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hi everyone! it’s been a little while since my last post and since then i have been catching up and listening to soooo much music and there is soooo much good music out right now it’s ridiculous. a bunch of new albums, a bunch of a new up and comers…but this post is about what i’ve been obsessed with lately…new and old…but within the year or so. this post is filled with good beats. trust. let’s start with the rapture’s incredible new single from their forthcoming album! have been dancing to it all morning since hearing it.
i got into big boi‘s latest album, sir lucious leftfoot, pretty late but since hearing it i haven’t been able to stop. having been disappointed with his previous lp i just didn’t think something like this would come from him. fantastic fantastic beats. it’s good hip-hop with catchy lyrics that isn’t all just kanye and jay-z shit you know? in the sense that the lyrical content of Ye and Hov has less relevance than News of the World nowadays. sure, their beats sometimes are awesome like sampling Otis Redding in their new single “Otis” for upcoming lp watch the throne, but their lyrics are just so horrible to listen these days (like rhyming D’ior Homme with homie) that it’s refreshing to hear tracks like “Tangerine”, “Turns Me On”, “Hustle Blood”, “Back Up Plan”, and my favorite, “Shine Blockas” from Big Boi where the beats of the rhythm and the cadence of his delivery is just sooo sooo soo good. it’s light enough to give you that pop encouragement to dance and get down and dirt, lyrically interesting to keep your mental in check. such a fantastic album.
flight facilities is a group from sydney, australia. that’s all i know about them jajaja at the moment. their track “crave you” is gettin’ pretty big here and their release of the crave you ep with a bunch of remixes from the likes of cassian, c90′s, ted and francis, was back in april and i’ve just gotten a chace to to listen to it now and it’s quite good. so i’m sharing the original and my favorite remix done by the c90′s.
bag raiders are a house duo also from sydney. they’ve only had one album release but have done a ton of eps released from the formidble fool’s gold label and bang gang…as well as having done remixes for cut copy, kid sister, and midnight juggernauts. their track, “shoot stars” was released in 2009 and is what got them noticed in australia. such an amazing pop track.
adrian lux is a dj/producer from sweden. his most popular track “teenage crime” gets quite a bit of play here in australia and errrybody knows it and gets their groove on. it’s a good one.
lastly, i want to share one of the greatest songs of this year. yes, that’s right. a pretty hefty claim but to me, it’s true. as y’all probs know, fleet foxes released their new album this year (and are currently on tour), helplessness blues. it is another heartfelt soul belting lp and it just warms my body like a cleanse. “grown ocean” is the most inspiring track, i feel, on the album…and of this year for me. every time i listen to it, i feel like i’m in the mountains looking at a never ending sunset driving through the sky with the clouds as my road. windows down. the title from this post is derived from this song. turn it up guys.
currently, i am in the warmth that is mexico! have been travelling around here for roughly a three weeks now and i have a lot more to explore! before that, as y’all might know, i was at burning man and made a west coast to east coast roadtrip out of it…camping in as many national parks as possible, being with nature, doing amazing hikes, and reconnecting. since my first burn, my music expansion became exponential. the new music i was listening to was an integral part of my travels in america too…a lot of music in this mixtape i was listening to when the sun was setting or rising, when i was cruising on a long and winding road down a mountain, when i was just being.
the music in this mixtape means a lot to me and i hope y’all can feel it. there’s a mix of all of the new influences i was introduced to, as well as some old school love. there’s everything from grime dubstep drum and bass to indie rock pop. thanks for waiting for so long for it to come out!!! like with all the mixtapes before…it’s really important to listen to it in order. from what i gather, most of you guys have itunes, which is shit for my mixtapes ’cause it still doesn’t play it in order even if i renumber the tags myself. please click on the playlist file, so it plays the files in order. using vlc, mediamonkey, songbird, or winamp is the best
playlist after the jump! get ready to get GRIMEY!
download: atm’s mixtape – new beginnings
what an epic epic weekend. meg montréal had an incredible lineup, especially for the boat. osheaga had a disturbingly amazing lineup which made this horribly organised festival all the more worth while. so yeah, before i talk about the music, i wanna talk about the osheaga festival.
what mainly pissed me off was this whole “green stage” thing…why not have a GREEN FESTIVAL?!?! oooooh, one stage! ONE! raw/vegan/vegetarian green food stand! great way to really show how committed one is to the enviro movement. what is even WORSE is the amount of trash left lying around because we had to walk minutes just to get to a garbage can. the state of the grass and grounds around the toilettes was horrendous as the one picnic table became a dumpster! and that fountain that was nearby that was spritzing water…for what purpose!?!?! to cool people off, sure, but running it at that level for the entire two days is the biggest waste of water ever. why not have a water fountain that people can USE to REFILL our water bottles?!?! instead of charging 5$ for people to buy new ones. we have such good LOCAL food and produce, good LOCAL vendors here yet none of it was represented in the midst of the digustingly expensive hot dogs at la fleur, beers at budweiser, and even fresh fruit, chips, and water at the smaller vendors.
