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Tue, Apr. 27th, 2010, 05:05 pm
Coachella 2010 (Sunday)

Sunday
The Soft Pack (12:55 - 1:20) - This is one of the bands I semi got into for the festival. Unfortunately they played their best songs right away and kind of lost our interest.

Owen Pallett (2:25 - 3:10) - I discovered Owen Pallett early this year with his highly praised Heartland, and it's totally my favorite album of the year, I love it. And yet somehow I had no idea what this guy was all about - he makes all this fucking sound almost entirely with a violin and a loop pedal. He does also hit some shit on a keybord, and occasionally another dude hits a drum or a few guitar notes, but in general it's all violin. He'd set up a bass line, loop it, smack his violin with his thumb for percussion, loop it, add some more melody, loop it, play over that....and it all sounded seamless as hell. He was seriously amazing and definitely a highlight of the weekend.

Dirty Projectors (6:55 - 7:45) - Read above...I just wasn't too impressed with the show for some reason. They sounded pretty much like their crazy good album Bitte Orca, but I just wasn't that interested in the show. I was much more interested in a couple gigantic floating baloons that were floating around. They were fun to hit.

De La Soul (3:50 - 4:40) I honestly wasn't looking that forward to De La Soul - don't get me wrong, they are amazing, but my limited exposure to hip hop shows - MTV award shows, a glimpse of Public Enemy last year, MIA (kind of) didn't leave me thinking it'd be that great. I was totally wrong though - they were incredibly engaging. They got the audience involved, waving our arms around, yelling and flipping off the other side of the croud...it sounds cheesey but they are so fucking cool that it just worked. Great show.

Yo La Tengo (5:00 - 5:50) YLT was pretty much exactly like the music on their albums - 70 percent lame and 30 percent noise thrashingly awesome. I appreciate all brands of YLT, so I enjoyed it greatly. They closed with Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind, which lasted like 15 minutes and was fucking awesome. I've been into Yo La Tengo for almost as long as I've been into Sonic Youth so it was great to finally see them.

Spoon (6:30 - 7:20) Spoon was good as well, good song choices.

(7:20 - 10:30) No real shows during this time. We ate to Orbital, who seemed to be just playing the only album of theirs I've heard which was cool. We looked at records during pavement - I actually saw them when I was like 14 so I was cool with just hearing them.

Gorillaz (10:30-1:00) The weekend ended with the Gorillaz - for EVERYONE. It was the only show on during the final set. The visuals were cool, but nothing impressive. The middle screen basically showed the music videos for the songs, while the two side screens were camera views of the stage...unfortunately they usually aimed at the screen as well, even when De La came out being bad ass. It was still of course great hearing the amazing Feel Good Inc. to close out the weekend.

Overall it was a blast and was better than last year!

Tue, Apr. 27th, 2010, 04:44 pm
Coachella 2010 (Saturday)

Saturday
(2:00 - 4:00) - Saturday started off real shitty - we had a flat tire and had to get it patched up at Walmart instead of watching the RX Bandits and the Almighty Defenders. However we did make it in time to get Devo hats signed so that was cool.

Beach House (4:25 - 5:15) - Beach House's Teen Dream is a great album, certainly one of my favorites of the year...but it honestly didn't translate to the most interesting live show. I feel kind of lame that I need to be visually entertained when just hearing the music I like loudly by the people who wrote it should be enough...but sometimes it just happens that way. Also I managed to embarass myself with them when i got a record signed after the show. They asked where I was from and I told them Phoenix, and I told them no one ever plays in Phoenix...at which point they told me they've played there twice, and the conversation ended semi-akwardly. So that was rad.

Dirty Projectors (6:55 - 7:45) - Read above...I just wasn't too impressed with the show for some reason. They sounded pretty much like their crazy good album Bitte Orca, but I just wasn't that interested in the show. I was much more interested in a couple gigantic floating baloons that were floating around. They were fun to hit.

(7:45 - 11:50) Much like last year, we hit a point where we were just too exausted to actively watch any shows for a few hours. We ate dinner to the sounds of Hot Chip, watched MGMT from far away until Time To Pretend came on, shopped for records with Muse nearby, and lied around by Les Claypool's tent. It was actually a pretty cool relaxing night.

Devo (11:50 - 12:45) The semi-dissapointing Saturday ended with possibly the best show of the entire trip - DEVO. They had costumes, amazing visuals, and all sorts of on stage antics. They were extremely energetic and really woke us up when that seemed impossible.

