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Top Albums Of The Year
12/20/11 at 10:28 AM by alert=danger
Top Albums

1) Basement - I Wish I Could Stay Here


2) Transit - Listen & Forgive


3) Balance & Composure - Separation


4) I Am the Avalanche - Avalanche United

5) Mansions - Dig Up The Dead


6) Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver




7) Title Fight - Shed


8) M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming


9) Into It. Over It. - Proper


10) Foo Fighters - Wasting Light


11) Lower Than Atlantis - World Record


12) Former Theives - The Language That We Speak


13) Lights - Siberia

14) Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm


15) Fireworks - Gospel


16) King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine


17) Araabmuzik - Electronic Dream


18) Pianos Become The Teeth - The Lack long After


19) The Vaccines - What Did you Expect from The Vaccines?


20) Burka Som Sistema - Komba


Top Songs

1) Michicant - Bon Iver
2) Midnight City - M83
3) Fading - Basement
4) Deadliest Catch - Lower Than Atlantis
5) I Tore You Apart In My Head - Balance & Composure
6) Shed - Title fight
7) Constant Headace - Joyce Manor
8) Arrows - Fireworks
9) Midnight: Carroll Street
10) Toes - Lights
11) 27 - Title Fight
12) Fuck This Place - Frightened Rabbit
13) You've Got Spiders - I Am The Avalance
14) Placeholder - The Story so Far
15) Day In, Day Out - Architects
16) Long Lost friends - Transit
17) Dead Horses Are Turned Into Glue
18) Freaks And Geeks - Chidish Gambino
19) I Don't Want Love - The Antlers
20) We Are The Dead - Does It Offend You, Yeah?


So many close calls for albums including... Jay-Z & Kanye West, La Dispute, Crash Of Rhinos, The Vaccines, Astronautalis, Sims, Childish Gambino, Thric, Defeater, Touché Amore, Algernon Cadwallader and so many more. Such a great year for music.

Didn't bother listing any EP's although some great ones were Childish Gambino, Dikembe and Frightened Rabbit.
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Daily Recommendation #86 - Feist "Metals"
10/25/11 at 01:35 PM by alert=danger
http://twitter.com/christopmclean - Follow me.


Feist - Metals



Leslie Feist, as a musician, has gained a lot of commercial success. Her music has been used to promote various products, and it's almost certain that people will remember her brightly coloured and fun video for her hit "1, 2, 3, 4" . A video which seemed to draw focus more to the glitzy outfits and dance routines than the song itself. With Metals as a whole, we see a much deeper and interesting side to Feist.

The album offers a much more stripped back view to Feist; veering away from the fun, mainstream sound we've seen in past releases. The album was recorded with her normal studio counter parts; Gonzales and Canadian producer Mocky and there is a sense that it has been written away from the world. Feist herself claimed that in the period of time in which she wrote Metals, she forgot how to play some of her old songs. In a way it comes across as a much more mature effort, from an already mature musician.


The album opener"The Bad In Each Other" sets the tone of what is to come. There is a great level of subtle bass playing under the encompassing horns and brass. A very sombre song, but still managing to keep the almost bad-ass feel which permeates from the rest of the album.
"Graveyard" and "Caught A Long Wind" showcase Feist's haunting and crisp vocals; the impeccable and touching string work, the sudden loud, slightly alarming crescendos which are present throughout a lot of the album.

The album's lead single "How Come You Never Go There" is an unpredictable track, with it's strange time signature, and almost heaving saxophone and brass work, which plays a quintessential role through the whole album.

"Anti-Pioneer" is a track about someone moving around for a long time and never settling down apart from for one year. It is a very emotional and clearly a very autobiographical track, which gives us a deep insight into Feist and the years she has spent on the road.

Through "Undiscovered First", "Cicadas And Gulls" and "Comfort Me" we see a lot of the same techniques used throughout the album; unexpected loud crescendos, Leslie Feist's gentle vocals, incredibly tight and emotional strings and brass and wonderful guitar work. The great thing is that despite songs utilizing similar ideas to each other, the album is never boring. If it has used something similar earlier, it's re-invented and thrown out in new and unexpected ways.

The album as a whole shouldn't be "relaxing" and an easy listening album. It's dark and mysterious and sometimes unpredictable but somehow it manages to remain soothing and subtle. It's unavoidable that some people will stick this on in the back ground and zone out, paying no attention to the vocals, the harmonies, the group vocals, the twisting and changing brass and strings - and ultimately that's not a bad thing. The album is a great listen, using simple techniques to create something complex and big, which will appeal to those just looking for something to listen to while they work, as well as those looking for a great, deep and emotional album.

