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Throughout these past few days as I was putting together these posts I sincerely missed Imeem. Not that Lala’s not a suitable substitute for single track capture but as far as playlists go it’s pretty useless, unless you want to pay $0.10 for ever track you include. Lame. I miss you Imeem, I hope someone creates something useful to replace you soon. But aside from my lists shortcomings thanks to this years loss I think it went alright. No one has given me shit yet, maybe the naysayers are waiting for the end to rip my opinions apart. I look forward to it as always.
I’m ready when you are.
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When I was a little girl I wanted to be a model, dancer or a singer when I grew up. I”m only 5’4″ so scratch out model, my mother had 4 jobs to support me and my 3 brothers and couldn’t afford to send me to classes so scratch out dancer… but singing my heart out loud was free so I did a lot of that. Only thing is that unlike the rest of my siblings I didn’t get the charismatic life of the party gene. I got up the courage to belt it out at church and school talent shows a few times growing up but once I hit that awkward stage of life I shriveled up inside and became far too self aware and terrified to even sing aloud if anyone else was in the house… let alone on a stage. Those who can’t, teach? Nah. I prefer to simply spread around all the wonderful talents in these songs like the plague instead. And then wait for Terrence to leave or fall asleep to belt it out in my livingroom. Hooray for shame.
Have fun listening.
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Thanks to my recent move I’ve discovered hidden musical gems. I found my box of mixtapes (they weren’t lost, just forgotten) all of which were labeled with years or months (ie: Sophomore year mix) and all those titles sparked my interest… unfortunately I don’t own a cassette player. How lame am I? I also unearthed all of my spools of CDR mixes, I don’t own a CD player either but at least I can still play those in my pc. Now I simply compile these lists on my iTunes and eventually when I have to wipe out my pc (like I’ll be doing again in a few weeks to upgrade to Win7) I lose all of these playlists. I usually try to print them out but it’s not the same. I miss cassette tapes, I miss the process… how fantastic it used to be. Sure it’s simpler now but all the beautiful science of it is gone. This may be why I continue to make these lists… I need a process.
I hope you enjoy.
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Me and music go way back, some may even say that I’m slightly obsessed… but being that I’m the daughter of a DJ and a dancer I might not have had a choice in the matter. I feel compelled to force my music onto everyone I meet and this is just another one of those instances.
I’ve been making these lists for the last 6 years, before that I made annual mixtapes and CDRs to showcase the years talents… I don’t know why I do it, I just have to. Whether anyone cares or not I still have to make them. Terrence just told me I was crazy, but he tells me that every year as these lists get longer or more involved. I for one think they’ve become less involved and if you’ve ever read through my annual lists in the last few years you might agree.
It’s only the opinion of one girl. Here you go…
Some of you may have noticed that I hadn’t posted my November playlist or top 5 yet, or maybe you didn’t, this is partly because I’m behind due to the holidays and finals and also due to the unexpected death of imeem. I relied heavily on imeem to share music and am currently trying to locate another music lending site to host my playlists, although I doubt this search will be fruitful. Imeem has been “resurrected” by Myspace and apparently soon all of my past playlists will be converted to myspace’s format, none of this excites me in any way considering my distaste for myspace and my lacking confidence in their capabilities. In the coming days I’ll most likely have to rely on Lala and Youtube to provide snippets from my playlists and most likely will cease to produce them or at least switch up the way I worked it.
For the past few years imeem has made music listening and sharing a simple and enjoyable activity… this may be the saddest day for music pirating since the death of OiNK (ok, that may be pushing it), goodbye dear friend, I’ll miss you.
5. The Dutchess and the Duke’s Sunset/Sunrise
4. Pylon’s Chomp More
3. Bear in Heaven’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth
2. Baroness’ Blue Record
1. Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms
Top five highlight:
It’s been a while since a metal album has caught my attention, and it’s that exact reason why I love the Baroness album so much more than I probably should. I’d given up on listening to hard music, thinking it might have just been a high school faze, but here we are again. I had only gotten the album for Terrence to feed his love of metal and maybe distract him from listening to Mastodon on repeat, little did I know my dormant love of metal would be rekindled. Good times, noodle salad.
5. Islands Vapours
4. Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3
3. Volcano Choir’s Unmap
2. The Big Pink’s A Brief History of Love
1. Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II
I’m gonna go ahead and single out a few albums on this list.
