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10 Things I Missed from 2007

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10. The Bad Plus – Prog
Surprisingly good sprightly jazz retellings of a few old hits (“Life on Mars”, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”) mixed in with some towering original compositions (“Giant”)

9. Dan Deacon – Spiderman of the Rings
Bizarro technicolor Hanna Barbera reinventions of baroque pop

8. Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust
Murky doom-soul-hip-slop fantastic, defies expectations and labels. Plus I got it for only $5. (“Tr

7. The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
Pleasant and relaxing minimal techno for sipping chamomile that reincorporates left-field pop and soul samples

6. Frightened Rabbit – Sing The Greys
This debut by my favorite Scottish mopers is really a set of dressed-up demos, but that doesn’t stop it from being packed with stop you in your tracks great tunes (“Square 9”, “Be Less Rude”, “Go-Go Girls”)

5. Tinariwen – Aman Iman
Destert funk rock made by the roving Tuareg gypsy people of Northwest Africa. Sublime.

4. The Tough Alliance – A New Chance
Snotty swedes make genius time warp music in the style of the “West Coast” movement. They would be huge if this were 1987. Punk rock pop studio gems.

3. Studio – West Coast
The titular statement of the Swedish “West Coast” movement – gorgeous, pristine, over-produced, breezy 80s style pop. Heavy with nods to Krautrock and dub. Sweet.

2. Justice – †
Daft punk’s snot nosed younger siblings rip Godzilla horns and ridiculously over-compressed bass to make the booty album of the year. “DVNO” is a great rip against too-cool-for-school dress code enforcing clubs. The irony is that all the above said clubs are probably banging it.

1. Statehood – Lies and Rhetoric
Caffeine fueled DC-style power funk punk by a cadre of feisty veterans. Led by Clark Sabine, this ensemble includes the powerhouse rhythm section of sorely missed DC icons The Dismemberment Plan in top form (Eric Axelson, Joe Easley). Produced by Plan guitarist Jason Caddell.

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Written by Adam N. Copeland

December 17, 2008 - 12:23 am at 12:23 am

Posted in Drunk, music

The 2008 Edition of “shit that just didn’t work for me”

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Before I start talking about some of my favorite ear candy this year, I’d like to rant bluntly about some shit that just didn’t work for me. Please note that most of this is an exaggeration based on a bit of truth – mostly for humor yes, I mean please take no offense. Really. Ok. Note this is being published in categories “music” and “Drunk”.

Crystal Stilts / Glasvegas / A Place To Bury Strangers / Any of the Multitude of bands whom cheerfully owe debts to Jesus and Mary Chain / My Bloody Valentine / The Cure
Now I have been known to harbor an occasional affinity for miserablist music but this year was so dense with chainsaw guitars, reverb-laden mumbling, and echoing tambourine beats that I want to just crawl up into a ball with a fifth of Jameson and cry myself to sleep.

Kanye West
I find it really difficult to regard 808s and Heartbreak as even remotely “forward looking” or futuristic when its central conceit is based on a piece of technology that is at least 10 years old. Furthermore, the man is about as juvenile as a celebrity can get.

Spiritualized – Songs in A & E
I’m a huge fan of Spiritualized’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, but this new one just didn’t do anything for me. I understand J Spaceman went through a little rough patch in his life, so hopefully the next one will be a bit more, I don’t know, inspired by drug use maybe.

Lil Wayne – “Lolipop”
First of all, it is clear to me now that “Auto Tune” is a genre. Second, a deep thought occurred to me earlier: if something is dumb on purpose, is it still dumb? No, not in all cases. I thought Art Brut’s first album was genius. Yet, in this case, yes, and probably much more dumb than if it were unintentional.

Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward
WHY IS THIS GIRL YELLING AT ME? WHAT DID I DO TO HER? My oh my her diction is quite clear, though. Shit, couldn’t they have moved that microphone away from the amp a little? It’s clipping rather horribly.

That new Killers single
Dear God is that thing horrible.

Phish
Yeah, I still don’t get the appeal of a bunch of bearded guys noodling around in the same key for 15 minutes or why recordings of live appearances of the aforementioned somehow bear repeat listens. “You had to be there, man”. Man, you weren’t even there. Now Zappa, that guy was a fucking genius.

Written by Adam N. Copeland

December 16, 2008 - 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm

Posted in Drunk, music

Top 30 of 2008

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I make it a habit at the end of every year to chat in this space about my favorite releases. I find if I start in early December, it goes a long way as far as making me appreciate releases I may have missed or second guessed earlier in the year. This year I’ll be using blip.fm to seek out and post cuts from 30 great albums from 2008.

Listen along, or grab the RSS feed at:

http://blip.fm/bitphonic

I’ll come back at the end with a formal summary, a few thoughts on the top 10, and a list of the top 10 bits I missed in 2007.

Written by Adam N. Copeland

December 9, 2008 - 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm

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3/4 Adventurism

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I’ve had this idea swimming around for something in 3/4 that’s been nagging at me, so I’ve sketched out what I think are the first two parts. There are at least two other parts up there but I have to turn in to bed now. Just naming these things by date for now.

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October 14, 2008 - 3:08 am at 3:08 am

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You & Me

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The new album by The Walkmen, You & Me is sublime – it’s their best work yet.

If the first couple of tracks don’t grab you, hold on for the rest of the ride, as it picks up on “The New Year” and keeps going. Hamilton Leithauser doesn’t have the world’s most subtle vocal instrument at his disposal, but I have much respect for men who lay it on the line as much as he does. AutoTuned masses, cower at his feet.

Sonically speaking the whole thing is perfectly recorded. It’s an absolute treat to listen to, in particular when compare to A Hundred Miles Off which erred too much on the “let’s make this sound brighter” side.  It’s got this warm slinky thing going on to perfectly complement the mood of the songs that albums in the Digital Age (including some I’ve mixed) sorely lack.

I dropped five bucks on it a couple weeks ago on Amie Street – the proceeds of which went on to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (a place I’ve visited once or twice) – and I do believe I will pick up a physical copy once I’ve got the means.

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August 19, 2008 - 9:43 pm at 9:43 pm

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Richard

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Probably the most simple song I’ve written yet, musically that is. The words have enough punch by themselves and I didn’t want them to be overwhelmed. It’s called “Richard”, and is named after someone in my history, but it could very well be a metaphor for me.

http://hyperlogia.com/music/richard.mp3

I’ll likely put together a better recorded version later as the time is available to me. I’m thinking there could be a nice chorus of angels and a musical saw and so forth. This was just to be a sketch so I could remember some vocal ideas but it turned out so good that I figured I’d share. Ignore the false start!

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August 8, 2008 - 9:19 pm at 9:19 pm

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I start taking 100’s upon 100’s of photographs, all of which you’re absent from

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Death by Megadrive

George Pringle is a young lady from England who doesn’t really sing as much as she recites poetry over somewhat amateurish New Order-inflected beats and music. It shouldn’t work at all for me. Except that everything from her unnamed debut EP (especially “Carte Postale”) is brilliant. Her language is more Tom Waits than Bernard Sumner, often using seemingly non-sequiter details to draw the outlines of a narrative.

It also doesn’t hurt that she’s rather captivating to look at.

You can download George Pringle’s EP here: http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/George_Pringle/music

Written by Adam N. Copeland

June 26, 2008 - 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm

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