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Dec. 25th, 2006 | 09:17 pm
music: Low - Pretty People


01. Helios - Eingya

This album saved me many a time this year. I discovered it right before a friend passed away and it sustained me through some tough times.  Incredibly beautiful.


02. The Knife - Silent Shout

Over-hyped and hated on by many... to me, it's a great combination of pop, experimental, and electronic sounds all coming together in a cohesive package.  I love their entire vibe and aesthetic.


03. Thom Yorke - The Eraser

Thom keeps things simple, yet interesting... similar to Radiohead, but different enough to call all his own. 


04. Burial - Burial

Such a fresh sounding and evil record... would make the perfect soundtrack to a homicide.


05. Ben Watt - Buzzin' Fly Vol. 3

I found this one completely on accident, literally sitting on a counter, discarded at work.  I had no idea what it was thanks to the crazy cover art, but after a few listens, I was completely hooked.  Provided the soundtrack to many a run and makes me really miss Everything But the Girl.  I only wish good house music like this came into my life more often.


06. Girl Talk - Night Ripper

The "Endtroducing" of party music.  Incredibly addictive and fun to listen to.  I can only imagine how bad a case of A.D.D. this guy must have.


07. Tool - 10,000 Days

Like all Tool records, this took awhile to grow on me, but once it did, I saw the light like I do every time.  Seeing them live certainly helped too.  They're still keeping things heavy, but with a high IQ.


08. Booka Shade -  Movements

Expertly crafted melodic techno... can't wait to see them live in '07!


09. Trentemoller - Last Resort

Great mix of dub and techno... the newest addition to the list... still getting my head around it.


10. Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles

I love how this record draws upon the strengths of both artists... you can hear each person's contributions distinctly, but they come together into a cohesive whole.  I only hope they get together to make music again!

Honorable Mentions...

Camille - Le Fil
Jeff Samuel - Step
Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental
Zombi - Surface to Air
The Modern Institute - Excellent Swimmer
Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye
Squarepusher - Hello Everything
Boxcutter - Oneric
Machinefabriek – Marijn
Proem - You Shall Have Ever Been
Justin Tmberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
Clark - Body Riddle

Some recommended albums by friends that I'm just now getting into...

Bitcrush - In Distance
Ontayso – Procesameinto Digital Dos
Vert - Some Beans & an Octopus
Alva Noto - For
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Miwon - Pale Glitter
Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
Klimek - Music to Fall Asleep

Previous years: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

other good lists: Proem, Zojirushi, Pitchfork, Amadeeeep


If you think I've missed out on something big, lemme know in the comments!

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The Greatest Fucking Genius of All Time

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from: patrick
date: Dec. 26th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
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The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
The Starlight Mints - Drowaton
TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain

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rusty

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from: supertibor
date: Dec. 26th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
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I am listening to #9 right now, completely by chance!

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Scooter Computer

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from: smallberries
date: Dec. 27th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
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Listened to that The Knife album today based on your recommendation (happened to see it in the listening station). Hype shmype, I liked it. :)

Nice list!

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Dec. 27th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
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oh cool, glad you liked it! definitly check out their live dvd too. I linked to the torrent a few posts back...

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Stacey

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from: reddaisy6
date: Dec. 27th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
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I've been digging two bands off the Temporary Residence LTD. label:

Caroline

Sounds kinda like Guitar on somas....

The Drift

Sounds like Miles Davis & Do Make Say Think mashed together.


Enjoy!

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...bye bye my crisis...

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from: xenophobe
date: Dec. 28th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
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you heard DAT Politics' Wow Twist?

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Dec. 28th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
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naw, but I will now thanks to you :)

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...bye bye my crisis...

Re: best of 06

from: xenophobe
date: Dec. 28th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
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http://xenophobe.livejournal.com/343263.html

sendspace link in my latest entry ;)

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ario

Re: best of 06

from: interimlover
date: Dec. 29th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
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i got it off that oink link you posted

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best of 06

from: anonymous
date: Dec. 28th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
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all i've been listening to while in FL is the KUBE equivalent b/c everything they play down here is totally fun. but my question is, did you buy that klimek album? - rs

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ario

Re: best of 06

from: interimlover
date: Dec. 28th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
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not yet... but soon :)

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sanjay74

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from: sanjay74
date: Jan. 2nd, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
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"04. Burial - Burial

Such a fresh sounding and evil record... would make the perfect soundtrack to a homicide."


funny i just got this and listened to it while going to sleep (something i havent done in a long time) and really enjoyed it. not sure what that says about my mind state.

wanted to let you know too, that Oink has the new LOW album 3 months ahead of schedule.
lots of loops and clicks. i guess that was bound to happen.

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Jan. 2nd, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
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hahah, it's great in that it's good homicide and sleep music!

jeff pointed me to the low over xmas... loving it.

too bad i missed out on y'all's nye shindig... I heard it was way fun

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sanjay74

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from: sanjay74
date: Jan. 2nd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
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i love how LOW road test new songs live. it's a nice surprise to hear them on the next record.

yeah NYE was off the hook. sold out by 1030. truck and jLo rocked it. pixelflip did some of the best video/animation i've ever seen. sound was bumping and the afterhours didn't let up.

one of the best NYE's in a long time.

how was Youngstown?

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
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totally... listening to the album for the first time was weird since i was able to recognize almost all of the songs.

are there some pics up from lofi yet? i haven't seen any.

youngstown was rockin' rave stylee... took me back to the late 90s.

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sanjay74

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from: sanjay74
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
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i didn't take that many pix unfortunately, mostly cuz i was running around the whole time. i'll let you know if any turn up.

in the meantime, here are some youTube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI2asJnGuWE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI2asJnGuWE

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
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looks like fun!

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sanjay74

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from: sanjay74
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
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sorry i posted the same one twice. here's the other one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQyZA7ryfVU

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sanjay74

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from: sanjay74
date: Jan. 5th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
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any idea where the snippet of dialog in the last track on the burial album is from?

i recognize the one from Ghost dog.
but that one at the end is good and creepy.

almost as scary as the twin peaks clip at the end of "endtroducing"

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Jan. 5th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
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naw, dunno where it's from...

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