Jay-Z is getting a whole lot of shit for his latest Blueprint installment, most of it is his fault too. He hyped the shit out of this album, I was moist in my bottoms for what seemed like forever waiting for its release after hearing Brooklyn (Go Hard). Every new single was like Christmas Eve, I’d get all jumpy and exited for the amazement that was soon to follow… that is until I opened the big box buried in the back and found a pink bunny costume inside. That’s a bit of a harsh statement. It’s a fine album, I love it way more than most people do… not quite as much as my brothers though, they’re all smitten and can’t be reasoned with. I’m in heavy groove mode with the first 8 or 9 tracks but then that shit garbage track Venus Vs. Mars comes on and I’d rather punch babies than listen any longer. After that it’s all downhill, I could easily omit every song from then on and pretend the album is fantastic but sadly that would be a lie. It’s just a boring way to cap off an album with such a strong start. Poorly executed, yes, but it’s WAY better than Kingdom Come no matter how many assholes argue against me on this one. And since September didn’t give me much it’s still good enough to earn the #4 spot in my top 5… yay for Jay-Z.
But more importantly, I’m so proud of my fellow Staten Islander, Raekwon, this is his best album in years and he deserves all the praise he gets for it. In fact not enough people are talking about this record and they should, it’s fantastic. I recently saw Raekwon do a show at Mahoney Playground, just a few block from my house, the overall energy at this humble gathering was phenomenal… more artists should follow his lead and bring it home this way. The crowd was appreciative and energetic, even though it only lasted about 30 minutes it was enough to make my whole day. The Wu Tang Clan put Staten Island on the map, and soloists like Raekwon and Ghostface are keeping it something to be proud of. Every time I listen to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II I get all amped up, I nearly destroy my car speakers blaring it with the windows down so everyone can be filled with the same excitement that I am. One day I might even kill myself throwing my W’s up while sitting behind the wheel but even if so it would be good fucking times.
5. The XX’s XX
4. Lightning Dust’s Infinite Light
3. Mew’s No More Stories Are Told Today, I’m Sorry, They Washed Away
2. Wild Beasts’ Two Dancers
1. The Antlers’ Hospice
I’m getting more and more disappointed with this Summers releases this year. As much as I like these five albums none of them blew me away. In fact only three albums this entire Summer have had that effect on me. I’m starting to question my monthly album report, I’m thinking of resorting to a seasonal one. Still these are good albums, the best of the month… just not the best of the Summer.
This is the hardest post for me to have to write… and that’s saying a lot for a girl that openly talks about her vagina to strangers and stalkers. July was a massively disappointing month for music. Aside from the Discovery album I’d say that the rest of this list is filler, these albums can’t stand alone and would under normal circumstances not even be in a league with many of the previous top 5 candidates… but like I said July = Fail. Isn’t Summer supposed to be the best time for music? I put off this post for as long as I could, hoping I would stumble upon some hidden gem out there in the music world but this is as far as I got. This post may seem a bit brash, these aren’t bad albums… I like them, they’re good times… I just feel like music is getting a little lazy.
5. Megafaun’s Gather, Form & Fly
4. Rainbow Arabia’s Kabukimono
3. YACHT’s See Mystery Lights
2. jj’s jj n° 2
1. Discovery’s LP
5. Deerhunter’s Rainwater Cassette Exchange
4. Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca
3. Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer
2. Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do
1. Bibio’s Ambivalence Avenue
I’ve recently decided that Spencer Krug is spreading himself too thin. I don’t necessarily think that his albums are bad but they’re certainly all lacking the full potential that I know they’re capable of. This Sunset Rubdown album is very good, don’t get me wrong… but not that much sticks out and it lacks in certain areas, making my mind wander away somewhere in the middle with the occasional jolt back. Still a good effort though, certainly better than most of June’s releases.
Also, I’m usually not one for reggae since my love affair with Shabba Ranks depleted but I’m absolutely in love with this Major Lazer album. Then I found out that the masterminds behind it were two scrawny white boys, DJ’s Diplo and Stitch… damn whitey can’t leave the brothers with nothing. Sadly although afflicted with Caucasian they did a way better job than anyone with their hands in reggae lately so… I highly recommend it, dancey good times.
And lastly… I’m completely taken away by Bibio’s most recent attempt. I first listened to it while I was running around my apartment getting ready to go out when I found myself confused. I thought I had accidentally hit shuffle on my iTunes since the style of music kept changing, I wandered over to my pc and was assured that I was still in fact listening to Ambivalence Avenue. Befuddled, I walked away and continued to get ready. The albums is fantastic, so much that I slowed my pace as I got ready just to see if I could accomplish finishing it before I left. Unfortunately I couldn’t. But the next day I finished the task and repeated it over and over. I very much enjoy the style of music switching on me constantly, I keeps in interested and on my toes. No matter which style Stephen Wilkinson decides to go with on this album it works. Top notch release, totally worth it.