Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Week 009 - 06/28/16

Unexpect - Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Release Date: May 31st, 2011
Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal Fusion
Price: $8.99 CAD ($6.99)
For Fans Of: Haken, Diabolical Masquerade, Sigh, Mr. Bungle, Stolen Babies, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Nightwish
Recommended Tracks: Unsolved Ideas of a Distorted Guest, Words, Orange Vigilantes, Mechanical Phoenix, Unfed Pendulum, Silence this Parasite, When The Joyful Dead Are Dancing
HOT. DAMN. This record is such a beast that I'm surprised that this band isn't bigger in the metal community than it already is. With influences and genres that are nigh impossible to place (that recommended artist tab is all over the place) and a soundscape that does just about whatever the hell it wants, one has to ask "how can it balance so many different things at once?" The answer? Doing whatever the hell it wants and being bad ass at it, thats how. Two vocalists, a female vocalist with a very sophisticated operatic edge and quite the hard hitting scream and a backing vocalist is just the first on the plate. From there you have a groove bass that carries quite a catch thanks to a dominate place in the mix, violinists who give the album a dramatic flair of tension, keyboards, spoken word passages, jazz, swing, metal, hardcore, progressive rock, just... man. Give the first track a listen and if it doesn't blow your mind then you get your money back guaranteed.
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Low Low Low La La La Love Love Lova - last
Release Date: February 16th, 2015
Genre: Noise Pop/Indie Rock/Lo-Fi
Price: £5 ($6.68)
For Fans Of: Sparklehorse, Simon and Garfunkel, Of Montreal, My Bloody Valentine
Recommended Tracks: Goodbyes, Burrow, Harvesting, A World in Ruin, A Shadow of a Doubt, What You Wanted Most, Bedroom Window, last
The final record from Low La Love carries that dreadful sense of melancholy knowing your adventure is at its end. Unlike most farewell albums, that focus time and energy by shoving how sad it is that your favorite band is breaking up or reflecting on "the good times we've had" this band expresses such feelings in a far more refined output through song. The harsh noise that layers instrumental backing stabs like a stubborn child refusing to let go and the overall tone of the album, while sounding like it leans towards a more... up-beat pop record, it instead rings with a very slow, depressed feel. It articulates complex feelings of "letting go" in a way that simply can't be captured in words. It makes for a soundscape that is interesting and beautiful, an ooze of passion that feels like this band is utterly destroyed by having to say goodbye. And even if you haven't heard of them until just now, it makes you feel a bit sad too.
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Direct Hit! - Wasted Mine
Wasted Mind cover art
Release Date: June 24th, 2016
Genre: Pop Punk/Hardcore
Price: $10.00
For Fans Of: Bomb The Music Industry!, Blink 182, Masked Intruder
Recommended Tracks: Artificial Confidence, Paid in Brains, Promised Land, Was It The Acid?, Another Dimension, Villain Alcoholic, Do the Sick
Direct Hit's latest LP is one half easy-going summer fun and one half hard hitting satire on drug culture and even the pop punk genre in of itself. With the album lending itself to elements of hardcore through very tasteful sections of harsh vocals and instrumentation that finds room to fill in the blanks atmospherically with horns and organs for an extra slice of energy. Lyrically the album holds no qualms with getting in the nitty-gritty of drug abuse and its relation to the music culture, which makes it an interesting album for anyone looking for something more beyond competent production. 
Shahmen - Enter the Circle (Deluxe)
Release Date: May 31st, 2015
Genre: Rap/Horrorcore
Price: €15 ($16.61)
For Fans Of: Billy Woods
Recommended Tracks: Dirt, No Slippin', Mice, Luck, Story, Whales, Strangers
Shahmen's flavor of "horrocore" is unlike any other artist in that particular neck of the woods. Here, Shahmen incoporate organic, tribal instrumentation and choir vocals to create an air of sinister unnerving that goes hand in hand with the authorative, overpowering vocals that tinge the soundscape with an evil energy. It all comes together to make an outstanding, creepy album.
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Instead of Flowers - Their Loss is Something to Remember
Release Date: August 21st, 2015
Genre: Alternative Rock/Punk
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: A Perfect Circle
Recommended Tracks: Stained Palm, The Light Inside, Childhood Games, Romance is Dead, I Believe You, God Frowns
Instead of Flowers' debut record is a curious mixture of alt rock and various shades of hardcore punk that does far more than what either of those genre descriptors could give credit for. Atmosphere is where this record excels at, with the combination of thick, fuzzy atmosphere and a vocal effect that has a hollow ring to it; the both combine for a dark and mysterious tone that lends its self towards an excellent mixture of dreamy and melodic sections and harder hitting sorta-punk/sorta-not leads that are all the more intriguing when they come out of the shell as some kind of weird, twisted cry of a man lost deep in the unknown... intentional or not. A great record all around, and a rather under-appreciated one at that, Their Loss is Something to Remember is a promising debut well worth keeping an eye on.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Week 008 - 6/20/16

