Monday, December 19, 2011


1. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
2. Bomb The Music Industry! - Vacation
3. Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
4. The Wonder Years - Suburbia
5. Kevin Devine - Between The Concrete & Clouds
6. Into It. Over It. - Proper
7. GDP - Useless Eaters
8. All Get Out - The Season
9. White Wives - Happeners
10. Bright Eyes - The People's Key

Honorable Mentions:

Horrible Crowes - Elsie
Mansions - Dig Up The Dead
Okkervil River - I Am So Far
Pteradon - Viva!
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Drake - Take Care
The Taxpayers - To Risk So Much For One Damn Meal

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The best goddamn albums of 2010

Let's get this out of the way. The Hold Steady are dead to me. Heaven is Whenever is an abomination. I'm bitter. They're not on this list. OK, onto the good stuff.

There's a lot of pop punk on this list. There's a little bit of indie. It's cold out.

10. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
9. Frightened Rabbits - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
8. The Extra Lens - Undercard
7. You, Me, and Everyone We Know - Some Things Don't Wash Out
6. Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
5. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
4. Bad Books - Bad Books
3. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
2. Bomb The Music Industry! - Adults!!!... Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!!!
1. The Wonder Years - The Upsides

Monday, September 20, 2010

Other blogsz

Haha, I haven't listened to that Damien Marley/Nas CD since May.

I finished the Britney's Spear CD, which I alluded to ever so briefly in one of the other entries here. They'll eventually say how to get it at

In the meantime, I'm making a record again and I have decided to make a new blog about that and use what I think is blogger's most ridiculous template. That can be found at

Will I update this blog again in another four months? Anything could happen?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

First Listen: Nas & Damien Marley - Distant Relatives

My hip-hop credentials are pretty solid, I feel like, so I'm just going to go right into this. Nas and Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley made a record together called Distant Relatives. It's been getting near perfect reviews from a bunch of hip-hop websites; I'm not so sure it's perfect, but it is one of the only decent hip-hop albums to come out in a long time. The record is thematically centered around Africa, past and present, and the common ancestry of the human race (like KevDev's Brothers Blood kinda sorta. Probably the first and last time Kevin Devine and Nas will ever appear in the same paragraph). When the record sticks to those themes, it's very good.

Honestly, I have almost no idea what Damien Marley is saying most of the time, but the meaning still comes through. Tracks like "Tribes at War" and "Africa Must Wake Up" are pretty self explanatory; there are a lot of didactic songs on the album, but the album manages to stay away from sounding kitschy or corny. Nas gives a consistent performance across the thirteen tracks, mostly rapping about the general theme of the song. Despite the occasional dig at his unfaithful milkshake-having ex-wife and the child support system ("Strong Will Continue"), Distant Relatives is a mostly positive group of songs. Unity features prominently: The first track, "As We Enter" features both Marley and Nas in a fast paced call and response, showcasing the best of both their abilities. "In His Own Words" is a vow of solidarity despite different religions, and "My Generation," (featuring both a kids choir and Lil' Wayne!) is a call to arms for change.

Distant Relatives is best when it's thematically in line. The songs with the best production are the ones with aspects of all three backgrounds: hip-hop, reggae, and traditional African music). The straight reggae songs are a little too reggae for my tastes, but there aren't too many of them. The record clocks in at thirteen songs in just about an hour. That's a lot of music, but thankfully they've got a lot to say. It's a lyrically and musically sound collection of songs, and it's hard to argue with their intentions. Maybe there's hope for non-trap music hip-hop after all?

Rating: Prittay, prittay good.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fight dat Entropy

And so the mixing begins in earnest today.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


It is sometimes important to cleanse and to detox and to wipe your C: drive and to put a shiny new operating system on your shiny old machine. Today I underwent one such rebirth and for compatibility's sake I thought I'd make sure Cubase still played nice with that album thing I'm working on. It does, and so I mixed for a bit and came up with this:

Sister City - 20 (Mix 1) -


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Types of songs..

First song in a month and a half, reminding me I can still write songs, song.