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Most Heard Sounds of 2009

Posted by Q on December 25, 2009

And so it begins again, a top 5+ list of albums I heard in 2009. Please note that most would classify as indie efforts or breakthrough artists yet to achieve mainstream success. I mean there are just so many freakin’ reruns of Pink Floyd that one can hear. (Edit. – quite a lot actually, you moron. You even play it on the guitar for crying out loud*)

Anyway, away from these pesky editors and their penchant for penny-counting newsprint,

5. Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)

Putting the scream back in the cream that is your brain after one session with the crashing cymbals of this monstrous concoction of sound and science-fiction. (Wow, that was so gonzo, eh?)


Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = That empty space in your black heart where your crush for Ian Banks/Neal Asher lies




4. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America (2006)

I haven’t heard their 2008 effort Stay Positive, but if it’s anything like B&GiA, it’ll be akin to going to a nightclub, swilling a ton of booze, snorting coke, passing out, passing in and finally crashing the dance floor, in between making out with the bouncers. Their music has the same kind of drugged frenzy that is mostly seen in certain species of African tree-climbing monkeys when confronted with lonelycat18 in the comfortable environs and loose morals of urban America. While they’re in heat++. You know. Just saying

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = Hey! Which part of cat-monkey make-out did you not understand? This band will blow your socks off (Edit.-especially if you’re a cat)




3. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound (2008)

Take Pearl Jam’s Last Kiss, rip out the Eddie Vedder guts inside, and put in some Springsteen vocals, run it through the faux E-street sound system and put in more popular media references than all the editors of Wikipedia at one place and you get the concoction that is at the heart of the ’59 sound. And then you wish that maybe those morons could have asked Springsteen to front this song for them. And then you realize that they’ve done just that. In Hyde Park. At London. (Them effing blimey limeys). And then you basically watch that YouTube clip forever

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = Springsteen? Get real dude! All ’em clones wait for The Boss Strikes Back Album© Till then (looks furtively around), it’s a pretty good experience. But definitely beats the crap outta Pearl Jam




2. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (2005)

Okie, so here’s a well kept secret from y’all from the world of sex, drugs, Rock ‘n Roll R Us. If you’ve ever grooved out to Beyonce’s eay la eay la…do me a favor and stop reading this blow. Like right now!

If you’re still there, do yourself a favor and put on the Bleeding Heart Show. Hear that drum timing. (Again…you did not the last time) and the strains of eay-la, eay-la. Now go dump that Beyonce CD. That’s a good boy!

More than anything, Twin Cinema shows why drummers are there on rock bands. I mean apart from scoring the groupies. And you know. Other stuff. The drumming throughout the album is insane. Like I wanna jump into a moving truck insane. Like I wanna high-dive insane (Caution: Children, do not attempt). Like lemme buy this freakin’ $1000 Rickenbacker insane.

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = Think the Doors with the intensity of Deep Purple



1. Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)

Blast from the past. Like a really old blast. It’s not so much a blast as a sensory experience. Like someone stringed you in 6 strings and is twanging one chord after the other. Like the twangs are somehow coming from within and not without…like…WTF! I am rambling

Ok. (deep breath) Have will, will write. Now then, Joni Mitchell’s Blue is a Classic, any idiot reading NME will tell you that. What that idiot will not tell you is that unlike other hacks who simply attach classic to every second album out there, this one’s like a grand-daddy of classic. It’s this blog’s version of awesome. It’s from the left field, lefter than that point on the compass; it comes out of nowhere and sucker-punches your belly full of crap from all the love songs of the yore. Gotta stand up a different man, I tell ya!

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = It’s pwn the fuck outta your Johnny Denvers’, Bryan Adams’, Boy Band-girl Band dynamic



And so, we are at yet another blog post™. Wow! 3 in three. We’ll call this ongoing effort the 10 for ’10 series. Onwards, young padawan!


+ I am going out on a limb here with a top 5 list. Am not sure if I can even name 5 new albums I heard this year at all. Unless you include Rock On! ~sindbad the sailor…yeah yeah yeah~

*Henceforth referred to as FCOL (pronounced fuck-all. Not that it means anything; I just love the rhyming on this one)

++ Don’t believe me, huh? Check out this monkey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUzLa_khi5s


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The Boy Least Likely To

Posted by Q on April 4, 2009

As much fun as pelting Susie Derkins with Water Balloons

Candy Pop...Ur doin it right

Via Pitchfork

Sounds like a lot of bright colors thrown about with abandon! Go ahead & listen!

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i can haz new indie rock?

Posted by Q on November 27, 2008

My slow descent into Alcoholism…


…saved by cheezeburger kitteh!!

been listening to some indie rock for some time; Flaming Lips, White Stripes (ok, not indie anymore), the new pornographers et al.  And as teh kitteh wud sey…


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Ahoy me Pirates! Music Piracy and all that!

Posted by Q on October 4, 2007

music-2.jpgWashington Post has an interesting article on NBC’s Jeff Zucker ranting on about bigger penalties for music pirates. And for all that’s worth, the article makes him sound like his YouTube clone. And in related anti-piracy news, the defender organizations employed by MPAA & RIAA seem to be ending up with eggs on their faces, or rather their internal emails being made public. The cake is however taken by Sony BMG’s anti-piracy chief whose utterly ridiculous stand is that ““Copying” music you own is “stealing”. And as is true with most people who are out of their depth AND in deep shit, lawyers are making merry.

Now this is hilarious. We have companies suing individuals, tracking IP addresses, corrupting p2p systems, having dummy BitTorrent servers; all going helter-skelter in their approach to fight the so called music & video piracy (Alas, we book pirates don’t even register on the radar). Some are just changing tactics; Radiohead’s going for a $ 0 Album thingy with their new album (In Rainbows) & The Artist Formerly Known As Prince releasing (giving away?) his album (Planet Earth) free with the Mail on Sunday …strange & unsettling times for an industry which has been dishing out crap to consumers for a fairly long period of time now.

I just think that Piracy is helping them more than they realize. Sure CD/DVD sales are being cannibalized, but Dead superstars seem to be getting richer every year – surely more than what can be attributed to nostalgia. All the nostalgic ones get older every year, btw. While everybody might have heard about Led Zep, surely not a lot of people could have afforded to have hear it – simply because if I stack up all Led Zepp albums, Amazon tells me that I have to shell out a cool $124.99, not the kind of cash a college freshman can afford to throw around ( am assuming that’s the age folks discover Zeppelin). Even the live ones, seem to be earning more every year.

Simple question, why? Because the economic rent that any artist is able to generate is directly proportional to the value of that artist’s network (Metcalfe’s Law, anyone?) –networks which are created because of Piratebay, Morpheus, Limewire, Pando, edonkey and so on. The fans aren’t just increasing because of higher marketing budget; a huge-huge chunk today feeds of the Terabytes (Exobytes?) of data coursing through the world’s pipes. Free data. Pirated data.

But yes, the business model has to change. You can’t count on slick releases and the consequent ringing cash counters any longer. Maybe iTunes has got it right to an extent, but not completely. As long as information would be freely available and people will have a choice about who they want to like, there’ll be a business and money to make. What today’s networks do is to ensure that another N’Sync (remember?), Britney & whoever can’t be created to milk consumers. You’ll have one hit single and people will not pay for that too, they’ll leech it off some torrent or P2P server. In the end, water will find its true level – fans will ensure that. But the easy times, they’re all over!

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