Wed, Apr. 21st, 2010, 10:18 am
Coachella 2010 (Friday)

Friday
(1:00 - 3:00) - We spent the first few hours watching no one in particular, just wandering around catching a song or three from a few act - some unimpressive rapper called Pablo Hassan, a metal act called Baroness, some lame chick who pimped out her myspace, twitter, and facebook named Alana Grace. Deer Tick seemed promising - the first thing he said was that no one can reinvent punk music since Meat Puppets II, a claim that I can really get behind...but he wasn't too impressive either. Iglu and Hartly were comically bad white rappers.

Perry Farrell vs Steve Porter (3:00-4:00) - This was the first full show we watched. Why? One, I've never actually seen festival whore Perry Farrell, and Two, Steve Porter's Slap Chop Remix is one of the greatest songs ever. I'm not really into DJ/Rave music that much, so it wasn't too impressive I guess. Steve was on his own for probably half an hour doing the THUMP THUMP THUMP shit. His visuals were interesting at least. Then Perry comes out with some dancers and starts doing his signature moans into the mic. Near the end of the set the screen showed about half a second of Slap Chop's Vince, which was a tease for the quick encore Steve did after Perry left the stage - a song called Rave Chop. It was more Slap Chop hilarity, although it wasn't nearly as awesome as the original.

(4:00 - 5:45) - More downtime - Friday was pretty much our day to check out the record store and shit, since there wasn't a ton of stuff we wanted to see for the first part of the day. Yeasayer had a huge crowd and sounded like a robot. Hockey was unimpressive.

She & Him (5:45 - 6:20) I wasn't expecting much out of She & Him except a glimpse of Zooey Deschenel. Their albums didn't interest me too much, and we kind of figured it'd be lamesville like Noah and the Whale last year. She wasn't lame at all though - she was jumping around and having the time of her life and she was just adorable to watch. It was a good show and seemed to be the real start of the weekend.

The Specials (6:20 - 7:20) One of the highlights of the weekend for sure - these guys really jammed out and everyone loved them, and I even did some skanking. Their guitarist cut his arm on his guitar and was bleeding all over and it was great.

Grizzly Bear (8:05 - 8:40) Grizzly Bear began a theme over the weekend of bands with great albums that just aren't entertaining live. I liked their stage setup - they were all up front in a row, including the drummer, each with their own light on them, as if to show the band is based off equal contributions from them all. But they just didn't keep my interest, and I left after hearing Two Weeks.

LCD Soundsystem (9:05 - 10:00) This was probably the show I was most looking forward to, and it was actually kind of dissapointing. James Murphy told the audience that he didn't deserve to be on the main stage at Coachella before Jay-Z. This shows that he's human and a nice guy and that's all fine and good...except that he fucking said it between every god damned song. He just seemed so uncomftorable the whole time, which just made me uncomftorable for him. IT'S OKAY TO BE GOOD AND HAVE FANS DUDE, RELAX. Because he jabbered on so long, he ended up going like 15 minutes late, which probably pissed Jay-Z off, since he ended up going on about 20 minutes late because of it. Another complaint is the guy's voice - he has a very feminine voice - which is totally fine...except that on his albums he sings with a very deep manly voice, which I totally associate with LCD Soundsystem. But at the show he was singing with his more feminine speaking voice, and it only added to the akwardness. I'm guessing all this has something to do with his obvious self esteem issues! Also they didn't play the song Someone Great, most likely because they went over their time.

Yeah I feel bad railing into LCD so much but I just wasn't impressed :/

Vampire Weekend - (10:15 - 10:45) I managed to watch the majority of Vamp's show, although it was from far away...luckily this year they had screens at this stage, so I was able to see the band. They pretty much sounded just like the album. More impressive to me was the size of the croud. I had no idea they had such a huge following. Of course I tend to have no clue about this stuff, because I never listen to the radio, but more importantly, Phoenix has a completely different music scene than anywhere else.