The Antlers - In The Attic of the Universe
Release Date: March 31st, 2007
Genre: Folk
Price: $6.99
For Fans Of: Bon Iver
Recommended Tracks: In The Attic, On The Roof, Shh, The Universe Is Going to Catch You, In The Snow, Stairs To The Attic
Peter Silberman's sophomore effort (before The Antlers became a band) is an empty, atmospheric record that mills with a childlike curiosity. Sparse instrumentation and spacey synths mixed in with slight flavoring of field recordings give a tight feeling of isolation while Silberman give a haunting performance with his hard hitting vocals and lyrics centering around themes of loneliness. A great record for a late night browse.

The Life and Times - Tragic Boogie
Release Date: April 14th, 2009
Genre: Space Rock/Alt Rock
Price: $10.00
For Fans Of: Shiner, Failure, Swervedriver, Hum
Recommended Tracks: Que Sera Sera, Let It Eat, Old Souls, Dull Knives, Pain Don't Hurt, Tragic Boogie, The Politics of Driving, Catching Crumbs
A slept on record if there has ever been one. The Life and Times are a band that are hard to place sonically. They have a mixture of grunge, space rock, alt rock, amongst other genres that are very well interlaced with one another for a rather unique sound. Their music also moves so beautifully smooth that it doesn't take long to get lost in the night-filled landscape of their sound. Don't miss out on these guys, they're incredible. 

Funeral Advantage - Body Is Dead
Release Date: August 28th, 2015
Genre: Dream pop
Price: $8.00
For Fans Of: LSD and the Search for God
Recommended Tracks: Equine, Sisters, Back to Sleep, That's That, Cemetery Kiss, You Sat Alone, Body Is Dead
Male/Female shoegaze-y dream pop fun times. Though I guess fun isn't a good descriptor, because on the contrary this is quite a sad album. "Emo" music that blends in the shoegaze/dream pop elements for an odd caricature of lifeless energy. However that may work. Its an endearing record with some incredibly attention to composition to make even the tiniest of changes in the overall sound come across all the mightier.

SirensCeol - The Method to the Madness
Release Date: March 27th, 2014
Genre: Electro
Price: $10.00
For Fans Of: Au5
Recommended Tracks: The Glitch Waltz, Adventure Time, Feel Alright, The Devil's Swing, Russian Roulette, Slippin, My Story, All You Are, Memories, Starlight Lullaby, A Heart Without A Home
My goodness the texturing on this album is incredible. High energy electronic dance music that has some of the most satisfying and crunchy sounding synths of any electronic album I heard. Burke's dynamic sound work and ability to cross genres makes for an excellent collection of bangers and slower songs for those needing more "emotional" moments.

Agate Tunnel - And Yet...
Release Date: August 26th, 2015
Genre: Acoustic
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes
Recommended Tracks: Tremuous, Oregon, I stare At Walls, Oceantype
And Yet... is a curious little EP, mostly because I can't recall where I found it. What you expect to be your typical stab at bedroom folk sad times instead is an endearing, well produced EP that takes the emotional aspect of it's music quite seriously for an excellently tasteful EP with amazing male/female vocal chemistry. Not to mention when songs such as Mothing explode with large, fuzzy instrumental crescendos. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Week 008 - 06/16/16

Week 008 - Sorry for the lack of updates this week, to compensate enjoy some extra free albums. Next post will be on Saturday, hopefully. 

