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Old 07-24-2009, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, unlike the near infinity of others people's lists, this probably won't take too long and actually get completed without too much trouble. I may not have been around here as long as some people or as well known, but I hope atleast a few of you find interest in my picks, lol.

So, I'll be posting them in 3's up until the top nine, and after that each review will get its own particular in-depth post. I also like the concept of creating small compilations of tracks based upon the album choices, so I've decided I'll be posting those up also for every 6 albums I review. Hence, there should be five compilations up for DL when all is said and done, but we'll see how it goes.

Hope you guys enjoy the read!
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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30. That Handsome Devil - A City Dressed In Dynamite (2008)


When something comes along that combines the best elements of hip-hop, house, swing jazz, blues and 1950's rock n' roll into one tightly rolled up package, I sit up and pay the fuck attention. Like a real classic, it feels as if were something from both the here, the now and the future simultaneously. Consistant, diverse, and never lacking in quality, sometimes it steams high and sometimes it cooks itself to a simmering boil below MC Godforbid's mischevious croons and screams, but no matter what they're doing you can bet That Handsome Devil are going to break your reading glasses and eat them all up with shiny Bo Diddley-stamped golden dentures. Great for parties!

Track Highlights: Rob The Prez-O-Dent, Kiss The Cook, Wintergreen


29. Frank Zappa - Over-Nite Sensation (1973)


Everyone's got a Zappa album that they at-least somewhat enjoy, and for a jazz-rock freak like myself I've always thought he was at his best here. Whether its rocking its ass off on 'Zomby Woof' or swingin' silly with "I'm the Slime", I'm never in want of entertainment. Basically: Great man+great dynamics+humor= awesome, and that's really all there is to say.

Track Highlights: I'm the Slime, Zomby Woof, Fifty-Fifty


28. Matmos - The Rose Has Teeth In the Mouth of the Beast (2006)


Among the various insane electronic duos doing music out there, Matmos are among the maddest and coolest around. Combining their freakish art-pop tendencies with glitch and heavy bass, they grind their samples down and build them from the ground up to deadly effect. It was here where they began experimenting with jazz and drone though, and it adds dimensions to the already steller sound which got me hooked in the first place. Overall, my favorite work by them, and worth a look to anyone who is savvy on trip-hop or weird house music.

Track Highlights: Public Sex For Boyd McDonald, Snails And Lasers For Patricia Highsmith
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I can dig That Handsome Devil. The singer's voice puts me off a bit, but there is some quality material on that album in particular.
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Your paragraph's got me to check out the two I hadn't heard... some odd bands there. Definitely looking forward to what else I end up listing to from this. Good reviews, great thread. Keep at it.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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where the ****'s ma booze, mayn? T_T


nah, but seriously, good first choices, looking forward to the rest of this thread
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27. Chris Squire – Fish Out Of Water (1975)


My favorite bassist released his one and only solo album back in ’75, showing the world that he didn’t need Anderson or Howe to craft kickass songs or sing when he could do both in spades himself. As a result, what we have here is a top class work with a lot of symphonic tendencies, but one that doesn’t sound anything like Squire’s parent band Yes. Lounge jazz excursions such as ‘Lucky Seven’ and the high rolling “Silently Falling” let Squire test waters he normally wouldn’t get to otherwise, and the result is wonderful to behold.

Track Highlights: Lucky Seven, Safe (Cannon Song)



26. Pharaoh Sanders – Karma (1969)


Coltrane’s protégé steps out quite well on this ridiculously amazing release, the last great free-jazz album of the decade and among my favorites of all time. Although it only consists of two tracks (The Creator Has A Master Plan and Colors), Sander’s beautiful yet sometimes quite chaotic tenor work does much in turning Karma from mere noise into a timeless masterstroke that aptly conveys his spirituality and a sense of wonder of the unknown. Real choice jazz for interested individuals!

Track Highlights: Colors




25. Yesterdays – Holdfenykert (2008)


I don’t own a lot of stuff from Hungary, but I really love this album. Sunlit female vocals set against a sonic backdrop that’s somewhere between early 1970’s Camel and Cocteau Twins at their dream-pop best, with oodles of gorgeous acoustic guitar work and some stellar flute to boot. Such a combination of vintage elements is quite entrancing and a nice antidote to seemingly endless procession of albums that recycle the same trip-hop elements again and again to make their songs seemingly more hypnotic than they actually are.

Simply put, this is a damn nice slice of Mellotron-pop, bleeding the beauty from every note and word within, and I’m quite fond of it. Plus it has the welcome side-effect of having a 100% chance of converting prog-haters with but a single spin through your player.

Track Highlights: If Ever, Somewhere In Space, It’s So Divine
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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wonderful writeups Anteater. truly eclectic taste you've got here so far, i expect it to only get better.

i'm really interested in that Matmos and Yesterdays albums, can't find them anywhere online.
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God is really shows how far I need to go that I haven't heard of any of these albums
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