Public Image Ltd (11:20 - 12:50) Unsuprisingly, Vampire Weekend and Johnny Rotten's PiL share zero audience other than me and my brother, and the audience completely bailed and left us about 3 rows away from the front for this show. PiL's albums in no way prepared me for this show. It was amazing. The entire time the bass was repetitive and LOUD. You could feel it in your throat and chest and it was awesome, I've never heard such bass driven music. Johnny was entertaining as hell, and it felt very intimate since we were so close with a small croud. What I also found admirable is that he knew that there were a lot of people in the audience that weren't too familiar with the band, so he'd say the name of the songs sometimes, and ask people to sing along. He really would get the audience involved. At the end he said something along the lines of "Thanks for checking us out, it was fun wasn't it?", to which I was like YES IT WAS. Best show of the night for sure.

Sat, Mar. 13th, 2010, 01:34 am
Top Albums of the 00's - Wrap Up

Wow it's finally complete! I actually completed another project! I need to post some more of my 2k movies up so I can call that another completed project (I'll probably stop at ten on those). I'm thinking of doing some kind of crazy NINETIES thing but that shit just scares me so we'll see what happens.

Of course I gotta pull up some stats on this one first and analyze them, let's see...

00 - 5
01 - 7
02 - 12
03 - 8
04 - 12
05 - 7
06 - 12
07 - 14
08 - 12
09 - 11

I wasn't too surprised to see it unfold this way. If I made a similar list of movies of the decade it's be about inversed, with more in the first half (when movies were freely available and music wasn't) and less in the second half (when movies weren't so freely available and music was). Then I wonder though, maybe it's not a coincidence, and there really was more good shit in the later years, kind of like how the later years of the 70s blow the fuck out of the early/mid years. I'm not sure yet though, the decade's barely over. I'd like to do this list again in 5 or 10 years to see how different it is. I already have a few ideas of what would probably be added and what would be deleted.

One thing that's also gone through my mind is, if I had to make an actual concrete list of my favorite albums, what would be at the top of the list? I think it'd be something like this...

1. Since I Left You
2. Merriweather Post Pavillion
3. Saturdays=Youth
4. Blueberry Boat

uhh Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Psychic Chasms, Tenacious D, Smile, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and Is This It would probably round out the top ten in some order. It's stressful to try and do that kind of order right now but yeah, Since I Left You really is the shit.

Sat, Mar. 13th, 2010, 01:23 am
Top Albums of the 00's - 2009

Ultimos Top 100 Albums of the 00's - 2009


Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion (January 6)
Merriweather Post Paviliion

2009 was the year of the decade that I actually payed attention to new music as it was released. This is probably partly thanks to Merriweather Post Pavlillion, which I checked out on a whim based on its critical reception and just hearing the Animal Collective name here and there over the years. This album had a rare effect on my listening habits - not only did I clinch onto it IMMEDIATELY, but I also didn't get tired of it and kept it in my rotation for a long time.

I remember thinking that the vocals and sound in general sounded like something from the 80s...similar to Erasure maybe. Looking back that's kind of a strange observation, but I think I was just trying to wrap my head around how god damned good this one is. Definitely one of my favorite releases of the decade.


The Lonely Island - Incredibad (February 10)
Incredibad

I suppose you could criticize these guys for for releasing an album with several songs that had already run their course on the internet over the years, but there's plenty of new, funny, well made shit on here to listen to.


The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love (March 24)
The Hazards of Love

More epic accoustic rock from The Decemberists. Unlike The Crane Wife though, it actually extends the concept over the entire album. It's consistently awesome.


Bat For Lashes - Two Suns (April 6)
Two Suns

My first impression of this album was Holy shit, this sounds like Kate Bush, my step mom would love this! I was right on both accounts. Also much like Kate Bush, Natasha Khan is talented as hell.


Ball Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (April 14)
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

I'm pretty sure I've never heard Bill Callahan or his old handle Smog before, but his voice makes me feel very nostalgic, like I heard him when I was really young. Maybe I did, he has been around a while. Eid Ma Clack Shaw and Too Many Birds are such great songs. This album is timeless, I love it.


Meat Puppets - Sewn Together (May 12)
Sewn Together

My love for this album probably had something to do with the fact that I first heard most of it literally feet away from the band as they performed it in a record store. It's really good. It's nice to see a band that's older than me putting out some decent material.


Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (May 25)
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

I was obsessed with exactly one Phoenix song for just about the entire decade - Too Young. I noticed it on its appearances on the movies Shallow Hal and Lost In Translation and dug it immediately. I found the rest of the United album to be pretty dull though, so I wrote Phoenix off as a one hit wonder. I definitely didn't expect them to release this genius, ambitious pop album years later. Good shit.


Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (June 9)
Bitte Orca

It definitely took me a while to understand what everyone loved about this one, but it did hit me and yeah it's good.


Vivian Girls - Everything Goes Wrong (September 8)
Everything Goes Wrong

Yeah I was semi-obsessed with the Vivian Girls for a little while. Their sloppy style is pretty refreshing.


Neon Indian - Psychic Casms (October 13)
Psychic Chasms

My second favorite release of the year. Or favorite release of the second half of the year. Either way, I can't get over how good this shit is. I'd reccomend it to anyone


The Flaming Lips - Embroyonic (October 13)
Embryonic

I think the FLips new what they were doing when they released this masterpiece of insanity so close to the end of the decade. It's scary and intense and just damn good. Much like the aughts? Maybe?!


100/100

Thu, Mar. 11th, 2010, 12:32 am
Final Fantasy III



Final Fantasy III holds a special significance for me. In 1998 I had my first computer and access to the internet. Being a huge FF fan back then, I quickly learned about the missing Final Fantasy games, which then led me to discovering emulation. Naturally I tried Final Fantasy V first, but my 486 running Windows 95 couldn't handle SNES for a damn, even when I rebooted into DOS. It did, however, handle NESticle beautifully, and I used this opportunity to play the 3rd game in the series, fully fan translated.

Why I didn't finish the job right then and there, I'm not sure. It was either my gamer ADD, or just that I'm generally intimidated by the difficulty found in 8-bit RPGS. But the important thing is that on Tuesday night, I (and my brother) FINALLY beat this fucking game, after 12 years of attempting it off and on.

We played it in the most authentic way possible - on a translated cartridge in the Nintendo on the tv.

For anyone not familiar with this game, it's basically the logical pre-cursor to FFV - you unlock various classes with each crystal you find. Abilities and stats don't carry over, however HP does, so it would be beneficial to level up with classes with high HP growth. While this sounds pretty limiting, it actually works pretty well, and much like FFV and FFT, smart class changing can take the place of levelling. Which we actually didn't stop to do once. We did often cast Exit when things got rough in dungeons, but even with this we ended up about 10 levels lower than the online guide we were loosely following.

The last dungeon was certainly the most exciting - it's gigantic, you don't have the security of having the Exit spell (Save points didn't exist yet so this is all there was), you had to fight several bosses to unlock the endgame weapons (Ragnorok, Excalibur, Masamune), and you even find the optional final classes, Sage and Ninja, which are the ultimate magic and physical jobs.

It culminates in one of the most memorable boss fights ever, the Dark Cloud. This chick is completely predictable and only does one move - however it's a move that took close to half everyone's HP every time. It took all our Shurikens and nearly all the Elixers we'd been hording to beat her, and just barely.

Final Fantasy III is a huge jump for the series. It's difficult, but it's also suprisingly balanced for a NES-era rpg. I'd say it's the best 8bit rpg, but I'd really call that a 3-way tie with this. Dragon Quest IV and Phantasy Star.


Now I just need to beat FF1 and FF2....and 12 and 13.

Sun, Feb. 14th, 2010, 01:34 pm
Castle in the Sky; Princess Mononoke; Sling Blade; Top Movies of the 00's - The Royal Tenenbaums

Castle In The Sky (1986)
Castle In The Sky
Another Miyakazi film. This one's about an ancient long gone civilization that was...well, in the sky. A bunch of people want to find it for various reasons, and things get complicated when a robot from that old castle falls to earth.

Despite having generally more serious and violent content than Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle seems more geared towards children - and not neccesarily in a good way. Some of the dialogue and characters just seemed a little too cheesy.

This is my only problem with it though, and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I just think Miyazaki had yet to reach his prime.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Annnnnd for some reason I didn't like this one too much. I was bored by it - I didn't care about the talking animals or the people or the man vs nature theme. Maybe it's because Man vs Nature has been such a common theme in movies recently that I'm bored by it instantly. Maybe it was because my opinion of Miyakazi has become unrealistic. It did seem to be a well done movie, it just didn't apeal to me for whatever reason.

Sling Blade (1996)

Billy Bob Thornton is completely unrecognizable as Karl. Karl is mentally disabled. He killed his mom and a man whom he thought was raping her when he was 12. The movie starts years later - he's being released from the psychiatric hospital that he's been in ever since. Despite technically being a killer, he has a very friendly disposition, and quickly befriends a young boy. Naturally he becomes entangled with some shit, involving the boys mother, her gay friend (John Ritter), and her abusive boyfriend (Dwight Yokam).

