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  • Top 30 Albums of 2012

    1 jan. 2013, 16h10m

    1. Rolo Tomassi-Astraea
    2. The Strumbellas-My Father and The Hunter
    3. Mixtapes-Even On The Worst Nights
    4. Michael C. Duguay-Heavy On The Glory
    5. The Danger Bees-Wyatt
    6. Evening Hymns-Spectral Dusk
    7. Purity Ring-Shrines
    8. Starkey-Orbits
    9. Between The Buried and Me-The Parallax II: Future Sequence
    10. B.A. Johnston-Hi Dudes!
    11. Best Coast-The Only Place
    12. Miniature Tigers-Mia Pharaoh
    13. ALTARUS-As Above, So Below
    14. Christian Mistress-Possession
    15. Trust-TRST
    16. Vilipend-Inamorata
    17. Memoryhouse-The Slideshow Effect
    18. Enter Shikari-A Flash Flood of Colour
    19. Breton-Other People's Problems
    20. Little Chords-Afterlife
    21. Freelance Whales-Diluvia
    22. Cursive-I Am Gemini
    23. Taylor Swift-Red
    24. Metric-Synthetica
    25. Bloc Party-Four
    26. Muse-The 2nd Law
    27. Crystal Castles-Crystal Castles (III)
    28. Stepdad-Wildlife Pop
    29. Titan-Burn
    30. Minus The Bear-Infinity Overhead
  • Top 25 Albums & Top 10 EPs of 2011

    26 déc. 2011, 17h33m

    Top 25 Albums
    1.Bon Iver-Bon Iver
    2.Metronomy-The English Rivera
    3.Lights-Siberia
    4.Swimming With Dolphins-Water Colours
    5.Dan Mangan-Oh,Fortune
    6.Two Bicycles-The Ocean
    7.Starfucker-Reptilians
    8.The Devil Wears Prada-Dead Throne
    9.The Rural Alberta Advantage-Departing
    10.Com Truise-Galactic Melt
    11.iwrestledabearonce-Ruining It For Everybody
    12.Cash Cash-Love Or Lust
    13.Los Campesinos!-Hello Sadness
    14.Ford & Lopatin-Channel Pressure
    15.Asking Alexandria-Reckless And Relentless
    16.Tennis-Cape Dory
    17.The Human Abstract-Digital Veil
    18.Alestorm-Back Through Time
    19.Rich Aucoin-We're All Dying To Live
    20.I See Stars-The End Of The World Party
    21.Chad Valley-Equatorial Ultravox
    22.Mastodon-The Hunter
    23.Cold Cave-Cherish The Light Years
    24.Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi-Rome
    25.Born Gold-Bodysongs

    Top 10 EPs
    1.Innerpartysystem-Never Be Content EP
    2.Starkey-Space Traitor Vol. 2
    3.Between The Buried and Me-The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
    4.Saywecanfly-Home EP
    5.Little Chords-Little Chords
    6.Sock Hands-Division House
    7.Teen Daze-A Silent Planet
    8.Starkey-Open The Pod Bay Doors
    9.Strange & Savage-Strange & Savage With Chris Godwin!
    10.Skrillex-Bangarang EP
  • Top 50 Albums of 2010

    2 jan. 2011, 17h42m

  • Top 50 Albums of 2009.