Just submitted this as a review as well incase anyone wonders why it's long winded. First review, so let me know how it is.

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Daily Recommendation #85 - Into It. Over It.
10/24/11 at 10:05 AM by alert=danger
First off go and follow me on Twitter... http://twitter.com/#!/christopmclean
Going to start making more frequent use of it, posting pointless shit...

Been a long time since I wrote an entry, but I'm going to start writing a daily recommendation again.

So today I present you with this album...


Into It. Over It. - Proper




The album is the first "full band" and first full length album for Evan Weiss, the man behind Into It. Over it.

The album starts out with the shortish but sweet track "Embracing Facts". If you're at all familiar with the previous work of Weiss, this may not be quite what you're expecting. Distorted vocals and guitars set a quick pace and a heavier sound that what we're used to.
The next track "Discretion & Depressing People" is a great, chorus heavy, hook driven, catchy track.
The next track "Fortunate Friends" shows the great skill Weiss has with a guitar. "Write it Right" reminds me of the old sound of The Forecast, and slightly similar to Motion City Soundtrack.

The stand out track in my opinion, has to be "Midnight: Carroll Street". A slightly slower track than the previous, which adds a nice break, but also features some of the strongest lyrics on the album. If you only listen to one track. Make sure it's this.

The final track "The Frames That Used To Greet Me" see's Weiss showcasing his acoustic abilities, giving us a look at the softer side of Into It. Over It. Once again fantastic lyrics and the vocals, soft and emotional, are brilliant.

The album carries on in this fashion, giving us a great insight into the ability of Weiss, both lyrically and musically. Judging by some of his previous work, and the sheer strength of this album as a whole, I think we have only seen the begging of Weiss' talent.

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Daily Recommendation #85
10/24/11 at 10:05 AM by alert=danger
First off go and follow me on Twitter... http://twitter.com/#!/christopmclean
Going to start making more frequent use of it, posting pointless shit...

Been a long time since I wrote an entry, but I'm going to start writing a daily recommendation again.

So today I present you with this album...


Into It. Over It. - Proper




The album is the first "full band" and first full length album for Evan Weiss, the man behind Into It. Over it.

The album starts out with the shortish but sweet track "Embracing Facts". If you're at all familiar with the previous work of Weiss, this may not be quite what you're expecting. Distorted vocals and guitars set a quick pace and a heavier sound that what we're used to.
The next track "Discretion & Depressing People" is a great, chorus heavy, hook driven, catchy track.
The next track "Fortunate Friends" shows the great skill Weiss has with a guitar. "Write it Right" reminds me of the old sound of The Forecast, and slightly similar to Motion City Soundtrack.

The stand out track in my opinion, has to be "Midnight: Carroll Street". A slightly slower track than the previous, which adds a nice break, but also features some of the strongest lyrics on the album. If you only listen to one track. Make sure it's this.

The final track "The Frames That Used To Greet Me" see's Weiss showcasing his acoustic abilities, giving us a look at the softer side of Into It. Over It. Once again fantastic lyrics and the vocals, soft and emotional, are brilliant.

The album carries on in this fashion, giving us a great insight into the ability of Weiss, both lyrically and musically. Judging by some of his previous work, and the sheer strength of this album as a whole, I think we have only seen the begging of Weiss' talent.

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Daily Recommendations #84
12/08/10 at 05:02 PM by alert=danger
Firstly anyone on Twitter and want to follow me, go nuts...http://twitter.com/#!/chrisrimclean

Going to chuck out a couple of recs today...

1) Walking In The Air(Cover) - Frightened Rabbit

A great Christmas cover, by a great Scottish band. Give it a listen if you're looking for something nice to sit down and listen to.



2) Tron: Legacy OST - Daft Punk

Can't beat a good soundtrack. They are great music to just have playing in the background. Due to them being designed for movies there is normally a song which will fit any mood. This is just an epic piece of music, and if you have not heard it yet, get it done.



3) Assassins Creed - Brotherhood

I can not stress how brilliant this game is.
If you have every played the first or second one make sure you pick this up. Follows on nicely from the story line from the second, but has built on the game play to a great level. Very much worth buying.