I fucking loved this movie. The acting is absolutely top notch, the plot seems so real, and Thornton plays the most charming mentally disabled character I've ever seen in a movie.

The Ultimos' Top Movies of the 00's

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums


I love Wes Anderson, and this movie not only introduced me to him, but it's also his defining movie. His movies always have a family theme, and this one is about a huge one.

My decade movie list has been on a little hiatus, mostly because I don't know what to say about this one. It's one of my favorite movies ever though!

Sun, Feb. 14th, 2010, 12:45 pm
Top Albums of the 00's - 2008 (part 2)

Ultimos Top 100 Albums of the 00's - 2008 (part 2)


Wale - Mixtape About Nothing (May 30)
Mixtape About Nothing

Wale pulled me in with a concept that I couldn't pass up - an album with a Seinfeld theme. It's very well done, and he's talented and entertaining.


Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (June 3)
Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes' self titled debut is pretty much the defining album of 2008 to me. Its folky harmony just has such a unique sound that it seems to reach people.


Dr. Dog - Fate (July 22)
Fate

Fate is probably the closest thing I've ever heard to the psychedelic era of The Beatles.


Blitzen Trapper - Furr (September 23)
Furr

Furr is about the closest thing to country music that I'll really listen to. It's fucking great.


Johnson&Jonson - Johnson&Jonson (September 23)
Johnson&Jonson

I've been getting more and more into hip-hop over the last couple years, and this fairly unknown release is one of my favorites.


Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak (November 24)
808s and Heartbreak

I don't listen to much popular music, so I didn't really understand what was going on with auto-tune when I first heard 808s. While many fans claimed Kanye was just pandering to the latest trend, I saw it as an artistic choice, and I enjoyed the album quite a bit. Now that I've seen a little more of what auto-tune is doing (I was annoyed to hear it sprinkled in Contra), I appreciate and support the DEATH TO AUTOTONE movement.

And yet I still think 808s and Heartbreak is a great album. Kanye was probably the most consistent artist of the decade.

I still think he's a douchebag though!


89/100


I know my blurbs are getting shorter, but I know I've become really repetitive with them. So I figure better to keep them short and honest and not longer and forced.


Just one more year to go!

Fri, Feb. 12th, 2010, 11:52 am
Top Albums of the 00's - 2008 (part 1)

Ultimos Top 100 Albums of the 00's - 2008 (part 1)


Foals - Antidotes (March 24)
Antidotes

For once, my long time friend symbolic decided to give me a music suggestion that wasn't metal, and that was Antidotes. The Foals make some amazingly catchy dance-punk music. CASSIUS IT'S OVER, CASSIUS AWAY


Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears - Flight Of The Knife (April 1)
Flight Of The Knife

My love for concept albums has gone down a little bit over the last few years. The Who perfected the art, but it was copied so much in the 70's that it seems overdone. I still love a good one though, and Flight of the Knife is definitely a good one. It's about someone who wants to pilot an airship. or something. Really though, it's an album that I think could appeal to everyone. Good, fun, music.


M83 - Saturdays = Youth (April 14)
Saturdays = Youth

I'm not sure how to properly convey via text how much I love this album. When I first heard it, I listened to it over and over again right away, something that only happens once or twice a year for me. Its electricish sound just appeals to my ears so well. Shoegaze is a genre that is rarely done right, but when it's done well, it's amazing.


Crystal Castles (April 28)
Crystal Castles

Yeah so on my last entry I specifically said that I rarely get into the chiptunes scene. I'm gonna make myself look foolish and post another chiptunes album right away - Crystal Castles. I don't think these guys are actually using a Famicom, but the music definitely pulls from the 8bit and sometimes 16bit sounds. It's cool, dancey stuff. And I don't think it's any accident that the band/album name sounds like an old video game apparently it actually is.


Portishead - Third (April 28)
Third

I was a little late to get on the Third bus. Don't get me wrong, I get into plenty of music years and decades after they've been released. But I pretty much avoided this one for a year or so, even though I watched it come out to rave reviews. I figured it was just a bunch of hype over a cool old band making a comeback. Plus I have 1994's Dummy, but I never got into it that much.