    30 jan. 2010, 23h39m

  • 'Review' of Lights@Kool Haus, Nov 26 2009

    27 nov. 2009, 15h04m

    Thu 26 Nov – Lights, Jets Overhead
    Lights


    So this probably won't be a very good review,since I'm not very good at keeping a neutral opinion about things. But it's weird how music works isn't it? Tell me a year ago a year into the future that someone like Lights would be my favourite music I definately wouldn't have believed it. But I'm glad I did randomly turn on the TV that one day last December and saw the Drive My Soul video and was instantly hooked. Anyways, this show apparently was Lights' biggest headlining show to date,so she needed to bring her A-Game. Opening act Jets Overhead might have brought their A-Game but it wasn't enough to significantly wow the crowd,especially since they played for almost an hour, which seems far too long for an opening act that most people in the audience don't know. Half an hour,no more,no less,that's what they should have played. Still,at least they got a smattering of polite applause between songs,it wasn't completely still. The singer at one point went on a short tangent about the olympics in Vancouver maybe not being a good thing,and I'm sure it went over 60% of the audience's heads. Speaking of the audience, it was surprisingly diverse. I was expecting to be one of the only 19 year old guys there,but no,there were quite a lot of guys,I'd say they made up at least 35% of the crowd. Of course there were a lot of little girls,but not as many as I thought there would be. And there were also the required Lights-lookalike girls,both copying her old headband-wearing style and her current messy-yet-not-messy hair style. There were girls so young they had to chaperoned by their parents and adults who were there not chaperoning anyone. It just shows the appeal of Lights,it's just great pop music. Anyways,that brings me to Lights performance. After a short musical intro she came on to deafening cheers,and immediately launched into 'The Listening'. The first thing readily apparent was how good the sound was,and this being probably my 4th concert at the Kool Haus I'd never heard the music sound so clear. I don't know if they got a new PA or if it was just how well Lights music fit the venue,but everything sounded just perfect. The second thing I noticed was the seeming lack of energy in the crowd,that was probably my only problem with the night,no one moved! Sure most people sang every word and all the cheering after every song was suitably loud but still,it would have been much more enjoyable if the energy level was just off the charts and everyone in the whole place was moving/dancing and singing at the top of the lungs. Sure I was standing kind of at the back but I didn't see the front moving too much. For her second song,Lights played 'Lions!' which she introduced by saying it was about her favourite video game (IE WoW). From looking at this site and her forum,I was thinking that it seemed like it was people's favourite song on the album,but it got a really weak response last night it seemed like,which was weird. Between songs Lights seemed to be at a lack of words,she seemed genuinely surprised/grateful/amazed that her music could be so popular and inspire such fanfare. I'm saying that because when most bands thank the fans and say they're the luckiest people in the world and such it never seems really believeable,but with Lights you could believe every word. Even when she said the prerequisite 'this is quickly turning into one of my favourite shows ever' it seemed like the truth. Of course that was said after some scene boy who looked like a mini Rob Dyer ran from side stage and hugged her and quickly was taken away by security. I'm still not convinced it wasn't staged,since it happened between songs which was too good timing. After that Lights threw a few curveballs into her set,including a beautiful solo piano version of 'Pretend',which sounded so identical to the version at the end of the album it wasn't even funny. Lights' voice over the whole night sounded exactly like the album,which most pop singers can't say they can do. It's even more impressive considering how Lights uses auto-tune in some songs and doesn't use it live. She hit all the bigger notes better than I've heard her do before. Surprisingly,or maybe not surprisingly,her older songs got the biggest reaction (even 'White',which WAS definately surprising,considering it's nowhere near the technical level of her newer songs). 'February Air','Ice',and of course 'Drive My Soul' all inspired bigger singalongs than any of the other songs,even 'Saviour'. She even performed an awesome new instrumental song which sounded amazing,since she doesn't feature nearly enough instrumental parts in her songs. Oh,and another thing,this Canadian tour is her first tour that incorporated a visual element into the set. For two songs,I think it was 'Face Up' and 'White',she played black and white stock footage on the screen,first of buildings being blown up and atomic bomb explosions,and then of a bunch of 1930s horror movie footage,seemingly from Nosferatu and Frankenstein. Both of which were weird accompaniments to her music,especially the bombs. Anyways,eventually her initial set came to an end after a well-received 'Last Thing On Your Mind'. But of course no one was leaving,as the obligatory two-song encore was going to happen. She came back on,and arguably performed two of the highlights of the night (along with the aforementioned 'Pretend' and her performance of 'Quiet'). First she launched into a cover of Phil Collins' 'In The Air Tonight' which was amazing,especially her fast synth-pop part at the end which was 'Second Go'-ish. Then she found a stool and a guitar,and performed 'February Air' for the second time of the night,but this time acoustically. Here you could hear just how good her voice was and how good the song itself was. It was also amazing. But I'm not saying that second keyboardist Adam and drummer Maurie weren't playing well last night,because they were,they were essential parts of the set all night. But anyways,I think that's pretty most everything I have to say it. Overall,I'd say it was probably musically if not the best,then one of the best shows I've been to in terms of how good the songs sounded,but the atmosphere/energy level just wasn't as high as some of the other great concerts I've been to. But it was definately worth missing the Star Wars symphony for.
  • Gunpowder: A Survey

    28 jui. 2009, 23h39m

    a. When/where did you find them?
    b. What was the first song you heard from them?
    c. What country do they come from?
    d. Favorite song?
    e. Least favorite song?
    f. Song that makes you sad/affects you?
    g. Favorite album?
    h. Favorite member?
    i. How many times have you seen them live?
    j. How many physical cd's/dvd's/records/tapes do you have from them?

