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2009 Album of The Year List (Top 30).
11/30/09 at 11:16 AM by IcedOpethBlind
1. Caspian - Tertia
2. The Mercury Program - Chez Viking
3. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
4. Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain Is A Mouth
5. Some Say Leland - Fifty Miles Into The Main
6. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us
7. Do Make Say Think - Other Truths
8. Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself
9. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
10. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
11. St. Vincent - Actor
12. Tigercity - Ancient Lover
13. Dan Deacon - Bromst
14. The Clientele - Bonfires On The Heath
15. Metric - Fantasies
16. Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
17. Metavari - Be One of Us & Hear No Noise
18. Bibio - Vignetting The Compost
19. The Appleseed Cast - Sagarmatha
20. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
21. A.A. Bondy - When The Devil's Loose
22. Deer Tick - Born On Flag Day
23. Silversun Pickups - Swoon
24. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
25. Antony & The Johnsons - The Crying Light
26. Sin Fang Bous - Clangour
27. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
28. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
29. Art Brut - Art Brut Vs. Satan
30. Jeremy Enigk - OK Bear
Tags: albums of the year, 2009
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Daily Band Recommendation #2: Tigercity
07/31/09 at 11:47 AM by IcedOpethBlind

Now living in Brooklyn, Tigercity combines guitar-driven rock and electronic pop with hints of Roxy Music, Talking Heads, The Police, and Prince. Successful nights at The Annex, Club Midway, The Knitting Factory, The Middle East, Lit Lounge, and North Six have the band making waves from Jersey to Manhattan, Boston and Brooklyn. Shows with Jamie Lidell, M.I.A, Serena Maneesh, Jimmy Edgar, Mobius Band, DieDieDie, and Oxford Collapse have their fan base growing rapidly since their Western Massachusetts transplant.


since seeing this band for the first time in March at a Deer Tick show without ever hearing about them before I have been enthralled with their EP, Pretend Not To Love. It's a deliciously fresh slice of modern electro-pop-rock that never gets stale and will keep you bobbing your head & tapping your toes throughout its 30 minute-length...they are currently in the process of releasing a full-length but details on it seem to still be abit scarce...anywho..

check out the ridiculously catchy "Are You Sensation?" & "Other Girls" here

post your thoughts if you check it out....i love these guys and hope you do too.

adios, see you tomorrow.
Tags: daily recommendation
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Daily Band Recommendation #1: Western Giants
07/30/09 at 01:18 PM by IcedOpethBlind
going to attempt a daily feature for my AP Blog highlighting up and coming bands, lesser known bands, and bands in general that have shaped my personal music taste...first up is:

Western Giants

Western Giants is a 5-piece Folk/Rock band from Denton, TX. Started in the fall of 2008 as a solo project, Western Giants have now exploded onto the north Texas music circuit, putting their unique blend of blues, folk, and southern charm into the ears of everyone around. With their newly released EP, and early internet buzz, the future is bright for this quintet.


give a listen to "Heavy Skies (Bring Blind Eyes)" here

RIYL: breezy Folk-Rock

post your thoughts if you give them a shot...i'd like to hear 'em.

See you tomorrow.
Tags: daily recommendation
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15 Classic Albums?
02/23/09 at 05:49 PM by IcedOpethBlind
Radiohead - Kid A
Smasing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of The Moon
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
Botch - American Nervoso
Ben Folds Five - Whatever & Ever Amen
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
Converge - Jane Doe
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
The Beatles - The Magical Mystery Tour
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

...tell me how much i suck.
Tags: Classic Albums
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Download my Electronic EP.
02/22/09 at 04:19 PM by IcedOpethBlind
finished it up this afternoon...

Brian Howard - God's Green Earth EP (2009)

1. The Creation of Being (2:25)
2. The Electronic Music (3:03)
3. Dreams In Shapes (2:58)
4. Under The Rocks (2:59)
5. Chicken Chain (2:45)
6. Seagull Sailing (3:46)
7. Night Side View (2:50)
8. Fading Away (3:04)


mostly for hobby and fun...hope you enjoy. thanks for listening.