the only good thing about osheaga outside of it’s incredible lineup this year is the fact that you were allowed to bring in your own food and water. so my friend and i made delicious salmon arugula and baby tomato salad along with egg sandwiches and saved ourselves from unhappy stomachs and wallets. yes the music is important but, ultimately it is the experience as well, and at 75 bucks or 150 for both days, it isn’t less affordable when you have to spend more than 30 bucks each day on little food or drink to sustain yourself. 5 dollars for a hot dog?!?! voyons donc c’mon! though osheaga isn’t as large or as aged as coachella or bonnaroo, the food there is filling and well proportioned, there are good options for all types of diets, and NOTHING was at least 10 dollars like it is at osheaga. the corps and sponsors rent out the space only to make more money by ripping us off. fuck dis shit! as snoop dogg would say.
i look forward to the day when osheaga will continue to have good music, be true to their environmental initiatives, and support local independent quebec food and produce!
but, enough of the ranting! overall, the weekend was faaaantastic for great music and dancing. so, recap of meg boat and osheaga weekend after the jump!
Outside of Four Tet, another album that has been on constant repeat for me is Beach House’s Teen Dream. Yes, I know, a bit behind the times as the album leaked a few months ago and the hype on this band is bigger than what I remember for Wavves and Vampire Weekend. I decided to wait a bit before listening to the album and I regret not buying into the aged hype which is totally deserved. This album is like Washed Out but dreamier, slower and more magnetic. It’s the Fleet Foxes of dream pop mixed with lo-fi goodness that is listenable whenever and where-ever. A++++
On the other end, I recently listened to Geoff Barrow’s (from Portishead) solo album/project called Beak>. After having had it for nearly half a year it all of a sudden popped up on the playlist right after Beach House! Just like Portishead, the great weaving instrumentals and bone rattling bass puts you in a darker mood, an absolute conversation stopper. You just gotta stop and listen. The Portishead influences are definitely there but I feel like this album is much more psychedelic and noisier than the former. It’s a bit more abstract but the entire album flows so well. Plus, it is a killer album to listen to stoned. Quite fantastic and Portishead lovers should cop this! A
So, I share two of my favorite songs off these albums! Also a mixtape should be out by the end of this week! It is truly great and one of my favorites so far…that’s for sure! So stay tuned for that!
P.S. Happy Chinese New Year!
MP3: BEAK> – Blagdon Lake
This seriously took forever. But I have to get these out before I can do anything else on this site! Gah! I tried to go away from artists that are so mainstream on sites like P4K or Stereogum for this list but I realised I couldn’t get away from it…and I guess that’s because stuff like Arcade Fire, Animal Collective…etc etc really deserve to be at the top.
***Finally I am posting these decade end lists. Gaaah I love and hate lists. They enlighten me towards new music yet at the same time they’re ridiculously subjective. From one point to the next an album can be the best and not depending on the season, the weather, my emotions, whether I’m under the influence, yada yada yada. Because of all this, the numbers on my list aren’t a ranking system of worst to best—because I think they’re all equally fantastic—they’re simply a form of organization. But, a few times on the lists I will put a clear marker on the artist/album that I feel truly outranks the rest. It’s only here where I exercise a bit of hypocrisy.
I know I’ve left hundreds and hundreds of artists out. Making a “Top 10″ list per sub-genre for the decade is trifling, I know. It really should be “Top 100″ per sub genre. Every day I keep remembering ones I should add but I have too much music and too little time. I did my best with what I had and what I remember and the time I had! You’ll notice that a lot of the artists are from the last 5 years and that’s because my mecca of music is back home. Home home. Like where I was born jaja. So…sorry for the lack of early 2000 albums. =)
I also dislike one shot lists! You simply can’t compare down-tempo artists to dubstep artists, etc. So, I tried to organize artists into the genres I felt fit them best as opposed to putting them all in the same pool. But obviously some artists mix into the other genres or were put there even though they have a very specific genre of their own (avant-garde, balearic, etc etc). Gaaah and genre is so subjective as well. Bear with me and keep all this in mind! A lot of these artists are featured in my NYE and NYD mixtapes or have been blogged about! So check the mixtapes out or do a quick search on ATM if you feel like more sampling.
Other than that, happy reading and check out Part I and stay tuned for Part III!
10. Sarah Slean – Day One (2004)
- MP3: Sarah Slean – Mary
09. Band of Horses – Everything All the Time (2006)
08. Loney, Dear – Dear John (2008)
07. Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman (2005)
06. Antony and the Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now (2005)
05. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha (2007)
04. M. Ward – Post-War (2006) ♥
03. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar (2006) ♥♥
02. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (2008) ♥♥♥
01. Rufus Wainwright – Want One (2000) ♥♥♥♥
Mentionables that couldn’t fit:
Bowerbirds – Hymns for a Dark Horse (2007)
Mentionables of 2009:
Jenn Grant – Echoes
Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
Zee Avi – Zee Avi