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Old 06-02-2014, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Did one of these last year, figured i'd do another one. Split my selection w/ recommended tracks and genre descriptions incase anyone's curious to get into some of these.


Probably not 100% definitive, but my list stands as it is for now:







24/9/14 Update (Still ranked with favorite at the top to least favorite at the bottom, but wasn't assed to add numbers again)


VHS Head - Persistence of Vision (recommended track: Red Ocean Apocalypse)- Experimental Electronic
Carla Bozulich - Boy (recommended track: Deeper than the Well Singer/Songwriter, Avant-Garde Rock
Marissa Nadler - July (recommended track: Dead City Emily )- Singer/Songwriter
Tipper - Forward Escape (recommended track: Life Raft for a Death Trip )- Experimental Electronic
Nils Frahm - Spaces (Field Recording) (recommended track: Says )- Ambient Glitch/Nu-Classical
Ben Frost - A U R O R A (recommended track: Venter )- Dark Ambient/Drone
Aphex Twin - Syro (recommended track: minipops 67)- Experimental Electronic
Alt-J - This Is All Yours (recommended track: The Gospel of John Hurt Alternative Rock/Pop
Cibo Matto - Hotel Valentine (recommended track:[i] Empty Pool ) - Experimental Trip-Hop
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (recommended track: Arms I Know So Well )- Drone w/Female vocals <- credit to Crusade for the discovery.
Young Widows - Easy Pain (recommended track: Kerosene Girl ) - Post-Hardcore Rock
Beneath the Watchful Eyes - We Held Our Breath Until Our Hearts Exploded (recommended track: At The End Of The Pier )- Ambient/Rock
BBNG - 3 (recommended track: CS60 )- Nu Jazz / Electro-Hop
The Future Sound Of London - Environments 5 (recommended track: Somatosensory Experimental Electronic
Wye Oak - Shriek (recommended track: Before Alt Pop
Goat - Commune (recommended track: Bondye Psy Rock
Swans - To Be Kind (recommended track: She loves us ) Experimental-Noise Rock
Hauschka - Abandoned City (recommended track: Elizabeth Bay )- Nu Classical
Venetian Snares - My Love is a Bulldozer (recommended track: Dear Poet )- D&B/Jungle
Temples - Sun Structures (recommended track: Keep in the Dark )- Psychedelic Rock
Nostalghia - Chrysalis (recommended track: Cool For Chaos )- Industrial w/ Female vocals
John Lemke – Walizka (recommended track: Walizka Lowtempo Electronic
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (recommended track: White Fire )- Singer, Songwriter / Folk
Echaskech - Origin (recommended track: Ash Fallen)- Electronic
King Buzzo - This Machine Kills Artists (recommended track: Dark Brown Teeth Rock
Odesza - In Return (recommended track: Sun Models Alt Pop
Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (recommended track: Beat The Drum Slowly)- Folk Rock
Jack White - Lazaretto (recommended track: High Ball Stepper Rock
Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity (recommended track: Bodies At Bay Alt Pop
TOBACCO - Ultima II Massage (recommended track: Eruption Alt Electronic
The Casket Girls - True Love Kills the Fairy Tale (recommended track: Same Side)- Indie Pop
Tara Jane O'Neil - Where Shine New Lights (recommended track: Elemental Finding )- Singer/Songwriter
Death - Death 3 (Archival) (recommended track: North street )- Metal
Beck - Morning Phase (recommended track: Turn Away )- Folk
Thievery Corporation - Saudade (recommended track:Depth of my Soul )- Electronic/Chill
Christina Vantzou - No. 2 (recommended track: Going backwards to recover that which was left behind )- Classical
The Pack A.D. - Do Not Engage (recommended track: Battering Ram )- Punk Rock
Rafael Anton Irisarri – The Unintentional Sea (recommended track: Her Rituals )- Experimental Electronic/Drone
Tanya Tagaq - Animism (recommended track: Umingmak)- Inuit throat singing
Plaid - Reachy Prints (recommended track: Hawkmoth) Electronic
Skyphone – Hildur (recommended track: Four Hours Minimalism
Warpaint - Warpaint (recommended track: Biggy ) Indie Pop <- credit to chargebeam for the discovery.
Nostalgia 77 - A Journey Too Far (recommended track:Angel With No Halo )- Nu Jazz
Sisyphus - Sisyphus (recommended track: Rhythm of Devotion Electronic/Instrumental Hip-Hop
Pixelord - Polygon Fane (recommended track: Answer Alt Pop
Faces On Film - Elite Lines (recommended track: The Rule )- Folk Rock
Harnes Kretzer - Petrichor (recommended track: Evolved)- Minimalism
Arms of Tripoli - Dream in Tongues (recommended track: Addendum )- Instrumental Rock
Bike for Three! - So Much Forever (recommended track: Sublimination )- Hip-Hop
tUnE-yArDs -Nikki Nack (recommended track: Wait for a Minute )- Experimental Indie Pop
Douglas Dare – Whelm (recommended track: Nile ) Singer/Songwriter
Donato Dozzy & Nuel - The Aquaplano Sessions (recommended track: Aqua 8)- Ambient
Kangding Ray - Solens Arc (recommended track: Blank Empire )- Minimalism
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (recommended track: Afraid of Nothing )- Singer / Songewriter
Tycho - Awake (recommended track: Montana )- Electronic/Downtempo
Got a Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (recommended track: Did We Live Too Fast Alt Pop
Sage Francis - Copper Gone (recommended track: Vonnegut Busy )- Hip-Hop
Arum Rae - Arum Rae (recommended track: Warranted Queen)- Indie Pop
Sole - Death Drive (recommended track: Old Gods Ain't Dead ) Hip-Hop
HighasaKite - Silent Treatement (recommended track: Since Last Wednesday )- Indie Pop
Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials (recommended track: Eternal Return ) Drone
St. Vincent - St. Vincent (recommended track: )- Indie Pop
Mogi Grumbles - I Heard You Were Dead (recommended track: I Heard You Were Dead ) Vintage Electro
Neneh Cherry - Blank Project (recommended track: Blank Project ) -Indie- Pop/R&B
Quantic - Magnetica (recommended track: Duvidó )- Electronic
Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts (recommended track:Stupid in the Dark )- Post-Punk