    So I'm doing this about my top 10.

    Muse
    a. Sometime in 2004,by listening to this web radio called Accuradio, on the ‘britrock’ station randomly.
    b. New Born
    c. England
    d. Map of the Problematique
    e. The Interlude on Absolution haha. That’s not really a song but oh well
    f. Muse aren’t the best lyricists in the world, but Hyper Chondriac Music is an epic song that just takes you somewhere else.
    g. Absolution
    h. Probably Matt Bellamy, since he’s the most public and the most is known about him.
    i. Once
    j. 5 Albums (that includes Hullabaloo Soundtrack)

    Test Icicles
    a. Sometime in early 2006,right around the time they broke up. I had just seen their name a lot in NME and places and randomly downloaded a song.
    b. Circle Square Triangle
    c. England
    d. Circle Square Triangle
    e. LMNO Hoes
    f. Not really any, they aren’t a sad band
    g. For Screening Purposes Only, since it’s the ONLY album
    h. Probably Sam because he just disappeared and never said much
    i. NONE, I got into them too late
    j. 1 Album, since as I said, there only is one

    The Devil Wears Prada
    a. I first heard them in 2007 sometime, even though I had heard of them before that because me and my best friend thought ‘Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over’ was the most hilarious song title.
    b. Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over
    c. US
    d. Goats On A Boat
    e. The Ascent, since it’s not really a song is it? Just an intro.
    f. Probably Louder Than Thunder, even though it’d be cliché to say that, and the lyrics aren’t really emotional. Just the song.
    g. Plagues
    h. Probably Mike, since again he’s the only one I know anything about
    i. 3 times
    j. 3 albums

    Enter Shikari
    a. I first read about them in NME when they were in Radar, which was at the end of 2006 sometime, and they sounded like the perfect band, so I downloaded some songs.
    b. Sorry You’re Not A Winner
    c. England
    d. Enter Shikari
    e. Halcyon
    f. I don’t know, but the end of Adieu is just really nice
    g. Take To The Skies
    h. Rob the drummer
    i. Once
    j. 2 albums

    Chiodos
    a. I saw that they were on a tour with a bunch of other good bands one time, at the end of 2006 also I think, so I decided to give them a listen.
    b. Baby, You Wouldn't Last A Minute On The Creek
    c. US
    d. Is It Progression If a Cannibal Uses a Fork?
    e. There really isn't a suitable answer for that, even though all of The Heartless Control Everythingcan get grating.
    f. Intensity In Ten Cities, another cliche answer
    g. Bone Palace Ballet
    h. I guess Craig Owens, since yet again he's the only one I know anything about really.
    i. 3 times
    j. 2 albums and 1 EP

    Protest the Hero
    a. One of my friends told me about them in 2005 sometime after Kezia came out, and at that time I didn't listen to any 'heavy' music and hated anything with screaming, so hearing Protest The Hero was a life-changing experience for me.
    b. Blindfolds Aside
    c. Canada
    d. Blindfolds Aside
    e. I love all of them
    f. I don't know, but I like the 'there's a letter waiting for me' part of She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods and it reminds me of old times
    g. Kezia
    h. Rody Walker!
    i. 4 times
    j. 2 albums and 1 EP

    Radiohead
    a. I was going on a trip in summer 2005 and I needed a new CD to listen to on the way there, and I had heard a lot about this band called Radiohead and this OK Computer, so I bought it without hearing anything from it. Well actually that's not true,once before that I had seen the Paranoid Android video on TV, but I wasn't paying attention to the song, I just enjoyed the video
    b.Paranoid Android
    c. England
    d. Paranoid Android
    e. Treefingers
    f. How to Disappear Completely
    g. OK Computer
    h. Thom Yorke obviously
    i. None, I haven't had the money
    j. 7 albums and 2 EPs