Tags: Frightened Rabbit, Christmas, Tron, Daft Punk, Assassins Creed, brotherhood
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Daily Recommendations #83 - 2010 - Top Albums
12/05/10 at 06:48 PM by alert=danger
I've spent so long trying to figure out my top albums from this year, and it has been driving me crazy.
I've so far managed to get down to a list of 39 (? I think) albums that I have loved this year.
I'm sure that there is a lot I am missing out on, and I have no idea of an order, but here is my rough list...

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz
The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
The Xcerts - Scatterbrain
Four Years Strong - Enemy Of The World
The Graduate - Only Every Time
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
The Felix Culpa- Sever Your Roots
Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs - God Willin & the Creek Don't Rise
Valencia - Dancing with a Ghost
S. Carey - All We Grow
Washington Square Park - Washington Square Park
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws
Good Old War- Good Old War
The Narrative - The Narrative
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love
Against Me! - White Crosses
The Forecast - ST
The Republic Of Wolves - Varuna
The National – High Violet
Paper Tiger - Make Like Us
Bring me the horizon- There is a hell..
Dangers - Messy, Isn't It?
Crystal Castles- Crystal CastlesBo Burnham - Words Words Words
Four Tet- There Is Love In You
Eli Paperboy Reed - Come & Get It
Leatherface - The Stormy Petrel
Inception - Hans Zimmer
Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This


Anyone thing of anything that I am missing out that should be on here? Going to try and listen to as much music as I can in the coming days and see if anything turns up, so please, any recs feel free and make it as eclectic as you like. I have a very varied taste...
Tags: Top albums of the year
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Daily Recommendations #82 - Biffy Clyro
12/03/10 at 05:22 PM by alert=danger
Biffy Clyro are a band from just outside Glasgow, Scotland.
They are an incredible band, but as far as I know, they never really made it big in the American music scene. No idea why, but they need to be heard.
Their sound has changed with just about every album, but they are just incredible. ( if you read this, listen to at least one song.)

Recommended if you like - Foo Fighters, Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Scottish Accents









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Daily Recommendations #81 - Yeah, love.
11/30/10 at 06:00 PM by alert=danger
I have such a bad habit of falling in love/gaining an obsession with girls due to their voice.
I'm pretty sure most people will of hear this, but incase not. Here is my new rec.


Ellie Goulding - Your Song (Elton John)

I've always loved the music of Elton John. In a completely non gay way, he is a fantastic lyricalist and has such a great voice and there have been some awful covers of his work. This however is not.
I love Ellie Goulding, I have since I first hear her work, and she is the type of girl I want to take home to my mum. Sadly this can't happen YET, so I'm going to have to settle with her music.
I love this version, and her voice.
Get all over this.


Ellie Goulding - Don't Panic (Coldpay cover)

This have always been a favourite/meaningful song of mine. I love Ellie's voice and I'm so happy with her version of this.
If you enjoyed my above rec, listen to this.






Or If anyone meets her, ask her to Marry me yeah? Cool.
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Daily Recommendations #80 - Back Again!
11/28/10 at 11:51 AM by alert=danger
It has been almost a year since I last wrote a blog entry. I have no idea why, but I have decided I'm going to come back and start trying to write this everyday, bring you guys some form of recommendation "daily" idealy.
Going to try and throw a few into this, so enjoy!

1) Sleeper 1972 (Live From The Loft, Atlanta, GA) - Manchester Orchestra (Song)

This song and it's lyrics currently mean a lot to me. Been going through some hard stuff, and Andy's voice, his lyrics and his guitar work is amazing. MO are one of my favourite acts, and they always have amazing music, but this song especially speaks to me. It's from their Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP. Very Much so worth picking up.



2) The Walking Dead (TV Show)

The Walking Dead, 4 episodes in on TV already. The 1st episode is a special 90 minute long deal, and it is by far one of the most ground breaking exiting take on a zombie apocalypse.
As mentioned it is a TV show showing "the end of the world" and it follows the story of a police man and how he survives this and what happens after. So much action, blood, guts, heartbreaking moments and the like. If you have yet to catch this get all over it.




I'm going to leave it with this just now, due to not knowing where to go from there, but hope someone enjoys what I write, but I will hopefully be back and write something tomorrow! Enjoy.
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Daily Recommendations #79 - Top 10 Albums Of The Year
12/13/09 at 06:03 PM by alert=danger
Alright, since I have an exam in a a day, and I am doing revision, this seemed like a good plan!