Tags: Download, Electronic
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Thursday quoted me.
02/10/09 at 09:02 PM by IcedOpethBlind
http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthre...post35503 852

he's right!
Tags: Thursday, Texas
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Sunday Recommendations: Feb. 8.
02/08/09 at 12:30 PM by IcedOpethBlind

Botch - American Nervoso
The Appleseed Cast - Perregrine
Telefon Tel Aviv - Fahrenheit Fair Enough
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
Bibio - Vignetting The Compost


Mastodon - "Divinations"

movies: Defiance, Seven Pounds
Tags: sunday recommendations
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Essential Records: 2000
01/23/09 at 08:40 PM by IcedOpethBlind

The Weakerthans - Left & Leaving
Sunny Day Real Estate - The Rising Tide
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
Radiohead - Kid A
Deftones - White Pony
Cursive - Domestica
The Casket Lottery - Moving Mountains
At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command
Death Cab For Cutie - We Have The Facts & We're Voting Yes
Doves - Lost Souls


Tool - Lateralus
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Converge - Jane Doe
Sigur Ros - Ágætis Byrjun
Mates of State - Team Boo
Kings of Convenience - Quiet Is The New Loud
Fairweather - If They Move...Kill Them
Thursday - Full Collapse
System of A Down - Toxicity
Radiohead - Amnesiac


Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Good Health
Minus The Bear - Highly Refined Pirates
Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas
Jets To Brazil - Perfecting Loneliness
Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank The Cradle
Hopesfall - The Satellite Years
The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House
Death Cab For Cutie - The Photo Album
Bright Eyes - Lifted, or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground


Spitalfield - Remember Right Now
Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
Muse - Absolution
The Mars Volta - De-Loused In The Comatorium
Limbeck - Hi, Everything's Great
Foo Fighters - The Colour & The Shape
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Damien Rice - O
Cursive - The Ugly Organ
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People


These Arms Are Snakes - Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home
The Snake The Cross The Crown - Mander Salis
mewithoutYou - Catch For Us The Foxes
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch
Pinback - Summer In Abaddon
Mclusky - The Difference Between Me & You Is That Im Not on Fire
matt pond PA - Emblems
Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
The Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine


Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Page France - Hello, Dear Wind
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
The Mountain Goats -The Sunset Tree
Metric - Live It Out
Meneguar - I Was Born At Night
The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself
Gospel - The Moon Is A Dead World


The Velvet Teen - Cum Laude!
Owen - At Home With Owen
Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
Mates of State - Bring It Back
Mastodon - Blood Mountain
The Magic Numbers - Those The Brokes
The Long Winters - Putting The Days To Bed
Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Knives Dont Have Your Back


Silversun Pickups - Carnavas
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Menomena - Friend & Foe
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Ellegarden - Eleven Fire Crackers
Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
Deer Tick - War Elephant


Sons & Daughters - This Gift
This Town Needs Guns - Animals
Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Torche - Meanderthal
Capsule - Blue
Starfucker - Starfucker
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
Able Baker Fox - Voices
Destroyer - Trouble In Dreams
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I got the job in Austin!
01/23/09 at 04:26 PM by IcedOpethBlind
i am beyond stoked right now....finally got my email for processing where i will hand in my final documents and be offered employment as an IRS Clerk. The biggest weight has been lifted off my shoulders since graduating this past May. I cant even explain how excited i am right now.
Tags: got the job, moving, Austin
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My Music Myspace
01/18/09 at 10:56 PM by IcedOpethBlind

check some of it out, let me know what you think..
Tags: My Music, MySpace, Guitar, Acoustic, Folk, Electronic
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Mixtape #2: Indie Delight
01/14/09 at 04:25 PM by IcedOpethBlind
Indie Delight


1 Peter Broderick - Games
2 Vetiver - Everyday
3 I Was A King - Still
4 Asobi Seksu - Layers
5 Antony & The Johnsons - Epilepsy Is Dancing
6 Best Friends Forever - Eisenhower Is The Father
7 Phosporescent - Its Not Supposed To Be That Way
8 Howling Bells - Cities Burning Down
9 Peter Broderick - And Its Alright
10 Sin Fang Bous - Advent In Ives Garden
11 Nickel Eye - Back From Exile
12 Bella - Dont Sleep Alone
13 Trouble Over Tokyo - Start Making Noise
14 The Explorers Club - Dont Forget The Sun
15 Timber Timbre - No Bold Villain


if you want a quick snapshot of good, mostly '09 indie releases thus far do not pass this up...
Tags: Mixtape
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Gaming Corner: Left 4 Dead, Madden '09
01/11/09 at 02:26 PM by IcedOpethBlind