    HORSE the band
    a. I don't actually know why I listened to them, but I know it was sometime in 2006 and I downloaded a song.
    b. Cutsman
    c. US
    d. Manateen
    e. I don't know, maybe The Beach?
    f. They aren't quite an emotional band
    g. A Natural Death
    h. Probably Erik, though I like all of them
    i. Once
    j. 2 albums (I borrowed/downloaded the other stuff)

    The Smiths
    a. My friend lent me an album sometime in 2006 or 2007 I think, though I had heard lots of things about them before.
    b. The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty)
    c. England
    d. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
    e. I don't know, probably Golden Lights
    f. Oh, all of them
    g. The Queen Is Dead
    h. Morrissey
    i. None, I was born too late. If they were to reform though, The Smiths and Test Icicles are the only 2 bands I'd pay anything to go see
    j. 1 Album (I borrowed everything else)

    Alexisonfire
    a. I heard them probably in 2004 sometime, but I HATED them for a long time, until probably the end of 2005 when my friend finally got me to listen to them and my opinion changed
    b. I don't know, either Accidents or No Transitory
    c. Canada
    d. Accidents
    e. I don't know
    f. I don't know, it depends
    g. Watch Out!
    h. George, even though Dallas has unlimited talent
    i. Twice
    j. 3 albums (I downloaded the other one)
  • Another Top 50 Survey

    9 jui. 2009, 14h51m

    1. How did you get into 29? Sky Eats Airplane
    I read about them in AP,and they sounded interesting, so I downloaded The Messenger and later the Everything Perfect On the Wrong Day

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? The Automatic
    On The Campaign Trail

    3. What’s your favourite lyric by 33? The Beatles
    Oh yeah,way to ask a tough question. I don't even know,there's so many classic lines. I'll just say 'I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping,but still my guitar gently weeps' (from While My Guitar Gently Weeps)

    4. What is your favourite album by 49? We Are Scientists
    With Love And Squalor

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? The Faint
    3 actually,as in the real physical copies, plus another 1 burnt

    6. What is your favourite song by 50? Los Campesinos!
    Probably The International Tweexcore Underground

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? The Futureheads
    Hmm,I don't know,I don't think so. They aren't exactly the most emotionally sensitive of bands.

    8. What is your favourite album by 15? Cursive
    The Ugly Organ, isn't that everyone's?

    9. What is your favourite song by 5? Chiodos
    I'm actually not sure,I'll just say Baby, You Wouldn't Last A Minute On The Creek because it's the song that got me into them

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? Protest the Hero
    The closing part of Turn Soonest to the Sea, just because it's so anthemic and sing-alongy

    11. What is your favourite album by 40? Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    It's actually REALLY close between It's Blitz! and Show Your Bones. Probably Show Your Bones though, because what makes It's Blitz! amazing is the acoustic songs,and they're just bonus tracks.

    12. What is your favourite song by 10? Arctic Monkeys
    Fluorescent Adolescent

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? The Subways
    I don't know, not really any, since they haven't really soundtracked any important moment, nor have I seen them live yet.

    14. What is your favourite song by 38? Blur
    I know it makes me sound like a casual fan, but I've always loved Song 2

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? My Chemical Romance
    Maybe the part of Welcome to the Black Parade after the piano intro where the band kicks in and it's really epic.

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live? Hawthorne Heights
    Once really, even though I didn't watch them,I just walked by the stage at Warped Tour when they were playing on the way to someone else's merch booth. I could tell it was them though. I wish I stopped to watch them though,since that was just before Casey Calvert died. RIP Casey,I named my cat after him.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? Klaxons
    A remix of Gravity's Rainbow, which I didn't like. But then I downloaded the original version and fell in love.

    18. What is your favourite album by 11? Alexisonfire
    Watch Out!, which I just happen to be listening to as I do this survey

    19. Who is a favourite member of 1? Muse
    Probably Matt just because I know more about him than the other two.

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live? Death from Above 1979
    Oh man I WISH. I liked them before they broke up but I didn't have any great inclination to see them live. But then later on, after they finished, I realized how original and great live they must have been.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27? The Horrors
    Back when they used to be good, before Primary Colours ruined them. You know what,I won't even tag that album in this journal because it doesn't deserve it. I also enjoyed seeing the band (oh excuse me, THE BLACK TUBES) in The Mighty Boosh.