#10 - Passion Pit - Mannors
#9 - Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
#8 -
A Love Like Pi - Atlas And The Oyster

#7 - Twin Atlantic - Vivarium
#6 - Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
#5 - Florence And The Machine - Lungs
#4 - The Maccabees - Wall Of Arms
#3 - We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
#2 - Mumford And Sons - Sigh No More
#1 - The Xcerts - In The Cold Wind We Smile


The Xcerts are a local band for me, but this has not swayed my opinion at all. The album is really amazing, full of great music, I love the lyrics, I love the accent, just a great album. Worth giving a listen to.

Not much effort put into this entry, but its very late and revision calls!
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Daily Recommendations #78
12/12/09 at 05:19 PM by alert=danger
I am not going to lie. I have been very out of the loop music wise for a while now, and I keep on trying to catch up, and keep finding more and more that I still have not heard.
My rec for today is some beautiful acoustic folk, and one of my favourite albums of the year.

Mumford And Sons - Sigh No More
http://www.myspace.com/mumfordandsons


The début album from London based folk band was very much anticipated by me, and by a great number of fans and critics a like. Before the album was out, there had been a number of Eps floating about, all of which did not have a bad song on them.
The album features a number of songs from these eps as well as a lot of new stuff.
Amazing lyrics, amazing guitar work, one of my favourite voices in music, everything about this album is perfect. The band cleaned up the sound for some of these songs, and improved on what were already stellar songs.

One of the best albums to come out in 2009, and a band which has a very bright future ahead of them.
RIYL: New acoustic folk such as Noah and The Whale, Johnny Flynn, Slow Club.

The first song I heard by them was "Little Lion Man" I listened to this song over 100 times in 4 days, and I am still not tiered of it.
Enjoy.

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Daily Recommendations #77
12/11/09 at 06:33 PM by alert=danger
Kinda went AWOL from the site for a while, but I would like to think I'm back, and since I used to get quite a lot of views and people reading this I though I may as well start writing daily recs again. I liked doing it, so here we are...

Caroline Smith And The Goodnight Sleeps

http://www.myspace.com/carolinesmithmusic
I came across these guys today, and I fell in love. Caroline Smith, the lead singer is still rather young, but her voice and lyrics scream with a maturity which makes what she is singing sound full of emotion. She is a very talented lyricist and is able to convey a great story and a lot of emotion in her voice.
Her music falls into the folk/pop kind of genre, (anyone else feel music is getting harder to put into one genre) she has a voice slightly similar to Ingrid Michaelson who is amazing, but I have to say I think I prefer Caroline.

May not be everyones cup of tea, but give her a listen. My favourite song from her album "Backyard Tent Set" Is "From Me".
Very beautiful and very mellow. Give it a try.

Edit: can not find the song I want to post, so have this one instead, live, so not as good sound, but give it and go, and have a look at their myspace.

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Daily Recommendations #76
06/06/09 at 04:06 PM by alert=danger
Wow it has been a very long time since I wrote anything in here.
I am going to recommend an instrumental band called "Balmoreah"

Their music is mainly played on an acoustic guitar, a violin, a piano, and a chelo.

It is really beautiful, relaxing music, and it is just nice to listen to.





Also I promise to try and post a bit more in here...
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Daily Recommendations #75
05/24/09 at 06:06 PM by alert=danger
Right, I'm back with a rec. It's been a while.

I have recently discovered a great Tv show which everyone really should look at if they are yet to see it.

Dexter

The show is about a serial killer, who is also a forensics police guy. (probably not the greatest description of the show, but it is very enjoyable.
It has a very dark feel to which is going on, but is also have a slightly funny edge to it. It is highly enjoyable and the story line is constantly evolving, and keeps on adding more and more.
The acting in it is fantastic, and the writing is great.
One of the better TV shows on the go just now.

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Daily Recommendations: #74
05/14/09 at 03:29 PM by alert=danger
I have another Scottish band to recommend today.

The album These Four Walls - We Were Promised Jetpacks is a very, very good album.
They make dark, indie music, which sounds incrediable because of the Scottish accent.

The stand out track from the album for me, was the opening track It's Thunder And It's Lightning. It is full of emotion and the instrument work is great.
I have just discovered these guys recently, and I am now begining to realise my country has a much better music scene than I first though.

If you like Scottish accents, stuff like The Xcerts, Frightened Rabbit or Twin Atlantic then you will enjoy these guys.

(This video is live, so sound quality is not great, but they are fantastic lads.)

Tags: We Were Promised Jetpacks
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