Moddi - Set the House On Fire
Release Date: March 6th, 2016
Genre: Folk
Price: 100 NOK ($11.89)
For Fans Of: Ane Brun, Passenger, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens
Recommended Tracks: House by the Sea, Let the Spider Run Alive, Soon you'll be somebody else!, For An Unborn, Run to the Water, One Minute More, Northern Line

Moddi is one of those artists who has that special "thing" to them that propels them above and beyond contemporaries in the genre. Here, Moddi stabs with a reserved punch of energy with his softly stated vocal melodies that slide with pure elegance and finds volume with the harsh, raspy raise of his voice. Instrumentally the album is both quiet, yet busy, with a consistent acoustic guitar base, along comes solemn percussion, pianos, accordions, and various other instruments to give the album a distinctive personality. Don't miss out on this one!
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Foreign Fields - Anywhere but Where I Am
Release Date: April 23rd, 2012
Genre: Electronic/Folk/Ambient
Price: $7.99
For Fans Of: Bon Iver, The Sky Life, Sufjan Stevens
Recommended Tracks: Taller, Mountaintop, Where The Willow Tree Died, A Difficult Year, Keep Us In Mind, Pillars, Perfect Home
Foreign Fields' debut album is undoubtedly one of the best of the folk genre. The album carries a heavy, hush-hush attitude. Softly shown with delicate vocal melodies and often seen with the instrumental backing, that often seems to move with an unnatural, mechanical feel. Perhaps to reflect the lyrical content of the record, which often explores themes of being 'out of place' with the crowd. A blink in the fold that really shouldn't be there. Delicately composed and effectively memorable, this is a record worth listening to.
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Aidan Baker - Wound Culture
Release Date: June 1st, 2002
Genre: Slowcore/Ambient
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Tim Hecker
Recommended Tracks: K, Merge, Untitled 1/2, Wound Culture
There aren't many artists with such an accomplished discography as Aidan Baker. A member of over 10 projects and collectives and over 130 releases under his belt, Aidan Baker has seen the ropes of a many variety of styles and genres. Wound Culture, one of the first released under his name, is a slowcore album that lends itself to elements of ambient noise and orchestral exercising. The album has some pretty complex instrumental work going on despite what many would call minimalistic songwriting. With very intricate sound design splitting hairs with the slowly moving guitar work and the background noise that contributes to the blue, gloomy feel of the overall album. If you're feeling down or need something quiet for the night, let this album be your companion!
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Rabbit Junk - Consolidate
Release Date: May 18th, 2016
Genre: Hardclash
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Mindless Self Indulgence
Recommended Tracks: Dig Dug has a Posse, BEAST, Locked, Fffriends, Invasion, Broken Highways, Precipice, IDONTGIVEAFUCK
A compilation of Rabbit Junk's three newest EPs, plus a few bonus treats! Rabbit Junk continue to keep the energy going with psychotic genre clashing to the tune of hardcore, metal, hip hop, and electronica in a full on blast of punk fury.
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SAFE - Stay Down (Non Bandcamp)
Release Date: December 13th, 2015
Genre: Hip Hop
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: The Weeknd
Recommended Tracks: Eternity, Back 2, Way Out, Feel, Siri, Honest
SAFE's debut mixtape captures that dark, empty essence of the high life that made The Weeknd's original mixtape trilogy so endearing. Stay Down carries an incredibly dark undertone with lyrics that level between your typical party going fare and downright paranoia. Its what makes Stay Down interesting, I suppose. Behind the mask of having the time of your life, there's a very depressing, dark undertone that suffocates the listener with a level of self awareness lost in the glitzy barrage of seductive synths and stabbing high hats. Akin to the original Weeknd trilogy, this is one of those tapes that demonstrate an incredibly smart deconstruction of "party tapes".
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Week 007 - 6/12/16

Week 007 - Sorry for the delay on this post! Fell a bit under the weather and couldn't find the energy to type this up all the way through. Do enjoy, as this week has some of my favorite records on it. 