    22. What is your favourite song by 16? Bloc Party
    Banquet

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? Mindless Self Indulgence
    Shut Me Up

    24. What is your favourite album by 18? Silverstein
    Discovering The Waterfront, even though the new one is growing on me, and it also features Lights! haha

    25. What is your favourite song by 21? Metric
    I usually say Hand$hake$, though I think I like some other songs more. Oh well.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? Scary Kids Scaring Kids
    MY DARKEST HOUR

    27. What is your favourite album by 3? The Devil Wears Prada
    Plagues

    28. What is you favourite song by 2? Test Icicles
    Circle Square Triangle

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32? Alesana
    Ambrosia

    30. What is you favourite song by 8? HORSE the band
    Manateen

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? From First to Last
    None, because I wouldn't go see them without Sonny Moore singing

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? Attack Attack!
    Interlude, even though it's definitely not my favourite

    33. What is you favourite album by 12? The Blood Brothers
    Crimes

    34. What is the worst song by 45? Panic at the Disco
    Most of the 2nd album

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? Lights
    Drive My Soul

    36. What is you favourite album by 48? The Strokes
    Is This It

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? Placebo
    None, but maybe someday

    38. What is you favourite song by 36? System of a Down
    Attack

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? Franz Ferdinand
    Take Me Out

    40. What is your favourite album by 7? Radiohead
    OK Computer

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? Blessed By A Broken Heart
    Yeah, probably either of the Mic Skillz'

    42. What is your favourite album by 41? Escape the Fate
    Dying Is Your Latest Fashion

    43. What is your favourite song by 24? Hadouken!
    Probably Declaration of War

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? Bring Me the Horizon
    Well, I have seen them live. Probably at the beginning of their set when they started playing Diamonds Aren't Forever, and just the way it started with just Oli screaming and then the band coming in. It was awesome.

    45. What is your favourite song by 35? Drop Dead, Gorgeous
    Anything off of Worse Than A Fairy Tale

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? The Smiths
    Yeah quite a few, probably Ask or one of numerous others

    47. What is your favourite album by 4? Enter Shikari
    Take To The Skies

    48. Who is a favourite member of 37? Kaiser Chiefs
    Probably Ricky, because Nick is a control freak, Peanut stopped wearing his hat didn't he? and the other two don't say much.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? Greeley Estates
    The End Of All We Know

    50. How many albums do you own by 20? Hot Hot Heat
    All 4 of them, the actual copies.
  • iTunes Survey of Doom

    9 jui. 2009, 14h02m

    Open iTunes/iPod or Windows Media Player to answer the following. Go to your library. Answer, no matter how embarrassing it is.

    How many songs: 5,232

    Sort by song title:
    First Song: A-A-Ah
    Last Song: *#..

    Sort By Time:
    Shortest Song: Interlude 3 (0:18)
    Longest Song: Echoes (16:31)

    Sort by album:
    First Song: Where Do You Draw the Line? (from Abandon Your Friends)
    Last Song: Pedestrians Is Another Word For Speedbump

    Sort by artist:
    First song: Take on Me
    Last song: Missed That Sun

    Top Five Most Played Songs:
    1. Ambrosia
    2. Drive My Soul
    3. The Heretic
    4. Goats On A Boat
    5. Ice

    First 5 songs that comes up on Shuffle:
    1. I Hate Nightclubs
    2. Can't Fight Biology
    3. The Opposite Viewed In Real Time
    4. Womb Portals
    5. Only

    Search:
    "heart", how many songs come up? 108
    "death", how many songs come up? 188
    "love", how many songs come up? 236
    "you", how many songs come up? 698
  • 40000 Listens!

    28 fév. 2009, 15h26m

    So I just listened to my 40000th song since Dec 29th 2005, and surprisingly enough it was Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat. Hooray. Hopefully I still listen enough to stay ahead of 'saureem' for a while...
  • 30000 Tracks!

    27 mai 2008, 23h13m

    So yet another milestone,this took a while to get to. We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt was the milestone track,oddly enough I think