. These, then, are the ten albums that I have returned to more than any other in 2011 and probably will in 2012. Because at the end of the day, isn't that the only mark of a good record? #1. Mastodon, The Hunter As much as I was disappointed with Crack the Skye, I absolutely love The Hunter. I've read a lot of comparisons between it and Metallica's "Black Album," and I can see why. It's...
Listening booth — Mocean Worker, “Shooby Shooby Do Yah!”

Listening booth — Mocean Worker, “Shooby Shooby Do Yah!”

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Last month I featured the album art for Mocean Worker's latest album, Candygram for Mowo! on this very blog. Today I've got something even cooler for you. It's a video for the leadoff track from the album, "Shooby Shooby Do Yah!", by Polish artist Czarek Kwaśny. It totally nails the feel of the song and is really fun to watch. Shobby Shobby Do Yah from Czarek Kwaśny on Vimeo. Kwaśny apparently put a lot of thought not just into the animation for this video, but into the concepts behind the animation. If you want to get, like real deep man, check out his explanation of the piece here.
Album review mini-roundup: Anthrax, Ladytron, and The New Mastersounds

Album review mini-roundup: Anthrax, Ladytron, and The New Mastersounds

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Anthrax, Worship Music (Megaforce Records) -- No disrespect to John Bush, but Anthrax only sounds like Anthrax to me with Joey Belladonna behind the mic. Interestingly enough, his first album with Anthrax in more than 20 years is a much more modern-sounding album than I expected. While parts of Worship Music -- tracks like "Earth on Hell" -- are right out of the Persistence of Time era, others ("Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't" and "I'm Alive") sound more the like modern, radio-friendly hard rock found on more recent discs. Belladonna was in a tough spot here, as he and Scott Ian publicly admitted that Worship Music was largely complete when he was brought in. So he was basically singing over songs that were written with former singer Dan Nelson in mind. To his credit, Belladonna sounds at hom...
Gray Flannel Mixtape: The Best of ’09

Gray Flannel Mixtape: The Best of ’09

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Before I unleash my awe-inspiring year-end album wrapup, I thought I'd share with you a mixtape featuring ten of my favorite songs from 2009.  The only restriction I'm placing on myself here is that I won't be double-dipping from any artists, although some could have easily taken up half this list.  And away we go! (more…)
Listening Booth – Flairs, “Truckers Delight”

Listening Booth – Flairs, “Truckers Delight”

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If you want to know what my current favorite song in the world is, it's a little ditty from a French outfit called Flairs - "Truckers Delight".  It's catchy as hell and the video is, well, it's something else.  Think of it as what Grand Theft Auto would've looked like on the Commodore 64 or Sega Master System.  I will say that this should not be viewed from work or in front of a loved one.  Unless you've got a really open kind of relationship. But in either case, crank up the volume and enjoy.
New release roundup (Ace Frehley, Muse, and more…)

New release roundup (Ace Frehley, Muse, and more…)

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Man, I take a short break from updating the site and, just like that, I'm buried under a pile of new music releases.  Not to mention, of course, the Beatles remasters.  So with no big preamble, let's get right into it... Ace Frehley - Anomaly (Brooklyn Born Records) Peter Criss couldn't do it, Paul Stanley almost did it, and who the hell knows what Gene Simmons was trying to do.  I'm speaking, of course, about original Kiss members putting out a solo album this decade that even approached their best work from previous decades.  So how does the Spaceman fare on his first release since George Bush Sr. was president?  Pretty decently, by and large.  Sure the album art is...well, it sucks.  It's just bad.  But who even notices such things anymore? The music's the thing, and Ace acqu
Album review: Minus 8 – Slow Motion

Album review: Minus 8 – Slow Motion

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It's been quite a few years since we last got a full-length release from Swiss DJ/producer Robert Jan Meyer - who does business as Minus 8.  His last proper release, 2004's Eclectica, just didn't do much for me.  I longed for a return to the bold and refreshing nu jazz and downtempo he produced on earlier albums.  Fortunately his latest release, Slow Motion, is a return to form of sorts. (more…)