Anyone here stumbled on some good shit in 2014 so far?
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Buckethead - Monument Valley (recommended track: Fembot) - Progressive rock
Buckethead - The Coats of the Claude (recommended track: Coats of the Claude) - Progressive metal
Smith and Myers - (Acoustic Sessions) (recommended track: Nothing Else Matters - Acoustic rock
Tides of Man - Young and Courageous (recommended track: Eyes Like Strange Sins) - Progressive rock
Todd Terje - It's Album Time (recommended track: Delorean Dynamite) - Nu disco
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8. Temples - Sun Structures (recommended track: Keep in the Dark)- Psychedelic Rock
Been listening to this album so much the past couple of months. So good.
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Just finished King Buzzo's new album (This Machine Kills Artists), as well as Echo and the Bunnymen's first full-length in 30 years (Meteorites). Both albums came out today. KB's new album is good but as weird as you'd expect for a solo project of his. E&TB was disappointing, but considering their age and loss of Jake Brockman, it's more than understandible. It's a decent effort, just not quite at the same standard as their older work.
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The Satanist deserves a mention.

New Black Keys is solid.
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Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror



This band are so criminally underrated. This is their second album, the first (On An On) is a belter too. New kids on the famous Canterbury Scene.

Temples - Sun Structures



Awesome new psychedelic band. Really authentic 60s sound.

Beck - Morning Phase



Really chilled out album, definitely recommend checking it out.

Metronomy - Love Letters



Really quirky synth-pop.
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Took a page out of the froot playbook and linked my songs, makes it much easier to sift through.


Listen to the new Jack White album "Lazaretto" (not officially out yet) that Hanoi pimped in another thread. I enjoyed it, just a downright fun & funky record that I happened to be in the right mood for. I always respected Jack White as an artist so the album peaked my curiosity. Also gave the Sisyphus self-titled debut a listen before that, it's a collaborative Glitch-Hop project by Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti. VERY well done upbeat record. Definite ear candy for synth tech nerds.
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The latest Bombay Bicycle Club album is probably worth a listen also.

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Currently playing the shit out of St. Vincent's self-titled effort and Todd Terje's It's Album Time. Moderately so with others like Chromeo's White Women and Food by Kelis, but the former two are definitely my favorite albums of the year thus far. Other recommendations below:

TOBACCO — Ultima II Massage (electronic)
Swans — To Be Kind (experimental rock)
Young Fathers — Dead (alternative hip hop)
YG — My Krazy Life (hip hop)
Christian Fennesz — Bécs (experimental/electronica)
Ingrid Michaelson — Lights Out (pop)
Have a Nice Life — The Unnatural World (experimental)
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Broken Bells
Conor Oberst- Upside Down Mountain
Black Keys - Turn Blue
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else


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