Les Friction - Les Friction 
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Genre: Rock Opera
Price: $9.99
For Fans Of: Two Steps From Hell, Queen, Muse, E.S. Posthumus
Recommended Tracks: Louder Than Words, Torture, Here Comes the Reign, World On Fire, Sunday, Come Back to Me
A collaboration between composers Helmut Vonlichten (of E.S. Posthumus fame), Nihl Finch, and vocalist Paint; Les Friction was a loosely intertwined cyber punk concept album that combined vocal elements to rock and orchestral music for one of the most sonically epic soundscapes of all time. From the layered vocal harmonies of the opening track to the loud, moving cheers and drum beats of the closing track, this album is an expansive exploration of various electronica and industrial concepts on a rock opera base. Paint's vocals are loud and soaring, with a strain that shakes the earth with the roar of thunder and instrumentally the album pounds with authoritative drum beats and cinematic wall of sound buzz that gets the hype going strong. An absolute epic of a record, prepare to be blown away by this little project.
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Sleep Party People - Floating
Release Date: June 2nd, 2014
Genre: Dream Pop/Trip Hop
Price: £6 ($8.55)
For Fans Of: Bon Iver, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Massive Attack, Panda Bear, Radiohead
Recommended Tracks: Change In time, Floating Blood of Mine, In Another World, Death is the Future, I See The Sun/I See The Moon, Only A Shadow
Possibly one of the most unique projects to come from the new age shoegaze/dream pop scene, Sleep Party People is a project with a sound and inspiration that is difficult to place. The vocals are hazy and slightly disorted, giving a very abrupt contrast to the often warm and spacey style of the hazy instrumental backing. The album can be seen driving down warm sonic venues and take sudden, terrifying turns into glitchy, disturbing, and broken sinister undertones that peel away the uncomfortable happiness of the vile charade. Unqiue in every sense of the word, Floating is a record that you don't want to miss out on.
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We Never Learned To Live - Silently, I Them Them Skyward
Release Date: June 22nd, 2015
Genre: Post-Hardcore
Price: £6.99 ($9.96)
For Fans Of: Deadpoets, The Tidal Sleep, Acres, Refused, Sound of Animals Fighting
Recommended Tracks: Shadows In Hibernation, Vesalius, Fragmented Footnotes, You Will Sleep Now, Tasting Paralysis
A surprisingly unknown post-hardcore outfit, We Never Learned To Live have a massive wall-of-sound approach to hardcore music that makes their often emotive and intricate sound design an incredibly endearing listening experience. Theres a hinging feeling of dread through this record, an often suffocating, meaning presence that gives volume to the album's desolate, cathartic soundscape. Vocally the album rings with a softly sung, harshly screamed volume that only further drives the timid off-settledness of the album's overall tone. A rather finely-tuned and masterly mixed record, Silently, I Threw Them Skyward is exactly the hardcore record you are looking for on a bad day.
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Florida Snow - Florida Snow
Release Date: December 27th, 2008
Genre: Prog Rock/Folk/Slowcore
Price: €5 ($5.63)
For Fans Of: A Perfect Circle, Porcupine Tree, Dead Letter Circus
Recommended Tracks: Laid To Waste, Dialogue of Reflections, Paper Hearts, November Let the Sun Go, Close to Home
Information on Florida Snow is sparse, unfortunately. Vocally in line with Maynard's work on the early days of prog rock supergroup A Perfect Circle and instrumentally a sound design rather unique to the group. This hybrid of prog rock and folk is a often cold beast of a record that keeps its warm energy in reserve for the few moments where the band maximizes their large, genre blending mixture of rock crescendos to amazing measures. The album also has a sophisticated mixture of simplicity and layered, tight knit "high brow" design that doesn't get too overwhelming or too lacking for a listener looking for an hour or so to kill. A great, obscure record worth the look at.
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Moth Equals - One Tusk
Release Date: January 1st, 2016
Genre: Trip Hop
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: XXYYXX, Lost Soul Refuge, Proleter
Recommended Tracks: Cordiform, Aim To Get Caught, Jeunesse, The Heavens Opened and Closed, If It Keeps on Raining, Kami
Another unique act in the trip hop scene, Moth Equals has a very interesting, almost lo-fi flair to his eccentric mixture of Bollywood-esque trip hop and neo-classical downtempo flavoring. Samples are quiet, with a intriguing analogue fuzz that doesn't protrude on the overall mix of each track. Synths wobble and bounce in tune to catchy percussion that snaps in marching lines of hi-hats that hook like earworms. Meanwhile, elements of organic instrumentation give the album a warm, natural feel that fits the entire picture together like a beautiful, vivid puzzle. An interesting trip hop record that keeps overall design sparse and simple, One Tusk will keep any fan of trip hop or downtempo music entertained the whole way through.
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 007 - 06/06/16

Week 007: I'm rather proud of this compilation. Be sure to check each of these records out!