Lately i’ve been playing alot of Left 4 Dead which I picked up a couple weeks ago…This game is a BLAST, as long as you’re playing with friends or people that actually know and understand how to play this game….Basically, stick together as a team and you will succeed at reaching each safe room along the level, but go off and deviate on your own and you’re more than likely going to be dragged off by a Smoker or pinned by a Hunter and be “Left 4 Dead” because you’re teammates are halfway across the map and dealing with zombies of their own. New DLC is coming down the pipeline and that should keep people coming back for Zombie breakfast, lunch and dinner for awhile.

Rating: 8.5/10

I also finally picked up a copy of Madden 09..I own Madden 08, but i couldnt pass ‘09 up any longer after it went on sell at Target for $40. Now I’m a Madden nut, as i practically play Madden (mostly Franchise mode) year round..I have to say, some of the features they added in this game were worth the price of admission, but frustratingly some of the things they had right in last year’s version they changed and made worse in my opinion…The Madden 09 passing system basically makes it impossible to throw the deep ball unless you just tap the button and let go of a hanging air ball…While the new My Skill feature is a nice addition, it basically needs a bit of tweaking and to take more variables than game stats in mind when adjusting your skill level…Say you’re a great RB like Frank Gore and you rack up 200 yards rushing versus the Lions. This should not increase your Rushing offense difficulty as much as, say rushing for as many yards against a stout Run Defense like Minnesota. Hopefully they take a few more variables in mind and tweak this feature to perfection for next year’s version.

Rating: 7.8/10

Tags: Left 4 Dead, Madden 09, Games, XBOX, 360
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Best Friends Forever - Romance Conflict Adventure
01/09/09 at 02:05 PM by IcedOpethBlind
I haven't enjoyed an indie pop album this much in quite awhile....Released in 2007 by a group of Minneapolis, Minnesotans, if you enjoy upbeat, catchy indie pop w/ female vocals DO NOT pass this recommendation up...seriously, you will love this...spunky bass parts, catchy guitar and drums, and some keys laden throughout...check them out and let me know what you think...

Tags: Best Friends Forever, Romance Conflict Adventure, Music Recommendation, Indie Pop
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Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP.
12/09/08 at 06:34 PM by IcedOpethBlind

Bon Iver, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s latest reincarnation of a folk music project, has no doubt picked up most of its steam in 2008 with 2007 debut album For Emma, Forever Ago ’s becoming widely acclaimed across the blogsphere and music sites like Absolutepunk.net this year…and this EP, due out officially in early 2009 through Jagjaguwar Records, marks the first music since For Emma… to be recorded, sealed and sent off for indie/folk enthusisasts to eagerly devour…

“Blood Bank” starts the EP off with a very somber yet warm vibe, very akin to most of For Emma… Very simple percussion moves the song along into a buildup of a repeated lyric and scratchy guitar overdubs until fading right into “Beach Baby”, a slightly slower number that really hits its stride a couple minutes in with a very pretty slide guitar line that finishes off the track….”Babys” begins with persistent piano chords that, while pleasant sounding, dont really add up to much more than a backing track for Vernon’s vocal lines…Honestly, this song shouldve been abit shorter than the 4 minutes and 38 seconds it takes to get through…”Woods” rounds out the EP w/ Vernon craftily using vocoder in a style much like that of a few Imogen Heap songs…Though this track seems to drag at points during its duration as well, it is a very interesting flavor for Vernon to incorporate in with the Bon Iver style…

All in all, short but sweet, I believe this EP comes out with a 7/10.
Tags: Bon Iver, Blood Bank, Review
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Honey That's Me You Hear Roarin' In Your River.
12/08/08 at 11:03 PM by IcedOpethBlind
started up a blog account on wordpress....


will consist of random mixtapes, musings and whatever i feel like talking about....let me know if you have one so i can link to it from mine....

- brian
Tags: wordpress, new blog
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