Friday, November 5, 2010

Poll contenders revisited!

The race between Aesop Rock and A Perfect Circle has been incredibly close in this week's poll. In the interest of encouraging that, because I personally find it cool to see, here's a little more from each of these guys - partially to help everybody make a decision, partially because I love them both.

Aesop Rock



With this track, Aes shows off his real skills as an alt-rapper in a way that hasn't really been shown by the relatively hyper-accessible tracks I've posted from him before. It's just a bit harder to envelop oneself in if you're unfamiliar with his work, but if you dig this track, you'll dig the whole album.

A Perfect Circle



This smooth, slow reflection on recovery and rebuilding is just too damn good. As is typical for APC, sparse, emotional guitars wind around Maynard's emotionally charged vocalizing to build an atmosphere and keep the track moving at an irresistable, though relaxed, pace.



That's it for the week, everybody! Enjoy your weekends! Vote if you haven't! See you on Monday with one of these two as the first post of the week.

More Chemical Brothers to keep Friday rolling

Who's ready for something slightly different? But only slightly.



Hopefully this track jolted you out of any midday doldrums you might be experiencing. It's one of my favorite Chemical Brothers tracks, full of energy and amorphous, constantly building more spastic highs throughout.

Uptempo smoothness to start Friday right

It's Friday! Let's celebrate with some awesome electronica.



I tell you the truth; if the changeup at 1:23 doesn't appeal to you, you're not human. In fact, I think everyone can find something to like about this one.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Breaking Benjamin - We Are Not Alone (2004)



A strong alt-rock sensibility and a very tight grasp on commercial appeal make this album utterly listenable and completely enjoyable, though it does wear thin on a few songs.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

OCRemix to brighten your Wednesday.

While I'm working on my next round of content, I wanted to leave this fun little Satch-esque track for the fun and enjoyment of all.



This week's poll is heating up, with Thirteenth Step and Labor Days trading the lead over the past couple of days. If you haven't voted yet, what are you waiting for? It's over there, at the top of the sidebar, to the right.

Have a great Wednesday everyone. Be back tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

On numbered ratings.

Specifically, on how I'm not going to do them anymore.

This week's poll contenders - Pt. 2

And we're back, with the second half of the poll rundown.  If you're not sure what I'm talking about, check out today's first post.  We'll wait until you come back.

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Oh, good, you're back.  We missed you.  Alright, let's get started.

This week's poll contenders - Pt. 1

The poll I ran last week to determine what I'd post about on Monday was a pretty big success, I'd say. Plenty of people voted, there was a clear winner, everyone was happy. However, I do realize that some of the stuff on the list may be completely unknown to some of you guys, as the readership (and the individual music tastes thereof) has grown quite a bit.

So, today, I'm going to be giving a little taste of each album, one song each, and a little about the music itself. Hopefully, this is as helpful as I imagine it'll be.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Century Mark - 100 Followers!

Well, actually, 102. Lol.

It's sort of a tradition on the blog scene we've sorta built for ourselves to celebrate this milestone, and I'll be honest, I've been waiting to get in on this fun. So, I'm going to talk about music some more - just like I'd be doing otherwise.

As I've mentioned before, Deftones are my favorite band. I started getting into them just as I was starting to get bored of Tool back in highschool. Which is why this track was a perfect transition:



Yep, that's Maynard singing on that track. Which, I think, is why so many people who don't really care about Deftones all that much love this cut - it's a great crossover, as Maynard and Chino's voices weave smoothly around each other, basking in the idiosyncratic styles they both bring to the table.

Personally, I love this track for its strong grasp of dynamics as well - the whole band moves from the calm to the quiet to the storm incredibly well in this song. The raw energy of the bridge really shines through, as well.

Thanks for the continued support, everyone! Keep reading, I'll keep delivering the best content I can.

Tool - Lateralus (2001)



With a blend of ferocity and subtlety, composure and violence, complexity and simplicity, Tool's magnum opus still shines just as strong if not stronger today than it did when it was released nearly a decade ago. Not one moment on this album feels out of place, even after the thousands of listens I've given it over the years.
Rating: 5/5