Flatsound. - I Clung To You, Hoping We'd Both Drown
Release Date: March 10th, 2011
Genre: Lo-Fi/Slowcore
Price: $7.00
For Fans Of: Carissa's Wierd, Teen Suicide, Elvis Depressedly, Ricky Eat Acid, Low, Bright Eyes
Recommended Tracks: Old Lumina, I'm Broken But I'll Try It, Live Up, I Lost Control, Meow Meow Meow, The Cowardly Lion, 47 Fights, I'm Broken, The One Who Gave Up
This record is simply pathetic. Not in a bad way, however. But more like the uncomfortable, depressing feeling of watching a man on the brink of a complete mental breakdown in the distance. Unable to help while watching the slow derailment into madness. Either its through chaotic, electronic production or the sluggish pluck of guitar strings; or the softly stated, broken vocals of the project's vocalist. The constant jump of lyrical themes from experiencing lost, manufactured love to watching family members medically deteriorate are alarming, to say the least. However, its the completely compromising brokenness of this record that makes it so beautiful, so unforgettable. Without a doubt, this record stands as a genre essential thanks to the disturbing nightmare that is We'd Both Drown.
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Diane Birch - N O U S
Release Date: Janurary 31st, 2016
Genre: Pop
Price: $5.00
For Fans Of: Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman, Kate Earl, Norah Jones
Recommended Tracks: How Long, Kings of Queens, Stand Under My Love, Walk On Water
One of the classiest releases for the year, Diane Birch's transformation from her earlier work to N O U S is absolutely impressive. With jazzier, band-filled production on How Long, stuffed full with late-night club ballads; to bleaker heartbreakers like Woman. Diane's presentation on this record is awe-inspiring from sound alone, though even more impressive is the fact all of it was solely produced and performed by Diane herself; which is quite the feat of its own. Quite a reserved and amazing record this one is.
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Aidan Knight - Each Other
Release Date: January 22nd, 2016
Genre: Chamber Pop
Price: $10.00 CAD ($7.71)
For Fans Of: Car Seat Headrest, City & Colour, Matthew Good, The Arp, 
Recommended Tracks: All Clear, Funeral Singers, St. Christiana, You Are Not Here
Aidan Knight's latest EP is an incredibly sweet piece of chamber pop/rock that is perfect for the late night rainy weather spin. With a very simple instrumental approach and empty atmosphere, there is plenty of room for the small doses of synths and guitars to reverberate between Knight's softly sung baritone. Nothing more to say besides it being an outstanding, jazzy, folksy rock record.
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Show Me A Dinosaur - Show Me A Dinosaur
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Genre: Blackgaze/Post-Rock
Price: Free (Name Your Price)
For Fans Of: Deafheaven, Ghost Bath, We Lost The Sea, Mono
Recommended Tracks: Vjuga, Ochag, Lights, Gone
One of the latest in the ever growing blackgaze trend, and quite surprisingly one of the best. What I adore about Show Me A Dinosaur aside from their ridiculous band name is how focused and intricate their sound design and music direction is in comparison to bigger name groups in the genre. On tracks like Lights the post-rock interludes blend beautifully in with the blasts and overbearing wall-of-sounds and are far more tasteful than what the genre usually provides. The album is just a nice, warm, and quite captivating metal record well worth your time, especially if you're one of the many doubting the existence of the genre at the moment.
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The Phonies - A Mellow Extinction
Release Date: June 5th, 2016
Genre: Ambient/Industrial
Price: Free (Name Your Price)
For Fans Of: Mind.In.A.Box, Skinny Puppy, David Bowie, Brian Eno
Recommended Tracks: Divining Weapon, A Special Little Void, Ache, Casualty, 10 Years Asleep, Argument, A Mellow Extinction
"Each and every time I get around to making a musical project, it serves as a perfect snapshot of my mental state at the time", writes project mastermind Erik Smith. A Mellow Extinction, the debut record under The Phonies sounds exactly as the title implies. A slow moving, grueling descent into the deep end of existence. From the calming pluck of guitars strings in the intro being abruptly pulled away with the loud blare of sirens, this album moves about in a beautifully timid matter. Reserved in presentation, the record explores the sparseness of industrial ambience with heavenly bass lines and captivating electronic buzz through dominant instrumental suites with low-bearing vocal tracks that illustrate the vague depravity of emotion contextualized through the runtime. Dark, cold, and beautiful A Mellow Extinction is a breath-taking electronic record worth your consideration.
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Week 006 - 06/04/16

