#1
So, I'm unbanned and thought I'd inform you of all the music I picked up during my long ban. Starting from the best to the worst.

Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover
Spencer Krug's other, other, other side project from Wolf Parade. Which is no longer a side project. Let me say this cd is absolutely amazing. It takes the crapola from the last album and removes it and replaces it with pure greatness. The album is so great, and has the best opening riff in an album I've heard in a while. It's like this demented, horrible carnival that is quirky and evil. It's a beautiful album towards the end too, the last few songs are so powerful and the ending is just great.

A-

Recommended for people who like: Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, Modest Mouse, etc. etc.

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
The follow up to the critically acclaimed debut of My Morning Jacket wanna-be's. This album is weird, because it's a lot more consistant than the last album, it's more easy to listen to I think, but it's not nearly as good in terms of music. There are some great, powerful catchy songs, but nothing that matches the intensity of their debut album song's, "The First Song" and "The Funeral." those two songs maybe the pinnacle of this band's musicianship.

B


Recommended for people who like: My Morning Jacket, Longwave, Roguewave, The Shins, and any other indie rock + folk tinged band.

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

The follow up to the critically acclaimed Gulag Orkestar, and the even better Lon Gisland EP. It's not as good as either to be frank, it has it's moments, but I feel like he emulated the last album, just...not nearly as powerful. It's still an amazingly fresh and creative album, full of horns, and crazy gypsy instruments. I really liked a few tracks and a bunch others were kind of forgettable, but oh well. There's barely any synth, which was in my eyes, the highlight of the first album, and it's noticably absent from the tracks which is dissapointing. Oh well.

B-

Recommended for people who like: Gypsies, Wes Anderson films that take place in India, Devandra Banhart, Jewish and Russo-Finnish folk.

Battles - Mirrored
The debut album from Battles, and has thus been universally praised. It is a crazy math-rock, disney inspired digital future manifesto that is absolutely one of the worst albums I've ever heard in my life. Pitchforkmedia gave this album a fucking 9.1 and it blew me away how awful this band is. Think Gentle Giant (if you're not familar, Pink Floyd) and then throw in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, put all that in a blender with some blood thinner, a vocoder and cheesy math rock and you have this universally praised album. It was torrid and and I was shocked that I bought this based on the reviews, and I'll never do that again. As long as I live. I even wrote pitchfork a length demand for 60 minutes of my life back for convincing me to buy this hunk of junk. I'd rather smell my baby's own coffin than listen to this again.

F


Recommended for people who like: Doing copious amounts of drugs, listening to Pink Floyd and touching themselves, and people who will still listen to The Mars Volta even though they suck balls now.

There you have it, four record reviews of music I picked up over the last two months. Also, some other great recommendations are:

Apparat - Walls (Great album, for people who enjoy, Justice, Daft Punk, etc.
Minus The Bear - Ice Planet (Pretty good straight forward indie rock album.)

Go Get 'Em!
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#2
that was nice

recently i got
wowee zowee by pavement
challangers by the new pornographers
and
pig lib by stephen malkmus
#3
the new sunset rubdown is great, i really like it.

i have the band of horses album, but i just haven't had a chance to listen to it. same thing with the new iron+wine record.
#6
Talking of Battles, Giraffe Running's album is top notch, and although I'm not a huge fan of Battles, the collaboration Ian did with GR is excellent. The first disc is in the vein of Hella and is decent, but the second disc is really good. Great list of people they've managed to get on board with it as well which varies the thing up a bit.

Beirut; kind of figured it would be very similar to 'Gulag...', which isn't necessarily a bad thing as it was a great debut, but a bit unwanted for a second time around.

As for a couple of new things, 'II' by Ignatz rules the school. When I read about it I hadn't heard or heard of Ignatz (Bram Devens) but had read that he was a "Belgian loner" and as a reference point I was pointed to the legendary Jandek. Strange electronics whirl, bluesy folk whisperings almost similar to Bob Dylan (in vocal style) and just a great selection of oddities. Really enjoyable album.

If your concept of blues is more to do with occult stylings, the sound of souls singing across the decades and hermetic/elastic instrumental logic then this **** walks like a man. (on 'II')


Another, 'Salmon run' by Graham Lambkin. All you can really say about this is the word, "different". I really can't describe it, it's just avant-garde with tinges of everything. It's a bit of a grower, but not one that I love.
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#7
I was going to say I 100% agree with everything you said until Battles. I love Battles. Saw them live and was absolutely blown away. The line about the baby's coffin was pure gold, though.

Random Spirit Lover is my favorite album of the year so far. I think In Rainbows will likely pass it, but I'm in love with RSL. I must have listened to it 30 times by now. The album has a very supernatural, almost occult feel to it. Especially on songs like "Colt Stands Up, Grows Horns". So many great moments on the album... My favorites are "your highness is holding your chains", "I'd like to think the actors never abandon/I'd like to throw this trumpet down and go empty handed" and "Can you live with the way they make you look unreal?" (mostly the way he sings the last one).
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#8
God, I don't understand Battles. Is Prog-Rock cool again? Seriously, go listen to Gentle Giant, it's a hilariously awful band from the 1970's that Battles has damn near plagurized in the sound department.

The beats, the weird hi-ho dwarf vocals, the completely random and pointless Octave changes. It's all the same. If I could go back in time and copy a band and try and pass it off as new and innovative (because apparently that works these days) I would, but I don't want to believe it works like that.

I appreciate a few of the tracks on Mirrored, I think they ones where it's just instrumental I could really appreciate, I guess the thing I hated most about the album were the absolutely awful, awful, awful vocals. It really ruined everything for me, and this is coming from someone who loves Joanna Newsom and A Sunny Day In Glasglow, so that's saying something when I can't stand vocals.
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#9
I find Battles interesting because the two guys play guitar and keys at the same time, i had never seen that..
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