Tag Archive for '2012'

Dreamsicle Bomb – Best Songs Of 2012

Dreamsicle Bomb – Best Of 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

Here’s a mix of some of my favorite 2012 songs. A lot of overlap with my top album list, obviously, but there’s some other things too.

Also I’ll note, I’m pretty sure Big Boi’s album would have made my list and near the top, it’s awesome, but it didn’t come out in time. Artists, release your albums before mid-December, thanks.

Anyway, year over, now it’s 2013.

- almostaghost

Mid-Way Update errr close enough

Ok. So I think I promised a new music update halfway through 2012.

Here it is! Get your clicky finger ready!

 

1. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble

This is the full album that dropped June 11th (I think). Either way this is going to be an album of the year. I effin love this album so much. With audio inserts that are kinda like Pictureplane but is as danceable as Discovery or Toro y moi, my ears are so so very happy. Here is to hoping he will make his sweet music making ass over to the US for some shows.

 

2. Trust – TRST

Some very good darkwave (? genres can be hard for me to place). This album is solid. There is this part in Shoom, I think it is around 2:28 where in the middle of a break down he lets out this sigh and I get goosebumps because it is rare to hear someone so into their music that they let it consume them and then…. sigh… That is the kind of shit I can’t get enough of.

 

3. iamamiwhoami – Kin

Synth-pop. I am always partial to not liking artists that have this kind of vocal style. However I really like this music and Play is a really catchy song. Also it’s always cool to dance around with a bunch of bipedal Puli dogs or whatever those things are.

 

4. Elite Gymnastics – Ruin 4

I am really upset that I didn’t hear their original album in 2011. This band quickly became a favorite of mine that I will obsessively listen to everything they put out. Aside from their original being amazing, the remix is just as good. Their music tends to juxtapose their melancholy lyrics and so one minute you are dancing and the next minute you have your ear up to the speaker because you just caught the tail end of some depressing shit while trying to sing along. Example lyric : The things that felt like bliss/ only really felt like shit/ it’s a waste/ it’s a waste /it’s all it ever was .

I love them.

http://youtu.be/iGY5pqANpZs

 

5. The Invisible – Rispah

The Invisible would be what I think of as a mix between Calla and Thom Yorke.  Songs like Generational and Utopia really carry this album. I think most people will like this album for their own reasons.

 

6. oOoOO – Our love is Hurting Us

Most people are aware that I am obsessed with oOoOO. Listen. To. it. all.

 

Songs that I really like from this year detached from their albums:

Van She – Idea of Happiness (Sebastian Remix)

-Holy shit if this isn’t a good dance number!

Eyes (feat. NO CEREMONY///) – Stay +

Summer – MMOTHS

As A Child (with Machinedrums) – Lone

Open- Clark

Secret – Clark  (both songs are from Iradelphic)

Sleepless – Flume

Lights Out – Gauntlet Hair (actually this whole album is pretty good and they are awesome live too)

 

There you are. I am off to go find a life size labyrinth spiral that is a mile from my apartment. Happy Friday!

 

- betweenthesound

February 2012 mix

February 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

Happy Leap Year Day! Also, it’s the end of the month, so here’s some of the new music I’ve found and liked enough to share! Still haven’t found all that many albums I love yet this year, but there’s a couple and the rest here are from singles or compilations.

- almostaghost

Coachella 2012 Fridays

As I mentioned somewhere along the way, I’m going to Coachella again this year. But even when I don’t, I enjoy going through the lineup and checking out all the artists. This is a mix of the ones I like for Friday. It feels like an odd collection, the Friday lineup, but it will be a fun day to kick off everything. A short breakdown:

British artists: Pulp, James, The Horrors*, Yuck*, Arctic Monkeys*, WU LYF*, The Midnight Beast*, Wolf Gang*

French artists: Breakbot, M83, SebastiAn, Madeon*

Texas artists: The Black Angels, Neon Indian, Explosions In The Sky

intense artists: Refused* (hardcore scream punk), Death Grips* (hardcore hiphop), Atari Teenage Riot* (digital hardcore)

women: Mazzy Star, EMA, Hello Seahorse!, honeyhoney*, Ximena Sarinana*

rap/soul/reggae: Frank Ocean, Jimmy Cliff*, Kendrick Lamar

artists I didn’t know very well before doing this and was impressed by: EMA, The Black Angels, Hello Seahorse!

personal favorites of the day: Mazzy Star, Pulp, Frank Ocean

* = not on my mix

Coachella 2012 Fridays from almostaghost on 8tracks.

- almostaghost

AlmostAGhost Review: Cate Le Bon – Cyrk (2012)

Cyrk

a gentle gentle shift sent all intents adrift

I wanted to mention Cyrk here, because it is a really cool album, that I keep enjoying more and more with each listen. I read somewhere that “cyrk” is the Polish word for “circus,” so I got to thinking about that in relation to the music. I guess it is a sort of apt title, for a couple of reasons. The songs have a touch of familiarity to them, but lying just underneath are some unique twists. Sort of like a circus perhaps? Cozy and familiar, but with slightly bizarre happenings. For example, “Greta” here:

Cate Le Bon “Greta”

As you can hear, there is nothing blindly original about it, as Le Bon purrs over a light electro pulse. But by the end, the song had mutated into a jazz beat. That may not be a totally unique idea either, but together? I love these odd little songwriting twists that show up throughout Le Bon’s music.

Similarly, much of the time I have no idea what Le Bon is singing about. Her voice is good, and clear, but the way she sings (perhaps her Welsh accent too?) makes much of the lyrics incomprehensible to me–sometimes phrases pop up here (“fold the cloth or cut the cloth” she wonders on “Fold The Cloth”) and there but overall, there’s some distance to that part of her songs. But this distance ends up putting that much more focus on the music’s subtle twists, so it works and I don’t mind.

The other note I had about the circus is the ’60s synth carnival vibe throughout. And I don’t mean that her songs are on some circus gimmick like “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite” or something. It’s much more subtle than that. You can hear it underlying songs like “Puts Me To Work”:

Cate Le Bon “Puts Me To Work”

Anyway, the ’60s vibe runs throughout Cyrk. It is a clever work I think, in how Le Bon finds her way comfortably into a spot combining warmth/familiarity and experimental/distance. It may not make a huge mark on anyone, but it does impress. Like a circus.

- almostaghost

in the night it came for me [now playing volume 01]

Here comes the inaugural edition of my new series for sharing 2012 music i’ve been listening to. RIP “since we last spoke.”

This mix features shoegaze, trash, electro-pop, classical inspired, and more.

http://8tracks.com/breathmint/in-the-night-it-came-for-me-np-vol-01

- breathmint