Latterman - Turn Up The Punk, We'll Be Singing
Release Date: December 82th, 2005
Genre: Punk/Pop Rock
Price: $1.00
For Fans Of: Iron Chic, Lawrence Arms, RVIR
Recommended Tracks: He's A Good Sposato, There's Never A Reason Not To Party, Too Many Emo Days, King Tough Is My New Idol, For Someone So Easy Going (You Sure Do Wear Pants A Lot)
STRAIGHT EDGE YEAH. Lattermen were a Long Beach four piece punk band who understood how to make cynicism and self-rants fun and engaging for the average listener. Angry vocals and incredibly infectious guitar leads and riffs give this album an absolutely insane element of fun with the more agressive side of vocal performance. Genuine song writing that doesn't wallow in melodramatics is also an absolute plus. Have some fun!
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Ruby My Dear - Form
Release Date: October 21st, 2013
Genre: Breakcore
Price: €9.50 ($10.80)
For Fans Of: Venetian Snares, Xanopticon, Otto, Astrix
Recommended Tracks: Spleen, Carradine Suicide, Annwyvn, Focus On Sanity, Oct Chrystal, Embruns
Breakcore is unfortunately a genre that receives a lot of hate thanks to the weakest acts of the genre receiving the most attention on both YouTube and Bandcamp through mixes. Instead of naming particular artists however, here is a musician who excels quite elegantly at the chaotic mess that is breakcore. Ruby My Dear mixes the break-neck pace of percussion and finds insane methods to infuse jazzy-grooves with desolate, orchestral arrangements to give the record a definitive edge in personality. Elements of glitch and IDM also find their way in the mix for a peculiar, abrasive aesthetic.
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Dalek - Asphalt for Eden
Release Date: April 22nd, 2016
Genre: Industrial Hip Hop
Price: $7.99 CAD ($6.17)
For Fans Of: Cannibal Ox, Techno Animal, cLOUDDEAD
Recommended Tracks: Shattered, Guaranteed Struggle, Masked Laughter, 6bB, Control, It Just Is
My favorite rap record of 2016 (so far) Dalek's return sees them signed to prestigious metal label Profound Lore with an incredibly tasteful (and topical) record that touches the surface of American social issues in a beautiful, poetically vague manner. Its MCD himself who says "I spit cryptic" in Masked Laughter, and cryptic is what this record is. The hypnotic, industrial production moves with an extreme air of intrigue in a fuzzy, slightly corrupted sound. Its incredibly beautiful, being reserved in dark ambient fuzz. Lyrically, the album nods to relevant social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement without ever explicitly taking a side or pushing an agenda, which makes the album approachable for anyone. With all elements considered, Asphalt for Eden is simply put an absolutely glowing record. And with all the hip hop records being praised this year, the fact this particular album has fallen off the grid is absolutely criminal.
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Brand New - Leaked Demos 2006
Release Date: January 13th, 2016
Genre: Rock
Price: $7.99
For Fans Of: Thursday
Recommended Tracks: Good Man, 1996, Missing You, Nobody Moves, Fork and Knife
The legendary Fight Off Your Demons, a series of demos leaked by an acquaintance of frontman Jesse Lacey, has been a crown jewel for music fans for a decade due to the elusiveness of "what could've been" if they had not been scrapped for what would become The Devil and God. Of course, the demos we had were unmastered, low quality, and quite ugly... until now. Leaked Demos 2006 is the original leaked demos remastered and revamped for those who for years have been hoarding the fuzzy MP3s for years. This record was far more positive than what replaced it, with poppier elements in tracks like Fork and Knife and Missing You and lyric matter was far less daunting. If you are a fan of Brand New, then this record is an essential purchase.
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The Arrogant Sons of Bitches - Three Cheers for Disappointment
Release Date: January 13th, 2006
Genre: Ska Punk
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Bomb the Music Industry!, Big D and the Kids Table, Kudrow
Recommended Tracks: Three Cheers (Tracks 1-3), Kill the President, Rocketrocketrocketship, 1-800-ALARM-ME, Disappointment at the Taco Bell, Have Fun Rotting By Yourself, Last on my List
I've been singing praise for Jeff Rosenstock and his many projects for a long time now, the man is quite simply the epitome of nonchalant depression fueled songwriting gone fun. Of course, his greatest project was without doubt this one right here. Three Cheers is an absolute beast of a ska punk record, quite possibly the best of the entire ska umbrella. Unlike other bands of its nature, who all play within a very controlled 'between-the-lines' environment, this record goes absolutely off the rails in a hot mess. Unrestrained wind sections thrash around just as much as the crazy technical percussion and punk leaning guitar leads without any care for formality. Jeff screams and sings his heart out in the furious storm for an absolutely unforgettable hour of ska punk perfection.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Week 006 - 06/01/16

Week 006 - Scheduling will be kind of inconsistent for the next few weeks as I figure how to balance personal life and work with the blog, please sit tight and enjoy!

