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Old 02-09-2009, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My Weekly Top Ten Albums

Alright, so this should be interesting to do. If I'm doing this wrong, or if it's in the wrong place, please just tell me. Anyways, on to business...

I think I should start with last week's top ten, seeing as it's Monday.


Week Of February 2, 2009

10.
From First To Last - Heroine

Alright, so last week was a pretty depressing week for me. I broke up with my girlfriend who went to a mental hospital later that week, two good friends of mine died in a car crash. I felt that I needed to listen to angry, rage music, and that's when I starting actually listening to this album. Departing from From First To Last's more calmed down Dear Diary, My Teenage Angst Has A Body Count's post-hardcore with some punk rock, and even shoegaze influenced album, and removing the screaming vocals, this album constantly has a static going on in the background to set a pretty tense sound. Then they add distorted, heavy guitars, a bass that will blast your ears off, and actually whiny vocals, but it sounds more like the lead singer's extremely mad at someone the whole time, and he's pretty much singing it at their face. It can get pretty repetitive halfway through the album, but it's rather short, so it isn't a problem getting through it.

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Pink Floyd - Pulse

One of the few albums that I haven't actually bought or downloaded yet, I only have a few songs from it, yet I've been pretty content listening to what I do have of it. I'm not sure if this is a live album or if the songs I have just happen to be live and they're incorrectly labeled, but it sounds great either way. This has quickly become one of my favorite Pink Floyd albums (nothing beats WYWH or Piper for me), and the version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond I find much better, more epic, than the one on Wish You Were Here. I've been listening to a lot of prog rock lately, but this is definatelly one of the better albums. I'm surprised that I'm giving it such a low spot on the top ten, but I guess it's just because there were new albums that caught my attention, and I guess I just needed another type of music to give me a better mood this past week.

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eating.seats - Secrets About September

Another great prog rock album, they're shaped around the style of, ooh guess who, Pink Floyd. They have a signature style, though, and they really know how to make you want to sit down and listen to the entire length of their songs, because like most progressive bands, they tend to have long songs (around ten-twelve minutes).
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pulse is indeed a 2CD-live album (and also available as a concert video). I got it when it was new and it had a nice, red, little pulsing light on the spine. Despite not being a big fan of live albums, Pulse is really good. The songs are a bit of a mix. Cd1 starts off with Shine on You Crazy Diamond and has quite a few post-Waters songs on it. The second album starts with a run through the Dark Side of the Moon which is absolutely fantastic live and there's also a very nice version of Wish You Were Here.

I would recommend it to all who like Pink Floyd.

Also, nice to see another journal I can check up on. Congrats and good luck!
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7.
Armor For Sleep - What To Do When You Are Dead

Although nothing special, it had been a while since I had listened to this album, so when I found it last week, of course the first thing I did was put it in my computer and listen through it. I'm not sure if this is on my top ten for last week because I just missed this album and it brought back memories from (try not to laugh) three years ago, or because it's an enjoyable album. Either way, it's a great listen, good, solid post-hardcore/punk that's more on the alternative side.

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Rendezvous With The Kidnappers - Alabastard (Single)

Although this isn't anywhere near a complete album (one song), it has been the single most addicting song I heard all past week. Progressive rock/experimental, these guys sound like The Sound Of Animals Fighting. I'm still finding it hard to believe that it is possible for five minutes to go buy as fast as they do when playing this song (I feel guilty for putting it in a 'top ten album' thread now).

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Four Year Strong - Rise Or Die Trying

BAM, and the album is set and going. I'm not really sure what this would fall under, I guess it's like a mix of electronica with post-hardcore, punk, and pop-punk. Anyways, whatever it is, they're good at making it. This album starts hitting the ground and running, and doesn't slow down until it reaches the end, and even then, it ends when you least want it to. Great stuff, I'm glad I found out about these guys.
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Alright, so this should be interesting to do. If I'm doing this wrong, or if it's in the wrong place, please just tell me. Anyways, on to business...

I think I should start with last week's top ten, seeing as it's Monday.8.
eating.seats - Secrets About September

Another great prog rock album, they're shaped around the style of, ooh guess who, Pink Floyd. They have a signature style, though, and they really know how to make you want to sit down and listen to the entire length of their songs, because like most progressive bands, they tend to have long songs (around ten-twelve minutes).
I would be very interested in hearing this. Any links?
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Pink Floyd Pulse is all live and has a complete Dark Side on it as well as kicking off with a great version of Astronomy Domine...If I knew how to send it to you I would...but I haven't figured out how to do that yet...It came out in 1995 or late 94....great record.
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So I didn't actually read this blog yet, though I intend to, but I did feel obligated to ask (since I haven't read it) if you intended it to say...

"Ton Ten Albums" or if it shoudl be "Top Ten Albums"?
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Echo the comments of others here --- nice to see a new, potentially interesting journal we can all check in on, and, perhaps, contribute to occasionally. Looks like you're going for the coveted crown of Jackhammer Junior with that eclectic taste, there! Not a bad thing to aim for, at all...
FYI, for anyone who doesn't know, Waters does a great version of DSOTM on his "In the flesh" double live CD, and it also features most of his back catalogue as well as a lot more Floyd music he was involved in, like "Set the controls", "Pigs on the wing" and "WSYW" as well as a great version of "Dogs". Well worth a listen.
(Anyone wants it upped, let me know...)
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So I didn't actually read this blog yet, though I intend to, but I did feel obligated to ask (since I haven't read it) if you intended it to say...

"Ton Ten Albums" or if it shoudl be "Top Ten Albums"?
"Top Ten Albums". I'll see if I can fix it.

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I would be very interested in hearing this. Any links?
It's available for free download on the band's website.
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"Top Ten Albums". I'll see if I can fix it.


It's available for free download on the band's website.
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Many thanks for the link and I have fixed the thread title.
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4.
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

This is the reason Pulse was so low on the list. As good as Pulse may be, it doesn't carry the intensity that WYWH carries, and the two-part Shine On You Crazy Diamond is just incredible. It's my favorite Pink Floyd album, by the way.

3.
Anthony Green - Avalon

Happy music was the better stuff of the week for me, it really helped me get over everything that happened. Although this album feels a bit melancholy at times, it is overall a happy album. Great acoustic stuff, completely different from Saosin or Circa Survive.

2.
The Sound Of Animals Fighting - The Ocean And The Sun

An amazing experimental prog rock project, too bad that this was their last album. Features members from Finch, Circa Survive, and RX Bandits, just to name some.

1.
Nevershoutnever! - The YIPPEE EP

So later during the week, I found out that listening to angry music wasn't going to make me feel better. That's where this album came in. Catchy as ****, and just really happy, upbeat acoustic/electronica music.

New top ten on Saturday!
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