Obviously I'm getting to the part where I finally checked this album out and found out that it was awesome. In retrospect, it was kind of silly to assume that it was hype over a comeback - after all, late career albums usually come under the most scrutiny. Duh


No Age - Nouns (May 8)
Nouns

I didn't truly appreciate No Age until I saw them live at Coachella. I was very much impressed by what these two guys can do with just some drums, a guitar, and some pedals. This is the band I would have killed to create when I was 15. Only way the hell better.


83/100

Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010, 11:15 am
Top Albums of the 00's - 2007 (part 2)

Ultimos Top 100 Albums of the 00's - 2007 (part 2)


Blues Control - Blues Control (May 29)
Blues Control

I discovered Blues Control through the Sub Pop singles club in 2008 - it was (purposefully) the December release, and the very Winter-like sounds of Snow Day and Paul's Winter Solstice will live on with me forever. Naturally I went back and checked out their full length self titled release. Unlike what I'd heard, Blues Control is total chaos. And I love it.


Justice - † (June 11)
Pocket Symphony

In a decade full of great electronic music, a couple guys that call themselves Justice made the best one. Every song on here is just amazing. And as if this wasn't enough, this album also has some of the best music videos of the decade. is absolutely required listening for everyone.


Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (July 7)
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

This is one of those albums that I had and listened occasionally for a long time before it hit me like a tunna brix how great it is. The baseline to Don't You Evah, the chorus to Finer Feelings, the piano in The Ghost of You Lingers...there's so many great moments on this one.

To me, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga shows how different music is now than it was in, say, the early 90's. Had this come out in 1991 instead of say, Nevermind, maybe Spoon would have blown the fuck up and gotten a bunch of weird, unwanted attention. Maybe Brit Daniel would have hated the attention - after all, his heroes were unknown bands that garnered no attention at all from the media, and the music he grew up hating were the ones packing arenas. And maybe it would led to a tragic day in 1994.

And then maybe in 2007 a band called Nirvana would have released Nevermind, a moderately succesful and critically acclaimed album, while folks who were comftorable in the spotlight like Justin Timberlake got all the attention.

I really believe that this is the best time to be in an alternative/post punk/indie/whatever band. In the 80s they were broke and unknown, and in the 90s there was all this pressure to enter the mainstream scene. Nowadays a good band can have a long career that thrives on critical acclaim, word of mouth type, festivals, and vinyl sales...all without much real press at all. They just have to be good. Like Spoon.

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (September 10)
Strawberry Jam

I'll be honest - I prefer AC's more recent sound over their older albums. Probably because I was late and didn't hear them until last year. In fact, my preference of their albums is pretty much just the reverse order of their releases (I'll be amazed if this trend continues). Anyway, Strawberry Jam is unsuprisingly good. I often get the urge to listen to Fireworks.


The Go! Team - Proof of Youth (September 11)
Proof of Youth

Proof of Youth sounds like it's being sung by the Mickey Mouse Club, or the Kidz Bop crew. Only it's really good, making it all the more impressive. Also Chuck D stops by which is always nice.


Kanye West - Graduation (September 11)
Graduation

Yeah yeah, Kanye West makes another solid album. He's good at what he does, no doubt. So why the hell does he do stupid, controversial shit that makes him look like a douche? I mean, if he does it because he is a douche, then that's fine. But if it's a publicity stunt, then he's a real moron - he doesn't need publicity - he's good, and he's well known. I think he needs to calm down and just make music. And he really needs to NEVER post blogs. He has no idea how bad it looks when you wine about shit in all caps.

So yeah, good album.


The Depreciation Guild - In Her Gentle Jaws (December)
In Her Gentle Jaws

I had never heard of these guys when I saw them open for Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. I was not suprised to see them blow both bands away however, after seeing them set up a Nintendo Famicom as their "drum machine" AND projector. From what I could tell, they had essentially created a rom that had all their songs on it, complete with visual aids. They referred to the Nintendo as a drum machine, but they had a live drummer (who was amazing)...the Nintendo was there for that recognizable sound chip. This drumming and blipness was accompanied by two guitars. The music itself is pretty much shoegaze + nintendo. And I love it. The chiptunes remind me of Final Fantasy 2/3, both of which had great music. I never really got into the chiptunes scene, just because it seems kind of gimmicky, but In Her Gentle Jaws pulls it off wonderfully.


77/100

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