Amigo the Devil - Diggers
Release Date: Feburary 19th, 2013
Genre: Murder Folk
Price: $3.00
For Fans Of: N/A
Recommended Tracks: The Recluse, The Weight
Never has mutilating and wearing the skin of your victims been this classy. Amigo muses with the mindset of an infamous serial killer, one Mr. Ed Gein, as he juxtaposes thematics of self realization and love with the topics of body horror and insanity for one of folk music's greatest oddities and jammiest jams. Production and instrumental work is very exqistue with a fine layer of blues and rock giving the album a postive, up-beat swing despite the overly morbid subject matter. For listeners looking for the wild side of folk. 

Holy Ghost Tent Revival - So Long I Screamed
Release Date: December 14th, 2008
Genre: Bluegrass
Price: $6.99
For Fans Of: N/A
Recommended Tracks: Down The Street, Walking Over My Grave, Steamboat, Phone Syndrome, Getting Over Your Love, Needing You, Love Emergency, Hammer Fell, The End To...
Arguably the most fun you will have with a bluegrass record. Incredibly exquisite horn arrangements give the bluegrass elements an extra layer of energy and give the album a hook that just begs you to snap along with the beat. Vocal performance is equally sublime, the harmonizing that litters the record is so buttery smooth that it elegantly slides through the swing production like an earworm unlike any other. For listeners who want something sweet and fun.
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Antagony - Days of Night
Release Date: December 21st, 2008
Genre: Deathcore
Price: $6.00
For Fans Of: Hacksaw to the Throat, Oblivion, All Shall Perish
Recommended Tracks: The Truth Will Be Known, The Ladder, Voyage, Exhale Her Poison, El Banquete
Pay no mind and excuse my underwhelming knowledge of metal music for this entry. Antagony are considered by many to be one of the most important bands for the "deathcore" genre as they were performing many of the elements that make up the genre years before bands that became famous (or infamous) in the genre were seen mimicing them. Meanwhile members of the band went on to become members of bigger, well known metal bands after the group's disbandment in 2009.

Days of Night was the final record from the group and easily their best overall. The album mixes elements of grind and post-rock in a "deathcore" environment for an absolutely beautiful record that knows how to reserve beauty and balance "punishing" riffs, so to speak. Absolutely stunning record that I fully recommend regardless of your opinion on genre tags. As this record is a very unique one, for sure.
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Black Eye - We Never Sleep
Release Date: Janurary 16, 2016
Genre: Psychedelic/Electronic/Dream Pop
Price: $5.00
For Fans Of: N/A
Recommended Tracks: Dirt, Hearsay, Hot on the Trail, Confession
Black Eye is... well, somebody. Information on this particular artist is incredibly scarce, she has a Facebook but ever since its quick construction in early 2016, all that has been shared on it are links to various artists and videos. Beyond there, nothing. Matter of fact, I can't even remember where exactly I found this record, it just kind of... appeared in my Wishlist tab on Bandcamp.

Maybe thats what makes We Never Sleep such an interesting EP. This record is a very thick, hazy dream pop collection that suffocates with rugged, heavy synths and fuzzy guitars that push the vocalist, Mrs. Black Eye herself, into the background as a calming echo in the chaos. Production on this record is excellent, with multiple passages through the songs dedicated to the instrumentals just kind of drifting in their own oddness. Its an odd EP, but a good one, give it a look or two.
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Akara - The World Beyond
Release Date: August 5th, 2013
Genre: Neo-Classical/Downtempo
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Varien
Recommended Tracks: The Crystal Palace, Adoration of the Light, Resonance, Sky Dancer, Te Royal Antechamber
A downtempo/neo-classical record that impresses. Dreamy vocals and orchestral arrangements are lightly peppered upon the glitchy, chunk electronic arrangements to create an angelic atmosphere similar to that depicted on the album art. Production is great, incredibly crisp and fresh without ever missing a beat and using drum samples and violin arrangements ever so gracefully for a perfect soundscape. A little longer than most albums, with various tracks nearing the 10 minute mark; so sit tight, buckle in, and enjoy!
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